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Is Tolerance A One Way Street?

Tolerance.
By definition, it means “the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.”
The last part of the definition is very telling “…behavior that one does not necessarily agree with”. Read the rest of this entry »

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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Mark Cuban’s comment invoke emotions rather than rational thinking

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 »

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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Golden St. hires Kerr with big contract

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 »

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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Martin’s absence brings unwanted attention to Dolphins

Just as the Miami Dolphin season seemed to be taking a turn for the better, it looks to have taken a sharp turn for the worst. Or at least the embarrassing.

When news broke last week that offensive lineman Jonathan Martin had left the team due to emotional distress brought on by “bullying”, it brought about unwanted attention to a team that was on a four game losing streak and trying to bounce back. They had a short week, having lost to the New England Patriots on Sunday and hosting the hot Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

Reports began to surface about a cafeteria incident that made Martin so upset that he left the team facility, not to be heard from for a few hours. Additional reports about an unhappy locker room and discontent with coaches just added fuel to the fire.

Martin is away from the team indefinitely.

Martin is away from the team indefinitely.

Martin did not play in Thursday nights game in which the Dolphins went on to beat the Bengals, a victory the team sorely needed to take away from the distractions of his absence.

However a Miami Herald report saying that Dolphin rookies have been forced to pay for dinners, trips and night club expenses has brought on an independent inquiry on the team by the NFL. With that comes more scrutiny of the team and coach Joe Philbin’s tenure.

Richie Incognito, a team mate of Martin, has been named as the “ringleader” of the harassment of Martin. The report says that “Incognito pressured Martin into paying $15,000 for an unofficial team vacation to Las Vegas — a trip that Martin, an offensive tackle, didn’t even join.”

Richie Incognito is supposedly the ringleader in the "bullying" of Martin.

Richie Incognito is supposedly the ringleader in the “bullying” of Martin. He’s been suspended pending an investigation.

Money passing hands int the NFL is hardly unprecedented. Rookie hazing happens every year and all the time. However this case is suspicious because, the alleged victim isn’t a rookie. He’s a second year vet who one would think is a little more strong willed.
On our radio show and throughout social media, cries of “man up”, “stop being soft” and “this is football!!” were aimed at Martin.  While it’s understood that fan is short for fanatic, how can we as a society hear that a person is allegedly being bullied or harassed at the workplace, but feel like we can excuse it because it’s happening in a “grown man sport” that is very violent? The last time I checked, football players had emotions like us normal folks do to.

They cry in wins and losses. They get frustrated when they are not involved in play. They can even get envious when they aren’t getting enough money, attention or fame. Do we just automatically rule out the thinking part because of the violence of the game?

The NFL is a billion dollar industry. Not only do they make sure a person is physically fit to play the sport, but they check to see if one is mentally up for it as well. If Martin’s emotional state was is in anyway supported by what team mate(s) did to him on the team, then the Dolphins and the NFL should be held responsible.

Here’s an opportunity for the NFL to send a message to todays youth about the dangers of bullying and/or hazing, and not having any more instances like Martin happening again.

 

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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Texas A&M QB Johnny “Football” Manziel sure gets a lot of passes

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

Manziel with Rick Ross

Manziel with Rick Ross

Manziel w/ 2 Chainz

Manziel w/ 2 Chainz

chilling with NBA players
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Manziel with Chris Paul

Manziel with Chris Paul

and of course he likes to party
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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.

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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Freeman and Fox Podcast Cinco de Mayo edition

Freeman and Fox discuss Floyd Mayweather’s place in boxing history, the NBA playoffs and more. Plus David J. Neal of the Miami Herald joins us!

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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Was Pro Football Weekly right about Geno Smith?

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.

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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We CAN agree with and not agree with Jason Collins at the same damn time

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.

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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…

DMRYPtdHe 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.

Why?

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.

 

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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Marlins Home Opener 2013

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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About JC Ruiz

JC Ruiz is a Miami, FL based photographer that specializes in portrait, fashion and sports photography. Born and raised in Boston, MA, he has lived in South Florida since 1993. He is a die hard Red-Sox, Celtics, Patriots and University of Miami Hurricanes fan.

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Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria burns fans again.

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Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria must have one of those mirrors that tells him exactly what he wants to hear. “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best baseball owner of them all?” . Chances are if we gave that mirror some truth syrum it would tell  Mr Loria  “Well it sure as heck ain’t you buster!!”
The Marlins misguided owner out took full page ads in all four major South Florida newspapers this past weekend, blaming everyone except himself for what ails his franchise. This guy simply just does not get it. Obviously he must think South Florida baseball fans are clueless when he says things like  “Objective experts credited us with going from the 28th ranked minor league system in baseball to the fifth best.” Truly he must be losing it, which moron could not improve a depleted minor-league system by trading off the majority of  its best major-league players? I guess we should all be relieved that the $450 million Loria received in public money to build a new stadium is according to him a, “burden incurred by tourists who are visiting our city,” and “NOT the resident taxpayers.” Really Jeffrey ?

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.

About Jeff Fox

Jeff is a diehard Laker and Raider fan, but he supports the Canes, Marlins, Heat and Dolphins just the same. Jeff honed his radio skills as a host in the Bahamas on ZNS 3. After moving to Miami, he has also held it down on radio and in the club circuit, going by the name DJ Jeff Fox “In the Box”!