No sports are being played on the field. That gives us a chance to catch up on some reading that we might have missed recently. I did just that and found several interesting pieces worth your time. Today I have seven pieces you should check out.
Here is this week’s Saturday Reader…
Aldon Smith has put himself through a lot. He was a top player at the University of Missouri. He was drafted seventh overall by the San Francisco 49ers and great things were awaiting him. But things went terribly wrong. Ben Frederickson wrote a column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about how Aldon Smith is giving himself another chance.
March Madness is full of terrific games. Everybody has a favorite game or what they consider to have been the greatest game they ever saw. For some Kansas fans that game is the 2008 NCAA title game Jayhawk win over Memphis. Rustin Dodd recently wrote a piece for The Athletic about Mario Chalmers and a play called Chop.
Tom Brady left the New England Patriots to join the Tamp Bay Buccaneers. People were trying to read the tea leaves throughout the offseason to try to get clues as to whether he would return to the Patriots or leave for another challenge. Seth Wickersham wrote a piece for ESPN about the clues along the way.
The Montreal Expos left to become the Washington Nationals in 2004. Things didn’t go smoothly. Luke Mullins wrote a piece for the Washingtonian about how bad things were during the Nationals’ first year.
It’s not just fans of opposing teams who are angry about the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal. Some Astros season ticket holders sued the club. Daniel Kaplan wrote a piece for The Athletic about the Astros’ claim to have issued a sincere apology.
The Astros’ cheating scandal has caused people to think about how to prevent it from happening in the future. Major League Baseball might make rules but it’s clear that teams like the Astros don’t care about rules. Others say that technology might be the answer. Jayson Stark wrote a piece for The Athletic about alternate ways for signs to be delivered using technology.
The Astros’ cheating scandal continues to impact different aspects of sports. The latest impact is that on daily fantasy sports contestants. DFS contestants tried to sue Major League Baseball recently. Daniel Kaplan wrote a piece for The Athletic about MLB’s win over DFS contestants in their attempt to sue the league.
Thanks for reading…