Monday

Why Do Superstars Keep Drinking, Smoking & Fighting?

With all the arrests of professional football players in the news recently, it makes me wonder why would any of these superstars risk it all for a little smoke or drink?

It seems they think they are above the rest of society as they are paid huge fortunes to play sports which puts them at an economic level well above the average citizen in the world.

But if they would step back just a bit and think about the possible repurcussions of their actions they may wish to be just a wee bit more careful before driving drunk or smoking weed. Just a thought.

Sunday

Carmelo Anthony Goes Off In Big Win Against Bulls

Derick Rose returned to action today for the bulls but the real story was Carmelo Anthony who had a season high scoring fest against the top NBA team in the East, the Chicago Bulls.

Melo was dominant on the offensive end of the game (he is never dominate defensively) as he hit critical three pointers down the stretch to win the game for New York.

Carmelo Anthony hit 16-of-31 shots and a pair of huge 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 43 points as the Knicks came back late to beat the Bulls in overtime on Sunday.

Rose didn't shoot nearly as well, as D. rose hit just 8-of-26 shots. But he did have quite a few games off and should round into form fairly quickly.

Why Are These Superstars So Lame?

If you have been following the Dwight Howard drama over the past several days as he and coach Stan Van Gundy spar with the media and eachother, you just have to wonder how some of these superstars like D Howard an be so pathetic.

After getting caught in what looked to be a lie about whether or not Dwight had requested that management fire coach Van Gundy, Dwight Howard played one of his most pathetic games as an NBA player.

The reality is, Dwight just refused to try hard because he was upset about his own antics being called out in public. What a baby. This guy get paid a bazillion dollars to be a professional sports player and yet he act like a little child.

So why are guys like Dwight Howard so lame? It must come down to the fact that they get paid way too much, much more than any human is worth, and they get too much attention from the media which feeds their overinflated egos and makes them do stupid things.

Grow up you big babies and do your job.

Friday

Riddle me this...

I’d really like to know why ‘Lucy doesn’t speak proper English when I post this and then go to Mozilla to have her read it. As she can’t say shouldn’t wouldn’t or wasn’t or won’t correctly! Not to mention didn’t.

And she even says who’s funny; NOT to mention her jumping around and skipping when trying to use the arrow keys, as ‘Shirley this would drive Y’all crazy if Yuhs had to put up with it daily, right?

This concludes the speak I-T right portion of the NFN Networks test...

Thursday

The Midas Touch?

If I were Tarvaris Jackson, I may be a tiny bit worried... You see, “Mister Excitement!” Better known by his real name Pete Carroll may have just echoed thee Coup de Grace upon Jackson’s future at Seattle?

Recall last year before that ‘lil Lockout thingy that Pete Carroll said re-signing Mathew Hasselback at Quarterback was Seattle’s Top priority! Yet when the NFL and its ‘Playuh’s got back together and Free Agency was decreed. The Seattle Seahawks left Hasselback free to look elsewheres - and immediately signed Jackson, the ex-Minnesota Vikings QB to a contract... Basically telling Hasselback to not let the door hit ‘em on the Keister!

And we all know that Matt went to the Tennessee Titans with a new three year contract instead; leading the Titans to a 9-7 record, the team’s first winning season since 2008.

And we also know that the Titans took Jake Locker No. 8 overall in the 2011 National Football League Draft, so Tennessee’s stocked at QB for the foreseeable future.

But back to Tarvaris, who Mister Excitement just stated publicly he’d be happy having ‘TJ back as his starter again next season. Along with mentioning how the foundations now been laid in Seattle - and the building blocks are in place for a future winning Franchise; Hmm?

As bewares Tarvaris, I hear from some ‘lil Birdie’s in Indiana, a one certain Mr. Peyton Manning may be available? As in perhaps the Indianapolis Colts will wish to trade Manning for a slew of future high ranking Draft Picks - in order to make way for possibly some guy named Eric Luck?

Then again may be the Seahawks would be bold enough to give up their No. 1 pick, Charles J.C. Whitehurst and ex-Seahawk QB Brock Huard to Indy as a package deal in order to upgrade its Quarterbacking position immediately!

As Seattle could theoretically keep Jackson as Manning’s back-up, Just-in-case... As after all ‘TJ’s used to sitting behind B-I-G name Starz, having held some guy’s clipboard named Brett “What Shoes?” Favre...

And it’s not like the New York Jets and Vikings didn’t go after a presumably future Hall of Famer QB, right? As after all Favre - when not busy texting pictures of his new shoes... Played the role of starting Quarterback for the ‘Viks and current Seahawks Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell; previously holding the same position at Minnesota.

And I’m told that Seahawks back-up QB Charlie Whitehurst appears to have an uncanny appearance to some Dude who got crucified... Which should make him fit in nicely in the Midwest, right? Not to mention ‘Ol JC’s started a few games in the NFL.

Meanwhile, Brock Huard should know Indy’s system - after all having been Manning’s understudy for the Colts circa 2002-03. So who better to teach rookie QB Eric Luck the ropes... Kind of a mentorship role like Tennessee hired Hasselback for his Heir-apparent Locker. As hey, if Huard doesn’t work out with Indy, he could always go back to his ‘lil radio show on KIRO with his Sidekick Mike Salk; as in Brock ‘N Soc!

Then again, may be, just may be? Pete Carroll and his steadily improving Seahawks will hang onto Jackson after all and instead focus upon using their upcoming 2012 NFL first-round Draft Pick on another pressing issue instead?

Saturday

With NFL Regular Season games commencing – Tate can now QUIT Pissing Off NASCAR Fans with his Silly Twitter comments...

It was pretty funny to Mwah how much attention Seattle Seahawks Wide Reciever Golden Tate received from the racing world over his ridiculous Racecar Drivers AREN’T Athletes tweets during that ‘lil Lockout thingy...

Especially since I’m going to have to say that Tate is out to lunch on this one...

@ShowtimeTate:
“Jimmy johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo .. Driving a car does not show athleticism.”

As apparently Tate was not overly concerned with studying his Playbook - deciding to focus upon questioning ESPN’s wisdom in naming five-time NASCAR champion Jimmy Johnson as a candidate for the ESPY’s Athlete of the Year category instead.

Yet I think thee ‘GoldenJuan was perhaps overwhelmed by the torrent of rabid ‘RASSCAR Fans this summer assailing him over his lack of wisdom... As Tate finally threw in the towel after being given a good Old-fashion SMACK-DOWN by the legions of NASCAR and Jimmy Johnson supporters after having lit-up every imaginable motor racing outlet - from Newsprint, Bloggers and Talk Shows...

Thus, with the NFL lockout finally over, WOW! Just-in-Time to avoid scuttling the season and the predicted $9.3 BILLION GORSS revenue – who’d uh Thunk-it? As I’m happy for the fans, but I’m thinking the leagues greediness is going to leave a BAD taste in my mouth for awhile...

Thus, thee Golden ‘Juan has hopefully now turned his attention towards learning the Seahawks latest Offensive schemes and trying to help out new QB Tarvaris Jackson by stepping-up and becoming one of Jackson’s Go-To receivers!

As YES Golden, racing drivers ARE athletes – as I encourage you to try wrasslin’ a race car for 3-plus hours inside a metal box with temperatures exceeding 130-140 degrees Fahrenheit, as 42 other drivers try to pass you continuously , whilst trying to stay Ontrack and not crash into the wall on a steeply banked Oval...

Go Ahead Tate - I Dare You!

Friday

Oopsadaisy - Cup Trophy takes IT on the Chin



Recently while the ‘Ol Mug, the Grand Madame of the National Hockey League’s Holy Grail - The Stanley Cup was making the celebratory rounds of this year’s NHL Champions - the Boston Bruins, the revered trophy had a slight hiccup in Nova Scotia...

As ex-Boston Bruins Right Winger Michael Ryder was bringing the storied Silver cup to Newfoundland for only it’s second time, the Stanley Cup accidentally toppled over when placed upon a table for public viewing prior to being Helicopter from St. John's to Bonavista; OOPS! As the mighty Cup fell down and had a new dent inserted into it before quickly being righted!

Said bruised Mug was then carefully Air-freighted to Bonavista after having stopped in St. John's - Michael Ryder’s Home town upon its victory lap parade, while NO word on whether or not Ryder was given 5-minutes in the Penalty Box for knocking over Madame Stanley...

Yet the Stanley Cup’s latest Ding pails in comparison to the Copa del Rey, (King’s Cup) which you can read all about in; LOOKMA – NO HANDS; OOPS!

Tuesday

Tim Hightower Takes Control Of Running Back Position In Washington

Tim Hightower, who was under appreciated by the Arizona Cardinals organization, was snatched up by the Redskins and after some impressive outings in the preseason, looks to have put his stamp on the starting running back job in Washington.

Hightower showed toughness and craftiness while in Arizona and seemed to be a favourite of coach Wisenhunt until they got tired of his fumbling the ball.

He fumble 4 times in 2009 and then had 4 more fumbles in 2010.  The cardinals never utilized him to his full potential though.  Arizona just isn't much of a rushing team anyway.  They prefer to air it out to receivers like Larry Fitzgerald.

Now, with Hightower playing for run heavy coach Shanahan, it looks like his true talents may actually be realized.  Get this, Hightower is only 25 years old and he looks hungry.  In fact, he looks rather beastly.

I am making sure to grab him up as my TOP FANTASY SLEEPER in all my leagues.  He is starting to move up the charts but can still be had in the 7th, 8th or 9th round.  Make sure you grab this stud running back.

Friday

Seattle Seahawks Release DL Kentwan Balmer

The Seattle Seahawks released defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer on August 24. Balmer, he had been struggling to find a role on the Seahawks lately.

Now that he is unemployed, he may just have to play bingo online for money to replace his lofty NFL salary.

Although, he did play in all 16 games last year, alot of the reason was due to injuries suffered by Red Bryant and Brandon Mebane. He actually finished the year with a career-high 43 tackles.

But recently, Seattle signed Alan Branch and Jimmy Wilkerson. Add to that that both Bryant and Mebane are healthy and there just wasn't much room left for Kentwan.

The Seahawks have probably had more personell turnover in the past two years than any team I can remember.  Ever since Pete Carol was hired as the head coach, Seattle has been in a complete rebuilding mode as Pete Carol has certain physical features he is looking for in his players.

For example, he likes tall, athletic wide receivers as well as big and tall wide receivers.  With Tavaris Jackson at quarterback this year, the Seahawks will need to big linemen to give him maximum protection.

Sunday

Dodging Balls on Belle Isle

Just ran across the following story - which is semi-sports related, as apparently Organizers in Detroit are trying to break the existing Dodgeball record.

Currently, the Guinness Book of World Records lists the most ever to contest a Dodgeball event at 2,136 in Rochester, NY set earlier this year. Dodgeball in the D organizers will document the event and send to Guinness for record consideration.

Along with the Dodgeball event taking place at Belle Isle, there will be a Detroit Red Wings Fan experience and Henry Ford Health exhibit, along with “Flopper” pilot Brian Olatunji., who drives a NHRA Top Fuel funnycar on hand - so watch out for that ball!

Monday

Big Diesel to become Big Mouth

The recently retired NBA All Star named SHAQ, aka Shaquille O’Neil, who’s been anointed a bevy ‘O nicknames, as Big Diesel and Big Cactus come to mind... Has just accepted a multi-year deal with turner Sports to become a Broadcast Analyst for TNT’s hit show Inside the NBA - obviously whenever the National Basketball Association fixes its ‘lil Lockout issue...

Thus Shaq will join TNT’s illustrious set of NBA Talking Heads – most notably Sir Charles, a.k.a. Charles Barkley, along with Kenny “the Jet” Smith and Straight-guy Ernie Johnson. Don’t know what his newest moniker will be? The Big Mouth works for me, probably just shouldn’t call him the fourth wheel or whatever to his face, right?

The multi-year deal also includes Shaq working for NBA TV and nba.com along with a development deal for Turner’s Entertainment and Animation properties; Huh? Whatever those are – you mean like a Shaq Attack cartoon? Or Shaq in a bottle SitCom? Oh Never Mind!

Friday

What Is Going On With The NFL This Season Anyway? Are There Any Straight Answers?

Let me just say this categorically. There is nothing and everything going on. There is no real hard news to go by. Just rumors and innuendo. One thing is for certain. There is a lot of Money at stake. A L O T of $$Federal Reserve Notes on the line.

Who is going to make all this FIAT anyway and how much. It will all come down to finding an area where both agree they are making enough to make it worthwhile.

On the players side, they are so highly paid that I just don't see them having as much leverage as the teams in the salary department.

But as we all know, neither side can survive without the other and therefore they must agree in the end. Both of their survivals depend on it. Without one there is no other, except, the teams can always hire scabs to replace the best players as they have done in the past.

The downside of this is people are not as interested in the sport when this occurs and the league doesn't sell enough tickets and advertising to make the amount of revenue necessary to generate large profits.

Wednesday

7 Things To Watch For In The 2011 NBA Draft

1. Quality - This is supposed to be the worst talent available in an NBA draft in 10 or more years

2. Size - There is very little in the way of big men available in this draft.

3. First Pick - How about a 19 year old who only played in 11 college games, Duke's Kyrie Irving is projected to fill this spot.

4. Where are the big names? - Not really any big names to wow us this draft.

5. Over Hyped? - Is Kemba Walker overhyped? Can he really live up to the expectations being piled upon him? I don't think so.

6. PAC-10 - How many players will be coming into the NBA from the PAC10? What will be their impact?

7. Will there be an NBA season? Who knows. We will wait, watch and see.

Sunday

Suns President And CEO Is Gay?

According to reports, Suns CEO and President Rick Welts has "come out of the closet" to reveal that he is gay.  Gay as in he likes to have sex with other men, not gay as in "happy".  How does this fit in with the NBA?  What does Robert Sarver think about this?  Does it really matter?

Apparently there are rumors that some Suns players want off of the team because of this.  Are they serious?  Are they worried that he wants to have sex with them?  Maybe these rumors are just that and are not real.

Does this man look GAY to you?

Wednesday

Young Blood Dominating NBA

The San Antonio Spurs were the second-best team in the NBA this season, earning the number-one seed in the West with a record of 61-21. However, coming up against the eight-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, with a mediocre record of 46-36, San Antonio quickly learned that resting on your laurels is not an ingredient in championship stew. Memphis bulldozed the Spurs 4-2.

This was only the third time in NBA history that an 8 seed took out a 1 seed. But it wouldn’t be the only time, nor shall it be the last time, even for this playoff, that a younger, faster, more determined team beats one of the NBA’s old guardsmen.

The Los Angeles Lakers, the West’s second seed, are fresh off of an extremely embarrassing sweep at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. And the Boston Celtics, another older, usually reliable, lock-down team, is down 3-1 to the Miami Heat with the series heading back to Florida.

Although you wannabe swamis out there never saw it coming, it’s happening and it is not going to stop happening. The young bloods are beating the elder Templar Knights of the Round Ball into forced retirement. But don’t feel bad for not seeing this trend coming. Your average bookies, sports-book and internet casinos and other bet shops never saw it coming either. They’re suffering tremendous monetary losses, as is the league, no doubt, with the Spurs and Lakers both out and the Celtics bound to follow soon behind.
The Boston Celtics are definitely talented enough to win, even though the Heat have James, Wade and Bosh, but the realism here is that the older teams are simply not equipped to compete for the championship year after year.

The Chicago Bulls are currently up on the Hawks 3-2, and the Grizzlies and Thunder are tied 2-2. Assuming Miami does win 1 game in 3 chances, which, unless the universe is on its head and every online roulette wheel lands on zero at once, is going to happen, we’ll be left with four young, relative upstart teams in the Conference Finals. 

This changing of the guard is something that the league wants nothing to do with at this juncture. Maybe if it’s Miami, okay. James has enough star power to bring in ratings. But if we are to see a Chicago vs. Dallas Finals, it may be the lowest-rated matchup in recent memory. 

In terms of how the game of basketball is played, the implications of a youngster Finals are infinitely deeper. Instead of building teams with solid veterans to give you some crucial minutes, teams will evolve and go for high-energy speedsters whose passions are always higher in the red than their skills. This will change the face of basketball as we know it. Not to even mention the “Super Team” factor – see Miami and Chicago’s key pickups.

For fans of the NBA, you should enjoy this season while it’s still playing out. This may have been your last opportunity to see teams like the Spurs, Lakers and Celtics compete for a title. The young bloods are already running this.