Three fast takes from the recent week of sports

  1. Tom Brady inadvertently missed the mark when he announced his retirement- Before last week, most football fans thought that Tom Brady’s retirement announcement would be made on the Super Bowl post-game stage, with confetti streaming down. To their surprise, though, the best quarterback to ever live was overshadowed by striking news about a lawsuit that Brian Flores is threatening the NFL with. To me, this is funny since it’s felt like Brady would wait for the perfect time to retire instead of throwing a curveball and announcing officially next week. 
  2. The Cavaliers have made a move that could secure them a playoff spot- If any team needed a boost from a trade, it was the playoff-hopeful Cleveland Cavaliers. Sitting at fourth place in the Eastern Conference, the Cavs have been the NBA’s best-kept secret this season since they were expected to be a bottom-tier team in the East. Dynamic inside presences like Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen are starting to blossom into perennial favorites for All-NBA Defensive teams, while Darius Garland is developing into the sweet-stroke point guard that NBA scouts thought that he would be. And now with the addition of Caris LeVert, the Cavs look to me like a team that could get into a seven-game stalemate with either the fourth or fifth seed.
  3. Ryan Turell is a breath of fresh air- Finding an athlete with the same loyalty to his religion that Ryan Turell has isn’t easy; Turell is a combo guard who plays at Yeshiva University and leads the nation with 28.1 points per game. Above all, though, he’s one of the last of his kind. While other college basketball players are interested in which school provides the best training to get them to the next level, Turell is focused on bringing glory to his religion. Religious or not, his loyalty for his ancestors earns my respect.