Scenes from the Sideline 2.24.19

Quote of the Week: “His shoe broke,” – Barack Obama

When Zion Williamson burst through his shoes everyone was stunned. No one knew what had just happened and as ESPN showed the stunned faces in the crowd, former president Barack Obama made sure everyone knew Zion’s shoe was like America’s current political climate: broken.

Take of the Week: Zion Williamson Should Sit Out

Zion Williamson would not have to play another second of college basketball for him to still be a near lock to go first overall in this year’s NBA draft. So, after everyone watched Zion go down with a scary-looking knee injury against UNC, people started to wonder why he is still even playing. Zion has already proven himself to be a generational talent and there is no reason why he should still be risking injury while playing for free. Hey, maybe Luka Doncic is onto something.

Play of the Week: Hamidou Diallo Superman Dunk

While this year’s slam dunk competition was forgettable for the most part, Diallo provided us with one of the most memorable dunks in recent years by jumping over Shaq while hanging on the rim with his arm in the hoop.

Cali Machado Is Here to Stay

FINALLY! We have waited so long for either Harper or Machado to sign that it started to feel like it would never happen. However, the waiting game worked for Machado who signed the biggest free agent contract in American sports history: signing a 10-year 300 million dollar deal with the San Diego Padres.

Do not expect to hear much from the Padres this season though as even with Machado on board their over-under on wins for the year is sitting at 78.5: a longshot to make the playoffs. However, the Padres arguably have the strongest farm system in the MLB and with Machado, Hosmer, and Will Myers all locked into long term deals. The Padres could be a very dangerous team in the near future.

Capitals Acquire Former Cap Killer

After the Capitals placed postseason hero Devante Smith Pelly (DSP will always be a legend in D.C for what he did last year) on waivers, it was clear that a trade was in the works. Hoping to recreate some of the Michael Kempney magic from last year’s deadline, Brain MacLellan acquired known Capital killer Carl Hagelin from the LA Kings.

Hagelin played a huge role in the Penguins back to back Stanley Cup wins and was a crucial part of the Pens’ “HBK” line that tormented the Caps for years. Acquiring Hagelin for only a 3rd round pick and a conditional 6th gives the Capitals an undeniable upgrade to their fourth line for a minimal price. If you are still not sold on the deal just check out his hair…

GMBM was not done there though, later acquiring defensemen Nick Jensen from the Detroit Redwings and immediately locking him into a four-year extension. With these two moves, MacLellan was able to sure up the Caps two biggest weaknesses (4th line and defensive depth) as the Caps gear up for another run at the Cup.

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

-Sean Hannegan


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