Saturday, March 30, 2013

Serena beats Maria Sharapova, again

How good is Serena Williams? After losing the first set today to Maria Sharapova, and being tied 3-3 in the second, Serena won the next nine games and the Sony Championship in Miami for the 6th time.
As always, Sharapova behaved like an asshole. Following the match, she barely acknowledged Serena in the traditional post match handshake and then ignored her as Serena put a hand on Sharapova's shoulder and tried to speak with her.

Serena Williams

Hey Maria, maybe that's part of the reason you're 2-12 all-time against Serena. Williams hasn't lost to Sharapova since Los Angeles 2004. Serena came up with an abdominal injury during the match, but still fought for a 4-0 lead in the third set, before losing the set 6-4, and the match. That didn't stop Sharapova from celebrating each winning point like it was 1999. How hurt was Serena, he's a link to the whole match.

There are plenty of examples of Serena's obvious pain. You can start with 1:20:20, the gurl couldn't even serve. But watch how gracious Serena is following the match. 1:26:15 Maria I'm talking to you. I'm not the only one who remembers Maria's behavior at this match. Given Serena's 11-0 record against her since this match. I'm guessing the world number woman tennis player, hasn't forgotten either.

Washington Post Editorial on Mass Shootings Nails It

Very good editorial in the Washington Post today. I praise it for content and courage. A lot of black people I  know cross their fingers hoping the perpetrators of heinous, publicized crimes aren't other black people. We know bigots will use the news as weapons in their attacks and suspicious about all blacks. These two women ask, why shouldn't white men feel the same when discussing America's mass shootings.

White men have much to discuss about mass shootings
By Charlotte Childress and Harriet Childress, Published: March 29
Charlotte and Harriet Childress are researchers and consultants on social and political issues. They are the co-authors of “Clueless at the Top: While the Rest of Us Turn Elsewhere for Life, Liberty, and Happiness,” on outdated hierarchies in American culture.
Imagine if African American men and boys were committing mass shootings month after month, year after year. Articles and interviews would flood the media, and we’d have political debates demanding that African Americans be “held accountable.” 
Adam Lanza

Then, if an atrocity such as the Newtown, Conn shootings took place and African American male leaders held a news conference to offer solutions, their credibility would be questionable. The public would tell these leaders that they need to focus on problems in their own culture and communities.
But when the criminals and leaders are white men, race and gender become the elephant in the room.
Nearly all of the mass shootings in this country in recent years — not just Newtown, Aurora, Foot Hood, Tuscon and Columbine — have been committed by white men and boys. Yet when the National Rifle Association (NRA), led by white men, held a news conference after the Newtown massacre to advise Americans on how to reduce gun violence, its leaders’ opinions were widely discussed.
                                                                                                                        Jared Loughner (AZ)

          James Holmes (CO)

Unlike other groups, white men are not used to being singled out. So we expect that many of them will protest it is unfair if we talk about them. But our nation must correctly define their contribution to our problem of gun violence if it is to be solved.
When white men try to divert attention from gun control by talking about mental health issues, many people buy into the idea that the United States has a national mental health problem, or flawed systems with which to address those problems, and they think that is what produces mass shootings.
But women and girls with mental health issues are not picking up semiautomatic weapons and shooting schoolchildren. Immigrants with mental health issues are not committing mass shootings in malls and movie theaters. Latinos with mental health issues are not continually killing groups of strangers.

Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold

Each of us is programmed from childhood to believe that the top group of our hierarchies — and in the U.S. culture, that’s white men — represents everyone, so it can feel awkward, even ridiculous, when we try to call attention to those people as a distinct group and hold them accountable.
For example, our schools teach American history as the history of everyone in this nation. But the stories we learn are predominantly about white men. To study the history of other groups, people have to take separate classes, such as African American history, women’s history or Native American history. And if we take “Hispanic American History,” we don’t expect to learn “Asian American History,” because a class about anyone but white men is assumed not to be inclusive of anyone else.
This societal and cultural programming makes it easy for conservative, white-male-led groups to convince the nation that an organization led by white men, such as the NRA or the tea party movement, can represent the interests of the entire nation when, in fact, they predominately represent only their own experiences and perspectives.
If life were equitable, white male gun-rights advocates would face some serious questions to assess their degree of credibility and objectivity. We would expect them to explain:
What facets of white male culture create so many mass shootings?
Why are so many white men and boys producing and entertaining themselves with violent video games and other media?
Why do white men buy, sell and manufacture guns for profit; attend gun shows; and demonstrate for unrestricted gun access disproportionately more than people of other ethnicities or races?
Why are white male congressmen leading the fight against gun control?
If Americans ask the right questions on gun issues, we will get the right answers. These answers will encourage white men to examine their role in their own culture and to help other white men and boys become healthier and less violent.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Mark Jackson says Warriors have reached (playoff) goal.

In the moments before I asked Golden State Warriors Head Coach Mark Jackson how does the team play games it needs to win to clinch a playoff birth and prepare for the playoffs, I was sweating a little. I was afraid Jackson would shoot my annoyed look and tell me the team is only thinking about Portland Saturday night. I was afraid Jackson would ask me, rhetoricially, how I could ask such a question? He was annoyed alright, but not in the way I thought. The moral of the story is that there are no stupid questions or obvious answers.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blackballed vs. Tolerated Part Three

Vincent Wrice Part Three of a Three Part Series

Blackballed vs. Tolerated.

Lovie Smith                                                     vs.                                                 Jeff Fisher                   

Lovie Smith was fired from the Chicago Bears on December 31, 2012 when the team failed to reach the playoffs after achieving a 7-1 record at the season's halfway point. Despite a winning record, in 2012 and a Super Bowl appearance, he is without a coaching job.
• Regular season 81–63–0
• Postseason 3–3
• Career record 84–66–0
• Championships won NFC North (2005, 2006, 2010) NFC Championship 2006
• Coach of the Year 2005
Jeff Fisher has been coaching since 1994. He has enjoyed a wonderful rapport with the media as well as a great reputation with fans. His record however, is not as great as his reputation.
• Regular season 159–128–1
• Postseason 5–6
• Career record 154–133–1
• Championships won AFC Central (2000) AFC South (2002, 2008)
AFC Championship 1999
Lovie Smith had a record above .500 5 of 9 years as a head coach, while Jeff Fisher had a record above .500 6 of 17 years. Lovie Smith had Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman as Starting QBs while Jeff Fisher had Steve McNair (won an MVP), Vince Young (won an Rookie of the Year award) and Kerry Collins as starters. Clearly the quarterback edge clearly in favor of Coach Fisher, he has not fared as well as Smith. Note that 122 of his 149 wins were while McNair and Young were his starting QBs. Without them, his record is 27-43 (38%). Why is one still coaching while the other isn’t?

I like Dwight, but Lee's lip shot O.K.

I'm a Dwight Howard fan, but I've had to take my lumps standing up for him. Last year, Stan Van Gundy claimed a high ranking member of the Orlando Magic told him Howard wanted SVG gone or Howard wanted to be traded. Earlier, Howard had denied rumors claiming the same. It only became true, when SVG said he hear it from a front office person. The media said Howard was "outed." (As a liar) According to the media, since SVG said it was true, it was true. Classic case of a white man's story having absolute credibility. Could SVG made up the story? Could the front office person lied to SVG? Absolutely, but the media bought SVG's side and buried Howard. Just a month ago, another BS story about Howard. This time, the media suggested tweets between him and Phil Jackson were part of a plot to rid the Lakers of current head coach, Mike D'antoni. Yet another attempt to make the black guy the bad guy. But last night...

Dwight, you know u mah boy, but last night you got popped in the mouth on a clean play. So just get the lip sewn up, and school David Lee the next time y'all play. Here is what Howard said about what happened.

"He got away with a shot," Howard said. "I will remember this game. I will remember that shot. He said he wasn't trying to do it. You can look at the play and see it for yourself. I will take care of it later." (Yahoo sports) A, not so veiled threat? C'mon man!

Watch what happened here.

Here's what David Lee said "I was just trying to go up and finish against a shot block." You have to go to the basket hard in high school, so in the NBA, with a playoff spot on the line, well...C'mon man!

How is it that Marshall Henderson is escaping scrutiny?

This guy is a complete thug, and as my good friend Vincent Wrice points out, or at the very least suggests, if he were a black guy, the outrage over his behavior would be fodder for sports talk radio all over the country.

I'm positing his picture here. I did a positive story about him on my Facebook page, but that was before I knew about his criminal history.

Marshall J. Henderson

Paste the link into your URL to see the paper work on ONE of Henderson's arrests.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Stan Smith Keeps It Real. (and hilarious)

"God pays twice as much attention on Christmas. Like the media when a white kid goes missing." 
Stan Smith

Blackballed vs. Tolerated. part two in a series of three

Vincent Wrice..Blackballed vs. Tolerated.
part two in a series of three

Vince Young                                                             vs.                                               Mark Sanchez

Vince Young a great mobile quarterback with an exceptional winning percentage.
Young had a career record of 31-19 (30 and 17 while the #1QB at Tennessee). The rookie of the year in 2006 and went to the Pro Bowl twice. He is currently unsigned to an NFL roster.
• TD–INT 46–51
• Passing yards 8,964
• Completion pct. 57.9
• Passer rating 74.4
• Rushing yards/touchdowns 1,459/12
Sanchez has a career record of 33-29.
• TD–INT 68-69
• Passing Yards 12,092
• Completion pct. 55
• Passer rating 71.7
• Rushing yards/touchdowns 342/12
Football commentators often cite winning as a key statistic in evaluating quarterbacks. Vince Young has been deemed emotionally incapable of being an NFL quarterback. This claim was influenced by comments from and treatment of Jeff Fisher, his head coach who was under pressure to play Tennessee’s 1st round pick and crowd favorite. Fisher, being a media favorite and insider, played his hand well. Fisher’s record at Tennessee without Young at Starting QB was 15-18.

Tiger Woods is Number One, Again

Tiger Woods is the number one golfer in the world, again. In a tournament elongated an extra day because of bad weather, Woods won the Bay Hill Invitational for the 8th time in 17 tries. "It's a byproduct of hard work, patience and getting back to winning golf tournaments," Woods said. 
Woods tied the tour record of eight wins in a single tournament. Sam Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times from 1938 to 1965 at two golf courses. Woods tied his record for most wins at a single golf course, having also won eight times at Torrey Pines, including a U.S. Open

Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer

Ricky Fowler, his first time playing with Woods in the final group, opened with eight pars when he needed to be making up ground. And when he finally had a few openings on the back nine, Woods refused to let him through.

Woods salvaged a two-putt par with a 7-footer on the 11th hole to keep a three-shot lead. On the next hole, Fowler looked to gain some momentum when he made a 40-foot birdie putt only for Woods to match him with a 25-foot birdie.

But then Fowler triple bogeyed the 16th, hitting two shots into the drink. It was over for him. Justin Rose finished in second, two shots behind Woods.

Ever since Woods public admission of infidelity in his marriage and the revelation that the women with whom Tiger cheated with, were in the adult entertainment industry, golf has been one of Woods sanctuaries. Still, the public glare gets even hotter when a 14 time major winner doesn't win and drops out of the top 50. Woods fell as low as No. 58 in the world as he coped with the collapse of his marriage, a loss of sponsors and injuries to his left leg. 

Add to that the glee many in the press felt and wrote about while Woods was suffering and its unbelievable that Tiger was able to get back to where he is now. The number one golfer in the world and the favorite to win next month's Master's. He's also dating America's best ever skier. She took to Twitter following the win.

Number 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

And yet Woods is on Forbes Top 10 List of Most Disliked Athletes.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Media Portrayal of Race in Sports Reveals Biases in the Corporate World

"The U.S. may have its first black president and the Fortune 500 its first black female chief executive, but African-American CEOs continue to remain a rarity, a mere one percent of the chiefs of those 500 largest companies. How could this be at a time when diversity is a principal watchword of corporate America?   

A new study by Andrew Carton, assistant professor of management and organization at Smeal, and Ashleigh Shelby Rosette of Duke University provides fresh perspective on this anomaly in a way that suggests how difficult change will be. Findings suggest that what steers people's perceptions of African-Americans are stereotypes about blacks' leadership failings, biases whose persistence depends less on rigidity than on a mental flexibility that may not even be conscious." 

Cam Newton

"Buried in these press reports is a consistent pattern of associating losses with failed leadership when quarterbacks are black but not when they are white, and associating victories with quarterbacks' native athletic ability when they are black but not when they are white." 

You can find more of the summary on my Facebook page, At The Barbershop, here a couple very important paragraphs from the study.

"Black quarterbacks were perceived to be significantly more incompetent than whites when their respective teams lost, but this difference was not found when their respective teams won," write the researchers. 

For example, black quarterbacks of defeated teams were more likely than defeated white quarterbacks to be tasked by reporters for making bad decisions under pressure. In contrast, the study found that a winning black quarterback was more likely than a victorious white quarterback to be described by such phrases as "very dangerous on the run" or "making plays with his feet."   

Findings highlight ways in which corporations can manage perceptions of race among CEOs by instituting "perception-based reform" in addition to, or as alternative to, traditional diversity initiatives.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Is Jack Cooley this generations Spike Lee? Not in any way

Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley talks shit about Iowa State, they make him eat shit. Earlier this week, Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley was asked how the Fighting Irish would match the speed of Iowa State. Instead of making a comment that wouldn't rile-up the other team, Cooley compared the speed on Iowa State with the speed on De Paul, a team that won only two games this year.
Jack Cooley

Cooley proceeded to call Iowa State too short. Not the rapper, but the vertically challenged. “We felt disrespected,” guard Korie Lucious said. “I mean, DePaul was last in their conference this year. It was kind of like a slap in the face. We came out and tried to prove him wrong.”
But tonight the media or the fans aren't saying Cooley lost the game by pumping up the Cyclones with his comments. Yet, that's exactly what the media did with the nigga they love to hate. (Well, one of the niggas they love to hate)

From the AP June 3, 1994
"Fans calling all-sports radio station WFAN said the Pacers' Reggie Miller got fired up and went on a 25-point, fourth-quarter scoring tear after the ''Do the Right Thing'' director baited him with ''trash talk'' from his courtside seat Wednesday night."

I'm sure those fans weren't enabled at all by the jocks. That's what gets the highest ratings, hating on loud talkin', fancy dressin', white man disrepectin' uppity niggas. Did you ever hear Reggie Miller say Spike Lee was the reason the Pacers won that game?

Media names all players connected with MLB suit, except Braun

No more clear example of racial bias in the sports media than there is today. The AP, CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated all covered the MLB lawsuit against Biegenesis Labs. That's the lab accused of supplying muscle repairing drugs to several baseball players, including Ryan Braun.

And yet, none of the stories published by the above companies, even mention Braun's name. Coincidentally, Braun is the only white baseball player connected with this lab, but not the only one who TESTED POSITIVE for HGH. Braun's name appeared on a Biegenesis Labs list with a $ amount next to it. When that happened to Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera, for example, the media assumed both were guilty. Now the league is suing for damages claiming the lab lured players into using and sought to cover their tracks in a number of ways. That is not the point here. My point is to ask, how is it that the only white player's name to appear on Biegenesis Labs documents got left out of media reports of three major organizations? I think for the same reason Lance Armstrong was never suspected of of cheating, he's white. The mostly male, mostly white media is not only protecting Braun and Armstrong, in a sense they're protecting themselves.

The AP, CBS and SI stories are copied here below. Read them and ask yourself, if its fair to mention A-Rod everytime but never mention Braun.

Determined to find a route via which it can uncover enough evidence to discipline the players linked to the Miami anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, Major League Baseball is taking its fight to the courts. On Tursday night, the New York Times‘ Michael S. Schmidt reported that the league was planning to file a lawsuit against several individuals connected to the clinic, including Dr. Anthony Bosch, on the grounds that they damaged the sport by providing those players with performance-enhancing drugs.

As noted earlier this week, MLB lacks the subpoena power to compel testimony from the players who are said to be named in the clinic’s records, they have been stymied in their efforts to obtain the evidence uncovered by the Miami New Times, and the governmental interest in the case which they hoped would aid them has been limited to the Florida Department of Health’s investigation into Bosch. Thus far, MLB has only been able to hand down one suspension, a 100-game ban of minor league pitcher Cesar Carrillo, who isn’t on any team’s 40-man roster and thus is not protected by the drug policy that’s part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the owners and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

This suit, which was filed in Florida state court on Friday morning, represents a new strategy via which the league would be able to subpoena the now-shuttered clinic’s records to compel testimony and produce enough evidence to suspend players for so-called non-analytic positives. But it appears to be a desperation move with little chance of success.

According to Schmidt, legal experts are split as to whether the strategy could work. He quotes lawyer Steven Eckhaus as one who thinks the suit could have merit: “If I sold drugs to a baseball player, the league might say it damaged the good will of the league and its ability to make money and prosper… That’s probably a good claim.”

Without further elaboration, however, even that statement seems shaky when one considers the extent to which baseball’s revenues have grown steadily over the past two decades even amid the BALCO scandal, the Mitchell Report and the implication of numerous stars — including Alex Rodriguez, who’s also one of the Biogenesis bunch — as having used steroids via other means, not to mention the global financial crisis. Almost exactly a year ago, Forbes magazine’s Mike Ozanian wrote, “The National Pastime is flourishing thanks to cable companies’ desire for live baseball programming. The average Major League Baseball team rose 16% in value during the past year, to an all-time high of $605 million.”

In December, Biz of Baseball’s Maury Brown reported that after two years of relatively flat revenues, MLB took in $7.5 billion in 2012, and that after adjusting for inflation, baseball’s revenues have increased 257 percent since 1995.

Does that sound like a league whose good will and ability to prosper has been damaged? Brown also pointed out that new national broadcast television deals with Fox, ESPN and TBS, as well as franchise-based deals such as that of the Dodgers could push revenue above $9 billion in 2014. Those deals aren’t going anywhere even in the face of a scandal in which as many as 90 major and minor leaguers are said to have been named in the clinic’s records.

Schmidt doesn’t provide a quote from an expert more skeptical about MLB’s tack, but the baseball blogosphere has its share of lawyers who have offered their perspective. From HardballTalk’s Craig Calcaterra:

“Major League Baseball’s lawsuit against Biogenesis should be laughed out of court… this is a transparent and cynical attempt by Major League Baseball to obtain documents to discipline its employees, not an attempt to vindicate an actual legal injury, and courts do not like to be used in such a fashion.

“Baseball has loudly lamented that it (a) has no way of getting the Biogenesis documents; and thus (b) has no way of punishing the ballplayers named in the documents. For them to now, suddenly, tell a judge that this is really about redressing some legal injury it suffered at the hands of this little clinic is laughable in the extreme. If someone had handed them a box of documents last week they would have never considered suing Biogenesis. They are now suing with the sole intent of getting documents. Which is problematic because the purpose of the legal system is to redress legal injury, not to be used as a cudgel in some employment dispute involving non-parties to the lawsuit or to help sports leagues with their public relations problems.”

Via Twitter, FanGraphs’ Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders) wrote, “I’m quite skeptical of MLB’s legal theory v Biogenesis. But we need to know which state’s law at issue … Perhaps Florida law recognizes broad interference claims. I doubt it but don’t know. Also, many state courts allow discovery before… viability of legal theory is resolved. CA courts allow document discovery to proceed while motions to dismiss are pending.”

In other words, MLB may have a window to obtain documents before the suit is dismissed — but as ESPN’s T.J Quinn said via Twitter, “Sources say they believe Bosch destroyed remaining documents.” Quinn also noted that MLB’s suit has since been filed in Florida state court:”They’re seeking all materials. Now, do they still exist…?”

Whether or not they do, it seems entirely possible that MLB could be handed another embarrassing high-profile defeat. In a follow-up post, Calcaterra wrote that “the contract MLB claims interference with is the Joint Drug Agreement, in which MLB has no direct financial interest. Indeed, it EXPECTS the JDA to be breached and has built in a punishment system because of it. Via Twitter, he added, “This lawsuit doesn’t survive a motion to dismiss.”

While the commissioner, owner and players have built the strongest drug policy in professional sports, its limitations — particularly its lack of teeth beyond the testing regime — will be on public display as the case goes forward. By compelling testimony from non-union players (as it did regarding Carillo) and offering immunity to users who testify against Bosch and other players — a strategy the league is said to be pursuing, according to officials who spoke to USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale — the league has created the perception that it is abandoning two principles at the core of the Joint Drug Agreement: due process in handling each case and zero tolerance for violators.

Furthermore, if the case does somehow manage to proceed, it could linger for years; consider the lifespans of the BALCO proceedings, and the perjury/obstruction of justice trials of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, which cost millions upon millions of dollars and — in the case of the two superstars — resulted in one relatively minor conviction out of 10 counts brought to trial (six for Clemens, four for Bonds), that of Bonds for obstruction of justice by providing an evasive answer to a question under oath.

MLB and the players’ union have taken laudable steps in their attempts to clean up the game. While one can understand their frustration due to the limitations of their power in the Biogenesis case, the league’s desperation may well wind up doing more harm than good. Even a successful lawsuit won’t win back fans who have been turned off by the past two decades of PED scandals, and a frivolous one will only leave Bud Selig and company with egg on their faces.

(AP) -- Major League Baseball on Friday sued a now-shuttered South Florida clinic and its operators, accusing them of scheming to provide banned performance-enhancing drugs to players in violation of their contracts.
The lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court seeks unspecified damages from Coral Gables anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America and its operator, Anthony Bosch. Several other Bosch associates are named in the lawsuit. A phone message left for a Bosch representative wasn't immediately returned, and associates have previously said Anthony Bosch is out of the country.
MLB contends the clinic's operators solicited players to use banned substances knowing that would violate their contracts, specifically the drug prevention and treatment program that became effective in 2003. That program, part of baseball's collective bargaining agreement with players, includes a list of banned substances, lays out penalties for violations and imposes testing requirements.
Because of the alleged conspiracy, the lawsuit contends MLB has suffered "costs of investigation, loss of goodwill, loss of revenue and profits and injury to its reputation, image, strategic advantage and fan relationships," attorneys Allen Weitzman and Matthew Menchel wrote in the complaint.
Although it seeks money damages, the lawsuit also could provide a way for MLB to more deeply investigate Biogenesis and Bosch through depositions of witnesses and subpoenas to obtain documents. MLB was rebuffed in an effort to obtain clinic records from the alternative Miami New Times newspaper, which has published detailed accounts of the alleged player drug use.
Among those implicated are New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, outfielder Melky Cabrera of the Toronto Blue Jays, Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez, Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon, Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz and San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal. Most have denied the Biogenesis link, although Rodriguez has admitted using performance-enhancing drugs earlier in his career and Colon, Cabrera and Grandal were each suspended for 50 games last year for testing positive for elevated testosterone levels.
The lawsuit also contends that former star Manny Ramirez, who is now signed to play for a team in Taiwan, obtained a prohibited substance from Bosch in 2009 that ultimately resulted in Ramirez's 50-game suspension by MLB when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Elements of the scheme, according to the lawsuit, including use of fake or partial names on drug packages sent to players, visiting players at home or at hotels to personally administer the banned substances and claims made to the players that if used properly the drugs "would not result in a positive test" under the MLB drug program.
Among the banned drugs supplied, the lawsuit said, are testosterone, human growth hormone and human chorionic gonadotropin. The players were told the drugs would increase their strength and help them recover from injuries more quickly.'s Jon Heyman confirmed the report early Friday afternoon.

To recap, Bosch, under the auspices of his role as a Biogenesis clinician, is alleged to have served as a "PED pipeline" for the players named in the original Miami New Times report -- Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Nelson Cruz, among them (again, allegedly on all counts).

MLB is moving forward with the suit likely in an effort to not only receive financial recompense, but also to coerce some parties into cooperating further with the ongoing investigation.

While IANAL, most legally informed takes I've read on this issue suggest MLB will have a difficult time proving its case to any meaningful effect. In part that's because Bosch is believed to have destroyed any number of relevant documents, and in part that's because the New Times recently declined MLB's request to view its Biogenesis files.

With Bogut healthier, and playoffs in sight Jackson says relax and enjoy

Golden State was once comfortably 10 plus games over .500. Now they're just seven games over .500, with the Lakers lurking in the 8th and final Western Conference Playoff spot just two games behind the Warriors and Houston just a half game behind. So why is HNIC Mark Jackson chillin'?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tuck Rule Finally Buried Next to Raider Playoff Loss

The NFL rules committee today killed a rule that, as far as I know, was only called once in the 83 year history of the league. And guess who was victimized that one time? The team that is routinely screwed by the league. The Raiders. Remember that playoff games against the New England Cheaters, I mean Patriots in 2002. The Pats were driving, but on third down, the Raiders' Charles Woodson came with a blitz. NE QB was just bringing the ball back into his body after changing his mind about throwing a pass, when Woodson stripped Brady of the ball. THIS WAS CLEARLY A FUMBLE. To the referees, who in no way get rewarded by the league for screwing the Raiders, it was a case of the a QB who was still in his throwing motion, which includes bringing the ball back into his chest. Arm going forward means ball going forward and that means the fumble was an incomplete pass.

The Patriots retained possession and eventually won the game in overtime. Why did it take so long to repeal this ridiculous rule, which didn't even apply in this situation because THIS WAS CLEARLY A FUMBLE? The NFL couldn't very well react to all the outrage against what happened by changing the rule right away, and since the league could just about guarantee that no one else would be screwed in this fashion, the league could wait until memories had faded. In 2011, the Raiders set the record for most penalties and most penalty yards. Year, after year, they are either near the top or the top. Yet no one in the media thinks its the least bit strange that this affliction of penalties is affecting just one team, year in and year out. Players and coaches change but the penalties remain. Just a coincidence.

Bears and Brian part ways

The Chicago Bears said today they were unable to reach an agreement with 14 year vet, Brian Urlacher, and both sides were ready to move on. Why the team just didn't the two sides couldn't agree on money and #54 won't play for the Bears this year, is beyond people who desired brevity. 

Urlacher made $7.5 million last year. The Bears were only willing to pay $2 million. (Ha, only two million)Reports say he wanted more than that in 2013.

Boeheim and Syracuse in Major Trouble

"As we said last year at this time, we are collaborating with the NCAA as part of an ongoing inquiry," said Kevin Quinn, Syracuse senior vice president for public affairs. "Given this process is ongoing, we are unable to comment further at this time.”
Jim Boeheim
CBS Sports is reporting that Syracuse University Basketball and football programs are under investigation by the NCAA. Based on what the school says this is older news. Although Quinn describes the school's role as a collaboration, not a cooperation. (Nice thesaurus work) Among the allegations are an alleged 2007 sexual assault involving three athletes, and the academic eligibility of Carmelo Anthony. Apparently, conclusions have already been drawn, if you believe the CBS source. “Throw a dart at the [NCAA] Manual [and you would hit a violation by Syracuse]."
CBS says the investigation is not related to allegations made against former assistant coach Bernie Fine, an assistant coach with the basketball team until he quit/was fired last year following an ESPN report which aired interviews with two men who claimed Fine sexually abused them. Fine was never charged with a crime.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Uppity Harvin gets good deal

I was listening to a Bay Area radio station today and one of the jocks suggested that this free agent signing may not be good for Seattle because Percy Harvin is a whiner, a common complaint about black athletes, and one rarely heard about white athletes.

Why is Harvin a whiner? He did what he needed to do to force a better situation for himself. If Donald Trump did that he'd be admired. And look what happened. Harvin is on Seattle. He got his money and his on a team that could reach the Super Bowl. Like any other successful businessman, Harvin got what he wanted. Oh yeah, and he's good at football too. The 49ers are still taking the division, but good for Percy.Ha

Wes Welker

The is a public feud, more of a he said, she said fight going on between Wes Welker's agent, therefore Welker and the New England Patriots owner, Bob Craft. The questions is why.
Earlier this month, Welker signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos. You almost hear him crying about the lack of respect, the lack of a sufficient offer from the Pats. He's not crying about being let go. He's probably crying because owner Bob Craft set out to trash Welker after he left. The Pats signed Danny Amandola just hours (probably less) after Welker signed with the Broncos. Kraft and coach Hoodie are frickin cheaters and liars. They knew Welker was popular with the fans so they concocted this, 'Welker didn't want to stay,' story. And the media is buying it, even after all the cheating and conniving Belichick and Kraft have committed in the past.

Welker had indicated a willingness, a need to stay with the Patriots, but left, according to his agent, because, the team put a take it of leave it offer on the table. Kraft is quoted as saying, Welker would have made more money, $8 million, this year had he stayed with NE. The Broncos signed Welker to a two year $12 million contract. Welker caught 240 balls over the last two years, and has at least 111 catches in 5 of the last six seasons. Welker's agent says the player feels as though he showed loyalty to the Pats be accepting the franchise tag last year. (Not to mention catching all those passes) The team was obviously hedging their bet. Welker is 32, but even though he showed few signs of slowing down, at least in the reception department, Welker is 32, and the team didn't want to be on the hook for millions of dollars if Wes couldn't play because of injury. But Craft needed to trash him publicly in order to find cover for letting go such a popular and productive player.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Did Jordan make a pay off to get paternity suit dropped?

How could a man with 22 million likes on Facebook father a child with another woman, while he was still married. Perhaps a better question is, would that same drop a paternity lawsuit against the world's most famous athlete, within one week of filing it, without getting a bunch of cash from that man with all the Facebook likes.

Michael Jordan

Pamela Smith has to save face too. Her attorney said he stands by the facts in her original filing.
(That's spin. There are only allegations in the filing, unless she's talking about the fact that her name is Pamela Smith and she filed a lawsuit.) Part of the face saving deal allows Jordan to say he paid no settlement money, and it allows Smith to say that the lawsuit can be re-filed at any time. Yeah, right. Jordan has made things "go away" in the past. Remember those troubling gambling allegations and unpaid bets. I'm glad to see that a black man has progress so far,he now, like a white man, can cover his tracks and come out smelling like a Jordan.

Peek the new couple, TigerVonn

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn confirmed weeks of suspicion today, when Tiger and Lindsey went public on their Facebook pages. Lindsey wrote, "I guess it wasn't a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods. Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy." Neither says they have any plans to say anything else to the media.

Tiger and Lindsey are the best at what they do. Lindsey is already the best American skier, ever! Last week Vonn won her 6th straight World Cup downhill title. Two years ago, Vonn's streak of three straight overall titles ended when weather cancelled the race and the season ended with Vonn just three point behind the eventual winner. Vonn's title this year was also aided by weather when fog cancel the event in Switzerland. She suffered a knee injury in an earlier race and wasn't even in Switzerland to receive her trophy.
Vonn announced her win on Twitter with the hashtag "karma." I'm happy for both. TigerVonn is now the number one celebrity sports couple.

Sports Illustrated Blames 7 year-old for low Pacers attendence

On Friday night the Lakers beat the Pacers in Indy. Shouldn't have happened. Kobe played only 12 minutes because of an ankle injury he got on a "dirty play" in Atlanta two night earlier. Plus, the Pacers are the number two playoff seed, right now, and the Lakers are number 8 in the West.

George Hill and Steve Nash

But what pissed off the Pacers George Hill was the lack of fan support. Hill says he heard cheers when his team missed a shot even though this was a home game. Sports Ill. is blaming poor attendance in Indy on two violent incidents: One happened in 2004, the other in 2006. WTF. Yeah, less than 15,000 fans attend the games there (according to the story) because of the fight between the Pacer and Pistons that happened in DETROIT, in 2004 and a night club shooting in 2006. (BTW, Stephen Jackson says was not hit in the mouth as reported by the USA Today. Jackson says he lost some teeth after being hit by a car) The fans aren't supporting the team, but and the reason is two things that happened years ago involving players that are no longer playing for the Pacers. Great deduction!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Racist Greek soccer player banned for life (until this blows over)

Start believing it! How man times do we respond to things like this by saying, "I don't believe it." This Greek soccer player gave the Nazi salute after scoring a goal in a Sunday match. the Greek Soccer Federation did the right thing and banned him for life. Incredibly, his punk ass tried to excuse his actions by saying, he hates fascism. Send your hate mail to Giorgos Katidis.

Last year Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou, was expelled from the Olympics by the Greek Olympic committee from Tweeting, "With so many Africans in Greece … at least the West Nile mosquitos will eat homemade food!!!

Voula, also apologized in a letter: I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.

At least she didn't try to make an excuse. I want to cut Voula some slack, but I can't tell if my desire stems only from a dilution of my outrage over hearing about so many of these racist messages.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Why Serena And Venus Should Stay Away from Indian Wells

Venus and Serena Williams are the elephants not in the room at Indian Wells this year. For the past 12 years they have skipped the tournament in protest over a racist verbal attack launched by fans and brushed aside as just an alleged incident by the tournament organizers. There have been angry calls for the sisters to return. There is evidence however, that the tournament and the ATP, would not do much anything to protect them from another racist attack.

The Williams sisters are making the right decision not return. A recent incident at Indian Wells proves the tournament, the ATP and possibly the people have learned nothing.

Just last year, a fan had to endure a racist verbal barrage. This barrage didn't come from the stands, it came from the court. During an interview with the victim of the attack, Alex Barlow said she would welcome a chance this year to confront her attacker, tour pro, Michael Llodra of France.

I would say I'm the one who you called an “effen Chinese.”
Barlow and her husband are at the tournament this weekend. They were a happenstance away from a confrontation with the irascible, and dare I say, racist Llodra. He withdrew from his second-round singles match because of an injury.
Alex Barlow

Tournament director Steve Simon is paying for everything. Barlow says it's his way for apologizing, again. “He was the first to apologize,” said Barlow. Llodra has yet to do that, and Simon says he has had no further contact with Llodra. Last year following the incident, he was supposed to personally apologize to Barlow over the phone, but he never called.

We attempted to facilitate a meeting following the incident at last year’s event, but unfortunately Mr. Llodra was not willing to attend the meeting,” said Simon in an email.
Barlow is not just a fan. She and her husband plan their lives around attending the tournament. Barlow said they have attended the tournament 8 of the last 10 years. They missed two years in that span because Barlow was giving birth, or had just had a child.
If you love tennis and you live on the west coast, you can't go to New York (for the U.S. Open) every year. The BP Paribus Open in Indian Wells is loosely called the 5th Grand Slam.
What was Barlow's offense? Why did Llodra go racist? Barlow yelled, “C'mon Ernie,” to Llodra's opponent, Ernests Gulbis of Latvia. That's it.
The ATP had a chance to make a statement. Eleven years after Williams sisters left Indian Wells, for good it appears, the ATP had a golden opportunity. It could have levied a heavy fine against Llodra. The ATP could have suspended him. The ATP could have made him take a racial sensitivity class. (Think of how humiliating for him a class like that could have been) The ATP could have made Llodra apologize. The ATP could have made Llodra do all of those things as a condition of continuing to pursue his career.
After all, we're not talking about the top player in the world. Llodra is now ranked number 63 in singles, and makes most of his money playing doubles. Few would have raised a fuss if Llodra was prevented from playing in the next tournament, the Sony Errickson Open. Coming down hard on such a marginal player, wouldn't have hurt tickets sales, or TV ratings and at the same time, the tournament, and the ATP could have shown the Williams sisters and the rest of us who think they were treated poorly, that racially tinged abuse and obvious verbal abuse would not be tolerated.

Llodra was fined $2500. Tournament director Steve Simon couldn't confirm the punishment. “It is reported that he received a $2,500 fine from the ATP.” Should you know Mr. Simon? It is your tournament, and you say, “I feel terrible about the incident that occurred.”

Apparently, not terrible enough to follow the official punishment more closely than the public can from reading a report on the internet.

The people who want the Williams sisters to return now are like the people in Shelby county Alabama who want the Supreme Court to revoke the Voting Rights Act because, the problem has been solved. The BP Paribus Open at Indian Wells will never be the top prestige event until and unless the Williams' decide to return. How can it be when the number one women’s player in the world is healthy but not playing?

Barlow says the worst part of this whole experience wasn't what Llodra said, it was reading all the comments in the sections provided underneath the news articles about the incident.
People wrote things like, everyone knows that Asians can't be quiet,” and “maybe she is a whore.”

Simon told me the ATP is the only group that can punish a player, but that doesn't mean Simon has to throw up his hands. He said, “we look forward to the day in which Serena and Venus play here in Indian Wells again and they know we would be very happy to have them here.”
The question is would the Williams sisters be happy playing there. Their absence says not yet.

Mark Jackson talks about Kobe Bryant's injury

Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson spoke out on Kobe Bryant's injury and had some words about a recent confession from Jalen Rose.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Motorcyclist Lucky To Be Alive

OJ Kidnap Hotel Snags Another Athlete

The Palace Hotel in Las Vegas is not a place you want to go, especially if you are a current or former professional athlete. This is the same place OJ Simpson held people against their will and then got convicted of kidnapping. C'mon man! He ordered one of his henchman to keep everybody there until he got his stuff. That's hardly a kidnap.

OJ is also an idiot. Which brings us to Quinton Carter a DB for the Denver Broncos. Police in 'Vegas arrested him on Saturday. They accused him of cheating at a craps game. Talkin' 'bout clackety clack, clackety clack! C'mon man! The Palace says Carter was adding money to his bet after the dice had been rolled. WTF! What they're really saying is Carter was adding money to his bet, and winning! They wouldn't have said shit if the MF was losing. The question is, how do they know Carter wasn't aware he was not supposed to do that? If the dice are still tumbling, can he still add money? And do you mean to tell me, if he had a system which is sounds like he did, Carter never took money out of the pot after the dice had been thrown? This all sounds trumped up. The brotha must have insulted somebody and then touched his money on the table. Whatever the case, Carter is facing a serious problem. He's facing three counts, and each count carries a possible six year sentence. Oh well, a brother could get killed playing craps in the street.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bo Porter Astro's Manager (who)

Bo Porter

Do you know this man? I didn't until CBS did a story on him. Too bad. Anytime a black man is hired as a manager in the MLB, NBA or NFL, its news to a lot of African-Americans. Its news we want to here about. Why, because 38 years after the first black man was hired to manage a major league team, blacks are still viewed with enough suspicion to keep them out of the best jobs. Since most of the media is too busy trying to be Stephen Colbert, "I don't see color," the media doesn't make mention of an item millions of people are interested in hearing. I think Bo Porter's opportunity is exciting, and what his GM says about him even more promising. “People know Bo is going to be here for a long time,”Jeff Luhnow says. “He could be one of those guys who is an Astros manager for decades, not just years. The players knowing that this is the group that's going to be here -- it begins to lay the foundation for stability, which is really what we're looking for.” I wish I could be 100% happy for Bo, but I can't knowing that he was given an opportunity a lot of black managers are given: The opportunity to manage a shitty team.

Baseball needs more Nolan Ryan's. He hired and then kept Ron Washington as the Texas Rangers manager when he could have fired him. Ryan gave Washington the keys to the team, believed in him wholeheartedly and Washington delivered two consecutive American League Championships. Baseball also needs more Bud Selig's. Since he became commissioner more minorities and women have been hired at all levels in MLB, than at any other time. What a coincidence that Selig is hated by many sports journalists and fans. Lets hope Luhnow gives Porter the kind of confidence and patience, that Ryan and Selig have given others looking only for opportunity in places it has historically been denied.


Stephen Curry and the Warriors have to try hard not to over look the Detroit Pistons, a team with nearly 50 losses. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Howard gets Booed in Orlando for Uppity Behavior

Dwight Howard returned to Orlando tonight and crushed his old team with 39 points. That wasn't the story. 

oThe story was that Howard was booed in his return. Like most other popular black athletes with enough juice to force a trade or seek the highest bidder, the media turned Howard into a villian. Doesn't matter what pre-text the media used to make him into a villian. The public is all too willing to believe what ever dastardly deed they hear in the press. Meanwhile, Joe Flacco is getting $25 million a year, and the media says its not about the money, its about respect. That's right all Joe Flacco wanted was respect and that's why he's donating all but $5 million, a living wage, to retarded, handicapped, homeless kids. Last year Howard denied he asked for a trade or his coach, Stan Van Gundy, to be fired. When Van Gundy told the media that he had just heard from management that's exactly what Howard had done, the media concluded that Howard had been caught in a lie. You see, it would be impossible for a white man in management in this situation to lie. It had to be Howard. All the media had was Van Gundy's story about what he heard, and yet the media believed Van Gundy. But so what?! If Howard says he did ax for a trade or a better coach, in order to win a championship, he's an ass. If he denies it, he's an ass. Most black men with a lot money in this country are seen this way. Sure some are passing, but just wait until they make ONE mistake. Conversely, MF's are still supporting Lance Armstrong and he's a liar, a drug user, a drug pusher and a thug, but he's also white.