August 26, 2020 was an important day in sports and culture. We don’t even need the perspective of years passing to see that professional athletes protesting racial injustice (particularly the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin) by walking out of their games was a resonant development.
Our football segment on WISE Sports Radio began with discussion of NBA players protesting playoff games and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts deciding not to play and his teammates supporting him by also walking out. But we also tried to have some fun with Buffalo Bills fan Mike Gore!
Baseball is making news, which overtook our usual NFL segment on WISE Sports Radio. Mookie Betts signed a gargantuan 12-year, $365 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. And baseball players are kneeling during the National Anthem.
The conversation did turn to football, however, with Antonio Brown asking the NFL to complete its investigation into sexual assault allegations and a battery charge. And if Dan Snyder’s Washington Football Team doesn’t have enough to deal with, the Fritz Pollard Alliance is taking issue with the organization’s hiring practices.
On the football side, Pat Ryan, Mike Gore, and I discuss the Cleveland Browns calling Kareem Hunt and Odell Beckham Jr. into the principal’s office, Tom Brady’s possible new contract with the New England Patriots, and the Antonio Brown Apology Tour.
Is it now officially baseball season with the Super Bowl meaning the end of the NFL season? Players report to Spring Training in a couple of weeks so yes, it’s just about that time.
On Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I discuss the rumors of Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts possibly getting traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Also, Colorado Rockies (and former Asheville Tourists) shortstop Trevor Story just received a generous new contract. And I get to express my admiration for the newly retired Curtis Granderson.
Baseball’s offseason essentially begins today, with free agents now allowed to negotiate with any team and the General Manager Meetings beginning in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Among the topics Pat Ryan and I discussed on WISE Sports Radio: Why is the MLB Players Union mad at Atlanta Braves’ GM Alex Anthopoulos? Is Nolan Ryan angry with the Houston Astros? The San Francisco Giants have a new GM. And what are some big trade rumors to watch this offseason?