As if Falcons fans hadn’t suffered enough with arguably the worst loss in the history of professional sports (28-3?), Falcons fans suffered another setback, as the dirty birds traded their franchise quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts FOR ONLY ONE third-round pick in this years’ 2022 NFL Draft. Yep, that isn’t a typo. Ryan, who holds every significant passing record in franchise history, is an All-Pro, and the 2016 NFL MVP, is without question one of the greatest players to dawn the Falcons uniform. I definitely didn’t expect it to take so little for another team to acquire Ryan via trade, with just a third-round pick not nearly being enough in return if you ask me. Nevertheless, the move indicates that the Falcons are in complete rebuild mode, while signaling to their fan base that any chance of returning to the Super Bowl will not happen any time soon.
With that being said, Falcons fans who are looking for any kind of silver lining to the move need to look no further than the two other professional sports teams that reside in Atlanta. The Braves began a rebuild in 2014, culminating in the Braves’ first World Series championship since 1995. Additionally, the Hawks began a rebuild of their franchise in 2017, and were just two wins away from appearing in the 2021 NBA Finals, which has alluded them since 1961. In the case of the Braves, drafting and developing the likes of Acuna, Albies, Freeman and Fried, accelerated the pace of the rebuild. With the Hawks, a keen eye for talent such as John Collins, Kevin Huerter and Onyeka Okongwu and deft draft day maneuvering to bring Trae Young to the City has helped the Hawks become one of the most promising teams in the NBA.
So, remember this Falcons fans, while the move of Matty Ice does not bode well for the immediate future of the franchise, one only needs to look at the Braves and Hawks to realize that good things could be ahead for the team. And that might also help heal other fresh wounds from the Falcons past. Will the Falcons be able to follow in the Braves and Hawks steps?
The Lakers season has been nothing but a disappointment so far this year, as the team stands in 9th place in the west holding a record 9 games under .500 at29-39. Matters didn’t seem to get much better last night either, as the Kings easily blew out the Lakers, 124-104. That isn’t the only headline from the night though…
Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook is having the worst year of his career, receiving death threats, and taking a TON of heat right now. With that being said being trash talked by a team that has barely won 39% of their games the last three calendar years and a team that has not been that relevant since the early 2000s really didn’t help matters.
Westbrook had this to say about the Kings postgame,
“I honestly pay no mind to it. They weren’t talking to me… Nobody over there has done anything in this league… They won a game, happy for them, (I’ll) move on to the next one.”
Woah. Shots fired. But is he wrong? The Wolves have been a relatively quiet team in a small market historically, only winning one playoff game in the last 15 seasons. With a young emerging superstar in Anthony Edwards, a very good PG in D’Lo, and arguably the best shooting 7-footer in NBA history in Karl Anthony Towns obviously, these Timberwolves might just “do something” in this league.
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At the beginning of the season, everyone and their brother had the Cowboys finishing 1st in the NFC East and the Eagles finishing most likely last. That narrative changed though. After we saw a solid outing by Philly Week 1 against the Falcons, these teams are a little closer than one would think in my eyes. The Eagles fast start was key, being able to bring in a healthy offensive and defensive front was critical, but they aren’t nearly as healthy anymore.
Fletcher Cox, a staple on the Eagles defense for years, has been dealing with an illness this week and the loss of Brandon Graham is not good at all. Not to mention, starting LT Brandon Brooks is out for the week. The Cowboys definitely are not contenders yet, but last week they captured a very resilient win. With this being said, take Dallas -3.5 or -3 if confident.
Final score prediction: Cowboys: 31 Eagles: 27 (58 points total)