▪ Apparently, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley doesn’t believe that humans should play football. After a tumultuous year for football with the release of movies about concussions and the NFL acknowledging a link between football and CTE, the last thing the NFL needs is a G.M. further undermining its interests.
When asked if Whaley believed that Bills’ wide receiver Sammy Watkins was injury prone, Whaley responded with: “This is the game of football, injuries are part of it. It’s a violent game that I personally don’t think humans are supposed to play.”
He later walked back his remarks, saying it was a “poor choice of words.” Regardless, it’s not exactly a good look for a league consistently falling under scrutiny for concussions and acknowledging a link between football and CTE. If someone who makes his living in football doesn’t believe humans should play the game, what should parents think about their kids playing?
▪ On a lighter note, this little girl is a pint-sized doppelganger of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams. She should bring this costume out again for Halloween.
▪ Perhaps she’s providing good karma to the Thunder because they’re on the brink of knocking out the team virtually everyone has anointed NBA champs after setting the regular-season win record. The Thunder defeated the Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals. Check out the highlights:
▪ In some scary news, ormer Giants and current Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to facial fractures. Vogelsong was hit by a pitch in the face by Colorado Rockies starter Jordan Lyles and taken to a local hospital.
▪ The Miami Marlins just became more dysfunctional, as the team is now suing nine season ticket holders in addition to two vendors. Way to reward loyalty.
▪ Toronto Raptor Bismack Biyombo is having the best series of his young career against the Cavaliers. He has consistently defended the rim in Game 4 as the Raptors evened the series 2-2. Here’s one of his blocks at the rim:
However, the 23-year-old has been using former shot-blocking extraordinaire Dikembe Mutombo’s now famous finger wag after blocks — much to the dismay of the four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. continued his hitting streak, extending it to 28 games in his first at-bat on Tuesday.