Three fast takes from the recent week of sports


1. Don’t try this at home, kids- I’m not a skier, I don’t ski, and I don’t like to ski; it’s just not a Tate Greer thing. Slalom this and alpine that, it’s just not something I would go outside to do. However, I respect the heck out of anyone who has the courage to hit the slopes and try alpine skiing. In sports, we talk all about how dangerous MMA and football are, but I think alpine skiing trumps both of them on the danger scale. I have never really watched alpine skiing before, so I just flipped the channel to see what it was all about. The two main nuggets I took away from watching the World Alpine Ski Championships was that Mikaela Shiffrin is one of the best to ever do it, and an alpine skier’s knees have to be made of those bendy straws in pina coladas. If I could catapult my respect to all of the alpine skiers in the world, then I would do it in a heartbeat.


3. Fly Carson fly- To say that I was surprised by the Carson Wentz trade is an understatement. I’m not totally sure on all of the little financial crevices of the trade, but I do know that the Colts easily won it. While the Eagles are left with the burden of Wentz’s contract, the Colts are looking at a pretty competitive team to put on the field. Along with a stout run game with Jonathan Taylor and a rough and tough offensive line, the Colts boast one of the better defensive units in the NFL. Pair those foundational pieces with 2017 Carson Wentz, and Jiminy Christmas, you have yourself a Super Bowl contender.


4. Let the kid breathe- A five star athletic phenom on his way to the big leagues who potentially could go as high as number six overall in the draft, who has been—along with Matthew Hurt—a bright spot on this year’s disappointing Duke team, who could go from living in a college dorm room to a five bedroom mansion in the span of a year, who could supply his family with money, surely wouldn’t want to make sure he is one-hundred percent healthy going into the draft, right? Unless he was playing on a team destined for March glory, I would say stay on the team. Let’s be honest, though, Duke is most likely not going to the Big Dance, and Jalen Johnson made the right decision—at an awkward time—to forgo the rest of his college career and get ready for the NBA Draft. Enough said.