Three fast takes from the recent week of sports


1. The flack Trevor Lawrence is getting right now for his comments is unwarranted- In today’s society, it’s easy to draw the comparison between athletes and as Stephen A. Smith would say, “Cottonelle tissues.” Rising above phrases such as “high football IQ” and “defense wins championships”, it’s popular to accuse an athlete of being soft and poke fun at them. A few days ago, Trevor Lawrence took a ton of heat on the chin for saying something along the lines of “I don’t have a chip on my shoulder entering the NFL.” For some people around the sport, this comment raised a red flag around Lawrence’s dedication to the game and his willingness to be the best of all time. To me though, it was a breath of fresh air from hearing countless NFL draftees always talk about the chip on their shoulder and why it makes them the best. Besides, he has been the projected number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft ever since he was in the eighth grade. So, I don’t know why he would have a chip on his shoulder right now to prove everybody wrong anyways.

2. Jake Paul is the real deal among non-boxers but still needs to prove himself against professionals- Going up against the big and bad fighting corporations that bring in millions of dollars through pay-per-view, I decided to curl up and watch the Jake Paul and Ben Askren fight on a “pirated” Twitter link. Other than the fact that the ref called off the fight way too early and was in the middle of a circus act, it wasn’t an unproductive use of time for anyone who watched it for free. Again, it wasn’t an unproductive use of time for anyone who watched it for FREE. Next up, anyone off of the street can tell you that Jake needs to fight a legitimate boxer who has boxed for a while. In other words, he needs to fight a professional.

3. It’s called a commitment for a reason- I have touched on the whole transfer portal debacle before, and I have voiced my disgust with it too. Now that transfers don’t need to sit out a year before playing, we might as well not draw a line between pro sports and college sports because they’re basically running the same business at this point. I feel as if things wouldn’t be as bad if top-of-the-line players like Garrison Brooks weren’t transferring, but maybe that’s just me. In the end, I think that this drastic move by the NCAA is a way to compete with the G-League and other professional routes that entice young players with flexibility and cash.