ESPN report: Celtics want Anthony Davis, MY report: All 30 teams want Anthony Davis

Zach Lowe of ESPN.com is a journalist. That is a fact. However on occasion, like most NBA writers, he makes inferences based on his experiences in the world of basketball. In his most recent column tracing the ups and downs of the Kyrie Irving trade to Boston, Lowe hinted at the fact that the mere presence of Irving could help the Celtics lure extraterrestrial Anthony Davis to Boston:

If Anthony Davis becomes available — and the Celtics’ eyes are very much trained on him — Boston could throw together a package more compelling than just about anyone else’s. Irving would be an indirect part of that package. The NBA’s superstar class respects his ballsy showman’s game. (Ainge has long liked Irving more than most of his peers for some of the same reasons, sources say.) Beyond Davis, it’s hard to pinpoint the next star players who might become available at Irving’s age and merit a motherlode offer — another reason to target Irving now.

I’d say that sounds like a logical opinion Zachary. I believe most young stars like Davis would prefer to play with Irving rather than a ball-dominant point in Isaiah Thomas. The problem I have lies with what the rest of the media did with this paragraph of nothingness. Let’s take a look:

Since all these NBA publications and “experts” seemed to have had their worlds rocked by this piece of information regarding the Celtics and Davis, I’m going to take it a step further. I’m reporting this exclusively here: All 30 NBA teams, including the one he is on, are interested in landing Anthony Davis.

The Celtics did not trade for Kyrie Irving because of the pipe dream that is Anthony Davis. They did it because it made them better than they were without him. The only reason we are talking about it is because sports journalism is soaked in No-Talent-Ass-Clowns (NTAC) that can’t think of their own story so instead, they make one.

Once upon a time, the job of a reporter was an honorable and noble position. Now the only time they tell me things I didn’t know is when they are lying to me.

Christian Vazquez becoming Red Sox unicorn

Every championship team has that moment–the one you put your finger and proclaim as the moment of destiny as you reek of champagne from the previous night’s celebration. Sometime’s these moments are disguised as hustle plays or locker room speeches yet they almost always come during times of despair. With this past weekend’s antics vs Toronto, Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, or as my friends in Puerto Rico call him “Chrithian Vathqueth”, has now delivered two of these moments for his ball club.

Despite splitting time with Sandy Leon all year, Vazquez had made the most of his opportunities in the second half especially late in games. The first of his unlikely heroics came on August 1st in an absurd game in which Boston’s thoroughbreds gave up 10 runs to the Cleveland Indians. Following a rare shelling of Chris Sale and an even rarer blown save by Craig Kimbrel, the Red Sox found themselves down one heading into the bottom of the ninth. Vazquez would launch a two out, three run bomb to left center for a win which was as perplexing as his clutchness. In game number 108 of the season, it was only Vazquez’s third home run.

The dramatic win over Cleveland propelled the Sox to six straight victories and a four game lead in the AL East. Their streak wouldn’t last long however as the most recent Red Sox skid put the Yankees back in the rear view mirror.

After a disastrous ‘Players Week’ in which the Sox were outscored 38-10, the AL East lead was back to 2.5 and in real danger of shrinking again as Boston found themselves down late to Toronto on Monday night. Trailing 3-2 in the 7th, Vazquez hit just his fourth homer of the year and subsequently snapped the entire Boston offense out of their slump. They would go onto score two more runs in the inning which would prove the difference in their 6-5 win. That momentum carried over into last nights victory as they blanked the Blue Jays 3-0 en route to a four game lead in the division.

Neither of these games was life and death for the Red Sox but they were win or loss. In times of turmoil come postseason it will be these plays that give fans and players alike hope that things can change with one swing. While I still maintain this team lacks a feeling of destiny that the teams of 2004, 2007, and 2013 exuded, they do have a guy that just might write his own. Bueno, Vathqueth. Muy Bueno.

 

McGregor/Mayweather an NBA conspiracy to cover up Celtics-Cavs trade

Once or twice a decade the world is blessed with a transaction train wreck that highlights the ruthless business of professional sports: Alex Rodriguez to the Red Sox, Chris Paul to the Lakers, and now Isaiah Thomas to the Cavaliers? Anything but footnotes in the history of their respected sports, these failed swaps serve as stains of incompetence, injustice, and unfairness to both the players and teams involved. If only the Cavaliers and Celtics had something to keep everybody distracted while they figure how many hip bones their trade’s centerpiece has. Oh wait, there was something now that you mention it.

While Saturday night’s “Money Fight” failed in capturing my attention skill wise, it did succeed in creating several intriguing storylines. The initial eye-test tells me that when Floyd Mayweather and Conor Mcgregor wake up in the morning, they are comparable fighters. Only after the 25-minute internal clock of a UFC fighter ran out did the endurance King begin closing the space. Make no mistake about it: This was a war of attrition, not skill. The first three rounds proved this as Mayweather seemed confused by the 74-inch reach of Mcgregor (longest he has faced in his career). Mayweather failed to cut off the ring the few times he did have Mcgregor on the move, and the decision to repeatedly give up his back while tied up tells me he wasn’t interested in trading close range shots with Conor.

Despite not having his best stuff at age 40, the patience and conditioning of Mayweather were more than admirable. It was like watching Appolo Anton Ohno in his prime, lurking behind the pack of skaters lap after lap. Your heart is racing and you keep growing increasingly impatient waiting for him to make his move. Then all of a sudden he’s shot out of a cannon and passing South Koreans while watching BuzzFeed recipe videos on his smartphone. Eventually, greatness always prevails- that’s why they’re great. Conor McGregor should never have been in that ring, but then again neither should have Mayweather.

All in all, I didn’t feel so bad being 100 dollar’s poorer on Sunday Morning, however, I did have a feeling of emptiness. The world needed someone to hit the mat that night. There was no belt on the line, and no real professional consequences for either fighter should Conor have been knocked out. It was a spectacle and spectacles that expensive do not end with a ref jumping in for any reason other than unconsciousness. I have seen Mcgregor in FAR worse shape than that. If you think I’m making excuses for my ancestor’s countrymen, go watch the 4th round of Diaz-Mcgregor II. His legs had given out underneath him, arms flailing, blood dripping and was getting his ass kicked; He won the next round and it wasn’t even close. At no point during the tenth round of Saturday’s fight did I feel concerned or worried about Mcgregor’s health. Floyd may have beaten Conor up, but in my book, he didn’t finish him. Someone else did.

Now while this charade was going on in Las Vegas, Isaiah Thomas was landing in his new home of Cleveland. After meeting with team officials and taking a mandatory physical, Thomas didn’t stay around to go house shopping. Instead, he got on a flight and headed back to Boston. League rules mandate a team may void a trade should a player not pass their physical and as we know Thomas elected not to have surgery this offseason on the hip that knocked him out of the Eastern Conference Finals. So know what? Are they going to text Kyrie Irving “JK, lol” expecting him to be willing come back to play for the team he requested a trade for in the first place? And I suppose Thomas will shake Danny Ainge’s hand and say “No hard feelings” after scoring 53 days after his sister’s death and STILL getting traded? No, neither teams want this problem.

In an effort to keep things civilized, Cleveland came up with a brilliant idea to request another asset from Boston as compensation for Thomas’ bum hip. I thought this would be easy: Send them a 2019 2nd round pick and then I can add a Kyrie Celtics jersey to my shopping cart. Instead, the Cavalier’s counted with perhaps the most absurd offer since Jamie Lannister for both the Stark girls: Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown. I’m sure if the Celtics could spit through the phone they would. Imagine the faces of NBA league officials monitoring the conference call when the Cavs requested one of the Celtics two prized 3rd overall picks. They knew right then and there that this situation had no plausible, positive outcome.

The two sides have until Wednesday to come to an agreement or else the move will be vetoed. After originally looking like a rare trade that benefits both team’s, it now seems likely someone is going to get hurt. Who would’ve thought the NBA would have the best fight of the weekend.

Conor McGregor caught between reputation​ and payday

Long before the suits, the cars, and the jewelry, Conor McGregor made a name for himself by fighting anybody, anywhere.

It started with taking Chad Mendes on short notice for the interim featherweight title. After dropping Jose Aldo in 13 seconds, he agreed to fight Nate Diaz at 170 pounds- a 25-pound jump in three months. Following the Diaz rematch, it was presumed he would go back to 145 pounds to defend his title however he jumped ship once again to claim the lightweight belt as well. The first two belt holder in UFC history had dreamt bigger, talked bigger, and fought better than anyone en route to the top of the industry. At 28 years old he had done pretty much everything one could do in an octagon. So he found a new ring.

Super fights such as Pacquiao/Mayweather and now Mayweather/Mcgregor often rub me the wrong way. Two independent contractors, guaranteed hundreds of millions as long as they step foot in the ring, leaves little incentive for an actual fight. If you could preserve your brain and walk away rich enough to never have to work again, you would too. But this time is different. This isn’t a boxer in Conor Mcgregor. He was molded by the need to fight, not the desire to.

Mcgregor’s camp has said Conor’s philosophy in the fight game has always been, “Get in, get rich, get out.” This is that chance to walk away, as beautiful and young as ever but he must fight. If he does a 100 million dollar dance around the ring with Floyd Mayweather, the people won’t remember him as the bare knuckle Irish brawler that he actually is- he’ll be remembered as the guy who talked his way into the heist of the century. I want to see a fight and win or lose, this is the guy who can give it to me.

So on behalf of myself and the 100 dollars I will spend on 12, three-minute rounds tonight, I say this: You have been paid sir, now it is time to pay us.

List of QB’s not named Colin Kaepernick who somehow have NFL jobs

While Colin Kaepernick remains unemployed, here’s a list of some surprising quarterback names who currently hold NFL roster spots:

Blaine Gabbert, Arizona

Trevor Knight, Arizona

Drew Stanton, Arizona

Matt Sims, Atlanta

Alek Torgersen, Atlanta

Thad Lewis, Baltimore

Ryan Mallett, Baltimore

Josh Woodrum, Baltimore

T.J. Yates, Buffalo

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Dan Le Batard shares story involving Saudi Prince, NCAA violations

Former University of Texas quarterback Chris Simms made waves last Thursday when he revealed he regularly received illegal payments while in college. Speaking on The Dan Patrick show, Simms said he received 100 dollar handshakes from athletic boosters “all the time.”

The story made its way to ESPN radio’s Dan Le Batard Show on Monday, where Le Batard one-upped the tale told by Simms:

“I know a player, who was given by a Saudi Prince booster, a suitcase full of watches… and he didn’t know what the watches were worth. So he just started giving them out to friends because he had a suitcase of them, and each of the watches were worth tens of thousands of dollars.”

Impermissible benefits are hardly a new concept in the world of shamateur athletics. However, the notion that Saudi royalty would have enough of an interest in college football to give gifts to players is startling.

Since Simms played at Texas from 1999-2002, it’s hard to imagine what those “100 dollar handshakes” look like today with the natural curve of inflation and increased revenue in college sports.

Le Batard did not go into detail as to what time period or where this duffle bag deal took place so I’m unofficially reporting it here that it was either Miami or Ole Miss.