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Thu
20
Apr
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The Fight over Hernandez' Brain

Aaron Hernandez

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Aaron Hernandez made news on Wednesday when he was found dead in a prison cell allegedly by hanging to death at his own hand. 

Prison officials have sent Hernandez’ body to the funeral home but have decided to hold on to his brain a little longer.  The family is crying foul saying they promised Boston University they would provide his brain for continuing brain trauma research. 

The transfer was scheduled to be made after the autopsy was completed by Hernandez’ attorney Jose Baez said the state of Massachusetts would not release the brain despite releasing the rest of the former NFL star’s body. 

Baez said, "If we don't get answers and answers quickly, we're going to court."

It is not yet known if the former Patriot Tight End received brain damage from his playing days that prompted him to kill himself.  

Wed
19
Apr
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Aaron Hernandez found dead in Cell

Aaron Hernandez

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Aaron Hernandez, was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago celebrated a win after being acquitted of double murder, was found dead in his prison cell.

The 27-year-old, former New England Patriot’s Tight End was found dead by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center just after 3a.m. according to the department of corrections.   According to reports he was hanged in a single cell in general population housing of a maximum security state prison.  He hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window. 

The former professional athlete jammed the door with various items to prevent officers from getting inside to foil his plan.    

Thu
13
Apr
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NY Yankees Judge Powering Up

Aaron Judge

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

The New York Giants are streaking as they meet the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.  While the Rays lost the last two in a row after winning the first five of seven games of the season.  On the other hand the Yankees started the season flat losing the first four games and picking up the last three consecutively. 

New York has figured out how to score runs lately.  Since Sunday’s game in Baltimore it has counted 23 runs, most the hard way with taking advantage of pitchers, and home runs.  According to reports, Manager Joe Girardi said, "I think it's important to put streaks together."

Wed
12
Apr
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NBA Playoffs-- Who will meet in the Finals

Steph Curry

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Its NBA Playoff time.  In the east the Celtics reign supreme with the ever present and defending world champion Cleveland Cavaliers sitting on the number 2 position with a 51-30 season record. While there are a few more games that must be played for the teams at the bottom of the tree to clinch, however the West is locked down. 

In the west the former world champion Golden State Warriors remain a 0.815 team with a season record of 66-15 and also sits at the top of the tree.  In sequential order the San Antonio Spurs are number one in the west with a 61-20 season, the Houston Rockets are sitting in position three with James Harden healthy and eager for playoff vindication. 

Tue
11
Apr
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Marshawn Lynch in Foxborough?

Marshawn Lynch

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Marshawn Lynch may have been coaxed out of retirement by the Raiders, but now he is fully at play and is being shopped around, to other teams including the New England Patriots.   According to recent reports it’s official.  Lynch’s retirement isn’t a Raiders only proposition. 

It seems Oakland would choose 31 teams that they would prefer for Lynch to land rather than Patriots.   I’m sure Lynch isn’t coming out of retirement for financial reasons, but the Hall would be much larger and easier to find with a second Super Bowl ring, and going to Foxborough would give him a strong chance to warm another ring finger.

Mon
10
Apr
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Westbrook Breaks 55-year Old Record

Russell Westbrook

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

For 9 years’ competitors in the NBA has been plagued by the presence of Russell Westbrook’s quickness on offense and competitive drive on the opposite end of the floor.  His most recent accomplishment is overtaking Oscar Robertson’s record for having the most triple doubles—ever. 

He has consistently become better offensively and defensively show no signs of slowing down.  His real potential began to surface after Kevin Durant who shared the floor with Westbrook for years decided to take his talent to the Golden State Warriors. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar locked the record just days shy of the end of the season.  He not only did he put to rest a 55-year-old record but also scored 50 points in Sunday’s game against Denver giving him three 50 point triple doubles on the season.  A feat that no one else can claim 

Thu
06
Apr
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Georgetown University: The Ewing era Begins

Patrick Ewing

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Georgetown University’s Head Basketball Coach’s position has been filled with Alum and NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing.  The former Knickerbocker is replacing John Thompson III, who failed to reach the legendary status of his father. 

Ewing and Thompson Jr.  as coach and player won the Championship in 1984.  Ewing then went on to play professionally with the Knicks 15 years after being a first round draft pick and played briefly with the Seattle SuperSonics and the Orlando Magic, both teams recording single seasons with the 7-foot center.

Ewing’s number 33 jersey was retired by the Knicks in 2003.   The big man recorded 24,815 points per game during his professional career, he was an 11 time NBA All Star and celebrated Rookie of the year honors in 1986.

Tue
04
Apr
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Peterson Still Unsigned

Adrian Peterson

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

In a strange twist of gridiron fate nearly a month into free agency veteran Adrian Peterson is without a contract.  He just left Foxboro visiting with the Patriots—and Still no contract.  While negotiations are likely continuing the famed back has not yet found a team. 

There is still hope, but at the top of the month Peterson said that he and his team would be taking their time to find the right fit.    And I’m sure the fat price tag is another reason for the slow walking from both his camp and teams. 

The 32-year-old running back is recovering from a torn meniscus in his knee, which has pulled back on the reins from his game breaking days but AP is still an offensive threat via the difficulty of bringing him to the ground. 

Wed
29
Mar
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Former Dallas Cowboys Receiver accused of Sexual Assault

Michael Irvin

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Sports analyst and former NFL star Michael Irvin is being investigated by Police on allegations of sexual battery. 

On Wednesday the Hall of Fame receiver was listed on a Fort Lauderdale Police incident report suggesting a crime happened at a local hotel on 22 March.   Officials say there is no more information available and that no charges have been charged.   The 51-year-old former footballer played for the Dallas Cowboys and the University of Miami Hurricanes. 

He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. 

In 2011, Irvin settled a woman’s lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault.  Irving has not yet made a statement and his attorney of not has not responded with comment. 

Tue
28
Mar
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Raiders move to Las Vegas Approved by Owners - 3rd move in 24 months

Las Vegas Raiders

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

The Oakland Raiders are again making a move.  This time from Oakland to Las Vegas, Nevada, yes Sin City. 

A Monday vote by NFL owners approved the Raiders move out of Oakland.  Owner Mark Davis said, the irresistible opportunity, "to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world."  Las Vegas Raiders will dedicate a $1.9 billion stadium in the Nevada desert in 2020, in 2017 and 2018 they will continue to play at the Oakland Coliseum and 2019 has not yet been announced. 

Davis has received about $750 million from Vegas taxpayers he is adding an additional $500 million with the Bank of America financing the rest.   A few previous moves include St. Louis, Sand Diego and now Oakland, that is within the last two years. 

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