Happy Sunday Folks! Time for another edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly where we look at three things from the past week in sports.
Lets dive right in…
The Good: Joe Flacco finds a new home
The writing was on the wall for the end of Joe Flacco’s career as the Ravens quarterback as soon as former Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson made his first start for Baltimore. For the Ravens the move makes all the sense in the world. Outside of one of the most magical postseason runs in NFL history that led straight to a Super Bowl, Flacco has been decidedly average. It’s very hard to pay an average quarterback $18 million dollars. It’s even harder to shell that out for a backup quarterback.
So Joe Flacco is gone and leaves a complicated legacy for the Baltimore faithful to parse out but with a quarterback on a rookie deal the financial future of the team is bright. Flacco will be headed to the Broncos who are super excited to pay an average quarterback $18 million.
The Bad: NBA All-Star Weekend Hashtags
NBA All-Star Weekend is arguably the best All-Star Weekend of any of the four major sports but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. For instance the NBA does a fantastic job incorporating social media into their events but this year not all of the hashtags were a slam dunk. The first event of the weekend was the Rising Stars Game which highlights the star rookie and sophomore players in the league.
The hashtags for the Rising Stars Game was #MTNDEWICERisingStars.
See what I mean? Brand sponsors are important and what make many parts of All-Star Weekend possible, but let’s let a millennial pick the hashtag next time
The Ugly: The Anthony Davis trade saga continues
After the trade deadline passed and Anthony Davis was still on the New Orleans Pelicans, we knew the rest of the season would be awkward. What we didn’t know is that it would get really awkward.
In the last game before All-Star break Anthony Davis headed to the tunnel early clutching his left shoulder. Then Davis and his agent Rich Paul left the game at halftime. This (shockingly) did not go over well with anyone involved, including Pelicans GM Dell Demps who was fired after the incident.
Both Davis and the Pelicans do not want to play Davis for injury risk but there is clear pressure from the NBA and their television partners to play one of the best players on the planet instead of having him sit. Early reports are that Davis’s shoulder is fine but the next chapter in this saga will unfold after the All-Star break.