Archive for April, 2014

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USA TODAY- Floyd Mayweather Jr., the world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, said Tuesday that he and some other investors would be seriously interested in buying the embattled Los Angeles Clippers from Donald Sterling, who was banned for life by the NBA for racist comments and may soon be forced to sell the franchise by NBA owners. “I can’t come in here talking about Mayweather only going to get 3% or 4%,” Mayweather, a huge Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers fan, said at the MGM Grand. “I got to get a solid percentage. “But do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes we do. We’re very, very interested in buying the Clippers.”

Well it has begun. Right after all Donald Sterling’s comments were made public, everyone assumed Magic Johnson would get his group together and buy up the Clips. But now that it’s official from Adam Silver that Sterling is banned for life, everyone with millions of dollars is coming out of the woodwork to throw their name in the hat to own the team. Floyd Mayweather, who clearly has the money, is apparently getting together with De La Hoya and other investors to put the funds together. David Geffen, the music mogul, has had interest in the past in the team and now is back in the news. And I guess Rick Ross (celebrity net worth of 25 mil. Come on playa) wants to own a share and Diddy (he has the money) also wants his name in there. Personally I think if you put together Floyd, Diddy and Magic that would make a really bad ass trio of owners that would become the new place to want to play in the NBA. First it was in Miami with Bron Bron, then Brooklyn with Jigga, now it’s LA and not for the Lakers but with Diddy and the Money Team.

Fucking hilarious that Ricky Rozay wants in. Stick to Wingstop home boy
-Jesse

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Bleacher Report- According to the Associated Press (via Cleveland.com), Emmy-winning sportscaster Dan Patrick will play the role of Alex Trebek on Sports Jeopardy!—a sports-themed version of the popular Jeopardy! game show. Produced by Sony Pictures, Sports Jeopardy! will begin airing this fall via Crackle, a Sony-owned digital service otherwise known for distributing Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. This means Patrick and company will not be aired on NBC like the original game show. However, this mode of distribution could lead to greater interaction for viewers. Sports Jeopardy! will be made available to viewers with PlayStations, Xboxes, Apple TV and Roku—a safe and cheaper conduit on Sony’s part. The biggest difference between Patrick’s show and the old show is a mobile app reportedly in development for the program. Users watching Sports Jeopardy! on their mobile devices will be able to download an application allowing them to keep score in real time. Other such mobile Jeopardy! score trackers have been developed but not in an officially licensed capacity or with access to the exact questions posed on the show. As a sports fan, all of this news appeals to me. Given his general manner and knowledge of the game, Dan Patrick is an excellent choice to fill in as “Sports Trebek.” Hopefully we’ll see some celebrity contestant editions of Sports Jeopardy! as well. Who wouldn’t want to test just how much they know compared to actual athletes and coaches?

So basically they just took what guys do every single day of their lives, challenging each other to sports trivia, and made it into a game show. And they picked the best possible host in Dan Patrick. There has never been nor will there ever be (outside of myself and Ken) a guy that is really fucking cool and a sports nut. His show is the only one on the DirecTv channel that probably gets any views and it’s a nationally syndicated radio show too. Great idea to not put it on TV because so many people get their television second hand via the internet and/or apps on smart tvs. I haven’t had cable in 2 years and I have to miss one episode of a good show or any news and I save a shit ton of money by just having internet. Can’t wait for this show so I can boom roast Ken on football trivia.

-Jesse

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TMZ Sports- Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was reportedly busted in Florida last night … for allegedly stealing crab legs from a grocery store. The Florida State quarterback was caught with the legs while leaving a Publix supermarket … this according to SB Nation. According to the report, Winston was never arrested — but did receive a misdemeanor citation and was released. Of course, it’s not Winston’s first brush with the law — he was investigated for allegedly raping an FSU student last year … but was never charged with a crime after officials determined there was not enough evidence to get a conviction.

Well there really isn’t too much to say here. This has to be one of the dumbest things to EVER get in trouble for. Stealing crab legs from a Publix, a place normally known for it’s fantastic subs. But what the fuck Jameis? I lived in Gainesville so I know how the system works, you can go in any restaurant, sign some stuff, take a picture with the owner and you probably won’t have to spend a penny. Steaks, crab, lobster, whatever your heart desires. So why steal from a store? And secondly why do it yourself? Is this like an Aaron Hernandez gang initiation thing? Couldn’t you have just told any of the hundreds of Jameis hang-ons, ‘hey dawg, I’m hungry for some crablegs’ and just make them do it? All the athletic talent in the world can’t fix how stupid people are I guess. I hope they were at least King Crab.

-Jesse

Ooooops. Don’t know how this game is going to end but if you blow a 20 point lead and then get the ball stolen for an easy layup to tie it with 4 seconds left then you deserve to lose every time. Just not sure the Thunder have enough sense to stop shooting themselves out of this game.

-ken

Update: Grizzlies win by a split second. Not like Prince was fouling or anything though….

All ball man! All ball.

Ray Allen has this shot off with 3 seconds to spare

Yahoo Sports- The NBA has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million for racial comments he made to his reported girlfriend. The NBA will immediately begin working to try to force him to sell the team.

“The hateful opinions voiced by that of the man [on the tape] are those of Donald Sterling,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “…I’m personally distraught the views expressed by Mr. Sterling came from within an institution that has historically taken such a leadership role in matters of race relations.”

As part of the ban, Sterling is not allowed “to attend any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team.” Sterling also will be barred from attending any Board of Governors meetings and participating in any other league activity.

The fine is the maximum the NBA can issue under the NBA constitution, Silver said. Seventy-five percent of the NBA’s owners must vote to oust Sterling to force him to sell.

“I fully expect to get the support needed,” Silver said.

“Adam has the votes – all of them, I believe,” the source said.

Several groups hoping to purchase the Clippers are already stepping forward with a bidding war expected to exceed $1 billion for the franchise, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Among those groups, Magic Johnson and Guggenheim Partners will be front and center in pursuit of the Clippers.

Silver said Sterling violated league rules through his “expressions of offensive and hurtful views, the impact of which has been widely felt throughout the league.”

NBA owners will attempt to try to force Donald Sterling to sell the team. (AP)

Members of the players union, including Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash, gathered with Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and Sacramento mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson at Los Angeles’ City Hall after Silver’s announcement was made.

“The players spoke, acted and they were listened to,” said Johnson, who has been assisting the National Basketball Players Association in its investigation. Johnson called the sanctions “a defining moment in our history.”

“I want to thank the commissioner for bringing down the hammer,” Garcetti said.

Sacramento Kings guard Roger Mason, who is part of the union’s governing board, said the players had considered boycotting games and will not be satisfied until Sterling is ousted.

The NBA’s announcement comes a little more than three days after TMZ released the first audio recording of Sterling telling his reported girlfriend – identified as V. Stiviano – he didn’t want her bringing African-Americans to Clippers games. In the recording, he also said he wanted her to remove photos of African-Americans – including one of former Los Angeles Lakers guard and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson – from social media.

Among the more inflammatory quotes attributed to Sterling:

• “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”

• “You can sleep with them. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”

• “Don’t put him [Magic Johnson] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.”

Deadspin later released an extended version of the audio recording in which Sterling tells the woman that blacks are treated “like dogs” in Israel. When reminded that most of the players on the Clippers are black, Sterling goes on to say, “I support them and give them food and clothes and cars and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have – who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners that created the league?”

Clippers players staged their own subtle protest during Sunday’s playoff loss to the Warriors by wearing their warm-up shirts inside-out to hide the “Clippers” name. They also wore black socks and wristbands.

Many of Sterling’s fellow NBA owners, including Michael Jordan of the Charlotte Bobcats, condemned the comments in recent days.

The controversy ranks as the NBA’s greatest since the Tim Donaghy scandal and comes less than three months after Silver replaced David Stern as NBA commissioner. Sterling had been sued multiple times in the past for racial discrimination, including a 2009 case in which he paid $2.7 million to settle allegations his companies targeted and discriminated against blacks, Hispanics and families with children in renting apartments in greater Los Angeles.

Under Stern, the NBA never publicly punished Sterling after the settlements.


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That’s as damning as it gets. The NBA is doing everything in their power to make life miserable for Sterling to continue owning the Clippers. Maximum fine and maximum ban. Now the question is how does he respond? I would personally love to see him come out completely defiant so his name gets drug around the mud a little more. A nice presser where he uses no less than 37 different racial slurs, accuses the media of being aliens hell bent on ruining him and then donates his entire fortune to me before walking of the stage directly into a moving train. Unfortunately none of that will happen. More than likely he’ll meet with his team of lawyers (one of which will amazingly be black) and release a comment indicating he feels like he’s the victim of a witch hunt or a lynching. (Two things he probably has taken part of in his life) Then he will state that he’s still committed to the Clippers and will be the owner until he dies. Then he will sell the team next week for 2 billion dollars. Must be nice to be an old racist piece of shit. It sure pays well.

-Ken

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Today may be the birthday of one of the best stand ups of all time, and the birthday of one of the greatest actors of all time, but fuck them. Seinfeld and Daniel Day-Lewis get enough credit. Today is the birthday of the man who forever changed my music tastes in the mid 90s, Master P. The No Limit movement of the 90s was possibly the greatest in any era in the history of music. Just look at the hits, “Make ’em say ugh” “I got the hook up” “Them jeans” “I miss my homies” and the classic “Kenny’s Dead” And don’t forget he was easily the best sports agent of all time for Ricky Williams. The first rap entrepreneur before Jay Z, Puffy and 50 Cent.
Celebrity Net Worth 350 million


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StarWars.com- The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.” Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

Well there it is (kinda). All of the main actors are now named but they have yet to release who they will play and they may never release that information. And I was never a huge Star Wars guy but then again I wasn’t huge into Star Trek until the new movie came out and now I love it. This film however will be universes ahead of Star Trek when it comes to the box office and world-wide phenomenon when it comes out late next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if nerds are already pitching tents to be first in line while they blog away about every thing JJ Abrams will get wrong or right.

-Jesse