It is mid-June 2020 and the NHL is preparing for the Stanley Cup Final between the Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers. The first overall pick in the 2015 draft, Connor McDavid, skates to center ice to face off with the second overall pick, Jack Eichel.
So the 2019 postseason has been pretty wild so far. Though my predictions have not come to fruition, I’m not sure many have. Even with the Yankees cruising by the Twins to the American League Championship series, the Rays won twice at home to force a decisive Game 5. Both National League Division Series needed five games as well.
I’m not one to make bold predictions like this unless I am confident that I will be correct, and that is exactly how I feel about the chances of the Houston Astros this postseason. I am about to go all-out Joe Namath and guarantee a World Series victory for the Houston Astros this year, obviously barring any serious injuries.
On Sunday, the Wells Fargo Center, usually home to the Philadelphia Flyers, 76ers and Soul, found itself home to another competition: The Grand Finals of the Overwatch League. The San Fransisco Shock and the Vancouver Titans, who’d been on top all season, found themselves locked in a battle for the trophy and the grand prize of $1.1 million.
Without future Hall of Famer quarterback Drew Brees on the field, New Orleans managed to scrape together a 12-10 win over a Dallas team that many were picking to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIV. Now, the league is left wondering just how scary the Saints will be once Brees returns from his thumb injury.
The home run is the most exciting play in baseball. Whether it’s leading off a game or walking one off, there’s nothing quite like watching a man and a 34+ oz bat drive a little, leather ball 400 feet in a split second. But in 2019, things are getting a bit ridiculous when it comes to the long ball.
So here we are, three weeks into the NFL season, and it is already pretty clear which teams will be competing for playoff spots and which teams won’t. Some teams that likely won’t compete have had bad luck essentially end their season (Steelers), some have significantly fell short of early expectations (Browns), and some have been flat out bad (Dolphins).
After three weeks of NFL action we are left with seven teams with perfect 3-0 records. Among those teams, we have those who we expected to be here (Chiefs, Patriots, Cowboys and Rams), and we also have a few surprises (49ers, Bills and Packers). Let’s take a closer look at each 3-0 team and figure out who actually has playoff aspirations, and which teams are just an early-season flash in the pan.
Baker Mayfield and the Browns were slated for a successful 2019 campaign after a slew of offseason moves, including a trade that landed stud wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in Cleveland. But, through two weeks, the former Heisman Trophy winner has not looked right, even with a 1-1 record. So the question remains, what’s been bugging Baker?
Let’s face it, the Miami Dolphins have but nothing short of atrocious to kick off the 2019 NFL season, going 0-2 with huge losses against the Ravens and Patriots. But is the unquestioned worst team in professional football decent enough to beat a college team like Alabama, or are the Tide capable of rolling over these “pros” like the NFL has thus far? Conner Gilson and Jorge Eckardt discuss.
The air was still on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. I guess you could say there was a *dramatically removes sunglasses* lack of Brees. Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who finished second in MVP voting last season, left Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams after a hand-to-hand collision with Aaron Donald.
With the game getting younger, a greater focus is being put on the restricted free agent market. In the NHL, players are bound to their original franchise until they turn 27 or accumulate seven years in the league. But in today’s game, players are reaching elite status and becoming core pieces of their franchises well before they can become unrestricted free agents.
Antonio Brown played his first game in a Patriots uniform on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. He did about as well as could be expected in his debut, catching four passes for 56 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown. However, this performance shows less about Brown and more about the Patriots organization.
As this was being written, the New York Mets put an exclamation point on their four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with an 11-1 win, moving within two games of the second National League wild card spot. Though it will not be easy, the Mets are in a prime spot to make the 2019 postseason with just 16 games left to play.