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The week started off with a busy Monday Halloween: LeBron James celebrated Halloween while throwing shade, the Patriots made a surprise “blockbuster” trade, ESPN went crazy for Halloween, and an NFL legend retired.

LeBron James doesn’t want anyone to forget the 2016 NBA Finals

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During the 2016 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors led the Cleveland Cavaliers 3-1 after four games. LeBron James wants to make sure nobody forgets that and took the opportunity to remind people if they did during Halloween.

That’s a savage move, but also a great one.

The Patriots traded Jamie Collins to the Browns. Do NFL ‘blockbuster’ trades still exist?

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FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 18: Jamie Collins #91 of the New England Patriots walks onto the field before a preseason game with the Chicago Bears in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium on August 18, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

There probably aren’t many things worse a New England Patriots player can here other than “We’ve traded you to the Cleveland Browns”. Sadly for linebacker Jamie Collins, those are the exact words he heard on Monday.

Our own Sam Blazer wrote a great piece about the trade and asked the question, “Is the blockbuster trade dead in the NFL?”. While ESPN’s Adam Schefter did call it a blockbuster, a third-round pick for a struggling linebacker isn’t exactly a blockbuster when you compare it to other sports.

In baseball, a blockbuster deal would be the December 2015 trade involving 2015 first overall pick Dansby Swanson and at the time potential ace Shelby Miller. Or in August of 2014 when the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Those are blockbuster trades.

ESPN Broadcasters celebrated Halloween in style


Halloween is the one day every year when people can dress up in crazy costumes and not be judged too much for it. On top of that, it’s a great way for TV networks to get viewers to tune in all day to see various TV personalities dressed up in crazy costumes.

That’s exactly what happened on Monday at ESPN.

Take Highly Questionable for example. They went to a galaxy far far away…

Then there was the odd assortment of costumes on SportsNation.

One costume repeated appeared on Around the Horn.

The Around the Horn guests did the best of all the ESPN shows in my opinion as some of them even switched costumes during the show! The one who did it the best was none other than the terrific Sarah Spain. Her costumes were all over the map.

Andre Johnson has decided to hang them up


A spectacular 14-year NFL career has finally come to an end for Andre Johnson. A week after former Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster hung them up, former Texans star wide receiver Andre Johnson did the same.

While most Texans spoke highly of their former teammate, one former Texan decided to joke about the wideout retiring.

Johnson’s long 14-year career was full of incredible plays and crazy touchdowns. The 35-year-old was named to seven Pro Bowls and finishes his career ranked ninth in all-time receptions with 1,062 and 10th all-time with 14,185 receiving yards.

To celebrate the end of his career, here are some of Johnson’s best and worst moments.

Quick Hits

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– Kevin Durant once again proved how social media is the best and worst thing in the world with one simple tweet.

About David Lauterbach

David is a writer for The Comeback. He enjoyed two Men's Basketball Final Four trips for Syracuse before graduating in 2016. If The Office or Game of Thrones is on TV, David will be watching.