SAY…MY…NAME!!! You can only imagine this is what Nikola Jokic was screaming as he absolutely waxed the New Orleans Pelicans last night for 46 points and another triple double in a wild 138-130 overtime win. Where would this Denver Nuggets team be without him? The answer to that question – likely tanking with the Thunder and Trailblazers – is what vaults Jokic into the clear favorite for NBA Most Valuable Player in my opinion. Perhaps not coincidentally Jokic, Brandon Ingram and Croatia’s favorite son Bojan Bogdanovic were all Run Pure Sports core plays last night leading to this masterpiece from RPS member themann11:
WOO HOO! Congrats to…The Mann, who was sitting in a hospital waiting for his wife to give birth while sweating out Tom Thibideau’s blowout rotations. Goodness, what a night!
Scottie Too Hottie One of Run Pure’s PGA favorites, Scottie Scheffler, followed up his win two weeks ago at the Phoenix Open by overtaking Viktor Hovland down the stretch to nab the Arnold Palmer Invitational title on Sunday. Congrats to Scottie, Scott, Dianne and the entire Scheffler brood! The field now moves on to The Players this weekend, scene of Big T’s first milly maker victory last year (see what I did there?) The boys will get you ready with the Strokes Gained and Pinseekers shows this week and additional content every single day! Also, don’t forget to tune into new collaboration between Run Pure Sports and Pat Mayo and the Mayo Media Network Thursday through Saturday evenings for exclusive Showdown content! While you’re plotting your schedule, go subscribe now to the Run Pure Sports and Mayo Media Network YouTube channels so you don’t miss any of it!
NO DEAL! I feel bad for everyone who thought Major League Baseball owners would suddenly turn reasonable just in time for spring training. When the owners start ranting about wanting larger bases and a variety of game clocks, you have to know they’re not serious about getting back on the field. Good for the player’s union for immediately agreeing to these silly new demands. History repeats itself, as the saying goes, and the owners have been working to weaken the player’s union since it was founded. In his fascinating book, “The Game”, Jon Pessah excellently chronicles baseball’s labor history from 1992 through the mid-2000s. One of the most fascinating takeaways? Rob Manfred, now baseball’s Commissioner, has been working on behalf of the owners to break the player’s union since he worked as baseball’s outside counsel for Morgan, Lewis & Bocklus, a high-powered labor law firm. While it sounds like they’re closer to a deal, I’m pessimistic the owners are ready to give in.
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Sure, there’s no Spring Training slates to hammer but the NBA is in its full playoff push, and this is the last week to earn your way into the DraftKings Fantasy Basketball World Championship. The aforementioned Player’s Invitational is coming up this weekend, and the guys will have you covered for the college basketball conference tournaments, Saturday’s MMA card and Sunday’s Ruoff Mortgage 500. And don’t forget to subscribe to the Run Pure Sports YouTube channel and check out the media schedule published by Sweet Travis Mangone!