OK, so let’s get this out of the way…
Try as I might, I just can’t seem to shake stupid baseball. Apparently, the Houston Astros, only recently removed from the double embarrassment of revealing themselves to be an organization full of assholes AND losing all four home games en route to losing the World Series, are now embroiled in a cheating scandal. Of course, if this were football, this would be big news (particularly if it involved New England… that’s just catnip for the media), but since it’s baseball, it’s only sports news. Anyway, check out this guy, breaking things down on Twitter:
And now back to football.
So, this happened on Tuesday:
I’ve written a few times about Kaepernick just this season alone. It’s a travesty that he’s not playing, especially when you look at some of the putrid QBs who are currently on NFL rosters. Spineless sports journalists and publications, afraid of losing their precious access, are loath to criticize the league, so it’s important to remember what an injustice has been done here. Whether it’s former teammates like Eric Reid, other high-profile players like Odell Beckham Jr., or mega-celebrities like Rihanna keeping Kaepernick’s name out there, the NFL seems to have finally reached a point where it realizes that they can’t just sweep this issue under the rug. Some, including Reid, have expressed skepticism as to the league’s sincerity, citing the short notice to Kaepernick and timing of the workout (Saturday, as opposed to Tuesday), with Reid questioning whether the whole thing is a “PR stunt” by the league, so that the league can look good in saying that it gave Kaepernick a chance.
Pittsburgh at Cleveland
This is an intriguing matchup between division rivals, both of which are within striking distance of the playoffs despite struggling at times this season. Cleveland has underachieved, particularly on offence, largely due to problems on the OL, as well as due to the immaturity of Baker Mayfield, and the coaching staff’s inability to give him proper guidance. Pittsburgh has scratched its way back to respectability after a slow start, mostly due to a steadily improving defence, which has been anchored by a talented pass rush. Pittsburgh’s defence looks like bad news for what ails Cleveland’s offence. The big question in this one is how much offence Pittsburgh can muster against Cleveland’s talented defence. I give a slight edge to Pittsburgh, because I trust Mason Rudolph more than Mayfield not to turn the ball over.