FREE MELO! Every basketball fan who is not a hardcore Knicks fan has been screaming this for at least the last three years. The New York Knicks ownership and front office have finally listened. The Knicks are reportedly trading Carmelo Anthony to OKC, in return the Knicks will receive Enes Katner, Doug Mcdermott, and a draft pick. This deal actually works out pretty well for both teams as the Knicks have been grooming “The Young Unicorn” Kristaps Porzingis to be the superstar there. With Melo out of the way, Porzingis will have total control to do what he wants, when he wants to do it. Carmelo Anthony being shipped off will definitely give the budding superstar, Porzingis, the room and confidence that he needs to grow. Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony heads down to Oklahoma City to join Russel Westbrook and Paul George, who along with Carmelo Anthony will be a free agent next season. That pretty much says that the Thunder are putting all of their chips on the table for this season. It will be pretty expensive to resign two players of Melo’s and PG’s calibur with Russel Westbrook’s huge contract eating up most of the teams payroll. If nothing else, the Western Conference will definitely be interesting and fun to watch this upcoming season. The question I have, is does this move make the Thunder a legitimate contender in the West?
On the same day that it was revealed that Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of CTE at the time he committed suicide in his prison cell, Hernandez’s fiance’ Shayanna Jenkins announced that she was hitting the NFL and the New England Patriots with a $20 million lawsuit. The suit claims that the NFL and the Patriots both knew of Hernandez’s condition prior to him committing the crime he was eventually convicted of and sentence to life in prison for, and covering up Hernandez’s condition. The lawsuit alleges that the NFL and Patriots both knowingly “concealed and misrepresented the risks of repeated traumatic head impacts to NFL players.” And also “needlessly delayed adoption of rules and league policies related to player health and safety with regard to concussions and subconcussive head trauma.” Jenkins’ attorney, and former Hernandez criminal trial attorney Jose Baez, said that Boston University’s CTE Center revealed that Hernandez suffered from “the most severe case of CTE they had ever seen for someone Aaron’s age(27)” Shayanna Jenkins is going to win this case.(In my opinion) I doubt if the NFL even allows this lawsuit to make it into a courtroom. They will gladly settle out of court before they will allow more spotlight to be placed on them about current NFL players and former NFL players suffering from CTE. That is only one of the problem the billion dollar a year machine named the NFL is having at the moment. $20 million is just a drop in the bucket to the NFL. Shayanna should’ve sued for more.
If you picked almost any player from last night’s game on your fantasy football team this week you’re probably looking pretty good this morning. The San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams scored a combined 80 points last night. The Rams ended up winning the game 41-39. The game was actually as good as the score. I don’t think anyone saw this coming from these two teams. The Rams came into this game 1-1 and the 49ers came into the game 0-2 and the only team in the NFL who had not scored an offensive touchdown yet this season. Of course that was before last nights game. The Rams had not been looking much better than the 49ers this year. The game was tight until the Rams pulled ahead by 15 points late in the 4th quarter, thanks to a missed extra point earlier in the game by the 49ers. Down 15 points late in the 4th quarter, the 49ers drove the length of the field to score a touchdow. Brian Hoyer found Trent Taylor with a nice pass in the end zone. Down 41-33, the 49ers kicked off to the Rams who fumbled deep in their own territory. The 49ers eventually scored on Caslos Hyde’s 1 yard TD run. Down 39-41 with 2:00 left on the clock, the 49ers decided to go for two. Hoyer’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by the Rams. With less than 2:00 on the game clock, the 49ers decided to go with an onside kick……which they recovered. At this point I think everybody was expecting one last drive by the 49ers and a game winning field goal as time expired on the game clock. That didn’t happen. The ending was kind of a let down compared to the build up. The 49ers went backward after recovering the onside kick. Two terrible holding penalties and one false start, set the Niners up with a 4th and 20. A sack by the Rams Eric Donald finally stuck a fork in the fighting 49ers. A bit of a letdown, but still a hell of a game. Possibly the best game I’ve seen so far this season, and definitely the best Thursday night game I’ve ever seen, which are usually hot garbage.