“I didn’t come with a lot of energy the same way I came in the first game…I’ll come to the next game very, very hard.” -Leandro Barbosa, Basketball, Brazil
In honor of tonight’s opening ceremony, I chose this quote from Brazilian basketball player, Leandro Barbosa. Barbosa was a member of this season’s record-setting Golden State Warriors team. He also has a legitimate shot of leading Team Brazil to a medal. There are a total of 45 current NBA players participating in the Olympics this year, a new record. Countries represented by these players include: Argentina (notably: San Antonio Spurs SG Manu Ginobili), Australia (Dallas Mavericks C Andrew Bogut), Brazil (Barbosa), Croatia (Brooklyn Nets SF Bojan Bogdanovic), France (San Antonio Spurs PG Tony Parker), Lithuania (Toronto Raptors C Jonas Valanciunas), Nigeria (Detroit Pistons PG Michael Gbinije), Serbia (Denver Nuggets C Nikola Jokic), Spain (Minnesota Timberwolves PG Ricky Rubio), United States of America (DUH!). Almost all of the countries listed above have more than one current NBA player on their roster, I just listed one notable one for each country. In regard to the opening ceremony, it was really awesome to see US swimmer Michael Phelps bearing the US flag. I didn’t realize that Phelps had never been a part of the opening ceremony prior to tonight until NBC’s Matt Lauer mentioned it. It’s a good last hurrah for him. I watched the entire opening ceremony through Team Ireland. I am very proud of my Irish heritage, despite the fact that I have heritage from all over Europe, and I’m American-born. Being red-headed, many people automatically connect me to Ireland and I wholeheartedly embrace that. Don’t worry, Team USA still gets my priority as a fan, but Ireland is second in my heart, with third not even in sight. So there’s the Olympic fix for this football blog, now on to the football portion:
- The Arizona Cardinals extended their two biggest, veteran stars today. QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald are now locked up through the 2018 season with their one-year contract extensions. Palmer’s extra year is worth $24.35 million, while Fitzgerald’s is worth $11 million. The Cardinals are rocking training camp. They extended these two during the SAME WEEK in which they extended FS Tyrann Mathieu. Clearly, the Cardinals want to achieve similar levels of success to that of last season. With these resignings, I don’t see any reason why that can’t achieve and surpass that level.
- The Buffalo Bills continue to deal with injury issues. They are already without their 2016 first round pick, DE Shaq Lawson, and now, they have lost their 2016 second round pick, LB Reggie Ragland. Ragland suffered a knee injury while pursuing freshly-signed RB Reggie Bush in practice. The intensity of the injury is not yet known, though the speculation is that it is not good because it was a non-contact injury.
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