Archive for January, 2012


The NCAA has rules for just about everything under the sun and are now reaching for the moon. On Wednesday the NCAA Legislative Council implemented legislation that classifies any parent that tries to sell the services of their child to a school as an ‘agent’.

As reported by CBSSports.com, Bylaw 12 in the NCAA rule book dealing with amateur athletics has been updated to read as such:

“An agent is any individual who, directly or indirectly, represents or attempts to represent an individual for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation for financial gain …”

Carolyn Campbell-McGovern who sits on the legislative council spoke on the importance to close the loophole that allowed Cecil and Cam Newton off the hook.

“It essentially closes the loophole. It was important for us to shore that up and make sure we were encompassing all individuals. It addresses not only who is covered but also the scope. Trying to do it is a crime. Not a crime, but a violation.”

While we all might’ve thought the witch hunt was over, this rule will forever cast a cloud of doubt over Cam Newton and what he went on to accomplish at Auburn. In passing this new rule, the NCAA are saying, Cecil and Cam got away with something but we didn’t have a rule in place to punish them. I understand the need for the law, but it just seems the NCAA is more interested in developing rules to limit the compensation players can receive rather than cleaning up the corrupt nature of college football that allows coaches to break rules and still get paid while student athletes are punished for selling their own property for profit.

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It’s quite normal for players as they come towards the end of their career, to mentor the younger guy on the team at their position. Well not so much for Andre Miller who makes no bones about saying he wants to start. Andre Miller who was traded to the Denver Nuggets last year spoke with FoxSports.com saying starting guard Ty Lawson doesn’t need his two cent.

“Ty, he’s worked hard. He’s had his mentor with Chauncey Billups.”Why would they need me to come in and put in my two cents? “At this point in my career, I don’t see myself as a backup. For 13 years, I wasn’t a backup before. This is a short season (due to the lockout), so I’ll deal with it. But I don’t see myself as a backup at this point in my career. I don’t see that.”

For his career Miller has averaged 14 points and 7 assist a game. Carmelo Anthony’s most productive years were spent when Miller was his point guard. Though he gets no love when talking about the top point guards in the league he’s been consistently good, even during his days in Cleveland playing alongside Ricky Davis and Darius Miles.

I can’t blame him for wanting to play, considering he’s a free agent at the end of the year. It’s the best way for him to display his talents for a championship caliber team that may need a point guard in the offseason. What works in his favor is, he’s never been known a bad guy, so these comments will probably just be a blip on the radar, and most will attribute this to frustration related to his reduced role. It also shouldn’t be assumed that just because you’re a veteran that you’re going to be ok with mentoring the guy that will have a strangle hold on your job for the foreseeable future. From Andres’ quotes, it doesn’t seem like they ran that idea past him.

There are times when life intervenes and is more important than a football game. Kirby Wilson, Running Backs coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers was absent for the Steelers lose in Denver after he was admitted to the hospital after his Seven Fields Townhouse caught fire early Friday morning.

At 2:42 am firefighters arrived at Wilsons’ home where he was home alone and found him severely burned. According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette he suffered burns to 30%-50% of his body.  Jeffrey Schueler, director of public safety in Cranberry, Pa said after being taken to the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Cranberry  he was then transferred by helicopter to UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh Pa.

Steelers President Art Rooney II had this to say in a statement released on their team website;

“First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with Kirby and his entire family. We are saddened to hear about this unfortunate situation but we know that he has the best medical care in the country treating him. The entire organization is praying for Kirby to have a full recovery and we will be by his side through this difficult time.”

As a burn survivor of 22 years and having multiple surgeries in relation to my scar, I can empathize with what Wilson is going through. One of the biggest obstacles he will have to overcome will be the sensitivity of his scars, not just the burn, but also from the skin graph (surgeons remove healthy skin from another part of the burned person’s body and graft it to the burned treat to cover the wound; For more information visit http://www.pacinfo.com/medicine/burn.html). His recovery will be long and tough. However, with proper care and a positive mind state he can maintain a lifestyle that he always has. With not knowing where exactly the worst scars are, it would be hard to say if it will affect his coaching at all.

I wish Mr Wilson a safe recovery, and would tell him to stay as positive as he can as he goes through his recovery.

Off all the people I wouldn’t want to run into when committing a crime, Mike Tyson would probably be tops on the list. Well a lucky Las Vegas criminal got away unscathed after breaking into Iron Mikes room.

According to TMZ.com Iron Mike went back to his hotel room on New Year’s Eve after attending the Stevie Wonder and rapper Eves’ concert. After the champ and his family were sleeping comfortbaly, some idiot broke in to his room hoping to leave with something more than empty pockets.

After hearing some ruffling noises and seeing the light, Mike arose to see what was going on. By this time, the intruder already left, saving himself the beatdown of his life.

A rep for the hotel told TMZ,

“We have received a report of an incident that is currently under investigation. As always, guest safety is of the utmost importance.”

How lucky of a guy do you have to be after breaking in Mike Tyson’s’ room to survive. If only Michael Spinks had similar luck in the ring.

For old time’s sake, below is a video of Mike Tyson destroying Micheal Spinks. Enjoy.

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Shaq the new comer on TNT’s Inside the NBA while still trying to find where he fits in the flow went to the bread and butter when the show drags; rip on Charles Barkley for a few laughs.

On last Thursday’s episode Shaq decided to bring up the 2007 All Star weekend when Charles and referee Dick Bavetta embraced in a kiss after racing the length of the court.

Effectively Shaq not only clowned Chuck, but also issued a challenge. Anyone that got a tattoo of the picture of the kiss, he would give them one thousand dollars.

So, 3 days later according to Ball Don’t Lie Emmet Bentley went and got Sir Charles and Bavetta tattooed on his lower leg. Now in the world of twitter, this tattoo is tame compared to the girl who got the rapper Drakes’ name on her forehead. Nonetheless, I have to wonder, is that’s all it takes to get someone to do something ridiculous?

Now let’s see if Shaq holds his end of the bargain and becomes the ‘Big ATM’ and gives dude the money. If not, Emmet is going to have an ever harder time explaining his tattoo than Chris Sims and Kyle Shanahan.

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