Hump Day Thoughts On Sports – 3/18/15

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Hey all – Steve here with your Hump Day article. Ready for another exciting article? I sure hope not. You need to temper your expectations. Here we go.

Larry Brown is as senile as they come

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Larry Brown seems to have lost his marbles. He is on the record as stating that he honestly believes that the Kentucky Wildcats could make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. He’s nuts and even the head coach of the Wildcats, John Calipari seems to think so. Here is what he had to say on Twitter back in November, after his team beat Georgetown College 121-52 (yup that is correct) and their coach said he thought that the WIldcats were an NBA playoff team:

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Anyone that things a college team (even one as good as Kentucky) could be a playoff team in the NBA is out of their minds and should be put away in a home of some sort. They certainly shouldn’t be coaching another college basketball team. Time to hang them up, Coach Brown.

Chris Borland retires

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It’s not everyday that a 24 year old player retires from a sport. Yesterday that exact thing happened. You can call him stupid for leaving all of that money on the table. The remainder of his rookie contract was worth $1.86 million. Wow. That is a ton of cheddar to walk away from! The add to that this little nugget of information – the AVERAGE NFL linebacker makes $1 million per year. Let’s just say he played 6 seasons in the NFL – now he has given up $7.86 million. Now, based on his performance last year (he led the team in tackles in 2014) he was going to be an above average player which means even more money. I can’t blame the guy. It is obviously something that he wanted to do at one point and at some point he got to thinking about his life and how he wanted to live it. More than 70 ex-NFL players also have ended up being diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that steadily destroys your brain and may lead to violent behavior. He didn’t want to be just another NFL player with CTE. Instead he is going to go back to school and get a job that will pay him far less, but will allow him to live a life that is does not include brain rattling hits to the head.

I think it is a brilliant decision for him to hang them up. He chose quality of life over millions of dollars and that should be applauded. You all know I have a 3 year old son and I have no plans on allowing him to play organized football. It is just too dangerous. Oh and the money isn’t guaranteed! If he is going to take care of me and my wife, we are going to need some guaranteed cash coming in! Here is a little more form Borland:

I just want to live a long healthy life, and I don’t want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise. You read all these stories and to be the type of player I want to be in football, I think I’d have to take on some risks that as a person I don’t want to take on.

Scott Boras vs Theo and the Cubs

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Super-agent Scott Boras is at it again. This time he was defending his very young client Kris Bryant. Here is the deal on this one. If the Cubs bring him up to the majors at the start of the season then he becomes a free agent when he is 28 years old. If they bring him up on April 17th (9 games into the season) he becomes a free agent when he is 29. This seems like a no-brainer for the team and even for the fans of the team. Why not keep this guy locked up for another year if it means he misses the first 9 games of the season. Scott Boras is obviously in it for the money and he wants his client to get a contract at 28 and not 29. He seems to think (like a lot of other people) that Bryant is going to be a star in the league. I have been through this several times recently with the Mets. I really don’t care what happens in this case as long as he is up in the majors making an impact on April 17th. He is currently sitting on my bench in my fantasy baseball league. Hey, we all have ulterior motives! Don’t you dare judge me. Anyway, Theo has the final word on this one.

These stories ran a little long, so that’s all I have for this week. I really hope you enjoyed it and see ya next week! Oh! Congrats to the Knicks on beating the Spurs last night! 14 wins. 14.