BUBBLE TROUBLE

By Marc Lawrence — The NBA has yet to officially restart the 2020 season in Florida, but the league has already begun discussions with the National Basketball Players Association for a secondary bubble with the eight teams that were eliminated from postseason consideration. ESPN reports that there is still uncertainty as the coronavirus pandemic continues throughout the country, and many of the challenges the NBA has confronted in developing the campus at Walt Disney World Resort likely will arise again with any attempted second site. The question is what lessons from Florida will expedite the construction of a Chicago bubble? The problem is the league also will have gone through the process of getting the teams from outside the Florida bubble to inside it – the most vulnerable period for the virus to potentially spread. The bottom line is if a bubble is the only way players can safely get 5-on-5 experience now, that might be worth the expense, effort and any additional risk. For more on the NBA bubble situation click here.

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Per Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, Milwaukee has the NBA’s best record, and one of the reasons the Bucks hold that distinction is that Milwaukee was 22-0 against the eight teams that failed to qualify for the Disney restart. Oklahoma City was 15-0 and the LA Lakers were 12-0. Toronto and Boston were both 19-1 and Utah was 15-1. Only one remaining teams had an overall losing record against those eight clubs. San Antonio went 7-8.

Grinding Out The Profits

2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: Look out below! That was undeniably the theme surrounding the Wildcats last year. As defending Big Ten West champions, they entered the 2019 season riding as much momentum as the program arguably has had since the Rose Bowl days of the mid 1990’s. Then in one fell swoop, it was gone as prized QB recruit Hunter Johnson failed miserably and they finished in last place. That figures to change in 2020, though, behind the No. 1 ranked unit in the land in Returning Production, plus new blood in graduate transfer QB Peyton Ramsey arriving from Indiana. In 23 starts at Indiana, Ramsey completed 65.6% of his passes for 6,581 yards and 42 TDs, along with 832 rushing yards and 14 TDs. Ramsey will work with new OC Mike Bajakian, formerly a QB coach for four years with the Tampa Bay Bucs, to help breathe some life into the offense.

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