Articles by Connor Groel

Basketball

The Worst NBA Playoffs Ever?

I’ve been putting off writing this for a while.  I tried to keep hope alive that things would change, but at this point, things have just gotten out of hand.  What on earth is going on with the NBA playoffs?  Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers led the Boston Celtics by 41…

Take 5

Take 5: Kawhi Leonard Goes Down (5/16/17)

*Take 5 is a series where I give my opinions on five recent stories in the world of sports.  Today, I’m discussing the Zaza Pachulia-Kawhi Leonard incident, Kelly Olynyk’s game 7 heroics, Derek Jeter’s number retiring, Colin Kaepernick, and the new WSOP Main Event format. But first, a shout out to Si…

Take 5

Take 5: Big Baller Brand and the ZO2s

*Take 5 is a series where I give my opinions on five recent stories in the world of sports.  Today, we have a signature shoe from one of the biggest NBA draft names, the Warriors and Cavs’ domination, a potential baseball rule change, the Champions League final being set, and another quarterback…

ESports

Why Are eSports So Popular?

The following for eSports is simply staggering.  Last year’s League of Legends World Championship was watched by 43 million people, a record since passed by the 46 million who tuned into IEM Katowice in March.  eSports already boast well over 200 million unique viewers annually, a number set to continue…

Basketball

Take5: NBA Awards and Playoff Predictions

Russell Westbrook.  James Harden.  Kawhi Leonard.  LeBron James.  These four NBA superstars have all just finished unbelievable seasons, all of which would be MVP-worthy in a typical season.   However, with an explosion of triple-doubles and stunning solo performances this year, only one of these names will win the league’s greatest…