After the infamous rescheduling from UFC 197 after a bad drug test (off brand Viagra), the highly anticipated rematch is here…and a return of the King.
Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier is a match that the UFC and fight fans have been waiting for ever since the showdown last summer at the prefight press conference when the two exchanged blows on stage. It also marks the return of Jones after a two year absence from the fight promotion and Cormier has been walking through warm-up opponents since.
Jones, arguably the most talented UFC fighter ever, is poised to regain his title after it was stripped from him after a felony hit-and-run incident. The belt went to ultimately to Cormier after a win when the title was open and vacated.
My (modest) opinion on the fight: Jones wins by unanimous decision. His wide array of moves (including getting his purple belt in jui jitsu recently) will be too much for Cormier. Jones can use his reach/length to pick and choose his shots and land many of them, like his decorating elbows, over and over again.
Cormier has a chance if they go to a ground based wrestling, as Daniel was a two time Olympian. Jones will use his length to keep him away from take downs, but that is Cormier’s chance at the win.
But let’s face it, the King has returned for his crown.
The Dallas Cowboys have a roster made up of drug addicts, domestic abusers, guys who expose women’s breasts on tv at parades and spousal abusers. But this is where you draw the line – with cutting Lucky Whitehead?!
What did he do that was so bad – someone else committed a crime and said they were him. Yep…. that’s it!
According to Jerry Jones, the team owner, they did all their due diligence on Whitehead and this was in “the best interest of the team.” The head coach also spewed the same b.s.
So when “Whitehead” got arrested the person gave them the Whitehead name and social security number and looked like Whitehead according to the Virginia police, who got the man stealing around $50 worth of stuff from a convient store.
But wait….it wasn’t even Lucky at all. He was on a plane elsewhere and the Cowboys, according to coach Jason Garrett, had multiple conversations with Whitehead before releasing him. How could they have all the info as i would imagine Whitehead probably at least once in those convos said it wasn’t even him.
This is just another example of the Cowboys being stupid. Now, in their defense: they did draft a UNC kick returner that might have eventually passed Whitehead on the depth chart. Whitehead was also guilty of being late to a team plane and suspended one game last year and also recently made a false police report about his puppy being kidnapped, which turned out to be with a local rapper he owned (reportedly) $10,000 to.
But what a train wreck and I hope the players union takes the Cowboys to the cleaners!!!
The NBA supermax deal is amazing: a $200mil+ deal from any employer is incredible. Normally, I’d absolutely say take it, but when a player would rather leave 10s of millions on the table to get off a team, something is wrong!
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has asked for a trade off the team, per multiple reports. But there are two logial theories and some good landing spots.
Option 1 – the front office is a mess and the writing is on the wall. Former NBA guard Chauncey Billups reportedly pulled out from contention for the recently vacated (read: fired) GM spot. Why would a smart NBA vet like Billups pass on being the GM for a Lebron led team?! Makes you wonder if he saw it too. The Cavaliers don’t keep GMs past 4-5 years and he probably forecasted James leaving, Irving gone and a massive rebuild coming. Cleveland isn’t exactly the hotbed of free agent landing spots like Miami or Los Angeles.
Option 2 – I find this one hard to beleive but some sites and people are twitter are saying it’s because he wasn’t get along with James. While I can understand playing with King James was demanding, I bet it’s not that hard.
So where do the Cavs ship Iriving? Apparently Irving was helpful enough to name the places he wants to go: San Antonio (play with coach Pop and have stability), Miami (beautiful beach, pretty women, 60° in Januaury, young talent), the Knicks (from the area) and the Timberwolves (ironically to play with Andrew Wiggins, who was the Cavs #1 pick three years ago and James made them trade for Kevin Love – not smart).
The Knicks – trade Carmelo to Cavs, who can then add the Knicks last season PG Derrick Rose to fill Kyrie’s spot and pair Irving with Porzingis. At that point, the Knicks won’t be a contender right away, but they would be exciting and draw free agents. I would say this is the logical spot.
The Suns – not listed in desired teams, but fit super well. A trade for Eric Bledso (another friend of James’) for Irving is a close trade, pending maybe some picks or players. It would give James the scoring help and the Sun’s would have Irving, Devin Booker (the guy put up 70 pts in one game and can flat out score the rock) and super rookie Josh Jackson (scorer and the best wing defender in the draft). This would be exciting too and they might make the playoffs….and scare a team or 2.
The Timberwolves – I like this as it would make another “super team” with Wiggins, Karl Anthony-Towns, Jimmy Butler and Irving. This team would be scary, but who can they really trade to Cleveland besides Ricky Rubio and maybe some picks. This would be a nasty team if they could make that lineup work.
So, what will happen with kyrie? It will be fun to watch to see how this mess pans out.
O. J. Simpson has received parole in his role in basically stealing his own stuff back and forcing a man to stay in a bathroom (aka kidnapping) during a Las Vegas, Nevada incident.
He will be free in October.
So you have spent the last 4-5 years working for a mid-level employer. You started off appreciated that they hired you right out of college, gave you a sign on bonus and things looked optimistic.
But then reality struck. You realize the other guys they hired are doofuses, they missed out on the smart hires from good colleges and for no reason at all, they took away your PTO days. Really?!
So what do you do? You weigh your options of being the big fish at your fledgling firm, make good money, miss out on all the good clients and continue to flatline until they think they can find a similar person to do the same position but at your starting salary that you’re now way above.
So you take the headhunter’s advice on LinkedIn, have dinner with the firm across town (the one with the wall-to-wall windows and bagel bar every morning) and decide to take them up on their offer they gave you, which was a 10% raise, a corner office and you will get a shot at all the high priority clients like you know you deserve.
Life is good again. The wife is happy. The kid’s now get to go to a private school and you’re now the proud owner of a 5 series BMW, which you easily swing now that you get a car allowance with the new position.
But then it starts. It’s just a random Facebook comment, but it’s on your wife’s page and it says you’re a sellout. A traitor. How your work ethnic is terrible and you were never really a team player. Constant harassment from there on in at every social media source at not only you, but your wife’s accounts too.
You did nothing wrong. You simply worked out your non-compete contract, realized you reached your peak with that firm and decided to not only advance your life, but of that of your family by now being able to give them private education and tropical / foreign vacations.
Everyone should be happy for you, right? You’re living the American dream and succeeding through hard work and effort.
So why is it so different when you wear a jersey to work with your name on the back?
People get this erroneous attachment to athletes of their favorite teams. They are exactly like you and I when it comes to career choices. How long are they supposed to spend drowning in meritocracy before they are mentally and emotionally defeated and want a chance to win more than lose?
I say if guys like Gordon Hayward played out his contact, was an outstanding player who gave his all and tried his best, it is his right to decide where he wants to work, just like you and I, and he shouldn’t have to endure any of the harassment he has been given.
Good luck in Boston, Gordon.
In a report by Fox news and Cbs sports, former Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward has agreed to rejoin his former Butler University coach Brad Stevens and be the newest member of the Boston Celtics.
This move gives them a quality forward who can fill the stat sheet and moves them closer to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have been a bust so far in free agency.
Hayward now fits with PG Isaiah Thomas, PF Al Horford and rookie Jason Tatum to give them more impact on offense. Avery Bradley is still one of the better wing defenders on defense and can also add some scoring. With a handful of quality role players on the bench and a lot of draft picks over the next coming years, there is a foreseeable future on the horizon with this roster.
I bet there are a lot of happy people at cookouts today in the New England area!
With some shocking news last night, the Indiana Pacers traded superstar Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder. From what I heard on all websites and radio broadcasts, the Thunder were really never mentioned as a suitor.
Cavaliers – sure. Boston – seemed like they had the best mix of players and draft pics to offer. Houston – the dark horse here but I never felt that option at all.
But according to a report, the Celtics never made a “final offer.” How is it possible Danny Ainge has been so stingy with his picks that you won’t make a push to dethrone Lebron in the East and get a player whom can get you 25 ppg, 5rpg and 5apg any given night on the schedule. Instead, they will continue to draft players that never become all-stars versus trading for a multi-year all-star.
But here come the Thunder and trade Victor Oladipo, who played at Indiana University, along with prospect Domantas Sabonis.
This has to be a joke, right?! You’re getting a former #2 overall pick in Oladipo and truthfully a very good big man with lots of potential in Sabonis.
The problem you have though now is that while you give Russell Westbrook a formidable running mate in George (let’s not forget he had a pretty talented teammate named Kevin Durant…. that guy who just won the NBA title… with a different team in June), Westbrook is not the easiest player to play with.
Westbrook is a ball centric player, which shouldn’t be a big problem for George, but his low shooting percentage is. So without upping the FG percentage for Westbrook, you’re just missing shots. Oh, and did I mention that Westbrook had 400 turnovers this year? Yeah, doesn’t matter who you add if they don’t have the ball.
But big gamble: George has made it known that next year he will be a free agent and wants to be a Laker. So you’re gambling on keeping him when the history of the Thunder hasn’t shown they can do that (remember that guy named Durant and a guy named Harden, who left for Houston for $4 mil more…..total of contract, not per year).
So the synopsis of this: you think this combo is going to beat Steph Curry, Clay Thompson and Kevin Durant 4 times out of 7 games? Nah – me either.
In a non-surprising move, the N.Y. Knicks have parted ways with GM Phil Jackson (CBS sports reports).
This should not be a shocking move as Phil was known to be set in his ways and was running the infamous triangle offense on a team that didn’t have the talent to run it effectively. Let’s face it, Carmelo is no Scottie Pippen!
Jackson was said to be selecting his coaches by who was willing to run his triangle vs. who was not. While I understand it has been efficient in the past, this NBA is different than the one when he coached a guy named Jordan or the duo or Shaq and Kobe.
NBA basketball is better when the costal cities are at their peak (L.A., Miami, New York, San Francisco). The fact that according to a recent draft prospect, Phil would fall asleep during his predraft workout should have been a good sign it was time to move on.
It also must be a jab to the face of the Knicks that the Lakers are getting a lot of talk right now and they are still in the gutter. Maybe the Knicks should look to bring in some energy like the Lakers just did with Magic at the helm.
Edit – CBS also now reports it was a “mutual” parting of ways. Aka – they didn’t think he was doing good and he’s too old and tired to really care anymore.