From the Desk of the Chairman

Athletes are an entirely different breed of individuals, whether they are professional or mere hobbyists. An interesting romantic trend that has emerged regarding these individuals in recent years is that younger guys are partnering up with older women. This interesting outcome has led many to question what has caused this to happen? We’ll show you why this relationship setup is so attractive and how you can get started with one of your own. 

Why would a famous sportsman date an older woman?

The question lingering in the minds of everyone who has witnessed this growing trend is: why would famous athletes go for older women? One certain reason is that older women are more attractive to sports stars than younger women. Not only have older women reached the prime of their beauty, but they have many psychological elements that are better. These women are more established in their personal lives, so they are not going to get together with a sports star only for their money. These women are looking to settle down and start a serious relationship rather than hop from one famous person to the next. Furthermore, older women know how to take care of their partners mentally, emotionally, and physically, something that sports stars need. For guys that have to be so careful about their money and livelihood, dating an older woman is smart. 

How to meet a lonely MILF if you are not a famous athlete at all?

What do you do if you want to meet a local milf and you’re not a pro athlete? Fortunately, the options are wide open for younger guys. You could always attempt to meet older women at popular hangouts such as bookstores, wineries, and sports events. A more direct approach is to meet single women using online dating sites, where you can find local milfs that are looking for a match. These sites are fast, safe, and loaded with interesting and unique older women. 

Couples with an age gap when men are younger

Many famous sports couples have emerged in recent years with a younger guy and an older woman. Take a look at these famous couples to see how common it is for this relationship dynamic to occur. 

  • Nnamdi Asomugha and Kerry Washington

Most Oakland Raiders fans known Nnamdi Asomugha as the star player from the 2003 draft class. He came into the NFL dominated for about a decade and then retired after a few stints at other teams. He had a very good career, and now he is married to Kerry Washington, who is five years older than him. 

  • Gerard Pique and Shakira

Gerard Pique is a famous football/soccer player who is currently playing for FC Barcelona. He is also romantically linked with Shakira, the famous musician. They make an interesting couple since they have an age disparity and lead such different lives. 

  • Tony Parker and Eva Longoria

Basketball player Tony Parker was once married to Eva Longoria from 2007-2011, showing his preference for older ladies. He married a woman closer to his age but has since split from her, too.

These are just a few of the most famous names that have fallen in love with older women. 

Athletes are definitely a unique breed of people, and their romantic desires are rarely the norm for their age. As we have shown, many reasons exist for people to enjoy dating older women, including their beauty and self-sufficiency. No matter what reason you have for desiring a relationship with a worldly woman, you will have many paths available to meet one.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com thought it would be fun to take a look at the major awards in North American team sports and see how it translates into Hall of Fame potential.

Needless to say, different awards in different sports yield hall of fame potential.  In basketball, the team sport with the least number of players on a roster, the dividend for greatness much higher.  In baseball, it is not as much as a great individual season does not have the same impact.

Last time, we looked at the new Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman Awards, which honor the best reliever of the league.  Some time ago, we looked at the World Series MVP, but we never looked at ALCS or NLCS MVP.  We will now.

For whatever reason, the National League awarded an MVP three years before the American League (1977 to 1980).

So how many League Championship Series MVPs have made the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Let’s find out!

The following are the past players who have won either the ALCS or NLCS MVP who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame and have been enshrined.

Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh Pirates, First Base 1979 NL            

Named the National League MVP this year (though he probably shouldn’t have been), Willie Stargell earned every bit of his NLCS MVP.  In the three-game sweep over Cincinnati, Stargell batted .455 with two Home Runs and six RBIS, and his OPS was 1.753.  He followed that up by leading the Pirates to a World Series win where he had three Home Runs, seven Runs Batted In with a .400 Batting Average. Stargell’s skills fell off a cliff afterward, but he retired with 2,232 Hits, 937 Home Runs and 1,936 RBIs.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.

George Brett, Kansas City Royals, Third Base 1985 AL            

George Brett is by far the best player in Royals history, and that would have been already the case by 1985. Brett was already a past MVP (1980), and this was year 10 of 13 in consecutive All-Star Game years.  This season, Brett was second in MVP voting, and a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger.  In the ALCS against Toronto, he batted .348 with three Home Runs, five RBIS and a 1.326 OPS and he led the Royals to their first World Series win. Brett retired in 1993 with 3,154 Hits, 317 Home Runs and a lifetime Batting Average of .305.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals, Shortstop 1985 NL            

Ozzie Smith is considered by many to be the best defensive player in baseball and in 1985 he was in his prime.  In the 1985 NLCS, “The Wizard” batted .435 with a Game 5 walk-off Home Run.  Smith and the Cardinals lost to Kansas City in the World Series, but he already was a champion from 1982.  Smith played until 1996, in a career spent entirely in St. Louis. He was a 15-time All-Star, 13-time Gold Glove recipient and he is the all-time leader in Defensive bWAR (44.2).

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.

Dennis Eckersley, Oakland Athletics, Pitcher 1988 AL            

Eckersley had been a decent Starting Pitcher for over a decade, and this was Eckersley second year as a reliever, but the first where he was a star in this new role.  This year, Eckersley led the American League in Saves (45) and was second in Cy Young voting.  In the ALCS against Boston, he appeared in four Games, gaining four Saves with a 0.00 ERA and 0.500 WHIP.  Eckersley became the first Relief Pitcher to win an LCS MVP.  Oakland lost to Los Angeles in the World Series, but Eckersley got that ring the next year.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

Kirby Puckett, Minnesota Twins, Outfield 1991 AL            

Playing all 12 years of his career with the Twins, Kirby Puckett won two World Series Rings, and was a ten-time All-Star.  Puckett was in year-eight, and in the 1991 ALCS, Puckett batted .429 with a 1.197 OPS and two Home Runs.  Over his career, Puckett accumulated 2,304 Hits, 207 Home Runs with a .318 Batting Average.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.

Roberto Alomar, Toronto Blue Jays, Second Base 1992 AL            

Roberto Alomar won Toronto’s first ALCS MVP, and it was fitting as it was the trade two years earlier from San Diego that brought him and Joe Carter to Toronto.  Alomar was in year three of twelve consecutive All-Star appearances, and in this ALCS he batted .423 with two Home Runs and four RBIs with a 1.157 OPS.  The Jays won their first World Series that year, and Alomar helped them win another the following season.  Alomar played 17 years in the Majors who won 10 Gold Gloves and batted an even .300.   

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves, Pitcher 1992 NL            

This was early in Smoltz’ career, and while he was an All-Star for the second time, his best was yet to come. Smoltz went 2-0 in their series win over Pittsburgh, starting three games with a 2.66 ERA.  The Braves lost the World Series to Toronto, but he would get his championship in 1995.  He would win the National League Cy Young in 1996 and over his long career he had a 213-155 record with 3,084 Strikeouts.   

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015.

Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees, Pitcher 2003 AL            

Mariano Rivera was already the best closer in Baseball and it wasn’t even close.  Rivera already won the World Series four times, and this season he continued his greatness.  In this ALCS, Rivera pitched in four Games, winning one, saving two, over eight Innings. He would have an ERA of 1.12 and WHIP of 0.625.  The Yankees lost the 2003 World Series to Florida but Rivera earned his fifth title in 2009.  Rivera retired as the all-time leader in Games Finished (952), Saves (652) and ERA+ (205).     

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019.

Ivan Rodriguez, Florida Marlins, Catcher 2003 NL            

Ivan Rodriguez played his first dozen seasons in Texas where he was the best Catcher in the 1990s.  It was a strange sight to see “Pudge” change uniforms and sign with the Marlins in 2003 as a Free Agent, but it was in this single season in Florida where he won his only World Series Ring.  In the NLCS, I-Rod batted .321 with an OPS od 1.031 in what would be forever known as the “Bartman” series against the Cubs, and he added two Home Runs with ten RBIs.  Rodriguez would then play with Detroit for four years, adding four more All-Star Games to his resume.  He finished his career with brief stops in New York (AL), Houston, Texas and Washington. The career numbers for Rodriguez were spectacular for a Catcher; 2,844 Hits, 311 Home Runs, 1,474 RBIs and a .296 Batting Average

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.

The following are the players who have won either the ALCS or NLCS MVP who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame and have not been selected:

Dusty Baker, Los Angeles Dodgers, Outfield, 1977 NL            

This was Baker’s second year with the Dodgers and his first playoff series.  Baker had two Home Runs, including a Grand Slam, and he drove in eight Runs with an OPS of 1.295.  Los Angeles would lose the World Series to the New York Yankees that year, but Baker would get that ring with L.A. in 1981.  The two-time All-Star would later win three Manager of the Year Awards.  

Eligible Since 1992.  Baker was on the ballot for one year in 1992 and received 0.9% of the vote.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com  

Steve Garvey, Los Angeles Dodgers, First Base, 1978 NL             

Steve Garvey was in his prime, with 1978 seeing the First Baseman go to fifth of eight straight All-Star Games, and he was the runner-up for the MVP.  In this NLCS, Garvey belted four Home Runs with 8 RBIs with an OPS of 1.611.  Garvey and the Dodgers sputtered against New York, but he won his elusive ring in 1981 with L.A.  

Eligible Since 1992.  Garvey was on the ballot for fifteen years finishing as high as 41.2% in 1998.  Ranked #21 on Notinhalloffame.com

Frank White, Kansas City Royals, Second Base, 1980 AL            

In Kansas City’s three-game sweep over the Yankees, White batted .545 with a Home Run and three RBIs.  His OPS was 1.455.  The Royals lost the World Series to Philadelphia but he would win one in 1985 when the Royals beat St. Louis.  

Eligible Since 1996. White was on the ballot for one year in 1996 and received 3.8% of the vote.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com  

Manny Trillo, Philadelphia Phillies, Second Base, 1980 NL            

Trillo had already won a World Series Ring with the Oakland Athletics, and this year, Trillo batted .381 with four RBIs, and Philadelphia went on to beat Kansas City in the World Series.  Trillo would be an All-Star the next three seasons, and he retired in 1989 with 1,562 Hits.  

Eligible Since 1995.  Trillo was on the ballot for one year in 1995 but did not receive any votes.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com  

Graig Nettles, New York Yankees, Third Base, 1981 AL            

Prior to 1981, Nettles has gone to five All-Star Games and won two World Series Rings in the 70s with the Yankees.  This year, Nettles had the best playoff series of his career, batting .500 with a 1.488 OPS with one Home Run and nine RBIs.  New York would lose to Los Angeles in that year’s World Series.

Eligible Since 1994.  Nettles was on the ballot for four years finishing as high as 7.9% in 1996.  Ranked #53 on Notinhalloffame.com

Burt Hooton, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pitcher, 1981 NL            

Hooton became the first Pitcher to win an LCS MVP, and he did so in a year where he was an All-Star for the first and only time.  Against the Montreal Expos, Hooton took to the mound twice, throwing 14.2 Innings without allowing a run.  He went 2-0 with seven Strikeouts, and he helped the Dodgers win the World Series, where he went 1-1.  Hooton had a career record of 151-136, most of which as a Dodger.  

Eligible Since 1991. Hooton was on the ballot for one year in 1991 and received 0.2% of the vote.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com  

Fred Lynn, California Angels, Outfield, 1982 AL            

Lynn was in his second year in California but it was his eighth on nine consecutive All-Star seasons. The Angels had not yet gone to World Series, and that didn’t change in 1982, as California lost in five Games to Milwaukee.  This made Lynn the first player to win an LCS MVP on the losing side.  Lynn’s stats could not be denied, as he batted .611 with a Home Run, five RBIs and a 1.539 OPS.  

Eligible Since 1996.  Lynn was on the ballot for two years and finished as high as 5.5% in 1996.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com 

Darrell Porter, St. Louis Cardinals, Catcher, 1982 NL            

Darrell Porter was a four-time All-Star, spending time with Milwaukee and Kansas City.  1982 was Porter’s second season in St. Louis and in the three-game sweep of Atlanta to win the NLCS, Porter batted .556 with three Doubles and a 1.603 OPS.  He would also win the World Series MVP that year.  

Eligible Since 1993. Porter was on the ballot for one year in 1993 but did not receive any votes.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com  

Mike Boddicker, Baltimore Orioles, Pitcher, 1983 AL            

Mike Boddicker was the first player to win an LCS MVP as a rookie, and he was also third in Rookie of the Year voting.  In the ALCS win over Chicago, Boddicker had a Complete Game Shutout.  The Orioles won the World Series, where Boddicker won a Game. He would have an overall record of 134-116, with stops in Boston, Kansas City and Milwaukee.  

Eligible Since 1999.  Boddicker was on the ballot for one year in 1999 but did not receive any votes.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Gary Matthews, Philadelphia Phillies, Outfield, 1983 NL            

The National League Rookie of the Year in 1973 with San Francisco, Matthews was in his third and final year in Philadelphia.  In the NLCS, Matthews batted .429 with three Home Runs, eight RBIs with a 1.571 OPS. He joined the Cubs after and played until 1987, retiring as a Seattle Mariner.  Overall, Matthews had 234 Home Runs with 2,011 Hits.  

Eligible Since 1993. Matthews was on the ballot for one year in 1993 but did not receive any votes.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Kirk Gibson, Detroit Tigers, Outfield, 1984 AL            

Kirk Gibson helped the Tigers win the World Series this year in what was the first of five straight 24-plus Home Run Seasons.  Detroit swept Kansas City in the ALCS with Gibson batting .417 with an OPS of 1.250.  Gibson would later win the National League MVP in 1988, and that year he belted one of the most famous Home Runs in Dodgers history in their World Series win over Oakland.

Eligible Since 2001. Gibson was on the ballot for one year in 2001 finishing with 2.5% of the vote.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Steve Garvey, San Diego Padres, First Base, 1984, NL (2)            

Now a San Diego Padre, Garvey was still a productive hitter, and he was an All-Star for the ninth time. Garvey hit a walk-off Home Run in Game 4, and batted .400 with 7 RBIs in the five-game series win over the Chicago Cubs. Sadly, Garvey and San Diego were destroyed by the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, and this was Garvey’s last taste of the playoffs.

Eligible Since 1992. Garvey was on the ballot for fifteen years finishing as high as 41.2% in 1998.  Ranked #21 on Notinhalloffame.com

Marty Barrett, Boston Red Sox, Second Base, 1986, AL             

Barrett had his best year in baseball with a career-high in Hits (179) and OPS (.733).  In the ALCS, Barrett batted .367 with five RBIs, and by winning the ALCS MVP, he won his only individual award.  The Red Sox went on to lose to the New York Mets in the World Series, and you all likely know the story there.

Eligible Since 1997. Although Barrett was Hall of Fame eligible in 1997, he was not on the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Mike Scott, Houston Astros, Pitcher, 1986, NL             

Mike Scott was an All-Star for the first time in his career, and he won the Cy Young, leading the NL in ERA (2.22), Innings Pitched (275.1), ERA+ (161), FIP (2.16), WHIP (0.923), H/9 (5.9), SO/9 (10.0) and SO/BB (4.25).  Without Scott, the Astros would not have made the playoffs, and Scott was again electric in the NLCS against the Mets.  He pitched two games, winning both, and only allowing one run in two complete games, with a 0.500 WHIP.  Despite his performance, the Mets were too much for Houston, and Scott became the second person to win an LCS MVP on the losing side.  Scott went to appear in two more All-Star Games, and finished second for the Cy Young in 1989.  He would have an overall career record of 124-108 with 1,316 Strikeouts. 

Eligible Since 1997. Scott was on the ballot for one year and received 0.4% of the vote.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Gary Gaetti, Minnesota Twins, Third Base, 1987, AL             

Gary Gaetti was coming off one of his best seasons, where he had 31 Home Runs, 109 RBIs and won a Gold Glove. Gaetti and the Twins beat the Tigers in five, with the Third Baseman batting .300 with a .998 OPS and two Home Runs and five RBIs.  Minnesota beat St. Louis for their first World Series win that year, and Gaetti would later go to All-Star Games.  Gaetti later played for California, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago (NL) and Boston, retiring in 2000 with 2,280 Hits, 360 Home Runs and 1,341 RBIs.

Eligible Since 2006.  Gaetti was on the ballot for one year and received 0.8% of the vote.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Jeffrey Leonard, San Francisco Giants, Outfield, 1987, NL            

This was the eleventh year that Leonard was in the Majors, but the first for the Outfielder as an All-Star. The Giants lost the NLCS and for the first time we had back-to-back NLCS MVPS from the losing side.  Leonard had four Home Runs, five RBIS, batted .417 with an OPS of 1.417.  Leonard played four more years, finishing off his career with Milwaukee and Seattle.

Eligible Since 1996.  Leonard was on the ballot for one year but did not receive any votes.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Orel Hershiser, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pitcher, 1988, NL            

1988 was a dream season for Hershiser as he won the Cy Young, the Gold Glove, the World Series, World Series MVP, and for the purposes of this article, the NLCS MVP.  In this series against the Mets, Hershiser appeared in four Games, starting three, and going 1-0, with a 1.09 ERA and a Save.  

Eligible Since 2006.  Hershiser was on the ballot for two years finishing as high as 11.2% in 2006.  Ranked #71 on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Will Clark, San Francisco, First Base, 1989, NL             

Will “The Thrill” Clark was at his best in the late 80s, with 1989 seeing him finish second in MVP voting with a .333 Batting Average with 23 Home Runs and 111 RBIs.  Clark batted .650 with a pair of Home Runs and eight RBIs with an OPS of 1.882.  The World Series was not as good for the Giants as they were swept by Oakland. Clark would have a very good career with 2,176 Hits, 284 Home Runs and a .303 Batting Average.

Eligible Since 2006. Clark was on the ballot for one year and received 4.4% of the vote.  Ranked #50 on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Dave Stewart, Oakland Athletics, Pitcher, 1990, AL             

The ace of Oakland’s staff when they were the beasts of the American League in the late 80s and early 90s, Dave Stewart, won the World Series MVP the year before, and he brought them to another one in 1990.  In this year’s ALCS, Stewart went 2-0 against Boston with a 1.13 ERA and 0.625 WHIP.  

Eligible Since 2001. Stewart was on the ballot for two years and finished as high as 7.4% in 2001.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Randy Myers, Cincinnati Reds, Pitcher, 1990, NL (co-winner)          

For the first time in LCS MVP history, we have dual winners.  The first is Randy Myers, who had already won a World Series ring with the New York Mets in 1986.  This was Myers’ first season in Cincinnati, and he was named to his first All-Star Game and was second in Saves (31) and fifth in Cy Young voting.  In the NLCS, Myers appeared in four games, saving three without allowing a run.  He would later go to three more All-Star Games; two with Chicago (NL) and one with Baltimore.  Myers retired in 1998 with 347 Saves.  

Eligible Since 2004. Myers was on the ballot for one year in 2004 and finished with 0.2% of the vote.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Rob Dibble, Cincinnati Reds, Pitcher, 1990, NL (co-winner)          

For the first time in LCS MVP history, we have dual winners.  The second is Rob Dibble, part of the “Nasty Boys” relievers of the Reds in 1990.  Dibble was an All-Star this year and the one after.  In the NLCS, Dibble pitched in four games, recording one Save without allowing a run.  Dibble had 89 career Saves.

Eligible Since 2001. Dibble did not play the minimum ten years to qualify for the Hall.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Steve Avery, Atlanta Braves, Pitcher, 1991, NL           

Avery was in his second year in the game, where his 18-8 season helped get Atlanta to the playoffs.  In the NLCS, Avery won both of his starts, pitching 16.1 shutout innings.  He was not as effective in the World Series, and Atlanta lost to Minnesota.  Avery and the Braves would win it all in 1995.

Eligible Since 2009. Although Avery was eligible for the Hall in 2009, he was not on the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Dave Stewart, Toronto Blue Jays, Pitcher, 1993, AL (2)            

Stewart was no longer an ace, but he brought a veteran presence to a Blue Jays team looking to get over the hump.  The crafty Pitcher took what he had left to go 2-0 in the ALCS against Chicago with a 2.03 ERA.  

Eligible Since 2001. Stewart was on the ballot for two years and finished as high as 7.4% in 2001.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Curt Schilling, Philadelphia Phillies, Pitcher, 1993, NL            

Schilling went 16-7 this year, and it would be a harbinger for great seasons to come.  This was Schilling’s first post-season series, and although he did not gain a decision in two starts and 16 Innings, his ERA was only 1.69. Philadelphia lost to Toronto in the World Series, but Schilling later won three World Series Titles, one with Arizona and two with Boston.  Overall, the six-time All-Star had a 216-156 record with 3,116 Strikeouts.  

Eligible Since 2013.  Schilling has been on the ballot for eight years and has finished as high as 70.0% in 2020.  Ranked #5 on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Orel Hershiser, Cleveland Indians, Pitcher, 1995, AL (2)            

Hershiser’s Cy Young contending days were behind him, but he could still contribute to starting rotation.  Now with Cleveland, Hershiser went 2-0 in 14.1 Innings with a 1.29 ERA and 0.857 WHIP.  He would not get a second World Series ring, as the Indians would lose to Atlanta. Hershiser would have a 204-150 record with 2,014 Strikeouts.

Eligible Since 2006. Hershiser was on the ballot for two years finishing as high as 11.2% in 2006.  Ranked #71 on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Mike Deveraux, Atlanta Braves, Outfield, 1995, NL             

Mike Deveraux played a dozen years in the Majors, and only for a brief time in Atlanta, but it was there where he earned his only individual award and a World Series Ring.  Deveraux was traded from the White Sox late in the 1995 Season and in the NLCS he batted .308 with a Home Run and five RBIs.  

Eligible Since 2004.  Although Deveraux was eligible for the Hall in 2004 he was not on the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Bernie Williams, New York Yankees, Outfield, 1996, AL             

The Yankees run of dominance began this year, and for this matter, this is was when Bernie Williams’s peak started.  Williams batted .474 with two Home Runs, six RBIs and an OPS of 1.531.  New York would win the World Series and following this, Williams went to five straight All-Star Games and aided New York in winning three more titles.  Williams played his entire career with the Yanks, and would collect 2,336 Hits, 287 Home Runs, 1,257 RBIs with a .297 Batting Average.  

Eligible Since 2012.  Williams was on the ballot for two years and he finished as high as 9.6% in 2012.  Ranked #35 on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Javy Lopez, Atlanta Braves, Catcher, 1996, NL             

A World Series winner the year before, Lopez helped the Braves reach the World Series again in 1996, though they lost to the Yankees.  In the ALCS, the Catcher batted .542 with two Home Runs, six RBIs and an OPS of 1.607. Lopez would later go to three All-Star Games, and he would have 1,527 career Hits with 260 Home Runs.  

Eligible Since 2012.  Lopez was on the ballot for one year in 2012 and finished with 0.2% of the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com  

Marquis Grissom, Cleveland Indians, Outfield, 1997, AL            

Prior to 1997, Marquis Grissom went to two All-Star Games as a Montreal Expo, and won a World Series with Atlanta.  In 1997, Grissom was with Cleveland, a team he only spent one year with.  In the ALCS, Grissom hit the game-winning Home Run in Game 2, stole three bases and batted .261.  He would leave Cleveland for Milwaukee, and later play for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco.  Grissom retired in 2005 with 2,251 Hits and 429 Stolen Bases.  

Eligible Since 2011. Grissom was on the ballot for one year in 2011 and finished with 0.7% of the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Livan Hernandez, Florida Marlins, Pitcher, 1997, NL             

Hernandez was the runner-up for the Rookie of the Year, and he had a lot of consolation for not winning, as the Marlins won the World Series that year.  Hernandez played a huge role in that, winning the NLCS MVP off a 2-0 record with a 0.84 ERA and 0.656 WHIP.  Hernandez again went 2-0 in the World Series, winning that MVP (though his other stats were terrible), but he is one of the few players to win the NLCS and World Series MVP in the same season.  Hernandez went on to have a long career, posting a 178-177 record with 1,976 Strikeouts. 

Eligible Since 2018. Grissom was on the ballot for one year in 2018 and finished with 0.2% of the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

David Wells, New York Yankees, Pitcher, 1998, AL             

A popular player everywhere he went, David Wells was already a World Series winner with the Blue Jays in 1992, and after stops in Detroit, Cincinnati and Baltimore, he signed with the New York Yankees in 1997.  In 1998, Wells was an All-Star for the second time, with an 18-4 record and a third-place in Cy Young voting.  In this year’s ALCS, Wells won both of his starts against Cleveland, throwing 15.2 Innings with a 2.87 ERA.

Eligible Since 2013. Wells was on the ballot for one year in 2013 and finished with 0.9% of the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Sterling Hitchcock, San Diego Padres, Pitcher, 1998, NL             

Hitchcock started two games in the NLCS where he won both games allowing only one run over ten Innings. The Padres beat Atlanta to advance but they were destroyed by the Yankees.  This was Hitchcock’s only award in a 13-year career where he had a 74-76 record.   He also played with the Yankees and St. Louis. 

Eligible Since 2010.  Although Hitchcock was eligible for the Hall in 2010 he was not on the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Orlando Hernandez, New York Yankees, Pitcher, 1999, AL            

Hernandez played nine seasons in the Majors where his best season was this year, 1999, his second in baseball.  With a 17-9 record, Hernandez’ ALCS saw him have two starts with a 1-0 record and 1.80 ERA. The Yankees went on to win the World Series, which was Hernandez’ second.  He added a third next year, giving him three World Series Rings in four seasons.  Hernandez later played for Chicago, Arizona and the New York Mets. 

Eligible Since 2013. Hernandez did not play the mandatory ten years to qualify for the Hall.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Eddie Perez, Atlanta Braves, Catcher, 1999, NL             

Eddie Perez is an unlikely LCS MVP winner as we have a player who never had a 100 Hit year and his lifetime OBP was under three.  Nevertheless, in the 1999 ALCS, Perez was fantastic in the series against the Mets, where he batted .500 with two Home Runs, five RBIs and an OPS 1.424.

Eligible Since 2011. Although Perez was eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2011, he was not on the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

David Justice, New York Yankees, Outfield, 2000, AL             

David Justice was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1990, and won a World Series in 1995 with Atlanta.  Justice began the 2000 Season with the Cleveland Indians and was traded to the Yankees for their playoff run.  Justice only batted .238, but had two Home Runs and eight RBIs in New York’s ALCS win over Seattle.  He played two more seasons in the Majors, concluding with the “Moneyball” year of 2002. Justice had 305 Home Runs with a Slugging Percentage of .500.

Eligible Since 2008. Justice was on the ballot for one year and received 0.2% of the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Mike Hampton, New York Mets, Pitcher, 2000, NL             

Mike Hampton was only with the Mets for one season, having been traded from Houston after he was second for the Cy Young.  It was a decent year, as he went 15-10, and then 2-0 in the NLCS.  Hampton did not allow a run in the series over 16 Innings. The Mets lost the World Series to the Yankees, and Hampton lost his own start.  He signed with the Colorado Rockies in the off-season as a Free Agent. Hampton never was great again, but he toiled in the big leagues until 2010 and retired with a 148-115 record with 1,487 Strikeouts.

Eligible Since 2016. Hampton was on the ballot for one year but did not receive any votes.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Andy Pettitte, New York Yankees, Pitcher, 2001, AL             

Andy Pettitte had already won four World Series rings by this point, and this year he was an All-Star for the second time.  In the ALCS against Seattle, Pettitte went 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA and a sub-one WHIP. Pettitte would be rocked by Arizona in his two starts in the World Series, and they lost to the Diamondbacks. Pettitte would later win a fifth ring with the Yankees in 2009, and he had an overall record of 256-156 with 2,448 Strikeouts.

Eligible Since 2019.  Pettitte has been on the ballot for two years and has finished as high as 11.3% in 2020.  Ranked #32 on Notinhalloffame.com

Craig Counsell, Arizona Diamondbacks, Second Base, 2001, NL             

Already a World Series winner with Florida Marlins in 1997, Craig Counsell was in another situation to help a new team win it all with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001.  In the NLCS, Counsell batted .381 with three Doubles and eight RBIs.  Arizona would win the World Series that year, and Counsell stayed with the D-Backs until 2003.  He would later play for Milwaukee, Arizona again and then returned to Milwaukee, retiring in 2011 with 1,208 Hits.

Eligible Since 2017. Although Counsell was Hall of Fame eligible in 2017 he was not on the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Adam Kennedy, Anaheim Angels, Second Base, 2002, AL             

This was Adam Kennedy’s fourth year in the Majors, and it would be the only time that he batted over .300 (.312).  The Infielder batted .357 with a 1.357 OPS, blasting three Home Runs.  The Angels went on to win the World Series, and this would be toe only title of Kennedy’s career.  He would later play for St. Louis, Oakland, Washington, Seattle and the Dodgers and left the game with 1,488 Hits.

Eligible Since 2018. Although Kennedy was Hall of Fame eligible in 2017 he was not on the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Benito Santiago, San Francisco Giants, Catcher, 2002, NL             

When Santiago was with San Diego, he went to four straight All-Star Games (1989-92).  Six teams and ten years later, Santiago was again an All-Star, now with the San Francisco Giants.  The Catcher batted .300 with two Home Runs and six RBIs in the NLCS, but the Giants would go on to lose to the Angels in the World Series.  Santiago had 1,830 Hits and 217 Home Runs over his 20-year career.

Eligible Since 2011. Santiago was on the ballot for one year and received 0.2% of the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox, First Base, 2005, AL             

Konerko was already beloved in Chicago, but the slugger’s 2005 playoff performance made him an icon. Konerko was an All-Star for the second time in 2005, and he smacked 40 Home Runs that year, the second best of his career.  In the ALCS against the Angels, Konerko has a pair of Home Runs with a .286 Batting Average, and he later helped them sweep the Astros in the World Series.  Konerko will overall smack 439 Home Runs, 1,412 RBIs with 2,340 Hits.

Eligible Since 2020. Konerko was on the ballot for one year and received 2.5% of the ballot.  Ranked #86 on Notinhalloffame.com

Roy Oswalt, Houston Astros, Pitcher, 2005, NL             

Oswalt was the ace of the Astros staff, winning a league-leading 20 Games and finishing third in Cy Young voting.  In the playoffs, the Astros beat St. Louis, with Oswalt winning both starts with a 1.28 ERA and 12 Strikeouts in 14 Innings.  The hurler stayed with the Astros until he was traded to the Phillies during the 2010 Season, and he finished his career with Texas and Colorado, retiring in 2013.  Oswalt was only a three-time All-Star, but he finished in the top six in Cy Young voting seven times, and had a 163-102 record.

Eligible Since 2019.  Oswalt was on the ballot for one year and received 0.8% of the ballot.  Ranked #105 on Notinhalloffame.com

Placido Polanco, Detroit Tigers, Pitcher, 2006, AL             

Polanco played 16 years in the Majors, with five of them in Detroit.  It was as a Tiger when he had his first All-Star Game appearance, and his lone Silver Slugger and two of three Gold Gloves.  In the 2006 ALCS sweep of Oakland, Polanco batted .529 with nine Hits, but he was 0-17 in that year’s World Series.  Polanco amassed 2,142 Hits over his career.

Eligible Since 2019.  Polanco was on the ballot for one year and received 0.5% of the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com  

Jeff Suppan, St, Louis Cardinals, Pitcher, 2006, NL             

Suppan had a long career in the Majors, spanning 17 years where he was mostly a middle-of-the-rotation Starter, though it is evident that his best years were with the Cardinals (2004-07). In the 2006 NLCS, Suppan pitched twice, winning one, and allowing only one run on 15 Innings.  The Cardinals would go on to win that year’s World Series.

Eligible Since 2019. Polanco was on the ballot for one year and received 0.5% of the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox, Pitcher, 2007, AL             

When it mattered the most, Beckett was at his brightest.  In 2003, Beckett won the World Series MVP with the Marlins when they again shocked the baseball world.  Beckett signed with the BoSox in 2007, and that year he went 409 in the playoffs including two wins in the ALCS where he had a 1.93 ERA.  The Red Sox went on to beat Colorado in the World Series, and Beckett had a career record of 138-106.

Eligible Since 2020. Beckett was on the ballot for one year and but did not receive any votes.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers, Outfield, 2010, AL             

Hamilton was in year two of his five consecutive All-Stars, and he was a year away from winning the MVP. The Outfielder smacked four Home Runs and batted .350 in Texas’ six-game series win over New York, but the Rangers fell to San Francisco in the World Series.  Hamilton had an even 200 Home Runs over his career.

Eligible Since 2021. Hamilton did not play the minimum 10 years, and will likely not be on the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Cody Ross, San Francisco Giants, Outfield, 2010, NL             

Ross was traded from the Florida Marlins during the season, and he batted .350 with three Home Runs in the NLCS.  The Giants would win the World Series, which would be Ross’s only title.  He bounced around the Majors until 2015, and had 904 total Hits.

Eligible Since 2021.  Although Ross was eligible for the Hall in 2021, he was not on the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Delmon Young, Detroit Tigers, Outfield, 2012, AL             

This was arguably Young’s last good year in the Majors, and the last of two with Detroit.  In the 2012 ALCS against New York, he had a pair of Home Runs, six RBIs and a 1.186 OPS.  Young also played for Tampa, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Eligible Since 2021. Although Young was eligible for the Hall in 2021, he was not on the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants, Shortstop, 2012, NL             

Scutaro was traded from Colorado during the year, and this was his 11thMajor League season. The Infielder batted .500 in the NLCS against the Cardinals with four RBIs.  The Giants would win the World Series, and in the following year, Scutaro was an All-Star for the only time.  He would have 1,355 career Hits. 

Eligible Since 2020. Although Scutaro was eligible for the Hall in 2021, he was not on the ballot.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.  

 

Let’s update our tally, shall we?      

Award in Question

Percentage of recipients who have entered the HOF

Percentage of recipients by year who have entered the HOF.

NBA MVP

100%

100%

NHL Art Ross

100%

100%

NHL Hart Trophy

93.6%

96.3%

NBA Finals MVP

91.3%

94.9%

NHL Norris

90.5%

96.4%

NHL Ted Lindsay Award

90.0%

 

NBA All-Star Game MVP

89.5%

91.7%

NHL Conn Smythe

74.2%

85.4%

NFL Bert Bell Award

73.7%

71.4%

NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year

73.1%

79.4%

NFL AP MVP

68.3%

74.0%

NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year

66.7%

66.7%

NHL Lady Byng

63.8%

76.0%

NFL Defensive Player of the Year

60.8%

71.1%

NFL Super Bowl MVP

60.6%

64.9%

NHL Mark Messier Leadership Award

60.0%

60.0%

NBA Defensive Player of the Year

58.3%

56.5%

NHL Vezina

57.1%

66.3%

NBA Rookie of the Year

56.5%

56.5%

MLB MVP

55.0%

60.2%

NFL Pro Bowl MVP

52.3%

54.8%

MLB Lou Gehrig Award

51.9%

51.9%

MLB Roberto Clemente Award

47.4%

47.4%

NHL Calder Trophy

46.5%

46.5%

NBA J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

46.0%

46.0%

MLB/NL/AL Cy Young Award

44.4%

55.4%

MLB Babe Ruth Award

37.0%

39.3%

NHL King Clancy Award

36.8%

36.8%

NHL Frank J. Selke Trophy

33.3%

36.7%

MLB World Series MVP

33.3%

36.8%

MLB Hutch Award

33.1%

33.1%

NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

28.6%

28.6%

NHL Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

27.9%

27.9%

MLB Edgar Martinez Award

26.7%

17.2%

MLB Delivery Man of the Year

25.0%

50.0%

MLB (NL/AL) Silver Slugger (Designated Hitter)

25.0%

30.8%

MLB Comeback Player of the Year

25.0%

25.0%

MLB (NL/AL) Silver Slugger (Shortstop)

23.5%

52.6%

MLB (NL/AL) Gold Glove

21.7%

36.8%

NHL William M. Jennings Trophy

20.7%

40.4%

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

20.6%

20.6%

MLB (NL/AL) Silver Slugger (Catcher)

20.0%

22.5%

MLB (NL/AL) Gold Glove (Second Base)

18.8%

39.8%

MLB Rolaids Reliever of the Year

18.6%

33.3%

MLB (NL/AL) Gold Glove (Shortstop)

18.2%

35.1%

MLB (NL/AL) Silver Slugger (Pitcher)

18.2%

20.1%

MLB (NL/AL) Silver Slugger (Second Base)

16.7%

32.7%

MLB (NL/AL) Gold Glove (Outfield)

16.7%

30.1%

MLB NLCS/ALCS MVP

16.1%

15.3%

MLB (NL/AL) Silver Slugger (Outfield)

15.7%

25.2%

MLB (NL/AL) Gold Glove (Third Base)

14.3%

14.3%

MLB (NL/AL) Silver Slugger (Third Base)

13.6%

14.3%

MLB (NL/AL) Silver Slugger (First Base)

13.6%

13.3%

MLB (NL/AL) Rookie of the Year

13.3%

13.3%

MLB (NL/AL) Gold Glove (Catcher)

10.3%

15.2%

NBA Most Improved Player of the Year

5.3%

3.2%

MLB (NL/AL) Gold Glove (First Base)

3.8%

3.2%

NFL AP Comeback Player of the Year

0.0%

0.0%

So, who is up next?

The following are the players who have won either the ALCS MVP or NLCS MVP in MLB who have retired but have not met the mandatory years out of the game to qualify for the Baseball Hall of Fame: 

David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox, Designated Hitter, 2004, AL             

The Boston Red Sox had been “cursed” ever since they traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1919, and this looked to be much of the same, as the Yanks went up 3-0 in the ALCS.  The ghosts of the past were flying over Boston, but something magical was in the air.  The Red Sox won the next four, and then went on to sweep the Cardinals to win the World Series.  In this ALCS, Ortiz had three Home Runs, 11 RBIs and an OPS of 1.199.  Ortiz won two more World Series Rings with the Red Sox (2007 & 2013) and would smack 541 Home Runs with 1,768 career RBIs.    

Eligible in 2022.

Matt Holliday, Colorado Rockies, Outfield, 2006, NL             

2006 was Holliday’s third Major League season, but it was his breakout campaign with a 34 HR/.334 year.  The Rockies destroyed Arizona in the NLCS with Holliday hitting a pair of taters and batting .333.  Holliday’s Rockies failed to win the World Series, but later in his career as a Cardinal, he won a ring in 2011.  He would be a six-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and won the 2007 Batting Title. Holliday finished his career with 2,096 Hits, 316 Home Runs, 1,220 RBIs and a lifetime .299 Batting Average.    

Eligible in 2024.

Matt Garza, Tampa Bay Rays, Pitcher, 2008, AL             

Garza was in his third year in baseball, but it was his first as a regular Staring Pitcher, and also his first in Tampa, as he was with Minnesota the two years previous.  Garza had an 11-9 Regular Season record, and won both his starts against Boston in the ALCS where he had a 1.38 ERA in 13 Inning.  He would later pitch for Chicago (NL), Texas and Milwaukee and retired with a 93-106 record with 1,380 Strikeouts.

Eligible in 2023.

C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees, Pitcher, 2009, AL             

Sabathia won the Cy Young Award as a Cleveland Indian in 2007, and in 2009, he was in Yankee pinstripes, leading the AL in Wins (19), and finishing fourth in Cy Young voting.  In the 2009 ALCS, Sabathia won both of his starts and had 1.13 ERA, and New York went on to defeat Philadelphia in the World Series. Sabathia played ten more years with New York and retired with 3,093 Strikeouts and a 251-161 Record.

Eligible in 2025.

Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies, First Base, 2009, NL             

Howard had already won two Batting Titles, and in 2009, he was close with 45 taters, and was third in MVP voting.  In this year’s NLCS, he batted .333 with two Home Runs and eight RBIs, but the Phillies lost to New York in the World Series. Howard played his entire career with the Phillies, blasting 382 Home Runs and 1,194 RBIs.

Eligible in 2025.

David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals, Third Base, 2011, NL             

2011 was Freese’s breakout year, though mostly due to the 2011 playoffs.  Freese hit safely in 13 straight playoff games, and in the NLCS, he batted .545 with three Home Runs and nine RBIs against the Milwaukee Brewers.  In that year’s World Series, Freese again won the MVP, and was the hero in Game 6 and 7.  Freese would later play for Los Angeles (AL), Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles (NL) and had 1,041 career Hits.

Eligible in 2025.

Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox, Pitcher, 2013, AL             

Japanese Pitcher, Koji Uehara, did not debut in the Majors until he was 34, first with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009.  After a stop in Texas, Uehara went to Boston, working late relief and recording 21 Saves in 2013.  In that year’s ALCS, Uehara appeared in five Games, saving three and not allowing a run in six Innings of work.  The Red Sox won the World Series, with Uehara again appearing in five Games without an Earned Run.  He had 95 career Saves.

Eligible in 2023.

Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals, Shortstop, 2015, AL             

Escobar was an All-Star and Gold Glove this year, which was the only time he won either.  In the ALCS, Escobar batted .478 with five RBIs, and the Royals advanced to win the World Series over the Mets.  Escobar played until 2018, and he accumulated 1,367 Hits.

Eligible in 2024.

Daniel Murphy, New York Mets, Second Base, 2015, NL             

Daniel Murphy was an All-Star in 2014, 2016 and 2017, but in 2015, he batted .529 with four Home Runs, propelling the Mets over Cubs in the NLCS.  The Infielder’s Mets lost in the World Series to Kansas City, and Murphy later played for Washington, Chicago (NL) and Colorado.  Murphy accrued 1,572 Hits over his career.

Eligible in 2026.

Howie Kendrick, Washington Nationals, First Base, 2019, NL             

Howie Kendrick debuted in 2006, was an All-Star in 2011, and while this was the tail end of his career, it was in 2019 that he had his greatest playoff success.  In the Nationals NLCS against St. Louis, Kendrick batted .333 with four RBIs, and Washington went on to win their first World Series by beating Houston in seven.

Eligible in 2026.

 

The following are the past players who have won either the ALCS or NLCS MVP who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame and are still active.

Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Dodgers, First Base, 2004, NL             

Pujols was already an established star, as he led the NL in Runs Scored (133) for the second straight year, and also belted 46 Home Runs with 123 RBIs and an OPS of 1.072.  The Cardinals beat Houston in seven, with Pujols batting .500 with 4 Home Runs and 9 RBIs. The Cards would fall to the Boston Red Sox in four in the World Series.  Pujols and the Cardinals would win the 2006 and 2011 World Series, and he would win the National League MVP in 2005, 2008 & 2009.  The future first ballot Hall of Famer signed with the Angels in 2012.    

41 Years Old, Playing for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies, Pitcher, 2008, NL             

Hamels was in his third season and he led the NL in WHIP (1.082) and he had a 14-10 record with 196 Strikeouts.  In the NLCS, Hamels went 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA, and he was also the World Series MVP when the Phillies beat Tampa.

37 Years Old, Free Agent.

Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers, Outfield, 2011, AL             

Cruz hit 28 Home Runs this year, and he smacked another six in the ALCS against Detroit.  He also had 13 RBIs with a 1.273 OPS.  Cruz currently has well over 400 career Home Runs.

40 Years Old, Playing for the Minnesota Twins.

Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals, Pitcher, 2013, NL             

Wacha was a rookie, who appeared in 15 Games, starting nine and posting a 4-1 Record.  It looked like he arrived in the 2013 NLCS, winning both starts and pitching 13.2 Innings of shutout baseball.  Wacha did not fare as well in the World Series (1-1 7.45 ERA), and the Cardinals lost to the Red Sox.  He was an All-Star in 2015.

29 Years Old, Playing for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals, Outfield, 2014, AL             

Cain had a breakout year, batting ,301 with 28 Stolen Bases, and the spark plug batted .533 against the Orioles in the ALCS.  The Royals lost to San Francisco in the World Series, but Cain was good, collecting four RBIs with a .308 Average.

35 Years Old, Playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants, Pitcher, 2014, NL             

If Madison Bumgarner ever gets close to the Baseball Hall of Fame, it will be based on what he did in the 2014 playoffs, where he won both the NLCS and World Series MVP.  In the NLCS, Bumgarner had two starts, won one, and had an ERA of 1.72.

31 Years Old, Playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians, Pitcher, 2016, AL             

Miller had a career-high 36 Saves in 2015, but was traded to Indians during the next season, where the reliever had only 12 Saves, but a 1.45 ERA, and was named to his first All-Star.  In the ALCS, he pitched in four Games, recording a Save while not allowing a run over 7.2 Innings.  The Indians would fall to the Cubs in the World Series.

36 Years Old, Playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs, Third Base, 2016, NL Co-Winner          

Baez became a regular player in the Cubs lineup in 2016, and in the four-game sweep of the Giants, he batted .375 with a Home Run.  The Cubs won the World Series that year, ending the dreaded drought.  Baez was the runner-up for the MVP in 2018.

28 Years Old, Playing for the Chicago Cubs.

Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs, Pitcher, 2016, NL Co-Winner          

Jon Lester helped the Red Sox win two World Series Championships (2007 & 2013), and after being traded to Oakland in 2014, he joined the Cubs in 2015.  2016 was Lester’s best year as he had a 19-5 Record and was second in Cy Young voting. In the NLCS allowed only two Runs in 13 Innings, while also winning a game.  He had another Win (against one Loss) in Chicago’s World Series triumph over Cleveland.

37 Years Old, Playing for the Washington Nationals.

Justin Verlander, Houston Astros, Pitcher, 2017, AL

Justin Verlander won the Cy Young and MVP with Detroit in 2011, but by 2017, it was generally believed that his best days were behind him.  The surging Astros traded for him during the season, and Verlander went 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA to close the season.  In the NLCS, he remained electric and won both starts with a 0.56 ERA with 21 Strikeouts.  The Astros would win their first World Series that year.  In the two years after, Verlander was second for the Cy Young, and he won his second in 2019.

38 Years Old, Playing for the Houston Astros.

Chris Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers, Outfield, 2017, NL co-winner

This was Taylor’s first season as a regular player in the Majors, and in the NLCS, he had a pair of Home Runs, while batting .316.  The Dodgers went down to defeat against Houston, but Taylor got his ring with Los Angeles in 2020.

29 Years Old, Playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers, Third Base, 2017, NL co-winner

Justin Turner was an All-Star for the first time this season, and he finished eighth in MVP voting.  The enigmatic Third Baseman batted .333 with a pair of Home Runs and seven RBIs in the NLCS, but the Dodgers lost to Houston in the World Series. Turner would however taste champagne in 2020 when L.A. won it all.

36 Years Old, Playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers, Outfield, 2018, NL 

Cody Bellinger was the Rookie of the Year the season before and in the 2018 NLCS, Bellinger only batted .200, but had two game-winning-RBIs, including the decider in Game 7.  The Dodgers lost to Boston in the World Series that year, but he would be back. Bellinger was the National League MVP the next season, and was a member of L.A.’s 2020 World Series Championship Team. To date, Bellinger is the youngest player to win the NLCS.

25 Years Old, Playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox, Outfield, 2018, AL 

An All-Star in 2016 and a Gold Glove winner this year, Bradley Jr. only batted .200 in the ALCS, but had a .400 OBP, two Home Runs, nine RBIs and an OPS well over 1.000 in the five-game series win over Houston.  The Outfielder helped lead Boston to a World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

31 Years Old, Playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jose Altuve, Houston Astros, Second Base, 2019, AL 

Altuve was at this point a six-time All-Star, a one-time MVP and a World Series Champion, and was still the leader of the Astros.  In the ALCS against the Yankees, he had a pair of Home Runs with a .348 Batting Average.  The Astros would not win the World Series this year, as they fell to the Washington Nationals.

31 Years Old, Playing for the Houston Astros.

Randy Arozarena, Tampa Bay Rays, Outfield, 2020, AL 

After playing only 19 Games for St. Louis in 2018, Randy Arozarena was traded to Tampa, and became a starter in the Outfield.  In his first ALCS, the Cuban-born player blasted four Home Runs with six RBIs and a .321 Batting Average in the Rays’ seven game series win over Houston.

26 Years Old, Playing for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers, Shortstop, 2020, NL 

Corey Seager was the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year had won two Silver Sluggers leading up to the 2020 season, and this year Los Angeles was not going to be denied.  He batted .310 in the NLCS with five Home Runs, and he swept the post-season awards with a World Series MVP.  Seager batted over .300 in the NLDC, NLCS and World Series with eight playoff Home Runs.

27 Years Old, Playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

 

As expected, the LCS MVPs are much like World Series MVPs, in that it can be won from journeyman to stars.

So, what is up next?

We stay with baseball, and look at the Hank Aaron Award.

As always, we thank you for your support, and look for that soon.

The history of NASCAR in video gaming is remarkably straightforward, Just four studios, EA, Eutechnyx, Monster Games, and 704Games, have created released a stock car racing game since NASCAR Thunder 2004, though there have been almost twenty different titles in the genre since then. Monster Games and 704Games have shared the honors since 2016, releasing NASCAR Heat 5 in July 2020.

Of course, that kind of linearity isn’t always a good thing. The same studios and personnel tend to produce similar products year after year. Perhaps inevitably, Heat 5 received average reviews, with Forbes describing it as “steady, consistent and safe”. This kind of franchise fatigue crops up often in sports titles. WWE 2K20, for instance, released in such a poor state that 2K temporarily suspended development on the next entry in the series.

Gran Turismo

Due to the dominance of NASCAR Heat, there are no other developers working on stock car games at present, for PC or consoles. The racing genre as a whole is healthy, though. Need for Speed Heat, Forza Horizon 4, DiRT Rally 2.0, and Asphalt 9: Legends all came out within the last few years. Old favorite Gran Turismo has been absent from the circuit since 2017, perhaps due to Sony’s preoccupation with the PlayStation 5.

Another major contributor to the world of virtual racing is the online casino. Gaming site Casino Masters has a number of slots based on cars, including Monster Wheels, Street Racer, and 5 Reel Drive. The former title, Monster Wheels, is a quirky creation inspired by the classic Wacky Races cartoon show while 5 Reel Drive focuses more on trucks. There’s also a character with more than a passing resemblance to Penelope Pitstop.

Thunder Stock Cars

NASCAR fans have to look to mobile for relevant games but, once again, there isn’t much of a selection and they’re all indie efforts. If you don’t mind the lack of real vehicles and tracks, Thunder Stock Cars is a popular choice with Android users. It has variable difficulty and controls but there are no customization options to speak of. Thunder Stock Cars has a slightly above-average score of 3.9 on the Google Play Store.

Speedway Masters boasts impressive graphics for a mobile game but features similar banked tracks and cars to Thunder Stock Cars. It also has a first-person viewpoint, which can be an important feature for petrolheads. Pit stops, day/night cycles, and the opportunity to watch races rather than take part are fun extras. NASCAR Heat retains the license on mobile too, so don’t expect any official cars.

Overall, lovers of NASCAR don’t have much choice for games on any platform. It’s a disappointing situation for such a thrilling sport but there is hope in the shape of Motorsport Games’ as-yet-unnamed game. NASCAR Heat 6 will not be released due to the negative response to its predecessor. But, in its place, a brand new stock car title will attempt to win back fans’ hearts and, inevitably, dominate the market once again.

When the Beatles set out on their career as musicians, they had a plan. They played just about every club they could get into, spent months in Hamburg perfecting their stagecraft, then released their first album. Rock and roll might seem like it just happens, but the truth is, you need to be in the right place at the right time. Here’s how to start your music career. 

Make sure you can keep money coming in 

Ever heard the phrase ‘Don’t put all of your eggs into one basket’? Well, it applies here. Whilst starting your music career, you should have a way of paying your bills, paying for your own transport, and buying the equipment you need. Sure, the idea of being a broke musician sounds romantic, but in reality though, it’s not much fun. Keep a side job, so you can keep some money coming in. This will take the pressure off when things don’t go your way, and it will allow you to keep plugging away for longer. 

Set goals and work hard 

Do you think the Rolling Stones sat down and decided their goals and objectives? No, probably not. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a pointless exercise. Knowing what you want to achieve makes it much easier to put into practice. Try to make your goals achievable and measurable so you know if you’re on track. You also need to put time into it each day. You don’t need to spend every hour of the day working on music. Sometimes, it’s good to take a break and play some online games such as Ruby Fortune Casino or some AAA titles on a console. The important thing is, you should be chipping away at your goal each day. 

Treat your music career as a business 

Ultimately, if you want to spend your life playing music, you’re going to need to make some money. If you treat your career as a business, you are more likely to make it happen. You don’t have to be the next Justin Bieber to make money as a musician. But you also need to decide what you’re willing to do? Can you play covers at local bars to keep money coming in? Can you play at people’s weddings? Whilst you might not be playing your own songs, you will still be getting paid to practice. 

Keep improving your craft

As a musician, you should never stop improving your craft. The better you get, the more chances you have of success. So, some of your time should be spent on getting better at your instrument, practicing singing, and working on your stagecraft. Anything you can do to improve the overall performance is worth doing. 

Get honest feedback

It’s hard to get honest feedback as a musician. Friends and family will shower you with praise because you’re doing something they don’t fully understand. So, you might have to look elsewhere for honest feedback. You could publish recordings on a forum (like Reddit) and ask for criticism. Alternatively, ask another musician that you respect what they think of your songs. 

Create a strong online presence 

Nowadays, the internet is the greatest tool available to musicians. You can build a fanbase that you can actually measure. Then, when it starts to get big enough, you can monetize it. In some ways, it’s never been easier to start a music career. The problem is, more people are trying it now. Either way, if you’re serious about starting a music career, you need a strong online presence. 

A lot of individuals in the entertainment industry are gay or bisexual, even if many of them are uncomfortable discussing such topics publically. That’s why singers who are open about their sexual preference and lesbian relationships deserve the utmost respect for their courage and honesty.

Does coming out help or hinder a music career? 

In the past, the mainstream press wasn’t kind towards LGBT individuals, and it was very hard for popular musicians to admit their true preference. Mere rumours of homosexuality were enough to destroy careers back in the 1950s and ’60s, but over the past few decades, social attitudes have changed in a dramatic way. Today artists who come out as gay or lesbian can expect more support than criticism, although the impact of this brave decision remains questionable. At the very least, moving the conversation from lesbian chat rooms to the main news channel must be considered progress, but it would be naive to think that those who come out have a red carpet laid out for them.

Famous women who admitted they like women

 

The list of celebrities from the world of music who are known to enjoy the company of the same sex is quite long. Here are some of the famous examples of lesbian singers who are on the record saying they like other women:

Amy Winehouse

Late rock singer was a magnet for controversy, and her sexual orientation was just one of the things that tabloids were fascinated with. Her lifestyle was rather wild, and it wasn’t unusual for her to engage in affairs with persons of both genders. While she was married at a young age and maintained long term relationships with men, she belongs on this list of openly LGBT celebrities.

Halsey

Popular American musician Halsey never hid her bisexuality, and she had experiences with women even before she became famous. Later in her career, she was in a relationship with several high profile male musicians, but she remains very open about her orientation and doesn’t shy away from questions about her affinity for women.

Miley Cyrus

Another polarizing figure from the entertainment industry, once known as teen star Hannah Montana, Miley, has changed dramatically over the years. However, one thing remained constant – her insistence on a pansexual and gender-fluid identity. She has spoken extensively about such issues and has even referenced gay themes in her music work, making her one of the leading pro-LGBT voices in the modern mainstream music marketplace.

Fergie

Formerly a member of the pop group Black Eyed Peas, Fergie has been in the public eye a long time and has often been associated with uninhibited behaviour. She has been married and has a son but has spoken openly about having sexual adventures with women, although she doesn’t think she could be in a relationship with a person of the same gender.

Demi Lovato

Singer and actress Demi Lovato has identified publically as queer and sexually fluid, saying she is open to a romantic relationship with another woman. At different times, she has gravitated more towards men or women, depending on her moods. She is actively involved in promoting the LGBT cause, which is rare for a musician of her stature.

Final Words

Do singers inspire lesbian fans for love search? It’s an interesting question to consider whether ordinary people model their romantic behaviour after their idols from the entertainment world. When looking for a same-sex partner and building relationships, many fans turn to their famous idols for example. And for a gay person, it can certainly be reassuring to know that even famous people struggle with the consequences of coming out. At the same time, the personal circumstances of female singers are very different from those of their fans, so it’s difficult for them to act freely when it comes to announcing sexual orientation.

Every year the NBA Hall of Fame welcomes legends of the game to its wall, however, the ceremony was postponed last year, and will instead be taking place this year in May. The induction ceremony recognises basketball stars and influential members of the basketball world alike. 

This post will look through the players and committee members that will be forever enshrined in the halls of the Naismith Memorial Museum. 

Kobe Bryant 

While the events that led to us losing the great Kobe Bryant won’t be forgotten anytime soon, he was always going to enter the Hall of Fame. there are very few, if any players, that have reached the heights that Kobe did, let alone win what he won. 

The 18-time NBA All-Star was also a 5-time Champion with his career team the Lakers. He was a 2-time NBA Final MVP, as well as a 2-time Olympic gold medalist representing the United States in London and Beijing. 

Not only was he a phenom during his career, but many players credit him with being their inspiration and the reason they play basketball. We can’t forget about the “Mamba mentality” either, another aspect of his incredible legacy that will live on. 

Kevin Garnett 

Another man who has most definitely left his name on the game forever, is Kevin Garnett. KG spent most of his playing career with the Timberwolves and Celtics, with a couple of seasons at the Nets sprinkled in there. 

He is a 15-time NBA All-Star, a 9-time NBA All Defensive Team pick, and an NBA Champion with the Celtics back in 2008. His individual awards are endless, but it is what he brought to your team that was incredible. An individual giant, as well as the definition of a team player, Garnett had it all. 

Tim Duncan 

Another one team player, Tim Duncan spent all of his playing career, as well as his stanza in coaching, at the San Antonio Spurs. A man who is sometimes forgotten when it comes to the “all-time greats” of the game, Duncan has the individual and team accolades to most definitely put him in the conversation. 

Duncan was crowned MVP 15 times, as well as being an NBA champion 5 times with the Spurs, and a 3-time NBA Final MVP. He has also dabbled in coaching, but considering the monumental career he has had, it’s more surprising that he wasn’t inducted sooner. 

Eddie Sutton 

Unfortunately, another inductee that won’t be able to attend the ceremony is that of Eddie Sutton. Sutton coached from high school all the way up to college, winning multiple titles in the process. 

He was a 2-time AP Coach of the Year, NABC Coach of the Year, 4-time SWC Coach of the Year, a one-time Big Eight Coach of the Year, and a 2-time Big 12 Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, and it is about time he made his way into NBA Hall of Fame. 

Rudy Tomjanovic 

The power forward spent most of his career in basketball as a coach, leading the Houston Rockets as both head coach and assistant, as coaching the LA Lakers. As a player, he was a 5-time NBA All-Star, and saw his two NBA title wins come as a coach. 

Tomjanovic was the victim of an almost fatal punch to the face back in 1977, it ended his season prematurely, but he came back to play for 3 more seasons. He was als the head coach of Team USA when they won the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics back in 2000. 

Tamika Catchings 

What hasn’t Tamika Catchings won in the WNBA? She is currently the GM at the Indiana Fever, and spent her career playing for Indiana, as well as spent time in Poland, Russia, as well as Turkey. 

Her list of accomplishments is endless, she is a WNBA Champion, a WNBA Finals MVP, a 10-time WNBA All Star, a 7-time All-WNBA First Team, a 5-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, as well as a 5-time member of the All-Defensive First Team. 

Kim Mulkey 

Kim Mulkey can easily be regarded as one of the best coaches the game has ever seen. While her playing career saw her gain a small amount of success, although that does include an Olympic gold medal, she most definitely reached her heights as a coach while at Louisiana Tech and Baylor. 

As a coach, she won the AP Basketball Coach of the Year twice, she is a 3-time USBWA Coach of the Year, and a 2-time WBCA Coach of the Year. She is also part of the Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame and a winner of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award. 

Barbara Stevens 

Another coach that dominated the College women’s game is Barbara Stevens. She spent her college career playing for Bridgewater State, and her coaching career started in 1976 at Clark, she then spent a few years at UMass, before spending the rest of her career at Bentley. 

Stevens is a 5-time WBCA National Division II Coach of the Year, and incredibly, she is a 16-time NE-10 Coach of the Year. She was also the recipient of the Carol Eckman Award in 2002. 

Patrick Baumann 

A basketball executive being recognised for the good he did for the game, Patrick Bauman is being recognised posthumously in this Hall of Fame class. He was a FIBA executive and a member of the International Olympic Committee for more than 10 years. 

Bauman focussed a lot on the youth game and bringing youngsters up through the ranks. He was well-known for the hard work he put into spreading the game across the globe and giving more and more players the chance to make it. 

There have been numerous coaches in the NFL that have been regarded as the best of their time, or the best in their generation. While many of these coaches have made their way into the Hall of Fame, there are a number of them who should be there that aren’t. 

Mike Shanahan, Andy Reid, Dick Vermeil, and many more, are just a few names of coaches that, for some reason, just haven’t been able to get their name in the Hall of Fame. this post will go through 5 coaches who should definitely be there. 

Mike Shanahan 

The two-time Super Bowl winner barely needs an introduction. Mike Shanahan has been one of the most widely recognised names in coaches for years now, with his first career highlight coming at Super Bowl XXIX, where he was the assistant coach for the eventual winners the 49ers.

As a head coach though, he was at the helm of two Super Bowl victories while in charge of the Denver Broncos .Not only that, but Shanahan has been part of 10 teams that have played in 10 Conference Championship games. While later in career he was fired twice and was the head coach of two very unsuccessful teams, his legacy and success are undeniable. 

George Seifert 

A legend in San Francisco, George Seifert is one of the 13 coaches who has won more than one Super Bowl, winning it with the 49ers in both the 1989 and 1994 seasons. He is also one of the very few rookie coaches to win the Super Bowl. 

He wasn’t only the head coach at the 49ers, as he coached on 5 different Super Bowl winning 49er teams. He spent a couple of seasons at the Carolina Panthers after his tenure in San Francisco, but didn’t see the success. He is still the only Panthers coach to not have a winning season or win a playoff game. However, his work in San Francisco will barely be emulated again. 

Dick Vermeil 

Another man who needs little introduction, Dick Vermeil has won and done almost everything as a coach, except get his spot in the Hall of Fame. He coached the Eagles, the Rams and the Chiefs in his career, with his only Super Bowl win coming at Super Bowl XXXIV, when the Rams beat the Titans. 

However, his list of achievements does not end there. He is a two-time Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year, a two-time Sports News NFL Coach of the Year, and a two-time Maxwell Club NFL Coach of the Year. He is also in the Eagle’s Hall of Fame, as well as being the only coach in the St Louis Football Ring of Honor. 

Mike Holmgren 

Another coach that has plied his trade across the league as an assistant, head coach, as well as an executive, is Mike Holmgren. Holmgren saw his only Super Bowl win come at Super Bowl XXXI, when he led the Green Bay Packers to Victory. 

Not only has he won the Super Bowl, but Holmgren has also won 3 NFC Championship titles, 2 Super Bowl Champion titles as an assistant, and 2 NFC Championships as an assistant coach. Individually, he has won the Steve Largent Award. He has also been inducted into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame. 

Last year, he was named a coaching finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame “Centennial Slate”, as was up again for this year's class, however, he was part of the group that was cut. What more must this man do? 

Marty Schottenheimer 

A coach that didn’t win the coveted Super Bowl, Schottenheimer still 100% deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. he spent his coaching career across the league, taking charge at the Browns, the Chiefs, the Redskins, the Chargers, and also spent time in the UFL coaching the Virginia Destroyers. 

Remarkably, Schottenheimer is the only coach still eligible for the Hall of Fame with 200 regular season wins, who still hasn’t been inducted. He was the UFL Coach of the Year in 2011, the NFL Coach of the Year in 2004, AFC Coach of the Year in 1986 and 2004, and was also inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2010. 

He was also the mentor for many assistant coaches who went on to become NFL head coaches, including Bruce Arians, Bill Cowher, Mike McCarthy and Wade Phillips. Schottenheimer’s influence was felt on and off the field. 

These are only a small selection of coaches that should definitely find their way into the Hall of Fame. While many of them had incredible individual players or teams that helped them find success, the huge influence that these coaches had can not be ignored. 

While some have found their way into the respective Hall of Fame for a particular team they coached, it would be a serious shame if they didn’t make it into the NFL’s Hall of Fame, a position that most fans and experts believe they all seriously deserve. 

Money rules our world and we can’t deny it. Have you ever thought about playing online poker or betting on sports games wishing for luck and a huge win? Even if you indeed win, you will have a small part of the wealth of the richest athletes on our planet. Who are they? What do they do? Why do they earn so much?

Show business or recognition for talent?

There are athletes who are extremely talented, but their sport isn’t popular. There can be various reasons why it is like that. Nowadays, sports need to be vivid and full of action. When it is long and too complicated, people will not watch it so eagerly and it won’t bring lucrative income. As long as sport is interesting for spectators, athletes in this discipline will earn a lot.  

That is why the wealthiest people are generally footballers, basketball players, baseball or tennis players since these are the most popular sports in the world. We can’t deny them recognition, but there are so many more talented people in disciplines that are underpaid, and can’t dream of a fortune similar to their colleagues from famous sports. Let us see the amounts of money that athletes earn which makes them one of the richest men on the planet.

Roger Federer, $106.3 million

According to the Forbes list from 2020, the richest athlete worldwide is Swiss tennis player, Roger Federer. 39-years old Federer earns $6.3 million from his salary and the rest from endorsements. He starts his career at 17 and his prize money is over $100 million.

Cristiano Ronaldo, $105 million

Famous Portugese football player, Cristiano Ronaldo was playing for many years for Spanish football club Real Madrid. In 2018, a talented player was transferred to Juventus Turin for some astonishing amount of money. Juventus paid 112 million euros for Ronaldo. His salary is $60 million and the rest from endorsements. 

Lionel Messi, $104 million

Argentinian footballer can be seen in the colours of FC Barcelona for almost his whole career. He earns $72 million in salaries and another $32 million in endorsements. His matches with Ronaldo were always legendary, and they were always compared to each other since both played in Spanish League. It ended in 2018, because Ronaldo’s club is Italian.

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior known as Neymar, $95.5 million

29 years old Neymar is known for his career in Brazilian National Team and French league club Paris Saint-Germain. He debuted at the age of 17 in Santos. He earns $70.5 million as his salary and $25 million more in endorsements. His career has been thriving quickly for the last decade, and he is one of the most known athletes around the world.

All the time list

Four gentlemen above are the richest considering their earnings in 2020. In 2017 Forbes updated the list of All the Time wealthiest athletes and here the situation is different

The first is Micheal Jordan, a famous American basketball player known for his career in Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). His whole wealth is summed up to be $1,850 millions of dollars. This is a breathtaking amount of money.

The second wealthiest athlete is golfer, Tiger Woods. His income through the whole career is $1,700 million dollars.

Jack Nicklaus, considered to be the best golfers of all time, is the next with his $1,200 million. Then, Michael Schumacher, the Formula1 driver with $1,000 million dollars of income. 

The list of 10 wealthiest athletes is closing with Phil Mickelson, a golfer with $815 million wealth, Kobe Bryant, basketball player, who earned $800 million through his great career, 

David Beckham, footballer from the United Kingdom with $800 million as well, Floyd Mayweather Jr. with $785 million, and Shaquille O'Neal, basketball player and his $735 million dollar wealth. 

Conclusion

Athletes are the ones of the wealthiest people on the planet. Even if they would lose a half or three quarters of their money, they would still be called millionaires. People with such amounts of money can do almost whatever they want. They can be high rollers in the casino/kaszinó even without gambling experience and it is a common situation. 

Sadly, as we can see, there is no single woman in this top 10 of the wealthiest athletes since the Men's league and championship are always more popular in show business than female’s one. We can have hope that it will change, and we need to support talented young girls in following their dreams, and ensure them that they can be great athletes. We should encourage streaming and broadcasting matches and games involving women, and maybe in a few years we will see a woman on this list.

The MLS started in 1996 in the US as a result of a bid to host the world cup in 1994. It was keen to make use of football’s popularity after one of the world’s most celebrated sports tournaments was held there.

The first championship game was won by D.C. United. They won the most league titles between that team and the Los Angeles Galaxy, with four championships each. 

MLS doesn’t yet come anywhere near the prestige of the English Premier League or other European football forms. Nevertheless, it has caused many well-known international stars to join the league, thanks to greater exposure to the increasing American football market.

Beckham is One Major Star Who Joined the MLS

After joining back in 2007, he enabled Galaxy to achieve back to back wins in the MLS. Perhaps one of the best advantages of this is that it enhanced the league’s media attentionthrough mainstream and entertainment media. 

Therefore, it can be argued that this helped raise the league’s profile somewhat, which clearly raised interest for the MLS for many Americans, similar to what Pele achieved back in the 70s.

Beckham is just one of 78 other players from the UK who have joined the MLS. Today, 10 are on current rosters, but since its beginnings in 1996, there have been another 68 other players involved.

Previously, Beckham was playing for Manchester United, a high-profile UK team who dominated the Premier League for many years. Unfortunately, their close rival Man City are outshining them completely this season, with City being given odds of 1/16 (1.06) of winning the Premier League, according to one UK online bookmaker.

Bradley Wright-Philips, Like Beckham, was Another Successful MLS Player

Recently taken on by LAFC, this former New York Red Bulls striker has played for some big UK teams. This includes Man City, Plymouth Argyle, Southampton, Brentford and Charlton Athletic. He then took up his MLS position in 2013. 

He has a reputation for being one of the best finishers in the league, scoring an impressive 27 goals over 32 regular-season games. 2014, in particular, was a standout year for him.

Working with Thierry Henry, he produced goal after goal. Upon finishing the league, he actually became the top scorer for it, with 24 goals over 34 games. 

So why is he so good at this? He’s speedy, intelligent and persistent, three factors that make him very dangerous.

Considering this, it’s no surprise that he comes in as 7th of all time on the scoring charts, tying with Jason Kries with 108 goals. 

What’s interesting is that Wright-Phillips took 195, compared to Kries with 305 games. He’s done well to have such a successful season, despite back in 2019 suffering from many different injuries

These days, he brings his top performance to LAFC, taking his place as a solid veteran striker for the club. 

Interestingly, his younger brother Shaun also seems to have followed in his footsteps, enjoying a successful stint with the Red Bulls between 2015 and 2016 before joining Phoenix Rising FC in 2017, before retiring at 37 in August 2019.

Have any Other Players Experienced Much Success with MLS?

Absolutely - there are a fair few! However, we feel that two, particularly Mandela Egbo and Saphir Taider, deserve specific mention.

Firstly, there’s Egbo, a former Crystal Palace player who, after playing for Borussia Monchengladbach in Bundesliga, then moved onto Darmstadt in the first half of this season in the German second tier. 

Despite not achieving outstanding success levels by other players like Jadon Sancho or Reece Oxford, this London born defender eventually joined the New York Red Bulls

Now, he’s looking to improve on the elimination of last season in the first round and the end of season playoffs.

Saphir Taider didn’t spend long in England after spending some time on loan with Southampton. This was cut short for some mysterious reason back in 2014, and he’d only had one chance to appear in one friendly before making a departure.

The good news is that this hasn’t appeared to affect him very much. He put in an impressive performance at Bologna before a good two further years at Montreal Impact. while on loan once more.

Luckily, a loan deal has now been permanent in the offseason, with two further players also benefiting from this in 2020: Lassi Lapalainen and Orji Okwonkwo.

Now 25 Years Old, the MLS has Come a Long Way from its Humble Beginnings

Starting in 1996 as a modest football tournament, the MLS has developed over the years, benefiting from much media attention thanks to major stars joining the league. The future of the league is looking bright and with exponential sums of money being invested into some clubs, the league may become competitive on a international scale. 

The most awaited two minutes sport is coming very soon. Happening every first Saturday of May, this year's event falls on May 01. The fun-packed event is looked forward to with action and excitement by horse enthusiasts. The upcoming race is the 147th Grade 1 Thoroughbred stake race in Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. 

The event will host a total of fourteen races; the dirt track accommodates racehorses that belong to a 3-year-old thoroughbred category racing a distance of 1 ¼ mile. The event is fascinating, anticipated by around 155,000 sports fanatics, including celebrities and top names in sports. People are placing bets and anticipating winnings. But they are not just ins for the wins but also for the age-old traditions that they always celebrate. 

The Derby Traditions

Every event is a celebration for horse enthusiasts because they are eyeing on their best contender, anticipating the traditions that they always celebrate. The Kentucky Derby 2021 is awaiting men and women celebrating in their bold formal fashion wearing bright, colorful, wild patterned, and creative hats. It is a showcase of lavished fashions for everyone. 

"My Old Kentucky Home," the state's song, is happily played and participated by everybody is also a tradition starting off the event. The iconic Mint Julep, the traditional symbolic drink during the derby, is feasted for the celebration. A Mint Julep in a souvenir glass costs $15 on Derby Day, but it costs as high as $2,500 available on deluxe to cash-rich aficionados. Another tradition is the giving of iconic roses to the champion horse.

But the most anticipated tradition is the placing of bets to their eyed contenders. Betting has become synonymous with racing that spans a whole weekend to stack racing cards. Bets are placed to contenders that will give a strong winning pick and best-winning forecast. Thus, try to visit TVG to check out the latest odds and pick who is among the top of the 2021 Kentucky derby. 

The Top Contenders

In anticipation of the win, horse aficionados always place their bets on who they believe are strongest to give them the winnings they expect. And for the 2021 Kentucky Derby, these horses are on the top list of winnable contenders:

Hot Rod Charlie

Hot Rod Charlie is rated 7.99 of 10 and has 110 total points in his record. The top four finishers only get the points on a 150 - 60 - 30 - 15 point basis. Hot Rod Charlie just won the $1 million race over Midnight Bourbon in the recently concluded Louisiana Derby just this March 20, 2021.  

Hot Rod Charlie is trained by Doug F. O'Neil, owned by Roadrunner Racing, Boat Racing LLC, and his jockey is Joel Rosario. He now ranked first in points among the nominated horses for the 2021 Kentucky Derby.

Like The King

The victory of Like The King in the 1 ⅛ mile earned him 100 points, guaranteed to berth the Kentucky Derby. He defeated Sainthood in his most recent victory last March 27, 2021, and earned him 100 points in a neck-back finish.

Like The King is an active 3-year-old colt, his owner is M.Racing Group, LLC. Like The King is trained by a retired champion jockey Wesley A. Ward, known for his training skills in Thoroughbred horses, and among them is Like The King.

Known Agenda

Known Agenda is a Kentucky bred born in 2018, now ranked third in the Kentucky Derby contenders. He has 102 points that he recently earned from winning over Greatest Honour at the Florida Derby last March 27, 2021. Known Agenda swept away the $750,000 stake from his Florida Derby victory. He was trained by Todd A Pletcher and competed by Jockey Irad Ortiz. 

Greatest Honour

Greatest Honour has the reputation as The horse to beat in Florida Derby, who headline among the recent winners preparing for the "Run For The Roses" derby. Greatest Honour has 82 points, and he earned the fourth spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby. He is an active three-year-old colt owned by Courtlandt Farms and trained by hall of fame trainer Shug McGaughey. Greatest Honour has a career record of 3 wins, four placings, and seven starts.

Midnight Bourbon

Midnight Bourbon had run solid races; he just finished off the LeComte Stakes last January 16, 2021, in a 1 1/16 miles race, advancing to rank five in the Kentucky point standings. Midnight Bourbon just finished off Proxy on second and TDN Rising Star' Mandaloun on third.The $200,000 debut was a qualifying race for Midnight Bourbon to the Kentucky Derby. 

Final Thoughts

The Kentucky Derby is an event to look forward to for horse lovers. Placing bets and anticipating wins for their horse contenders listed on top of the point standings. For 2021, you would expect an exciting race with the horses on the top list like Hot Rod Charlie, Like The King, Known Agenda, Greatest Honour and Midnight Bourbon. They are the stars of the race to watch out for. 

Most professional athletes are on an entirely different plane of living than regular people. As a result, they do things that average people have trouble justifying, like casual hookups. How common are such interactions between sports legends and their partners? Take a look at a small portion of the athletes that have taken part in such relationships.  

Adult love affairs as a way to relax and relieve tension

It is important to consider why athletes and regular people enjoy having love affairs. For one thing, the people involved in these interactions never have to worry about maintaining a relationship. There is no need for flowers, no long conversations, and nobody asking when you’re getting married. Affairs help people relax and relieve tension from their sport lives, and that’s enough for most people to enjoy these affairs. 

Athletes who’ve dated adult film stars

Among those who prefer adult hookups, there are a number of athletes involved in passionate dating experiences with adult film stars. Some of the interactions between the athletes and adult stars have been short-terms, but many of them had ongoing relationships, too. With that being the case, it’s interesting to see how many big stars have fallen for people in the adult film industry. Look at some of the most prominent cases we found!

Tiger Woods 

Tiger Woods is a 2021 inducteeof the World Golf Hall of Fame. While he has been one of the most dominant golfers over the last few decades, he is also becoming equally well-known for his personal life and his tumultuous interactions. He has dated with a lot of ladies, including the lovely adult film star Holly Sampson. 

Jennifer Capriati

Another famous name in sports is Jennifer Capriati, who is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Over the course of six years, she dated Dale DaBone, an adult film star with over 400 films performed throughout his illustrious career. 

Chuck Liddell 

Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell is a famous UFC fighter and a member of the UFC Hall of Fame. He has been involved in many high-profile relationships throughout his career, but the most famous of them all was certainly when he showed up at events with Jayden James. The two dated for a while and rumors still swirl about them. 

Tito Ortiz

Another UFC Hall of Fame member, and one who is familiar with our last entry, that has dated an adult film star is Tito Ortiz. He dated Jenna Jameson for some, but then they broke up amidst rumors of substance abuse. 

Tanard Jackson

The former Texans player, Tanard Jackson has dated many people throughout his time in the NFL. An interesting match was between him and Jemini, an adult film star. 

Rashad Butler

Former offensive tackle for the Browns and Texas, Rashad Butler, was once linked to Maya G., a former adult film star. Since then, the two have broken up, but he caused a splash because of his supposed links to numerous women throughout his time together with Maya. 

The world is filled with people that take part in different adult relationships. Athletes tend to have the money, desire, and charisma to get women to spend the night with them. They also know how to have a good time with people that can keep up with them in terms of stardom and entertainment. That is why it should be no surprise that some sports stars date adult film stars. Although the relationships don’t last, they start often and burn bright and fast, as do some sports stars.

A Guide For Your First Time Casino gaming can be the difference between having a good time and having a bad one. In fact, it is impossible to have a great time if you do not have a good guide for your first-time casino gaming experience. This is because with a guide, you know how to play your cards and you have a strategy that works. This means that you are less likely to lose money because you are using a proven system.

So where do you get one? There are many different types of guides out there, but the internet is probably the best place to go to find one. With millions of people having their own accounts, it is easy to get a lot of information. Most people use a guide for their first time just because they want to make sure that they are going to have a good time, and so that they can get into a casino and know what they are doing before spending any money.

Some people even say that a guide is necessary if you want to win at the casino. The fact is, thata good guide For your first time casino experiencewill show you how to win, but will also give you ways to beat the odds. You will be able to know which games are better than others and which ones you should avoid playing in order to make sure that you do not lose money.

There are some guides that are made specifically for a certain type of casino game. For example, if you are looking for a guide for Blackjack, then there are guides available for that. There are also guides for various casino games including Poker. Then, of course, there are general guides for all of the games that you can imagine. These include things like strategy guides and quick guides for you to learn the basics of a particular game. The best part is, you can print out these guides so that you have them handy whenever you need them.

It is probably best to get a guide for your first trip to the casino after you know your limit. This way you will have enough cash on you to at least test out the doors when you get there. Then you will be able to decide if you are up to the challenge of the real thing. If you do it right, you can walk out with more money than you put in and no black eyes or bruises.

However, a guide can sometimes be a waste of money. In fact, a lot of guides for your first time are not worth the paper they are printed on. They are full of advice that has no application to the game that they are talking about. Casino guides are good for situations where you know something about the game, such as card odds, for example. However, if you are just trying to learn the ropes, then these guides will definitely not help you make any money.

Also, don't expect a great guide for your first time at the casino to give you everything that you need to know. There is no such thing as a miracle trick for making money at the slots or the roulette wheel. All of these games involve skill, strategy, and betting. A guide is simply a set of guidelines to help you through. It might tell you to pick a certain number of cards or a certain card combination. But it will not tell you what the specific odds are for a particular combination.

In fact, a good guide for your first trip to the casino will not include any games at all! These guides only provide you with the basic rules and how the games work. They will not tell you how to bet or how to know when to fold, or what to do if you are dealt a bad hand. You will also not find any information on how to select a great hotel or a good meal. However, a guide can help you walk through the casino floor a little more familiar with how everything works.

LeBron James is simply formidable. The best player to have ever graced a basketball has been a regular on the court this season, averaging 25.8 points per game. Only recently has an ankle injury forced him to miss his first game of the season. 

Before then, basketball’s biggest star had led the Lakers to a win against his old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, earlier in the year. The Cavaliers themselves had put on one of their best performances, despite the result going against them. After three quarters, they’d been leading the Lakers 89-87, but then James stepped things up in the fourth quarter.

Can the Lakers win the NBA title this season? It’s a big question now that their main man has been side lined by injury. The Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks have both been tipped to give the Lakers a hard time this season, which will make the league extra exciting for anyone looking at this year’s NBA betting lines

This post looks at some of the career highlights of the best player of all time: LeBron James.

NBA debut

James was but a teenager when he made his debut in the NBA. The Cavaliers didn’t achieve the win that night, but James kept his cool on basketball’s biggest stage and scored 28 points and chalked up six rebounds and nine assists. 

All eyes were going to be on him from then. Everyone realized the NBA had unearthed a new superstar, and in his era with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he’d go on to win the Rookie of the Year.

NBA playoff debut

Not only was James’s NBA debut a game to remember, but his playoffs debut was one as well. The forward was in blistering form against the Washington Wizards and posted 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. The Cavaliers won, and it was the first time anyone had posted a triple double in their NBA playoff debut since Magic Johnson.

Game-winning shot on the buzzer against the Orlando Magic

James has been part of some big moments, but no one will forget the drama of the game against the Orlando Magic. In the finals in the Eastern Conference in 2009, the two teams were deadlocked before James broke it right on the buzzer and clinched the Cavaliers the game. The Magic may have won the series, but the score was another big playoff moment for James.

2009 MVP

In 2010, James received his first MVP, for the 2009 season. He’s received a nomination for MVP every year since then, and when he was with the Cavaliers at the time of the award it was an honor for him to accept the award. It was in the state he called home and where his dream of being a basketball player began.

“The Decision”

The year 2010 opened with a shock announcement from James, on TV, that he would be leaving the Cavaliers and joining the Miami Heat. He would spend four years with the Heat and take them to the NBA finals each year. Finally, the team won the NBA title in 2012. The glory may have come, but this original decision to part company with the Cavaliers attracted a lot of criticism. 

The Heat win 27 straight games

Some might have loathed James’s decision to join the Heat, but Miami certainly weren’t complaining, and in 2013, the team had a sublime season. With James on the team, the Heat won 27 consecutive games, an unbeaten run which lasted 53 days. Only the 71-72 LA Lakers had a longer record: 33 games unbeaten.

The return to Cleveland

In 2014, it was smiles all around in Cleveland as James returned to the Cavaliers. In his second stint with the team, he’d take them to finals. In 2016, the Cavaliers would take the title, but game seven of the finals would be especially remembered for James’s chase-down of Andre Iguodala

The Golden State Warriors were about to break the 89-89 tie — or so they thought. James chased Iguodala down and smacked the ball against the backboard, enabling the Cavaliers to gain possession and put themselves in a position to take the title. It was one of many memorable blocks by James.

Game 4 buzzer beater vs the Bulls

In game 4 versus the Bulls, the Cavs were a few seconds from being 3-1 down. The coach at the time, David Blatt, designed a play that required someone other than James to take the final shot. James wasn’t having any of it. 

Talk about putting pressure on yourself. Anyway, he took the shot, sinking a three pointer to enable the Cavs to take victory in game 4 — and James to show why he’s the greatest player in the world. It was a masterclass in self-belief.

2020 Passing Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan on the all-time scorers list

The years have rolled by and still James is writing history on the courts. During the NBA restart last year, he led the Lakers to a championship. But in this prolonged season, it has also been the year he passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list, and a little later, he passed the late Kobe Bryant too.

LeBron James has cemented himself into the annals of basketball history as the greatest player of all time. Whether anyone will come to trump him is anyone’s guess, but anything can happen in the NBA. We’ll just have to wait and see and enjoy the journey along the way.

There was a time when sports betting wasn’t permitted in the US. Because PASPA was repealed back in 2018, this has now changed.

States can now make up their own rules, with most of them now allowing their residents to legally place sports wagers. Even states which don’t permit this may enable people to offshore. 

In New Jersey, residents are permitted to place bets in both brick-and-mortar establishments and their choice of 15+ betting sites accepting their wagers.

What are the Main Types of Bet You can Place on the NFL?

Wagering on American football is relatively simple. After looking at a list of current games and upcoming events, players pick which team they’d like to bet on, plus the amount based on the odds listed.

There are different forms of bet that can be placed, affecting how much a player could receive in winnings. An excellent place to start is with the easy types of bet. These include money line, point spread, totals and over/under bets. Here’s what you need to know about each one.

Money Line. A money line bet is perhaps one of the easiest types of bets to both understand and place. A player simply chooses how much they’d like to wager on a team they believe could win the game. This choice is influenced by the odds of winning and how much a player could potentially earn. While these odds are usually listed by the sportsbook themselves, there is no shortage of other sites that display this. While this type of bet is easy to place, it doesn’t offer a particularly strong return. To determine the best choice, players should look for teams with minus signs, indicating they’re more favourable to win. In comparison, teams displaying a plus sign next to them are expected to lose, so they should be avoided. However, ‘plus’ teams pay out more than ‘minus’ ones.

Point Spread. While being a much more common type of bet, it is more complicated than a money line wager. Players must bet on a particular team to win within a certain amount of points. Bets are encouraged for both teams, as spreads are arranged to create an even playing field between them.

Total Bets. Players aren’t concerned about which team wins or loses when they place a bet on a total. Instead, the bet’s outcome is determined by the total number of points scored by both teams. Specifically, players have to guess whether the total amount of points scored will be over the specified amount or under.

As More Sportsbooks Get Established, the Popularity of Live Betting Improves

There are now hundreds of online bookmakers, many of which offer plentiful betting options and favourable odds. Betting online is an easy way to make cash, particularly if you love the game.

There are many top-rated sites out there with excellent chances to wager and win that also offer a very secure experience

The Super Bowl is one of the most popular betting events throughout the entire year. So much so that more wagers are placed on it than any other single event.

Aside from Money Line, Point Spread & Total Bets, what Other Types of Bet are Available?

There are quite a few. They include things like futures, teasers, proposition bets and parlays. As well as in-game betting where wagers can be placed as live games are taking place, so players know the latest odds.

Here are the main types of bets you can make on the NFL. 

Prop Bets. This kind of bet is when a player bets on something that doesn’t actually impact the game’s outcome. For example, some form of oddity or something to do with a player or team.

Live/In-Play. As the game is still in play, live or in-play bets are when someone wagers on odds as this is happening. 

Parlays. This form of bet allows a player to combine multiple betting lines to achieve the best payout possible. However, players must be careful. Just one loss results in losing the entire wager. 

Teasers. This is similar to a parlay wager. However, lines can be changed around by the player. For example, when betting on a two-team teaser, a player might decide to change the spread by six points in their favour.

Futures. With a futures bet, players have the opportunity to place their bets on NFL odds weeks or even months before the game takes place. The result of this is achieving a much better payout. This is usually based on whether a team will win or not.

Hundreds of Online Sportsbooks Now Exist in America to Meet Demand

Historically, sports wagering wasn’t allowed in the US. However, this has now changed, and individual states can now make their own rules.

The majority now allow sports wagering, either online or in brick and mortar establishments. This is the case for New Jersey. 

Because of the popularity of sports across America in general, bookmakers have latched on. Hundreds of sportsbooks now exist online, and they are hugely popular. Particularly with significant events like the Super Bowl.

If you want a piece of the action but are new to sports betting, you should consider the easier types of bets. These include money line, point spread and total bets. You might want to then move on to more advanced bets in future once you’ve mastered the basics. 

It’s perhaps easy to dismiss Thierry Henry’s time in the United States as nothing but a swansong following a glittering career at the summit of European football, but that would be a mistake. Henry ended up spending four and a half years with the New York Red Bulls and over that time he helped the side win their first trophy in 17 years. 

That landmark day came back in October 2013 when the New York Red Bulls won the Supporters' Shield after a 5-2 win against Chicago Fire. Henry’s contribution was vast as the Frenchman scored one and assisted twice during the stunning romp to the regular-season title. In essence, if that fixture is a condensed version of Henry’s time in the States, he was by no means there to make up the numbers after he signed for New York in May 2010

Over the course of those four and a half seasons in the Big Apple, Henry racked up 135 appearances whilst scoring 52 goals and assisting a further 42 times. Tellingly, the only clubs he spent more time at during his career were Arsenal and Monaco. In fact, Henry’s time in the US was so successful that his name has been included in the finalists for the National Soccer Hall of Fame's 2021 Class. The 43-year-old’s efforts are included under the criteria of ‘illustrious playing careers that involved significant MLS contributions.’

Whether Henry will ultimately be included remains to be seen but the very fact that the Hall of Fame’s selection committee is considering his admission speaks volumes given how exclusive this club is. 

The World Cup-winning star didn’t let the grass grow under his feet when he arrived in America and single-handedly took the league into more homes around the world than ever before. One could even argue that Henry’s time in the MLS rivaled David Beckham’s in terms of putting the league on the map.

As it turns out, Beckham has also been drawn up alongside Henry in the 2021 list of potential inductees so perhaps we may find an answer to that question sooner rather than later. 

Looking back, however, you have to admire how Henry, in particular, took to American culture so seamlessly which undoubtedly aided his on-field performances. There are a few memories that stick out but above all, who can forget the warm welcome the Frenchman received in 2017 upon his return to New York?

Henry was invited to throw the ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field in front of adoring New York Mets fans. It must be said, decibel levels are rarely that loud at Citi Field after a barren run that last saw the New York team win the World Series in 1986. Unfortunately, their MLB odds on bet365 suggest that trophy hiatus won’t end anytime soon with the Mets at 10/1 for a shot at World Series glory this season. 

But perhaps this is the year for Henry and the Mets in their quest to pull off the impossible. 

Henry has won the biggest soccer trophies everywhere he’s gone, from the World Cup to the English Premier League, the formidable French player has claimed them all but perhaps his crowning glory is still to come. An eternal place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame would cement his legacy as the MLS’s most prolific foreign import. 

Being a member of any hall of fame brings popularity and interest from the public. While trying to find dating sites here on beyondthecharter.com, people often wonder if there is a chance to meet a famous artist or athlete on such online platforms, and how do they actually date someone? This article will help you clear that out.

Are Publicity and Personal Happiness Compatible?

There are numerous cases of famous people dealing with loneliness and those are just those who went public. Nobody knows how many famous people are fighting depression or some milder versions of it.Being a public figure is surely stressful, but that doesn’t mean celebrities can’t be happy.

A lot of famous people are happy even though they have to deal with publicity every day. The key must be in keeping private things for themselves. Posing for photos with their dates is one thing. Sharing every detail of your (love) life is another. The right mindset is crucial as well. They have to be aware of their publicity and the things that come with it.If being in the center of attention makes a celebrity unhappy, but there is no exit except to endure - they have to change their mindset. Accepting the situation they are in is the first step toward happiness while being famous.

What Partners do Famous People Choose?

Famous people date other celebrities most of the time, but some of them date ordinary people. It’s common for famous people to date other public figures because of a couple of reasons:



  • they hang out mostly with famous people, so they don’t get a chance to meet us “regular mortals”- when you spend most of your time surrounded by celebrities, you eventually fall in love. In most cases, famous people don’t date each other on purpose; it just happens. They click with each other the same way “regular” people do.
  • other famous people understand their situation better than normal people- you may think that being famous is bread and butter. Still, publicity is often followed by many negative emotions, a lack of free time, and a lot of stress. Regular people may have trouble understanding what bothers their famous partners. That’s why most celebrities date somebody who understands what being famous means.
  • sometimes it has nothing to do with love- some relationships between famous people are just a farce for the public. Sometimes celebrities choose their partners based on the benefits they’ll bring to their careers. 

Can Celebrities Date Ordinary People?

There is no rule forbids them from dating ordinary people, of course. It’s not that unusual to see a couple where only one person is famous. Celebrities are humans like you and I, they have the same feelings, and they fall for the same things.

You can start dating a celebrity if you get a chance to meet one. It wouldn’t be the first time somebody unknown dates a famous person. But if that’s your mission, you have to be careful and play your cards right. Show your interest, but don’t act like a wild-12-year-old in front of Justin Bieber.Celebrities are sick of that; everybody always does everything they want. Your chances will rise if you stay natural.

Let's take a look at famous people who choose non-famous life partners.

Christina Aguilera- The popstar of the ‘00s prefers to date ordinary men because she wants to be the only star in the couple. With one of the strongest voices, she now has one of the strongest relationships with over 10 years of love history. When she met her current partner,Matthew Rutler, he was a production assistant. However, this fact didn’t prevent them from falling in love and having a common child and a common future.

Billie Joe ArmstrongGreen Dayfrontman who gained popularity in the 1990s, after disappointment in a long-distance relationship, married his fan, Adrienne Nesser.This way of confronting the chaos in his life turned out to be so working for him that the couple has been together for many years since their wedding in 1994.

Cristiano Ronaldo- The famous football superstar once had an affair with the famous supermodel,Irina Shayk. However, he calls his current life partner, Georgina Rodriguez, his "true love". Their fateful acquaintance took place in the Gucci shop, where Georgina worked as a sales assistant. Both singles, both in love at first sight. They are happy together for almost five years, and during this time the former shop assistant has become a popular influencer.

Britney Spears- Another popstar of the ‘00s, whose personal life has had a lot of ups and downs. When she was single, she had an account on a dating app, so it never mattered to her if her partner was popular. Now she is dating a personal trainer, Sam Asghari, and has all the love and support she needs.

Take Love Search to the Online Level

You may think that famous people don’t use online dating sites, but that’s not true. They love the fact they can meet ordinary people online without being chased by photographers or fans. So if you’re looking to start a relationship with somebody famous, online dating is your best chance. You won’t be able to stand out and get their attention at some event for celebrities, but your chances online aren’t bad. Here are a few of those who have tried to search for love on dating sites.

Adele,who said she received no response because she couldn't add her real photo to the profile due to her popularity.

Sharon Stone, who said that her dating account was blocked because users couldn’t believe she had joined the app and, therefore, complained that it was fake.

Adam Duritz,who told his fans that he tried a dating app despite the age bias of users of such online platforms.

Rob Gronkowski,who wrote a story about athletes' attitudes towards digital-dating devices.

D'Angelo Russell, who shared his thoughts on how affordable and easy dating is in the age of social media.

Popularity does affect dating life, but that’s something famous people have to deal with. That’s why more and more people in search of celebrities are testing online dating; it’s private and convenient.

One of the most popular sports that bettors get excited about is betting on basketball. It's been many years since basketball betting has made a huge impact in terms of money-making. Speaking of earning money into betting, more strategies and tips can help you succeed. 

Applying strategies to betting is not simple, especially if you have no idea where to begin. You can grab books related to the subject to give you some advice to develop your strategy. You can also research on the internet about specific information related to basketball betting techniques. For more information, you can find FanDuel here.

Having the strategies for basketball betting is not enough. You have to use them as a guide to improve your betting techniques. For you to apply it to the game, you must know how to utilize it. Do not just stick to one tip when choosing your bets. Better conduct more study on basketball betting strategies to enhance your betting skills.

It is essential to have strategies when it comes to betting. It would help you improve your expertise in betting if you learn the game’s process. A guide in basketball betting helps many bettors increase their chances of winning. The experts believe that when you exert more effort into learning more about betting strategies, there will be a bigger chance that you will win. 

Betting Strategies For Success

Basketball betting is well known, and sometimes it is confusing because some bettors don’t have any idea where and how to start betting. It will be challenging for a bettor to find an effective basketball strategy since there are no universal tactics. You also have to adopt other strategies as this will add to the possibility of winning.

Expert bettorshave their ways on how to follow an order for them to be profitable. They know how to navigate the basketball betting game by observing the movements of the team or player. There is no assurance that you will win in basketball betting. However, you may be able to lower the risk of failure with the right and effective strategy. 

Luck plays a big role in basketball betting. Predicting which team will win is difficult and risky. The result may be good or bad, but many tactics are involved when you engage in betting. The timing, spotting the team’s strength and weakness and understanding each team’s line movements, and more. 

You should always be ready for the betting outcomes. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. There is no guarantee that you’ll win with the team or player you choose. At the start, you will be afraid of taking risks but you have to trust that you chose right. 

Mighty Betting Tips

If you are new to basketball betting, it would be hard for you to reach the goal of winning the game. There is a lot of information about how to be successful in basketball betting. You can get it from experts’ tips, books, or on the internet. It takes time to learn the sportsbook.

Bettors have a limited amount of money. If you are consistently losing the game, try to think of the correct strategies to win the betting game.

At the beginning of the game, you will decide how much money you have for a bankroll. Separate this amount and do not touch anything except the money for betting. You have to divide the reserved amount by 100 and place a bet not bigger than this amount to observe the results and see the improvements. 

There are two bets, small and big bets. Small bets mean that you will get a higher total odds and reward. Big bets mean that you will get lower odds and an award but higher chances of winning. The risk between the two bets is equal.

Keep track of all your withdrawals and deposits to help you monitor your money. It is better to stop playing the betting game if you keep losing because it will be hard to recover from overwhelming debt. To avoid these circumstances, you must understand the game process to help you win basketball betting and choose the right decision in betting to be successful in the game you play.

In Conclusion

The tips and strategies listed above are far from comprehensive but they will be a great help to someone who has only begun their journey as a bettor. Even if it takes time to learn it, your strong desire will take you a long way to becoming an expert bettor and will pay off when you see the progress on the games you are playing. You have to be consistent when applying the right strategies that you have learned to be more successful when it comes to basketball betting.

Wrestlemania is the biggest, most anticipated event on the pro wrestling calendar, period. The WWE may not be the monopoly it once was, with the AEW contending strongly, but Wrestlemania still stands atop the hill and always delivers, from the events leading up to it to the big one. The WWE always does a great job from promos to the actual event, and can make you feel like you just got a Monkey Knife Fight promo code which will be a total gem to have in case there is a big bet to go for. After a year hampered by the coronavirus and having to stage events at their training facility, this year's event may have fans in the stands as the government works through the vaccine. Before Wrestlemania, though, there is the SmackDown and Raw pay-per-view of Fastlane. The event and results could have a telling impact on Wrestlemania matchups, including finding a challenger for WWE Champion Bobby Lashley.

Fastlane is going to be packed with key matchups, and championship fights at almost every turn.

Bianca Bel Air and Sasha Banks

Banks dropped one of the hottest lines of the year when she said she was the Michael Jordan of women's wrestling, and if Bianca Bel Air worked hard enough, she could become the LeBron James of it. It was both taunt and respect from Banks who is set to face Belaire at Wrestlemania. Before their big fight, however, both women have the opportunity to be crowned tag team champions, when they face the team of Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. Both women are still to hit a sweet spot in their chemistry and Fastlane is too big a stage or opportunity to mess up once again.

Apollo Crews and Big E

Apollo Crews finally showed his true colours, turning into a heel in the process and putting the hurt on Big E. While sidelined with injury, the former New Day man has probably had nothing but revenge on his mind, and at Fastlane, he will have his shot at Crews. Both men will battle for pride, bad blood, and the intercontinental championship. On SmackDown, Big E laid down an open challenge to Crews for the intercontinental championship, but got Sami Zayn instead, who provided solid distraction until E clamped him with a Big Ending. Only then did Crews show up to deliver a steel step beatdown on the champ, setting up a tasty Fastlane encounter.

Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns

Daniel Bryan beat Jey Uso on Smackdown to book his place on Fastlane as the challenger to Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship. Bryan is hell-bent on winning or at the very least make an appearance at Wrestlemania, but all of that will depend on how his shot at Fastlane goes. This week on SmackDown, the Rated-R superstar Edge, called out Bryan for his cunning tactics to worm his way into a title shot, as both men could potentially be a matchup in the near future. 

The card for Fastlane continues to grow, and so also are the matchups. It should be a ton of fun to watch.

Fiercely passionate about sports, nothing gets Canadian fans more excited than beating those noisy neighbors from south of the border. Whenever that happens, it’s always a cause for wild celebrations, especially when major league championships are at stake. Let’s take a look at which teams have enjoyed the most success.

NFL

Compared to all the other major professional sports competitions, the NFL is the only one that has never featured a Canadian franchise. However, that could change in the coming years if Toronto billionaire entrepreneur Pat Mazza gets his way.

Instead, the Canadian Football League (CFL) is the professional competition north of the border, played under a slightly different set of rules to those of the NFL. Winnipeg Blue Bombers are the most successful CFL team of all time, winning the Grey Cup 25 times.

Nevertheless, numerous Canadian gridiron players have enjoyed solid NFL careers. The most successful was quarterback Mark Rypien of the Washington Redskins, who won the Super Bowl twice and the Super Bowl XXVI MVP in 1992.

NBA

Professional basketball has largely struggled to make inroads in Canada. While there is the Canadian Elite Basketball League and the National Basketball League of Canada, the NBA has never featured more than one team from north of the border.

In 1995 the Vancouver Grizzlies franchise moved to Memphis in the United States, although they were immediately replaced by the Toronto Raptors, who debuted in the NBA the same year.

Like many new franchise teams, life was difficult at first. Nevertheless, the Toronto Raptors have continued building and improving. After becoming a regular in recent years, the whole of Canada celebrated when the Raptors triumphed in the 2018-19 NBA Finals.

MLB

While there are many professional minor league teams located in Canada, of the current 30 Major League Baseball franchise teams, just one hails from north of the border. This is the Toronto Blue Jays, who were part of the 1977 MLB expansion.

The Blue Jays have won the World Series twice in 1992 and 1993, boasting the honor of being the only Canadian team ever to achieve that feat. Sadly, their only success in recent years was to win the MLB East Division title in 2015.

As this Interac Casinos article highlights, it’s fair to say that online gambling is arguably more popular than baseball in Canada, where online operators are more established compared to those in the United States.

NHL

Considering the fact that professional ice hockey was a Canadian creation, over the last few decades, there has been a surprising lack of NHL and Stanley Cup champions from the Big White North.

It wasn’t until 1927 when teams from the United States began to join the NHL, with the first major expansion. As more American teams joined and started becoming successful, the balance of power largely remained with the Canadian teams, up until around the 1980s.

The most successful NHL franchise of all time is the Montreal Canadiens, who have lifted the Stanley Cup on 24 occasions. However, the last of those was back in 1993, almost three decades ago, which underlines how much American teams now dominate the NHL.

MLS

Soccer is by far the most popular sport in the world, although it took a long time to be embraced in North America as a major sport. The MLS was launched after the United States hosted the 1994 World Cup, enjoying phenomenal growth since then.

While they didn’t participate when the MLS debuted in 1996, three Canadian teams are now prominent members of the competition. The first was Toronto FC in 2005, followed by CF Montreal in 2010, then Vancouver Whitecaps in 2011.

The strongest team from Canada is undoubtedly Toronto FC, who have reached the MLS Cup final three times in the last five seasons, winning the overall championship decider once in 2019. They are probably the best hope for sustained Canadian success in major league sports.

When David Beckham was first nominated for a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame, he was largely known as an influential player for LA Galaxy. The former England international had already agreed to produce the newest franchise in MLS but the wider public was largely unaware of the formation of Inter Miami.

Back in 2019, Beckham’s legacy for United States’ soccer was yet to be fully appreciated but, fast forward two years and he’s starting to become more widely acknowledged.

Galaxy Alumni

It’s not a great surprise that David Beckham was overlooked when the 2019 nominations were assessed. He had been a pivotal figure for LA Galaxy and made over 100 appearances for the franchise between 2007 and 2012. Galaxy won the MLS Cup twice in that period and Beckham had a significant role to play each time.

As impressive as his contributions may have been, David Beckham’s efforts were hardly worthy of a place in the Hall of Fame at that time. However, two years later, his work to bring Inter Miami into the top division might just see his place among the elite confirmed at the awards ceremony in March.

First Year Report

Inter Miami became the newest members of the MLS family when they were included at the start of the 2020 season. Beckham appointed Diego Alonso as coach and the franchise subsequently finished in tenth place in the Eastern Conference. It was a respectable return for a brand new side and it was enough to see Inter progress beyond the regular season.

The journey didn’t last much longer, however, with the club eliminated at the very next stage - the play in round. David Beckham would have been happy enough with a solid start but it’s clear that he’s aiming much higher in 2021.

A New Era

Diego Alonso’s performance in the dugout wasn’t enough to earn him another shot at the MLS Cup. Inter Miami removed the experienced coach in the close season and replaced him with Beckham’s former Manchester United teammate, Phil Neville. Formerly in charge of England ladies, Neville will need to improve on Inter’s performance in their inaugural season.

The sportsbooks aren’t offering too much hope in this respect: The best betting sites listed on sbo.net indicate Los Angeles FC listed as favorites to win the MLS Cup in 2021. Close behind are last season’s finalists Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders while Canada’s Toronto FC are also rated highly. Meanwhile, Inter Miami are way down the list as 12th favorites for success.

The new MLS campaign gets underway in April and those market odds will start to move as the games commence. To keep up with the changing patterns, stay tuned to sbo.net who will update the prices while offering insight and news updates along the way. Sportsbook offers and promotions will also be in place for those who want to get involved.

Peer Recognition

David Beckham’s potential induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame isn’t dependent on whether his Inter Miami side win the MLS Cup but success would certainly raise his profile even higher. By that point, he may already be among the elite within the game and the recognition of his peers would be fully deserved.

Beckham’s legacy is largely felt in his native England where he helped to make Manchester United win multiple Premier League titles. Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy was largely seen as a stop along the way before the midfielder finally ended his playing career in France with Paris Saint-Germain. As a soccer club owner, his work will be most keenly felt in the United States as Inter Miami look to make their mark on the national game.