New York Jets franchise quarterback Sam Darnold was supposed to have a breakout season this year under offensive guru Adam Gase. That idea is now on hold for a few weeks. The Jets announced Darnold will miss Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns because of mononucleosis and he’s likely to miss more games this month as he recovers.
Mono is a tricky thing for athletes because it severely dehydrates the body and significantly lowers energy levels. Darnold will get the best possible treatment, so it’s possible he’ll be able to return faster than us common folk would. Trever Siemian, formerly of the Broncos, will step as quarterback in the interim.
Hiding under the bad Darnold news was Le’Veon Bell going for an MRI on his shoulder and the health uncertainty of pro-bowl middle linebacker CJ Mosley. If both cannot play Monday night, in addition to Darnold, the Jets will be in for a rough evening against a desperate Browns team that was blown out in their opener. But wait, it gets worse. The Jets next five games are at New England, at Philly, home verses Dallas, then home verses New England. The Jets could easily be 0-7 in the blink of an eye and Adam Gase could be fighting with reporters come mid-October. Might be time to cancel the football season in New York as the Giants don’t look to be in much better shape. At least the New York Yankees are going to make the playoffs this year.
NBA Free Agency officially opened up on Sunday, and from the jump, some high profile players have already committed to deals. NBA Twitter was filled with Woj bomb after Woj bomb on Sunday, and depending on who you support, it was either a really good day, or a really bad day. Let’s take a look at some of the notable action from yesterday.
- Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving team up in New York. Despite Durant’s injury these were the top two free agents on the market outside of Kawhi Leonard, and the two of them are joining forces in New York, only, it’s not with the Knicks. The Brooklyn Nets the surprise winners of free agency landed both former NBA Champions on 4 year deals at slightly below max money. The duo taking slightly less opened up money for the Nets to sign DeAndre Jordan on a 4 year deal as well. Brooklyn also signed Garett Temple on a 2 year deal. Huge day for Brooklyn.
- Staying in the news of Brooklyn, the Nets sent D’Angelo Russell to the Warriors in a sign in trade, and he inked a 4 year $117M max contract. The guard broke out this year in Brooklyn leading them to their first playoff appearance since the Deron Williams days. He will team up with Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and in all likelihood Klay Thompson when he returns from his injury. A big add for GSW to fill the void of Thompson as he recovers from an ACL, but in order to clear up cap space, they had to send Andre Iguodala to Memphis.
- Kemba Walker signed with the Boston Celtics on a 4 year maximum deal ($141M). The former all-star heads to the Celtics with an opportunity to finally compete for something in the Eastern Conference after spending all of his career with the lowly Hornets. He is a great replacement for Irving and should be better for team chemistry as well under coach Brad Stevens.
- Jimmy Butler is heading out of Philly to Miami in a sign and trade. Details of the contract have not been announced yet but likely will be a 4 year max. In return the 76ers pick up Josh Richardson. Despite losing Butler, the 76ers stayed busy, resigning Tobias Harris to a 5 year $180M max deal, and five time all star Al Horford to a 4 year $109M deal. Miami gets an adult in the room to go along with their young core, as do the 76ers with Horford who will bring immediate credibility into their locker room. The 76ers also saw JJ Reddick leave to New Orleans on a 2 year deal.
- The Milwaulkee Bucks kept some of their core intact resigning Brook Lopez and Kris Middleton. Lopez gets 4 years $52M, while Middleton cashes in with a 5 year $178M deal, the third highest contract in NBA history! While the two pivotal players for the Bucks stay in town with the Greek Freak, the Bucks did lose Malcom Brogdon who signed a 4 year $85M deal with the Indiana Pacers.
- The New York Knicks, missed out on some of the top free agents of this year’s class, but managed to make a couple good moves to help build a roster around their young developing players. They signed Taj Gibson on a 2 year $20M deal, Julius Randle who broke out last season on a 3 year $63M deal, and Bobby Portis on a 2 year $31M deal. The contracts give the Knicks some flexibility down the line as they will look to their younger players including #3 overall pick RJ Barrett to become the next generation of Knicks basketball.
Other notable signings and moves:
- Derrick Favors is heading to New Orleans for two second round picks
- Patrick Beverley stays in LA with the Clippers on a 3 year $40M deal
- Mario Hezonjia goes to Portland on 1 year minimum deal with a team option
- Ed Davis signs with Utah on a 2 year $10M deal
- Rodney Hood signs 2 year $16M deal with Portland
- Bojan Bogdanovic signs 4 year $73M deal with Utah, leaving Indiana
- Terrence Ross agrees to 4 year $54M deal to return to Orlando
- Jonas Valanciunas agrees to 3 year $45M deal to stay in Memphis.
- Derrick Rose signs 2 year $15M deal with Pistons
- Harrison Barnes agrees to 4 year $85M deal to stay in Sacramento
Yankees vs. Red Sox is one of, if not the best rivalry in sports. In front of large crowds at London Stadium new home of West Ham United, both squads put on an offensive clinic over the weekend. 50 runs, 65 hits, and over 10 combined hours of baseball is what the Yankees and Red Sox gifted London in their first taste of MLB action across the pond. By the way, this was a two game series, not three!
The Yankees took both games of the series, winning the first 17-13, and the second 12-8. Runs, runs, and more runs. In game 1 both pitchers were knocked out in the first inning as both teams put up 6 runs a piece. The Yanks would put up 6 runs again in the 4th, and 3 in the 5th, before surviving another 6 run inning from the Red Sox in the 7th, who actually brought the tying run to the plate despite trailing by as much as 11 runs. Game 2 was a little more like your average baseball game until the Yankees put up a 9 spot in the 7th inning, coming back from 4-2 down to take a 11-4 lead.
Despite the fact that both teams have elite offenses, the stadium played very hitter friendly, contrary to the opinion of many prior thinking it would favor the pitchers. The dimensions were about 330 feet to the corners, and only 385 to dead center, with a 16 foot wall. There was more foul territory than any other stadium in the majors, and the playing surface was turf and played extremely fast.
Overall this first series was a big success for baseball and for London. The crowds were treated to two action packed games and were responsive throughout, 70% of the ticket sales were sold in Great Britain, and thee players seemed to enjoy the atmosphere being apart of the first ever MLB games played in Europe as well. The London series returns next year with another classic rivalry as the St. Louis Cardinals will face off against the Chicago Cubs.
The Yankees moved 11 games ahead of the Red Sox for first place in the AL East with the series sweep, and extended their MLB record consecutive home run streak to 31 games. Let us know what you though about the London Series