#TallTakes: What did you think was going to happen?

We back baby!

I’ve been gone for a minute with my incredibly stupid takes that none of you care about because the late part of July is an incredibly boring time of the year and I may have changed entire careers and whatnot. But I’m back to give you some of the most flaming hot takes in all of sports.

Floyd Mayweather beat Connor McGregor

And the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, and north is up on the map, and The Equator is hotter then the North Pole, and the earth is round.


Despite what the hype machine would have you believe this wasn’t, and never was going to be a fight. Sure the woman-beating boxing champ an the racist MMA champ went after each other in a boxing match, “boxing” being the key word here.

The best netball team in the world couldn’t beat the Golden State Warriors in a NBA game, with NBA rules, in Oracle arena on national TV because they aren’t basketball players. Sure they may have some divergent skill sets, but basketball isn’t what that netball team does.

Floyd Mayweather beating Connor McGregor in a boxing match isn’t news, it’s a foregone conclusion.

Kyrie Irving got traded for Isaiah Thomas*



Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers got traded for Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas.


The details of the trade are inconsequential, one shoot first, shoot second point guard who doesn’t give a shit about defense for another, and Jae Crowder, and Brooklyn’s 2018 draft pick, which may be the most pivotal asset in this entire deal. Which, by the way, may not even happen.

See, Isaiah Thomas is still suffering from a hip injury that knocked him out of the playoffs, if Cleveland’s doctors don’t medically clear him the whole trade could be off which could actually lead to an even better storyline:

Isaiah Thomas, who played in a playoff game the day after his sister’s tragic and untimely death, and got all his teeth knocked out and didn’t leave, and Kyrie Irving, who hit the biggest shot of the entire history of the Cleveland Cavs, are going to have to go back to these teams knowing these teams plotted on getting rid of them.

That may be the best potential storyline in this entire deal.

Nal and I talk more about this on our latest Long Range 2 Pointers Podcast.

Failing Drug Tests is kinda Jon Jones’ thing now

Coming off the heels of his July 29th defeat of Daniel Cormier, MMA fighter Jon Jones failed a drug test.

Jones previously had to sit out of a fight with Cormier last year after failing a drug test, he had also previously served suspensions for his propensity to do cocaine and get drunk.

I guess it’s kind of this thing now.

12 Cleveland Browns Players protested

CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 21: A group of Cleveland Browns players kneel in a circle in protest during the national anthem prior to a preseason game against the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Twelve players from the Cleveland Browns took a knee during the national anthem prior to an exhibition game. Which has to be some sort of record that the NFL would never even think about acknowledging.

And good for them. We as human beings have an obligation to call out any injustice we see using any platform we can.

Sure these players are going to get some slack from fans, who really hate when they’re reminded than racism is wrong (see Colin Kaepernick). But people also hated Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Muhammed Ali too. We look at those people to day like what they were at the time: a bunch of racist assholes.

When you decide to defend those who stand against social justice, or speak out against those that seek it, think about how you’ll have to explain in the future that you were a racist asshole.

Rex Ryan is an inexplicably boring commentator

ORCHARD PARK, NY – OCTOBER 18: Head Coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills walks the sideline during the second half of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

In his NFL coaching career Rex Ryan has proven himself to be utter garbage. He has however, been a boisterous riot with his personality and hijinks. None of this has carried over into his fledgling career as an anaylist.

For all Rex’s bravado he has the personality of a cardboard box in the booth. And it’s kind of surprising. Hopefully he picks it up.