Sports is the gift that keeps on giving.
Just 24 hours ago, headlines remained quiet, still, virtually unchanged. Then Thursday happened.
Who Doesn’t Love A Reboot??
The XFL is making a comeback. Yes, you read that right. Vince McMahon, WWE Founder, says a drama free, gimmick free, criminal free XFL is making a comeback. In 2020, Vince McMahon will re-launch an 8-team league, designed to play a 10-week schedule. McMahon is looking into a combination of large and medium-sized markets.
McMahon is individually funding this project and will have complete control over the league and all 8 teams. Initial funding is estimated at $100 million dollars. Coincidentally, McMahon just sold $100 million in WWE stock….
While McMahon clearly stated there will be no criminals in his league, he’s taking a hard stance on many hot-button issues. No personal or political stances will be tolerated in the XFL. Ratings magnets will no longer get the nod over other players. The best players will be put on the field, and they will be paid more when they win. And McMahon plans to run faster games. A 2-hour limit is McMahon’s plan.
Essentially, he’s trying to capitalize on every shortcoming of the NFL.
I give it 2 years this time….
“I’ll Take KD!!”
Thursday, All-Star Captains, Lebron James and Stephen Curry, “secretly” selected their teams. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the order players were picked, so for the love of God, put this thing on TV next year!!!!
Here’s how it probably went down:
Team Lebron Team Curry
1st pick: Kevin Durant 2nd pick: James Harden
3rd pick: Anthony Davis 4th pick: Giannis Antetokounmpo
5th pick: Kyrie Irving 6th pick: Joel Embiid
7th pick: Demarcus Cousins 8th pick: Demar DeRozan
9th pick: Russell Westbrook 10th pick: Karl-Anthony Towns
11th pick: John Wall 12th pick: Jimmy Butler
13th pick: Kristaps Porzingis 14th pick: Klay Thompson
15th pick: LaMarcus Aldridge 16th pick: Al Horford
17th pick: Kevin Love 18th pick: Damian Lillard
19th pick: Victor Oladipo 20th pick: Draymond Green
21st pick: Bradley Beal 22nd pick: Kyle Lowry
Lebron clearly won the draft. Once you get past the 5th pick, you have to wonder what was going through Stephen Curry’s mind. Picking Embiid over Cousins makes my head spin in a way that feels fairly dangerous. Despite only having 5 Western All-Stars, expect Team Lebron to win 189-179.
Father Time Is Still Waiting
Roger Federer may or may not be human. His accomplishments, at 36, on a tennis court, are nothing short of astonishing. After defeating Hyeon Chung (6-1, 5-2, ret.), Federer has reached his 7th Australian Open Final. Once again, he has NOT dropped a single set en route to the finals. THAT IS INSANE!!
While mere mortals retire due to injury, and potential heat stroke, Federer dabs single beads of sweat from his brow and moves to the next point. His mental game is unparalleled, and his physical talent is 2nd to none. Federer will try to take down #6 ranked, Marin Cilic, in the finals for his 6th Australian Open.
Words simply can not explain the unprecedented nature Federer continues to succeed at the advanced age of 36. It’s like ‘Dog Years’. 36 in ‘Tennis Years’ is 66 in ‘Basketball Years’.
Brewers Are Busy Little Beavers
The Milwaukee Brewers were very busy on Thursday. They made a trade. And they signed the biggest free agent contract of the offseason — so far. Both put the Brewers in the conversation for best outfield in MLB.
Brewers Get: OF Christian Yelich
Marlins Get: OF Lewis Brinson, INF Isan Diaz, OF Monte Harrison, and P Jordan Yamamoto
They signed OF Lorenzo Cain, to a 5-year, $80 million contract. Until JD Martinez signs on the dotted-line, Cain stands as the highest paid free agent of the offseason.
The Brewers now have a surplus of outfielders, so expect either Domingo Santana, Keon Broxton, or Brett Phillips to be on the move.
Wow Thursday. You didn’t exactly leave room for improvement for Friday….
What was the biggest story from Thursday?? Will you watch the XFL?? Spill it in the comment section below.