If there’s one thing that I’m proud of, it’s that I try very hard not to rush to judgement when I hear things for the first time. I learned early in my broadcast career (and in life generally) that it’s important to listen first, dissect later. It’s important to me to hear someone out. Read the rest of this entry »
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It is rather interesting that ex broadcaster Steve Kerr signed a whopping 5 year 25M dollar contract last week with the Golden State Warriors. That is a huge deal for a man who never coached a day in his life. As our good friend ESPN’s Stephen A Smith pointed out, what is that made Kerr such a hot commodity ? Read the rest of this entry »
For a guy that’s the reigning Heisman trophy winner and arguably the most popular quarterback in college football, Johnny Manziel sure seems like he’s been on the receiving end of a lot of passes, rather than throwing them lately.
Let me first say that I realize he’s a college kid who’s parents are well off and he is going to be in the public eye because of who he is. That being said, it still doesn’t excuse some of (highlight “some of”) the things that he’s been accused of doing or the things that he lets us know that he’s doing.
Ever since the world was introduced to him last fall, and since he’s hoisted that bronze trophy in December, it seems as if “Johnny Football” can’t stay out of the public eye, and it’s mostly for the wrong reasons. Should A&M and the world have seen this coming when he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, failure to identify, and possession of a fictitious driver’s license, all stemming from a late night fight in College Station, before he was the starting qb?
Or maybe not. Shall we chalk that up to immaturity and not knowing better? Fine. But he needs to remember that great quarterbacks are great because of their athleticism, and great decision making. Some of the things he does off the field, don’t display great decision making. Period.
Skip Bayless from ESPN’s First Take talked about his decision making in regards to Twitter in this video at the 2:45 mark.
In the months after winning the award, we saw him attend an NBA game or two (Miami Heat vs. Dallas) where he showed off his courtside seats. He tweeted about it, and folks publicly asked “how does a kid in college get courtside seats?”. As stated before, his parents are well off, and he tweeted a rebuttal saying he bought the tickets himself.
We’ve seen the pictures of him hanging with celebs
There’s no problem with any of this. But for a guy who keeps screaming “I’m just 20 years old and has a lot of pressure on me”, you may want to stay away from the pictures that include and endorse certain brands of alcohol. The last time I checked you had to be 21 years old to drink!
Speaking of drinking, the latest PR mishap from Johnny Football came this past week, when he was sent home from the Manning Passing Academy, a yearly football camp for aspiring football players. Reports were widespread that Johnny was hung over and didn’t make it to meetings or practices. He left due to an illness, dehydration, which I don’t have to tell you is a product of…drinking too much alcohol.
Of course the Mannings have come to his defense refuting the reports, and who are we to doubt the Mannings right? I mean, what good does it do coming out and blasting Johnny Manziel, Heisman trophy winner and future NFL qb, for being a drunk and missing out at their camp? So they did the politically correct thing and defended him.
Manziel apologized to Texas A&M for his behavior. If you didn’t do anything wrong, what are you apolozing for?
Nobody is trying to make Manziel into a Tebow. Nobody is trying to tell him how to live his life. I am saying that he does need to grow up and be very mindful of how he carries himself and what he puts out there for public consumption. Nobody is going to care that you’re 20 years old if A&M stumbles out the gate and has a horrible season. Folks will point to all of those pictures above. And the tweets. And your judgement of all things off the field.
Since nobody wants to place any accountability on Johnny Manziel now, let me know when we can. I’ll wait.
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When Nolan Narwocki of Pro Football Weekly criticized Cam Newton a few years back, people complained that he was just another writer taking unfair shots at a young black man trying to transcend at the quarterback position. Narwocki wrote about Cam Newton calling him a “fraud” and a “con artist”. What that had to do with football, I don’t know. Sure there was some baggage with Cam Newton, coming off the heels of the pay for play scandal at Auburn invovling his dad. But character assassinating is going to far.
Cam pretty much silenced his critics his first year with record breaking play. His sophomore season had it’s ups and downs, but he wasn’t the first or will he be the last to have a sophomore slump.
Fast forward, or rewind if you will, to a few weeks before this years draft, and Narwocki was back at it again, this time his target was West Virginia, now New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith. Narwocki wrote about Smith
Not a student of the game. Nonchalant field presence — does not command respect from teammates and cannot inspire. Mild practice demeanor — no urgency. Not committed or focused — marginal work ethic. Interviewed poorly at the Combine and did not show an understanding of concepts on the white board. Opted not to compete at the Senior Bowl and has approached offseason training as if he has already arrived and it shows in his body with minimal muscle definition or strength. Has small hands and glaring ball security issues (32 career fumbles). Really struggled handling the snow in Pinstripe Bowl (took two safeties) and will be troubled by the elements. Needed to be coddled in college — cannot handle hard coaching
Upon reading this, several people pointed back to his writings on Newton and just felt like Narwocki was up to his old tricks again.
What’s up with Nolan? Is he prejudice? Is he racist? Did he get supplanted by a black qb sometime in high school or college?
Or how about this question; could he be right about Geno Smith?
Yep. That’s what I’ve been tossing around my head for the last few weeks. Here’s why
- Two days before the draft Smith tweets “Just want to thank all those so called “experts” who say I can’t be an NFL QB. Thursday will be a special day but the work has only begun“. He followed that up by an interview on the NFL Network where he again criticized anaylst at ESPN for “bashing” him.
Stephen A. Smith takes exception to Geno’s tweet
- Thursday came and went and Geno did nothing in the 1st round but sit and play with his phone(keep that in mind) after he was continuously passed up team after team. EJ Manuel of Florida State went #13 to the Buffalo Bills.
- Friday night Smith gets drafted by the NY Jets. As he puts on his hat and walks on stage, his look is cold and non emotional. He points to the crowd as if to say “Yeah I told you…I’m here bitches”. He manages a quick hand shake, hug and smile when met with the commissioner.
- Tuesday April 30, Geno fires his agents Jeff Nalley and Eric Burkhardt of Select Sports Group., saying that it wasn’t just because of the draft fall, but for other reasons.
- And today a Yahoo sports report states that while visiting with teams at pre draft meetings, Smith“sat by himself playing with his cell phone (he loves that phone..remember?), sending text messages and scrolling through Twitter instead of chatting with team execs and coaches.”“All these other players who were in there were talking to the coaches, trying to get to know people and he was over there by himself,” one source said to Yahoo! “That’s not what you want out of your quarterback.”
When Smith dropped out of the 1st round and lamented for 24 hrs until he was picked, folks on radio especially here in Miami tried not to kill the hometown kid. I was even reluctant to laugh at the plunge, but quietly I did have questions about this fall, and his actions. The events of Tuesday (firings) and now the Yahoo report only confirm what I thought I wanted to think but was afraid to accept.
Geno Smith has a problem.
to be continued.
There’s a real problem in the country. It’s called Hypocriticism. And I can’t stand it.
I coudn’t stand it when Charles Barkley jumped from Philly, to Phoenix, to Houston looking for a championship ring, but criticized Lebron James for doing the same thing.
I can’t stand it when teams demand loyalty and honor from their athletes when it comes to their contracts. But when a team sees someone who can jump higher, run faster and hit harder, they tear up your contract, trade or release the athelete and ship them off to the highest bidder.
I can’t stand it when government and law enforcement say we should follow the law. But then break the very laws that they set for us, in order for personal gain.
And I definitely can’t stand the fact that people who are for gay rights and demand and march and protest for the rights of gay people, feel that those who do not support their cause or believe in gay lifestyle, are in some way ignorant and discreminatory against gays.
The news of Jason Collins, an active NBA player who is gay broke on Monday afternoon, it opened up a lot of discussions in sports and non sports news. In different circles I”m sure there was talk about how tremendous this occasion was for the Gay and Lesbian community and how finally a person in one of the four major American sports finally accepted themselves for who they are. There was debate about how would he go on with his career (Collins is a free agent this summer) and what teams would show interest in him. And in my circle, there was talk about Mike Wallace and his comments about gays.
Miami Dolphin Wide Receiver Mike Wallace tweeted…
He didn’t say “ewww that’s gross” or “you damn fa_ _ _ t why do you like men” or “keep away from me you quear”. He merely stated an opinion, one that a lot of men have I might add, and he was attacked on Twitter for it.
While I will say that “SMH” probably didn’t do much to help his cause, I see nothing wrong with the statement, and neither should anyone else.
Because Mike Wallace has a right to wonder these things, just as a gay person has the right to wonder if they are gay or straight. So many times I”ve often heard persons who are gay reveal or speak about the time that they realized or learned or felt they were gay. Where’s the wrong in that? Sure they didn’t tweet it nor are they a public athlete that many folks are following on Twitter or supporting on Sundays. But that doesn’t make it any less important.
The same people who want Mike Wallace, Chris Broussard (who I will get to in a minute) and others to just get with “the times” and accept the gay community and their ways, are the same ones who openly criticize Mike Wallace and chastise him for using the one freedom that is cherished most in this country…freedom of speech.
We all want to applaud Dwyane Wade, Tony Parker, Martina Navritilova and all the others who supported Collins in his decision to come out, but we don’t want to hear from the mouths of those who don’t agree with it? I say you must hear from them, because if they keep their thoughts to themselves and just do what’s “politically correct”, their being hypocrites and that’s not cool.
Read this clearly “I’M NOT IN SUPPORT OF GAY BASHING OR DISCRMINATION OF ANY KIND”.
I’m also, like Chris Broussard of ESPN, not in agreement with the homosexual lifestyle.
Broussard and others can not approve of your lifestyle, but still be your friend and be respectful. I don’t consider myself a bigot or ignorant. I just choose to answer to a higher authority when it comes to the subject of homosexuality on Earth. You may choose to forego what it says in the Bible in regards to that subject, however I won’t.
I won’t call names or mock Jason Collins for coming out as a gay athlete. And others shouldn’t mock others or call names because of their beliefs, because that would make you a hypocrite too.
The day has finally come, Opening Day for the Marlins at Marlins Park. I know you’re all super excited. For weeks now your joy has been so overwhelming that the Miami Marlins had to enlist the help of GroupOn, again, to get those ticket sales roaring. The feedback has been so positive that Marlins thief, I mean owner, Jeffrey Loria has been patting himself on his back for bringing the fans back with his offseason message of “Get over it” or basically saying he’ll get his money either way so kiss his art dealing ass.
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Let the record show that Loria received a publicly funded brand new stadium, acquired big name players one year, got us all excited that we would contend for years to come and then had the dreaded fire sale shipping everyone off and now he sits in position to profit financially while we are saddled with a triple A team. One of those prized free agents signed a year ago shortstop Jose Reyes said the owner told him to buy a house in Miami – and two days later traded him.
Furthermore Loria sent workhorse pitcher Mark Burhle to Toronto of all places knowing his pet pit bulls aren’t allowed there. So the Burhle family will live in Chicago this season while Mark plays in Toronto. That Loria has a heart of gold doesn’t he ? Loria’s mistakes and poor baseball decisions saddled him with a hefty payroll but he never blamed himself. He blamed the under performing players that drew over 2.2 million fans to Marlins Park a year ago. Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, the aforementioned Burle and Reyes are all gone. Good luck even sniffing 2 million fans this year Mr Loria. Nice gesture with the letter but this Marlin fanbase has been burned by this regime before. Fool me once shame on you, fool me…..oh, nevermind.
written on Jan. 7, 2013
Do you remember when Dwight Howard joined the LA Lakers and the talk around the NBA was that the Miami Heat finally had a legit threat to their championship? Well things are not going so well in LA these days. Superstars Kobe Bryant a no nonsense guy and Dwight Howard a comedian in another life just can’t get along, and there’s no indication that things are going to get better anytime soon, it could all fall apart in LA.
A league source told the NY Daily News that the Lakers stars got into a heated argument following a New Year’s Day loss to the 76ers, and Bryant went for a low blow – referencing and agreeing with Shaquille O’Neal’s criticisms of Howard being soft. I happen to agree with that sentiment, regardless, Howard’s jolly, laughable demeanor does not sit well with the all business demeanor of the Black Mamba.
Howard was restrained from going at Bryant, according to the source, and there have been rumblings from the center’s camp that he’s been unhappy with Bryant since earlier in the season. Well so much for a much anticipated Heat-Lakers showdown in June.
Three days after the altercation, following a disappointing loss to the Clippers, Howard complained about the lack of chemistry on the Lakers. It was a comment seemingly directed at Bryant, who is averaging a league-high 22 shots despite playing with three potential Hall of Famers.
“Look at the difference between our team and (the Clippers),” Howard said. “They just play together. They share the ball. Everybody’s excited when something happens.”