August 28, 2017
Obviously I have to start with Game of Thrones after an awesome season finale. Spoiler alert for those of you who have yet to see it, so read no further if that is the case. The Stark clan survived an entire season! I’m not sure who got more inches of Snow in this episode: Kings Landing, or Dany? Jon Snow looks like he just knocked up the Mother of Dragons, so I look forward to two pregnant queens battling it out on Real Housewives of Incest City next season. Admit it: incest went down and you thought that it was ok. Meanwhile Ser Jorah was probably crying in the next room, and I’m still not sure what Tyrion was doing awkwardly standing outside Dany’s room. Love how Brienne and the Hound were acting like such proud parents of their little murder child, Arya. I’m telling you, Cersei is crazy enough to kill Jamie if he betrays her, and she nearly did. I wouldn’t trust her to tell me what she wanted on her pizza. I don’t understand the Dragon’s blue fire. Is it spitting fire? Ice? or a blue laser? This is going to trouble me until season 8. Congratulations to the show producers for finally killing off a character we wanted to see die in Littlefinger. This is me when I heard that we might have to wait until 2019 for the final season to start…..
So you think that Mayweather vs McGregor was a big fight? Wait until your wife finds out that you paid $100 for it. They stopped that fight way too early. For that price I expect to see somebody actually hitting the ground on a knockout. It was a far better fight than most of us expected. However, just as it started getting good, the referees pulled the plug. Props to McGregor for making it interesting, but there were no losers in this one. I guess that explains why Floyd wore a ski mask when entering T-Mobile Arena. He was robbing the public of its money. McGregor is taking home $75 million, while Mayweather is getting $100 million. Coincidentally, 100 is the highest number that Floyd can count to.
Well Jared Goff is consistent. He’s consistently inconsistent. In Saturday’s loss to the Chargers, he turned the ball over twice, and couldn’t complete a pass for more than seven yards. Wasn’t getting Sammy Watkins supposed to help stretch the field? The offensive line also continues to be a train wreck for the Rams. Even more disappointing is the sparse crowd showing up for these games. The Coliseum was less than half full on Saturday. The Chargers couldn’t even fill a 27,000 seat stadium, and the Rams’ crowds have been getting smaller by the day. While you may think this is just preseason and it’s no big deal, that shouldn’t be the case when you have two new NFL teams in the #2 media market in the country. Watching these two teams makes me wish I had stared at the solar eclipse for longer so I wouldn’t ever have to watch them play football again.
The real rivalry that went down at the Coliseum on Saturday was the race between Keyshawn Johnson and Marcellus Wiley. This should have been a giant mismatch, but Keyshawn didn’t seem to take it too seriously, so it ended up being far more competitive than expected. Marcellus false started three times, and Keyshawn just barely beat him after that. There seemed to be some controversy over the start of that race, so when they raced again, Marcellus beat him the 2nd time. Say what you will about Keyshawn being the true winner here and the faster man. However, Marcellus more than held his own and should not have even been in the final frame. Keyshawn is a former #1 overall pick in the NFL people. The man only narrowly avoided being embarrassed by a defensive end! He should still never hear the end of it from his colleagues at ESPN.
I’m not sure you people really understand the gravity of these Laker tampering allegations if they turn out to be true. If the Lakers are forced to forfeit any future 1st round picks, they wouldn’t be able to move the Luol Deng contract. If they can’t move the Deng contract, they can’t sign two max level free agents, which means you can forget about Lebron James coming here next summer. The league might not even let them sign Paul George with their one max slot, and then they’d be totally screwed. I was actually convinced Lebron James was going to sign with the Lakers until a few days ago when Ric Bucher reported that he’s headed to the Lakers. If Bucher reported that the sun was going to rise tomorrow I’d be concerned the world was going to end.
Speaking of Lebron and the Cavs, there’s no way they are going to have this trade with Boston vetoed because of Isaiah Thomas’ hip injury. They just can’t bring Kyrie back to Cleveland given everything that’s transpired between him and the organization. As for the Celtics, Danny Ainge had a chance to flip that valuable Brooklyn 1st round pick for Jimmy Butler, Paul George, or DeMarcus Cousins. Instead, he flipped it for a player who doesn’t play any defense, and is incapable of being the best player on a championship team. How are the Celtics planning on defending people anyway now that they lost their three best defenders this offseason? It doesn’t really matter though because Lebron could have Bone Thugs-N-Harmony as his teammates and still make it to the NBA Finals in the East.
It figures that the night the Dodgers get shutout at home, it’s the night they honored the LA Kings. This past weekend was a perfect reason why I’d be worried about the Dodgers’ postseason hopes. They play a team with some real pitching like the Brewers, and they can’t hit. Sure they miss Cody Bellinger, but it feels like the law of averages could be catching up with Chris Taylor and Justin Turner. They can’t be on fire forever, but LA better hope that fire doesn’t go out come October. As for their pitching, Yu Darvish might not even be the Dodgers’ 4th best pitcher right now. Rich Hil, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Kenta Maeda are all throwing the ball better. I guess that might be the reason the Rangers gave him up at the 11th hour for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
Finally, Albert Pujols is statistically one of the least valuable players in the American League, yet somehow, the Angels are still in the AL Wild Card hunt with five weeks left in the season. Pujols blew two opportunities with the bases loaded yesterday. He’ll probably still be batting 3rd tomorrow as well. I guess $240 million just doesn’t buy what it used to. The Halos sure could use some better starting pitching, but they can’t be optimistic they are going to get it anytime soon. Andrew Heaney hasn’t looked great since he returned from injury, while Garrett Richards is still two weeks away from returning, and might be held to a 60-pitch limit once he’s back in the rotation. Is it even worth it to push two valuable young arms back in your rotation when they aren’t healthy or effective? The answer is no, but Arte Moreno would tell you otherwise, since all he cares about is selling tickets and entertaining rather than winning. This is what Pujols looks like running to first base…….