Posted by Gene Morris on August 19, 2009
Brett Favre causes emotions to flair
The opinions have been flying over Brett Favre’s decision to sign a contract to join the Minnesota Vikings yesterday. If I was a Packers fan I would be extremely upset that Favre decided to sign with a division rival, and as a sports fan I just don’t want to hear anything else about this over exposed story.
Vikings legend Fran Tarkenton, who had been outspoken in the past about the Favre situation, spoke out again today. “Wouldn’t you be upset if you’re a Packer fan? I think you’re going to have Packer fans burning the No. 4 Favre Green Bay jersey. I think the Packer fans have every right to be outraged,” he said on “The Opening Drive” on Sirius NFL Radio.
ESPN’s Howard Bryant wrote a column in which he sided with Favre and against those speaking negatively about the indecisiveness of the veteran quarterback.
Jeffery Chadiha had a differing opinion, calling Favre “selfish” for showing up at training camp three weeks after his teammates and making the story about himself instead of a solid team with playoff aspirations.
Usain Bolt reaches 200-meter final, South African teen to undergo gender testing
The worlds fastest man, Jamaican Usain Bolt, easily reached the finals of the 200-meter after running his heat in 20.08 seconds. This comes just days after he destroyed the world record in the 100-meter, clocking in at a time of 9.58 seconds. The finals of the 200-meter take place Thursday.
The other big story coming out of the World Championships involves Caster Semenya, a female runner from South Africa.
Semyena ran away from the field in the 800-meter, but the big story involved the fact that it was announced earlier in the day that she would be undergoing a gender test because of concerns that she doesn’t meet the requirements to compete as a women.
The process will take weeks to perform and involve a multitude of different doctors.
Brandon Marshall back in the headlines, again for off the field incidents
Denver Bronco’s wide receiver Brandon Marshall, a specimen of an athlete and great performer on the field, can’t seem to stay out of the headlines for his actions off of it.
Marshall spoke out against the Broncos organization after hearing that a team public relations staff member told the rest of the team to not gloat over the fact that Marshall was acquitted of misdemeanor assault last week. Marshall made sure to mention “trust issues” between himself and the team.
This incident was far from the first time that Marshall has had brushes with the law.
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Posted by Daniel Aldarondo on August 15, 2009
– Victor Martinez is putting on some show in Boston. Last night with two outs and runners on second and third, Martinez lined a 2-2 pitch down the right field line off of closer Frank Francisco to give the Red Sox a 4-3 lead. They would tack on an additional four runs and increase their lead over the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card standings to 1.5 games.
– Not to be outdone by their rivals, Mark Teixeira broke a 2-2 tie with the Mariners, crushing a home run deep into right field to lead off the ninth inning. The home run was Teixeira’s 30th, and the win put the Yankees at 30 games over .500 for the first time this season. Mariano Rivera, amidst talks of shoulder soreness, pitched a one-two-three bottom half of the ninth.
– More AL East News?!?! Felix Pie (pee-Ay, not Pie) hit for the cycle yesterday for the Baltimore Orioles. This may be the last time the Orioles make an appearance on this blog.
– Tiger Woods is leading at the PGA Tour Championships. Surprise, surprise. Shooting at 7-under-par for the first two days, the rest of the field will have to try and put a blemish on Woods’ 8-0 record when leading after 36-holes in a major championship. Coming in second includes his partner for the first two days Padraig Harrington and US Open Lucas Glover.
– Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both saw their tournament end early yesterday at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
The top eight players in the world competed yesterday, with Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Juan Martin Del Potro upsetting the number one and two ranked players in the world, respectively. Federer had the win in his grasps, but sloppy play became his undoing as he went from being up 5-1 in the third set to losing in the final tie breaker. In his first tournament since the French Open, Nadal couldn’t keep up with Del Potro’s hot play. In the semifinals, it will be Tsonga against Andy Murray in the matinee, and Del Potro will take on Andy Roddick, who knocked off the only other grand slam winner in the last four years in Novak Djokovic, in the evening.
(Note: With Rafa’s loss, Andy Murray has a chance to take the number two rank in the world if he reaches the finals of the Rogers Cup. It’s been a tough couple months for the Spaniard, who has already seen his French and Wimbledon titles taken away by Federer along with his number one ranking.)
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Posted by Michael Kelly on August 14, 2009
Jeremy Tyler will probably most be remembered for forgoing his senior year of high school basketball to play professionally overseas.
Not because this is a landmark, game-changing moment in the amateur-professional athlete debate. Rather because Tyler isn’t really a top level talent. He’s bored in America because he is being triple-teamed in games and still averaged 28 points a game during his junior season…so? I personally watched Jason Fraser play through a quadruple-teaming in high school, and he was a college bust, forget pros. And let’s be real- 28 ppg in high school is not amazing.
ESPN has highlighted the decision by Tyler, first mentioning it weeks ago when he announced his intention to do so, and recently when he finally inked a deal with an Israeli professional team. It is easy to see why ESPN cares- it’s a story that will generate traffic because of its uniqueness, and also because ESPN has had a very long, successful relationship working with the NCAA. If Tyler’s jump to Europe became normal, ESPN would be in a heap of trouble, not to mention the NCAA.
But, here’s the harsh truth- Tyler will have no impact on other American prep stars. Why? Because Tyler is hardly a prep star. According to Scout, he is a two star (out of five) player, who had some big schools, like UConn, looking at him- most likely because he was a guaranteed four year player, not because he could be a centerpiece on a national contender.
The stranglehold the NCAA has on the top high school basketball talent in this country is tenuous because the European option is there. And for some players the immediate money that can be made in Europe will be too much to pass up, especially when compared with having to deal with demanding college coaches and the need to at least fake interest in college courses for a year or so.
But, the smartest players will continue to play in the NCAA money machine because of the future incentives it allows them. Playing in March Madness or in a big conference gives these players national exposure which can help with endorsement deals once they do turn professional- playing in the obscurity of Europe does no such thing.
Remember when Josh Childress went to play in Greece about a year ago? Hailed at the time as an innovative, pioneering move, Childress’s decision was supposedly going to rewrite how the NBA had to deal with restricted free agents. But, have you heard of Childress since then? Not once. Have other players followed Childress to greener pastures overseas? Nobody who wasn’t forced to do so.
Some will say that Tyler’s decision could change the college basketball recruiting dynamic forever. They’re wrong, if only because he is not a high profile enough player to cause lasting change.
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Posted by yankeesin2008 on October 30, 2008
This is great. A true hero for all the drunks out there, John Daly just keeps finding himself in the news.
The fact that this man has not been locked up for a long time is amazing. But stories like this just brighten my day.
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