These stories are unrelated in every way. Here are a few storylines from sports and entertainment you may have missed!
Max Scherzer Gets Hurt
In the offseason, the New York Mets signed Max Scherzer to a 3-year, $130 million contract. It was a risky one, given Scherzer's age of 37, and his postseason issues with the Dodgers in 2021. On Wednesday night, Scherzer removed himself from a game with an injury.
After the x-rays were completed, it was announced that Scherzer is to miss 6-8 weeks with an oblique injury. Mets fans' worst fear was realized, but at least they will have him back by late July. Dodger fans who remember when Scherzer threw the Dodgers under the bus by blaming them for his dead arm have to be wondering if he can blame the Dodgers for this, too.
Eric Clapton postpones tour after contracting COVID-19
In the eyes of many, Eric Clapton has tarnished his legendary career with his opinions on the COVID-19 pandemic. Clapton has railed against the safety of the vaccine that he claimed had "monstrous" side effects. He has also expressed doubt over the severity of the pandemic (that has killed millions) while criticizing the lockdown that was imposed early during the pandemic. Clapton tested positive after performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall earlier this month.
“He has been told by his medical advisors that if he were to resume traveling and performing too soon, it could substantially delay his full recovery,” the post read. “Eric is also anxious to avoid passing on any infection to any of his band, crew, Promoters, their staff and of course the fans.”
Curiously, Clapton would take the 'cheaper' of the vaccines available in the UK (the AstraZeneca vaccine is not available in the US) which has lower effectiveness than the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. Some people do experience side effects from all the vaccines available and nobody is questioning the discomfort Clapton may have experienced from that. His attitude and spread of information that may harm the general public is what has landed Clapton in hot water.
NBA Playoff Blowouts
There have been a larger number of blowouts during the NBA playoffs this season. In game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals, the Mavericks led the game by as much as 50 points at halftime. In the Eastern and Western Conference finals alone, all three games so far have been blowouts. The Heat/Celtics series had a game 1 that looks closer than it was. In game 2, the Celtics completely dominated, winning by a score of 127-102. What is causing these blowouts?
There is a myriad of possible reasons for this. Is it a coaching problem? I would argue that coaches are not making these worse, they're enhancing the game. The Celtics were stunned by Jimmy Butler and the Heat in game 1, but they made (literal) switches in game 2 to turn the tide. It is unfair to blame coaching for the Sun's meltdown; the suns just didn't shoot or play any defense. The players ultimately have to be the ones to win the game.
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