Author: Alex Poletti

NFL Punishes DeSean Jackson for Antisemitic Hate Speech by Giving Him Partial Ownership of Washington Football Team

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Amid a summer of protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement that saw the NFL officially condemn systemic racism, the league was rocked with its own scandal when Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson shared an antisemitic quote falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler on Instagram. Roger Goodell was swift to act, however, levying a harsh punishment by awarding the wideout a share of the Washington football team. Continue reading “NFL Punishes DeSean Jackson for Antisemitic Hate Speech by Giving Him Partial Ownership of Washington Football Team”

No. 1 MLB Draft Pick Spencer Torkelson Becomes First Player in History to Be Taken Out of Zoom University

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP

When the Detroit Tigers selected third baseman Spencer Torkelson with the first overall pick in the 2020 MLB draft, they made history on two fronts; the highly-regarded hitter became the first infielder taken at the top spot in franchise history and the first ever player taken out of Zoom University. Continue reading “No. 1 MLB Draft Pick Spencer Torkelson Becomes First Player in History to Be Taken Out of Zoom University”

Study Shows Yogi Smarter than the Average Chicago Bear

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Joe Robbins/AP Photo

A groundbreaking study conducted by Northwestern University shows that Jellystone Park resident Yogi Bear’s catch phrase has a newfound universality, as the study found conclusive evidence that Yogi is smarter than the average Chicago Bear. Continue reading “Study Shows Yogi Smarter than the Average Chicago Bear”

MLB to Give Draft Picks Signed Copy of ‘Bull Durham’ in Lieu of Signing Bonus

by Alex Poletti
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Looking to cut costs amid the coronavirus epidemic, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to give all draft picks in the upcoming shortened 2020 draft a signed copy of the 1988 hit romantic comedy sports film “Bull Durham” instead of a signing bonus. Continue reading “MLB to Give Draft Picks Signed Copy of ‘Bull Durham’ in Lieu of Signing Bonus”

MLB Hypothesizes It Could Adhere to Social Distancing Guidelines by Holding All Games at Marlins Park with Standard Attendance

by Alex Poletti
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Looking for a way to start the season as soon as possible, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred disclosed that the league has considered holding all games at Marlins Park in Miami with no restrictions on fan attendance, as the number of fans generally going to Marlins games would adhere to all social distancing guidelines. Continue reading “MLB Hypothesizes It Could Adhere to Social Distancing Guidelines by Holding All Games at Marlins Park with Standard Attendance”

LeBron James to Honor Class of 2020 by Dunking on Several Seniors

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty

NBA star and philanthropist LeBron James has done it again this week, vowing to honor the class of 2020 by hosting a graduation event which will feature the all-time great dunking on a few lucky graduating seniors. Continue reading “LeBron James to Honor Class of 2020 by Dunking on Several Seniors”

Derek Jeter Forgoes $5 Million Salary So He Doesn’t Have to Appear on Marlins Payroll

by Alex Poletti
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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, some industry leaders are doing what they can to help their business and employees stay afloat during these uncertain times. Hall of Fame shortstop and Marlins CEO Derek Jeter has joined that list, forgoing his salary of $5 million; however, Jeter tells The Second String that this was only to avoid the embarrassment of being listed on the Marlins’ payroll. Continue reading “Derek Jeter Forgoes $5 Million Salary So He Doesn’t Have to Appear on Marlins Payroll”

Scouting Report: James Wiseman Not Playing for a Year Really Appeals to Warriors with Potential First Overall Pick

by Alex Poletti
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With the NBA draft just one month away, The Second String’s series where our team of analysts dissects every aspect of a prospect’s game to see if they are really worth a top ten lottery pick has returned. Here’s our pick for number one: Continue reading “Scouting Report: James Wiseman Not Playing for a Year Really Appeals to Warriors with Potential First Overall Pick”

New Michael Jordan Documentary Unearths Series of Racist Tweets from Early ‘90s

by Alex Poletti
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In a shocking discovery that may change the way we look at basketball’s biggest icon, the team behind the 10-part Michael Jordan documentary series “The Last Dance” has unearthed a series of racist tweets from the early ‘90s during his first stint with the Chicago Bulls. Continue reading “New Michael Jordan Documentary Unearths Series of Racist Tweets from Early ‘90s”

With Tua Off the Board, Chargers Select Flaming Pile of Trash at Sixth Overall

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Hoping their future franchise quarterback would fall past the Miami Dolphins, the Los Angeles Chargers watched their dreams of Tua Tagovailoa playing in a mid-size soccer stadium on Thursday night. Instead of drafting a legitimate quarterback or trying to build the rest of their team with the next pick, the Chargers opted to select a literal flaming pile of trash at sixth overall. Continue reading “With Tua Off the Board, Chargers Select Flaming Pile of Trash at Sixth Overall”