Odds & Ends-Volume 71

OddsEndsCleveland Browns v Minnesota VikingsIs it just me, or is Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon just asking for trouble?

Gordon, who is facing a year-long ban for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, was arrested for a DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday morning.

Gordon was one of the league’s best in 2013, gaining 1,646 yards despite missing two games for a drug-related suspension. He is a very talented player, but he should not only receive the year-long suspension he is facing already,make it two.

Two years should be more than long enough for Gordon to not only think about what he’s done, but to also hopefully get his life in order. Clearly he needs help and it appears to me that he lacks the proper guidance to be in a better place in his life. I hope those close to him can help him get there and if they can’t, he needs better people surrounding him.

 

It boggles my mind that the team who usually trades for nobody big in the middle of the season finally did this weekend.A's

The Oakland A’s acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for the A’s two highly drafted prospects, Addison Russell and Billy McKinney.

“We had to dig into our depth really early, and we felt like we needed two [starting pitchers],” A’s general manager Billy Beane said.

The A’s have the best record in all of Major League Baseball, are sending six All-Stars to Minneapolis and clearly no longer want to be known as a great regular season team. The AL West Champions the last two seasons, the A’s are hoping to get over the hump and get past teams like the Detroit Tigers and get back to their first World Series since 1990.

It is a very good move for the A’s because while their hitting has been top notch, their gray area has been their starting pitching and they have addressed that problem nearly perfectly. The big question is whether or not they can help carry Oakland deep into October. We’ll see.

GiantsSure,the Giants took two of three from the Padres, but they still are far from convincing me that they are all the way back.

Everyone else is probably doing so, but I’m not forgetting that the Giants went 5-19 from June 8 to Saturday,the worst record in the majors during that stretch. The team that had a nine and half game lead in their division only to have it slip away and are now a half game back in second place behind the Dodgers. The Giants now have a four game series against the A’s that is split between the teams’ two parks this week and it’s going to be a tough task and a tough pill to swallow for Giants fans if the A’s sweep the series.

I think the Giants can get on the right track as they have shown against the Padres, but getting some wins against a quality team like Oakland would really show fans like myself that they really mean business. Oh,and get another infielder who can hit a baseball very,very well. That’d be nice!

In an age where NBA players come and go and play for more than one team throughout their careers, the ones that stay with one and only one are not only rare,but DuncanNowitzkinever celebrated.

Tim Duncan has been with the San Antonio Spurs since 1997. He has been a quiet guy in terms of his demeanor and character, but may be the greatest power forward to ever play the game. Not only that, but in his time with the Spurs,he has won five NBA championships and has done it with class. Four days after winning his fifth title, Duncan quietly resigned a $10 million deal to stay in the Alamo City. Sure,he’s pushing 40 and is getting the last good drops left of what has been an extraordinary career, but he’s doing it with the only team he’s ever played for,and that’s worth celebrating.

The same holds true for Dirk Nowitzki, who has been with the Mavericks since 1998. Nowitzki has won a championship with Dallas and did it against a highly touted Miami Heat lineup. Like Duncan, Nowitzki has agreed to a deal to stay where he has been his entire career. This is where he wants to be, nowhere else.

Sure,Duncan and Nowitzki have had offers from other teams to go elsewhere,but both have refused. Call me crazy,but that’s something that should be worth celebrating in a day and age where players go through teams a hell of a lot quicker than I go through shoes.

 

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