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Yeah, I’m Gonna Have To Call You Back: Out With The Old, In With The New

The Green Bay drama, Mical Johnson with the Titans, and the new MLB foreign substance crackdown dilemma.

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Showing love for Jordan Love

Last week entailed a discussion of the drama in Green Bay. Rodgers was last seen on a Hawaii vacation and not much has changed since. During the duration of his trip, teams have already started activities, none of which have become mandatory yet. This is why Rodgers’ absence from the facility is racking up a hefty due of $500,000. It is unclear if Rodgers will be fined for these missed activities but in the meantime, Green Bay has started to cope with the idea that Aaron may genuinely not return for the 2021 season.

This means that the Packers have been forced to construct a new offensive plan for the season, and it involves Jordan Love in the quarterback position. It was reported during Tuesday’s open practice that Love threw 10 for 17 with 1 interception. This performance wasn’t glamorous but Packers Coach, Matt LaFleur, assured reporters that the “work ethic” is there and Love continues “grinding away and trying to get a little bit better each and every day”.

Personally, I think it’s time for Aaron Rodgers to give it a rest and return to the Green Bay facility to take care of business. The Packers have made it abundantly clear that they have no interest in trading or releasing Rodgers. So, if he wishes to continue playing football in general, the drama he’s currently attaching to his name is not doing Aaron any favors. I understand his frustration with the team and their execution these past couple of seasons, I just wish that Rodgers would have taken this off-season as an opportunity to strengthen the rookies, rather than throw a temper tantrum.

More women in football, and we’re here for it

Since the 2019 Superbowl with the addition of Katie Sowers to the San Francisco 49ers coaching roster, women have started to gradually establish their place in football. This off-season, the Tennessee Titans have hired Mical Johnson into the role of full-time scouting assistant. This makes Johnson the first female to hold a full-time scouting position with the Titans.

The former Belmont University tennis player will have oversight in both college and pro scouting. Johnson will work to evaluate and prepare prospects for free agency and the draft.

MLB suspensions for doctored baseballs

Every sport has its own scandals and secrets, but in the past decade, it seems that baseball has become increasingly less honest. This season, four minor league players received suspensions for using foreign substances on baseballs while on the mound. This concoction of sunscreen and rosin is theorized to increase the spin on a fastball, throwing batters off guard. The crazy alteration would also account for the fact that so far this season the league has seen 6 no-hitters and a record low batting average of .236. These numbers haven’t been this low since the early to mid-1900s.

While the players received what seems like just punishment, many in the baseball world are outraged that the MLB has all of the sudden decided to crack down on doctored baseballs. Mike Shildt, St. Louis Cardinals manager, is even quoted saying that the enhancements are “baseball’s dirty little secret”. Shildt feels as though this offense is common within the league, so he believes it to be unfair when the MLB singles out one player, rather than cracking down on them all.

These complaints and frustrations have been heard by the MLB executive vice president of baseball operations, Mike Hill. He explained in a memo that there is a three-point plan to keep everyone on a level playing field involving punishments. However, this plan came from a meeting back in March which is why the MLB owners meeting tomorrow will discuss the use of foreign substances on baseballs and what punishments should be standardized.

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