Ebs’ Hot Takes: Rob Gronkowski, Buffalo Sabres, Aaron Boone, New York Yankees, Alabama

WEST PITTSTON, PA – Folks, there’s no intro or lede this week.

I’m jumping right in to some hawt taeks. I’m wasting no time.


Rob Gronkowski deserves a multiple-game suspension. There is no place for what Rob Gronkowski did to Tre’Davious White during the fourth quarter on Sunday.

Sure, White got away with pass interference and holding penalties on the play, but it is no excuse for what followed.

And then his so called apology was almost just as bad. He used it as a platform to complain about no calls and said that he “don’t really believe in type of shots like that” yet he takes one toward White anyway.

Are you serious? There’s no place like stuff like that in football at any level. It’s an absolute disgrace and indefensible.

The hit knocked White out of the game with a head injury. White, one of the young stars in this game, leaves with a head injury and entered concussion protocol because of a late hit, yet Gronkowski remains in the game and mocks fans when he walks off the field after the game.

He should have been ejected.

What’s it going to take for players to stop responding like this? We’ve seen at least three fights this year, with two resulting in suspensions for the players involved, Marshawn Lynch pushed a ref, Marcus Peters threw a flag into the stands and then just walked into the locker room on Sunday.

The NFL has such a bad look right now and players aren’t helping themselves.

And you know what the funny thing is?

There were offsetting penalties and only the Buffalo Bills lost yardage. How does that make sense?

By the way, ESPN’s Ryan Clark was spot on.

To think, I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.

The Buffalo Sabres are a disgrace. Why stop now, right?

These Buffalo Sabres are worse than the edition during the tank year. I thought things were supposed to get better?

Who would have thought that on December 4 that the Bills and Sabres would have the same number of wins. Six.

Do you know how many goals the Sabres have scored in their last five games? Two. A pair of single-goal efforts sandwiching three straight shutouts. Disgusting.

Goals are being scored in this league at a rate that we’ve never seen before, yet the Sabres can’t seem to find the back of the net. I’m speechless.

And it’s not like this team doesn’t have talent, because it does. I just don’t get it.

Boy, I bet the NHL is regretting putting them in the Winter Classic.

I like the Aaron Boone hire. I think. I was extremely shocked when I saw the New York Yankees were hiring Aaron Boone as their next manager.

I get it. He’s a great baseball mind, young, understands analytics and is a great communicator. But if you asked me to list five, no 10 possible candidates – I dream team of candidates – I don’t know if Boone would be on it.

I’m surprised Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders manager Al Pedrique didn’t at least get an interview. He was more than deserving and I still wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a look at the Major League coaching staff.

Carlos Beltran was a name I liked immediately after he announced his retirement, and I wasn’t the least bit surprised he interviewed.

He’s highly respected in the game and young kids loved him both within the Yankees organization and when he was with the Houston Astros.

I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s brought on in some type of role.

But hey, Brian Cashman has his guy. This upcoming season will be very interesting. Now on to the winter meetings.

Alabama is in the College Football Playoff? No thanks. After watching Alabama’s last two performances against Power 5 teams, there is no way that you can say with confidence that the Tide deserved to be in the College Football Playoff over Ohio State.

Alabama’s best wins? No. 17 LSU and No. 23 Mississippi State.

The Buckeyes’? Two top-10 teams: No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 9 Penn State.

The selection committee’s message is loud and clear. You can’t have a bad loss on your resume. Ohio State had two.

Big Ten Network senior writer Tom Dienhart said it best:

I like Oklahoma over Clemson for the national title.

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DJ Eberle: The youngest of our team, DJ is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native used OT for Western New England University - until he graduated in May of 2014. Like Junoir Blaber, he's a regular on Rugby Wrap Up - his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it's the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @ByDJEberle.