Potpourri—Joe Barrow, QB for LSU, goes No. 1 in the NFL Draft— Area golf courses get the green light to open, but with a lot of restrictions—Diana Taurasi, best women’s basketball player ever; her legacy speaks for itself - 3 times WNBA champion, WNBA all-time leading scorer, 2 times WNBA Finals MVP, 4 Gold Medals, 3 times NCAA Champion (U MASS), enough said!
Illini sets sights on Morgan Park Wing—Brandon Weston, 6’-5”, is the next star on the horizon for the O&B. The Morgan Park superstar could re-classify for 2020 or wait to go in 2021. The Illini are willing to go either way for the star recruit. Weston played alongside Andre Miller at Morgan Park, averaging 24.6 ppg and 10 rebounds. Coach Mike Irwin (Morgan Park) said this about Weston: “He’s a stone-cold killer; he’s an assassin out there on the court. You can’t stop him because he goes inside, outside, and he can shoot it. He’s just tough as nails, he’s very, very tough.” Irwin has sent Ayo and Miller to the Illini and they are hoping for a trifecta by landing Weston. COME ON DOWN AND JOIN THE TEAM!
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady to face off again—Only this time it’s on the golf course, not on the football field. Manning is hooking up with Tiger Woods, while Brady is playing with “lefty” Phil Mickelson. The event is called “The Match: Champions for Charity,” and it benefits COVID-19 relief funds. No date has been set since the PGA Tour has to approve the event, and at the present time all PGA Tour events are postponed. Manning stated, “We have a chance to have a major fund-raising event for COVID-19 relief. It’s almost like a telethon. If we can do it, I’m all for it.” Brady went on to say, “I’ve been waiting four years for a rematch with Peyton, and expecting a different result this time around.” The two superstars have faced off five times on the football field with Manning holding a 3-2 edge. LET THE GAME BEGIN!
The Summer Olympic games proving to be extremely costly—The chief executive of the Tokyo Olympics as well as the IOC has said what it will cost to delay the summer games for one year. Early estimates range between $2 billion and $6 billion. Japan, like many countries, could be in a deep recession by next summer brought on by the pandemic. Japan is officially spending $12.6 billion to organize the Olympics, but a government report last year said it was at least twice this amount. It’s all public money except for $5.6 billion in privately funded operating budget. John Coates, IOC member, who oversees the planning for the Tokyo Olympics, said last week the IOC would need to pay “several hundred million dollars” to keep many international sports federations and national Olympic committees afloat. THE SUMMER OLYMPICS IS INDEED PROVING TO BE EXTREMELY COSTLY!
NCAA moving closer to allow athletes to be paid sponsors—The NCAA is moving closer to allowing Division I athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorship deals they can strike on their own as early as next year. If adopted, the rules would allow athletes to make sponsorship and endorsement deals with all kinds of companies and third parties, from car dealerships to concert promotions to pizza shops. However, no school-branded apparel or material could be used by athletes in their personal endorsement deals. They also will be allowed to sign autographs for money, sell their memorabilia, and be paid for personal appearances and working as instructors in their sports. IT’S ABOUT TIME THE ATHLETES GET WHAT THE NCAA HAS BEEN GETTING FOR A LONG, LONG