The Things We Learned in Sports

One of the values of life is being grateful for what you have.

No matter how big or small always be thankful for whatever you receive in life. Some of people have missed that message. This week in sports we dive in to the idea of gratitude and the repercussions from it.  Al l that and more in the Things We Learn in Sports this week.

7) Josh Smith makes a sacrifice

Josh Smith just signed a one year deal to play for a championship with the Los Angeles Clippers. The contract is worth about 1.5 million dollars, along with the money he will receive from the Pistons as well. That totals to just under 7 million dollars. But for Smith it will be a struggle. According to the Detroit Free Press, Smith was quoted in saying that “At the end of the day, you know, I do have a family,” he said. “So it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I’m going to push through it, you know. … I made a decision for me and my family.” These are the moment where you know some of these athletes are just selfish. That’s more money than most Americans will see in a life time. This just screams Latrell Sprewell from miles away. For Josh Smith the struggle is real.

6) Footballs around the corner

With Training Camps opening up all cross the country this week, it seems like football is almost here. Teams will be looking to improve to get to another level this coming season. Nothing kicks off the season right like Direct TV commercials. Direct TV has made some amazing ads in the past getting fans ready for the start of the season, and this season is no different. Direct TV called upon quarterbacks Eli Manning and Tony Romo to help shoot a commercial. Check out the two pro bowl quarterbacks in their separate commercials.

https://youtu.be/iJF1nRN5_as

5) Another Athlete Another Arrest.

Titans’ wide receiver Justin Hunter was arrested in Virginia on Monday for being involved in a fight outside a bar during 4th of July weekend. Cops say Hunter was involved in a brawl at the Sandbar Raw Bar in Virginia Beach on July 3rd, where a victim was transported to a hospital to treat the injuries. The 24-year-old is just the latest example of NFL players not being able to control themselves once the season is over.

4) The Haters gona Hate Hate Hate,

Boxer Cam Awesome (yes he changed his name to that) won the bronze medal at the Pan Am games this past week. Awesome step aside to do an interview where he declared himself the Taylor Swift of boxing. Watch as Awesome explains how he gets heartbroken in the ring.

https://youtu.be/sk9xrT9y9tg

3) Shady Aftermath

LeSean McCoy looks a bit paranoid.  McCoy wanted to have one last party before the Bills open their doors for trading camp. Problem with that is the kind of details that were required to enter the party.

Smooth moves Shady, real smooth.

2) What is up with the trick throws

Two guys drew up a play that involved one of them receiving a football after back-flipping off a swing into water. The timing on the play was impeccable. This could have gone bad in so many different ways. Thankfully it ended up just being a cool video.

1) Better watch your tongue.

Colin Cowherd and ESPN were set to part ways peacefully in a few weeks, but that went out the door this past week. Cowherd was fired by ESPN for his comments that he made on his radio show “The Herd”  regarding Dominican players.

Cowherd then took to twitter to make an apology towards the network and those who were offended.

Cowherd is set to sign a deal with ESPN rival Fox Sports, and is expected to have a bigger role. This type of outrage might have a negative affect on Cowherd in his new home.

King Jut (@KingJut92)

 

The Things We Learned in Sports

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.

 King Jut (@KingJut92)

The Things We Learned in Sports June 28th-July 4th

Lets be honest, it’s been a pretty dry week in sports. Football is a few months away, Lebron is expected to stay in Cleveland (we hope), and baseball……is baseball. Despite the dry spell in sports,  moves and plays have been made to impact the seasons that are up coming. Off-season moves are like getting the ingredients for a soup. If you get the wrong items, you can end up with a Knicks’ broth. Here are the things we learned in sports this week.

7. Lakers and Knicks are left holding the bag

You know you had a terrible off-season when the two starting centers for each team are Robin Lopez and reportedly Roy Hibbert. The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers now have to realize that players do not want to spend their time on a team that isn’t close to winning a title. In the Knicks case, they lost out on big man Greg Monroe to the Milwaukee Bucks. Name another time in history Milwaukee beat New York in anything? For the Lakers, literally no one signed with them. They had to trade for guy who looks like the mon-stars from Space Jams stole his powers. Kobe looks happy though. This can’t go well for Hibbert.

Kobe

6. Real Spurs Never Die

LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge

For the last twenty years, the Spurs have been the most consistent team in the NBA. Making the playoffs 19 of the 20 years, and winning 5 NBA. The combination of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, and Greg Popovich have been the model that all teams in the NBA have tried to copy. Even when father time comes knocking at the door the team builds up. It is reported that free agent blue chipper LaMarcus Aldridge will be joining the spurs on a 4 year/80 million dollar max contract. This comes off re-signing Kawhi Lenorad and Danny Green all under the age of 30. This really might be the start of something special.

5. Floyd Mayweather takes a lost

Floyd “Money” Mayweather is expected to be stripped of his WBO welterweight title due to a lack of compliance. Mayweather  defeated Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao on May 2 to win the title. But ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reports that the World Boxing Organization officially decided to take back its 147-pound belt from the undefeated Mayweather.

https://youtu.be/Pxjg35jSER8

4. White boy can play

If you old enough to remember, Jason Williams was the white Kyrie Irving, don’t believe me, google him. Irving might have to go against his son in a few years. A YouTube video is going around of 13-year-old Jaxon Williams’ breaking ankles like his daddy did back in the day. He has already been dubbed as “White Chocolate Jr.” Watch as the young Williams’ makes these kids dance.

3. Tom Brady got the G card from the Migos

Yea it’s the off-season, and now you got Tom Brady getting passing from the Migos. TMZ sports reports that the Migos have given the G-pass for “dancing to his music.” Brady  can now run up in the bando and trap until his heart is content. According to TMZ, Quavo and Takeoff  were out in L.A. recently when we asked the Hotlanta boys how they felt about Brady turning up to their hit Handsome & Wealthy at the Patriots Super Bowl ring party. Watch as Tom Brady turns up to the “YRN” music.

https://youtu.be/Esn6E4al-5U

2. What the hell is wrong with Iman

Iman Shumpert got a 4 year/ 40 million dollar extension from the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason and decided to spend none of that money on a hair cut. Shumpert has become know for his high top fade, but TMZ sports has learned that he didn’t want that to be his only look. There are no words to describe what type of mess Iman has put on top of his head, but hey it is the NBA off-season.

1. Forget Football, Basketball is were the money is.

Ok does the name Kosta Koufos mean anything to anyone. Didn’t think so, ok he is a 4 year NBA vet who just got 33 million dollars over the next 4 years. The Sacramento Kings, who are battling the Knicks for the worst franchise over the last decade, have signed the big man away from the Memphis Grizzles. His career averages are 5.2 points and 5.3 rebounds with 0.8 blocks. This has to be looked at as the new NBA. where guys who haven’t won any major awards as an individual or a team are getting these M’s. LaMarcus Aldrige just signed a contract that is only 10 million dollars more then Kris Middleon and 5 million less than Draymod Green. What is scare about all these signings is the fact that the cap is going to go up in the NBA after next season. Better work on your handle and jump shoot, because the NBA is where the money is.

King Jut (@KingJut92)

The Sports Scoff With @SmooveGuyO, Vol. 5

I’m trying to reach my goal like a round ball/ Freddy Adu anything for the crown ya’ll -Lil Wayne Continue reading The Sports Scoff With @SmooveGuyO, Vol. 5

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.

FIFA Receives Red Flag As Top Soccer Officials Were Indicted On Bribery Charges

Welcome to the 2015 World Cup Of Fraud…where corruption wins you a golden boot

The soccer world is in shock as the unexpected happened early Wednesday morning. The U.S. Department of Justice indicted 14 world soccer officials on 47 unsealed counts of racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracy. Out of the 14 who were accused, there were two major sports marketing companies who pleaded guilty and are likely to cooperate. 7 people were arrested in Zurich with the help of the Swiss authorities as they were able to raid the FIFA headquarters. According to the FBI, FIFA officials were accused of taking more than $140 million dollars in bribery money and in return provided highly profitable media and marketing rights to soccer tournaments as kickbacks over the span of 24 years. Amongst the officials who were arrested were Eduardo Li (current FIFA executive committee president and president of the Costa Rican soccer federation), Jeffrey Webb (president of CONCACAF) , Eugenio Figueredo (current FIFA vice president and executive committee members), Jack Warner (former president of CONCACAF), Julio Rocha (current FIFA development officer and former head of the Central American Football Union), Costas Takkas (an attache and former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association), Rafael Esquivel (president of the Venezuelan soccer federation) , Jose Maria Marin (member of the FIFA organizing committee for the Olympic football tournaments) and Nicolas Leoz (former FIFA executive committee member). US Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke to reporters after the arrest and claimed:

The most serious are the racketeering charges, which allege that the officials turned soccer “into a criminal enterprise”. The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States. It spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.

 

 

This event that occurred yesterday could be the turning point of ending corruption in the world of sports and politics. As the Department of Justice are able to put their foot down on justice, let’s hope that FIFA can finally come to their sense and find someone who can lead this billion dollar organization to end social and political injustice. US-1, WORLD-0.

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FIFA Officials Arrested for Bribery

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CNN is reporting that the United States government has allegedly found evidence of corruption in FIFA, including taking money in exchange for World Cup games. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told reporters in New York about the allegations that FIFA faces.

 “The indictment also alleges that corruption and bribery extended to the 2011 presidential FIFA election, and to agreements regarding sponsorship of the Brazilian national soccer team by a major U.S. sportswear company.”

ESPN just recently showed a quick documentary on the corruption that has been apart of the FIFA organization for years. Check out the video at the bottom.

https://youtu.be/mKk_oKhEEkQ

KingJut (@KingJut92)

Soccer Stars David Villa, Rivaldo, Jerzy Dudek & UEFA Bring Champions League Trophy To New York

The UEFA hosted a VIP party to welcome the arrival of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Trophy to New York City on Wednesday, March 18. This was the first stop and kickoff destination for the 2015 U.S. Trophy Tour. Continue reading Soccer Stars David Villa, Rivaldo, Jerzy Dudek & UEFA Bring Champions League Trophy To New York

Odell Beckham Jr: The Next Lionel Messi?

Beckham showed us he can catch, he can dunk, and now we’re hearing he can play soccer…what can’t this kid do? Continue reading Odell Beckham Jr: The Next Lionel Messi?

Hope Solo Suspended From U.S. Soccer Team

She Tried It! 

 

Welp looks like Hope Solo has been suspended from the U.S Soccer team according to TMZ. Solo and former NFL player husband Jerramy Stevens were driving monday morning on the U.S. Soccer team van when they were pulled over, and Stevens was booked for a DUI. Solo was reportedly being “belligerent” with the officers. Solo who just caught a break with domestic violence charges that were dismissed has been in the new twice over the past 6 months for things other than soccer. Soccer officials were not happy when they found out about her husband driving the team vehicle. Hope Solo has been suspended from the team for 30 days.

 

 

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