Lebron James to the NFL makes too much sense

I originally got the idea for this from something Colin Cowherd said.

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He makes some good points. Michael retired, Phil retired. Then I saw something:

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And it r e a l l y made me think. Michael retired in the middle of his career to go pursue his dream of being an MLB baseball player. It’s no secret the entire world believes Lebron has a real future in the NFL.

He LOVES football and misses playing since his days in high school.

He’s 6’8″ 265 lbs. That is about the most perfect body a tight end could have. I bet you, football abilities or not, that if Lebron decided to take a year off and pursue a career in the NFL he’d receive a call from all 32 teams within the first 5 minutes of his decision.

Cowherd makes some really excellent points. He’s right. Everyone is always worried about the next job right away. They rarely take time to really think about what the best move for them is. The Lakers are too young, Philly would be great on paper but end in disaster, the Warriors would be a sell-out and San Antonio would be a long-shot with the Rockets and Warriors both in the same conference.

Lebron has made enough money for 4 lifetimes and he could care less about that. He’s focusing on his brand. Lebron football cleats? They look pretty sick, remember when Ohio State wore them?

Kinda nasty.

One year can make all the difference. Colin said it. Let’s see if the Lakers and Sixers continue to grow, if the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard can continue to build. There are plenty of pieces out there and moves to be made. But, it’s all about timing and right now, is just not the right time for his next move in the NBA.

Take his talents to the NFL. Don’t make the wrong move and “damage” his reputation of losing ANOTHER Finals. I put damage in quotations because it’s a bunch of BS and it’s just haters being haters. Seven consecutive NBA Finals appearances? Astounding.

Jerry Jones would eat this up. It makes too much sense. Lebron to the NFL is a work of art.

At the Top of the World: Justin Thomas

The World Golf Championship in Mexico concluded on Sunday with Phil Mickelson hoisting his first trophy since the 2013 Open Championship.

However, the biggest story in my mind is Justin Thomas. JT had won the previous week at the Honda Classic and was looking to win for the 8th time in 32 events. Prior to his second round on Friday, Thomas called his dad and told him he was “going out to practice”. His dad had never heard these words come from Justin before any round. Usually, he would say “warm up”.

After finishing the second round 1-under par, putting him at even par for the tournament, Justin was just happy to have made the cut.

Beginning his round on the back nine, Thomas played the back 4-under par with 5 birdies and 1 bogey. Justin Thomas had found his game once again. The momentum carried with him to his tee shot on #1. His tee shot of 319 yards landed on the green and rolled to 27 feet from the hole. Thomas did what he does best and capitalized by rolling the putt in for eagle. Justin Thomas finished the front 5-under par and 9-under par for the day.

The Final Round for Thomas was nothing short of spectacular. On the 72nd hole, Justin Thomas holed out for eagle from 119 yards out. This would lead to a tie between Thomas and Mickelson with Mickelson winning on the 1st Playoff Hole.

But, this story does not end there.

At just 24 years of age, Justin Thomas is the #1 golfer in the world and for plenty of reasons. In 102 events, Thomas has made the cut 78 times (76%) and has finished 31 times in the Top 10. Along with those Top 10’s, Justin has brought home a total of 8 wins on the PGA Tour.

The world-wide spotlight hit Justin in 2017. In 25 starts, he made the cut 19 times. Out of those 19 chances, he finished 12 times in the Top 10 as well as bringing home the hardware 5 times, including his 1st Major Championship (PGA Championship). With a 69.36 scoring average, 3rd on the Tour, it is no surprise of what was awarded to Thomas at the end of the year. Thomas was named the Fed Ex Cup Champion, PGA Tour Money Leader, PGA Player of the Year, PGA Tour Player of the Year and was named to the President’s Cup team.

With the 2018 season already under way, Justin Thomas has played in 8 events making the cut each time. He has 4 top 10 finishes along with 2 tournament wins. It’s safe to say Justin Thomas is back for another killer year and it will take a lot for someone to overthrow his #1 ranking.

There is hope for the Horns

Every year before the NCAA announces the field of 68 for the Men’s Basketball tournament, a handful of teams are consumed with the uncertainty of whether they’ll be invited to the Big Dance. The past two seasons, the Texas Longhorns have been one of those teams. Not anymore.

The Texas Longhorns deserve to be in the field of 68.

Heading into Wednesday night’s Big 12 Tournament opener against last-place Iowa State, the Horns have an RPI of 49 even though ESPN ranks their schedule as the 17th-toughest in the nation. Generally speaking, these 2 statistics seem to fit the profile of a team that should make the tournament.

With so much parity in college basketball this year, especially in the Big 12, Wednesday night’s matchup is no cakewalk. Iowa State might seem like a blow-off opponent judging by their below average RPI of 121, 13-17 overall record and 4-14 last place conference finish, but don’t be fooled. They have some pretty impressive home wins over Texas Tech, Oklahoma and West Virginia. They even took the Horns to overtime ultimately falling 74-70. Simply put, the Cyclones are a tough team and are not going home without a fight.

That being said, a loss to Iowa State could seriously hurt Texas’s tournament hopes, but a win SHOULD assure a room full of smiles in Austin on Selection Sunday.

How could they miss out, to begin with?

Check out the Horns’ resume. They have no sub-150 RPI losses. Add that to 6 top 100 wins which included a season sweep over Trae Young and fellow bubble team Oklahoma, homes win over Texas Tech and Baylor and a quality non-conference win against Butler. When it comes to the bubble, the Longhorns also hold two RPI 51-100 wins, including a neutral site win over SEC power Alabama and a home win over Big 12 Bubble opponent Oklahoma State.

Now, it might be concerning as the Longhorns are part of a group of 4 teams in the Big 12 with 18 overall wins and 8 conference wins, but they DO deserve to be in the tournament. Bracketologists Joe Lunardi of ESPN

and Jerry Palm of CBS both have Texas in play-in games right now, but I believe the Horns should be solidified in the field and should avoid playing in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio.

Assuming the Longhorns don’t collapse on Wednesday night, they should be part of the most entertaining event in sports. A win in the 2nd round against 2-seed Texas Tech isn’t out of reach, and depending on how they fare in Kansas City, the Longhorns have the potential to really help their seeding this week. Banking on the returns of Mo Bamba and Eric Davis, this team has shown that they are capable of playing with anyone. They have taken both Duke and Gonzaga to overtime and have come up just short against top teams like Texas Tech, Michigan and Kansas.

If they get to playing their best basketball over the course of the tournament, the Alamodome could be painted in burnt orange in a few weeks.