Friday, March 28, 2014

It's Right in Front of Your Eyes

The media hype now days is classic. All these "reporters" come out with these breaking stories trying to explain something as if nobody else had conceived this idea. On Yahoo! today, I stumbled upon an article that stated, "Whistle-blower at UNC calls out academic performances by athletes" (or something close to that). The article goes on to and gives an example of a written test by an athlete then noted that the paper received an A- when clearly it appeared to have been written by a 4th grader. So to the writers defense, the paper was dreadful, but the problem I have is the writer appears to be shocked by this, as if he is stunned that colleges help out their athletes, and what a crock it is that their entrance requirements are less than traditional undergraduate students. **News Flash**: The NCAA and college sports are as corrupt as the mafia!!  

I mean honestly, if people think that colleges and universities treat athletes the same as other students, you've been living in a hole (unless you go to BYU, those guys do not fuck around). The majority, and I stress majority of  athletes who attend top schools for top athletes (in the respected sports) couldn't give a shit about their academics. Are you shocked that the inner city kid who went to a high school with a 50% graduation rate, no family structure didn't take college seriously because he's 6'8", can shoot like Larry, and can take off from the free throw line? I can't believe he take his calculus I class more seriously...

Now the concern is that the school is allowing poor performance and pushing kids through. OF COURSE THEY ARE! these guys are bringing in millions of dollars worth of revenue to the school. The University of Texas has approximately 40,000 undergraduate students, do you think the school gives a damn how 150 (just a rough estimation of the football and basketball team rosters) students do academically? Fuck no! statistically those people are making zero difference for the school as a whole academically, but when recruits see that these guys are getting 3.5 + GPA's after going to school for 4 years, that looks real good, so why not help these guys out. The article went on to mention that some are concerned with the players reading and writing levels, stating that some of them were still on elementary levels of the two. What this guy didn't research (and I did) is that the United States as a whole, on average, only reads at a 7th grade level. So my argument to the writer is that these athletes who are constantly startling him, are actually almost at the national average. 

I mean people need to get over this whole thing with college athletes. Yes they get help academically, yes they are only there to play sports, yes some of them are getting money on the side, or fully furnished apartments waiting for them when they get there their freshman year. People want to win, and these guys bring in more money than the entire school COMBINED. 

Oh and don't believe me on the money thing? Quick solution to find that out. Explain to me how these guys that talk about how grateful they are for a scholarship cause they come from a single-parent household with 8 brothers and sisters in a low-income area, end up with two sleeves worth of tattoos? Unless they are hitting up the prison yards in their spare time to get this done for free, then they are probably getting some sort of compensation from a generous donor or rich alumni, which leads me to discuss why athletes do not deserve to be paid to play in college, but that's for a different time. 


*  In the second paragraph speaking about UT, I just used them as an example, I was not calling them out by any means.

**Sorry DII and DIII people, this has nothing to do with us athletes. I mean it might it some rare situation, but as far as I know going to a DIII school, the only payment I received was free subway on road trips, and a new uniform.

***Girls, this also isn't for you. As big time of athletes as you may be, in all DI schools there is not one women's program who makes profit from their sports, and typically is floated by the men's biggest sport. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Little bit of Everything

SENSELESS IN SEATTLE:

Look, it is pretty straight forward that regardless of your education and the amount of time you spend slumming it with us civilians gives no right for Richard Sherman to act like he did. Blame it on the over-dramatized media, blame it on his adrenaline, blame it on the fact that Sherman just finished off arguably the greatest play of his career so far on his hyped up behavior, calling out individuals and sounding like an ass. Imagine two years ago, Tim Tebow making arguably the greatest play of his career since actually being allowed to start in the NFL, when he upset Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs by throwing a prayer down field to Demaryius Thomas, over the head of Ike Taylor for what truly was an incredible win. Now imagine the end of that game Tim Tebow running off the field to reporters and saying, "Ike Taylor runs like a little bitch, I knew all along I was going to keep targeting him cause I, Tim Tebow am the greatest QB of all time, ain't nobody stoppin' me now, with JC on my side and weak ass secondaries like Pittsburgh we're going on all the way!" But because he is a Stanford man and apparently spends a lot of time with the community all is at rest in Seattle. I cannot wait to see Andrew Luck's next post game interview after a big win. 

HALFWAY THROUGH: 

The NBA is approaching the All-Star break and the East has proven that they're about as good as PAC 12 basketball (with the exception of Miami and Indiana). Here is a couple of things I have noticed thus far...

1. Kevin Durant might finally win his first MVP and become the next Karl Malone of the NBA. 
2. J.R. Smith finally convinced everyone that he is a horrendous basketball player who shoots his way through the boo's of the fans. 
3. The Rockets need a new point guard, but I'd be afraid to do that because it seems every PG we trade away become superior on their team, take a look 
                     A. Kyle Lowry: 16.5 PPG, 7.4 APG, 4.1 RPG, and 1.6 STLPG
                     B. Goran Dragic: 19.4 PPG, 6.0 APG, 3.4 RPG and 1.3 STLPG
Fuck... in all fairness Patrick Beverley has been looking better and better, despite the injury. 

4. Blake Griffin might actually be getting good and I hate that...
5. Greg Popovich might be the greatest overall coach of all time (suck it Phil Jackson).
6. The media needs to cool their jets on the Miami Heat, as long as LeBron James is on that team, they will be in the finals again this year. 
7. A new wave of big men are finally starting to get the respect they deserve, (LeMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Anthony Davis, and DeMarcus Cousins) 


GOALS, MONEY, AND TROPHY'S: 

Manchester United are actually looking to make moves?? Juan Mata's arrival will be nice, but be overshadowed by The Red Devils woeful play so far this year. A Champion League spot this year is certainly still possible, I'm a believer, but it seems that I'm in the minority. Oh, and please, for the love of God, will someone please, I beg of you, please take Chris Smalling off of our hands, because honest to God I'd rather watch the game with 10 men on the field. 

For whatever reason people keep suggesting the Arsenal is going to crumble faster than the Romans during the 2nd half of the season. The difference between the Gunners and everyone else? They don't drop points to teams they are supposed to beat, they win even when they are playing bad, and they are winning on the road (City better start taking notes). Chelsea is equally as dangerous, City has the best attack in the EPL, Liverpool will not make Champions League, and lastly, whoever you support, it seems that everyone is sort of pulling for Everton to turn heads throughout the season! 

Neymar is turning out to be exactly who I thought he'd be. The next Robinho. I undersized, fancy-footed striker with good pace, who occasionally shows up to games and scores goals. The truth is, he's about 8-12 years late in the soccer world. There was a time and place where the Joga Bonita players were the real deal (Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo (look how he used to play)) and the list could go on, but the footwork used to work, and don't get me wrong, it still does, but not like it used to. Even if you look at the best, Messi and Ronaldo, though their ability to beat players 1-v-1 is impeccable, it is done used speed and strength, small chops (Messi) and space. The step overs, flip flops, and spins have become less part of the game, which is Neymar's best attributes.

I hated the FIFA best XI: I posted this earlier and here is why: 

  I think that Dani Alves first and foremost should have no business on that list, not to mention they toally disregarded the LB position as both Alves and Lahm play RB. If you compare those two, Lahm is twice the outside back that Alves is. I would have picked someone who made a difference for their team. Look at one of the defenders for Borussia or Juventus. Secondly, Ibrahimovic? are you kidding me, just because his goals shows up on the ESPN and what not, playing on the only recognizable team in the French league, which could be argued as one of the weaker countries to play in, he better be scoring 30+ goals a year. But guys like Robin Van Persie, or Luis Suarez aren't on that squad, it's a joke. Thiago Silva is highly overrated in my opinion, huge fan of Brazil, but there are 3 or 4 center backs I'd pick before him (Kompany, Vidic, Hummels, Chiellini (sp?)) just to name some. and finally two guys who I felt got snubbed, even though I see why it is difficult to put them in there is, Ozil and Bale. Ozil for Madrid last year was unbelievable and Bale literally carried Tottenham on his shoulders to even keep them remotely relevant in the EPL. Lastly, and somehow I am in the minority on this one, I think Franck Ribery is highly overrated as well. Statistically alone, last year Ribery had 16 goals and 23 assists in all competitions, and he was nominated for the 2013 Ballon d'Or, here are just a few guys who had better or equal stats as that, Juan Mata (21 goals and 29 assists), Eden Hazard (17 goals, 21 assists), Wayne Rooney (22 goals, 14 assists), and Mesut Ozil (16 goals, 35 assists). I know that is looking at stats alone, but if him winning competitions is what is separating him then they could have picked a few guys from Bayern, not to mention any of the guys I just mentioned could go there and do they same exact thing.


CAN YOU BELIEVE THE MLB IS A TOP 4 SPORT STILL?? 


Seriously, baseball has to be the worst ran sport in history. If you think baseball is America's past time, that's because your a boarder-line racist. The Hall of Fame voters have chosen to ostracize an entire generation of baseball due to suspected steroid use. What they didn't look at is that baseball had its highest ratings ever during that time (Thank you Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds). Instead they elected Greg Maddux, an 84 mph fastball pitcher who looks like Ferris Buehler's big brother. The biggest news right now is A-Rod again denying steroid use on a career that is falling apart at the seams. Oh, and the Yankees just signed a new Japanese pitcher that everyone will forget about as soon as opening day comes. On the plus side, the MLB has finally OK'd the use of replay...congratulations on that, only about decade behind on a technology update that will now make your game even slower, if that's even possible. 


My new rules for baseball: 


1. if the ball is hit out of the infield a player must be forced to attempt 2nd

2. if any player (with the exception of the 1st baseman) can field a grounder and jog over to 1st for the out before the runner gets there, it should be two outs. 
3. anytime a player is HBP, as long as batters don't bring their bat with them, the pitcher better watch out, because it is fucking go time, clear the benches. 
4.  if a pitcher's routine takes longer than 15 seconds once the catcher throws it back to him, it is the equivalent of a balk. Stop touching your hat so god damn much, we know the heater is coming again, you're not fooling anyone. 


Sometimes I honestly wonder why I even follow sports anymore....  



Friday, December 6, 2013

I think it's only appropriate that I decide to write something on the 2014 World Cup drawing on this thing after having quite the writing hiatus. Certainly many people were anticipating the draw, as we've seen a rise in interest of the US National team (along with soccer in general). The pre draw show was certainly interesting, a Brazilian Drake who looked oddly uncomfortable not only dancing but standing next to what had to have been the Brazilian Adel. Then there was some more dancing, a gorgeous host, and finally the representatives who would be assisting in the drawing.

Conspiracy theorist must have been in fits after seeing France and Brazil both put into relatively easy groups, and most spectators had to have been giddy about Spain and Netherlands going toe-to-toe in the first round. To me, it seemed there were two groups of death (even though most people tend to disagree), but England, Uruguay, Italy, and Costa Rica all in the same group? Uruguay and Italy are always contenders in the World Cup, Costa Rica have been in fine form, not to mention that both Uruguay and Costa Rica are location wise, more on home soil than previous World Cups. England on paper always look good, and despite their constant disappointment, you can never really count them out, nor can you not expect them to just roll over.

And wouldn't you know it, Jurgen Klinsmann and the boys have been thrown into the most recognized group-of-death, along with Germany, Ghana, and Cristiano Rona, I mean Portugal. The truth is when I first saw the groups I was instantly on the "we're fucked" train, but after giving it some thought, I believe that this uphill battle is certainly doable. Against Ghana, it's always a grudge match. Our record doesn't look so suave against them, but it's always well fought, not to mention they make quite the travel this time around. As for Portugal, you never know if they are going to show up. Ronaldo will certainly have all eyes on him, but history shows (with the exception of the Sweden games) that this tactic doesn't always work for them. He's IT for the team. They have other quality players but the tend not to utilize them; everything goes through CR7 and just as in qualifications, that doesn't always pan out, and again not to mention, Portugal better remember what happened to them in 2002. Germany will be the most difficult to play obviously, their whole team on paper is world class and their play proves it. The one perk that we have is we have German coach who was born and raised on German style soccer, and we also proved ourselves against a "bench warming" Germany team, but the one positive from that is we can match their style of play, just because it was different players, doesn't mean their style was all that different, in fact, it should be almost identical. It is up to JK now to pick the appropriate players (soon hopefully) and try and gel those (let's say about 15) players together, instead of allowing different guys to keep getting a shot on the team.

Some guys that need to get the hell off the team and never be allowed to put on an American uniform again are guys like Edgar Castillo, Eric Wondolowski, Brad Davis (sorry dude), Will Bruin, Joe Corona, Kyle Beckerman (I like him, but not for the national team), Josh Gatt, Jose Torres or Onyewu. Sorry fellas, but either your too old, too slow, or just not good enough to be playing at this level. At the same time there are a couple of guys who need to be regularly playing for the team in order to gain confidence or mesh better with the team. Clarence Goodson, even though I feel iffy about him seem to play well during qualifications, and him and Omar Gonzalez could prove to be a solid pairing in the back. Mix Diskerud brings fantastic diversity to the team, maybe not necessarily as a starter, but certainly as a player getting time. Timothy Chandler, Steve Cherundolo and Fabian Johnson, once healthy could be factors, and the little Icelandic kid, Aaron Johannsson shows flashes of being very creative in the midfield, something we severely lack in the attack.

Other notable guys who haven't even been spoken of on the team are Eric Lichaj, who is lightning and spent his entire career over in England, DeAndre Yedlin, the left back for Seattle Sounders I think is fantastic and is more of a new age outside back who loves to get into the attack. Perhaps it's a little biased but I think Sarkodi of the Houston Dynamo is a very effective outside back (see ya Corey Ashe). I also like Benny Feilhaber (who has been recently called up), and as a side note, I'd love to see Brek Shea on the team, but only, and I mean ONLY as a super sub, never should he be standing on the pitch when the starting whistle blows.

These are just some things to think about, and this is who I think should be in our 23 man roster when we make way to Brazil.

GK Tim Howard
RB Steve Cherundolo
CB Omar Gonzalez
CB Omar Gonzalez
LB DeAndre Yedlin
CM Michael Bradley
CM Geoff Cameron
ACM Clint Dempsey (I'd argue that maybe Johannsson could play here)
ALM Landon Donovan
ARM Fabian Johnson
ST Jozy Altidore

Subs:

GK Brad Guzan
GK who gives a shit
DEF Erich Lichaj
DEF DeMarcus Beasley
DEF Matt Besler
MID Jermaine Jones
MID Brek Shea
MID Mix Diskerud
MID Benny Feilhaber
MID Alejando Bedoya
ST Eddie Johnson
ST/MID Aaron Johannsson


I know I mentioned Sarkodi, but oh well. Anyways, just my thoughts, and I believe we can pull this off!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Invention for a lifetime.

I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine about the greatest invention of all time. There are all sorts of answers depending on your opinion. We can start with the original invention of fire, and to be fair to fire, at some point the creation of fire was ideally the greatest invention ever, unfortunately now, thanks to lighter's and matches (which is practically a dying invention as well), fire hardly seems something we are grateful for. Secondly, we have the wheel. The wheel seems like a great invention, but quite frankly isn't the invention of the second wheel more pertinent than the solo wheel. As the years progress there have certainly been some wonderful inventions that have helped all of mankind. Distilled alcohol should certainly be a candidate, with out it we would have never known Jesus could have turned water into it, and people would hate their lives more than they already do if not for the consumption of alcohol. But even then, as enjoyable as it may be, I'm not sure that alcohol hails numero uno. Planes, cars, and specifically boats, seem like the reason we have ended up on the western hemisphere, but as much as I'm thankful that Christopher Columbus was arguably the worst explorer to sail the sea's seeing he couldn't read a compass properly, that doesn't seem like the greatest invention to me either.  In all seriousness, agriculture is definitely a close second. But the winner for me has got to be the printing press. Every bit of knowledge that we have possessed has been possible because we could read it from somewhere. All the technology that we have today had to be put on paper somewhere first, and if not for Mr. Johannes Gutenberg creation of the printing press, we would still be back in the dark ages.

Disagree? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Parenting: If they make a Mistake...hit em'

Alright well I'm not a parent, but that doesn't mean that I'm not aware of the rights and wrong's of bringing up a child. 

Nothing is more infuriating than being in a public place and witnessing a child get the hell beat out of them because they are "making a scene". To be fair, the only scene that is being made is watching a parent's inability to control your child with out having to wail on them. For all the people who believe that hitting your child is a proper way of teaching discipline let me ask you a couple of things. At your age, if someone were to hit you repeatedly because you weren't doing something right, would you still want to be near them, talk to them, or go to them when you have a problem? Unless your suffering from Stockholm Syndrome my guess is probably not. You say fuck that guy, and you never want to hang out with them anymore. So what do you think your child thinks? That you love them unconditionally still after you told them to go get "the belt"? All your doing when you hit a child for acting up is striking fear into them, not necessarily teaching them a lesson. You would think by now that people would have figured that out. Yet some people find that acting like a barbarian who has no other logic except force is the right way to handle things. Did you ever stop to think that your child has only been in the world for lets say, two or three years? and that maybe it's possible that they are not fully aware of what is right and what is wrong? If that were the case nobody would ever make anymore mistakes by the time we reach adulthood. Everyone makes the right decision, and nobody ever fucks up anymore because they should already know. From a logical standpoint, parents, if you make a mistake shouldn't someone be allowed to hit you? I mean you should know better by now right? Yet some people still insist on not listening to people when they are told specific instructions right? I say beat them. Beat them all for the their mistakes. The sad thing is they should actually know better by now because they older, more wise, and conscious of the decision's they make. Yet somehow when that happens that is considered assault. But when an innocent child is hit, it's called punishment or parenting. 

"Well I was hit when I was a child and I turned out okay." That's awesome, you're called the exception. Even then, maybe your not even aware of the mental trauma that was ingrained into you, or maybe your not as close with your parents because of that. 

Beating your kids is the easy way out of parenting, and often the result of built up anger that is taken out on your child rather than the culprit who initially pissed you off. Anyone can hit a kid, and it makes you look pathetic. Try hitting your spouse next time they don't do things right, or a stranger who is acting up in public and see how things go. I'll reiterate me point by telling you hitting children doesn't teach them lessons, it only teaches them fear. The reason they stop acting up is because they are scared of being hit, not understanding what they did was wrong. So maybe it's time for you to start growing up, rather than hitting someone who is trying to do the same thing. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

To the Bottom of the Totem Pole we will go

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This link here will blow your mind. The idea in this video is well thought, creative, and incredibly intelligent. Astrophysicist, Neil Degrasse Tyson is the speaker in the video and he discusses the idea of how life could have been potentially created on earth because of mars. He further explains the idea of how human and chimpanzee relationship's are so very close (separated by only 1% by DNA), yet at the same time so far apart. Furthermore, Tyson goes on to discuss the idea of a being, or alien, that might only be 1% different than us, but in the continuing direction, and the scale or magnitude of their intelligence, and how much greater intellectually they would be compared to us. As he mentioned, think about it like a alien child or toddler being able to perform at the same intelligence level as Stephen Hawking. He describes this idea as fascinating, I describe it as fucking scary. 


In a perfect scenario, yes, the idea of super cool aliens hovering down and telling us about all the greatest questions, and teaching us all the unanswered things we are still trying to learn would be totally cool. At the same time though, these martians could be the naughty kid who hovers over ants with a magnifying glass. If that were the case things wouldn't even be fair. Your most intelligent thought, whether it was an attacking or defensive strategy would be a joke to them. They would laugh and then murder you dead. Our military would be blown to smithereens in a matter of seconds. Not even John Rambo would be able to fight this battle, and he fought of the entire country of Vietnam in an hour and half.  To make matters worse, imagine if they were not violent creatures, yet still obtained the 1% greater intelligence than humans. Do you have any idea how demoralizing that would be! Any time you came of with a cool idea, a funny joke, or a cool drinking game...they would be able to one up you right away! Human's would have to be pumped full of Prozac just so that they could make it through the day with out offing themselves. The confidence levels of even the most arrogant pricks would be submerged in an pool of much greater intelligence. God only knows if they were more athletic. There would have to be segregated sports among species. Alien slam dunk contest's would have to be held outside so their vertical wouldn't be limited to the roof, and football fields would have to be 400 yards long. Michael Jordan in his prime would have looked like Luke Walton, Pele' like This year's Andy Carroll, Tiger Woods like John Daly, and Mia Hamm like...every other women athlete? Anyways, the point is we would be the laughing stock of society, and there would be nothing fun about meeting these new species from across the universe. The idea is marvelous and Respect to Mr. Neil Tyson for his eagerness to find these soul suckers, but I prefer to live in a universe where we are the only intelligent being.

Monday, April 9, 2012

The New Orleans Saints

Last week, the New Orleans Saints speculation of a bounty scandal were busted wide open with an exclusive "motivational speech" from coach Gregg Williams. Now, there is no doubt that some of the things he said were pretty fucked up, but I spent some time thinking about this whole thing, and though I don't agree with my own thoughts, I do find it interesting way of looking at it.

The bounty scandal, for those who don't know, was a set up in the New Orleans organization where coaches were paying players to injure certain players on the field. You take Tom Brady out of the game, here is 15,000 bucks, simple as that. The way I see it, the way that analyst and media portray and word the bounty scandal that was taking place influences viewers to see it in a negative light. To me, I don't agree with it, especially after hearing the speech and everything, I think it's obviously frowned upon to tell someone to go after someone with previous concussions, or attack someones ACL. However, I believe that it is only morally wrong that the Saints did this, not necessarily legally wrong and this is why...

The New Orleans Saints were top 9th in the league for penalty yards according to ESPN, which seems bad, but the majority of those came from the offensive side of the ball. Secondly, I tried to find players who got suspended but found nothing on players from New Orleans being suspended specifically for dirty hits on players. Which raises the original question, is the bounty scandal more immoral than illegal? Think about it, that's like suspending players for doing their job too well. They're not getting flagged during the game for illegal hits, yet now they are in trouble for hitting guys legally as hard as they can, but isn't that supposed to be their job in the first place? Now, someone is paying them small amounts of money (compared to the salary they make) to give them incentive to play as hard as they can on every down. If they were getting in fights, and stomping on people's heads in between plays and stuff then this whole thing would be illegal and immoral, but it seems to me that the Saints are just playing the sport like they are supposed to, unfortunately, because it is a contact sport guys do get injured. But them getting paid extra money out of pocket for doing their job doesn't seem illegal, just simply frowned upon. It's not taking money away from the NFL, and it's a crafty and dark way of keeping guys motivated.

I'm not saying that I agree with this thought at all, but I do find it interesting the way the media is portraying the entire "bountygate" thing. It seems to me like video taping practices, anyone who acts like James Harrison, or steroids should be taken more seriously than this, according to how I thought about it. What do you think?