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Can Chelsea FC keep winning?

Last season Chelsea’s manager was Jose Mourinho, a legend at the club. He has led Chelsea to multiple league titles, with the latest one being two seasons ago. Last season however, was an absolutely horrible performance. Chelsea finished 10th in the league (out of 20) and did not qualify for the Champions league. Chelsea weren’t ready to sell their team that just recently was able to capture a league title. They were most certain that the most probable reason had to do with coaching and team morale. This was a big turn of events for Chelsea. Facing unfamiliar territory, Chelsea decided to start fresh and hire a new manager…

Antonio Conte.conte

This was a much needed change. He came into the club with a sense of passion that Chelsea have never had on their sideline before. He gives the players energy that they were lacking last season and gave them a new sense of urgency. His tactics are far different from those of Chelsea’s past managers, so fans were unsure what to expect. He has been able to find a balance in the team, putting players in positions that they will be able to succeed in. Thus far, Chelsea are in first place, and as you can see below, fans couldn’t be happier. conte-celebrating

Antonio Conte decided to implement an unfamiliar 3-4-3 formation. This is unusual because most other teams in the league, including Chelsea in previous seasons, play with 4 defenders. Conte saw that his players had the potential to adapt to a brand new style of playing. His new formation led to the revitalization of Eden Hazard (below, right), Diego Costa, and the discovery of just how good Victor Moses (below, left) is. Their recent performances are just the beginning of what they’re capable of. hazard-moses

Chelsea have played their way to a 10-1-2 start, putting them at the top of the table with 31 points. Chelsea have a tough test of matches coming up, but if they can keep this up they look like favorites to win this leagues Premier League title and find their way back into the Champions League, which they just won in 2012. champions-league

Diego Costa (below) has been known for his poor temperament, usually finding himself suspended for getting too many cards. Under Chelsea’s new boss Antonio Conte, Costa has been more disciplined than ever, leading the league in total goals responsible for. In 13 games, he has scored 10 goals and has 4 assists. If he can keep up this production, keep a cool head, and stay healthy, Chelsea are going to have no problem outscoring their opponents this season.diego-costa-vs-man-united

Will Chelsea be able to keep up with their recent win streak? Under their new coach and the revitalization of their superstars, they find themselves at the top of the premier league table with Saturdays match against Manchester City being one of the most important games of their season. A win on Saturday would truly establish their dominance and put them in a strong position for the second half of the season. luiz-jumping

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Syracuse Orange

Syracuse basketball has been a part of my life ever since I was a kid. My parents used to bring me to games every year, which developed my love for the game of basketball. Having the ability to attend local games for a talented team is something that many people take for granted. Now, my father and I have season tickets to Syracuse basketball. We believe that Syracuse are potentially the greatest college basketball program in the country. But what about John Calipari and Kentucky with all of their NBA prospects? What about Duke and Coach K? Nope. Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange are the greatest college basketball program in the country.

The Syracuse Orange are almost always in the NCAA tournament despite not having super star caliber talent. As we all know, its not only important to make the tournament. What is truly important is what you do once you get to the NCAA tournament. They have made the final 4 six times, and were tournament champions in 2003. The most recent final 4 appearance was this past year which had them as a 10 seed. They had to beat teams like Dayton, Gonzaga, and number 1 seed Virginia. Syracuse were not favored in any of these games. The most impressive part about this past years performance is that our best player was a rookie named Malachi Richardson. Who? The freshman that only averaged 13.4 points per game? Yes, that guy.  Without his spectacular tournament performance, the team would have been forced to rely on seniors Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinijie who aren’t bad, but aren’t the type of players that lead a team past the sweet 16.  Syracuse led all of college basketball in attendance for 2014 and 2015, and was 2nd in 2016 in which the average attendance was 21,592. The local area has a lot of loyalty to this team. Syracuse has produced many NBA players, but the biggest player to ever come out of ‘cuse as we all know, is Carmelo Anthony. Now I could go on and on about the players that attended Syracuse that went on to play in the NBA, but what is more impressive is the lack of big name players that they’ve had.

Syracuse have repeatedly made it deep into the NCAA tournament without big name players. This speaks wildly about how talented Jim Boeheim is as a coach. Boeheim has a career record of 888–347 (.719) which is 9th all time. Boeheim has been named Big East coach of the year four times, and has been named District II Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches ten times. Boeheim has also been a coach for the USA national team. One thing that is very impressive about Boeheim’s coaching ability is that he plays zone defense. Syracuse is well known for playing this style of defense, but it is extremely hard to teach because players usually grow up playing man to man defense.

Coach Boeheim is able to take players that aren’t well known, teach them an entirely new system of defense, and take them to the NCAA tournament year after year. Syracuse fans continue to come to games every year, making Syracuse one of the most attended college teams in the country each year. The fans dedication to this team combined with Boeheim’s ability to produce successful teams make Syracuse arguably the best College basketball program in the country.