August 14, 2017
Roger Goodell has committed quite a few acts of cruelty during his time as NFL Commissioner. The Bills topped all of those acts of cruelty last week by trading Sammy Watkins to the Rams. This is called building a franchise reactively instead of proactively. The Rams need talent and playmakers that can stretch the field, but they can’t be in the business of giving up high draft picks in the process. Watkins will probably suffer another injury boarding the plane that will keep out for 6-8 weeks. If the Bills believed that Watkins was healthy, they wouldn’t have given up on him. He’s a problem for the Rams now, but the bigger problem is their offensive line, which still pretty terrible. Saturday’s preseason game against the Cowboys showed that problem on full display.
Speaking of the Cowboys, they learned that Ezekiel Elliott would be suspended for six games for alleged domestic abuse. Jerry Jones is so upset over this, he’ll probably sign Lucky Whitehead and cut him again. I also like how every Cowboys fan on Twitter turned into an attorney once they heard this news. Meanwhile, Kim Jong-Un will probably play in the NFL before Colin Kaepernick does. The Falcons had a double digit lead on the Dolphins going into the 4th quarter of a preseason game, blew it, and lost. They’re already in playoff form. Mike Glennon’s 2nd pass as a Chicago Bear was a pick six. He’s replacing Jay Cutler perfectly. The NFL regular season is just a few weeks away!
There were 21,000 people at the Chargers game last night. There were 25,000 people at the last LA Galaxy game. After last night, LA officials are probably on the phone with the city of San Diego trying to figure out if there is a way the Bolts can move back there.
To baseball, where the Dodgers may have won two of three against the D’Backs earlier in the week, but they gave us a glimpse of where they should still be concerned come playoff time. The bullpen. In two of the three games against the D’Backs, the pen imploded in the 7th or 8th inning. As great as the Dodgers have been this year, this is the same problem they’ve had in the postseason the last four years. Even scarier is the fact the St. Louis Cardinals are knocking on the door of the playoffs. As if I didn’t have enough nightmares from the recent Dodger playoff appearances. Houston Mitchell of the LA Times says that we should stop worrying about what happens to the Dodgers if they come up short in the playoffs, because it’s like worrying about the traffic on the way home from Disneyland. Houston forgot that we worry about the crowds at Disneyland and the traffic on the way home, but it doesn’t stop us from going. It’s just part of being a sports fan. We don’t stop being Dodger fans because they kick their fans in the balls every October, but that doesn’t make it hurt any less when it happens, or stop us from being worried about it.
Meanwhile, the Angels are now sitting in the 2nd Wild Card spot in the American League. I don’t know if that says more about the Halos, or the fact that the rest of the American League isn’t very good. This team is Mike Trout and a bunch of pitchers held together by duct tape and chicken wire. However, that pitching staff might actually be getting some serious help in the next couple of weeks. Andrew Heaney looks like he could be coming off the DL soon, and Garrett Richards could be coming shortly after that. When you add those two guys to rookie Parker Bridwell, who is now 7-1 after yesterday, the Halos roster may be getting better when they need it most.
Lonzo Ball picked Lebron Over Kobe when asked who is better. I realize that some Kobe fans probably want to burn Lonzo’s house down, impound his car, and eject him from the universe. However, this was a shrewd move by Lonzo, who is angling to play with Lebron in 2018, when he will be a free agent. Lonzo doesn’t always say a lot, but when he does, he gets it.
I like the Clippers new uniforms and all, but how often are they going to keep changing them? Steve Ballmer has been trying to establish a new brand and much different identity since taking over the team. However, how can you establish that identity when you change uniforms more frequently than Zach Randolph smokes weed?
If Josh Rosen thinks the demands of being a student athlete at UCLA are unreasonable, then he can try being a regular student. Like all the other students at UCLA, he can struggle to actually find a spot in the classes he needs for his major to graduate. He can also get a job and pay for his education the way many others are, as opposed to the free education he is receiving. Nobody said being a student athlete is easy, but Rosen shouldn’t act like he doesn’t have the opportunity of a lifetime in front of him.
Let’s talk TV, starting with The Bachelorette season finale last week. How did Rachel ever leave Kevin Durant? They had so much in common, like the fact they were totally desperate and would do anything for a ring. They each got one in 2017. Everyone put her on pedestal when the show started, but she ended up disappointing many by choosing Bryan over Peter. There’s nothing like wanting to be married more than wanting to be with the right person. You thought Nick and Vanessa were the most superficial looking couple you’ve ever seen? Rachel just said “hold my beer”, and gave us an even more fake relationship with her and Bryan. How does Bryan feel about the fact that his fiancé wanted to be with another man 24 hours before he actually proposed to her? That’s like winning by forfeit. Bryan is to true love what chiropractors are to medicine: fake. Unfortunately, Rachel was too busy flying around in helicopters, and having dates in Spain with too many guys to realize that is the case. The season started off so promising, but had an unsatisfying ending.
Finally, Game of Thrones went down on HBO last night with another episode. Spoiler alert for those of you who have yet to see it so read no further if that is the case. This episode wasn’t edge of your seat like last week but still pretty solid. Nobody really thought that Jamie was dead after last week right? You have to appreciate the alliances that are taking place here. A coupe of bastards, two dudes who have been resurrected, a disgraced knight, a Wildling, a sorcerer, and the Hound, all team up to form a coalition with Cersei, who really wants them dead. The Lannisters now look like they are screwed, but their fate will just have to wait until the battle with the White Walkers is over. Something tells me Littlefinger is going to outsmart Arya, and will successfully drive a wedge between the two Stark girls with his latest move. The biggest bomb of the show was Gilly mentioning Rhaegar being secretly remarried to Ned’s sister. That makes Jon Snow a true Targaryen, and gives him an even more rightful claim to the iron throne than Dany. Jon touching the dragon might as well have been a DNA test to prove he’s a Targaryen. Only two episodes left in 2017!