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The Sideline Observer

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Is Julian Edelman a Hall of Famer? AAF Takeover, Eastern Conference Is Wide Open, and More

Scenes From the Sideline: 1/30-2/12

Quote of the Week: “Isn’t that tampering?”

Giannis Antetokounmpo to Lebron James after he selected Anthony Davis in the All-Star Draft.

The NBA is the most dramatic sports league and I love it. It has been no secret that Lebron wanted Anthony Davis; so badly, in fact, he was willing to trade half his team to get him. So when Lebron took Anthony Davis in the All-Star Draft, Giannis made sure not to let him off the hook with the quote of the week.

Moment of the Week: Belichick Solidifies Himself as the G.O.A.T.

This Super Bowl proved one thing to me: that Bill Belichick is the greatest coach of all time. Tom Brady was average at best against the Rams and yet it did not matter. Belichick’s game plan completely shut down down the Rams high flying offense leaving Jared Goff and Sean McVay confused all night.

Julian Edelman Shows Disparity Between NFL and MLB

After Julian Edelman’s dominant performance during Super Bowl LII, sports writers across the country started to make the case that Julian Edelman deserves to make the Hall of Fame. This debate shows how hypocritical we are with PED users. Prior to this year, Julian Edelman was suspended for four games for PEDs and yet despite his lackluster career stats, people still think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

However, Barry Bonds — arguably the greatest baseball player of all time – is excluded from the Hall of Fame because of PED allegations. So while Edelman is praised for his performances, you can’t mention Barry Bonds amongst the baseball greats without someone calling him a cheater. It just doesn’t add up.

Arms Race in the East

The NBA trade deadline proved that the Lebron-less East is up for grabs and the contenders know it. There are four elite teams in the Eastern Conference — the Bucks, Raptors, 76ers, and Celtics — and three of these four teams made a significant deal at the deadline.

The 76ers started the arms race when they acquired PF Tobias Harris from the Clippers giving them the most dangerous starting lineup in the East. The Raptors then acquired C Marc Gasol giving them another interior defender and offensive weapon. The Bucks then added more shooting in PF Nikola Mirotic. The Eastern playoffs are going to be fun to watch this year as these teams compete to see who loses to the Warriors in five games.

State of the Wizards

The Wizards’ trade deadline moves created more questions than answers. Trading away Otto Porter and Markieff Morris while keeping Jeff Green and Trevor Ariza made it look like the Wizards were caught in the middle of tanking and competing.

However after a few games with the new additions the roster it is clear the Wizards are going for the No. 8 seed in the east rather than a top-10 pick. Is it the right move for this organization to commit to further mediocrity? No, probably not, but the Wizards are now a deep, young team and it will be exciting to see what kind of noise they could make in a potential playoff run.

AAF Takes Over the World

Week One of the AAF season is officially in the books. There were four games played spanning through Saturday and Sunday night, these games averaged nearly three million views. Not only were these games heavily watched but they offered us some incredible highlights including this brutal hit. If this happened to Tom Brady the refs would’ve executed the defender.

I’m also glad to see Christian Hackenberg back on the field so he can deliver us moments like this.

Thanks for reading this week’s Scenes From The Sideline! Make sure to check back next week!

-Sean Hannegan

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