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These Athletes Are True Heroes

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I won’t lie. I’m not a big market guy. Growing up in Cincinnati and Metro Detroit, I usually HATE the amount of attention that athletes out of New York or LA get. But when athletes step up like these two guys did, it makes me happy that the stardom only means so much to them. After the tragedy that happened last week in Newtown, I think we were all left feel extremely lost and helpless. When the funerals for these innocent victims started to happen, no one could not know what the families of these innocent victims were going through. You would hear little stories of the victims that they were “the biggest Giants fan” or “the biggest Yankees fan” and you would think nothing of it. Two New York athletes let these families know that they really cared about the biggest fans.

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Tough Times On The North Side?

cubfansThe Chicago Cubs and Edwin Jackson are close to a four year, 52 million dollar deal. Jackson, who at best is a number for starter in a rotation, will be that second questionable signing of a number four this year. This shows signs of desperation for the beloved Cubbies, not inking Anabal Sanchez and not making a big name move. Theo Epstein is realizing that getting an athlete to go to Wrigley to play ball isn’t as easy as it was in Fenway.

The 29 year old pitcher has been in the makes for 10 years, and is career 70-71 with a ERA at 4.40 and is just shy of 1000 K’s. He hadn’t been able top find a home as well, bring with eight franchises in those 10 years. Texas believes that they are still in the hunt with signing Jackson, but it seems he would play a more pivotal role on the Cubs (perhaps a number two on the rotation)  then he would on the Rangers where he would be a number four.

Tebow Pissed and Sanchez… Gone?

sancheztebowHoly Balls! Stop the presses! There is a “Quarterback Controversy” in the Meadowlands. In a story that grabbed the headlines today, it appears that Tim Tebow is not happy that former Alabama star Greg McElroy got the nod over him to start on Sunday. Tebow told reporters that he is puzzled at the decision and that he was wondering what the point of trading for him was in the off-season. When asked if he had been asked to be traded, he said “I have not been asked to be traded, yet.” The yet is a big sign that he is not happy riding the bench and he thinks he can be a starter somewhere. I am trying to think of possible destinations that I could see Tebow going to, and the only one that sticks out is Arizona… and if he didn’t make it as an NLF QB, his right wing political beliefs would make him the next candidate for governor of that state.

Mark Sanchez on the other hand has lost his starting position and it seems he might have lost his spot on the Jets. The noodle armed quarterback is apparently on the trading block according to multiple reports out of New York. The issue with this is, Sanchez has $8.35 million guaranteed in 2013, and sorry, no team is going to take that on. To get rid of Sanchez, the Jets are going to have to eat a lot of that contract which will put them even further behind in the rebuilding process. Not that this is a shock to anyone that remotely likes sports, but how did the Jets really think that Sanchez was really “Sanchize”? Who green lighted the deal to sign him through 2016? It boggles my mind that someone gets paid millions of dollars to take decisions, that are terrible decisions, and they still have jobs. Well, good luck with this debacle Jets organization, even though so many of us saw this coming a mile away.

UPDATE- Sources out of New York are saying that the Jets will release Tim Tebow at the end of the year and Sanchez will be traded or released if no suitors come about (which won’t happen). McElroy will be starting QB for the Jets in the 2013 season… how do you feel about this Jets fans?

The 17-8 Golden State Warriors Still Getting No Love

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Credit: Rocky Widner, Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors knocked off the New Orleans Hornets last night to improve to 17-8 on the year in case you didn’t hear from the media outlets last night. (That wonderful Lakers win against the Bobcats needed to be talked about so much… Chumps.) After going 6-1 on an east coast swing (knocking off the likings of BK and Miami), the Warriors came back to Oakland to win and stay a game and a half back from the only LA team that should be reported about.

I get the fact that the Lakers are a better team to cover with everything that is going wrong, but coverage needs to shift to covering teams that are winning. When I turn on ESPN and go to the website, the 12-14 Lakers are headlining. Sports addicts, I beg of you to demand excellence in your reporting. If the big shows want to talk about LA and New York that’s fine, but talk about the teams that are winning. It’s a joke that “highlight of the night” is an under .500 team when there is so much more to report.

Mets Trade Crotchety Old Man to Blue Jays

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In a move that shocked no one, the New York Mets traded the best thing they have had since Howard Johnson to the Toronto Blue Jays. R. A. Dickey, the 2012 Cy Young Award winner and 38 year old knuckleballer , was threatening to leave the Mets after next season if there was no deal on the table, so the Mets, realizing that they can’t have a winning season anyways, just let him go. The Mets let him go for some prospects in A-Ball, the Mets made a good move to get prospects instead of nothing next year.  Continue reading

Anibal Sanchez Gets 5 years, 80 million from Tigers

According to multiple sources, the Detroit Tigers and Anibal Sanchez have agreed to a five year, 80 million dollar deal. The 28 year old starter on his career is 48-51 with a 3.75 ERA. Yes, that’s his career and he’s making that type of money. Good job, Detroit.

To throw salt in the wound, the Tigers out dueled the worst franchise in the MLB, the Chicago Cubs. What a joke. The terrible thing about this, they will not be able to unload this contract when he is 9-15 next year. Terrible deal, should’ve let him go.

Thanks For Setting the Black Man Back

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Rob Parker, you sir are an ass. As an African American male, that I’m guessing you would paint as a “cornball”, I am extremely disappointed in your on air comments. Who are you to judge an athlete based on his views on politics and the race of his fiancé? You do nothing more but divide the African American race even more by making comments like this.

For those that have not heard what happened on ESPN’s First Take, this is what happened:

Rob Parker: “But my question, which is just a straight, honest question, is: Is he a brother or is he a cornball brother?”

Cari Champion: “What does that mean?”

Skip Bayless: “Explain that.”

Parker: He’s not real. OK, he’s black, he kind of does the thing, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kind of black but he’s not really, like, the guy you want to hang out with because he’s off to something else.

Champion: “Why is that your question?”

Parker: “Well because that’s just how I want to find out about him. I don’t know because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancée. There was all this talk about how he’s a Republican, which, I don’t really care, there’s no information at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods was like, I’ve got black skin but don’t call me black.”

Mr. Parker, let me explain something to you. Being black is not how one acts… It is a race that you are. He had to deal with the same things you had to deal with. He got treated the same way you got treated. He got the same looks that you got. Just because someone speaks proper English, might vote republican and has a white fiancé, doesn’t not make him any less black than you. After this, I am glad you lost your job in Detroit, and I will be glad when you lose your job with ESPN, because you are racist against your own type, and you sir, are the real cornball.

Google Maps is Back on the iPhone

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People in major cities with metro transportation can rejoice again! In late night heroics, Google came to the recuse to us iPhone users that HATE ‘Maps’ and brought back Google Maps to iOS in app form (was technically available via mobile web). With a perfect rating and over 5000 users reviewing, people are clearly ecstatic about the return of this app (yes, I know that most rated out if spite).

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Lionel Messi… Goal King?

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2012 in football (soccer) was the year of Messi. He accomplished a feat that no man has done before.. Scores 86 goals in a calendar year. This record was held by the German Gerd Muller since 1972, and The argentine striker bested that record with a 2-1 win over Real Betis. But two nations are calling foul on this record because thy have proof that countrymen from their nation have scored more.
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Does Anyone Care About the NHL Strike?

20121211-074101.jpgYesterday the NHL announced games through December 30th have been cancelled. Did anyone catch that memo? With the resurgence of the NBA, I think most sports fans in the United States could really care less (Exception: Detroit because the Pistons blow, New Jersey because they lost the Nets and Minnesota because its always cold there). The NHL (Gary Bettman) needs to realize that contraction is inevitable and shrink the league so that both sides can be happy. Markets that have “been successful” in terms of hockey play, still are losing money and that’s the issue.

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Eastern Michigan University over Purdue!

20121208-152006.jpgToday the Eastern Michigan University Eagles (my alma mater) knocked off the Purdue Boilermakers 47-44 in Ypsilanti. Oh… It was men’s basketball as well!

EMU’s top scorer was Derek Thompson with 8 points. Daylen Harrison had a decent game with 11 boards and 4 points. The Eagles move to 6-2 on the year.

I Would Like to Congratulate the B1G Ten on a Stellar Football Season

There was a lot of discussion after drinking with some friends last weekend, and seeing two disgraces happen in college football. The first was Alabama winning the SEC And granting them the trip to the BCS championship, and the second was Wisconsin beating the Cornhuskers to be crowned the B1G Ten Champs and get the right to go to the Rose Bowl. Once again, the B1G TEN looks like a great conference in the eyes of America.

You want to know why no matter what a SEC team was going to the BCS National Championship, and if Notre Dame didn’t have the great season they had, once again, two SEC teams would have been in the national championship? They breed winners. They don’t have teams lose five games and win the conference. They don’t have teams that go 4-4 in the conference playing for the championship. They breed winners.

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