If you weren't sold on tuning into the AAF already, this throw should be all you need to see
Happy Presidents Day! We the people of the United States of America really love our football. So much so that we are tuning into the Alliance of American Football during the NFL offseason to watch many former NFL players and hopefuls on the gridiron.
During the first weekend of play, a devastating hit was the enduring highlight. But this weekend, the internet couldn’t get enough of San Diego Fleet quarterback Philip Nelson’s no-look completion against the Atlanta Legends.
Somewhere, Patrick Mahomes is jealous. (O.K., probably not.) But through two weeks of action, the Alliance has undoubtedly been a fun product to watch. At the very least, I’ve enjoyed hearing players’ names and thinking, “Wow, I remember them!” If you’re fiending for football, give it a try. You won’t regret it.
The NBA All-Star Game is always worth watching
The NBA All-Star Game is the best. It’s a better spectacle than the MLB All-Star Game. You don’t forget when it’s happening, unlike the NHL All-Star Game. It’s not … whatever you’d like to call the NFL’s Pro Bowl event.
My personal favorite highlight from the game: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade rekindling their bromance on the court by throwing up a pair of lobs in Wade’s final ASG appearance.
I promise I’m not crying ... Anymore, at least.
BEST OF SI
Here’s all of the best moments from 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte. … Gary Gramling wisely advises everybody to calm down after the Broncos traded for QB Joe Flacco. … After serving as assistants during Super Bowl LIII a couple weeks ago, Dolphins HC Brian Flores and Bengals HC Zac Taylor find themselves in the midst of frantic transitions.
AROUND THE SPORTS WORLD
Wayne Drehs’s ESPN piece on Rob Mendez, a high school football coach born without arms or legs, is worth your time. … Steph Curry once lost a Hornets Starter jacket he had as a child, then wore a replica during All-Star Weekend.
Cain Velasquez’s return to the octagon was unfortunately short-lived
J. Cole put on a show during the All-Star Game’s halftime show
You guys need to leave Kawhi Leonard alone
CJ Fogler (@cjzero) is one of my favorite follows on Twitter. He cut up a clip of Leonard dancing after the All-Star Game, and followers responded with edits of the snippet including music. Predictably, Twitter came through with some good content.
Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos earned a La Liga-record 20th red card Sunday vs. Girona after nearly kicking a dude in the face
The New York Times published a timeline of events surrounding the Jussie Smollett incident and its investigation. … A 103-year-old woman became a junior ranger at Grand Canyon National Park. (Yes, you read that correctly.) … Scientists recently discovered a new technique that can turn plastic waste into energy-dense fuel.
A GOOD SONG
“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant (Social Cues, 2019)