Sports News and Notes: Epstein Leaves Cubs
Between the NFL regular season and the NBA and MLB offseasons, there is certainly no shortage of sports news. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the biggest stories from this past week.
Epstein To Leave Cubs' Organization
After nine years in the Chicago Cubs organization, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is walking away from the team. In an announcement made on Tuesday, Epstein said that he will forego the 2021 season, the last of his contract, and will instead take the year off.
Epstein has long noted that leadership should change roughly every 10 years, or it can lead to stagnancy. While many assumed that this upcoming season would be his last, Epstein opted to end his tenure a year short.
Epstein will forever be lauded by Cubs fans for helping to bring a world championship to the team in 2016, ending a drought of over 100 years. Still, the last couple of seasons have been disappointing for the Cubs, and they will now take on new leadership in Jed Hoyer (who had previously served as general manager).
For Epstein, the expectation is that he will take the year off. However, Bruce Levin of 670 The Score notes that teams like the Philadelphia Phillies could still pursue Epstein immediately for a similar role in their organizations.
Brees Out For Foreseeable Future
In the Saints' game against the San Francisco 49ers last weekend, Drew Brees sustained an injury that looks like could derail his season for several weeks. Brees suffered several cracked ribs and a collapsed lung after being driven to the ground by a sack that was later ruled roughing the passer.
While Brees may no longer be the elite quarterback he once was, he has still led the Saints to a 7-2 record this season. In that span, he has thrown for 2,196 yards, 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
With Brees out, the Saints will now turn to backup Jameis Winston to take over under center. Last season, as the starting quarterback for Tampa Bay, Winston threw for 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns. Despite those impressive numbers, he also had some accuracy issues as he threw 30 interceptions.
New Orleans will look to Winston to help maintain its lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the division, as it currently holds just a half-game lead. As it stands, the Saints are currently +750 to win the Super Bowl this season, +300 to win the NFC championship and -250 to win the NFC South.
Holiday To The Bucks
The NBA offseason never seems to disappoint, and this one is kicking off with a lot of action early on. One major deal sees Giannis Antetokounmpo getting some help in Milwaukee.
The Bucks are reportedly set to acquire Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Eric Bledsoe, George Hill and a number of first-round draft picks (this year's No. 24 pick, as well as first-rounders in 2025 and 2027).
New Orleans continues to load up on draft picks and also adds a couple of veterans it may be able to flip for even more assets. The Bucks acquire a proficient scorer in Holiday, who averaged 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists in 2019-20.
Paired with Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, Holiday gives the Bucks a trio of scorers that should be able to compete with any team in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee is also hoping this helps convince Antetokounmpo that it is serious about winning so that he will sign an extension with the club.