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Hump Day Hot Takes: 4.11.18

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Hump Day Hot Takes: 4.11.18

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Y’all, as of this writing the Mets are 8-1 and there hasn’t been a single post about it on this site yet. This isn’t a hot take, but I’m very much surprised by this fact. Anyways, the NHL Playoffs start today and the NBA Playoffs start this Saturday, so we’re getting into the best stretch of time for a Sports fan there is.

Brodie’s Quest

With all due respect to Jamie’s ranking of the 20 best NBA nicknames, how did the Brodie get left off? (In fact how did his teammate PG13 get left off? But I digress.) Anyways, the Oklahoma City Thunder have one game left this regular season. That would be today, against the Memphis Grizzles. Now normally this wouldn’t be worthy of a passing thought, except for one fact. Russell Westbrook needs 16 rebounds to average a triple-double for the second straight season. Going into Monday’s game against the Heat he needed 34 boards and 12 dimes to reach the mark and it didn’t seem like it was going to happen. And then he went off for 18 rebounds and 12 assist in that game, including 10 boards in the second half. He wants it. And he wants it bad. ‘Melo was quoted joking after the game the Russ steals rebounds. And maybe he does. And currently this season he’s averaging 12 boards against the Grizzles. It should be an entertaining game to watch.

Sneaker Sub Tweet

Who remembers the whole Enes Kanter – LeBron James feud from earlier in the season? Well, LeBron certainly does. Proving that the NBA Petty Wars are far from over, LeBron got Nike to make up a special PE (that’s Player Exclusive for you non-sneakerheads out there) colorway of his LeBron XV shoe for his last game at the Garden this season.

Now, the sneakerhead in me is very meh about the actual colorway and makeup of this shoe (Nike release the South Beach PE’s dammit), but I love the use of a signature shoe to troll your very outclassed opponent. The saddest thing about the NBA Postseason is the social media blackout from LeBron.

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Quick! Tell me who won this years Master’s without looking it up. Did you say “not Tiger Woods?” Because that’s the only answer I could muster. Yes, the PGA has been struggling mightily in the post Tiger years painting viewership. And while this year Tiger was back and it was a good story for a little while, by Sunday with him out of the running, no one really cared. So the PGA needs to come up with other ways to entice viewers. Enter this stunning revelation:

Yup. That’s right. Golf. The sport that is in part known for sush-ing the entire crowd present before every shot is going to blast music for each twosome as they make their way to the first tee as if they were entering the batter box or WrestleMania (how about Ronda Rousey actually being entertaining in the ring?!?). If you were unconvinced that we were somehow living in a parallel universe lately, than I present this as the smoking gun. In what world other than the Darkest Timeline would this be a thing???

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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