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Every Celebrity Booed at an NFL Game

It has been an awkward week, well at least for Kendall Jenner who was incessantly booed at the Los Angeles Rams vs Baltimore Ravens NFL game on November 26. She was shown on the Jumbotron screen twice and was booed for both occasions.

She was with her sister Kylie Jenner, and some other celebrities and friends.

Booing is nothing new.

Fans boo their team’s opponent for psychological reasons, ruining their game in the process. Of course, it’s different when the fans of both teams are booing other fans, especially the celebrity spectators.

Here are other celebrities who were booed at an NFL game. 

#1 Ryan Seacrest

Seacrest was booed while kicking off the NFL season in Denver in 2013.

He was an NBC staple then, with his deal with E! and Million Second Quiz, a game show. Choosing him to introduce the season opener is a no-brainer. The fans, however, are not so thrilled.

He was met with resounding boos from the crowd which Seacrest just ignored and continued doing his spiels.

Fans are so used to seeing John Madden doing the openers, no Seacrest.

#2 Kawhi Leonard

Leonard was booed during a Los Angeles Rams vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers game in Los Angeles in September 2019.

The Jumbotron put him on display, and the fans did not like what they saw. Leonard was booed because LA is perceived as the “Lakers town.”

It was not the first time Leonard was welcomed rudely by the fans, though. He also received a slew of booing from San Antonio Spurs fans when the Toronto Raptors played against the team in January.

If anything, it signalled the looming Lakers-Clippers rivalry in the NBA.

#3 Barack Obama

Obama’s pre-recorded speech was shown on the Jumbotron when the crowd started booing.

It happened in 2016 when the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks coincided with NFL’s first game. A pre-games ceremony was held to commemorate the events. Field-sized flags were laid out as well as a non-partisan video showing President George W. Bush and Pres. Obama.

Boos were already heard when Bush appeared on the screen, but it intensified when it was Obama’s turn.

Commenters blatantly expressed disgust and frustration over what was otherwise a patriotic reflection.

#4 Santa Claus

Yes, it happened in 1968.

The Philadelphia Eagles fans were having a hard decade with their team showing lacklustre performance with 2-12 record. Its long history included a 3-10 season in 1962 and 2-10 season in 1963.

The Eagles fans pelted and snowballed Frank Olivo, a 19-year-old disguised in Santa Claus. He was picked up from the stands, fortunately (or unfortunately) dressed as Santa Claus. 

A real Santa Claus was set to appear during the halftime show but was reported stuck in snow on the way to the stadium. The fans were expecting to see the real Claus to lift their moods somehow, not a skinny boy carrying an equipment bag.

An already pissed Eagles fans who were growing more impatient with their team took their frustration to Olivo. The booing, pelting and snowballing then happened.

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NBA 2019-20 GM Survey is Out: Who is the Likely MVP?

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has already released its annual GM survey. It asked the NBA teams’ executives about the 2019-20 season MVP, champion, and best players, among others.

As NBA disclaimed, the GMs are the decision-makers of the franchise and answers to the survey is their best guesses. The GMs are not allowed to vote for their teams and players. Percentages are based on the total number of GMs who responded to a specific question, not for all the 30 GMs.

NBA Finals Champion

Los Angeles Clippers (46%) was predicted to be this season’s champion. It was followed by Milwaukee Bucks (36%) and Los Angeles Lakers (11%) which are also ranked #1 team in the Eastern and Western Conference, respectively.

The results are distributed. In the last season, the Golden State Warriors received 87% of the vote. The team still received votes this year, though, along with Portland Trailblazers.

Interestingly, Toronto Raptors, which did not appear in the results, won the 2018-19 NBA Finals championship.

Kia MVP Awardee

About 52% of the respondents chose Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, who won last year’s MVP award. The majority of the GMs is apparently impressed of his previous season’s performance.

The disparity among the next choices is pretty wide, at 10%. Three names emerged: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), and Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers).

The last year’s choice was LeBron James with 30%.

Speaking of last year’s survey results, when asked the GMs if they were to start a franchise who would they choose to start it, Antetokounmpo was also the runaway winner. He received 30% of the vote last year and a whopping 86% this year.

Rookie of the Year

Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans, the no. 1 overall draft pick, was chosen to be most likely Rookie of the Year awardee at 68%. He also deemed as the most athletic among the players today. The GMs also highlight that in five years, Williamson would be the NBA’s best player.

Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) and Darius Garland (Cleveland Cavaliers) also received 29% and 4% of the votes, respectively.

Luca Doncic was predicted to receive the award in the last year’s survey with 43% of the total votes. Doncic was indeed awarded as the Rookie of the Year.

Best Overall Offseason Move

The Los Angeles Clippers (82%) was voted to have made the best move of the offseason. This is in part of the acquisition that is expected to make the biggest impact, referring to Leonard’s transfer from Toronto Raptors to the Clippers (67%). 

Other survey results are below.

Best Point Guard: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

Best Shooting Guard: James Harden (Houston Rockets)

Best Small Forward: Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)

Best Power Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)

Best Center: Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)

Best Defensive Player: Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)

Best Perimeter Defender: Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)

Best Interior Defender: Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)

Most Versatile Defender: Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)

Best Defensive Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Best Head Coach: Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs)

Breakout Player: De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings)

Most Fun to Watch: Denver Nuggets

Best Pure Shooter: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

Best Passer: LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)

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Several Ways the NBA 2019-20 Season Has Changed This Offseason

Time and again—that means every year, the league rolls out new rules for the NBA players and teams to follow. That’s despite the association claiming that the rules are being broken frequently.

Tampering, at the player and team levels, is one of the most common violations. The Board of Governors received several proposed changes that it has to approve or reject yet in the coming years.

Here are some of the changes that we may see coming this 2019-20 NBA season.

Tampering rules

Declaration of unauthorized benefits

The team must report within 24 hours if an agent or any player representative who asked for a benefit (or benefits) that is otherwise not allowed. The bases are the salary and the collective bargaining agreement which the latter termed as “unauthorized benefits.”

Preservation of communications

All teams need to preserve any and all communications undertaken with players and their respective agents. Teams need to keep a record of a year’s communication.

Reporting anonymously

The league shall create new channels for teams and their employees to report any violations. The report would be anonymous and confidential.

Trade requests

No player would be allowed to induce a demand for a trade. This is especially applicable for players who are under contract.

Random investigatory audit

The league would also conduct an investigation of five teams on a random basis every year. The goal of the inspection is to assess the team’s system rules compliance.

Annual certification

Team governors, operations executives, and negotiators need to submit a certification, detailing they did not talk to any free agent and/or their representatives before the actual free agency dates. Likewise, they need to certify that no unauthorized benefits were offered to a player. They need to do this for each signed contract.

A team who is proven to have violated the rules would be fined $10,000. 

Challenge rule

The season will adapt the Coach’s Challenge on a trial run. Such a contest allows any team to review one decision per game.

A team is allowed to challenge a personal foul, out-of-bound ball possession, and goal-tending at any time other than in the game’s final two minutes.

A timeout must be called if the team wishes to challenge the decision since this is a potential interruption. Teams need to utilize the challenge strategically since it means losing a timeout.

Salary cap rules

In other interesting news, the NBA has also issued projected salary cups for the next two seasons (2020-21 and 2021-22). The salary cap would be $116 million and $125 million, respectively. The luxury tax threshold for the first year would be $141 million and $151 million in the second year.

There would be at least $2 million difference.

This is a significant problem among NBA teams who have already capped out for the next season. These are the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Golden State Warriors, whose capped out over $143 million already.

One issue leading to the 2021-22 NBA season is the free agency of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and LeBron James.

 

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