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Best Fits: Soon-To-Be Tournament Stars Gone Pro

March 03, 2018

Too often when evaluating prospects and their potential, we don’t take into account the teams they land on. Fit might be the most critical part of drafting. Since we'll be covering ALL college basketball over the next week, leading into even more action during the NCAA Tournament on SnapCall Sports, we decided to give you a sneak peak three of the best college players in the game right now, and where they would best fit at the next level. Now, while you're watching the games and calling the action, you can start to decide for yourself how they would fit best in the Association. Plus, it's never too early to prep for our NBA Draft event on SnapCall Sports in June.

With such a strong potential draft class, we’re looking even closer at prospects at the top. We’re looking for strengths, weaknesses and everything in between. This is a natural part of studying from afar, especially not as NBA scouts. With that in mind, arguably the most important part of drafting and development is completely out of the hands of prospects.

Where a player lands on draft night can make or break their first contract. Why do so many players bust, boom or catch on late? Oftentimes, what team they landed on and what opportunities and coaching were like played a huge role. So before we get carried away with tournament action, I want to look at what NBA teams would be conducive to each top prospect reaching their maximum potential.

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What it Feels Like to Win Silver

February 23, 2018

During our SnapCall Sports contests these past few weeks, sponsored by our friends at SWX/THQ, we dove deep into the world of figure skating. The best thing that came out of it was undoubtedly the Russian rivalry between gold medalist Alina Zagitova and silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva. If you joined in our coverage, especially during the women's short program and women's free skate for the medal late in the games, you'd know how close these two are to each other in skill and in life. One is a 15-year-old phenom, and one seems like a 18-year old-veteran (if that can be a thing). Zagitova deserves the gold without question, and should be a favorite in four years as we look ahead to the next games. The question remains, what does it feel like to come in as a young favorite, one of the best in the world, and be bested by your skating partner who you see every day. How do you move on from that and stay proud of what you have accomplished? 

FS Gossips had a fantastic interview with Evgenia Medvedeva after her final run in the free skate Thursday night, which you can both see below, and from the link here. Credit to them for a great interview, which we wanted to share with all the SnapCall Sports fans who were watching with her until the bitter end. Don't expect this to be the end for either of these girls. If you want more stories like this, from the Olympics, to the basketball court, to the football field, to the soccer pitch, join us on SnapCall Sports each and every night to dive deep into the game.

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Fewer Events or Not, Mikaela Shiffrin is a Hero

February 16, 2018

On a sunny Thursday afternoon at Yongpyong Alpine Center, one of Mikaela Shiffrin's 2018 Olympic dreams came true beneath a fire and ice rainbow.

Though spectators at ground level enjoyed noticeably mild winter temperatures, the frosty air above the finish line occasionally created arcs under which Shiffrin found her five-ringed pot of gold.

Crossing the second run finish line in 1:09.20, Shiffrin secured first place (with her first run time of 1:10.82 for total 2:20.02) as the penultimate skier of her round.

Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel earned silver just .39 seconds behind, with a surprise bronze for Italy's Federica Brignone .46 slower than the top time.

Afterwards, she stood at the podium of her press-conference talking to journalists and reporters about the victory:

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How To Judge The New Look Cavs

February 08, 2018

When you make a splash at the trade deadline like the Cleveland Cavaliers did, it's uncharted territory for any analyst, or Gamecaster, to try and wrap their head around. How do you take six players out of a rotation that is expected to, at the very least, compete at the top of the Eastern Conference? All of this after trading your clear-cut second superstar to your biggest competitor in the off-season. It's been a weird run for the Cavs, but what do they really have to lose? Clearly the pre-deadline roster wasn't going to compete with the Warriors (or Rockets) anyway. However, while people go into matching up positions, and figuring out pontential key points in a playoff series that may or may not happen, we at SnapCall Sports like to take the kind of approach that vould help you have a real grasp on how to predict the action. After all, that is our business.

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Start Slow: A Tortoise and the Hare Story

February 02, 2018

Before the big game gets going, we'll give the SnapCall Sports addicts who read our blog a head start on how we're going to kick off our Eagles vs. Patriots contest event with a $200 VISA GIFT CARD as our grand prize!

What better place to start than, with the start...

Of course, in this story, the Patriots are the tortoise, and just like in the fable (spoiler alert if you never read that one) they probably win. In any case, this info might just give you a leg up when our contest goes live, so consider this some homework.

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Americans to Watch in Pyeongchang

January 26, 2018

With the Olympic games around the corner, and SnapCall Sports combining with SWX and THQ Sports to bring you coverage EACH AND EVERY NIGHT during the games, we wanted to start by giving you a beginner's guide to some of the Olympians that you may, or may not be familiar with. Some of these will become household names throughout February, so whether you want to to look educated at the water cooler, or just want to get a leg up before points are on the line in the Free-4-All, here are a few major stories that will be covered once the games get going:

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The Harsh Reality of a Patriots Blowout

January 12, 2018

Tom Brady does just about everything well as quarterback of the New England Patriots, but there is a special place in his heart for two things: blowing out Divisional Round opponents, and destroying the Tennessee Titans. On Saturday, he has a chance to do both, and considering the specifics of the matchup, that's exactly what he's going to do.

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Best of the Best: Shakyla Hill puts Grambling State on the Map

January 05, 2018

Sometimes, the best thing to do is write about the best thing that happened this week. Since it's a new year, and there's a fresh start for all sports stories, it's easy to start with this one, and truth be told, it might sit at the top of the list for a while.

In the waning moments of Grambling State’s 93-71 win over Alabama State on Wednesday night, the Tigers’ Shakyla Hill solidified her place in NCAA women’s basketball history.

With Hill’s assist to Monisha Neal for a 3-pointer, Hill became the first player to finish with a quadruple-double in almost 25 years, as well as the first player (male or female) from a historically black university and the fourth woman overall to complete the feat. The junior guard finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.

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