RIP NBA LEGEND DARRYL DAWKINS

 

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Darryl Dawkins aka “Chocolate Thunder” has died at age 58.  Dawkins was the first basketball player to be drafted to the NBA straight outta high school when he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975.  Dawkins was known for shattering his first backboard on Nov. 13, 1979, in a game vs Kansas City Kings, as players including Bill Robinzine, Scott Wedman and Julius Erving stood by in awe.

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Dawkins played in the NBA until 1989 … and also spent time playing with the Harlem Globetrotters.

 

 

The 49ers Can’t Stop Taking L’s

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Whether it has been by retirement, free agency, or off-the-field shenanigans, the San Francisco 49ers has lost many key members including workhorse running back Frank Gore, who is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts, and star linebackers Patrick Willis, who retired in his prime after being sidelined for much of the 2014 NFL season, and Aldon Smith, who was already past the third strike with the team when he committed a hit-and-run, DUI, and vandalism earlier this month. The latest 49er (technically one of the earlier players) to involve himself in the shenanigans is linebacker Ahmad Brooks.

On Wednesday, Santa Clara County prosecutors charged Brooks with misdemeanor sexual battery stemming from an incident at a pool party at then-teammate Ray McDonald’s home in December. McDonald was indicted on a rape charge by a grand jury. If convicted, Brooks could face up to six months in jail while McDonald could face up to eight years in prison. Both would also have to register as sex offenders.

Expectations for the 49ers This Season

When the 49ers look back on this past offseason, there is no doubt they will think that this had to be their worst offseason ever. It is probably THE worst offseason ever in the history of the NFL. There is a saying in the NFL called “next man up,” which means that whoever is next in line to replace a player for any reason has to be ready to go out onto the field and perform at a high level. It is easy to say this phrase when it is one or two players, but when the number of players to replace is nearly 20, the phrase is nonexistent. At this point, I’m not even sure they will have a 53-man roster.

The 49ers will most likely be a completely different team by the time they play their first regular season game at home against the Minnesota Vikings. While every other team in their division seems to have restocked and reloaded, the 49ers are the only ones that appear to be in rebuilding mode. Unless the replacement players actually perform at the same level as their predecessors or at a higher one, the 49ers could be more disappointing than last year’s team and could miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season. What seemed like a dream opportunity to further his career in the NFL must now be a living nightmare for head coach Jim Tomsula. His job is easily one of hardest jobs in football at this point.

August 21- Birthdays

 

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RIP Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend (LA Laker, 5 time MVP), born in Philadelphia, PA on this day.


Archie Griffin, NFL runningback who won 2 Heisman Trophies, Ohio State. Turns 61.

 


 Pietra Gay, WNBA guard/forward (Houston Comets)Turns 41.


Former Atlanta Braves & the man formerly known as “B.J. Upton”–Melvin Upton. Turns 31.

 


 

 

Usain Bolt, Jamaican, sprinter (3x Olympic Gold 2008) Turns 29 today

 


UFC Fixing Fights? Silva & Ortiz Say Yes

 

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MMA legends Wanderlei ‘The Axe Murderer’ Silva and ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ Tito Ortiz have stirred up some controversy for the UFC over the past few weeks with claims that the MMA conglomerate fixes fights.

While giving support to longtime cutman Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran, who was fired by the UFC because of his comments about the organization’s Reebok deal in July, Silva wrote two separate posts about the UFC on his Facebook page:

(Translated from Portuguese by MMAjunkie)

1st post:  “They fired him. That’s right. They fired ‘Stitch’ for standing against this theft being perpetrated on the athletes. So I wonder, ‘why don’t they fire me?’ I already said I do not want to, nor will I work any more for this promotion. And they won’t dismiss me. That’s what happens to those who speak the truth in this company; they’re driven out. They have no respect for anyone. I’ve made it very clear to you all that I will never again fight for this promotion, the U.F. Circus. Fixed fights – and I can prove it! I haven’t yet dropped the bomb. I haven’t said everything I know!”

 

2nd post: “Either you do what they tell you, or you’re fired. I won’t give up until they free the athletes. This promoter is killing our sport. There are fighters going back to work to support their families because they can’t live from the sport alone. They’re very poorly paid. We are getting organized and soon I’ll have news for my brothers in the ring. This will not stand! Some have tried to buy me, but I am not, nor have I ever been for sale. And I will fight to the end, to unmask these promoters, who are deceiving the public, cheating, and taking the dignity and the honor from our sport! This is turning a pro-wrestling show with fixed fights. We have to stop these guys because that’s the end of the line for us!”

 

Within those comments, Wanderlei claimed to have proof of the fixing, but since he hasn’t shown any of that so-called proof, the UFC has decided to file a defamation and business disparagement lawsuit against him.

Ortiz, on the other hand, isn’t as headstrong about the fixes but still agrees with Silva nonetheless.

While using Periscope’s social media chat to interact with fans, the subject was brought up to which he basically responded yes. In the video, Ortiz points to his third fight with former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin to support his argument:

“Wanderlei (Silva) talking about fixed fights. I dunno, I agree with him because I kick Forrest (Griffin’s) ass the third time we fought.”

Ortiz continued “I knocked him down three times, I took him down four times, I gave him an ass-whooping. For the first time in UFC history, they give ‘strikes attempted.’ They credited him for that. What the f**k is strikes attempted?”

Ortiz ended, “Wanderlei talks about fixed fights? Possibly. That was a fixed fight. I kicked his ass. Don’t listen to Joe Rogan. Don’t listen to the bullsh*t he has to say. Turn off the audio and watch that fight again. I broke his jaw, c’mon.”

Whether or not either of the claims is true, the subject of fixing should raise some concerns for UFC fans as it has plagued the organization for years and its boxing counterpart for more than half a century. Just because there isn’t any evidence to support the fighters’ claims doesn’t mean it’s entirely impossible.

Thoughts on Fixing in the UFC

 First off, rigging fights is extremely risky because it can result in bans and even jail time.

Second, the common misconception that comes from people who talk about fixing in the UFC (and other combat sports) is that they will immediately point to the judges to justify their claim that said combat sport is rigged. The problem with that idea is that those judges do not work for the UFC. Instead, an athletic commission – a completely separate entity – employs them. The athletic commission within the state that the fighters choose to fight assigns judges to the events.

For example, the Nevada Athletic Commission (AKA the Nevada State Athletic Commission or NSAC) would assign judges to professional fights taking place at the MGM Grand, a popular venue in Las Vegas, Nevada. Essentially, if a person is going to claim that an organization is rigging fights, he/she should point the finger at the state’s commission rather than the UFC because it doesn’t have control over the judges. If it did, I could see how rigging would be much more plausible.

Also, keep in mind that it would be much more difficult to rig an MMA fight as opposed to a boxing match because there are a smaller number of rounds (the most would be 5 and that only happens for a main event or title fight), because the rounds are longer so fighters can get gassed quicker, and because there are many more ways for an MMA fight to end. There is no ten count in MMA. When a fighter gets knocked down, it is the job of the other fighter to keep striking his/her opponent until the ref pulls him/her off.

However, in defense of people who claim the UFC itself rigs fights, I do agree that it does rig them but not in the way that you are thinking. Look at UFC superstar Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva for example. In his most recent fight against Nick Diaz (a win that the NSAC later turned into a no contest), it turns out that Silva failed a drug test before and after the fight. Recently, the NSAC suspended him retroactively for a year. This was his first fight since he suffered a devastating leg injury against UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. The Diaz fight took place in January and we’re just now hearing about his punishment in August. The UFC had to have known at some point before the announcement that he took PEDs. Yet, they still pushed the event and rushed Silva to get into the octagon so soon after breaking his leg.

To make a long story short, with all the money and fame that the UFC and its’ superstars garner, I think the UFC pulls some strings to make fights that everyone wants to see occur but does not actually affect the outcome of the fights themselves.