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Jeb Taylor

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South Jersey sports writer. Contact at jebtaylor1998@yahoo.com

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It's every sports fan's favorite time of year- it's March, and it's madness. The chaos and atmosphere surrounding College Basketball and its championship tournament are unparalleled in the sports world and beyond. Because of the massive amount of games, crazy endings, and unpredictable Cinderella-stories, filling out a March Madness bracket has become commonplace for every office and friend group. If you don't follow college basketball, or have just slacked watching games this season, this is the ultimate guide to avoid embarrassment in your office pool and potentially bring home the championship and bragging rights. Kentucky...

The way Nerlens Noel has been perceived as a basketball player has been an up-and-down ride. A Massachusetts native, Noel came out of high school as the number one rated prospect. His uncanny ability to protect the rim had every scout's eyes wide open. Everyone expected Noel to go on to Kentucky, one of the most storied programs in college basketball, and perform extremely well. And this he did -- until well, he tore his ACL. Noel went from being the projected Number 1 overall selection in the upcoming NBA Draft to questions rising if he would even be taken top-ten, due to his injury. The injury devastated Noel, who was exceeding...

After the smoke cleared from the NBA's hectic trade deadline, many Philadelphia faithfuls were left scratching their heads. Jettisoning the young point guard that seemed to be part of the future, the seemingly-clear path for the 76ers has become opaque. If Sam Hinkie's goal was to further occult the destiny of the laughing stock of the league, he passed with flying colors. It all started two years ago, when the new management of the 76ers decided they weren't content with mediocrity. They traded All-Star Jrue Holiday for raw defensive-presence Nerlens Noel and a first round pick the following season. They also selected an abnormally...

Anthony Davis' play this season may be the only thing that stands out more than his unibrow. From his days at Perspectives Charter high school in Chicago to his NBA career down in New Orleans, Davis has been the epitome of a stand out. He's 6'10 with a 7'7 wingspan and controls the game on both offense and defense. He was the National Player of the year while leading one of the best college basketball teams of the millennium, the first pick in the 2012 NBA draft, and has quietly dominated ever since. Still, Davis and his intimidating connected-eyebrows, aren't being feared the way they truly should be. Davis has improved greatly...

In the midst of a storyline packed NBA season, a flare-free, stouthearted western conference team has been forgotten about- the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are currently the most disrespected team in basketball. They boast a stunning 39-13 record and are currently second in a loaded Western Conference. Yet they are consistently looked over when talking about championship-contending teams, and are only sending one player to the All-Star game this weekend--Marc Gasol. The success is recent as well, as the Grizzlies have won 13 of their last 15 games. So why isn't anyone talking about the veteran team down in Tennessee? First...

On Saturday, January 17th, one of the most important sports and cultural figures turned 73 years old. Muhammad Ali notoriously 'flew like a butterfly and stung like a bee'. He was respected by all and feared by many. The Louisville Lip went on to have one of the most decorated boxing careers in the history of the sport, but outside the ring is where he had his greatest impact. Born Cassius Clay, he preached religious freedom, racial justice, and the triumph of principle over expedience. Meshing utter dominance between the ropes and brave activism outside of them resulted in one of the most recognized and awarded men in sports...

The 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend may be the first time in history the 3-point contest is more anticipated than the rapidly deteriorating slam-dunk contest. Although the league is going back to the original format this year, the dunk contest currently consists of unproven and rather unexciting participants. Since Nate Robinson and Dwight Howard's epic dunk duels, the dunk contest has fell flat on expectations. Last year, a respectable field of Paul George, John Wall, and more was completely wasted by a hideous format. This year's dunk contest field, consisting of a chronic lack of household names, is juxtaposed with the stacked 3-point...

Nowadays in the NBA, it's more about how you score rather than efficiently putting the ball in the basket. Everyone wants to see alley-oop dunks or step-back circus-shot three-pointers. If it doesn't make the Top 10 plays, does anyone even care?   Kyle Korver is the exact opposite. He has perfected all the lost-arts of basketball. Forget a highlight dunk, Korver is just looking to come off a screen and bury a (probably contested) jump shot. Korver's surface-level stat line is no where near blowing you away-- 13.2 pts, 4.2 rebs, and 2.9 asts. But when you look deeper, you see a pure jump shooter at 51.5 percent from the...

The NCAA generated $912.8 million dollars in revenue in 2013 alone- yet the players, the ones generating the revenue, received nothing. Should the players be paid for their services? How about when the NCAA directly sells the names and likenesses of the players on jerseys and video games? Many would argue yes. With the NCAA being such a big business, why not pay their by-proxy employees? Teams, conferences, and even coaches receive extra money when their teams win bowl games, championships, etc.- so why shouldn't the players? The clipboard-carrying guys in suits on the sidelines live affluently, while the players live destitute...