Five Headlines to Expect in the Next Decade
Remember Robert "Tractor" Traylor? The fat guy the Mavs traded for Dirk Nowitzki? The one who had to retire due to obesity?
Well, you haven't heard the last of him. He is just one of the five news stories that are guaranteed for the next decade.
Don't be surprised when the sports media jumps all over these.
Hornets Trade Chris Paul to Rockets for $5 and a Trip to Disney World
The Hornets are officially in the 2010 LeBron sweepstakes and Chris Paul isn't gonna stop them.
Paul's contract expires in 2012 and the Hornets' payroll will be $64.7 million in two years.
Who cares if Paul is amazing and he's going to a division rival? It's all gonna be worth it for LeBron, right?
With the First Pick in the NFL Draft, the Lions Pick...Another Wide Receiver
Think for a second. Which NFL teams build themselves around a wide receiver? The only team that comes to mind is the Lions and that's obviously worked out well for them.
Calvin Johnson was the best player on the Lions last year, and with another elite receiver they should be able to at least double their win total, maybe triple.
Have fun, Michael Crabtree. This is your fate.
Mavericks Regret Dirk Nowitzki-Robert Traylor Trade
Traylor was drafted sixth overall in the 1998 NBA draft by the Mavs. Nowitzki was drafted ninth by the Bucks. They were exchanged before they got to play a game with the teams that drafted them.
This has gone down as one of the worst trades in Mavericks history. Here are some of the negative outcomes of the trade:
Nowitzki has won just as many rings as Traylor.
Traylor at least plays in the post.
Had Nowitzki not put the Mavs in contention, they wouldn't have felt pressured to trade Devin Harris for Jason Kidd.
Nowitzki is a lot more expensive than Traylor.
One day, they will admit this mistake and the Mavericks fanbase will hopefully forgive the team for this dreadful move.
Ryan Howard Caught for Steroids, Strikeout Record Taken Away
For a while, the mild-mannered Hank Aaron had spoken against Barry Bonds becoming the home run king. Now imagine how angry Reggie Jackson would be if his title of strikeout king were taken away by a cheater.
1,905 strikeouts and six years later for Ryan Howard, he's caught with steroids and he must testify in front of congress.
What I'm wondering most about this is how Pennsylvania Senator/Patriots hater Arlen Specter will view this case. But he'll most likely be out of office by then.
Bud Selig takes the sacred record away from Howard, but there will be millions of angry fans who will never get over this decision.
Michael Jordan Comes out of Retirement, Leads Bobcats to .500 Season
Michael Jordan seemingly can't do anything right as Bobcats executive. He can't even scout any good talent at the casinos.
But he will prove to everyone that he still has game.
At 39, he averaged 20 points per game with the Wizards, so at 45, he should be able to average around 16 for the Bobcats, but only have a .219 field goal percentage.
But for the first time in team history, the Bobcats will pass the 42 win mark, saving the franchise from inevitably becoming a joke for a year.
In the Eastern Conference, that's good enough for the fourth seed in the playoffs.