Just a few thoughts
Strangely, nothing happened this week that inspired to write 600-700 words on the topic. However, there were a multitude of things that I feel warrant about 100 words.
With that in mind, let's touch the bases of the wild week that was in the sports world. We'll start local and work our way outwards to the national level.
R-S Central vs. East Rutherford
I was actually underwhelmed this week with what's considered to be the most heated rivalry in the county.
The Hilltoppers won the teams' first baseball matchup of the season, 3-1, but it wasn't as close as the score would indicate. East Rutherford struggled with the bats and R-S Central did just enough to win. It was a game that lasted just 90 minutes and the entertainment value didn't warrant much more than that.
The softball game, which East Rutherford won convincingly, wasn't much more entertaining. Yes, East Rutherford scored seven runs, but those were all scored in the first three innings.
And the lady Hilltoppers had no chance against the Cavaliers' Savannah Davis who just had her way against the blue and white lineup with 11 strikeouts.
The girls' soccer matchup featured a dominating performance by R-S Central. The home team won 4-0 in a match that was never really in question. On the bright side, R-S Central's Emily McLaughlin continued her remarkable senior campaign with two more goal and two more assists.
And for those that didn't know, considering R-S Central decided to leave it off the calendar in front of campus, the two schools also played tennis on Thursday. But don't worry, you didn't miss much. East Rutherford won a pair of singles matches while R-S Central dominated the rest.
maybe the East Rutherford vs. Chase matchups this week will provided more fireworks.
Don't look now, but the Chase girls' soccer and Thomas Jefferson softball teams have already tied or surpassed their highest win totals in school history.
With a 4-0 win over East Burke on Thursday, Chase girls soccer tied the teams previous season high for wins while Thomas Jefferson earned its fourth win of the season on Friday to set a new program-high for wins in a single season.
Congratulations to both of these teams. Keep it up.
College athletes unionizing
This was probably the most hot-button topic of the week. I've thought a lot about this but I don't feel quite educated enough to start spewing opinions all over Facebook and Twitter quite yet.
There's no doubt that this is a huge issue that is just the start to a major shift in the landscape of college athletics. It will be interesting to see what happens from here.
The only thing I'll say right now is that universities should guarantee scholarships (aside from academic ad conduct issues) and help with medical costs if a student-athlete is hurt playing their respective sport. It's not fair to make millions of dollars off of these kids to just drop them the moment they blow out a knee on your field/court.
Dormant Carolina Panthers
Alright, I admit it. I'm started to get a little worried about my Panthers. During the first weeks of free agency I preached patience, but now I'm about ready to accept the fact that a .500 season might be the best to hope for.
I'd like to see the team take a stab at DeSean Jackson, but anyone that knows anything about Jerry Richardson knows that he stays far away from any player that has any conduct or character issues. However, talent like Jackson's is hard to ignore. The only more rare is a choir boy receiver with that same talent.
Absurd baseball contracts
Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout make a lot more money than you. A lot.
Cabrera will make nearly $30 million as a 40-year-old, overweight first baseman while Trout will likely still be in his prime when his six-year, $144.5 million contract expires, which means he'll make even more money after that.
I don't blame the Angels for looking up arguably the best player in the game without guaranteeing him money for the remainder of his baseball life, but the Tigers are absolute fools to promise an aging, out-of-shape corner infielder that type of money. Miggy only gets rounder every offseason, and now with $29.2 million coming his way for the next 10 years you can bet he isn't about to start counting calories now.