Boxing 2015: Three Signs That Nothing Is Changing From A Dreadful 2014

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo

Boxing fans suffered through 2014 because they’re loyal to the sport.

They sat through fights like Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri, in which a Hall of Famer took on a 140-lb. fighter who may or may not have been gifted a win over Ruslan Provodnikov, a one-dimensional brawler, then immediately fought for a title in a new weight class.

They endured Danny Garcia vs. Rod Salka, which was so effing bad that the sanctioning bodies wouldn’t call it a title fight.That same card featured Lamont Peterson beating up an aged hometown fighter, despite Garcia and Peterson both holding belts at junior welterweight. More on that in a bit.

They sucked it up for a second Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana fight, even though Maidana fought as well as possible and managed to win about three rounds in their first fight.

They watched Adrien Broner brag endlessly after fighting guys below his talent level. They watched Mauricio Herrera get robbed twice despite taking on higher-profile guys and having no power in his fists. They dealt with James Kirkland and Demetrius Andrade destroying solid fights over purse squabbles, and Peter Quillin throwing away a $1.4 million payday (YUP) because Al Haymon said so. The list is endless.

They did it because they thought 2015 would be different. Big fights are on the horizon! Canelo vs. Cotto! Mayweather vs. Pacquiao! The year of Keith Thurman and Deontay Wilder!

Forgive me if I’m not holding my breath for a great year. Here are three things that have already happened to dim one man’s enthusiasm for the glory days of 2013. Continue reading

Boxing 2015: Three Fighters To Watch This Year

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

If you haven’t checked out the latest episode of The Deli Counter with The Boxing Crew, Matty Borgata and Joe Labisi check that out here. We wrapped up 2014, picked awards, and talked a bit about what we want to see in 2015.

Some names, of course, were neglected due to time constraints. Here are three fighters that might make a name for themselves this year as long as boxing politics don’t hold them down.

Demetrius Andrade (21-0-0, 14 KO) 

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Boxing 2014 Wrap Up Podcast: The Deli Counter

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

Matty Borgata, Joe Labisi and I break down boxing in 2014, get into our Top 10 pound-for-pound rankings, and what went wrong in 2014. We’ll also look ahead to 2015, make predictions, and beg for great matchups.

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NFL Playoffs Wildcard Round Podcast With Coach Gottlin: The Deli Counter

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

Coach Gottlin and I return for your playoffs pleasure, and discuss the Wilcard Round games, the Jets and Giants coaching decisions, plus look ahead a bit.

NFL Week 12 Picks Podcast With Coach Gottlin: The Deli Counter

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo

Coach Gottlin opens up the podcast yet again as we delve into our Week 12 games to bet.

NBA Talk With Coach Gottlin: The Deli Counter

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

Coach Gottlin and I go around the NBA, assessing playoff chances, analyzing new faces in new places.

NFL Week 8 Picks Podcast With Coach Gottlin: The Deli Counter

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

Coach Gottlin opens up the podcast to settle a bet, and we make a juicy wager.

Royal Blues: How Much Will Losing James Shields And Billy Butler Hurt KC?

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

The Kansas City Royals’ magnificent postseason run ended just short of the ending many fans wanted, and despite all the promise they showed during this stretch, a return trip could be difficult to achieve.

Before the 2013 season the Royals front office dealt top prospect Wil Myers to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for SP James Shields and SP/RP Wade Davis. The trade was widely panned by statheads who lamented the loss of “control” KC had on Myers. They also cried about Shields exiting his prime years soon, his big salary, and the fact that they might not be able to keep him when the deal expired.

The Royals wanted to win now, so the deal made sense in that respect, but with their history who thought they’d actually, you know, win now. They barely missed the playoffs in 2013, and this year–you know the story. The deal didn’t get sealed though, and now they are all but certain to lose their ace. Let’s look at how much it’ll hurt.

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NFL 2014: Week 9 Predictions Against The Spread

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

* indicates outright upset

Thursday Night

New Orleans (-3.5) over CAROLINA

CAROLINA (+3.5) over New Orleans

Sunday (Early)

*San Diego (+3.0) over MIAMI

MIAMI (-3.0) over San Diego

CINCINNATI (-10.5) over Jacksonville

CINCINNATI (-10.5) over Jacksonville

Tampa Bay (+6.5) over CLEVELAND

Tampa Bay (+6.5) over CLEVELAND

Washington (pk) over MINNESOTA

MINNESOTA (pk) over Washington

HOUSTON (+2.0) over Philadelphia

HOUSTON (+2.0) over Philadelphia

Jets (+9.0) over KANSAS CITY

Jets (+9.0) over KANSAS CITY

Arizona (+1.0) over DALLAS

DALLAS (-1.0) over Arizona

Sunday (Late)

St. Louis (+10.5) over SAN FRANCISCO

St. Louis (+10.5) over SAN FRANCISCO

Denver (-3.0) over NEW ENGLAND

NEW ENGLAND (+3.0) over Denver

Oakland (+13.5) over SEATTLE

SEATTLE (-13.5) over Oakland

Sunday Night

Baltimore (pk) over PITTSBURGH

Baltimore (pk) over PITTSBSURGH

Monday Night

Indianapolis (-3.0) over GIANTS

GIANTS (+3.0) over Indianapolis

NBA 2014-15 Preview: Playoff Picks, Awards Predictions

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

Eastern Conference Playoff Picks

  1. Chicago Bulls
  2. Washington Wizards
  3. Toronto Raptors
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers
  5. Miami Heat
  6. Charlotte Hornets
  7. New York Knicks
  8. Brooklyn Nets

Eastern Conference Finals Representative: Cleveland Cavaliers (Will have 2nd-best record in East).

Western Conference Playoff Picks

  1. Los Angeles Clippers
  2. San Antonio Spurs
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder
  4. Golden State Warriors
  5. Houston Rockets
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. Portland Trailblazers
  8. New Orleans Pelicans

Western Conference Finals Representative: Los Angeles Clippers

NBA Champions: Los Angeles Clippers


MVP: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

Rookie Of The Year: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

Defensive Player Of The Year: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

Sixth Man Of The Year: Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks

All-NBA First Team

PG: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

SG: James Harden, Houston Rockets

SF: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

PF: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

C: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets

All-NBA Second Team

PG: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

SG: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

SF: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

PF: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

C: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

All-NBA Third Team

PG: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

SG: Lance Stephenson, Charlotte Hornets

SF: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

PF: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers

C: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls