Wild Card Weekend

Wild Card Weekend

Nathan Baugh, Blake Wynveen, Eric Joiner
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TGIF. Yesterday, the Sprint community grew larger than the town of Hyder, Alaska. Let’s get to it.

In today's Sprint:

  • 🏈   Discreet trade requests
  • ⚾   The Mets' bright future
  • 🏀   Battle of the Balls

FOOTBALL

Houston, We Have a Solution

In a surprise move, Texans QB Deshaun Watson is considering requesting a trade. The most surprising part? It makes sense for both sides.

The situation: Bill O’Brien gutted the Texans’ draft capital while also trading away one of the best receivers in the league. Now, the new GM has no draft picks to build with. Meanwhile, Deshaun was forced to carry a depleted team to a 4-12 season. Neither side is happy. For the Texans to rebuild, the team needs draft picks. For Deshaun to win, he needs talent around him.

The solution: By trading Deshaun, the Texans could receive multiple first-round picks. He is widely considered a top-5 NFL QB and a guy capable of leading his team to a Super Bowl. Plus, this year’s draft class is stacked at the QB position if the Texans opt to draft his replacement.

The Texans start a much-needed rebuild around a young, much cheaper QB, and Deshaun competes for a Super Bowl next year. Win-win.

Who could be interested: Two teams jump out due to their roster structures and financial situations - the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears. Watson to Jeudy would be a thing of beauty for the Broncos. Meanwhile, the Bears have the chance to correct the biggest draft mistake in recent memory.

Wild Card Saturday

Since the Sprint isn’t released on Saturdays, we wanted to take the opportunity to dive into those games.

No. 2 Buffalo Bills (13-3) vs. No. 7 Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

  • 1:05 p.m. ET, Saturday, Jan. 9, CBS
  • Opening line: Bills -6.5; O/U 51.5

No. 3 Seattle Seahawks (12-4) vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Rams (10-6)

  • 4:40 p.m. ET, Saturday, Jan. 9, Fox
  • Opening line: Seahawks -4.5; O/U 42

No. 4 Washington Football Team (7-9) vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)

  • 8:15 p.m. ET, Saturday, Jan. 9, NBC
  • Opening line: Bucs -7.5; O/U 46.5

WATER COOLER TALK
  • 🏀   "For every Jazz win this year, we're offering a 4-year scholarship to an underrepresented or minority kid who can now go to college." - Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith. - Awesome stuff.
  • 🏀   After years of backyard pickup, Lonzo and LaMelo Ball will square off for the first time in an official game. They claim it’s not about bragging rights, but between brothers, we don't believe that for one second.
  • 🏀   In an NCAAM top-15 matchup, #4 Texas (9-1) takes on #14 West Virginia on ESPN at 1 PM ET on Saturday. The Longhorns will look to defeat another ranked foe.
  • ⚓   Retired Navy mascot Bill 33 has moved on to greener pastures. He is survived by Bills 34, 36, and 37, all Angora goats. Rest easy, 33.
  • 🏈   The matchup between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints will be shown on CBS and Nickelodeon. Yes, that Nickelodeon. We’ve been waiting for this day since Spongebob’s Bubble Bowl performance nearly 20 years ago.

BASEBALL

The Steve Cohen Era

New York Mets fans have been plagued by decades of misery due to poor ownership (at least in their eyes). Then, a few months ago, a man named Steve Cohen planted a seed of hope.

On October 30, the hedge fund manager worth $14.6 billion bought the baseball team for nearly $2.5 billion. He delivered an optimistic message at his opening presser:

  • “If I don't win the World Series in the next 3-5 years - I’d like to make it sooner - I would consider that slightly disappointing.”
  • "This is a major market team and it should have a budget commensurate with that."
  • “I’m not trying to make money here.”

Building a winner: Cohen is a real Mets fan, wants to win now, and is willing to open the checkbook to make it happen. Once again, he put his money where his mouth is. The Mets acquired Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, taking on $30 million next year.

Acquiring Lindor, an MVP-caliber shortstop, brings Cohen one step closer to his goal - winning a World Series with the Mets.


TRIVIA

Which 2020-2021 NFL playoff team has gone the longest since last winning a postseason game?

  1. Cleveland Browns
  2. Buffalo Bills
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  4. Washington Football Team

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TRIVIA ANSWER

Cleveland Browns. The Browns last won a playoff game in the 1994 Wild Card round beating the New England Patriots. The Browns coach at the time - Bill Belichick.

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