Cardale Jones vs. Joakim Noah: Who Ya Got?


The Cleveland Cavaliers honored the College Football Playoff champion Ohio State Buckeyes during Wednesday’s Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 2 vs. the Chicago Bulls. Among the Buckeyes in the house was quarterback Cardale Jones, now embroilered in a war of words with Bulls center Joakim Noah.

Back story:

In 2007, when current Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer led Florida to the BCS Championship, the Gators walloped the Buckeyes in the title game. The Joakim Noah-led Florida basketball team won its second of two straight national championships that same year against — you guessed it — the Ohio State Buckeyes.

So, Noah does have bragging rights against the Buckeyes. However, Cardale Jones was a middle-schooler then, and his most recent experience against the SEC was a 42-35 national semifinal win over Alabama.

Fight! Fight! Fight!

Alright, who are you taking in a Joakim Noah-Cardale Jones throwdown? Logic dictates a football player has the advantage in physical combat, but Joakim Noah is one of the NBA’s enforcers. He’s tough-as-nails and backs down from no one.

Twitter makes a strong case for Joakim Noah:

Here’s the Tale of the Tape:


• Nickname: 12-Gauge

• 6-foot-5, 250 pounds

• Notable Wins: Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon; TKO vs. Oregon NT Alex Balducci

• Big Ten and College Football Playoff champion


• Nickname: Mr. Omnipresent

• 6-foot-11, 232 pounds

• Notable Wins: Ohio State, UCLA, Atlanta Hawks (2011 ECSF)

• Two-time NCAA champion; 2014 Defensive Player of the Year

So, who are taking? It might never actually happen, but if it did, it would be more exciting than Mayweather-Pacquiao.