Friday, September 27, 2013

Malachi's Sports 101



Sports Blogger Malachi
To the sports world at large, I am Malachi and this is Sports 101. I will be giving you the gossip, rumors, and information related to sports that you are dying to hear.







Cal's Defensive Woes


Poor defense and early mistakes placed the California Golden Bears' football team in hole that they couldn’t climb out of, losing to the Ohio State Buckeyes 52-34.

Bears' secondary continue to struggle - SF Gate Photo
Facing Ohio State’s back up quarterback Kenny Guiton, who is known as a runner, Cal chose to test the young quarterback’s accuracy by playing off coverage. Their defensive scheme didn’t effect Guiton from throwing four touchdown passes, including a 90-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith, which is the longest touchdown pass in school history. He played in the absence of star quarterback Braxton Miller who was sideline with a strained MCL. Guiton completed 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards, and added 92 yards rushing.

Cal’s defense couldn’t stop the run, breaking outside containment occasionally, allowing Ohio State's running back Jordan Hall to rush for 168 yards and three touchdowns.

After the Bears started the game with bad snaps, a fumble an interception, and found themselves down 24-7 with 3:45 to go in the first quarter, they remained resilient and pulled themselves back into the game with a 31-20 halftime deficit. Cal’s up an coming freshman quarterback Jared Goff threw three touchdown passes and racked up 371 yards in total passing, just missing his third 400-yard game. Goff showed flashes but also showed his inexperience, missing open targets and throwing into double coverage. He threw a brilliant pass scrambling to his left and hit James Grisom for a touchdown and hit Chris Harper for a 42-yard touchdown later in the game.
The Bears’ defense has allowed at least 500 yards in every game this season.
“I don’t think we’re far off,” said Cal’s head coach Sunny Dykes . “We’re a very young football team…we just got to group up. We’ve got to improve.”
Dykes blame himself and his coaching staff for the loss. He said, “ That falls on us as coaches to coach better and bring our players along and put them in a good position to be successful.”
http://blog.sfgate.com/cal/2013/09/14/cal-ohio-state-recap-football/
video


 Raiders' Defense Showed Up!
The Oakland Raiders’ defense dominated the field, limiting the Jacksonville Jaguars to just three field goals, as they went on to win quarterback Terrell Pryor's first game as a starter 19-9.

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The Raiders’ defense held Jacksonville without a first down for over two and a half quarters, sacking Jacksonville’s quarterback Chad Henne five times, two of the by safety Usama Young.

Running back Darren McFadden had a good game on the ground, rushing for 129 yards on 19 carries. Marcel Reese 11 yard touchdown run.

Pryor led the Raiders into position to make five field goals but kicker Sebastian Janikowski fell short on one, missing from 42 yards out. Pryor also added 50 yards rushing.
http://www.mercurynews.com/raiders/ci_24101799/oakland-raiders-beat-jacksonville-jaguars



Seattle! The 49ers' House of Horror!

49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick struggled in Seattle
The San Francisco 49ers continues to struggle playing in Seattle against a physical team with the 12th man’s crowd noise, falling to the Seattle Seahawks 29-3. They could not establish the run and the pass against last year’s top scoring defense.

Anquan Boldin was limited to one catch for seven yards, mostly covered by Seahawks’ all pro cornerback Richard Sherman. Frank Gore couldn’t get anything going either rushing for only 16 yards. 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw three interceptions and also had a fumble.To add insult to injury, they lost Ian Williams, Ray McDonald, Vernon Davis and Eric Read to injuries in the physical battle won by Seattle.

Kaepernick only completed 13 for 28 pass attempts for 127 yards and the offense only had 207 total yards.

The 49ers shot themselves in the foot, commiting12 penalties for 121 yards, five turnovers, and committed a safety.

Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson didn’t do much either but running back Marshawn Lynch ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

The 49ers will have another chance to beat Seattle in December and they will hopefully have wide receiver Michael Crabtree back to help change their fortunes against their rivals.
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000245252/article/seattle-seahawks-bash-san-francisco-49ers-at-home






Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sergio Romo's New Ice Cream "Only Tastes Illegal"


While pitcher Sergio Romo has been with the San Francisco Giants for five years, the reliever only gained notoriety last postseason as San Francisco surprised the baseball world in their run to the championship.  Romo, formerly a set up man in the shadows of closer Brian Wilson, was one of several "underdog" stars to emerge for the Giants in 2012 (Marco Scutaro being another).

During the Giants' championship parade, Romo gained media attention for donning a t-shirt that said "I Only Look Illegal."  The T-shirt sparked conversation about immigration and belonging.  Romo, raised in Brawley, California, is the son of Mexican farmworkers.  He has spoken against SB 1070 in Arizona and has mentioned personally being stopped by Arizona police.  Regarding the "Illegal" shirt, Romo has been quoted as saying: "I've been humbly put on a stage, a platform, and it was more of a statement to prove it doesn't matter who you are, what you've done in your life, the color of your skin. Everyone should get treated the same."


Yesterday, Romo, in conjunction with organic ice cream company Three Twins, will be sponsoring an ice cream flavor of Mexican chocolate (traditionally made with hints of cinnamon).  The tagline is: "It only tastes illegal."  It will be sold in grocery outlets like Whole Foods.  It'll be interesting to see what conversations follow the promotion of the product.

Thanks to Franklin for the heads-up about this story.

Written by Toni

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area Sports, LatinoSports.com

Sources:

Sergio Romo and Three Twins

Sergio Romo, Team Mexico, and Arizona

Friday, September 20, 2013

CTE: The Settlement Is In

Jae Michael


  People may say that sports and politics don’t mix, but I beg to differ. I know it's hard to believe or to wrap your intellectual mind around it, but sports is part of life and life is one big political issue. 
"Girl Please"
Former 49ers George Visger
Kraig Debro Blogger
Let's just do this…I had a discussion with Kraig Debro the Blogger of Barber Shop 2 and George Visger, former San Fransisco 49ers Lineman, earlier this month at the KPFA studio about some of the NFL players that sued the NFL for compensation from head injuries and a brain disease called CTE.  Now CTE is a disease that some people get from  mutability concussion that you mostly find in football players. Now some of the symptoms from CTE are depression, mood swings, anxiety, memory loss and, in some cases, suicide and murder. Early in the discussion we talk about who should pick up the bill and they both believe the NFL should.

George Visger holding up a pic of his brain
Well, the settlement is in and, yes, the NFL players won their case. 765 millions dollars will be awarded to players and their families that sued the NFL for compensation. Now I wanted to know how much each player is going to receive. So I had George Visger back on the show because he was one of the players that was in that class action lawsuit. He told KPFA that each player was going to received 750 dollars a month over the next 10 years and some of them may be dead before the money is awarded to them.
 Note: If so, I really think that is dead wrong (no pun intended).

Moving on, I do not know if some of these players are on more than just marijuana like crack to flush their dreams and careers down the toilet they work so hard to get. Do you think that some of these players need babysitters until they get old enough to think for themselves? San Francisco 49ers  Aldon Smith was arrested for a DUI after crashing into someone's yard. It was reported that the pro-linebacker was released from jail Friday after his pickup truck apparently struck a tree, and he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana possession. Authorities said that Smith later took to the practice field with his teammates Friday afternoon where he was arrested.


Aldon Smith 49ers Linebacker
Note: The 49ers must be hard up to win the next game (and I know that is not the case) for them not to punish this kid. Aldon needs to take responsibility for his action and not play the game. BTW, the 49ers and the Colts are playing this weekend.

I hope they do something afterwards to help this kid grow up

Tennis and Equal Pay

Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs



Recently, ESPN has run several stories detailing the possibility that Bobby Riggs threw the infamous 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match against Billy Jean King.  According to a source, who has suddenly come out of hiding after forty years, Riggs had a serious gambling problem and, by losing the match, would settle a score with the mob.  The story itself seems somewhat dubious but has been been making headlines.

Billie Jean King has maintained that she beat Riggs fair and square.  One positive, if there is one, that can be garnered from the "fixed game" accusation, is that Billie Jean King's importance to sports and social justice circles has been brought to wider attention.  Last week, the PBS "American Masters" series broadcast a documentary on King's career.  While her accomplishments on the tennis court are numerous (39 Grand Slam titles), her desire to use tennis as an activist platform for diversity and equal pay are just as noteworthy.

In the documentary, King's working-class background is highlighted.  Part of an athletic family, young Billie Jean first took to basketball as a girl before being introduced to tennis by a friend.  Uncomfortable with the country club atmosphere, which was not exactly open to her anyway, Billie Jean learned the fundamentals of tennis in a Long Beach public park as part of a free clinic.  Billie Jean commented: "Where's everybody else?  I don't see people of color.  That's not right."  King recognized that tennis was an elitist sport but also that she could use it as a platform to promote equal access for people of all backgrounds.  One also sees the convergence of race, class and gender in the interviews with an older generation of British women who, in the late 1960s, viewed King as "too competitive."

Billie Jean was also instrumental in the formation of the first (tennis) women's players' union.  The "American Masters" documentary tries to give context to the emerging feminist movement.  The issue of equal pay loomed large in the working world generally.  In tennis, the prize differential between male and female players was enormous, with men often times receiving twice the amount of prize money.  Also covered is the importance of Title IX, which, among other things, resulted in the first college scholarships being offered to female athletes.  Much was on the line when Riggs challenged Billie Jean to the match (Riggs had already defeated Margaret Court) and King rose to the occasion.

Serena and Venus Williams
Venus and Serena Williams are part of a newer generation of players who expressed their admiration for King's activism.  As children, the Williams sisters were part of World Team Tennis, a group King started.  Venus herself has been a leading figurehead for equal prize money allocation.  While players have mobilized over this issue for four decades, equal pay was only awarded at Wimbledon and the French Open during the past six years.

Written by Toni

Photo Credits: ESPN

Sources:

American Masters: Billie Jean King

ESPN: Bobby Riggs

ESPN: Venus Williams and Equal Pay

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

News From Around the NHL: G Tim Thomas Given Try Out with Florida Panthers

Photo Credit: TSN CA
 One of the most controversial hockey players of the past few years has been goaltender Tim Thomas.  In January of 2012, he made headlines by refusing to go to Boston's Stanley Cup celebration with President Obama (no other player missed the event).  At the time, Thomas cited his disapproval of the government.  Thomas also refused to play last season, leaving the Bruins and Islanders on the hook for his contract.

This year, the Florida Panthers have decided to invite Thomas to their pre-season camp.  Thomas boasts a pedigree (two Vezinas and a Conn Smythe) the Panthers, who gave up the most goals in the NHL last season, cannot pass up on.

Thomas brings to mind another Tim: Tim Tebow.  One main difference would be that, arguably, Tebow doesn't have the consistency or versatility to be a professional athlete.  Thomas, on the other hand, has shown longevity by virtue of a fourteen year NHL career (with time in the Finnish leagues, as well).  Like Tebow with Focus on the Family, Thomas also has a conservative affiliation: the Tea Party.  And, arguably, both have been praised -- and perhaps protected -- because of their right-wing politics.  Tebow has been given chance after chance to be a regular in the NFL.  We'll see what happens with Thomas.  At age 39, time is not on his side.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Introduction

The Shark Tank, AKA the HP Pavilion; Image Courtesy of USA Today

Hi everyone, this is Toni.  I'm one of the bloggers on Jae Michael's KPFA Sports and Politics blog.  My biggest interest is in hockey, especially the NHL.  I plan to cover the goings on of the San Jose Sharks, whose season starts in about a month.  I will also write about other sports every now and then. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Protest Against Washington NFL Team This Sunday

Image Courtesty of SB Nation
 
While Bay Area NFL fans will be tuning in this Sunday to see how the 49ers and Raiders fare, there might be another game that will interest folks.  This Sunday, members of Oneida Nation will be protesting the Green Bay Packers game against Washington.

Recently, journalists from the Washington Post, USA Today, and Forbes magazine (in addition to other outlets) have come on record as opposing the use of the term the Washington NFL team uses to label itself.  The "R word" is known as a derogatory term, though some claim otherwise. 

A month ago, there was a protest in Oakland in opposition the visiting Cleveland MLB team.  For me, the timing of the protests is interesting.  While groups have opposed the use of indigenous people as mascots for many years (and the ugly politics behind such an act), it seems as if more members of the mainstream media are finally taking a stand. 

Whether or not we will see coverage of Oneida Nation's protest during the Sunday NFL broadcasts is another story.

Image Courtesy of AIM-WEST

Oneida Nation: Change the Mascot

Written by Guest Blogger: Toni

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hockey and the Politics of the Sochi Winter Olympics

Image Courtesy of NHLPA
Compared to last NHL offseason, this year's offseason has been pretty quiet.  The 2012 offseason bore witness to a few blockbuster trades and a big splash made in free agency.  On top of that, the NHL experienced its first prolonged lockout since 2004-2005.  The lockout, which lasted 113 days, was resolved this past January and resulted in victories for both the owners and the players' union, the NHLPA.  The players lost 7% of hockey-related market shares but were able to secure pensions (among other points of the CBA).  As many of us have learned from the BART strike earlier in the summer, pensions remain a contentious bargaining point between unions and management.  We're living in a time where pensions are becoming extremely rare and are more likely to be being phased out with 401K plans.  Interestingly enough, in the world of professional sports, (player) pensions are actually much more common than in private or even public sector jobs.

That's not to say this offseason hasn't been without its drama. The face of Ottawa's franchise for many years, forward Daniel Alfredsson, left for Detroit and shocked the Senators fanbase and management (with Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk weighing in and blaming agent J.P. Barry for his former captain's departure).  Ilya Kovalchuk, who had signed a seventeen-year, one hundred million dollar contract with the New Jersey Devils in 2010, retired from the NHL in the prime of his career to play for the Eastern Europe-based KHL.  Despite this notable news, the biggest story of the 2013 NHL offseason has been the politics behind the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

While the 2014 Winter Olympics were awarded to Russia years ago, things took a strange turn this summer.  In June, the Russian Duma passed legislation that criminalizes queer visibility.  How precisely this will impact the Russian populace remains to be seen.  Mother Jones and many other media outlets have reported on the homophobic assaults that took place in Russia this past summer, so the ripple effects are disturbing thus far.  In addition, the wording of the problematic law explicit references expensive fines and jail time for not only openly queer people but their allies as well.  This has wider implications for the sports world because Russian legislators have publicly stated they will arrest openly queer athletes and tourists during the Winter Olympics.  While there are currently no "out" NHL players, the NHL has recently made important strides towards curbing homophobia via its affiliation with the "You Can Play" campaign.  Perhaps the biggest ally of this group has been new Calgary Flames GM Brian Burke.  "You Can Play" was formed in memory of Burke's son Brendan, a queer hockey player, as a way to promote acceptance of queer athletes in and outside the locker room.  It will be interesting to see how "You Can Play" responds to the Sochi Olympics, given their mission statement references "work[ing] to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete."  Regarding the Winter Olympics, Brian Burke has recently penned an editorial in Sports Illustrated critiquing the Russian law.  He commented that "...left unchecked, this sort of bigotry will only escalate. The rest of the world cannot bear silent witness."

Earlier this summer, various high-profile athletes from Bay Area professional sports teams participated in a "You Can Play" PSA.  Among them were San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton.  Forward Tommy Wingels, a former teammate of Brendan Burke, has also been vocal in his support of the project.  Recently, several NHL players vocalized their opposition to what's unfolding in Russia, among them Sidney Crosby, Henrik Zetterberg, Zach Parise, David Backes, and Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle.

Image Courtesy of CBS Sports
Some activists like actor Harvey Fierstein have called for a boycott of the Olympic Games (that is, complete U.S. withdrawal from participation).  But as a recent New York Times article has shown, the economics behind "ethical consumption" are complex.  The vodka Stolichnaya, for instance, has been targeted for boycott.  While some of the grain acquired to make the alcohol does come from Russia, a boycott would, in fact, hurt the Latvian workforce, as the liquor is mostly produced in Riga (not in Russia, as activists have believed).  Boycotts where consumers can pinpoint where their money is or isn't going are likely to be more successful.  Sports writer Dave Zirin has also noted that a boycott would punish athletes who may not necessarily agree with a government's human rights policies.

While many NHL athletes are saying the right thing, I do feel players could do more to push the issue.  Last NFL season, it was fun to see Chris Kluwe (briefly with the Oakland Raiders) write some eviscerating responses to a homophobic Maryland politician.  It's likely that the politics of the Sochi Games will intensify closer to the start date of the Winter Olympics.  With the "Boycott Sochi" campaign losing steam, it's looking more and more likely that an athlete will be unable to resist using the platform of the Olympics to make a powerful statement.

Written by Toni, Guest Blogger
Image Courtesy of Flickr

Sources:

NHL Lockout: CBA Gives Players Defined Pension Plans

You Can Play - Bay Area Athletes

Mother Jones: Sochi Olympics

Sports Illustrated: Brian Burke Editorial

New York Times: Russian Boycott

Dave Zirin: Gay Rights and Sochi Boycott Movement




Tuesday, September 10, 2013

All In The Day Of Sports







Hey, let's just do it! People may say that sports and politics don’t mix, but I beg to differ. I know it's hard to believe or to wrap your intellectual mind around it, but sports is part of life and life is one big political issue. 
 "Girl Please"









Let's come right out the gate! You all heard this one?

Patriots owner Robert Kraft Told the whole world that he "love[s] Tim Tebow"

CBS Sports:

“I love Tim Tebow and I very much wanted him on the team." If you look at four of the last five years, we’ve
only carried two quarterbacks. And when a cut-down time comes, you need those last three or four positions for depth, and we happen to have, I think, the finest quarterback in the history of the game, and he’s not going off the field except by injury. We have a great second-string quarterback. When he came in he came in as the third quarterback and we were all rooting for him…. And life takes funny turns, so no one knows what’s going to happen in the future, but whatever he does I know he’s going to be a great success off the field and I’m rooting for him to get his opportunity on the field as well.”
 
All he missing is flowers and candy.
We know that Tee Bow gives off such good energy to the team.

Later in the interview, Charlie Rose noted that Kraft should be Tebow’s agent. Kraft responded: “Well, I’d love to be. I’d love to be his agent.”
 Why don't you give him some flowers and candy.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/09/patriots-owner-robert-kraft-professes-love-for-tim-tebow/

 IN THE BAY:

Yeah, that's right. Anthony Dixion is keeping is number 24 . "I do not want your money. No you are not going to keep my number 24," Dixion said to Nnamdi Asomugha. Nnamdi offered Dixion $24,000 to keep the number 24, the number he wore during training camp. They both were walking around looking like twins during turning season. Well training camp is over and there will be only one #24 and right now, that’s Dixion.

“I worked hard to get that number when I first got here,” Dixion said. “I worked hard to get it off somebody else. I’ve been No. 24 since high school and college. I’m not ready to sell it, yet.”

Nnamdi Asomugha
Anthony Dixion
Nnamdi Asomugha
Anthony Dixion


Wow, they just look-a-like; I cannot tell them apart.      LOL

KOBE'S PIMPED OUT RIDE IS NOW BACK ON THE AUCTION BLOCK 


1963 Chevrolet

 Kobe's 1963 Chevrolet is up on eBay.
Kobe and Vanessa and Their Daughters
Kobe's wife Vanessa had gotten his Chevrolet ride tricked out by the guys from "Pimp My Ride" for a  Christmas present  in 2006; now it's back on the auction block.  Kobe got rid of it earlier this year.  Now, the new owner put it on eBay with a 6-figure price tag: $100,000.  The car was completely disassembled prior to paint and reassembled using new glass, re-plated chrome and new stainless steel trim pieces. Very recent tuneup and complete battery Replacement  Sale Includes Bryant's Registration, Insurance Card and Title for this Vehicle. The car, obviously, houses an eight-cylinder engine, a 327 cubic inch noisemaker that produced 275 horsepower in its day. There are just 23,000 miles on the odometer.
The car also comes with Vanessa's old registration card and Kobe's State Farm insurance card

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2013/09/04/kobe-bryant-chevy-impala-lowrider-for-sale/#ixzz2e3hgLefh
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Bryant’s custom 1963 Chevrolet Impala hit the virtual auction block on eBay on Wednesday, and the ride isn’t short on cool features. The ride was a Christmas gift to Bryant from his wife, Vanessa, in 2006. She had the car customized by West Coast Customs, the guys famous for transforming cars on the MTV show Pimp My Ride. The whip features a powerful V8 engine, custom 13-inch wheels, white leather seats with crystals on them, a custom sound system and hydraulics. If all those features aren’t cool enough for you, the custom paint job is a blend of “House of Kolor Purple” and royal blue — fit for a king. The car was even featured in Lowrider Magazine in Nov. 2007.

Read more at: http://nesn.com/2013/09/kobe-bryants-tricked-out-63-chevrolet-impala-built-by-west-coast-customs-up-for-sale-on-ebay-photos/

Bryant’s custom 1963 Chevrolet Impala hit the virtual auction block on eBay on Wednesday, and the ride isn’t short on cool features. The ride was a Christmas gift to Bryant from his wife, Vanessa, in 2006. She had the car customized by West Coast Customs, the guys famous for transforming cars on the MTV show Pimp My Ride. The whip features a powerful V8 engine, custom 13-inch wheels, white leather seats with crystals on them, a custom sound system and hydraulics. If all those features aren’t cool enough for you, the custom paint job is a blend of “House of Kolor Purple” and royal blue — fit for a king. The car was even featured in Lowrider Magazine in Nov. 2007.

Read more at: http://nesn.com/2013/09/kobe-bryants-tricked-out-63-chevrolet-impala-built-by-west-coast-customs-up-for-sale-on-ebay-photos/

Malachi's Sports 101






Malachi-Sports Blogger
To the sports world at large, I am Malachi and this is Sports 101. I will be giving you the 411, the gossip, and the insight into the big games. FYI, I BLEED SPORTS! Let's Go!










 Can Someone Throw The Only Punch But Still Lose The Fight?

Matthews' illegal hit on Kaepernick - Fox Sports Photo
Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers must have been watching too much MMA fighting the way he choked slammed San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he was clearly out of bounds. The play led to a 49er-Packer scrummage on the sideline. 49ers' Head Coach  Jim Harbough questioned Matthews manhood in response to his illegal hit on his quarterback. He said, "If you're going to go to the face, come with the knuckles, not an open slap!" Kaepernick wasn't fazed by Matthews' behavior saying, " If intimidation is your game plan, I hope you have a better one!"

There was so much hype surrounding the game because Matthews told ESPN Radio that the Packers planned to hit Kaepernick as much as possible. Kaepernick left a sour taste in the Packers mouth by setting a post season record against them in the 2013 divisional round of the playoffs, by rushing for 181 yards against them.

Well, the Packers did stop Kaepernick from running, but little did they know that he also was a gun slanger. Kaepernick picked apart Green Bay's secondary, throwing for 412 yards and three touchdowns. The Packers may have won the fight, but the 49ers won the game 34-28.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/gameflash/2013/09/08/5413/index.html?xid=si_nfl

Blame It On The Alcohol!
Candlestick Park

Why do sports fans get drunk at games? How can you actually enjoy a game piss drunk? It only can increase your chances of doing something that you will probably regret. Well, it is too late for a 49er fan to have regrets, because it was reported that a the fan fell to his death at the 49er-Packer game, five minutes after kick-off. Witnesses say that the man appeared drunk before he fell.

This is a good reason why the NFL should ban
alcohol at games or limit one's alcohol consumption. However, knowing the NFL, they are not going to give up their alcohol endorsement money because a fan fell to his death while intoxicated. Once again, it's like Puff Daddy's song says, "it's all about the Benjamins Baby!
http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-living/ci_24046391/fan-falls-dies-at-49ers-packers-game-sf

Fakers Never Prosper

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones
Have you ever heard of the saying "fake it till you make it?" Well the New York Giants adopted that philosophy in their game plan against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night. The Giants had multiple injuries during the game and it looked suspicious when Defensive Tackle Cullin Jenkin went down with an injury while the Cowboys were in their hurry up offense. Cowboy's tight end Jason Witten was seen talking to an official saying, "They're faking, they're faking!" Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones also accused the Giants of faking, saying, "I didn't know everybody could. It was so obvious it was funny. It wasn't humorous because we really wanted the advantage and knew we could get it if we could get the ball snapped."

It is believed that the Giants were faking injuries to slow down the Cowboys hurry up offense to give them rest and to allow defensive substitutions.

Well, the Cowboys went on to score on that drive and win the game anyway.
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/cowboys-players-owner-jerry-jones-accuse-giants-faking-133239012--nfl.html



Friday, September 6, 2013

Malachi's Sports 101



Malachi - Sports Blogger
  
To the sports world at large, I am Malachi and this is Sports 101. I will be educating you about issues surrounding sports from my perspective and giving you insight into the big games.










Is Marijuana A Part of Recovery? 

J.R. Smith
The NBA announced Friday that New York Knicks' guard J.R. Smith has been suspended for five games without pay for violating the NBA Anti-Drug Program.The length of the suspension seems to indicate it was over marijuana.

I guess we can assume that he likes a substance that is green and sticky, although the league did not discuss the manner in which he violated.

Smith has been suspended many times in the past. He was even suspended for a car crash that killed a passenger in 2007 that resulted in a 90 day prison sentence.

Although Smith will miss a part of the season due to his off-season knee surgery, the league will activate the suspension as soon as he is cleared to play. Well, Knicks fans shouldn't trip because Carmelo Anthony doesn't mind hot dogging, scoring 40 points per game but yet losing in the first round of the playoffs.
http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/9641573/jr-smith-new-york-knicks-suspended-violation-nba-drug-policy



Harbaugh Is Protecting 'Kap'

Jim Harbaugh
San Francisco 49ers' head coach, Jim Harbaugh, is already playing offense for his team, seeking clarity with the league's officials about quarterback hits when running the read-option.

Well a video has been released by the vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino, explaining that quarterbacks will be treated as running backs when running the read-option plays.

"The quarterback and the running back, they're both treated as runners. We don't know who has the football, we don't know who's going to take it, so both players are treated as runners," Blandino said.

However, he also when on to say that if the quarterback is outside the pocket, he is clearly out of the play and he cannot be unnecessarily contacted.

Harbaugh knows that he must protect Colin Kaepernick in the game against Green Bay because of the Packers' outside line backer Clay Matthews' statements on ESPN radio, claiming the way to defend the read-option is to hit the quarterback every time he fakes the run.

"Before he's declared to being a runner, he should be afforded the protection that all quarterbacks are afforded until he declares and gets out of the pocket and starts running with the ball or running an option or carrying out a bootleg and attempting to run or pass when he's outside the pocket," Coach Harbough said.

Well, if I was Harbaugh I would be concerned too after the way Kaepernick ran all over the Packers in last year's divisional round of the playoffs. Kaepernick set a NFL postseason record for quarterback rushing yards in a game, rushing for 181 yards against the Packers.
http://espn.go.com/blog/san-francisco-49ers/post/_/id/275/clarity-shouldnt-change-49ers-mindset?ex_cid=espnapi_public


NBA Player Arrested

Jared Sullinger
Can you imagine if there was an NBA episode of cheaters? Well,if a camera was present during the latest NBA player's domestic abuse, you would have seen it.

Jared Sullinger has recently bailed out of jail for $5,000 for pinning his girlfriend to the bed and to the floor, and for snatching and smashing her cellphone when she tried to call the police. The police report claims that Sullinger's girlfriend "tried several times to get up, but he kept pinning her down and would not let her up."

The assault to place after his girlfriend accused him of cheating on her.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/celtics/2013/09/03/boston-celtics-jared-sullinger-arrested/2758317/


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Malachi's Sports 101


Malachi's Sports 101
 
To the sports world at large, I am Malachi and this is Sports 101! I will be educating you about issues surrounding sports from my perspective and giving you insight into the big games.



Class is now in session!                                                                             





Iverson's Life Struggles!



Allen Iverson headshot.jpg
Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson was my favorite player to watch during his best years in the NBA with his corn rolls, tattoos, speed, and his ankle breaking crossovers. He won scoring titles, a MVP award, had a good endorsement deal with Reebok, and the reason why the league changed the dress code in the NBA with his baggie jeans and his expensive chains' bling blinging. He mad over $150 million in his career in contract money and was sitting on top of the world. However, the difference between me and one of my favorite players, A.I., is that I would have to be the one to treat him to a combo meal at Mac Donald's because he is flat out broke.

"I don't even have money for a cheeseburger," Iverson shouted to his former wife, Tawanna, in a divorce proceeding in 2012. Tawanna responded by giving him $61.

Reports suggest that Iverson lived as he would never run out of money and now is in debt to multiple establishments.Former teammates have tried to reach out to him with advice but he would not respond.

The good news is Iverson will receive 30 million dollars when he is 55 due to his Reebok trust fund if he can manage to make till then.

Well, until then Iverson, the hamburger is on me! Read more at http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2013/04/allen-iverson-says-he-doesn't-have-money-for-a-burger-disturbing-details-emerge/#6Apljb6LPFoKhqUZ.99 


  





49ers doesn't have no worries!
 
ESPN Photo-Quentin Patton scoring against the Chargers
Just when you thought the San Francisco 49ers was going to struggle at the receiver position, boom, Quentin Patton exploded to the scene like the earth did according to Charles Darwin's Big Bang Theory.


The 2013 fourth round draft pick continued to make plays during the final two preseason games, scoring on a slant that he took to the house for a 43 yard touchdown. 'I just tried to make a play," Patton commented post-game. 'Kap' believed in me...I'm just trying to make him happy."

Patton may have secured the number two receiver role after his preseason performance. The wide receiver depth chart will look like this until Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham comes back: Anquan Boldin, Marlon Moore, Kyle Williams, Quentin Patton, and Jon Baldwin.








Raiders Going Young!


ESPN Photo-Terrelle Pryor
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that in a rebuilding year you must see what your young players can do on the field. Well, I guess Oakland Raider head coach Dennis Allen is a rocket scientist because he is going with young athletic quarterback Terrelle Pryor to start against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

"When you see Terrelle in a game he just looks faster than the other players on the field," Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson commented after the Chicago Bears defeated the Raiders in the last preseason game. " He is a tremendous athlete, and he's got the ability to make plays. Right now we're looking for play makers."

The Raiders have nothing to lose in playing Pryor, but everything to gain. He is either going to grow into a quarterback like Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, or the Raiders will know they need to look elsewhere as they continue to develop young talent.

I'm rooting for young Pryor to succeed because the Bay Area would be rocking and rolling with two exciting quarterbacks shaking the Bay's bridges from Oakland to San Francisco. Kaepernick is doing his part, now Pryor has to read his options in his offense.









News and Notes:

Chris Harper
49ers signed wide receiver Chris Harper, Seattle's 2013 fourth round pick, who the Seahawks decided to part ways with. The 49ers envision using him as a tight-end.
 
Quarterback Tim Tebow was released by the New England Patriots.

Quarterback Vince Young was released by the Green Bay Packers.