Monday, June 30, 2008

It's 12:01, Where You Going?

With the NBA free agent market opening up at midnight tonight, many teams are looking to hold onto their key players.  The Washington Wizards were able to ink Antawn Jamison for $60 million in a four year deal before he was up for auction.  The Wizards were in a rush to complete Jamison's deal so they could concentrate 100% on Agent 0, Gilbert Arenas.  

Arenas made remarks to Wizards management saying that he would take a salary cut and sign for less (only $90 mill) if the Wizards could sign Jamison and keep him in Washington in the future.  Washington has been flirting with a 6 year $100 million dollar offer for Arenas, but nothing is official yet.

NBA agents will be busy at the stroke of midnight as many great players like Baron Davis, James Posey, Sam Cassell, Elton Brand, Luol Deng, Earl Boykins, J.R. Smith, Ron Artest, Andre Iguodala, Daniel Gibson, Ben Gordon, and Sasha Vujacic are all looking to sign new contracts.  

Through agent Todd Ramasar, Baron Davis turned down a $17.8 million one year contract from Golden State for next season,  which was the final year of his six-year deal. Davis's contract included an opt-out clause, that he decided to enact.  Davis and his agent are now free to talk to other teams, however Golden State can and will still be one of those teams.  There is no question that the many great players changing zip codes will impact the league next year. 

Saturday, June 28, 2008

GTA: Liberty City, Live in New York City

The popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City, came out around the beginning of June. Gamers and fan's of the GTA series were extremely excited about the game and copies of the game were extremely hard to find.  I somehow found a copy on June 17th as I was vacationing with  my buddies in Boynton Beach, Florida.   We played the game a lot and I thought it was a great game, but I never fell in love with it like some people.  I am still a sports game fan.  I love Madden football, Fifa Soccer, NBA 2k8, Guitar Hero and other action packed, versus sports games.  I love to compete against the computer and against my friends.

While I was visiting family in New York last week, I read an article in the New York Times regarding six kids who took the new GTA game a little too serious.  Four friends started looting the neighborhood, stealing bats, brooms, and crowbars from backyards and garages.  They then met up with two other young hooligans and terrorized a man at the bus stop.  They beat him until he was badly injured and stole his wallet and valuables, just like in the game.  

The group of six then proceeded to stand in the middle of the road in an attempt to stop cars.  A woman in a BMW slowed down and got her car light smashed by a bat.  The children then questioned her and attempted to steal her car before she could speed away and call the police.

The six NY youths were apprehended shortly after the call.  I remember reading that all the kids were under 18 years of age, with the oldest being 17.  The article could only release four of the kids names and ages because the other two must have been too young.  I think the ages were 17, 16, 16, and a 14 year old.

These kind of actions by our youth are unbelievable.  The game is fun, yes, but you can't literally do the stuff you see in a video game.  That is the whole purpose of making a video game, to simulate actions that you could or should not do in real life.  Notice the key words, should not do in real life.  These kids are stupid and deserve to be charged as adults, as the article later said the court was considering doing.  I am just glad that they did not kill anyone by their stupid actions.  

Here is a link that talks about the Long Island kids I refer to and another article of some Canadian GTA madness.

Is Becky Hammon Russian?

American native Becky Hammon will be wearing Red, White and Blue colors but for team Russia, not team USA.  WNBA star and Grand Rapids, S.D. born Hammon will fly high with the Russian national team this Augusts in the 2008 Olympic games.  Hammon's plays 8 months out of the year in the Russian basketball league, where she recently applied for and quickly earned citizenship prior to the Olympic games.  The 31 year old Hammon has received a lot of criticism for playing on the Russian team, some even calling her a traitor.  

Hammon was the WNBA MVP runner-up last season playing PG for the San Antonio Silver Stars.  After that showing last season, she somehow failed to make the pool of players for the USA Basketball team and was extremely disappointed.  She went overseas like she has done the past couple seasons (a place where many of the WNBA players go in the long off season), and signed a lucrative contract with club team CSKA Moscow.  After signing in Russia for six times more than she makes with her WNBA team, she finaly was given an invitation to try out for team USA.   

Before leaving, Hammon and her agent Mike Cound reached out to USA Basketball to get a better understanding on where she stood.  They came away with the impression that she wasn't in serious contention to make the team team and represent America in Beijing.  So Hammon took her Olympic dream elsewhere.  Russia naturalized her in only a couple of months as a dual citizen and since she had not participated in any FIBA international basketball games for team USA or any other team, she was allowed to play for the Russians.

I can understand Hammon's dream and desire to play in the Olympics, but she has no ancestral heritage in Russia, she is a native of South Dakota. and was born in America.  The only connection to Russia that she has, is that she plays basketball in a Russian league, that pays better than the WNBA.  I know this occurs in FIFA soccer a little bit, but soccer is different and most players tend to permanently reside in their new country for many years and play in their respective leagues as small children.  Look at Freddy Adu.  He was born as a citizen of Ghana, and came to America at a really young age. He now is seen as an American ad I bet many soccer fans did not even know of his Ghanaian roots.  

 I understand that the laws of the game and of the country allow her to become naturalized as a dual citizen in USA and Russia, and that FIBA laws allow her to represent Russia because she has never played internationally before, but come on people.  She is American 100% and should not be allowed to play for another country.  If all athletes in every sport starting doing this, then athletes would technically be allowed to chose a country, anyone in the world,  get citizenship there and then represent that country of your liking internationally as long as you have not played any other international games.  

To me the whole point of competing internationally is to represent the country you love and are proud to be a citizen of, because you are the best that country has to offer in that sport.  Hammon is a good player and should have tried out for the team, maybe she would have even made it if she showed well.  Second in the WNBA MVP voting is not bad at all, she could have at least showed her stuff to the coaches.  Instead she chose to represent team Russia a country she and many others were scared of as little kids.  I just don't get it.  Play hard at tryouts and if you don't make it, give it your best shot next year, or tell your agent to rep' you to the coaches harder.

Check out this clip to see some Becky Hammon highlights.  She really looks like nothing special...at least from the highlight real


Bill of "temporary privileges"

George Carlin (RIP) is the man.  Check out this video, its hilarious.  He speaks about the Bill of Rights about 5-5 1/2minutes in.

Friday, June 27, 2008

J.J. Redickulous

As many of you might know, I am a HUGE J.J. Redick fan.  I played against him in AAU and youth basketball growing up (he lived in Roanoke and I lived in Blacksburg, Virginia).  I also watched him play 45 minutes away in high school at Cave Spring.  I even chose #4 as my college soccer number in honor of J.J.  I remember the day Blacksburg played Cave Spring in basketball, there were even rumors that Coach K from Duke was going to be at the game.  Unfortunately, he came to Roanoke the next week to scout his future star, but it still made me think of J.J. as the man. I know all my roommates and friends have all yelled at me for screaming "JJ" after every three pointer I take and every beer pong shot I took in college.

I am also fortunate enough to be a Duke fan, so J.J at Duke was a great fit for me along with J.J.  He went on to become an All-American and dubbed as one of the greatest shooters in college basketball history.  

I would like to first wish J.J a happy 24th birthday!  He turned 24 this past Tuesday June 24th

Darren's article on SportsAgentBlog.com got me fired up about J.J. and his lack of playing time.  I also did not agree with some of the comments and knocks against Redick.  I know that some of you out there think J.J. is not an NBA caliber player, his lack of playing time his first two years tends to prove your point.  Redick has asked to be traded several times because of his lack of playing time, with the Orlando Magic officials saying NO, every time

J.J. is a great shooter and every team in the N.B.A. needs a shooter.  Every team that has won the NBA title has had a great shooter on the roster.  Most recently the Boston Celtics had the likes of Ray Allen, Eddie House, and others that could shoot the lights out.  Back in my early days, the Bulls had great shooters like B.J. Armstrong, John Paxon, and Steve Kerr, all of whom could and did hit clutch shots to help there team win championships. 

 J.J could easily be that player.  He has a great pure stroke, that is just as sweet in the NBA as it was in college.  He just needs to get some minutes.  Any team with a great big man like Dwight Howard needs shooters to surround him.  When the opposing team doubles down on Howard, Redick should be wide open and ready to let it fly from behind the line.  He needs to be out on the court to hoist some shots up in order to be effective and help the Magic.  If they do not want to give him that time, then trade him and quit hiding his talent on the bench.

The Magic and J.J. are both saying that he will still be in Florida next year.  He needs to work on his defense, physical size, and ball handling skills over the summer in order to see time.  Stan Van Gundy has got to give him a shot this year or be prepared to hear J.J. and his agent Arn Tellem complain to be traded even more.

NBA Draft Review

What a day on West 33rd and 8th Avenue in NYC at the draft!  A lot of what I said in my NBA Draft 2k8 Updates came true.  The top three picks were what I thought.  Derrick Rose to Chicago, Michael Beasley to Miami, and O.J. Mayo to the T-Wolves.  

This draft was the first time we saw three freshman get picked with the top 1,2, and 3 picks. Five freshman out of the top seven were chosen.  We saw 12 total freshman get picked in day one, beating last years total of 8 as the most freshman taken in round one.  I think this is yet another reason, besides the whole Brandon Jennings situation, for David Stern to change the minimum age requirement.

Brooks Lopez the Stanford Center left his brother Robin back in California to go to the Nets with the tenth overall pick.  Jason Thompson Rider U from New Jersey was chosen #13 going to the Sacramento Kings who also got Patrick Ewing Jr. with the 43rd pick.

As we speak now what I believed to be the key factor for this draft the "trades" are still going on.  I just heard that the Minnesota Timberwolves traded the draft rights to O.J. Mayo and Marco Jaric, Antoine Walker and Greg Buckner to the Memphis Grizzlies for Kevin Love's draft rights, along with Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins.  Apparently Minnesota's Kevin McHale fell in love with Love and wanted to pick up the best overall player at #3 (O.J. Mayo), but had intentions of trading for Love and some other golden nuggets like Mike Miller.  Miller was at the center of all trade debates for the Grizzlies all week long. 

Another influential trade has been announced between the Nets and the Bucks.  The Bucks have traded Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons for Star Forward Richard Jefferson.  Jianlian leaves the Taiwanese born Joe Alexander the Bucks recent draft day pickup and one who is fluent in mandarin Chinese.  What a duo talented duo and conversation those two could have made.

The Raptors and Pacers also made a trade sending guard T.J. Ford, Center Rasho Nesterovic, the rights to Center Roy Hibbert and a player to be determined for the previous All-Star Center Jermaine O'Neil.  To see the many other draft day traders click here.  There are honestly over 15 trades that took place some, as you see above were league changing trades that are guaranteed to have big impacts.

The New York Knicks continued their draft day blunders, just like every other New York team in the past.  With the 6th pick in the draft the home town Knicks chose the 2008 Euro-league Rising Star, Dino "the Rooster" Gallinari.  Reebok has some confidence in Gallinari as they signed "the rooster" to a shoe contract.  The 19 year old Italian had a father who played in the Italian league with Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni.  He seems to be a good hard playing foreign player.  He can go to the hole and shoot the three, and is not your usual foreign player.  He has no defense which will add to the Knicks lack of defense and I, along with a lot of ESPN, believe he will not be an immediate impact until down the road.  The Knicks did not get the opportunity to pick up O.J. Mayo, Russell Westbrook or trade down for Kevin Love as they would have loved to do.  The 6th pick still left them with many options, especially at the point guard position, which they were looking to fill.  This is yet another NY Draft day blunder. They even missed out on Patrick Ewing Jr.  the NY great's son with the 43rd pick overall. We better pray for Nasty N8 Robinson to step up more this year. Starburry also needs to quit complaining and earn his millions he is getting over payed.


What Would Josh Hamilton Do?

MLB Triple Crown hopeful, Josh Hamilton reportedly switched agents in early June from Sosnick Cobbe Sports to Moye Sports Associates because he “wanted to be with a Christian stable.”  The southpaw Hamilton is hitting .310 with a .357 on base percentage, while scoring 50 runs this year, and bringing in 76 players this year.  After reading an interview with Matt Sosnick by SportAgentBlog.com I noticed that Josh Hamilton switched agents for religious reasons, I investigated a little more and found out the story.

The 27 year old Hamilton was a former crack and heroin addict and has persevered to become one of the best hitters in baseball this year, one who has a realistic shot at winning the triple crown of baseball.  Hamilton was drafted at a young age to the The Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  He the first overall choice in the 1999 MLB Draft. Joshua Holt Hamilton was the first high school player to be No. 1 since Alex Rodriguez in 1993.  Hamilton with Sosnick as an agent, signed and earned a guaranteed $3.96 million in signing bonuses.  Hamilton the struggled and played in the minor leagues until he adopted a nasty habit of drinking and drugging.  Hamilton's habit eventually wrecked his relationship with his family and stunted what could be a great MLB career.  He would daily drink a bottle of Crown Royal, along with some cocaine, crack and heroin.  His cravings were so bad it forced him to burn through the $3.96 million signing bonus and become virtually broke.

Josh continued binging and experimenting with drugs.  He lost all his money, friends, wife, family, and was living day-to-day to get high.  After having a talk with his wife and the MLB ultimately suspending him he was sent to  Betty Ford clinic for rehab, where he found help.  he vowed to stop drugging and "ruining his life" and he found Jesus.  He was later reinstated by the MLB in 2006 with the Reds and has since then been playing better and with more confidence daily.  He credits it all to his faith and his strong connection with Jesus.  Hamilton has become extremely religious.  He is a devout Christian going to Church weekly even on the road, as he continues to dominate the AL.

Hamilton's story, going from a heroin and drug addict with 26 tattoos living on the street to becoming the potential MLB American League MVP of 2008, is a remarkable one and a great inspiration for everyone.  I am glad he got out of the shadows and turned his life around, and finding God is a great way to do it.  I do believe he has the right to practice his own religion and think what he wants to think, but firing a great agent in Matt Sosnick because he is Jewish and nothing more is wrong.  Josh and Matt and the Texas Rangers were in the midst of negotiating a long term, high dollar contract extension with the Rangers, when Josh had a sudden change of guard and fired Mr. Sosnick for no other reason than, Hamilton wanted a "christian stable."  I mean what is that?  We all want to be around people who are like us, and similar religious views are good, but baseball is a business and you should not mix the politics of your religious views with with business.  Maybe there are some instances where I could be wrong, but in this case, Sosnick did nothing wrong, he was the one to decide to represent the former heroin addict and MLB suspended dropout and get him back into the league with a decent contract.  The least Hamilton can do is fire him for legitimate reasons not solely based on his religion.  I mean Jesus was Jewish Josh.  In this case he should have asked what would Jesus do?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

NBA Draft 2k8 Updates

After the Celtics demolished the Lakers in the NBA finals we only have to wait two weeks until the NBA is back on T.V.  For months and months since the NCAA tournament college players have been training, finding agents, and talking to NBA teams in preparation to enter the NBA draft.  Most draftees have been dreaming of this day since they were little kids, growing up playing in their backyards.  Now it is finally here, as the 2008 NBA Draft is hours away.  With only hours until the Chicago Bulls make their decision some teams and players already know their fate.  

Draft experts have called this draft one of the hardest drafts to predict and an even harder one for teams to and GM's to distinguish good players from great ones.  Teams are unsure who they will pick because each pick this year is reliant upon who teams pick up early in the draft.  Kevin, Love, O.J. Mayo, Russell Westbrook, Jerryd Bayless, Brooks Lopez and Joe Alexander are all reportedly going early in the first round, but their exact spots are heavily reliant on the teams that choose before them.  The Knicks would love to get Westbrook, but don't think he will fall to the 6th pick in the draft.  The players this year all have a lot of talent and are so close in skill that it is causing teams to flip-flop and change their minds constantly.  Here is some information that we do know.

-The L.A. Clippers traded picks with the Seattle Sonics moving from #7 to #4 in an attempt to pick up UCLA PG Russell Westbrook.  They are also looking at Bayless from Arizona.

-The Chicago Bulls are almost 100% on picking hometown stud Derrick Rose.  It is almost a shoe in that he will go first and Beasley will go second to the heat.  O.J. Mayo is third in many mock drafts and I can not see him falling much behind that, maybe fifth at the latest.  The T-Wolves need him bad and are loving everything they have seen from him so far.

-Joe Alexander has been impressing teams the past month and has moved up the draft ranks a lot.  I recently heard from Darren that Alexander grew up in the Far East and is fluent in Mandarin.  And he chose West Virginia for College?

-The Pacers have the #11 and #17 pick in the first round, after trading their franchise star Jermaine O'Neil to the Raptors for T.J. Ford and the #11 pick in this years draft.  The proposed trade went down on Wednesday, a day before the draft.  The trade is not 100% official as of now but is pending medical records checks from each player. 

-O.J. Mayo apparently signed a shoe deal with Nike as of recently.  Bayless has been spotted wearing Nike as well and looks to be rockin' the swoosh also.  Read this article that I found on SportsAgentBlog.com which details the lavish spending spree Bayless has gone on before the draft.  I can't say I blame him, I would probably do something similiar.

-As of Wednesday night the trade talks between the Grizzlies and the Knicks seemed to have stopped.  The Knicks wanted to move up to get the #5 pick read my earlier article on K-Love in NYC.  The Knicks have also been trying to shop around Zach Randolph for any trades.  Randolph has three years for $48 mill left on his contract, making it seem almost impossible for him to leave NYC.

-The Wizards are in the market for an immediate impact player.  They are looking to trade for one and not necessarily draft a rookie.  Luther Head from the Rockets has heard his name thrown around lately.

-The word of the day today and for this 2008 draft seems to be "trade," as many teams have been frantically discussing trades for draft picks and free agents.  NBA Agents are all extremely busy today, it was impossible for me to get a Media Pass to the draft, as everyone is very busy talking about trades and satisfying their clients.  The "buzz" around New York and MSG is unreal.

-Look out for Deandre Jordan from Texas A& M and Rider Universities Jason Thompson to be the surprise players getting picked up early in this years draft.  Both are big, physical players and have had great workouts with NBA teams the past couple weeks.  I have read a lot of good things about these two going higher than everyone expects, so tell your friends you heard it here first.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I LOVE New York

With the 2008 NBA draft only days away, the trade rumors and pre-draft jitters by teams have already begun to fly around the league.  One rumor that we are starting to hear that may be a real possibility is the Memphis Grizzlies trading the rights to the #5 pick and the hefty contract of Purdue standout Brain Cardinal to the New York Knickerbockers for David Lee and Malik Rose.

Read the rest of my article here.  It is posted on SportsAgentBlog.com the best site for sports news and agent information.

No DUI for Melo

On Monday, the Denver Nuggets officially announced that All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony will miss the first two games of the season next year.  Stemming back to his DUI charge during the season on April 14th, 2008.  

Mello was pulled over on I-25 and charged with a DUI.  In court, Anthony pled guilty to lesser charges of driving while ability impaired and failure to stay in a single lane.  He received 24 hours of community service, one years probation and $1000 dollars of fines and court fees by the judge.  

The ruling makes the general public question the way athletes are punished by our legal system.  This is not Carmelo's first time in court yet his punishment seemed light to many of us.  The truth is first time DUI and drug offenses usually get handled like this.  As long as Melo does not mess up again within his probationary period of a year or get a second offense for DUI or marijuana charges his punishments will remain less serious. 

 Much like the case of Paris Hilton and her DUI, the celebrity status in this situation only attracts more attention to a first offense that is handled pretty much uniformly throughout the criminal justice system.  In Hilton's instance the Judge issued a more serious punishment because she was so famous, lucky for Melo this did not occur.

Who Does This Guy Think He Is?

No, this is not a mug shot ladies and gentlemen.  This is Dave D"Allessandro, a writer for the Star-Ledger, a New Jersey Newspaper.  Dave recently wrote an article titled Secret Agents and Not-So-Secret Pre-Draft Recon.  For those of you who got scared away from the article before reading it by Dave's picture, the article discusses the days before the NBA Draft and what he "believes" agents and player do.  This tool takes some serious shots and sports agents and even talks trash about NBA players.  

It is clear that this joker has no clue what agents really do.  Even and idiot who watches Jerry Maguire would have a better understanding than Dave D'Allesandro.  I mean nobody writes great every time, but at least try and make your information accurate.  He clearly states the usual stereotypes of sports agents and does not even act semi intelligent by discussing the real jobs and tasks that agents do for their clients before draft day.  The dirty Jerz native wanted to sound cool by dissing sports agents and their jobs but with his, lets call it "poorly written" article, he only sounded like a jealous clown.  I feel bad that the Star-Ledger actually printed/ posted it.  The article does not deserve much attention as much of what he said is inaccurate and false.  For your sake I will now paste some of his memorable lines below.

"any GM will tell you that the typical agent, with few exceptions, is a sleazy, repulsive, deceitful, supercilious maggot. But, of course, that is his job."  

Has this guy seen the picture he has posted next to his article?  Its almost surreal that he is saying all this about agents with that sketchy police mugshot next to his hieroglyphic B.S. of a story.  He is talking trash about agents, without even having anything or anyone to back his comments up by besides old agent jokes and hearsay.   I haven't even began law school yet and I know you need to present some evidence before you can charge someone with something. positive that bad agents exist, and some people may be deceitful as Dave suggests, but you can not characterize an entire group of people because of the actions of those few bad ones.  Nobody is perfect and there are always a few bad apples, but come on Dave.  That is just like me saying all writers for the Star-Ledger Newspaper are dirty, uninformed, lazy writers simply because you did that once.  

  In this case he is calling/charging agents for being sleazy, repulsive, deceitful, supercilious maggots, yet he has no backup and can not even write a decent story with some truth in it.  Darren's comments say it all on SportsAgentBlog.com.  In the mean time for Dave, it is probably best for you to start writing about some topics that you have some real knowledge on, and if you don't learn how to use Google and look some stuff up.  Reading and knowledge isn't bad, even a caveman like you can do it.  Last, please get a haircut, shave and at least try and look respectable for your next office picture.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Must Read by George Carlin


The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

RIP George Carlin (1937-2008)

Comedian/Actor George Carlin, passed away at age 71 on Sunday, due to heart complications.  Carlin was one of the great comedians of our time.  He was one of the first comedians to bring dirty, racy jokes and humor to his act, and is accredited with breaking the tradition mold of one liners and old fashioned jokes.  

Carlin was even arrested in 1972 for his famous act "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" that was deemed inappropriate for the public at the current time.  This performance ultimately led to a supreme court decision which changed the laws on what people can and can not say.   Later in his career he had his own comedy show, along with acting in movies like Bill and Ted's, and Thomas the Tank Engine.  Carlin was a great comedian and will certainly be missed onstage.  His legacy lives on with every joke that the new age comedians say and every chuckle that the audience gives.  Carlin had some hilarious acts, take some time and watch the legend in action.

This one is truly a masterpiece.  It is an interview with Carlin on ESPN in the 80's.  Here he talks funny about some sporting events and situations. 

Here is another great session from Carlin more recently.  Carlin loved sports, here is a funny comparison between baseball and football.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Can This Guy Be the World's Greatest Athlete?

Ever wonder who the world's greatest athlete is?  With the multitude of professional sports that exist now a days the number of great athletes that could be considered the greatest continues to grow.  The debate regarding who the best overall athlete is will continue to go on every year.  The Wall Street Journal recently made a panel of five sports physiologists and scientists to rank the world's greatest athletes and find out who the best overall is.  The five panelists used a variety of categories to rank and place each athlete.   The results are surprising as you would not believe who made the list and who didn't.  To see who cracked the list and who didn't read my most recent article, Ever Wonder Who the Greatest Athlete in the World Is?

See Ya Pacman

I recently heard that suspended Dallas Cowboy corner back Adam "Pacman" Jones asked people to drop his nickname "Pacman" that his mother had gave him as a child, and he would like to be called, Adam or Mr. Jones.  He said his mother can still call him it because she originated the nickname and she is his mother, but he would like others to no longer refer to him by that alias.  The former Tennessee Titan was forced to sit out the entire season in 2007 due to a string of off the field incidents and involvements with the law.  

"There's really just a lot of negativity behind it, it's just time for a change, man. I'm doing everything to make sure that I'm all right as a person, mentally and emotionally." Jones said. 

The artist formerly known as "Pacman" was traded to Dallas for several draft choices and is looking to be reinstated by Roger Goodell before the beginning of this season.  Adam has been training with the Cowboys and has been allowed to join the team for workouts and in mini-camp officially now by the NFL.  His old nickname Pacman has been associated with trouble.  He is now looking to leave behind all that trouble and problems when people refer to him as Adam.  Jones recently made these comments after his name was listed in a Nashville Tennessee Newspaper for defaulting on the terms and conditions of his mortgage with a U.S. Bank.  His house joins the list of many foreclosures the past year as the housing market continues to plummet throughout areas in the U.S.  His home and 30 acres in a Nashville suburb, will be sold June 27 on the Williamson County Courthouse. 

I like this new Mr. Jones, the scheme of changing your name might trick some of us, but to me and many other people out there you will still be Pacman Jones, from West Virginia University.  I hope to see a new Pacman off the field in Dallas but it is hard to let all the events from his past be forgotten.  Lets see if all his good natured talk was only to get him reinstated or if he can really stay out of trouble for more than a month.

Just Another Day At the Horse Track

On Sunday I was lucky enough to go to Belmont Park in New York, the site of the Belmont Stakes.  The site where Big Brown's dreams of winning a triple crown were shattered as the horse finished last place and failed to even show up for the race.  This Sunday was not the Belmont Stakes but it was still exciting to me and it was quite an experience.  I went to the track with my father to meet his brother, my uncle, who I hadn't seen in several years.  This was my first time to a real horse track.  I had been to the dog tracks in Fla and some small tracks in Virginia, but never to the famed Belmont Park to watch thoroughbreds race.   

Without letting you in on how much I won/lost because gambling is bad and I do not support getting others to gamble in any way, I will say I had a fun time and enjoyed my time with the boys.  As long as its legal gambling, I do not mind it.  None of this Tim Donaghy mafia gambling b.s.  

My father and uncle showed me what all the numbers and bets were and what to look for when reading the book on past races and odds.  The top race of the day was the ninth race, which gave the winning horse $100,000.  This was only a normal day at the tracks, and these horses were not anything special or well known at all.  It was amazing to me how much money is in this sport and how these horses are truly worth a lot - not just as pets.  

This made me remember an article I read in the New York Times that morning about how the chairman of Barnes & Noble, Leonard Riggio, almost got his $1 million dollar pregnant mare stolen from his range in the Hampton's.  The article said that Riggio purchased 13 horses to raise and breed for $12 million dollars in November at an auction in Kentucky.  Apparently, several thieves driving a F-150 truck tried to lure the pregnant horse out of the pasture and into the truck at around 9:30 this past Monday, when security officers at Riggio's farm saw headlights and scared them away.  The article said this action by thieves is rare, but I do not see how that is possible with the horses being worth so much.  Even if the thief's do not have the correct paperwork for the horses as the article later points out, I would imagine they could still sell the horses for a decent amount of money or forge the paperwork, since they are thieves and criminals to begin with.  

Learn How to Drive, Buddy!

After getting delayed on the runway at Detroit's airport for a couple hours, we finally took off and arrived back in D.C.  My parents and I then drove to New York to visit our family.  We arrived at around 1am and were physically exhausted.  We were stuck in three traffic accidents as we drove from D.C. to NY.  It is amazing to me how many bad drivers are out there.  I'm sure I've pulled some bonehead moves in my life, but at least I do not endanger my life or others on the road.  Well, I guess this Saturday was the day everyone decided to drive crazy.  I got passed by an Audi in Delaware that was honestly going over 100 easily.  The idiot flew across 4 lanes of traffic and when he could not get around a car in the right hand lane, went onto the shoulder of the road to pass the cars.  All while consistently going over 100 MPH with out even a mere glistening of a brake light.  

Next came the NYC drivers.  Now I'm a native New Yorker and almost my entire family still lives in NY so it hurts me to say this too, but New York has some of the craziest and worst drivers.  Besides some of the crazy taxi drivers who think they own the road, NYC is home to some of the fastest driving, meanest, most aggressive, horn honking, need to retake their DMV test,  city drivers.  I saw some of the slowest drivers, the fastest drivers, the loudest drivers, and the most aggressive drivers, who had no disregard for human life.  The Garmin GPS said we would have arrived at 11:27 if we did not hit any of the traffic from the accidents caused by these crazy drivers.  Instead we arrived physically drained from the journey.


Friday, June 20, 2008

Seattle Sonics Trial


The Seattle SuperSonics' trial is officially done with day four and both sides are still questioning who has the upper hand. I recently wrote an article on the Sonics Trial and will be a regular contributor to SportsAgentBlog.com. Please check out my article 'Will the Sonics Stay in Seattle?' to see the official breakdown of the Sonics trial. Darren also has a great article on agent Gus Dominguez, who recently was sentenced to five years in prison for "smuggling potential MLB players out of Cuba." The article is extremely interesting and is a must read. I am in Michigan looking at houses and will be posting for the blog intermittently.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

See Ya Next Year Tiger

After winning one of the most memorable playoffs in U.S. Open and golf history.  Tiger Woods told the golf channel early Wednesday morning that he will have have knee surgery again and will miss the rest of the year.  Woods was grimacing and showed clear signs of pain all throughout the Open at Torrey Pines.  He is such a tremendous competitor that he was able to play through the pain and win his 14th major championship.  This is a sad occurrence as the golfing world will now have to a year to see the great Tiger tee off again.  

I recently found out Wood's real name, and it is not Tiger, it is Eldrick, yes Eldrick Woods, Tiger is only his nickname folks.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What's On My Mind Today

The New York Mets finally fired Manager Willie Randolph.  Randolph was told this after a 9-6 win against the Angels at 3am Tuesday.  He was New York's first ever black baseball manager and was with the team through four seasons before he was fired.  The first base coach and pitching coach were fired with Randolph as bench coach Jerry Manuel takes over to lead the struggling club.  Why 3am on Tuesday you ask?  The Mets decided not to fire him while he was at home Sunday night because it was fathers day, so they decided to wait until right after a win on the opposite side of the united states.  No this does not make sense, but keeping Willie around after they blew last seasons huge lead to the Phillies didn't make much sense either.  The Mets, like many NY sports teams, have some of the best players money can buy yet the players are unable to mesh and win it all.  Being a die hard NY sports fan, I say it's time that we follow the Giants of this past year and get less superstars and play as a team.  

Monday began the start of a six day bench trial between the Seattle Supersonics and the City of Seattle.  The decision to move has been looming over the city of Seattle for over two years now and will have a big impact on the NBA.  Each side is allowed fifteen hours to present witnesses before the Judge will make her decision.  Stay tuned for all the updates on this crucial decision on SportsAgentBlog.com.

The UNC Tar heels basketball team is now looking the Billy Donovan's Florida Gators that won the Championship two seasons ago.  Point guard Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Greene, along with Tyler Hansbrough are all returning for the tar heels next season. Lawson, Ellington and Greene were all planning on entering the upcoming NBA draft until deciding to stay with Roy Williams at Chapel Hill for another season.  Great decision by all of these young men, as they are now the early favorites to take home NCAA title.  The Gators did it when Noah and Green and Horford all stayed.  I hate the tar heels because I bleed Duke blue, but with the number one recruiting class in college basketball and the return of Hansbrough and Lawson they will be tough to beat, even at Cameron Indoor.

After 91 holes Tiger Woods was finally able to fend of Rocco Mediate and capture the U.S. Open title yesterday.  It took Tiger until the first hole of sudden death to sink his par and win the Open.  Woods stated that this might have been his greatest win ever, as he came back and sent it into a playoff on the 18th hole Sunday, and eventually win Monday.  Tiger was wincing in pain the entire tournament, clearly his knee is not 100% yet, but he is still winning. It's amazing how Tiger can win with only one leg, after walking 5 rounds at Torrey Pines.  He will be shattering golf records for the next 3 years or more.

In a 4-3 decision California Supreme Court Justices overturned the ban on gay marriages.  Monday saw a slew of gay and lesbian couples getting married.The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice Ronald M. George.  George stated that "any law that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation will from this point on be constitutionally suspect in California in the same way as laws that discriminate by race or gender."  California is the second state to allow same sex marriages along with Massachusetts.  The California Supreme court is a republican controlled court that usually is conservative on issues, although California is seen as a very loose, liberal state.  This shocking decision by the California Supreme Court has already seen tens of thousands of gay California couples to wed and will definitely impact several other states and their decisions this election year.  California unlike Mass has no residency laws for the marriage to be binding.  This means that many same sex couples will flock to California to get married.  The marriage between gay couples is a great benefit to them financially with taxes, inheritance, insurance and other tax and financial situations.  Californians that are involved in same sex relationships still have the right to file for civil unions and register as domestic partners, like in other states.



Monday, June 16, 2008

Dynasty Innovating Sports Agencies

For several months now I have been reading a blog by Darren Heitner, a sports agent who wanted to connect the sports agent niche with the rest of the world.  Darren founded SportsAgentBlog.com to connect sports agents and talk about the news in the industry.  He now is a sports/ entertainment agent and the CEO of Dynasty Athlete Representation.  

Dynasty and Darren have now combined efforts and created the first of its kind, a sports agency blog known as the Dynasty Newswire.  According to Darren the blog is way for clients and agents to talk and connect to the world.   "Clients will talk about everything from their performance in yesterday’s match to their political beliefs. Employees will disclose information about their most recent projects, personal lives, and much more."  Check these sites out and give Darren your feedback.  This is a great idea, connecting athletes and agents on a virtual forum.  Darren is innovating the sports agent field and seems to have a bright future ahead of him.  Good stuff Darren and company!

Marcus Vick's Girlfriend


Here is an article and pictures of Marcus Vick's girlfriend, or what is said to be MV's gf.  The one that got arrested with him for drunk in public recently.  Read my earlier Friday 13th Shabbot Shalom post, about the entire incident and the events that conspired with Delicia Cordon and Marcus. (http://livefromlawschool.blogspot.com/2008/06/shabbot-shalom-friday-13th-weekly-wrap.html#links


Tiger Forces A Playoff

With a birdie on the last hole, Tiger Woods forced an 18 hold playoff with Rocco Mediate for the green jacket. Woods is the #1 ranked player in the world, while Mediate is #158, but with only the two of them having a shot at the titles it really is any mans game.  They tee off today at 11:30 to decide who will take home the U.S. Open. 

 Tiger missed a similar shot last year to send it to a playoff against Angel Cabrera for the title.  Seems he got revenge with his birdie this year, he now has the momentum going into the playoff.



Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Tiger Chase Is On

Tiger Woods tees off today at 1:30. He is at -3 and has a one shot lead over Lee Westwood (-2) going into the last round of the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Tiger is clutch and should be able to follow through and win, even with a considerable amount of pain still coming off knee surgery.

With baseball coverage on all day it is a great Sunday to sit back and watch sports. Watch Tiger win on NBC today, and then tune into game 5 of the Lakers v Celtics in Los Angeles tonight at 9. Can L.A. do the improbable and come back to win the series? It starts with a win tonight.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Who said soccer is not a physical sport?

There are many critics of soccer who believe that it is not a physical sport and that it is played by wussies, specifically in America where football not futbol dominates the airwaves.  Well after a collision in the air occurred between two Romanian teammates, many spectators have changed their opinion.

Romania midfielder Mirel Radoi is set to miss the rest of Euro 2008 after sustaining a serious injury in Friday's 1-1 draw with world champions Italy.  Radoi was taken off on a stretcher after a clash of heads with team mate Razvan Rat in the 24th minute.

"He will require eye surgery and has a broken nose. He will not play against Holland (Tuesday) and is unlikely to play again in the tournament," coach Victor Piturca mentioned at a news conference.

This incident was between two team mates that accidentally collided on a header in the midfield.  This injury occurred because of two hard playing, aggressive team mates, now you can imagine the other injuries that occur between non team mates during the heat of battle.  I have witnessed and read about some brutal ones.  Although soccer players don't wear as much padding as football players, the two sports are both equally dangerous and soccer does not deserve the reputation as a sport for pansies.  Those of you who believe it is not a physical sport have never played soccer before, they probably have not even watched a EPL (English Premiere League) game either or else they would not have this opinion.


Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday the 13th Weekly Update

Shabbot Shalom and yes it is Friday the 13th, spooky isn't it.  Here are some interesting and scary news articles that I have not yet addressed this week.

-  Ex Falcon and NFL standout Michael Vicks's brother, a former Virginia Tech QB Marcus Vick was arrested yet again.  Vick was booked on a DUI charge along with, here goes, citations for driving on the wrong side of the road, driving on a suspended license, evading police, and reckless driving.  As you may know, the Vick brothers have been involved in the legal system before.  This is obviously not the first time Marcus Vick has been on the inside of a jail cell.  He was released from the Virginia Tech football team in January of 2006 for a variety of traffic violations, several on campus incidents and arrests, along with some on the field incidents.  Vick was reportedly in his parked car in Norfolk, VA arguing with his girlfriend, when a bike cop came up and questioned him and asked for his license.  He got spooked and sped away with his girlfriend in the car, he was pulled over minutes later after the bike officer called in his plates.  His gf was charged with drunk in public.  My question is why Marcus? Why?  Talk to the bike officer, don't laugh at him, and get your ticket if anything.  The last thing you do is drive away.  Shouldn't he have learned by now?

-  R. Kelly was acquitted on all counts of child pornography in a Cook County courtroom this Friday the 13th.  The R & B superstar was involved in this high profile courtroom drama for a long time before the jury acquitted him in a 10-2 vote.  The prosecutor had a sex tape with R. Kelley and an underage woman and a third party as the main evidence.  The jurors said that they agreed on some aspects but nothing was conclusive.  The defense was successful in proving with reasonable doubt that the superstar and the underage woman did not engage in any sexual activities, according to the evidence presented.  Although we all know what he really did with his underage girls (thanks to Dave Chappelle and his parodies).

-  Portugal, Croatia, and the Netherlands have all won their group already in the European championship for soccer, Euro 2008.  Only two games have been played so far by the first three groups, the last teams to play their second game play tomorrow.  As Spain plays Sweden in the opener and Russia plays Greece in the later game on Saturday.  Spain dominated their first game and won 4-1, while Sweden beat the defending European champs the Greeks 2-0.

-  Floods from multiple rivers overflowing have caused as many as 10,000 townspeople be driven from their homes.  The rain-swollen Cedar River busted as individuals were forced to abandon everything and head for dry ground.  Citizens took shelter at schools and hotels or moved in with family members outside the town because of the rain and the imminent threat that the river would burst soon.  About 100 miles to the west, officials in Des Moines, urged people in low areas to clear out ASAP or by Friday evening at the latest. The Des Moines River is expected to crest at 8 p.m.  However, officials recently said that a malfunctioning gauge may have led them to overestimate how high it would rise.

-  Wednesday afternoon (6/10/08) the faculty at Stanford Law School after months of deliberation voted to adopt a grade reform proposal which will change the grading system to an honors, pass, restricted credit, no credit system for all semesters/quarters.  Stanford Law has been discussing this option since February and finally made it official for the class of 2011',  current students will have the option of switching to the new grading system or keeping their current numerical grades.  The change makes Stanford LS one of three law schools that grade using this scale.  Yale and University of California at Berkeley are the other two who function using pass/fail grades.  The idea is that individuals graduating from these three institutions are well rounded and knowledgeable about all aspects of the law and would definitely be equipped in the real world as a lawyer if they can manage a passing grade.  Boy would I love to go to Berkeley, especially with that grading system.  I do not believe that it is easier than any regular school without a pass/fail system, I just would love to be a Berkeley graduate and have that reputation while living in the utopia of California.