Well, I wanted Lucky Whitehead to get a break to get back into the NFL, not the development team known as the New York Props. He sure wasn’t lucky – being picked up by the New York Props, but perhaps he can show his value and build for a new contract elsewhere.
Baltimore Ravens C John Urschel retired, age 25 or so. But this is no ordinary football player – he teaches advanced math at Pedo (err, Penn) State, and has an unbelievable future. They say he is one of the smartest guys out there. I wish him well.
Adrian Beltre gets tossed after a funny skit screwing w/the 2B umpire. Apparently when I first saw it I thought he was a bit too close to the batter while in the on deck circle. So the ump orders him to move it, he moves it closer to the batter, which infuriated the ump. C’mon Ump, I get the safety/distraction issue, but hell it was a blowout. Final score: Miami 22, Texas 10.
By the way, Kansas City won again by absolutely destroying Detroit 16-2, and while Cleveland is on a six game win streak, KC has won eight in a row and they are creeping into the Wild Card picture. This is a dangerous team in perhaps their final year together.
The U. S. won the Soccer Gold Cup yesterday at Levis Field by beating Jamaica 2-1 on some incredible shooting, claiming a qualifying spot for the World Cup. I watched some of the game and it was decent enough, but what bothered me is that the USA hit the ground quite frequently. Stop it.
Adam Silver made the comment that it is inevitable that there will be NBA expansion, and considering the NBA’s apparent unwillingness to relocate – expansion has to be the only option. He mentioned it in passing, but as I think about it, that makes no real sense except for Seattle. Despite my contempt for Sonic fans for what they pulled trying to yank the Kings then mock the franchise for which they wanted to thieve, Seattle does have a rich NBA history with a championship and all-stars. Not only that, Seattle is a huge region with a strong fan base. Their problem though is that they won’t pony up to build an arena, so the argument is moot.
As for where else?
- With Silver’s well known affinity for gambling and seeing that Vegas has lured the NHL and NFL recently, how long before they commit to Las Vegas? Could be before Seattle because at least Vegas has an arena.
After Vegas and Seattle, I can’t think of any legitimate places that would be feasible. I don’t see how Louisville, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and certainly San Diego make any sense. I would say that if these two came in, the East should get Memphis and New Orleans.
BUT, and this is a big BUT…there has NEVER been parity in the NBA, and you want to add one or two more teams and make it even easier for the dominant franchises? C’mon man, talent is already diluted…you add 24 more players to an already diluted and dominated NBA product and you’re gonna have problems.
In other news, College Football is less than four weeks away. While I like it, I believe that there shouldn’t be games played in August. Fortunately for me, Jerry’s first game is a trip to San Diego State on Labor Day. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it, but I’ll be visiting other places…like next year when they play at Stanford.
I’m a little concerned about this study where CTE was found in 90% of former football players, and as I have said before, had I known this information when my son started playing ball, I have to wonder if I as a parent would allow him to play now.