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Browns QB Johnny Manziel is in Trouble Again


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Some people are destined for greatness and then there are some people who are destined to do everything in their power to prevent their own greatness from ever occurring.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel AKA Johnny Football is back in the news for yet another incident involving a fan. This time it was at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament in Irving, Texas.

On Saturday evening, a heckling fan at the golf event attempted for two hours straight to get an autograph from Manziel – that is some serious dedication. When the fan realized he wasn’t going to get that autograph, he began to trash-talk Manziel who in turn threw a water bottle at him. Fortunately for Manziel, this was the one pass that he was probably relieved that he didn’t complete, as the bottle missed the fan. At that point, one of Manziel’s friends stepped in and shoved the fan.

The 18-year-old fan that was involved decided not to press charges against Manziel and his friend.

Johnny’s Future Outlook so far

Johnny Football is no stranger to publicity and controversy. Remember his days at Texas A&M University where he allegedly received money for signing autographs? No evidence was found to support that allegation, but he was still suspended for a whole…half of a game probably because he tried to rub his nose in it and the NCAA didn’t want to appear incompetent.

More recently, Manziel entered rehab in February months after his brief, lackluster performance in his rookie year. Also, With the signings of quarterbacks Josh McCown and Thaddeus Lewis in the offseason, Manziel will most likely start out the season as the 3rd-string quarterback since those quarterbacks have way more experience in their pinky fingers than he has overall.

Now Manziel’s career isn’t over by a long shot. He could theoretically outperform McCown and Lewis in training camp and/or the preseason and get the nod to start. But if he doesn’t, would he really be willing to wait for his chance to start in Cleveland, which could take months if not years? If not, at least the need for quarterbacks in the NFL will never end as long as there aren’t clones being mass-produced from younger versions of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees.

On the other hand, like I said earlier, some people are destined to prevent their own greatness from ever being displayed. I get that Johnny is still practically a child and wants to go out and have his fun. He should still have his fun, but only after he has proven himself in the NFL. As many NFL players will tell you, you don’t get awarded for just making it to the pro level. This is where the real journey for a football player begins.

If Johnny Football wants it bad enough, he is going have to start acting like it. He has a chance to do something for a living that most people wish they could do but can’t because of a lack of talent, skill, or in Johnny’s case – discipline. He should take notes from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, a 3rd round draft pick with little to no expectations who beat out his competition for the starting position and has just recently played in his second Super Bowl at the age of 26. He’s young as well and probably will never get caught up in the same foolishness that Manziel just seems to thrive in.




Another Falcons player accused of dog mistreatment


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Even after the whole Michael Vick incident that lingered on the minds and palates of adoring fans. The Falcons franchise was restructured. The team and fans were able to move pass the past. Now the Falcons are reliving a familiar story of one of their beloved players being accused of mistreating a dog.

According to the AJC, 23 year old Prince Shembo has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.

Shembo’s former girlfriend Denicia Williams called the police on April 19 to report that her former boyfriend had killed her Yorkie, named Dior. She allegedly left Dior with Shembo and when she returned, Dior was unresponsive. Dior died shortly after.

The Falcons released a statement: “We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Prince Shembo. We are extremely disappointed that one of our players is involved in something like this. Accordingly, we have decided to waive Prince Shembo.”


Hire me!


Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks by EDrost88, on Flickr
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I can do this General Manager thing…..totally

The Hawks didn’t finish the season the way they wanted.  That 30-point blowout was far from ideal but might have been the best thing for Atlanta.  We have a tendency to ignore reality and ‘ride the wave’ in this city.  (Goodbye Josh Smith)  The banged up Cavs, leaderless Wizards and geriatric Nets exposed weaknesses, needs and question marks for the Hawks.

  1. The Hawks were outrebounded throughout the season and playoffs. The Nets and Wiz aren’t very tall and don’t rebound especially well so it didn’t kill you then, but Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov looked like All-NBA big men in that series.
  2. Outside shooting can be a very mercurial girlfriend. Atlanta relied on the 3-point shot waaaaay too much in the post season.  Defense is ratcheted up in the playoffs and it’s more important to get open than to rely on ball swings to create space.
  3. The ability to play one-on-one defense can’t be overstated. The Hawks needed to be able to stop star players in the playoffs and weren’t able because of injury and lack of athleticism.
  4. Players usually are what they are. You can’t coach height, speed or toughness, but you can reward IQ and hustle.  Atlanta needs to use free agency to fill in the gaps exposed by these playoffs.

Which brings us to roster evaluation:

  • Al Horford –Dude is the undisputed leader of this team and managed to play 76 games this year! That’s huge for him.  His points were down slightly but his assists were up which is always great for a big man.  Al is good on the boards and great at understanding the small things that must be done down low.  Horford has developed a respectable face-up game but he has to continue to round that out.  Better ball-handling and a more consistent 12-footer would go a long way to making him an elite Power Forward, his true position.  Needs a true center to avoid the beat down of a full season at the five.
  • Paul Milsap – This guy is a load to handle and throws his weight around better than any other Hawk. His points and rebounds were down slightly but his scoring efficiency was up and his 3-point shot has become less streaky.  He’s much more comfortable getting a pass closer to the basket and taking stock of his defender before posting or facing.  He’s the most physical player for Atlanta and their best rebounder.  His contract is up and he’ll get more than the $9.5 million the Hawks paid this year.  Pay him and you’ve got an awesome 3-4 duo, but he could eat up too much cap space to bring in a true center to help inside.
  • Jeff Teague – He’s not a pure point guard, but he doesn’t have the size to consistently finish inside. If he can add some bulk and shoot more consistently, Jeff will become a focal point for opposing defenses.  Otherwise, he’ll get banged up and only give you 40-50 games a year.  His numbers went up in the playoffs but he was on the bench too much late in the game.  Teague has got to show more maturity and leadership, he fell for Dellavedova and Wall baiting him into stupid retaliation.  The next two seasons will be huge if he wants elite PG money at the end of his contract.
  • DeMarre Carroll – The straw that stirs the drink in Atlanta is now a free agent and I think he’s the most important player to re-sign this offseason. Carroll can clamp down on defense and had the strength to finish or draw fouls inside.  He isn’t a volume 3-point shooter but hit on 40% from downtown.  He also managed over 5 rebounds a game which is impressive at 6-8.  His injury was far more impactful than any other in the postseason but he pushed through like a Boss.  If he could improve his ball handling a bit he could share guard duties with Teague, allowing Jeff to play off the ball and get free for shots and cuts.  DeMarre was a steal at $2.4 million this year but the Hawks need to make him a priority.
  • Kyle Korver – He is a sniper, no doubt! Shooting almost 50% from deep during the regular season is impressive…..averaging just 12 points isn’t.  At $5.5 million a year, the Hawks need more from him, especially as a veteran and a starter.  Kyle’s biggest problem is his inability to get his own shot or make the moves necessary to get open.  His lack of athleticism makes him a defensive liability as well.  He doesn’t have the skills to guard a 2 and isn’t physical enough to handle 3’s.  If he works on his lateral quickness and defense he could keep teams honest when he gets the ball on the perimeter.
  • Dennis Schroder – The young German improved in every category, taking advantage of more minutes and the confidence of his team. He rebounds well for a 6-1/165 guard and has a respectable 3pt shot.  He still has a tendency to get a little hyped up and turn the ball over.  And when defenses make adjustments he’s a little slow to react and attack.  Schroder needs to spend time in the weight room and hit the pasta bar this offseason.
  • Kent Bazemore – After seeing his minutes grow during the season, Kent found himself watching for much of the early playoffs. Not sure why since he’s a lean, athletic slasher with a defensive intensity to get in opponent’s faces.  His shot is improving and he’s a team guy who doesn’t need touches to be happy.  Bazemore could stand to sit in on some coaching sessions to increase his understanding of the game.  He could also increase his rebounding by boxing out a bit better.
  • Pero Antic – At 6-11, 260; you’d think Pero could fill the need for a big man, but he’s not that dude. He generally looks for pick and pop opportunities and occasionally puts the ball on the floor from 10 feet out.  But like Korver he’s a liability on defense where true centers draw fouls or simply go over him.  He’s got above average footwork but the last thing the Hawks need is another power forward.  And yes, he was a bonehead in NYC with Sefalosha.  Both of them should be looking for jobs since they don’t bring enough to the table to justify their dumb moves.  Atlanta should let him go in free agency.
  • Mike Scott – His numbers were down and, as a result, his minutes. He’s athletic enough to create some problems but he’s got to stop launching threes.  Continue to pass, rebound and score on the occasional pick and roll…..and justify your $3.3 million contract.
  • Shelvin Mack – This guy is intriguing. He’s not the prototypical point guard but he also isn’t the kind of scorer who can play the 2.  Once his shoulder heals from surgery he needs to put in some shooting work and improve his quickness.  His strength will be needed with the supermodel thin Teague and Schroder so the Hawks need to figure out how to get him minutes.  He gets rebounds and can post other guards.
  • Mike Muscala – Another interesting prospect for the Hawks, Muscala has shown potential. He makes good decisions with the ball and is able to defend centers with mobility and length.  Mike could stand to eat a few donuts and find a little mean streak.  He could easily grab 8 rebounds a night off the bench with some technical work.
  • Thabo Sefolosha – SMDH!  This guy could have helped against LeBron and on the glass as well.  He hasn’t lived up to the promise he showed in OKC and his poor decision in NYC (didn’t deserve a beating!) shows he isn’t ready for prime time.  He’s definitely not worth $4 million a year.  The Hawks will have to eat that contract……cause no one else will.


Homework for the Hawks:

  1. Coach up the deeper bench players. If you’re committed to the team concept and ball movement then improve your odds by bringing more players into the rotation.  Parker, Ginobili, Leonard and Green didn’t start out as stars but Pop coached them up.
  2. Get a true center so Al can play power forward. If Al Horford is 6-10 then I’m 6-5.  I’ve stood face to face and had a conversation with him—he’s not 6-10.  Just because you say it doesn’t make it so.
  3. Variety is the spice of life. Could we not have a roster of 6-6 to 6-8 tweeners who do lots of average things.  There’s nothing wrong with specialists who fill roles.
  4. Figure out why Atlanta doesn’t attract top tier stars. I’m not saying they should get LeBron, Harden, etc but they should be able to bring in All Stars.

There it is…..the blueprint laid out for Danny Ferry and Coach Bud.  Just let me know when and where to pick up my check.

To Appeal or Not to Appeal that is the Question!


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 TMZ originally broke the story of Brittany Griner and wife Glory Johnson being slapped with a 7 game suspensions after they were arrested for attacking each other at their AZ home on April 22nd.

Johnson told The Associated Press. “We fought, we hashed it out, we talked it out, we were like, `Did we really just do that?'” Johnson acknowledges the significance of domestic violence. However, she has decided to appeal her suspension.

 Brittney Griner has maintained she will not appeal the suspension. However her fellow teammates would like her to change her mind and appeal her seven-game suspension.
The question remains: Is the 7-game suspension too harsh?
My answer is No.
Domestic violence is the same for a same sex couple or opposite sex couple. I understand and totally get, “in the heat of passion”but if a argument escalates to a boiling point where blows are being exchanged. Domestic Violence is never acceptable.
The current state of domestic violence in both the NBA & NFL are as followed :
NBA Hornets Jeffery Taylor was suspended 24 games for domestic violence.
NFL Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens, suspended indefinitely and eventually re-instated to the NFL but he has not returned to the football field.
Thought of the day:
If Brittany and Glory were not two females and were a male and female couple what do you think their punishment would be?

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau Fired

The Chicago Bulls struggled in the post season and was unable to make it to the NBA Finals.  Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “Unfortunately, there has been a departure from this culture. To ensure that the Chicago Bulls can continue to grow and succeed, we have decided that a change in the head coaching position is required. Days like today are difficult, but necessary for us to achieve our goals and fulfill our commitments to our fans. I appreciate the contributions that Tom Thibodeau made to the Bulls organization. I have always respected his love of the game and wish him well in the future.”
 Bulls fan President Barack Obama chimed in on Twitter, “love thibs and think he did a great job.  Sorry to see him go but expect he will be snatched up soon by another team.”