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Chicago: One too many QB1s

May 03, 2021
Source: Twitter.com/Chicago Bears
Source: Twitter.com/Chicago Bears

🏈Bears: After years (and years and years and years) of disappointing quarterbacks, the Monsters of the Midway might finally have a star under center. General manager Ryan Pace made what some are calling the steal of the draft, maneuvering to pick former Ohio State quarterback (QB) Justin Fields 11th overall. We are SO pumped.

  • Fields is coming off a stellar career at Ohio State, having led the Buckeyes to the CFP National Championship game earlier this year. Known for his accuracy — especially when throwing on the move — and his run game, we’re just as excited as he is to have him in the Windy City.
  • Less enthused is Andy Dalton, the veteran QB the Bears acquired on a one-year contract in March, who was under the impression he’d be QB1. *wink wink* 

⚾️Cubs: The Cubbies’ three-game weekend series versus the Cincinnati Reds was eventful to say the least, with a bench-clearing brawl, a scary collision and a 10-inning, high-scoring nail-biter.  

  • Drama aside, the Cubs dropped two games against the Reds and fell to last place in the NL Central in the process. Fewer fireworks, more results, please.

⚾️White Sox: The Reds aren’t quite done with Chicago teams yet, though: they’re hosting the hot-and-cold White Sox tomorrow and Wednesday. Let’s hope the South Siders can do better against the Reds after going one-for-three against Cleveland this weekend.

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New York: The concrete jungle where dreams are made of

May 03, 2021
Source: Jeff Hanisch, USA Today Sports, Reuters
Source: Jeff Hanisch, USA Today Sports, Reuters

🏈NFL: The Jets leveraged last year’s terrible 2-14 record to bring in a phenomenal draft class, including BYU quarterback (QB) Zach Wilson and USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker. 

  • New head coach Robert Saleh is hoping Wilson will become the face of the franchise after a very, very messy breakup with former QB and exciting Jets draft pick Sam Darnold. 
  • Meanwhile, the Giants miraculously pulled out a reasonably good draft after falling victim to treachery from their divisional rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. The G-Men used the 20th overall pick to snap up Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney, an offensive powerhouse.

🏀NBA: The Knicks started their seriously daunting West Coast road trip on the right foot, beating the Houston Rockets 122–97. If they can keep that up for the next five road games…playoffs, here we come.

  • The Nets are on a road trip of their own, battling for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks. Although the boys from Brooklyn lost a 117–114 nail-biter to the Bucks last night, they have a chance for redemption tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET.

🏒NHL: The Islanders clinched a postseason berth after shutting out their crosstown rivals, the Rangers, in two straight games this weekend. Impressive. At least we can watch one New York team in playoff hockey. 

European Football Drama

May 03, 2021
Source: BBC Merseyside Sport/Twitter
Source: BBC Merseyside Sport/Twitter
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Boston: Full speed ahead

May 03, 2021
Source: Patriots/Twitter
Source: Patriots/Twitter

🏈Patriots: We’re strolling into Monday like former Alabama QB Mac Jones power walked to grab his new jersey Thursday night. The Pats selected Jones with the 15th pick and continued to roll with the Tide in the second round, taking defensive tackle Christian Barmore with the 38th pick. After those great selections, Nike deserves all of the pets and belly rubs.

🏀Celtics: On Friday, Jayson Tatum tied some guy named Larry Bird’s record for most points scored by a Celtic with his 60-point performance. Casual. And he followed it up with a 33-point showing yesterday, but it wasn’t quite enough for the C’s as they fell 129–119 to the Portland Trail Blazers.

  • The Celtics will have two much-needed days to regroup before Wednesday’s 7 p.m. ET matchup with the Orlando Magic. Playoff push, baby.

🏒Bruins: Thanks to two back-to-back wins over the Buffalo Sabres, the Bruins are now just one point shy of clinching the final playoff spot in the East Division. A win or OT loss tonight at 7 p.m. ET against the New Jersey Devils will seal the deal and send the B’s to their fifth consecutive postseason. We’re coming for you, Lord Stanley.

⚾️Red Sox: The Sox had a tough showing in Texas, falling 5–3 to the Rangers yesterday and dropping the series 3-1. They’re off today before heading back to Fenway for a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers, beginning tomorrow at 7:10 p.m. ET. Here’s hoping designated hitter J.D. Martinez can stay hot, especially against his old club.

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Dallas: Party like a rockstar

May 03, 2021
Source: PFF/Twitter
Source: PFF/Twitter

🏈Cowboys: After seeing last season’s 28th place defense in action, the ’Boys decided it was time for a change, drafting eight defensive players with their 11 picks. Former Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons is the star of the bunch and although the season doesn’t start ’til September, the defensive rookie of the year rumblings have already started.

🏀Mavericks: Luka Doncic joined a very exclusive club on Saturday. His 31 points, 20 assists and 12 rebounds lifted the Mavs to a 125–124 win over the Washington Wizards and made Doncic just the fourth (!!!) player ever to notch a 30-point, 20-assist triple double.

  • Luka continued being Luka last night, pouring in 30 points, but the Mavs saw their three-game win streak snapped by a 111–99 loss to the Sacramento Kings. Let’s see if Luka can bring back the magic tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT vs. the Miami Heat.

⚾️Rangers: Second baseman Brock Holt belted the game-winning single against his old team yesterday, lifting the Rangers to a comeback 5–3 victory and the 3-1 series win over the Boston Red Sox. Time to party like a Brockrockstar. The Rangers will ride that winning energy into tonight’s 7:40 p.m. ET/6:40 p.m. CT battle with the Minnesota Twins.

🏒Stars: Yeah, the Stars picked up a point in Saturday’s 1–0 OT loss to the Nashville Predators, but that won’t help them catch the Preds in the Central Division standings. Fifth-place Dallas is still on the outside looking in with just five games remaining. Here’s to a strong final push, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT vs. the Florida Panthers.