1. This has been a week filled with one ridiculous story after another. Right at the top of the list has been the Richard Sherman-Baker Mayfield Handshakegate.
For some unknown reason, Sherman lied about Mayfield snubbing him before Monday's Niners-Browns game, which made the Browns quarterback a whipping boy for several hours before the real story came out. Sherman is an intelligent individual (Stanford grad!), so how he didn't realize his plan to make Mayfield look like a bad guy would backfire because every single second of every single thing that takes place at an NFL game is being filmed is truly mind-boggling.
Baker knows all about being filmed thanks to his arrest in 2016, so he was able put a bow on this absurd saga and win people back on Wednesday by dropping a great quote that referenced the night he was caught running away from police.
"I know what I did," the Browns quarterback said. "But that’s the one time a camera and something recording me has gone in my favor.”
Well played, Baker. Well played.
2. A brand new SI Media Podcast dropped today and it features a pair of interviews. First up is Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy. Mulvihill is FOX's ratings guru and he discussed why the NFL and its pregame shows have seen big increases this year, he explained what FOX expects from their new college football lineup and strategy, and revealed what the network wants from WWE's SmackDown Live in terms of viewership.
Following Mulvihill, Conrad Thompson, who hosts FIVE wrestling podcasts, including the very popular, Something To Wrestle With podcast, joins the show to talk about the huge week in wrestling, the "Wednesday Night Wars," SmackDown's debut on FOX, his connection to AEW and what his week is like recording five podcasts with five different hosts.
3. It's hard to imagine someone can see this image of Clayton Kershaw after blowing a lead Wednesday night and not have anything but sympathy for the Dodgers pitcher.
But "sympathy" is not a word that's known on Twitter. Memes and jokes will always trump sympathy, so Kershaw upholding his reputation as someone who can't get the job done in the postseason was ripe material. Here's some of what we were treated to.
4. Draymond Green has gone from 6-foot-7 to 6-foot-5 under the NBA's new rules about accurate height measurement and he is not happy, so he's doing damage control
5. New York radio station WFAN and its parent company, Entercom, pulled a truly petty move Wednesday. The FAN let go of midday host Chris Carlin in October, even though he had a contract that runs through December. Carlin was set to appear on the competing sports radio station on Wednesday for two hours. However, right before Carlin was set to do the gig, Entercom said they'd stop paying Carlin for the remaining two-plus months he has left on his contract if he went on for two hours. He ended up doing 30 minutes as a "guest," but not the two hours as a "co-host." Apparently that was the technicality that Entercom used. So to sum up, Entercom/WFAN fired the guy and then threatened to pull his remaining salary if he went on another radio station for two hours instead of 30 minutes. Completely ridiculous.
6. RANDOM YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE DAY: MSNBC's Courtney Kube tried doing a serious report on the developments in Turkey on Wednesday, but her kid had different ideas.
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