I’ve documented how on the subject, the Chicago Cubs are rapidly changing into considered one of the tales in Major League Baseball. This is a workforce that had been partially stripped for components by its proprietor (regardless that he’s tried to duck that in latest days like the coward he’s), who additionally left the roster excessive and dry by not offering the nonetheless plus-talent with any help. Which is why followers are nonetheless handled to ABs by Eric Sogard and begins by Trevor Williams (when he’s not harm). Despite all that, the Cubs have surged into first place with the third-best report in the National League. As we’ve mentioned, they’re an actual dwell “Major League” workforce.
But off the subject… good christ I battle to discover a extra exhausting bunch.
The weekend began with Anthony Rizzo, the workforce’s unquestioned captain and chief and principally the heartbeat of the complete workforce, admitting that he was placing his personal heartbeat and people of the individuals round him in danger by not being vaccinated. This was in response to a query about the Cubs being amongst the dwindling variety of groups beneath the 85 p.c threshold of vaccinations to get their protocols dropped, and the admission by each supervisor and GM they most likely wouldn’t get to the threshold as a result of they’ve simply sufficient dumbasses in the clubhouse.
Rizzo is a most cancers survivor, and if there have been some issues from that which have been retaining him from getting the vaccination, that may be comprehensible. But Rizzo simply spewed a bunch of gobbledygook about “what’s best for his family,” “keeping up to date on the information,” “the doctors have been great,” a number of different horseshit. And nobody requested him the way it retains his household safer to be extra possible to carry the virus.
That was unhealthy sufficient, however then Jason Heyward got here driving in like his personal dipshit cavalry to again up Rizzo after the Cubs swept the Cardinals, typically a cause for all Cubs followers to be drunk for per week (we typically are anyway, however in a cheerful sense). Again, Heyward is Black and from the South, so if he needed to cite historical past of medical racism and experimentation on that group, there wouldn’t be a lot of an argument.
But as an alternative, Heyward turned to the Whataboutism of the really fucked in the head by declaring the followers don’t have to show vaccinations to be in a totally populated Wrigley (not totally improper, however not likely a solution to the query requested) after which tried to use his refusal to take a flu shot in September in order not to miss video games due to after-effects as a legitimate excuse.
One, COVID simply isn’t the flu, whether or not it’s Heyward, because it’s much more harmful. Two, it’s not September, it’s June, and it’s unlikely the Cubs would miss Heyward’s 60 wRC+ for 2 to three video games in the center of the season.
What anybody ought to level out to Rizzo or Heyward, or anybody in the group attempting to defend them by pointing to a quickly aging championship pennant as an excuse for something, is that except you could have a legitimate medical or historic cause for not getting vaccinated (and even the latter is one which individuals are going to lengths to work round), it’s egocentric or silly or each to not get the shot. It’s that easy.
The Cubs might be an ideal story, in the event that they weren’t attempting their absolute hardest to wreck it each time they flap their gums.
Ain’t no Jokic
Now that I’ve motherfucked Giannis Antetokounmpo again into being the MVP (with the small assist of each Nets star having a physique half fall off of them), I can safely shit on latest MVP Nikola Jokic for considering he was taking part in hockey as he pulled the ripcord on the Nuggets’ exit from the playoffs.
Jokic bought himself ejected for this brainless foul on Cameron Payne, claiming he needed to change the course of the sport with a tough foul. That’s straight hockey neanderthal bullroar, and actually was simply born of frustration that the Nuggets spent 4 video games getting their brains was Play-Doh by Phoenix. Jokic can maintain his head excessive, it’s the supporting solid that went lacking in opposition to a workforce that was that a lot better after the Nuggets misplaced Jamal Murray.
Still, Jokic has bought to do higher than giving in to the helplessness of a misplaced collection and recklessly placing an opponent at risk. Yeah, he didn’t hit Payne all that onerous, and perhaps he didn’t imply to hit him in the face in any respect. But he raised the likelihood of actually whacking Payne, and had his goal been off by one other inch, it might have been an actual downside.
But apparently, second-round exits are contagious round Denver.
Does Westminster check for PEDs?
Now right here’s Barry Bonds at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, as a result of…it’s Barry Bonds at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: