Fernando Alonso from Formula 1 Meets Jimmie Johnson from NASCAR


Fernando Alonso was highly impressed by Jimmie Johnson’s performance as a seven time champion in the world of NASCAR when the two decided to swap cars on Monday at the Bahrain International Circuit. After numerous attempts, Jimmie Johnson set a time within 0.02 seconds of the benchmark set by Alonso in the 2013 McLaren F1 car, while Fernando Alonso managed to eclipse Jimmie Johnson’s installation lap by four seconds in the NASCAR.

The Brilliant Idea to Swap Rides

The idea behind swapping rides on Monday initially started in January when the two world-class drivers met in Daytona during the Rolex 24 Hours, transforming the dream into a reality last week in Bahrain, occurring just one day after Fernando Alonso participated in his last F1 race. The overall idea was quite simplistic: Fernando Alonso would take the wheel of the 2018 Henrick Motorsport NASCAR, while Jimmie Johnson would test the 2013 McLaren MP4, which is one of the last V8 screamers in Formula 1.

Within 24 hours after he completed the final lap of his Formula 1 career, Fernando Alonso returned behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car less than an hour into the event. Once Johnson tested his Chevrolet, Alonso decided to return the favor with a total of 3 laps in the McLaren, allowing him to set the benchmark time of 1 minute 40 seconds.

“In all honesty, I wasn’t supposed to drive the McLaren and was only meant to drive the NASCAR. However, it made more sense to test the car before Johnson grabbed it to ensure everything was fine,” Alonso stated. “I was in the cockpit at 11 am after I decided to retire from Formula 1 yesterday.”

More Than Just a Day of Fun

Even though the opportunity was initially pitched as a glorious day of fun and excitement for both racers, running two world-class race cars is undoubtedly serious business. This was especially true when Johnson decided to take the McLaren out for a spin, lifting the bottom of his helmet due to the airflow of the open cockpit, placing strain on his chin strap during the first outing.

“During the first outing, the helmet I used was continuously trying to remove itself from my head. It was actually so high that I starred at the microphone,” Johnson stated. “I constantly thought to myself, I don’t want to slow down or stop, but I believe it’s the best course of action.”

Fortunately, there is always a solution in Formula 1, and in this case a thin Perspex windscreen was attached to the cockpit which helped with redirecting the airflow. Even though this was not ideal, it was acceptable for a 5 lap run, allowing Johnson to push the car to its limits.

Meanwhile, Alonso quickly grew accustomed to Johnson’s NASCAR, having loads of fun as he got familiar with brand-new machinery. “There was loads of problems with breaking and traction, but I had loads of fun on the track nonetheless.” Alonso stated.

Premier League Breakdown for All 20 Teams

It’s widely known that you should never look at the Premier League table until the month of November. This has been the repeated aid for most managers in the Premier League. However, we are finally in November and it’s the perfect time to evaluate the top 15 football clubs to see where they rank.

Manchester City

Manchester City is looking better than ever and are capable of matching the 100 points from the previous season. It’s quite frightening to see that they are playing so well without the incredible Kevin De Bruyne.

Liverpool

Liverpool is certainly not as vibrant as they were in the previous season, but are certainly more effective. They remain undefeated in the 2018/19 season, while during the 2017/18 season they were already 12 points behind.

Chelsea

Chelsea is doing exceptionally well under their new club manager, Maurizio Sarri. However, the team is relying on Eden Hazard way too much and if he gets injured it might be the end of their incredible performance.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur is currently impressing with the best away record in the Premier League. They are very skilled at winning ugly and are showing splendid firmness to stay at the top of their game.

Arsenal

There’s no denying that Unai Emery, the head coach of Arsenal, has been an instant hit among football fans. The squad is likely to score countless goals this season but their defending is nowhere near the same level it was in previous seasons.

Bournemouth

Is it possible for Eddie Howe to lead his team into Europe? Callum Wilson deserves his call-up for England and David Brooks provided the attack a brand-new dimension.

Watford

Watford is a perfect mix of steel and silk, making a top-half finish very likely. The team managed to start the season with four consecutive win which greatly assisted their current standings.

Manchester United

They are already out of this season’s title race and frequently looks like dinosaurs on the pitch. Their performance against City perfectly indicates how far they have fallen.

Everton

Everton is looking much better under Marco Silva and Richarlison is certainly becoming the headline act for the team.

Leicester City

Everyone can sympathise with the sense of trauma and emotional strain this team has endured. However, the squad is way too good to fall into trouble.

Wolves

The display against Arsenal and Manchester City perfectly symbolises an ambitious and gifted team.

Brighton

Glenn Murray continues to score and Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk keep things tight. Difficult team to beat at home.

West Ham

They looked sensational against Man Utd, but are a fitful, erratic team who make too many mistakes.

Newcastle

Two victories have managed to lift the mood of the team and Rafa Benitez has the ability to keep them afloat, but it won’t be easy work.

Burnley

Starting in the Europa League qualifiers during July has managed to mess things up during the pre-season and it’s certainly showing.

NFL Coaches Who Are In Trouble in 2018

Winning Super Bowls is a sure fire way for a head coach to receive job security when it comes to the National Football League. However, when you string together a couple of disappointing seasons, that job security quickly evaporates.

This is the case for a few head coaches in the NFL who are currently sitting on the hot seat after eleven weeks in the 2018 NFL season. For some coaches, below-average performances and mediocrity got them in loads of trouble. Let’s take a closer look at the head coaches that are uncertain of their job security at the moment.

Green Bay Packers – Mike McCarthy


A playoff berth could obviously change McCarthy’s status, and he has managed to turn around NFL season before, so we obviously can’t rule that out. However, things could be different this time round. Even the locker room vibe gives this impression, where Randall Cobb, the veteran receiver for the Green Bay Packers, stated last week: “We lost matches before, but this feels much different.” The team has a 30.7% chance of reaching the playoffs this year, which is definitely something McCarthy needs to improve on for the rest of the 2018 NFL season.

Baltimore Ravens – John Harbaugh


The 2018 NFL season for the Baltimore Ravens is spiralling downward, with three successive losses, and John Harbaugh was already questioned about his job security at the halfway point of the 2018 season. If the Ravens are unable to reach the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, there’s no doubt that Harbaugh will end his 11-year long run. Although, it might take more than a berth in the postseason to save Harbaugh’s job at the Ravens to be honest. We’ll need to see how things play out going forward.

Dallas Cowboys – Jason Garrett


Garret’s seat instantly cooled down after winning against Philadelphia, but if the Cowboys lose against Atlanta this weekend, the heat will surely increase more than before. Garrett is enjoying his eighth season in the NFL and only managed to reach the playoffs twice with one playoff win. Jerry Jones is convinced he has a talented, young team and wants to see results. Even if the Cowboys make it to the playoffs this season, it still doesn’t ensure that Garett will make a return in 2019. The Cowboys continuously alternate between losing and winning, which means the hot seat will increase in temperature until it’s sizzling.

Denver Broncos – Vance Joseph


The Broncos are playing hard, they push some of the best teams in the league to their limits, and they practice extremely well while each player fully supports Joseph. So, the Denver Broncos do everything they need to do except win at the moment. The team makes the worst mistakes at the worst times which greatly affects the matches. Joseph will undoubtedly be evaluated on the team’s win record as opposed to the team’s performance which, at the moment, doesn’t look very promising as the team only has two road wins under the belt.

Neymar Continues to Learn From Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Neymar has recently stated that Lionel Messi remains his “idol” to this day, despite calling recent reports “fake news” which stated that he wants to make a return to Barcelona. The Brazil international is currently in his second season with the renowned Paris Saint-Germain club and was targeted by Marseille fans who threw objects at the French champions after they claimed a 2-0 victory towards the end of October.

Neymar recently spoke to Players’ Tribune as a crossover interview that also included Stephen Curry, the basketball star of the Golden State Warriors. In the interview, Neymar discussed training and playing alongside Lionel Messi which was followed by praise for Christiano Ronaldo who is currently playing for Juventus.

Neymar’s Comments on Messi and Ronaldo

“I played with Lionel Messi for a while who is the greatest football players of all time for me and he is undeniably my idol when it comes to football,” he stated. “With Lionel Messi, I managed to learn every single day, whether it was playing with him or during practice, or simply just watching him play. It certainly made me stronger and it managed to increase my capacity while I’m on the field as a kept learning a great deal from him.

“As for Christiano Ronaldo, he is undoubtedly a monster on the field. Facing him is both an honour and a pleasure, but there’s no denying that we have to be much more prepared. He is also one of the best when it comes to football, so you need to be more alert and smarter while learning a great deal from him too.

“They are the two greatest football players that I can relate to, as I want to continue learning. This will help me win more matches, claim more trophies, and score a lot more goals. Therefore, I will continue to learn from them every single day.”

Neymar’s Most Difficult Moments in his Career

Neymar has recently released a comic book series of his own called “Inked” which showcases tattoos that come to life in order to fight crime as Dan Hajducky explained at New York Comic Con, and was also questioned about the most difficult moments in his career. The Brazilian football star listed his 2014 World Cup where he suffered a back injury as well as overcoming an injury that took place earlier in 2018 prior to the start of the Russian World Cup.

“The first difficult moment occurred when I injured my back,” Neymar stated. “I was on cloud nine as I played in a World Cup. It suddenly ended due to my injury. That was like the end of just about everything for me.

“I asked myself: ‘Will I ever return to the field?’ My friends and family were very important to me when it occurred and managed to help me overcome it. The second difficult moment occurred earlier in 2018 after I had my first surgery which was close to the Russian World Cup. I didn’t think I would be able to play at all.

The Greatest Men Tennis Players of All Time

Tennis was an amazing sport during the 1970’s. It was then when it became a mainstream sport as opposed to a sport for the privileged, especially in the United States. With players like Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, and others, there were certainly loads of personalities that fuelled rivalries taking place off and on the court.

Since then, plenty of sensational players have come and gone, making it difficult to compare players from various eras as the fitness standards were different and the technology involved in tennis continues to get more advanced. Despite these challenges, we decided to compile a list of the greatest male tennis players in the history of the sport.

1. Roger Federer

It’s difficult not the choose Roger Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time. He has a total of 20 Grand Slam titles, and at the age of 37, he continues to win at the highest level. He spends 310 weeks as the number 1 player in the world which included 273 successive weeks between 2004 and 2008. He managed to win the Australian Open in 2018 and, in 2017, he won the Australian Open as well along with Wimbledon, making him the greatest of all time without a doubt.

2. Rafael Nadal

If it was not for wrist injuries and recurring problems with his knees, Rafael Nadal might have more Grand Slam titles to his name. At the age of 32, Nadal has a total of 17 Grand Slam titles and has the ability to catch Federer before he retires. Known as the King of Clay, Nadal managed to claim his 11th French Open title, proving himself as one of the greatest male tennis players in the world.

3. Novak Djokovic

Placing Djokovic on our list was an easy decision. However, deciding where to place him wasn’t as easy. He is only 31 years old which means he still has loads of tennis left in his career and the opportunity to claim more Grand Slam titles before he decides to retire. Although 2017 was not the best year in his career, Djokovic did manage to claim the French Open in 2016 and managed to win Wimbledon in 2018 after beating Nadal in the semi-finals.

4. Rod Laver

Rod Laver turned pro in 1962 and retired in 1979. He has a total of 200 career titles and 11 Grand Slam titles, including 4 Wimbledon, 2 US Open, 2 French Open, and 3 Australian Open. He was also included in the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981. He is also the only player to win the Grand Slam twice, once as an amateur during 1962 and again in 1969 when he turned pro.

5. Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras turned pro in 1988 and retired in 2002. He has a total of 64 career titles along with 14 Grand Slam single titles, including 5 US Open, 7 Wimbledon, and 2 Australian Open. He was also included on the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007.

Floyd Mayweather Responds to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Challenge

Floyd Mayweather has recently responded to the challenge requested by Khabib Nurmagomedov to come out of retirement and meet him in the ring. Nurmagomedov wants to make Las Vegas great again and its’ for this very reason that he decided to challenge Floyd Mayweather to a fight.

Floyd Mayweather


The world-renowned boxer with a 51-0 record was last seen when he entered the ring to battle it out against Conor McGregor in August 2017 where he managed to defeat the UFC fighter in a 10 round bout. This was little over a year ago before Nurmagomedov defeated the Irishman when he made his return to the UFC.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

After he successfully defended his lightweight championship at UFC 229, Nurmagomedov has loads of options in front of him. He can either agree to a rematch against Conor McGregor, look forward to an exciting showdown against Tony Ferguson, or make a move to WWE or Bellator if he so chooses.

However, the current lightweight UFC champion decided to take a completely different route by calling out Mayweather to return to the ring which will also provide the largest payday of Nurmagomedov career so far. His message to the American boxer, that is still undefeated after 51 fights, appeared on the Instagram page of Leonard Ellerbe’s for everyone to see. “Let’s go, Mayweather” Nurmagomedov stated. “We need to fight now, 27-0 vs 51-0, two fighters that have never lost a bout. Cause in the jungle there can only be one king. I am obviously the king as I managed to drop McGregor.”

Mayweather accepted the challenge and called out several companies to book the bout between the two fighters that are both still undefeated. “MGM Grand, Showtime, and CBS get your chequebook ready,” Mayweather stated. “ Visit Leonard Ellerbe’s Instagram page to view Nurmagomedov’s challenge.”

His statement to make Las Vegas great again seems to be a direct link to the unfortunate events that unfolded after the main event at UFC 229, with Nurmagomedov and his team involved in a distasteful scene with McGregor’s team as vicious fights broke out both out and in the Octagon.

Nurmagomedov triggered the post-fight brawl when he jumped the Octagon fence to confront McGregor’s trainer and teammate, Dillon Danis, while McGregor was punched by three of Nurmagomedov’s team members in the Octagon following pre-fight insults regarding Nurmagomedov family, background, and religion.

Fight Won’t Happen Anytime Soon

Due to the events that took place at UFC 229, the fight between Nurmagomedov and Mayweather is likely to happen far into the future as Nurmagomedov is facing a prolonged ban from the sport while remaining under investigation by the NSAC. Nurmagomedov had his $2 million purse withheld due to his awful actions. Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor are scheduled to appear in at the NSAC hearing on 24 October 2018. Mayweather constantly teases that he will make a return and recently claimed that he would like a rematch against Manny Pacquiao when they met last month in Japan.

What’s Next for Conor McGregor After UFC 229?

Conor McGregor made his return to the octagon at UFC 229, but nothing went according to plan as he was submitted in an explosive encounter with Khabib Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas recently. McGregor returned after being away for almost two years but was completely outclassed by ‘The Eagle’, whose rear-naked choke on McGregor forced a submission during the fourth round of the fight.

The end result caused havoc at UFC 229 as Nurmagomedov jumped out of the cage and caused a riot within the arena, while McGregor was attacked in the octagon as Nurmagomedov’s team members jumped over the octagon during the riot. The aftermath will certainly see fallouts on both sides where Nurmagomedov might be stripped of the lightweight title. Despite the devastating loss, McGregor continues to be a star attraction and has multiple options ahead of him. So what will McGregor do next?

Khabib Nurmagomedov

The riot that was caused by Nurmagomedov after the fight might preclude a rematch should the Nevada State Athletic Commission decide to come down hard on Khabib. McGregor is certainly keen on the idea after his tweet on Sunday stating that he is eager for a rematch.

Any rematch between these two fighters will undoubtedly be a very lucrative affair for all parties involved, but after the riot that took place this weekend, the UFC might be halted in their tracks. The fact that Nurmagomedov is still unbeaten also needs to be considered. So does McGregor actually deserve a rematch against the current champion?

Should McGregor want to continue fighting when it comes to the UFC, Tony Ferguson is the most logical choice to make. They both have a mutual dislike towards each other, but nothing close to the enmity between Nurmagomedov and McGregor. Ferguson has been eager to fight McGregor for a long time and is currently ranked second in the lightweight division. In addition, McGregor will earn himself the right to face Nurmagomedov again should he be able to defeat Ferguson.

Anderson Silva

McGregor was asked about any future opponents he would like to face prior to his fight against Nurmagomedov. Surprisingly, McGregor mentioned Silva who is considered the greatest fighter in the UFC of all time. Silva dominated the middleweight division between 2006 and 2013 and boasted with a 16 fight winning streak at one stage. However, Silva’s best days are behind him, and the discrepancy with weight between the two fighters will undoubtedly create a bout between them.

Retirement

This is probably even more unlikely than McGregor facing off against Anderson Silva. However, it should be an option for McGregor who is set for life financially after another extraordinary payday where he took home nine figures after being defeated by Nurmagomedov.

Why on earth should McGregor risk his health over the long term in a brutal sport that can cause instant irreversible damage? Well, there’s no denying that he loves the sport and that will surely keep him in the fighting game for many years to come.

The Skills and Styles of Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Whenever Real Madrid used to play against Barcelona in a professional soccer match, the most obvious subplot was always the battle between Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. They are, without a doubt, the two highest paid soccer athletes in the world. Christiano Ronaldo recently signed a multi-year contract deal with Juventus for $136 million and makes a whopping $36 million as an annual salary.

Lionel Messi has Christiano Ronaldo beat in the salary department. When he signed a multiyear contract with Barcelona, there was a staggering $835 million buyout clause. He also received a cool $59 million signup bonus and makes an annual salary of $50 million per year, including bonus money.

Both of them have won the FIFA Player of the Year award on multiple occasions and scored goals in the Champions League final. Their statistics and style of play will offer hints on who the best player actually is. Let’s take a look.

Head vs Feet

Soccer players are allowed to score with both their feet or head, and Ronaldo and Messi have distinct differences when it comes to this area. Messi is a left-footer and completes most of his goals on the left side. Messi is also incredible in one-on-one’s and has the ability the curl the ball into a corner, or even produces a couple of spectacular piledrivers. Where Messi enjoys displaying true finesse when it comes to scoring a goal, Ronaldo relies on sheer power. Ronaldo is a right footer but can also score with his left foot. His record of goals speak for themselves, but when it comes to foot power, Messi certainly has the edge.

Free Kicks

Messi has the ability to produce exquisite goals that bend past the goalkeeper and his free kicks incorporate more finesse as opposed to brute force. On the other hand, Ronaldo has more variation when it comes to free kicks where he manages to swerve the ball into the goalpost which is quite remarkable each and every time. Therefore, Ronaldo has the edge when it comes to free kicks.

Control and Dribbling

Messi is an incredible dribbler, and no one can argue that he is the best in the world, especially when you look at how he destroys his opponents. Messi’s greatest strength is the fact that he has quick feet and a beautiful technique over and above his pace. There’s a handful of players that can perform a stepover in the same manner as Ronaldo and it is this skill that assists him in beating his opponents every time. However, he relies more on his pace to beat his opponents as oppose to Messi which means Messi has him beat in this department.

Conclusion

Messi, due to his small size, can be knocked over quite easily but he is very capable of holding his own, especially when its one-on-one. On the other hand, Ronaldo is far more physically imposing. Messi has more influence in the game, while Ronaldo is a bit of a bully. Ronaldo has obviously scored more goals, but when it comes to overall performance and technique, Messi certainly takes the crown.

The Most Popular Sports in the World

Sports are enjoyed across the globe, whether it’s a career, hobby, or merely a fitness regime. Several sporting games have managed to grow exponentially in popularity along with a massive following around the world. Most of the sports listed below are included in the prestigious Olympic Games, allowing countries from across the globe to compete against each other. Each sport also generates billions in revenue, especially when it comes to developed countries. Below you will find the most popular sports from around the world.

1. Association Soccer (Football) – 4 Billion Fans

Association soccer, of football, is undoubtedly the most popular sports across the globe. It’s estimated that over half of the population in the world see themselves as association soccer fans. Association soccer has a following of more than 4 billion people which is remarkable on a global scale. Ancient soccer can be traced back to China during the 2nd century, while the Japanese, Greeks, and Romans can also be considered as the first countries to play the sport. Contemporary soccer started in England where it spread to other corners of the earth at a rapid pace.

2. Cricket – 2.5 Billion Fans

Cricket has an estimated global following of more than 2.5 billion fans and is primarily influenced by Commonwealth countries and the United Kingdom. The origins of cricket can be tracked back to the 16th century in England where it was eventually turned into a national sport during the 18th century. Cricket consists of two teams where each team has 11 players, and the main objective is to score more runs than the other team. Cricket is tremendously popular in British colonies, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, and South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

3. Field Hockey – 2 Billion Fans

Field hockey boasts with a global following of around 2 billion people and is extremely popular in Australia, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Contemporary field hockey was initially played in England during the 1800’s and is very similar to soccer. However, players use hockey sticks to control the ball as oppose to their feet.

4. Tennis – 1 Billion Fans

With an estimated following of just over 1 billion fans, Tennis is believed to originate from the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. However, modern-day tennis was first played in France. Thereafter, it spread across Europe and then eventually across the globe. In tennis, two players will hit a ball over a net while using tennis rackets. You earn points when your opponent is unable to return the ball.

5. VolleyBall – 900 Million Fans

Volleyball is overwhelmingly popular in North America and Western Europe with an estimated following of around 900 million people. Volleyball was initially invented in the United States by William G. Morgan in the late 1800’s. Morgan was an instructor for the Young Men’s Christian Association and was influenced by baseball, handball, tennis, and basketball when he initially formed volleyball. Volleyball has evolved over the years and is now played with six players on either end of the net.

Greatest Athletes of the 21st Century

A couple of days into the new century, a teenager from Switzerland managed to win his first Grand Slam. A couple of months thereafter, Tiger Woods burst onto the golfing scene and began to dominate the sport. Just days after that, a doughy, unheralded quarterback was selected as an afterthought during the draft for a faceless franchise that hardly had a footprint in the world of football. A 15-year-old Baltimore swimmer managed to stun the world when he qualified for the Olympics during his first training camp.

With so much talent in the 21st century when it comes to sport, we decided to look back on the last 18 years and provide a list of the greatest athletes in the 21st century.

1. Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps was initially in third position on our list but that changed. Phelps went to Rio where he won 5 gold medals and 1 silver and had the 4th best Olympic performance in swimming history. Phelps also won 6 gold medals and 2 bronze medals in 2004, 8 gold medals in 2008, and 7 golds in Munich, This placed him as the greatest athlete in the 21st century with a total of 23 gold medals in his career.

2. Roger Federer

Roger Federer is a professional tennis player from Switzerland and is currently ranked 2nd in the world of tennis. He managed to win 20 Grand Slam titles, which is the most for a male player in the history of the sport and has held the number 1 position in the world for 310 weeks. After starting his career as a professional tennis player in 1998, Federer has ranked in the top 10 from 2002 to 2016. He managed to re-enter the top 10 list after his 2017 victory at the Australian Open.

3. Tiger Woods

As one of the most popular athletes in the 21st century, Tiger Woods is also the highest paid athlete for several years. Woods was only 20 years old when he turned pro in 1996. By April 1997, Woods won 3 PGA Tour events as well as the 1997 Masters. Throughout the 2000’s, Woods dominated the sport of golf, winning the 2000 US Open by a whopping 15-shot margin. Woods was the world’s top-ranked player from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2005 to 2010.

4. Tom Brady

As a quarterback for the New England Patriots, Tom Brady is one of the only players to win 5 Super Bowls and the only football player to win them all while playing for the same team. Tom Brady has also been honoured with 4 Super Bowl MVP’s which is the most any NFL player has received in the history of the sport. He also has 3 League MVP awards, has been selected for a total of 13 Pro Bowls, and managed to lead his team to 15 division titles. After 2017, Brady is ranked 4th in total career passing years, 3rd in career touchdown passes, and 3rd in career passer rating.