Woah. It’s been a little over a month since the last HumpTakes. It’s crazy how life can just get at you all at once sometimes. A lot has happened, both personally and in the great world of sports. A World Series was won (BOOOOOO), the NBA and NHL seasons started (YAYYYYYY), and the NFL… (MEH). But actually, let’s start with the NFL, shall we?
Welcome to the topic that everyone has been talking about all season, and will continue to talk about this week. By missing Tuesday’s deadline, Le’Veon Bell will not play this year. Here are some examples of things you are going to hear in conversations and how I would (and you should) respond to them.
“He only cares about the money.”
Wrong. There’s no way to spin this that its SOLELY about the money. Don’t get me wrong, the money is a big part of it, but you don’t turn down$14.5Mil if you ONLY care about money. This has always been about workload and fair compensation.
Again, wrong. He’s actually setting a precedent for other star backs to follow, providing things turn out relatively in his favor. If he gets a great deal this offseason (SPOLIER ALERT: he’s getting a great deal this offseason), then future star backs can threaten to pull a Le’Veon. Remember this entire saga when Saquon Barkley’s rookie deal is about to expire.
“He messed up by not returning on time.”
Maybe. It’s too early to tell.
“He lied to his teammates.”
Did he?Did you personally hear him do such a thing? As far as we know the only contact he’s had with them is the same way anyone else has: his vague, sometimes upside down tweets. (No seriously, how did you do that Le’Veon? I need to know.)
“He ruined my fantasy football season.”
This is the one you will hear the most. And it’s the most inaccurate of them all. Le’Veon Bell did not ruin your fantasy season. The fact you drafted someone in the first round that was holding out and then didn’t handcuff him with James Connor is YOUR OWN DAMN FAULT KEVIN.
“James Connor is just as good as Bell. The Steelers will be fine.”
He’s good. He’s not All-Pro though. And if he gets hurt…
The Jimmy Butler saga is finally over in Minnesota. At the beginning of the week, the Timberpups sent Butler and Justin Patton to Phillidephia for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 2nd round draft pick. Philly finally has its Big Three and Karl Anthony-Towns finally has his team back.
On Monday, KAT went for 25 points on 9-11 shooting and collect 21 boards. It sure seemed like a weight had been lifted off him.The T-Wolves are now clearly his team, and will go as far as he can take them. Which, in a stacked Western Conference, probably won’t be into the playoffs.
Philly gets one of the most underrated two way players in the game (yes I truly believe that), but they don’t get the one thing they were sorely in need of: shooters.Yes, Butler can shoot. But the 76er’s haven’t really had any shooting outside of JJ Reddick to rely on and it’s hurt them so far this season. And after Reddick, Saric and Covington were two of their top shooters. Markelle Fultz doesn’t look like he’s ever going to become the shooter everyone thought he would, and now he seems to be on his way to the bench. Is it possible we all got oversold on “The Process?”
The Duke Freshman
I don’t have a Hot Take per se here but I just feel the need to say, I will not be surprised the Duke Blue Devils go completely undefeated and win the National Championship in the process. Zion Williamson is an absolute beast that will change the NBA once he gets there next season and he’s not even the best player on his team. R.J. Barrett is the absolute TRUTH. And then there’s Cam Reddish. I hate Duke. This team is pure joy to watch. I wouldn’t be surprised to see teams start tanking for these young men.(NOTE: Cleveland is not tanking, they are just THAT DAMN AWFUL AT BASKETBALL)
NFL Moves Mexico CityMNF Game to Not Mexico
Okay. Look at that field. There is no way that field would be up to NFL playing standards by next Monday Night. But here’s the thing: if the NFL really wanted to play this game in Mexico, that field would not look like that right now. Yes, there has been a very harsh rainy season in Mexico City. Yes, there was a footie tournament there this past weekend that further destroyed an already abysmal field. But the NFL has more than enough resources to make sure the field has proper upkeep in the weeks if not months leading up to their big Mexico City game. Clearly they’d rather have the game in LA.
You see, Monday’s game is between the two best teams in the country and the two current Super Bowl favorites (sit down Tom Brady, no one asked you). Any one who thinks they want to put that matchup on foreign soil is drinking something and not sharing. And that’s just rude.