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Things we learn in sports this week

Sports tend to shed light on situations on our society that would otherwise go unheard. Sports are offended used as a jumping point to have discussions about major topics. This week in sports a a light is shine on the things that can happen when expectations are meet, and when distraction come about. Life is not about chances, but rather choices. This idea highlights the Things We Learned in Sports this week.

7) Stephen Curry dances on stage with Rapper Lecrae

This has to be Steph Curry’s 10th time on this list, but when it’s your time, it’s just your time. The Golden State Warriors’ superstar was able to get on stage with the Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae as he performed the song “I’m Turnt.” Curry wound up in front of the crowd, but he began as a part of it.

6) Kelvin Benjamin’s injury cripples the Panthers’ season

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin will miss the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. Benjamin was making a cut in a joint practice with the Miami Dolphins where the injury occurred.

Benjamin was coming off a great rookie year where he had 78 receptions and over a thousand yard receiving. This a crushing blow for a team that only won 7 games last season but won a division title. , it will be  Replace a guy like Benjamin is nearly impossile because he basically is there only wide receiver on the team. We can hear Cam Newton’s fantasy draft stock falling from way over here.

5) Iman Shumpert is still rapping

Cleveland Cavilers guard Iman Shumpert is back on the beat. Now for some reason Shumpert gets more pup about rapping then another NBA player who is just straight up better than him, Dame Dollar. Yet the Shumpert seems to just working to get on the level that classic NBA level that Shaq  reached back in the 90’s. Shumpert’s new song  290 West talks about the struggles of the fame that he receives. Not that Shumpert signed a 40 million dollar contract extension with Cleveland and his girlfriend is Teyana Taylor. Seems likes he’s has a lot of problems. Listen to the song below.

https://youtu.be/p5Owz83OK-k

4) Sammy just styling on them

The Bills have everything a team would need to get to the Super Bowl. Great defense, outstanding weapons on offense, and an experience head coach. Now if the NFL would have them drag a jug machine out there to throw the ball, then the Bills might have a chance. The Bills are having an interesting time trying to decide who will be throwing the ball to star receiver Sammy Watkins. Watkins looks to be getting prepared for whoever is throwing it his way.

 

3) Madden released the weirdest movie trailer of All-time

On Friday, the folks over at EA Sports dropped a bizarre, hilarious and utterly insane trailer for this season’s installation of the Madden franchise.

Starring the likes of Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, a beautifully mustached Rob Gronkowski, a pissed off Rex Ryan, a bowler hat-wearing Antonio Brown, a plane-diving Julio Jones and, perhaps most impressively, an Al Pacino-impersonating Colin Kaepernick (“Whoo-ah!).

2) Usian Bolt is still really really fast   

Usain Bolt narrowly beat rival Justin Gatlin to the gold medal in the 100-metre final of the IAAF World Championships on Sunday, finishing the race with his best time of the season: 9.79 seconds. Gatlin seemed to hold his lead until the final 15 metres, when Bolt shifted gears and beat his rival on the line. This was the first time that the American was favored to defeat the fast man in the world, but some believe wasn’t able to live up to that pressure. Watch the race and try not to blink.

1) When is the line drawn

According to reports, A judge in McLennan County, Texas, sentenced former Baylor and Boise State defensive end Sam Ukwuachu to 180 days in county jail Friday after the 22-year-old was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault from an October 2013 incident. According to ESPN’s Max Olson  Ukwuachu will also be placed on a 10-year probation. As disgusting as this story is, it seems as if the situation could have been avoided.

A report on Thursday by Jessica Luther and Dan Solomon for Texas Monthly. Luther and Solomon detailed the sexual assault allegations leveled against Ukwuachu by a former member of the Baylor women’s soccer team, stemming from an Oct. 19, 2013, incident. Ukwuachu was subsequently indicted June 25, 2014.

Art Briles

But now the conversation has shifted to who should take the blame. Ukwuachu’s former head coach Chris Peterson says that he informed Baylor Head coach Art Briles of his troubled past. “After Sam Ukwuachu was dismissed from the Boise State football program and expressed an interest in transferring to Baylor, I initiated a call with coach Art Briles,” Petersen said in the statement. “In that conversation, I thoroughly apprised Coach Briles of the circumstances surrounding Sam’s disciplinary record and dismissal.” Now Briles has refuted those comments, saying that it simply wasn’t discussed.

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Preseason football headlines the week of sports, and it couldn’t come at a better time. We are all desperate to just have a crumble of football back in our lives that we watch and see guys that will be cut in a few short weeks play on the field. A review of a few preseason moments highlights The Thing We Learned in Sports.

7) Rookies make their season debuts

Top two pick in the 2015 NFL draft Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were in action over the week. As expected both players struggled in the opening of their NFL careers. Maroita had two turnovers, one which was returned for a touchdown, and Winston threw an interception. However both players were able to rebound and lead their teams on touchdown drives. It’s the preseason so not too much can be read into both players’ performances; however, their coaches must love their ability to bounce back from rough starts.  Watch the top QB’s in the videos below

6) Trent Richardson can’t seem to find the hole
You remember Trent Richardson right; he’s the guy that people draft in fantasy football only to have him do nothing all season. Well if this clip isn’t enough to prove that he isn’t a player that should be high on any draft boards. Now with the Oakland Raiders, Richardson doesn’t seem to have the ideas to be an elite NFL running back. It just looks really bad for Richardson on this play.

https://youtu.be/zbWnO2cItBk

5) LeBron is giving back

 Lebron James

 We tend to always mock athletes who just seem to have all this money, but don’t seem willing to do anything meaningful with it. LeBron James is attempting to buck that trend. James, the four-time NBA MVP and two-time NBA champion, is ready to give thousands of children a college education. According to Forbes, The LeBron James Family Foundation and the University of Akron will fund full scholarships for students who complete the foundation’s academic program, which James has been sponsoring for five years. James’ foundation will cover tuition starting in 2021 when this year’s crop of seventh graders graduate high school.

4) Philip Rivers and Chargers get contract done.

The Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers inked a new deal late Saturday night. The 5-time pro bowler will likely end his career in San Diego, or Los Angeles if the team moves. The deal is for 4 years, $84 million with $65 million in guaranteed money, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Reports were that if a deal was not completed that the Chargers were going to place the franchise tag on Rivers, according to NFL network’s Ian Rapoport (via NFL Media PR).

 3) Tebow is back…..sorta

The Philadelphia Eagles played the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Eagles won the game 36-10, but the real story was able about Tim Tebow. Tebow scored a rushing touchdown when he keep the ball on a read-option play, and ran in from the 7-yard line. Tebow has been out of the NFL  for 2 seasons and is desperately trying to make the Eagles’ squad. A play like this might be able to keep him on the roster for a few more weeks.

https://youtu.be/BKgKoZqj_PY

2) Met’s Center Fielder has a cannon

For one night, baseball was cool. New York Mets’ CF Yoenis Cespedes made it happen on Saturday night. Cespedes was acquired from the Tigers at the trading deadline, and has changed life for his new team. On Saturday night, the National League found out that you don’t test this man. Watch as Cespedes guns down the base runner.

1) Mama said knock you out.

It seems like no matter what they do their will be a way for the Jets to screw something up. Starting QB Geno Smith had his jaw broken earlier this week by former teammate LB Ik Enemkpali, now on the Buffalo Bills. Smith will miss 6-10 weeks with the injury and may not reclaim his starting job once he is fully healed.  According to Bleacher Report’s Tyler Conway, Smith returned to throwing over the weekend—just not yet with his teammates. Smith was seen tossing a football in the parking lot of his apartment complex in New Jersey, two days after undergoing surgery for a broken jaw. It is sad to believe that this situation all started from a 600 dollars.

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Everything in life is temporary. From houses, cloths, cars, everything in life can be replaced. Athletes seem to be a group of people who still can’t understand this concept. Not matter how good the player, there will always be someone to take that spot away from them. Along with contracts being signed and fights in dugouts,  The Things We Learn in Sports this week deals with the idea that no is above being replaced.

7. Nick Foles and Rams agree to a new deal

Nick Foles and the Rams agreed to a two-year extension on Friday. Ian Rapoport is reporting that the deal with worth 24 million.

Foles, 26, arrived in St. Louis this offseason via a trade from Philadelphia that sent Sam Bradford the other way. Foles spent his first three NFL seasons with the Eagles, experiencing largely up-and-down affairs that saw him look like a franchise quarterback one moment and borderline unplayable the next.

This basically gives Foles 2-years to prove that be can back to his 2013 form where he was a Pro-Bowl player.

6. Percy Harvin clears the air about the Seahawks situation.

Percy Harvin signed a 1-year deal with the Buffalo Bills this past offseason, and is trying to prove that he is still that elite player in this league. Harvin was a guest on ESPN’s First Take and address the situation that had the Super Bowl champion Seahawks trade him to the New York Jets. Harvin said that he had a problems with members of the receiving core. When he brought those problems to head coach Pete Carroll, Harvin says that he’s concerns weren’t heard. Watch as Harvin explains the situation in the video below.

5. Marshawn Lynch jokes about Super Bowl play on the “League”

Marshawn Lynch makes an appearance on the wildly popular show the “League”. Lynch plays himself, and makes fun of the situation that has been the biggest joke of the season. The episode, which will air September 9, features the running back hanging out on the beach as a business member of “Taco Corp.” along with a character named Taco MacArthur. Another dude, who’s Taco’s brother on the show, asks for a beer, and Lynch’s fellow bigwig insists on throwing it.“Just hand it to me,” Beast Mode begs. “No need to throw it, man. C’mon. … I could sleepwalk that thing to him, boy.” Then madness ensues. They should have just ran the ball.

4. It was all good just a week ago.

Seems like if you have a problem with a team or a player in the league, the place to go is on First Take. Brandon Marshall was traded from the Chicago Bears to the New York Jets in the offseason. Due to injuries, Marshall had a down season and , to his own admission, believe people are counting him out. The All-Pro receiver sat down at the debate desk where he explained the situation between him and Jay Cutler and his expecting for the season.

3. Tempers flare in Detroit

There’s rarely a time where baseball enters the The Things We Learn in Sports, unless it involves fights. The Detroit Tigers have traded away their second and third best players in David Price and Yoenis Cespedes, at the trade deadline, which indicated to their fans that they are in rebuilding mode. That means another 2 months of meaning less baseball. Usually the anger is directed at opponents, but Tigers teammates James McCann and Jose Iglesias went at each other in the dugout Friday night at Comerica Park. Watch the fight below.

https://youtu.be/UFlJ7SC6MOw

2. A College football player is killed by police

Christian Taylor was shot and killed during a struggle after the unarmed 19-year-old crashed a car through the front window of a car dealership, authorities said per NBC.com. Taylor was a sophomore at Angelo State University in San Angelo. Officers were responding to a burglary call about 1 a.m. Friday in Arlington when they discovered someone had driven a vehicle through a front. Clearly some have voiced their outrage towards this situation.

More information will soon come alone.

1. Aldon Smith released by 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers release linebacker  Aldon Smith after he was arrested on accusations of, hit and run, DUI, and vandalism. This is the third time that the pro-bowl player has been arrested for and alcohol related incident. Smith was coming off a season where he was already suspended for 9 games because of off the field issues. Smith has a long road back if he wants to play football again.

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Another Week has come and gone in which contracts being signed by big named players. Action off the field even brings attention to this article, as a huge radio personality is looking to make a move to another network. Al l this and more in the Things We Learn in Sports this week.

7) Ronda Rousey Ethers Floyd Mayweather

Besides Caitlyn Jenner talking about how she wanted slack from the fashion police on her outfit, another women was making head spin with her words. Ronda Rousey was honored with the Best Fighter award at the ESPY’s on Thursday night, by beating out Floyd Mayweather. Rousey is notorious for speaking her mind on various issues including taking a shot at Money Mayweather. The video just shows how no body in the game wants a piece of Ronda.

6) USA still owns Cuba……in soccer

USA

The United States men’s national team took apart the Cuba opposition 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup.  The USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has helped the US capture its largest Gold Cup victory in history, according to ESPN Stats & Info. With the US looking like the favorites to win it all, and the women’s team coming off its victory, soccer has a chance to dominate the rest of the summer time.

5) Ty Lawson clearly is stresses out.

Lawson

Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson isn’t having a great summer. The Nuggets looked as if the drafted his replacement in 7th overall pick Emmanuel Muiday, which seems to have stress the veteran to the point to pop a few bottles. Once he poured too many shots, he then decided to get into his car and drive home. And before the night was over Lawson was getting his mug shot tweeted over and over again. This is the second DUI that Lawson has received this year and now has been order to do a 30-day stint in rehab. Reports are that Lawson will be traded before opening night, seems like a change will be best for both sides at this point.

4) Russell Westbrook has a twin?

The NBA is currently in full summer league mode, where guys will try and prove their case to be on a roster next season. As for the vets, their enjoying a long vacation till the season starts at the end of October. Until then we have the internet to look towards for  our basketball entertainment. Brandon Armstrong is a former D-League player, and decided to impersonate Russell Westbrook play on the court.

The video is so funny that Westbrook himself got a kick out of it.

Check out the full video below.

https://youtu.be/5XcfaiQQdNo

3) LeBron moving into the Movie World

After winning and ESPY award for losing the NBA finals, Lebron James has now moved on to star in his first even big screen film. James plans himself in the romantic comedy Trainwreck which stars Amy Schumer and Bill Hader, which is now in theaters. Lebron seems to have found a new way to spend his offseason. Hopefully his teammates spend their time getting health and preparing for the season. The Cavilers are currently the favorite to win the championship next season.

2) Fox attempting to make a splash with Colin

Colin Cowherd and ESPN are reportedly on the verge of parting ways. According to Bleacher Reports’ Tim Daniels, the ESPN radio host will be leaving the network after 10 plus years with the company. ESPN Media Zone provided a statement from ESPN president John Skipper saying that, “We’ve enjoyed a mutually beneficial run with Colin for over a decade. He came to national prominence on ESPN with his unique perspective on sports and society. Reports are that Cowherd is heading over to rival company Fox Sports 1. It would be a big move to bring in Cowherd in some role over on their network.  This is the third major lost for ESPN this year. ESPN failed to come to an agreement with 30 for 30 creators Bill Simmons, and the host of Olbermann Keith Olbermann. Like Colin, known for their outspoken views of sports and the role it plays in society. Interesting to see whole will fill the role once Colin is gone.

1) Check, Check, Check

NFL owners were filling out their check books as three prime time players agree to some outstanding deals. Both Cowboys’ Dez Bryant and Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas agreed to a 5 year- 70 million dollar contract extension with their respective teams. Bryant was able to secure 45 million guarantee will Thomas was given 43.5 million. Though the two wide outs received hefty contracts, they don’t even compare to what the Chiefs were able to give Line Backer Justin Houston. Houston signed a 6 year- 101 million dollar contract, with 52.9 guaranteed. Houston was just a ½ sack away from breaking the all-time recorded for sacks in a season of 22 ½. Now Bryant, Thomas, and Houston will have to prove that they are worth of those contracts, because unlike the NBA, NFL contracts are made out of tissue paper.

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Former Baseball Player Darryl Hamilton Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide

Sad news in the sports world today as it is being revealed that former big leaguer Darryl Hamilton, 50 and his wife Monica Jordan, 44 were found dead in what authorities believe to be a murder-suicide.

Police were called to the Pearland, TX home in response to disturbance and upon their arrival, discovered the body of Hamilton and his wife shot to death. The couple’s 13-month child was unharmed.

Houston Chronicle:

Police said officers were sent to the home on an emergency call about a disturbance. When they arrived, they found the body of Darryl Hamilton, 50, near the front entry way. The body of Monica Jordan, 44, was found in another part of the home.

Investigators said it appeared Hamilton had been shot more than once and Jordan died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

During a career which spanned 3 decades, Hamilton played for Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, and New York Mets which went to the 2000 World Series. After retiring in 2001, he went on to become an analyst for MLB Network.

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Baseball Re-evaluating Fan Safety After Fenway Accident

Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, will look into the safety of fans after a women sustain life-threatening injuries over the weekend due to a broken bat.  As reported by ESPN.com writer Brett Lawrie, Manfred addressed the situation at the amateur draft last night. Manfred says the sport must “react strongly” to Friday night’s accident in Boston. Tonya Carpenter, 44, was the women that was struck during the Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox’s game.

Women injured at Fenway Park
Women injured at Fenway Park

“When you have an issue like this, an incident like this, you have to go back and re-evaluate where you are on all of your safety issues and trust me, we will do that. Just like we are on a variety of issues right now at the beginning of my tenure,” Manfred said. Carpenter is being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where her condition was listed as serious Saturday and Sunday.

Carpenter was sitting in the first few rows of the between home plate and the third-base dugout, an area where fans are not protected by netting, when she was struck by a shattered bat that snapped as Oakland’s Brett Lawrie hit a ground ball.

This incident has proposed the idea that a netting would extend further out. As of now the netting only goes as far as the two dugouts on the field. Though this seems to be a logical move to help protect fans, the play of the field my be affected on plays in foul territory. Manfred believes he needs to involve the players union to come to a solution.

“Some of the changes would affect play on the field. The MLBPA might be involved in those discussions,” Manfred said. “And then obviously us and the clubs. I mean, this is an important local issue, and as with all topics we want to make sure we know where our clubs are on a topic.”

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The Things We Learn in Sports This Week May 30-June 5

Another week has come and gone in world of sports and the focus of the week is simply cause and effect. What you put out into the world, you will receive back, good or bad.President of FIFA Sepp Blatter headlines that idea this week. Blatter was reelected and resigned within a week.  Seems like all that garbage he has put forth has finally started to sink. Guess he has to be fresh as hell while the feads watching. Blatter, Lebron James, and Cam Newton highlight this idea in week that was.

Chris Rock Wants Marriage Between Baseball and Black Players Fixed.

Baseball is dying, LITERALLY!

Chris Rock is speaking out about the lack of black players in baseball. On Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Rock discussed the history of black MLB players, the misnomers of why black kids don’t play, and what is going to happen to baseball if they do not fix this problem. According to the league, only 8.3% of players on 2014 opening day rosters identified themselves as African-American or black. The highest percentage of African-Americans in the majors, according to research by Mark Armour of the Society of American Baseball Research, was 19% in 1986.

“Back then almost 20% of all major leaugers were African American, and I could actually have converstations about baseball with other black people. ‘Whats up man you see the game last night, yea it was great.’ Now if I say to a black person, ‘Hey you see the Mets’ game last night they say, ‘What the f@#k is a Met.'”

Rock makes some strong points about what baseball needs to do to fix the problems that baseball currently faces. Let us know what you think about Rock’s Point of View.

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Flashback Friday: Jackie Robinson Signs A Contract To Play For The Brooklyn Dodgers

Barriers were broken in Brooklyn in this day 68 years ago. Continue reading Flashback Friday: Jackie Robinson Signs A Contract To Play For The Brooklyn Dodgers

Alex Rodriguez’s Hate it or Love it Season Begins

 

Alex Rodriguez rivals Lance Armstrong and Christian Laettner as the most hated athlete in American sports. The difference between the two is that Rodriguez still has a chance to make a group of people actually fall back in love with him. Rodriguez has a chance to be the cat-alas for the New York Yankee‘s returning back to the playoffs since 2012. Experts have various opinions of what A-Rod will be coming off his year long suspension. The fact that he has made the team seems to show some hope that he can contribute to a team with a small margin for error. Check out the highlights above to see if A-Rod can keep up with the demands of being a ball player about to turn 40 in July.

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