Welcome back to another edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly where we break down three things from the past week in sports that vary from great to… well, not so great.
Let’s dive right in…
The Good: College Basketball
It’s almost that time of year again where madness is in the air the upsets are around every corner. But the week leading up to the NCAA Tournament, also known as Champs Week, has a brand of drama and excitement all its own. For example when else can I get overly invested in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship game between Murray State and Belmont?
Or when else do I find myself locked in on the quarterfinals of the Western Coast Conference Championship between Pepperdine and San Francisco even though I know the winner will lose to Gonzaga?
The answer is never which is part of what makes Champs Week special. The other part of the recipe is the number of teams playing for a chance at the big dance. Even if the odds aren’t in their favor every team has a chance to control their own destiny and make it to the March Madness this week.
The Bad: Ian Rapoport
Antonio Brown is not a happy camper. After an offseason of airing his grievances against the Steelers and making his intentions to be traded abundantly clear news broke this past week of where that new destination might be.
Enter the Buffalo Bills.
Ian Rapoport reported that the Steelers and Bills had reached a deal to send the disgruntled wide receiver to Buffalo. However in the most 2019 twist of all time Antonio Brown commented on the report via instagram saying that the trade was fake news. Whether Brown’s comment on the trade is the straw that broke the camel’s back or the report was actually fake news, we don’t know. But since Brown’s comments on the report no other NFL reporters were able to confirm the trade news.
Thankfully Rapoport got a second shot at the story when he confirmed that the Raiders had landed the wide out via a trade with the Steelers.
So Antonio Browns and his…interesting new moustache are now an Oakland Raider.
The Ugly: The Lakers
Laker nation started this year with visions of grandeur including LeBron James holding the Larry O’Brien trophy at the end of the rainbow. After a tough stretch the past week that dream will not come to fruition. With 16 games left in the regular season the Lakers sit 7 games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. In the NBA version of waiving the white flag, the Lakers announced that LeBron James will be on a minutes restrictions the remainder of the year and point guard Lonzo Ball will be out the remainder of the year. To add insult to injury news broke late in the week that Lakers forward Brandon Ingram has Deep Vein Thrombosis in the his arm and also will be out the rest of the year.
While injury updates and Lebron minute restriction will help the Lakers get a better draft pick, it does also admit defeat and put into question LeBrons whole west coast move. Even with LeBron’s prowess, as an aging player there is a finite amount of time where he is at the peak of his powers and he just wasted one of those years.