The Pro Sports Hunger Games

Hunger Games 560x154As the final Hunger Games installment hits theaters today, we are all preparing for an end to one of the most interesting movie franchises in a very long time. For those of you that have no idea what the Hunger Games are, let us explain.

The nation of Panem was divided into 13 districts and one Capital somewhere near what we know as the Rocky Mountains in a Post-Apocalyptic time. President Snow is the Dictator of Panem and rules over all the districts including the Capital.

The Hunger Games were started in response to a rebellion that ended with the Capital winning and District 13th seeing its annihilation. The games are played each year with two children from each district, one boy and one girl, between the ages of 12 and 18 to compete in a battle to the death where only one person is left standing. The Games not only remind the people in each district who is in charge but it was also a source of entertainment for the entire nation.

Without getting into the gory details, the competitors are sent into the arena at the same time and must kill each and every person they see until they are the only ones left standing. There is one weapons and supplies bunker that each player can attempt to grab from, if they can survive the opening of the games.

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Instead of using random people, let’s see what it would look like if we took athletes from the four major North American sports (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA) and divided them evenly amongst the 12 Districts by States. (For example, Lebron James plays in Cleveland so he would be in the District that has Ohio)

District 1 – California

NBA Teams: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings

NFL Teams: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers

NHL Teams: San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks

MLB Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants

First Tribute: Clayton Kershaw

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Second Tribute: DeMarcus Cousins

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District 2 – Oregon, Washington

NBA Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

NFL Teams: Seattle Seahawks

MLB Teams: Seattle Mariners

First Tribute: Marshawn Lynch

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Second Tribute: Nelson Cruz

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District 3 – Arizona, Utah, Colorado

NBA Teams: Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets

NFL Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos

NHL Teams: Colorado Avalanche, Arizona Coyotes

MLB Teams: Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks

First Tribute: Paul Goldschmidt

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Second Tribute: Kenneth Faried

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District 4 – Oklahoma, Texas

NBA Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs

NFL Teams: Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys

NHL Teams: Dallas Stars

MLB Teams: Houston Astros, Texas Rangers

First Tribute: J.J. Watt

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Second Tribute: Jose Altuve

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District 5 – Louisiana, Missouri, Minnesota

NBA Teams: New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves

NFL Teams: Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings

NHL Teams: St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild

MLB Teams: St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins

First Tribute: Anthony Davis


Second Tribute: Adrian Peterson

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District 6 – Wisconsin, Illinois, Tennessee

NBA Teams: Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls

NFL Teams: Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears

NHL Teams: Nashville Predators, Chicago Blackhawks

MLB Teams: Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox

First Tribute: Kris Bryant

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Second Tribute: Patrick Kane

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District 7 – Michigan, Indiana, Ohio

NBA Teams: Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers

NFL Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns

NHL Teams: Detroit Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets

MLB Teams: Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds

First Tribute: LeBron James

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Second Tribute: James Ihedigbo


District 8 – Florida, Georgia, N Carolina

NBA Teams: Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets

NFL Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

NHL Teams: Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes

MLB Teams: Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves

First Tribute: Julio Jones

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Second Tribute: Giancarlo Stanton

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District 9 – D.C. and Maryland

NBA Teams: Washington Wizards

NFL Teams: Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins

NHL Teams: Washington Capitals

MLB Teams: Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals

First Tribute: Alex Ovechkin

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Second Tribute: Bryce Harper

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District 10 – Pennsylvania

NBA Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

NFL Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles

NHL Teams: Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins

MLB Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates

First Tribute: Connor Barwin

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Second Tribute: Sidney Crosby

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District 11 – Massachusettes

NBA Teams: Boston Celtics

NFL Teams: New England Patriots

NHL Teams: Boston Bruins

MLB Teams: Boston Red Sox

First Tribute: Tom Brady

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Second Tribute: Patrice Bergeron

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District 12 – New York, New Jersey

NBA Teams: New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets

NFL Teams: Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, New York Giants

NHL Teams: New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, New York Rangers

MLB Teams: New York Mets, New York Yankees

First Tribute: John Tavares

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Second Tribute: Carmelo Anthony

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Who Will Survive?

There are many scenarios for how the 1st Annual Professional Athlete Hunger Games will finish. So instead of choosing a winner, we would much rather give each of the Tributes a number that shows the Probability of each one to win based on several factors including overall value, skill set, and ability to adapt to his surroundings. The last part was fun because it is based on how they performed in each level throughout their careers, from the high school level to the professional ranks.

  • Clayton Kershaw – 8%
  • DeMarcus Cousins – 28%
  • Marshawn Lynch – 14%
  • Nelson Cruz – 55%
  • Paul Goldschmidt – 10%
  • Kenneth Faried – 12%
  • J.J. Watt – 68%
  • Jose Altuve – 45%
  • Anthony Davis – 34%
  • Adrian Peterson – 83%
  • Kris Bryant – 61%
  • Patrick Kane – 82%
  • Lebron James – 85%
  • James Ihedigbo – 13%
  • Julio Jones – 22%
  • Giancarlo Stanton – 6%
  • Alex Ovechkin – 83%
  • Bryce Harper – 58%
  • Connor Barwin – 36%
  • Sidney Crosby – 71%
  • Tom Brady – 44%
  • Patrice Bergeron – 32%
  • John Tavares – 43%
  • Carmelo Anthony – 18%

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Lebron James, Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, and Adrian Peterson are the four best Tributes to win the games based upon the above statistical requirements.

Naturally, the NHL is going to supply the toughest athletes, regardless of size, thanks to hockey being the most hardcore sport in the World. All of the other sports continue to develop better equipment to protect the players but the NHL still uses the same open face helmets they have for many years.

Alex Ovechkin was a favorite to win and it could very possibly come down to a battle between him and Lebron James for supreme ruler of them all. Who would you pick?