Anthony Davis. Kawhi Leonard. James Harden. Kyrie Irving. Joel Embiid. Mike Conley. Jamal Murray. Deandre Hunter. Donovan Mitchell. Jaylen Brown.

And Chris Paul now in COVID-19 purgatory.

That’s just a few of the players that have either missed the whole postseason, missed a few playoff games or have been impacted in some form or another this postseason by injury.

It’s a daunting list, and one that raises room for criticism of how the NBA structured and planned for this season. …

Luka Doncic might have just ended Kawhi Leonard’s LA career.

One day after Doncic rained 39 points on Leonard’s Clippers during a 127–121 victory, the air of defeatism and frustration has never been thicker over LA’s forlorn hoops franchise. LA’s infamous smog looks more like a light misty day in comparison. Shakespeare could have written a compelling tragedy on these Clippers.

The worst part? Leonard scored 41. Paul George, supposed to be the Scottie Pippen to Leonard’s Michael Jordan? 28 points. Neither looked particularly bad or inefficient. So, where do these Clips go from here?

The easy answer is a…

Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens. Link

Opinions on Lamar Jackson have become sharply divided in the aftermath of his breakout 2019 MVP campaign, and NFL Twitter has started to chime in following the announcement that Baltimore would play Kansas City in a marquee match-up on September 28.

As directly quoted from different Twitter posts:

Lamar is a over rated runningback and needs to be traded for a actual qb or a pick… im thinking andy dalton

Lamar can’t even win a playoff game (followed by 12 clown emojis)

Blake bortles has twice as many playoff wins as lamar lmao

There are repeated examples of Jackson being…

History is littered with awesome, wild and crazy things that happened each day of the year, so let’s look back and remember them! Here are 7 amazing things that happened the week of May 10th, along with plenty of honorable mentions.

May 10, 1497: Amerigo Vespucci embarks on his first voyage to the New World

Uniforms tell the story of a franchise.

Some are iconic, and represent great dynasties and past glory years for the team that dons them; one can almost see Troy Aikman or Roger Staubach dropping back to pass in the current Dallas uniforms, just like Pittsburgh fans can still imagine Terry Bradshaw launching touchdowns in Pittsburgh’s Black and Gold (Yellow? Something in between?). They are connections to the past, and are often celebrations of the best years for a team.

Not all uniforms are created equal, however, or are as lucky. Either due to a lack of success, or just because…

Image: Carolina Panthers, Wikimedia Commons

Carolina has certainly had an eventful offseason so far, rife with turnover and changes in both players and coaching staff. They have addressed some needs, but have left several others still without a clear solution, leaving several paths they could take with the 7th pick and their six others. Before the madness begins, lets take a look at whats left for Carolina to take care of.

The Offense: Lots of New Faces, Few Guarantees

Carolina made their biggest change of the new season with the release of Cam Newton, and subsequent signing of Teddy Bridgewater at QB. …

Christian McCaffrey with Adam Humphries in 2019. Image: Wikimedia Commons

For better or worse, McCaffrey is going to be a Carolina Panther for a long time. And a well paid one at that.

Reactions to the record breaking 4 year, $64 million contract Christian McCaffrey signed Monday afternoon were across the board, ranging from those calling it a no-brainer decision to those blasting it as yet another unwise decision from the Hurney/Rhule/Tepper front office, and it promises to be one of the more closely monitored contracts in future years. As with every other extension and signing there are pros and cons to this move. The million (more accurately, millions) dollar…

Photo: Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons

If there is one player in the NFL that I do not envy, it’s new Panthers’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The moment the former Minnesota starter and New Orleans backup steps foot in Bank of America Stadium next year, no doubt to the iconic fire show that Cam Newton was introduced to for the better part of a decade, the comparisons and criticisms will start to fly as a polarized and deeply hurt fanbase grapples with the reality that Cam Newton really is gone.

A quick search for responses on the Panthers twitter page shows just what Teddy Bridgewater is entering…

Photo: Keith Allison on Wikimedia Commons

Entering the 2020 offseason, Carolina was facing its most uncertain future in recent memory. Since 2011 there have been certain constants fans could count on; most years, it was assumed Ron Rivera would be the coach, Cam Newton was the QB1 and one of Marty Hurney or Dave Gettleman would head the front office. However the decision to move on from Gettleman in 2018, and then Rivera last year, meant that the previous era of Panthers football was coming to a close.

That is what made this offseason so much more important than any other of the past decade plus…

Image by Ben Jones, Wikimedia Commons

What. Just. Happened.

Sitting in my classroom grading papers, I started seeing updates about a trade involving David Johnson.

Interesting! Johnson’s skills are on the decline and his last productive season was in 2016, but maybe they took a cheap flier on him hoping he’ll find his former elite ways. Heck, maybe even Arizona would pay off some of his big contract money to help sweeten the deal!

Then things started to get weird.

Okay…so not as great for Houston. He’s expensive for a guy that very well could be a replacement-level back. …

Sam Putnam

Sports fan, history nut, teacher by trade. I write about stuff I love and things I think are cool.

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