When Kirk Cousins decided that he was going to sign with the Vikings in NFL free agency, he couldn’t get a hold of his wife or his mom. So who did he call? James, a AAA employee.
Big scoop for James at AAA
The first installment in a series of mini documentaries about Kirk Cousins just dropped on the Vikings’ website, and it’s surprisingly interesting. The 13-minute video, which details Cousins’s much-anticipated free-agency decision, includes new information such as Cousins turning down a three-year, $90-million deal from the Jets in favor of Minnesota’s three-year, $84-million offer (both offers were fully guaranteed).
The video also covers aspects of Cousins’s normal life, showing him playing catch with his father-in-law to keep his arm loose and trying to get an international driver’s license with the help of a guy named James at AAA. James is a little starstruck when he realizes he’s talking to the Kirk Cousins and asks him the question on every NFL fan’s mind: Where are you signing?
Days later, when Cousins had reached the decision to take Minnesota’s offer, he tried to tell several members of his family. His wife didn’t pick up the phone. His mom didn’t pick up the phone. His sister didn’t pick up the phone. So he called James at AAA back and James became the first person aside from Cousins, his agent and the Vikings (and probably Adam Schefter) to know where Cousins was going.
(Thanks to FTW for the clip highlighting James from AAA.)
I can’t wait until sports teams are no longer run by men in their 60s
An OHL team employee tells me some players have been advised to scrub Fortnite references from social media accounts.— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) August 28, 2018
Some NHL teams consider the video game a major distraction/obsession.
NHL executives appear to have taken that rumor from this spring about the NHL prospect whose career was reportedly ruined by a video game addiction pretty seriously. But I don’t know if I could find a better encapsulation of how out of touch sports executives are. Video games are just a hobby. I wonder how those executives would feel if someone told them to delete all their Facebook posts about golf.
LeBron’s TV show did not disappoint
LeBron’s new show The Shop debuted last night on HBO and got rave reviews. Draymond Green went in on Michael Jordan and Odell Beckham talked about how tough it is to be a black professional athlete.
Bits & Pieces
Nickelodeon is launching a streaming service to let you watch all the cartoons from your childhood like Doug and The Wild Thornberrys. ... A UConn fan site is making a documentary about the stupid Civil ConFLiCT “rivalry” with UCF that everyone made fun of. ... Usain Bolt is making his professional soccer debut on Friday. ... A Los Angeles man is facing felony charges for repeatedly dining and ditching on his Tinder dates.
Who wants free stuff?
With Labor Day on the horizon, we figured it was the perfect time to give away one of these cool grilling accessories. The MEATER is an app-enabled meat thermometer that measures the internal and external temperature of your meat so you can cook it exactly how you like. It’s made of stainless steel, with a wooden charging case. The charger needs only one AAA battery to charge the probe long enough to last for 100 uses. It retails for $69.
To win, be the 10th person to email me (with subject line “MEATER”) the name of the woman who did the Tony Hawk trick in yesterday’s Hot Clicks. (UPDATE: Congrats to Mark on winning the probe!)
Congratulations to Robert Ayers
Lions signed former Buccaneers’, Giants’ and Broncos’ defensive Robert Ayers to a one-year deal, per source. More pass-rush help and versatility for the Lions.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 27, 2018
Condolences to Robert Ayers
They don’t call it the U.S. Open for nothing
Purdue has an awesomely unique sideline
Since the cat is now out of the bag, here is the new @BoilerFootball border we’ve been working on. Choo Choo! Come see the finished product on 8/30 #BoilerUp @PurdueSports @LifeAtPurdue @RossAdeStadium @rossadebrigade @ReamerClub pic.twitter.com/tAh0GT5meB— Purdue Sports Turf (@PUSportsTurf) August 28, 2018
Jagr is living the dream
Scoring goals and driving the Zamboni.
A bet is a bet
Mariners manager Scott Servais made a bet in July that he would get a haircut to match closer Edwin Diaz’s if Diaz notched 50 saves.
This dog is too good at its job
♫ I wanna be a part of it ♫
Would you be shocked to learn this guy allegedly stole a paint truck?
It’s good to know they were laughing just as much as us
A good song
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