DJ's Sports Show Mailbag Vol 2.: Mexico eliminated, Victor Wenbayama, Patrick Mahomes for MVP?
The body language says it all as Mexico won 2-1 against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday but was unfortunately still knocked out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup due to losing out on goal difference to Poland. El Tri hadn’t experienced a group-stage exit at a global tournament since 1978 after reaching the knockout round of the last eight finals appearances.
When Poland was trailing Argentina 2-0 by the 67th minute of that match, Mexico was even level on points and goal difference but having more yellow cards hurt them in the end while a late consolation goal in extra time by Arabian winger Salem Al-Dawsari who squandered any kind of hope of qualification for Mexico.
The elimination snaps Mexico’s record of reaching the Round of 16 which they had done at every World Cup since 1994 and has even caused their coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino to resign as well https://www.espn.com/soccer/mexico-mex/story/4821130/mexico-coach-gerardo-tata-martino-leaves-job-after-2022-world-cup-exit.
Top NBA Draft Prospect Victor Wenbayama continues to impress
He is considered the best prospect in NBA History by many and already has a relishing nickname, the “French Mamba”https://www.djssportsshow.com/post/meet-the-french-mamba-victor-wenbayama-the-best-prospect-since-lebron-james,and that is the 7’4 alien Victor Wenbayama. Wenbayama has continued to display utter brilliance on both ends of the court since his mega showing against the G League Ignite on US Soil in October, recently scoring 30 points for the Metropolitans 92 in a game against SLUC Nancy Basket to go along with 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in the Mets 92 eighth consecutive win.
Wembayama has been as good or even better than advertised throughout his season so far, averaging 23.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 3 blocks per game, He’s shooting an efficient 50% from the field and 30% from three. He still tends to take wild off-balanced shots at times and struggles to get good deep post position because of his skinny frame against stronger defenders.
He’s only 18 so that is to be expected and he should continue to fill out his frame and overall shot selection as he continues to mature into his frame and his game. Teams that look in the forefront for the “French Freak” are the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets, and Orlando Magic.
Let's continue to join the anomaly that is Wenbayama.
Is Patrick Mahomes the MVP favorite?
It seems many media pundits and fans have become numb to the otherworldly brilliance of Kansas City Chief quarterback Patrick Mahomes who seems to blow our minds each week with a play we can’t comprehend. The Chiefs are first in points per game (29.6), 1st in total yards for the season (4,730), 1st in yards per game (430), and 1st in total points scored through the first 11 weeks of the season with 326 according to https://www.espn.com/nfl/stats/team.
Mahomes is the main reason for the Chief's offensive success this season…Surprised? He leads the league in touchdowns (29) and passing yards (3585) and has only 8 interceptions so far this season according to Pro Football Focus https://www.pff.com/nfl/players/patrick-mahomes/11765. He has a 66% completion rate and the second-highest QBR rating of 77.3% in the league behind only Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa who’s been a cinderella story this season.
What makes it more impressive in what Mahomes is doing is the new set of characters he has this season, especially at the wideout positions with the departure of Tyreek Hill, who is arguably having the best season of any wide receiver ever https://touchdownwire.usatoday.com/2022/11/06/tyreek-hill-nfl-history-recieving-yards-jaylen-waddle/, the Chiefs brought in Juju Smith-Schuster, Marques Valdes-Scantling, and just traded for former New York Giants first-round pick Kadarius Toney.
Mahomes appears to be the LeBron James of the NFL as everyone has become “bored” of him and are infatuated with the new young thoroughbreds in the league such as Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers), Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals), Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles) and so on that are carrying their respective franchises with Burrow and Hurts making cases for themselves for MVP as well.
With an improved Chiefs defense compared to last season, to an offense that is seemingly improving by the week. The Chiefs currently have the best record at 9-2 in an absolutely loaded AFC conference that has the Dolphins right on their heels at 8-3. In the end, Mahomes continues to show his ability to adapt to a variety of different situations and whatever cast of characters are around him. He is the true definition of a generational talent, leadership, and hard work, and continues to display why he should be the favorite to win his second career MVP this season.