Monday, November 30, 2009

Believe in Tiger Woods: An Exaggerated Fairy Tale Just Expands Headlines


It’s fascinating how fast the world turned its attention to the world’s greatest golfer.

This week is hijacked as the average citizen tunes in, curious to know what went wrong when Tiger Woods made an ordinary mistake that turned into an abnormal event.

As bizarre as the story seems, it’s an everyday sequence occurring each minute.

Because an unforeseen incident involved the greatest athlete on the planet, with impeccable milestones and gifted abilities to bring forth breathtaking moments on the beautiful greenery, a complication erupts.


Ever since Woods struck a fire hydrant and a tree on the neighbor’s property at 2:25 a.m. on Friday, lingering reports and headlines have been blown out of proportion as if he’s perfect and faultless of any mistakes. Our society tends to forget athletes are human as well. Like the rest of us, Tiger is exposed to the casual nature of life.

From the public standpoint, we are accustomed to seeing Tiger's humbleness and classiness. We are accustomed to seeing his spotless career influence the minds of children, as he’s portrayed as a role model. We are accustomed to seeing Tiger as a nonpareil and inimitable golfer, but realistically overlook that he’s not born on another planet and is imperfect as a typical human.

For the public to exaggerate and advertise current episodes of a famous athlete crashing his SUV is nonsense. To dwell on a three-day-old incident is mind-blowing and expands more headlines about an overdrawn saga. Each morning, I’m tired of picking up the newspaper or logging onto the Internet and reading about an incident reported as a minor occurrence.

The public is waiting to hear an explanation. But if you know Tiger well enough, you’d understand Tiger is vague when concerning personal issues and keeps troubles within himself, not allowing the media to garner private information and create headlines. This is a privacy matter, even though the public wants to hear the truth about what really happened in the wee hours outside of his mansion in Windermere, Florida.

Recognized as the world’s richest and likable athlete, Tiger’s endorsement deals and unbelievable dominance on the golf course increased his credibility. He’s a consumer’s best friend, a typical fan’s best friend. You purchase his Gatorade drink, you purchase shoes and golf clubs.

His involvement within communities, giving advice and selling products, is why many expect an answer. But you don’t need an explanation.

I believe Tiger. I’d think he’s tired of the lingering questions. I’d think he’s ready to put disturbing reports to rest.


More suspicion escalated in what now remains a surprising riddle when Tiger refused to speak to police three times, concerning the puzzling events in the wee hours. It could’ve been that he was only backing out of his driveway to go for a joyride. It could’ve been that he left early in the morning to avoid TMZ or crowds. It could’ve been that he had exchanged a few words with his wife, Elin.

“This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible,” Woods wrote.

Who knows, and who cares? Once Tiger returns to the golf course, issues of his non-alcohol-related incident will vanish. From there, the public won’t be inquisitive to know what caused the accident. Instead, the galleries should amass a large crowd as fans can witness another epic performance, a cure to reduce all nonsensical beliefs.

Then again, Tiger shouldn’t refuse to answer questions and toss aside all the mind-boggling confusion. He shouldn’t have anything to hide, and could unveil the truth to end all fuss.

Worst to come is, Tiger could have been involved in a verbal altercation with Elin when reportedly she used a golf club to smash the back of the window and got him out. After he was removed from the Escalade, Woods was unresponsive and suffered lacerations to his lips and had blood in his mouth.

Most are fast to assume Tiger had an affair on his wife, was singled out in an argument, left out his gated community home furious and wrecked the SUV. If so, doesn’t an average marriage have ups and downs? Aren't Tiger and Elin human, in which personal issues come about? Absolutely!

In all likelihood, Tiger is the wealthiest athlete who cannot do wrong, despite an alleged affair with a New York girl, according to TMZ. The entire world is waiting for Tiger to confess, but does he really have to?

No!

Meanwhile, he tried cleaning up some of the shocking news, when he wrote on his web site vaguely. What’s confusing is that he’s not unleashing enough detail.

“This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me,” Woods wrote. “I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Exactly—he’s only human.

Truth is, leaving Tiger alone ends, a pointless saga. Just because he told the police to leave without given specifics, doesn’t mean he’s guilty of a crime, domestic violence or even an affair. His privacy is very imperative, and dropping ongoing discussions is good advice.

Like anything else, news eventually disappears and dwells on another current event. But as for now, clearing his name of guilt to the Florida Highway Patrol troopers would halt circulated rumors. Not forced to deliver a statement to the police, Woods is confident fans believe his web site message.

Don’t you know the guy by now? He’s private. Don’t expect much confession or talking.

After all, he’s Tiger Woods.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Run, Jimmy, Run! Good Timing for Clausen to Leave Irish


Outside of C.J.’s pub in South Bend, a crazy individual refused to appreciate what Jimmy Clausen has accomplished under polarizing Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis. Instead, that individual expressed his anger and gave the Irish’s starting quarterback a black eye.

Constant debates have been had in the last few weeks on whether Clausen forgoes his senior season and leaves behind the chaotic memories at Notre Dame.

Unsure of his future arraignments, Clausen might walk away from the Irish after becoming a Fighting Irish as he and his girlfriend left the bar, where a sinless individual cowardly punched Clausen in the face.

Then, the heartbreaking loss to Stanford in the season finale on Saturday night before losing to Connecticut a week ago in an upset, is another reason for Clausen to wave bye-bye and ditch school, in which a decision on Weis’ future remains in limbo until an official announcement is made sometime this week.

Amid turbulence at arguably the premier program in the country, tradition has been toppled as Notre Dame is in crisis. Even more pathetic is how Clausen has been faulted, humiliated, and bullied for someone else’s blunders. Before all this, he was popular around campus, and was even worthy of earning his own masterpiece as beautiful as Touchdown Jesus.

Weis groomed Clausen, which reminds us of the direction the fingers should point when accusing someone for the program’s humiliations in recent years. Because the Irish failed during Clausen’s stint doesn’t mean losing is his fault, and most of the pitfalls have been from poor coaching.

Weis’ arrogance is too soft to guide a demanding program comprised of ambition and historic victories. Clausen was too gifted, committing to a preeminent school where his confidence and poise was expected to change the dimension of Notre Dame’s dreadful mockery, a serious crisis describing the Irish’s struggles in the last few years.

After two seasons of miserable plights, Clausen is eligible to declare for the NFL Draft in April. He has nothing to lose, escaping an unbalanced program in need of a compelling coach, inclined to bear a mental challenge to restore an identity within the depleted program.

The Irish, in prior seasons, have been devoid of a national title, but earned a fair share of bowl games. To a school committed to winning on the national stage, earning a bowl game lower than the national title game isn’t reaching expectations.

This season saw the Irish take gigantic steps backwards and own a 6-6 record in which Notre Dame only qualifies for a bowl game if the system runs out of 7-5 teams. It’s a tough situation for a program used to dominating or finishing near the top of the BCS polls.

As chaotic as the BCS system is, the Irish lost out weeks ago when a loss to Navy elicited skeptics, ridiculing the much-dignified program as doubters believed they were doomed. The track record at Notre Dame isn’t pretty, of which the school’s brand name isn’t anywhere near prestige.

Within a five-year span, the Irish interviewed more coaches than a brand name corporation hiring someone to work nightshift positions on a regular.

There was Tyrone Willingham, who lasted only three years before he was dismissed. His departure never settled too well, with many believing it was more of racial bias, not a coaching change to enhanced success in the future.

His predecessor, Bob Davie, didn’t last long either, replaced in five seasons.

Then, Weis arrived as if he was the genius of football, leaving behind the NFL lifestyle to finally go solo in coaching. Seemingly, he’s not nearly as effective when he ran superb offensive systems behind Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells.

When he first arrived to Notre Dame, it seemed he was capable of handling a demanding job.

Early on he averaged a decent winning percentage in his first two seasons. But suddenly, mystique and gratitude crippled America’s football team, bringing forth lingering questions of Weis’ future with the Irish.

It disrupted half of the season, as Clausen’s name early in the year was mentioned as a potential Heisman candidate.

Outplayed in most of the games, the Heisman talk gradually died down and Weis’ job status absorbed spotlight. Most of the season, a circus transpired and created an infamous frenzy surrounding Weis.

Other important aspects were put on the backburner, wondering if Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops is next to coach a distraught program or Cincinnati’s Brian Kelly. Finding a successor is tough, because of the Irish’s demands and values.

No later than this week, the job probably will open immediately and Stoops is a household name to replace Weis. Although he has failed to capitalize in big games, he’s a profile coach who's known for changing the mood within a program, as well as Brian Kelly, who’s responsible for the fifth-ranked Bearcats' storybook season and makes less than $1.5 million a year.

Yet, he’s close to leading Cincinnati to a second straight BCS bowl game, with a 33-6 record in three year. Any coach who takes on the job will demand an enormous contract, but thus far, athletic director Jack Swarbrick hasn’t contacted anyone about the position. As of now, Stoops is locked in a contract with Oklahoma through 2015 for an amount of $30 million.

Rumor has it he won’t opt out of his contract to revamp a struggling program.

As emotions and body language described the type of season the Irish has witnessed, Clausen emerged into a high first-round NFL draft pick.

He’ll make the big dollars next season, if he avoids all the troubles in South Bend. He’ll either land with the St. Louis Rams or Oakland Raiders, two teams suffering with similar issues as the Irish.

Equipped offensively, Notre Dame rarely showcased their explosive tandem of receivers Golden Tate and Michael Floyd. To end the season, the Irish were humiliated and pulverized by the muscular and bodybuilder Toby Gerhart at Stanford Stadium.

Did the country forget about Clausen? Absolutely!

He has definitely grown and mellowed as a top-profile quarterback, showcasing better precision and awareness. During a stint when the Irish aren't a viable threat, Clausen emerged into the team’s inspirational leader and athletic figure, completing downfield passes with indescribable arm strength.

Clausen has some competition though. In the same year the upperclassmen depart the campus lifestyle, Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, or Sam Bradford could be selected after Clausen if he runs away from the troubling mess at Notre Dame.

Now marks the perfect time for Clausen to escape all burdens, and rise to the next level.

Sure enough, the NFL will accept him. It’s a league that greatly appreciates up-and-coming stars, and he is quickly growing. And he has definitely outgrown the Irish, a program in much uncertainty.

At least running from the Irish, Clausen won’t have to deal with the drama.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Iverson Isn't The Answer, Until He Overrides Selfishness, Ego

The greatest little man stood up, and survived the tallest men in sports. Of course, everyone was intrigued whenever Allen Iverson had tough-minded and dynamic performances, which attracted fans across the world.


He entertained us magnifying children as a role model, in which he was idolized and his singular actions were imitated on a regular. At 34, Iverson has prospered in triumph, entering the season with the fifth-highest scoring record in NBA history.

But, as we know, lingering flaws are battering and forced Iverson to announce an early retirement on Wednesday. This is an outlandish and corrupt way for a future Hall of Famer to end a lifelong career, remembered mainly for needless interrupts. From most perspectives, his fame isn't anywhere near destruction, and seems hidden flaws are dismissed.

One reason he's not playing for any team and decided to forgo his momentous career, havoc followed and pointless baggage no team needed as a burden. Pathetically, his selfishness and ego cut ties with multiple teams of late, flaws which blinded popularity and unparalleled achievements. Since then, Iverson hasn't been identified as the Answer, allowing his dispirited nature to leave toxic behind in Detroit and Memphis, cities where he was reluctant to compromise.

If he failed getting his way, then he cried as if he was a baby who cried for the basketball. He cried for not getting enough touches and playing time, which wore out teams rapidly and ended brief stints in Denver, Detroit and Memphis. His lone MVP honors, NBA Finals appearance are disastrous considering an unhappy ending and unfinished business, when no teams are currently interested in taking on a risk.

There's a team inclined to endorse a perilous journey, and sign Iverson to a one year deal. Right now, he's not considered a point guard when he's a shoot-first guard. That makes Iverson seem as if he's a two guard, and doesn't grasped an idea of teamwork.

Iverson has enough in the tank, but need to accommodate with teammates. His unique style has been forgotten as the man is known for illogical blemishes. But the mission isn't completed, still needing to arrive on the biggest stage and capture his first NBA title.

If Iverson is coveted, he must override ego and selfishness and reform as team player instead of an individual. Until then, he's officially retired after 13 miraculous seasons and walking away from the game is cowardly, if he truly believed he had a dazzling NBA career.

As of now, memories of his scoring titles are gone. As of now, memories of his wonderful shooting nights are gone. As of now, AI is gone. Out of the NBA picture is the Answer who departed with a valid answer, but pleased a significant amount of folks. They couldn't care less about Iverson, when some are emotionally shock of his ultimate decision to depart from the game he seemed very passionate playing, but selfish on sharing the wealth with teammates.

And since he feels unwanted, Iverson walked away from the game. If a team called him sometime this week, he'll ponder options and reconsider playing. Then, he maybe could finish out his career on a stronger note, and earn back the trust level if he performs as a distributor more than a shooter.

Lately, critics are finding anything just to send home Iverson for good. Average critics insist he has lost his swaggering and seems a step slower than in previous seasons. As he's aging, Iverson is probably slower, but it's difficult confirming that he no longer could dominate at will. But for now, Iverson has waved farewell until a team welcomes the superb scorer still devoid of a championship.

More so, he has ridden the NBA train throughout his career. After leaving behind a long tenure in Philly, he was traded to Detroit, where he was eventually traded for Chauncey Billups, who led the Nuggets to the Western Conference Finals. As for the Pistons, a promising season toppled and misery became an issue.

Iverson insisted he was injured, but seemed unhappy coming off the bench instead of starting and told the Pistons he'd retire. That led to a surprising departure of first-year coach Michael Curry, who immediately was fired at the closure of the season. When he singed with Memphis, Iverson uttered the importance of winning, however it wasn't long before he complained about playing time, which created a disappointing ending.

If he was a winner, he'll be fine coming off the bench. If he was a winner, he wouldn't complain about playing time. If he was a winner, he'll play as a team player.

If so, he'll be given another shot of redeeming selfishness and ego.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Message To Kansas: Salvage School Spirit, Fire Mangino Immediately


Here, in America, a program is suffocating. There’s collateral damage poisoning a dignified program as most of us are accustomed to in basketball more than football.

Either way, that is, the self-destruction floating around the campus of Kansas is repulsive if you believe in the allegations. Whether a multitude of players dislike or jaded of the alleged physical and mental insults, the Jawhawks are responsible and suffer academia mockery for questionable insults and threats.

There’s much to dislike about Mark Mangino, coach of Kansas, if the accusations are true. All players are giving their sides of the story, and for all we know, each of their stories could be dishonest. But it’s rational to believe statements of kids who’ve played under Mangino, and experienced wrongdoing behind closed doors.

Today, our society emphasizes the significance of discipline, meaning strict structure might have been Mangino’s preference as a way of inspiring toughness. If so, Mangino is conducting the program like average coaches. As most conceive it as a disturbing issue, their instincts could downright be accurate, if the whining statements are true.

Several ex-Kansas players are accusing Mangino. He has been described as a hideous creature that has no respect and class as a head coach. Believing several ex-Kansas players is more common, obviously when there are so many willing to uncover the truth and bring down Mangino.

Now under fire, Kansas’ administration has a tough investigation to withstand. The university could lose out on potential recruits as parents will believe several kids more than Mangino, who’s trying to reestablish an inexcusable image.

Supporters trust in Mangino until the truth surfaces, while doubters will have grudges until he’s dismissed. For now, evidence is baffling of his immoral tirades and confrontations even though receiver Raymond Brown admittedly notified the public of Mangino’s anger issues. In fact, his anger problems are erroneous to a point he allegedly used racial threats towards Brown.

“If you don’t shut up, I’m going to send you back to St. Louis so you can get shot with your homies” If this is true, shame on Mangino. No player deserves that kind of discipline, where a player is insulted of racial and threatening remarks. Among players, the respect level degenerates and players could give up on Mangino, in which they won’t listen or follow the coaching formula.

There’s Marcus Herford, who told his side of the story. He said that Mangino send him “back to the street corner where you came from.” Sometimes, it’s hard to believe all statements heard. All the messy accusations might be a gimmick in a program that rarely inherits attention on a football standpoint. The negativity in Kansas lately is the most fame seen all seasons.

The Jawhawks aren’t highly regarded in football, a mediocre program having a substandard season. When Mangino arrived, he was responsible for reconstructing a shoddy program. In five seasons, Kansas cruised on a 12-1 record and qualified for a national title, in which Mangino was named Associated Press Coach of the Year in 2007. But now, he’s named Associated Press Bully of the Year.

None of the negativity would have surfaced, if Mangino hadn’t lost five games. With Kansas’ cultural aspects at a minimum on the football level, bringing out disturbing news is a ploy for making headlines. Nothing is imposing when the Jawhawks possess a 5-6 record, which should bring us to questions on if Mangino is under fire for a terrible season or pending allegations that might not be precise.

So now, athletic director, Lew Perkins, is investigating the current episodes of any physical abuse. There’s a solution for removing all disruptions and poisoning images to salvage optimism and trust within a popular brand name in sports. If the program dismissed Mangino, the Jawhawks won’t lose out on recruits and a program known for prestige still remains intact.

Until then, Kansas is perceived differently. If there’s truth to the matter, now is a good time to remove Mangino. Sure, college athletes need discipline, but not physical abuse or threatening insults. That’s unacceptable in an age when parents could file lawsuits and cost a program millions for a coach’s actions. As long as he’s there, kids won't be willing to play for Mangino.

They’ll reject offers and commit elsewhere, where an education is ensured and athletic programs are durable in qualifying for a BCS berth. But at Kansas, Mangino’s reputation scares off a multitude of prospects, unsure of the truth or next hissy fit.

I don’t blame them, and I definitely don’t blame parents.

Mangino must get out of there immediately, even if it’s abuse or motivation.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Is Michigan Better Off Saving Rich Rodriguez? I Say Yes


The surroundings in Ann Arbor are somber. This season alone, reality has exposed a peculiar scenario inside a prestigious program.

Considering mystique has dwindled in the last two seasons under head coach Rich Rodriguez, skeptics instantly doubt that his coaching methods isn’t befitting within a superior school.

Mired in utter disarray, the primary option is pleading for Rodriguez to be fired for underachieving in his second season. But folks in Michigan fail to realize, the embattled coach hasn’t really been giving an opportunity in two seasons. Sometimes, it takes more than two seasons, turning a depleted and unsuccessful program into a legitimate contender.

Besides RichRods’ failures of turning the Michigan Wolverines into Michigan Men as the late Bo Schembechler presented for decades, Rodriguez is responsible for staining the program's image in most perspectives.

The pride of Michigan was corrupted when Rodriguez allegedly violated NCAA rules as well as losing 16 games in two seasons. If the allegations are true, the administration would be embarrassed to accompany an embattled Rodriguez. As we know, athletic director Bill Martin abandoned the Lloyd Carr reign, rekindling a weakened tradition before a well-known practice reduced ideal.

But losing twice against Ohio State is awful on Rodriguez’s resume. Put it this way, it’s similar to having two strikes for committing a heinous crime. In this case, though, RichRod is identified as the scapegoat of Michigan’s problematic downfalls, when it remains unknown if struggling to guide the Wolverines to a BCS game is really his fault.

It’s premature to blame Rodriguez of breakdowns. In history, it’s difficult doubting a man known for redeeming himself of fluctuant seasons. Putting Rodriguez under fire could be a regrettable mistake. He’s responsible for strengthening a disregarded Big East Conference during a highly praised coaching tenure at West Virginia, where he elevated an uninspiring program.

His popularity ascended and expanded coaching opportunities in the future, in which he was evaluated as a potential candidate for schools interested in his coaching abilities. Despite the losing percentage and failing to secure top quarterback prospect Terrelle Pryor, Rodriguez is a brilliant recruiter and assembled effective tools for building a dynamic class.

By any means, his shrewd standards haven’t met the criteria of Michigan’s athletics. One reason is, he allowed archrivals Ohio State to snatch their next top-notch quarterback. Secondly, the allegations humiliated a much-respected program. And thirdly, he’s not winning enough games to qualify for BCS games.

Some folks in Michigan still aren’t stomaching the outbidding failures of not grabbing Pryor. Instead, the Wolverines were mocked and beguiled by the Buckeyes interest in Pryor. Losing out on the bid emotionally hurt Michigan fans and damaged Rodriguez’s credibility. As it stands, he’s being doubted for all the blunders he has committed of late as we are blinded of what has transpired in his previous coaching job.

Even if Michigan wasn’t as competent, firing Rodriguez isn’t the solution. It’s understandable the Wolverines were formerly a primary school in the nation, but patience is the key if angling for success. Giving Rodriguez another season to turn around two seasons of dismal only seems rational.

Of course, influencing a displeased fan base to plead for Rodriguez’s return is impossible. As tradition carries on, Michigan fans are never too delighted after a demoralizing 21-10 loss to the Buckeyes. But even worst is the fact he became the first coach to lose two games to Ohio State. Since the season has come to a close, fans waved farewell to RichRod on Saturday and hoisted anti-Rodriguez banners. Those are indications of an unstable job status with all the chaos staining the winningest program in college football.

Seeing Michigan’s mystique dwindle is unforeseen, particularly when they’re guided by one of the acclaimed coaches in the nation. More shockingly, he was accused for over practicing and working players, which is prohibited in NCAA rules. Knowingly, Rodriguez has to have a winning season to clear his name of accusations. It’s a remedy for saving his job, if Martin withholds his dismissal.

But if not, Richie Rich isn’t liable according to his $2.5 million contract over six seasons as the buyout decreases by $500,000 each season. Unless the program starts winning a significant amount of games and reaches a national title or a BCS bowl game, he’s guaranteed a bonus. But earning big cash is unlikely, if he continues to suffocate and doesn’t repeat similar deeds as at West Virginia.

In the midst of disasters, tradition has diminished under RichRod. But he has been giving another shot to redeem flaws, when Martin acknowledged he’ll endorse Rodriguez. For now, he’ll remain Michigan’s head coach entering next season. Without hesitating, Martin utterly informed the media of their coaches’ job status.

“Rich Rodriguez is our coach”, he said. “I and the administration fully support him, and you’ll see him in the future.”

That’s a wise choice, bringing back a coach whose pattern has been to struggle in the first few seasons, but gradually inspire a program. Martin is aware of his ability to turn a downcast program into an elite competitor. And if so, instead of criticizing, we’ll praise RichRod for the turnaround.

Although he’s 8-16 in two seasons as Michigan head coach, the Wolverines seemed as if they were the pesky Michigan Men. They won their first four games of the season, but collapsed late and finished with a 5-7 record. Last year, setting a historic milestone wasn’t momentous, but somewhat disturbing to their trademark. An unusual sequence of a 3-9 losing season was the first in school history since 1962-63 season.

So, it’s understandable on why he’s taking a beaten in Michigan. But giving up on RichRod, Michigan might not strive for a long time and would need to adapt to a new coaching system. The players have adjusted to Rodriguez’s schemes, confident next season is bound to offer positive developments. If nobody else believes in RichRod, I believe he has a large influence on the future.

As the time progress, let’s not give up on RichRod. Like they utter “Go Blue”, I’ll utter Go RichRod.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Quit Your Whinin’: Bill Belichick Is Just a Big Fat Jerk

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Everyone is hyped up all over Bill Belichick making the fourth-down call in the Colts game (in which I attended). Boston fans have his back, as they always will. I understand your saying Bill Simmons, but right now, this is what I think:

Bill Belichick is a jerk.

Now I would've said something a whole lot worse, but as twelve-year-old blogger, I'll just keep that to myself.

During the game, Belichick was challenging on meaningless calls. It was just like when the Colts beat the Cheatriots in 2008, 18-15. Belichick made not one, but two challenges. I think he lost on both of them.
I know one of them included Twelve Men on the Field. And then there was John Madden saying what is the point of that. The Patriots need to win. But there is Bill, trying to be a smart-ass.

And people call him genius? Listen man, you are not. Going for it on Fourth-and-Two, you fail. If you punted, I don't think Peyton Manning would have made it. But here you are, thinking the Pats are the same team from 2007.

They're not.

And besides, we all know you cheated. To all of you Boston fans saying he didn't, it's just homerism. And like what 18to88.com says, it isn't homerism if it's true.

But that's not all what makes Belichick a jerk. This guy isn't even a team player. No sportsmanship at all. When the Pats lose, he starts being an ass in the press conference being all sad and then he develops his little crackily voice.

Seriously? What's the point of that?

But back with the sportsmanship deal. During the 2007-08 season Super Bowl, when the Giants won, here came Belichick just leaving the game. Didn't even shake hands with the coach. That's how much of an ass he was.

No sportsmanship whatsoever. And here was NY's Tom Coughlin looking for him to say a good game and all of that to be a good sport, but Bill was nowhere to be found.

Talk about some good sportsmanship.

And the Super Bowl they won this decade, they don't deserve. We all know the Pats taped the Rams' practices. But Commish Roger Goodell doesn't want to ruin the NFL with this scandal and doesn't want to lose some of it's fans with the Patriots as cheaters
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And that's what makes Donovan McNabb a little pissed, too, saying the Eagles should've gotten those rings. McNabb deserves a ring, not Brady.

But Belichick whines in his head when the Pats lose. He's just a jerk, okay? Put it that way. I mean, this just has to be agreeable.

Quit whining Bill. You've been a jerk.

Fix the attitude.

Fix your image.

Be a team player.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Quit All Nonsensical Gossip: LeBron Curing Browns Is Preposterous

I almost feel sorry for the city, continuously suffering with sporting heartaches. It's a town woefully perturbed of the well-being of sporting indignities, sadly crippling a dormat sports town amid a devestating recession.

In Cleveland, fans are curious to alleviate long-suffering failures of forging endless burdens in an urban community where rock and roll established a trademark. The masses might believe in rock and roll, but disbelieves in major sporting franchises winning a title in the near future.

For sports, Cleveland’s trademark specifically applies to The Shot, The Drive, The Fumble, and The Choke. Worst, a devastating crisis has lasted since 1964, to whereas fans witnesses an infamous drought and misfortunes.

Everyone is belittling the Cleveland Browns. A disgruntled population and critics in general weren’t afraid to create an unpleasant name. Sadly, the Browns converted to the Clowns as majorities neglected turf fiascoes, and turned their heads to the hardwood adoring LeBron James’ romantic spectacles.

But the story here is what the hell is wrong with the Browns, an awful franchise struggling to score a field goal. In reality, the disoriented Browns are hilarious to laugh at, when the Cleveland Cavaliers are exciting.

This age, fans are boycotting, emptying seats, and filling up seats inside the electric Quicken Loans Arena. Just recently, Eric Mangini, the so-called Man-Genuis publicly announced he’d welcome LeBron to run offensive routes for the Browns. Not an awful suggestion, when damn-near every school in the country tried recruiting LeBron to play football.

Instead of playing basketball, he could have selected to play football and stabilized a career in the NFL. Oh, well, too bad he opted to advance down the NBA path. So if he was to wear a Browns uniform, just how much would he offer to the powerless franchise?

Here’s a hint, LeBron hasn’t played football since high school. So, I guess naught.

But the population in Cleveland believes LeBron is a lethal sprinter with unmatchable leaping ability. As a basketball megastar, running routes effectively and putting points on the scoreboard is a special knack. By figuring he’ll translate the exact same intensity on turf is ridiculous. Who cares if LeBron seems as if he’s a godlike specimen, there’s no athlete on this planet making a transition to a dissimilar sport overnight.

If LeBron was to attempt a steeper task, he’ll need to learn the playbook, adjust to the physical abuse, adjust to Brady Quinn, the newest bust in the NFL, and will have to prove he’s powerful like finishing a forceful dunk at the rim.

Recently, King James feel his services are badly needed in a league where making a fool of yourself is likely. But as usual, a confident LeBron wants us to believe he’s as vigorous as he has been on the basketball level, informing the world of his plans to change jersey numbers in honor of Michael Jordan before insisting he’d pursue a position in the NFL at tight end.

Honestly, not to be mean: LeBron sounds like a fool. After acknowledging he had no intent in following the footsteps of Jordan, he reneged and confessed he’d participate in multiple sports. Hell, the Browns' are failing and he’s excelling as a member of the Cavs, finishing shy last year of making the second NBA finals appearance in his noteworthy career.

Although the Browns lost 16 of the last 18 games and suffered nine consecutive home loses, LeBron isn’t a cure or responsible for rectifying timeless woes. You believe LeBron’s athleticism is greatly versatile by watching the potent forward night in and night out. You also believe he’s the magical ingredient needed to reconstruct excitement on turf.

And it is amazing people are buying into this nonsensical theory because I’m personality not buying it. Problems are bounded to happen whenever an athlete tries converting and expands into two leagues at exactly the same time. Several athletes converted and tried a second sport, and fortunately it never ruined their reputations.

Jordan sustained glory by winning three titles, following a gambling addiction and lastly opted to play baseball, a sport he was awful in during a brief stint. LeBron needs to stick to basketball, a sport in which he has prefaced greatness and uplifted a dull league as the next big-star stepping in since Jordan departed.

The legacy of LeBron lives within the NBA, not the NFL or anywhere else. As for the Browns, Mangini’s job status remains uncertain in a gloomy era. Randy Lerner, the owner of the Browns should weigh options carefully, especially when Cleveland have a 1-8 record. Perhaps, riding the coaching carousel isn’t such a bad suggestion, as long as they leave LeBron out of the troubling mess.

LeBron isn’t the problem, the Browns are the problem.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Notre Dame Must Lose Weis Clown to Purge Circus


The mental state of humiliation doesn’t settle too well in the scenery where mortals are a theme now, tattering respectability for Notre Dame believers that witnessed yet another hopeless season.

Doomed in a period when the Irish were praised, presumably entering a promising season with high expectations, South Bend critics bash the embattled coach Charlie Weis for all the letdowns. All the burdens and finger pointing is specifically leaning toward the Weis Clown, generating a dreadful circus in South Bend where the Big Top has arrived.

The Irish, of late, are utterly a joke and laughable. As one of the most prestigious programs athletically in the country, reliance at Notre Dame has deteriorated.

I'm not too sure if the Irish are cursed by demons or ghosts, but I will admit that the program is cursed as long as Weis remains in command of a school in desperate need of an inspirational voice, rather than a liberal coach.

The problem is, Weis’ soft mannerism isn’t steadfast in sending a beneficial idea that elevates a subordinate school. If the Irish aren't at the top of their game and prove they aren't topflight in college football, the season seems depleted. As of now, a promising year is ruined when the Irish mentally and physically self-destructed at Pittsburgh in a loss.

To suggest the Irish moved too fast in signing Weis to a $40-million contract, good for at least five seasons, may have been true and even a ghastly blunder. Because wins are considered an illusion at Notre Dame burnt out fans expects a coaching change, but athletic director Jack Swarbrick is not in a hurry on judging Weis’ future -- carefully pondering and evaluating options.

As usual, Weis downplays all the brouhaha of his job status, in which his return next season is dubious while lingering questions continuously annoy and disturb the Irish.

Rather than speaking arrogantly at press conferences, it would be nice if he was a gentleman. If he wants to downplay the status of his job, that is fine and dandy, but rudely delivering arrogant remarks makes Weis a laughable clown under the Big Top.

The lousy losing streaks have become a notorious routine at Notre Dame, sadly impairing mystique and gratitude to define the Irish as underachievers. In the last 10 games, the Irish aren’t nearly as flawless and performed pathetically in the previous years under Weis, with a 1-9 winning percentage against ranked opponents.

Didn’t the Irish used to fight in contests? Wasn’t ND known as the Fighting Irish? Lately, the word "Fighting" is removed from in front of Irish.

In a long time under Weis, they haven’t delivered powerful jabs to avenge a tremendous 0-5 record against the rival USC, a team that has suffered from embarrassing defeats to ruin shots of bidding for a national title.

No! He never beat USC.

In the last three seasons to date, Weis is 16-19—losing respectability in failing to revive the Irish and not surviving winnable contests.

Assuming he had possessed a matchless resume standing behind the crafty and Spygate criminal Bill Belichick and built a workable offense around Tom Brady at New England, Weis respectively was legit for accepting a coaching offer to establish a righteous identity at a prestigious program.

What we didn’t know and never took into account was the difficulty of guiding a demanding program, especially the Irish.

What we didn’t expect was an acute disaster.

One reason Weis still is employed is for his sublime recruiting classes he has built and assembled.

But, obviously, he hasn’t produced enough wins. And with a horrific track record, Weis’ job should be on the line. Whenever the Irish failed to produce victories, firing coaches was a usual practice they’d followed in recent seasons, which is the reason I’m surprised Weis hasn’t been terminated for all the letdowns.

Given their cultural reactions to failures: Tyrone Willingham built a winnable program, but apparently wasn't good enough so was tossed overboard.

There was Bob Davie, who didn’t last any time, and had been tossed over in the deep end.

And now this, Weis, who has turned into the biggest tragicomedy -- each season bringing the circus into town and destroying the tradition of Touchdown Jesus as a billboard of Weis’ downfall epitomizes the miserable season.

This season alone, the defense has faltered, a usual stumble during Weis’ tenure. So the most subpar program in the country releases unseen results, ranking 83rd in total defense and allowing a staggering 391 yards per game.

Not matching up to the pedigree as advertised, opponents usually have their way against the Irish and turn a typical afternoon into a terrifying outing.

Bringing back reminders of the insulting billboard directly on the corner of Edison Road and State Road 23, is a message that ND faithful are tired of the typical outings. The sign states a distasteful message, which Weis will never forget when he does depart from South Bend.


“BEST WISHES TO CHARLIE WEIS IN THE FIFTH YEAR OF HIS COLLEGE COACHING INTERNSHIP,” signed “linebacker alumni."

No sympathy at all. No sympathy whatsoever.

I feel where unhappy campers are coming from.

Multitudes of people living in South Bend are used to winning, not producing enough victories to barely qualify for bowl games. No luck for the Irish, currently standing at 6-4 under the careless Weis Clown.

Well, at least some things were right during a brief moment, when Jimmy Clausen earlier in the season had his breakout moment. Honestly, Weis could’ve turned the recruiting prospect into a legitimate Heisman candidate, similar to the time he turned Brady into a Super Bowl champ.

But he can’t win without Belichick or Bill Parcells. So, Weis is not nearly as great as Lou Holtz, who sustained memorable victories in his coaching days.

With all the depth of excellence, it seems Notre Dame would be unbeaten this late in the year, but instead they’ve struggled to preserve victories with the preeminent receiver Golden Tate and the prevailing tight end Kyle Rudolph.

Dating back to the demoralizing 23-21 loss against the Navy two weeks ago, Weis became the hot topic. But now, he owns a 35-25 career record and a .583 winning percentage.

By now, the only way to avoid circus activities is to ride the coaching carousal and fire Weis Clown.

If so, maybe next year the circus won’t arrive in town and form a joke.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

For LeBron, Flight No. 23 Next Destination Is New York

Considering the NBA has turned into an entertaining site, rather than an average basketball contest, LeBron James is globally admired across the world and emerged into the worldwide leader in basketball. If he migrated to Europe, the Euroleague would grasp our attention and routinely become an organic site for entertainment I suspect.

The entertainment capital of the world doesn’t reside in Los Angeles, Chicago, or even Cleveland; the town where amusement precisely rocks. The famous rock band, the Beatles, might have rocked the town of Cleveland, aggrandizing the music industry of course.

But not since 1969 has sporting supremacy rocked staining a starved sports town, cursed with sporting indignities. The Shot, The Fumble, The Drive and The Choke are features of the hapless town’s debacles, which held an entire community under affliction until James engendered and rejuvenated greatness in Cleveland

Calmly, a flustered fan base waited and welcomed in the arrival of a newborn superstar, James, to overhaul a renaissance era. Greeted with open arms, James emerged into a global superstar and franchise icon, showcasing high-flying dunks and unprecedented up-tempo style, which no other athlete could imitate.

Lately, observers are curious and speculating on LeBron’s next destination. A departure from Ohio to a new state is crestfallen for average Ohio natives, but the Ohio native himself, cannot appear anywhere without been pestered with endless questioning, regarding his next home when he’ll become a free agent in 2010.

Guessing with all the idolatry and praise he offers to the Big Apple, it delivers unanimous vibes to overjoyed Knicks fans that King James’ next flight is a one-way ticket to New York. In addition, James is a popular superstar and suitable for playing in publicized state.

He fits in well, given the enthusiastic reception shown proudly to the New York Yankees in recent memory. Remember, James made his presents at the American League playoff game in Cleveland a few years ago, and elicited controversy for wearing a Yankees’ cap when the Indians hosted New York.

That’s not all.

He co-hosted the NBA All-Star Weekend party last February with good friend and Nets co-owner Jay-Z. But what bothered Cleveland fans the most, was the promotion of his shoe when Nike announced the introduction of a new shoe endorsed by LeBron containing pinstripes and Yankees' colors, specifically created to produce revenue in New York. From all the chronicles, it is logical to forecast where Flight No.23 will wind up come next summer.

LeBron’s lifestyle will drastically relocate from the rock and roll site to the biggest stage on America at Madison Avenue. A Night on Broadway will transform into A Night on LeBron’s Stage, and longing fans will suddenly get their wishes. At the world’s most famous arena, each time the King enters the building, an energetic crowd goes nuts.

In a celeb atmosphere, fans share their appreciation for LeBron in an entertaining contest where all eyes anxiously stare at the league’s most entertaining guard, waiting for the next breathtaking moment to turn it into a Kodak moment. On Seventh Avenue, the communities' love for LeBron is obvious with the advertisement of a 10-story billboard, attempting everything to persuade the league’s most admired star.

If so, they’ll become the next witnesses of the high-flying, action-packed intensity. Whenever LeBron showcase an epic masterpiece at the Madison Square Garden, fans lobbies for his assistance in the 2010 season. Turns out, fans are thrilled watching and worshiping James more than the Knicks as a team. The sporting scene alters an entertaining and intense show, erupting a screaming party among celebs and non-celebs.

In the course of a century, players have elevated to an apex, posting high-scoring stats, dazzling observers who stares onto the hardwood from inside the world’s most notable arena. Before LeBron even came along, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan dazzled and finished nights off in an epic theater. A year from now, LeBron’s legacy might live on at New York, where he can rejuvenate a downcast town and uplift the Knicks as he has done for the Cavs for the entire decade.

Immediately, his presence will produce ticket sales, television ratings and apparel as LeBron gradually emerges into a role model and celeb. The Knicks are willing to pay a stud as dominant and famous as the King, which explains their reason for clearing salary space. President of basketball operations, Donnie Walsh, clearly knows what type of superstar fans is pleading for in renewing aspiration.

And the Knicks as an organization knows a superstar is important if seeking to regain spotlight and return to championship favorites. Fittingly, LeBron is coach Mike D’Antoni’s guy mainly for the up-tempo offensive system he’s committed to running, and with LeBron’s sterling playmaking it can bring memories back to MSG. His ability to drive in traffic and find open shooters is helpful to an undefined team.

In Cleveland, LeBron is fantastic at expanding the floor and racing up and down the court to create peerless plays. Being an unselfish superstar who believes in passing the ball first and getting teammates involved reminds us he’s the reigning NBA’s Most Valuable Player, after stockpiling the most votes last season. He’s also one of the richest athletes in salary and endorsements, and an idol for children globally at the age of 24, which are admirable honors.

It remains uncertain if LeBron will actually take his next flight to New York, though I personally believe all the speculations and predictions on that his next flight is to the Big Apple. On July 1, the entire world is going to be on LeBron Watch, trying to figure out his next destination.

As of now, we are curious to see where he lands, counting down each day and wondering if he’ll abandon his native town. One thing left on his agenda is winning his first championship, following multiple titles elsewhere if he decides to migrate elsewhere. Amid the season, LeBron is focus on winning a title with Cleveland and ignores everlasting speculations, pondering every NBA free agent rumor.

He’ll, indeed, be free to move across country next summer. If he leaves, it probably will be for NY.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Brady Bunch, Belichick Hapless, As Colts Aim for Perfection


Not too sure if the ending of an epic rival went as plan, but this is why over the years we’ve embraced the Patriots-Colts rivalry. Sure, it’s not as bitter as the Celtics-Lakers, North Carolina-Duke, or Red Sox-Yankees, but in an epic period where football has paranoid our senses and allured our interest, the two premier quarterbacks in the league are the beauty of the league.

In the last decade, each of them has captivated our consciousness. In the last decade, the epic theater of the National Football League is Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, indeed, having absolute admiration without even giving each other the evil stare or clowning with silly trash-talking.

Although each of them plays the game with class and dignity, we as fans are entertained and waited for a much-friendlier, less-bloodier rivalry. So again, our country appeared brainwashed with the calendar broadcasting, presumably the game of the year.


None of us were brainwashed, forecasting an epic finish in NFL history and absolutely it was a remarkable finish, in which astoundingly the Indianapolis Colts trailed exactly with two minutes and eight seconds remaining.

The New England Patriots controlled their own destiny and were minutes away from knocking off the unbeaten Colts and almost ruined perfection. But, obviously, the team of the decade and the three-time champions aren’t nearly as ideal as they were, when their potent and dynamic defense posed agony and created discomfort.

As New England rebuilds a new roster defensively, opponents are intimidated or hesitant to attack, which could have easily forced so-called coaching guru Bill Belichick to foolishly lose confidence in the lackluster defense and strictly prayed for a stud offense to come through at desperation times.

Sunday night transformed into a hapless collapse, upsetting Patriots' faithful, but generated loud cheers inside the spacious Lucas Oil Stadium, where echoed sounds and choruses are heard louder than anywhere else.

Belichick was known as one of the most intelligent masterminds in football, knowing when to toss the red flags for challenging difficult plays, knowing when to organize successful plays, and knowing when to take gambles.

He also has been known for his devious demeanor, a psyche animus people cannot stand. As usual, in their biggest game and test, Belichick wore a blue hoodie and stood on the sidelines with an arrogant stare that mostly everyone loves to hate.

The Patriots, by far, might have experienced the biggest miscue and errant call during Belichick’s tenure. After not having enough belief in the defense, he daringly relied on The Brady Bunch to conserve clock and earn first downs. Instead, punting the ball made sense, but on 4th-and-2 at their own 28-yard line they selected to attempt an adventurous task costing the Patriots a possible victory over the Manning and Dangerous.

The smart decision would have been forcing Manning and Dangerous to start at the 20, in which Manning would have had to showcase his unbelievable arm strength and closely imitate NFL legend Dan Marino.

There are solid weapons surrounding the perilous Manning, in which the Colts are riding a perfect season because of youth and aptitude, discovered on their electrifying drive to advance to a splendid 9-0 pulling off an astounding 35-34 victory over the 6-3 Patriots.

The fans sported blue and anointed Manning and booed the Spygate suspects. It was silent much of the game, on a dicey night everything seemed to be working accordingly for the Brady Bunch.

Throughout the night, Brady connected with primary target Randy Moss, who caught two passes for touchdowns and blew pass the Colts shorthanded and depleted secondary without the most dangerous safety in the league Bob Sanders, the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year.


But with a composed and experienced Manning, anything is possible. Winning, indeed, was possible when he typically called his no-huddled plays orchestrating on the most breathtaking drive all season.

Next thing viewers knew, Manning hurled a fascinating 14-yard pass to wideout Reggie Wayne, tying the game with 13 seconds left and took advantage of Belichick’s foolish mistakes to turn a tense night into amazingly a cheerful atmosphere.

If he never had burnt his final timeout or went for it on fourth down, the Patriots could have survived and eased closer to home field advantage. Oh sure, New Englanders have awakened this morning, wondering what faltered and angry with Belichick.

Oh definitely, the Brady Bunch has given us reason to believe they could upset the Colts, when the Pats damn-near left Indianapolis with a satisfying victory.

Considering the Colts have decisive depth, the Manning and Dangerous are Super Bowl caliber. Two receivers Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie are emerging in their performance level each game, though both struggled in an intense matchup.

As years progress, in previous seasons, Dwight Freeney is a fierce and physical defensive end whose speed allows him to pressure opposing offenses.

But the particular, star on this night, was strong safety Melvin Bullitt, who was silent for much of the night until he bull-rushed and denied Kevin Faulk of the first down when the Pats needed a yard and a half. He never had full control when Bullitt’s hit stopped him short of the first down, setting up good field position for the Colts.

Near the end, Brady stood on the sideline helplessly disappointed with the turn-of-events. His precision and natural abilities were overshadowed, and his 375 passing yards for three touchdowns was eclipsed for playing on the same field with Manning.


The Pats are fortunate he recovered successfully from reconstructive knee surgery, and thrown for a remarkable 1,395 yards the last four games. But the Brady Bunch was least favorites, as the Manning and Dangerous dominated as time trickled. It’s impressive rookie coach and Tony Dungy’s successor Jim Caldwell is unbeaten, while the Pats continue to shrink as the decade recedes.

But for now, the Colts are a team everyone doubts, when the Brady Bunch should be the one’s accepting most of the doubt.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Phoenix Happy Hour: JJ Fastest, But Martin May Have The Best Car on Sunday


Any thoughts of Jimmie Johnson having any lingering affects from last weeks disastrous finish at Texas were quickly put to rest during Saturday’s Final Phoenix Practice in preparation for Sunday’s Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series points leader laid out the fastest lap of 132.348 mph early in the practice and appears to be primed at taking care of business and increasing his 73 point lead in the Chase for the Championship.

Johnson has a conceivable chance of clinching the title at Phoenix this week with one race still to go, which would be an unprecedented fourth Championship in a row. However, with another poor performance and good runs by his Hendrick Motorsports teammates Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon, Johnson could also find himself leaving Phoenix third in points.

The later scenario seems very unlikely based on his past history at Phoenix that has never seen him finish worse than 15th with a current streak of six straight top-5 finishes that include three wins.

Johnson’s rocket this week is the same chassis he used while finishing second at Martinsville, a track that—while half the distance of Phoenix—is still relevant because of relatively no banking.

There are a few other drivers who have brought their Martinsville chassis as well, but most teams opted to go with their Chassis’ that ran at the combination of New Hampshire, Richmond, or the April Phoenix race, which are all flat tracks and similar in distance.

The top driver on the combined trio of similar tracks this year is Mark Martin who captured victories at Phoenix earlier this year and the last race held at New Hampshire. Martin brought the chassis with him that won those two races and was very quick in final practice with the second fastest lap just behind Johnson.

Martin can be expected to go all out on Sunday like we have seldom seem the cool, collective veteran who rarely pushes anything. He’s fighting for a chance at winning his first Cup Championship and is just 73 points behind. Should he finish the season where he’s at, it would be his fifth second-place finish over his great career.

The third fastest in Happy Hour was another Hendrick driver, but wasn’t Jeff Gordon. No, it was Dale Earnhardt Jr who brought the same chassis he ran with at New Hampshire that was running in fourth before being wrecked.

The positive for Junior Nation is that they are running very well of late with some of the newer formatted Hendrick chassis’ and he‘s a two-time winner at Phoenix. However, the negative of just not having any luck has outweighed the actual quality of how good his cars have been.

Juan Pablo Montoya had the 17th fastest single lap during happy Hour, but had the best overall average times for the session which should give him his best career finish on the track which is 16th.

Martin Truex Jr won the Pole on Friday and showed on Saturday that he isn’t just fast in qualifying-trim, but that his race set-up is equally as fast. He had the fourth fastest single lap time and the third fastest average speeds. Truex Jr has three top-10 Phoenix finishes over his career.

Last weeks winner, Kurt Busch, came up with the fifth best lap during Happy Hour, laying it down early like all the other top speeds of the day. Busch used the same Chassis this week that led 123 laps in his last two Phoenix starts. Busch has one Phoenix win over his career, along with one, a-hem, suspension for a traffic altercation outside the raceway in 2005.

One of the surprises of the day was how poorly Denny Hamlin ran with having only the 25th best lap. A lot was expected oh Hamlin because of how ell he did on the last runs at like-tracks by winning at Richmond and finishing second at New Hampshire. Hamlin also won on the short flat track of Martinsville just a few weeks ago giving reason to believe he’d be there contending with Johnson and Martin for the win this week.

Of the former Phoenix winners not mentioned, Jeff Burton came in with the sixth best speed, Jeff Gordon seventh, Tony Stewart 11th, Matt Kenseth 17th, Kevin Harvick 22nd, Kyle Busch 27th.

Top Speeds - Final Practice (Happy Hour)
1) Jimmie Johnson 132.348 mph - 64 laps @ 128.333
2) Mark Martin 132.275 mph - 68 laps @ 127.546
3) Dale Earnhardt Jr 132.018 mph - 41 laps @ 128.039
4) Martin Truex Jr 131.878 mph - 52 laps @ 128.210
5) Kurt Busch 131.868 mph - 61 laps @ 127.863

Top-10 Rated Drivers - Ratings based on Happy Hour, recent past performances on the tracks of New Hampshire, Phoenix, and Richmond along with the current state of the team.
1) Mark Martin
2) Jimmie Johnson
3) Kurt Busch
4) Jeff Gordon
5) Jeff Burton
6) Dale Earnhardt Jr
7) Denny Hamlin
8) Tony Stewart
9) Kyle Busch
10) Martin Truex Jr

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tom Cable Shouldn't Get a Free Ride, Suspend Him

Why is it that every time the NFL admittedly mentions intolerance of misconduct, but fails to address issues of domestic violence?

In a league where drug addicts, strip club addicts, and dog killers are forced to serve a rigid suspension, shouldn’t the same type of punishment be given to Raiders coach Tom Cable, a disturbed individual who confirmed he has slapped his ex-wife?

Is there anything else?

Yes, two of his previous partners alleged that he used physical violence. All the disturbing and depressing news surfaced when he attacked Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson, revealing a mystic side of Cable, a coach who has committed his life to Al Davis by following his demands and satisfying the insubordinate boss in order to keep the most demanding and defective job in the league.

Although Davis is desperately known for taking on a risk and keeps renegade players and coaches when everyone else rebuffs interest, Davis may actually make a move before commissioner Rodger Goodell takes charge of the gruesome revelations. Any facades are startling, especially when Cable behaved as an inspiring coach.

But now, his unveiling violent accusations could urge a talented core to turn opposite directions. And then again, they might support him through the allegations until they vanish. Now, mostly a large population disdains Cable, who had emerged as the coach of the future before suddenly breaking Hanson’s jaw and threatening to kill him at training camp during an altercation.

Half of us are waiting for the NFL to address this issue and acknowledge that he seriously needs to spend ample time in counsel. His anger problems are signs that Cable needs to be attended to before it’s too late and he kills someone, which is why Goodell must take a stance and take issues seriously.

The indications and ramifications could even hurt the league in the future, if he turns around and commits similar allegations. In the course of his tenure, Goodell has addressed and handed out suspensions, sending statements to all players and coaches that misconduct would not be tolerated. If so, it shouldn’t take long to address a problematic issue continuing to affect not only the National Football League, but society in general.

I don’t know if suspending Cable is a cure in preventing all domestic violence, which is currently happening now, but it sends a message to the league. What happened to the sternest and unsympathetic Goodell, who used to enforce punishment for shameless athletes? But apparently, Cable is under investigation by the NFL.

Nonetheless, when there’s conclusive evidence by previous partners, including an assistant coach who had to be taken to the hospital to recover from a fractured jaw, there's enough facts to inflict an indefinite suspension, at least until the pending investigation is finalized. This is a time Goodell must be a law enforcer, and take down the bad boy. Ignoring each victim’s side of the story might be a misconception, and should be taken seriously. In fairness, each victim is seeking justice and Goodell must take full accountability.

Hello!

There were witnesses who happened to discover the incident with their own two eyes, and told Napa County Police that Cable snapped and confronted Hanson. Because he can’t control his reactions and tends to erupt into hissy fits, witnesses clarified Cable grabbed him by the shirt before each of them were separated.

To be blunt, witnesses provided enough information for Goodell to wisely declare a suspension, though there isn’t enough evidence to discipline Cable of throwing punches. The league still can’t allow troubling controversy to slide, particularly if skirmishes unprofessionally transpire within an organization.

There’s no doubt in my mind Goodell should be deeply concern. There’s no doubt in my mind Cable shouldn’t have the opportunity to coach for the reminder of the season. And there’s no doubt in my mind Davis dismisses the troubled coach.

In an episode of ESPN's Outside the Lines , much hidden information surfaced on national television, giving us an all-access look at Cable’s overwhelming background. Sadly, he lives his behind-the-scenes life as a wife-beater, according to ex-wife Sandy Cable, who unveiled that she was allegedly physically battered and abused during their marriage.

Marie Lutz wasn’t afraid to tell her side of the story, as well, telling police that Cable angrily grabbed her left arm and sent her to the ground at home, where Lutz saw another woman in her presence and confronted Cable. Moments later, he cowardly pushed her out of the front door and she was taken to the emergency room, where she had apparently suffered back contusions.

Based on all sorts of evidence, these are indications of a man with serious anger problems. Similar to Michael Vick’s bitter protesters during the dog fighting scandal, National Organization for Women president Terry O’Neil told USA Today on Wednesday that Cable should be suspended. Since discontented people are expecting a suspension, I also expect both the league and the Raiders organization to respond.

What more is there to deliberate? He committed a heinous act as severe as Vick’s dog killing and Pacman Jones’ assaults at strip joints. Two police investigations relating to violent allegations in the past 11 months is enough to divulge and declare an indefinite penalty. But he shouldn’t be allowed to get away with his unseen lifestyle.

Making Cable pay the price is the right thing for the league and Goodell.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It's About Greed and Ego: Snyder Is an Egotistic Idiot, Worst Owner Ever

In the richest sports league, an egotistic owner by the name of Dan Snyder purchased a franchise an NFL franchise. I tipped my hat off to him, having the proper necessities to own a franchise, since purchasing the Washington Redskins 10 years ago.


But recently, I have put my thumbs down and quickly watched the richest franchise in the league deteriorate.

Like most people, grasping an understanding that Snyder is heedless about winning and operates his chaotic business strictly for profit, I describe him as an egotistical and greedy buffoon who doesn’t have the audacity to bypass disgrace and mortification.

At the largest stadium in the league, where Redskins' faithful appear on Sunday afternoons wearing pig noses to show fan appreciation as if they are goofy like Snyder, who celebrates on the sideline with a victory, the average Redskins’ loyalists are worn down by all the misery that has toppled unprecedented talent.

Flamboyant spending doesn’t ensure championships, but operating a workable business ensures prosperity. Snyder hasn’t learned he’s not getting anything by flashing his bucks -- but of course -- squandering huge dollars hasn’t gotten the franchise anywhere.

Instead, in recent years, the Redskins have experienced early playoff exits or either missed the postseason. So, I guess we can dismiss the fact that a troubled Washington team won't make the postseason. It’s an embattled team in disarray as Snyder's credibility is persistently shrinking, while drawing more media attention. These days, the local media ridicules, makes sarcastic remarks and gives Snyder advice on brilliant ways to run his franchise.

In the last three seasons, the Redskins have ridiculously wasted more than $100 million in players and salaries. That’s very staggering and idiotic, when Snyder has nothing to show for it. In the midst of an apocalypse, he should be classified as the biggest idiot and the worst owner in sports, clearly letting down his entire coaching staff and roster.

Most of the players remain furious about a dysfunctional season, for which some called out Snyder and expressed their point of views, having every right to state their views. His horrendous track record speaks for itself, owning a 2-3 playoff record and hiring five coaches in the last five seasons.

Some hold coach Jim Zorn liable for the Redskins' failures, but a desperate Snyder was confident he could be a remedy for all of this mediocrity. As Joe Gibbs' successor, Zorn was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach.

Maybe he was hired for his ingenious West Coast offensive schemes, which was originally effective for Jason Campbell, a struggling quarterback who was yanked in the Kansas City game and replaced by 37-year-old Todd Collins.

But it was a mistake to turn Zorn into a full-time head coach.

Snyder had numerous opportunities to bring in former guru Jim Fassel, who Redskins' fans were greatly imploring to fill the coaching vacancy. Worst, Zorn was stripped of his specialty in calling offensive plays and had been replaced by the 67-year-old Sherm Lewis, who before was contacted by the Redskins, called bingo games at a senior citizen center in Michigan.

That could be the reason Steve Spagnuolo rebuffed interest, when Snyder offered the coaching job immediately following the Giants incredible Super Bowl victory. According to the Redskins’ Vinny Cerrato, the vice president of football operations, addressed the issue on ESPN 980 in Washington and said Zorn will not be fired during the season.

“Jim Zorn is the head coach of the Washington Redskins and will be for the rest of this season, and hopefully into the future", said Cerrato.

See, Cerrato is fearful of his job security -- knowing if Zorn gets fired, then he’s likely out the door as well. It will be very interesting to see if Snyder does actually retain Zorn at the end of the season. Perhaps, moving on to the next head coach is a satisfying idea.

After this season, a number of coaches are worth targeting in the midst of their exploration for the next coach to clean up the turbulence before issues become worse. Jon Gruden is an excellent candidate who now sits in the press box calling Monday Night Football. His defensive philosophy will be a nice addition and will influence toughness.

Sitting on his couch and enjoying intermission, until he receives a phone call, is Mike Shanahan, who is probably a favorable target and would be willing to take on the challenge. There is also Mike Holmgren, who many are familiar with as far as his coaching principles, and might be the right coach for refurbishing an insubstantial organization.

However, it would still be difficult with a stubborn-minded owner who is an absolute joke. In sports Snyder is the most polarizing owner, turning the Redskins into an annoying soap opera, which is now the worst-operated franchise ever. Pathetically, we are burnt out from the negativity, and should come to the conclusion that Snyder is strictly in the business because of greed and ego.

Point is, the greedy and so-called businessman couldn’t care less about winning a title, but cares only about inheriting billions. Truth is, money is the root of all evil, which has led to other disturbing issues and divided a team.

Prolific running back Clinton Portis and Mike Sellers both had to be separated in the locker room for a verbal altercation. Instead of focusing on money, I think it’s time Snyder gets a grip on his franchise, and bring in a fitting coaching staff and proper players to make a run at the Super Bowl.

Until then, the Redskins are the biggest joke in football, and are committed to failure. If they expect to win ever again, Snyder will have to start putting aside greed and ego.

Folks near the nation’s capital, it’s just that simple.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Denver Broncos' Flawless Drive is Wasteful, If Bothered By Pesky Steelers

It felt like a playoff game, I swear. Seems football fanatics are getting a head start in a sneak preview, and how a fascinating postseason may square off. Two bottomless defensive teams, and two flawless defensive coordinators describe the kind of teams assembled. As it turns out, the Denver Broncos are subjected to an unbelievable year, and survived disastrous turmoil that nearly battered an entire organization.

So now, it’s hard admitting that the Broncos are near the top of the AFC conference in the same year of a grotesque divorce with franchise quarterback Jay Cutler. Lack of communication between him and egotistic coach Josh McDaniels had apparently dismantled morale, including disputes with discontent wideout Brandon Marshall.

Judging all the disruptions, the Broncos weren’t speculated to have a flawless season. Although, they seemed unbeatable before losing to the Ravens last week, Denver musters likely the deepest defense in the league, an essential factor to their powerful rampancy facing most teams this season.

Of course, against Pittsburgh, exploiting defensive schemes normally doesn’t fair too well. In the game, hard-hitting, physical bulrushes and unsympathetic sacks identified physical toughness, which unleashes the heart of ambitious competitors willing to encounter an action-packed fray confirming legitimacy.

By now, our society can discern why the Steelers are defending champs, and the lone franchise with six Super Bowl titles. Despite a usual sluggish start, their reckless and daredevil quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lives up to his nickname Big Ben.

From most viewpoints, he’s the league’s best quarterback managing big plays and conserves the clock in critical moments. Considering he’s the greatest quarterback in clutch situations and rallies the Steelers to victories, the tenacious and fierce defense keeps the sluggish offense alive.

Coming off a bye week Pittsburgh might have been rusty, but recharged in the second-half against the resurgence of the Broncos. It’s a usual trait seen often by the Steelers, recovering from first-half droughts and escapes at the end with victories. After all, we are accustomed to the late heroics and savior defense salvaging applause at the end of the night.

Again, the defense was too massive and energetic, accelerating and rushing to force Denver’s Kyle Orton into three interceptions. Again, the defense pressured the Broncos, outplaying the flawless frontline and secondary and bullied an uneasy Orton.

Again, the Steelers had a matchless offense, arranged by a crafty Big Ben, who orchestrated three second-half touchdown passes en route to a 28-10 victory.

But bigger worries are the Broncos. In the Mile High City, folks are worried about Denver, whose record is 6-2 when two consecutive losses increase panic attacks. Being in a weak division there’s not much to worry about. Instead, they should be strongly bothered by the Steelers.

Later in the season, of course when postseason play arrives, the Broncos will need to garner concepts in ways to trounce the defending champs, a challenging mode to breakthrough in the playoffs. A Steelers-Broncos rematch is likely to reoccur in the playoffs, and contemplating sufficient tactics for mitigating a pesky defense of rushing on nearly each possession, is obligatory for defeating Pittsburgh.

Putting more pressure on Roethlisberger is pragmatic as well as limiting probability of the Steelers pulling off a heartbreaker in final moments. Known for stinginess and greediness, the Steelers are more powerful than Denver, unless they’re equipped to hinder Pittsburgh by outscoring them.

More staggering was their ability to dominate the Broncos on Monday night, scorching in the second-half and outscored Denver with an overwhelming score of 76-10.

Its painful not having the similar pedigree of a high caliber offense that could compile points instantly on the scoreboard. The Steelers were just prepared and formed the Blizburgh, trapping the line of scrimmage to disallow Orton of duplicating similar patterns, which led to early success.

But more problematic, the Broncos defense weakened, intimidated by the Steelers toughness and amazed with guru defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s intellectual play calling on the sideline. To be straightforward, his play calling was productive and usually finished on good terms, outcoaching Denver’s defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and the disappearing defense.

Where were the tough-minded defensive backs, such as Brian Dawkins or Champ Bailey? Where was rookie linebacker Robert Ayers, after the second-half when he sacked and forced a fumble before returning it 54-yards for a touchdown? Lastly, where were the nimble play calls by Nolan?

For much of the season, the Broncos have been very impressive in their pugnacious secondary. Instead the Steelers entered a hostile territory, sprinted out of the visitors’ tunnel rusty but pumped and comfortable for the challenge.

At halftime, Pittsburgh trailed 7-0 in a neutralized environment, where Pittsburgh fans swung the Terrible Towels spoiling a home game for the Broncos. Mostly, throughout, an uptight night Denver faithful booed Orton for throwing three interceptions.

Was it really his fault? The Broncos failed to run the no-huddle offense, designed to make opponents fatigued. I also think the Steelers were a better defensive force, in which the Broncos offensive line failed to cease. Hate to say this, but it felt like a game played in Pittsburgh. With less than two minutes left, Terrible Towels started swinging, and Steelers’ fans terribly celebrated in front of petulant Broncos fans.

Much of the game, the Steelers pushed the ball on the ground with the quickness of Rashard Mendenhall, blowing by Denver defenders in the low altitude for 155 yards. The sixth-ranked Steelers defense, though, shut down a swaggering rushing game. Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno were limited in stomping the Steelers knack on defense.

Of course, momentum shifted in the second quarter, when safety Tyrone Carter picked off one of his picks and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown. Most games don’t pass without a relentless Troy Polamalu slowing down the rush or picking off a wayward throw.

As usual, he exploited his speed and read all angles of the field in Denver. His intercepted pass on the Broncos’ 25-yard line put the Steelers in position to capitalize, and dictated the final outcome of an AFC showdown when Roethlisberger fired a pass to rookie Mike Wallace completing 21 of 29 passes for 233 yards.

By evaluating the game, the Broncos are working progress and have much to work on. In the upcoming weeks, Denver needs to accumulate defensive awareness and enhance tactics to trounce the Steelers. For now, if the Broncos look to thrive, they must beat the Steelers. Like getting off to a fast start, the Broncos will have to make adjustments fast.

If Denver ignores defensive woes, what a waste it would be.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Is It Likely For This Year's Super-Bowl To Be Colts Vs. Saints?

Written By Krishna Dhani
This year we have seen a numerous amount of amazing games and starts. But it comes down to two teams with the best stats. The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints.
Overall I have seen the most progress within the Saints.

It was from being 7-9 in 2007 and 8-8 in 2008 and now with the best record of 7-0. But there is still much of the season to go. if they were to win the next game and lose the rest they will be the same as last year. Therefore we can not say much about them now.

The Colts have been very successful, last year with a great record of 12-5. They have been progressing in some ways such as their offense was not as good as last year rushing wise. But you also have to think they got Donald Brown now.

If this were to happen, who would most likely win the Super-Bowl?

In my opinion I would say the Colts due to the fact they have been doing good every year, it is normal fir them to be 8-0. But the Saints on the other hand you saw have had a huge gap. From 8-8 to 7-0 that is amazing.

Why?

The reason is, is that if you look at the way the Colts do things offensively they are very strong. Stronger than the Saints at some points. Some easy ways Peyton Manning makes the other team lose yards in there turn of offense is by making a penalty. At some points in the game quickly does the huddle and hikes the ball. At the point it starts a couple players are off sides. Which helps the Colts.

Also they have such good players such as Austin Collie, Regggie Wayne, Donald Brown, Peyton Manning. Those are just some people on the team that make a big difference. Though in the last game against the San Fransisco 49ers they were struggling but came back. It was a very close game 18-14. But the 49ers are very good as a team.

If you think about it the Saints have struggled most of there way out, to make there record 7-0. But at hard teams they have done well but now they seem to not be doing so good as almost every time they go to the game struggle in both ways.

But there is still more of the season to go.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Is Oregon a Mirage or Tanigble? Ducks Might Be Tough, But Not BCS Tough

No, way. This was classified as the deepest threat in college football, seemingly invincible of relinquishing from the BCS picture. The Oregon Ducks were considered the most dangerous team in the nation aiming closer to a berth for a major bowl game, until the Quack Attack failed in persisting wondrous preeminence.

Although, the masses never pictured the Ducks owning the erratic polls, absorbing regards fairly was applaud, coming off a fascinating week when they smeared USC’s national title and Rose Bowl hopes in an entertaining romp. Only deed remaining was to transcend beyond, persuading the nation to merit roses or a national title in the state of Oregon.

What mattered was the Ducks, a compelling program earning top-notch regard when they shockingly pummeled the Trojans, who seems to be curse in the state of Oregon, with hidden ghost staging nightmarish misfortunes for the Trojan Man.

This miracle wasn’t supposed to happen inside a conference where a premier school, arguably in the country was impeccable, led by a true freshman Matt Berkley, a calm, cool and collective quarterback. Following the horrific on-field brawl, involving prolific running back LeGarrette Blount in Oregon’s season-opener, they weren’t supposed to overpower and raise eyebrows with an astonishing joyride.

Instead, however, the unthinkable joyride rattled analyst and football whizzes. Unexpectedly, that is, the Ducks emerged as bowl contenders, and generated an unbreakable bond and gelled as a cohesive core. Each week, doubting Oregon’s triumphant commodities was a misunderstanding when coach Chip Kelly provided inspirational leadership.

Each week, the Ducks performance enhanced at a high level in consistency, considering injuries had hampered a shorthanded defense. Thus, it has been an improbable year for Oregon, who were least expected to prevail and eclipse programs of high-regard. But emphasizing and defining a sleeper were the Ducks, before encountering a disastrous meltdown at Stanford.

Bad timing to collapse, when the chaotic BCS system leaves us guessing on which team deserves national rights. It’s bad timing surrendering to an unranked school when all victories matter in a laborious task to qualify for a BCS bowl game.

So, were the Ducks a mirage? Were the Ducks tangible? And can the Ducks continue quacking and still qualify for a bowl game?

That’s hard to tell in a period where disgruntled populace, including President Obama has appealed for a playoff system. As difficult as it remains to tell which school is worthy, seventh-ranked Oregon may have blown national title faith on Saturday at Stanford Stadium.

Wonder what happened to the fierce BCS killers, the potent offense that seemed unstoppable, practically upsetting and maneuvered into contention? Against Stanford the Ducks clearly disappeared and was too relax. They were still in a hangover, overconfident following last week’s immeasurable victory, which is worth bragging rights.

But clearly, overconfidence and inattentiveness presumably cost a grand appearance on the biggest stage including rose’s, maybe? For weeks now, Oregon repeatedly answered continuous questions about letdowns, a dilemma they have handled well to manage and remain atop the Pac-10 conference.

What we’ve witnessed in the Oregon-Stanford game was a letdown and a stunning upset. This wasn’t supposed to happen, but theoretically it was supposed to happen. The Ducks were supposed to be the underdogs, but should have won in a year they were considered unthinkable sleepers and were in position to upset in the unpredictable polls. And now this, an uninspiring, 51-42 loss against Stanford coming off their most awe-inspiring victory imploding a feasible moment deriving in Eugene, Oregon.

The Ducks haven’t lost since the embarrassing and shameful finish against Boise State. This obviously was the hottest program in the country, overlooked because of the Pac-10 conference, which doesn’t earn much recognition. Mostly the conference is considered an inferior one and one-sided, with the thought-to-be dominant USC.

But every season is different, depending upon a team’s sudden arrival and Oregon had arrived emerging quickly with jaw-dropping defeats and inspiring toughness. An eye-opening run of seven consecutive victories, or a margin of victories resulting in 22.7 points a game weren’t a fluke.

The high-powered offense is a functional nucleus through versatile quarterback Jeremiah Masoil, who held his head down in distraught at the postgame conference, and true freshman tailback LeMichael James had the ability to rush for 125 yards and scored on a 60-yard touchdown against the Cardinal.

Needing a dramatic comeback severely hurt the Ducks in the fourth quarter, as Stanford controlled momentum mainly in the final quarter of regulation by holding 15-minute margin in time of possession. It didn’t leave plenty of time for the Ducks to effectuate their high-powered weapons. Otherwise, we could have classified them as the comeback kids, a comparison to Iowa’s trait rallying to a late come-from-behind victory.

As it turned out, the Cardinal salvaged bowl eligibility in desperation upset. Their scoreboard read 51-points, in a contest were Oregon hadn’t surrendered that many points all season. Mentality and physically prepared for a big contest were the Cardinal, which is why coach Jim Harbaugh has an excellent track record against ranked opponents. Known for his upsetting defeats, the Ducks were victims of a formidable upset, an empathic downfall in what USC suffered in 2007 against a 4-8 Stanford.

As Oregon failed to slow down the Cardinal, they were fortunate in an effective running game. Gifted tailback Toby Gerhart rushed for 223 yards on 38 carries with three touchdowns, destroying the Ducks defense and sprinted like a “warrior”, a way Harbaugh likes describing his irresistible and finesse superstar.

We might have spoken too soon about the Ducks, especially after slaughtering the mighty Trojan Man. Just in an instant, the Ducks earned recognition for knocking off the most potent program in the Pac-10 in recent years.

Keeping a close eye on the Quack Attack was normal, and anointing all their deeds were understandable clearly overcoming turbulence at the beginning of the season. There wasn’t a better coach in the country who handled on-field troubles better than Kelly, who assembled this program and inspired his team to come together as a cohesive team.

So, the Ducks were good and still are good.

They might be good, but just how great?

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Feud Reveals: Given Isiah Thomas' History, Believing Magic Johnson Is Sensible

Shame on our country that was bred and taught to unite as one. If citizens truly believe in befriending other individuals, America would be a kinder place, and we’ll impetuously utter united we stand, united we fall. But we’ve reached a point, when emotionally others betrays someone, sadly, implying cowardice under the circumstance that they were never really a true friend.

Needless to say, it’s similar to Magic Johnson’s and Isiah Thomas’ impair friendship that unraveled and unfeasibly is irreparable, viewed as a bitter altercation. Worse, it developed a scene publicly, shocking us to learn it was never a close bond after all.

Even more veiling, is the fact a long-term connection ended badly in a war of words, which never recovered creating execrable and dumbfounded an entire universe, leaving us speechless and surprised. Truthfully, none of the madness and childish games should be as surprising as the public exaggerate on an issue defined as ignorance.

I’m not analyzing whether it’s right or wrong to publicize a feud as frivolous as these two legendary icons exchange words, regarding the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team, but will admit feuding on the past is staggering, mindless and impulsive.

Dwelling on the latest book Johnson recently published, is outdated news and should be downplayed. Clearly, Johnson and Thomas always had a bitter friendship, but demolished more as time progress.

The release of Johnson’s new book, “When the Game Was Ours”, a biography bringing out an abnormal side of the man who invented the “Showtime Era” when he shined for the purple and gold stockpiling titles within a span, and the man who invested wisely to flourish and proliferate into a fruitful entrepreneur.

In the meantime, allow me to emphasize a wise businessman who has had enough of the childish mind games and verbal confrontations with a long-time nemesis, Thomas. That would be, of course, Johnson expressing beliefs in his book, which allegedly reveals the truth.

It provides a logic sense of what transpired between the two men who are obviously attempting to settle a problematic altercation, flaring up into an unimportant controversy. Constant debates have been brought to our attention, unexpectedly startled by the bizarre admission.

As much as you try grasping a factual understanding or forecast a questionable bond, a true friendship was never immaculate, but formed negative bitterness in which holding grudges finally surfaces in a bitter ending and not a happy closure. For a long time, the two legends gave us reason to believe their friendship remained unbreakable.

If Johnson and Thomas were close friends at the time, obviously in the book, which Johnson co-authored with former nemesis Larry Bird and ESPN contributor Jackie MacMullan, he sadly held accusations confidential. What seems to be the truth is shocking when it could actually be, knowing Thomas’ history on and off the court.

Seems wondering otherwise is absolutely disbelieving the well-beloved miracle worker whose charitable contributions have done much, benefiting the less fortunate in the problematic streets of Los Angeles to Detroit, where Magic’s roots started as a kid growing up in poverty as well.

Given the negative episodes, grotesque incidents transpired, which have emerged recently, declined Thomas’ credibility. If someone has amnesia or deeply is blindsided as Thomas seems to be on pending accusations, speculating on Johnson’s recent announcement in which he admittedly states he was responsible for keeping Thomas off the ’92 U.S. Olympic Dream Team, gives us a reason to believe Magic.

A bitter Johnson has divulged hostility and skepticism towards a disloyal Thomas, offended by his humiliating rumor. Its ignorance to acknowledge a so-called friend as bisexual in the wake of Johnson’s public announcement in ’91 when he had admittedly informed the public he had tested positive for HIV.

Enough has been said on the verbal he-said controversy. I’m advising the masses to carefully speculate this ongoing issue, meaning backtrack to Thomas’ horrific problems that poisoned a franchise and tarnished his image. He unprofessionally instigated further issues between him and guard Stephen Marbury, a heated feud erupting ongoing confrontations during the New York Knicks rebuilding period.

Also, he had the sexual harassment suit filed against him. Even more disturbing, he was rushed to a hospital, when he had apparently overdosed on sleeping pills, an incident that will never bring out true colors. Throughout his playing career, he was a portrait of arrogance and insidious, or a worthless conspirator who inanely had no morals.

Mostly anyone who follows the game is mindful of Thomas’ arrogant smirks, inane remarks and stupidity, so exceedingly all the specifics stated in the book, might or might not be strictly biases.

Assuming his premise is truthful accusations, ultimately it would be sensible to trust Johnson, especially when issues involve an esoteric individual who has done laughable things. This entire story is weird, involving a classy Johnson, singling out Thomas after remaining silent for years. No sympathy felt, ripping a so-call friend publicly for an incident that happened years ago.

Is this the same Magic we have grown to love? Or is this a deceptive Thomas, who miserably insulted close pals?

Whatever transpired we might never know the truth, and painfully Thomas is the scapegoat denying the accusations of Johnson’s sexual activities. Reportedly, he told SI.com he’s “blindsided” since Johnson aired his side of the story.

As there are normally two sides to a story, mostly everyone is taking sides with Magic, probably for his commitment to donate charity to the communities or likeness among peers for all he has brought to the game in back-and-forth rival showdowns against the Boston Celtics and Bird.

Whatever it might be, the masses aren’t holding a wicked grudge on Magic, but hold a fierce one against Thomas, dating back to the epic period when the two fought aggressively in the ’88 and ’89 NBA Finals.

Earlier this year, Thomas was hired to fill the head coaching vacancy at Florida International University, ready to move on and put the allegations behind. Being one of the most inspirational preachers for the game and a down-to-earth analyst, publicly ripping someone was least expected from a well-known and likable man in basketball.

Getting a slap on the hand is Magic, as Thomas takes most of the abuse for a troubling reputation.

In my perspective, they never were true buddies.