Archive for February, 2017

Tebow’s Spring Training With Mets, Lakers & 76er Moves, Seth Curry Finding Stride

BASEBALL

All eyes are on former Heisman Trophy winner (and former Denver Broncos and NY Jets QB) Tim Tebow at spring training for the NY Mets. Most agree Tebow, at almost 30 years old (and not having played on a baseball team since his junior year in high school),  has no chance of making it to the Majors, but he’s creating a sensation in Florida. Tebow knows he’s got an uphill fight, but seems to be enjoying the challenge. He said, “Obviously, I knew it’s a big challenge. You’re picking up a sport after 12 years of not playing it, but I understood it. I think part of the challenge in it being so hard is part of why it’s something I’m enjoying and loving. Hitting a baseball is one of the hardest things in sports, but I’m enjoying it very much.’’

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In some player moves, the Los Angeles Lakers released Jose Calderon who is expected to go to the Golden State Warriors. The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be high on the list to grab Andrew Bogut, who was released by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Seth Curry (not a typo, he is Steph’s brother) is finding his stride with the Dallas Mavericks. As a shooting guard, Seth is averaging 16 points per game with a game high 29 points in Monday’s win over the Miami Heat. If the Mavs keep it up, they could secure the final playoff spot in the West and play Steph’s Golden State Warriors. That would be a fun matchup to watch!

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Busch Wins Daytona, Curry Helps Fan Win $5K

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Kurt Busch won NASCAR’s most prestigious race, the Daytona 500 on Sunday after a day filled with multiple wrecks. One of the main stories going into the race was the return of Dale Earnhardt Jr, but he crashed out early on leaving the field open.  Busch was unable to race in last year’s Daytona due to a domestic abuse issue from his former girlfriend. Busch came back a few races later when no criminal charges were filed. With the win, Busch brings a win to his new owner (and former NASCAR driver) Tony Stewart. As Stewart said, “I ran this damn race (17) years ago and couldn’t win it. Finally won it as an owner.”

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During a timeout in the Warriors/Nets game, Steph Curry left his team’s huddle to assist a female fan who was competing in a skeeball contest on the court. Curry helped her win $5000 dollars.

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Jameis Winston Elementary School Speech, Cousins Era Bad Start

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston, the #1 pick in the 2015 draft, has been getting criticized by the media for a speech he gave at an elementary school Wednesday morning. He was at the school to speak about his three life rules: God, school, and accomplishing anything you put your mind to. When one boy in the audience started acting up, Winston asked all the boys to stand (and the girls to sit) and said, “But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!” Winston admitted afterwards it was “poor word choice”.

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In his first game on his new team, DeMarcus Cousins played well but it wasn’t enough for the New Orleans Pelicans, as they were destroyed by the Houston Rockets. Making the night much worse, Cousins teammate (Omri Casspi) who was also traded by the Kings to the Pelicans, broke his thumb during the game and will be out 4-6 weeks. It was a rough start for the Pelicans. Rockets 129, Pelicans 99.

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NBA Trade Deadline Rumors, NJ Governor Chris Christie May Join Sports Talk Radio

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3:00 today is the NBA trade deadline. It’s hard to imagine a player waking up this morning wondering whether he’ll be playing in his scheduled game this evening or packing his bags and flying out of town. One of the biggest rumors surrounds the New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony and whether or not he’ll stay with the team. As of this morning, the chatter has died down and looks like Anthony will travel with his team to Cleveland to help the Knicks compete against the Cavaliers. Trade rumors are flying around with other big names too such as Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia’s Jahil Okafor, and Indiana’s Paul George.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s second term is ending soon and many are wondering if he’ll switch careers and go into sports broadcasting. Popular sports radio personality Mike Francesca is looking for a replacement and said he’s considering offering the job to Christie, who’s expressed an interest in this line of work particularly since his offers for positions within the Trump organization haven’t been all that appealing. Christie seemed enthused last week when describing what his son said about the new gig, “He said, I can’t believe I’ve been listening to you talk about sports my entire life and that someone might actually pay you to do that. He said, I can’t imagine how great that would be for you,”

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Magic Johnson Lakers New President, Baseball HOF Honors Simpsons

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Hall of Famer and basketball royalty, Magic Johnson announced he is the LA Lakers new President of basketball operations. Magic won championships for the Lakers in the ’80’s, served as their head coach in 1994 and even part owner for a few years after that. Johnson is known for his business acumen and will bring his expertise to try and turn around a struggling franchise. Magic didn’t waste any time in his new job. Hours after accepting his new position he traded Lakers’ Guard Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for their 2017 first round pick and Forward Corey Brewer.

BASEBALL

On May 27th, the Baseball Hall of Fame will honor the 25th anniversary of the Simpsons’  “Homer at the Bat” episode where Mr. Burns stacked his power plant team with major league players in order to win a bet. Among the greats lending their voice to this classic episode were: Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr., Jose Canseco, Ozzie Smith and Don Mattingly.  The producers and directors of the episode will be joined by Boggs and Smith for a panel discussion at the Hall on the 27th.

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All-Star Weekend, DeMarcus Cousins Traded To Pelicans

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All-Star weekend is all about fun and entertainment for the fans with a skills challenge, three point contest, dunk contest and of course the east vs west offensive shootout known as the All-Star game. For the players, it’s an honor to be selected to compete and a seemingly fun weekend of showcasing their abilities and hanging out with friends, family, legends of the game and of course the celebrities (Beyonce made an appearance and John Legend entertained the crowd at halftime).

The biggest surprise of the weekend was the announcement late Sunday night that Sacramento Kings’ All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans to join fellow All-Star (and MVP of Sunday night’s game) Anthony Davis. Davis and Cousins are top five scorers in the League this season, and the Pelicans will be looking to make the playoffs after this big trade.

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Revis Charged With Assault, Crosby Scores 1000th Point, NBA All Star Weekend

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NY Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was charged with robbery, aggravated assault and terroristic threats. According to reports, a man approached Revis, asked his identity, then followed him while continuing to record him on his cell phone. When Revis tried to throw the phone away, the man’s friend appeared and attempted to retrieve the phone. A fight erupted and both men were left unconscious. Revis disputed this account and claimed he thought the phone was a weapon. Either way, the timing of this incident isn’t great as Revis had one of his worst seasons with the Jets and needs to show the team he’s serious about next season.

HOCKEY

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby scored his 1000th career point, the 86th player in history to record that many points, and at age 29, the 12th fastest player to reach that mark. Congrats!

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NBA All Star Weekend is here with an exciting array of events. New Orleans took over hosting the big weekend after Charlotte, NC refused to overturn a controversial “bathroom” law deemed to discriminate against transgender, gay and lesbian people. For a lineup of all the activities including the 3-point contest, slam dunk contest, skills challenge and celebrity game (unfortunately Kevin Hart’s not playing this year), click here.

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Kushers Won’t Buy Marlins, Green Claims Dolan Slave Master, Anthony All Star Game

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Jeffrey Loria, the current owner of the Miami Marlins, looks like he’ll be nominated as the next US Ambassador to France. Loria is interested in selling the team,  and one of the rumored buyers was the Kushner family. According to reports, the Kushners have now bowed out expressing a conflict of interest (Jared Kushner is married to Ivanka and is the Senior advisor to Trump).

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NBA Commish Adam Silver tried to mediate and put an end to the Charles Oakley vs James Dolan feud, but the Warriors Draymond Green brought the topic front and center again. Green, on his podcast, called Dolan’s treatment of Oakley a “slave master mentality”. He said, “It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines, and all this stuff for your organization.But now all of a sudden, when he say something that he feels, it’s a problem. I disagree with that. I definitely think, like I said, that that’s a slave master mentality.”

Carmelo Anthony will play in his 10th All Star Game on Sunday. He was offered the injured Kevin Love’s spot in the Eastern Conference. The ironic part of this swap is that there has been talk the last few weeks of a Anthony/Love trade before the NBA trade deadline. The All-Star swap, however, was not exactly the big trade people were talking about.

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Kevin Love Miss 6 Weeks, NBA’s Social Media Guidelines, Rumor Wins Best In Show

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The Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love will miss 6 weeks due to arthroscopic surgery on his knee. The Cavs are already missing their star guard, J.R. Smith, who is set to return mid-March. Both players could be fine by the playoffs, but Cavs fans are nervous about the next few weeks.

After the NBA released guidelines preventing players and teams from ridiculing each other on social media, some are making fun of the ruling by being too nice on twitter, saying such things as “nice shot and beautiful arena” and “don’t get us started on your jerseys, that lime green is special”. Even the NHL got in on the action when the Dallas Stars posted a message on twitter towards their rivals, the Nashville Predators saying, “let’s all have fun and have a good game toda…wait, wrong league      we hope we win and you lose. because this is sports.”

OTHER

The German Shepherd, Rumor, won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Dog Show. Beating nearly 3000 other dogs and 202 different breeds, Rumor is now expected to retire. She is only the 2nd German Shepherd to win this prestigious award.

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UConn Wins 100th Straight Game, Adam Silver Mediates Oakley/Dolan Fight, Armstrong’s $100 Mill Lawsuit

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The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team secured their place in history by winning their 100th straight game. Not only is that feat impressive, but it’s even more remarkable that before coach Geno Auriemma joined the team in 1985, UConn hadn’t won 100 games in its entire history.

The Commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, mediated the feud between Charles Oakley and and Jim Dolan in order to save the Knicks and Oakley’s reputations.  Silver asked Michael Jordan to call in and help with the discussion. Apparently each party apologized, and Dolan even expressed how he’d like Oakley to join him as his guest at Madison Square Garden sometime soon

CYCLING

Lance Armstrong may be liable for $100 million dollars if the federal government wins their lawsuit (on behalf of the US Postal Service). The US Postal Service sponsored Armstrong’s cycling team, but didn’t know the Team used drugs and blood transfusions in order to win. In 2013 Armstrong admitted to doping and was stripped of all of his seven Tour de France medals.

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