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Hump Day Hot Takes: 9.5.2018

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Hump Day Hot Takes: 9.5.2018

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Welcome to the best month of the year. Don’t believe me? How many other months have a song as good as this:

Money, (Or Lack Thereof) Moves

So, Kalil Mack got his big payday. Read more about that here. Someone who hasn’t gotten his payday, and still isn’t playing because of it is Le’Veon Bell. And the reason he isn’t playing is because the Steelers have completely done him dirty, and the League is set up for them to do that.

There is this notion is the NFL, that is pretty well backed up by stats, that a RB’s career will see a steep decline around the age of 30. The more yards they put on their legs, the quicker they will be less productive. Because of this, NFL teams are reluctant to give running backs long term, big money contracts. However, the league is set up that teams really don’t have to pay their star workhorses much at all.

Because of the fact that teams can apply the franchise tag to a player for consecutive years, the Steelers have yet to shell out for Bell. After playing for 4 years under his rookie deal as one of, if not THE most electric playmakers in all of the NFL, the Steelers have put the tag on Bell each of the last two seasons. And Le’Veon has held out until the first game of the season each time. Which is 1000% the right move.

Not only is Bell one of the top 3 rushers in the past 5 years, he is also Pittsburg’s second most effective and utilized pass catcher behind the great Antonio Brown. The Steelers ask a lot of their three down back, and by doing so, are greatly reducing the length of his prime. I wouldn’t play if I were him either.

We all saw what the Cowboys did to DeMarco Murray and how Murray never recovered from the insane workload Dallas put on him and then refused to pay him what he was worth. Murray retired this July after only 7 seasons. Le’Veon doesn’t want the same thing to happen to him. If I were him, I’d tell the Steelers that I’ll be there in the big moments, but the other guys on the team are going to have to share the load. If you aren’t going to pay me, I’m out and I’ll get my payday somewhere else, and I need life left in my legs to do so. And no one should be able to fault him for that.

Luol Leaves La La Land

Luol Deng has agreed to $7.5 million buyout of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. This will free up enough money for the Lakers to make a run at another max free agent in the 2019 offseason, even though they will still have to pay Deng $29Mil over the next two years.

Dang played a grand total of 13 minutes in 2017. He made 17 Million Dollars in 2017. That boils down to roughly $1.3 Million a minute. Good for you Luol. 

F**k Off Nick Saban

After convincingly beating Louisville on Saturday night, Nick Saban was interviewed on the field following the game by ESPN’s Maria Taylor. This is how the interview started:

That’s a professional football coach dressing down a relatively young reporter over a question he had to know was coming. For someone who claims to want to show his athletes how to be men, and handle themselves properly in all situations, he failed miserably this time. And his claim on Monday of “I need to learn a better way to respond to that, and I pray every Sunday that I never get angry,” is just weak tea. If anyone not Nick Saban responded this way to a reporter, everyone would be on them like white on rice for their unforgivable sin. Because its Saint Nick, people are content to laugh it off. Fuck Nick Saban.

Two For The Price Of One

Look at this picture.

Would you believe me if I told you both of these similar looking gentlemen are named Brady Feigl and they are in no way related? Both are pitchers, both are 6’4″, and both had Tommy John surgery in 2015 performed by Dr. James Andrews. 

Now, they are five years apart in age, and opposite handed, but this to me is the single greatest piece of evidence that there are either alternate universes, or we’re all in the Matrix, or something to that effect. LOOK AT THEM. Clearly one is an evil twin from an alternate timeline. Is it a coincidence that they both needed their Tommy John surgery the same year those harbingers of doom, “scientists,” at CERN started splitting atoms? No one will ever know. 

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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