That was a brilliant, if obvious, move by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. No NBA player on any team will ever again wear jersey number six. That’s Mr. Russell’s number, and now will forever be his alone. I don’t think that goes far enough. I think we should retire #6 from mathematics. From now on, we all count “…four, five, seven, eight….” You with me?
Brady has a right to protect his privacy, but, sure, I’m curious about the “personal matter” he’s addressing while he takes a week-and-a-half leave of absence from the Bucs’ camp. Bucs’ coach Todd Bowles says this is something he and Brady discussed before camp started. This shouldn’t impact Brady’s preparation for the season in the least, but it could interrupt his developing chemistry with newly acquired receivers Julio Jones and Kyle Rudolph.
After beating the Titans Thursday night, the Ravens have now won 21 straight preseason games dating back to antiquity. True, it’s irrelevant. But, still, do you have any idea how difficult and improbable that is?
And after watching at least parts of the Giants’ win over New England, I think we should end this mystery about who will call offensive plays for the Pats this year by turning those duties over to…me.
Let’s hope we don’t have a COVID outbreak on the Texans’ roster, especially in the quarterback room. Backup QB Kyle Allen tested positive on Thursday. Allen is competing with Jeff Driskel for the #2 slot behind Davis Mills. Houston opens the preseason Saturday against the Saints.
The Vikings sent QB Kirk Cousins home Thursday because of an undisclosed illness. Hmmm. Cousins is famously unvaxxed. We’ll see…
Forget that trade that would have sent Dolphins tight end Adam Shaheen to the Texans in an exchange of draft picks. Shaheen is headed back to Miami after failing his physical because of a “pre-existing” knee injury.
Las Vegas police found former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch asleep in his damaged sports car Tuesday morning. The police report says Lynch had “one shoe on and one shoe off” and that he smelled of alcohol. It also said the car was undriveable and that markings suggest it had hit “sidewalk areas” before stopping in a downtown industrial section. Lynch was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Here’s the defense his lawyers are presenting. Since Lynch and his car were found in a parking area, he was not driving at the time and therefore there is no “D” in DUI. Lemme know how that works out. The incident occurred just a day after Lynch had landed a broadcast correspondent job with the Seahawks.
Nice recovery by the Jets, who earlier this week lost starting left tackle Mekhi Becton for the season with a fractured knee cap. So Thursday the team signed veteran free agent tackle and five-time Pro Bowler Duane Brown. Brown is 37, but he did not miss a start the past two seasons while playing in Seattle.
Congrats to my favorite college basketball coach, Tom Izzo, who Thursday got a new five-year deal at Michigan State that includes a $2 million annual raise. Izzo is old and cranky and likes football. That probably accounts for my affection.
Best thing about the Astros’ 7-3 win over the Rangers? Yuli Gurriel, who has been in a season-long slump, had three hits. Oh, and the ‘Stros now have the best record in the American League.
Yeah, that Field of Dreams thing was cool. My heart and my ass aren’t THAT hard and cold.