Terrell Owens is Once Again a Pro Bowler

Terrell Owens just wants to compete. The six time NFL Pro Bowler has once again earned this distinctive title, except not playing football. T.O. made his professional bowling debut earlier in May for the United States Congress Open Championship.  Owens is part owner of the Dallas Strikers, one of eight five player teams in the new Professional Bowlers Association League. He is not bad either, posting a score as high as 185.

Although he has shown interest in bowling, T.O. is still working hard in attempt to make his way back into the NFL. He has been working out with Chad Johnson at Santa Monica City College in California. The word is that both still have some tread left on their tires, but many wonder if teams will be willing to deal with the drama and media circus that comes with both of these wide receivers (see Tim Tebow.)

Although I didn’t watch any of Owen’s reality television show, what I heard from it was not positive about the former wideout, so it’s good to see him back competing in sports and moving forward. Who knows, maybe T.O. has enough celebrity status to make a positive impact in elevating the sport of bowling. Then again, maybe not. Here’s to hoping we can see you on some team’s football field again before having to watch you in the funny shoes sliding across a bowling alley.

 

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Don’t Sleep on Lance Stephenson this NBA Season

 

Lance Stephenson was instrumental in the Indiana Pacers beating the New York Knicks in game 6 to close out the series for the Pacers 4-2.  Next the Pacers meet the Miami Heat and Stephenson will have a lot of extra motivation because the Heat’s Dexter Pittman gave Stephenson a flying elbow to the throat last year.  The elbow was in retaliation to Stephenson flashing the the choke sign to Lebron James as he missed free throws.

The impressive thing about the incident was that Lance didn’t go down.  Roughly a 7 foot 280 pound man gets a running start and leaps at you, but you only go down to one knee? Lance is a rough and rugged dude, so it will be interesting to see how he responds now that he is on the court and can get his revenge, but from what we’ve seen of him so far he won’t be scared.  After  all he is the leading scorer in New York State High School Basketball history, he is in a contract year, and he was named ‘Born Ready’, so he should have been looking forward to this moment his whole life.

Lance Stephenson elbowed by Dexter Pittman

Watch Lance Stephenson’s reality show, “Born Ready”

 

NFL Seattle Seahawks Bruce Irvin Suspended

 

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was suspended 4 games for performance enhancing drug use.  The drafting of Irving was questioned by the draft experts last year, but Irving played at a high level and justified his early selection.  This suspension puts an asterisk on that season.  Anyone remember Shawn Merriman?  With the Seahawks defensive end, Chris Clemons, coming back from an ACL tear, it is questionable whether the Seahawks will be able to live up to the now lofty expectations they have for the season.  But more importantly this continues a disturbing trend of Seattle Seahawks players getting suspended for PED use under Pete Carroll’s watch.  This is the sixth Seahawks player suspected of PED use since 2011.

Pete Carroll’s character has to be questioned as the facts have come out about his time at USC.  One could say that Carroll was leader during the second worst scandal in college football history because Reggie Bush had to give the Heisman Trophy back, which has never happened before.  Then the timing of Carroll leaving  USC right before the sanctions were imposed makes him seem even more seedy.  Looking back, having Snoop Dogg and Will Ferrell on the sidelines and at practices and games may have been a red flag that something was not compliant about the program.  In hindsight the high profile nature of the USC program while not being compliant shows thetotal arrogance of Pete Carroll.  he must’ve thought he couldn’t get caught.

Pete Carroll’s  arrogance has worked for him in the NFL.  He is going against the grain in a lot of his decisions and they are working out.  He got one of his star cornerbacks, Brandon Browner, from the Canadian Football League, and the other, Richard Sherman in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft, so he definitely is a great evaluator of talent.  But these suspensions take away from the accomplishment because now there is a cloud of doubt surrounding the team.

How much of the Seahawks success can be attributed to PEDs? Carroll got credit for changing the culture in Seattle and making them believe they could win.  The Seahawks team was so confident last season and Richard Sherman talked so much trash  that he got punched in the face after the game.  The Seahawks were a feel good story last season, but now you have to wonder.   The moral to the story isn’t about PED use in the NFL because it’s only cheating if you get caught, but why do Seahawks always get caught? Teams take the personality of their coach and Carroll’s carefree arrogance has the players being wreckless.  It is said that if you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying, but Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks are better than that; they have to do better.

Sir Alex Ferguson to Retire from Manchester United

 

Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of the season from Manchester United of the British Premier League.  Sir Alex is 71 years old and has been with United since 1986.  He will retire as the most successful coach in British soccer history winning 38 trophies at Man U including 13 Premier League championships, 2 Champions league titles, and 5 FA Cups.

Here is the statement by Sir Alex Ferguson announcing his retirement:

The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time. It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so.

The quality of this league winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long- term future of the club remains a bright one.

Our training facilities are amongst the finest in global sport and our home Old Trafford is rightfully regarded as one of the leading venues in the world. Going forward, I am delighted to take on the roles of both director and ambassador for the club.

With these activities, along with my many other interests, I am looking forward to the future. I must pay tribute to my family, their love and support has been essential.

My wife Cathy has been the key figure throughout my career, providing a bedrock of both stability and encouragement. Words are not enough to express what this has meant to me.

As for my players and staff, past and present, I would like to thank them all for a staggering level of professional conduct and dedication that has helped to deliver so many memorable triumphs. Without their contribution the history of this great club would not be as rich.

In my early years, the backing of the board, and Sir Bobby Charlton in particular, gave me the confidence and time to build a football club, rather than just a football team.

Over the past decade, the Glazer family have provided me with the platform to manage Manchester United to the best of my ability and I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with a talented and trustworthy Chief Executive in David Gill. I am truly grateful to all of them.

To the fans, thank you. The support you have provided over the years has been truly humbling. It has been an honour and an enormous privilege to have had the opportunity to lead your club and I have treasured my time as manager of Manchester United.

The Seth Jones Story (NHL Draft Prospect) E:60

 

You may not know Seth Jones now, but you will.  Seth Jones is the son of a former NBA player and is expected to become the first African-American drafted number 1 in the NHL.  Not only  that, but he is also expected to sign with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports, who wants to revolutionize the game of hockey.  There is no doubt any relationship Seth Jones has with Jay Z is going to expose hockey to a totally new demographic.  It may not translate into people watching actual hockey games, but if they buy the jerseys and apparel  its the same thing.   Jay Z made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee, so why can’t he do the same thing with hockey jerseys.  Hockey can use any new income streams right now because they are still reeling from their strike during the 2012-2013 NHL season.

Watch ESPN E:60 Documentary

 

The Seth Jones Story

 

Cristiano Ronaldo – Legend of the Premier League

Cristiano Ronaldo was brought in as a teenager to replace David Beckham at Manchester United, which was a daunting task, but he lived up to the hype as a youngster and even surpassed it.  He became a legend of the English Premier League, and that was just the beginning.

Ronaldo left England for Spain and his legend grew even more.  Currently with Real Madrid, Ronaldo is not just considered one of the top soccer players in the world, but one of the top athletes in the world.  Ronaldo’s star became even brighter after his departure from England, which is why his time there is remembered so fondly.  It was the beginning of something great.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Legend of Premier League

Kevin Krigger in Kentucky Derby…But It’s Not An Anomaly

 

Kevin Krigger is getting publicity for being a Black jockey who is riding on Goldencents in the Kentucky Derby.  Goldencents is partly owned by NCAA basketball coach, Rick Pitino.  It was good to see that Rick Pitino was giving a black man a chance because so much of his success has been based on black basketball players.  But it turns out that he wasn’t necessarily doing a good deed, but blacks dominated the sport of horse racing before segregation.

Neil Schmidt, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, wrote an excellent piece detailing the history and decline of the black jockey.  English horse ownership was a sign of wealth in America and instead of hiring trainers, horse owners would have their slave train the horse, so in turn slaves were the most qualified to ride the horses.  This is amazing in a sense when you consider the accomplishment of the slaves training and riding the horses, but then its scary when you think how history is so easily manipulated.  They say these early black jockeys was the first sports stars.  But no one knows that because horse racing has turned into a white sport.  Blacks on horses is considered taboo, but it turns out it is natural.  Makes you wonder what else are we confused about.

Watch Horse Racing Documentary

 

Black Jockey History before Kevin Krigger

 

Kevin Krigger in Kentucky Derby

Kevin Krigger is getting publicity for being a Black jockey who is riding on Goldencents in the Kentucky Derby.  Goldencents is partly owned by NCAA basketball coach, Rick Pitino.  It was good to see that Rick Pitino was giving a black man a chance because so much of his success has been based on black basketball players.  But it turns out that he wasn’t necessarily doing a good deed, but blacks dominated the sport of horse racing before segregation.  Neil Schmidt, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, wrote an excellent piece detailing the history and decline of the black jockey.  English horse ownership was a sign of wealth in America and instead of hiring trainers, horse owners would have their slave train the horse, so in turn slaves were the most qualified to ride the horses.  This is amazing in a sense when you consider the accomplishment of the slaves training and riding the horses, but then its scary when you think how history is so easily manipulated.  They say these early black jockeys was the first sports stars.  But no one knows that because horse racing has turned into a white sport.  Blacks on horses is considered taboo, but it turns out it is natural.  Makes you wonder what else are we confused about.

Were Denver Nuggets Trying to Hurt Steph Curry of Golden State Warriors?

 

The Denver Nuggets beat Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors in game 5 of their playoff series to close the gap to 3-2 in favor of Golden State.  The Nuggets were able to stave off elimination by shutting down Steph Curry, but Curry’s coach, Mark Jackson, took exception to some of the Nuggets methods.   Mark Jackson was adamant in his post game press conference that the Denver Nuggets put a ‘hit’ out on his star player Steph Curry.

Most of the experts squashed the notion saying the play wasn’t dirty because it wasn’t very physical, but does only physical equate to dirtu?  Steph Curry is known to have ankle problems, so sticking out a foot when he passes by is a dirty play.  Curry is slight of build and he has to expect teams to get physical with him, especially considering the way he has been shooting.  But Mark Jackson was correct in the fact that no one should try to hurt anyone to get them out of the game because they can’t stop them, especially Curry, who is turning into one of the game’s brightest stars.  Hopefully the Nuggets weren’t really trying to hurt Curry, but if they were hopefully the media coverage will deter them because if he hurts his ankle in this series it will look very suspicious.

Were Nuggets trying to hurt Steph Curry?