The New York Yankees are livid with ESPN, MLB over some crazy scheduling.
1. The Yankees vs. ESPN -- who ya got?
Here's the story: ESPN has picked a Yankees-Blue Jays game in Toronto for Sunday Night Baseball on July 8, after the game was initially supposed to be played a 1pm. ET. The Yankees are livid about this because they have a doubleheader the next day, Monday July 9, in Baltimore with Game 1 scheduled for 4 pm. ET.
"Hopefully there is some pressure being applied because that is not good for the product on the field or the safety of our guys, having go from night game, flight and right into a doubleheader," said New York manager Aaron Boone. "Anybody who would argue with that is not being truthful.’’
What makes this truly insane is ESPN's reasoning, according to the "New York Daily News," for choosing Yankees-Blue Jays on July 8. From the Daily News:
"According to sources, the reason ESPN picked the Yankee-Blue Jay game for July 8 was because their lead-up to the game is the All-Star voting announcement and they figured the Yankees’ presence in the Sunday night game would pull additional viewers for the All-Star show. But as one Yankee source said: “That’s just ridiculous. The All-Star show is before the game.”
Obviously, I'm biased because I'm a Yankees fan, but if you're moving games and teams around because of a stupid, meaningless All-Star show, that's just wrong.
The Yankees aren't taking this lightly at all and they're ready to fight the World Wide Leader. From the "Daily News":
"If the Yankees are forced to play Sunday night on July 8, the Yankee management and players are said to be prepared for an all-out war with ESPN in which they will refuse all interviews -- pre-game, in-game and postgame -- with ESPN broadcasters."
Do I think the Yankees refusing to do interviews with ESPN would have any impact on anything? No. Do I like to see the squabbling? Yes. Do I want to see who ends up winning this fight? Hell Yes.
2. Game 2 of the NBA Finals played out the way most people expected most of the games to play out so there isn't much to say about it. The most notable moment came after the game when Tristan Thompson got insulted by a reporter who asked him if he felt helpless trying to guard Stephen Curry.
3. Serena Williams was asked one of the dumbest and most bizarre questions ever over the weekend at the French Open.
Obvioulsy, the question itself is strange, but what makes it even more ridiculous is that there is no Serena Williams-Maria Sharapova rivalry.
Dear Media,— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) June 3, 2018
Serena Williams is 19-2 vs Maria Sharapova.
She has beaten her 18 times in a row.
She has beaten her 14 straight years
it’s not a rivalry...
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Last night, Kimmel had Ben Simmons shooting a MASSIVE ball into a MASSIVE hoop.
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IN CLOSING: LeBron looks absolutely spent and exhausted.