Every week the contributors to The Irrelevant will share the one thing we've been into this week. It can be a movie, a book, a song, an album, some youtube video, a random meme, or twitter user, anything that's been taking up more space in our mind than it should. We want to share this with you because we like sharing things we're into. Also these are perfect things that you can consume over the weekend, so here they are:
MLB Hot Stove
The perfect way to simmer into the long winter of no new MLB games is following the behind the scenes moves as teams start to plan their route to the 2018 World Series.
So far we have an agent who is probably the best at what he does doing his best to get every penny for his players. He only boasts stats and anecdotes that favor his clients and trashes anything that reveals even their slightest flaws. Scott Boras seems to almost feed on the disdain of fans as he rips their favorite players out of their team’s hands and delivers them they paydays they’ve worked their entire lives for. Also becoming increasingly likely is a trade involving one of the league's biggest sluggers, literally and statistically. Hurdles remain in any Giancarlo Stanton deal however, like how much his acquiring team will have to pay on his contract of 13 years for one Earth. Will he waive his no trade clause willingly or make teams squirm to incentivize him? Meanwhile around the world the best player Japan has ever seen is likely headed to America where he will test his skills against the greatest competition in MLB. The drama here is no one knows where he’s going. The Yankees might ruin all the fun and lure him to the dark side. Texas will likely be able to offer the highest bid so he might just end up in the greatest land America has to offer. He might not care for the fame or the riches but prefer the glory of ending a downtrodden fanbases’ woes. That is probably unlikely but could happen or he could just stay in Japan until he can demand any salary he wants in a few years.
These are just a few of the storylines coming out of baseball in the early weeks since the season’s end. Sure it’s not Embiid destorying teams but there are winter meetings, GM meetings and last minute thanksgiving weekend deals, baseball’s “offseason” should be more than enough action to keep people engaged.People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I stare at computer screens, refresh mlbtraderumors and wait for deals.
Not Watching the NFL
I'm a very big football fan, pro football specifically but this year the NFL has been pretty bad. It's just a hard thing to watch. Injuries have hit almost every team and taken out stars whose absence is truly felt. You could make a team that could win the super bowl with all the injured players. Look at the following image, this doesn't even count Richard Sherman who is a pro bowl CB that was just injured a week ago.
Injuries have decimated teams and have given us teams that feature Josh McCown and Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm, which makes for an awful product. It doesn't help that so many coaches are managing teams in a downright horrendous way. Whether it's Hue Jackson of the Browns changing QBs just about every quarter or John Fox of the Bears challenging a play and winning the challenge but at the same time hurting his team or Ben Mcadoo of the Giants just having no idea how to field a respectable team OR Marvin Lewis of the Bengals publicly arguing with a player who chose to have season ending ankle surgery. The coaches suck.
The product on the field has been SO bad this year that the highlight of the season has been the sky cam, which is a bastardized non-wide all 22 angle which was only discovered because on a Thursday night broadcast the field was so foggy that it was the only angle that could be visible on TV. The only good thing about the season happened because THE EARTH ITSELF was trying to prevent people from watching football.
ALSO, they keep trying to have London games and shove em down our throat.
The worst part of the season however has been the owners. From the blackballing of Colin Kaepernick to the disingenuous "linking of arms" and in the case of Jerry Jones, kneeling with the players after the President called Kaepernick a "son of a bitch" everything these rich old guys do just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Jerry Jones is the worst of them all, not only does he kneel and stare at the camera like a mutant captain morgan, he then goes on to say he'll fire any player who DOES kneel after he's done it. THEN he goes on a weird shadow war against Roger Goodell wielding the powers of Papa John's pizza. Papa John's claiming that sales of it's garbage product are low because the NFL commissioner won't "handle the protests". Unbelievable. Bob McNair of the Texans doesn't fall far behind with his comment reffering to the players as the "prisoners". No other season in recent memory has shown the Owners for what they are, Scooby Doo villains with billions of dollars.
All of these factors have come together and I haven't seen a live NFL game since week 4 of the season. I still follow because like I said, I'm a huge fan but I haven't seen a live game since.
I've replaced the NFL with the NBA in my mind and my life has been so much better. One month into the season the NBA is already better than the whole NFL season has been up to this point.