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Hump Day Hot Takes: 1.24.18

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Hump Day Hot Takes: 1.24.18

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Championship Weekend. The ever-increasingly entertaining antics of the NBA. Tennys anyone? Hot takes. Let’s go.

Super Bowl LII: Who Has The More Insufferable Fanbase?

February 4th will be a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX (which took place in Jacksonville. Illuminati confirmed?). I’m honestly more excited for the Justin Timberlake halftime show (itself a “rematch” of Super Bowl XXXVIII) but that has nothing to do with the game itself. No, it has only been two days and I am already exhausted by the social media presence of the fanbases for these two teams. I have seen but nothing of vitriol from one base to the other, each claiming that the other is comprised of the worst types of fan one can be. It’s one giant pot/kettle situation.

Now, disclaimer, I know plenty of upstanding humans who are fans of each team (including some writers for this site), but as a whole these groups are awful. The city of “BROtherly Love” nearly burned down after the Eagles reminded Minnesota they aren’t allowed to have nice things. The Philly cops actually greased the traffic poles pregame so people couldn’t climb them in the post game riot and wouldn’t you know these mother-f’ers found a way up there anyways.

Honestly, things have been tame in New England. I’m just tired of the constant complaining how unfair they’re treated from a town that has won 525,600 titles in the last 20 years. Also, racism is a real issue in that fan base. Just ask David Price and Adam Jones.

Who I’m rooting for? Glad you asked dear reader. Other than Justin Timberlake, I think the phrase “Nick Foles Super Bowl MVP” is so ridiculous it needs to be cheered into existence.

Tennys Anyone?

The Australian Open continues this week, and since Serena decided not to play, many US viewers don’t care. After all, many matches happen in the wee hours of the morning in the States. But that’s a shame because it has been very entertaining. Rafal Nadal has looked better than he has in a while (which is a scary thought), until an injury forced him to retire in his Quarterfinal Match 5th set. Truly a sad day for the sport and another injury for Rafa who has been plagued by them his entire career.

Going into the quarterfinal round there were only 2 Americans left standing, one on both the Men’s and Women’s Draws. For the Women that person is Madison Keys who is your next favorite player if the GOAT ever retires. For the men, it’s 26 year old Tennys Sandgren from Tennessee. I’m going to let that set in for a second.

I have so many questions about names and destiny now.

(Writer’s note: this piece was written on Tuesday before these quarterfinals games happened so it’s entirely possible no Americans are left in the Australian Open as you read this. You’ll only know if you watch more tennis. Which you should do. It’s an amazing sport.)

NBA: The World’s Greatest Reality Show

The NBA is hands down the most entertaining sports product on a nightly basis. Not only is the level of competition higher than it has ever been, but the petty level just keeps growing. We’ve had fist fight on court:

Chris Paul led his new Rockets teammates on a black ops mission through the back tunnels of the Staples Center to sneak into the Clippers locker room after a game that saw Blake Griffin and Trevor Ariza get into it. And Trevor Ariza and Austin Rivers. And well, Trevor Ariza and everyone.

It wasn’t even contained to the court. In the studio you had Jalen Rose calling out Paul Pierce for being petty.

I am so here for this video. The whole segment was amazing. Because Paul was Truth-fully be Petty. (I’ll see myself out.)

Even historic achievements aren’t immune. As of Tuesday morning LeBron James is 7 points shy of becoming the 7th player ever to score 30,000 point in his career. Truly an epic achievement for the best player in the world. It’s so epic ‘Bron felt it necessary to congratulate himself on instagram BEFORE achieving the feat.

This comes after having an awful (for him) game against the Thunder and saying the Cavs could easily get bounced from the Playoffs in the first round if they started right now.

Kidd Out in Milwaukee

Even entire organizations can get in on the Petty-ness. The Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Jason Kidd on Tuesday. Now, the team has been severely under performing and the firing actually makes sense for the franchise because Kidd wasn’t getting it done. But reports say the firing occurred at a pizza restaurant. Why you gotta go one of the greatest PG of all time dirty like that? Now pizza is going to be ruined for the dude. Also, the Bucks didn’t do their due diligence in letting SuperStar Giannis Antetokounmpo know before doing the firing. The Greek Freak absolutely loves his head coach and upon finding out mere minutes before the Bucks made the announcement was apparently trying to figure out how to convince his team to change their minds. Look, you don’t have to run coaching decisions by your players… unless they are LeBron James… but a heads up here would probably go a long way towards keeping your marquee player happy and willing to stay in your small market town. Just saying.

The Decision Pt. 2

The most famous high school recruit since LeBron, Zion Williamson, made a Decision of his own, announcing he would be taking his talents to Duke, giving Coach K the top 3 recruits in this years class. In case the only high school players you know about are of the awful Ball variety, here is a Zion highlight reel for your viewing pleasure.


I hate Duke even more now. Didn’t know that was possible.

Andrew Mark Wilhelm is a professional Sound Engineer/Designer, and amateur photographer, writer, musician who recently relocated from California to Rochester, NY. Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit has made Andrew an avid fan of all things Detroit but nothing more so than his beloved Detroit Tigers. Every year he tells himself he won't drink the Lions Kool-Aid, and every year winds up heartbroken come January. A Spartan by heart, and a Golden Grizzly by degree, you can catch his (almost) weekly Hot Takes every Hump Day here at The Turf.

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