What a boring week in sports, folks. It seems that there are points of the year that sports news takes a lull. Take February after the Super Bowl for example. I mean sure, if you are one of the 16 Americans who tune in to the NHL, you’re having a blast, but for the rest of us, it’s excruciating. While this week crawled down the road like your boy who can’t handle his liquor, there was still some interesting tidbits that went down.
NFL Training Camps opened this week and there were a few surprises. Much to the elation of yours truly, Andre Johnson reported to the Houston Texans practice facilities. He returned to the Texans amid a slow clap standing ovation from fellow team mates who were as happy as I am that the veteran decided to put his grudges behind him and play football. “I love playing the game of football,” Johnson told reporters. It seems that Johnson is happy with the direction new head coach Bill O’Brien has the team going, is building chemistry with new field general Ryan Fitzpatrick and as the central figure of a Texans team for 11 of their 12 years of existence has come to the realization that it can’t get any worse!
Marshawn Lynch, however, surprised quite a few people by not showing up to the reigning Wold Champion Seattle Seahawks training camp. Beast Mode is holding out for more Skittles, the bright, shiny, green ones in particular. It seems a bit odd, being that he’s due $5.5 million this year and $7.5 million next year, but at 28 years of age, Lynch knows he entering the danger zone of his career. Frank Gore supports Lynch but Pete Carroll refuses to budge and hopes that the Seahawks do not negotiate with Lynch on his current contract. Pete Carroll, folks. The same guy who paid college players doesn’t want to give his bell cow a raise. Ahhh, football.
Of course, Justin Blackmon, Josh Gordon and Ray Rice headlined a busy week for Roger Goodell. Drugs and domestic violence tainted the joy of training camps and Goodell royally screwed up, Short end of a long story is that Goodell has his hands tied when it comes to deciding between domestic violence or the evil doings of the ganja. He has watched Reefer Madness a bit too much and has bought into that 1936 hype. In case you missed it, it was discussed in full earlier at Wayniac Nation.
Lastly, in a busy week for the NFL, Tony Dungy also made a highly questionable comment in regards to Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to suit up in the NFL. Dungy, the same man who took fallen superstar Michael Vick under his wing while in prison for dog killing, felt that drafting Sam would be too much of a media whirlwind and not worth selecting him. It’s a bizarre statement coming from one of the better, kind-hearted people in the NFL and the man that was the first African-American to win a Super Bowl as a head coach. In essence, I don’t think Dungy could care less what Sam does in his free time and underneath it all, it was more of a shot at the media and this country’s dying need to create a story when one simply isn’t there.
Turning to the MLB, trade deadline week is upon us and you can be sure some last minute moves will be made. Already some big names have changed places, and my beloved Yankees are leading the charge. Brandon McCarthy and Chase Headley seem like steals for Brian Cashman and may help the Yanks make a charge in the weak AL East. The San Francisco Giants made a big move snagging Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox to bolster their starting rotation. The Giants and the Dodgers have been duking it out atop the NL West all season, so I’m pretty certain the Dodgers will have a few tricks up their sleeves. A Matt Kemp for Jon Lester rumor is aswirl, and we all know the Dodgers and Sox are friendly trade partners after the Red Sox gave them half of their squad two years ago. The Giants also irrationally picked up Dan Uggla. The one-time best second baseman in baseball is 0-for-8 with four strikeouts and two costly errors in his three game debut for the G-men. Uggla isn’t even suited to play in the California penal league, cut this bum loose. Kendrys Morales, who the Seattle Mariners wouldn’t re-sign in the offseason, was traded from the Minnesota Twins, who signed Morales roughly a month ago, back to the Mariners, who again, didn’t want him in the first place. Did you follow all that? The Texas Rangers traded closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers, Soria has been one of the better relievers in baseball for some time. It’s a shame he is now in Detroit, more commonly known as the place closers go to die.
Cooperstown opened it’s doors to one of the greatest inductee classes since the 1939 inaugural class. Those guys were really good:
Ok, maybe not that good, but the Super Six bring a ton of AL and NL pennants and World Series rings with them into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Greg Maddux and his insane numbers were the reason that Wayniac Nation started. The first feature ever written for the site was how a guy that had well over 300 wins and 3,000 strikeouts while not even walking 1,000 batters in over the coarse of his 23-year career was not a unanimous vote. The entire voting process needs to be looked at because the sports writers abuse the privilege without a standard upon which to base their votes. Take a walk down memory lane and look at Maddux’s and the Hall of Fame’s past.
BREAKING NEWS from the NBA. Much to the joy of those Cleveland fans who did not burn their old school 23 jerseys when he split for South Beach, LeBron James announced he will bring back his old number and once again rock the ol’ two three. In other news, the new LeBron 23 jersey instantly became the top seller in Miami.
There you have it, folks. Another wacky week, another recap. Stay tuned. Training camps are open and team mates are fighting with each other while others are already going down for the season. The Trade Deadline and another installation of the Yankees/ Red Sox rivalry is on tap. And the NHL continues to amaze people that it still exists. See you next Sunday!