Riley Cooper Shows NFL and World His True Colors

 

Riley Cooper, the Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver and former Florida Gator, let the cat out of the bag and it may cost him his NFL career.   Cooper was on video saying that he would jump the fence and go and fight every… (racial slur)  that was at the Kenny Chesney concert.   Maybe he could survive on another team, but not the Eagles, and not in Philadelphia.

Wonder how Cooper really feels bout that (racial slur ) quarterback of his, Michael Vick? The serious tone and expression is whats most troubling because there was nothing joking about it.  Although it was a very short video, every action in the short video indicated he is a racist.  With the N-word with the er ending referenced, there is no question of intent.  It’s amazing that Cooper has survived this far in football because he obviously has a problem with minorities and he has been sitting behind them his entire football career.

Cooper has issued the mandatory apology to see what he can salvage, but the cat is out of the bag.  Everyone knows his true racist colors and even if his teammates forgive him, he will be a target for other teams, and as a wide receiver he will be vulnerable.  It will be interesting to see the Cooper punishment, or if Cooper stays with the roster.  People will think that it’s just a word, but it isn’t.  This was a peak into how Riley Cooper is as a person, his mentality.  It’s not like he has production on the field to fall back on, so what’s really the point of having him on the team.  Not to condemn him for his views, but how can he be true to himself and continue to play second fiddle to a bunch of (racial slur)?

 

 

Riley Cooper Comes Out

Riley Cooper, the Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver and former Florida Gator, really messed up.  He messed up so bad that its questionable whether he will have a NFL career, and if he does it probably won’t be too enjoyable on his part.  Cooper was caught on video saying that he would jump the fence and go and fight every… (racial slur)  that was at the Kenny Chesney concert.  Maybe he could survive on another team, but not the Eagles, and not in Philadelphia.  Wonder how Cooper really feels bout that (racial slur ) quarterback of his, Michael Vick? The serious tone and expression is whats most troubling because there was nothing joking about it.  Although it was a very short video, every action in the short video indicated he is a racist.  When the N-word with the er ending is used, there is no question of intent.  It’s amazing that Cooper has survived this far in football because he obviously has a problem with minorities and he has been sitting behind them his entire football career.  Cooper has issued the mandatory apology to see what he can salvage, but the cat is out of the bag.  Everyone knows his true racist colors and even if his teammates forgive him, he will be a target for other teams, and as a wide receiver he will be vulnerable.  It will be interesting to see if Cooper is punished, or if Cooper even makes the roster.  People will think that its just a word, but it isn’t.  This was a peak into how Riley Cooper is as a person, his mentality.  It’s not like he has production on the field to fall back on, so what’s really the point of having him on the team.  Not to condemn him for his views, but how can he be true to himself and continue to play second fiddle to a bunch of (racial slur)?

Compton Cricket Club

The Compton Cricket Club is another testimonial to the power of sports to inspire people to rise above their circumstances.   The club was founded in 1995 by Ted Hayes and Katy Haber.  The club was originally comprised of homeless, and it eventually branched out to reach at risk inner city youths.  The Compton Cricket Club also known as “Compton Homies & The Popz” has traveled the world and is one of the most famous cricket teams in the world.  But that success still hasn’t translated into funding and the organization is struggling to continue operations.  One would think a man with Ted Hayes’ reputation would have no problem getting funding for anything.  In the piece on Grantland.com, David Jacoby implied that ESPN has been sitting on the story for awhile, but the timing was right now?? I guess much needed exposure to their cause wasn’t needed until they were near going under.  Click to support the Compton Cricket Club

Check out the club’s cricket rap “Bullets”

 

 

Is Tom Crean College Basketball’s New NBA Go To Guy?

 

Tom Crean stated that Cody Zeller could be the man responsible for bringing Indiana basketball back, and there is no doubt he was a major factor.  But the player that may put Indiana basketball back into élite status is Victor Oladipo.  Oladipo went from after thought to the second pick in the draft in 3 years.  Oladipo’s success reinforced the perception that Crean can make players.  Does anyone remember Dwyane Wade? Did anyone hear of him in high school? John Calipari has been the resident NBA guru of college basketball, meaning that he gets players to the NBA.  But of the players that Calipari has put in the NBA, all were highly regarded prospects who would have went directly to the NBA if they didn’t have to go to college.

The Hoosiers had 2 of the top 4 picks in the 2013 NBA Draft, which is huge in itself, but more importantly Crean developed players instead of inheriting them.  John Calipari better watch his back because this off-year may really hurt him because the class of 2012 was as highly rated as Calipari’s other recruiting classes with not near the same results.  The Kentucky Wildcats lack of success this season hurt everyone’s NBA chances.

Nerlens Noel, projected as a top pick, drafted 6th,  and Archie Goodwin drafted 29th is not a good look for Calipari.  Today, high school players are already thinking about the NBA, and they pick colleges based on odds on making it to the league.  John Calipari used to own the draft, but this is a what have you done for me lately league and he hasn’t done anything lately, which has opened the door for Tom Crean.

With all the talk about Kentucky’s loaded recruiting class is the fact that Crean got his first true one and done prospect, Noah Vonleh.  Vonleh is 6’9″ 240 lb and can shoot.  He was the number 2 ranked player in the class of 2014, but then he reclassified to go to college a year earlier.  He’s not thinking about the NBA at all.  Then the Hoosiers are also in the mix for class of 2014 Australian point guard Dante Exum, who is also considering a jump straight to the NBA.  Indiana’s is in the mix for more high quality national and international recruits than ever before and some of that has to do with Crean’s family ties.

Tom Crean’s brothers-in-law are Jim and John Harbaugh.  That tie was especially powerful this year with the Harbaugh brothers meeting at the Superbowl and Crean getting in every photo-op possible.  The Harbaugh’s are good for recruiting and considering that the Harbaugh family patriarch, Jack, was a college football coach, they all know the ins and outs of college recruiting.  But this is basketball and  Crean has to a basketball player that demands the recruits attention.  He has that with D Wade.  It’s not like Crean just knows Wade, but he is the man who helped groom Wade for NBA stardom.  That’s big in anyone’s eyes, but  I would imagine that it’s even bigger for an 18-year-old.  Crean has a history of getting players you wouldn’t expect to the NBA, so imagine what he could do with the best recruits.

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Braun Suspended By MLB

 

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers was suspended by MLB (Major League Baseball) for performance enhancing drug use.  The league had to get Braun because he flaunted his appeal victory in 2012 in the league’s face like he was innocent, when it was really a technicality.  There was not a question if the test was positive, but because the collector kept the specimen at his house over the weekend instead of letting it sit in the Fed Ex box Braun got off.  The seal wasn’t broken, but the appeal win was enough for Braun to feel like he was a victim.   He went in on Major League Baseball, which is why it’s so amazing that he would still use after being lucky to get off, but in hindsight Ryan Braun is a shady character.

Looking back, the Milwaukee Brewers have to feel duped by Braun.  Braun came to the organization and said he wanted to be a Brewer for life, so they signed him to a 5 year $105 million extension in 2011 even though he still had 4 years left on a 8 year $45 million deal.  So they are paying for nothing because he obviously needed the drugs if he was back using this soon after he got caught.  Even if he comes back what type of player will he be? The Brewers are a small market franchise, so they can’t afford to make $100 million mistakes.  Today has to be a gloomy day for the fans because they know their team will be horrible for at least the next 5 years.  Braun has destroyed the Brewers as we know them much like he ruined the reputation of Dino Laurenzi Jr.

Dino Laurenzi Jr was the collector of Braun’s sample who allegedly didn’t follow protocol.  The implication that he tainted Braun’s sample to produce a false positive ruined Laurenzi’s reputation.  No matter how ridiculous that sounds, Braun ran with the story, and went on to profess his innocence and how the system wronged him.   Braun is famous, so of course he is believable, and Laurenzi had to live with the shame of being known as the urine collector who held on to a sample.  Braun’s admission today does nothing for that.  Who can get Laurenzi his reputation back? It will be interesting to see how Braun’s career progresses when he comes back because he has set could be one of the most hated players ever.

Here is the press conference after he won his appeal:

 

 

Ryan Braun Suspended

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers accepted a suspension from Major League Baseball for performance enhancing drug use.  The league had to get Braun because he flaunted his appeal victory in 2012, when it was really on a technicality.  There was not a question if the test was positive, but because the collector kept the specimen at his house over the weekend instead of letting it sit in the Fed Ex box Braun got off.  The seal wasn’t broken, but the appeal win was enough for Braun to feel vindicated.  It’s amazing that he would still use after being as lucky as to get off, but in hindsight Ryan Braun is a shady character.

Looking back, the Milwaukee Brewers have to feel duped by Braun.  Braun came to the organization and said he wanted to be a Brewer for life, so they signed him to a 5 year $105 million extension in 2011 even though he still had 4 years left on a 8 year $45 million deal.1069918_10151557777857098_1425310785_a  So they are going to be paying that extension for nothing because he obviously needed the drugs if he was back using this soon after he got caught.  Even if he comes back what type of player will he be? The Brewers are a small market franchise, so they can’t afford to make $100 million mistakes.  Today has to be a gloomy day for the fans because they know their team will be horrible for at least the next 5 years.  Braun has destroyed the Brewers as we know them much like he ruined the reputation of Dino Laurenzi Jr.

Dino Laurenzi Jr was the collector of Braun’s sample who allegedly didn’t follow protocol.  Laurenzi’s name was dragged through the mud and the implication was that he tainted Braun’s sample.  No matter how ridiculous that sounds, Braun ran with the story, and went on to profess his innocence and how the system wronged him.   Braun is famous, so of course he is believable, and Laurenzi had to live with the shame of being known as the urine collector who held on to a sample.  Braun’s admission today does nothing for that.  Who can get Laurenzi his reputation back? It will be interesting to see how Braun’s career progresses when he comes back because he has set himself up to be one of the most hated players ever.

Here is the press conference after he won his appeal:

Carlin Isles: Still Hopeful for 2016 Olympic Games with USA Rugby

 

Carlin Isles  made the transition from track to rugby in just one year.  Isles, from Massilon, OH was a football and track star in high school, and he continued football and track at Ashland University.  Isles has aspirations of making the 2012 Olympic games as a sprinter, but as the 2012 Olympic games approached,  Isles was the 36 ranked sprinter in the US, and his career was at a crossroads.  He started to realize that Olympic dreams were slipping away.  It was then that Isles discovered rugby, a new sport for the 2016 Olympic games in Brazil, and decided to give it a try.  As expected, there were growing pains as there would be with anyone  picking up a new sport later in life, but even though he didn’t know the nuances of the game, Isles had something that couldn’t be taught, speed.  Plus he was hungry to make it work because he didn’t have any other options.  Desperation is something that drives people to success.

 

 

Carlin Isles has come a long way with a game he just took up about a year ago.  Isles is a member of the USA Eagles Sevens Men’s Rugby Team, and he hopes to be part of the USA Rugby contingent at the 2016 Olympic games.  Isles has a chance to concentrate on his 2016 Olympic dreams because he recently signed a 4 year sponsorship deal with Nike.  A sponsorship is necessary in non-revenue generating sports  because those additional funds are necessary for the athletes to survive.  The Nike deal helps Isles because it gives him time.  Isles was considering a move to French Club and Heineken Cup Champion Toulon, but decided not to do it after signing his Nike deal.  That time may be the difference between Isles becoming a superstar versus a failure.  The professional rugby game is a violent culture, and it is wise for Isles to continue to hone his skills and bulk up before making the jump.  In the 7 on 7 game his speed is more deadly, but in 15 on 15 (what the pros play)  the more people on the field will mean he can’t get by on just speed alone, plus I don’t know if he’s ready for that pounding because no matter how fast you are, eventually the odds say you will be caught.

 

 

Whatever happens Carlin Isles has made it and he should be an inspiration to us all, but especially the urban youth.  Thinking outside the box and hard work are paying off.   He will have to work hard to keep it, but at least he is still on a path where is in control of his own destiny.  Isles never gave up on his Olympic dream, so it would be nice to see him get rewarded.  His story is one of humility and hard work, which is something that many of us could stand to learn more about.