•On Monday morning as other NBA teams prepared for playoff games, one team held a press conference to unveil their brand-new logos. The New Jersey Nets are no more as the press conference signaled the official birth of the Brooklyn Nets. The teams color scheme will be black-and-white which is supposed to be a tribute to the old subway system of the city of New York. Part-owner Jay-Z reportedly played a large role in the design of the new logos. He said, “The boldness of the designs demonstrate the confidence we have in our new direction. Along with our move to Brooklyn and a state-of-the-art arena, the new colors and logos are examples of our commitment to update and refine all aspects of the team.”
•The NFL draft last weekend went mostly as analysts expected it to. Many were surprised however by a decision made by the Washington Redskins. The Redskins have had 21 starting quarterbacks in the last 19 seasons. They looked like they might have found a solution to that problem when they traded up to draft Robert Griffin III. Then they decided to draft Kirk Cousins the Michigan State quarterback in the fourth round. A quarterback controversy is the last thing the Redskins need.
The league’s two worst defensive teams last season, New England and Green Bay made moves in the draft to try to right their respective ships. Both teams used their first six picks on defensive players. The Patriots got Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones and Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower, two safeties, a defensive end, and a cornerback.
•Last season was by far the worst of Lamar Odom’s NBA career. First, he blamed it on the shock of being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks. Now he has said he and his wife Khloe Kardahsian-Odom will not be signing on for a third season of their reality show, “Khloe & Lamar.” The decision was reportedly made so that Odom can focus on his basketball career and try to make it again in the NBA.
•Soccer fans had been extremely excited for the much anticipated Manchester City-Manchester United game on Monday. The crosstown rivals had been fighting all season for the Premier League title and this game was billed as the most hyped in the 131-year history of the rivalry. As tends to be the case with soccer, the game itself wasn’t as exciting as the hype. In the end, Manchester City walked away with a 1-0 win.
•College football might be in for some changes. At Bowl Championship Series(BCS) meetings that took place last week, the majority of the discussion focused on the possibility of a four team playoff. A final decision on the matter could come before the end of the summer but any postseason changes wouldn’t go into effect until the current contract with television networks expires in 2014. BCS officials discussed having the Fiesta, Orange, Sugar, and Rose bowls serve as rotating sites for two national semifinal games. Reportedly the host of the national championship game would be the highest bidder.