Deviating from the normal weekly routine, this week’s edition of Five Hot Takes focuses on the busiest NFL trade deadline of all time and provides a non-football prediction. World Series prediction This space is usually reserved for football takes, but this MLB World Series has been too great to ignore. The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers have battled back and forth all series, with the Dodgers winning Game Six to force a series-deciding Game Seven. If the Dodgers were to win tonight, it would be the first time either team has won back-to-back games in this World Series. Tonight’s Game Seven will feature a pitching matchup of Houston’s Lance McCullers against Los Angeles’ Yu Darvish in a Game-Three rematch. Neither pitcher was very good in their first matchup, as McCullers gave up three runs in 5.1 innings, while Darvish lasted only 1.2 innings, giving up four runs. Both teams will have their full pitching staffs available for relief and will pull their respective starters at the first signs of trouble. This is huge, especially when the Dodgers have the best pitcher in the world, Clayton Kershaw, available out of the ‘pen. This game is almost certain to be close. With the exception of Game 4, every game this series has been decided by two runs or less. The offenses have been matching each other run-for-run, especially...Read More
The Monday Game alone provided enough topics for Five Hot Takes, but we will try to make sense of the rest of the week as well. Topics include: Carson Wentz, a Super Bowl rematch, and an unlikely substitute kicker. Carson Wentz’s coming out party Jon Gruden summed up the entire Eagles-Redskins Monday Night game in one sentence: “Carson Wentz is running the show.” Quarterbacking the Eagles quick-strike attack, Wentz completed 17 of his 25 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns, tying a career high. Just as crucial as his pointpoint accuracy, his mobility in the pocket and ability...Read More
Aaron Rodgers’ injury, the last unbeaten falls, and more as Five Hot Takes returns for the second week. 1. Rodgers’ injury changes playoff landscape The Green Bay Packers’ season just got a whole lot tougher Sunday, after Aaron Rodgers broke his right collarbone in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings. It was revealed that he’ll need surgery and is in danger of missing the rest of the season. His backup Brett Hundley will take over starting duties for the foreseeable future. Arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, Rodgers was still in top form to start the season and had his Packers sitting at 4-1 through five weeks. He had completed 66 percent of his passes, and had thrown 13 touchdowns to three interceptions. In a highly contested NFC North, the Packers’ playoff hopes could be in trouble. They are currently tied with Minnesota for the division lead, and the Lions are only a game back in a three-way race for the division crown. Brett Hundley didn’t exactly provide a spark in relief of Rodgers. Against Minnesota, the UCLA product completed 18 of his 33 passes (54.5 percent) for 154 yards, and a touchdown. He threw three interceptions and took four sacks. Despite being pegged as a dual-threat quarterback, he only ran once for a gain of three yards. Honestly, not much is expected of Hundley....Read More
Quarterbacks, controversies and everything NFL Week Five covered in the first ever iteration of Five Hot Takes. What was Cam Newton thinking? Cam Newton started this season on a tear, playing his best football since his 2015 MVP season and had his Carolina Panthers sitting atop the NFC South at 4-1 through five weeks. If you take away his zero touchdown and three interception performance in Week Three, Newton has thrown eight touchdowns to just two interceptions in four Carolina wins. He was beginning to quiet many of the doubters, showing that his down-year last season was just a fluke. But no one is thinking about Cam Newton the football player now. During a routine midweek press conference, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer asked Newton about Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess’ route-running progression. His response: “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. Like, it’s funny.” To make matters worse, he stated that he was trying to pay her a compliment, but his sarcasm fell flat. Quite frankly, Newton should know better. He’s been a national sensation since his Heisman-winning college days at Auburn, and should be used to people scrutinizing his every word, especially since this isn’t his first press conference gaff. He famously stormed out of the post-Super Bowl 50 press conference, leading to negative remarks about his maturity level and leadership. But his sexist...Read More
Nothing is sacred in America anymore, not even sports, after President Donald Trump put the National Football League on blast this past weekend by calling the players who protest during the national anthem expletives and saying they should all be fired. The NFL responded with league-wide protests. Some teams locked arms, some teams knelt and a few teams even stayed off the field during the playing of the American national anthem. Even though Trump might have divided the nation with his comments, he united the NFL. This all started last season when now-unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality against unarmed black people. This caught some steam around the league before starting to falter early on during this season. In Week 2 of this NFL season, only about 10 players protested during the national anthem. The movement was dying. Trump reinvigorated it. The problem with Sunday’s demonstrations was that the attention wasn’t in line with Kaepernick’s original purpose. After President Trump called out the protesters, the focus wasn’t on racial injustices or police brutality. The players’ focus became revolting against Trump and his comments. The president spun the players’ objection to him as disrespectful to the U.S. flag and the soldiers who have defended it. Here’s where the president was dead wrong. Nobody died for that flag – no...Read More
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