By Marc Lawrence — Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Scott said players being given a list of phrases they may put on the backs of their jerseys when the NBA season restarts in Orlando, Florida, later this month, rather than choosing what they want to say themselves, was a “bad miss.” “They gave us some names and phrases to put on the back of jerseys. That was terrible. It was just a bad miss, a bad choice,” Scott said. “They didn’t give players a chance to voice our opinions on it; they just gave us a list to pick from. So that was bad, that was terrible.” The Undefeated reported the National Basketball Players Association had agreed to the following list of suggested messages: Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; I Can’t Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; S Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor.
The Big Ten announced yesterday that it will go to a conference-only season for all sports during the coronavirus pandemic for all fall sports, including football, amid “unprecedented times”. “We are facing uncertain and unprecedented times, and the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, game officials, and others associated with our sports programs and campuses remain our number one priority,” the Big Ten said in a statement. The Big Ten is the first of the Power 5 conferences to make this type of a major change to its fall sports. The Ivy League announced on Wednesday that is was cancelling all fall sports. “I’m really concerned. … I’m very concerned,” Big Ten commissioner Gene Smith said. “In our last conversation, whenever that was, I was cautiously optimistic. I’m not even there now, when you look at the behavior of our country and you consider that in May we were on a downward trajectory with our coronavirus] cases. … Now, we’re — if not the worst in the world — one of the worst in the world.” To which I say you can pin that directly on the lack of leadership in out nation’s capitol.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: Don’t tell anyone, but UL-Lafayette head coach Billy Napier is on the shortlist of Power 5 teams looking to make a coaching change. A former assistant under Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, he improved the Cajuns immediately and then led the Ragin’ Cajuns to their first 11-win season at the FBS level in 2019. Along with the best recruiting class ever in Sun Belt history, a lofty 10 season-win projection finds them neck-and-neck with defending champion Appalachian State. FYI: The Ragin’ Cajuns are 12-2 SUATS as single-digit dogs versus winning opponents. Forewarned is forearmed.