Tara’s SMH Moment for the week

 

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SMH — Twitter is going crazy over the news that Hulk Hogan has been fired by WWE. His contract ahs been terminated and every image, article, everything has been erased from its website. This is after audio from a radio interview surfaced in which the wrestler repeatedly used racist words. A statement said: ‘WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.’ Hogan tweeted about the incident late Thursday night, saying, “In the storm I release control,God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be,one love.” This comes at a particularly bad time for Hogan, who is currently engaged in a $100 million lawsuit against Gawker over the release of a sex tape featuring the wrestler. Hogan is one of the most popular wrestlers in history, with “Hulkamania” ruling over WWE programming during the 1980’s and early 1990’s.  He won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship six times during his career, most recently in 2002. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame 2005.

Mets Snap Zack Greinke’s Scoreless Streak at 45 2/3 IP

 

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke’s consecutive scoreless innings streak was snapped at 45 2/3 IP Sunday against the New York Mets in the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss in extra innings. Greinke was just 13 2/3 innings away from breaking the MLB-record 59-inning scoreless streak set by Orel Hershiser in 1988.

Greinke’s streak was snapped in the third inning when the opposing pitcher, Jacob deGrom, grounded into a fielder’s choice.

deGrom grounded the ball to Adrian Gonzalez, who in turn threw the ball to home plate. Unfortunately, base runner Kirk Nieuwenhuis beat out his throw and catcher Yasmani Grandal’s swipe tag.

Greinke would give up another run before being pulled so now his streak is now somewhere between 0 and 1 IP. Still, he is to be commended for this historic run. The 45 2/3 IP scoreless streak was the 4th-longest streak in the Expansion Era (1961-present; also, just about anytime ‘Era’ is mentioned in a stat, someone did something very impressive, good or bad.) and the longest streak since Hershiser set the record nearly three decades ago.

Many excuses were made for what might have caused Greinke to not play the same way he has been playing for nearly two months. Those excuses include Greinke having to deal with the birth of his child and Dodgers’ outfielder Joc Pederson bobbling a catch in center field, which allowed Nieuwenhuis to run to third base with 0 outs. At the end of the day, maybe it can be blamed on the nature of the game. No one is perfect so to assume that Greinke was going to just walk through yet another major league team is ridiculous.

Currently on the Dodgers’ roster, pitching ace Clayton Kershaw has the longest streak with 29 IP. His next start is against the struggling Oakland Athletics. Kershaw is obviously just as good if not better than Greinke so this topic may be relevant again in a few weeks.

 

Born Today July 24!

 

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Legendary left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giant Larry Bonds Turns 51!


 

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Legend-Former NBA Forward Nicknamed “The Mailman” Karl Malone  Nicknamed turns 52


Former LA LAKER AND BOSTON CELTICS NBA player turned Actor Ulrich Alexander better known as “Rick Fox” turns 46

 

Will Becky Hammon be the First Female Head Coach in the NBA?

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Becky Hammon, is the Spurs assistant Coach. She decided to add more to her plate by coaching the Spurs summer league team to a championship. She did such an outstanding job that many people associated with the NBA believe she will be the first woman head coach.

Bobby Marks, a former assistant GM for the Nets, tweeted that if he was running a team and had a head coach opening the first call it would be Hammon.

 

Times are changing. Long gone are the days of men bringing  home the bacon and women politely cooking it. Women are breaking into male-dominated industries and becoming a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, I believe Becky will not make history tomorrow. I predict that she will be a NBA  head coach in about 5-10 year time span. I also predict that she will  be offered another job first. WNBA most likely want her back and a few college teams will be pleased with someone of her caliber.

 

Space Jam 2?

 

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Could it be?  Is there really any truth to the talks of a sequel to the 1996 smash hit Space Jam?  And if so, who will take over MJ’s legendary role?  Well according to USAtoday.com, Warner Bros. and Lebron James have struck a deal and a Space Jam sequel is “definitely happening.”  The Warner Bros. /Lebron partnership was announced Wednesday afternoon. Just last month, Warner Bros. filed new trademarks for Space Jam, as noted by Capital New York’s reporter Alex Weprin.

 

Documents Reveal UNC Football Players Receiving Improper Benefits

 

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The University of North Carolina is the latest school to be caught with its players receiving improper benefits.

According to the Associated Press, five unsealed search warrants revealed that former UNC Tar Heel cornerback Christopher Hawkins, who was arrested in May and charged with attempting to induce former Tar Heel and current St. Louis Rams DE Robert Quinn into signing a contract in 2010 by giving him money and helping him sell game-used equipment, acted as “an agent/runner.” This means he provided improper benefits to other players and set up meetings between them and other agents/advisers even though Hawkins himself was not legally registered as an agent.

The players primarily involved in this investigation include Quinn, Denver Broncos DE Marvin Austin Jr., who started this whole investigation with a tweet five years ago, and former Browns WR Greg Little. However, many more players were alleged to have been involved with Hawkins.

Back in 2010, 14 players missed at least one game because they were being investigated in order to determine whether or not they received improper benefits. Seven of them sat out the whole season. Quinn and Little were declared ineligible for the 2010 season. The investigation eventually led to the NCAA sanctions that UNC received in March 2012. As it turns out, the warrants also revealed that players received money, were paid to sign memorabilia, and were directed to other agents.

Hawkins apparently lived in a house with former Tar Heel and Steelers RB Willie Parker. Inside the house were envelopes full of money with players’ names on them.

Hawkins is also charged with basically attempting to do the same thing to UNC DB Jabari Price in 2013. His bond was initially set at $500,000 but was later lowered to $300,000 at a closed-circuit hearing from jail with Judge Beverly Scarlett.