This morning’s breakfast club radio show inspired me to talk about my views on cockiness today. Charlemagne the God said this morning that cocky people does not bother him, but they have to back up the talk or they'll definitely get reminded if they fail, and that's just the truth. As he referenced this weekend UFC match between UFC Bantamweight Champ Ronda Rousey VS Holly Holm. The match was exciting, and as soon as Rousey received her first knock out by Holm, the internet went on frenzy. Well of course all great fighters talk smack before the event: Mayweather, Ali, and Mike Tyson etc... It wouldn't be as anticipated without the chatter. The drama the theatrics is what makes every fight entertaining. I mean who wants to see people fight for no absolutely no reason? Anyways, Ronda Rousey began talking about how she's the best, how she would beat Mayweather in a fight, yes Money Mayweather who holds the record of 49-0 wins, and even she accurately described how her opponent attack would be. Rousey is known to be a cocky person, so when she failed to measure up to her standards in Sunday night’s fight against Holm this raised the question of if she was too cocky? If so, is cockiness a problem? I do not believe that another person's cockiness should bother you, because they're not you. If that person believes in themselves whether they can defend the talk or not, shouldn't matter. Nothing is wrong with being cocky; it's parallel to confidence in my opinion. Although many would argue there's a difference between being cocky, arrogant, and having confidence.
Being cocky is described as conceited or arrogant, especially in a bold or impudent way. Cockiness is a more urbanized slang term, that is exactly the same as arrogance, but the word sounds worse to me.
Arrogance is described as having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities. When you're arrogant more people want you to fail, because you're boasting about things you can do that they might not have the ability to do.
Confidence is a self-fulfilling prophecy as those without it may fail or not try because they lack it and those with it may succeed because they have it rather than because of an innate ability. Having confidence means you have the same exact value of yourself, but you're just not showy about it.
Former NBA star Lamar Odom was found unconscious in Pahrump, Nevada at Dennis Hoff's Love Ranch South.
Word has it that the 35 year old was found with fluid coming out of his mouth after partying with the ladies. Sources also say that he was taking an herbal supplement for Viagra.
Lamar was rushed to Pahrump hospital and incubated, which means he is most likely incapable of breathing involuntarily.
Allegedly, Lanar is being airlifted from the hospital to Las Vegas for further treatment. I will continue to update you on this story.
Social media trends #prayforLamar #LamarOdom
Former teammate Kobe Bryant left the Lakers game to stand by Odom, alongside his ex wife Khole Kardashian . So far we know that Lamar is in coma fighting for his life.
The Modern Day Amazon
Who determines beauty? I thought beauty was in the eye of the beholder, at least that's what most of us are taught while we're growing up. However the term beauty isn't considered so general in reality. Unfortunately people are equipped to matching beauty to certain characteristics that doesn't even describe over 40% of the world. I know what you're thinking, what does this have to do with Serena Williams. At age 33, Serena Williams is still the worlds best tennis player holding 67 singles titles and 22 double titles to her name. So why is she not the highest paid women tennis player?
At age 28, Maria Sharapova is rank #2 holding 35 singles titles, and 3 double titles. Maria Sharapova is the highest earned female tennis player making over 20 million in endorsements while Serena makes only 13 million in endorsements. Many argue that Serena doesn't fit the feminine "look" that sponsors are open to endorsing, media has criticized her size speculating the use of steroids, and many on social media blatantly saying "she looks like a man." In response to those of you that say, are you freaking blind! Serena Williams is gorgeous, a mere modern day amazon. Her physique is strong, powerful, and dominant which the media fears. Amazon warriors fought and died like men while remaining female and attractive to many, such as; Athleta, Charmion, Xena, Wonder Woman. Race might play a part in why Serena isn't considered beautiful, but she is in fact a beautiful woman regardless of ethnicity.
Serena Williams defied body-shamers on Monday by sharing a photo of herself in a form-fitting pink gown at Sunday's Wimbledon Champions' Dinner.
Steph Curry With The Shot!
|Stephen Curry & Andre Iguodala|
Andre Iguodala was announced as the MVP of the series. Although many were expecting point guard Stephen Curry to receive the title, there were also debates about if Lebron should have still gotten the MVP title. Iguodala outscored the Cavs by 62 points during the series, so he's well deserving of the MVP title, even if Steph Curry got the shot.
Round 1 Fight!
The most anticipated match, Floyd Mayweather VS Manny Pacquiao, of the year is set to air on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The fight will take place at Mayweather's home gym, MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Who will win? Mayweather hasn't lost since his semifinal bout against Serafim Todorov at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, has had 40 wins come by way of knockout or unanimous decision and has officially been knocked down once since he turned professional. Mayweather owns the quickest counter-punch in the sport and can duck, dance and instantaneously weave out of corners.
Pacquiao is capable of winning the fight due to the number of punches he throws. Pacquiao unique South Paw style of fighting will be different for Mayweather and may cause problems for Mayweather.
Pacquiao is the first and only eight-division world champion, in which he has won ten world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes.
Being that Mayweather comes from a family of boxers, which means he's been training probably since he was 4, my decision is Mayweather will win. This is definitely the fight of fights to see!
Unique opinions from a broad audience weigh in on the big Mayweather VS Pacquiao fight. The fight was the most talked about event on the web last night, many people were disappointed in the outcome of the fight, claiming "they were too soft." Mayweather is a defensive fighter and seems to me that he didn't put up his hardest effort. Pacquiao responded very well to Mayweather techniques, and displayed many nice shots, but came up short 3 rounds. Floyd Mayweather remains undefeated making his record 48-0, announcing that he will retire once he wins fight 50. Congrats on the win Floyd!
A Superbowl Worth the Watch
|New England Patriots VS Seattle Seahawks|
28 - 24
Here lies the face of Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks corner back, after last night's disappointing lost to the New England Patriots. With 20 seconds left in the game, the Seahawks were at the 1 yard line, and having the best running back in the league, Marshawn Lynch. Any person that watches football knows that you simply run the ball up the middle. However, shout out to the coaches for calling a passing play, which ultimately led to the interception by Malcom Butler. I am too disappointed by the ending of the game. This Superbowl was worth watching, being that both of the contenders earned every point, and battled each other throughout the entire game.
The Half Time Show
Besides the awesome game last night, Katy Perry gave a very entertaining half-time show. Opening the performance with her hit single Roar, while riding a lion, Perry dazzeled the stage including bringing out acts such as: Hip Hop star Missy Elliot and Legendary Rocker Lenny Kravitz. This multi genre collaboration electrified the stage. Perry's wardrobe was out of sight, and ended with her hit single Fireworks in an air lift to exit the stage! Check it out!
Stuart Scott Legacy
Lebron 12 Sneaker Heads
I'm no sneaker head, but I have to say that these are some nice sneakers. Nike reveals the Lebron 12's for fans. The design features a multi-color hexagonal shape for the bottom print of the shoe. This unique design is very futuristic. Could the new Lebrons replace the classic Jordan's that we all love? I guess only time will tell, but personally I like the 12's.
The 22nd Annual ESPY Awards
Last night ESPY Awards was full of laughs and surprises, being hosted by Grammy Award Winning Rapper Drake. Drizzy was a great host keeping the crowd smiling. With performances by Iggy Azalea and Drake the ESPY Awards was a hit, trending worldwide on Twitter and Facebook the entire night. Kevin Durant and his OKC Thunder was the big winners last night, being nominated for 4 of the 31 awards and winning 2 of that 4 awards. The 22nd Annual ESPY Award show was one of the best in my opinion. Below are a couple of clips from the show.
BEST MALE ATHLETE
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder *WINNER
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Floyd Mayweather, Boxing
BEST FEMALE ATHLETE
Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
Ronda Rousey, UFC *WINNER
Mikaela Shiffrin, Olympic Skiing
Breanna Stewart, Connecticut Women's Basketball
BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE
Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion
Kawhi Leonard, NBA Finals MVP
Shabazz Napier, Men's NCAA Tournament MOP
David Ortiz, World Series MVP
Kevin Durant‘s MVP acceptance speech
Mariano Rivera's finale game
USA vs. Ghana, World Cup *WINNER
Auburn Hail Mary
Paula Creamer 75-foot putt
Chris Davis field goal return *WINNER
Damian Lillard buzzer beater
BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers
Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks *WINNER
Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
Connecticut wins National Championship, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Mercer over Duke, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament *WINNER
Chris Weidman over Anderson Silva, UFC 162
Alabama vs. Auburn, Iron Bowl *WINNER
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts, AFC Wild Card Playoff
New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings, Stanley Cup Finals Game 5
Boston Red Sox, MLB
Connecticut Women's Basketball
Florida State Football
Los Angeles Kings, NHL
San Antonio Spurs, NBA
Seattle Seahawks, NFL *WINNER
Geno Auriemma, Connecticut Women's Basketball
Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks
John Farrell, Boston Red Sox
Kevin Ollie, Connecticut Men's Basketball
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs
BEST COMEBACK ATHLETE
Josh Beckett, LA Dodgers
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Dominic Moore, NY Rangers
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder *WINNER
BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE
Rafael Nadal, Tennis
Inbee Park, Women's Golf
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal/Real Madrid
Sebastian Vettel, Formula One
BEST NFL PLAYER
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers MLB
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos *WINNER
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks QB
BEST MLB PLAYER
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
BEST NHL PLAYER
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Scott Dixon, IndyCar
Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR
John Force, NHRA
Ryan Hunter-Reay, IndyCar *WINNER
Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR
BEST NBA PLAYER
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder *WINNER
Blake Griffin, LA Clippers
LeBron James, Miami Heat
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
BEST WNBA PLAYER
Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky
Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream
Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
Candace Parker, LA Sparks
Jon “Bones” Jones, MMA
Floyd Mayweather, Boxing *WINNER
Manny Pacquiao, Boxing
Ronda Rousey, MMA
Andre Ward, Boxing
BEST MALE GOLFER
BEST FEMALE GOLFER
BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER
BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER
Maria Sharapova *WINNER
BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE
Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College Hockey
Doug McDermott, Creighton Basketball
David Taylor, Penn State Wrestling
Lyle Thompson, Albany Lacrosse
Jameis Winston, Florida State Football
BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE
Morgan Brian, Virginia Soccer
Taylor Cummings, Maryland Lacrosse
Breanna Stewart, Connecticut Basketball *WINNER
Micha Hancock, Penn State Volleyball
Hannah Rogers, Florida Softball
BEST MALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE
Grant Baker, Surfing
Tucker Hibbert, Snowmobile
Nyjah Huston, Skateboarding *WINNER
Ryan Villopoto, Motocross/Supercross
David Wise, Halfpipe Skiing
BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE
Jamie Anderson, Snowboard Slope style *WINNER
Maddie Bowman, Freestyle Skiing
Kelly Clark, Snowboard Superpipe & Halfpipe
Vicki Golden, Moto Racing
Carissa Moore, Surfing
Victor Espinoza *WINNER
BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
Mark Bathum, Alpine Skiing
Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey
Raymond Martin, Wheelchair Racing
Mike Shea, Snowboarding
Evan Strong, Snowboarding
BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
Minda Dentler, Handcyclist
Oksana Masters, Sitting Skier
Tatyana McFadden, Sitting Skier/Track & Field
Laurie Stephens, Alpine Monoskier
Jamie Whitmore, Para-cycling
BEST MLS PLAYER
Tim Cahill, New York Red Bulls
Marco Di Vaio, Montreal Impact
Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
Mike Magee, Chicago Fire
BEST MALE U.S. OLYMPIC ATHLETE
Joss Christensen, Slopestyle Skiing
Sage Kotsenburg, Snowboard Slopestyle *WINNER
Ted Ligety, Alpine Skier
Charlie White, Ice Dancing
David Wise, Halfpipe Skiing
BEST FEMALE U.S. OLYMPIC ATHLETE
Jamie Anderson, Snowboard Slope style
Maddie Bowman, Halfpipe Skiing
Meryl Davis, Ice Dancing
Kaitlyn Farrington, Snowboard Halfpipe
Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skier
Drake - Honorable Mention (Macklemore diss)
Blake Griffin & Chris Brown Skit
Stuart Scott Acceptance Speech
Drake Blows into Lance Ear
Earlier today, Yahoo sports announced Derek Fisher has signed a 5-year $25 Million deal for Head Coach of the New York Knicks. Fisher is the second of recent guards to make the transition from player to coach after Jason Kidd did so just a year ago.
The Head Coach job was originally set out for Steve Kerr, who just signed the same deal as Fisher with the Golden State Warriors. Because of that said deal, Fisher became the next suitable candidate for the position.
Now that he is paired up with his old coach, Phil Jackson, how will the former guard and former head coach collaborate? When they were paired as HC and G, Phil coached Derek through five captivating Los Angeles Lakers championships out of Derek's 13 seasons with the Lakers. Since then, Derek has become a legend playing in an NBA record 259 playoff games (winning an NBA record of 161). Since Jackson seems to be the only coach alive that has been successful with a triangle offense, one would assume Fisher would follow suit.
Let us all wish for as much success for Head Coach Derek Fisher as he has had in his career as a player. An ode to progress -- to leadership.
by Falating Woods (@falawoods)
NBA Player Gay
As we all know, on April 13, NBA supers...player Jason Collins came out as an openly gay individual. This was said to be revolutionary since he is the first openly gay ACTIVE NBA player. However, since coming out, he has yet to see the paint on the walls of an NBA locker room. As a result, gay rights advocates, among others, are making the case that he is deliberately discriminated against because of the fact that he is indeed gay. Now, as much sense as that makes, that couldn't be any further from the truth. Let's be realistic here.
Looking at Jason's stats (which can be viewed in full here), I would "discriminate" against him, too. If Superman himself was fresh off of a 1.1 PPG season in 2012-2013, I'm not picking him up either. Jason Collins literally averaged one free throw per game this year (plus an extra tenth of a point). I don't know about you, but that's a waste of cap space, and a spot on my bench. Collins also, as a Center, averaged only 1.6 rebounds per game...with a 3.01 PER (Player Efficiency Rating). Don't even try to convince me that you would sign him to your team. Just don't. Of course there are other intangibles, but we can get those from better players than can produce more.
However, let us not be so negative here. Let's look at the positive. Although the 12 year veteran only averaged 1.1 PPG last year, he averaged a little over THREE TIMES THAT over the course of his career! That's right! On his career, he averages a total of 3.6 points. He also averages 3.8 rebounds. With that, he technically averaged about triple the amount of points and rebounds that he racked up last year. Hmmm, don't we all have some reconsidering to do?
Despite my sarcasm in the last paragraph, I do not write this article to disrespect Jason Collins, but to say that his sexuality is not the only variable in his free agency. Collins' contract is also $1.4 million. Although that is cheap for a player his age, it is far more beneficial to sign a younger player for a cheaper price. That is also something to take into account.
All in all, Jason Collins remains a free agent...and will probably remain one. On December 2, he will be 35 years old, making him the same age as a far more productive Kobe Bryant. Without a doubt, the career of Jason Collins is coming to an end. He still has a desire to play, but it is in question whether or not his skills will permit that. Whatever the case may be, the career of Jason Collins has been on roller coaster ride. Stay up, breh breh.
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R.I.P. Jason Terry
In The Miami Heat's 105-103 victory last night over my Boston Celtics, (it don't matter doe, we were injury plagued and STILL gave them that work) Lebron James claimed the soul of Jason Terry by catching an alley-oop over Jason Terry. This monstrous dunk is only rivaled by DeAndre Jordan's (LA CLippers) dunk on the Detroit Piston point guard Brandon Knight. (see here). Regardless, James rightfully gained his retribution from the 2011 NBA Finals; the year in which the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship by beating the Heat. During that series, the then-Maverick had been trash-talking Lebron James and Dwayne Wade by downplaying their abilities and poking fun at them being sick. As of last night, Jason Terry was forced to have a Thanksgiving feast on his own words. Jason Terry was a good guy. May he forever rest in peace.
P.S. He's not really dead, if you couldn't read between the lines.
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Jay-Z has launched Roc Nation Sports, a full-service sports management company and has signed Yankees star Robinson Cano as its first client.
Roc Nation Sports will be led by the rapper with Juan Perez serving as president. They have partnered with CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency to co-represent the All-Star second baseman.
“Because of my love of sports, it was a natural progression to form a company where we can help top athletes in various sports the same way we have been helping artists in the music industry for years,” Jay-Z said.
“At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors both on and off the field,” said Cano. “I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short- and long-term goals. I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my teammates."
Vicente Escobedo performing the "Crybaby" dance.
Adrien Broner. Get used to the name. You're going to be hearing it a lot in the near future...especially if you're an avid fan of Boxing.
Broner (26-0 [22 KOs]) is one of the best boxers in the business right now. His remarkable speed and counter-punch ability makes him pretty much unbeatable (at least for right now). He also matches that speed with exceptional power behind his punches. Now obviously, an undefeated record, punching power, counter-punch ability, and speed doesn't make you Money Mayweather, but the arrogance and braggadocio does. This guy has to be one of the arrogant people in all of sports history. His specialty, like Mayweather, is getting into the heads of his opponents before Rocky Balboa'ing them in the ring. Just look at his K.O. percentage. I'd like to think that he can back up the talk. Although Broner is a phenomenon, I can see him getting humbled before Mayweather does, being that Mayweather is less aggressive and more poised. (Not that Mayweather will ever get humbled).
I'm just going to leave some highlights and interviews to back up what I was saying. Didn't be'lee me juh watch...
So yeah, Adrien "The Problem" Broner is really a problem...and will continue to be for many years to come. Get used to the name. You heard it here first...
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--@CjayTheGreatTavon Austin is 5'9 176lb dynamic all purpose athlete. He Spent 4 years at West Virginia University. He's a 2-time all American and a Paul horning award winner.
Tennessee titans running back Chris Johnson recorded the fastest 40 in combine history, a 4.24 which is one-tenth faster than Austin's.
Tavon Austin's Draft Stock should cement itself in the late first round w/ his mind blowing workouts , we all know how NFL scouts lose their damn minds over 40 times , but in this cause they have all the right to ........
MARK MY WORDS
TAVON AUSTIN WILL BE THE MOST IMPACTFUL PLAYER DRAFTED IN 2013
Here's some highlights of his record breaking night against Oklahoma
The Best Fighter
The man everyone was calling the best fighter on the planet got euthanized in his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. This was their 4th meeting in their illustrious careers and, by far, the most eventful. After being snubbed 2 out of 3 times, Marquez finally proved to the world that he was a superior fighter to Manny Pacquiao with a 6th round Street Fighter punch to his chin. This punch shook up the world of boxing. This punch also shook up the internet. The picture of the lifeless body of Manny Pacquiao has spread rather swiftly.
Before this happened, the fight was very entertaining and upbeat. Pacman and Marquez exchanged detrimental blows to each other. Marquez showed his excellent counter-punching skills while Manny showed his usual speed and his flurry of punches. Up until the knockout, it seemed as though Pacquiao was winning the fight. Marquez had been bloodied from the nose and quite possibly could have had the fight stopped. Outside of Marquez's 3 round knockdown of Pacman, Pacman seemed to be controlling this fight. He proved so by answering Marquez's knockdown with a knockdown of his own. After that, it seemed as though Pacman would surely take control of the fight, until....BOOM!
Now that Manny has been put to sleep, a lot of people wonder what is next for Manny. Will Manny go back to being a philanthropist/politicians/actor/singer, or will he continue boxing? I honestly don't believe that this is the end of MAnny Pacquiao's career. I mean...of course he lost his last two fights, but he's still on the top of his game. He beat up on Bradley (but got severely snubbed on the scorecards) and put on a show against Marquez before getting put to sleep like an infant. He's still a top 3 fighter in boxing right now. He should continue fighting and knocking people out to revitalize himself. However, you might as well forget about Pacquiao vs. Mayweather. I'm sorry that it took this long for you all to realize that Pacquiao can't see Mayweather, but now you have your proof. If you ignore Mayweather's combination of head speed, speed, counter-punching, footwork, and reach, we can bring up that fact that Mayweather embarrassed the man that knocked out Pacquiao a few nights ago. Although that may not be the cleanest logic, it counts for something.
All in all, regardless of how Mayweather and Pacquiao match up, we probably will never see the two of them in the ring together because Pacquiao wants to be difficult and lose two consecutive fights. That's childish. Not only won't we see it, but people hardly even want to see it anymore, because they've been exposed to the truth. Bob Arum should have allowed this to happen last year when he had the chance. His pockets would have been very pleased. Unfortunately, the boxing world (nor Manny Pacquiao) is not pleased. Let's hope that Marquez's knockout blow didn't put a dint in the legacy of Manny Pacquiao.
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