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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 4/30/17

3 Up

1. Chris Coghlan - Yo, Coghlan's jump over Yadier Molina will live on forever. FOREVER. If you haven't seen this play yet, you should. An obvious for DP Play of the Year. 

2. Paul Allen - Kudos to Allen, co-founder of Microsoft who pledged $30M to build homes for the Seattle homeless. Allen's contributions are more awesome work from those at Microsoft in helping the nearby community, as well as beyond. 

3. Anthony Rendon - Rendon had quite the week for a baseball player in one day! 6 for 6 with three home runs and 10 RBIs. No, Rendon is not a create-a-player. He's real, and he unleashed it all on the division-rival New York Mets. 

3 Down

1. ESPN - The self-proclaimed leader in Sports laid off hundreds of talent, mostly very good journalists this week in a much-needed cost-cutting endeavor. Gone are some very credible writers and journalists, and of course, still on-board are the those who scream, make outlandish comments, and are the antithesis of journalism. They STILL don't get it. ESPN hasn't been the same for years now. Still sad to see anyone lose their job. 

2. New York Mets - What a terrible week for the Amazins'. First, they misjudged the Yoenis Cespedes injury. Then, they mishandled Matt Harvey informing him of a spot  (moved up) spot three hours before game time. Then, they allowed Noah Syndergaard to pitch without a much needed MRI. And then, they went out on Sunday and got blasted for 23 runs. Who is in charge of this? Wow. 

3. WWE House of Horror's Match - What in the world was this nonsense? If the WWE were attempting to replicate IMPACT's venture into the broken world this past winter, then they failed miserably. Honestly, in my opinion, they've mishandled Bray Wyatt for a while now.

1 Mind Boggling

1. NFL Draft Attendance - Ok, it's no secret I'm not a big NFL guy. Honestly, I don't care at all for the league that much these days. But, the NFL drawing 70,000+ for the first round of the draft is impressive. And honestly, very mind boggling. Like seriously, what's the big appeal? 

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3 Up
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