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Hump Day Hot Takes: 7.11.2018

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Hump Day Hot Takes: 7.11.2018

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It’s 7-11. Go get your free Slurpees today everyone. Because there’s drama everywhere.

Drama Across The Pond

No, I’m not talking about the Three Lions semifinal game in the World Cup today. We’re talking Wimbledon. As of this writing, the Women’s Semifinals are set and the Men will play today. You may remember a few weeks ago, after the French Open, when I wrote about the parity in women’s tennis and the utter dominance in men’s. That is still holding serve, with one particular item of note.

While Rafa and Fed are seemingly on track to meet in the Finals once again, a decade after one of the greatest tennis matches I have ever seen, the women’s draw is seemingly wide open. Not a single of the top 10 seeds made even the quarterfinals, with the 11, 12, 13 and 25th seeded ladies making the semis. Talk about parity. And honestly, the 25 seed has looked the best this entire tournament. Now might be a good time that you’ve probably heard of that 25th seed before. Her name? Serena Williams.

Yes, that’s right. The GOAT is back to form, looking composed and confident and on pace to be the lowest seed to win the tournament, eclipsing the record set by her sister. How good is Serena? She doesn’t even know how many times she’s won Wimbledon, and quite frankly doesn’t care. Honestly, the sport is better when Serena is on top of her game, parity be damned. And I’m not someone who has ever been a fan of the Williams sisters. Or Fed for that matter.

Speaking of that 2008 Final, here it is in it’s entirety. It’s 5 hours long and is 1000% worth it.

Drama in the NFL

First this.  Then on Tuesday reports of LeSean McCoy being absolute scum if he is guilty of the things he’s accused of. Without going into here, were going to be hearing lots about Shady McCoy in the next few days and it’s probably not going to be pretty.

And then there’s the Carolina Panthers. Jerry Richardson was basically forced to sell the Panthers amid widespread allegations of sexual and racial misconduct. A powerful white dude exploiting his power and position? Unheard of. (This is EXTREME SARCASM) And yet on July 9th he was officially no longer involved with the Carolina Panthers organization.

Read that message. There’s not a single apology in it. And if that wasn’t scummy enough, the guy he sold the team to, David Trapper, dropped this bombshell in a press conference today: Part of the contract he signed when buying the team included a provision that required the statue Richardson erected of himself in front of the Panthers stadium to remain in place.

So let’s recap. Racist shitheel doesn’t apologize AND requires statue of himself remain in front of the building where the people he harassed still work. This is asshole hubris at its highest. I’m about 30 seconds from following Ned’s lead and completely forgetting the NFL exists.

Drama in the NBA

Kawhi Leonard is in the middle of the biggest heel turn in sports history, and it’s not the fun kind either. When LeBron bolted for Miami, he leaned into his new villain role and played angry. You were either a LeBron or Miami fan, or you hated his guts. Something similar happened with KD that included the burner twitter accounts wrinkle. I cannot think of a single person who doesn’t or shouldn’t hate everything about the way The Claw is handling this offseason. Every day there is a new story involving Kawhi’s displease with the Spurs and/or his desires to play in LA (but maybe not with LeBron?!?), but we still haven’t heard from the man himself in over a year. At some point you have to speak up for yourself. And if the latest rumor about him preferring the Clippers to the Lakers because he doesn’t want to be second fiddle to LeBron? Get the fuck out of here Kawhi. You’re top dog in San Antonio. If being the alpha is so important to you, play for the fucking team that has made you into the fantastic player you are. If it’s just about going home, then you should have no problem playing with LeBron. (How is this even a concept?!?) And frankly dude, I’m tired of writing about your diva ass.

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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