Archive for October 27th, 2017

Girardi’s Contract Not Renewed, J.J. Watt Ceremonial Pitch, Flacco Concussion, Joe Tsai Stake In Nets


New York Yankee longtime manager Joe Girardi will not be returning to the team. After 10 years with the franchise, six postseason appearances and one World Series title, the Yankee organization decided to go in a different direction. Many had speculated about Girardi’s departure, as he was completing a 4 year $16 million dollar contract and had expressed a desire to spend more time with his family. His statement to the media, however, made it sound very one sided.  He said, “With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back.” The Yankee organization has not announced a replacement and will not discuss the issue until the World Series ends.

Game 3 of the World Series is Friday night at Minute Maid Park. Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt will have the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Watt broke his leg in week 5 and will be out the remainder of the season. That hasn’t stopped him, however, from continuing his fundraising drive to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. To date, Watt has raised $37 million.


Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a hit to Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco on Thursday night. The hit occurred in the 2nd quarter, and Flacco had to be placed in concussion protocol and taken off the field for the remainder of the game. Flacco’s replacement Ryan Mallett stayed strong leading the team to a 40-0 win, the team’s largest shutout in franchise history.


Alibaba co-founder Joseph Tsai has agreed to purchase a 49% stake in the Brooklyn Nets with an option down the road of buying a controlling interest in the team. The Nets are valued at $2.3 billion, not including the Barclays Center. Tsai was a football and lacrosse player at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey (where he recently donated the largest single gift in the school’s history) and went on to graduate from Yale University and Yale law school.



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