Profiling the best Sports Gaming YouTubers

Sports gaming has always been popular on YouTube. The love for the action on the field makes an easy transition to the hearts of sports fans taking part of the action on their consoles. And, of course, with this love for sports gaming comes an interest in watching others put their skills and creativity on display through YouTube. I’ve compiled a list of specific channels who in my opinion upload the most entertaining content, while also uploading regularly and infusing degrees of personality and creativity into their series. I personally subscribe and regularly view each one of the listed channels and highly advise anyone who has a interest in sports video games checking them out. *Note- I am not interested in EA Sports Madden NFL so none of those who regularly upload that content were featured.

  • BASKETBALL- NBA 2k

AFunkyDiabetic | 41, 215 Subscribers

Known to his subscribers as Billy, AFunkyDiabetic uploads strictly NBA 2k content, and is extremely good at it. High quality content mainly consisting of MyGM and MyLeague mode is regularly uploaded and kept extremely realistic along with wholesome, insightful analysis regarding current NBA happenings, as he is very knowledgeable of the ‘X’s and O’s’ of the game. A passionate Boston Celtics and rap fan, taking in any form of his analysis is a great way to end the day..

Chris Smoove | 3,338,048 Subscribers

Uploading since 2006, Chris Smoove is one of the founders of YouTube’s NBA 2k community. Gaining popularity around NBA 2k11, ‘Spalash man’ is known for electric performances in NBA 2k’s MyCareer mode, as well as plethora of catch phrases. Smoove notably popularize the expression ‘Cheese’ to show disdain for the computer or the nature of the game, among many others. Residing in Florida, Smoove is a known Miami Heat fan, also offers insightful analysis of basketball happenings regularly, and consistently uploads EA Sports Madden NFL content during football season.

Enveryz | 20, 901 Subscribers

Enveryz has made it very known that he intends to take a different path than most NBA2k YouTubers. Known to his subscribers as Josh, a University of Texas-San Antonio student and avid San Antonio Spurs fan, Enveryz has been uploading creative NBA 2k content since NBA 2k14 and has released successful videos comparing NBA 2k to NBA Live, while also uploading intriguing MyLeague series and ‘What if’ scenarios.

LostNUnbound | 410, 766 subscribers

The average viewer can learn a lot about ‘LNU’ through the About section of his channel- ‘I just have fun making videos lol.’ Known to his suscribers as Greg, LostNUnbound lets this mindset fly within the content of his videos. Incorporating a variety of memes and internet gaffs, Greg makes normally stationary and bland MyTeam content hilariously enjoyable. A known Oklahoma City Thunder fan, LNU also isn’t ashamed to let his followers know he’s a follower of Christ, often donning a cross necklace and commenting an insightful verse from the Holy Bible on each one of his uploads, which I personally commend him for.

 

Mike Korzemba | 243, 066 subscribers

Mike Korzemba has taken the NBA 2k community by storm recently with his often imitated but never replicated ‘What if’ scenarios. Korzemba offers unparllaled intricacy and detail of said scenarios, gaining a lot of attention with his ‘What if Kevin Durant was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers?’ scenario. Uploading every 3 days, Korzemba offers insightful basketball analysis about the happenings of the NBA to go with conspiracies. All of his uploads are simply must-see entertainment for the NBA fan.

QJB | 735,600 subscribers

Personally, I think QJB is one of the funniest YouTubers on the internet. His charisma and personality provide an element to his uploads that make his MyCareer content incredibly enjoyable. His relativity was on full display when he uploaded a series on NBA 2k15 based on the life of one of his computer-generated teammates, in a successful series titled ‘The Horsely Story.’ QJB also regularly uploads MLB The Show in addition to NCAA Football 14, but is most known for his NBA 2k content. QJB resides in North Carolina and regularly attends local sporting events.

  • BASEBALL- MLB THE SHOW

StraitOuttaBoston | 36,777 subscribers

Ian, A.K.A the King of Boston, is the most knowledgable baseball YouTuber out there. Uploading regularly since 2012, his franchises and road to the show series have been extremely realisitc and his gameplay commentary is rivaled by few. He also plays the online game ‘Out of the Park Baseball’ where he has created many successful teams. His NBA2k content is very strong as well, as many of his MyLeague/Association series garner the attention of the viewer with their realism and success. Ian has showcased his personality, specifically dedication to other areas of his life when he took a break from his channel to focus on his first year of college and visit, which I personally admire. He is also known as a huge Boston Bruins Celtics, Red Sox, and New England Patriots fan.

TDBarrett | 47,260 subscribers

Brett, a Canadian college football player, has recently risen up in the ranks of the MLB Show community, which although small, is passionate. He has started uploading very regularly, sometimes up to 3 videos a day, with creative scenarios, challenges, Road to The Show and Diamond Dynasty content. A Toronto Blue Jays fan, Barrett showcases his love for sports through his uploads.

  • HOCKEY- EA SPORTS NHL

2bcProductions2bc | 227,664 subscribers

Put simply, there is no better hockey YouTuber out there. Known to his subscribers as Johnny, 2bProductions2bc has regularly uploaded entertaining Be A Pro content, in addition to memorable Be A GM series. Johnny is extremely knowledgeable about the sport and offers unparalleled analysis of NHL happenings, and has inspired a huge following of his channel, creating a Sports forum website and a ravenous comment section. Superbman has ventured to MLB The Show ventures as well. A native of Toronto, Ontario, he is a known Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and has not been afraid to make his opinion known regarding the management (or mismanagement at that) of his team.

PolishThrasher | 3,358 subscribers

PolishThrasher has recently made himself known with entertaining ‘What If’ gameplay scenarios, and has recently been featured on Yahoo Hockey.  Relatively new to the community, he comes through often with enjoyable content.

Honorable Mentions-

CSB, Bud22089, MrHuriicane, NykeFaller, Sports Gaming Universe, Nick Smith, DodgerFilms

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Ranking MLB Teams since 2000

Baseball has grown up a lot since 2000. The steroid age has come and passed, franchises that were still young at the time have come of age, and the game is profiting more than ever. But which teams have done the best since then? It’s one thing to tally up the wins and compare, but that’s missing a huge part of the picture- Postseason success.

I scored each team on the following basis-

1 point- each win in the regular season from 2000-2015.

10 points- each playoff berth since 1999 (includes wild card game appearance) – +5 bonus points for division title.

15 points- LCS appearance (+5 bonus points for series win).

25 points- World Series appearance (+10 bonus points for series win).

After tallying up each teams score, I ranked each team, and the results are listed below:

30. San Diego Padres (Score: 1187)
World Series Appearances: 0 LCS Appearances: 0 Division Titles: 2 (2005, 2006)

Though they had a run of back-to-back NL West Titles, San Diego has seen very little success since their 1999 NL Pennant. After making a large splash in 2014 Free Agency, the Padres have yet to turn things around now, either.

29. Baltimore Orioles (1228)
World Series Appearances: 0 LCS Appearances 1  Division Titles: 1 (2014)

Despite recent success, Baltimore endured a long period of losing from 2000-2012, when they finally turned things around with a AL Wild Card Game appearance, followed by a division title two seasons later.

28. Pittsburgh Pirates (1229)
World Series Appearances: 0 LCS Appearances: 0 Division Titles: 0

Pittsburgh barely edges Baltimore by one measly point, thanks to 3 straight NL Wild Card appearances that ended a playoff drought of more than 20 seasons for the Pirates. They are the only team that has not appeared in a World Series, LCS, or won their division since 2000.

27. Seattle Mariners (1236)
World Series Appearances: 0 LCS Appearances: 2 Division Titles: 2 (2000, 2001)

Seattle currently holds the MLB’s longest playoff drought, spanning 14 seasons after winning 116 games in 2001 (the most of any team from 2000-15). Led by big names like Ichiro Suzuki, Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano, Seattle has routinely been a team that is hard to get a read on.

26. Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos (1253)
World Series Appearances: 0 LCS Appearances: 0 Division Titles: 2 (2012, 2014)

Montreal experienced a long playoff drought before the franchise relocated to our nation’s capital in 2005. After the move, the Nationals struggled initially in the NL East, but eventually earned two postseason berths in the 2012 and 2014, and eye many more led by star Bryce Harper.

25. Colorado Rockies (1262)
World Series Appearances: 1 (2007) LCS Appearances: 1 (2007) Division Titles: 0

The Rockies have largely been dormant contending aside from a magical 2007 run to the World Series from the NL Wild Card slot, only to lose at the hands of the Boston Red Sox. Woeful pitching contrasting a powerful offense has characterized the modern Rockies, largely influenced by their hitter-friendly ballpark.

24. Milwaukee Brewers (1269)
World Series Appearances: 0 LCS Appearances: 1 (2011) Division Titles: 1 (2011)

The Brewers, led by injury-prone, PED user Ryan Braun, haven’t seen much success in the postseason aside from an NLCS run in 2011. They moved to the National League in 1998, and have seen less success in the NL than AL so far.

23. Kansas City Royals (1271)
World Series Appearances: 2 (2015 Champions, 2014) LCS Appearances: 2 (2014, 2015) Division Titles: 1 (2015)

This may surprise many. The 2015 World Champions and 2014 American League Champions endured a LONG playoff drought before finally achieving victory in the 2014. Terrible campaigns that saw the Royals lose as many as 104 games in the early 2000’s outweigh the Royal’s recent success.

22. Cincinnati Reds (1288)
World Series Appearances: 0 LCS Appearances: 0 Division Titles: 2 (2010, 2012)

The Reds saw a brief period of success from 2010-13, piling up playoff appearances in 3 out of 4 seasons, but did not see much postseason success in any one of the runs and have been very quiet otherwise.

21. Miami Marlins (1307)
World Series Appearances: 1 (2003 Champions) LCS Appearances: 1 (2003) Division Titles: 1 (2003)

The 2003 season was very good to the Marlins as they upset the heavily-favored Yankees. Everything outside of that has been EXTREMELY average. Big free agent signings,a team re-branding, and the newest stadium in baseball supplied the fan base with plenty of momentum that the team has yet to capitalize on.

20. Toronto Blue Jays (1309)
World Series Appearances: 0 LCS Appearances: 1 (2015) Division Titles: 1 (2015)

One word describes Canada’s lone MLB team since 2000- mediocre. They ended a 22 year-long postseason drought in 2015, but aside from that, have been right in the middle of Major League Baseball- not very good, but not very bad, either.

19. Tampa Bay Rays (1315)
World Series Appearances: 1 (2008) LCS Appearances: 1 (2008) Division Titles: 2 (2008, 2010)

After joining the American League as an expansion team in 1998, the Rays have emerged as an AL East contender in the 2000’s. Led by all-time franchise player Evan Longoria, the Rays have seen 1 world series appearances, a loss to the Phillies in 2008.

18. Houston Astros (1316)
World Series Appearances: 1 (2005) LCS Appearances: 1 (2005) Division Titles: 1 (2001)

The consistent play of the 2000-09 teams, a winning era that included an NL Pennant, saved the Astros from the disastrous rebuilding years (2010-14). in which they lost more than 100 games for 3 straight seasons. Now an AL contender, Houston’s success continues to tempt struggling teams into rebuilding.

17. Chicago Cubs (1330)
World Series Appearances: 0 LCS Appearances: 1 (2015) Division Titles: 2 (2007, 2008)

Major League Baseball’s current leader in wins for the 2016 season have come across a recent wealth of success after going through a few periods of struggle. GM Theo Epstein has led the Cubs to contention for the future, hoping to finally exorcise the demons and reach the glory of a World Series win.

16. Cleveland Indians (1346)
World Series Appearances: 0 LCS Appearances: 1 (2007) Division Titles: 2 (2001, 2007)

The Indians have won two Division titles and claimed a wild card spot since 2000, though they have only won 1 playoff series since then and have yet to come close to ending the miserable sports championship drought for the city of Cleveland.

15. Arizona Diamondbacks (1389)
World Series Appearances: 1 (2001 Champions) LCS Appearances: 2 (2001, 2007) Division Titles: 3 (2001, 2007, 2011)

Arizona has had periods of success outlining scorching losing seasons in the desert. The captured lightning in a bottle to capture a World Series win in 2001, defeating the Yankees, and have added NL West crowns in 2007 and 2011 which were followed by deep playoff runs.

14. Minnesota Twins (1405)
World Series Appearances: 0 LCS Appearances: 1 (2002) Division Titles: 5 (2002-04, 2006, 2009)

The Twins dominated the AL Central from the Hubert H. Humphrey metro-dome led by big names like MVP Justin Morneau and former AL batting champion Joe Mauer in the early 2000’s, but have since seen their success taper off, having missed 5 straight postseasons.

13. Chicago White Sox (1421)
World Series Appearances: 1 (2005 Champions) LCS Appearances: 1 (2005) Division Titles: 3 (2000, 2005, 2008)

The White Sox took advantage of the one time they advanced past the ALDS since 2005, taking a magic carpet ride to a 2005 championship. They’ve won 3 division titles and have avoided long losing spells.

12. Detroit Tigers (1435)
World Series Appearances: 2 (2006, 2012) LCS Apperances: 4 (2006, 2011, 2012, 2013) Division Titles 4 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

After a horrendous start to the millennium, Detroit turned things around in a big way starting with the 2006 season, when they lost in the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals. Since 2000, they’ve appeared in a whopping 4 LCS and 2 World Series, but have yet to parlay their appearances into a championship.

11. Texas Rangers (1446)
World Series Appearances: 2 (2010, 2011) LCS Appearances: 2 (2010, 2011) Division Titles: 3 (2010, 2011, 2015)

The Rangers suffered trough a dry spell of epic proportions to start the franchise’s history, not seeing any success in the postseason until 2010, but now have emerged as a perennial contender in the A.L. West and a consistent force in the race for the A.L. pennant.

10. New York Mets (1463)
World Series Appearances: 1 (2015) LCS Appearances: 3 (2000, 2006, 2015) Division Titles: 3 (2000, 2006, 2015)

The Mets have quietly found success in the 21st century, claiming the millennium’s first N.L pennant and clinching two more 5 and 14 seasons later, respectively. New York has yet to reach the ultimate goal in two chances in the Fall Classic, however.

9. Oakland Athletics (1521)
World Series Appearances: 0 LCS Appearances: 0 Division Titles: 6 (2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013)

This one is a bit surprising given the fact that Oakland ranks very high on this list and has yet to play in a World Series since 2000. However, a staggering 6 division titles have kept in an overall way of success.

8. Philadelphia Phillies (1529)
World Series Appearances: 2 (2008 Champions, 2009) LCS Appearances: 3 (2008, 2009, 2010) Division Titles: 5 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

It may be hard to process now given the current state of the boys from the city of Brotherly love, but the Phillies dominated baseball from 2007-11, appearing in three NLCS and winning the 2008 World Series, led by some of baseball’s biggest names.

7. Los Angeles Dodgers (1533)
World Series Appearances: 0 LCS Appearances: 3 (2008, 2009, 2013) Division Titles: 6 (2004, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015)

The Dodgers, like Oakland, have enjoyed 6 division titles but have seen little to no postseason success. However, consistently good teams helped Los Angeles slingshot Philadelphia in these rankings.

6. Atlanta Braves (1543)
World Series Appearances: 0 LCS Appearances: 1 (2001) Division Titles: 6 (2000-04, 2013)

Atlanta has had no problem since the turn of the millennium reaching the MLB playoffs, totaling a whopping 9 total appearances  to go with 6 division titles. In the postseason, however, the Tomahawk Choppers have not been able to replicate their success of the 1990’s.

5. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (1616)
World Series Appearances: 1 (2002 Champions) LCS Appearances: 3 (2002, 2005, 2009) Division Titles: 7 (2004-09, 2014)

The Angels took advantage of a weak A.L West division from 2004-09, accumulating an unbelievable 6 straight division titles. After winning the World Series in 2002, the Angels have yet to return to the fall classic, but boast two more LCS appearances afterwards.

4. San Francisco Giants (1630)
World Series Appearances: 4 (2002, 2010 Champions, 2012 Champions, 2014 Champions) LCS Appearances: 4 (2002, 2010, 2012, 2014) Division Titles: 4 (2000, 2003, 2010, 2012)

The Giants have had an unbelievable amount of success since 2000, appearing in 4 World Series, winning 3 of them, and sparking the ‘Even year’ trend, with their victories coming in seasons which end in an even number. Trends aside, San Francisco has cemented its place as a model franchise with its winning legacy.

3. Boston Red Sox (1662)
World Series Appearances: 3 (2004 Champions, 2007 Champions, 2013 Champions) LCS Appearances: 5 (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2013) Division Titles: 2 (2007, 2013)

Boston exorcised World Series demons after 2000, transcending the ‘Curse of the Bambino’ that kept them without a World Series for decades. Though they’ve endured rough seasons since 2000, Boston’s three World Series victories have earned it the number three ranking on this list.

2. St. Louis Cardinals (1874)
World Series Appearances: 4 (2004, 2006 Champions, 2011 Champions, 2013) LCS Appearances: 7 (2000, 2002, 2004-2006, 2011, 2012) Division Titles: 10 (2000-2002, 2004-2006, 2009, 2013-2015)

The Cardinals have made their case as the MLB’s model franchise with a spectacular 4 World Series appearances including 2 wins, an astonishing 7 NLCS appearances, and a mind-boggling 10 Division Titles. This type of dominance just doesn’t happen in baseball given how few playoff spots are available, but St. Louis has never relented on its reign of terror since the turn of the century.

1. New York Yankees (1918)
World Series Appearances: 4 (2000 Champions, 2001, 2003, 2009 Champions) LCS Appearances: 7 (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2012) Division Titles: 9 (2000, 2001, 2003-2006, 2009, 2011, 2012)

The Yankees are the most well-known MLB franchise to outsiders of the game, and with their performance since the turn of the millennium, that is rightfully so. Though they garner a significant amount of hate, they have been the most successful franchise since 2000, piling up regular season wins, playoff appearances, division titles, league pennants, and World Series trophies. As hard as it might be for some fans, it’s something to consider the next time you want to scream “Yankees suck.”