Suhan: Baseball was a good week. The NFL did not.

The NFL is the most popular league in North American history. Baseball is in relative decline.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t love football. I’m just saying America has bad taste.

Let’s summarize recent events in past and present American pastimes:

The NFL has had an ugly week, and that means the NFL has been working.

The Cleveland Browns gave the most guaranteed money in league history to quarterback, Deshaun Watson, who has been accused by 24 women of sexual assault. The NFL hired a judge to discipline him, and suspended him for six games.

Brown’s owners subsequently released a statement claiming that Watson was remorseful even though he had never expressed remorse. The Browns also arranged Watson’s contract so that he would not pay a heavy financial price for the alleged sexual assault of women.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, usually a poor captain who enforces poor discipline, is appropriately offended and appeals the punishment, hoping for a one-year suspension and a hefty fine.

Another NFL owner, Dolphins player Stephen Ross, has been penalized for messing with Saints coach Sean Payton and quarterbacks Tom Brady. Brian Flores, the former Dolphins coach, also accused him of offering a cash bonus for losing matches to improve the team’s position.

Washington owner Dan Snyder hid on his yacht to avoid a congressional subpoena before agreeing to testify about the toxic workplace he created. Perhaps the greatest coach in NFL history, Bill Belichick, cheated so much that his Hall of Fame bust would wear a disguise.

At least the NFL offers in-field entertainment. In August, that means long and boring hot practices. In Eagan, this also means a Junior coach blames reporters And fans to keep a secret of what they’re seeing, because there’s no way to beat the Green Bay Packers if they know you might as well throw the ball at Dalvin Cook.

While the NFL was maintaining its popularity in spite of itself, baseball won the week.

Establishing a strict single-trade deadline produced the kind of speculation and action that upset the sport from the slumber of its days.

Amid a string of incredible moves, Juan Soto, one of the greatest young hitters in baseball history, has been traded from recent champion, Washington, to the San Diego Padres for an impressive array of prospects.

The Padres and the Twins, two mid-market teams that have historically guarded expectations, have been more aggressive than the Mets, Dodgers and White Sox—three major market contenders.

The Padres were traded for Soto, closest star Josh Hader and Slugger Josh Bell. They will play alongside Mane Machado, and once he is healthy, Fernando Tates Jr. will play.

The Padres have spent huge sums, in money and expectations, to build the most interesting and brightest team in baseball. The twins have traded a host of odds for three pitchers and a catcher, two of them — debutante Tyler Mahley and closer Georgie Lopez — under contract for 2023 as well. Lopez did not become a free agent until 2025.

The Twins’ moves didn’t drastically change their statistical expectations of becoming a team in the World Championships, but they rewarded an overachievered group and sent a notice to their struggling fan base.

Baseball at its best is unparalleled in complex drama. Baseball at its worst is summertime appeal.

Rocco Baldelli, head coach of the Twins, said: “We’re here every day. Consistency is probably how you describe our game. In many ways, the trade deadline is turned upside down, in an exciting way that produces energy – for the fans, but also us at this club.”

“I mean, it was a great day and it boosted a lot of faith in this group that is at the club.”

World Championship titles cannot be the only measure of excellence. Playing meaningful games, year after year, is just as important.

Even the death of Dodgers announcer Finn Scully provided a reminder of the presence of baseball in American life. Only in baseball can a light sound become an everyday gift.