Everything you need to know heading into the weekend in the world of sports.

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The Major League Baseball Trade Deadline came and went this week, and after the Oakland A’s made a splash earlier this month when they acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs, they continued to fortify their starting rotation on Thursday morning by trading cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes for Red Sox ace Jon Lester.

The A’s have lost in the Division Series to the Detroit Tigers in each of the last two seasons and clearly felt that they needed to add some front-line starting pitching in order to get over the hump. Former AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander had commented that the A’s had made the Samardzija deal just for them, but he probably wasn’t smiling while he was having breakfast on Thursday and he saw that the best team in the American League can throw Lester, Samardzija, Sonny Gray, and All-Star Scott Kazmir at them in a potential seven-game series. Adam believes that the A’s have gotten even better and that there was basically no point in playing the rest of the season, as the A’s will win the pennant.

Did the Tigers, who have beaten the A’s in the playoffs the last two seasons, do anything before the deadline to change Adam’s mind?

The Tigers countered by landing David Price, and now have the last three pitchers to win the AL Cy Young award in their rotation, with Verlander and Max Scherzer being the other two. It looks like the Tigers and the A’s are on a collision course to meet in the ALCS, but there’s still a lot of baseball to be played between now and October.

 

Interview of the week

Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson made history this week, becoming the highest paid cornerback in NFL history.

His general manager, Steve Keim, joined Schein on Sports and talked about why Peterson is worth every penny.

Peterson takes over the title of ‘highest paid cornerback in NFL history’ from Seahawks CB Richard Sherman, who held that distinction for a few months earlier this offseason. Peterson took a playful jab at Sherman on Twitter.

Sherman, who has never been one to let someone else get in the final word, responded the best way he could…..by showing off the hardware.

It should be a lot of fun to watch the rivalry between these two All-Pro talents develop over the next six or seven seasons.

 

Underrated story of the week

The Lakers were the last team to fill their head coaching vacancy this offseason, when they named Byron Scott their new head coach.

Mike D’Antoni resigned as Lakers coach on May 1. The Lakers introduced Scott nearly three months later!

It shows how much cache and prestige the Lakers have lost over the last few years. Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers general manager, told Adam earlier this offseason that the Lakers were looking to make a splash in free agency. Yet, the best they could do was taking on Jeremy Lin in Houston’s salary dump, and claiming Carlos Boozer off of amnesty waivers. The Lakers might’ve been keeping the coaching vacancy open to attract free agents by allowing them to pick the coach. Once they missed out on Carmelo Anthony, they didn’t have much of a choice.

Of course, Scott hasn’t done a whole lot recently as a head coach. He did take the then-New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals in back-to-back seasons, but had little success in New Orleans and Cleveland. It’s hard to envision a scenario where he does much better in Los Angeles with an aging Kobe Bryant, Lin, Boozer, and Steve Nash, who is clearly on his last legs. Yes, maybe Julius Randle will show some promise and live up to his first round billing, but the Lakers have a long way to go just to be the 10th or 11th best team in the West.

 

GIF of the week

If you’ve seen the ridiculousness that is Sharknado 2, you know where I’m going with this.

Sharknado

I don’t even know where to start with this. What’s the most ridiculous thing associated with this gif? The whole sharknado phenomenon? Someone leaving a bat that’s not a cheap souvenir bat in the stands? The fact that someone can hit a flying object well over 500 feet and off the scoreboard in Citi Field in the middle of a tornado? The raising of the Mets home run apple in the middle of this disaster? That Ian Ziering and Tara Reid can keep getting work acting?

A quick Google search of Sharknado GIFs shows that this is one of the least ridiculous parts of this movie, if that’s even possible, but it’s one of the few that has anything to do with sports. That’s good enough for me.

Plus, at least he’s a better right-handed bat than this guy….

What to watch for this weekend

Preseason football is horrible. Everybody knows this.

I try to look at the bright side and look at it like pizza, where even bad pizza is pretty damn good.

This weekend is the first in a roughly 6 month span where there is some variation of NFL football EVERY weekend through Super Bowl Sunday in February. Yes, it’s the first preseason game, and you probably won’t see much of Eli Manning or Sammy Watkins after the first series, but football is football. I’ll sleep well on Sunday night knowing that we’ll have meaningful NFL football every weekend from September on (with the exception of the Pro Bowl).

Buckle up!

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