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The NFL world found out last week that the Buccaneers truly are the “Tompa Brady” Buccaneers after it was announced quarterback Tom Brady would be taking an “extended vacation” right in the middle of training camp. The 45-year-old QB who retired, and then unretired this past offseason apparently worked out his vacation time with the team in advance in order to create some chemistry with his new weapons on offense (Julio Jones, Russell Gage, and Kyle Rudolph.) 

And if you believe that line of BS, then I have a bridge to sell you.

Citing his inability to make the “competitive commitment” needed to win games, Tom Brady retired from the NFL back in February. Forty days and nights later, Brady returned to the league and his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Of course, we didn’t know at the time that Brady’s return would also cause head coach Bruce Arians to “retire” from the team shortly thereafter, allowing TB12 to completely take over the offense and run his squad the way he wanted to. Now, current head coach Todd Bowles said Tom Brady would be away with the team until sometime after their second preseason game on August 20th, saying that his #1 QB would be dealing with “personal issues” while on a leave of absence.

Bowles admitted these issues were discussed long before the start of training camp and the Bucs knew Brady would miss this time in advance. When asked what caused the leave of absence, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said:

“The best description I got for this is that it is important to find a work/life balance. Brady has been doing this for 23 years. He knows the scheme as well as anyone … so he steps aside to do some actual personal things, family things.”

So, wait, Tom Brady has become so good at his job that he no longer needs to practice a team sport with his teammates during the period of time set aside to build up team chemistry, rather opting to let his backup and backup’s backup take more reps right in the middle of training camp? Has Tom Brady petitioned the NFL to have all of Tampa Bay’s game played at home yet, you know, in case in needs to attend to more personal, family things?  Or will he just be able to play all the games by way of a clone/drone combination so his family can be with him every step of the way this year, all the way to a Super Bowl title.

In a league that makes star players seemingly overnight, Tom Brady is taking his role as the GOAT to the next level and beyond by asking for and being granted this vacation time during training camp. Camps are nowhere near as difficult as when Brady broke into the league and not anywhere as hard as those his predecessors faced in the 20th century, so clearly this vacation time was part of his “agreement” to return … that is if you believe there was a negotiation that involved Brady’s return to Tampa Bay in the first place, which I do.

It is clear to me Tom Brady retired under pressure from his family, mainly his famous wife Gisele Bündchen, who has begged the QB to retire for years to be more of a stay-at-home father to his children. Brady, it is clear to me, needed to negotiate with his wife first before working out a deal with Tampa Bay to un-retire this winter, with this mid-training camp vacation high on the list of priorities. It is likely that schools are reopening in Florida sometime in the next week and Brady wants to be there for as many days as possible for them as well to make his wife happier than she probably was when her husband asked for her permission to return to the NFL.

At the end of the day, all this tells us is the NFL might be Tom Brady’s world, with the rest of us just along for the ride; but when it comes to the Brady household, it is Gisele Bündchen’s world, and Brady better do what he is told or someone won’t be able to find their helmet to go outside and play with the rest of the Buccaneers this fall. 

 


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The death of any athletic legend is always heartbreaking since those who admire them always wish they could live forever. When the legendary basketball player Bill Russell passed away earlier this month, heartbreak took the form of love and respect for the former Boston Celtics center who touched so many lives and gave so much back to the game he loved. In tribute to him, the NBA announced every team would retire the #6 jersey that Russell made famous in Boston, while also adding that Russell’s number would appear on every player’s jersey and every team’s court this upcoming season. To that, I only ask the NBA this: What took so long? Why did you wait until Bill Russell died to give him such an honor?

When anyone puts together a list of the greatest basketball players of all time, the name Bill Russell always appears high on that list. As the greatest winner in the history of basketball and the NBA’s first Black head coach, when any basketball fan said the name “Bill Russell,” winning quickly comes to mind. What also comes to mind is the class, grace, and courage that Russell shown throughout his life, through giving back to the game while fighting for the rights and equality of others in the face of racism few could ever understand. For generations, when a basketball player needed advice, speaking to Bill Russell was normally a good place to go, and he was always there to help.

In 2009, four decades after Bill Russell retired, the NBA paid tribute to their greatest champion by naming the Finals MVP Award after him. However, what bothers me about this recent honor is that it was not given to Russell while he was still alive. He passed away days after turning 88 years old, and I really feel like this could have been done for him while he was still alive and able to appreciate the honor for himself.

I understand that most major honors in American society are only given to people after they pass away. There are no living people on your money or even stamps (by law), which can be explained to some extent even if I think giving someone the honor of having them see a stamp with their image would be more of an honor if they were alive. It’s just a shame that this is another example of someone not getting their flowers while they can still smell them. But that’s neither here nor there.

 In short, it is more heartbreaking to me that Russell didn’t see his #6 on every basketball court and hanging from every rafter in the league. I only hope that when the NBA puts the #6 logo on the court, they put it near each team’s bench to remind the coaches what Bill Russell did in winning a title as a player and as a coach. They should also put his #6 logo on the low post box in each lane on the court to remind modern day players where Russell collected all of his points, rebounds, and blocks. 

 


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As the football world continues to break down the Deshawn Watson six-game suspension, the NFL announced disciplinary action against one of their franchise owners. The person at the heart of their investigation was Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins. So, what did Ross, one of the richest owners in all of sports get punished for, and what was the price he and his franchise had to pay?

At the end of the 2021 season, the Dolphins owner fired head coach Brian Flores. Shortly after hitting the unemployment line, Flores accused team owner Stephen Ross of offering him bonuses if the team lost more games during his tenure to increase their draft position. The “Loses for Dollars” program Ross reportedly offered took place as early as 2019, Flores first season in Miami. After their findings, the NFL reportedly told the Dolphins franchise they were guilty of “hinting” to Flores and his coaching staff that higher draft picks were more important than winning. “Hinting,” being the key word, however, since the NFL did not punish the Dolphins for doing so.

The two-part basis for the punishment doled out by the NFL this week against the Miami Dolphins can be summarized in one word, TAMPERING. It is believed by the NFL that owner Stephen Ross and members of the team’s front office reached out to Tom Brady in the summer of 2019 while he was still under contract with the New England Patriots. There was also reason to believe that the Dolphins maintained a dialogue with Brady during the entire 2019 season with Ross willing to offer his promise to make the quarterback a limited partner when he retired from the NFL.

#Bribe

Since the Dolphins did, at the time, get away with tampering with another team’s quarterback, Ross and his fishy friends doubled down earlier this year when they contacted Sean Peyton who was still under contract with the New Orleans Saints to be their head coach. It wasn’t until the spring that Peyton retired, but, nevertheless, the Dolphins were found guilty of tampering with a head coach.

The punishment for all this:

  • A $1.5 Million fine leveled against Stephen Ross (did we mention he was a real estate billionaire).
  • The loss of their 2023 first-round draft pick (which will save the team tens of millions of dollars in salary) and their 2024 third-round draft pick as well as (wait for it) suspending Stephen Ross until October 17th (yawn!).

I realize that Stephen Ross is more important to the NFL then, say Daniel Snyder, and that coming down hard with a harsh penalty against your boss can be difficult at best … but can we get their multi-billion-dollar sports leagues to up the amount of money an organization or owner can be fined for transgressions that “violating the integrity of the game.” Because if you think Ross is going to miss $1.5 million, you need to look up a place in New York City called Hudson Yards, where the cheapest condos sell for twice that amount as long as you don’t mind a third-floor view.

Honestly, has there been one disciplinary action taking by the NFL during the time Roger Goodell has been commissioner that has been close to being correct? Because I sure as hell can’t think of one. They can’t get the players who need to be exiled from the game suspended for the correct duration, and they sure can’t get some of the owners and front office personnel out of their game day boxes like the NBA did.

When it comes to Law and Order, the NFL needs to learn the right way to do it, because coming down harsh is always better than coming down too weak, since it doesn’t provide an incentive to straighten up and fly right for the rest of the league.

 


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The world of track and field experienced what basketball fans might call a “Trent Tucker” moment earlier this month when Devon Allen did something that technology says a human can’t. That’s because the University of Oregon sprinter and hurdler did something in the same amount of time, one-tenth of a second, that caused the NBA to create the Trent Tucker rule three decades ago. What did Devon Allen do, and why was he disqualified from his last collegiate race after doing it? Let’s take a trip to the World Athletes Championships. 

On July 17th, Devon Allen was competing in his last race for the University of Oregon in the 110 Meter Hurdlers at Hayward Field, his home track that was playing host to this year’s World Athletes Championships. Allen made it to the final race and was, for the last time as an Oregon Duck, lined up in the starter’s block. The starter’s pistol went off and the competitors took off, only to be stopped by a false start alarm. Somebody started running too soon, it was Devon Allen. Or did he start running too soon? A look at the video replay showed no sign of early movement out of the blocks by Allen, but something else did, technology.

Sensors are set up at the starting line for track and field events, and in this case, they picked up that Devon Allen moved 0.099 seconds after the starter’s pistol was fired. By rule, anyone who moves within one-tenth of a second is considered to have started too soon; and for this race, Allen was deemed to have false started, causing his disqualification from the race.

The rules are clear in a case like this: Once a false start is recorded by the technology in place, a runner is disqualified and there’s no avenue of appeal … and so ended the college track and field career of Devon Allen.

Speaking on “The Dan Patrick Show” two days after his DQ, Devon Allen said:

“It’s really unfortunate that that’s the rule. I understand the rule. It’s in place so there’s no false starts. But not to have a little bit of leeway for margin of error or anything that goes on for a thousandth of a second kind of is a little bit frustrating because I didn’t get a chance to compete.”

My reply to those who want more leeway in this rule is two-fold:

  1. Everyone knew the rules going into this event, so, like it or not, they must be adhered to.
  2. If you want a margin of error built into the rule, then what you are saying is the technology is unreliable, and should be scrapped, or you start bending the rule itself, and from there, you make the rule meaningless whenever it needs to be applied during competition.

Think about it: how big should the margin of error be? How far is enough to make everyone happy, and then what happened when someone is one-tenth of a second off the build-in margin of error, do we give them a break, too?

One-tenth of a second might as well be one toe to an NFL wide receiver or the width of one baseball to a pitcher trying to get a called third strike … the rule in this case MUST be the rule, period. To do otherwise would return the element of chaos that using technology is trying to remove from sports.

And if you are looking for a way to cheer on Devon Allen, you may do so by rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles where he is trying out to be a wide receiver. While not having played for the Oregon Ducks since 2016, Allen did tally 54 catches for 919 yards in three seasons and ran a 4.35 40-yard dash on the school’s Pro Day. Let’s just hope the Ducks taught him what the offsides rule is before he reports to the team’s training camp on July 26th. 

 


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The future of one NFL quarterback is now settled after the Arizona Cardinals and Kyler Murray agreed on a five-year contract extension. The deal ensures Murray $30 Million in 2022 and over $100 million over the next three seasons. Another quarterback, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson, is likely taking notes of Murray’s new deal as he tries to work on his own extension with the Ravens. However, like the Cardinals’ QB, contract talks in Baltimore have been slow to progress (mostly due to Jackson’s willingness to wait for the market to play out.) So, who do you want on your team, Kyler Murray or Lamar Jackson?

The NFC West has, in theory, opened up a little bit for Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. Sure, they have the reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, but with Russell Wilson now a member of the Denver Broncos and Jimmy Garoppolo likely to be traded by the San Francisco 49ers, Murray should be, at worst, the second-best quarterback in the division. With Matthew Stafford and his win-now Rams likely unable to keep their team together in the near future after selling out to win a ring last season, the NFC West could be the domain of Kyler Murray and the high-flying Arizona offense that he leads.

Now let’s take a look at the other QB in this conversation… or debate.

Ever since winning his MVP award, Lamar Jackson has either plateaued or even regressed, forcing the Baltimore Ravens to fight harder for wins while still coming up short in the AFC Playoffs, going 1-3 since 2018 and missing the postseason altogether last year. The Ravens may not have to worry about the Steelers when fighting for AFC North supremacy after Ben Roethlisberger retired. However, they still have to worry about the Browns (sneaky good team) and the Bengals (AFC representative in the most recent Super Bowl) to contend with. And with Deshaun Watson, perhaps, not facing a year-long suspension in Cleveland, Lamar Jackson may be the third-best quarterback in the AFC North, making his road to the postseason as tough as ever and one he has proven is difficult to navigate.

Kyler Murray has proven he can throw from inside and outside the pocket and is one of the best deep ball throwers in the NFL. Lamar Jackson, on the other hand, has a difficult time throwing outside the numbers, something his own team has had to make excuses for in recent years. Murray is much more like Russell Wilson since he knows running is best used for buying time and extending plays or picking up first downs and keeping drives alive. While Lamar Jackson relies too much on using his legs first and his arm second, thus making him the lesser of these two quarterbacks in my book. 

While the case can be made that Arizona was forced to give Kyler Murray a contract second only to Aaron Rodgers in terms of annual average value since starting from scratch would be a disaster for the franchise, Murray is primed and ready to make the NFC West and the entire conference his. By contrast, the doubts and worries about Lamar Jackson are still in the air over M&T Bank Stadium, with the Ravens knowing full well that making a $45 or $50 million per year investment in their current quarterback may be a bigger mistake than letting him walk as a free agent  Kyler Murray and his head coach Kliff Kingsbury have proven a lot of people wrong so far in Arizona, while Lamar Jackson has gone the opposite way, proving his MVP voters they may have jumped the gun on his Hall of Fame enshrinement … and right now, with the former under contract and the latter not, it appears the Baltimore Ravens may agree with me. 

So I gave you my reasons on why I would take Kyler Murray over Lamar Jackson, but I want to know who are you choosing?

 


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As Major League Baseball approached the 2022 All-Star game, the sport was abuzz with the news that Juan Soto turned down a contract extension worth $440 million over 15 years. The 23-year-old All-Star right fielder of the Washington Nationals turned down the contract just two weeks before this year’s trade deadline, likely putting himself on the trading block as he left many fans bewildered by his decision. However, I am here to tell you that not only is Soto playing the long game, but he is playing things smarter than most players in his position would or have in the past.

Juan Soto cannot become a free agent until after the 2024 season, meaning that Washington or the team the Nationals trade him to will have him under team control for two seasons beyond 2022. Very often, young stars in Soto’s position are locked up under a long-term contract with the team looking to sign them at today’s market value and not the presumed higher market value to come in future off-seasons. The trade-off for the star player is that they have a few arbitration years eliminated from their lives while ensuring they will be paid even if they are injured sometime in the future.

According to many reports, Juan Soto was able to say no to a $440 million deal for at least three reasons: 

  1. Over 15 seasons, the deal would only have an average value of $29 million a year; a number, by today’s baseball standards is below the market value of players had his level. In effect, while offering him the largest salary in MLB history, Washington lowballed their best player by spreading out the value of the deal over so many years. 
  2. The deal was backloaded, meaning that much of the money it would pay out came towards the end, not the beginning the deal. This, according to reports, was akin to deferring Soto’s salary, something that anyone under a contract generally doesn’t like very much. 
  3. The Washington Nationals are believed by many to be up for sale, which makes it risky for any player to sign a long-term contract since they don’t know who their next boss will be or how much he/she will be committed to winning over making a profit with the team.

The last reason echoes what happened to Giancarlo Stanton, who signed his current mega deal with the Miami Marlins just to have the team sold and new ownership unwilling to pay out the contract, forcing a trade to the New York Yankees, with the OF/DH has been often injured and overall, has failed to reach the World Series.

Just like in the NFL, MLB contract values go up year over year for the league’s best players as agents jockey for future stars to sign with them over their rivals.  So, just as this deal would have been bad for Juan Soto to sign, it likewise would have been a bad move for his agent to be a part of since it devalues what Soto can do for a team on and off the field. Throw all this into a pot and you understand very quickly why Juan Soto didn’t agree to sign this contract, and rightfully so.

As for being on the trading block, most major blockbuster deals don’t take place midseason since there are fewer teams looking to make changes this time of year.  Perhaps this year there are more teams than normal who might be willing to push all their chips to the center of the table since some franchises have thrown themselves into the middle of a playoff race with long winning streaks. That number is small when compared to the dozens of teams might say, “yeah, we can build around Juan Soto in 2023,” and be willing to give up their top prospects for a proven player.  That means that unless and until Washington received a “can’t refuse” offer, Juan Soto will be playing right field for the Nationals, which means, in my opinion, for at least the rest of the 2022 season. 

 


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With Major League Baseball descending upon Los Angeles for this year’s All-Star Game, two of the game’s biggest attractions, Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout, will likely appear in baseball’s spotlight for the last time this season. That’s because the Angels’ dynamic duo are so far out of the playoff race, those around the league expect LA’s second team to be sellers at the trading deadline before they disappear for the rest of the 2022 season. Since the exploits of their two stars have earned them a sub .500 record so far, could the trade market be the last, best place Ohtani and Trout offer the Los Angeles Angels any value this season?

If you just follow Major League Baseball on social media, it might be easy to conceive that the Los Angeles Angels are one of baseball’s best teams. After all, their Japanese starting pitcher and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani seems to set records every time he takes the field while center fielder Mike Trout continues to march towards Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sadly, for Halo fans, while the Angels lead the Majors in highlights, they are far behind the Houston Astros in the American League West and haven’t seen a .500 since suffering a 14-game losing streak earlier this season, a stretch that saw manager Joe Maddon fired by the franchise.

The result is having this question now start to be asked: Should the Angels trade Ohtani or Trout this year?

Any trade of Mike Trout by the Los Angeles Angels would also need to include money to offset the $34.5 Million the 30-year-old is due every season until 2030 when his current contract runs out. It is difficult to imagine a franchise would pay another team to let Trout play for them during his prime, but that money would be the only way any team would consider giving up any of their top prospects. As we know, however, prospects are like lottery tickets, with few, if any, expected to win, which would leave the Angels worse off than they are now with Trout in their lineup. There would also be the public relations hit the franchise would suffer from trading the perennial MVP candidate since Angels fans might cash out on the team and stop showing up to the ballpark. The thought of trading Shohei Ohtani does, from two standpoints, make a lot more sense.

  1.  He is on a much cheaper contract than Trout, making only $5.5 million this season.
  2. The Los Angeles Angels have serious issues with their payroll.

Ohtani is under team control for the 2023 season and, at worse, would settle an arbitration case before playing next year very motivated since he would be a free agent prior to the 2024 season.The Angels would be able to market one of the best two-way players in MLB history and let his new team battle with Ohtani on if they would use him solely as a starter or a DH; something that was never up for discussion in Los Angeles since Ohtani knows that he is how he will land his mega contract in 18 months. The question would be if Ohtani would be happy with his next team since he eliminated so many franchises because he wanted to be on the West Coast where the Japanese population is larger … so much so that the New York Yankees were never granted an audience when Ohtani was considering his options.

With $72.5 Million promised to Trout and former Washington National 3B Anthony Rendon every season from 2023 to 2026, could it be the Angels can’t afford Shohei Ohtani and NEED to trade him for younger, cheaper talent to fill out their struggling roster? Or will they really have three players earning a combined $100+ million come 2024, turning their “Big Three” into an NBA-style roster and doing what they are doing this season, which is going nowhere fast in the standings because their financial resources are tapped out by a trio of players?

If you can’t win with Shohei Ohtani setting records and you can’t afford to pay him and still be a winner, then the only value Ohtani has for the Los Angeles Angels is on the trade market. So either before August 2nd this season or during the offseason, the franchise needs to make that cold, hard decision and accept the fact that they should trade him, get as much as they can, and move on. Because with all the highlights reels he has on social media, Shohei Ohtani, at age 29, is going to command a free agent contract the likes of which few players can dream of.

 


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Just miles away from where children were killed and hours after a gunman opened fired at a 4th of July parade, the Dallas Cowboys announced they have a new sponsorship deal with a coffee company. The deal, which was announced Tuesday, drew some strong feedback because of the company’s name and the name of some of their products. Considering their less-than-ideal timing and the events of the past few weeks, should the Dallas Cowboys rethink, or even cancel their new sponsorship deal? Let’s take a look at why people are so upset.  

The Dallas Cowboys may have closed the roof to AT&T Stadium for the summer … otherwise it might be difficult to explain how, or why the franchise announced on Tuesday they have signed a sponsorship deal with the Black Rifle Coffee Company.  The coffee company, which can be found online and sold on Amazon, uses the catchphrase “The Taste of Freedom is Here,” is a veteran-owned business located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their blends of coffee include names such as “Freedom Fuel,” “Murdered Out,” “AK Expresso,” “Silencer Smooth,” among others that not only promote their brands of coffee, but the company’s pro-gun ownership views.

Tuesday saw the Dallas Cowboys under attack from people who questioned the timing of the partnership as well as the team’s need to work with a company that held such political views. Not backing down to the outrage or the pressure to end the deal, the franchise, owned by Jerry Jones, announced a joint promotional contest where the winner would receive two tickets to a Cowboys’ game and a year-long subscription to Black Rifle Coffee array of blends.

It was Jerry Jones who defended the partnership deal Wednesday by saying, “Every cup of coffee in the stadium, every bag of Cowboys coffee sold, represents a step in fulfilling the Black Rifle mission — another veteran employed, another first-responder receiving support, or another community event to help adaptive military athletes thrive in the civilian world.”

Fans replied by saying “Integrity Matters,” despite the coffee company’s mission to help veterans.

There likely would not have been a great time to make an announcement such as this; so, the only question is simply: Should the Dallas Cowboys have entered into this deal at all, or found some other company that helps veterans to work with?

Black Rifle Coffee is likely doing a fine job employing and empowering those who once served in our nation’s armed services; but having some of the names they use for their coffee would seem a bit harsh to those who have not worn a uniform or just watched the news coverage of another mass shooting taking place.

Jerry Jones has the right to work with any company he pleases even if it does cost him a few fans along the way. That’s because we, as consumers, have the right to make sure those companies we support with our hard-earned money follow the values we do. It probably would be nice if the Cowboys’ Coffee wasn’t sold right next to a company that also sells “Silencer Smooth,” but Black Rifle Coffee is not causing one more mass shooting by using that name on one of their products. So, in the end, how much people are offended by this partnership will determine if Jerry Jones is right or wrong in signing the sponsorship deal.

 


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For the 2nd time this year, some Major League Baseball fans took to social media during the 4th of July weekend to point out that four MLB teams had the holiday off. Members of the media were further outraged when it was discovered no baseball games would be played in New York City or Philadelphia, two places of importance in making July 4th America’s Independence Day. To those in the stands and in the press box, I say, “SHUT UP” and join the 21st century, where business overrides traditions and holidays are just another day on the calendar.

Baseball fans were shocked in late May when only 24 of MLB’s 30 teams took to the diamond on Memorial Day, a date when fans probably know if their teams are contenders or pretenders. This past weekend, as baseball reached the halfway mark in the 2022 season, four teams had the 4th of July off, including the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies. New York baseball fans were further saddened when they saw the New York Mets fly to Cincinnati for a three-game road trip after Sunday’s game, leaving the city with only a food eating contest as its holiday competition.

Unlike Memorial Day and Labor Day, which are always observed on Mondays, July 4th moves around on the calendar from year to year, with our nation’s birthday landing on Monday this year. Because of this simple fact, it is not surprising that four baseball teams had the holiday off this year, since, with so many games to be played in so many cities, travel days are required, with Mondays and Thursdays being the most common.

Think about it: If it is normal for teams to play three games series on the road or home against a team, and there are seven days in a week, unless they are playing a rare four-game series, there will be a day off during the week. With teams normally playing three or four-game series that end on Sunday, Monday becomes the most likely days of the week for teams to have off … even when that Monday is a national holiday.

As someone who lives in New York, it is also not a surprise that the Mets were shipped out of town for just three days before returning home this coming weekend. Why, you ask?  Because the last thing the city government wants is a baseball game being played at 1:00 PM and letting out tens of thousands of fans just as they are about to close highways on both sides of the East River ahead of a firework show expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people. Nor would those in the NYPD want to have the Mets playing a night game in Queens, just as much of the holiday traffic is returning to the city while that same fireworks show is still taking place or just ending. For even a city like New York, one big event at a time is preferred, and on the 4th of July, only one is desired, which is why the city’s MLB teams are asked to take a trip or a day off on holidays.

For the older MLB fans who still think they will see teams with doubleheaders on holidays like they did in the 1960’s, please join the 21st Century and understand that unless there is a game to be made up or some other scheduling issue, all doubleheaders are part of history. Fans are lucky to see “straight” doubleheaders where only one ticket is needed since franchises want “split” doubleheaders that see the stadium opened, emptied between games, and then reopened for the second game.

As for the patriotic holidays in which Americans are suppose to fly the flag, moms are to make apple pie and the family will attend a baseball game, those days are over to everyone. Younger families are more interested in traveling than being tied down to a baseball game, and government officials are more than happy to lighten the load on their police and fire departments who are probably dealing with people hurting themselves with illegal fireworks and burning themselves on grills.

In short, Major League Baseball is already working on the 2023 schedule, and they know which cities don’t want their teams at home during three-days weekends, because those cities know when their baseball fans go out of town. So, I hope you enjoyed the holiday this year, because I am sure the players and front offices of four baseball teams enjoyed feeling like normal Americans for one day when they could enjoy the holiday as well. 

 


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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and one photo of the Houston Rocket’s practice court may be worth a thousand points to the team in the coming years. That’s because the team has added something to their practice court that may become a staple across NBA arenas during the regular and postseason. Can you guess what the Houston Rockets have added to their court; and do you believe it is a sign of things to come for the NBA and the sport in general? 

The Houston Rockets have added a four-point line to their practice court, sparking rumors that the NBA will add a four-point shot to their game in the coming years. The line, which looking at the photo, appears to begin about 24 feet off the baseline when one starts on the sideline, arcs out beyond the 28-foot mark as it reached center court, probably making the shot 30-feet or more at its longest point, right in front of the basket. Because of its distance from the hoop and the width of a court, there is no way to add a four-point line in the corners if the shot is added to the NBA. 

Would adding a four-point shot be the NBA’s way of conceding defeat to the likes of Steph Curry, who routinely takes “Logo Threes,” or would the sport do away with the three-point shot altogether since it is clear too many people are taking the shot and the art of playing basketball has been lost? I also wonder if the NBA would have rules about when a four-point shot can and cannot be attempted; because if they don’t, the sport of basketball might as well make their courts smaller because it would be rare to see any player go into the paint again except to retrieve a missed shot.

Would it be so terrible to add an element of strategy to the four-point shot?

How about only allowing them in the fourth quarter or when a team is behind by more than 10 or 15 points; with all other times the shot being illegal for teams to attempt? Also, are they really going to allow a player to attempt four free throws if fouled on a four-point attempt, or shoot a free throw for a five-point play if they make the shot?

What has me worried about the four-point shot is that the NBA might be pandering to their new sponsors, the legalized sport betting apps, who are now adding millions to their pockets. Think about it, would it be crazy to see an over/under of 300 if two shooting teams are playing each other with a four-point shot available to them for 48 minutes? How long would it take for a sharp-shooter like Steph Curry to break the 100-point barrier in a game, a point total only achieved once in NBA history by Wilt Chamberlin, who went 28-32 from the foul line in the game in which he achieved it.

Does the NBA really want their game to become a pinball game, with scoreboards reading “Tilt” after three quarters? Is the game really going to become more about who’s hot that night rather than who is a better team of five players on the court? Because if you believe Hall of Famers like Charles Barkley dislike the Golden State Warriors and how games unfold now, you ain’t seen nothing yet if you add a four-point line.

Don’t do it Adam Silver … Don’t make a bad situation worse by adding a four-point line and making any player over 6’ 8’ a dinosaur in your sport. You have already titled the rules too far toward offense by taking away the ability to play hard defense, don’t make it even more easy to score points by not requiring players to run the full 94’feet to score points at will.  Your game is already difficult enough to watch during the regular season, don’t turn it into a carnival sport. 

 


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