We begin with the conclusion of the NBA Finals. The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in convincing trend after a blowout Game 6, and LeBron James now has his fourth ring. Naturally, the accomplishment has revived the previous query of whether or not LeBron did/can/ought to unseat Michael Jordan because the GOAT. The Hot Takedown crew is fairly skeptical of the usefulness of the query however does consider that with this championship, LeBron has attained some achievements so singular not even essentially the most ardent Jordan defenders can argue with them — though, after all, they’ll. We’re residing in a way more player-driven period now, in no small half as a result of LeBron was keen to modify groups, so James profitable three championships with three totally different franchises speaks to his means to be the driving drive behind a profitable postseason and to play the sort of sensible, team-driven basketball that makes the present recreation so good. Whether one prefers the sort of hero ball that Jordan performed is simply that: a choice.
Next, we flip to the 4 remaining groups within the MLB postseason. Well, particularly, we speak concerning the heels of the league, the Houston Astros: whether or not their scorching play within the postseason is unusual (it isn’t); whether or not the dishonest scandal has had an impact on the best way their 2020 has gone (possibly); and whether or not a World Series look would change their current legacy (in all probability not a lot). What’s been essentially the most spectacular shock, moreover the Tampa Bay Rays proving that even the smallest participant can change the course of the longer term, is how the Atlanta Braves’ pitching has stepped up proper when it wanted to, bolstering the crew’s unbelievable offensive expertise. In our very critical and consequential World Series draft, Geoff has the Los Angeles Dodgers, the most definitely winner in accordance with our mannequin, and Sara has the rest of the sector. Our hosts have loads of sympathy for the Dodgers, a persistently nice crew whose time needs to be now. But Neil, at the very least, is inclined to guess on the sector.
Finally, within the Rabbit Hole, Sara takes us into the world of crew mascots and why so many groups throughout all ranges of sports activities nonetheless use Native American names and iconography. We’ve seen a bunch of faculties change their names — and in some instances undertake nightmarish gargoyle replacements — lately, however there are nonetheless 45 excessive colleges throughout the United States utilizing the Washington Football Team’s former title. So it is going to be fascinating to see if the variety of groups utilizing Native names and pictures continues to decrease, or if communities who see these mascots as a technique to protect their identification additional entrench themselves.
What we’re taking a look at this week: