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Welcome to another edition of This Week In Hot Takes. This time around, we’re breaking down the hottest takes from March 15-21.Don Cherry criticizes William Nylander and Oskar Lindblom for talking to each other, says “They’re having a little love-fest, they look like they’re going to kiss each other”: After weeks of complaining about the Carolina Hurricanes’ supposedly attention-seeking celebrations (funny, considering that his whole career defines “attention-seeking”), Sportsnet’s Don Cherry has moved on to another dumb complaint. This week on Hockey Night In Canada, while dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day, Cherry decided to criticize the Toronto Maple Leafs’ William Nylander and the Philadelphia Flyers’ Oskar Lindblom for talking to each other ahead of a faceoff, and did so in a problematic wa

First off, players talking to each opponents is nothing new in hockey or in countless other sports (baseball regularly sees runners chatting with infielders and hitters chatting with catchers, basketball sees plenty of back-and-forth talk, etc), and it’s unclear why Cherry decided to go after these guys. Maybe them being Swedish was part of it, as Cherry’s long been known for his complaints about European players. But beyond that, the tone associated with “they look like they’re going to kiss each other” felt real homophobic. It’s yet another bad look for the 85-year-old Cherry, and yet another reason to question why he still has a high-profile analysis job.

Linking player contracts directly to concession prices is absurd in general; concession prices are about how much money owners can get out of fans and how much fans will be willing to pay, while player contracts are about how much money players can get out of the revenues owners are making (most of which aren’t from the concessions). But Trout is a particularly bad case in point to cite here, as Angels Stadium has $4.50 16-ounce beers; owner Arte Moreno cut those prices in his first act as owner 16 years ago, and hasn’t raised them since. So, no, Mike Trout’s new contract doesn’t have much to do with the price of beer.

Players really can’t win with some of these pundits; if they head to a talented team in free agency, they’re criticized for not having “loyalty” or just “chasing rings,” and if they stick with the team they’re with, they’re bashed for being “just about the money.”

But beyond that, Trout is plenty relevant, much more so than Cowherd. Cowherd’s move to FS1 has seen a dramatic decrease in his national profile, and it’s notable that The Herd on Tuesday (the day he made these remarks) didn’t make the top 150 cable programs for that day. The only FS1 show to even get in those ratings that day was Undisputed, at 131st overall with a 0.07 rating in the keydemographic of viewers 18-49, and 138,000 viewers overall. So Cowherd’s show was seen by less people than such quality programming as Lifetime’s Married At First Sight: Love Unlocked, Science Channel’s Secrets of the Lost discussion of Stonehenge, and ESPN2’s coverage of a Arkansas-Providence NIT game. Who’s the “rich and irrelevant” figure in the Los Angeles area again?

Meanwhile, over on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith once again displayed his tremendous knowledge of sports, talking with colleague Jeff Passan about the Trout contract and claiming that Mike Scioscia (who stepped down after the 2018 season) was still managing the Angels:Jeff Schultz argues that LSU “brought evidence of the sport’s seedy underbelly with them,” and that Yale’s involvement in the admissions scandal was “cute Ivy-level cheating”: With the LSU Tigers in the NCAA tournament despite suspending head coach Will Wade after a Yahoo report of his comments on a FBI wiretap that appeared to indicate him referencing a financial offer to a prospect, plenty of media have lined up to defend “amateurism” and jump all over LSU as supposed cheaters. Criticizing Wade for allegedly breaking NCAA rules can be a defensible take, but the takes have gotten much hotter than that, with Jeff Schultz (formerly of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, now with The Athletic) providing one of the most heated.

Schultz argued that LSU brought the sport’s “seedy underbelly” with them into the tournament (despite Wade not being with the team and despite no players being suspended at this point). Even more heatedly, he claimed the Tigers were the ones “central to a federal corruption investigation” in first-round matchup with Yale. Yale was implicated in the much more serious admissions scandal, which saw unqualified people get into schools instead of deserving athletic prospects thanks to bribes, and which actually led to federal indictments (including of long-time Yale women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith, who resigned last November after 24 years in charge of the team), but according to Schultz, that’s just “cute Ivy-level cheating“:

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The first wave of free agency brought the Chiefs four new players, two players cut, and one player traded away. That means the salary cap has changed quite a bit. Here’s a quick rundown of what the Chiefs are dealing with financially.

According to Over the Cap, the Chiefs have $24.1 million in cap space, which is good for No. 12 in the NFL. This only includes the contracts of Carlos Hyde, Tyrann Mathieu, Damien Wilson, and Alex Okafor. Here’s what first-year cap hits look like for each of those players:

Additionally, Bashaud Breeland will sign with the Chiefs, but it hasn’t been made official yet. His contract is worth up to $5 million.

Let’s say Breeland’s cap hit is $2.5 million in the first year. That’d leave the Chiefs with $21.6 million in cap space. It’s more than enough to navigate a few more signings and sign a draft class of eight picks. The Chiefs could still create some more cap space if they decide to trade for a player, or go after multiple remaining free agents.

When the Chiefs released Justin Houston, they freed up $14 million of cap space. Houston was identified as a cut candidate for the Chiefs, but he was the only one of the five players that could bring substantial cap savings. The Chiefs could free up another $8.7 million in cap space by releasing Eric Murray, Daniel Sorensen, Xavier Williams, and Reggie Ragland. The player with the single-most savings is Williams with $2.8 million.

The Chiefs definitely have more moves to come in free agency and ahead of the draft, but they also won’t rush into anything. They can keep some cap space in the event of a late cut or a trade opportunity arises. They can also roll over any unused space into the 2020 NFL season.

The Chiefs currently have only two running backs—Damien Williams and Darrel Williams on their roster, with Spencer Ware set to potentially make more money than many of us probably expected on the open market.

Hyde is a veteran who has been both a starter and backup before, and he has two 900-plus-yards seasons under his belt (2016 and 2017).

Hyde entered the league with the San Francisco 49ers as a second-round pick back in the 2014 NFL Draft. Hyde signed a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, but they traded him for a fifth-round pick to Jacksonville after just six games. Hyde was part of Jacksonville’s cuts Friday, presumably to make room for the signing of quarterback Nick Foles when the league year starts next week.

The move to likely sign Hyde is not unexpected for Chiefs general manager Brett Veach. Veach has made somewhat of a habit (Reggie Ragland, Cameron Erving, Sammy Watkins) of acquiring top-round picks who he still believes can still play when they become available.

Hyde would provide affordable, experienced depth in the Chiefs running back room with potential for more.