Tuesday, September 30, 2008

OKC Thunder


September 3rd was the day that Clay Bennett and many Oklahoma City basketball fans were waiting for. After a Judge trial and much deliberation athletes and fans finally got to find out what the team name will be.  After much deliberation, the fans and team officials have decided to go with the OKC "Thunder."  

Since announcing the new team name and colors, the Thunder officially announced that the new stadium has sold out of season tickets in only five days, something which would have never been possible in Seattle the past several years.  This begs to question whether Bennett was right when he moved the franchise from Seattle for financial and other reasons.

You can check out the teams new website to see Oklahoma Cities new jersey's, team colors (light blue, orange and black) and mascot.  

SportsAgentBlog.com has been updating our readers from the beginning of the trial all the way to where we are now. This is just another piece of the puzzle, as former owner Howard Schultz STILL has a lawsuit pending against Bennett to take back over the team.  This lawsuit is backed up in the courts until sometime in 2009, although Schultz is looking to expedite the process anyway possible.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Clemens In MORE Trouble


Roger Clemens is not the only one in the family who is causing trouble legally. His son
Koby Clemens and two Salem Avalance teammates were arrested about a month ago in Virginia at a bar.  Clemens and team mates were at Mac 'n' Bobs in Sunny Salem, VA after a game when the police were called to intervene.

ESPN's originally reported that Clemens and his teammates were stuck in a VA jail after a disturbance at the local bar.  The police statement said that about 50 people were in the parking lot of Mac and Bob's restaurant when officers arrived around 2 a.m to see young Clemens get taken away.  Those 50 people consisted of the entire population of individuals 21 or older that attend Roanoke College.  

In a news release by the AP, police said Koby Clemens, Mark Ori and Jimmy Goethals were arrested after police were called to the parking lot of a restaurant for a fight or a call of a potential fight. Clemens and Ori were charged with disorderly conduct. Goethals was charged with assault and battery.  All three were held in the Roanoke County-Salem Jail before being released on bond the next day.

The three play for the Salem Avalanche, which played its final game of the season Monday Septmber 1st, in Lynchburg against in state rivals the Lynchburg Hillcats.  Salem is the farm team for the Houston Astros.  The Astros have not officially commented yet, saying only that they were attempting to sort out the circumstances leading to arrest of the three players in their farm system.

Ricky Bennett, assistant general manager/director of player development for the Astros was quoted saying, "Based on the feedback and information we get from the court appearance, we will make a decision as to what disciplinary action will be taken."


Monday, September 22, 2008

Rosenhaus Strikes Again

Plaxico Burress signed a 5 year contract extension with Giants before this season kicked off.  Superagent Drew Rosenhaus orchestrated another great contract extension for his client.  Plax was going to make $3.5 million this season, but now he will earn $11 milion for the defending Super Bowl Champions.  

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The House That Ruth Built

Today, Sunday, is a sad day, as it is the last game at fabled Yankee Stadium. The pinstripes can be found next season across the street at the new billion dollar Yankee Stadium. Tonight at Seven, ESPN will cover the final game at "the house that Ruth built," as the Yank's play the Toronto Blue Jays.

I have been a life-long Yankee, fan growing up in NY, and watching quite a few games at the old stadium. Today is a day of mixed emotions with the closing of the old stadium, and the begining of a new era with the newly constructed stadium. Yankee Stadium has a classic history including 26 World Championship rings, a super bowl, a Beetles concert, Josh Hamilton breaking the HR Derby record, the Pope has spoken there, not to mention many, many, amazing baseball games between the Yankee's and opponents. It is sad to see this great venue's last game, however the new and improved Yankee Stadium looks HUGE and better be worth the billions the Yanks and taxpayers in NY are paying for it.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

New Gym Class Heroes


My anthem for the past week or so here in Michigan has been the new Gym Class Heroes CD. It is a great new CD that is a lot different than their previous CD. It features a lot of other artists collaborating together on this CD and has more of an upbeat hip hop rythem to it. I wish I could share the CD on this website but I had better stay away from anything illegal in the music industry. The CD came out shortly ago, I believe, and is well worth purchasing. It is one of those CD's where you can listen to it from song number 1 all the way through and not have to press skip. My favorite songs are Like Father, Like Son, Cookie Jar, Catch Me If You Can, and Drunk Text Romeo.

The new Nelly CD is pretty good, along with the latest some of Kanye's latest hits-Love Lockdown.
However, I keep hearing this T.I. song every time I g
o out.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Eddie Royal Is SICK Nasty


After an amazing first game in the NFL, Eddie Royal the Broncos rookie from Va Tech decided to do step up big again. With the game on the line against the Chargers this week, Royal was solid on the last drive of the game for Denver, hauling in 4 catches that drive alone. Royal was able to hold on to a Jay Cutler bullet pass in the end zone on 4th down to allow the Broncos to go for two points to win the game. It was then Eddie Royal, again who ran the same GO route (Get Open), and caught the two point conversion, winning the game for the Broncos.

Although, I believe that the Broncos should not have even had that opportunity to win the game, because of a blown call that the great referee
Ed Hochuli admitted to. Eddie still showed his maturity and was able to hang tough and win the game in only his second NFL outing. The blown call was the second time in the game that replay failed for San Diego. I would be pissed if I was Norv Turner, this game should have been over with a San Diego fumble recovery, not an Eddie Royal two point conversion. The badass Chargers now fall to 0-2 and play my JETS on Monday Night Football this coming Monday. This game should be a good one. Hopefully LT will be all healed up and ready to play. If not the Chargers will be in big trouble not only on Monday night, but for the rest of the season.

Brandon Marshall caught a Broncos franchise record 18 balls from Cutler on Sunday and was two away from Terrell Owens San Francisco record of 20 catches in a game. Although Marshall was back from his suspension and seemed to be the main target, Royal had a HUGE impact on the game with his speed and ability to run behind screens. He is a great second receiver behind Marshall and gives the 2-0 Broncos a very lethal offense. Since Cutler is emerging as a solid QB with a strong arm, Denver certainly seems like one of the top team to chase out west. And Eddie Royal is the main talk of the town so far in Denver.

Royal is sick and it is about time he gets his praise. His performance this week proves that he can still be the man, even when Marshall is back.

Monday, September 15, 2008

I'm BACK


After almost a week long hiatus, I am finally back to writing/ blogging again. I have officially started my third week of Law School as a 1L. That is certainly to blame for my lack of updates. I am getting used to the amount of work and the new schedule I am adopting to. It has been some time now (maybe even Freshman year at Roanoke College), when I last had a 9AM class. This semester I have three of them. So getting adjusted to waking up early has been a real treat. I usually do a lot of my genius thinking late at night, but now I am adjusting my schedule so I can go to bed earlier in order to make it to class.

My plan this semester is to attend every class. In undergraduate I missed way to many classes, partly because of soccer road games but they still were unexcused, and lowered my final grade for no reason. That really made me mad, and now I am planning on changing that. I also figured out that it costs me about $500 or more each 3 hour class (including all the fin aid and loans I am taking out for school and for room and board and such). At that price per class, I can not afford to miss one. Another great thing is that I find the information to be extremely interesting and I love the Socratic style of learning, so why would I miss a class? I see it as a stepping stone to something bigger and better in the future.

Anyways, it is good to be back and writing again. I am going to read a little Torts before I go to bed. I have class at night tomorrow and can sleep in a little. Or I will try to sleep, until Mak the Puggle jumps on my head and wakes me up. I will talk more about law school and some sports tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Law School Applications Decline

According to the Daily Bruin, UCLA's newspaper, the total number of applicants to apply to law school is down for the second year in a row.  What a time to go to law school ay?  You would think that a smaller amount of applicants would make it easier to get into law school, when exactly the opposite has happend.  The economy is in a decline and I believe it is a great time to get a professional degree, such as a Juris Doctorate.  I'm glad I'm in law school currently, hopefully the economy will be fine again when I get out.  If not, the world always needs good lawyers, or agents in my case.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

ROYAL Treatement For Denver



Denver's rookie wide out Eddie Royal had a HUGE night on Monday Night Football. The ex Hokie wide out was my fantasy sleeper this year, and he showed why in his first game in the NFL. Royal was the star of the game on Monday as he helped the Broncos beat the Oakland Raiders 41-14. Royal had a touchdown and 144 total yards, the most out of any wide receiver in week one. Which also means that Eddie Royal leads the NFL in receiving yards.

The Former Hokie wide receiver signed with Denver for a guaranteed $2.25 million, and a total package coming in at around $3.9 million over four years. Royal had been wearing No.
3 during off season camps, but is now donning No. 19.

Hokie fans like me have been watching Royal dominate for years. He holds the VaTech record for total all purpose yards in a career. I think he could have been a better player in college if Beamer and the Hokies used him correctly. The Broncos ran a lot of quick routes for Royal, they also did plenty of screens and quick plays to take advantage of Royals speed. While he had a good Hokie career, Beamer did not get him the ball enough. His most exciting plays came on the punt and kick off returns, when Eddie would fly by everyone, dazzling the crowd and the other team. At Tech he had too many deep routes, and not enough short routes or screens where he can take advantage of his size and strength. I am glad that the Broncos staff knows how to use him appropriately. That clearly showed in the first game, as Eddie was the go to receiver for Jay Cutler. He also is a great blocker for a rookie wide out, and the best punt returner I've
seen in a while. He is comparable to Pacman.

With Brandon Marshall coming back to the Broncos lineup the next week, I believe the Broncos will be even deadlier on offense. This does not necessarily mean that Eddie will get less touches, especially after his performance Monday night. I believe he will still be used frequently on WR screens and as a deep threat. Teams will cover Marshall because he is more well known, leaving Eddie in single coverage. His speed will easily allow him to beat whoever is guarding him (like former Hokie and NFL All Pro DeAngelo Hall), and his route running abilities will only improve with more time in the league. On top of all of that he is actually a pretty nice guy. Keep it up Eddie, your representing the Hokies great, unlike the Vick's.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Instant Replay Now MLB

Instant replay has been talked about for a while now, but it finally will be instituted in Major League Baseball. It officially was instituted this past Thursday, September 4th, and saw action opening night. The first questionable call came when Alex Rodriguez of the Yankee's banged one off the foul pole. The officials originally called it a home run, only to review it after Tampa Bay appealed.

It took only 3 and a half minutes for the officials to view the play and discuss it, only to affirm their original call of a home-run. So, the instant replay system appears to have done its job this first time.

I believe instant replay on close call such as this one and on other close plays in baseball is a good thing. Although it stalls and wastes some time, it is better to get a big call correct, and not have it affect the overall outcome of the game. The 3 minutes that went were well worth the result of a
home run call being affirmed.

Friday, September 5, 2008

You Gotta Know When To Hold Em', Know When To Fold Em, Know When To Walk Away


The NL leading Chicago Cubs are up for sale. The surging Cubs have looked great lately, despite the teams unlucky history over the past 100 years. Making their stock the highest it has been at in a while. The owners of the Cubs, the Chicago Tribune company is in HUGE debt from taking their many companies private, along with a recent spree of high priced signings. They are now looking to crawl out of that hole by selling off their assets: which are the Chicago Cubs baseball team, Wrigley Field and the Tribunes share in a Sports Channel.

The Tribune owns
23 television stations and 11 newspapers total. Officials at the Chicago Tribune have said that they would like to sell their entire company before selling off individual pieces. The company is looking for at least a billion dollars for the three aforementioned assets.

Sports fanatic and billionaire Marc Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is one of the many individuals that are extremely interested in purchasing this package from the Tribune. Many MLB owners have expressed their dissent with Cuban purchasing the team. However, the Tribune has not rejected Cuban as a possible owner. He already has offered the tribune over a billion dollars, but has not heard any official word yet.

Although Cuban seems to be the lead candidate so far, many others have expressed their interest. Donald Trump's name has even been rumored as a possibility. A
nother potential is a group including Hank Aaron, Former GOP VP candidate Jack Kemp, and Andrew Murstein, a NYC taxi mogul who is the engineer behind the groups collaboration.

Here are some other potential owners, according to
Sports Business Digest and ESPN.

  • John Canning Jr. who heads up a private equity firm

  • Joe Richards from Ameritrade

  • Don Lewis, Owner of the minor league Hockey club Chicago Wolves

  • Rocco Landsman (owns several Broadway theaters)

  • Leo Hinday a private equity firm head and the former head of the YES! Network

  • Jerry Colangelo, former D-Backs, Suns owner

  • Bill Murray, actor
  • Don Levin, Chicago Wolves owner (minor-league hockey)



Thursday, September 4, 2008

USC Trojan Wars


The Trojans are now number One in the nation, after this Saturday's games. The #2 USC Trojans as of last week, travelled to Charlottesville and annihilated a mediocre UVA team to move up past Georgia in the rankings. The Bulldogs won 45-21 against Georgia Southern and somehow moved down to the number two spot in the land.

USC looked great in their win. A once, injured Mark Sanchez had a great game, and USC's endless backfield looked dangerous as ever. McKnight, was unreal but with the other great players in the backfield, he seemed to barely touch the ball.

Despite all that I still can not believe that UGA moved down to #2 in the rankings.  They did not lose.  They won by 24 points and STILL moved downward in the rankings.  I can understand the point that UGA played a team that was not good at all, but the people who rank teams know the schedule plenty of time in advance.  They knew they were going to play a lesser quality opponent so why penalize them after the first game, after a win?  The rankings at this point are pointless so no worries, but it still was ridiculous to see UGA move down after a win, after ALL the hype about the bulldogs in the preseason.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Take Off The Red Shirt Tyrod


I started writing this post as I was watching the Hokie game this Saturday...."Maybe red shirting Tyrod Taylor was not such a good idea after all. Virginia Tech lost yesterday to East Carolina. Senior QB Sean Glennon did not have a good game at all, throwing two picks."

Just when I was about to post it early this week, I saw this article on ESPN. The article explains how Beamer is NOT going to red shirt Tyrod anymore. Maybe Frank can read my mind or maybe he isn't as stupid as I thought.

I originally was in favor of the red shirt for Ty. Giving the Hokies something to look forward to in the future. But after watching Glennon vs ECU I had flashbacks of the old Hokie days with QB's like Maurice Deshazo, Jim Druckenmiller, and Grant Noel.  The Hokies need someone who can make plays when the young receivers get lazy and can't get open.  Tyrod can make stuff happen and has that running presence that will make defenses on endge.  This will help the Hokies tremendously.  Glennon will still get some snaps but I believe the two quarterback system will be back at Tech.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My Dream Car



The Maserati GranTurismo is my dream car. I plan on getting a silver Maserati with red leather interior, and nice Bose speakers. Although the 2009 Maserati costs $110,000 American dollars, I'm still not shooting this dream down yet. Here are some picks of my new whip in 2020....

Monday, September 1, 2008

Pats Faulk Suspended For Drugs


New England Patriots RB Kevin Faulk was suspended for the opening game of the NFL season against the Kansas City Chiefs. Faulk recently pled no contest to a misdemeanor marijuana charge he received in Louisiana in July. Faulk was ordered a year of probation for his misdemeanor charge.He was issued a summons for possession of marijuana from a Lil' Wayne concert at the Cajundome in February.

This will not matter to the Patriots too much. They have a slew of RB's to replace the former LSU party animal and this being Faulk's first time offense he will not be fined or investigated further. Next time you go see Lil' Wayne party differently Kevin. Maroney will be happy you're out for a game and can give him some more carries.