Wake Up With Whitty – 11/19/2017

Hello and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. We’ve past the midway point in November, the weather is starting to turn colder and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The NFL playoff picture is starting to take shape and there’s only one week left before Conference Championship Week in college football. Some of the psychopaths Christmas enthusiasts have already started putting up their lights and trees (*cough* Jefe *cough*) and the big red bow car commercials are out in full force. It’s an exciting time of year, and with so much going on, it’s hard to stay focused on the stories that matter. That’s where I come in. Join me as I take you on a journey through the first three stories I happened to come across the top stories around the world of sports from this past week.
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Wake Up With Whitty – 10/21/2017

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. It’s Bengals/Steelers weekend so keep your head on a swivel out there.  Burfict’s going to be out there taking heads off, and I’m sure Mike Mitchell will be doing Mike Mitchell things:

It’s going to be an ugly AFC North slugfest on Sunday.  Any time these two teams get together, there’s going to be fireworks, and you can guarantee that both teams’ fans will be bitching about how dirty the other team played.  In my experience, one of the two teams’ fans have been 100% justified in their complaints and the other team should quit whining because the one time that they actually did fall victim to a dirty play it helped them Steel a playoff victory.  I won’t say which team is which though because Wake Up With Whitty is a place of love and acceptance so we should all just put aside the hate for a moment.  Ok, moment’s over: I hate Pittsburgh.  Here’s Wake Up With Whitty:
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Nati Boys #18: Football Sucks

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The State of Ohio had a poor showing in football this weekend, much to the chagrin of the Nati Boys.  We briefly recap the Bearcats’, Bengals’ and Buckeyes’ woes and try to find some reasons to be positive about each of our teams.  Find out the latest reason why nobody likes Brian Kelly as we officially put him on the Hot Seat.  We discuss some of the biggest stories from Week 1 of the NFL season as well, including updates on Zeke Elliott’s pending suspension and on the Los Angeles Rams’ attendance issues.  We wrap things with a brief review of Lonzo Ball’s latest rap track and a “Would you rather…?” about athletic ability vs. musical talent.

Intro music provided by: http://www.bensound.com

Lonzo Ball: Summer League Savior

Lavar’s son looked pretty impressive in his second Summer League game for the Lakers.  He notched a triple-double after a pretty dismal first game ( a 2-15 shooting performance).  Lonzo is a point guard in the true sense of the word; he’s a pass-first player with an ugly shot, that knows how to run the floor.  His bounce-back in game 2 still wasn’t enough for the Lakers to get the win against the Celtics.

I normally pay a little attention to the Summer League, but this year it’s been must-watch TV for me as a Lakers fan.  Here’s Lonzo’s highlights from his triple-double game; we’ll act like game 1 didn’t happen.

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Bearcats Show Up at #21 in USA Today’s Way Too Early College Basketball Poll

Earlier this morning, USA Today released their preseason top 25 for the 2017-18 college basketball season.  Cincinnati (21), Xavier (12), UK (6) and Louisville (9) all made the list.  It’s entirely too early for these sort of predictions, but people love lists.  Not gonna lie, I immediately clicked on it to see where they had my Bearcats ranked to begin next season.

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And With the #2 Pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers Select…

 

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Dear God, please don’t let it be Lonzo Ball.

Last night, from 8-8:30 I was flipping between watching the Reds and Cubs slug it out, and ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery countdown.  At 8:30, they were expected to begin announcing the draft order, so from that point on, I was locked in.

The Lakers had a chance to get any pick from 1-6, and only got to keep their pick if it was top 3.  If they had received picks 4, 5 or 6, the selection would have gone to Philly as part of the Steve Nash trade from what feels like 19 years ago.  Picks 14-7 were announced in reverse order, and when they got to picks 6, 5 and 4, my breath was held.  Alas, I did not hear the Lakers name announced, and knew that we had secured a top 3 pick, and I could finally breathe a sigh of relief.

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