The NFL season is officially underway now that most players have reported to training camp. It marks the official end of the sports summer and leads right into the glorious fall of playoff baseball, college football and the NFL, which parlays nicely into basketball and hockey season. Basically, there are a few months every summer where sports fans who aren’t into baseball get bored for a while unless there’s an Olympics or a World Cup (USWNT) to take interest in. And now those months are over. The beginning of training camps means the beginning of fantasy football talk (analysts were already freaking out over the running back pecking order in Miami) and the season of overhyped expectations. It also means bizarre antics heading into camp, like when Jalen Ramsey showed up in an armored car, for a reason that may make sense to somebody.
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) July 24, 2019
He…hired a hype man? And the onlookers sounded very much not hype. Hopefully, he didn’t spend too much of the money in the truck on the gimmick.
It’s also rookie hazing season, and the Patriots first-round draft pick is begging Tom Brady not to give him the standard rookie haircut. Now that Gronk is retired, Brady needs all the help he can get, so he’d be wise to let the rookie keep his hair.
Houston Rockets star James Harden made a splash on social media for his dramatic 1-on-1 with a kid at his camp. Of course, being an MVP-caliber NBA star, Harden took it easy on the kid. Just kidding, he ran the kid in circles until he broke his ankles and viciously threw down a dunk. Respect.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) July 20, 2019
Brooks Koepka is one of the hottest golfers in the game right now, but that doesn’t make him immune from dad jokes. As a CBS analyst was making a point at how many golfers Koepka has defeated this year, his dad couldn’t resist taking a jab. Because #dadsrule.
— Bob Koepka (@BobKoepka) July 23, 2019
In the scariest story of the week, the entire fanbase of the Washington Nationals suffered from a horrific case of baby shark.
You’ve gotta see Gerardo Parra’s Baby Shark intro.
This is WILD. pic.twitter.com/kjmb6vaoUl
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 24, 2019
USWNT breakout star Rose Lavelle got to meet an admiring young fan this week…named Rose Lavelle. The meeting between the Lavelles was one of the sweeter sports moments of the week.
— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) July 21, 2019
And in the best near-miss of the week, LeBron’s 14-year-old son showed flashes of his dad’s game when he drove through the lane and almost posterized a defender. Though he narrowly missed the dunk, it’s tough to actually discern that from the crowd reaction. People lost it on the athletic play from Bronny Jr. And his dad has a warning for the future.