The San Francisco 49ers made a major move to distinguish themselves in the NFC West by trading for longtime Carolina Panthers star running back Christian McCaffrey, the Arizona Cardinals stunned the New Orleans Saints with two pick sixes in under two minutes and the New York Yankees are on the ropes, facing a 2-0 series deficit to the Astros after an Alex Bregman three-run shot lifted Houston to victory in Game 2. Plus, the NBA rookie class is already making a splash with huge performances from the Orlando Magic’s number one overall draft pick Paolo Banchero and the Detroit Pistons’ tandem of Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren.
JARED QUAY: The Carolina Panthers have traded running back Christian McCaffrey to the San Francisco 49ers.
- It's about time.
JARED QUAY: It's wild to see CMC, one of the greats, getting shipped off for a pile of draft picks, but hey, whatever it takes to get him on a contending team and I'm down with it. Unlike the 1-5 Panthers, the 49ers are in a competitive race for the NFC West, so adding a player like McCaffrey should be the difference maker. Speaking of the NFC West.
- I'm intruiged.
JARED QUAY: If you had a bunch of Cardinals offensive players in your fantasy team, you probably weren't happy. But if you played Arizona's defense, good for you.
- Mazel tov.
JARED QUAY: In a showdown between two 2-4 teams, you never quite know what to expect. The Saints were clearly stunned by the Cardinals, who scored three touchdowns in a span of 1 minute and 44 seconds, which included two pick sixes. Sucks for the Saints, obviously, but someone needs to put this video of Andy Dalton reacting to Marco Wilson in the loop, because it is a piece of art.
We're only a few days in, but the new NBA season is already lit. The veterans are doing their thing, but the young guys have made a big splash early. Let's check in on this year's rookie class with Ballers of the Future presented by iShares.
I feel like we witnessed a rookie Super Bowl of sorts when the magic went to Motor City to take on the Pistons. Orlando invested its number one overall draft pick in Paolo Banchero and it paid off early.
- [INAUDIBLE] to Banchero. Banchero going to take it, fly over the top of Joseph and draw the foul.
JARED QUAY: Man, put that on a poster. Banchero scored 29 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished out 5 assists. The only dim on the guy's shine is the fact that the Magic lost the game, and that was because of two other outstanding rookie performances.
- Picked off by Jaden Ivey. Jaden to the basket, lays it up, lays it in.
JARED QUAY: The Pistons roster is rocking with the fifth overall draft pick Jaden Ivey, and the 13th pick, Jalen Duren. Check out the balance sheet of these two rooks absolutely dominating on day one. The Pistons are 1-0, so, so far, Detroit's investment is paying off. And you at home can learn the importance of long term investing alongside pro ballers by checking out the iShares Future Ballers at iShares.com/iShares-ballers.
JARED QUAY: That's what the Yankees look like on the road, as Alex Bregman's 3-run shot gave Houston a 2-0 lead over New York in the ALCS.
- I'm shocked.
JARED QUAY: I know the Yankees are perennial winners historically with 27 World Series titles.
JARED QUAY: But the bronze bombers last championship came in 2009, while the Astros last won it all in 2017.
- But, but--
JARED QUAY: They were banging trash cans and cheating, so I don't know if that really counts, but they are still good. I mean, it's hard to root for anyone to win this series, man. You ever just seen two villians win and it's just like, man, I don't know if the movie is any better now that, that person won.