The Big Fight?
This contest appears to be an unbelievable farce. However, according to H. B. Barnum, “There is a sucker born every minute”.
The Saturday night contest between Mayweather & McGregor is almost too unbelievable to contemplate. However, since Mayweather expects to earn $350 million for his effort, I guess you can’t blame him for doing what he is going to do. What he is going to do is to slap McGregor around for a few minutes until the ﬁght is mercifully stopped. Mayweather has had some easy ﬁghts, but this one should be the easiest, most boring and predictable encounter of his entire career.
It is evident that Mayweather is a scientiﬁc boxer. He uses his skill and his patience to attempt to win all of his bouts, with a minimum of risk to himself. The results of this approach is that many of his ﬁghts have been extremely boring. I cannot fault him, since doing what he does has allowed him to make hundreds of millions of dollars.
When I was growing up, all of my friends and I, enjoyed being amateur boxers. We would go to the gym and train very hard, since most of us wanted to become boxing champions. Our favorite ﬁ ghters were the ones who could knock their opponents out. Most of us admired Mike Tyson. If you were going to one of his bouts, you wanted to be sure that you went early, since most of his bouts did not last very long.
I do respect the athletes in mixed martial arts because it is dangerous and it requires courage, discipline and skill. However, since I was an amateur boxer myself, I have been unable to become a fan of the MMA.
The NFL now has two teams, the Rams and the Chargers, who will play in Los Angeles. That is the good news for local fans. However, it seems to me, that it may be several years before either team earns a spot in the playoffs. The Rams appear to have improved their team, but it seems likely that they will have another losing season. If everything goes right for them, the Chargers have an outside chance of making the playoffs. Both teams will have to improve in many areas before they can even dream of winning championships.
I have heard that the starting ticket prices for each team will be around $150.00 each. That is some severe sticker shock for someone who used to sit in the student section at USC for only $10.00. I am afraid to ask what a hot dog will cost. But I will have to do so, since I will need to take out a mortgage before going to either of their games.
The AP Preseason Football Poll is out and USC is rated Number 4 in the Nation and UCLA has dropped to 36. Stanford, which was historically an annual loser, is now rated 14. UCLA’s Jim Mora is sitting on a very hot seat, and all of the heat is not coming from the weather. A good season by quarterback Josh Rosen could save this season for Mora and the Bruins.
The Trojans are ready to roll. So, do not be surprised if they win the NCAA Championship this year. Fight On!