LA Dodgers are All In

The LA Dodgers have completed a blockbuster trade in which they receive Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto for prospects.  Ownership definitely showed a commitment to winning as they took on a quarter of a billion in salaries.  That’s right, a quarter of a BILLION, as in 250 million.

This is after they already picked up Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino.  Magic Johnson is looking like a real big timer right now as he is the spoke person for this ownership group.  This move is reminiscent of the old school George Steinbrenner Yankees.  Right now the team is a game out of the wildcard for the playoffs, but this move is for the future as well because these players will be there for years.  These contracts are not movable.

On paper it looks like a great move, but the Dodgers took on a lot of extra salary considering they only wanted Gonzalez.  If Beckett and Crawford return to form then it’s a great deal, but that’s a big if with the way they have looked the last couple of years, and considering Crawford is hurt.  In any sense, the closing of the MLB season just got that much more interesting.

 

 

Tony Farmer, Ohio Basketball Star, Sentenced to 3 Years

Tony Farmer was sentenced to 3 years for an allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend.  It’s sad because he was formerly a top 100 recruit, and although I never saw him play, he had the size at 6’7″ 220 lbs to make something of himself with basketball.  The video is kind of sad because you could just see his life flashing before his eyes as he received his sentence.  As the judge went over the charges, Parker collapsed because he knew that life was over as he knew it.  Hopefully he can still be a success story, but his road just got really hard.

 

Watch Tony Farmer Collapse at Sentencing

 

Ohio High School Basketball Star Tony Farmer Gets 3 Years

Tony Farmer was sentenced to 3 years for an altercation with his ex-girlfriend.  It’s sad because he was formerly a top 100 recruit, and although I never saw him play, he had the size at 6’7″ 220 lbs to make something of himself.  The video is kind of sad because you could just see his life flashing before his eyes as he was sentenced.  As the judge went over the charges, Parker collapsed because he knew that life was over as he knew it.  Hopefully he can still be a success story, but his road just got real real hard.

NFL Referees: They Never Miss You Till You Dead Or You Gone

The NFL and NFL Referees are still far apart in negotiations, so it appears that the season will begin with replacement officials.  Some may think it is no big deal, but referees are just as important as the players, and this preseason is showing their importance.  Watching some NFL preseason games, the replacement officials were having trouble with the simplest tasks such as where to spot the ball after a penalty.  Spotting the ball is something that is taken for granted, but with the numerous NFL rules it can be confusing where to assess a penalty from.  Any confusion or delays spotting the ball can slow down the rhythm of the high-powered offenses that everyone loves to watch.  Another factor is with replacement officials having to worry about getting the little things right, how can they pay attention to other things such as questionable hits to protect the players.  This referee lock out is not a good look for the NFL because the product is not going to be the same.  People forget that referees are in the middle of the action, so they have to be in top physical shape and mental shape, much like the players.  Also like players they are the best of the best.  But on the bright side for the referees, the replacement officials may help us to appreciate the regular officials.  After all they say they never ever miss you until you are dead or you are gone, so now that they are gone maybe we will realize how important they are.

Oklahoma City Thunder Signs Serge Ibaka…What’s Does That Mean For James Harden?

The Oklahoma City Thunder made a statement by reportedly signed Serge Ibaka to a 4 year extension.  According to reports the deal is for 4 years $48 million.  But where does that leave James Harden?  The Thunder are a small market team, so luxury tax is a concern, and now, without signing Harden, they are on the luxury tax threshold.

It will be interesting to see this play out because Harden is going to have to take well below his market value to stay in Oklahoma City.  Would he leave on the table to stay in OKC? Someone will throw a max contract at him.  Since the Magic hired former Thunder executive Rob Hennigan, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Magic were one.  Also I wonder if this is a sign that the Thunder aren’t as high on Harden after his NBA Finals performance.  Rumors were that his partying on South Beach may have had something to do with his struggles, plus he was beefing with Lil Wayne over Trina.  The Thunder mimic the Spurs, so I know they don’t want their players involved in the gossip like that.  Either way, the Thunder.  With the Lakers getting Dwight Howard, the wrong decision in this situation could send them back to square one.

 

Team USA Survives to Win Gold Over Spain

Team USA pulled through to win the gold behind their big 3 of Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant to beat Spain 107-100 .  The game was close throughout as Spain was on fire from three-point range, and they fouled the Americans every chance they got, so USA couldn’t get into a rhythm.  It was good that he gold medal game was close because we saw what boys are made of.

Lebron continued to show his growth by controlling the game when the pressure was on.  It seemed like he was patiently making the right play every time.  Kevin Durant didn’t have a good shooting day, but when they had to have a shot, he delivered.  Kobe was still Kobe, although I saw him as consciously taking a back seat and being one of the guys in this his final Olympics.

Outside of them, Chris Paul was huge in the 4th quarter when Lebron was in foul trouble.  He made a three pointer and driving lay-up at the shot clock buzzer that gave Team USA control of the game.  I wanted to see Team USA win easily, but this is a good win, and with both Spain and Argentina probably in their last Olympics as presently constructed, I think the USA’s reign of dominance in basketball has no end in sight.

USA Smashes Argentina…Game vs. Spain for Gold

Team USA beat Argentina pretty easily 109-83.  Once again Lebron James led the way as Argentina kept it close the first half, only to be blown out in the second half.  This sets up a gold medal matchup against Spain.  Team USA should win easily, but I am looking for a message to be sent on Sunday.

This matchup takes on even more importance now that Dwight Howard has been traded to the Lakers.  Lebron is the power forward for Team USA, so Lebron will matchup against Laker power forward Pau Gasol.  Everyone seems to think the Heat are small, but Lebron is 6’9″ 260 pounds.  He is so fluid that it’s hard to believe he is about the same size as Dwight Howard.  I am expecting Lebron to put something on Pau’s mind in case they do meet in the playoffs.    A big game by Lebron would also be a message to Kobe  that he has arrived, and there isn’t a question who the alpha dog is.

Are Asians Being Singled Out at London Olympics?

Asians are having a hard times at the 2012 Olympic Games, and the perception is that athletes of Asian nationalities are being singled out.  First at opening ceremonies, the Japanese Team was not allowed to stay to enjoy the festivities.  After they walked with their flag they were promptly showed the exit, and they were not let back in.  Then the Chinese have had to deal with the suspicions surrounding their star swimmer, Ye Shiwen, after she won.  I understand that due to their reputation people are going to question the results, but why ruin her moment?  This story continues to rage on, even though she has passed all of her drug tests, so she can’t fully enjoy her accomplishment.   Then there was the Japanese boxer, who knocked his opponent down 5 times in the last round, and still ended up losing the round and the fight.  Lastly, the most questionable action, against Asians at the Olympics, was the suspending of 4 women’s doubles teams from China, South Korea, and Indonesia.  After securing a birth in the quarter finals, the teams were losing on purpose to get a more favorable match up in the knock out stage, where it is win or go home.  That practice may not be morally right, but it always happens.  In the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Spanish basketball team lost to USA by 37 points, resting players, so they wouldn’t have to face USA  until the gold medal game, but there was no problem with that.  These Olympic athletes have been waiting for this moment for years, so it is understandable that they will do whatever they can to maximize their chance for a medal. It’s sad that their dream was taken away from them by bureaucrats with some sort of political agenda because with that many coincidences there has to be something more there.

Is Spain a Racist Culture?

As I watched Spain lose to Russia in the Olympic Basketball, I wondered why Oklahoma City Thunder forward, Serge Ibaka,  never got off the bench in the second half.  I understand why he doesn’t start as Marc Gasol was a NBA All-Star last year, but when he isn’t your first big off the bench, there has to be something else going on.  Since he was the only person of color on the team, I wondered, is Spain a racist country? Then as I think about the history of Spain, the answer becomes quite clear.

Spain fans have been cited numerous times for racist chants directed at Black players, and that continues to this day, as the Spanish Federation was recently fined for the racist taunts its fans directed at Italian forward Mario Baloteli during Euro 2012.  But those are fans, and people get very emotional when it comes to their sports teams, so I didn’t take that as an indictment on Spain as a whole  that its people were racist.  I even gave the basketball team the benefit of the doubt in 2008 after posing for the controversial picture in which they slanted their eyes like Asians.

But in retrospect, there are too many coincidences to ignore the facts.  Why is Serge Ibaka not getting regular minutes for the Spanish National Team?  He’s a top player in the NBA, and his presence was one of the main reasons people thought they could hang with the USA.  But the bigger question is why have they NEVER had  person of color on their basketball team before.  Now that I think about it, I can’t remember any people of color on ANY Spanish team representing the country.  If you don’t want no Blacks on your sports teams, you definitely don’t want them around for nothing else.  I guess that explains why there’s ni%%as in Paris; they all had to get out of Spain.

 

Is Spain a Racist Country???

As I watched Spanish Basketball lose to Russia in the Olympics, I wondered why Oklahoma City Thunder forward, Serge Ibaka,  never got off the bench in the second half.  I understand why he doesn’t start as Marc Gasol was a NBA All-Star last year, but when he isn’t your first big off the bench, there has to be something else going on.  Since he was the only person of color on the team, I wondered, is Spain a racist country? Then as I think about the history of Spain, the answer becomes quite clear.  Spain fans have been cited numerous times for racist chants directed at Black players, and that continues to this day, as the Spanish Federation was recently fined for the racist taunts its fans directed at Italian forward Mario Baloteli during Euro 2012.  But those are fans, and people get very emotional when it comes to their sports teams, so I didn’t take that as an indictment on Spain as a whole  that its people were racist.  I even gave the basketball team the benefit of the doubt in 2008 after posing for the controversial picture in which they slanted their eyes like Asians.  But in retrospect, there are too many coincidences to ignore the facts.  Why is Serge Ibaka not getting regular minutes for the Spanish National Team?  He’s a top player in the NBA, and his presence was one of the main reasons people thought they could hang with the USA.  But the bigger question is why have they NEVER had  person of color on their basketball team before.  Now that I think about it, I can’t remember any people of color on ANY Spanish team representing the country.  If you don’t want no Blacks on your sports teams, you definitely don’t want them around for nothing else.  I guess that explains why there’s ni%%as in Paris; they all had to get out of Spain.