NFL: Free Agency Edition
Everything’s bigger in Texas. QB Brock Osweiler is moving from the Denver Broncos to the Houston Texans. Why do I know that name? Brock was backup to Peyton Manning for his first 3 seasons in the NFL, but he started 7 games this year while Peyton was injured. When Peyton came back and got all the glory, Brock was benched and looked like a mopey girl who wasn’t asked to the big dance. Pride + more $$$ are probably why he wants to move on. And what’s up with the Texans? The Texans had 4 different starting QBs last year, so yea, they really need a QB that they can count on. Jury’s out on whether that’s Brock. They’ll have more help on offense, because they also picked up former Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller, yesterday.
Who else won big? Defensive end Olivier Vernon landed on his feet, after having his franchise tag rescinded by the Miami Dolphins. Instead, he’s getting some big time cash-money from the NY Giants.
Check out all yesterday’s moves here.
Spotlight on March Madness Seniors
This March Madness is all about experience. Instead of hot young freshmen stars, the best players this year are seniors.
Respect your elders. All the hype is around two players: Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) and Denzel Valentine (Michigan State), who have been splitting the player of the year honors so far. These 2 seniors have worked hard to improve year-after-year, bucking the trend of college players going to the NBA after just one-year.
Tell me about Buddy? Buddy is known for being an incredible shooter, averaging over 47% from 3-point range despite drawing a lot of defense. Fun fact: He is Bahamian and used to focus on track and field in high school before he had a growth spurt and realized he could be a b-baller. So he’s fast…
Tell me about Denzel? He’s versatile and makes the players around him better. He’s improved in every offensive metric over the course of his college career and he’s also one of the team’s best defenders. Fun fact: His dad played for Michigan State as well.
Seen and Heard
Kane name cleared. The NHL decided they won’t discipline Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane for “unfounded” rape allegations. Reminder please? Kane was accused of raping a woman he met in a bar in Buffalo. During the investigation there were bizarre twists and turns, including a hoax by the accuser’s mother, where she said that the rape kit was tampered with. Psst—it wasn’t. Kane wasn’t ultimately charged. Good news for Blackhawks fans. Last year Kane helped them win their 3rd Stanley Cup in 6 years and he leads the NHL in points (89) this season.