Fun Fact of the Day: Former Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa was picked 3rd in the NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers, but they’ve been stuck in a contract stalemate ever since. Bosa probably learned it from his former NFL defensive lineman dad John Bosa, who held out 41 days before signing his rookie contract with the Miami Dolphins in 1987.
He’s gotta hold on to what he’s got. We’re only 2 weeks out from the start of football season and defensive end Joey Bosa is the last unsigned draft pick. Why’s he holding out? Money, of course! He declined the San Diego Chargers’ “best offer,” which included the 2nd biggest salary for a rookie this year and the biggest signing bonus of any player in the past 2 drafts. Now, the Chargers are warning Bosa that their next offer won’t be quite so generous. The team has a right to be sour because Bosa’s already missed all of training camp. Without all that practice, there’s a good chance he won’t be ready to play in Week 1 even if they complete the deal in time.
Over and out. The New England Patriots traded their former starting center Bryan Stork to the Washington Redskins. Stork sat out a bunch of last season because of concussions. While he was gone, his backup David Andrews showed that he could handle the top gig. Now, Stork’s mulling his options, including retirement at age 25.
Standing by their man. New York Giants owner John Mara defended the team’s decision to re-sign their kicker Josh Brown to a 2-year extension. Brown was suspended 1 game this year because of a domestic violence incident involving his ex-wife. In her report to police, she indicated that Brown had been violent with her on more than 20 occasions. Yesterday, Mara said that the Giants were “comfortable” with their decision to re-sign Brown because these issues aren’t “black and white” and “You very rarely have a Ray Rice video.” Which made a lot of people sit up and ask, Do you really need a video, Mr. Mara?
If you don’t have anything nice to say… Goalie Hope Solo has been suspended for 6 months for calling Sweden’s team “a bunch of cowards,” after they eliminated the US Women’s National Team from the Olympics. It wasn’t Solo’s first strike; her bosses have talked to her about her bad behavior before. Last year, she was suspended for 30 days when she was combative with police during her husband’s DUI arrest and she is still in the middle of legal proceedings for misdemeanor domestic violence charges against her sister and nephew.
Moving on. The league worst Atlanta Braves have traded veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur to the Miami Marlins, as part of a 3-team deal. Unlike the Braves, the Marlins are fighting for a spot in the playoffs. They sit only 1.5 games back from a wild card spot, and Francoeur will be a big help in their outfield after RF Giancarlo Stanton’s severe groin strain (not a joke).
Seen and Heard
Shall we dance? Sure, Ryan Lochte caused a major international incident by vandalizing a Rio gas station bathroom and lying about it, but that was last week! Rumor has it that Lochte will be a contestant on the next season of “Dancing with the Stars.” Good news for his battered image, after all 4 of his endorsement deals dropped him this week.
A milestone! The NHL has hired their first full time female coach. Dawn Braid is joining the Arizona Coyotes as a skating coach. Congratulations Dawn!