Rise Up Right Highlights In Sports with Andre “The Torch” Robinson


 March Madness NCAA Tournament

Let us congratulate both UB basketball teams for the extraordinary and historical impact that they made in this year’s NCAA tournament. Now that the dust has finally settled on the national title game as the Michigan Wolverines (33-7) look to derail the Villanova Wildcats (35-4)

This will the second time Villanova will play for the title in three years. Michigan will be playing in the title game for the first time since 2013 when they lost against Louisville but the NCAA stripped Louisville of that title. The Wolverines are a huge underdog as ESPN’s Basketball Power Index only give them a 20% chance to become the national champs this making Villanova the biggest favorite to win since 2010. Who will be the King of the NCAA Basketball world?


NBA Playoffs

Trouble is brewing for the NBA champs as they are being plagued with the injury bug. It has been reported that Stephen Curry will miss the first round of the playoffs, along Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson who have also been injured in recent weeks as well. Can the Warriors get back to the land of promise called the NBA Finals?

In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics may also start the playoffs without Kyrie Irving who had surgery to remove a tension wire from his knee. With both teams missing its star player, which team is more likely to be bounced from the playoffs first?

Also in NBA News, Lebron James broke Michael Jordan’s record for most consecutive double digit scoring games with 847 straight games. Speaking of the future, hall of famers are leading the way as the NBA looks to induct a new class of great players and also on that list is Ray Allen and Grant Hill. Out of the four mentioned, who would you start a franchise with?

NFL Universe

The NFL has been patiently awaiting the 2018 NFL Draft and in three weeks we will find out who will be drafted #1 and where all the great talents will go? It seems like every week the # 1 overall prospect changes. That being said, who do you think will go #1 overall in this year’s NFL Draft? This week also saw the change of two important rules in the NFL. The first change was implementing a new catch rule which states the following.

  1. Control of the ball.
  2. Two feet down or another body part.
  3. A football move such as: A third step; Reaching/extending for the line-to-gain; Or the ability to perform such an act.

The second rule was to eliminate helmet to helmet contact which is also called targeting. Players will no longer be allowed to lower their heads and initiate contact with their helmets. If this happens it’s a 15-yard penalty and the player who lowered his head can be thrown out of the game. I can honestly say that these rules are great for the league. Do you think these rules are good for the NFL?

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