Archive for June, 2016
The Indianapolis Colts signed QB Andrew Luck to the biggest contract in NFL history. He will get $140 million over 6 years with a whopping $87 million guaranteed. The largest amount previously guaranteed was $65 million to the NY Giants’ QB Eli Manning and the San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers. Luck was the #1 pick in 2012 out of Stanford University. Luck led the Colts to the playoffs in his first three seasons with the team but suffered from injuries in 2015. Colts’ owner, Jim Irsay doesn’t seem concerned with his future health. He said, “I’ve never seen him more motivated to having a great season in terms of taking care of himself and just working out.”
News just keeps getting worse coming out of Rio De Janeiro, the site of the Olympics. On Wednesday, human body parts washed up on a beach close to where Olympic volleyball will take place. In addition to concerns about pollution and the Zika virus, now Olympic athletes and fans have to deal with concern over drug traffickers and violent crimes.No comments
The free agent sweepstakes (which officially begins Friday) are heating up. It’s been reported the Philadelphia 76ers will push hard to get the Warriors’ Harrison Barnes. The Warriors can match any offer Barnes gets from other teams but the Warriors seem focused on grabbing the big prize, Kevin Durant from OKC. The Warriors also want to keep their Center Festus Ezeli but again that all depends on what happens with Kevin Durant.
It’s been reported the Republican National Convention will be loaded with sports celebrities. According to the presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, Mike Tyson, Mike Ditka, Nascar’s Brian France, and Bobby Knight will be present. Trump also invited quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger but it’s unclear if they will be in attendance or if any of the athletes invited will be speaking.No comments
Hall of Fame coach, Pat Summitt lost her battle with early onset dementia and passed away at the age of 64. As the coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, she had an unparalleled work ethic and was named Naismith Coach of the Century. She was legendary for her successes and was also universally loved by her players, fans and those who knew her.
In other sad news, former Head Coach in the NFL, Buddy Ryan passed away. He spent 7 seasons as the Head Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals and won Super Bowl III as the defensive coach with the New York Jets. He was known as a defensive guru and masterminded the famous Chicago Bears’ “46 defense” which helped the Bears beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX.
The Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant had an historic night against the Cincinnati Reds. He hit 3 home runs and 2 doubles making him the only players to ever have that combination of hitsNo comments
After Argentina’s emotional loss to Chile in the Copa America final, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi announced he’ll retire from the National Team. Messi expressed his disappointment in trying for years to win a national title with Argentina and said he’s finally given up. “I tried my hardest. It’s been four finals, and I was not able to win. I tried everything possible. It hurts me more than anyone, but it is evident that this is not for me. I want more than anyone to win a title with the national team, but unfortunately, it did not happen.”
The legendary University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt’s health has been deteriorating. Summitt has been suffering from Alzheimers and according to her family, her condition in the last few days has declined. Summitt took Tennessee to 8 National Championships and 22 Final Fours. She also boasted 1, 098 victories which is a record for any coach.No comments
NBA Draft Update: Simmons, Ingram, Brown, Bender And Dunn Go Top 5, Ben Affleck’s Rant On Deflategate
It’s official. The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Ben Simmons with their #1 pick. Duke’s Brandon Ingram went to the Los Angeles Lakers with the second pick and the Boston Celtics took University of California’s Jaylen Brown with #3. With the #4 pick, Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Dragan Bender went to the Phoenix Suns. To round out the top 5, Kris Dunn from Providence went to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The big surprise of the draft was the Oklahoma City Thunder sending Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo and Ersan Ilyaysova in addition to their 11th pick. Social media went crazy with this trade. Many believed the Magic gave up too much claiming Ibaka has never made an all-star game in his 7 seasons with OKC. For complete draft coverage, click here.
If you haven’t already heard Ben Affleck’s profanity filled interview on HBO’s Bill Simmons show, it’s a very passionate defense of Tom Brady filled with multiple f’bombs and slurred words. Clearly he’s passionate about his Patriots.No comments
Bulls Trade Derrick Rose To Knicks, NBA Draft Thursday Night, Manziel More Trouble, No Olympics For Rory McIIroy
In more trading news, the New York Knicks traded away Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon with the Chicago Bulls to get Derrick Rose. Many are confused by the trade as Rose blew out his knee in 2012 and hasn’t been the same superstar player he once was.
Watch the NBA draft Thursday night at 7:00 pm EST on ESPN to see who goes #1. Will it be LSU’s Ben Simmons to the 76ers? And with the #2 pick, will the Los Angeles Lakers pick Brandon Ingram?
Former Cleveland Browns’ QB Johnny Manziel can’t seem to stay away from problems. According to Dallas police, Manziel reported he was involved in a hit-and-run accident this week. No one yet seems to know the full story.
The Zika virus seems to be having more of an affect. Golfer Rory Mcllroy has now decided not to travel to Brazil for the Olympics because of fears of the virus. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but LeBron James may not go as well. Already Steph Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook have decided to forego Olympic Gold.No comments
In other NBA news, the Philadelphia 76ers told Ben Simmons he will be their #1 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. Simmons is from LSU and if he is indeed picked #1, he and Shaquille O’Neal will be the only LSU players to date selected No. 1.
Now that the Finals are over, there is considerable chatter about free agency moves. According to League rules, teams aren’t officially allowed to pursue players until July 1st but there’s a lot of talk concerning the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs showing interest in OKC’s Kevin Durant.
For all the Warriors fans (me included), hearing Steph Curry talk about his conversation with his daughter Riley after losing the NBA Championship, was a class act. He told Riley how disappointed he was but “it was a moment to appreciate all the good things that have happened along the way on and off the court.” He continued saying, “you can still win at life”.
Pitcher Clayton Kershaw did it again. The Los Angeles Dodgers are 14-1 when Kershaw pitches. In a big win over the Washington Nationals (4-1), Kershaw struck out 8 batters in 7 innings in the midst of a brutal heat wave in Southern California. Thankfully they weren’t playing a day game as the the evening started out at 96 degrees and didn’t cool down until the sun went down.No comments
Cavs Bring Championship To Cleveland In Dramatic, Historic Fashion, Johnson Wins US Open Amid Controversy
In an exciting game from start to finish, the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off what no other team has EVER done in the NBA. They shockingly came back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors for the Championship. Most of the time a matchup as anticipated as Game 7 doesn’t live up to the hype, but Sunday nights battle in Oakland exceeded all expectations. With 20 lead changes, the game could have gone either way and fans were on the edge of their seats. With a minute left, Kyrie Irving launched a fadeaway 3-pointer (kind of ironic as that shot was the Warriors’ go-to winning shot all season), to give the Cavs the final lead. The unanimous MVP of the Finals, LeBron James couldn’t stop crying after the win. He said, “I came back for a reason. I came back to bring a championship to our city. I knew what I was capable of doing.”
The Cavaliers didn’t just win a championship Sunday night in historic fashion, they also delivered the city of Cleveland its first major sports championship in 52 years. Cleveland 93, Warriors 89.
Dustin Johnson played the final few holes of the US Open wondering if he would be penalized for an earlier rule violation. With seven holes left to play, Johnson remained focused to pull out the win for his first major Championship. The USGA is being criticized for how they handled the situation while Johnson got pats on the back from the players (and the fans) for keeping his cool.No comments
The Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Golden State Warriors all night long, clinching a victory that forces what’s sure to be an entertaining game 7. For the second game in a row, LeBron James racked up 41 points to help bail the Cavs out from the threat of elimination. With James and Kyrie Irving heading the charge, the Cavs took the lead out of the gate and never let it up.
Steph Curry was fierce and determined, but it wasn’t enough. He ended up scoring 30 points, then fouled out in the last six minutes of the game. Immediately after fouling out, a frustrated Curry threw his mouthpiece, hitting a fan, and was ejected from the game. Let’s hope the fan held onto the mouthguard, as it’s probably worth a pretty penny. This was the first time Curry has fouled out since December 2013. Cleveland 115, Golden State 101No comments