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Hump Day Hot Takes: 8.29.2018

Odell Beckham Jr. by Jack Kurzenknabe is in the Public Domain

Hump Day Hot Takes: 8.29.2018

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Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants have agreed to a 5 year contract worth $95 Million with $65 Million of that money guaranteed. This will make OBJ the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL. He (and his teammates) are, rightfully, quite excited about this.

Now, before I get into my opinion on the deal itself, let me say that Odell absolutely went about this the right way. For someone who is very often criticized for being a “diva,” not once has he complained for a new contract, or threatened to hold out. In fact, he has been at every official offseason workout the Giants have had. I have no problem with the man getting paid, especially if he’s going to continue to act like this.

It is a bit surprising to me that the Giants gave him this deal. Obviously that Giant’s need to retain his services, what with Eli Manning becoming older by the second and Saquon Barkley needing at least some semblance of a passing game to be truly effective. However, OBJ did miss 3/4 of the season last year, and has yet to prove he can be a big play receiver in the playoffs. In fact, his 2016 postseason performance left much to be desired, especially following all that stuff with him partying on a boat just days prior to the game.

I think OBJ is certainly deserving of pay equal to being one of the best wideouts in the game. But the highest paid? Let’s put it this way, I can think of at least 3 other WR’s I would draft ahead of him in this year’s fantasy?

Farewell Manu

When I woke up Tuesday morning and jumped on YouTube for my routine watching of talking head segments (by virtue of being on the West Coast, all of ESPN and Fox’s morning debate shows have already aired and can be consumed in small, more tolerable, doses), I was expecting all of the conversation and debate to be about OBJ’s contract. Instead, I noticed everyone seemed to think he should get paid and were instead discussing another baffling topic.

You see, Manu Ginboli announced he would be retiring from the NBA after 16 seasons. And somehow, there was debate everywhere I looked as to wether or not he belonged in the hall of fame. HOW IS THIS EVEN A QUESTION?!

Manu Ginobli is one of 8 players to win 4 Rings AND an Olympic Gold Medal. By the way, in case you forgot how that 2004 Gold Medal game in Athens ended:

Of all the NBA players to play more than 1000 career postseason games(there are 129 of them), Manu has the highest winning percentage of all of them. 

Manu Ginobli may just be the greatest sixth man of all time, and he essentially volunteered for the position. He may have never been the superstar Duncan or Leonard were/are, but none of the Spurs championships happen without Manu Ginobli.

Not to mention his impact on the sport as a whole. James Harden is basically just Manu 2.0. Manu brought the eurostep to the NBA as we know it now. He was a hell of a passer and shooter. And just ask Mr. Harden about Ginobli’s defensive skills.

I have always had a respectful hatred for the San Antonio Spurs as a byproduct of the 2005 NBA Finals. Manu Ginobli has always been the person I’ve respectfully hated the most, and I mean that as the highest compliment. If he is not a first ballot Hall of Famer, the Basketball Hall of Fame should close its doors forever.

Coach Mamba

There’s a lot of great stuff in the interview linked above. But I just want to highlight what is talked about in the first minute or so of the video. 

Academy Award Winner Kobe Bean Bryant, the Black Mamba himself, is coaching his 12-year-old daughter’s basketball team. AND he has them running the triangle.


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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