Scrolling through my past week’s notifications, I’ve realized that I get a lot of sport notifications – mostly because I have three sports apps with push: ESPN, Bleacher Report, and MLB At-Bat. So I’ve decided that I’m going to start a new segment on Saturdays entitled “This Week in Sports.” Enjoy!
Saturday 1/30: Aaron Hill was acquired by the Brewers along with Chase Anderson from the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks and Brewers partook in a five-player trade last Saturday. The DBacks received shortstop Jean Segura and pitcher Tyler Wagner, and the Brew-Crew got pitcher Chase Anderson, infielder Aaron Hill, minor league shortstop Isan Diaz, and $6.5 million.
Hill has flip-flopped between the DBacks and the Blue Jays throughout his career; he started with the Jays (’06-’10) then 2011 with the DBacks, back to the Jays in 2012, and finally spending the last three seasons in Arizona. Who wants to take bets on where he’ll end up next season?
Sunday 1/31: Lions WR Calvin Johnson retired.
Reports came in on Sunday that Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson told close family and friends before the season started that the 2015-16 one would be his last. He informed coach Jim Caldwell a few days after the regular season ended. He played nine seasons in the NFL – all with the Lions (that poor soul) – and was elected to five Pro-Bowls. Johnson, aka “Megatron,” has been battling ankle injuries and is turning 31 next season. He is the Lions’ all-time franchise leader in receptions (731) and receiving yards (11,619).
Monday 2/1: Former Giant and Raider Justin Tuck retired.
As a Giants fan, I was super sad to get this notification. He was one of my favorites on the Giants, and he was best known for his “Tucking”. Tuck spent nine years in New York and won two Super Bowls – and sacked Tom Brady four times. Prior to the 2014 season, Tuck signed a two-year deal with the Raiders, however, he plans to retire as a Giant. Upon hearing the announcement, former teammates took to social media to praise Tuck, including Osi Umenyiora and Steve Weatherford. Best of luck in retirement (and maybe Michael Strahan can get you a talk show gig!)
Tuesday 2/2: Browns to release QB Johnny Manziel in March.
Ah, the Johnny Manziel saga continues – just wait until Thursday and Friday. The Browns director of operations released an announcement saying that because of Manziel’s actions off the field, the team will cut ties with the QB on March 9, when the new NFL year starts. The team could do it the day after the Super Bowl, however, it would count $4.6 million against the cap, and that’s space the Browns don’t have. There is the possibility of a trade, but it’s very doubtful any other NFL team will take him, even the Cowboys and the circus that Jones is running down there.
Wednesday 2/3: College football signing day!
This, surprisingly, is an all-day ESPN covered event – on its variety of channels, of course. At the end of the day, rankings came out on the best classes and top storylines. Florida State finished with the No. 1 class – 16 of their 25 players fell within the ESPN 300. ‘Bama finished No. 2, which isn’t anything new since the team has finished in the top three of ESPN’s ranking every year since 2008. The No. 1 recruit picked Michigan and helped the Wolverines finish in the top 10.
If only all of America was as interested when I chose where to go to college four years ago…
Thursday 2/4: Johnny Manziel’s ex-girlfriend alleges he hit her several times, threatened to kill her and himself, he denies the allegations; he won’t be charged.
Friday 2/5: Manziel named as suspect in new criminal investigation into alleged domestic violence incident.
I bet the Browns wish they could release their troubled QB the day after the Super Bowl, because they now have this conundrum on their hands until March 9th. I wish I could take all of his troubles and poke fun at him, but it’s getting serious now, and he needs some sort of help. And soon.
I linked ESPN and Bleacher Report stories to each day because they can do more justice to the story than I could. His agent has dropped him, and thankfully, his ex-girlfriend got a restraining order against him. I hope that once he is released he can get the help he needs because he had a promising career but maybe the pressure of the NFL and leaving college early got to him.