The Sandman, SBA Loans, and Markelle Fultz

I was thinking about a quote I heard a few years ago. “More people have walked on the surface of the moon than have scored against Rivera in the postseason.” I’m paraphrasing but it’s pretty incredible. His longevity and dominance might not ever be matched. He pitched 141 postseason innings and ranks #1 in saves All-Time. His 652 saves are 51 more than 2nd place (Trevor Hoffman) and a staggering 174 more than 3rd place (Lee Smith). When opposing teams heard Enter Sandman come over the loudspeakers at Yankee Stadium, they knew it was all but over. What a total badass. The best closer in all of sports.

In more recent news, the Los Angeles Lakers applied and were approved for a Small Business Loan through the Paycheck Protection Program. While small businesses everywhere are closing because they’re aren’t being approved or they’re being approved for laughable amounts, the Los Angeles Lakers were given a 4.6 million dollar loan. They qualify as a small business because they directly employ around 300 people. Anything under 500 employees is considered a small business. They gave the money back (because it got out) but the fact of the matter is that the system allowed for a franchise worth $4.6 billion to qualify for a small business loan when mom and pop shops are closing their doors because they can’t get government help in this time of need. I’m not blaming the Lakers for taking advantage, but I am blaming the system that allowed this to happen.

I’m also ready to talk about Markelle Fultz. I will start by saying hindsight is 2020 but the Sixers should’ve hung onto him. The Butler trade, ultimately wasn’t worth it either but that’s a discussion for another time. The Sixers didn’t get anything of value in return and he still has potential. I’ve said since the beginning that I would never sell my Fultz stock. I won’t lie and tell you that my finger wasn’t hovering over the sell button, but the important thing is that I didn’t sell. He’s still young and seems to be improving. He’s not the All-Star Magic fans are making him out to be, but the kid has a bright future. I understand why they felt the need to go all in and trade away their young pieces, but I still believe in the Process and think patience is the way to go.

Stay safe, cheesebags.

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