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I’m a 49ers fan so I can’t really talk too much trash, but good lord is this sad. Imagine being a fan of a team that is tweeting out hype videos for Brock Osweiler? That’s got to be rock bottom. Again, the 49ers aren’t great either, but at least they have a new coach, GM, QB and semi revamped defense. Cleveland has Brock Osweiler. My favorite part is that most of the footage in that video was definitely from training camp. He can complete training camp passes! Give Cleveland the Lombardi trophy now.
Tom Brady turns 40 today (and shares a birthday with my mother, the REAL G.O.AT.) and the Patriots celebrated the man who is almost always referred to as the G.O.A.T with some actual goats at practice today. After last year’s come from behind Super Bowl victory, it’s getting tougher and tougher to argue that Brady isn’t the G.O.A.T., and it’s getting to the point where if you rank him anywhere outside of the top 1 or 2 your opinion shouldn’t be trusted. Happy birthday to Tom Terrific, and if you’re looking for a great article to read about him on his birthday, check out this fantastic ESPN piece.
Whenever I tell people how often I watch baseball on TV, they all say the same thing: it’s so boring. To me, baseball isn’t boring and I could watch every Red Sox game with a smile on my face. I can certainly see why people think it’s boring though, especially with this year’s Red Sox team who seem to go out of their way to play an extra inning game at least once a week. Last night’s game, featuring a Christian Vasquez walk-off bomb, was the opposite of boring.
Any time you can win a game in August with a walk-off homer that puts you back into first place you’ll take it, but last night’s game was extra special. Let’s take a look at some of the craziness, which is a good look at why these types of games don’t happen more often. A LOT of insane stuff has to happen to create one of these magical games.
Heading into last night’s game, Chris Sale hadn’t given up a run since 7/6 against Tampa (20 2/3 innings). Sale proceeded to give up 5 runs in the first two innings last night, and 7 overall in his 5 innings of work.
The Red Sox scored 12 runs last night, but only scored in 3 of 9 innings. Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco entered the game with a respectable 3.58 ERA and hadn’t gone less than 6 innings since a 6/26 start against Texas. He gave up 5 runs in the second inning and was bounced after 1 2/3 innings.
After a two run home run by Edwin Encarnacion in the top of 5th, Hanley Ramirez led off the bottom of the inning with what looked like a home run into the Sox bullpen. Austin Jackson had other ideas.
Newly acquired setup man Addison Reed had allowed only 4 earned runs in his last 22 appearances, but gave up a home run to the first batter he faced as a member of the Red Sox. Craig Kimbrel blew only his fourth save as a member of the Red Sox, and last night was the first time this season he gave up more than 1 earned run in an appearance.
By now you know that Vasquez won it with a walk-off homer, but the only reason he batted was because of a wild pitch strikeout of Mitch Moreland with two outs in the inning. If Cody Allen doesn’t throw a wild pitch on the strikeout, the game is over. The wild pitch gave the Sox one last shot, and Vasquez capitalized. Baseball can be a beautiful thing.
Jon Jones is back atop the mountain in UFC, and he wasted no time in letting everyone know who he wants to face next. During his post fight octagon speech, Jones again challenged Brock Lesnar, the former UFC Heavyweight champion and current WWE Universal champ.
“Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy that weighs 40 pounds less than you, come meet me in the octagon,” – MMA Junkie
Lesnar’s response, like most things Brock does, was no nonsense and emphatic:
Lesnar heard that and had a simple, direct response to The Associated Press.
“Be careful what you wish for, young man,” Lesnar said – MMA Junkie
I’m a casual MMA fan at best, but the thought of those two locking horns inside the octagon is as exciting a matchup as I can imagine. The fight has a few barriers to overcome, notably Brock’s current suspension due to an anti doping violation from his last fight in the Octagon last summer. While the fight can’t happen anytime soon, Jones and Lesnar arguably have the most pull to get what they want in the UFC, and there’s no doubt that if they work out a deal, it would make Jones, Lesnar & the UFC top brass very, very rich. I can’t wait to see how this story continues to unfold.
Friday night is going to be a big night at Fenway, with the Red Sox officially retiring David Ortiz’ number 34. The ceremony figures to be a relatively long one, which is only fitting to honor arguably the largest figure in franchise history. Some of the ceremony is going to be a surprise, but on Wednesday we learned of one portion. The city of Boston is planning to rename a street after the legendary Red Sox slugger.The street to be renamed after him is currently known as the Yawkey Way Extension, and it lies between Brookline Ave and Yawkey Station. Starting Friday night, it will be known as David Ortiz Drive. – Over The Monster
David Ortiz’s name will take it’s rightful place alongside Yawkey Way this week, as the city of Boston and the Red Sox are turning Yawkey Way Extension into David Ortiz Drive. I’ll be at the number retirement/baseball game tomorrow night, and I can’t wait to see Big Papi back on the Fenway diamond. He’s the greatest Red Sox player of my generation, and will obviously go down in history as one of the handful of greats the organization has ever had. I watch that grand slam video I embedded above on a weekly basis, and there’s about a dozen more videos where he’s heroically winning the game for the Sox. Congrats to David Ortiz.
Not surprising. KD doesn’t strike me as a beer guy, never mind a Bud Light guy. Somebody get Kevin some champagne stat!
P.S. Hey KD, this is how it’s done:
I’ve never been a huge fan of Kevin Durant. He’s one of the top basketball players on planet Earth, sure, but that doesn’t mean you have to like and/or root for the guy. He made a tough decision last year by leaving OKC to join the Warriors, the same Warriors team that beat OKC in the Western Conference Finals last year. It wasn’t a well accepted move by sports fans, but Durant never seemed to care. He wanted a championship, and he felt like he put enough time in Seattle/OKC and wanted to fast track that ring ceremony.
11 months later, he’s now an NBA champion and a Finals MVP. Nike had their KD commercial ready to go as soon as the game was over, and it’s a video filled with Durant’s critics over the years being silenced by his championship victory. This video reminds me of all the doubters that Dirk Nowitzki had in the lead up to his championship win (which was also against Lebron James). The big difference between Dirk and KD is that Dirk stayed put in Dallas and won his way, while KD had to go to the best team in the West to get it done. Whether you love him or you hate him, and whether you love or hated his decision to join Golden State, you will always have to refer to Kevin Durant as a champion.
P.S. For a different perspective on KD joining the Warriors, here’s comedian Neal Brennan:
What a time to be alive. I was trying to think of something to compare this to in the real world but I’m drawing a blank. I understand that there’s a difference between being a professional athlete and doing literally anything else, but a 250 pound weight clause is basically giving away money. If this was a 225 pound clause or 215 maybe I’d give Lacy some credit, but the guy is 5 foot 11 inches tall. Asking him to not be a 250 pound plus ball of dough shouldn’t be too difficult, especially when you’re dangling $55K in front of his face. If I’m Eddie Lacy I’m using this bonus and going on an eating spree the likes this world has ever seen. Do your thing, Eddie. You deserve it?