The big news in the NFL this week was Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib announcing he was gay on social media. How have the league and Nassib’s fellow players reacted to his coming out?
Other topics for our WISE Sports Radio football segment: Tim Tebow isn’t welcomed into the NFL tight end club just yet, Eli Manning’s new role with the New York Giants, and what opting out of the 2021 season due to COVID-19 concerns will cost players.
Two of baseball’s biggest sensations are Los Angeles Angels slugger/pitcher Shohei Ohtani and San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. On WiSE Sports Radio, Pat Ryan, former NFL and college coach John Shoop, and I talked about what makes both players worth staying up late to watch.
And Major League Baseball’s biggest storyline right now is the initiative to check pitchers for sticky substances that greatly enhance their grip and ability to put spin on the ball for movement. Managers who previously looked the other way when pitchers were using sticky stuff are going to be blowing a whistle on the opposition.
NFL teams are going through their respective mini-camps (or “Organized Team Activities”) now, which provides a few storylines to cover for our WISE Sports Radio football segment.
The Julio Jones trade drama may be nearing a resolution, while the Green Bay Packers may be preparing for life without Aaron Rodgers. Mac Jones might be further along than the New England Patriots expected, the Carolina Panthers moving a playmaker, and the disturbing practice of race-norming.
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom appears to be on his way to a third National League Cy Young Award, compiling an 0.31 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 29 innings in his first four starts of the 2021 season. He’s also helping himself at the plate, batting .545 with two RBI. As it turns out, some pitchers can hit.
On our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we discuss deGrom’s dominance, the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers continuing to give us MLB’s best rivalry, and Madison Bumgarner not being credited with a no-hitter despite allowing no hits in a seven-inning (shortened for a doubleheader) ballgame.
Talking baseball on WISE Sports Radio, we discuss now-former Seattle Mariners president Kevin Mather forcing himself to resign with dumb comments about international players, keeping top prospects in the minor leagues, and the neighborhood surrounding T-Mobile Park.
Also among our topics: Which player will be next to sign a blockbuster contract after Fernando Tatis Jr.’s mega-deal and with baseball season nearing, we begin our division predictions with the American League East.