Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing may wrap up today. As a practical matter, this is already a wrap.
I’m telling you. While it is still an enormous longshot, the chances that Baker Mayfield will be the Browns’ starting quarterback this season are not zero. Watson will not see the field in 2022, and Jacoby Brissett can’t get the Browns where they are otherwise capable of going. How do I know strange things can happen? Because we’re talking about the Browns, and we’re talking about Baker Mayfield.
After decades of trying to stay light years away from gambling, the NFL is now partnering with the (legal) sports betting industry. In fact, overseeing that relationship will be the sole function of new NFL Vice President David Highhill. That will be a tough job. Many NFL fans despise gambling, while many others follow the league for no other reason than to get down.
Another Popovich protégé has landed an NBA head coaching job. Will Hardy is the new Jazz Man. He started as a video coordinator for Pop and later was promoted to an assistant coaching position. At 34, he now becomes the youngest head coach in the NBA. Ain’t that America?!
Nice bounce-back by the Astros, who threw off the stink of that walk-off extra inning loss to the Yankees on Sunday to bury the Mets 9-1 in the opener of a two-game set at Citi Field. Houston had it going on. Kyle Tucker smacked a three-run homer in the first, Framber Valdez pitched eight scoreless innings, and Yordan Alvarez reached base five times and hit his 23rd homer. After seven games of a nine-game stretch against the Mets and Yankees, Houston is 5-2.
“If this is it” for Serena, let the salutes, bouquets, hugs, kisses, tributes and accolades commence. Wow.
The first tournament on the Murderous Saudi Blood Money Golf Tour to be played on American soil starts tomorrow outside Portland, Oregon. Pardon me while I turn my back.