A Look Back: Wilt Chamberlain Interview 1987

Wilt Chamberlain’s words are powerful.  It was a different time when he played and I wonder what he would think of today’s players because he was killing Kareem Abdul Jabbar.  His words also ring true about post basketball life and sometimes players get bitter when their post basketball life doesn’t live up to their basketball life.  He also verified that the legend is all true about his exploits with the women.  He was so cool about it though explaining that he just wanted to satisfy himself.  Wilt was a very cultured and articulate man, he was truly ahead of his time.

Richard Sherman Rips Skip Bayless on ESPN First Take

Richard Sherman didn’t take kindly to Skip Bayless saying that he wasn’t in Darelle Revis’ class and proceeded to let him have it.  It’s kind of surprising that this hasn’t happened before, but even though Sherman is a Stanford graduate, he is from Compton.  I am sure Bayless and ESPN are very happy because you can’t buy this kind of publicity

Joe Flacco Gets Paid But At What Cost to Baltimore Ravens?

 

Joe Flacco signed a NFL record 6 year $120.6 million with the Baltimore Ravens.  The Ravens had to lock up the quarterback long term after winning the Superbowl, but did they sacrifice their franchise to do so? The Ravens have a number of free agents on the defensive side of the ball, and defense is where their team is still built.  The Ravens scored 34 points in the Superbowl, but a defensive stop was needed to save the game.  Plus the 34 points are misleading because the Ravens got 2 unexpected touchdowns.

Jacoby Jones deserved to be MVP in my opinion because he broke the game open by catching a touchdown right before half time, and then running a kick off back the first play of the second half.  Those 2 plays won the game and in my opinion he deserved the MVP.  The Ravens win was a team effort.  Flacco is getting credit as if he won the game, but my perception is that he didn’t lose it.  He got a key third down completion, but credit for that could also go to the receivers.  The Ravens are at a crossroads with Ray Lewis retiring and Ed Reed being a free agent.  The Ravens have other high profile free agents that they will have to address on offense and defense, but they can’t let Ed Reed go can they? How can any locker room recover from losing Ed Reed and Ray Lewis? The Ravens got their quarterback, but they may have started a rebuilding in the process.  Listen to Ed Reed, he seems like he knows he may be gone.  It wasn’t just the last ride for Ray, it was the last ride for the Ravens as we know them.

ESPN Comments on Joe Flacco Deal

 

Joe Flacco Gets Paid But At What Cost?

Joe Flacco signed a NFL record 6 year $120.6 million with the Baltimore Ravens.  The Ravens had to lock up the quarterback long term after winning the Superbowl, but did they sacrifice their franchise to do so? The Ravens have a number of free agents on the defensive side of the ball, and defense is where their team is still built.  The Ravens scored 34 points in the Superbowl, but a defensive stop was needed to save the game.  Plus the 34 points are misleading because the Ravens got 2 unexpected touchdowns. Continue reading “Joe Flacco Gets Paid But At What Cost?”

Sway in the Morning with Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen

Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen visited Sway in the Morning to promote their upcoming fight April 27 at the Prudential Center in New Jersey, UFC 159.    Sonnen was pretty tame compared to how he usually is, and also considering all the trash he had to talk about Jones to get the fight.  Originally Jones was going to fight Dan Henderson, but Henderson got hurt and UFC wanted Jones to fight Sonnen then, but it was only 8 days notice so Jones refused.  After the refusal, Sonnen went in on Jones until he eventually accepted the fight.  Hopefully it will be an interesting fight, but its hard to call with Sonnen singing Jones praises.  Maybe Jones is that good and Sonnen is scared.

Jon Jones & Chael Sonnen on Sway in the Morning


Andrew Bynum Has Another Set Back…NBA Career in Question

 

Andrew Bynum had another set back in his recovery from his knee injuries.  It is now pretty apparent that Bynum will not be playing this year and if the rumors are correct then who knows if he will play again.  It is being rumored that his knee problems are degenerative and they won’t get better.  It is a sad situation for Philadelphia 76ers, who gave up the most in the Dwight Howard trade, but ended up with nothing in return.

The Sixers gave up young prospects Nic Vucevic and Moe Harkless along with Andre Igoudala and a first round pick for Bynum, who will probably never play a game for them.  Bynum is an unrestricted free agent, so he collected  $16 million this year from the Sixers and will probably leave in the off season after never playing a game.  The question is will any other team sign Bynum.

The Lakers are relieved that he didn’t accept the long-term contract that they had offered because Dwight is sensitive, but at least he plays.  This deal probably set the Philadelphia 76er franchise back 5 years, so expect wholesale changes within the organization.  After something like this changes need to be made because this deal made their entire staff look incompetent .   First they gave up too much for what they were getting back, unless they just wanted to dump salary.  Next I will never understand how a training staff can give a physical and miss that the patient has a degenerative knee.  He hurt his knee bowling, so it was going to go any moment.  If they tapped his knee cap it probably would have broken right there.  Weak legs are problems for big men because this seems like the same thing that happened to Greg Oden.

ESPN First Take talks Andrew Bynum