Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The Drama Queen of the NFL, Terrell Owens, will be playing for the Cincinnati Bengals next year along with his close friend, Chad Johnson/Ochocinco. Owens signed for a one-year deal for $2 million deal which may also include another $2 million in incentives.
This may not be a bad place for T.O. as I think that he understands how his off-field image has diminished his value to most teams. Owens has shown to be a cancer to every team he goes to whether it be the San Francisco 49ers or Philadelphia Eagles. What makes it even worst is that he ridicules each organization and their quarterback after he leaves giving them bad publicity. T.O. probably will be a little bit more controlled as Ochocinco and Carson Palmer will be on his back constantly to keep him in check. If this doesn’t work out, Marvin Lewis will take it into his own hands, but I don’t think T.O. wants it to get that far.
It was sure that some team would pick up Owens and use his talent during this upcoming season, despite him being 36-years old. I don’t know if this will be the end of one of the greatest of wide-receivers, but I think we’ll have a definite answer after his performance this season, on and off the field.
Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Rays', Matt Garza, who threw the 1st no-hitter in franchise history and 5th in MLB this year against the Detroit Tigers last night. The Rays are finally on the right side of history as they've been on the other side of two no-hitters this season alone. This is also only the third time in major league history that a team has been involved in three no-hitters during one season. Hopefully this will help the Rays on their push to win the division being three games behind the New York Yankees, despite having the 2nd best record in the American League.
Monday, July 26, 2010
As it has been reported, several teams including the St. Louis Rams and Cincinnati Bengals are now interested in acquiring the reality TV-star (Sorry, I meant to say free agent wide-receiver), Terrell Owens. The truth of the matter is that any team that wants him can get him! With training camp in session now, T.O. has very few places to choose from entering his 15th season. With that being said he shouldn’t have too many demands within any contract that is given to him as it would be a blessing just to receive an offer.
Some teams still look at T.O. as a game-break type player that can be put on the gridiron during any situation and still make a play, while others could just use him to sell more tickets and receive the media attention. Owens may want to receive a ring and play for a playoff contender this upcoming 2010-2011 NFL season, but his off-field shenanigans impede this reality from happening. Looking at T.O.'s stats and his accomplishments through 14 seasons would make him a great asset to any team, but the truth is that most teams don’t need the negative media light. Teams are focusing on holding the Lombardi trophy in Dallas this year, not on someone complaining about getting enough catches.
One thing is for sure, if T.O. is able to get signed, he needs to make sure that his play and performance are superb on the field and his mouth is quiet off-field or this may be the last of the NFL Drama Queen.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
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Friday, July 9, 2010
Now that this long spectacle is over on where Lebron James will go, everyone will question him if his new home, South Beach, was the best move? The Miami Heat may have landed the top 3 free agents in 2010, but in order for them to be successful during the 2010-11 season and near future, they will need more than that. The Heat have still yet to fill out their 12-man roster, so there are many concerns on how good they’ll be and what their expectations are if they’re not able to obtain some decent bench players. There are still a lot of players out their under the radar who can fill in as good role players, so I have no doubt that President, Pat Riley, will sign the key components needed to bring South Beach a championship.
If Lebron James thought he had the cameras on him before, wait until this upcoming season begins. From the feeling of betrayal by Cleveland Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert, and fans to the expectations to win a championship with two great superstars by his side, Lebron James will get uncontrollable media attention. The bar has been raised regardless of who else Miami Heat signs. Lebron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh need to send out a message from Day 1. That means it starts now in the off season, not during their first regular season game. Any signs of collapse or bust from the new Big 3 will be the green light for journalists, analysts, and the media to scorn them. I don’t know how much “King” James will be able to take because it will definitely get nasty and Lebron has always be portrayed as savior to the media.
Ultimately, this was Lebron James choice and it’s actually extremely disturbing that owner, Dan Gilbert, would come out with a rude and absurd email expressing his feelings towards his former “Chosen 1”. He wouldn’t have said this if he chose Ohio. You can call it betrayal or disloyalty, but in the end, this is the Cavalier’s fault. Besides the hiring of Bryon Scott, what have you done to lure the poster boy of the league back to his hometown? Nothing! How do you expect a man that wants to win so badly and will do anything for it not to leave an organization that has surrounded him by mediocre players if that. Lebron could have stayed and finished the fairy tale story with a ring, but that wouldn’t be guaranteed. James has so much pressure on him and knows that he doesn’t want to miss any opportunities to be surrounded by talent that can elevate him to the next level.
The Cavaliers team is decent, so don’t get me wrong, but they're not championship worthy. The regular season predicts only home court advantage and seeding, nothing else. The Cav’s regular season record may be eye popping, but in the playoffs it’s a whole new story!
Whichever team LBJ chose was going to bring out critics; it was a lose-lose situation. Nets had the worst record in the league last year, why would he go there? Chicago has a good team, but now he would have to win 6 rings and would be in Michael Jordan’s shadow forever. Cleveland’s team is still the same from last year with one minor change. The Knicks haven’t won a championship since’73 and their supporting cast isn’t the best; Lebron and Ama’re can’t do it all!
Miami may be the easy route and may minimize his legacy away from Jordan and Kobe, but we all know what this man is capable of and he still will enter the ranks of the greatest. Some of the best in the NBA players haven’t won a ring (Patrick Ewing, Pistol Pete, Karl Malone, George Gervin, Elgin Baylor, etc). No NBA superstar should want to be added to this list, especially a Lebron.
Eventually, we’ll see who Riley has chosen to surround this so called “Dream Team” with a decent amount of cap room left. Miami is close to signing Mike Miller who would be a great addition to the team with his shooting. Miami may have three great superstars, but they’re still not the favorite in the Eastern Conference. On another note, did Shaq ever sell his house in Miami? Hmmmm…
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
So all the controversy will finally come to an end as Lebron James will make up his mind on which team he’ll play for on an hour ESPN special tomorrow at 9 p.m. There have been many changes since the free agency period has started that have definitely affected his decision from Bryan Scott being hired as the new Cleveland Cavaliers head coach to Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade teaming up in South Beach.
No one really knows where Lebron will go and there are many contenders to sign the dynamic superstar, especially with the Big Apple signing Amar’e Stoudemire and Chicago signing Carlos Boozer. What disturbs me is how there will be an hour-long press conference/show on where this NBA icon will go. Is this really necessary; it’s kind of unfathomable to accept? Then again, this is the media’s fault. They’ve pampered and called him a “King” since he stepped foot into the NBA. Lebron can’t go to the bathroom without someone writing a story about it. I would probably do the same thing if I was Lebron! You’ve covered this man’s every movement since he became a free agent, so why wouldn’t he make a big deal about this substantial decision.
Until then, I guess we won’t find out where the pre-Madonna of our league will go until 9 p.m. tomorrow. Maybe Stephen A. Smith’s source was right of there being a new Big 3 in Miami. One thing for sure is that Lebron isn’t giving any clues on where he is going as he will make it official from Greenwich, Connecticut tomorrow (Not too far from NY lol).
Note: All the proceeds from the commercials go to the Boys and Girls Club's in America. Good job Lebron!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
What started out as a 32-team bracket is now down to 4 teams. There have been some staggering games in the previous rounds of the World Cup that have left fans in awe, but the best is yet to come. These players seem to amaze me game by game with how much love they have not only for the game, but for their country. This event happens every four years, so there is no next year for some of these players or teams. It's now or never!
Uruguay vs. Netherlands @ 2:30 on ESPN
Germany vs. Spain @ 2:30 On ESPN