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Playing MLB GM for a day like today

  We woke up today as the general manager of all five teams of Major League Baseball’s National League West Division. All of our dreams have come true. With the authority and leadership to make the right moves, here is how the July 31st  trading deadline could play out before us. Arizona Diamondbacks  Status: The Diamondbacks have already acquired outfielder Jon Jay as A.J. Pollock continues to battle...

Whole lotta Mariota: Can Marcus secure monster contract?

The Tennessee Titans took a big step forward in 2017 by making the postseason and winning a playoff game. But, if the team is going to take the next step and become a serious contender in the American Football Conference (AFC) this year, new head coach Mike Vrabel needs a similar leap from fourth-year quarterback Marcus Mariota. After inheriting a dumpster fire in his first year, Mariota’s gone 18-14...

Law of the Jungle: Clemson Tigers still king of the ACC

The Clemson Tigers possess one of the best defensive lines in the country and a solid back seven in the loaded Atlantic Coast Conference. Offensively, Clemson is littered with playmakers, with three, up-front starters returning to school. Senior Kelly Bryant returns, opening up fall camp as a starter, while freshman Trevor Lawrence looks to establish himself for playing time. Lawrence provides Clemson with more offensive punch as he has more...

Ruffled feathers: Eagles join list of teams to decline White House visit

President Trump “called-off” a scheduled, June 5 visit from the Philadelphia Eagles, champions of Super Bowl LII. Called off is quoted because it’s sort of like when an elementary school kid invites everyone in his or her class to their birthday party, discovers only a couple intend to come, then cancels the gala. Many of the Eagles said they would not participate in the visit, prompting Trump to host a patriotism event instead.   Trump has been very outspoken...

Turnabout is fair play: SEC changes its transfer rule

Recently, the Southeastern Conference meetings in Destin, Fla. made a big splash in the lives of college athlete transfers. In the past, players had to get a waiver from the school they’re transferring from to be eligible immediately. And, for the most part, no coach would sign that waiver; even if the student already received their degree.  Recently, Nick Saban caught a lot of flak for not allowing graduate transfer center Brandon Kennedy to handover freely to either Tennessee...

Sports Gambling: The Noble Experiment II

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly By now you have heard of the United States Supreme Court’s decision to allow individual States in the Union to pursue gambling legislation and regulatory schemes within their borders. The prospect for gambling in 49 States not named Nevada was made possible by the Court declaring that a 1992 law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), was unconstitutional. The 6-3 majority wrote in their opinion: “Congress...

The West’s Top Performers: Pitchers, Part 2

This is the final part of our two part series. Last week we discussed the hitters. This week we are looking at the ten best pitchers in the National League (“NL”) and American League (“AL”) West Divisions. In alphabetical order, by team.    Patrick Corbin, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks, NL West  4 wins, no losses, a 2.12 earned run average (“ERA”), 13 walks (base on balls/“BB”), 67 strikeouts (“SO”), a .167 batting average against (“AVG”) and a 0.82...

The West’s Top Performers: Hitters, Part 1

This is part one of a two-part series. Next week, we will look at the ten best pitchers in the National League (“NL”) and American League (“AL”) West Divisions. This week, we stay in those Divisions, but we are looking at the ten best hitters, statistically speaking. In alphabetical order, by team:   A.J. Pollock, CF, Arizona Diamondbacks, NL West It is fair to say that Pollock is back...

Where will your favorite sports team play next?

The Jacksonville-London Jaguars, Montreal Expos, Mexico City Montañas and Portland Greens might know!   International sports expansion is upon us  The Jaguars got married and took a second last name in London, baseball is back in French-speaking Canada, the Mexico City Montañas fight high altitude baseballs, but not in the Rockies, and the Portland Greens have beer and “going green” night. Despite this author making up those team names, they might be the...