Of all the things that went “boom!” on the night of July 4th, the last thing any Giant fan expected was the career of Jason Pierre-Paul. JPP, the all-pro defensive end and potential cornerstone of the Giants defense, was sitting on a $14.8 million franchise-tag tender and a $60 million long-term deal offer when he decided that now would be as good a time as any to lose his first Roman Candle fight.
Maybe he should have made it to OTAs where Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s last bit of advice was no to do anything stupid.
This was not an accident. This was a 26 year-old man with a few million in the bank and tens of millions waiting for him deciding that throwing a firecracker would be as much fun as just watching. At this point, I’m praying that alcohol was involved – I’d hate to think that someone did this in their right mind.
Now JPP was not the only dumb athlete injury of the weekend. Number one ranked golfer Rory McIlroy decided to do his best David Beckham impression during a week off and wrecked his ankle. This comes 10 days before the British Open, where that same McIlroy is defending champion. Now you’re saying that Rory is young and hanging out with his friends for a bit of “footy” is a normal course of action. However, like JPP, when you’re sitting on tens of millions with a limited widow to cash in, you can afford to sit back and have a cold one (or for McIlroy a lukewarm one) and watch other people risk their necks (or hands and ankles) for your entertainment.
Of course, when you hear these dumb things, you can’t help but wonder at hockey players. As my Rangers had their wonderful season cut short by the Tampa Bay Lightning, you hear about all the injuries that were referred to as “upper body”, “lower body” or something simple, like “rest”. It’s after the playoffs end that you find out who has a broken wrist (kind of important for hockey players), broken ankles, or fractured feet. You wonder how these guys make it out of the building at night.
Maybe they would be safer playing with fireworks?
There is nothing better than watching a hockey and listening to Doc Emrick, Ed Olczyk and Pierre McGuire.
While the Yankees sit one game up and outperforming their roster, I still think that kids can help. There’s no way that Aaron Judge in right field for Carlos Beltran and Rob Refsnyder at second base for Stephen Drew (or Jose Pirela) wouldn’t be an improvement. That might go for Adam Warren for CC as well . . .
The quality of play, depth, and coaching separated the US Women’s National Team from all their rivals in Canada. Brilliant job ladies!