The Game Haus Play Of The Week – 4/11/16

The NCAA Championship is the holy grail of college basketball. Athletes of college teams dream of the opportunity to join their team in the final game of the season. After all, it takes more than just a single person to guide their team there and a teams’ rank before the NCAA Tournament means absolutely nothing before that big game. Hence, the true meaning behind March Madness.
As teams start to advance within the tournament and fight for a spot in the final playoff game, it puts immense pressure on these talented athletes. It is here that the true and talented men of the NCAA shine through that edge their team to the next round. Those that get intimidated by such pressure, fall short and have to wait till next year. Nevertheless, it is surely a challenge to stay on top as teams’ communication will be tested and vital to their success.
The Villanova Wildcats are a pure example of that. I don’t have to tell you how close the game between Villanova and North Carolina was. In fact, with just seconds left, North Carolina was tied with Villanova 73-73. Expecting this championship game to go into overtime, Villanova got the ball back. As forward Kris Jenkins gets possession of the ball with the clock winding down, he gets a great look at the basket and shoots. He nails a three point buzzer beater to boost Villanova over North Carolina 77-73.
If you missed Kris Jenkins’ incredible shot, here it is in all of its glory:

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The Game Haus Play Of The Week – 4/4/16

College sports are the epitome of what the future holds for professional sports. College athletes who give it their all by defining new bounds that lead to establish something incredible all while playing for the love of the sport is truly astounding. If these athletes were given the true opportunity to showcase their skills on a professional level, their efforts would not go unnoticed.

Nevertheless, all athletes have some sort of athletic ability. Sometimes that ability can be defaulted due to a moment’s lapse of judgement that gives another athlete a moment to showcase their skills. This week’s play of the week, does just that. For where there is opportunity, there is the ability to grow.
This particular athlete saw that opportunity and ran for it. Literally, ran for it. But first, let’s set up this play. In the top of the 6th inning of the Mississippi State and Ole Mississippi baseball game, the game was tied 1-1 leading to the bottom of the 6th. An RBI single from Reid Humphreys would lead Jake Mangum to score, increasing MSU’s lead. It wasn’t until the bottom of the 7th inning after Ole Miss was unable to increase their lead which produced a throwing error in the bottom of the 7th that resulted in a failed pickoff attempt where Jacob Robson, a senior, was able to reach home base from 1st to give MSU a final score of 3-1. Yes, you read that correctly. A run scored by Jacob Robson from first base to home on a failed pickoff attempt. The speed of Robson is so extraordinary that if you blinked, you could miss it. Just imagine this speed in the majors. Wow.
Just in case you missed it, Robson’s incredible finish to the MSU game can be seen here:

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The Game Haus Play Of The Week – 3/28/16

Although March Madness focuses on the NCAA, we must not forget the professional level of basketball and that is the NBA. Without the NBA, athletes from top basketball programs would not be able to work toward a lifelong dream of playing for such a team to further expand their career. Needless to say, these NBA teams are currently playing for a playoff spot that will begin April 16, 2016 for a chance to reach the NBA Finals.
Sure, these athletes of the NBA are highly talented individuals and are very skilled at what they do. However, most of them are very cautious on the court to not only prevent themselves from injury, but from blocking a shot that is well out of their range. After all, sometimes a particular shot by a player is more than just points on the scoreboard. In fact, it is a sense of trash talking that is very well respected by players and fans that continues to add further appreciation to the sport of professional basketball.
Without further adieu, The Game Haus Play of the Week is just that. It involves two athletes who are utilizing their athletic skills to the best of their ability. One player is trying to increase their teams’ lead while the other is trying to prevent that exact revelation. Nevertheless, it makes for an extraordinary play. Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves came out of nowhere down the lane to simply land a dunk on Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz. Wiggins was successful as Gobert stepped back to accept his fate. It is without a doubt an impressive dunk.
In case you missed it, here it is:
https://youtu.be/nDAcxvH8pek
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Congrats to Carter McEachern for choosing this week’s play of the week.

The Game Haus Play Of The Week – 3/14/16

If you ask me, it’s been a stressful week in sports this week. As free agency in the NFL kicks off, March Madness starts finalizing the teams in the NCAAB for the tournament, spring training continues in the MLB, and the NASCAR race heating up at the Phoenix international Raceway only leads to the start of what else is to come. Not to mention, the constant updates on your mobile device of every single surprising, yet informative news story of what is going on in the world of sports, which just wants me to take a moment and have a refreshing glass of cherry Coke. I refuse to turn such notifications off during this timely sensitive period of sports news.
Athletes in their specific sports are meant to impress the fans with their ability to perform their sport well and if they have the opportunity to entertain us, then we are all still watching eagerly waiting for more. If you can throw some team rivalry in the mix, then we’re back on the edges of our seats. With that being said, I bring to you a stress-free moment in sports this week so that you can sit back and think to yourself, how did I miss this play of the week? Well don’t worry, The Game Haus is here for you.
As you know, spring training continued this week to prep for opening day in April. Before the first pitch was thrown in the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays game, Jose Bautista decided to do something that he has done before, that is if you were watching closely to notice it the first time. This right fielder for the Blue Jays decided to get into an epic battle with the Phillie Phanatic whom is the mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies. These two battled back and forth until Bautista bowed down in defeat against his competitor.
If you missed this competition of strength, here it is:
https://youtu.be/-Pl5p9L8LBE
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The Game Haus Play Of The Week – 3/7/16

UFC match-ups are highly anticipated events due to the male and female athletes that perform this sport. With the addition to all of the marketing that is tied into that specific event resulting from the publicity, corporate sponsorships, and classic feuds; it just adds fuel to the existent fire that a significant, rememberable event is about to take place. The hype of these events increase over time, especially after a previous title fight was left with a major upset or when a specific athlete demands a match-up with a potential contender to create more excitement within the event.
Nevertheless, we feed off of this events. Sure, we have our favorite. Sure, we want to see a knockout, but we also want to see a fight worth watching. UFC match-ups are completely unpredictable and that is simply a characteristic that we as fans absolutely love and cannot live without. UFC 196 was going to be just that. With Holly Holm (10-1), the current UFC Champion who defeated Ronda Rousey just four months ago in an upset that no one saw coming against Miesha Tate, whom was 18-5 and on the verge of retirement was predicted to lose against Holm in the 135-pound title fight in the co-main event of UFC 196 that took place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.
The fight was a great match, especially leading up to the fifth and final round. Until the unexpected happened, Holly Holm was submitted with a rear-naked choke hold at 3:30 that she desperately tried to get out of. This was truly a fight worth remembering. You have to see it, in order to believe it. All I can gather from the match-up, is just a surprising wow. Looks like Miesha Tate will have to put off retirement a little longer or at least until she fights Ronda Rousey.

If you happened to miss this rear-naked choke that gave Miesha Tate the win, you can watch it here:

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Congrats to Jessica B for picking this week’s play of the week.

The Game Haus Play Of The Week – 2/29/16

College match-ups are more than just games. They involve passion, drive, talent, and team comrade. These college athletes’ enthusiasm achieves more than just points on the scoreboard or a statistic in their teams’ record. Being a fan of a college sport becomes a lifestyle with the history becoming a part of your own blood.
As a fan watching your favorite college basketball team play ball, there is nothing as exciting as your favorite player sinking three point shots. Especially when your team is involved in a back to back battle trying to secure the lead and establish a deficit for the opposing team. It’s true that every shot counts, but it does not mean that these shots are less deserving of the previous shot. Unless of course, a shot was so remarkable that not only does it get noticed, but is talked about well after the game is played.
This week’s Play of the Week does just that. During the Vanderbilt Commodores versus the Florida Gators basketball game within the first half, senior center Josh Henderson who stands at 7 feet tall whom has attempted only two 3 point shots within his career decided to impress his fans by sinking a 80 foot buzzer beater from the opposite foul line. Yes, you read that correctly. The OPPOSITE FOUL LINE!  Typically, when an athlete makes a shot from outside the 3 point line, he/she would either jump, step forward, step backward, or a possibly combination of the above. However, in this case Josh Henderson did not do that. Instead, he just turned and threw the ball toward the basket achieving the shot. Needless to say, this shot was truly remarkable and is a must see.

If you happened to miss this 80-foot buzzer, you can watch it here:

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Information Courtesy of USA Today and ESPN

The Game Haus Play Of The Week – 2/22/16

Sometimes publicity or lack thereof can get in the way of recognizing a true athlete. After all, those that are truly passionate about their sport as well as working hard on their skills by devoting time and patience while pushing through the physical pain and mental anguish are authentic athletes. In fact, some of the very skilled athletes get recognized at a young age before making a career in a professional sport but not before proving to everyone that they deserve to be there.
This brings me to an athlete named Hassan Hawthorne. Hassan is currently an undefeated high school wrestler at Pelham High School in Huntsville, Alabama. During his previous season, he placed third with a 160 and was projected for a remarkable season during his senior year. It is not Hassan’s remarkable talents that make him only stand out, but it’s his inspiring journey that is capturing sports fans everywhere. Hassan Hawthorne was born without tibias in both of his legs. His fibulas were formed without muscles and nerves causing a double amputation before he was three months old. Although he walks on man-made limbs, he wrestles without them.
Currently in his senior year, he is two victories away from being a state champion. He won his semifinal match against senior Javan Cortez 9-4 to reach Saturday’s 145 pound 6A final.
Below is the extraordinary match resulting in Hassan Hawthorne’s victory:

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Congrats to Scott Forester for picking this week’s play of the week.

The Game Haus Play Of The Week – 2/15/16

As true NBA fans, we all look forward to our teams’ games. The teams’ dynamic, key players, and fantastic shots taken on the court that hopefully do not result in a foul against your own team. However, every year the rules of the game get postponed so that the star players could showcase their athletic and artistic skills in the Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game.

After all, during an NBA game, if you blink, you could potentially miss a dunk that would later be revealed as a top ten play, however during the Dunk Contest, it is nothing but top plays. Up until this year, I felt that the Dunk Contest was losing its edge and that I was hardly impressed with what I was witnessing. Sure, there might have been a dunk that was memorable, but nothing that kept me on the edge of my seat.

This year, I stand corrected. Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic and Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves brought their a-game. Each round consisted of a dunk that surpassed the last which made it difficult to determine who could potentially win that round which resulted in five rounds to finally crown the overall winner.

If you ask me, I think Aaron Gordon was robbed especially during his fifth dunk which resulted in a 47 out of 50 which I think was a true miscalculation whereas Zach LaVine’s fifth dunk earned a 50 out of 50 which I felt was not as deserving but earned him the 2016 Winner of the Dunk Contest. Out of all of Aaron Gordon’s dunks, I have to agree with this week’s pick as it is also my favorite dunk.

Without further adieu, below is a clip of Aaron Gordon’s sweet dunk:

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Congrats to Lauren Oberle for picking this week’s play of the week.

The Game Haus Play Of The Week – 2/8/16

There is nothing like a back and forth battle within a basketball game to keep the fans on the edge of their seat. As die hard fans, we anticipate every shot to be the beginning of a consistent beat down against our opponent to effectively secure a win. We continue to have faith in our team especially when our team starts to pull away from our opponent up until our hopes become shaken when that lead starts to deteriorate.

If you are an Orlando Magic fan, these were you emotions during Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. After your team has only won two of the last seventeen match ups, faith of your team’s performance has been a consistent roller coaster. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when this game became quite interesting. In fact, with minutes left to go, it seemed that this game could very well go into overtime.

That is of course, until Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic was passed the ball with 2.2 seconds left in regulation. He preceded to take the fadeaway shot landing the basket at the buzzer which secured the win against the Atlanta Hawks 96-94.

 

 

 

In case you missed it, below is a clip of this buzzer beater:

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Congrats to Mike A. for picking this week’s play of the week.

 

Information Courtesy of the NBA

The Game Haus Play Of The Week – 2/1/16

Adrenaline-increasing sports gather fans throughout the world. Especially, when these highly active sports group together to create a once in a year sporting event that happens to occur in one of the most beautiful places in the world. With that being said, I bring to you the 2016 Winter X Games that are held in Aspen, Colorado. With extreme sports, such as: snowmobiling, skiing, and snowboarding with different degree levels in slopestyle, freestyle, and superpipe; its difficult not to lean off the edge of your seat when watching these athletes perform their sport.

Repeat athletes who master their craft are typically the ones to watch as they quickly become the fans favorite. However, sometimes it takes a while for these athletes to earn the respect that they so very well deserve. Unless of course, they are able to perform under pressure and break a record in the process. Kelly Sildaru, an avid skier who at the age of 13, thats right THIRTEEN loves to participate in the sport. Her first appearance as a Slopestyle Skier occurred at the 2015 Dew Tour where she landed a win. Now lets fast forward to this past weekend that consisted of her second total appearance at the 2016 Winter X Games where she successfully achieved winning the gold medal in Slopestyle Woman’s Skis by landing two 900s in her first run to post a score of 93.00. Her win made her the youngest gold medalist at a winter event and the second youngest in X Games history behind Ryan Sheckler. Talk about impressive.

In case you missed it, below is a clip of this gold medal win:

 

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Congrats to Jaime McKinney for picking this week’s play of the week.