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We all know the financial troubles that are following Warren Sapp if not, go here ==> BlackSportsOnline. So with desperation comes desperate moves, one of those moves is hosting a you tube reality court show. Now I have no problem with his outside the box thinking ways of making money.

What I do have an issue with is the terribleness of this show. It’s so bad, that it’s funny. Yes I know reality TV is scripted, however, the acting is bad beyond words even on reality TV scale.

Sapp scribbling on his notepad as if he’s really taking notes doing the ‘judge like thing’ had me burst out laughing. I doubt that I’ll ever watch this again, but whenever I’m feeling down, I’ll go to this page, and I’ll have laughs for hours. If you haven’t seen the video check it out below and enjoy the comedic relief.

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After Brandon Jacobs was released by the New York Giants 6 year old fan Joseph Armento decided to make his best attempt to have his favorite stay on his favorite team. After his mom explained to him Jacobs was leaving because of money, he emptied out his piggy bank and sent the tailback his last $3.36.

Upon receiving the gesture, he promised to lil Joseph and told him, he would take him and his 4 year old brother with him and his own son Brayden to Chuckie Cheese.

Mom Julie Armento told The Sacremento Bee how much the boys enjoyed their day with Jacobs;

“He told me he really wanted to get out there with the kids, he really wanted to enjoy it, and he did. It was amazing. When we first spoke, he said that he was genuinely touched by the letter, that it almost brought him to tears. He said it came at just the right time for him.”

49er Jacob cited the letter as a form of motivation, and something that boosted his own confidence;

“I’m at a point in my career when people have stopped believing in me and not believing that I can still play. But that’s not the case. Joe believes in me, gave me a lot of confidence and a lot of want-to. And I’m ready to go. I can’t wait until the season starts.”

While the Jacobs and the kids ended up going to a bounce house in New Jersey, the young Armentos will have a story they can tell forever. Along with that Jacobs gave them a signed helmet and $5 to put in his piggy bank.

No matter what you may think of the football player Brandon Jacobs is, that was a pretty cool thing to do for a young fan. Many times we label players from their play on the field and actions like this get forgotten and that there’s more to the sports than just the game.

 

Did you hear…?

By: Crystal L. Huggins

Justin Combs, son of Sean “Diddy” Combs received a full athletic scholarship from UCLA for $54,000. Some are criticizing the situation saying that Justin should not accept the scholarship. If your dad was Sean ‘Diddy” Combs who is according to Forbes Magazine he is one of the wealthiest artists in Hip-Hop, it’s apparent that you do not need the scholarship in order to pursue your education. Why not give the scholarship to someone who really can benefit from it? People get the impression that this scholarship was taking away from those in financial need when it comes to funding for their college education.

A rep from the university tells E! News, “Unlike need-based scholarships, athletic scholarships are awarded to students strictly on the basis of their athletic and academic ability—not their financial need. Athletic scholarships, such as those awarded to football or basketball players, do not rely on state funds. Instead, these scholarships are entirely funded through UCLA Athletics ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations from supporters.”

Other reports mention that maybe Diddy should give the school a donation in return. What do you think? I understand that the scholarship was not just handed to him. Justin did what he needed to do in order to earn it. Justin graduated from New Rochelle Iona Prep in New York with a 3.75 GPA. He also got scholarship offers from Illinois, Virginia and Wyoming. If you come from a wealthy family that can effortlessly afford to pay for your education, why not consider donating the award to someone who can really benefit from the assistance. I think it would be a very generous gesture if Justin donated his scholarship to someone who can truly benefit and may not have the same opportunity because of their financial situation. We all know that pursing a college education can be very expensive. If you are blessed with a privilege lifestyle and did not have to worry about anything growing up financial wise, why not try and give someone who is in need an opportunity that many strive to achieve. (Information obtained from www.ballerstatus.com www.eonline.com )

Ochocinco is no longer apart of the New England Patriots. Is that a big surprised? Look at his performance last season. Ochocino caught 15 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown. I’m not the greatest when it comes to following sports but those numbers just sound bad lol. Even though he was with the team for one season and it may not have been one of his best seasons, he did receive $5.7 million.

Chad took to Twitter with the news. He tweeted:

“Thoroughly enjoyed the oppurtunity to play for the `Patriot’ organization… fans were … wicked awesome, I wish all of you the best,”

“I’m healthy n living life, I’ll be fine,”

He then changed his job description to “UNEMPLOYED BLACK GUY” and changed his Avatar to a picture of himself sitting on a suitcase at the airport, looking like he’s hitchhiking.

Chad’s fiancé Evelyn Lozada also took to twitter and had this to say, “Aww baby you got cut @ochocinco I got your back! I’m the bread winner now, which means I make the rules!” Some people may see her comment as a hit to his ego. From the type of relationship that has been displayed in the media, I think it was all in fun and no hard feelings were really taken by her tweet. (Information obtained from SI.com)

 

It looks like there is more top Kim Kardashian and Kanye West relationship. West is letting the “mom-a-ger” of the family manager their career. Yes that’s right. Kanye West who has been publicly linked to Kim Kardashian since April has decided to let Jenner manager his career.

According to Media Takeout, The insider explained “Kris [Jenner] is amazing in what she can get. If you’re a [sic] celeb, she can get you big money for tweeting, for sitting at fashion show, for doing interviews … It was an easy sell, Kanye was like ‘sure. But Kris Jenner will reportedly be handling more than just publicity and appearances for Kanye and Kris will be helping Kanye get his DONDA fashion line distributed internationally at major retailers. “That’s where [Kris] can make a fortune of Kanye.” Managers typically take between 20% and 30% of revenue generated by an artist.

Just looking back at the whole relationship since they decided to go public, this can not be more than just a publicity stunt. Once minute, Kim is in love with Kris Humphries and the two get married. After 72 days of being married, the two are no longer right for each other. The he divorce is not even finalized and she is in love and planning a future with West.  I know people fall in love fast and they fall hard but come one now. After only 72 days, you end one relationship and jump right into another and all the media attention is on you. Yes I do believe it’s all about wanting that extra attention, especially when the paparazzi is always there when you make every move. In the industry that those two are in, the more people know you, the more opportunities they have to be seen, heard, and make more money. (Information obtain from http://usmagazine.com )

Plenty of people have a bucket list of things they want to accomplish and football players are no different. Jason Babin defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that he wants to travel to Spain and run with the bulls. To the question of why would one want to run with the bulls Babin had this to say;

“It’s kind of a rite of passage it’s a stamp. I guess in my brain I have a figurative ‘man card’ that’s got certain punches that need to be punched out.”

Babin also has answers to those who say it’s dangerous and he shouldn’t risk potential injury;

“Everyone thinks it’s dangerous and hazardous, but it’s not, if done correctly and soberly. Bulls can’t turn the corner on cobblestone, so as long as you’re on the inside you’re going to be all right, I broke the tape down like game film.”

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Now I’ve never wanted to run with the bulls, to damn dangerous in my opinion, however that’s what makes athletes different. Their thought process is not the same, and in some areas they’re more fearless, and that’s what allows them to be more successful in their field. So if he wants to do it then go ahead more power to ya. Hopefully he doesn’t get injured and if he’s studied tape of it like he would do Tony Romo then he should be fine. I mean he’s an eagle so I’m sure if he gets in trouble he can just fly away.

Players play their entire career for primarily two things, money to take care of their family, and to win a championship. When a team wins a championship they’ll usually give their employees a bonus, even better they’ll give them a championship ring too.

Well apparently one Green Bay Packer employee would’ve opted for the money, as team Employee Sarah Pace sold her Super Bowl XLV ring to a pawn shop in Grand Chute, Wisconsin according to ProFootballTalk.com. It was purchased by 71 year old Packer fan Dennis Brucks. As for how he feels about now having an authentic Super Bowl ring he had this to say;

“When you want something relating to the Packers, how can you get any better than this?”

Must be pretty cool to have that type of memorabilia, and couple that with witnessing the Ice Bowl in 1967 live he’s just about done everything there is for a Packer fan to do.

Related: Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson Graces Madden 13 Cover

However, I know this has to make some all time greats that never won a ring salty that Pace would sell off their piece of history when they spent their entire career chasing the ultimate goal. Hopefully Pace isn’t going through grave financial troubles and that’s why she sold it. Perhaps she just isn’t a football and just didn’t see that value in keeping it.

The Cleveland Browns made waves earlier in the day when they traded up to with the Minnesota Vikings to get the guy they wanted in Trent Richardson. Well the Browns weren’t done making noise in the draft as they selected Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Many scouts and mock drafts had Weeden being selected in the 2nd; however the Browns chose to get their guy before anybody else had the chance to snatch him off the board.

As evident by today’s action, the Browns were bound and determined to get the guys they wanted, and they landed both of them.

With the Browns drafting Weeden in the first round, all signs point to Colt McCoy not being the incumbent starter and Weeden having a legit shot at starting on opening day. Weeden will hopefully have some more weapons alongside him and Richardson to help turn around an offensive that was dreadful last season.

With all the activity the Browns have shown thus far, it’ll be interesting to see how they proceed with the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. They still need a wide receiver and help on the right side of the offensive line, so let’s see what Gm Tom Heckert does to upgrade the team.

Below are the picks the Browns have remaining in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Round 2, Pick 5 (37)

Round 3, Pick 4 (67)

Round 4, Pick 5 (100)

Round 5, Pick 25 (160) (From Broncos)

Round 6, Pick 34 (204) (Compensatory selection), Round 6, Pick 35 (205) (Compensatory selection)

Round 7, Pick 38 (245) (Compensatory selection), Round 7, Pick 40 (247) (Compensatory selection)

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The Cleveland Browns moved up one spot trading picks in the 4th, 5th and 7th round and the number 4 pick overall to Minnesota Vikings for the 3rd pick.

The Browns went after their guy not allowing teams like the Buccaneers or Rams to move up and draft the new running back of the Browns Trent Richardson.

Now the fireworks aren’t over for the Browns as they still have the 22nd puck in the draft and with then already being aggressive, I wouldn’t rule out anything at this point.

Congratulations Tent Richardson and welcome to Cleveland.

EA Sports announced the new cover for Madden 13 and via vote through ESPN Sportsnation, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will grace this year’s cover to the hollowed sports game.

Now we all know the history behind the Madden cover curse, hopefully Calvin Johnson won’t fall victim to it this year. However, if he was to now be cursed, I wonder what would happen to him. Would he just up and retire like Barry Sanders did, and send the franchise back into a downturn. Will he go Latrell Sprewell and choke a coach or punch quarterback Matt Stafford in the face?

Related: Mike Slife Interview On 2012 NFL Draft

Could he be just flat out disrespectful and drive a Chevy truck to work and park it in Mr. Fords’ parking space, leading to him being escorted out of the facility. Who know?

Just kidding, hopefully nothing happens to Megatron and he puts the curse to bed.

Updated 5/11/12:
Here’s the official Madden 13 cover
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Ourlads Scouting Services’ Mike Slife joined me on my radio show Smooth Shots and talked some NFL Draft, which takes place Thursday. We discussed the possibilities for the Cleveland Browns, offensive lineman Mike Adams drama, and who has as sleepers. You want more Mike check him out on twitter @NFLScoutForHire or go to Ourlads webpage. Check out the interview below and enjoy. Remember Smooth Shots airs live every Tuesday at 11 and you can download the podcast, or subscribe to the show via Itunes on the show page here ===>>> blogtalkradio.com/smoothshots

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Cleveland Browns 2012 Schedule

Tonite the NFL released the schedule, and below is the schedule of the Cleveland Browns. The Browns will open the season at home again, making it the 13 out of the last 14 years that they have started the season with a home game. However, the league did them no favors, having them host Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Highlights of the Browns schedule, they have one primetime game, Thursday September 27th they travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. The Following Sunday, October 7th they’ll host the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

Week 15 Browns fans will get to see they qb their favorite team failed to obtain, Robert Griffin III as they’ll play host to the Washington Redskins December 16th, and we’ll get to see the 2011 Heisman winner.

Other notable Browns schedule items; they play the NFC North division, which means they’ll play against Americas Team, as well as facing the AFC West, which matches them up with the likes of the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders.

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While you can try to look at the schedule and prognosticate where the Browns will finish the year, I would recommend you hold off on playing that game. There’s too much time in the off season for things to change. You still have the draft; free agents can be released and signed to new teams, the way the team is built right now, may not be a complete representation of how they will look on September 9th.

Below is the Cleveland Browns 2012 full season schedule.

Preseason

Friday, August 10 at Detroit Lions, 7:30 p.m. ET

Thursday, August 16 at Green Bay Packers, 8:00 p.m. ET

Friday, August 24 Philadelphia Eagles, 7:30 p.m. ET

Thursday, August 30 Chicago Bears, 7:30 p.m. ET

 

Regular Season

Sunday, September 9 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET

Sunday, September 16 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET

Sunday, September 23 vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. ET

Thursday, September 27 at Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m. ET

Sunday, October 7 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET

Sunday, October 14 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET

Sunday, October 21 at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET

Sunday, October 28 vs. San Diego Chargers, 1 p.m. ET

Sunday, November 4 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET

Sunday, November 11 BYE WEEK

Sunday, November 18 at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. ET

Sunday, November 25 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET

Sunday, December 2 at Oakland Raiders, 4:15 p.m. ET

Sunday, December 9 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. ET

Sunday, December 16 vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET

Sunday, December 23 at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. ET

Sunday, December 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET

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