After being gone last week, we’re back. Let’s jump in.
The Detroit Tigers have announced who will be leading the rebuild after the firing of Brad Ausmus in the final week of the regular season. Old division foe Ron Gardenhire has been signed to a three year deal as manager of a team who probably will not be very good in those three years. But there isn’t anyone else I can think of whom I’d rather have leading this team during this time. Gardenhire has already been part of a tough rebuild process with the Minnesota Twins so we know he can handle it. He preaches fundamentals and doing things the right way, important for a team full of young players trying to get better. More importantly, he’s got a personality. I cannot wait to once again see Ron yelling at umpires and getting tossed. It’ll be something to look forward to while the team is on track to lose a lot of games. But he’s also saying all the right things when it comes to analytics. He’s making no effort to hide the fact that he’s an old school guy but that he’s seen the way analytics can work this past year with Arizona and he’s ready and willing to work with the analytics department to find new ways to improve. That’s exactly what I, and any Tigers fan, want to hear. Make no doubt about it, the next few seasons are going to be very rough for the Tigers. They could lose 100 games next year. But by the end of these 3 years, they should be on track to be a winning team again. Even if Gardenhire isn’t around for that part, I’m glad he’s here for this.
Did you watch the Patriots completely suck the life out of Atlanta on Sunday Night Football? It wasn’t particularly a good game, and I got real tired of hearing about Super Bowl LI from Chris Colinsworth all night. But the second half of the game was completely entertaining to me for one big reason. Fog.
Of note :SkyCam.
Yes, in the second half Bill Belichick turned on the fog machines at Gillette Stadium and made it next to impossible for any of the cameras to see the happenings on the field. Not only did this screw over the Chargers, who have very little usable game film from the later portions of the game to study, but it changed the way NBC had to present the game. They had to rely primarily on the SkyCam, as it seemed to be the only clear shot they had. Luckily they had two of these set up this week instead of the typical solitary system. This meant that the majority of game action was shown from behind the ball. Bascially, it looked like a game of Madden. It was fascinating. You could see routes and holes devolp in realtime from the offense’s prespective.
Would I want to watch an entire game like this? Yes. Would I want to watch an entire season like this? Probably not. But hopefully NBC realizes that a bulk of their young audience has grown up and Madden and can totally get behind this camera angle. And since ratings are diving anyways, this is a good way to shake up telecasts. Hopefully we see more of this soon.
Beast Mode Suspension
Early in their game against the Chiefs, a scrum broke out between a few Oakland Raiders O-Linemen and Marcus Peters, over what appeared to be a late hit on Raiders QB Derek Carr. Up until this point this is a non-story. What makes it a story is Raider’s running back and National Treasure Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch ran onto the field during said scuffle to try and protect his cousin, Marcus Peters. In doing so, he also pushed a ref so he could get in the middle of all it and try to deescalate the situation. Lynch was then ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct due to the pushing of the ref, and watched the rest of the game from the stands.
really just rode the bart with beast mode & marcus peters pic.twitter.com/qsCBU8mtfl
— chris (@chandaye) October 20, 2017
After the weekend he was suspended for 1 game, which he then appealed, and the appeal was not overturned on Tuesday. So let’s recap. Marshawn Lynch tries to protect his cousin and his teammates simultaneously, and in the process pushes a ref. Didn’t even knock him over, just put hands on him. This led to a suspension and an an appeal process that was settled in basically 24 hours and the Raiders will be without Beast Mode for their next game. Meanwhile, over in Dallas, Ezekiel Elliot is still playing despite starting the season with a 6 game suspension for domestic violence that he has yet to serve a day of. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that fact, but something is rotten in the state of Denmark with this one.
Maddness in the Windy City
That’s the only way I can describe this game. Just look at these stats:
Mitch Trubisky completed 4 of 7 passes for 107 yards.
Jordan Howard rushed for 65 yards on 21 carries.
The Carolina defense only gave up 5 points.
But Eddie Jackson became the first NFL player ever to record two pick 6’s of over 75 yards in the same game and the Bears beat the Panthers 17-3. Any given Sunday…
Stephen Curry was fined $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece in frustration at a ref during Monday night’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks. He was ejected from the game upon doing so and does not face a suspension.
Steph Curry ejected for throwing mouth piece at referee pic.twitter.com/YcRRh3mQuf
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) October 22, 2017
On Tuesday, Curry responded to the situation by telling ESPN, “It’s an expensive mouthpiece toss. At the end of the day, it’s not about the money, it’s about me not doing stupid stuff and losing my cool like that. It’s obviously a tough blow, but it’s more so about me recognizing how to handle myself on the court.” Further proof, the NFL could learn a thing or two from the NBA.
Kevin Durant was also ejected from the game for arguing with the refs on his teammate’s behalf. KD, how do you feel about that?
Kevin Durant and Steph Curry were both just ejected….And Kevin what did you just do…
— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) October 22, 2017
Wade Benches Himself
After three games, Dwayne Wade went on record of saying he wasn’t sure what his role in the Cav’s offense was yet. He then proceed to ask his head coach to take him out of the starting lineup and let him led the second team coming from off the bench. This is a savvy move by a veteran that will only make Cleveland stronger. It was also an near certainty this was going to happen on its own once Isiah Thomas comes back in January, so by doing this now, Wade has secured himself even more time to create chemistry with his teammates not named LeBron James. I hate the Cavs but I’m huge fans of both Wade and James and this is another classy move by one of them that makes it so very hard to root against them.
NBA2K Real Life
This is probably the equivalent of stealing home with a 9 run lead, but watch this video.
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) October 24, 2017
Anytime a young guy off the bench can make the Finals MVP react like that, it’s special.