As the New York Giants prepare to begin their season against division rivals the Dallas Cowboys at Jerry World, much of the focus has been on Eli Manning‘s new contract and whether or not Odell Beckham Jr will have another spectacular grab. With that said, many in the Giants camp were optimistic about the return of all-pro defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul who severely damaged his right hand in a fireworks accident on July 4th.
JPP had to have his right index finger amputated but showed up to East Rutherford, NJ earlier this week in peak physical condition (minus his right hand) along with a very positive attitude. Upon further inspection by team doctors, it has been revealed that with the amputated finger, Pierre-Paul also has a fractured thumb, skin grafts and a portion of one of his other fingers missing. This of course has many in the Giants camp very concerned.
The Giants have a franchise tender waiting for a signature from Pierre-Paul, but he has yet to sign it, considering he was hoping for a new contract prior to the accident. Furthermore, if he were to sign the franchise tag contract, he would most likely be placed on the non-football injury list, which would result in him not being paid for the coming season. Pierre-Paul has told the teams front office that he is prepared to play if he is provided with a protective device for his hand, but that remains to be seen.
For time being, the New York Giants are not only concerned about his availability to play but also don’t want to shell out money on a player loaded with question marks.
The true question is, how would he sign the contract with one and a half fingers missing? – Rocko Rathon
There will be no calendar Grand Slam for Serena Williams this year.
The fiery #1 Women’s Tennis player in the world won the first three major tournaments in 2015–Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon–and was expected to blow through the U.S. Open by many, especially after outlasting her sister, Venus, in the quarterfinals.
Well, Roberta Vinci had other plans.
The #43 player in the world, Vinci, of Italy, just pulled off an inspiring victory at Flushing Meadows, beating Serena in 3 sets to move on to the U.S. Open Final, willing the crowd to cheer for her as well as Serena as she left it all on the court in the biggest victory of her career. Following the loss, Tickets to the U.S. Open Women’s Final dropped %126 per ticket site Rukkus.com
Most people underestimate just how much you have to know about a particular sport to work at ESPN. There are guys who watch every game, know every player, and study every box score, and still don’t have what it takes to work at the #1 sports network in the world.
Well, here’s an example. Trey Wingo, a host of ESPN’s popular NFL Live, will undoubtedly amaze you with the above video clip. Michael Smith, Wingo’s ESPN colleague, allegedly named each Super Bowl MVP in order, from Super Bowl 1 to the most recent one, Superbowl 49. Wingo was unimpressed, and proceeded to name not only every Super Bowl MVP, but every Super Bowl final score, along with a decent amount of the city each championship game was played in.
Not only that, but he threw in some pretty mind-boggling anecdotal facts, like who he thought should’ve won MVP, or who set (and eventually broke) the Super Bowl rushing record. Sick.
Where did the notion that athletes–especially female athletes–have to smile all the time in their post-game or post-match interviews?
Serena Williams, who just got through a 3-set victory over her sister Venus, was probably weighed down by fatigue, the media that had been swirling around her family before and after their contest, and the idea that she’s got to suit up and do this three more times to achieve the coveted (and historic) calendar Grand Slam.
So what if she wasn’t smiling, reporter? She was tired. And, quite frankly, she didn’t want to be sitting there.
That isn’t speculation, by the way, that’s exactly what she told him. Good for you, Serena.
UPDATE: The NYPD has released the surveillance footage of Blake’s arrest, and it isn’t pretty. The former tennis star went on Good Morning America yesterday morning and claimed that not only did the arresting officer not have a badge, but he didn’t reveal that he was law enforcement “at no time.”
New York Daily is reporting that former tennis star James Blake was “slammed to the ground, handcuffed and detained by five plainclothes city cops Wednesday outside his Midtown, NYC hotel before heading out to the U.S. Open.
The white officers mistook Blake for a suspect in an identity theft ring operation around the Midtown hotel.
The incident took place outside the Grand Hyatt on East 42nd St. around noon, as Blake waited for a car to escort him to Flushing Meadows for the U.S. Open.
Blake was asked if he believed that his detainment was due to racial profiling:
“I don’t know if it’s as simple as that. To me it’s as simple as unnecessary police force, no matter what my race is. In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.
You’d think they could say, ‘Hey, we want to talk to you. We are looking into something. I was just standing there. I wasn’t running. It’s not even close (to be okay). It’s blatantly unnecessary. You would think at some point they would get the memo that this isn’t okay, but it seems that there’s no stopping it.”
After being handcuffed for about 15 minutes, Blake said the last of the five officers realized they had the wrong person and apologized. The first officer who tackled and cuffed him however, never said anything.
Blake seems as if he has a will to press the issue on this situation, saying “I have resources to get to the bottom of this. I have a voice.”
The NFL has seen a number of their players gain widespread national attention for incidents ranging from domestic violence, child abuse, and deflating footballs. As the 2015 season is set to kick off tomorrow night, it seems as though players would be too focused on the start of the season to get into any trouble. Not the case with the New Orleans Saints Cam Jordan. The defensive end was at New Orleans area nightclub Republic when things went a tad bit left.
According to reports, Jordan spotted a women whom he knew walking past him when he allegedly took the opportunity to slap her on the butt. The woman’s boyfriend confronted him and a minor scuffle ensued. After the tense situation subsided, reports also claim that Jordan later sprayed that same couple with a large bottle of champagne as the night was coming to a close.
Jordan has not been charged with any crimes but local police are looking into whether the incident warrants a misdemeanor sexual battery charge.
Lil Wayne‘s love of sports is no secret to fans of Hip-Hop and sports. Being one of the most vocal entertainers who is a sports fanatic, Weezy can often been seen court side at NBA games, NCAA games, even walking Floyd Mayweather to the ring during championship bouts. ESPN began capitalizing on this years ago when they’ve had the New Orleans rapper giving his commentary on their flagship show SportsCenter and arguing with Stephen A. Smith & Skip Bayless on First Take.
Fresh off of his appearance on First Take 2 weeks ago, Lil Wayne makes another appearance on SportsCenter, this time recreating the narration of famous sports moments throughout history. “Down Goes Frazier,” “Havlicek Stole The Ball,” & “The Band Is On The Field” all get a Weezy remix. Press the Play button above to view video.