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Zimmerman & Desmond Opting Out Of MLB Season, Tim Tebow On Mets Roster, Emoni Bates Commits To Michigan State

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Major League Baseball finally agreed on a 60-game season, but many players have announced they will opt-out for the year due to Coronavirus concerns and social unrest issues. Among the players opting-out are Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman who stated he won’t play because of his newborn baby and his mother (who has multiple sclerosis), and Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond who cited concerns for his family’s health as well as racism, sexism, homophobia, labor wars, and cheating scandals.

In other baseball news, the New York Mets are offering up a spot on their roster to minor league outfielder (and former NFL quarterback) Tim Tebow.

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The #1 high school basketball recruit in the country for the class of 2022, Emoni Bates, committed to Michigan State. Bates had scholarship offers from Duke, Michigan, Florida State, Georgia, DePaul, and Kentucky but chose Michigan State for their loyalty. Michigan State recruited him in 7th grade, while Duke extended an offer to him in 8th grade. As a sophomore, Bates became the youngest player to become the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Other superstars winning this award include Chris Webber, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Greg Oden, Bradley Beal, Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ben Simmons, Jayston Tatum, RJ Barrett, and James Wiseman.

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Lillard Sets Record For Player 6’2″ Or Shorter, Westbrook Joins LeBron In Triple-Doubles, Tim Tebow Marries Miss Universe

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Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard scored 11 3-pointers and set a franchise record of 61 points in a 129-124 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors on Monday. Lillard beat his own record of 60 points earlier this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lillard has the two highest-scoring marks in NBA history by a player 6’2″ (Damian is 6’2″) or shorter.

Also making history, Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook became the second player in NBA history to record a triple-double against all 30 franchises. Westbrook joins LeBron James in this feat.

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Tim Tebow, the former NFL quarterback/ Heisman Trophy winner and current minor league baseball player for the New York Mets, married former Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

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Red Sox Clinch AL East Title, Tim Tebow Hits First HR, Ryan Poses As Reporter

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Even with a loss to the NY Yankees Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox managed to clinch the American League East Title when the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays on the same night. Even though the team was upset about their loss, one of the team’s managers said, “They’re AL East champions, we’re AL East champions, and we’ve got a lot of work left ahead of us. But one inning should not take away from the fact that we’re champions.”

In other baseball news, former NFL QB and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow hit a home run on the first pitch on his first at-bat in his first real game. He still has a long way to go to make it to the Majors, but his attitude is positive. He told ESPN, “It’s great just to see live pitching and get live at-bats. I’m just getting a little bit better every day. That’s the goal.”

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Belichick/RyanIt’s no secret the Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan and the New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick don’t like each other. In fact, last year the networks even aired a Monday Night Football promo showing the coaches shaking hands after a game while the song, “why can’t we be friends” played. In anticipation of this weekend’s matchup, Rex Ryan posed as a reporter and prank called the Patriots’ receiver/QB Julian Edelman. In the call he asked Edelman who would be playing QB this weekend: Edelman, Brissett or Garoppolo (remember Tom Brady is suspended for one more week). Ryan cracked himself up but didn’t get any covert info.

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NY Mets Sign Tim Tebow, Lochte Suspended 10 Months, Tiger Woods Is Back

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metsThe New York Mets signed former QB Tim Tebow to a minor league contract. 29 year old Tebow played baseball in high school, and has claimed his dream was to be a quarterback and hit a baseball. Now that his football career is over, he is attempting to fulfill the second part of his dream. Best of luck to Tebow. Hope your dreams come true!

 

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Olympic swimmer and 12 time Gold medal winner, Ryan Lochte, finally got his punishment for exaggerating getting held up at gunpoint in Rio. The Olympic Committee suspended Lochte for 10 months and won’t allow him to compete in the 2017 World Championships. Lochte won’t be completely bored, however, as he’ll be competing in this season’s “Dancing with the Stars”.

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Tiger Woods says he’ll get back on the golf course to compete in the Safeway Open in October.  Woods, golf’s iconic superstar, has suffered back and hip injuries over the years and has had to pull out of many tournaments.  Woods stated:“It was difficult missing tournaments that are important to me, but this time I was smart about my recovery and didn’t rush it. It was great spending time with my children Sam and Charlie, and also working on a lot of projects including golf-course design, the upcoming 20th anniversary of my foundation and my book about the 1997 Masters. But I missed competing. I want to thank all the fans for their kindness and concern. I’ve been a pro about 20 years, and their support has never waned.”

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The NFL season officially begins tonight with the Carolina Panthers at the Denver Broncos!!!

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Tim Tebow Tries To Make Eagles, Winston And Mariota’s Debut, No Participation Trophies, Jason Day Wins P.G.A. Championship

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Tim TebowIn the NFL, with the pre-season fully underway, all eyes were on not the best player in the NFL, but the nicest.  Yep, Tim Tebow made his comeback to the league this weekend with the Philadelphia Eagles.  He wasn’t great, but he wasn’t terrible either.  He went 6 for 12 and even had a touchdown rush.  Tebow is trying as hard as he can to make the team, and it’s looking like he has a 50/50 shot.

Elsewhere in the NFL, we witnessed the debut performances from the #1 and #2 draft pics this year (Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota).  Mariota did not look good, turning the ball over in each of his first two possessions.  Winston had a beautiful deep first pass, but the rest of his debut was lackluster.  Despite these first impressions, we can’t write them off.  They’re still getting their feet wet, and their second game could tell a completely different story.

edb7313e8aca9d18ec2b060f7f53c19a 2Steelers’ linebacker, James Harrison, arguably the toughest guy in the NFL, has decided to have his kids give back their little league participation trophies.  Harrison said he didn’t want his kids to get trophies just for showing up — that if they wanted a trophy they would have to earn it.  He wants them to understand that you don’t get anything in life unless you work for it.

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Jason Day won the P.G.A Championship this weekend with a record 20 under par beating Jordan Spieth by 3 strokes. All was not lost for Spieth, however, as his 2nd place finish combined with Rory McIlroy dropping to 17th place, gave Spieth the ranking of #1 golfer in the world.  This is a remarkable feat given that Spieth is only 22 years old.

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Hamels To Texas Rangers, Bengals Head Coach Will Retire If Super Bowl Win, Tim Tebow’s Odd Workout

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Despite his amazing no-hitter this weekend, it looks like the Phillies are still trading Cole Hamels.  Reports surfaced that Philly would trade long-time, beloved starting pitcher Hamels to the Texas Rangers.  In exchange, the Phillies would get some young assets from the Rangers to reload their farm system.  Texas is still 8.5 games out of first, but they apparently think they can make a run to the playoffs in the second half of the season.  Even if they come up short, Hamels is still a brilliant addition to their rotation.

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At a press conference, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said that if the Bengals win the Super Bowl, he will likely retire.  Unless the Bengals start getting some incredible playoff performances from their now highly paid QB Andy Dalton, Marvin Lewis is going to be coaching for a long time.  The Bengals do look pretty decent on paper, but can they put it all together and make a run to the Big Dance?  We shall see.

Tim TebowTim Tebow is taking his most likely last shot at the NFL very seriously.  He’s not in line to start in Philly — in fact he’s 4th string, but he is doing everything he can to get ready for the season.  Everything including these very bizarre leg workouts that were the talk of the internet.  Absolutely nobody knew what they were (even bodybuilders), but they definitely look difficult.  Take a look.

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WATERCOOLER CHAT: TIM TEBOW PICKED UP BY PATRIOTS, GRIZZLIES LET GO OF HOLLINS, CHEEKS SIGNED BY PISTONS

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The major news out of the sports world yesterday definitely came out of the NFL.  Earlier this off season, the New York Jets parted ways with Tim Tebow.  They just didn’t think he had a future as a quarterback for the team.  Most pretty much determined that this was the end of the line for Tebow’s career.  Arena football teams wanted him only because they knew he would be great for sales given his fervent following.  While that may be true, Tebow still wanted to pursue an NFL career.  On Monday, his wish was granted.  It’s being reported that the New England Patriots have signed Tebow for next season.  He definitely won’t play quarterback with Brady at the helm, but certainly Bill Bellichick can use Tebow in a variety of strategic ways.  After all, Tebow is still a super athlete, and they also have Josh McDaniels on their staff who drafted Tebow when Josh was head coach of the Broncos.  This could be very interesting.

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And in the NBA, another drastic coaching move.  Just a few days after the Denver Nuggets parted ways with Coach of The Year George Karl, the Memphis Grizzlies have decided to let go of head coach Lionel Hollins.  Hollins was responsible for turning the Memphis Grizzlies franchise into a perennial contender.  And this year, he got the Memphis Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals in their best season yet.  You would think they would ink him to a multi-year deal.  But you never know what happens behind closed doors. Hollins, however,  won’t stay unemployed long, as there is already strong interest from the Nets, Clippers, and Karl’s former team the Nuggets.
Finally, in another head coaching move, the Detroit Pistons signed who they believe is the coach of their future, Oklahoma City assistant coach, Maurice Cheeks.  The Pistons have a solid young team and now with Cheeks, the Pistons believe that they can become a playoff team next season.   The NBA is always better when the Pistons are good — they’re a classic team with a notable basketball history that deserves to have a winning squad year in and year out.

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WATERCOOLER CHAT: CONTROVERSIAL CALL AT PGA, TIM TEBOW’S DEBUT

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Martin Kaymer’s impressive win in the PGA champtionship was overshadowed by the  controversial call that penalized fellow golfer Dustin Johnson two strokes on the 18th hole in final round.  Johnson thought he was heading to a playoff but then heard that he grounded his club. The controversy is whether or not the “bunker” was actually defined as a bunker or something else that would have been legal. Prepare to hear more about this in the next few days. For a definition of “grounding your club” click here.

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Tim Tebow was one of the most high profile rookies coming out of the NFL Draft this year. Everyone had opinions on whether or not he would fare as well in the NFL as he did in College. Well, his rookie debut as the quarterback of the Denver Broncos went pretty well. The Broncos lost to the Cincinnati Bengals but Tebow finished with a decent 105 yards passing and a rushing touchdown. (Bengas 33, Broncos 24)

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Tom Brady To Play In Opener, Tebow Time In Philly, TCU Opener Not To Par, Harbaughs Debut

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Tom BradyIn the big news of the day, a federal judge dismissed New England QB Tom Brady’s four game suspension.  The judge noted that NFL Commissioner had ” cited his own brand of justice” and “Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others,” and therefore the punishment did not fit the potential crime. The NFL stated they will appeal the decision but as for now, Brady is free to play in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 10th. Not surprisingly the Patriots went from 3 point favorites to 6.5 point favorites in the game.

 

In other NFL news, we’ve entered into the final pre-season games and all eyes are on Tim Tebow.  Will he get another shot to make an NFL roster?  This is his last chance.  Tebow played well in the Eagles last pre-season game against the New York Jets.  He even tossed 2 touchdown passes.  When asked, however,  whether Tebow thought he did well enough to make the team, he responded, “I’m not gonna worry about what I can’t control”.  We will know soon whether Tebow makes the squad.  NY Jets 24, Philadelphia 18.

The college football season officially kicked off as on Thursday.  One of the marquee matchups featured #2 TCU, who hopes to make a title run this year.  They are led by likely Heisman candidate Trevone Boykin.  TCU got by Minnesota in their opener, but not without a struggle. They are going to have to work out a lot of bugs if they hope to make a title run this year.  TCU 24, Minnesota 18.

And finally, the major marquee matchup of the night was Michigan against Utah.  It was the debut of new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh used to play QB for Michigan in the late 1980s, and then became an NFL coach with the 49ers.  His decision to rejoin the college ranks shocked many, especially because he was a successful NFL coach.  Turning around a college program usually takes a few years. The coach needs to attract and then train quality recruits. Harbaugh wasn’t expected to turn Michigan around immediately but his fans were still hoping for miracles.  Unfortunately Michigan fell to an impressive Utah team Thursday night. Utah 24, Michigan 17.

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WATERCOOLER CHAT: RG3 WINS HEISMAN, TEBOW TIME, COWBOYS BOTCH AGAIN

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In college football, this Saturday was the annual Heisman Trophy Presentation.  Prior to the season, everybody thought that Andrew Luck was an absolute shoe in for the award.  He was a finalist, to be sure, but was also joined by 4 other incredible candidates:  Tyrann Mathieu (LSU), Montee Ball (Wisconsin), Robert Griffin III (Baylor) and Trent Richardson (Alabama).  Any one of these guys could make a case for deserving the trophy, but at the end of the night, only one man was standing.  None other than RG3, Baylor’s Robert Griffin III.  This guy was responsible for posting gaudy numbers and running up the score, and put Baylor back on the map.  Congrats to RG3!

In the NFL, everyone wanted to see if Tim Tebow, 6-1 as a starter with Denver, could work his magic again.  At this point, the number of miracles these guys have pulled in the 4th quarter is astounding.  There’s no way they could get another one, right?  Not so fast….Tebow played quite poorly in the first half, and it looked like the Bears were on their way to a victory.  Even in the 4th quarter, with just over 2 minutes, the Bears were in position to end the game.  But then, Bears’ running-back Marion Barber accidentally went out of bounds, saving the Broncos a full 40 seconds.  The Bears had to punt, giving the Broncos a chance for “Tebow-Time”.  And, out of nowhere, he got them into Bears territory, giving their kicker Matt Prater a chance to tie the game with a 58-yard field goal.  And he kicked it so hard and so straight, that it would have been good for 68 yards.  Overtime.  Then, in overtime, the Bears looked like they had it again, when Marion Barber broke away and was about to run to daylight, when… he was miraculously stripped and fumbled the ball.  It came out of NOWHERE!  The Broncos got it back, headed into field goal range, and won the game.  Amazing!!!  Tebow’s miracles continue, and he will face Tom Brady and the Pats next week.  Denver 13, Chicago 10.

And on Sunday Night Football, a key game with playoff implications between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.  Last week, the Cowboys lost in stunning fashion when they missed a field goal after their OWN coach called a timeout to seemingly ice their OWN kicker.  This week… they needed redemption.  The Cowboys started out strong with Tony Romo connecting on some  touchdown passes to Dez Bryant, Laurent Robinson, and John Phillips.  And just when they thought they had the game in their hands in the 4th quarter, the Giants launched their comeback.  With under 4 minutes to play, Eli Manning hit Jake Ballard for a touchdown, the Cowboys didn’t do anything on offense, the Giants got it back, Manning marched them down the field, and finally Brandon Jacobs got into the end zone.  The Giants also got the two point conversion to make it a 3-point game.  But… the Cowboys did get in field goal range — and here we go again.  Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey kicked one, but Giants coach Tom Coughlin called timeout.  For a second week in a row, he would have to do it again.  And on the second kick… BLOCKED!!!  And the Cowboys lost two straight and seriously hurt their playoff chances.   NY Giants 37, Dallas 34.

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