The Georgia Tech basketball team is slated to take on the Syracuse Orange tonight in McCamish Pavilion in what should be a very interesting game to watch. One storyline to follow is that the Jackets upset the then No. 7 Orange last season in the Carrier Dome, marring an otherwise fantastic season for Syracuse. This year's team is not nearly as talented as last season's, but the Orange will still push the Jackets to the brink if everything doesn't go smoothly for Brian Gregory's team. There is simply no way to beat a team coached by Jim Boeheim if you can't do the fundamental things which Tech has struggled so mightily with all season.
Former Georgia Tech standout Iman Shumpert, a career-long New York Knick, is now on his way to Cleveland to play alongside LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving for the Cavaliers. Shump was a standout on the Carmelo Anthony-led Knicks for a number of seasons, but will now get a chance to learn and grow as a player with some of the NBA's finest. The trade also sent the always trigger-happy and busy-bodied JR Smith to Cleveland, so stay tuned to SportsCenter's Not Top 10 for live updates of what's going on up in Ohio. I hate to say congratulations to Shumpert after a trade, but escaping the flaming vortex that is the New York Knicks is worthy of applause.
Jameis Winston, who is now "still considering" whether or not to declare for the NFL Draft, just needs to pack up his crablegs and get out of town. The infamously immature FSU quarterback is apparently thinking about staying at Florida State for just junior season, a move which would be poisonous for the school, the ACC, and the entire nation. His reputation as a trouble maker has brought too much negative attention to the conference and his collegiate antics are getting quite tiresome. Time to go, Jameis. Your win streak is over, your shine has worn off, and people are getting frustrated.
In case you somehow missed the big news, legendary Brave John Smoltz was voted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday, joining his former teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine as well as longtime manager Bobby Cox in Cooperstown. Smoltz is the third first-ballot hall of famer that the Braves have had in the past two seasons alone, and Chipper Jones could join that list as well when he become HOF eligible in 2018. Congratulations to Smoltz as well as fellow inductees Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Craig Biggio on fantastic careers and their rightful induction into the Hall of Fame.
What will Tech have to do to beat Syracuse? Will a fresh start be good for Iman Shumpert?
Have a great Wednesday!