Get To Know Your 53
Alright NFL fans, we are less than one week away from the start of the 2019 NFL season! Before the Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears for Thursday Night Football, rosters need to be finalized.
By tomorrow at 4:00 P.M. EST, all 32 teams need to trim those rosters from 90 to 53, so be on the lookout to see who makes the cut for your favorite team.
Andrew Luck Retires
The NFL is still reeling from Andrew Luck’s decision to retire at the age of 29, due to the physical and mental toll football has taken on the 2012 #1 Draft pick. The news broke in the middle of the Indianapolis Colts third preseason game, and fans showed their disagreement by booing Luck as he walked off the field.
Through six NFL seasons, the 2018 Comeback Player of the Year has suffered:
- Torn cartilage in two ribs
- A partially torn abdomen
- A lacerated kidney
- At least one concussion
- A torn labrum in his throwing shoulder
- And, most recently, a calf/ankle issue
There has been a lot of talk and argument over the decision and where it leaves the Colts, who before the announcement were 20-1 odds to win the Super Bowl. They are now 50-1. Jacoby Brissett is now the Colts’ QB1.
Gronk’s CBD Partnership
Former Patriot’s tight end Rob Gronkowski had a big announcement this week. Sorry Pats fans, he’s not coming back this season.
“I needed to recover. I was not in a good place,” Gronk said. “Football was bringing me down and I didn’t like it and I was losing that joy in life. Joy. I really was and I was fighting through it.”
Instead, he is partnering with Abacus Health to promote CBD products, products that he says have kept him pain-free.
“I believe it is the safest alternative way for a player to deal with pain,” Gronkowski said.
Anything You Can Kick, I Can Kick Better
Carli Lloyd may be coming to a football field near you.
The U.S. soccer star, who nailed a 55-yard field goal at an Eagles-Ravens joint practice, is looking into becoming the first woman to play in the NFL. We are SO down for this.
She’s heard from a few NFL teams about the possibility of kicking. For Lloyd’s part, she said it would be “foolish” not to consider it for 2020.
We will be getting bedazzled jerseys, like stat.
Baseball and Apple Pie
It’s just about September and although fall may mean cooler temperatures, Major League Baseball is about to get lit.
Two of baseball’s top teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees, played in what could be a World Series preview last weekend, with the Yanks taking it 2-1. Though the Dodgers have a few injured players, all should be back mid-September.
The Yankees are hoping to have most of their players back, but the big question mark is Giancarlo Stanton, who has been out most of the season with a knee injury.
And don’t forget about the Houston Astros, who boosted their already scary pitching staff with the addition of Zach Greinke last month. They expect to have shortstop Carlos Correa back from lower back stiffness ASAP, but reliever Ryan Pressly had knee surgery August 23, so his return is up in the air.