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Friday, April 19, 2013

The Best Dunks of 2012-13

Video Courtesy of NBA

With the NBA regular season over its only appropriate to revisit some of the craziest, nastiest, jaw dropping, and make you jump out your seat dunks of this year. If only these dunks were during All-Star weekend…

So sit back and enjoy the top 10 dunks of the year, courtesy of NBA.com.  And when Kobe’s dunk on TWO Brooklyn Nets players is No. 8, you know it was a ridonkulous year.   

Until next time, live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Means you will have Success.

Monday, April 15, 2013

A Storm of a Different Sort

The forecast has a storm that’s coming, when will it hit? Where will it hit first, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, or the NationalFootball League? How much damage will it cause?  Who has a storm kit?

The storm I’m referring to is having an active professional player “come out”. There’s never been an active player to “come out” and make it public that he is gay.  Over the past few months it’s been much discussion about players and their sexuality. Should they “come out” or not, what will be the backlash?  Just recently at the NFL Scouting Combine players were asked questions about their sexual orientation while being interviewed by teams.  Since when has the evaluation of a player’s skills become less important to his personal sexual preference and who he’s dating.

Mr. (Roger) Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, you might not want to take that path of blocking gay players from the NFL.  That will be a slippery slope.  It’s discrimination!

The questioning of a gay player, I think surfaced when the story of Notre Dame’s standout, Linebacker, Manti Te’o was questioned on being gay or not, having a real girlfriend or not.  Think about where you’re employed, does it bother or matter to you if your co-worker is homosexual? My guess is it doesn’t.  Nevertheless, there are players like the 49ers, cornerback, Chris Culliver who wouldn’t want a gay player on his team.  Note to Chris Culliver prejudice shouldn’t be tolerated.  However negative remarks make for bigger stories.

As a former athlete I wouldn’t mind one bit if I had a teammate who was gay.  As long as when we took the court he played well enough for us to win.  Who he’s dating wouldn’t be any of my business. Granted playing in college there isn’t a players’ union to support a player who comes out like in the NFL.  The President of the NFL Players Association, Domonique Foxworth, in an article in the USA Today said “standing up for anyone—in the game or not—who has been ridiculed, ostracized or rejected.  We won’t stand for that behavior in our locker rooms, on the playing field or in life.  And that’s why we hope that when the first openly gay NFL player steps forward, he will find not a wall of opposition, but a strong and caring defensive line. We’ll have his back”. 

Even with the support of a strong union whenever a professional athlete does come out, and I strongly think it will, he will face an unimaginable amount of pressure.  Can you say courageousness! He will need it.  Even with States in support of gay marriage; negative insults are still thrown around like an Aaron Rodgers touchdown…often. This storm is on the horizon, I hope we have our storm kit for damage control.

Until next time, live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Means you will have Success. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

There’s Practice, and there’s Rutgers Practice

How many of you played sports weather it’s was basketball, football, baseball, or volleyball? Sometime practice was more intense than the game.  

When you think of practice you think of going through drills, exercising, competing against each other, right? What do you think about your coach—keeping you focused, energized, motivated and disciplines, right?

Well, what took place at Rutgers University, seen here on this videotape, was far from disciplining basketball players.  It was downright disgraceful! I wouldn't argue with you if you thought it was abuse. Mike Rice actions were Bob Knight(ish) to the tenth power!  Mike Rice now the former coach of the men’s basketball team was fired for his actions, and rightly so!  When a coach feels he must grab, push, and throw balls at players it’s gone way to far, and it’s time to end practice.

Rice has displayed this behavior in the past where he was suspended for three games, fined $75,000, and requested to complete anger management classes. However, it doesn't seem like it did any justice.  In addition to having issues with conducting practice in a sensible matter, Rice was not winning that many games.  During Rice’s tenure at Rutgers he posted a 44-51 record, not your top notch coach if you ask me. 

At this point winning doesn't matter for Rutgers University basketball program now they must do damage control and explain why Rice kept his job after they first notified of such behavior.  I would not be surprised if more of the administration received their pink slips too.

I would love to hear what those players were thinking, wouldn't you? My guess is they are thankful that Rice has finally been caught and they are no longer victims of abuse!!!

Until next time, live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Means you will have Success.