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Seattle: Level up

March 01, 2021
Source: Soobum Im/Getty Images
Source: Soobum Im/Getty Images

🏈Seahawks: Mayors (yes, mayors) are adding their two cents to the latest wrinkle of the tumultuous relationship between the Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson. On Thursday, Wilson indicated he wants to stay (thank goodness), but is also open to forcing trades to four teams, including the New Orleans Saints. 

  • New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell made a pitch to Ciara and Ciara’s husband, but Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan fired back, saying Seattle is the couple’s home. You tell ’em, Jenny.
  • In other Seahawks news, unofficial reports shared yesterday indicate the Seahawks added three members to the coaching staff, including Carl “Tater” Smith, who previously worked for head coach Pete Carroll and the ’Hawks from 2011 to 2018. Stay tuned.

🏀Men’s basketball: With Saturday’s win, No. 1 Gonzaga are literally perfect, finishing the regular season without dropping a game. Even better, the Zags are the only undefeated team in the nation, after their closest contender, No. 2 Baylor, was upset on Saturday. Heck yes.

  • As the top seed in the WCC tournament, the Zags have a bye until March 8th’s semifinal. Lots of time to rest, recover and stay hungry.

Women’s basketball: The Washington State Cougars and UW Huskies concluded the regular season yesterday, with the Cougs defeating the Huskies 61–52 in the Apple Cup showdown. The Cougs, led by Johanna Teder’s (pronounced YO-HA-NUH TWO-DAR) 23 points, improved the team’s March Madness hopes with this hard-fought victory. 

  • But first, the Pac-12 tournament awaits both squads, with the first round scheduled for Wednesday. Bring it on.
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Dallas: Everybody 1, 2 step

March 01, 2021
Source: Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports

🏀Celtics: It took some sorcery from Jayson Tatum, but the C’s clawed their way back to a .500 record with a 111–110 win over the Washington Wizards last night. How are your nails doing?

  • The Celtics are back in action tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET against a tough LA Clippers squad. Cross your fingers for the return of Jaylen Brown — who missed yesterday’s game due to left knee soreness — and another C’s win.

🏒Bruins: Thanks to two goals from Massachusetts native Charlie Coyle, the Bruins bounced back from their tough 6–2 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday night to earn a 4–1 win over the Rangers yesterday. Don’t call it a comeback.

Next up, the Bruins will take on our old friend Zdeno Chára (miss you!) and the Washington Capitals — who just bumped the Bruins from first place in the East Division — on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. Get hyped.

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Dallas: Déjà vu

February 25, 2021
Source: Jeremiah Jhass/Dallas Cowboys
Source: Jeremiah Jhass/Dallas Cowboys

🏈Cowboys: Thanks to pandemic life and Dak Prescott’s still ongoing contract negotiations, we’re having serious déjà vu. Just like the last two offseasons, Dak and the Cowboys have yet to agree to a long-term contract. And with conflicting reports about the current status of their negotiations, we’re thinking the coming days will bring more of the same.

  • As a reminder, March 9th is the deadline to reach an agreement. If there’s no deal by then, the Cowboys will use the franchise tag on Dak. Either way, here’s hoping they figure it out soon...we’re not getting any younger.

🏒Stars: Due to scheduling changes, the Stars are getting real familiar with the Florida Panthers. The Stars played their second game in three days against the Panthers last night, earning the 3–0 win thanks to some jaw-dropping saves by goalie Anton Khudobin.

  • They’ll try to make it two in a row when they face off for the third straight time against the Panthers, tonight at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT. 

🏀Mavericks: Luka Doncic continued to show us why he’s an All-Star when he danced his way to 31 points and a clutch last-second win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. Seriously, what can’t this guy do? The Mavs will look to extend their win streak to three tonight at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT vs. All-Star starter Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Philadelphia: Like a box of chocolates...

February 22, 2021
Source: Philadelphia Flyers/Twitter.com
Source: Philadelphia Flyers/Twitter.com

🏈Eagles: ICYMI, last week, the Birds finally traded quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, receiving a 2021 third-round draft pick, a conditional draft pick in 2022...and some major rebuilding to do in return.

  • With Wentz out of the picture, the question is, who will be the Eagles’ QB1?

Starting from the bottom: Even though rookie Jalen Hurts started the last four games in 2020, his performance was inconsistent. While we expect Hurts to be the top contender for the starting spot, we wouldn’t be that surprised if the Eagles use their No. 6 overall pick to pick up another QB.

  • The trade also has us wondering what’s next for Wentz’s preferred target, tight end Zach Ertz. The Eagles are looking at a few potential landing spots, but if nothing works out, he might end up being released. Buckle up, Philly: we’re in for a rebuild. Sigh. 

🏒Flyers: The Flyers, who were still without a number of players due to NHL COVID-19 protocols, lost to the Boston Bruins 7–2 in their outdoor matchup in Lake Tahoe last night. Welp, at least there were views...and entertainment

🏀Sixers: Despite a strong start, the Sixers lost to the Toronto Raptors 110–103 last night after the Raps’ fourth-quarter surge. We guess even a four-time All-Star can’t beat a Tampa-based team.

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Dallas: Let’s make a deal

February 22, 2021
Source: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Source: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

🏈Cowboys: We knew the weeks leading up to NFL free agency would bring even more drama in the Dak Prescott contract negotiations, but who knew the two parties would be at odds when it came to this unprecedented weather emergency? (Spoiler alert: we all could’ve guessed.)

  • While Cowboys owner Jerry Jones celebrated hitting the “jackpot” thanks to surging gas prices, Dak was stepping up to help, donating meals to help feed homeless individuals impacted by the storm. That’s our quarterback.
  • Given this moral divide, it’s no wonder both sides have yet to agree to a long-term contract extension. Thankfully the drama will come to a close by March 9th at the latest, when the Cowboys will apply the franchise tag to Prescott if they have yet to sign him. 

🏒🏀What to watch: Both the Stars and Mavericks will be back in action tonight, with the Stars taking on the Florida Panthers at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT and the Mavs tipping off against the Memphis Grizzlies at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT.

And a special shoutout to the Mavs’ Luka Doncic. Not only was he named a starter for the upcoming NBA All-Star game, but Doncic also led off the court, joining Mavs owner Mark Cuban to donate over $1 million to the city’s winter storm relief fund.