Ebs’ Hot Takes: MLB All-Star Game, LeBron James, Flag Football

FROM THE PRESS BOX – We are officially in the dead of summer when it comes to sports.

It’s baseball and that’s about it. So it’s tough to find some hawt taeks right now. But I think I found a couple to start this Monday off right.

Here’s a fresh batch of Ebs’ Hot Takes.

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Blake Snell’s All-Star Game snub is a disgrace. Ultimately, Blake Snell will likely make the MLB All-Star Game in a couple weeks after a pitcher or two pulls out. But it shouldn’t get to that.

Snell leads the American League in ERA and ranks second in baseball in wins.

Chris Archer hit the nail right on the head: He’s more than good enough to make the squad.

And it’s not even the fact that he plays for the Tampa Bay Rays that’s holding him back. Wilson Ramos won the fan vote for catcher. This is all a joke.

Did LeBron James make a mistake? I know I wrote about LeBron James at length last week, but that was before the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to terms with Javale McGee and Rajon Rondo and the Golden State Warriors brought on DeMarcus Cousins.

So you could say that things have gotten worse for James and the Lakers.

First off, if you had doubt that the Warriors weren’t already going to win the NBA Finals then there shouldn’t be now. Cousins may not play until February and he might not be the same player anymore, but this is huge.

At the same time, what are the Lakers doing? Rondo, Lance Stephenson and James on all the same team sounds like a recipe for disaster.

I still fully believe James should have stayed in the East.

I’m all for more of the American Flag Football League. You may have not heard, but flag football was on NFL Network over the weekend.

It was the semifinals this weekend. Basically four of the top teams in the nation played each other for a shot at next week’s finals while four teams full of former NFL players and other top athletes were pitted against each other.

After next week’s championship games, the two winning teams will play each other on July 19 in Houston for $1 million.

I don’t know about you, but I’m all for as much Fred Jackson, Michael Vick and Chad Johnson as possible. These guys still got it.

Who doesn’t want more of this?

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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.