Women get equal play but not play time at Wimbledon

In 2007, Wimbledon became the last of the four tennis Grand Slams to award equal prize money to women and men. However, the play time on the main courts is far from equal. At Wimbledon this year, women got just 38 percent of the assignments to Centre Court and No. 1 Court. That rate is different from the other Grand Slams where the split is pretty much equal between men and women. Who gets on which court is up to tournament schedulers. The top players want to play on a Grand Slam’s two main courts, which each have more than 10,000 seats. That’s where the most fans get to watch them and where journalists and broadcasters focus their attention. Court counts is only part of the problem though. Court time is a further reason why men are hogging the Wimbledon spotlight. Men’s matches, on average, take longer because men play best-of-five-sets while women play best-of-three at Slams.

Chuck Blazer banned for life by FIFA

FIFA executive, Chuck Blazer, has been banned from football-related activities for life by FIFA’s Ethics Committee for his involvement in widespread corruption. FIFA’s ethics panel made its ruling using evidence from the American federal case which has plunged FIFA and international football into crisis. Blazer pleaded guilty to 10 counts including racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and income tax evasion. Blazer served on FIFA’s executive panel for 16 years until 2013. As a side note, Blazer’s life story could be made into a Hollywood film as the rights to an upcoming book on his football administration career were bought last month. Will have to keep an eye out for that one.

 

Tara’s OMG Moment

Most people may not know this, but history was made last weekend as South African Greg Minnar became the most successful Downhill mountain bike World Cup Racer of all time, taking his 18th career victory. The track proved to be unusually brutal, leaving many riders and bikes worse for wares.

 

TARA’S SMH MOMENT

My SMH moment of the week has got to be the annual 4th of July hot dog eating contest. The winner, 23 year old Matt “Megatoad” Stonie, beat favorite Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, by eating 62 hot dogs and buns! He won $10 000 and the coveted mustard yellow winner’s championship belt. Interviewed after the victory, Stonie said “We don’t just go up there and eat hot dogs. We practice for this. We prepare our bodies”. I’d love to know how the training goes for this. The victorious calorie count amounted to 17 360. That’s about 8 times more than the average adult male eats in a day. The women’s title was taken by defending champion Miki Sudo who consumed 38 hot dogs, adopting the strategy of eating the hot dogs separately and they soaking the buns in Crystal Light. In case the event didn’t have enough character, the spectacle also included a few chanting animal welfare protestors bearing anti-meat signs adorned with fake blood.

 

LeBron signs with Cavaliers

As expected, LeBron James will stay put with the Cleveland Cavaliers, agreeing to terms on a two-year maximum-salaried contract worth just under $47 million. He will also have a player option for the 2016-17 season that will enable him to opt out and re-enter unrestricted free agency — just as he did last summer and this summer. By going with a two-year pact with the first year fully guaranteed and a player option for the second — he has the option of re-entering free agency again next summer, when the NBA’s  $24 billion broadcast rights deal inflates the salary cap to a projected $89 million, bumping his first-year max up to an estimated $29.3 million

Insanity

Doing the same thing over and over……we expect different results.

  1. Let’s yell about domestic violence again and call this kid a monster and banish him from our consciousness so we don’t have to see the ugliness…..WE created.

De’Andre Johnson was Mr. Football 2014 in Florida and a big time recruit from a big time program at First Coast High School.  Athletes in these powerhouses are kings and they rule over their kingdom with help from coaches, administrators and even parents.  Stars like Johnson sign autographs, rock fly kicks and hold press conferences to pick a hat.

But somewhere in there, away from the accolades and interviews, this kid and many like him, start feeling like they are above the rules.  It may happen when coaches start thinking about their record rather than their responsibility to the player entrusted to them.  It certainly happens any time a school administrator allows elite athletes to miss a quiz, drop a low grade or do some “extra credit work” not offered to the rest of the class.  And, unfortunately, it happens far too often when parents decide to become a part of their kid’s entourage instead of keeping them grounded and focused.  These adults are all about the celebrity and pats on the back they get based on proximity to talent.  Some will even give horribly self-serving advice under the guise of expertise while knowing nothing about sport, finance or education.  Coaches use past players as recruiting tools, administrators reap financial benefits for their schools through sponsorships and parents, disgustingly, even accept cash from boosters to sway their kids to certain schools.

Look, I’m not saying this situation was caused by coaches, parents and schools, but its obvious punching a chick in the head became an option for this guy when it clearly isn’t for the vast majority of us.  But thinking this kind of behavior is in his DNA is naïve and dangerous.  Adrian Peterson didn’t invent whipping kids with switches.  His son wasn’t the first child to have his legs marked up like this.  Aaron Hernandez isn’t the first dude to shoot his buddy and try to cover it up.  Hell, Dick Cheney did that, too!

All of these idiots were told from junior high on that they were great because they had athletic talent.  In high school all the chicks wanted to kick it with them and the coaches wanted a state championship banner.  College introduced them to boosters and tutors, both of who looked out for their prized athletes like Japanese Wagyu cattle.  If there’s a “girl”, settle out of court; if there’s an F, talk to the professor and if cash changes hands, keep it to yourself.  By the time these guys get a 6-8 figure professional salary they have a patchwork education, zero coping skills and no boundaries to speak of.

Kinda like the old joke about cocaine and alcohol:  If these drugs simply enhance your personality, we’re all in trouble if you’re an immature moron.

Keep pushing these kids through the system without checking their behavior and intelligence give him $2 million and expect him to act like he’s got some sense.  We see how that’s been working out.

 

Braves Pay Homage to Lil B, Avoid Curse

The Cubs have the Curse of the Billy goat, the Red Sox had the Curse of Bambino (broken in 2004), the Giants had the Curse of Coogan’s Bluff (broken in 2010), and the Braves almost, almost, became victims of the BasedGod Curse.

It happened on July 3rd during a game against the Phillies. Bottom of the second. One out. Johhny Gomes blasts a solo shot. The Braves lead 1-0. And Cameron Maybin starts cooking. Has he not heard? Does he not know?! That is Lil B’s dance! Since that day, fans have waited with bated breath to hear the response from Lil B, the world’s most influential rapper/motivator/blouse wearing sage.

First Kevin Durant fell victim to the curse, costing him a trip to the NBA Finals in 2014 and a trip to the playoffs in 2015. Then James Harden angered the Based God, and soon he and the Houston Rockets were knocked from the NBA playoffs. The Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a scare before the  2015 NBA Finals, and Lil B’s support of the Golden State Warriors may or may not have helped them win the title of NBA champs this season. Long story short, the curse is real. It is very real.
Fearful of the curse crossing from basketball to baseball, Atlanta had no choice but to offer praise and respect for Lil B and his dance. It had been days, three days exactly, but that can feel like a lifetime when waiting to hear about the future of your franchise from the Based God, himself.

Luckily for everyone involved, Lil B accepted this show of respect. The Braves have won 5 of their last 6 and are now only one game under .500, putting them just 1.5 games behind the Mets for second in the NL East. Let’s see if they keep cooking.

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul Injured While Lighting Fireworks

Jason Pierre-Paul by Mike Morbeck, on Flickr
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License   by  Mike Morbeck 


 

You know those ‘don’t try this at home’ warnings you see whenever someone performs a dangerous stunt on TV? People who put those warnings their do it for your health and safety not theirs. Apparently, either Jason Pierre-Paul doesn’t watch TV or he was debuting in a new season of Jackass.

The New York Giants star defensive end injured his hands in a fireworks incident while celebrating Independence Day in South Florida. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter & Dan Graziano, Pierre-Paul suffered severe burns to his hands and fingers, one of which is being tested for nerve damage. The extent of his injuries has yet to be determined, but it does not appear to be career threatening.

 Similar to the Dez Bryant situation, Pierre-Paul has yet to sign his $14.8 million franchise tender. Pierre-Paul has until July 15 to do so. Signing the tender after that date would guarantee him a contract that only plays out through this upcoming season. If Pierre-Paul has his franchise tag removed, he would become an unrestricted free agent.

Last season, the 2-time Pro Bowler led the Giants in sacks (12.5), disrupted dropbacks (17.5) and forced fumbles (3).

What This Means for the G-Men

For the Giants and every other sports team that invests millions of dollars into athletes, this is somewhat of a nightmare scenario. Alongside a team’s expectation for players to perform well on the field, teams also expect them to stay injury-free off the field. JPP couldn’t do the latter and has put the team in a worse spot than before when he was healthy.

The Giants obviously wanted JPP otherwise they would’ve never placed the franchise tag on him to begin with. Whatever the Giants decide to do, they will be taking a risk.

If they keep JPP (assuming he signs the tender), he could miss much of the season. Even if he comes back on time, he may not be that effective considering the fact that hands are key to a defensive lineman’s success and JPP’s hands will hurt like hell. This move could end up being a waste of money.

If they remove the franchise tag and let JPP test free agency, they would save some money but could end up losing a key piece to their already struggling defensive line. The Giants could end up regretting the decision because the defense is still questionable at best even with JPP.

Looking back at the Giants’ most recent Super Bowl runs (2007, 2011), one of the keys to their success was their ability to get to the opposing team’s quarterback. If they plan on getting back to another Super Bowl, they will need to build that line back up.

Eli Manning may have found a new weapon in the ultra-talented Odell Beckham Jr., but he cannot be trusted to carry the team. He has led the league in interceptions in three separate seasons and isn’t known for winning many offensive shootouts against other high-powered offenses.

What This Means for Pierre-Paul

For JPP, there are three clear options at this point:

  1. JPP gives his best sales pitch on himself and convinces the Giants to give him a long-term deal. This option is just about nonexistent.
  2. JPP chooses not to sign the tender and not to play at all this season.
  3. JPP bets on himself: He gives in and signs the franchise tender. He will be paid less money than he thinks he is worth but he could possibly have another great season. Once free agency starts again next year, he could test the market and get a better contract from the Giants or some other team.

Whatever the two sides do, they should do it fast because that deadline is very close.

Team USA Defeats Japan 5-2 in FIFA World Cup Final

Congratulations to team USA gaining their 3rd  World Cup Title after defeating Japan.

 

CARLI LIOYD SCORED 3 GOALS IN THE 1ST 16 MINUTES, NAMED MVP

 

 

Top USA goalkeeper Hope Solo wins the Adidas Golden Glove Award.