Archive for August, 2015

Tim Tebow Tries To Make Eagles, Winston And Mariota’s Debut, No Participation Trophies, Jason Day Wins P.G.A. Championship

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Tim TebowIn the NFL, with the pre-season fully underway, all eyes were on not the best player in the NFL, but the nicest.  Yep, Tim Tebow made his comeback to the league this weekend with the Philadelphia Eagles.  He wasn’t great, but he wasn’t terrible either.  He went 6 for 12 and even had a touchdown rush.  Tebow is trying as hard as he can to make the team, and it’s looking like he has a 50/50 shot.

Elsewhere in the NFL, we witnessed the debut performances from the #1 and #2 draft pics this year (Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota).  Mariota did not look good, turning the ball over in each of his first two possessions.  Winston had a beautiful deep first pass, but the rest of his debut was lackluster.  Despite these first impressions, we can’t write them off.  They’re still getting their feet wet, and their second game could tell a completely different story.

edb7313e8aca9d18ec2b060f7f53c19a 2Steelers’ linebacker, James Harrison, arguably the toughest guy in the NFL, has decided to have his kids give back their little league participation trophies.  Harrison said he didn’t want his kids to get trophies just for showing up — that if they wanted a trophy they would have to earn it.  He wants them to understand that you don’t get anything in life unless you work for it.

GOLF

Jason Day won the P.G.A Championship this weekend with a record 20 under par beating Jordan Spieth by 3 strokes. All was not lost for Spieth, however, as his 2nd place finish combined with Rory McIlroy dropping to 17th place, gave Spieth the ranking of #1 golfer in the world.  This is a remarkable feat given that Spieth is only 22 years old.

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Manziel Great Pre-Season Game, J.J. Watt Eating 9000 Calories, Blue Jays 11th Straight Win

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Johnny ManzielIn the NFL, pre-season games are under way, and in Cleveland, all eyes are on Johnny Manziel.  Manziel’s rookie season was a disaster, which crested when he had to check into rehab (possibly for drug abuse). Manziel took the off-season seriously, and on Thursday night against the Redskins, he got a chance to show off his hard work.  The starting job belongs to veteran Josh McCown, but Manziel played great, and will give McCown a run for his money.  Manziel even ran for a touchdown, but did NOT flash his trademark “Money” sign.  Perhaps he is maturing.

100_3741 2Elsewhere in the NFL, J.J. Watt is known throughout the league as one of the greatest defensive players.  His work ethic is unmatched, which we now get to watch on HBO’s Hard Knocks.  But, since J.J. Watt is training so hard, he told his trainer that he felt he was running out of energy.  To get him the energy he needs for his rigorous two a day workouts, his trainer put him on an insane 9000 calorie a day diet which includes eating a ton of chicken wrapped in bacon.   Watt said it was actually difficult to physically eat that many calories — that he has to force feed himself.

BASEBALL

The Toronto Blue Jays, fresh off of of acquiring some solid players in free agency, just reeled off their 11th straight win Thursday night against the Oakland Athletics.  They are red hot now and Las Vegas has made them the odds on favorite to win the World Series.  Sure, anything can happen in the post-season, but they are built to win, and Toronto fans, who haven’t had much to cheer about lately, are excited about the possibility.

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IK Enemkpali Claimed By Bills, EA Sports Removes Kane From Cover, NBA Schedule Released

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In the NFL, just a day after IK Enemkpali was released by the New York Jets for breaking the jaw of their starting quarterback Geno Smith, former Jets coach Rex Ryan picked up Enemkpali  for his Buffalo Bills.  Apparently these behavior issues don’t phase Ryan, as he’s chalking up the bad attitude to being a tough football player.  The hope is that if IK Enemkpali is this angry with the Jets, he might use that fuel on the field.

HOCKEY

Jonathan ToewsIn the NHL, the popular video game “NHL HOCKEY 16” was supposed to feature Chicago Blackhawks teammates Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the cover.  It’s being reported, however, that Kane is under investigation for aggravated domestic assault.  While Kane has not been found guilty of anything yet, EA Sports announced that it is pulling Kane from the cover and simply feature Toews. EA sports does not want to be associated with domestic violence in any way.

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The NBA released its 2015/16 schedule.  The season tips-off October 27th with a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls, followed by the defending champion Golden State Warriors receiving their rings before taking on Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.  The other major highlight comes on Christmas Day where the Cleveland Cavaliers will get a rematch of the Finals in Golden State with the Warriors.  And of course, there is the “DeAndre Jordan” game on October 29th, where the Dallas Mavericks (who thought they had Jordan this off-season) will travel to LA to take on the Clippers (Jordan’s current team).  It’s going to be another great season.

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Geno Smith Out 6-10 With Broken Jaw, Browns Possibly Looking At Rice, Raiders May Move To LA

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Geno SmithIn the NFL, the big story of the day came from within the New York Jets camp.  The Jets had 3rd year quarterback Geno Smith penciled in at quarterback.  Smith did not have a great season but expectations were high this year. Unfortunately for the Smith and the Team,  7th round rookie, IK Enemkpali  punched Geno in the face and broke his jaw.  Apparently the whole altercation was on account of an argument over a $600 plane ticket.  Geno Smith will be out for 6-10 weeks.  The Jets will need Ryan Fitzpatrick to take over at QB. They even reached out to Michael Vick and Rex Grossman as backups to the backup.

Elsewhere in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns don’t look too promising this season as their running back corps is looking a little thin.  Isaiah Crowell is their starter, but in order to get some more firepower, head coach Mike Pettine said that they were potentially looking into the possibility of signing Ray Rice.  Rice has been out of the league for over a year since becoming Public Enemy #1 after hitting his wife in an elevator. Pettine, however,  said that they are “not yet there” on Rice.  Rice has said that he is rehabilitated, but that doesn’t mean that a team is willing to give him another chance.

Finally in the NFL, the Oakland Raiders may officially move to Los Angeles.  Oakland fans would be upset but LA is a huge market and has been lobbying for an NFL team for awhile.

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Thompson Wants Contract Finalized, Hated Donald Sterling Sues, Smith Jr. To Retire, Newton/Norman Fight

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are stacked with talent for next season with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love.  Another key piece of that puzzle is their power forward Tristan Thompson.  Thompson was promised a huge $80 million contract extension this off-season.  LeBron really wanted him on the team.  The Cavs, however,  have yet to finalize the contract and now Thompson’s agent is threatening that if the Cavs don’t come to the table with an official contract this will be Thompson’s last year in a Cavs uniform.   Thompson is an emerging star and wants to know if the Cavs are taking him seriously.

Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling may be the most hated man in sports on account of his racist remarks caught on tape about Magic Johnson and other African-American athletes. Sterling feels wronged that his comments were made public in an unlawful manner so he is suing his ex-girlfriend V. Stiviano for capturing him on tape, as well as TMZ for releasing the recordings to the public.  He lost his $2 billion basketball franchise on account of his remarks, however, it might be difficult for a judge to side in his favor as he doesn’t come across as a sympathetic figure. .

FOOTBALL

In the NFL, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. said that the 2015 season will be his last.  Smith had his glory days with the Carolina Panthers, until they released him from the team.  Smith thought he still had skills, and found a job with the Baltimore Ravens.  He had a solid 2014 campaign, but feels like he only has enough gas left in the tank for one more run.

Cam NewtonMeanwhile, back in Carolina, a fight broke out in practice between Josh Norman, a 4th year cornerback, and their franchise QB Cam Newton.  If Newton would have broken his hand, his wrist, even his finger, the Panthers’ season would be doomed.  The fight occurred when Norman intercepted a pass and when Newton tried to stop him, Norman threw a stiff arm.  Newton was upset because a stiff arm can cause injury.  Some fans are upset because it’s risky for quarterbacks to get in fights.

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Rousey To Fight Soon, Michael Jordan’s Confidence, Legend Frank Gifford Passes

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In the Ultimate Fighting Championships, just a week after Ronda Rousey destroyed Bette Correia, Ronda’s next fight is already being discussed.  Rousey is quickly becoming a cash cow for the sport, especially because she defeats opponents in under a minute.  Now everyone is talking about  Rousey taking on Kris “Cyborg” Justino.  Justino is at the top of her game in the fighting world, albeit she is older than Rousey.  Nothing is official, and many think that this is Justino’s camp drumming up interest so she can get a big money shot at Rousey.  Rousey said she is ready to fight anyone.

BASKETBALL

Dean Smith and Michael JordanAt Michael Jordan’s basketball camp in California, Michael Jordan had an interesting Q&A session with the kids.  One kid asked… “Who was a better coach, Dean Smith (Jordan’s coach at North Carolina) or Phil Jackson (Jordan’s coach with the Bulls who led him to 6 championships).  Jordan answered immediately saying “Dean Smith”, then followed this with “Phil was lucky, because Dean Smith coached me so well at North Carolina”.  Then, another kid asked if Jordan could beat LeBron 1-on-1.  Jordan said at this point in his life, probably not.  But if he took on LeBron in his prime… no question”.  You have to love and admire Jordan’s confidence.

FOOTBALL

Frank GiffordAnd in some sad news, one of the long time voices of Monday Night Football and a Hall of Famer, Frank Gifford, died at the age of 84.  Gifford was a legend within the NFL.  He was a star for the New York Giants, and then a welcome face every Monday night throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s.  The League and the entire sports world will miss him.

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Nick Saban Unhappy About Bio, Junior Seau Hall Of Fame Banner, Kobe Might Play In China

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Nick SabanIn college football, Alabama coach Nick Saban told the media that he despises unauthorized autobiographies.  Not just about him, but about anybody.  Saban, commenting about the book that was just written about him “Saban:  The Making Of A Coach” said he was never interested in talking to the author despite being called over 15 times.  Saban went on to say that there is only one expert on his life… and that’s him (Nick Saban).  The 63-year old coach said that after he is done coaching, he will write a book about his life, but until then, nobody should write a book about him without his permission.

In the NFL, deceased player Junior Seau is being elected to this year’s Hall of Fame. Even though Seau had the majority of his glory years with the San Diego Chargers, he is featured on the banner wearing a New England Patriots jersey.  San Diego is very unhappy, especially since Seau was such a big part of the San Diego community, even opening up a popular restaurant.   It’s undetermined if the Hall of Fame committee will make a change, but until they do, they can expect a lot of hate mail from Charger fans.

 

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Kobe BryantKobe Bryant is entering his 20th season in the NBA.  While this year (or possibly next year) will likely be his last, Kobe said he could possibly see ending his career overseas.  Why?  Kobe is a household name in China.  If he were to play for a Chinese basketball organization, even at 40 years old, he could possibly get a 1-year check in excess of $30million.  It’s hard to say no to that kind of money when it’s sitting right there on the table. We’ll see what happens.

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Bills QB Purgatory, Messi’s Headbutt, Jimi Hendrix Art

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Drew BreesIn the NFL, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley said that the Bills are in “Quarterback Purgatory”.  Currently, the Bills are an average team.  They don’t seem to be good enough to lock up a playoff spot, but they can also reel off 7 or 8 wins a season, which doesn’t secure them a top draft pick where they could select a potential franchise QB.  Plus, as Whaley says, franchise QBs rarely become available free agents.  One of the few franchise QB’s that switched teams successfully was Drew Brees going from the San Diego Chargers to the New Orleans Saints.  The Bills currently have 3 quarterbacks on their roster: Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, and Tyrod Taylor. Neither one has locked up a starting role so all three could see some action this season.  Despite that conundrum, they have a very good receiving corps, anchored by their top draft pick last season, Sammy Watkins.  And with coach Rex Ryan, anything can happen.

SOCCER

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi played a “friendly” match yesterday (which means an exhibition game that doesn’t count), but things got a little heated between Messi and an opponent.  It’s hard to detect exactly what happened, but Messi became enraged and grabbed the throat of his opponent and head-butted him.  Soccer is definitely a sport where tempers flare, but it’s rare to see it happen in such a meaningless match.  Here is a video of the event — you can make your own judgment.

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Jimi HendrixFinally, if you love Rock N’ Roll and you love sports, then you’ll love these drawings.  Apparently, Jimi Hendrix was a big football fan.   And, in 1958, a 15-year old Jimi Hendrix drew football players and uniforms from USC, UCLA, Oregon, and Cal.  These signed childhood drawings (signed James Hendrix) are now going for high prices at art auctions.   Take a look at the drawings:

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Mayweather To Fight In September, Foster Injured, Clowney’s Dad Arrested

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Floyd MayweatherAfter Floyd Mayweather won over$100 million for his fight against Manny Pacquiao in May, it looks like he will satisfy his Showtime contract and fight his final fight.  The lucky competitor to take on Mayweather will be a young fighter named Andre Berto.  Berto is 30-3 and is a huge underdog coming into the fight.  Berto, however, was quoted as saying, “I’m going to knock him off his undefeated perch”.  The fight will take place on September 12th at MGM Grand.  The timing seems awfully soon, and doesn’t leave Mayweather much time to get in shape.  But Mayweather said he doesn’t even need to be in tip-top shape to win.  We will see which Mayweather shows up.

FOOTBALL

 

In the NFL, with training camps under way, teams are already suffering setbacks for the season.   In Houston, expectations were high from running back Arian Foster this season, but he injured his groin in the team’s fully padded practice.  According to team doctors, Foster will require surgery and will likely miss the start of the season.   This isn’t good news for the veteran running back, who will may lose his starting job for the course of the season to Alfred Blue or any of the other young running backs on the squad.

HardKnocksIn more news from the Texans, their star defensive end, JaDeveon Clowney, is having serious family issues.  Clowney’s dad has been charged with attempted murder for firing a gun in a South Carolina bar. This is unfortunate news, and could seriously affect Clowney’s psyche.   Surely, these stories will be all be covered when HBO features the Texans this season on Hard Knocks.

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DeSean Jackson Can’t Be Stopped, Harden Offered $200 Mill From Adidas, Tragic Bat Boy Accident

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In the NFL, with training camps starting to get under way, Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson is already holding the mic.  He said “Nobody in the NFL can stop me”.  Some very strong words, but Jackson is lightning quick, and has been known to burn cornerbacks.  He ever went so far as to name the names of those who can’t stop him.  He said he could get past Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman or anyone they throw at him.  All this bravado is nice, but the fact remains that the Redskins are not a very good team on paper.  But, in the NFL, anything can happen.

BASKETBALL

James HardenIn the NBA, James Harden (the man with the most facial hair in the NBA) may be getting very rich, very soon.  Adidas has offered him a 13-year $200million contract to leave Nike and be in the Adidas family.  Adidas has been the distant second shoe brand for the NBA, and they could use a superstar like Harden to boost them up.  After all, it’s very likely that Harden will be in the MVP discussion for at least the foreseeable 5-8 years.  We’ll see if Harden takes the deal.

BASEBALL

Baseball organizations may be getting rid of bat boys and bat girls.  Kaiser Carlile, a 9 year old bat boy in Kansas, was sadly struck in the head with a bat in the on-deck circle.  Unfortunately, the injury was severe and Carlile passed away.  This was a freak accident, but the fact remains that it’s not completely safe to have little kids running around dangerous objects like heavy bats and blazing fast baseballs.  A tragic story.

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