Good morning. After a series of high-profile signings, the New York Mets literally practiced their World Series celebrations at Spring Training.
This week, they were eliminated from playoff contention… Life comes at you fast.
In today's Sprint:
🏈 The NFL gets into crypto after refusing to let teams do so.
⚽️ Real Madrid suffers one of the worst defeats in Champions League history.
🏀 WNBA semifinals go down to the wire.
Trivia:When was the last time the Clemson Tigers had 2 or more losses in the regular season?
*Reader submitted question! Thanks, Nathan N.
WATER COOLER TALK
🏈 Turns out the NFL was keeping all the NFT / crypto deals for itself. The league will reportedly agree to a deal with Dapper Labs (the maker of NBA Top Shot) to create a marketplace for video-based NFTs.
The new marketplace is expected to be the NFLPA’s largest source of digital income other than Madden.
🏈 The Chicago Bears purchased property in Arlington Heights (a Chicago suburb) amid rumors the team wants to ditch downtown Chicago.
The team’s Soldier Field lease goes through 2033 but, starting in 2026, Da Bears could pay $84 million to break the lease.
🏀 The WNBA announced its league awards, with the first-place Connecticut Sun taking home the hardware.
Forward Jonquel Jones won MVP with 48 of 49 first-place votes.
Center Brionna Jones took home Most Improved Player after her first All-Star season.
⛳️ Bryson DeChambeau hit a 412-yard bomb on the first day of the Long Drive World Championship, giving him enough points to advance to day two.
Kyle Berkshire had the two longest drives of the day at 450 and 455 yards.
Upset Of The Century
Let’s compare two clubs that played yesterday.
Sheriff Tiraspol: A Maldovian team founded in 1997, the team’s total market value (before yesterday!) was $13.6 million.
This is their first year in the Champions League.
Real Madrid: One of the most famous clubs in the world, founded in 1902 and worth $4.75 billion.
Madrid has won 13 Champions League titles. But you wouldn't have known yesterday...
(6 pts) Sheriff Tiraspol 2 vs. (3 pts) Real Madrid 1
Despite taking 31 shots with 11 on target, Real only managed one goal from a Karim Benzema penalty kick.