Welcome back to Hump Day, Hot Takes. It’s been a while since I’ve last written here. Sorry about that. The end of the summer season is always a busy time for me and that coupled with a vacation home to marry off my best friend led to an extended hiatus. But as I fly through the air heading backing to California feeling refreshed and full it is also time to refresh this column. You have hopefully noticed that we are taking a new approach here at Three Up, Three Down to cover more sports. That will especially hold true for this column. Opening up the Hot Takes to every sport and league is something I’ve wanted to do for a while and now is that time. We’ll lead off with a baseball story just to ease into it.
An Almost No Hitter
This isn’t really a story that should hold much weight. On Sunday, Matt Boyd took a no hitter into the 9th where he gave up a hit to Tyler Anderson with 2 outs in the inning. It was heartbreaking, as I was sitting in Section 144 Row C during the game.
My view for the game.
For the first time in 4 years I was able to return to my home Park that I love (and had attended a game at for every year of its existence leading up to my move to California 4 years ago). It was a great game and not at all reminiscent of the way the season has actually gone for the Motor City Kitties. And it means I have now been in Comerica for two almost no-no’s.(The other being Gallaraga’s Perfect Game That Wasn’t). The game that was more akin to the Tiger’s struggles was the game the following day this past Monday. I was at that one too and well… yeah.
Big Apple Roar
Also on Monday night was something a bit unusual. A win for the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football in New York (well, New Jersey) over the Giants. Not only that, but a win where they lead wire to wire. All the preshow talk was dominated by Odell Beckham Jr.’s ankle and his status for the game, on top of it being a virtual must win for the Giants. Tuesday all the talk was about the Giants and how poor they played, and Ben Macadoo throwing Eli Manning under the bus, and the Giants O-Line getting absolutely manhandled, and Brandon Marshall dropping a pass. Nothing about a Lions team that is slowly but surely looking like an actual football team worth rooting for (as I do every year regardless.) It’s too early to call them contenders, and next week’s matchup against Atlanta should be a very rough game, but don’t sleep on my (other) Motor City Kitties.
This week’s matchup is 49ers and Rams. But that’s secondary to what I want to discuss. Thursday Night Football is the worst. THE. WORST. The short week does no one any good, the product on the field is typically garbage, and it’s dangerous. Can we just all agree that TNF and the London Games, and the preseason all need to go. The only Thursday that should have football is Thanksgiving because of tradition. But that’s it. It screws with fantasy. It puts the player’s in harms way more than a Sunday game already does because of less recovery time from the previous week. The only good thing that will happen this week on Thursday Night is that San Fran will wear those slick all black jerseys.
Canelo vs GGG
I don’t follow boxing very closely, but I do enjoy title fights and marquee match-ups. The Canelo/GGG fight was a fight that very much lived up to the hype. It was a punchers duel, and a good one at that. I would’ve scored it for GGG, but I can see the argument for it being a draw. What I don’t understand is how there is still no governing body for boxing as a whole. Because once again, the outcome of the fight was marred in controversy. One of the judges scored the fight 118-110 for Canelo, which is just lunacy. To watch that fight and say Canelo won a majority of the rounds is just lunacy, and makes me raise my eyebrows towards a sport that has had shortage of issues with people being bought off and making shady decisions throughout its history. I can’t wait for the Canelo/GGG rematch that is coming, but something needs to be done about the corruption in the sport to ensure the next fight has a more legitimate outcome. And I mean more than the simple banning that that judge has now received.
NASL Division II Status
I am a huge fan of soccer. Most specifically the English Premier League and the Champions League, but I tend to follow all the leagues. Tuesday, the NASL filed a lawsuit against U.S. Soccer after being stripped of their Division II status. The major reason stated was that the requirement of having 12 teams was not met (the NASL currently has 8). I have long been of the opinion that if MLS wants to compete with the other major leagues around the world, they have to get their lower tiers in order and more the a relegation/promotion system. To that end, this is a step in the wrong direction. Which no one should be surprised about. Someday this country will care about the Beautiful Game. Someday.
The thing I want to say to end this week… easy with the Twitter Fingers, KD. You’re a Champion. You don’t need to waste your time with so many clapbacks homie, you have your ring. No one can take that from you. Haters gonna hate and all that.