Archive for July, 2012
Many people do not think that an amateur athlete should be able to make money
off of their sport doing endorsements. Missy Franklin, the darling of this years
Olympics will be flooded with many chances to make millions of dollars doing
just that. It’s OK for a guy in NFL apparel to make millions of dollars a year wearing
skates and hitting a puck as a pro and then play in the Olympics but not OK for an
amateur who has never made any money up to now to cash in on their success.
You woulds do it, I would do it and I don’t blame them for doing it.
If you haven’t been spending any time watching the Olympics,
you are missing a lot. It has been a true pleasure to watch
amateur athletes compete in the games for the love of their
sport. Our basketball boys in NBA socks are pro athletes
playing in the games, so I have no desire to watch them. If the
games are going to stay as they are meant to be, the pro’s need
to go. With all the different games being played you will still find
plenty to watch, and some are sports you can only see during the games.
With the NCAA giving Penn State football extreme penalties, many of the football
players are choosing to keep the Penn State NCAA logos on their helmets.
The NCAA had given all the players a chance to transfer to another college without
having to sit out a year. With their motto being “success with honor” you have to give
these young men credit with sticking with their college and trying to rebuild the program.
None of these players had anything to do with the mess caused and for them to decide
to stay is very admirable. Worst case for them is that they get a free college education.
Joe Paterno’s statue was taken down by Penn State this weekend
after a report came out about the cover up of child abuse by him
and other top officials at the college. The NCAA will come out
today with the penalties it plans to give the football program.
It may be as severe as no football at all for 5 years. It may be
awhile before you see the Lions is NCAA apparel. Will the
punishment be to harsh or to mild for what they covered
up? You make up your own mind.
With baseball being a very long season, and nothing else happening in sports right
now, I am really looking forward the the start of football training camps. Football
has always been my favorite sport to watch. Maybe it’s the intensity of the sport or
the shorter season that keeps my interest, I am not sure. In football each game
means more to the seasons outcome than another other sport. The boys in MLB shirts
can take a night off on the field and it won’t kill their season. In football if you take
a game off and loss, it can mean the difference to making the playoffs or not. Thank
goodness football is just around the corner.
Basketball player Lin of the New York Knicks has been offered a 25 million 3 year
deal from the Houston Rockets. Melo, his teammate with the Knick’s called the
offer ridiculous. First off, Melo does not want him back. Lin was so popular in
New York, that the fans forgot Melo who is media hungry. Second off, Melo would
take the deal if it was offered to him and try to justify it. Lin will fit in good with the
Rockets and won’t miss playing in the same NBA jerseys as the self absorbed Melo.
I used to really love the Olympics. Amateur athletes trying to win gold for their country.
No Nike logos on the uniforms, just your country’s flag. The Olympics has changed
drastically since it started. Although there are still many amateur athletes, it is also full
of multi millionaires. All the basketball players from the US are pro players who make
millions a year playing the sport. The same is true for hockey players, the only difference
is they don’t have their NHL logos on their jerseys. If the Olympics is going to truly be
what it was meant to be, they need the get the professionals out of the games.
Now that a new and very damaging report has come out about the
Penn State rape case, many are calling for the NCAA to to kick
their football program out for good. Paterno and others lied and
covered up the rape case for over a decade. Had they done the right
thing and reported it to the authorities, they could have prevented
the rapes of many other young boys. They put themselves and the
football program above all else, with no regard the the young boys
who were being abused. Their NCAA football jerseys should be
shelved for at least two years and the players on the team should be
allowed to sign with another college without penalties.
The NBA is run by the players, not the teams. It is no longer a team sport. Players can
now demand a trade if they don’t like the team they are playing for. This is either for more
money or a chance to play for a better team and win a championship. Many fans think this
is unfair, that their player should stay with their team. As an individual, you have the right
to work where you want to. The same should be true for professional athletes. Although a
player should honor his contract, when it is up they should be allowed to decide which team
and which NBA jerseys they want to wear or NFL, NHL or MLB.
Why do the Colorado Rockies stink so bad? Is is pitching, sure is.
Is it poor at bats with runners on base, sure is. Is it the coach and
the general manager, sure is. But what it really is, is the owners.
The Monfort brothers know nothing about baseball. Because they
had a rich daddy, they could afford to buy the team. The Monforts
are either cheap and won’t get in the talent needed to win or they,
or they have to much belief in their general manager who keep pulling
the trigger on the wrong players. The Rockies are on pace to loss
100 game this year, and the Monforts still endorse their coach and
general manager. For the Rockies to get better, the Monforts need to
sell to an owner who has the money to invest in a winner and the
brains to get a good general manager who has the talent to get some
good players wearing MLB caps with Rockies logo on them.