Need some quick odds on the week’s biggest storylines? (“Need” might be an overstatement; kind of want?) You’ve come to the right place. Let’s run through the newsworthiest happenings and transpirings from the world of sports, entertainment, and politics from the last seven days.
The Seahawks are making news as both a current superstar and a former phenom could be leaving town. Speaking of leaving town, that’s what baseballs are doing off the bat of Tim Tebow, who made the transition from the field to the diamond look effortless in his professional baseball debut. While that debut was highly anticipated by fans, one that will also draw a lot of eyes is Tony Romo’s in the broadcast booth. Will he be able to transition his quick thinking on the field to the press box? Only time will tell.
If you’re curious about Kevin Durant’s much anticipated return, where NHL players stand when it comes to the Olympics, and rule changes in golf, you’ll get it all below.
He came out with a bang in his debut with the Columbia Fireflies, hitting a two-run home run in his first at bat. That had the fans on their feet chanting “TE-BOW, TE-BOW, TE-BOW”, a bit of a confidence booster for the 29-year-old.
Is that a sign of what’s to come for Tebow, or a will we look back on it as an anomaly? If he does manage to keep knocking them out in A-ball, he could be moved up to AA, where the competition only gets tougher and Tebow will have a harder time trying to hit dingers. And don’t forget, while he does have a baseball background, he’s a rookie in pros.
This is a bit of a weird one. The Seahawks have always taken pride in their tell-it-like-it-is cornerback, and have embraced who he is and the drama that comes with him. But last year, he went a little further off track than normal, bringing a bit of negative light to the organization.
The current trade rumors could mean one of two things: the Hawks are actually willing to trade Richard Sherman, or they are just posturing in an effort to knock some sense into him. Most Seahawk fans hope it’s the latter, but it doesn’t appear to be that way. GM John Schneider has made it clear Sherman is available. Moving
To make things more interesting, there are reports that Sherman himself asked for a trade. If one gets done, the Hawks would save nearly $23 million in cash. Yes, it would leave a big hole in their roster. But that hole could be filled in this year’s strong cornerback draft class, and the money saved will be huge when it comes time to re-sign Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.
If the merchandise in his store is any indication, Marshawn Lynch will be an Oakland Raider when the 2017 season begins. The timing for this one is perfect: the Raiders have the potential to make a run for the Super Bowl now, before they leave Oakland, Lynch’s hometown, for the ugly neon of Las Vegas.
The Seahawks, who still own Lynch’s rights, have made it clear they are willing to facilitate a move to Oakland. They don’t have a need for him this season — with Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, CJ Prosise, and Alex Collins already on the depth chart — and it would get his contract off their books. All signs are pointing to Beastmode sporting the Silver and Black come September.
Earlier this week, Romo announced he was hanging up his cleats and heading to the broadcast booth. While it was no secret Romo’s future wasn’t in Dallas, it’s still an interesting turn of events. All indications were that he still had a burning passing to play, but in the end, he said the offer from CBS was too good to pass up.
How long will his new career last? Romo isn’t the first athlete to make the move upstairs, but it’s not an easy transition. The best athletes-turned-commentators weren’t necessarily the biggest stars on the field. Plus, Romo might have the itch to get back in the game, an option that will be omnipresent over the next 24 months. I think he’s serious about broadcasting now, but I see his desire to keep playing pulling him out of the booth in the not too distant future.
O/U minutes played: 25.2
O/U points scored: 19
We are down to the last few games of the regular season, and after sitting out for just over a month due to a leg injury, Kevin Durant is making his triumphant return. While the Warriors will welcome him back with open arms, they don’t really seem to be missing him all that much. GS has been on a roll as of late, winning 13 straight — and they’ve looked good in the majority of those wins. It’s exactly the position a team wants to be in heading into the postseason: strong and getting stronger.
But how will Durant look in his first game back after missing nearly a quarter of the season? Let’s put it this way: if he wasn’t ready, he wouldn’t return, given how the Warriors are playing. But head coach Steve Kerr will likely limit Durant’s time, nonetheless. The reason is twofold: he won’t want to risk another injury to KD and he’ll want to keep his team’s current chemistry somewhat intact.
Alex Ovechkin, Washington/Russia: 2/3
TJ Oshie, Washington/U.S.A: 3/2
Henrik & Daniel Sedin, Vancouver/Sweden: 3/1
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh/Canada: 25/1
Earlier this week, the NHL did the unthinkable and announced it won’t allow its players to participate in the 2018 Olympic games. This had both fans and players irate. The Olympics are a chance for us to watch the best of the best join forces and fight for a gold medal. Some of the best rivalries are developed through international hockey, and to have that taken away leaves many without that extra bit of passion for the game. It’s also a huge step backwards in growing the game worldwide.
That said, a few players have been vocal about their intention to participate regardless. Alex Ovechkin said he’ll be there, and his Washington teammate TJ Oshie is also interested. But what will happen if they go? Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said he can’t stop them, and will take the fine handed down from the league. But it could be more than that: there are reports players could be suspended for the rest of the season and playoffs if they go. Doesn’t seem like a risk NHL poster boy Sidney Crosby would be willing to take, but what about those in the final years of their contracts on non-contending teams, like the Sedins? They might be willing to retire early, or take the punishment, if it means one more chance at glory.
It was unbelievable to watch: a full day after LPGA golfer Lexi Thompson made a ball-placement error, she was penalized four strokes in a controversial ruling that cost her a major title. (She was leading the tournament at the time but would go on to lose in a playoff.)
Why the delay? The officials were only alerted to the error when a viewer called it in. The time-gap angered many fans and players in the golfing world and has spurred calls for change.
Players have asked for a statute of limitations of sort: once your scorecard is signed, no further penalties can be enforced. Such a change makes a lot of sense. As bad as Thompson’s situation was, it could have been even worse. Imagine if the placement error had had happened in the final round and officials only learned of it on Monday after all the trophies had been handed out and money awarded. Would they strip her of the title like an athlete on steroids? The punishment certainly wouldn’t fit the crime.
So yes, Thompson made a mistake and it was against the rules, but the officials should have caught it the day it happened. And since they didn’t, they shouldn’t be allowed to go back 24 hours later and make her pay. That needs to change.
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