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Today’s edition features a goalie poised for success in San Jose, a WWE wrestler who beat the odds and survived a broken neck and a whole lot of DeAndre Jordan.
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The hand injury to Josh Harrison (torn thumb ligament) has put a little bit of a damper on the great start to the month for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh’s offense is far from elite, so losing a bat from the starting lineup is certainly an unwelcome site.
Knuckleball’s Kevin Michell says the Pirates should use this injury as an opportunity to promote top prospect Alen Hanson. He says just Hanson’s potential alone should inspire more confidence than the group of Jordy Mercer, Sean Rodriguez and Steve Lombardozzi.
One of the strangest things to happen in the wide world of sports was the whole emoji-war-filled and locked in his house with teammates fiasco between DeAndre Jordan, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks. Let’s say that option is taken away in the future, what are some other ways to screw up free agency?
Fastbreak’s Kelly Scaletta lists a few more ways to make a mockery of the free agency process, including a scenario where everyone is out in the cold except for the player himself.
The San Jose Sharks always seem to find a way to get a starting goalie, even when the odds of doing so are low. They used some creative tactics to sign Antti Niemi a few years ago and they replaced him this season by trading for a goaltender who was traded from a division rival just days before, Martin Jones.
Slapshot’s Kaitlin Cimini says Jones had success in a backup role for the Los Angeles Kings and will continue to succeed as a starter. She says all Jones does is win and it’s a bad decision to bet against him.
Cam Newton may be at the helm of the Carolina Panthers’ offense, but the heart and soul of the team is linebacker Thomas Davis. Want to talk about perseverance? Davis is the first player to have three ACL reconstruction surgeries and return to the NFL.
Pigskin’s Rick Brown:
So when he speaks, he comes with not only the authority of a veteran but one that has been through his share of rough times to succeed.
As mentioned above, the whole DeAndre Jordan incident has dominated the news in recent days, but he was not the only athlete to change his mind. Memphis Tigers basketball player Austin Nichols has decided to transfer, much later than usual.
U’s Joe Boozell compares and contrasts the two scenarios and takes a closer look at why a July transfer is so strange.
WWE wrestler Tyson Kidd suffered a severe neck injury that was not only career-threatening, it was life-threatening. Maybe even that does not do it justice. According to Kidd, the break in his neck was so high, that only five percent of people survive it.
Knockout’s William McCormick breaks down the injury and how there has been a rash of very severe injuries in pro wrestling as of late.