Greetings. We are a less than a week away from the MLB Trade Deadline and… I couldn’t really care less this year. My team is in the garbage but I believe they’re committed to the rebuild and won’t be selling off any major pieces so there’s no intrigue from that end. And the Machado sweepstakes is already over. Britton seems to be the only name left that is seemingly available and even that could already be over. Unless a pitcher from the Mets ends up on the move, this could be a very boring few days on the trade front, just as the last few days have been.
When I find myself without any big sports stories to really follow, I watch highlights. Lots of highlights. Twitter is a treasure trove of them, and its easy to get stuck for hours watching clips of people doing things that I think should be impossible. This week, there have been two main types of clips that I’ve watched over and over. The first is insane slam dunks, which is a staple of Sports Twitter. The other highlights have been clips from the recent X Games in Minnesota. As a child of the Tony Hawk generation, the X Games are always fascinating to me. This year, what really got me are some BMX highlights. Like this one for example:
Look ma, no hands … and no brakes.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 21, 2018
Somehow, this kid manages to push his bike into a front flip, catch it, land, get big air on the pipe, and land again. ALL WITHOUT BRAKES. It’s insanity in the best way.
And now for an insane slam dunk:
RT if this dunk is crazy. pic.twitter.com/Hquq7wDs7Y
— Evolve Basketball (@evolvebballapp) July 21, 2018
My brain cannot process this. Even in slow motion.
Here’s what at first glance is a not so impressive slam dunk:
Y’all, Dennis Smith Jr. is listed as 6’3″. In real life he’s more like 6’1″. And his head is damn near above the rim.
Not to be outdone, the BMX highlight’s present their version of “not impressive until you understand what’s going on”
51-year-old Dennis McCoy becomes the oldest BMX Vert rider in history to land a 900! #SCtop10
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 20, 2018
Now, a 900 in it’s own right is impressive, even if its not as impressive as it once was. But what makes this completely insane is that Dennis McCoy is 51 years old. And still landing 900s in a half pipe on a tiny bicycle. My 30 year old back and knees hurt just thinking about that.
DeMar DeRozan Is MAD
And probably rightfully so. But he sat down with ESPN’s Chris Haynes and the interview is a must read. If videos are more your thing:
He makes a damn good point about he and Casey being the fall guys for a team that just couldn’t get past 1 guy. A guy who left for a different conference no less. Also, look at this tweet:
Notable players that have been traded or left their team in free agency since the end of the 2016-2017 NBA Season:
The NBA is truly a business…
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) July 22, 2018
That list is absolutely bonkers to comprehend.
Best Players In The World
Sticking with the list theme, FIFA has announced its shortlist for the best men’s player of 2018. The biggest surprise isn’t an inclusion, but the fact that Neymar failed to flop his way onto the list. Here’s the list and how I would personally order them.
New Club, New Kit, Same CR7
That number one player on that list has moved to a new club in a new country and people all over the world are taking notice. Per a report by CNBC, Juventus sold $60 Million worth of Ronaldo jerseys on the first day they were available to the public. That’s roughly 520,000 jerseys in 24 hours. Insane.
What’s more insane? The reports coming out of CR7’s physical with his new Italian side. The 33 year old Ronaldo has long jokes he has the body of a 23 year old. Turns out he was wrong. He has the body of a 20 year old. 7 percent body fat coupled with 50% muscle mass AND the fastest sprint speed in the World Cup at 21.1 mph? It’s just unfair.