The 49ers Can’t Stop Taking L’s

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photo By Jeffrey Beall (Own work)


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

 

WILT CHAMBERLAIN EXHIBIT PHOTO by JeromeG111, on Flickr
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License   by  JeromeG111 

 

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

 

UFC 103 Franklin vs. Belfort - American by Kaloozer, on Flickr
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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.

 

Dez Bryant get’s punched in the face-during Cowboys-Rams Brawl

At the Cowboys and Rams training camp on Tuesday tempers ran high!

Dez Bryant sprints into the middle of the action and takes a punch to the face.  Ouch! That’s has to hurt!

 

Dez apparently lost an earring during the scuffle. Luckily his ear ring was recovered by a local news crew.

 

 

Crime and Punishment

 “I am not a crook”

Tom Brady is fighting tooth and nail in federal court to get his suspension wiped away.  Not reduced, but totally gone.  Much like Lance Armstrong, Tommy Boy has denied ANY wrongdoing.  Even after a ton of text messages with an equipment manager and footballs below the acceptable PSI range, Touchdown Jesus is still using the Shaggy defense (“it wasn’t me”) and soooo many football fans and analysts are buying it.

On the flip side, Greg Hardy had his domestic violence case dismissed on appeal after his accuser refused to cooperate with the prosecution.  This lack of cooperation conveniently occurred after a civil settlement was reached with Hardy for an undisclosed amount of money.  Read what you want into this, but there is definitely a cloud of uncertainty surrounding this situation.  As usual, Roger Goodell decided Hardy still needed to be punished by the league and dropped a 10 game hammer on the defensive end.  He appealed and the suspension and it was dropped to 4 so he’ll be hitting the field for the Cowboys in week 5.  Hardy never kicked and screamed for the league to go to zero.  This guy was suspended by the Panthers after game 1 last season but never bashed the team or raised hell about being persecuted.

This is another example of how race creates a different reality.  White men, in particular, refuse to take an “L”.  The idea of getting caught AND punished is so foreign to so many of these “Golden Boys” that they’re blindsided by accountability.  Mark McGwire appears in a Congressional hearing but deflects questions by “not talking about the past” even though the entire circus is about the past.  He’s now a hitting coach and soon to be manager in Major League baseball.  Armstrong lied to every interviewer and burned several friends for years before he finally admitted to doping.  He’s got a reality show and white folks love to wear those little yellow wristbands.  Big Ben Roethlisberger has been accused of rape twice but only served a 4 game suspension.  And Pete Rose, the Don of the Who Me? Mafia, is still telling the truth at a snail’s pace but has the backing of Baseball Fandom for reinstatement.

When you look at most black athletes, they file the obligatory appeal or negotiate a reduced punishment.  Some are even able to fight for their innocence.  But rarely will you find them fighting a tide of circumstantial evidence.  Most accept the punishment, make a statement of apology and promise to make better decisions.

The Reason:  Black people have been dealing with punishment with little-to-no evidence for a very long time.

The black community, in general, is used to get the short end of things.  They aren’t surprised by police brutality, unequal pay or unfair treatment by the media.  And they are damn sure not shocked by being treated unfairly by employers.  This is a part of the “conversation” many mothers and fathers of color have with their kids.  It’s not right, but necessary.

Ray Rice has never cried foul after his season-long suspension…..he just wants to find a job, make some money and stay under the radar.  Adrian Peterson voiced an opinion about NFL contracts but was quickly jerked back in line by the very team that left him twisting when he was Public Enemy No. 1 last year.  Even Michael Vick is STILL trying to get a job even though he went to prison for his crimes.

There’s a recurring theme that black athletes must accept punishment and accept it with humility.   White athletes are allowed to be defiant and “defend their reputation” at all costs.  Probably because white athletes are thought to be inherently honest and black athletes are thought to be suspect and too flashy to be trusted.

Don’t let these professional leagues fool you…..they’re just like the rest of society.

Tara’s OMG Moment for the week

 

Robbie Maddison – MULTIPLE WORLD RECORD HOLDING MOTOCROSS ATHLETE. He is a man who makes his entire living on doing things on a motorcycle that no one would ever think about. But now, he has outdone himself in a fashion that is downright incomprehensible.

The collab video with DC Shoes was done in Tahiti, on a regular KTM250SX with a couple of custom mods, allowing the bike to hydroplane for long distances without that whole sinking thing (although inflatable floats were attached to the bike, just in case) And, of course, not just any wave would do, it had to be the legendary Teahupo’o reefbreak in Tahiti, French Polynesia. Renowned for the consistent number of barrels it delivers, Teahupo’o is characterized by its shallow coral reef, which lies only 20 inches below the water’s surface and is largely responsible for the desirable shape of the waves its famous for. The footage is unbelievable. You have got to check this out!