Million Dollar Arm
The Dallas Cowboys biggest offseason goal was going to be to lock down the conversation on Dak Prescott. After failing to make an agreement last season and franchise tagging the quarterback, this left the Cowboys with limited cap space to pick up other needed assets. On Monday, Dallas and Prescott agreed to a 4-year, $160 million contract. This gives him the second biggest contract deal behind Patrick Mahomes.
Now, Dak is undoubtedly good and would be even better with a stronger team surrounding him, but is he 160 million dollars good? This is the question looming over the sports world right now.
My Take? After Prescott’s gruesome season ending injury, the franchise got a taste of what their game looks like without him. In the only 5 games he played, the quarterback racked up 1,856 yds and averaged a 68% completion rate. Prescott’s numbers put him on track to break the single season passing record before his injury. On the other hand, the Cowboys have yet to win a Superbowl with Prescott, which is how the Chief’s justified Mahomes big money. I think Dallas sees future and potential in Prescott that the public eye might be missing, so I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt. However, big numbers will need to come from Prescott and the team in order to back up this move over the next 4 years.
There’s no going back on the contract now, and maybe the money will provide Prescott with enough confidence to step up his game this year.
Heat, Meyers Leonard in Trouble
Meyers Leonard is in trouble with the Miami Heat and the NBA after using an anti-Semitic slur during a live stream of a video game. Miami Heat spoke out saying they “will not tolerate hateful language” from anyone associated with the franchise. Leonard also took to Instagram to apologize for his ignorance and misunderstanding of the word.
Recently, incidents like this and apologies from prominent figures have circled the internet. They all use the same ‘excuse’ claiming to not understand the history of the word and promising to do better. My problem with his usage is that it was paired with the f-word, along with other hateful words. To give Leonard the benefit of the doubt, let’s say he genuinely didn’t understand the weight that slur holds. However, he still recognized that it was hateful when he paired it with other hateful words. At some point, after watching other celebrities be reprimanded for poor word choice, you’d think people would catch on and use it as an educational moment for themselves.
There’s no way to know if Leonard knew what he was saying, but I have to applaud the Miami Heat organization for taking care of the situation. They’ve said that Leonard will be away from the team “indefinitely” while the NBA conducts their investigation into the incident.
Charli Collier to WNBA Draft
Texas Longhorns women’s basketball player, Charli Collier has declared for the 2021 WNBA Draft.
The junior earned big 12 player of the week in 2019 and was awarded All-Big 12 First Team in 2020. She also earned a spot in the 2018 McDonald’s High School All-American Game. Collier put up big numbers playing 894 minutes in 2020, averaging 29.8 minutes per game. She had a season total of 394 points making her game average 13.1. As only a sophomore, she was the starting center for all 30 of the Longhorns games in 2020.
The powerhouse basketball player is expected to go in the first round to the Dallas Wings. Last season, the Wings went 8-14 and could use a play maker like Charli Collier on their side.