Respectability Sports


After shutting down Michael Crabtree on the final play of the NFC championship game Sunday night, Richard Sherman managed to shut down the the internet Sunday night with his now infamous post-game rant. Take a listen to the WWE style declaration he made.

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Don’t start nothin, won’t be nothin.

Now as a Miami Hurricanes fan, I may be a little biased because he said nothing that the Canes of the 80s and 90s wouldn’t have said, so I had absolutely no problem with it. Many didn’t share my sentiments and took Twitter, the greatest and worst creation of all time, to voice their disapproval. The most common key words used when describing Sherman were classless, thug and punk.

The first problem I have with all of this is the diction. By definition, thugs are usually violent people that engage in criminal behavior, not a football player who graduated from Stanford with bachelor’s degree in Communications proclaiming he is the best at his position. Pretentious, off-putting  and ostentatious? Yeah, most likely. Thuggish? Not at all. Let’s stop throwing that term around all willy nilly.

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An emotional spark plug. Coincidence? I think not.

Secondly, the media enjoys picking and choosing when athletes are acting “classless” and when they are playing with emotion. For example, I saw several sports writers condemning Sherman for calling out a rival that apparently started the beef, but I’ve seen very few chastise or criticize Phillip Rivers for his trash talking to Jay Cutler a while back. Quite the contrary. Sports Illustrated did a piece on how he’s misunderstood, Bleacher Reports said he’s entertaining and Mike Klis of the Denver Post wrote that he was the emotional heart and soul of the team. And before anyone starts saying I’m making this a race case, I’ll point out Muhammad Ali I believe it is. CBS published a piece today on hockey players responding to Sherman’s interview. The general consensus is he would be “handled” for his brash remarks. Anyone that watches hockey, or at least the highlights, knows it’s not unusual for a fight to take place a few times a week. Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander wrote that Sherman would’ve gotten hit with a pitch had he played baseball and no one really questions that unwritten rule. So what I’m getting is that players can make hypothetical threats of violence and no one questions it, but Sherman’s a classless thug for celebrating his own talents. Mmkay.

Finally, the moment in which all of this was said needs to be taken in consideration. He just made a game winning play against a guy he hates to get his team a chance to play in the Super Bowl and then had a mic thrust into his face seconds later. As amped up as he was, he said nothing profane or even remotely offensive. Honestly if you check the stats, he may not have been entirely inaccurate either.

While athletes are here for our personal amusement on the field, we must remember they’re still humans with thoughts and emotions and personalities and I would like to see more players be accepted for who they are instead of being mislabeled because they speak their mind or wear their hats backwards. And that’s just how I’m feeling…

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Clip Clip Hooray!


Tonight marks the first showdown in “Lob City” as the L.A. Clippers take on their big brothers the L.A. Lakers. Before the season officially begins, I wanted to go on record and address a few things.

This is as close as it gets to a real Clipper fan.

First and foremost, there is no such thing as a real Clippers fan. Point blank period. I’m about 99.8% certain that family members of the Clippers aren’t real Clippers fans, they just feel obligated to watch. Anyone that claims to be such should be slapped and not taken seriously in any basketball debate.

Secondly, while they will be very exciting to watch this season, I don’t see the Clips doing much damage in the playoffs if they even make it at all. On the plus side the guard heavy team has a healthy mix of youth and experience in the backcourt, and ample options off the bench.  Though they have the great and mighty Griffindor, they don’t have any other legit threats in the post besides DeAndre Jordan, who is still trying to make a name for himself  and averaged just seven points last season. This may just be me, but I’m still a firm believer that Donald Sterling wants to do just enough to sell tickets, but not enough to really be a contender. That’s my conspiracy theory and I’m sticking to it until proven otherwise.

Finally, my predictions for tonight are Clippers by about eight. This is a statement game for the Clippers and they’re going to go all out. The Lakers don’t have a healthy Kobe or someone at the point guard spot to guard CP3. The Clippers will the kings of the city for at least tonight, but once the regular season rolls around, they’ll go back to being the red-headed step-child of the city.  And that’s just how I’m feelin…

Color Me Badly…


I’m minding the business of others on Twitter, when I notice that Shawn Marion is trending. I’m thinking it’s one of

The hairstyle in question...

two things; 1.is a major transaction has just been made involving Marion, or 2. he got arrested. There was a good chance of either happening. Anyway, I click on his name and find out he’s just running the streets looking like an athletic Sisqo. Not sure why it happened, just know it did. I also know he’s not the first NBA baller to make a statement on the court with his less than lovely locks.  Lets take a look at some of the more memorable ones shall we?

Dennis Rodman- Dig in your pockets and pay homage. He made crazy hair an art form.

Jason Kidd- J. Kidd probably was the one to tell his teammate "Yeah man that's a good look", which is rather unfortunate.

Dwayne Schintzius with the mullet action

 

Vladmir Radmanovic. Kris Kross'll make ya jump jump!

 

Scot Pollard with the double hair violation. Nice.

Michael Cage just let yo soooooooooooul glo!

Darko Milicic should've stayed dark...

 

Ron Meta World Peace Artest with yet another example of why blonde isn't for everyone.

 

And that’s just how I’m feelin….

Buster of the Week


Ladies and gentlemen it with great pleasure that I welcome you to our Buster of the Week ceremony. In case you forgot we here at the B.O.W. committee highlight those going above and beyond the call of duty in stupidity, buffoonery and just plain misfortune and award them a fake trophy and a nice dunce cap to wear during their stint.

We have two candidates this week, who oddly enough, almost have the same name and similar charges. So without further ado, I present this weeks award to Mr. Jermaine Hopkins (a.k.a. Thomas Sams) and Mr. Sam Hurd. *Applause*

He clearly learned nothing from this scene

TMZ reported earlier today that Hopkins, who starred in the 1989 classic “Lean On Me”, was arrested this week for buying 200 lbs of pot from an undercover cop. Hopkins traveled to Arizona to make the deal and was arrested immediately following the transaction. Police then searched his apartment and found another 100 pounds of weed.

Apparently, Morgan Freeman needs to take Sams back up on the roof and asked if he wants to jump. When interrogated, Hopkins said he just wanted to provide a good Christmas for his family. Nothing brings a family together for the holidays like posting bail.

Meanwhile,  in Chicago, Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was arrested for accepting a kilogram of cocaine from an

undercover agent. Hurd then scheduled a meeting to buy more of the gift that keeps on giving and according to the Chicago Tribune, told officers “that he and someone else distributed about four kilograms of cocaine each week in the Chicago area but that their supplier wasn’t able to meet their needs”. This allegedly includes other NFL players.

So on behalf of the B.O.W. committee, I would like to congratulate Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Hurd for their misguided attempts to play Santa Clause.

Special teams set to help HU reach new heights


The Hampton University Pirates will take a short road trip to the Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium Saturday to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs, in hopes of avenging last years 28-14 defeat.

In a press conference held earlier today on campus, Coach Donovan Rose spoke on his teams chances of  tying the series at 1-1. According to Rose, the Pirates revamped special teams unit will help them do just that.

” We feel real good. Last year we had the chance to play them  and special teams was a big part of it,” he said. “In that game before you could sit down and eat your popcorn it was 14-0 and they had blocked two punts so that was a big thing and we did something about that. I went out and hired a new special teams co-coordinator and went and brought in a full-time snapper, so we’ve strengthened our team in that department.”

The snapper he is referring to is Dylan Kerns, a redshirt freshman from Palm Beach, Fl. Kerns was attending community college and working at a local club in Florida when he received the call to come and play for HU.

” I got the phone call and I was shocked,” he said. “I didn’t believe it at first . I found out it was real and I took it.

Rose said that Kerns situation is the first he’s seen in his 21 years of coaching.

“We’ve never had a full scholarship for a snapper, he said.  “Most of them at best would get half and sometimes we’d get guys and convert them into one.”

Special teams coordinator Michael Villagrana is another part of the special teams puzzle set to help the Pirates improve from last year’s 6-5 record.Villagrana said he’s been trying to get the Pirates to understand the importance of special teams.

” I wanted the guys to see how important special teams is, being that it’s 1/3 of the game,” he said.  “And how many games are actually won or lost because of special teams, I think it’s like 78%. I showed them a clip of all of our games from last year and the special teams’ blunders pretty much and what our record was last season and what it could’ve been had we been sharp on special teams.

Rose thinks Saturday’s game will be a true test of whether or not the changes have paid off.

“I think special teams will be big in this game, and with the emergence of ours coming up to par I think it’ll be a great game.”

Lake Show


For those of you that missed it, here’s the scuffle that took place between the Lakers and Mavs last night.

I found this hilarious for several reasons.

1. Matt Barnes came flying in like a mother protecting her young for no reason.

2. Matt Barnes throwing the assistant coach on the ground

3. Kobe telling the already non-responsive bench not to move.

4. Phil Jackson didn’t even pretend to care, just drew up another play and kept it moving.

The last two statements aren’t really surprising to me because the Lakers have never been known as tough guys in the league. Tough opponents yes. Below are just a few Laker beatdowns I remember from my childhood.

Lakers vs. Kings-Rick Fox forgot to guard his face

Lakers vs. Pacers- According to Kobe, the damage was worse on Miller. Yeah ok lol

Lakers vs. Knicks -This time, Kobe forgot to guard his face . I’m convinced Kobe has no hands.

Lakers Vs. Rockets- Chuck and Shaq get into a tussle. It’s just “turrible”

Lakers should just stick to what they do best, playing good basketball. And that’s just how I’m feeling…

Rumble in the Garden


Let me begin by admitting I’ve been severely slacking in the post department. My sincerest apologizes to all three of my readers. Anywho, lets get to it shall we? Tonight the Knicks take on the Miami Superacquaintances. This is the next stop in the Lebron’s Scorned Lover Tour. The game could mark the revival of a classic rivalry, but probably won’t. I’ll keep hope alive anyway. For those of you that weren’t conscious during the late 90s check this clip to see a little bit of what you missed

My personal favorite moment is Jeff Van Gundy being “peeled” off Zo’s leg. Good stuff. My predictions for tonight are as follows:

1. There will be no exciting fights.

2. Lebron will get booed excessively

3. The Heat will get the W, but not before  Chris Bosh has his manhood challenged by Amare.

I just want to once again say I do NOT believe the hype surrounding the Heat. They’ve been playing well as of late, but it’s against bottom feeders and teams that may barely slide into the playoff picture this spring.  I promise to eat my words if they do anything actually worthy of praise. As of right now I’m just gonna continue to be a hater. And that’s just how I’m feelin…

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