The Things We Learn in Sports

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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The Things We Learn in Sports

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.

The Things We Learn in Sports

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.

The Things We Learned in Sports July 5th-July 11th

When a prime time player has major surgery and a free agent is held hostage in his home you know it was a cray week. So many stories seem to be fueled this week as we all patiently for training camp to start. This week had some of the craziest stories that will be reported all year long. Here are the things we learned in sports this week.

7. FSU has a serious problem.

Jimbo Fisher

Just 2 seasons ago, the Florida State Seminoles were being presented with the national championship trophy. Since then they have had to suspend or dismiss multiple players for “questionable” actions. During the week FSU kicked out quarterback De’Andre Johnson and suspend running back Dalvin Cook for violence against women. This is all coming after the tornado that Jamies Winston provided during his time as the starting quarterback. This has to raise questions about head coach Jimbo Fisher ability to either keep his players in line, or recruiting players that have embarrassed his organization. Florida State administration must look an see what kind of organization they want to represent.

6. Is Deron Williams in the House.

After falling off a cliff in production, the Nets have finally bought out the rest of Deron Williams contract according to NBA.com reporter David Aldridge.  The move has an serious impact on the cap for the Brooklyn Nets. 

Now that the buyout looks to be official, ESPN reporter Marc Stein reports that Williams will likely sign a contract to become a Dallas Maverick.

Now after not being able to stay in front of point guards like Jeff Teague and Kyle Lowry, he gets to face Stephen Curry and Chris Paul. Good luck in Dallas Deron.

5. The Girls are back in town

The United State’s Women’s National Team came back to a celebration in the streets of New York. The USWNT was able to drive down Broadway in style as thousands of fans came out to celebrate the culmination of a World Cup run that ended in a championship. The women haven’t won a title since 1999, and fans were out in bunches to support the champions of the world.

4. If you got the talent you will play

Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy suspension was reduced from 10 games down to  4 games. Hardy was originally suspended for a domestic violence conviction that he received a season ago. The NFL recently revamped its domestic violence policy, introducing far more stringent punishments for creeps who attack women. Hardy was suspended for 10 games after the new policy was in place. But he was being suspended for an incident that occurred before it was in place. Before his suspension, Hardy was one of the most feared pass rushers in the league, and that is really the only reason he is still in the NFL. He is an extremely talent player at a highly important position. If he played like Ray Rice did at the end of his season, he would still be sitting on his couch.

3. Donovan McNabb needs a babysitter.

Former All-Pro quarterback Donovan McNabb is having a hard time adjusting to life without football. McNabb was arrested for the second time for DUI less then two years apart.

A spokesperson for Fox Sports, for whom McNabb is currently an analyst, did not return an email seeking comment. He is “stepping away from his NBC sports radio show—at least temporarily—to deal with ‘personal issues,'” according to TMZ.

It’s getting embarrassing at this point for McNabb. At some point someone has to come out and help this man before it becomes to late.

2. DeAndre was a Clipper, than a Mav, now a Clipper.

So the craziest 24 hours happened on Wednesday. There was an original report that De’Andre Jordan was “reconsidering” going back to the Clippers by ESPN’s Marc Stein.  Then it transitioned to Clippers star Blake Griffin basically locking the door from anyone getting in.

Then Old man Kobe Byrant had to take the fun out of the conversation with some random emoji’s. In the end. Jordan did the right thing in staying with the Clippers. He was able to get more money, play for a better team, and potentially win a championship in Los Angeles. Whats wrong with that?

1. Don’t play with fireworks

New York Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had a really bad week. He went from potentially signing a deal with the Giants for 60 Million dollars, to not even being able to count to 10. ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter was able to obtain the medical reports of the surgery that was done to remove one of Pierre-Paul’s fingers.

As of today the Giants’ have yet to sign JPP to any type of contract at all. The Giants’ place the franchise tag on the talented defensive end, and have till July 15th to be able to come to a long term agreement. Hopefully both sides make the best decision for themselves.

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.

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