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?
Going into last night’s game, Scooter Gennett had 3 home runs and 20 RBI’s on the season. After last night’s game, he has 7 home runs and 30 RBI’s. That’s what you call a nice night at the ballpark. Gennett became only the 17th player in MLB history to hit 4 homers in a game, and only the second player to hit four homers including a grand slam. While this was certainly an impressive feat, my favorite fact about Gennett came later in the night on Twitter:
Four home runs in a game is rare, but going through life with the nickname Scooter to avoid a childhood arrest is on another level. Scooter Gennett might be my new favorite baseball player.
Batters when they see Kimbrel warming up
The Red Sox have been inconsistent at best this season, but when they’ve played good baseball (like their current 4 game win streak) they’ve usually included high doses of Craig Kimbrel. Here are his stats at a glance:
20 games/20.2 innings pitched 2-0 record 12 saves 6 hits 2 earned runs 2 walks 40 strikeouts 0.87ERA
That 40/2 strikeout to walk ratio is OK I guess, and the 40 K’s in 20.2 innings equals a ridiculous 17.42 K’s per 9 innings. He struck out 4 guys in an inning of work last night! The deeper you dig into Kimbrel’s stats, the more impressive they become. Right handed batters are 0-38 against Kimbrel on the season. A quick Twitter search of Kimbrel’s name reveals some truly amazing recent stats as well:
Craig Kimbrel has struck out 40 of 72 this season, 20 of the last 30. Has retired 32 of the last 34 batters he has faced. 0.87 ERA.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) May 26, 2017
Over his last 8 appearances, Craig Kimbrel has faced 27 batters and struck out 19 of them. That’s 70.4%. The man is a sicko.
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) May 26, 2017
With John Farrell finally switching up the lineup, the dominance of Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel and the hopeful reemergence of David Price, this could be a really fun summer for Red Sox fans.
Brock Lesnar Beat Mark Hunt Via Unanimous Decision At #UFC200, Is An Unstoppable Human Wrecking Machine
I’ll be the first to admit that I was wary about Brock Lesnar returning to the octagon after a five year absence. Not only was he returning, but he was facing off against Mark Hunt, the #8 ranked Heavyweight in the UFC. This wasn’t Brock coasting his way back to UFC for a big payday; this was going to be a legitimate battle. What I failed to realize, even though it’s been proven time and time again, is that a 100% healthy Brock Lesnar is unlike anyone else on this planet. Brock exited the UFC in a way that he wasn’t happy with, so when the time came five years later to reconcile some of that defeat, he was ready. Lesnar dominated the 1st and 3rd rounds for a unanimous decision win, and for a man who’s turning 39 tomorrow, he has never looked better. The other winner after this outcome has to be Vince McMahon and the WWE. Letting Lesnar fight in UFC while under contract and advertising him for Summerslam just six weeks after the fight was a huge risk. If Lesnar loses, or gets hurt, not only is his appearance at the pay per view in jeopardy, but the mystique of Lesnar could have been damaged. Instead, Brock goes out and dominates, and now the most legitimate superstar in WWE history somehow got stronger. I’d bet the house that Paul Heyman (and maybe Brock himself) will be on Monday Night Raw ready to reclaim the squared circle.
— andrew mook (@andrewmook) March 18, 2016
I’m not a big college basketball fan, but every March I dabble in the madness and fill out a bracket. This year’s tourney is extra special, because although I’m not a PC Friars fan, I am from right outside of Providence, so it’s cool to have a dog in the race. Last night’s game was equal parts exciting and infuriating, and it looked at times that PC was going to get run out of the building. Their best player, Kris Dunn, played the majority of the game with 3 fouls, and the USC guards were getting to the rim whenever they wanted. The final few minutes of the game will go down as one of the weirder endings in the tourney. PC was given chance after chance, but just couldn’t make the big play. USC missed free throw after free throw and couldn’t secure the game winning defensive rebound. That opened the door for an enormous lapse of judgment on defense, as USC left Rodney Bullock WIDE open under the basket and he hit the game winning layup with a second left. It was a great game and a triumph for PC, and they’ll be rewarded with a matchup against 1 seed UNC tomorrow night.
Watch Richard Sherman Try To Give Clay Matthews An RKO In The Only Intersting Moment Of The Pro Bowl
The Pro Bowl was terrible and boring just like it always is, but thanks to Richard Sherman, we did get a few seconds of fun. After a play which saw Sherman line up as a wide receiver, he moseyed on over to the middle of the field and tried to hit an unsuspecting Clay Matthews with an RKO. For those of you who are not wrestling fans, an RKO is exactly what you just saw, except Clay Matthews would have laid flat out on his stomach and probably broke his neck since he was wearing a helmet. I still don’t understand how the NFL can mess up the Pro Bowl this badly, and it looked especially bad with the insanely fun NHL all star game going on at the same time. Damn you Roger Goodell. Damn you.
Steph Curry is from a different planet, but you already knew that. He scored 40 points (again) last night, but the best part of that entire game and maybe the entire season is at the 11 second mark in the above video. Steph’s teammate Andrew Bogut is in the low post and getting double teamed, so he kicks it out to an almost unbelievably open Steph, and the rest of the play is magical. Bogut begins running up the floor BEFORE Steph even shoots because he knows it’s going in, and Kemba Walker takes one step towards Steph but also knows the result, and just kind of sulks while the balls swooshes through the net. I really hope the Warriors breaks the Bulls single season wins record, and I hope Steph Curry plays until he’s 100 years old.