RE2PECT


As the Captain gets ready for his final All-Star Game, Nike Jordan’s release an awesome commercial. Jeter is the most influential player in the last 25 years. In the steroid-scandle era, Jeter is one of the only players that has preformed at a high level and not been apart of controversy (unlike his own teammate). So to show respect, Nike Jordan’s released this commercial.

Lebron Conspiracy Theory


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Conspiracy theories are always fun and every situation can produce a few so here is mine. For the record, I am not saying that this is true!

During the last few days my friends have been discussing the impossible situations that could have been happening. Here is my favorite. Back at the 2003 NBA Draft, Lebron, the Heat and the Cavs talked it out. Miami told the Cavs to take the hometown hero and build him up. When Lebron became a free agent he would leave for Miami to win multiple championships but playing with Wade and a player of his choice. Dan Gilbert played it off like it was a stab in the back, make the fans hate him, make it seem less planed, burn some jerseys so when he comes back fans are forced to buy new ones. When the four year contract expires he would make the very emotional commitment to return to his hometown and bring hope and rings to the city.

Well that’s my theory, what’s yours? comment below with what you think could have happened.

The King is Coming Home


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I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.

In a very emotional first person essay on SI.com, Lebron James announces that he will be returning to his home town to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The rumor talk is over and all the speculation can be put aside because the king has chosen. This decision goes beyond the greatest basketball player on Earth choosing a team to play for, this is the beginning of the reawakening of a city and restoring hope to a city that means so much to Lebron.

The painful and disrespectful announcement four years ago stirred up emotions and as a city wept, Lebron went to South Beach. Jerseys were burned as their hometown hero left for bigger and better things. Dan Gilbert’s letter was to raise the spirits of those fans who lost all hope. Ironically that same letter almost kept their hero from ever coming back. Lebron says “I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?”

Lebron went on to build the “Big 3” with Wade and Bosh in Miami and win not one but two championships. He says that the hardest thing to do is leave something that he created and built. He says that twice in his essay, one when he left to go to Miami and again when he leaves his team that he engineered to win in Miami.

The thought that Lebron is going to be joining a team with Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins and with two first round draft pick in the future draft will make any sports fan drool. It will be a spectacular show.

He says this decision goes beyond basketball, it is that he grew up in Cleveland, he loved his city and he wanted his children to grow up there and learn that “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.”

 

Quit Your Complaining!


Ghana v USA: Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilWorld cup fever has spread through the United States and some people refuse to embrace it. Unfortunately they aren’t open minded to the “new” sport in the spot light. Every four years I find it exciting to see the world come together and compete against each other in a sport that the red white and blue does not dominate like in the Olympics.

Soccer critics say that the game is too long, there are enough goals to make it interesting, the clock counts up,the ref can control the outcome of the game too much by dictating stoppage time, and there are DRAWS!!! What they have to realize is that it isn’t our game. Americans are use to having sports a certain way. The clock counts down, the refs don’t control the time and there is always a winner.

First, a soccer game is shorter than any other American sporting event. Baseball games are 3 hours, Football games can push 3 and a half hours, hockey and basketball games are about 2 and a half hours. When it comes to soccer, you can bet that it will end in exactly 2 hours.

That isn’t even the best part. You can turn on the game at any time and always see soccer. That may seem straight forward but think about it. How many times do you sit down and throw on the NBA game and it is a commercial or you switch to check the score of the other 1:00 NFL game and the players are just standing around waiting for the refs to make a call or just waiting for the next play. When you turn on a soccer game there is always action because the clock never stops.

Stoppage time is a little shady. There have been quite a bit of gambling problems with referees and giving them the power to control the amount of time  left in the game, but in the world cup you don’t have to worry about that because the refs are selected to move on the next round game based on how they score the games before.

What is the difference between watching a 1-0 baseball game that took 3 hours and a 1-0 soccer game that took 2 hours? This world cup has produced more goals in the group stage than any other world cup so there are a lot more goals to keep things interesting.

If none of these arguments convince you to turn on and watch the world cup then don’t worry it will be over in less than a month.

No Longer American’s Past Time?


A Sport falling apartMajor League Baseball has been around for 145 years and for the majority of its rain, the MLB has been the top sport in the American market. Now there are so many sporting events that sometimes it seems that baseball can get lost in the mix. How can a sport that has dominated the market for so long just fade into a shadow of other sports. There are still hard-core baseball fans but is the MLB a truly national sport or has it turned into a local business for each team? How much has a constant feed of mass information for fans hurt baseball?

If you ask most people what the top sport in America is the odds are they will say the NFL. Football is huge compared to other sports. When football is in season or even pre-season, all you will be able to see on major sports network is 24/7 coverage of football, that’s it. Continue reading

Daniel Murphy Criticized for Time Off


Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy made the decision to miss the first two games of the 2014 season for the birth of his first child. Is that a bad thing?

When word reached Murphy that his son was coming soon, he left New York for Florida at 11:30 pm and arrived in time to see the birth of his 8-pound, 2-ounce son Noah at 12:02.

The Mets season opener against the Washington Nationals was the same day at 1. Then the Mets had Tuesday off until picking up the series on Wednesday. Murphy decided to stay with his family in Florida through Wednesday being placed on paternity leave, and then returned to the team on Thursday.

The New York sports radio scene blew up over this. “You’re a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse,” said Mike Francesa

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WR DeSean Jackson Released from the Eagles


The Philadelphia Eagles just cut a 27 year old wide receiver that had a career high year last year with 82 receptions, 1,332 yards, and 9 touchdowns.

After a few weeks of tension building up between DeSean Jackson and the Eagles organization about a restructuring of the wide DeSean Jackson Stats 2013receiver’s contract, the team finally decided to release him after careful consideration.”
DeSean Jackson was looking for a $48.5 million for just 2 years. That is not the only thing that pushed him out of Philly. Jackson was the focus of a NJ.com article claiming that he was associated in a Los Angeles street gang that was connected to two homicides in 2010.

The Eagles just sent one of their best players into the free agency pool. Jackson is not one that many teams will pass up the opportunity to pick up despite the reported gang connection.

There is no way he stays unemployed for long. He is 27 years old, has never been arrested, and great on special teams. Most teams could possibly get him for even get him for maybe less than $10 million a year.

Right now the leading in the quest to pick up the new hot free agent is San Francisco, Seattle, NY Jets, and possibly even Oakland.

The Eagles and DeSean Jackson, with a little help of NJ.com, made the NFL free agency a little more interesting.

The Union


The National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that the Northwestern University football players can unionize. This is a ruling that will make massive waves in college sports. This ruling makes the football ball players at Northwestern University employees of the university under federal law, creating the first college athlete’s union. The lead of the unionization of  college football was former Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter, with the help of  the United Steelworkers Union.

This is a huge leap forward in the college football world for those like me that believe that the college athletes deserve the right to earn money from playing their respective sport. The athletes that head the formation of the union say they are looking to receive better medical coverage, concussion testing, four-year scholarships, and are exploring the possibility of getting paid. It’s about time!

Northwestern University released a statement Wednesday saying that they will be filing an appeal saying that the players are students, not employees, but the government now does.

This is a huge move forward in college sports. This does not necessarily mean that players will get paid to play, but this does mean the players will finally have a say in new rules and regulations that are made by the NCAA much like how the NFL players use the NFLPA to have a say in rules made by the NFL.

It will be interesting how this plays out. Northwestern players will have to vote on seeing if the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) will be created but for the most part there is no doubt it will pass.  This will revolutionize college sports in the way it is perceived in the entertainment industry.

 

Let The Madness Begin


The first day of the second round and there was definitively madness. 4 overtime games (most in a single day in tournament history) and almost an upset by a 16 seed.

The day started off with an incredible finish with Dayton pulled it out over Ohio State. Aaron Craft, after an outstanding college career, could not extend their season another game. With 16 points, Craft threw up a buzzer beating shot that just bounced out. That started off the slate of games today and the rest didn’t disappoint.

The Pitt Panthers played their best defensive game all season against Colorado and blew out the Buffaloes 77-48. There defense couldn’t have gotten any better and on offense they couldn’t be stopped. Although 16 of  Talib Zanna’s 18 points came in the first half, they didn’t need a whole lot of offensive help at that point.

Harvard was able to win there second ever tournament win over the Cincinnati Bearcats for the upset. Cincinnati is eliminated once again in the round of 64 for the second straight year, and Sean Kilpatrick’s high scoring game lacked a little at the end of the game. The Crimson get to play Michigan State in the round of 32.

A 16 seed has never beat a 1 seed, but Albany came so close once again. Florida and Albany exchanged the lead multiple time  but after the half they couldn’t keep up with Florida with their lack of depth. Florida pulled away a game that should have been an easy win.

UConn and St Joseph went at it and St Joseph was in command the whole game and UConn struggled to hang on but then when it counted they pulled back to send it to overtime where they pulled off the win.

Saint Louis was down by 16 with 8 minutes left in the game to NC State and it looked like it could be over but then they went on a run and just like that it was tied. Atlantic 10 player of the year Jordair Jett started a little slow but he led the come back in the last 5 minuets of regulation and the win.

Texas hit a buzzer beater to win over Arizona State, Oklahoma failed to overcome 12th seeded North Dakota State in overtime and Villanova was cutting it close.

Now that is madness!