Happy Big Brother Day everybody!!!
Tonight's the first episode of the season that gets us kicked off for the rest of the summer. Like always, the Three Count will be your source for Big Brother breakdowns this summer. Last year, I did a pre-season POWER RANKINGS of the contestants based solely off of their profile pictures and bio. That method led me to picking Bronte to win it all last season (a prediction I never got off of either) and had me list Jozea in my initial Top 3.
Obviously, that method had some flaws so we are steering away from that model this season. We here at Thoughts From The 808 will watch tonight's episode with a close eye and get an initial POWER RANKINGS out tomorrow in the Three Count.
Danger zone time in Chicago. Forget about the 39-38 record that has them just over .500. I'd be real worried about these comments from their catcher Miguel Montero. In case you missed them, Migs gave up 7 stolen bases last night and proceeded to blame most, if not all, of that on his pitcher. He basically said Jake Arrieta was too slow to the plate with his pitches that never gave him a shot to throw any of those runners out.
Whether that is true or not, those types of comments coming out of the Cubs locker room would scare me if I'm a Cubs fan. Especially coming off of a championship season, that's when you start season players think more as "me" and less of "we". Pat Riley famously calls this "the disease of more". Maybe this is an isolated incident from a back-up catcher that has no real correlation to how the club-house feels right now. Or maybe this is just a symptom of some struggles taking place right now in Chicago. It's tough to follow a championship season, especially in baseball.
Standing-wise, the NL Central is so down this year that the Cubs are still in great position. They are only one game back of the Brewers despite only being 1 game over .500 at this point in the season. So they are very much still in the playoff hunt and in position to make a postseason run as the defending champions. But it does feel like with their slow start at the beginning of the season, and sending Schwarber down to Des Moines, and now these public airing of grievances that the tie that binds the Cubs is starting to fray a little bit.
I'm posting this Three Count in the afternoon today instead of the morning due to me working a high school basketball camp in the morning. That does allow me to talk about the big NBA trade that went down today though between the Clippers and the Rockets.
Now I like Sam Dekker as much, if not more than, the next guy but it does seem a little risky for the Clippers to trade away an All-Star point guard like Chris Paul just to get him. Not saying I wouldn't make the same trade since Sam Dekker is on his way to a great 12 year career but trading away CP3 to get him is a bold move.
Seriously though, what the hell is the deal with the NBA salary cap? Houston already has a max player in Harden, just picked up another one in Paul, and now there plan is to try and pursue Paul George. How the hell is that possible? Sam with Boston. They want to work out something so they can get Gordon Haywood and Paul George this offseason. The Cavs have Kyrie and LeBron and want to trade their third max player in Kevin Love for a different max player. Meanwhile, small market teams or teams not within 2 hours of an ocean can't get a single big name free agent to even contemplate signing with them.
Maybe this is just me as a Indiana Pacers fan having sour grapes but giving teams the option to sign so many star players is going to dilute the league. I don't see how teams can have multiple players with a max contract. There should be some way to limit that so each team at max could have one max player contract. That would force these stars to look at these smaller or non-coastal teams for their max contracts and make the league more competitive.