NCAA Football is very proud of their great traditions and the great history that many of their school have. It seems like every week there is another story about another tradition from another school. Whether it is the gator chomp, the sign at Notre Dame, the rock at Clemson, or the T at Tennessee there are plenty of great traditions in college football. The traditions are not limited to certain teams though as Week 13 marked a significant part of the countdown towards the playoff.
The UFC is a tough business to be in and it is a lot more than just the path that people have to climb to make their way up to a spot where they can live comfortably. It is about trying to stay as one of the top fighters in the UFC for an extended periods of time. Moving up in the rankings is hard enough in the UFC as fighters have to navigate the minefield that is the fight game. Anything can happen and anything can derail a fighter’s move up the rankings. An injury suffered in a fight could do anything from end a career to give the fighter a month long medical suspension.
Becoming a professional athlete is not the easiest path to make a living, although it can be a very rewarding one. Only a fraction of people make it into a professional league compared to the amount of people that play the sport. The ones who make it are the people who can take the natural talents they have and add hard work to become a legitimate professional player. It is not a path that can be taken lightly and many times those who make it are the people who have a great support system around them.
The UFC is built on a system that has taken a lot of fire over recent years but one that rewards hard work above everything else. Winning is key in the UFC as it is the only way to become something in the promotion. Not only that but it is the only way to earn any money in the UFC as the low ranking fighters rarely clear enough to make a living. To earn the type of money that can make them a truly professional fighter they have to win and move their way up the rankings to earn fights on the main card and in the main event.
The playoff race is heating up in the NFL as the first team has been eliminated from the playoffs with only six weeks left in the season. As teams continue to march towards the playoffs or simply towards the offseason they are starting to prove exactly what type of team they have. Whether they are a team that simply doesn’t have what it takes to compete with the best teams. More than that though are the emergence of the superstars of 2014 as the halfway point is gone and the top players begin to prove that they are for real.
The NCAA season continues to wind around towards the playoff as top four teams continue to drop. The #1 team in the nation took their first loss of the season as Mississippi State could not overcome the challenge from Alabama. So for another week the rankings change and the playoff adjusts. It seems like every week another top four teams takes a loss in one of the strangest years in recent memory. It is all only made stranger with the fact that it is all about the top four teams and not the top two teams that make it in.
The heavyweight division is one of the most popular in the UFC as it marks the biggest and strongest fighters in the UFC. The champion of the heavyweight division is always a superstar and that is true of Cain Velasquez. The only problem is that Velasquez has not fought since November 2013. A brief break and a series of injuries have kept the champion out of fights and have kept him on the sidelines and unable to defend his belt. The At UFC 180 Velasquez was finally supposed to return to the octagon where he would try to defend his belt against Fabricio Werdum in his father’s home country.
The NHL is an international league with players from all over the world playing in the biggest hockey league in the world. As more and more players from all parts of the world enter the NHL there seems to be little change in what these players represent. Time and time again players enter the NHL with a stigma attached to them based on where they are from.
Once again the fighting debate was sparked in the NHL but this time it was not started by a fight in the NHL. Instead it was a debate that began in the OHL where Connor McDavid injured himself getting into a fight. What makes that incident such an important one is the fact that Connor McDavid is one of the most hyped young hockey players ever. He is considered a “can’t miss” prospect in the NHL draft and many think he could be the next great player along the likes of Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby.
Goaltenders are a strange breed and there is no denying that they are the guys that everyone gives their own space in the locker room. They are the one player in every team that has the strangest routine and the weirdest superstitions. Despite all of this they are also the guys who can make the biggest difference in a game. They can be a wall behind their defence that lets nothing through and gives a struggling offence more than enough time to put one goal in that can win the game.