Gilbert Arenas is still waiting to hear the full extent of his fate, but that’s not the case with Javaris Crittenton. The Wizards guard reached a plea deal with prosecutors that was accepted by the judge, resulting in one year’s worth of unsupervised probation.
As for Arenas, he’s still waiting to get setenced… but seeing as how he was charged with a felony, it certainly won’t be as soft of a punishment.
Either way, Commisioner Stern threw the league book at booth, banning them for the remainder of the season!
What’s the deal with the Boston Bruins and Detroit red Wings? Last year these were two of the most polific scoring teams in the NHL… but this year, they’re both dead last in their respective conferences.
Goal Tending and Defense has been decent, so they both have a chance to get their acts together and make a run for the playoffs. Hope the Olympic break doesn’t mess up their continuity. Then again, the way they’ve been playing, that might not be such a bad thing!
After another interception prevents Brett Favre’s return to the Super Bowl, talk has (of course) turned to the inevitable… Will he or won’t he retire? And at this point, after what we’ve seen from him the past couple years, the safe money should be on him returning for one last shot.
But something has me wondering this time if he isn’t ready to say goodbye for the last time. Even without a trip to the Super Bowl, he couldn’t ask for a better season than the one he had, and the odds of him repeating that are pretty slim. So maybe he should go out this way.
Then again, I’m sure all those fantasy owners of Sidney Rice, Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin wouldn’t agree!
Proving once again that the general populace can be trusted with not even the slightest of responsibilities, Allen Iverson was voted into the Eastern Conference All-Stars. The NBA did side step embarrassment when Tracy McGrady was finally outpaced in voting. This did not deter the public at large from voting in Iverson as a starter in this year’s festivities. Granted the East is this year’s equivalent of the short yellow bus, but there are more deserving guards in the Association.
Iverson has played a grand total of 19 games. Those 19 games were not grand or spectacular. Allen Iverson is a mediocre player attempting 14 shots a night. What happened to the glory days of chucking up 25-30 a game? Diminished skills are not the only reason he should be watching from home February 14th. Karma should have a say as well. He mentally and physically quit on the Grizzlies forcing them to trade him away. Time and again this type of action gets rewarded in sports. Iverson gets a homecoming to the team that started his career, as well as an undeserved All-Star bid.
Blake had successful knee surgery which will keep him resting 4-6 months. He hopes to be back and training by summer. This should give him ample time to get well enough to re-injure himself before the start of the 2010-2011 season.
This week, the lineup for the Slam Dunk contest was finalized. It is by far the worst lineup to date. All participants can dunk with creativity I am sure. But there is not a celebrity amongst them. Nate Robinson will return, again. It was tremendous to see what he did the first and second times around. But I get it now. You’re small. You dunk. Congratulations!
In what reeks of desperation, the NBA will have a dunk off between Eric Gordon and DeMar DeRozan for the final dunk spot. Really, a play-in game for the Dunk Contest. How has the play-in idea worked for the NCAA?
Some of you may have heard that one of the top prospects of the Oakland A’s, Grant Desme, has retired from baseball. It’s not that Desme wasn’t good enough to play in the majors.
No… he was good all right.
In fact, this past year, Desme was the MVP of the Arizona Fall League, hitting .315 with 11 home runs and 27 RBIs in 27 games.
No, the reason the 23 year old outfielder is laying down his bat is because he’s being called up to an even bigger league than the “big leagues.”
Grant Desme is retiring from baseball to enter seminary school. That’s right… he’s going to become a priest.
Which, if that’s the case, I can’t help but wonder why the A’s wouldn’t trade him to the San Diego Padres?
This time of year is usually a second Christmas for me. But this year the Wild Card Round blew (except for one game) as did the Divisional round. So what gives? Why the sucky playoffs this year?
Whatever the reason, I’m not feeling too good about our prospects for an exciting Super Bowl.
The US National Team’s World Cup prospects suffered another major setback with the knee injury suffered by Clint Dempsey over the weekend. The full extent of the damage won’t be known until the results from an MRI come back, but preliminary signs don’t look good.
In the last seven days we have seen some of the craziest sports stories of the new year… from Mark McGuire finally admitting to his use of steroids during his chase of the homerun record in ’98, to the coaching carousel in Seattle, Southern California and Knoxville.
I live in earthquake country, but fortunately, I am blessed to be in a place that has the infrastructure in place to avoid such a catastrophe. While we would definitely suffer some severe damage, it would be no where near the wreckage caused in Haiti, a third world country where their buildings and roadways are below earthquake standards.
The devastation caused by the earthquake is massive, and it’s now time for the global community to provide relief in any way possible. That means YOU can help contribute, too. Here are some extremely easy and fast ways to help, and I mean, SUPER FAST AND EASY.
Text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 via the American Red Cross.
Text “YELE” to 501501 to donate $5 toward earthquake relief. Yele is Wyclef Jean’s grassroots campaign, who is a Haitian native.
Please be careful when figuring out who you’re donating to. Unfortunately, there are some scumbags out there who try to capitalize on this tragedy by scamming people out of their money. (The “flying free doctors and nurses to Haiti” is FALSE. Please PASS ON!) Fox News has listed LEGIT organizations on their website. You can visit that here.
I understand it’s tough times economically, and you may not feel like $5 or $10 is going to do anything. But think about it this way, a majority of the country lives on less than $1 a day, and while your money may not be able to rebuild a house or pay for hospital visits, that $5 dollars you donate may allow a lost son or daughter to call their family back home. Your $10 dollars may help pay for a hungry family to eat for the day. And if just one person’s life is affected by your generous donation, then you have made a difference. So please, I encourage everyone to help in anyway possible.
*Just in case you were wondering, this title is from Carrie Underwood’s song, which is speculated to be in reference to her former fling.
Eons ago, I wrote a piece for this site ranking the top 10 worst teams in the league. While a majority of them I still stand by, it pains me to say that one of those teams needs to be removed from that list – the Dallas Cowboys. Every other team still belongs (Yes, even the Chargers. I refuse to jump on the Norv/Rivers bandwagon. I don’t care what anyone says… Charger fans are setting themselves up for another colossal letdown).
Back to the case-in-point, the Cowboys are the hottest team in the league right now, and they are the most dangerous team in the playoffs. I’m not a huge Tony Romo fan, but I am anxiously waiting to see him commit another epic fail. I still get the giggles every time I remember his 2006 playoff performance – seriously, that moment is hilarious.
Mind you, I hate the Cowboys, so anytime Romo does something stupid, I think it’s the funniest thing ever, maybe even funnier than Jay Leno. Wait, almost everything is funnier than Leno. TEAM CONAN! I digress…
You can see it in his eyes. It’s as if he’s waiting for the perfect moment to just completely screw the team. He’s carefully crafting in his head the ideal situation, and what exactly he will do to contribute to his “what the hell were you thinking?” list. That perfect moment has yet to come, though. Soon. Very soon.
In the meantime, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say the ‘boys upset the Vikings this weekend. But Brett Favre and Vikes fans, if you want to give yourself an advantage, give Jess Simpson a call. I don’t think she’s doing anything right now.