All respect to retiring Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright. That’s the way you do that. A lot of his college coaching brethren could benefit by following his example.
Yeah, often a big run of injuries on a team is just buzzard luck. But sometimes it can stem from mistakes made in the team’s conditioning program. The Ravens were decimated last season to a degree I don’t think I’ve ever before seen. Twenty-five Baltimore players were placed on IR, including eight starters at the end of the season. You know what they say about continuing to do the same thing and expecting different results. So, the Ravens are changing their conditioning approach, in an enlightened way. They’re going to do LESS conditioning, not more. I think they’re on to something. In fact, I know they are.
And then there are individual players who appear to be snake-bitten by injuries. You know, like Saquon Barkley. He’s frustrated, and understandably so. I’m pulling for him. When healthy, he’s a unique player.
And injuries are the dominant story in the first round of the NBA playoffs. That, and Kevin Durant going 13-40 through two games.
Tua says he doesn’t feel more pressure because of all the big-name acquisitions the Dolphins have made. If that’s true, he doesn’t understand the situation. There IS more pressure. Lots more. Don’t deny it, overcome it.
Dwayne Haskins was walking to get gasoline. Tragic beyond words.
Panthers LB Damien Wilson has bonded out of jail after being arrested for allegedly threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend last weekend in Texas. Alleged details include a laptop disguised as a housecat, a tire iron, stolen keys, bushes, copious amounts of alcohol, another woman and a disagreement about when and how one crosses into “ex-girlfriend” status. Yeah, that’s the same Damien Wilson who was drafted by Dallas in 2015 and played four years for the ‘Boys before moving on. Wilson just signed a two-year, $6.9 million deal with the Carolina. Awkward.
Here’s a better story. Jets defensive end Vinny Curry is back with the team after missing all of last season with a rare blood disorder. Yeah, I like that better.
There’s a new virtual reality video game coming that is constructed from NFL players’ points of view. “Through the facemask,” as it were. Please don’t let me play it even once, because if I do that will be the end of my productive life.
What, exactly, does Deebo Samuel have to be pissed off about? And now he’s asking for a trade? That’s a short-sighted move, young man. The 49ers are the perfect team and Kyle Shanahan is the perfect coach to showcase your uncommon skills. Samuel has resorted to the trite move of removing all mentions of the 49ers from his Instagram account. Damn, I guess this is serious now…
Wayta go, Wimbledon. Zero sympathy for Russian and Belarusian players. Zero.
Seems there was a communications problem last night in D.C. Fortunately, that was not a suspiciously threatening airplane flying above the Capitol and Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium. But that was confirmed only after the Capitol was briefly evacuated and a lot of people were understandably scared out of their gourds. Turns out the aircraft was carrying members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights, who were there to parachute into the ballpark in a pre-game ceremony. Hmmm…seems like everybody coulda talked to everybody else prior to that fiasco.