After a fast start followed by a steep slump, the Astros are surging again. Houston finished off a sweep of the Mariners with a 7-2 Wednesday matinee victory. After missing almost two years with arm miseries including Tommy John surgery, Justin Verlander looked a lot like the JV of old. Verlander is 3-1 in five starts with an ERA of 1.93.
Warning. If you haven’t seen the video of Jose Altuve fouling a ball off his groin, don’t. You can afford to miss that. (Looks like ‘Tuve is gonna be okay.)
I’m not big on NFL regular season games played outside the U.S. Seahawks vs. Bucs on November 13 is an attractive game. I don’t want to see it affected by jet lag, kartoffel botulism, lederhosen panic attacks or a playing field that needs baling. Munich? I am not in accord.
Good intentions are not enough. The NFL will hold a seminar for 64 minority prospective head coaching and general manager candidates May 23-24 in Atlanta. Let’s all sing, “Getting to know you…getting to know all about you..” This appears to be poorly planned, poorly organized, undefined, nebulous in its goals and objectives, reactionary, defensive, p.r.-driven, deflective and self-congratulatory. Look, I’m ALL FOR minority hiring. But I’m not sure how this circus will help. And think about this. Who is going to construct this list of 64 candidates? And based on what? This is going to be like Selection Sunday for the NCAA basketball tournament. Lotsa folks are going to be left out. And those lotsa folks are gonna be pissed. And many of them will have every right to be pissed. And litigious. This could be disastrous “bracketology” for the NFL.
Hey, Cowboy fans. Objects growing larger in your rear-view mirror are Eagles. That is going to be a nasty, nasty flock. You can see this coming, if you’re paying attention.
Both Heat-Sixers and Suns-Mavs are gonna be short series. Let’s just get those over with.
It’s Thursday. That means it’s the day that the Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks is gonna get suspended for his filthy play that resulted in a broken elbow for the Warriors’ Gary Payton II. Is a 15-year suspension considered excessive under the CBA?
Payton is going to miss at least a month, meaning he will play again this postseason only if Golden State makes it to the Finals. The aggravation for NBA fans is that the absence of Payton and Brooks will significantly impact what is otherwise a sensational series between the Grizz and the Warriors.
Radially Rational has exclusively obtained a transcript of discussions among big-time conference commissioners and athletic directors regarding NIL and transfer portal crises.
Sam: “So wuddya think we should do, Harry?”
Harry: “I don’t know, Sam. Looks to me like we’re just fucked. I’m thinking about going into crypto.”