Danica Patrick, IRL(Indy Racing League), Sports

Why Not Bask In The Limelight ……….. Danica Patrick Just Get Busy And Show Us Your …..its


It doesn’t say much for your sport that’s allegedly male dominated but your most popular driver happens to be a curvacious self effacing female by the name of Danica Patrick. And in the world of Indy Car Racing (IRL) , where all things being equal . Danica Patrick reigns supreme as the sport’s most popular driver by far. Though she’s not the lone female competitor within the sport. Alongside Patrick as fellow female participants are Sarah Fisher and Milk Duno .

Patrick makes use of her assets and was in-fact #91 in Maxim’s Hot 100 females. She’s not averse to showing of her body to further gain that notoriety that she eagerly craves.

And in a sport where one excels through sheer determination and having nerves of steel to handle a vehicle that at times can travel in excess of 200 mph . One can only but admire Patrick, Duno and Fisher. Their male counterparts haven’t readily accepted Patrick within their throng. But in reality , they know that without her presence , the sport in effect would be on its last legs. Nevermind the fact that only recently had the sport re-enter into detente , wherein the former splintered factions of IRL and CART re-emerged to form the present body of IRL. For the present things seem to be working out OK.

Milka  Duno  of  Venezuela.   Duno  is  a  driver  of  #23  Newman  Haas  Lanigan  Racing  team.  She   alongside   Danica  Patrick  and  Sarah  Fisher are  the  only   females  competing  on the  IRL circuit.    picture  appears  courtesy  of  forum/klipsch.comarchives/duno_milka   ........................
Milka Duno of Venezuela. Duno is a driver of #23 Newman Haas Lanigan Racing team. She alongside Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher are the only females competing on the IRL circuit. picture appears courtesy of forum/klipsch.comarchives/duno_milka ........................

The sport itself is now at a crossroads , merely of the financial constraints that a number of teams are now being placed under. With major Fortune 500 companies now leaving the sport because of the uneasiness of the current economic crisis. And the mere fact that in terms of cost effectiveness the visual media in terms of direct television advertising is far more cost effective , than that of spending millions of dollars each year, with marginal returns if that specific team isn’t having a great of success on the track.

History is made by Danica Patrick as she wins in Japan. Finishing second was Helio Castroneves in the Indy Japan 300 at the Twin Rings circuit , Motegi, Japan

Financially the sport cannot live without its major corporate sponsors or without the backing of several auto manufacturers. As the sport is one the primary testing grounds for its technology. But as with most auto sports where large part of the costs comes from the running of a team and the costant testing retesting. It’s easy to understand why it’s to cost millions of dollars to run a team for an entire season. It’s no wonder that several teams have either fallen by the way or merged with other notable teams in order to cut costs. The dilemma though for IRL was the impact that it would’ve caused had Danica Patrick left the sport to make the jump to NASCAR . The temptation was there as it had been suggested that several teams within the sport had shown interest in the driver. However , she was still under contract with her team Andretti Green Racing, until the end of the year. So it was imperative for the team and the sport not to lose the driver. She’d become the darling of Madison Ave , in terms of sponsorships and endorsements. But with Patrick , also came the glare of the spotlight for the sport in general. And genuinely that was what the sport wanted and very much needed.

Patrick’s Sports Illustrated 2009 expose’

For Patrick apart from her brassiness and her willingness to run afoul of her male and at times female competitors. There was no denying her eagerness to become a success on the track. She made history by becoming the first female to win an open wheel event within IRL. That moment came with her winning the Indy Japan 300 at the Twin Rings at the Motegi circuit in Japan , in 2008 . The fact wasn’t lost within the realms of the sport. And it certainly wasn’t overlooked by the press and the public alike.

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports and Associated Press:

Report: Danica Patrick to stay with IRL team

By Associated Press

Danica Patrick has agreed to a three-year contract to remain at Andretti Green Racing and stay in the IndyCar Series, according to a report in the Indianapolis Star.

Patrick, the first woman to win a major open-wheel race in last year’s Indy Japan, is finishing her fifth season in the IndyCar series and is fifth in points. She’s been rumored to be considering a move to NASCAR and still could compete in a limited number of races.

Patrick’s agent, Alan Zucker, did not return calls from The Associated Press. The Indy Racing League and Andretti Green Racing had no comment.

The IndyCar Series season finale is Oct. 10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Jeff Belskus, the president and CEO of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has said the 27-year-old driver is important to the future of the series.

“I know she has said winning the Indianapolis 500 is important to her and that it’s a lifelong dream to win that race,” Belskus said at the Indy Japan 300.

Patrick finished sixth at this year’s Indy Japan, which was won by Scott Dixon.

NASCAR star Tony Stewart said this month that he has no doubts that Patrick will eventually make the jump to stock cars. They’ve talked frequently about what it would take for Patrick to go from open-wheel racing to the heavier cars.

Stewart said Friday at Dover International Speedway that he has not talked to Patrick about her decision.

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And for Patrick it’d appear that her being in a swimsuit is almost as desirable as being in her fire retardant race gear.

It’s now almost certain that Patrick will remain within the discipline , having signed a lucrative three year contract with Andretti Green Racing. It will no doubt make her one of the highest paid individuals within the sport. And when one adds in her earning potential away from the track. It’s easy to understand why she’s the most popular driver within the sport. She’s no doubt the envy of many of her male contestants. However, in light of the fact that she’ll remain within IRL for the forseeable future. She may well participate in several NASCAR events. Quite possibly in the Sprint Cup Series ,as well as in the second tiered Busch Series . The opportunities are there for her.

The very infamous spat between Duno and Patrick had everyone talking . Even if it was viewed in some circles as being for all the wrong reasons. But as they say “….. a little bit of controversy never hurt anyone”. In this case it only added to the persona of Danica Patrick. Who some viewed as a bitch , while others viewed her as the sport’s saving grace.

And while Danica Patrick no doubt has her admirers . She also too , has her detractors. She’s often viewed as a person who’s willing to push the envelope just a little too far on the course and then seemingly take the stance that she wasn’t at fault. In doing so she’s courted controversy with her antics. But in the not much has come of it , by way of a reprimand from the sport’s ruling body.

Ryan  Briscoe # 6  pits  his  Penske  Dallara  Racing Honda   as  Dario  Franchitti #10   leaves the  pits  in his Target  Chip  Ganassi   Dallara  Honda.  The  event  taking   place  was  the  Indy  300   at the Twin  Rings   circuit  in  Moetegi, Japan,.     picture appears courtesy  of  getty  images/  Chris  McGrath   .................
Ryan Briscoe # 6 pits his Penske Dallara Racing Honda as Dario Franchitti #10 leaves the pits in his Target Chip Ganassi Dallara Honda. The event taking place was the Indy 300 at the Twin Rings circuit in Moetegi, Japan,. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Chris McGrath .................

For the male contestants within IRL , it’s hard to see what their take is on Danica Patrick. Some may well view her favorably . While there are bound to be others who look upon her as something of a mild irritant that for the time being they’ll have to live. Afterall the sport hasn’t seen a female competitor race within the sport since Janet Guthrie. Since the emergence of first Sarah Fisher , then to be followed by Patirick and Duno. The sport has seen a raise in its profile somewhat. And for the likes of Dan Wheldon, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Briscoe , Scott Dixion , Vitor Meira , Graham Rahal and Thomas Scheckter , this may seem as something of a welcoming
respite. Albeit , that it might well take away in part , the level of seriousness of the competition.

Danica  Patrick  #7  drives   the  Andretti  Green Racing Dallara  Honda  in  the  Indy  Car Series   300   at  Twin Rings  Circuit   in  Motegi ,  Japan. The  circuit  was the  scene   of   Patrick's   first win   an in Indy  Car race  in   2008.     picture appears courtesy  of  getty  images/ Chris  McGrath  ..........................
Danica Patrick #7 drives the Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda in the Indy Car Series 300 at Twin Rings Circuit in Motegi , Japan. The circuit was the scene of Patrick's first win an in Indy Car race in 2008. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Chris McGrath ..........................

Seemingly Patrick now has the sport at her feet to almost do with as she pleases. Let’s just hope that she’ll act with a little more decorum when competing. At the same it’ll prove to the fans of the sport she’s capable of not only being competitive . But also that she’s serious about remaining in the sport and looking for continued consistency and success. Patrick now stands fifth in the IRL standings and without much hope of winning the championship. But it represents thus far her most successful season to date. In 2010 it’s hoped she’ll look to make further progress in the series. And take another shot at making history by winning the series championship outright.

* CART signifies Champ Car Auto Racing Team

Detroit Lions, Football, NFL, Sports

The More Things Change The More Things Tend To Remain The Same ….. Well At Least For The Lions It Does


Coming into this NFL season , it was thought that there was room for hope and improvement as far as the Detroit Lions goes. And in the NFC North where the Lions reside , they’re at present 0-2 in a season still young in its infancy. Nevermind the fact that this team will have to contend with the likes of the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers within the division this season.

Detroit  Lions  first  round  draft   pick,  starting  quarterback   Matthew Stafford.   picture appears courtesy of  ap/photo/  Carlos Osorio    ...............
Detroit Lions first round draft pick, starting quarterback Matthew Stafford. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carlos Osorio ...............

What has further exacerbated the Lions’ plight is that with the two losses suffered this season. The team has now lost eighteen straight regular season games , taking into account last season. And there we all know what transpired as to their travails. They had the pleasure of posting the first winless season since the NFL went to a 16 game regular season schedule. The players and the Lions’ fans in particular of had to face the ignominy of the franchise going down in NFL history – having the dubious distinction of attainig that milestone. Now with these two losses at the start of the 2009-10 season. One can only ask this of the franchise … are things liable to get a whole lot worse before they get better ? I for one don’t think that this would be something that the Lions’ fans and the fans of the NFL in general would be contemplating this early in the season.

Lions' coach  Jim  Schwartz  and  the  team's  defensive tackle Lance  Cohen  (98)  look  on  from  the  sidelines as   the  waning  moments  die  down  in  an   NFL  game  played against   the Minnesota  Vikings  at  Ford  Field  in  Detroit  , Michigan.   The  Vikings  would  go  on to  defeat  the  Detroit Lions  27-13, forcing the    team  to   endure  its   19th  straight  loss  of  NFL game .  It  is  the  second  lonest mark  of  its  kind  NFL history.   picture appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Carlos Osorio  ........................
Lions' coach Jim Schwartz and the team's defensive tackle Lance Cohen (98) look on from the sidelines as the waning moments die down in an NFL game played against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field in Detroit , Michigan. The Vikings would go on to defeat the Detroit Lions 27-13, forcing the team to endure its 19th straight loss of NFL game . It is the second lonest mark of its kind NFL history. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carlos Osorio ........................

Statistically for the Lions their season has become one of impending woes in every facet of their game. And if they’re at all to fare well , then there will have to be drastic improvements made on all fronts . The franchise took a great deal of pride in the fact that they drafted quarteraback, Matthew Stafford as the number one overall pick in the NFL draft. And it was thought that he would solidify the team’s offense with his play. And with veteran quarterback , Daunte Culpepper on the team’s roster. There too , it was felt that the elder statesman could provide his experience and leadership qualities in making Stafford’s introduction into the NFL an easy transition. So far thing haven’t seemed to have worked out as planned. Stafford’s baptism of fire has been a telling one to say the very least. He’ll no doubt learn from his mistakes but at what cost to his team and his very own psyche ?

Vikings'  wide  receiver Percy Harvin   (12) evades  Lions'  safety   Louis  Delmas   in  an  NFL game  at Ford  Field  ,  Detroit , Michigan.   picture appears courtesy  of getty  images/  Stephen  Dunn   ...............
Vikings' wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) evades Lions' safety Louis Delmas in an NFL game at Ford Field , Detroit , Michigan. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Stephen Dunn ...............

Week one , saw the Detroit Lions capitulate to the New Orleans Saints in losing 45-27 . And in that particular game we saw Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees eviscerate the Lions, throwing for 6 touchdowns in leading his team to victory. In week two , we saw the Brett Favre led Minnesota Vikings inflict more of the same in defeating the Detroit Lions 27-13. The Lions were lethargic and ineffective on both sides of the ball. And it’s hard to see what the team’s coach , Jim Schwartz can now do from here. Inasmuch , as we know that Schwartz is passionate about the game and his team. It can’t have escaped him that history now seems to be repeating itself. And for Lions’ fans having to resort back to wearing paper bags over their heads to hide their shame and disgust ,can’t be someting that they’d envisage having to do once again this season.

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports and AP :

Signs of life: Lions showing glimpse of promise ………….

By Larry Lage , AP Sports Writer

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP)—The Detroit Lions were down in their opener at New Orleans and refused to be out.

In their next game, the Lions stuffed Adrian Peterson more times than not and had some success running the ball against Minnesota’s vaunted defense.

Rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford(notes) has connected with standout receiver Calvin Johnson(notes) on breathtaking plays and fellow rookie, Louis Delmas(notes), looked like a battering ram in a violent collisions with Peterson that jarred loose the running back’s helmet.

Detroit is off to an 0-2 start, extending its losing streak to 19 games, and yet coach Jim Schwartz is seeing signs of life.

“There’s tangible proof of what we can do—of what we’re going to be,” Schwartz said Wednesday.

The first-year coach and his players say a lack of consistency has kept them winless.

“We’ve put up two good quarters in both games,” linebacker Julian Peterson(notes) said. “Now, we’ve got to put it together for four quarters to win.”

Peterson insisted if Detroit can string together four quarters of sound football to win some games, earning a spot in the playoffs is possible.

Playoffs?!

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The strange thing is , on this Lions’ team there’s a nucleus of young players who can play the game. The problem however, may well lie in the fact that they’ve yet to acclimatize themselves to the schemes being taught to them by the coaching staff. It’s not that there isn’t effective communication going on between Schwartz’s staff and his players. It’s just the mere fact that they’ve been all to slow on its intake. And nowhere is this more evident than in the play itself of Matthew Stafford. His play at best, can be described as being tentative. And when you have offensive weapons such as Calvin Johnson and Kevin Smith . You had better be sure that you’re not under utilizing them from the outset.

Lions'  receiver   Calvin  Johnson   (81)   goes in for  the touchdown  against   the Minnesota  Vikings .   Minnesota's   Chad  Greenways (52)   tries to   grab  the  legs of  Johnson  in  order   prevent  Johnson   from  scoring .    picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Carlos  Osorio     ..................
Lions' receiver Calvin Johnson (81) goes in for the touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings . Minnesota's Chad Greenways (52) tries to grab the legs of Johnson in order prevent Johnson from scoring . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carlos Osorio ..................

The steps that are being taken are indeed baby steps and purposefully so at this juncture. Afterall , this franchise has had to live with the Matt Millen years. And those we know bordered on being manical in its very execution. Suffice to say, that with Millen’s departure from the franchise , sanity it was felt, was brought back to the inner sanctum of the franchise. Ownership, in the form of the Ford family, has been positive with the hiring of Jim Schwartz. And it is to the coach whom they now look to lead the team to success. And if success should found this season by way of an improvement upon last year. Then it can be thought of a resounding success by the organization.
If not then then they’ll just have to batten down the hatches and just get the job done in the best way possible.

I for one would like to think that this franchise after what it has had to endure . It can improve in such a way the fans and indeed the entire city of Detroit can feel a sense of pride in the organization. It’d indeed go a long way in suggesting that the bad times are now behind them. Rather than them having to endure unwanted notoriety and mockery from others. The history and legacy behind the franchise suggests that it’s capable of being and remaining a success in the true sense of the word. What one has to still ask at this juncture is, are the fans willing to wait for it all to materialize ?

As a fan of the NFL do you ultimately feel that the Detroit Lions can turn things around ? If so , how do you see them achieving this ? Will it take a year or longer ? And will the present coach be the one to guide this team back to respectability ?

I’d welcome your thoughts and comments on this matter and I’ll look forward to discussing them with you in great detail. As always, thanks for the incredible support shown. It’s gratefully appreciated !

Football, Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL, Sports, Sports Economics

This Little Piggy Went To Market This Little Piggy Stayed At Home …. This Little Piggy Named Jacksonville Is Soon Liable To Be Ran Right Out Of Town


Well it appears that the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars are in for a long and arduous season. Not only that but the now winless Jaguars at 0-2 within the AFC South , are seemingly facing an uphill battle in order to gain some semblance of respectability within the NFL .

Jags' wide receiver  Nate  Hughes  (16) misses  a  pass in  the  second  half  of  a  game played   against the  Arizona  Cardinals .    The   Cardinals   would  go  on  to  defeat the  Jaguars   31-17  in  with  an  emphatic   victory.   picture appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/  John  Raoux ..................
Jags' wide receiver Nate Hughes (16) misses a pass in the second half of a game played against the Arizona Cardinals . The Cardinals would go on to defeat the Jaguars 31-17 in with an emphatic victory. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ John Raoux ..................

And Sunday’s 31-17 debilitating loss , sustained at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals did nothing to dispel the growing disquiet amongst the Jaguars’ fans and around the city of Jacksonville. Clearly this isn’t just a growing concern amongst the fans but also the franchise’s hierarchy. They have to be now placing the club’s coach , Jack Del Rio under close scrutiny. In all probability Del Rio could very well become the first managerial casualty of this, still young , NFL season.

Jags'  quarterback   David  Garrard   buries his  heads  in his  hands  and  his  face  in the  turf   as   time  runs  out  in the  game   against the   Arizona  Cardinals   in a  game  played  Jacksonville  Municipal  Stadium,  Jacksonville,  Florida.    picture  appears  courtesy of   ap/photo/ Phil   Coale  ........................
Jags' quarterback David Garrard buries his heads in his hands and his face in the turf as time runs out in the game against the Arizona Cardinals in a game played Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Phil Coale ........................

If the fact that the team hasn’t at all performed well during their first two games of the season. Well also consider this , there is a guaranteed certainty that the franchise will not sell out all of its eight scheduled home game this season. That is indeed a terrifying obstacle for the franchise to face. With the dire economic climate across the nation and the high unemployment(9.7%) across the state. The present fate of the franchise not only rests in the hands of its players but also , the fortunes of the state and in particular within the city of Jacksonville, itself. And for Del Rio and his coaching staff . Now isn’t the time to be making any excuses whatsoever ,as to how his team is underachieving. They’ve got to batten down the hatches and get this team back on the right track.

Jags'  running back  Maurice  Jones-Drew (32)  blocks   for  quarterback  David   Garrard  as  Cardinals'  defensive  end   Calais  Campell  tries  to  negate  the  play  during  the fourth   quarter  of  the  game  .        picture  appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Phil  Coale  ......................
Jags' running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) blocks for quarterback David Garrard as Cardinals' defensive end Calais Campell tries to negate the play during the fourth quarter of the game . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Phil Coale ......................

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports :

NFL has no business being in Jacksonville

By Dan Wetzel Yahoo Sports

It was a fine afternoon for football Sunday in Jacksonville and 46,520 fans (actually, probably less) showed up to rattle around the city’s Municipal Stadium for the Jaguars’ home opener. The stadium, which hasn’t had a name-rights deal in two years, can seat over 76,000. The Jags long ago gave up on that number, and in an effort to avoid television blackouts they covered up sections to cut capacity to 66,066.

They still didn’t come close to selling out.

They’ve publicly stated there is no hope for filling the joint for a single game the entire season. They aren’t even blaming the fact they’re coming off a 5-11 campaign.

“Even if we made the playoffs last year, we’d still be in this situation,” Bill Prescott, the team’s CFO, told the Florida Times-Union. He went on to claim that based on playoff appearances in two of the last four years, the postseason is worth only a 5 percent bump in sales.

This is all the economy’s fault, Prescott maintained.

If that’s true, then the NFL’s grand small-market experiment hatched in 1995 is all but over. Jacksonville as a viable professional sports market isn’t going to end well. Eventually everyone will have to admit it.

No one is blaming fans for staying home. Even with discounted tickets and generous package rates, attending a pro sports event is an expensive and time-consuming proposition. You can be the most loyal fan in the world and never go to a game. Jaguar fans shouldn’t apologize for saving money for something more important than football.

Still, a market that can truly support professional sports has enough people who either can afford it or simply won’t live without it. Every town will support a new team or a big winner. The truth comes not in good times but, like now, bad.

Jacksonville is struggling. The unemployment rate is 10.5 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and like much of Florida foreclosures are high.

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Cardinals'  wide   receiver  Larry  Fitzgerald   gets  into the  endzone  as   Jags'  safety    Sean  Considine  is   unable   to  derail   Fitzgerald  in  his   effort  .        picture  appears  courtesy  of ap/ photo/ Phil  Coale  .................
Cardinals' wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald gets into the endzone as Jags' safety Sean Considine is unable to derail Fitzgerald in his effort . picture appears courtesy of ap/ photo/ Phil Coale .................

Certainly there seems to be something askew with regard to franchise’s thinking as to their present problems. Chief Financial Officer of the franchise, Bill Prescott thinks that the franchise’s inherent problems lies in the fact .’…. the country is in the midst of a bad economy and that is in large part to blame’ for the the franchise’s woes. Either Prescott isn’t prepared to acknowledge the fact that the Jaguars can also be apportioned much of the blame for its own self inflicted malaise. Wherein, it hasn’t performed up to standard by way of being a competitive NFL franchise on the field of play. At best, the franchise’s form over the past few year can be described as being lackluster . One has to wonder if Prescott’s sentiments are shared by team owner , Wayne Weaver ?

Wayne  Weaver   (left)  ,owner  of the  Jacksonville  Jaguars  is   seen  here   with  Atlanta  Falcons'  owner   Arthur  Blank    at  Jacksonville  Municipal  Stadium  prior   to  an   NFL  game   between  their  respective  teams  .       picture appears  courtesy of  getty  images  / Paul  Hughes  ................
Wayne Weaver (left) ,owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars is seen here with Atlanta Falcons' owner Arthur Blank at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium prior to an NFL game between their respective teams . picture appears courtesy of getty images / Paul Hughes ................

Coming off a 5-11 season in 2008 . It was felt that there was room for improvement for the Jaguars. Within the AFC South, they were always considered to be a better than average team. And within that division they may well have been viewed as the second or third best team behind the Indianapolis Colts . With the Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans , as well as the Jags at one time or not being closely bunched together. The difference between the trio was a matter, as to their levels of consistency. Make of it what you will.

Del Rio for his part saw fit to rid the team of players, whom he felt could no longer contribute to the Jaguars. And though on the face of it – it might well have been done in order for the franchise to be financially prudent. Those players seem to now be making somewhat solid contributions for their new found teams. Draft wise, Del Rio sought young talent but at the same he brought in veteran wide receiver, Torry Holt, to add to the team’s receiving corps and provide some much needed veteran leadership. As to whether or not Holt can provide that theme, remains to be seen. And no doubt the jury is still out on that ? And the team’s roster doesn’t make you sit up and take note as to its presence. You’d be hard pressed to state that there’s someone on the roster that would seriously pose a threat on either side of the ball.

Jags'  wide  receiver  Torry   Holt  signals   a  completion   against the  Arizona   Cardinals    in  an   NFL  game   played   at  Jacksonville Municipal  Stadium .    The   Cardinals    would  defeat   the  Jaguars  31-17   in  a  game  played  on  Sunday  20th September  2009 .   picture appears   courtesy  of  getty  images/ Al   Messerschmidt   ...................
Jags' wide receiver Torry Holt signals a completion against the Arizona Cardinals in an NFL game played at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium . The Cardinals would defeat the Jaguars 31-17 in a game played on Sunday 20th September 2009 . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Al Messerschmidt ...................

We can regale that one of the problems also facing the Jaguars is that of the NFL’s blackout policy with regard to televised broadcast games. NFL Commissioner , Roger Goodell has taken note as to the inherent problems that this no doubt brings for many of the NFL’s franchises. In particular for those within the small markets. But he’s done little to address the issue, merely pointing out that the NFL has taken note. It’s plain to see that for Goodell and the hierarchy of the game ……the gravy train has to continue flowing without there being seemingly any disruptions in whatever form it might well take.

Courtesy of The New York Times :

TV Blackouts Possible for N.F.L

By Richard Sandomir

Reduced season-ticket sales for some N.F.L. teams could result in a greater than usual number of local television blackouts.

“It’s all part of the challenges that we’re seeing in the economy and what our clubs are going through,” Roger Goodell told reporters Tuesday at the Washington Redskins’ training camp in Ashburn, Va. “Our clubs have been working hard in the off-season to create other ways to try to get people in the stadiums and to have policies that are a little more flexible, and hopefully, they’re going to pay dividends for us.”

He said that the Jacksonville Jaguars, whose season tickets have fallen to 25,000 this season from 42,000 last season, were one of the teams whose games could be blacked out if their home games are not sold out.

N.F.L. rules require that games be blacked out in local markets if they are not sold out 72 hours before kickoff.

A USA Today survey found that the fans of a dozen teams might face some blackouts this season.

CBS and Fox said they did not expect the blackouts to significantly affect ratings or cause them to provide givebacks to advertisers.

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The scene now facing the Jacksonville Jaguars now takes on an acute scenario. They have to turn things around with an immediacy not often associated with the team. And with the franchise’s fixtures now getting into full swing. Attaining wins will be of the utmost urgency for the franchise. Jack Del Rio , no doubt understands that he’s now on the clock. With that , each moment of indecision may well play a part as to his immediate future. The chances are he may well not see out the remainder of the season , should there not be signs of a significant turnaround. Meanwhile, Wayne Weaver and GM Gene Smith will be watching Del Rio with an intense scrutiny, for the first time since he took the helm of the franchise in January of 2003. Six years and but two playoff appearances under Del Rio’s tenure. It’s a meager dividend by most NFL standards . Certainly not something befitting Weaver’s lofty standards.

Jacksonville  Jaguars' coach   Jack  Del  Rio  (center)  contests    a call  by officials   Greg  Gautreaux (80),  Bob Waggoner  (25)  and   Gene Steratore (14)  in  the  first   half   of  the   game  played   between the   Jaguars and  Arizona  Cardinals  .    picture    appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Phil   Coale   .........................
Jacksonville Jaguars' coach Jack Del Rio (center) contests a call by officials Greg Gautreaux (80), Bob Waggoner (25) and Gene Steratore (14) in the first half of the game played between the Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Phil Coale .........................

Though much has been made of the fact that there has been dwindling attendance at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. And the rumblings that the ownership might well choose to relocate the franchise. Certainly for the fans of the Jaguars they may well feel that they’re being betrayed by not only the ownership but also the NFL . It could very well be that this present situation could be cause for the Jaguars to take leave of the city of Jacksonville , altogether. Because the fan-base there, seems to be dwindling in ever growing proportions. The dwindling loyal band of supporters appear to be no longer interested Jaguars’ football. And it’s not just because of the present economic climate. But seemingly , from a competitive standpoint as well with regard to lack its lack of success on the field of play. And you can’t but blame the economy for one’s own self inflicted woes. Bill Prescott, his fellow executives and the Jags’ management seem to be forgetting that at this juncture.

Jacksonville Jaguars’ upcoming fixtures :

Week 3 Sep 27 JAC @ Hou Reliant Stadium
Week 4 Oct 4 TEN @ JAC Jacksonville Mun Stad
Week 5 Oct 11 JAC @ SEA QWest Field
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Baseball, Chicago Cubs, MLB, Sports

Winning Is Everything And The Only Thing …..So Can Someone Explain That To The Chicago Cubs ?


In the quaint old world of sports we all understand that the game itself has its foibles , history but above we’re led to believe its honesty, dignity and integrity.


And the venerable Vince Lombardi , a man known for his honesty and integrity but more so for his success and anecdotes. He states the following ……”Winning is not a sometime thing, it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”

Lou  Piniella  is  formally introduced  as   the  Chicago  Cubs'  manager.   Assisting  him  in  putting  on the  team  jersey  is   the  GM  Jim Hendry.     Piniella  took  over the   position  from the  fired   Dusty  Baker   .  He  assumed those  responsibilities  on   October of   2006.  He  signed a  three  year  conract  for   $10m    with a  1 year   option  extra as  an  incentive.   picture  appears  courtesy  of   upi/photo/  Brian  Kersey  .....................
Lou Piniella is formally introduced as the Chicago Cubs' manager. Assisting him in putting on the team jersey is the GM Jim Hendry. Piniella took over the position from the fired Dusty Baker . He assumed those responsibilities on October of 2006. He signed a three year conract for $10m with a 1 year option extra as an incentive. picture appears courtesy of upi/photo/ Brian Kersey .....................

So it’d explain a great deal at present with regard to the plight of the Chicago Cubs and their woes over the last century plus. And the fact that they’ve continued to be mired in the depths of ineptitude. Furthermore the fans have had to endure these debacles without much recourse. When on the outside looking in would say it’s the Cubs’ fans undying loyalty and willingness to accept the futility that they’re prepared to endure such pain.’ Personally , I feel it’s all a bunch of hog-wash and it lies with the fact that neither the Cubs’ management or ownership aren’t prepared to be ambitious and do what it takes to place a winning product on the field of play !

Courtesy of ESPN and Associated Press :

Hearing on Cubs sale set for Sept. 24

Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. — A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday approved Tribune Co.’s request for quick court action on the company’s planned sale of the Chicago Cubs.

The family of billionaire Joe Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade, has agreed to buy a 95 percent stake in the team and its Wrigley Field home for $845 million, but the deal must be approved by the bankruptcy court, as well as Major League Baseball.

Judge Kevin Carey approved Tribune attorneys’ proposals regarding notification to interested parties, including creditors of both the Tribune and the Cubs.

The process approved by the judge calls for any objections to be filed by Sept. 17, followed by a Sept. 24 court hearing on Tribune’s motion for court approval of the deal. Carey also approved break-up fees ranging from $5 million to $20 million to be paid if it falls through.

The plan filed by Tribune attorneys calls for a separate bankruptcy filing by Chicago National League Ball Club, a Tribune affiliate that is not involved in the company’s Chapter 11 case. That filing would come after Carey approves the sale as part of Tribune’s bankruptcy reorganization and escrow financing documents are in place.

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Milton Bradley is formally introduced as a Chicago Cubs’ player. Listen carefully, as the player waxes on lyrically about his emotions with regard to the team. My, how times have changed ?

And even though the franchise, having been sold by real estate mogul and developer Sam Zell to Tom Ricketts and the immediate members of his family. Tom Ricketts is one the founders of the online investment firm TD Ameritrade . The final selling price was said to be $845 million . Somewhat of an overly inflated price but clearly what Zell was after- considering that he’d placed the Cubs’ parent company -The Tribune Group into bankruptcy proceedings. And whilst MLB haven’t been all that forthcoming as to the ongoing situation. We’re led to believe that Commissioner Bud Selig and MLB Chief Executive Officer Bob DuPuy were said to be closely monitoring the proceedings. This, I for one find to be totally preposterous. Considering the duo were about as cognizant of the issues with regard to the the steroid issue and its ramifications for the game as a blind man would be in the desert. You know it’s hot but you’re not prepared to do anything to safeguard yourself. Much as in the same they’ve both mishandled the issue. Albeit, that they’re now crediting themselves with what they believe to be the unparalleled success of the game’s steroid program.

In light of what has gone on with regard to Cubs . Isn’t it somewhat strange that a public comment hadn’t been forthcoming from the commissioner’s office or for that matter from anyone within the game’s hierarchy ? But then to MLB … silence is golden . Until there are serious ramifications for the health and financial well being of the game. But even then , they’ve failed to act appropriately and with due diligence. It is to be expected from an organization that has been as transparent as the members of Opus Dei . There’s a lot that they’d have us all believe divine as to their being. But there’s so much more that’s held from the prying eyes of the public. Much like the inner workings of the hierarchy of MLB

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports and AP :

Cubs suspend Milton Bradley for rest of season

By R B Fallstrom AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS (AP)—Milton Bradley’s(notes) season is finished. Perhaps his days with the Chicago Cubs are, too.

The Cubs suspended their volatile outfielder for the rest of the season Sunday, one day after he criticized the team in a newspaper interview.

Bradley was disciplined for conduct detrimental to the team. General manager Jim Hendry said he decided to send Bradley home after learning of the player’s remarks in the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald of Illinois. Bradley, scratched from Saturday’s lineup with a sore left knee, was quoted as saying “you understand why they haven’t won in 100 years here.”

Bradley has two years remaining on a three-year, $30 million contract that he signed as a free agent last offseason. Hendry said he doesn’t know if the relationship can be salvaged.

“The last few days became too much for me to tolerate,” Hendry said. “I just decided late last night that’s what I was going to do, and I didn’t give it a lot of thought what’s going to transpire moving forward.”

Cubs manager Lou Piniella agreed with Hendry’s move.

“Jim made the decision and I support it,” the manager said. “I really do.”

Chicago signed the switch-hitting Bradley to provide balance in the lineup, but he struggled throughout his first season with Chicago, batting .257 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs. He was booed vigorously by home fans at Wrigley Field.

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And if you thought that the present situation for the Cubs couldn’t at all get any worse. You’d be entirely wrong . As the team has taken the unusual step of suspending their outfielder Milton Bradley until the end of the season. The reason behind the suspension are for the statements made to the press with regard to the Cubs’ organization by the player. The Cubs for their part see Bradley’s actions as conduct detrimental to the sport and to the organization. Both GM Jim Hendry and the team’s coach , Lou Piniella are in complete agreement with the course of action taken.

And for the Chicago Cubs as a team who’ve underperformed throughout the entire season. Theirs is a situation that if anything , is viewed as irreparable. Piniella now seems to be out of his depth and unable to communicate with his players. Hendry as the team’s GM has been about as useful to the organization as a three legged horse trying to run an obstacle course. He’s fallen so many times that it has become laughable. Personnel decisions made under his tenure have proven to be disastrous, more often ,than not. And as a duo , Hendry and Piniella would make for some very fine comic relief.
It remains to be seen upon finalization of the sale of the franchise , whether not both the general manager and manager will be asked to remain with the organization.
If they’ve not been able to lead the team win anything of merit . Then in reality there’s no reason at all for them to remain with the Cubs’ organization.

The Chicago Cubs (76-72) remain 10 games behind the NL Central Division leading St Louis Cardinals (87-63) . As the season now winds down , it has to be said that for all sense and purpose the season just can’t end quick enough for the Cubs and their long suffering fans. They’ve been asked to endure far too much and more than any one fan can be asked to bear. And even though there are second , third and fourth generations of fans that still show their unwavering support to the organization. One has to ask the question ….’how much more are they all willing to bear’ ?

Bradley’s future with the club remains bleak and it’s enough of a suggestion to believe that the player won’t be back with the club for the 2010-11 season. And it wouldn’t be at all out of the question to suggest that the player’s professional career within baseball has reached its climax. One hardly feels that there’s still a major league team that’s willing to want the player- with the all the baggage that he’ll apparently bring with him. A worse case scenario, would be to see the volatile Bradley implode once again and seemingly bring down an organization with him. Best case scenario , he once again becomes a productive player and contributes to an organization. One of those is preferable but in actuality I’m inclined to believe that he won’t be around to contribute to a team. It’s as plain and simple as that !

For the Chicago Cubs and their long suffering fans. One empathizes with them. But at the same time how must they feel seeing the likes of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays all making it to a World Series . Two of those organizations winning the game’s most prestigious prize. But bear this mind, all three in question have been around a lot less longer than the Chicago Cubs, in terms of their tenure within the game of baseball. And it has been over 100 years since the Chicago Cubs won the last of their two World Series championships. And it could well be another century before they’re liable to achieve the feat again.

So what say you as to the impending fate of the Chicago Cubs ? The game’s lovable losers seemingly can’t win but for losing. It’s not been within their DNA for years ! Winning that is .


MMA, Sports, UFC, UFC 103

I Am Therefore I Know ……………


Well once again we have to thank the UFC for putting on such an exemplary show. At UFC 103, which was held at the American Airlines Arena , in Dallas , Texas. Home to the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. Coincidentally , the Mavericks who are owned by dot.com multi-billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban . His HDNet – a wholly owned cable broadcast outlet has been staging their own Mixed Martial Art’s promotions and events with a modicum of success.

UFC  103   .   The  promotional   print  model   for  the  event  on   Saturday  19th  September   2009  held  at the American  Airlines   Arena  ,  Dallas  ,  Texas,.   copyrighted  material    @  all rights  reserved   .............
UFC 103 . The promotional print model for the event on Saturday 19th September 2009 held at the American Airlines Arena , Dallas , Texas,. copyrighted material @ all rights reserved .............

Saturday’s staging of UFC 103 , was yet another in the long line of now ever more successful promotions that the UFC has undertaken to bring its brand to an er widening and most knowledgeable audience. And to see where the first event staged to what we are now seeing today. Dana White as President & CEO of UFC has taken this product and branded it in such a way . That you dare not say you aren’t aware as to what the sport is all about. It’s simplistic in its logic and the events are staged with such precision that one can well understand why there’s now such a growing following amongst its loyal and devoted fans.

The UFC promotional visual footage for the main event at UFC 103.

And as things now stand the sport is essentially on the cusp of surpassing boxing in terms of it being viewed as a spectator sport. It shouldn’t come as a surprise whose seen the gradual decline of boxing to begin with. It has become a complete farce and devoid of integrity and respectability. So much so , that you’re now having boxing promoter , Bob Arum , decrying MMA and UFC in particular – as a sport that’s filled with loud mouth tattooed Neo Nazi’s. Clearly Arum, is completely devoid of all knowledge when it comes to the sport and he’s showing his ignorance as far as the sport is concerned. It also smacks of jealousy on his part as he’s seen declining revenues come in with regard to the PPV events staged by boxing promoters in North America . Whereas, for UFC , it has steadily increased over the years. And in 2007, the revenues for events staged by UFC surpassed that of the entire events staged for boxing. It’s clear to see that Arum and many of his counterparts feel threatened by the rise of the sport of mixed martial arts. And what it may well mean for the sport of boxing.

UFC 103 Main event fight card …………..

Rich Franklin vs Vitor Belfort

Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic vs Junior Dos Santos

Paul Daly vs Martin Kampann

Frank Trigg vs John Koscheck

Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca

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And at this moment in time the sport of boxing is in dire need of a great deal of excitement. Whether or not the return of Floyd Mayweather Jr to the ring. And the continued rise in popularity of Filipino fighter , Manny Pacquiao can abate the stem of the sport’s decline remains to be seen. The highly anticipated match-up between the two may well go a long way in answering that question. But the real point is once that bout takes place . What’s next ?

Vitor Belfort (left)  on  his  way  to  victory by  knocking  out  Rich  Franklin (right) in their  light  heavyweight   bout  at   UFC 103   held at  the  American  Airlines  Arena  ,  Dallas  ,  Texas .   picture  appears  courtesy of  getty images  @   copyrighted material  ......All  rights reserved
Vitor Belfort (left) on his way to victory by knocking out Rich Franklin (right) in their light heavyweight bout at UFC 103 held at the American Airlines Arena , Dallas , Texas . picture appears courtesy of getty images @ copyrighted material ......All rights reserved

And while the main event card for UFC 103 was filled with a litany of top flight protagonists. The under-card itself, wasn’t anything to be overlooked. Albeit , that the headline event between Rich Franklin and the Brazilian, Vitor Belfort , was the bout that almost everyone was looking forward to. These two light heavyweights are amongst the very best that the division and sport has to offer.

The bout itself couldn’t have ended in a more shocking way. But it ought not have come as a surprise to begin with. Anyone who knows the abilities of both , knew full well that this bout wasn’t liable to go the full three rounds as anticipated. The right to contest for the UFC light heavyweight title will now belong to Belfort – after his timely display in knocking out Franklin in 3:02 minutes into the first round. The surprise and viciousness of the the display sent a message across the whole division that Vitor Belfort ‘is back’ and ready to take on all-comers. And it is to be seen if current light heavyweight champion will be willing to defend his title against his fellow Brazilian, Lyoto Machida . Another bout that’s bound to be highly anticipated.

Unfortunately for Franklin, the bout didn’t go as anticipated. It certainly didn’t pay however, for him to be making bold predictions as to what his intentions were from the outset. He failed to back those claims up of a knockout of his Brazilian opponent. In the end it was he , who was knocked out in devastating fashion .

As I’ve alluded to earlier , what makes the sport so rewarding for their fans. It is that the UFC is prepared to listen and make the matches they feel to be ones necessitated by the demands of the fans. Granted the fighters have to be in form , ready , willing and above all able to fight. Unlike the drivel that’s now derived within the sport of boxing. It is somewhat rare that an event promoted by UFC ends up being a disaster. What they tend to do is to make sure that not only is the main card an attractive one. But also too , the under-card for each of their events. Be it PPV or not. That is why the sport now has a distinct advantage over boxing , as a whole ! The stars within the sport of MMA now welcome the recognition they are gaining . And the loyalty shown to them by the fans is greatly appreciated. And the fighters , themselves go out of their way to reciprocate that. You’d be hard pressed to find that today in the sport of boxing . Wherein, many of their stars have become too self absorbed and rarely do they show their appreciation of the fans.

UFC 103 results ……… click here to view

Boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Sports

I’ll Make It Rain …..I ‘ll Make It Rain ….So Says ‘Money’ Mayweather


Well let’s face facts, the bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr (40-0, 25 KO’s) and Juan Manuel Marquez(50-5-1-37KO’s) in the end , turned out to be nothing more than a minor day at the office for Mayweather. He wasn’t at all tested by his Mexican opponent -who offered little more than being a minor bump in the road for Mayweather and his ultimate goal . And that’s to meet Manny Pacquiao in a highly anticipated mega-fight.

Mayweather  knocks   down  Marquez  in the  first  round  of   their  welterweight   bout   taking  place  at  the  MGM  Grand  Casino  Hotel  &  Resort  in    Las  Vegas,  Nevada .   picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Larry   Bouchard  ......................
Mayweather knocks down Marquez in the first round of their welterweight bout taking place at the MGM Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Larry Bouchard ......................


But first , Pacquiao will have to take care of his next opponent , Miguel Cotto. That fight is being viewed as an eliminator for the privilege of meeting Mayweather. The smart money at present is on Pacquaio to defeat Cotto. It’s viewed in boxing circles that a meeting between Mayweather and Pacquiao would offer the better fight in terms of commercial appeal and economic sense. It would definitely be something that the fans of the sport would crave.


Mayweather  on  the  attack  as  he   takes  the  fight  to  Marquez.   Mayweather   would   end  up winning  the  fight  decisively  with a  unanimous   verdict  over  his  Mexican   opponent  ,  Juan  Manuel  Marquez.      picture appears  courtesy  of   getty  images/  Eric  Jamison  .............
Mayweather on the attack as he takes the fight to Marquez. Mayweather would end up winning the fight decisively with a unanimous verdict over his Mexican opponent , Juan Manuel Marquez. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Eric Jamison .............


Courtesy of Yahoo Sports :

Mayweather pummels Marquez in return

By Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports

LAS VEGAS – Round-by-round coverage of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s unanimous decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez in front of 13,116 fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Official judges scores: William Lerch 118-109; Bert Clements 120-107; Dave Moretti 119-108.

KEVIN IOLE’S UNOFFICIAL SCORECARD
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
Floyd Mayweather 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 120
Juan M. Marquez 9 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 107

Round 1: Mayweather opens with a jab to the head and one to the body. Marquez short with a jab. Hook by Mayweather lands. Mayweather lands a hook. Marquez not doing much at all. Jab by Marquez. Marquez misses wildly with a hook. Left-right by Marquez. Good left hook by Mayweather. Another hard left by Floyd.
Mayweather wins round, 10-9

Round 2: Mayweather lands a jab and Marquez lands a hook. Mayweather seems so much faster. Crowd chanting for Marquez, but he’s not landing much. Hard right by Marquez. Mayweather smiles. It definitely landed flush. Left uppercut by Mayweather puts Marquez down. Marquez is up. Hard right by Mayweather lands. Marquez misses three shots badly. Combination by Mayweather. Hard right by Mayweather.
Mayweather wins round, 10-8.

Round 3: Hard jab by Mayweather to open the round. Mayweather blocks a Marquez combination. Left-right by Mayweather. Straight right by Floyd. Short right inside by Juan. Mayweather lands a jab. Combination by Mayweather lands. Marquez gets in a right. Speed difference between the men is stark. Right over the top by Marquez. Mayweather smiles again.
Mayweather wins round, 10-9.

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And whilst the bout itself didn’t provide us with anything that we didn’t already know about Mayweather as to his boxing skills. It did tell us one thing most definitely – and that’s fighters such as Marquez despite their alleged skill-set. They’re in effect no real match for a fighter of Mayweather’s pedigree. And for the fans in attendance , although they may well have expected much more fluid performance from Marquez. It only provided us with further proof of what a wide margin there is between the likes of Mayeather , Pacquiao and when it comes to the other fighters within the welterweight division at this present moment in time. Both Mayweather and Pacquiao stand head and shoulders above the others within the division-that’s by a considerably wide margin.

Mayweather  and   Marquez  exchange   punches   while  on  the  ropes .    picture  appears   courtesy of  getty images/  Eric  Jamison................
Mayweather and Marquez exchange punches while on the ropes . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Eric Jamison................

The other thing that also is profound is that once leave the welterweight division . There’s very little to offer the sport by way of real talent and charisma in terms of the fighters now on display . In essence it has become a barren waste land of non-descript boxers with little talent and personality. Is it any wonder that many fans are now scurrying away from the sport in droves. And that seemingly idiots like once prominent boxing promoter Bob Arum is seemingly in denial, as to what’s wrong with the sport that he amongst others, has now turned into something of a sham , in terms of true entertainment.

Mayweather  lands  a  good  solid  right  to the  head  of  Marquez   during  their   welterweight  bout  .      picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/   Paul   Moran  ................
Mayweather lands a good solid right to the head of Marquez during their welterweight bout . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Paul Moran ................

The bout was easily won by Mayweather and the judges had somewhat of an easy decision to make. He won the bout decisively and by a wide margin , scoring a unanimous decision in the end – over the course of twelve rounds.

The promotional tour for the upcoming Cotto vs. Pacquaio. The bout will be promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc.

Now the boxing world will wait to see if a mega-fight will take place between Mayweather and Pacquiao. Which will no doubt will be predicated upon the events that first take place between Pacquiao and Cotto , when they meet. For myself , as a long time boxing fan , who as of late , I haven’t found much to be excited about when it comes to the sport. Needless to say my appetite is wetted when such fights are made. Wherein, we have the very best of best facing off against each other inside the ring.

Unfortunately for a sport , that claims it has the fans’ best interests at heart. Of late the sport has been doing a lousy job creating great entertainment for even its most avid fans. Is it any wonder that many of them are now finding more compelling form of entertainment that’s now being found within the world of mixed martial arts under the auspices of UFC ?

NB : In order to hear Arum’s reasons as to why he believes that UFC and the genre known as ‘ mixed martial arts’ is what he deems ‘trash’ . Just click on the link provided below. There you’ll be able to see an interview he gave describing the sport as one filled with Nazi skinheads adorned with tattoos. Clearly Arum is devoid of knowledge when it comes to the sport and its growing following.


A Sad State of Affairs …………..

Football, Michael Crabtree, NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Sports

The Plot Thickens Or Has Stupidity Really Ran Amok ?


It can’t have escaped the most discerning fans of the NFL that there still remains one unsigned draftee of an NFL team. Now we can merely speculate as to what the problem might be concerning the San Francisco 49ers and their unsigned first round draft pick Michael Crabtree.

Courtesy of NFL.com:

Niners’ president wants to meet with Crabtree

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora has confirmed a Santa Rosa Press Democrat report that 49ers president Jed York has offered to hold a face-to-face meeting with holdout Michael Crabtree.

York has yet to hear back from the rookie wide receiver or his agent, Eugene Parker.

Crabtree was the 10th overall pick in the April draft and is the only first-round selection without a contract. He caught 231 passes for 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns in two seasons at Texas Tech.

Former  Texas  Tech wide receiver Michael  Crabtree  .  The  player  the  10th pick taken overall in the  first  round  of  the  NFL  Draft  this  year, still  has   yet to  sign  with  the  San  Francisco  49ers.  Negotiations   between  the  two   parties   via  Crabtree's agent   Eugene  Parker  seems to  be  at  an  impasse .   And  as  of late   49ers  vice  president   Jed York   has   yet  to  hear  from the player  or  his agent.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  the  San Francisco  Chronicle    .................
Former Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree . The player the 10th pick taken overall in the first round of the NFL Draft this year, still has yet to sign with the San Francisco 49ers. Negotiations between the two parties via Crabtree's agent Eugene Parker seems to be at an impasse . And as of late 49ers vice president Jed York has yet to hear from the player or his agent. picture appears courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle .................

Now don’t get me wrong, I do love a good suspense thriller . But in all honesty when it comes to suspense within sports. Then I expect to see it on the field of play during a totally riveting game.And most certainly not by way of an out of control college player who’s yet to play a down in the NFL. Crabtree from what we’ve been led to believe is at an impasse between he and the club over his compensation package. Now I know that when it comes to the first round draft picks . The premium is in the price that one signs a pick to. And while I understand that there’s an allotted slot system as to the amount paid from the first pick on down. Whatever is now taking place between and Crabtree is unwarranted.

The Niners and their hierarchy ought not to be dealing with either Crabtree or his agent Eugene Parker at this juncture. Crabtree forewent that right, the moment he started his holdout ,as to his demands for more money. At this moment in time, it becomes a complete distraction within the organization. And for 49ers’ coach, Mike Singletary , it makes his job somewhat harder. A great deal of time and effort by the coaching and scouting staff had been put into place- with regard to obtaining the player to begin with. Never-mind the fact that upon his arrival at the NFL combine he was ‘allegedly injured’ and refusing to participate in many of the prerequisite drills. If that wasn’t enough of an indicator as to his temperament, character and demeanor. Then they were certainly there for all to see, in his time with Texas Tech. A precocious talent but someone who could be easily distracted by off the field issues with regard to his personality and personal problems.

NFL Draft  Day and  a  proud   Michael Crabtree  stands  alongside  NFL  Commissioner  Roger Goodell .     The  upshot  of   it all   is  that the  player  still  remains  unsigned and is  a  free  agent.   picture appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/   Phil   Pierce  ...................
NFL Draft Day and a proud Michael Crabtree stands alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell . The upshot of it all is that the player still remains unsigned and is a free agent. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Phil Pierce ...................

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports :

Executives against a concept of pick protection

By Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports

Two days after San Francisco 49ers team president Jed York opened the door for a détente with unsigned NFL draft pick Michael Crabtree(notes), the standoff still lingers between the team and agent Eugene Parker. And as the clock ticks, the lack of sympathy from the rest of the NFL only becomes more apparent.

On the heels of York’s offer, Yahoo! Sports reached out to highly placed personnel men from seven NFL teams, polling them on whether they’d support the establishment of draft pick protection. Crabtree has become the fourth top-10 pick in the past eight years to hold out into the regular season. Cornerback Quentin Jammer signed with the San Diego Chargers after the team’s week 1 game in 2002. Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie didn’t sign with the Minnesota Vikings until Nov. 1 that same year. And quarterback Marcus Russell missed the season opener for the Oakland Raiders in 2007. So a simple question was posed: In light of threats about Crabtree re-entering the draft in 2010, would personnel men be in favor of adopting some form of Major League Baseball’s practice, which awards an additional draft choice to franchises which failed to sign a first- or second-round pick the previous year.

The answer? A resounding no, with all seven men coming out strongly against the idea.

“We shouldn’t become a league that rewards failure,” said one NFC North executive. “Why would I want to end up with a lower pick in [a subsequent] draft because another team couldn’t sign a player? … We’ve had very, very few [holdouts] like Crabtree, and fewer times where a player actually went back into a draft.”

The last first-rounder to sit out an entire season was Kelly Stouffer, drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals) with the sixth pick in 1987. The former Colorado State quarterback had his rights traded following the season to the Seattle Seahawks, where he spent five seasons.

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Year in and year out , once the NFL Draft has taken place . It seems teams take an indeterminate period of time for them to get their picks signed and off into training camp. And with suggestions now being made by many within and outside of the NFL . That there ought to be a rookie salary cap. It does merit the argument that something like this ought to be part of any discussion between the NFLPA(Players’ Association) and the NFL. But with the upcoming collective bargaining agreement about to be a matter of contentious negotiations. Whether or not, this will become a part of any discussion between Roger Goodell and chief union executive DeMaurice Smith, remains to be seen. And one doubts that will be atop of either party’s agenda.

Michael  Crabtree  makes  his  presence  felt   .  One  could  surmise that  the  player  is  now  more   likely  miss  a  fair   part  of   the  NFL  season.   While   there  has  been   little   negotiations  as  of  late   between  the  player  and   the  San  Francisco  49ers.    picture  appears  courtesy  of   getty images/  Russell  Cooper  ........................
Michael Crabtree makes his presence felt . One could surmise that the player is now more likely miss a fair part of the NFL season. While there has been little negotiations as of late between the player and the San Francisco 49ers. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Russell Cooper ........................

The inner sanctum of the NFL is so distrustful of the union and it’s also vice versa with regard to union and its feelings towards the NFL hierarchy. Certainly one would like to think that there is some common sense within this sea of uncertainty. But the way that the NFL and the union conducts their business at times does leave a lot to be desired. One would like to think that there’s room for negotiation wherein they can resolve their issues. But with both party’s not prepared to give ground at least on appearance . It’s hard to see a welcoming outcome that would befit all.

At this juncture for the San Francisco 49ers and their dealings with Crabtree and his agent. If they’ve not been able to sign the player before the start of the season . Why would they still want to sign him now with the season already underway ? It is not as if he’s of any benefit to them – having not been at all of the team’s training sessions. At the same time one has to look at what his once supposed potential teammates are thinking of this whole scenario. Is he in-fact a team player or more about himself ?

The thought was that with the acquisition of Crabtree the organization would be back on track make some sort of a showing within the AFC West division. Where the likes of the Arizona Cardinals , the reigning NFC champions alongside the Seattle Seahawks and St Louis Rams make up a division that’s often thought of as the last outpost of the NFL. Seemingly there , but not everyone is enamored with what’s taking place there.

As to the scenario now being played out between the player , his agent and the San Francisco 49ers. One can’t help but feel that this all could have been avoided had the lines of communication really been clear from the beginning. But from where I sit, the whole thing is beyond belief and remarkably stupid. Whether or not one can apportion blame on one side or the other can be determined by what has taken place so far. But for all sense and purpose this has been of the NFL’s making from the outset. It’s just that they’ve failed to take note of what has been happening with regard to NFL rookies and their never-ending demands by way of their salary needs. Somehow, somewhere and at some time in the future they’ll have to say ”….enough is enough !”

What proposals if any would you like to see concerning this matter ? And how best do you feel that it can be resolved ?