FATHER’S DAY- incredible basketball shot

The Aussie Basketball team may have been accused of tanking recently, but this Father certainly wasn’t tanking with this shot.

This is one of the most incredible and flukey shots you will ever see in basketball.

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Watching sport through a Bachelor filter

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RoseIf you’re looking for good comedy, it’s hard to go past The Bachelor, a game of romantic musical chairs where women compete for the affections of a serial snogger with the personality of a stick. This season he’s being played by a bloke called Blake.

It may be all sorts of wrong but it’s hilarious. So far this season the highlights have been Holly tearfully telling Blake that as much as she fancies him, she prefers netball, and Laurina claiming Blake has robbed her dignity by kissing another girl on a group date. You’re on The Bachelor, love. We are way past dignity.

There are some who argue The Bachelor is not true to life. Which is an absurd thing to say about reality TV. So I have set myself an assignment. Can I draw any similarities between The Bachelor and certain sporting relationships?

Of course I can!

For inspiration…

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2014 NFC WEST PREVIEW

What a division! Two of the hottest teams in the NFL in San Fran and Seattle. Arizona are on the rise and the St. Louis have an abundant of talent! 

Here is a look at the four teams in the NFC West:

Seattle Seahawks 

Coach: Pete Carroll

Stadium: CenturyLink Field 

Legion of Boom. 12th Man. Super Bowl Champs. Pick whichever one you want. You’ll probably be able to add Repeat Super Bowl Champs. This is a complete team. Amazing QB. Amazing RB. Amazing defense. It will be amazing if they can’t defend their title. You wont’ need hawkeye to know if the Seahawks are winning. Meg Ryan was Sleepless in Seattle once, now the whole place is Sleepless with excitement about the new season. Percy Harvin is now fit and healthy too. It’s scary in Seattle!

 Key losses: CB Brandon Browner, LB Chris Clemons, DL Red Bryant, WR Golden Tate, WR Sidney Rice 

Key signings: WR Paul Richardson, DE Cassius Marsh 

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San Francisco 49’ers 

Coach: Jim Harbaugh

Stadium: Levi’s Stadium 

They’ve got FIGJAM (fvck I’m good just ask me) at QB and he is very very talented. If Kaepernick can get literally two or three passes better, this team will be back in the Super Bowl and a very good chance of winning it. They are one of the top three teams in the competition. The have a brand new stadium this year and if the jeans fit, wear ‘em. 

Key losses: CB Tarell Brown, CB Carlos Rogers, SS Donte Whitner, WR Mario Manningham  

Key signings: WR Stevie Johnson, WR Brandon Lloyd, SS Antoine Bethea, CB Chris Cook, OT Jonathan Martin, RB Alfonso Smith

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Arizona Cardinals

Coach: Bruce Arians

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium 

Arizona. Super Bowl. Three words you will hear all year, although I’m not sure the hosts will be playing in the big one. They were the biggest shock from last season and very unlucky to make the playoffs. The old head of Carson Palmer is driving this team beautifully and if he keeps it up, it will be a cardinal sin to take this team lightly. These birds can fly, it’s just a matter of how far.

Key losses: ILB Karlos Dansby, ILB Daryl Washington, SS Yeremiah Bell, LG Daryn Colledge, RT Eric Winston, RB Rashard Mendenhall, WR Andre Roberts

 Key signings: LT Jared Veldheer, CB Antonio Cromartie, WR Ted Ginn, ILB Larry Foote, SS Deone Bucannon, K Chandler Cantanzaro

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 St. Louis Rams 

Coach: Jeff Fisher

Stadium: Edward Jones Dome 

And Bradford goes down…again. This team is stacked with talent in the toughest division but the assignment for this year has got tougher without their star Quarterback. Thanks to RG III there a stack of young up and coming Rams but the big question is, is the new QB over the Hill? Plenty of Rams have been shorn, let’s see what Shaun can do now!

Key losses: QB Kellen Clemens, G Harvey Dahl, CB Cortland Finnegan, RB Daryl Richardson, S Darian Stewart, G Chris Williams 

Key signings: WR Kenny Britt, DT Alex Carrington, rookie DT Aaron Donald, QB Shaun Hill, G Davin Joseph, rookie CB Lamarcus Joyner, rookie RB Tre Mason, rookie G Greg Robinson 

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2014 AFC WEST PREVIEW

This is arguably the most competitive division in the NFL. The Broncos will once again dominate, how can you not when you have Peyton Manning in your team, but don’t write off the other teams. They will definitely surprise.

Here is my preview of the four team in the AFC West:  

Denver Broncos 

Coach: John Fox

Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium (not the most catchy name) 

Life just isn’t fair. But is it really fair that the Broncos picked up DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib this off season? Their team is already almost flawless. Defense is more than handy and then they have #18. Who knows what would have happened if he had caught the first snap of the last season’s Super Bowl? Eric Decker’s gone, but I think I could play WR and Manning would make me look good. They’ll be in Arizona. 

Key departures: RB Knowshon Moreno, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, WR Eric Decker 

Key arrivals: DE DeMarcus Ware, CB Aqib Talib, WR Emmanuel Sanders, rookie WR Cody Latimer

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Kansas City Chiefs

 Coach: Andy Reid

Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium 

We’re not in San Franciso anymore Toto, we’re in Kansas. You wouldn’t Reid about the transformation of this team last season and apart from Andy stamping his class, Alex Smith was incredible. The Chiefs were the biggest improvers in the NFL and while they’ve lost a few pieces they’ve still got their big chief- Jamaal Charles. People may have their Bowe and arrows out about this team, but no one gave them a chance last year. Let’s just see if they hit the bullseye. 

Key losses: OT Branden Albert, G Jon Asamoah, KR/DB Quintin Demps, DE Tyson Jackson, FS Kendrick Lewis, WR/KR Dexter McCluster, DT Jerrell Powe, OL Geoff Schwartz, CB Brandon Flowers 

Key arrivals: WR Weston Dressler, rookie OLB Dee Ford, OL Jeff Linkenbach, ILB Joe Mays, CB Chris Owens, rookie RB De’Anthony Thomas, DL Vance Walker

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San Diego Chargers 

Coach: Mike McCoy

Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium 

The Chargers are just a mystery. They can be hideous to watch and then all of a sudden they play like possible Super Bowl champs. They are a punters nightmare and make being a fan even more painful. Who knows if they will be up the River without a paddle or riding down the River with plenty of oars in the water. They surprised last year and could do anything this year. 

Key losses: CB Derek Cox, QB Charlie Whitehurst, FB Le’Ron McClain

Key arrivals: RB Donald Brown, CB Brandon Flowers, QB Kellen Clemens

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Oakland Raiders

Coach: Dennis Allen

Stadium: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 

Raiders of the lost Ark. They were just lost Raiders last year. Noah took one of each animal on his ark and Oakland have picked up old heads on their ark this year with the hope of finding instant success. Many teams try and rebuild with youth, but Oakland have gone the opposite way. Matt Schaub and MJD are the big purchases. Not quite sure they are a priceless Mastercard moment and we will see if “the price is right”. Their schedule is arguably the hardest in the NFL and the most vocal fans in the comp will need to be at their loudest to get their team over the line. 

Key departures: OT Jared Veldheer, DE Lamarr Houston, RB Rashad Jennings, CB Philip Adams, WR Jacoby Ford, CB Tracy Porter 

Key arrivals: QB Matt Schaub, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, DE Justin Tuck, OT Austin Howard, LB Lamarr Woodley, DE Antonio Smith, G Kevin Boothe, WR James Jones, DE C.J. Wilson, T Donald Penn, CB Tarell Brown, CB Carlos Rogers

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