Hits , misses and what the hell was that about ?

Hits , misses and what the hell was that about ?

Well appreciative of the fact, for the first time in twenty-one years , a congratulatory note of applause must be displayed towards the Pittsburgh Pirates and their making the MLB post-season for the first time in that time-span. For Clint Hurdle , his staff , the players and front office , this will be a time to celebrate. Having finished second to the St Louis Cardinals in the NL Central , within that division , the Pirates will be joined by the Cincinnati Reds , for the second of the two wild-card berths within the National League (NL). The celebrations began in earnest after Pittsburgh’s 2-1 victory on Monday evening over the competitively challenged Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field , in Chicago , Illinois. Far be it for to me suggest, but both the Cubs and Chicago White Sox have been two woefully inept teams and an absolute abomination to watch over the course of this season , who have performed with such ineptitude. As to this asinine notion, that Cubs general manager Theo Epstein will be looking towards making the ball-club competitive by no later than 2015 , now seems to be in question after the failure of the team this season.

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Dale Sveum , manager of the Cubs has not been guaranteed that he will be given a contract extension, and it is unlikely that the manager will now return to the organization for the 2014 season , along with a number of members of his current managerial staff . There have been few pluses of note for the Chicago Cubs over the course of their season and for that I believe a great deal of the blame has to fall squarely upon the shoulders of Theo Epstein and what appears to be a clear lack of commitment from the Ricketts’ family , the team’s owners. There has been more money spent on the refurbishing and upgrading of Wrigley Field in recent seasons than one would like to believe. Meanwhile, Tom Ricketts’ commitment seems to be more of treating this ball-club as a bauble, rather to parade it to members of his social circle , than create a competitive professional sports’ franchise and bring back some semblance of respectability to this once esteemed baseball franchise.

For the Pirates, as they wind down their regular season schedule with five games left to play. All eyes, are likely to be placed upon their wild card round game on 1st October against the Cincinnati Reds. Now one could place a great deal of emphasis on the season series between these two teams , but to my mind, a single elimination game will be more about , which is the best prepared to deal with the added pressure .

The race within the AL for the two wild-card berths , now appears to the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians for the losing, as the two teams hold the top two spots in those standings . Yet for all of the drama to be had , this race still seems to be far from over , with the Texas Rangers , Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees , all within four games of a wild-card berth . Of the three teams now vying for that spot, I do believe that the Yankees have essentially played themselves out of contention , albeit , with Joe Girardi and his team due to play the Tampa Bay Rays in a pivotal three game series at Yankee Stadium beginning on Tuesday. It would be fair to suggest that neither team in this series, can afford a slip-up at this juncture.

. Girardi will become a manager without a contract at the end of this season , with their being no guarantee that a contract extension will be forthcoming from GM Brian Cashman or directly from senior managing partner , Hal Steinbrenner . There is the common belief that Girardi is likely to viewed as a managerial candidate for the possible vacant Cubs’ position, if the decision is made fire Dale Sveum. This off-season could be a dramatic one for the franchise, with the retirements of Andy Pettite and Mariano Rivera . Compounding this even further, may well be the uncertainty concerning the immediate future of Derek Jeter , whose season was shuttered by the front office , with the short-stop placed on the disabled list . With his skills declining, Jeter only provides leadership and little else, beyond that , albeit, that at times, he can still offer momentary flashes of brilliance in the field .

Three weeks into the NFL season and we already seeing a plethora of really bad performances from a number of teams . Far be it for me to suggest , but those seeking parity in the NFL , are looking for something to hang their hats on . In reality , it is not about parity , but more to do with the caliber of the coaching of the NFL and the quality of the players drafted . Poor performances asides, having witnessed the Denver Broncos’ complete annihilation of the Oakland Raiders on Monday night , to go alongside the Seattle Seahawks’ utter surgical dismantling of the Jacksonville Jaguars , has me believing that this NFL season is likely to be filled with more lows than highs , in comparison to last season.

As Peyton Manning continues to rewrite the record books, with the player already having thrown twelve touchdown passes in the first three weeks of the season. It will be interesting to see whether or not the quarterback can surpass the single season record of fifty touchdowns , a feat managed by Manning’s contemporary , Tom Brady during the 2007 NFL season. Besides the superlatives one could use to describe Peyton Manning’s performances this early in the season , it should be noted that this Broncos’ team seems to have gotten a great deal better on both sides of the ball in comparison to last season. As to where the challenge might well come from within the AFC West and the AFC as a whole , I do believe that there is not a team at present good enough to throw down the gauntlet of meeting that challenge .

Week four , will grant the Philadelphia Eagles the privilege of trying to stop the Broncos’ unbeaten run, when the two teams meet this Sunday at the Sports Authority Stadium , in Denver , Colorado,. The Eagles’ alleged high-octane offense and rather anemic defense , are likely to meet the same fate as the Broncos three previous predecessors . Chip Kelly may well have been an offensive genius at the collegiate level , while coaching the Oregon program , but his introduction to the NFL has been painful to watch , with his ego having been deflated by the team’s two successive defeats. Whether or not, this will be a bounce back game for the Eagles or them simply being bounced all over Mile High, remains to be seen. Yet , given the ineptitude of the Eagles on defense, I am do believe that it will be the latter !

Not one for appearing naive, but I do believe that the NFL’s punishment of Vonn Miller was merely slap on the wrist , being a two-time offender of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The player sought to appeal his original four-game suspension which was upheld , but the league tacked on an additional two games , after it was revealed that Miller compromised his test samples by colluding with a lab technician to substitute another sample , as his own . Miller’s actions not only showed his disdain for the league’s rules, but also for the NFL and bringing a great deal of unwanted attention to the Denver Broncos’ organization , after a successful start to their season. Vonn Miller’s return will not take place until week seven, when the Broncos are hosts of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium , in Indianapolis , Indiana ,. Surely, if a player is willing to go those lengths and be dishonest as well as committing an act of fraud , then should it not be within the league’s right to punish that player with impunity , rather than being soft and appearing soft on that issue ? My question for Commissioner Roger Goodell , who is he really afraid of in such an instance , the union (Players’ Union) or is it, the fans themselves ? Your thoughts , on this all ?

Three months before the NBA regular season kicks off and the biggest story of the off-season , beyond the marriage of LeBron James to his high-school sweetheart Savannah Brinson and the Miami Heat’s re-signing of Michael Beasley . That story, is the fact former NBA center and All Star, Shaquille O’Neal has become a minority stakeholder in the Sacramento Kings. O’Neil , in association , with a business associate, Mark Mastrov , founder of the health-club gym chain, 24 Hour Fitness, have purchased a 5% stake in the NBA franchise . The deal was with the full approval of team owner Vivek Ranadive , who seems to be of the belief , that the best way to bring back some pizzazz to the downtrodden franchise, would be to add some “star power ” to the ownership makeup of the organization. Perplexing as this may seem, it was not that long ago, that O’Neal described the Sacramento Kings as the “Sacramento Queens” . Unless I am mistaken, not much has changed in the subsequent seasons , since the former player made that infamous statement. The Kings have fallen on hard times, being uncompetitive, being financially mismanaged by former owners Joe and Gavin Maloof , and their siblings. Add to this whole menagerie of stupidity, was the over-inflated price paid ($535 million) for a franchise that is amongst the most poorly supported in the NBA. Yet, it has been under this sort of misleading and often surreptitious model that David Stern continues to paint the facade that the league and its teams are in the healthiest of conditions. All well and good, but it simply does not answer the question , as to the continued struggles of a number of small market teams and the financial imbalance created, with the unwillingness of the NBA hierarchy to adopt a hard salary cap.

Consider the fact, that a number of the teams within the NBA , repeatedly each season , seek to go over the league’s soft salary cap ($58.044 million) . At the same time, when posed the question , as to why a number of teams remain unprofitable , the commissioner has been quick to deflect those questions, by simply pointing to the fact of growing revenues for the NBA and an increasing presence in the global market , in terms the growing popularity of the game in Europe and the Far East. All well and good, but it simply does not answer the question , as to the continued struggles of a number of small market teams and the financial imbalance created, with the unwillingness of the NBA hierarchy to adopt a hard salary cap. I would like to think that the reason behind this , is the fact that the league believes that their current business template this all works to their advantage . Yet , I am more inclined to believe , that the union (NBPA) dictates and has the power to simply make the team owners and powers that be , simply cower in a corner , like a mouse about to be devoured by a hungry feline.

It is hard to imagine how a Kings’ team from this past season that finished with a 28-54 record within the Western Conference . A mark which was good enough for thirteenth place within the conference and only fourth place within the Pacific Division , can be considered remotely good enough to compete in the talent and offensive minded environment of the conference in question and where the King themselves were far from efficient in terms of defense . This is a team built around the somewhat mercurial talents and immature behavior of DeMarcus Cousins . Yet, the biggest issue for the Sacramento Kings is the very fact their head coach Michael Malone will be a first-year rookie , whose previous stop was the coach of Loyola Marymount University . Then you can add in the fact, that on the team’s roster itself , beyond Chuck Hayes, Travis Outlaw and John Salmons , no other member on this squad has more than six years’ experience of playing in the NBA as a professional . as an NBA player d with the Sacramento Kings, A fact which was also mirrored during the 2011-2012 NBA season. This upcoming season , what should fans of this franchise, really expect from a roster with such minimal experience?

A great deal is being asked of Michael Malone and his coaching staff for the upcoming season, something I do not believe that they are likely to fulfill , even with the added experience of Chris Mullin as a consultant to the front office led by GM Pete D’Alesandro . His experience alongside that of Mullin and even with the additional input of Shaquille O’Neal , is unlikely to prove fortuitous , immediately. The returns sought , may well come about in two to three years , if the fans can be patient enough, as the front office assesses the entire roster. To my mind , the Sacramento Kings is unlikely to become one of the first places a prized marquee free agent, is likely to seek out, to further their NBA ambitions. That was never the case over the past five seasons, and it is unlikely to be the case now . Destinations, such as, either one of the Los Angeles franchises ( Clippers , Lakers) , Oklahoma City , Miami , Houston , Chicago , Brooklyn , San Antonio , New York or Indiana would prove to be a far more appealing a destination , than the California state capitol to further one’s NBA career. Success has proven to be fleeting for the Sacramento Kings , and will prove to just as elusive now , even with the experience now gathered within the front office and the ownership group .

The NBA regular season will begin on October 29th, 2013 , with a slew of games . Yet for the vast array of fans, the season does not really get started until the Christmas week schedule comes into focus . The Kings will begin their schedule , with a home game against the Denver Nuggets at the Sleep Train Arena , in Sacramento , California. All eyes, will be focused on the Kings , as they embark upon a new chapter and era in their history. As to what the outcome is likely to , that remains to be seen , but for now , the real challenge is simply to savor the moment .

The death of former heavyweight champion boxer , Ken Norton at the age of seventy, brought back a deepening perspective of a bygone age within the sport . There are few champions , let alone great fighters from that era still alive today. Norton’s untimely passing, reminds us what is sorely lacking in the sport of boxing at present , and that is great fighters , willing to take on all-comers, simply to prove their greatness in the ring. Sadly, today’s fight game, it has become about the “ me mentality” and how much money , a fighter can now gross from one mega-title fight and with no respect for the sport itself , never-mind the ongoing incompetence of the ringside officials .

True fight fans can cling to their memories of the great world heavyweight title fights of seventies , eighties and early nineties. Unfortunately, that was not the case for Ken Norton , who some years ago suffered a near fatal crash, which brought severe head trauma and respiratory problems and a speech impediment for this once great fighter. A CAT scan of Norton’s brain , showed atrophy and severe damage to his brain tissue , brought on from years of pounding, taken to his head , undoubtedly brought on from his fight career . An illustrious career , that also saw three classic bouts with Muhammad Ali . Norton went toe to toe with some of the very best during the prime of his career, but his trilogy of bouts with Ali , are what he is best remembered for , and perhaps his now infamous love scene with British actress Susan George in the movie ‘ Mandingo ‘ . Let’s just say, Norton’s best years were definitely in the ring and not on celluloid, in a tawdry tale of slavery and masochistic sex .

Memories , fading over time for both Leon and Michael Spinks , with a rarely seen in public, Muhammad Ali. It is sad , that even with such legends as Larry Holmes and George Foreman still visible within our midst , the sport of boxing is still sinking into a morass of ambiguity and incompetence . Any suggestion that the likes of Oscar de La Hoya and his company, Golden Boy Promotions Inc , has brought back some semblance of dignity to the sport , has to be met with a great deal of ridicule and suspicion. De La Hoya has his own personal issues to deal with, beyond the fact that his company , has been a litigant in several cases , where the accusation of fraud and larceny, have been leveled against the former boxer and his promotion’s company. Needless to say, the promoter pleads innocent, to all of the allegations made against him and scoffs at the suggestion that his company has acted unprofessional.

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There were a number of interesting sports’ stories within the sports’ world this past weekend, but which event to your mind proved to be the most interesting in terms of its relevance ? Do leave a comment, as you see fit on this and anything else you believe relevant to the subject matter .

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(1) Gaby Sanchez , Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen celebrate the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 8-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs in a game played on Tuesday 24th September , 2013 ,2 at Wrigley Field in Chicago , Illinois . For the first time in just over two decades the Pirates will make their first post-season appearance , having gained one of the two available NL wild-card berths . AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast ….

(2) The Pirates’ Gerrit Cole heads to first , after hitting a two-run single off Chicago Cubs’ starting pitcher Chris Rusin , which in turn scored Gaby Sanchez and Pedro Alvarez during the second inning of the game played between the two NL Central teams on Tuesday 24th September , 2013 . AP Photo / Rex Arbogast …..

(3) Chicago Cubs’ GM Theo Epstein , foreground , is seen here with the team’s owner Tom Ricketts . Epstein who became the general manager of the Cubs in October 2011 , has presided over two years of mediocrity of an organization , that has not made a post-season appearance since 2008 , when the team went do the NLDS. This season the Chicago Cubs underperformed and will finish once again with a sub .500 record for the second consecutive season , of which the last time the ball-club had a winning season came in 2009. Getty Images / Jonathan Greene ……

(4) Players from the Tampa Bay Rays celebrate their shutout of their AL East rivals the New York Yankees , in a game played at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday 24th September , 2013. The victory inched the Rays closer to obtaining one of the two available wild-card berths within the American League (AL) . This victory has in essence placed New York pout of the wild-card race and whatever chance the team had of making the post-season but there remains two more games to be played of the current series between the two teams . In 2013 it has been the Tampa Rays who have had the upper hand in the regular season series between the two teams . It also casts doubt on the strength of this current Yankees’ lineup and heightens their vulnerabilities , showing them now to be a team on the decline. AP Photo / Kathy Willens ………

(5) Eric Decker (87) of the Denver Broncos tries to break the tackle of Brandian Ross (29) of the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High , in a game played on the September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Getty Images ? Doug Pensinger ….

(6) Left guard Zane Beadles (68) of the Denver Broncos and left tackle Chris Clark (75) of the Denver Broncos prepare to defend the blind side of quarterback Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos as they face the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 37-21 . Doug Pensinger /Getty Images …

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Shaquille O’Neal holds up a shirt with “Shaqramento” printed on it as he poses with Sacramento Kings majority owners Vivek Ranadive, left, and Mark Mastrov, in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. O’Neal was welcomed as a new minority owner of the Kings and promised to help restore the franchise to its winning ways and mentor to Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli …

(8) Ken Norton , left, seen here facing Muhammad Ali in the third and final fight of their trilogy , which was fought at Yankee Stadium , in the Bronx , New York of September 1976. Norton felt he won the fight but it was given to Ali in a unanimous decision . AP Photo / archives …

(9) Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton exchange blows during their 1973 fight in San Diego, the first of their three bouts against one another. Ali would wind up losing a 12-round decision after Norton broke his jaw early in the fight. Neil Leifer/SI ….

(10) LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 18: Former boxer Ken Norton arrives at the Keep Memory Alive foundation’s ‘Power of Love Gala’ celebrating Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena February 18, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event benefits the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center. The former title-holder died earlier this month complications from heart failure and a respiratory condition . AP Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive …..

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20 thoughts on “Hits , misses and what the hell was that about ?

  1. ” Hi I’m Vonn Miller and I am an @sshole ” Vonn Miller !

    A six-game suspension is all the NFL can come up with as a way of punishing Vonn Miller for his actions ? I can only presume that the leniency was due to the fact that the mode of payment between the player and lab technician was not sexual in nature ?

    Goodell is as softy as a baby’s ass ! Who the hell takes him seriously to begin with ? Everything that comes out of his mouth has to be viewed as a considerable joke on a wide variety of subjects as it relates to the NFL .

    How far was Jon Lynch’s penis inserted into Goodell’s @ss ? Fox wants to be taken seriously as a sports’ broadcast outlet ? That settlement was a joke ! $175 000 per player ? Medical bills will eat through that sum inside of six months . Only a dumb idiot would believe it to be a justifiable deal .

    The NFL grosses in excess of $7 billion annually . Everyone is chiming on about this deal as being great for the NFL , but they seem to forget that the lawyers will be getting a large chunk of ” cheddar ” for doing not a damn thing .by way of this deal .

    The Pirates’ wild-card game , they will face off against the Cardinals in their wild card round this postseason .

    So Shaq has bought into the Sacramento Queens . I am expecting their home arena will now have LGBGT nights and GLAAD events for the purpose of serving those particular demographics . The Kings for the last three seasons have been one of the worst supported franchises in the NBA . I rest my case in terms of this team and the fact that they have ingrate like DeMarcus Cousins on the roster which speaks volumes as to why they were so bad last season (28-54) .

    Shaq and Kings’ majority owner Vivek Ranadive .

    Shaq says he’s prepared to mentor DeMarcus Cousins ? Hell , why doesn’t he simply shove his foot up Cousins` @ss , because former Kings’ head coach Keith Smart tried the same tactic and that worked about as well someone placing their arm into the mouth of a hungry crocodile not expecting to be bit .

    “I respect Shaq but that n##ga can’t hold me down , yo ! I is D-Cous , I $$ck’s up ni##gas for breakfast ” ! DeMarcus Cousins

    The death of Ken Norton though tragic , the bigger tragedy has become the very fact the face of boxing is so bad with no real great fighters on the horizon . Has anyone looked the heavyweight scene at present , never mind that took place in the aftermath of the Mayweather Alvarez fight . Keith Kizer the executive director of the NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) is an @ss in believing that Cynthia Ross (judge in that fight ) scored it a draw .

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  2. Tophat,

    This was an interesting read. However, DJeter’s skills are just fine. He’s gottem more tail than you and I combined. Lately though he’s becoming whipped to nice a fox he’s keeping. The other skills? He’s still got some playing time left…………but yeah, he’s getting up there in age.

    Congrats to the Pirates. Don’t get too use to them in the playoffs though.

    How good is Payton Manning? Geez it’s scary what his team can do with his elite corps of receivers.

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    1. Ronbets

      Jeter’s been getting more hits the off the ; field in terms of chasin’ tail than he has hits and RBI’s on the baseball diamond this season . Those skills are definitely on the decline but the agility now , is simply fleeting .

      Peyton if he carries on at this pace he could get sixty touchdown passes this season without breaking a sweat .

      I believe that the Colts can go 13-3 win their division (AFC West) outright and gain the top seed in the AFC . As to the postseason , it then becomes something of a crap-shoot . But as we know the team playing consistently in the last month of the regular season , along with having a QB with a hot hand usually tends to win it all .

      To put it succinctly , the Broncos’ Vonn Miller is a dumb idiot ! And the suspension from the NFL is a joke and in essence, shows how soft Roger Goodell just happens to be ! Goodell is about as tough on the players as the US Justice Department , ATF and DEA are as tough on crime in terms of the drugs and illegal guns’ trade .

      Fast & Furious and no I’m not talking about Vin Diesel’s ;“acting chops” . Chronicles of Riddick , Pitch Black , The Pacifier . Oh those are real manly roles for him to get his teeth into . I would rather ” lay ” the wood” to Gal Gadot and Elsa Pataky !

      The Pirates could well falter in wild-card round of the post-season .

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      Gal Gadot above .

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      Pataky gettin’ her groove on in Fast & Furious VI

      Elsa Pataky

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  3. Shaqs cool. The nicest thing I can say about Shaqramento is the weather and the nostagia of Old Sacramento. The Maloofs were to busy worrying about pussy instead of the ball club.

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    1. Ronbets

      Shaq is a great personality but not even that will be enough to attract a marquee free agent over the next two seasons to sign with the Sacramento Kings .

      The Maloofs ruined the franchise and from a business standpoint they are still a mess even with Ranadive’s money . Also , one of the other partners , Mark Mastrov , I am not so sure that he can be trusted , given the issues he had with the company he founded , the gym chain 24 Hour Fitness and then sold . As it is , I believe the free agents are likely to sign with teams elsewhere even if the Kings are possibly millions under the cap in comparison to other teams .

      . The Kings on paper just are not good enough to contend and they have a rookie head coach in Michael Malone , whose previous coaching experience was at Loyola Marymount (Lions) , in an assistant’s role , not exactly a bastion or powerhouse when it comes to College Hoops .

      Malone may also have been Mark Jackson’s lead assistant with the coaching staff at the Warriors but that team last season was a defensive wasteland , as no one on the roster wanted to play any part in that role . For the players it was primarily all about offense , as evidenced by the play of Steph Curry .

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      Your thoughts on Vonn Miller’s suspension and do you believe that he should be serving a longer suspension than six games, for his actions ?

      I can’t help but wonder if Ken Norton had won that controversial fight with Ali , that was given to the opponent as a majority decision . How would Ken Norton’s career proceeded from thereon and how long might he have been a world champion ! After that fight , as good as he was, I simply didn’t believe at times , he got the recognition or respect he deserved !

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      1. No comment on the VMiller fiasco. Goodell might rhyme with Rozelle, but that’s where the comparison stops.

        Boxing from the 60’s through the early 90’s was fantastic. Ken Norton was a beast. Ali was sipping through a straw after that entanglement. What I didn’t get was the animosity between him and his All-Pro linebacker son KNorton Jr. For Junior’s sake, I hope they made up before the passing.

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        1. Ronbets

          Miller has proven to be an embarrassment to himself and the Broncos’ organization . It’s also the same with Aldon Smith and the Niners as the player has now taken what is said to be an indefinite leave of absence to deal with his sobriety issues and misuse of alcohol (three DUI’s in the past eighteen months).

          Ken Norton and Ken Norton Jr were able to reconcile , but the son felt that sense of abandonment , and that is to be understood in a case like that , where there is said to be cases of infidelity during both his father’s two marriages .

          I believe that the sixties and seventies were the richest eras in boxing’s history and that is due respect to era when Holmes . Sugar Ray Leonard , Tyson, Duran and Hearns came long to be create a big splash ! Unfortunately. with the likes of promoters such as Bob Arum , Don King and now Oscar de La Hoya ruining the sport , there is not really much that the fans can truly appreciate about boxing .

          Mayeather’s dominance has been built upon fighting some really mediocre opponents , and with that has come an inflated fight stat .

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  4. I’ve got to tell you Al that I appreciate that you brought up Ken Norton. His fights with Ali and Holmes were amongst the greatest fights of all time. Even though I lost money on the Holmes fight he was one of my favorite boxers of all time.
    If the Rays win 2 of their last 4 games they should make the playoffs. Home field for the play-in game would be great. Hopefully they’re peaking at the right time.
    What’s your opinion on the whole Josh Freeman debacle?
    I’ll check back later, cheers!

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    1. aero

      I believe that Ken Norton was one of the great heavyweights during the seventies , but unfortunately during that era the likes of Forerman , Frazier , Ali and Holmes reigned supreme at one time or another during that time-span .

      As to the Rays , if they win this current series against the Yankees and then one of their remaining games , then their fate is sealed by making the postseason as one of the AL wild-card entrants .

      There’s a debacle concerning Josh Freeman this season ? LOL,LOL ,LOL !! Who knew and would’ve guessed it ? Freeman is and has been his own worst enemy as he is not a leader , nor as he ever sought to be , and that is one of the reasons I believe he has failed as a quarterback in the NFL. If the norm in the NFL is said to a completion percentage of 70 % as a benchmark of being a good quarterback , then why is it throughout his playing career he has simply been at best moderately average ?

      Freeman to my mind is one of the worst quarterbacks the Bucs have had during their history !

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  5. The Eagles offense wasn’t that good against KC. The Yankees are out Tampa Bay beat em. Cleveland, Rays, and O’s fight for the last two spots. Denver is good. The Raiders got their one win of the season. Man U beat Liverpool 1-0. This was huge for David Moyes. The NFl season wi be nuts

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    1. bobby

      Only an idiot would continue to hypeup the Eagles’ offense as being good simply based one game against a pitiful Redskins’ team .

      Now we are seeing how bad this Chip Kelly coached team really happens to be and they’re about to be tested when they meet the Broncos at Mile High Stadium . Peyton Manning is likely to shred that Eagles’ defense for over 400 yards and at least three touchdowns in that game .

      As I said to you earlier in one of your earlier pieces on the Premiership , as good as Liverpool just happen to be , sooner or later they would slip up . Rather that it happen now , rather than during a stretch run in their schedule later in the season .

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  6. With the Yankees having missed the playoffs , it seems all but certain that Joe Girardi is unlikely to be offered a contract extension of any great length . The real issue however will be the players they seek to jettison and whether or not they will seek to reduce the current payroll to what Hal Steinbrenner believes is manageable and for the ball-club to avoid paying the luxury tax .

    New York Yankees news

    Cano loves Yankees , but future uncertain

    All-Star second baseman will be top available free agent this offseason

    By Brian Hoch , MLB.com

    NEW YORK — Robinson Cano has been reluctant to talk about his contract situation for most of the year, but when he takes his position at second base on Thursday, the Yankees star acknowledges that it could be for the last time in pinstripes.

    Heading into an offseason that will see him standing as the top available free agent, Cano said that it would be difficult to think about suiting up in another uniform, but he also could not rule out the possibility that Yankee Stadium might not be his home in 2014.

    “Who knows what’s going to happen?” Cano said. “But I always play this game like it’s the last day. This year, I just enjoyed to be here and I’m going to enjoy the last day, being here with all these guys.

    “Nobody says that I’m leaving, nobody says that I’m staying. I haven’t decided anything yet. Let’s see what happens after the World Series.”

    Cano later added, “Don’t get me wrong, I love this team.”

    t is the only organization that the sweet-swinging infielder has known, having advanced through the Minor League system to become the most dangerous hitter in the lineup.

    But Cano said that it was difficult not having his usual level of protection around him in the lineup this year, and he recognizes that he will need to be a team leader with the retirements of Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, plus the advancing age of veterans like Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

    “This is a team that always had a lot of superstars, future Hall of Famers,” Cano said. “Jeter, A-Rod, they had like three, four years left. Now Mariano’s leaving, and Pettitte.”

    There is confidence on Cano’s part that ownership will dig deep to rebuild the Yankees into a postseason contender. The last time the Yanks missed the playoffs, they spent $423.5 million to bring CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira to town.

    “They always find a way to get guys to get this team to win,” Cano said. “We got CC, Tex, A.J. in ’09, and we won a championship. They know what it takes and they always get the right pieces to make this team win.”

    Maybe this will be Cano’s turn to dip into the deep part of the Yankees’ vault. He turns 31 in October, and it has been speculated that Cano — having been the first star to land with Jay-Z’s new Roc Nation Sports venture — could be primed to pursue a splashy contract in the neighborhood of eight years and $200 million.

    Cano has not talked about dollar figures, saying that he wants to wait to discuss the matter with his family. That is an important part of the equation, and Cano’s father Jose said in July that he is “confident that the Yankees are going to come up with something good in the end.”

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    Bud Selig remains an @ss and his belief that the luxury tax aids the game is asinine because it has not been of any real benefit to the game .

    tophatal ……………….

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  7. BTW, Tophat, Josh has asked for a trade? WTF, he can commute to Jacksonville. You wudda never heard of Josh Freeman if he went to Nebraska under “Dirty Harry” Callahan. He originally committed to the “Huskers” but KState coach Printz talked him outta of it. Later to become a 1st round pick.

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