“I had to one-up everybody,” he explained.

By Dan Gartland
December 11, 2018

You have to recruit the parents, too

College football recruiting is as much about the player’s family as anything else. It may ultimately be the kid’s decision, but he has to have the family on board. Who can forget when Alex Collins committed to Arkansas and his mom refused to sign the National Letter of Intent because he passed up nearby Miami?

Lloyd Summerall III, a four-star defensive end recruit from Lakeland, Florida, is weighing offers from many of college football’s biggest programs. I think I know where his dad wants him to go.

Summerall took an official visit to Gainesville this weekend, which included a photoshoot in a Florida uniform. At one point, head coach Dan Mullen suggested that Summerall’s dad put on a uni and do the Gator Chomp with them. 

“I wanted to match my son,” the elder Summerall told The Athletic. “I wanted to be right there with him, whatever he had on. He had on one more sleeve than I did, though. But the shoes, they got the best shoes. I think they got all Jordan shoes. They got the best stuff. It’s all good stuff.

“All the recruits were right there, so they had everything accessible. All the sizes for anybody. Anybody could have fit in it that day. Every parent already had on shirts. So I took it a step further. I had to one-up everybody.”

Steph Curry is a conspiracy theorist

Stephen Curry went on a podcast with Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore and said he thinks the moon landing was a hoax.

“We’d love for Mr. Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets,” NASA spokesman Allard Beutel told the New York Times. “We have hundreds of pounds of moon rocks stored there, and the Apollo mission control. During his visit, he can see firsthand what we did 50 years ago, as well as what we’re doing now to go back to the moon in the coming years, but this time to stay.” 

This is not even remotely a hot take

Adam Ottavino struck out 13 batters per nine innings last season. Babe Ruth played against guys who ate nothing but steak and potatoes and worked in coal mines during the offseason. Boof Bonser would strike Babe Ruth out 99 times out of 100. 

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