What Had Happened Was: 8/8/17
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- Vince Wilfork announces NFL retirement … in a charcoal commercial. After 13 seasons, the former defensive tackle for the New England Patriots and Houston Texans called it quits in an ad for Kingsford Charcoal that he posted to Twitter. “No more cleats,” Wilfork says in the video. “I’m moving on to smoke meats, fellas.” Wilfork, a five-time Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro selection in 2012, will host a “farewell tailgate” on Sept. 7 before the Patriots’ regular-season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Even Johnny Manziel believes Colin Kaepernick deserves a job. The former Cleveland Browns quarterback, who hasn’t played since 2015, recently weighed in on Kaepernick’s playing status. “Even if he’s not going to start, he’s good enough to be on a roster for sure,” he said. Manziel added that he doesn’t believe Kaepernick’s career is over just yet.
- Former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin comments on Kyrie Irving’s trade request. Griffin, who left Cleveland’s front office in June because of differences with team owner Dan Gilbert, appeared on ESPN’s The Jump, where he said Irving handled the situation appropriately and with “courage.” Although the Cavs don’t have to honor Irving’s request, Griffin said he anticipates that his former team will end up dealing the All-Star point guard.
— Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) August 7, 2017
TOP THREE TWEETS
1. WHO HAS THE BETTER HAIR, THO?
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 7, 2017
2. WHOA …
what are championship dreams pic.twitter.com/OnoMYNJsiP
— baseballin’ (@inthephanattic) August 7, 2017
3. THE OCHO IS HERE!
Reminder: Time to take a nap. ESPNU becomes "ESPN8: The Ocho" at midnight, trampoline dodgeball at 4 a.m. pic.twitter.com/8Aumy2eaXy
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 8, 2017
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) August 7, 2017
ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
On Aug. 8, 1992, at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, the U.S. men’s basketball team — known as the “Dream Team” — crushed Croatia, 117-85, to win gold in the first year that the team’s roster consisted of NBA players. “It was like Elvis and the Beatles put together. Traveling with the Dream Team was like traveling with 12 rock stars. That’s all I can compare it to,” head coach Chuck Daly said of the squad that featured 11 Hall of Famers. Against Croatia in the championship game, seven American players scored in double figures: Michael Jordan (22), Charles Barkley (17), Patrick Ewing (15), Scottie Pippen (12), Chris Mullin (11), Magic Johnson (11) and Clyde Drexler (10).
— New York Mets (@Mets) August 7, 2017