Holy crap, what a weeks it’s been so far!! With so much going on, I’m skipping my usual longer form stuff and keeping it all brief so I can get to it all.
Cavs and Celtics Trade
Kyrie Irving got his wish and was traded out of Cleveland. The 4 time All-Star was shipped off to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. In return, the Cleveland Cavaliers got Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick.
When it comes to talking trades, most people want to define a winner and a loser, even though that seems to go against the very nature of what most feel should be a mutually beneficial undertaking by 2 teams.
In this case I think both teams won.
The Celtics got the best player in the deal (Kyrie), got younger at point guard, and got a bona fide all-star who many consider one of the best offensive players in the league (including Celtics GM Danny Ainge). Ainge also believes that they got a guy in Irving who perfectly fits their near term plan at making a title run.
The Cavs won because they got a lot of bang for their buck in return for Irving. They got a guy in Thomas that can light up the scoreboard (especially in the 4th quarter), they got better defending the perimeter thanks to the addition of Crowder, and they most likely got a top pick in the 2018 draft that, with a little luck, could turn into Marvin Bagley III or Michael Porter Jr.
The Celtics look like a completely different team from last year, and they still need to add some quality depth. Cleveland however is 2 deep at every position now and looks poised to make another deep run in the playoffs.
If you’re wondering when the 2 teams will play each other in the 2017-2018 NBA season, you won’t have to wait very long. The two favorites in the East play each other in the very first regular season game of the year, in Cleveland on October 17, 2017.
Robert Lee and ESPN
Did you hear the one about the time ESPN moved a guy named Robert Lee from calling a game in Virginia to a new game in another state because they were worried about the memes?
Look, I’m all for being sensitive about race, especially in this country’s current climate, but this is a little much. At some point, common sense is going to have to kick in. Robert Lee is an asian sportscaster and this move should have never happened, regardless of what this internal ESPN memo says. This should have just never come up to begin with.
In other news, Duke has cut all the David’s from their sports teams in an effort to avoid a PR nightmare.
Jon Jones Pissed Hot (again)
Jon Jones is a big dummy.
According to UFC president Dana White, Jones failed a drug test prior to his fight at UFC 214 versus Daniel Cormier.
Before I go any further, I want to point out that we need to wait and get the facts and results from the follow up tests.
That said, if he does get popped again he’ll face a suspension from between 2 and 4 years most likely, meaning he’ll be 32-34 years old with a tone of ring rust.
Even White himself sees the writing on the wall.
“…he’d be 33, 34 trying to make a comeback again? You look at what could have been and what he could’ve done — it’s sad,” White said Tuesday speaking to the media.
Chael Sonnen, who knows a thing or two about failing a drug test by the by, had this to say on ESPN: “I had my suspicions that he was using. You have to understand I’m great at the eye test. When a guy takes his t-shirt off I can usually tell you if he’s using and specifically what he’s using. My expertise – I used to fail more of these tests then I passed in full disclosure here – but I still know what I’m looking at. When Jon Jones walked up to the weigh-ins for Daniel Cormier, the gentleman I was standing next to – my partner Gilbert Melendez – I said ‘listen Jon’s back on it’.
However, I assumed because of what he had gone through that he must have gotten expert advice and he thought that somehow he could manipulate the test and I know that doesn’t sound great, but that was my reaction.”
My favorite part about Jon Jones screwing up, is that it makes THIS JON JONES enjoy twitter so much more. Here’s a sample of what Jon goes through when Jon screw ups:
Tiger’s Putter Goes Public
Somebody hacked Lindsey Vonn’s phone and uploaded a bunch of nude photos of her and ex-boyfriend Tiger Woods to the NOT SAFE FOR WORK WEBSITE Celeb Jihad (they appear to have been taken down now, no doubt thanks to some handy work by somebody’s well paid lawyers).
According to the New York Post, “Tiger Woods is threatening to take a celebrity gossip website to court for leaking a nude photo of him online in a recent hack of several stars, including Woods’ ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn.”
I won’t go in to detail about Vaughn’s nudes, but as for Tiger? Lets just say Woods had his 5 and a half iron out of the bag.
OH, GROW UP BARRY!
OTHER SPORTS AND STUFF
- Last night the Dodgers’ Rich Hill took a no hitter into the TENTH INNING! ANd then promptly shit the bed, giving up a game winning Jimmy jack to the Pirates Josh Harrison.
- An Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Standalone Movie Is Reportedly Being Discussed
- Remember when former Ole Miss Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze said that he never called an escort service from a university phone and that is was probably a butt dial? Turns out he “butt dialed” escorts 12 different times. Crazy, right?!?!?
- Bowling Green kicker is challenged to hit a 53-yarder for a scholarship … and nails it
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I hate looking up quotes.” – Me, right now.