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Will it happen?

January 15, 2021

I am using January winter days to count down the arrival of good news for Major League Baseball in hopes that they will actually be able to have a full season of 162 games for 2021. 2020 was just plain awful for everything and everybody and it's a very slow "recovery" so far. I am so grateful, that in the end, sports were played even with the crazy imperfections and all the changes that were and still are in place.

This is not a complete surprise, but the Philadelphia Eagles decided to move on from Doug Pederson after the last game of the season. I thought there was about a 40 percent chance this would happen now. The fourth quarter in the last game against Washington was a fiasco. He probably lost his position as head coach as a result. I have no clue who will be hired to replace him. The interviews have started and I think the finalists will be announced in the next two weeks. Definitely something to follow.

The Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs are coming off their bye week in the NFL playoffs. I think there is a good chance the two No. 1 seeds will be in the Super Bowl this year. Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes, the two quarterbacks, will also probably finish first and second in the MVP race at the end of season.

In NBA news, James Harden was officially traded to the Brooklyn Nets. There were significant rumors that the 76ers were in the running to get him. I am happy he wasn't traded to the 76ers because James Harden is a notorious ball hog and a difficult personality. I am perfectly happy to keep Ben Simmons on the team instead. Right now, Joel Embiid is playing great, like an MVP candidate. I hope he can stay healthy and keep performing like this throughout the season.

I’m wishing good luck to all the winter sports athletes. I hope the season can be completed without too many interruptions or consequences from this stubborn virus. Stay well everyone!

 

  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at sumspence@gmail.com.

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