PLAYER OF THE DAY
Kyler Murray (NFL) was the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft last night. We pretty much knew this was going to happen, but it’s still a huge story given what led up to it. Let’s take a step back. In 2018, the Oakland Athletics selected Murray with the ninth overall pick in the MLB draft. He played outfield at Oklahoma. He was alsothe backup quarterback (yes, in football) for Heisman Trophy winner and the first pick of the 2018 NFL draft, Baker Mayfield.
After signing with the A’s in 2018, Murray decided to stay and play quarterback for his final season with the Oklahoma football team. He went on to win the Heisman, just like his predecessor, Baker. Then, he decided to give baseball and the A’s the ax and stick with football. So about last night… The Arizona Cardinals selected Murray, making him the first person ever to be picked in the first round of the NFL and MLB draft. This also means that not only did the Oklahoma Sooners produce back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners, but they also produced back-to-back first overall draft picks.
The Cardinals now have to decide what to do with their 2018 first-round draft pick and starting quarterback, Josh Rosen. He could be traded or the Cardinals could leave both on the roster to keep things interesting. Either way, it’s pretty big news for Kyler!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
2019 NFL Draft
(NFL) There is a ton of hype surrounding the NFL draft, and most people focus on the first round. So here are a few things people will be talking about today:
- Clelin Ferrell was selected fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders. If you don’t know who he is, you’re not alone. The Raiders needed a defensive end, so they selected one from the reigning national champion, Clemson, and the one who was given an award for being the best DE in the country. He was projected to be picked early, but not this early, which led to some confusion among fans.
- The Miami Dolphins selected Christian Wilkins with their 13th overall pick. He also went to Clemson and the Dolphins coaches believe he will be a great face of the new “culture” in Miami with his charismatic personality. When his name was announced, he went up to pick get his jersey and hat and shake hands with Roger Goodell. He decided to give Goodell a celebratory chest bump, but Goodell didn’t really get that memo. He missed it and Wilkins nearly took Goodell out. Charismatic…
- The San Francisco 49ers selected Nick Bosa, the Ohio State DE, second overall. He only played in three games last year due to an injury that ended his junior season and college career early. The 49ers hope he can bring his success in turning losses into wins and have faith because his brother, Joey Bosa, often does so for the Chargers.
- The New York Giants need a future franchise quarterback as Eli Manning is 38 and in the final year of his contract. There were two players they were thinking about drafting sixth overall: Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones. Haskins was a record-setting quarterback at Ohio State with a sick arm and work ethic. Jones was…less impressive at Duke but he was trained by Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who also trained Eli and Payton Manning. The Giants must love Eli so much that they wanted someone that trained (and looked) like him, so they selected Jones sixth overall. And everyone, including Haskins, laughed at them for it.
- The Washington Redskins ended up taking Haskins 15th overall, bringing him back home. He played high school football in suburban Maryland, at the same school that the Redskins owner’s son now attends. Haskins wasn’t thrilled about dropping to the 15th pick, though, and will enter the league with a chip on his shoulder. Prove them wrong, Dwayne.
Legends Never Die
(NBA) Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek passed away yesterday at age 79 after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for years. He played 16 seasons with the Celtics and won eight championships, with the first four won in the first four years of his career. He was the 1974 NBA Finals MVP, a 13-time NBA All-Star and was on 11 All-NBA and eight All-Defensive Teams. He was a great player on the court, with so much energy and love of competition, but he will be remembered more for the fact that he was a genuine, nice guy and a fantastic teammate. When the news broke, NBA legends and his former teammates recognized they lost a good one and he will surely be missed.
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Yes, they’re still happening…
(NBA) The San Antonio Spurs force a Game 7 against the Denver Nuggets after a 120-103 win at home. The winner of the game will play Damian Lillard (remember that 37-foot shot the other day?) and the energized Portland Trail Blazers. TheWarriors play tonight and are hoping to close out their series against theClippers after a couple of historic losses. Let’s see if they can do it.
(NHL) The Boston Bruins came out hot against the Columbus Blue Jackets last night, but then Columbus scored two goals in 13 seconds. What can you do in 13 seconds…? The Bruins tied it up and sent it to overtime, where Boston emerged with the first second-round win of the playoffs. The St. Louis Blues defeated the Dallas Stars, too, after right-winger Vladimir Tarasenko (don’t try to pronounce it) scored two goals. Upsets have ruled this postseason, so we’ll see if that trend continues by the end of this round.
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ON THIS DAY
In 1912, Hugh Bradley (MLB) hit the first home run ever at Fenway Park. He was a backup first baseman for the Boston Red Sox. That season, they went on to win the 1912 World Series and have become one of the most storied franchises in all of sports. There have been so many home runs, so many wins, and seven World Series championships at Fenway since then… Just excuse the 85-year gap in the middle.
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