NFL: Super Bowl LV, Chiefs vs Buccaneers
I wrote about this last week to start the hype ahead of time so I’m not changing it this week. I know this isn’t until the following week but since there is no worthwhile football until then I’m including it this week. Tom Brady once again finds his way in the Super Bowl despite being on a new team in a new conference. He’s now won the NFC Championship the same number of times as Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. All of the haters that have been saying for years that Brady was only successful because the Patriots were in such an easy division can eat their words. If Brady Wins this year he will have gone through three unbelievable quarterbacks to do so. Honestly what he’s doing is incredible. If you have a few minutes check out this article on Barstool’s website that just goes through ridiculous stat after ridiculous stat about how insane his success has been. The man has more wins after the age of 40 than most of the best quarterbacks of all time do in their whole careers. Dude is an absolute animal and the unquestionable GOAT. Anyways the Chiefs are there too in perhaps the easiest season I’ve ever witnessed for a team. They’ve basically just cruise-controlled to the Super Bowl and will look to make it a second straight. Tune in Sunday, February 7th at 6:30 pm for hopefully a great game and some great commercials.
NBA: Clippers at Nets
The Nets are the new super team in the NBA right now with Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving. My interest in super teams like this towards the beginning of their inception is chemistry. Can three top-25 players gel on the same team together without getting in the way of each other’s egos? Who knows. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. In the end there is always a “number one” established and in the past Kyrie has had difficulty playing second fiddle, even when it was to the best player in the world. He’s got his own problems right now it seems every week some drama comes up where Kyrie is refusing to play so we will see how the season goes for these guys. On the Clippers, you have a two-man tandem of two of the best two-way players in the game (a lot of “twos” there I know let’s just ignore it). Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are still playing very good basketball and I’m sure are looking to make their way back to playoff contention. This one could go either way for me. The Nets could overwhelm the Clippers with their offensive prowess, or the Clippers could decide to really play shut-down defense and frustrate the big 3. Find out how this one ends up on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:30 pm on primetime TNT.
NHL: Oilers at Flames
A nice Canadian battle, eh? The Flames have only played 7 games this season as opposed to the Oilers 11 so it’s hard to get a read on how well they are doing this season. They play some solid hockey at times and seem a bit lackluster at other times so I’m not sure what to make of them. However if I’ve said it once I’ve said it…I don’t know maybe 5 or 6 times…the Edmonton Oilers are super fun to watch. Connor McDavid is the players of this generation, there’s no doubt. He could be the next best players since Gretzky, and I’m very aware of all the great players that have been in the NHL since then. The man can absolutely fly and is just a complete weapon on offense. Its unsurprising that he is leading the NHL in points (and goals) at this stage in the season. Oh and second in points? That would be Leon Draisaitl, McDavid’s teammate, who is first in the NHL in assists. It’s going to be very rare for an opposing team to stop both of these two, so if you tune in to this one I’m sure you’ll see one of these top players minimum put on a show. Check this game out Saturday, February 6th at 10:00 pm.
Premier League: West Ham at Aston Villa
Chances are if you don’t know soccer that well you’ve possibly never heard of either of these teams. So why on Earth would Influential Gentleman pick these as the games of the week? Here’s my thought process. This year has been a fun one in the Premier League, with the standings constantly changing, good teams dropping points left and right, and seemingly harmless teams hanging in there. The latter is where this game comes in. Aston Villa and West Ham have pretty consistently found themselves in the lower half of the Premier League for as long as I can remember. Basically they beat the worst teams in the league and lose to the better teams, avoiding relegation but never really making a run at the top of the table. Now I know the league table is a bit jumbled because unlike every other season, teams are constantly at different amounts of games played. That makes it hard to define what the actual standings are. At this point, West Ham has played 21 games and is in 5th place with 35 points. Aston Villa is in 9th place with 32 points, 3 points back from West Ham, but have only played 19 games. So with two games in hand, Aston Villa could technically find themselves to 3 points ahead of West Ham through 21 games. Complicated enough? Anyway In between those mere 3 points are Tottenham, Chelsea, and Everton, three very good clubs. So these usually insignificant teams are playing with the big boys now. This game will be a fun one to see who remains towards the top and continues to hang on. Check this matchup out on Wednesday, February 3rd at 3:15 pm.
Netflix Movie of the Week: The Social Network
The Social Network came out in 2010 at the height of Facebook’s popularity. However, now more than every social media is running our world, and Facebook is obviously right at the forefront. So, seeing how it all began in this very witty and fast-paced movie is definitely something that we at Influential Gentleman would recommend. Now, no human being wants to see robot Mark Zuckerberg speak for more than a couple minutes, but Jesse Eisenberg actually makes Zuckerberg look not only human, but interesting as well. Pair Eisenberg’s performance with very good performances from Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, and you have yourself a solid film. It took me a while to see the movie but when I finally did a few years ago I was thoroughly captivated by the acting and by the story of how Facebook came to become one of the most well-recognized businesses on the planet. Try it out this week and let us know what you think!