- Memo to anyone at NBC complaining about the Olympic ratings: you CAN NOT tape delay live events in 2016.
- Four game suspension or not, Karlos Williams, recently released from the Bills, is on my radar to replace the injured Dion Lewis. For the record, Williams finished his rookie season with 93 carries for 517 yards, 9 TD’s (7 rushing 2 receiving), and according to rumors, has already met with the New York Jets
- If you’re a Bruins fan disappointed about Harvard superstar Jimmy Vesey’s free agent signing with the New York Rangers, take comfort in Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke’s words below… “I think he’s going to be a good player…But if you look at that group (college free agents) and the money the league has spent on those players and their contribution, it’s a pimple on an elephant’s butt.”
- Xander Bogaerts was 20 years old when he made his professional debut in 2013 and turned 21 during the Sox World Series run that season. Yoan Moncada is currently 21 years old and since being promoted to AA Portland in late June, the youngster has hit .285 with 10 home runs in 39 games. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d rather see Moncada take a stab at third base and see if his bat can add some depth to the order come October, as opposed to Travis Shaw and his now .248 batting average.
- In 2012, Ryan Lochte reported $2.3 million in endorsement deals. Even if he had half that amount pre-Rio, the loss is essentially a swimmer’s entire earnings. Perhaps after the dust settles, Lochte will be able to put his Sports Management degree from the University of Florida to good use, as I can’t see him representing the U.S. in Tokyo 2020.
- Raise your hand if you had 2015 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel heading towards Labor Day weekend with an 8-12 record and a 4.64 ERA?
- It should not be understated that with his 3rd gold medal, Coach K has surpassed former Oklahoma State coach Henry “Hank” Iba for most gold medals by a U.S. Olympic basketball coach (Iba led the U.S. to gold in the 1964 and 68). It’s easy to forget that Krzyzewski inherited a program from Larry Brown in shambles following their bronze finish at the 2004 Athens games.
- Jabari Parker’s Players’ Tribune piece on growing up on the south side of Chicago is sincere, heart-felt, and ultimately a promise he vows to fulfill.
- In the midst of the Cubs spectacular regular season sits Jason Heyward, a $184 million free signee who is currently hitting .225 with 6 HR and 34 RBI’s. As Red Sox fans remember with J.D. Drew’s $70 million grand slam, sometimes with a swing of a bat, all is forgiven, and come October, Heyward will be expected to live up to that contract.
- If you are a fan of revisionist history, see the article below from CSN Phily on how Wayne Gretzky almost ended up on the Flyers before he was traded to the LA Kings.
- If you're keeping track at home, the Kansas City Royals are on a 9 game winning streak, 16-5 since August 1st, and are 4 games back in the Wild Card race. To say the Red Sox will not have an easy series this weekend at Kauffman is an understatement.
- Believe it or not, when Tom Brady does finally suit up this season, he’ll be the oldest starting QB in the league at 39-years old. Who’s the oldest active player in the league you ask? Why that would be our old friend Adam Vinatieri at 43.