The Final Four: The Four big stories of the week in the sports world!
This is Caesar Wilson of C Z Sports, here to discuss four of the biggest events in sports and give my opinions on these topics.
Legendary Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady is unlikely to return for a 21st season in New England according to multiple reports from ESPN and The Athletic. Brady is open to talking with other teams as that period opens up March 16th. The Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, and Tennessee Titans have been teams rumored to have interest in the six-time Super Bowl champ. Brady is coming off one of his most disappointing seasons of his career with a first-round exit against the Titans in the wildcard round.
I still don’t buy that Brady is leaving the Patriots despite this story. Brady doesn’t have anything to prove by playing somewhere else in my opinion. I think Brady returns to New England this season and retires with the same team he’s been on for over 20 years.
The Coronavirus is a family of viruses that are zoonotic, meaning that they are transmitted from other animals to humans. The virus has been spreading at a rapid rate, but started spreading in China with over 2800 deaths as of March 1st. Japan has been badly affected as well with 850 cases of the virus. This of course affects the 2020 Olympics greatly as the games are in Tokyo this Summer. The organizers of the Olympic pushed back on speculations on whether or not the games would be canceled, and are going through with current plans while monitoring the virus.
From npr.org “The Tokyo Organizing Committee said that countermeasures against infectious diseases are an important part of its plans to host safe and secure Games”.
Hopefully the virus slows down soon as it’s not considered a pandemic, and cases are already being treated. I expect the International Olympic Committee to go through as planned with the games as a cancellation would be a big financial hit for the IOC and Japan.
The Houston Rockets have arguably the most unique philosophy in the NBA currently. After trading their center Clint Capela nearly a month ago, Houston has ran a lineup with P.J Tucker in at center, standing at 6 ft 5in. Many thought that this would be the beginning of the end for the Rockets, but since then the Rockets have been the hottest team in the western conference. This 5 out offense has led to PG Russell Westbrook having one of his best stretches of his career. Westbrook has averaged 33.2 points per game since January 30th, while shooting 53.9 percent from the field. His three pointers per game is at 2.3, down from the 4.9 attempts per game in the first two months from the inconsistent shooter in Westbrook. In a western conference that’s led by the LA Lakers and Clippers, the Rockets have a chance to play the wildcard in the playoffs and change the landscape.
The MLS just finished its first week of regular season play, and a lot of developments happened early.
The Seattle Sounders won 2-1 over the Chicago Fire, and look like the front runners as they look to repeat as champions of the MLS Cup. Jordan Morris scored both of the goals for Seattle. Morris has been viewed as an MVP candidate by experts, so two goals in the first game gives those supporters more confidence in their assessment. Speaking of MVP, Atlanta United lost their MVP for the season. Josef Martinez tore his ACL in Atlanta United’s win over Nashville SC. That blow changes the entire trajectory of Atlanta as this could be a down year after three consecutive playoff appearances and a 2018 MLS Cup. Other clubs had strong showings like Dallas FC and LAFC. Those two teams are some of the best in terms of depth on their rosters and could give Seattle a run for their money. I’ll be keeping you up on the latest in the world of Major League Soccer as the season goes on.
Caesar Winston Wilson