By: Will Farlow
Zach Lavine has received a historic moment in his young career . Lavine has been named as a reserve to represent the Chicago Bulls in the 2021 NBA All Star game. The shooting guard is a player teammates can go to for leadership. Lavine in my opinion has yet to hit his prime , and is continuing to grow as a player. I have always believed that a player that has a team first mentality can be successful in their career. These are my takes on how Lavine's work ethic led him to his first NBA All Star Game nod.
Lavine was close to an All Star nod back in 2020 to represent the Bulls at home in Chicago and was denied. Lavine has to this point allowed last year's snub to allow his work ethic and confidence help him to thrive under new head coach Billy Donovan. The shooting guard has shown large improvement in his defense, assist totals, and helping put the Bulls toward a winning record. Lavine needs to work on his shot timing in game ending situations which to do consistently requires practice. The Chicago Bulls are a team I see towards contention in the near future . The question is when and how their star shooting guard can get them there. Lavine has proved he can do that for Chicago, and in my view has earned the honor to be in the 2021 NBA All Star game.
Lavine making it to the all star game as a reserve for the eastern conference is now a part of Bulls history. The 25 year old guard is the first Bulls player since Jimmy Butler to be awarded honors to be in the all star game I find that historical connection interesting in regards to Lavine in the deal sending Butler to Minnesota which started the Bulls rebuild. The Bulls have been searching for a superstar, and Zach Lavine could be that player.
Hard work is something that can take a person far once it pays off. I see Lavine playing his heart out for Bulls fans each game. The hard work he has put in thus far in his career shows others that hard work pays off eventually. That eventual pay off is taking place in the 2020-2021 season with Bulls shooting guard Zach Lavine. Congratulations to Zach Lavine to being named to the 2021 NBA All Star game, news that puts the NBA on notice of the emerging Chicago Bulls.
By: Will Farlow
The Super Bowl every year from what I remember is two talented NFL teams facing each other for the Vince Lombardi Trophy and the spoils of winning a title. This year was different as I watched the Super Bowl 55 game tonight seeing things many fans did not expect. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers upset the 2020 Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 to win Super Bowl 55.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought in future Hall of fame QB Tom Brady to help transform their team into champions, and I would say their mission was accomplished. The other Buccaneers players in my opinion were smart to buy into Tom Brady's leadership and message of trusting him to lead them to a Super Bowl title. Tonight's game was a smart coach, strong defense, and a very experienced QB showing a young Chiefs team a good challenge. These are my takes on tonight's game that the other NFL teams should watch about how to approach facing Mahomes and Kansas City next season.
In my opinion, Tom Brady tonight at quarterback showed that true experience and intelligence on the field beat talent. Patrick Mahomes is talented for a young QB, but Tom Brady continues to show football fans true professional skill on the field. I believe Tampa Bay was stronger on defense tonight aside from their talented Tom Brady led offense. I saw a Tampa Bay defense finish the regular season as a top ten defense this year making the Buccaneers fun to watch. I think tonight's game rings true to the 2014 Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks as they proved defense can still win championships. My early prediction prior to tonight's game is that defense would truly dictate the outcome of Super Bowl 55.
I give credit to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on a great season, however, seemed that they ran out of confidence tonight at Ray James Stadium. I saw a young QB with talent, but an entire offense that drops the football lacking a healthy offensive line. Championships in sports in my opinion are not just won by talent, but how confident a team is fueling that to an effort worthy of winning the big game.
I believe that Kansas City will have a bright future in the AFC for many years to come. However, tonight Mahomes and this talented Chiefs team learned a lesson from an experienced Buccaneers team. Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their Super Bowl 55 title win, and football fans this game will definitely help fans through a long offseason.