Welcome back to the Tenth edition of King’s Court right here on My Mind On Sports. This week I will discuss the NFL preseason and training camp battles, the MLB, and a certain NBA rookie who violated rule and got sent home. Court is now in session.
Football is Back After a long and grueling offseason, the NFL is back. Preseason games are starting up with training camp battles being played out over the course of the next four weeks or so. There are a plethora of questions that need to be answered before we get to the start of the regular season. Some of the most interesting training camp battles to me are Nick Foles vs. Mike Vick for the starting quarterback position of the Philadelphia Eagles and Mark Sanchez vs. Geno Smith for the starting quarterback position of the New York Jets. There are more questions to be asked and answered in the coming weeks, but right now I will focus on preseason and training camp activities. This is a chance for young players to make a name for themselves and earn some playing time. Preseason football is boring at times, but the fact of the matter is, it counts. Welcome back, football.
The Pirates are for Real For the first time in my life, I can say with confidence that the Pittsburgh Pirates will finish the regular season with a winning record. With 48 games remaining the Pirates have to win just 12. The Pirates pitching staff is doing work for the Buccos as they have the league’s best ERA at 3.07and have allowed the fewest runs in the majors at 385. Opponents are batting a stifling .229 against Pittsburgh pitching this season. The Pirates offense isn’t too shabby either, as the team has the fourth best run differential in +60. Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin have shown to be huge additions to this young ball club. Andrew McCutchen is finding himself in MVP discussions. This Pirates team is for real and will be above .500 at the end of the season.
Farewell, Shabazz Muhammed Shabazz Muhammed, the No. 14 overall pick out of UCLA by the Minnesota Timberwolves got sent home from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program for violating rules. The rule he broke? He brought a female guest to his hotel room. That seems all fine and dandy, but the program stated rules hours prior to this happening, and one of them was to not have any unauthorized guests in rooms. He isn’t the first rookie ever and likely won’t be the last to violate program rules. The kid is 20 years old and was looking to have a good time. Unfortunately for him, he violated rules and was sent home. He will have to repeat the program next year.
Going Streaking There are multiple teams playing some good baseball these days. The Atlanta Braves have won 13 in a row and are running away with the NL East crown. The Detroit Tigers have won 12 in a row and 17 of the last 18. This has helped them maintain their AL Central lead, although the Cleveland Indians (who won 10 of 11 games before dropping four straight to Detroit) and the Kansas City Royals (14-2 last 16) are playing exceptional baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won 16 of their last 17 road games, including winning 15 in a row. The Pittsburgh Pirates are on a five-game winning streak and are 8-2 in their past 10 games. You usually see one or two teams streaking, but here you have six. This is one of the many aspects that make baseball such a great game. That does it for King’s Court this week. Once again thank you for taking the time to read this. If you don’t already, follow me on Twitter @KingEdward15. I am King Edward and I have spoken.