Wrestlemania 33 – Grades, Reviews, and Reaction

Wrestlemania has come and once more and Project Shanks is here to break down the matches, the booking, and deal out some much needed reaction and grades.

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Shanks Book It – Wrestlemania 33

In this first installment, our WWE writers breakdown the biggest PPV cards of the year and explain where they went wrong and how we would do it better.

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The Way They Booked It

 

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: Thus far, the likes of Mojo Rawley, Apollo Crews, Big Show and Curt Hawkins have been announced as participants in this year’s Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. And while other competitors have yet to be announced, it’s likely we’ll see another surprise appearance from Shaq given his one-on-one match with the Big Show fell through. [Read more…]

Pop Quiz: NFL Free Agency

By Reid Kerr
PSDC Offensive Coordinator

The first week and a half of the NFL Free Agency period has been a pretty crazy time, with deals coming fast and furious for defensive backs and edge rushers, while veteran quarterbacks and running backs sit waiting for the phone to ring like Brendan Fraser.

You may have missed some of the big events, so here’s a handy pop quiz to see how much you’ve been paying attention to the NFL’s annual big human garage sale.

1 – This season’s free agency period is a good time to be an NFL…
A) Safety
B) Offensive lineman
C) Lawyer

2 – The market for running backs is similar to the market for…
A) Interior defensive linemen
B) Kickers
C) Bags of used dirt

3 – Eddie Lacy weighed 267 pounds when he signed with Seattle, making him…
A) A two-down back
B) A power back for goal line situations
C) “Feast Mode”

4 –  The best deal a running back has pulled down so far is Kyle Juszczyk, who is…
A) Someone you’ve never heard of
B) A bad investment by a first-time GM
C) All of the above

5 – Adrian Peterson’s dad’s comments about the Minnesota Vikings offensive line were…
A) A bad idea
B) Spot-on
C) Not the biggest thing working against a new contract for AD

6 – The Dallas Cowboys didn’t expect…
A) To have so many problems unloading Tony Romo
B) To lose two cornerbacks in fifteen minutes
C) For Ezekiel Elliott to get all “Girls Gone Wild”

7 – Next year, Tony Romo will be…
A) A Texan
B) A Bronco
C) Injured by Thanksgiving, regardless of job location

8 – The Kirk Cousins situation in Washington is a fascinating example of…
A) Free agency problems
B) How teams use the franchise tag
C) Hostage negotiation gone horribly wrong

9 – The Chicago Bears signed Mike Glennon for fifteen million dollars a year.
A) What?
B) Who?
C) Why?

10 – The New England Patriots appear to be…
A) Reevaluating other players
B) Ignoring most free agents
C) Shopping for groceries out of other teams’ carts

11 – Robert Griffin III still has value as…
A) A veteran backup quarterback
B) A spot-starter
C) An organ donor

Scoring: Give yourself one point for every “A,” two for every “B,” and seventy-three points for every “C” answer. Total your points up and realize no matter how many you have, it’s still not enough to get Jimmy Garoppolo away from the Patriots.

- Reid Kerr talks a lot, as his wife always reminds him. Reid’s second book, “I Hate It Here: A Love Story,” is out now on Amazon.com. You can always tweet questions, comments, and angry messages to him at @reidaboutit.

Harrison Barnes Leads Mavs Past Wizards

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The road has not been a friendly place for Dallas this season, and the start of this road trip, a 100-78 thumping in Toronot, proved just that. But if Dallas intends to compete for that final playoff spot, they’ll have to find a way to get it done away from the AAC as 7 of their final 12 games will be on the road. Wednesday night, they found a way to beat a good team in the road unis. [Read more…]

5 Superstars We’d Love to See in NXT

Functioning as the WWE’s developmental brand, NXT is often viewed as a throwback to the days of territorial wrestling, where new talent can be groomed over time rather than thrown before millions while they are still green. As such, fans of NXT tend to be die-hards privy to the product and inner-workings of the business. This can not only produce raucous crowds but with time, bonafide stars.

In recent years this method has led to the rise of guys like Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Austin Aries and so on. But who out there on the indie scene could lead the next wave of WWE talent? Here are the five indie wrestlers we’d like to see in NXT. [Read more…]

Dirk Joins Exclusive Club, Scores 30,000th Point

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The 30K Club has a new member and his name is Dirk Nowitzki. Coming into Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Tall Baller from the G needed just 20 points to become just the sixth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. He wasted little time doing so. [Read more…]

WWE Fastlane (2017) – Grades, Reviews, Reaction

By Mitchell Barnett
Project Shanks WWE Writer

With WWE’s Fastlane PPV in the books and Wrestlemania just weeks away, Project Shanks’s resident WWE writer, Mitchell Barnett takes a look at what was and in some cases what should have been. [Read more…]

Mavs Rout Thunder Behind Smothering Defense

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The return of Wes Matthews provided Dallas with an added spark Sunday night. It wasn’t that the team hadn’t been playing defense already -far from it. With their 104-89 victory tonight, Dallas strung together its seventh straight sub-100 defensive effort. Not bad for the boys in blue. The best example of this was a wild sequence in which Matthews took on Russell Westbrook at the top of the key and simply hounded him with active hands and solid positioning. Every time Russell turned, the Mavs flashed an added defender, forcing the triple-double machine back toward Matthews. Westbrook and Wes danced a bit, then Russ flipped up an awkward off-balance shot at the buzzer that missed everything. The crowd erupted and Wes pumped his fist. Matthews might have only chipped in 9 points, but his relentless effort nevertheless fueled a stellar effort. [Read more…]

Wesley Matthews Returns To Line-Up vs OKC

By Darreck Kirby
Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves

After missing the past two games with a hip injury, Wesley Matthewws is finally ready to return to the Mavericks lineup tonight vs Oklahoma City. The timing couldn’t be much better as OKC, even without explosive two-guard Victor Oladipo, still boasts the triple-double machine that is Russell Westbrook. And given Yogi Ferrell’s disadvantage in size and athleticism, don’t be surprised if Wes draws the proverbial short stick. Furthermore, with this being the second game of a five-game homestand, Dallas needs a win if it’s going to remain in the hunt for the Western Conference’s 8 seed. Wes Matthews returning, even if not immediately into the starting lineup, should help that cause. [Read more…]

WWE Fastlane (2017) – Last Minute Predictions

The first of many, Project Shanks will begin covering WWE and not only predicting its pay per view results, but grading and analysing them as well. First up, Fastlane. Let’s dig in!

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Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa vs The Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar

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To say the cruiserweight division has been lacking thus far would be an understatement. The division, despite generating interest and working to build new stars for months via the wildly popular Cruiserweight Classic last year, has really struggled to find its place on Raw. To help with this, WWE has gone as far as to give the cruiserweights their own show on the WWE Network following Smackdown every Tuesday night, 205 Live. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – Steve’s Things

By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
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I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

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Hello there, friends and inmates, it’s good to talk to you again. I’ve just returned from Las Vegas, after attending my daughter’s three day volleyball tournament, and I’m tired. Not the normal Vegas-tired, after 5AM tequila shooters and mornings spent uttering the phrase “Where are my pants?” and “When did I get a Yosemite Sam tattoo on my buttcheek?” No, this is just old people/parent tired. Either way, focusing this morning has been difficult. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – Thank You For A Great Super Bowl, Stonecutters!

By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
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I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

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So let’s see, what to talk about today … bowling? Cricket? Amazingly yummy kale recipes? Nah, I guess we’ll discuss that football game, The Super Bowl or whatever. I mean, bowling and cricket are boring and yummy kale recipes simply do not exist, so we might as well discuss the incredibly ridiculous Patriots comeback that may or may not prove Tom Brady is from another planet. [Read more…]