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The Friday 5: May 7th

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Zion Williamson

As the New Orleans Pelicans are fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, they will have to do it without star Zion Williamson.

A CT scan on Thursday revealed a fractured left ring finger and Williamson will be out indefinitely as a result.

 

Albert Pujols

The Los Angeles Angels and future Hall-of-Famer Albert Pujols are parting ways, and it doesn’t sound like it’s exactly mutual. In the final year of his 10-year, $240 million contract, Pujols has been released.

The 1B/DH has a batting average of .198, and over the last several seasons, he has been hitting at the league average or below. It’s a sad turn of events for a player who spent many years as one of baseball’s most feared hitters. 

Pujols was reportedly frustrated with lack of playing time, but the Angels have refuted that. Others have stepped up, and it’s time for a change. Pujols, 41, would like to continue playing.

 

DK Metcalf, OIympian?

Seattle Seahawks’ wide receiver DK Metcalf is fast, like really fast. Just ask Arizona Cardinals’ safety Budda Baker, who Metcalf ran down at a top speed of 22.64 mph after an interception. Now, Metcalf would like to show the world, literally, just how quick he is. 

This Sunday, Metcalf is set to compete in the USA Track and Field Golden Games in the 100-meter dash. At the 2019 NFL Combine, Metcalf ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds. There are 24 remaining spots for the US Olympic trials and Metcalf will be one of 16 sprinters in Sunday’s games, where he could qualify for trials if he runs at 10.05 seconds or quicker. Good luck!

 

One Less Lonely Chair

Roger Goodell’s comfy basement chair has a temporary new home. The chair first gained fame during the 2020 NFL Draft, as it became the NFL Commissioner’s favorite spot from which to announce picks in the second and third rounds. 

For 2021, the chair made the trip to Cleveland and fans were able to sit in it while their teams made their picks. Because Ohio is lovely this time of year, the leather armchair is going to Canton for the next four months, where it will be on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, before returning home to Bronxville, New York.

There is not enough disinfectant in the world, my friends.

 

RIP Jake Ehlinger

Jake Ehlinger, the 20-year-old Texas linebacker, was found dead on Thursday. Jake was the younger brother of Sam Ehlinger, who was drafted in the sixth-round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

No cause of death has been released and police said the death was not considered suspicious. The Ehlinger family has suffered more than any family should, as Ross Ehlinger, Sam and Jake’s father suffered from a lethal heart attack during a 2013 triathlon. We are sending thoughts and prayers to the family.

Tracy Sandler

Tracy Sandler

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