The MLB free agent market is heating up as the Yankees re-signed first baseman Anthony Rizzo while New York slugger Aaron Judge has yet to lock up a new deal following his historic season. In the NFL, Cooper Kupp joins the growing list of top offensive players to land on Injured Reserve while Washington star defensive end Chase Young is set to return from injury and play his first game with the Commanders in more than a year and fans who plan to attend the World Cup in Qatar have a new resource to help them find local pubs… which is harder to do than you’d think. Plus, with the success of games in London, Mexico City and Munich, the NFL is eyeballing two additional countries to play host to America’s Game.
JARED QUAY: MLB free agency is upon us, and the Yankees are stepping up to the plate. New York resigned their first baseman, Anthony Rizzo, to a two-year, $40 million deal. But the biggest fish on the market is yet to be reeled in.
Yankees owner and chairman Howard Steinbrenner told reporters that he met with the home run king, Aaron Judge, saying of the meeting, quote, "I think we've got a good thing going on here." End quote.
But that good things are going to come with a hefty price tag, since Judge turned down New York's $213 million contract offer before the slugger's historic season. It's gonna get more expensive than that. Yesterday's price is not today's price.
- You're gonna need a bigger boat.
JARED QUAY: The injury bug has bitten the hell out of the NFL this year, man. And it doesn't seem to be letting up. Rams star Cooper Kupp needs surgery to fix his ankle he busted in LA's Week 10 loss to the Cardinals.
- Just to add insult to injury.
JARED QUAY: Kupp joins a group of top offensive players to recently land on the IR list this season, including Darren Waller, Marquise Brown, and Zach Ertz. On the flip side, there's good news for the Washington Commanders.
- We're in the upside down.
JARED QUAY: First, they snapped the Eagles undefeated season in Philly on Monday Tonight Football, and now it comes down to Washington will be activating Chase Young from the PUP list.
JARED QUAY: The star defensive end hasn't played since tearing his ACL last November, and maybe he'll be the missing piece Washington needs to compete in the NFC East.
- I'm afraid it's too far-fetched.
JARED QUAY: Now if you think that's far fetched, what are your thoughts on Parisian football?
- [SPEAKING FRENCH]
JARED QUAY: No, Lisa, I don't speak French. But I do speak the language of baguettes and wine with a side of football, which could be a reality. With the success of NFL games in London, Mexico City, and most recently Munich, the league is considering holding games in France and in Spain. These countries are already huge fans of the other football--
- Football is life!
JARED QUAY: --so expanding further into Europe makes sense to me. What doesn't make as much sense to me is the concession situation at the upcoming World Cup. As thousands of soccer fans from around the world descend on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, they might have trouble finding a drink.
- We have to check the pub.
JARED QUAY: Qatar's national religion prohibits drinking, and the laws are tight. Like, no public drinking. But a Seattle-based aerospace salesman has basically created a marauders map where visitors can find pubs to enjoy their soccer with libations.
- Consummate public servant.
JARED QUAY: You can read all about it right here on Yahoo Sports, with this fun feature written by Henry Bushnell. Hey, bosses. Can I go on assignment for a hard-hitting story like this one? I mean, I can cultivate sources at secret pubs. I mean, I went to University of Miami, so I feel like that's an instant qualification right there.
Like, I basically majored in partying. Can't nobody chug a beer better than me. All right, maybe there's a couple of offensive linemen in the NFL. But nobody in Qatar can chug a beer better than me.