After Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coke Zero 400 early Monday morning, Austin Dillion’s car crashed and went sailing into the catchfence at Daytona International Speedway. Although Austin didn’t have any life threatning injuries–5 fans was injured.
Doing the same thing over and over……we expect different results.
- 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.
— Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) July 7, 2015
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.
— Lil B From The Pack (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) July 7, 2015
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.
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:
- 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.
- JPP chooses not to sign the tender and not to play at all this season.
- 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.
Congratulations to team USA gaining their 3rd World Cup Title after defeating Japan.
— Tara Van Dam (@tarahossack) July 6, 2015
CARLI LIOYD SCORED 3 GOALS IN THE 1ST 16 MINUTES, NAMED MVP
Top USA goalkeeper Hope Solo wins the Adidas Golden Glove Award.
After 50 games of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the two finalists have been determined at last: The United States will square off with rival Japan on Sunday. Sunday’s final will mark the third major tournament in a row in which the United States and Japan have met in the final. The U.S. women are trying to win a Women’s World Cup for the third time, which no country has done.
Gilli-Danda is an amateur sport played in the rural areas and small towns all over Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as Cambodia and Italy. The game is played with two sticks: a large one called a danda, which is used to hit a smaller one, the gilli. Gilli Danda is an ancient sport of India, possibly with origins over 2500 years ago. It is believed to be the origin of Western games such as cricket, baseball and softball.
Adidas has hired has hired a new creative agency to market golf as a sport instead of a pastime, according to AdWeek. The new strategy is capitalizing on more Americans participating in exercise. Experts told The Economist that young people are playing video games instead of hitting the golf course and that attracting players under 45 is harder than ever.
Efforts to get the “all white” clothing rule relaxed has received a boost with Roger Federer’s remark that the policy is “quite extreme”. The comment by Federer carries more weight than other players as he is a member of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) that runs Wimbledon. The undercurrent of resistance to the all-white rule this season has included a woman player wearing a black bra, which she concealed by wearing a white one over it. She said the all-white rule had “gotten a little excessive” and was disappointed that she could not wear tennis skirts she’d brought with colored underwear.
The successful union between Dwayne Wade and Miami Heat will continue as the two sides agree to a new deal. The deal is reportedly worth $20 million for one year. Wade isn’t the unstoppable force he used to be, but the 33-year-old is still one of the best players in the NBA. He averaged 21.5 points and 4.8 assists per game last season and shot 47 percent from the field.