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The Corner of Controversy and Criticism- 3/1/2015

Sometimes the craziest things in sports happen within minutes or in Ronda Rousey’s case fourteen seconds. Saturday Night, Rousey defeated Cat Zingano in fourteen seconds of their main event Women’s Bantamweight title fight at UFC 184. The original Main Event was suppose to be Chris Weidman versus Vitor Belfort but the females did the best they could. Holly Holm defeated Raquel Pennington in her UFC debut and put herself on the map as a top contender. The UFC has a great women’s division and I am sure it’s only going to get better. I truly believe that sometimes the women fight harder then the men. The women also carry bigger grudges which makes their fights even more intense then some of the mens fights. I personally think the women have a great future in the sport because so far they haven’t cheated by doing drugs and have followed all the rules.

Speaking of rules, NASCAR is really being strict about their rules this year. This past weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway thirteen cars were not allowed to qualify due to failing inspection. This undoubtedly has to be a record for a race. The sad thing is that one of those who had to start in the pack won the race, which happen to be Jimmie Johnson. I like that NASCAR has enforcing the rules and giving everyone a even playing field. One of the new things in monitoring pit road penalties closer. I really think the rules on pit road and the rules on the car setups are really going to impact the races this year. I think you will see drivers that usually aren’t competitive be more competitive because of the equal playing field. I know it’s early into the year but I can see the final four being Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr based on the first two races. I know that’s a huge prediction so I guess I have 34 more races to find out if it comes true.

I have to laugh when thinking about one of my close friends predictions he made to his significant other this week. He made a bet with his other half the Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander would have a bounce back year and win the Cy Young Award. I personally think that’s a ballsy prediction considering he’s let money and a model go to his head. I have always been a huge Verlander fan but ever since he has started dating Katie Upton he’s not performed well on the mound. He might be performing well in other places but not when it comes to be a winning pitcher like he has been. I am going the bold prediction and say that the National League Cy Young will come from the Washington Nationals and the American League Cy Young winner will come from the Boston Red Sox. Both teams have killer starting rotations and who knows maybe it will be a World Series matchup.

We have baseball, NASCAR and before you know it hockey and basketball will end. The summer is my favorite time of the year because it’s the heart of baseball and NASCAR season. I would have to say those are my top two sports that I am passionate about and get heated about the most. Until next week be safe, be strong and believe in yourself. Controversy Doesn’t Come Without Criticism!

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