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Food seems to be the biggest issue so far.
It’s been 24 hours since NBA and WNBA players reported to their respective bubbles, and I take no joy in telling you that the bubbles are a mess. Okay, so that might be a little harsh — it’s not so much that the bubbles are a mess and more that players are having WILDLY different experiences depending on their team, location, and personal needs.
One would assume with less people to cater to and no general public it would be a breeze to give elite athletes world class treatment. Alas, that isn’t happening for all of them. Food seems to be the biggest issue so far. The first night meal served to the majority of the league was Fyre Fest worthy.
It wasn’t much better in the WNBA, or maybe it’s worse.
this was a meal option served to some WNBA players. i don’t think they would have agreed if this is what was advertised. pic.twitter.com/C9PjykUd3l— Kayla Johnson (@klajohnson) July 7, 2020
On the other end of the spectrum we have LeBron James and the Lakers, who somehow managed to get a gourmet, delicious looking sushi dinner while the rest of the league ate a tray of food that looked like it was hastily thrown together at a rest stop.
It’s good to be the king, I guess. But aside from laughing at the disparity in food quality there’s something far worse happening for Diamond DeShields of the Chicago Sky. DeShields says she has repeatedly told the WNBA that she doesn’t eat meat, yet non-vegetarian meals keep being sent to her room. As a result she’s stuck eating the same thing every day from the hotel bar while waiting to hear back from the league on how it will handle the issue. DeShields said the league asked players to fill out a card with their dietary restrictions on it prior to heading to Orlando, but that information isn’t being heeded.View this post on Instagram
I’ve emailed the HQ here and I’ve reached out and done my part but the response I get is “we will put a note in the system” I don’t want to paint a bad picture of this experience but at this point.... idk what else to do. Idk who else to call. I’ve sent the email, I’ve had my team reach out to to the league, and now it’s 8:30 AM I’ve been here for 2 days and I am missing another meal because of this same problem. I would like to get food that I am actually able to eat orrrrrrrrr my per Diem for these meals like I requested TWO DAYS ago. @wnba I know there are a mountain of issues but this is one that cannot wait or be pushed aside ESPECALLY for the players who stay in the hotel where there is no kitchen or microwave for them to use. So.....yea. lets maybe revisit the dietary restrictions form that we all filled out before we got here and make sure players are getting the proper meals because I know I’m not. I can’t keep eating beyond burgers from the bar everyday SN: this is me sharing some of MY experience I’m not speaking on behalf of everyone here. Nor am I trying to make anyone look bad. I’m just trying to get my $$ and cancel these meals...But yeaaa... off to workout ♂️
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So far there haven’t been any complaints from NBA players about the quality of their rooms themselves, but in the WNBA it’s pretty, pretty bad. Some players are saying their rooms are fine, or of high quality — but other images have emerged showing that some atrocious conditions including dead worms, bed bug traps, and a laundry facility that looks like a Saw-themed escape room.
just got this video from one of the laundry rooms inside the WNBA “bubble” and couldn’t be more disturbed. this is not ok. pic.twitter.com/6FC10jlcql— Kayla Johnson (@klajohnson) July 7, 2020
Organizing massive events like this on the fly is difficult, but it shouldn't be this difficult. The most basic needs of players are being met, but these are athletes risking their health in order to resume play. Considering the circumstances it should be easy enough to at least give them the same level of service and comfort anyone would get at a hotel. Alas, that isn’t happening for everyone.
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Love to hate or flat out loathe, we look at all sides.
Following up on the best NHL rivalries, today we look at which teams you just hate. Once again we turned to the experts, team sites and NHL fans, and asked: rivalries aside, which teams do you loathe?
The fans spoke and the answers were fairly predictable, three Original Six teams and two recent Stanley Cup winners top the list.Playoff rivals breed contempt
The Islanders and Penguins have been playoff opponents dating all the way back to 1975. New York has almost always come out the winner, but there’s a real hatred there that goes beyond Chico Resch, John Tonelli and David Volek. It used to be the rising Islanders pushing past the plucky Penguins. Then it was the Penguins, one of the NHL’s crown jewel franchises (despite a couple of bankruptcies deep in their closet) versus the often-forgotten bastard child Islanders. Neither side likes the other very much, yet they can’t ever escape the other’s orbit. The Penguins even have a statue of two Islanders (and some other guy) in front of their home arena!
Rivalries with the Flyers and Capitals have popped up from time to time, and one with the Devils never really got off the ground. Anyone asserting that an Islanders-Maple Leafs rivalry began in 2018 must have been too young to remember 2002 (or 1978).
- Dan Saraceni, Lighthouse HockeyJust hate everyone
It’s so great being a fan of an Original Six franchise that has also switched conferences in the last decade because it would be easier to share which teams I don’t hate. The history in the West makes me actively root against the Ducks and Blackhawks. The rekindled history back east has the Bruins, Penguins, Leafs, and Lightning as the teams that I’d root for any of their competitors over them. Especially fun is that the Blues would have been on this list as recently as last year except they faced the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final and my heart easily told me that I could indeed hate Boston enough to actually root for a Blues victory rather than a meteor.
- J.J. from Kansas, Winging it in MotownPhoto by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty ImagesYou play hockey, not soccer
The Florida Panthers. And literally the only reason why I hate them is because of their stupid, ugly, ridiculous uniforms. They suck. The Panthers used to have the best logo and uniforms. They were original and fun. Now? Their logo looks like something out of the MLS. It’s like they’re trying to one-up Montreal with that horizontal stripe across the torso, and it’s not working. I know hating a team for its uniforms is a bit ridiculous, but I am the king of ridiculous. So sue me.
- Ryan Quigley, Hockey WildernessStop living in the past
The Carolina Hurricanes. And like Ryan, it’s a uniform thing. I live in Massachusetts. I grew up being able to watch Hartford Whalers hockey. The Whalers died when they moved the franchise to Carolina. Therefore, the Carolina Hurricanes shouldn’t be able to wear the Hartford Whalers uniforms. Plain and simple. I have this nonsensical hatred of every time Carolina throws on the green and blue. Just stop. You don’t deserve to wear those jerseys. I know, it’s so childish.
- Mark Parkinson, Matchsticks & GasolineLet’s get a little more granular
Other than the Non-Islanders of New York and Philadelphia, no one. Sure, some teams rise in terms of tension in certain situations, but no long term rivalry comes about. Especially if it is based around a certain player more so than a team. The hate is limited to just that one player, be it Tom Wilson, Brad Marchand, or Ilya Kovalchuk. Like all good Devils fans, my hate is focused on the Orange and Black and the Blueshirts from the World’s Most Overrated Arena.
- John Fischer, All About the JerseyYou don’t matter
I absolutely can’t stand the New Jersey Devils. Childhood trauma aside, they insist they are relevant in the grand scheme of the NHL and that just drives me nuts. I am New Jersey born and bred and the Devils do not matter.
- Steph Driver, Broad Street Hockey:yawn:
As a former Atlanta Thrashers fan I should hate the Winnipeg Jets, but I don’t other than when they’re running our goalie to “get in his head” or whatever. I used to hate the Detroit Red Wings until they went East and got awful, and now I just really feel for them and their fans. It’s hard for me to get ginned up about a team that isn’t the Hawks, so I’ll just say that I don’t hate anyone else, but there are teams whose games I avoid because I just think they’re boring. *insert Minnesota Wild joke here*
- Laura Astorian, St. Louis Game TimeAt least Gritty is cool
If I had to choose one, I guess it would be the Flyers (Gritty excepted). It’s a combination of them beating the snot out of the Lightning early in Tampa Bay’s existence, the bloodbath that was the 1996 playoffs, and the amount of fair-weather Philly fans that used to flood the Ice Palace/Tampa Bay Times Forum/Amalie Arena. Spending a year in Pittsburgh did nothing to alleviate my strong dislike for almost all thing Flyers.
- Justin G., Raw Charge
NWSL supporters groups are finding new ways to show their spirit during the pandemic.
The NWSL was the first American professional sports league to return to play, and chose to do so without fans in the stands. So supporters groups — whose members typically spend game days tailgating, cheering, beating drums, waving flags, and generally hyping up their teams and other fans — needed to adapt their traditions to something completely new: a tournament that they can’t attend.
The Spirit Squadron is the supporters group of the Washington Spirit, with members throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region. These members have found new ways to stay involved with the sport during the pandemic. Angie Kanellopulos is Squadron’s president and helped to coordinate sending a handmade banner for the Spirit to have while they play the Challenge Cup in Utah.
Like most other NWSL supporters groups, the Squadron is part of the Independent Supporters Council. Members of the ISC emailed back and forth with the NWSL in order to get guidelines about ways that they would be able to participate in the tournament. That’s how Angie Kanellopulos, the Squadron’s president, learned that the league would allow groups to send banners.
After that, she was left with the matter of reaching out to the Washington Spirit’s front office to coordinate the details.
“[The Spirit] actually reached out to me right as I was reaching out to them about things we might be interested in doing, so it was kind of a mutual thing” Kanellopulos said. “We talked together about what we’d like to do and how they could facilitate that.”
Individual teams chose to display banners at locker rooms or hotels, instead of the stands where they would normally be displayed in by supporters groups standing in designated sections.
For members of the Squadron, being able to send a banner was an opportunity to send a message of solidarity to the team in a difficult time, while also emphasizing the group’s values.Photo provided by the Spirit Squadron.
“One person had the idea, and then three or four of us worked together to really nail down the exact language we wanted to use,” Kanellopulos said.
When it came time to decorate, things were also different from normal: instead of getting a large group together to paint, only two members worked on it in order to follow social distancing protocol.
Among the other groups that have sent banners is Cloud 9, the supporters group of Sky Blue FC. Their banner focuses on their dedication to their team despite the distance.July 1, 2020
The groups’ efforts haven’t stopped with the banners, because each one has its own additional traditions that needed to be adapted to work remotely. For the Squadron, that includes an honor that they typically bestow on players in person.
“We have a tradition where we choose a ‘Player of the Match’ at the end of each game, and the team is working with us so we can still do that,” Kanellopulos said. “This time, we’re sending them our little trophy that gets handed to the player after the game, and coordinating a fan vote.”
Groups have also started to host video chat watch parties during matches. For the Squadron, these events also include virtual tailgates co-hosted with the team itself.
But adapting old traditions isn’t the only thing that these groups have focused their attention on. Some of these fans also wanted to use the Challenge Cup as an opportunity to make a difference. In order to meet those goals, eleven supporters groups have come together and created an initiative titled Activating Communities Through Support (ACTS).June 25, 2020
Throughout the tournament, supporters groups will be honoring this initiative by donating money to the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake. Fans pledge a specific amount of money to donate to the organization each time their team scores a goal.
On their fundraising website, these groups write that they are using their platforms in this way in order to give back to the local community in Utah, because the NWSL teams participating in the tournament will be playing on traditional Indigenous lands.
The pandemic also shaped the initiative’s direction. In a press release, Maggie Dziubek of Chicago Local 134 (a Chicago Red Stars supporters group) writes that “public health concerns, including the COVID-19 pandemic, often have an outsized impact on Native American communities.”
The initiative raised more than $5000 during the tournament’s first week of play, and will continue throughout the Challenge Cup. So although the tournament isn’t the same experience that fans have come to love in years past, it’s also driven them to find new ways to support their teams and the communities around them.
“That whole game day experience— it’s hard to imitate that when you’re not actually there,” Kanellopulos said, “But for right now, we’re just focused on doing what we can.”
Welcome to SB Nation’s Rivalry Week!
Bears vs. Packers. Cowboys vs. Eagles. Ravens vs. Steelers. The NFL is full of classic rivalries, but sometimes the hate fans feel for teams that aren’t their natural rival can be just as intense. Since it’s Rivalry Week here at SB Nation, we spoke to some of our NFL team sites about the team they hate the most aside from their favorite team’s rival.Saints fans make New Orleans easy to hate
The Saints. The team and fans have been so whiny after annually choking in the playoffs. Sean Payton pining for reviewable pass interference and Saints fans throwing a parade to protest Super Bowl LIII because of that one missed call in the 2019 NFC Championship Game was so pathetic. You guys still got the ball first at home in overtime with a Hall of Fame quarterback! No one should feel bad for you. - Brandon Gowton, Bleeding Green NationThe Ravens have the Dolphins’ number these days
The Ravens. Easily. I do not understand how or why, but over the last nine meetings with the Ravens, the Dolphins are 1-8 and the finals include such close games as 59-10, 40-0, and 38-6 (the last three meetings). Baltimore just has the Dolphins’ number. - Kevin Nogle, The PhinsiderThe Bears have bad blood with the Eagles
If I take the other three NFC North teams completely off the table, I’ll have to go with the Eagles. The double doink playoff loss is still fresh enough, plus the Eagles knocked the Bears out of the playoffs in the 2001 season after a cheap hit to quarterback Jim Miller. Also, the Bears haven’t beaten the Eagles since 2011. - Lester Wiltfong, Windy City GridironFalcons fans can’t stand the Patriots for obvious reasons
Do I hate the Patriots a little less now that Tom Brady’s gone? Sure. Is that a little like gingerly taking one sheet of newspaper out of a raging bonfire? Also yes. Living here and watching Patriots fans go from bored to crowing in the midst of the greatest NFL dynasty ever, and watching them stomp my favorite team in the Super Bowl, has ensured my antipathy for them will be lifelong. Screw ’em. - Dave Choate, The FalcoholicThe Niners have a decades-long grudge against the Cowboys
49ers fans have hated the Cowboys since the 90s, and nothing has changed since. How can you be America’s team when you haven’t won anything in so long? One of San Francisco’s proudest moments in history was “The Catch.” The cherry on top of that play was that it happened against Dallas. Nobody here likes Jerry Jones or Jimmy Johnson. The team and their fans, in general, aren’t very likable, so many Niners fans look forward to Jerruh’s inevitable sadness on the Jumbotron. - Kyle Posey, Niners Nation
NFL insiders come from interesting places.
In an era of social media, breaking news and flight tracking, we’re all clamoring to know about a team’s big signing before it happens. However, despite the endless resources at the disposal of NFL insiders, a liquor store employee who knew Patrick Mahomes signed his record-breaking contract extension with the Chiefs before anyone else did.July 6, 2020
Katie Camlin, an employee of Plaza Liquor in Kansas City noticed a team employee stocking up on some of the good stuff for what appeared to be a celebration. By the timestamp this happened at 12:21 p.m., well before Adam Schefter’s tweet announcing the deal, which happened at 2:54 p.m.
Naturally, Camlin was proud of herself for scooping the biggest insider in the NFL.
Holy shit I beat Schefter hahaha— Katie Camlin (@katie_cammm) July 6, 2020
While the world was taking in the mammoth 10-year deal, Camlin was just thrilled to be playing NFL insider for a day. Honestly, connecting the dots like that was a pretty impressive feat a lot of people would have missed, and it’s that kind of awareness that led to the breaking news.
Best of all Schefter acknowledged he’d been scooped, and wanted to add Camlin to his list of NFL sources.July 7, 2020
So keep an eye out the next time a team employee is buying a case load of high-end champagne. You might be poised to scoop everyone.
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Cowboys vs. Giants? Bears vs. Packers? The Patriots vs. everyone? Our team brands weighed in for SB Nation’s Rivalry Week.
It’s Rivalry Week here at SB Nation, and we’re enjoying digging into the rivalries around the NFL, both new and historic. We spoke with some of our NFL team sites about the most interesting rivalries in the league, and polled readers about them as well. Leave a comment below about your favorite NFL rivalry!Bears-Packers can’t be topped
Personally speaking, nothing will ever top the Bears vs. the Packers, but in looking at the NFL overall, I think the most interesting rivalry changes on a year to year basis and it depends on if the teams are good or not. The Steelers vs. Ravens, 49ers vs. Seahawks, Saints vs. Falcons, and Packers vs. Vikings have all had some juice in their games the last few years. I also agree with Pete in that the Chiefs (Mahomes) vs. Texans (Watson) could be a fun one the next several years. - Lester A. Wiltfong Jr., Windy City GridironEagles-Cowboys is a classic
I can’t imagine I’ll be the only writer to include the team they write about — so, call me biased if you must — but I have to say Eagles versus Cowboys. I mean, Buddy Ryan once called for a fake QB kneel in order to run up the score against Dallas. That shows how this rivalry isn’t merely limited to fans from different teams disliking each other. There’s been legitimate bad blood between these two sides. Unlike some other feuds that may have fizzled out with time, Eagles versus Cowboys is still going strong. The Carson Wentz versus Dak Prescott “debate” is fanning the flames for the modern generation. - Brandon Lee Gowton, Bleeding Green Nation49ers-Seahawks are natural rivals as top contenders
I think the answer to this question can change year to year based on quality of teams in every division. Heading into this season, I’d say it’s San Francisco and Seattle. Both are top contenders in the NFC and they have had some epic games in recent history. There is a healthy disdain form both sides. - Bill Williamson, Silver and Black Pride & Turf Show TimesChiefs-Texans could be THE rivalry of the future
I absolutely love division rivalries. Covering the Chiefs, it always does feel as though fans get up a bit more when it’s the Broncos or the Raiders. That being said, the passion ebbs and flows with team quality. Where rivalries seem to stick for chunks of years is when good quarterbacks meet good quarterbacks. I think Chiefs and Texans will grow to be a rivalry of the future in the AFC. Patrick Mahomes vs. Deshaun Watson — forever connected by being selected two picks apart. - Pete Sweeney, Arrowhead PrideThe Patriots vs. the NFL
I would love to say something in the AFC East, but 20 years of being dominated by the Patriots has made the rivalries not nearly as much fun as they used to be (though Miami does seem to get to New England at least once a year, so that is a good thing). Maybe the Patriots vs. the league offices? That seems to always have fun twists and turns. The Patriots-Colts rivalry used to be the definition of a rivalry, but that has faded. I really enjoy the Saints-Falcons rivalry as well. What is the one rivalry that can headline the league right now? I think I have to agree with Bill and go Seahawks-49ers, but Pete’s future outlook on the Chiefs-Texans rivalry is great, and the Chiefs-Ravens should be up there as well. - Kevin Nogle, The PhinsiderCowboys vs. Giants, regardless of how good both teams are
I have to go with Cowboys vs. Giants. This has been one of the NFL’s most heated rivalries for the last four decades, and it’s also been arguably the league’s most competitive since both teams have combined for seven Super Bowl wins since 1987 (four for Dallas and three for New York). It’s hard to find a rivalry in any sport that has had that much championship success between two teams. Cowboys-Giants is also a fixture in primetime slots every year, regardless of how good both teams actually are. - Jason Marcum, Cincy Jungle
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No matter how old, these rivalries are the best.
As you have undoubtedly noticed by now, this week is Rivalry Week across SB Nation. In order to dig into the rivalries across the NHL, we talked to our NHL team sites about historic rivalries and then asked NHL fans what they thought were hockey’s biggest rivalries. Leave a comment below for yours!Islanders-Rangers
There was once a time when Islanders-Rangers would be considered one of the most intense rivalries in the NHL. Judging by my colleagues’ answers and the accompanying survey (not to mention the common sense that almost no one but a very select, damaged few stragglers still care about the Islanders right now), it’s pretty clear that those days are well over. But the embers are still there. The franchises have almost 50 years of brawls and playoff series and crushing defeats and euphoric wins on both sides. The thing the Islanders and Rangers have over all other NHL rivalries is the deep familial bonds that tie them together. Families, friend groups, work places, neighborhoods, all have been split between the two for decades. It’s not unusual for, say, a mother and son to be fans of one team and a daughter and father to be fans of the other all in the same family. You might be the only Islanders fan in an office of Rangers fans or a lone Ranger on a block of blue and orange. Long Island has never truly been “Islanders Country” when a short ride on the railroad can drop you right underneath Madison Square Garden. There are a million permutations and they all boil down to a simple hatred of the other person’s choice of hockey team. It’s as primal as that. Maybe one day, it will be the single biggest rivalry in the NHL. But for now, that honor belongs to “The New York Islanders vs. A Place to Play.”
- Dan Saraceni, Lighthouse HockeyWings-Avalanche
Since my team can’t beat anybody right now, it’s hard to say they even have a current rivalry, let alone the best in hockey. I’ll drop gloves with and turtle anybody who says the old Wings vs. Avalanche rivalry wasn’t the best, but that one died years ago. Watching from the outside of all these heated matchups, I’m going to agree that Flames/Oilers is heating up nicely with both teams being good enough to be relevant again. Boston and just about everybody else because nobody likes the Bruins works well. I’ll say in all seriousness though that the current biggest rivalry in our sport is Eugene Melnyk vs. the fans. Nobody crushes dreams like the Senators’ owner.
- J.J. from Kansas, Winging it in MotownFlames-Oilers
I’m going to stick with what I know and that’s the Calgary Flames. And with me sticking with the Flames, it has to be the Flames and Oilers. Ever since the Flames moved to Calgary from Atlanta there’s been nothing but visceral hate between these two franchises and cities. And yes, Edmonton has the Cups and sure, there were some lean years on both sides, things are really heating up again. Matthew Tkachuk (you know the Oilers passed on him in the draft, right?) did a splendid job of sending this heated rivalry into the stratosphere this season with his new friendship with Edmonton’s Zack Kassian. Heck, a Calgary radio station raised enough money to put up a Tkachuk billboard in Edmonton prior to a Flames visit. All rivalries require some sort of foil and some stars that each city hates. Both Calgary and Edmonton have those and the fact that they could meet in the playoffs this season makes it that much better. Rivalries require both teams to be on equal footing, otherwise it’s no fun and this rivalry is right where it needs to be.
- Mark Parkinson, Matchsticks & Gasoline
If we’re talking teams, I’m going to have to say Flames/Oilers. Two teams that are roughly equal in talent and close geographically. It’s something that, hopefully, the Lightning and the Panthers will finally develop over the next few seasons. I’ll throw Connor McDavid vs. Auston Matthews as the player vs. player rivalry that the league will push to keep things spicy over the next decade.
- Justin G., Raw ChargeDevils-Rangers
With respect to the team that matters, the New Jersey Devils, that would be the one with the New York Rangers — better known on the site as Our Hated Rivals. With respect to the league as a whole and considering NHL history, I would select Boston and Montreal.
With respect to international hockey, as tempting as it is to pick America and Canada or Sweden and Finland, I think Canada and Russia is the bigger one. The 1972 Summit Series alone was more than just the politics or the known facing the unknown; it was a series of hockey philosophies which has continued to permeate how hockey is played today. Even to this day, the international games at any age level between Canada versus Russia has this air of each country wanting to show which system is better and, as such, the games carry their own special weight.
- John Fischer, All About the JerseyBlues-Blackhawks
I’ll be a little bit biased here and go with the Blues and Blackhawks. There are a lot of teams that hate each other, but in many of the rivalries the two teams have overall had the same amount of success. For the Blues and Blackhawks, it was always a little brother/big brother dynamic, which I think served the double purpose of irritating the Hawks and their fans to no end and also irritating Blues fans. We know we don’t have the success of the Blackhawks, recent or not, and to a degree I think that shoulder chip is what drives the competition. At least now we’ll never have to hear that “how do they drink beer in St. Louis without cups?” joke again.
- Laura Astorian, St. Louis Game TimeUSA-Canada
There is only one answer for all of hockey: USA v Canada in women’s hockey. Only two teams have ever won Olympic gold: USA and Canada. Only two teams have ever won IIHF World Championship gold: USA and Canada. They literally play an exhibition series called “Rivalry Series.” Where else do you see such continued dominance but also a natural see-sawing over the years between which of the two teams is better?
- Michelle Jay, The Ice Garden
Michelle is correct. It’s Team USA vs Team Canada in women’s hockey. The NHL rivalry that has made the biggest impact on my life is the Rangers v. the Devils — aka the Battle of the Hudson. In just a few short years the rivalry that has literally changed NHL rules (looking at you, Sean Avery) could heat up again in a big way with both teams stockpiling young talent.
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These courts are REALLY bad at social distancing.
The NBA’s temporary Disney World bubble home is complete, and the layout of the practice courts the league will use is kinda wild.July 6, 2020
There’s something special about seeing the logos and names of NBA teams in a venue that’s a converted ballroom, with a distinct rec league feel. To be fair, these are just the practice courts teams will use — and it’s likely they won’t all practice at the same time in order to keep to social distancing, but it’s still hilarious to see courts on top of each other like this.
Let’s be honest: 2020 is already horrible and surreal enough already, so we might as well use this opportunity to introduce some new basketball rules.If you hit at three on a neighbor’s court from your own court it’s worth 10 points. Three court shots can be attempted in the final three seconds of each quarter. A three court shot is worth 20 points. As soon as a team goes on a 10-0 run additional basketballs are released on neighboring courts for MULTI BALL. Each team can send their bench to the courts to rack up points until the ball goes out of bounds, then it’s lost.
I’m not saying these are good ideas, but they’re ideas.
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NXT Superstar had posted a photo spoiling the result of the big match at Great American Bash
The Filipino, who is not one to back down from a challenge, accepted the invitation from the Singaporean prodigy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joined Peter Schmeichel in piling praise on David de Gea ahead of his appearance record."I'll bring him in, but I'm covering up his face" - Vince McMahon wasn't a fan of WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley
Vince McMahon would be thanking his stars for the success of his move.
Novak Djokovic believes there is an agenda behind the criticism he has faced in the wake of the ill-fated Adria Tour event.
Aston Villa are struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table, but Dean Smith does not fear the visit of Manchester United.
Triple H reveals how this current Champion has improved and what he was lacking
NSW Origin coach Brad Fittler has given Damien Cook a vote of confidence despite his indifferent form this year.
Former world champion Fernando Alonso will return to F1 with Renault in the 2021 season two years after his retirement.
Bulldogs icon Doug Hawkins says the suspension handed to Hayden Crozier for this tackle makes him want to stop watching.
West Indies icon Michael Holding has delivered a passionate plea to educate future generations ahead of the first Test.
Manly duo Daly Daly Cherry-Evans and Joel Thompson have come out in support of teammate Addin Fonua-Blake.
Athletes and fans around the world have paid tribute to Australian Olympic snowboarder Alex "Chumpy" Pullin.
The Canberra Raiders have received a representative injury allowance due to the shoulder injury plaguing John Bateman.
Raiders players have reflected on their key players missing, revealing how Sia Soliola's daunting recovery started.
A bad week for Valentine Holmes has turned into a nightmare after he was sidelined by an injury aggravated at training.
Bryson DeChambeau has changed the way golf is played with his incredible fitness regime. But what does it mean for his foes?
Staying neutral is no longer an option. It's time for baseball to take action to improve itself -- and be an example for all of America.
While Black baseball players fear that speaking out would be a career death sentence, a new Players Alliance is mobilizing. And players are coming to terms with the lack of support for Bruce Maxwell, the only MLB player to take a knee.
In his first intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday, Yankees ace Gerrit Cole threw five innings of one-hit ball, with six strikeouts and two walks on 67 pitches.
Shohei Ohtani threw competitive pitches off the mound for the first time in two years on Tuesday at Angel Stadium. He struggled with his control, walking eight on about 50 pitches, but the two-way star and manager Joe Maddon weren't overly concerned.
The New York Mets will host the crosstown Yankees on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 next season, according to a person familiar with the decision.
Jake Diekman is concerned about MLB's ability to pull off a season, given the recent issues with testing delays.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was tabbed Tuesday to make the ninth Opening Day start of his career, which extends his franchise record.
Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is "not feeling 100 percent," according to manager Ron Roenicke.
The Indians aren't letting Franmil Reyes practice with the team after he was spotted at a party not wearing a mask.
Minor league veterans, a newly signed prep star and a die-hard PawSox fan all lament a 2020 baseball season that was over before it began.
Ten years after The Decision, here's the question for James and his Miami Heat teams: Were two titles good enough?
Our experts break down the fallout, the 2010-11 MVP vote and his legacy in Miami.
Brooklyn Nets forward Taurean Prince has tested positive for the coronavirus and will sit out the NBA's restart in Orlando, Florida, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is worried that too many positive tests in the Orlando "bubble" environment could shut down the season again.
Nuggets center Nikola Jokic tested negative for the coronavirus, but testing protocol and travel issues forced him to miss the team flight to Orlando, a source told ESPN.
Joel Embiid thinks the Sixers' offense should go through him when the season restarts.
The Orlando Magic said Tuesday that one of their players recently tested positive for the coronavirus.
Spencer Dinwiddie will not go with the Nets to Orlando because of positive coronavirus tests.
Becoming the poster boys for the NBA's coronavirus shutdown wasn't the beginning of tensions between Utah's All-Star duo.
A handful of players are set to debut their new signature models this summer in Orlando, marking a rare alignment of the release calendar and the NBA's game schedule.
Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson posted an anti-Semitic quote on his social media feed that he attributed to Adolf Hitler. Jackson later said, "I have no hatred in my heart toward no one."
Patrick Mahomes said his landmark deal with the Chiefs gave him security and allowed the team the flexibility to remain a contender.
NFL Players Association president JC Tretter does not feel that the league has put the right protocols in place to deal with the coronavirus.
The Cowboys' Dontari Poe told Bleacher Report that he is leaning toward kneeling during the national anthem this season, and he hopes Jerry Jones will end his silence on racial injustice.
Defensive end Olivier Vernon agreed to a restructured contract that ensures he will be paid $11 million in 2020, a source told ESPN's Field Yates.
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has canceled his annual "Funday with LJ" event on Saturday and Sunday in his hometown of Pompano Beach.
By next week, the QB will either sign a long-term deal or play the 2020 season on the franchise tag, clouding his future in Dallas.
The chances are low that the Chiefs quarterback plays out this contract through 2031. Here's why, plus what it means for other QBs.
It's been a turbulent year for the franchise, and the potential departure of longtime investors represents more losses for its embattled owner.
The rookie running back already has a line of shirts before he has played in his first pro game.
Several teams face a major question as to who starts Game 1. We examine each club's choices and make our picks.
The NHL and NHLPA provided a major update this weekend. Plus, what we know about the forthcoming CBA extension.
The Chicago Blackhawks say they will continue to use their team name because it honors "an important and historic person, Black Hawk of Illinois' Sac & Fox Nation."
International Ice Hockey Federation chief Rene' Fasel is encouraged after learning the NHL's pending labor deal opens the possibility of the world's best players returning to the Olympics for the 2022 Beijing Games.
The NHL Players' Association announced Tuesday night that its executive committee (one player rep from each of the 31 teams) has approved the tentative collective bargaining agreement and return-to-play plan to restart the 2019-20 season.
The NHL, which says it has administered 2,900 COVID-19 tests since June 8, announced that 35 players tested positive in that span.
The NHL and NHLPA have finalized the protocols for the season to resume. The protocols and a CBA extension will go to a player vote for final approval.
Multiple members of the St. Louis Blues have tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports Friday night. Neither The Athletic nor the St. Louis Post-Dispatch specified how many players tested positive.
Seven ice hockey players have been suspended during an investigation into match-fixing in the Belarus league.
From stars returning from injury to lineup questions that will have an outsized impact, here's what we'll be watching.
Renault has confirmed Fernando Alonso will partner with Esteban Ocon at its Formula One team next year.
Rapper Ice Cube, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and longtime boxing promoter Bob Arum led a group of sports leagues, businesses and teams that navigated a federal loan program designed to help small businesses cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
In his third major surgery since a handbike crash in June, Alex Zanardi underwent a five-hour procedure to reconstruct his face.
Scott Dixon earned his second title at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning by a whopping 19.9469 seconds over Graham Rahal in the IndyCar Grand Prix.
IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are making an active effort to increase diversity throughout the industry with a $1 million donation to a new "Race for Equality & Change" initiative.
Will Power brought back normalcy to Indianapolis on Friday.
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson won't race this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after testing positive for COVID-19, Hendrick Motorsports announced Friday.
IMSA driver Felipe Nasr will quarantine in Miami after testing positive for coronavirus and will be replaced for the sports car race in Daytona by Gabby Chaves.
It was easy to make some sweeping statements after the Austrian Grand Prix. How many of them are legitimate?
Fernando Alonso is set to return to Formula One with Renault, with a deal expected to be announced on Wednesday.
Can Jamie Newman be the one to get Georgia football’s offense over the top? Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart is excited about his new quarterback Jamie Newman. Smart is entering his fifth year leading his alma mater’s program. Though he has had great success in his first four years back in Athens, oftentimes it […]
The LSU Tigers have some great talents that will show themselves this season. Coming off a National Championship, the LSU Tigers have a lot of work to do, maybe more work to do than any National Champion before them. They tied a record by having 14 players drafted this year, and that means they have […]
Who would have guessed that the NBA’s Disney bubble idea would get off to a rocky start? The visceral image of an NBA bubble, in which players will live in quarantine and emerge only to play basketball in the middle of a global pandemic, has become quite literal. While the players won’t be wrapped in […]
The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. With confirmation that Bradley Beal‘s season is, indeed, finished, there’s a bit more freedom to officially lean into the kind of wild trade speculation and fantasizing that many […]
Polaris 13 features $10,000 tournament prize. COVID-19 brought the sports world to a standstill and that included professional grappling. It’s impossible to socially distance when trying to strangle an opponent or twist their leg off of their body. Still, professional grapplers around the world found a way to stay practicing as they awaited the day […]
Junior welterweight boxer Jose Zepeda defeated Kendo Castaneda but didn’t look like a future world champion in the process. Junior welterweight Jose Zepeda has lost against some big names but has shown an abundance of ability. However, he wasn’t overly impressive in his latest performance. Zepeda (32-2, 25 KOs), 31, of La Puente, California, is 0-2 in […]
Here are three recruits from the class of 2021 that could land at Kentucky. Landing top recruits is a way of life at Kentucky, which has made a habit of snaring one-and-dones under head coach John Calipari. There is another army of star freshmen headed to Kentucky’s lineup this season, including B.J. Boston and Terrence […]
Ohio State football players in line for a breakout season. It was a fantastic season for Ryan Day in his first full season at the helm of the Buckeyes. He led Ohio State to a 13-1 record, the only loss coming to Clemson in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff. With key players such […]
Give these Boston Red Sox stars more credit for helping win a World Series in 2013. The 2013 Boston Red Sox were one of the most likable teams of all time. From their attitude to the swagger, it was impossible to not appreciate the scrappiness of a team that otherwise should be monolithic. Perhaps nothing […]
Don’t count on these players being a part of the Boston Red Sox plan after the 2020 season ends. Heading into a shortened 2020 season, the Boston Red Sox are a team in flux. Less than two years ago they won the World Series as one of the most dominant teams in MLB history. They […]