Giannis Antetokounmpo - A Giant Amongst Men?

Affectionately nicknamed the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo is an impressive ballplayer that is growing by leaps and bounds. First, he was utilizing is loooooong stride to make great plays in transition. Now, he seems to have found another way to contribute in transition. That's right, that is a half court bounce pass that can only be done with a long arm to whip that ball downcourt. 

This dude is just crazy...

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Max Scherzer Deal Makes a Lot of Sense... for Max Scherzer

Getting money after you're no longer working is always a sign that you've made it. CEO? Nice, cushy retirement package.

On my way to my next paycheck...
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For Max Scherzer, he's getting a 7 year deal with $210 million that will be paid to him in 14 years, which makes a ton of sense, and cents, for him.

Sure, some people will point that constant inflation of the dollar will mean that a $15 million check paid in 2028 will be worth less than a $15 million check paid today, but there's a hidden caveat in this deal. There's a great tax loophole in D.C. that allows Scherzer to avoid some hefty income taxes. Sure, tax might not be a lot in terms of a lump-sum for the average Joe, but for Scherzer, landing in D.C. may have saved him an estimated $20million in foregone earnings.

With Scherzer now in the nation's capital, this could be a Newton's Cradle-esque transaction that leads to the exodus of another pitcher. Could this be Stephen Strasburg or Jordan Zimmerman? It's unlikely that a team will trade for the older Gio Gonzalez, and certainly not the young Tanner Roark, who may or may not have a rotation spot pending what happens before the start of the season. Doug Fister isn't moving anywhere either. Who do you guys think will be on the move?


Manziel In As Browns' QB, Runs for TD On First Drive

After throwing two interceptions versus the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer has been replaced by Johnny Manziel. Under center for his first career drive, Manziel garnered 54 yards in the air and 13 on the ground, scoring on a 10 yard rush.

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Manziel is obviously an athletic player that has well-documented incidents off the field. If Manziel can focus on his sport, he could be in for a heck of an NFL ride. As it stands, the Buffalo Bills are still up 13 in the game with just over 3 minutes to go in the game, and it looks like both teams will be 7-5 after the conclusion of the game. No one expected Atlanta and New Orleans to be well under .500 while these two teams would be nicely above .500 at this stage of the season.

Giving Thanks: J.J. Watt

As Thanksgiving is fast approaching and the rest of the holidays are just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight some of our favorite athletes that truly make an impact on the community and give thanks for being fortunate enough to be a professional athlete. 

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Houston Texans Defensive Lineman (and TD catcher?) J.J. Watt is a fan favorite. He's a classy guy, isn't concerned about the paycheck he receives, and does just what the team needs him to do at any given time. 

Previously on Sunday, Watt played catch with some servicemen attending the game, and even shook each of their hands.

Today, Tweetizens have been posting images of Watt's impact on his community, as he bought pizza for local firemen and police officers in the Houston area. Along with a handwritten note to them, Watt sends a message to all of us to be thankful for those that serve us at home and abroad, regardless of political beliefs. Watt's winning even when Papa John's can't seem to find a good team to sponsor them (from Washington [team name censored] to the "turrible" Philadelphia 76ers).
Watt is definitely a player that is giving thanks this Thanksgiving week. 

(postscript, check out Blog of Sports as he competes to advance to the final four of the Bracket Challenge. 
You can check out his analysis of the Challenge here).

Colts to pursue Ben Tate

The Indianapolis Colts got the short end of a trade last time they got a Cleveland Browns' RB. Trent Richardson has been an underwhelming disappointment for Colts Nation, but the deal made plenty of sense at the time. Now, the Colts have a chance of getting another Browns' RB for free. Tate is injury prone but is very talented, and was waived by the Browns. While Richardson and Daniel "Boom" Herron are the two RBs on the Colts' roster, Tate could enter this backfield and never look back again. He's worth a speculative add in fantasy leagues, as Richardson has averaged just 3.4 yards per carry. Though Tate was averaging only 3.1 yards per carry in Cleveland, it is safe to say that the Colts' offense is much more potent on the whole.

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Colts fan may have a reason to end their despair of losing Ahmad Bradshaw for the season.