Hello and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. I’m coming to you late once again, and in a surprisingly okay mood despite the Bengals debacle against the Bears this afternoon. That’s most likely because I slept through the majority of the game, so I didn’t actually have to experience it. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Wow Whitty, some fan you are. Not even watching your team play just because they’re having a down season? You must not be a big sports guy.” Well, my friend, I’m currently battling a severely mild upper respiratory tract infection. The fact that I even have the strength to blog right now is incredible. Hats off to me. It takes a lot of courage to fight through an ailment like this, but I’m playing hurt because of my commitment to the game and the tremendous amount of heart that I have. I bet you feel like a jerk for calling me out for napping during the Bengals game now, don’t you? You should. And you’ve officially made my list. But I’m not going to let haters like you knock me off my game. Because I’m resilient and tough and frankly I’m just happy someone is reading this. Here’s this week’s #WUWW:
Sean Payton, Saints Choke Thursday Night
Early in the 4th quarter of the Saints/Falcons game on Thursday, Saints head coach Sean Payton was seen making a choking gesture, apparently towards Falcons running back Devonta Freeman. Freeman had just ran out of bounds on a first down play and Payton apparently felt it necessary to remind Freeman that he and the Falcons were chokers. After the game, Payton claimed to not remember making the gesture, but Freeman certainly remembered. The RB told reporters that Payton isn’t from where he’s from, and said that he doesn’t know anything about choking. Devonta then did a good job of downplaying the incident by saying that it was just Payton’s competitive nature coming out.
Antonio Brown, if you’re reading this (I know you are), this is an actual example of karma. The Saints coach makes a choking gesture towards a Falcons player in a game where New Orleans was up 17-10 in the 4th quarter, and his team then proceeded to choke, losing the game 20-17. Payton himself had a hand in that choke job, earning an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in the game that extended the Falcons’ drive, preventing the Saints from receiving one last chance at a comeback. Well done, sir. I would shame you for setting a bad example for the kids, but let’s be honest, any kid who’s up that late on a school night doesn’t have much going for them anyways.
My hunch is that Sean Payton is getting hammered on the sidelines when he’s coaching. That would explain why he’s acting like a jerk to opposing teams’ players and why he doesn’t seem to have any recollection of it happening. And honestly, it kind of seems appropriate for a head coach in a city like New Orleans. I can’t hate on a guy for partying. Plus getting black out drunk while coaching a team whose primary color is black is just good marketing strategy. Or maybe Sean Payton’s just a dick. We can’t rule out that possibility I suppose.
Everybody Hates the Yankees Again
Other than their obnoxious fans, overrated players and unwarranted media bias, there hasn’t been a lot of reason to hate on the New York Yankees lately. They haven’t won a World Series since 2009, which is also the last time they even made it to the Fall Classic. For someone who roots for a National League team that doesn’t have any sort rivalry with the Yankees, I’ve found it hard to get too worked up about them in recent years. They’re doing their best to earn back their title of the Most Hated Baseball Team in America/Whitty’s Living Room (still currently held by the St. Louis Cardinals) though.
So what have they done to earn this hate? They’re starting to get good again, and they’re starting to collect big-name talent. Their latest addition, Giancarlo Stanton, has ruffled feathers all throughout the baseball world. The Marlins were looking for trade partners to send their slugger to, and several fan bases were frustrated with Stanton’s refusal to waive his No Trade Clause to come their team. One such fan base, the St. Louis Cardinals, took it particularly poorly. If you aren’t easily offended by profanity or casual racism/homophobia, I would suggest checking out @BestFansStLouis on Twitter. It’s a fascinating look at how terrible an entire fan base can be.
As for the Yankees, they’re going to have some pop next year. The acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton (or Mike Stanton, as he’s still known in Casa de Whitty) gives the Yankees two 50 HR hitters. Also, and much more importantly, it gives them the past two Home Run Derby champions, potentially the last 3 if New York decides to re-sign Todd Frazier. I think this trade is all part of the Yankees’ strategy to find a way to dominate the Home Run Derby. That’s inarguably the most important part of the baseball season and I’m honestly shocked at how long it’s taken a team to build strictly for the HRD. I’m not sure who’s going to win the Derby in 2018, but there’s a good chance he’s going to be wearing pinstripes.
Thank you for joining me for another Wake Up With Whitty. I’d like to congratulate Baker Mayfield on his Heisman Trophy award. I’m kinda disappointed that he didn’t stay true to himself by grabbing his nuts or trying to plant an OU flag in the middle of the stage, but I’m sure he’ll make up for it by making an ass of himself in Oklahoma’s loss to Georgia in the Rose Bowl. Still, he’s a talented athlete and had a hell of a year.
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