A lot goes on in the world of sports every day. Each week we will bring you fun and interesting stories to start your weekend off right. We’ll try to limit this to stories that we haven’t written about already and that maybe you didn’t see in the past week. There is a lot in this week’s edition so let’s get started.
Any time the FBI investigation is in the news college basketball fans pay attention. This week celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti started a flurry of action that developed quickly. Avenatti started by tweeting about a pending announcement of a college basketball scandal perpetrated by Nike. Avenatti’s tweets are now private but it was here.
Shortly after Avenatti’s tweet the following went down:
In other college basketball news, Michael McKnight of Sports Illustrated wrote an interesting story about Auburn’s win over Kansas in the second round of the NCAA and how they did it.
Major League Baseball
Los Angeles Dodgers’ third base coach Dino Ebel was mic’d up during a preseason game against the Angels. The discussion was really interesting for any baseball fan interested in what a third base coach is analyzing during the game. A lot goes into their decisions on how to handle base runners.
Paul Briggs of Disney Animation captured the moment wonderfully:
Major League Baseball revealed the logo that will be used for a June game between the Royals and the Detroit Tigers in Omaha, Nebraska:
Prior to Opening Day word got out that Frank Schwindel made the Opening Day roster for the Royals but the team didn’t want to confirm it. George Brett reportedly said at their game in Omaha against the Storm Chasers that Schwindel made the team. Dayton Moore was asked about this the before Opening Day and he kind of let the cat out of the bag on accident:
When Opening Day arrived, former Royals’ centerfielder Lorenzo Cain made a terrific catch to seal the Brewers’ win over the Cardinals:
Luke Voit was hit by a pitch:
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News wrote an interesting article about how catchers are focusing on pitch framing instead of playing catcher:
They don’t block, they don’t throw as well and they are too busy trying to fool the umpires and steal those strikes that they don’t know how to manage a pitching staff, former big league catchers argue.Kristie Ackert
Bryce Harper chose to wear Phanatic-inspired cleats in his debut for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Oh, and in case you forgot about how much you might dislike Josh Donaldson, here is something to help you remember how much he likes himself:
My tournament bracket is usually busted by the first or second day of the first round. Well, someone had a perfect bracket though the first 49 games. That perfection ended when Purdue upset Tennessee in overtime.
National Football League
The Chiefs launched a flag football program at three local schools. They are looking to bring it to more schools.
Chris Jones announced a partnership with the Special Olympics.
For those who don’t remember, the Tennessee Titans used to be the Houston Oilers until they moved to Nashville in 1997. Some Houston Texans players want to wear old Houston Oilers uniforms for throwback uniforms. The Titans said no.
We learned that FC Bayern and AC Milan are going to play a game at Arrowhead in July:
Major League Soccer
And last, but not least, it appears that New England Revolution coach Brad Friedel wants fans to beat up his players when they lose a game. Don’t actually do it. This guy sounds nuts:
Thanks for reading. We will do this again next Saturday.