The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Nick Landon

The Good

Washington D.C. lived a dream last Tuesday night. As the Washington Nationals entered extra-innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Washington Wizards were blowing out the Toronto Raptors 117-106 in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and the Washington Capitals managed to beat the New York Islanders 2-1 in overtime in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Season: made. I’m convinced that if the Nats lose every single game for the rest of the season and the Wizards and Capitals get knocked out of the playoffs, no one in Washington will really care, because they just had literally the best freaking night in Washington sports history ever.

The Bad

Oklahoma City Thunder fired the coach that sort of made them a contender. Why would you fire Scott Brooks after seven of the best seasons in franchise history? Apparently, this was part of a long term decision for the team. But, when the Thunder make the playoffs six of the last seven seasons, I don’t think you should ditch your coach. 2010’s NBA Coach of the Year is now out of a job, and he didn’t really do anything to warrant the decision. I can only assume the management in Oklahoma City has hit a midlife crisis and wants to shake things up a little by getting rid of a top tier coach- or maybe they’re tired of winning basketball games and want to try their hand at losing again.

The Ugly

The Philadelphia Eagles recently signed highly-touted veteran long-snapper, Tim Tebow of University of Florida fame in a high-profile deal with a zero dollar signing bonus. On the bright side, Chip Kelly and the Eagles landed a bargain for Tebow, and they currently have the most cluttered backfield in the NFL. This doesn’t make the most sense if they’re planning on trading away all of their quarterbacks for draft picks in hopes of landing Marcus Mariota, because I can’t think of a team that would consider trading away their precious draft picks for a Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford combo. I laughed when Tebow announced that he was still going to pursue a position on an NFL team whenever he took his job at ESPN. This was a little over a year ago, and here we are. Who’s laughing now, huh?

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