The Viral Roundup – Dombrowski’s Dusted Edition
Howdy! Welcome to a brand new go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your daily one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a new day in the world of sports. In today’s edition: The Tigers shake things up in the GM spot, the Texans may have to deal with a major absence and the Jaguars appear to have accepted life with Blackmon.
Did You Hear?
The Dave Dombrowski era in Detroit is over. Tigers owner Mike Ilitch announced on Tuesday that he was releasing Dombrowski ”in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities.” The move raises a lot of eyebrows (particularly with the Blue Jays reportedly interested in bringing the free agent exec in as team president) and it marks the first time since the early 00s that the position has been filled by someone else. As GM, Dubrowski was at the helm for two World Series appearances and five playoff berths. The Tigers have been underwhelming in 2015 and have watched Kansas City run away with the AL Central division lead. (Detroit’s listed as a 28/1 shot to win the World Series this year.) Assistant GM Al Avila will take over in Dombrowski’s old role.
Did You See?
In the mood to get the NFL training camp experience without suffering head trauma or worrying that you’ll use your job? Check out this video put out by the St. Louis Rams. STL wideout Stedman Bailey hits the field outfitted with a GoPro to give a helmet helmed perspective of training camp. Bailey makes for a pretty solid tour guide, if you ask us. The Rams are a 40/1 shot to capture the Super Bowl in 2016.
Did You Know?
- The Houston Texans might be without Arian Foster for the start of the season. The franchise’s star running back suffered a groin injury at training camp and ESPN reports that surgery may be necessary. The 28-year-old back collected 1,246 yards on the ground in 2014 and scored 13 TDs (8 rushing, 5 recieving) in a 9-7 campaign. The Texans are currently projected as a 50/1 wager to win the Super Bowl.
- Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell says his team is no longer in contact with former prized first round pick Justin Blackmon. The wide reciever was suspended indefinitely after a third violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The last time Blackmon played? Week 8 of the 2013 regular season. “I don’t know to expect, but I would say common sense would probably be if you haven’t played football in two and a half years, apparently that’s not a priority for you,” said Caldwell on the #5 pick of the 2012 draft. The team has not cut Blackmon, but his contract has been paused due to the suspension. If he returns, the wideout will have over two years remaining on his deal.
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