5 Reasons Why The Indianapolis Colts Will Win The Super Bowl
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Final Regular Season Record (straight up): 140-110 Final Regular Season Record (against the Spread): 133-112-13
Last Week Straight Up: 0-2 Last Week Against the Spread:0-2
Playoff Record Straight Up: 5-5 Playoff Record Against the Spread: 5-5
5 Reasons Why The Indianapolis Colts Will Win The Super Bowl Written Robert Littal Email Robert Littal
This is it. This is what we all been waiting for. 9 years into a brilliant career finally Manning has exercised the demon and has made it to the Super Bowl, but now he has to finish the job. I told you all year “Call me when the Colts are in the Super Bowl”. They are here now and there is no way Peyton will blow it will he?
People mistakenly said the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots was the biggest game of his career. That was true for 2 weeks now this is the biggest game of his career because he is expected to lose to the Patriots. No one would have been surprised if he loss to the Patriots, but the world would be shocked if he loss to the Bears.
He thinks I am harsh by calling him “Choker” Manning, but if he loses this game he will want to hide out “Live and Direct” in my basement. That AFC Championship game becomes a footnote in history:
“After a historic comeback in the AFC Championship Choker Manning followed that up with a 5 INT Super Bowl loss to the underdog Chicago Bears.”
He has no option he has to win. Even in the comeback win against the Patriots I still saw a bit of the Peyton that chokes in big games, so it is definitely possible that he goes out a lays an egg, but the chances aren’t great.
He and Tom Brady are the best QBs of our generation the only thing separating them are the rings. Peyton proved a lot of people wrong 2 weeks ago I am hesitantly thinking he will do it again.
2-Three The Hard Way
The Colts run defense was historically bad during the regular season. In the playoffs they have turned into the 2000 Ravens. Three changes were made in the lineup to help solidfy the run defense. Safety Bob Sanders got healthy, Rookie Safety Antoine Bethea became a player and veteran Linebacker Rob Morris got his swagger back. Sanders “The Little Engine That Could” safety is the key to the run defense. Only about 5’2” and 130 pounds (I am exaggerating) there isn’t a more dynamic safety in the league. Bethea is a rookie that no one is talking about, but his ability in coverage has freed up Sanders to play closer to the line of scrimmage. Morris was rotting away on the bench for being too slow to play the Cover 2 but he has solidified the Linebacker core with a physical mentality. It can be argue that the Colts defense is actually playing better than the Bears defense it this point.
When the Colts let Edgerrin James go via free agency I was one of many who thought it was a terrible move. I thought the intangibles and knowledge that Edge brought to the offense would be sorely missed. I was wrong. The combination of rookie Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes have been extremely impressive in the regular season and in even more so in the playoffs. While Addai gets a lot of the press it is Rhodes that seems to finish teams off. His destruction of the Ravens defense in the final minutes of their divisional playoff game was a thing of beauty. It is very difficult for defenses to stop the Colts when they are running the ball well. It makes the play action fakes deadly. The Bears have shown some vulnerability to the run, look for Addai and Rhodes to have a big day.
My theory is that Lovie Smith is banking on his front 4 to get pressure on Manning and then play 7 back in coverage. This has been effective against Manning in the past, if the Front 4 can make the pocket uncomfortable for Manning. That is why it is imperative that the Colts offensive line keeps Peyton upright and continue to maul people for Addai and Rhodes. The Bears only hope to win the game is to get to Manning which makes the battle upfront an interesting show to watch.
Normally in sports when a player or team gets over their nemesis normally they finish the job. Be it Jordan going through the Pistons or Steve Young going through the Cowboys. The hardest part sometime is getting to the big game as oppose to winning it. Without question The Colts, Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy were haunted by the Patriots. They have exercised that demon and history shows that the [Dennis Green] crowning [/Dennis Green] is inevitable.
In the interest of fairness here are 3 Reasons why the Bears can win:
Simply put Rex Grossman needs to be Phil Simms. If you don’t know what I am talking about then why are you reading this.
2-Run for the Border
Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson complied over 190 yards on the ground against the Saints. A repeat performance is needed to keep the Colts offense off the field.
Earlier in the season the Bears defense was being compared to the 85 Bears. That was a little far fetched at the time, but if they every needed to pull out a 85 Bears type of performance they need to pull it out on Super Bowl Sunday.
Even Peyton’s Biggest Fans Don’t Want To See ‘The Peyton Manning Show’
Okay, can you feel it? Super Bowl 41 is now less than two weeks away and we have a match-up that could potentially be one for the record books. One precedent has already set for the big game, of course although I am shocked the media hasn’t talked about this more. Two Black coaches will be at the helm of the championship teams, something I thought I would never see during my lifetime. When Lovie won the NFC Championship, I held my breath and sighed because it was about time that we see this during the Bowl. And when Dungy won, I almost shed a tear because it was well deserved for him. I was a big fan when he was in Tampa Bay and was treated like a field slave, so it was great to see that finally “The Team That Could” make it to end of the road.
The NFL regular season is over and now it’s playoff time. It’s also time for postseason awards, most of which have already been given out. We have rightful winners of the MVP (LT), comeback player of the year (Chad Pennington), and a more than acceptable winner for offensive rookie of they year (Vince Young; my pick was Jones-Drew but I’m perfectly fine with Vince winning it). We also had a acceptable but somewhat dubious winner for defensive player of the year (Jason Taylor; not that he wasn’t a worthy candidate but who out there doesn’t think that this was a we’re not giving the award to that steroid cheat Shawne Merriman deal), and a worthy but downright hilarious pick for defensive rookie of the year (Demarco Ryans, who was picked by the same team that chose the number one overall pick, also a defensive player). But there are some awards that aren’t voted on by the media but are definitely well deserved. They are the 2007 Rob Bonnette NFL Awards, and here they go.
Robert Bonnette on 01.08.07 @ 10:27 PM CST [link]
Wednesday, January 3rd
5 Reasons Why Ohio State Will Beat Florida
The best big game quarterback in college football over the last decade. 11-1 versus Top 25 teams, Heisman Trophy Winner, Unanimous All-American Choice and College Player of the year. Do you really want to bet against this guy?
If I had to win one game in college football with my life on the line I would want Jim Tressel to be the coach.
Leak’s professional future is riding on this game. If he plays spectacularly he could move up into the 2nd round of the draft, but if he plays badly he may not get drafted at all. It seems like Leak has been at Florida for about 2 decades and they knock on him is that the pressure gets to him. In his last College game he is going to prove a lot of people right or a lot of people wrong.
Ohio State upset a heavily favored Miami Hurricanes team 3 years ago, so I find it hard to believe they will come in overconfident.
5- OSU O-Line vs. Florida D-Line
Simply put if the OSU O-Line can protect Troy Smith it is game over for the Gators because they can’t outscore the Buckeyes.
NBA..Image Problem, Color Problem, Media Problem or all of the above?
NBA..Image Problem, Color Problem, Media Problem or all of the above? Written by Cornelius Turner Email Cornelius Turner
On December 17, 2006, the Washington Wizards played the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, CA. The game was an over-time thriller and duel between one of the top 2 scorers in the league. Gilbert Arenas scored 60 points, which set a franchise record and set a NBA record for points scored in an over-time. Kobe Bryant, otherwise known as “Darth Kobe”, scored 45 points and added 10 assist and 8 rebounds to boot.
As I do every week on Thursday, I am reading my Sports Illustrated magazine (the one with Vince Young on the cover) and there is a featured article in the back about Tiki Barber. I used to like Tiki Barber— I told people all the time he was one of the most underrated RBs in the league, but every since his pending (and self-induced) retirement has become public, I have come to dislike him greatly. I am not one of those sportswriters who will tell you it is not a personal, because it is. I have no problem with him the player, but personally I think he is a self-centered arrogant jerk. I never met the man, if I met him maybe I would have a different opinion (probably not), but after reading this SI story (which was obviously slanted to put him in a positive light) it has only confirmed my original thoughts. My friends let me tell you why.
Everyday as sports fans you are being brainwashed by a sports media that is more interested in kicking out tired clichés as opposed to using some common sense. So lets break down 3 sports myths that I have noticed making the rounds lately.
HOW THE NBA’S IMAGE PROBLEM LETS DAVID STERN GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING
HOW THE NBA’S IMAGE PROBLEM LETS DAVID STERN GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING Written by Robert Bonnette Email Robert Bonnette
It looks as if NBA Commissioner David Stern has been issuing decrees like he was Lord of the Universe and not simply the commissioner of a sport’s league. Last year we had the dress code and the age limit, while this year we have the technical foul rule and the new ball. Are these the actions of a man looking to make changes for the better, or of someone who is drunk with power and wanting to make the league be the way he wants it to be? Public opinion isn’t unanimous one way or the other, but what do the facts say? And is he right or wrong for seeking these changes, regardless of how draconian they seem? Now to be fair, the dress code and age limit were agreed to by the union, so he wasn’t issuing executive orders from on high with both of those. But at the same time, he’s negotiating with a player’s union which is not known for being the most competent out there at a time when most of the paying customers are more likely to side with him than with the players. So there aren’t a lot of things that he has to worry about not getting when he puts them out there.
The Top 10 BlackSportsOnline Nicknames of All-Time
Over the past couple of months BSO has seen an explosion of new readers to our site. One of the commonly email questions from new readers is where did the nicknames come from in regards to players we describe on the site. So I decided to breakdown the Top 10 BSO Nicknames:
At present time your Bona Fide Sports Expert does not have a Bona Fide Sports Expert Jr. Hopefully in the future an Heir to the Throne of sports journalism will be born. Just like any other father who is a sports lover, I would like for my boy to grow to be a football player. The reason is because, like Al Bundy, I was a pee-wee football star (ran back a punt for a TD first time I touch the ball), I was a high school football star (7 catches 150 yards 2 TDs in my last high school football game, playoff loss that was the QB fault for playing like “Garbage” Harrington), and a Flag football monster at The Ohio State University (3 intramural championship playing the Slash Role of QB, WR and safety, before I got a girlfriend and realized there was something better than the thrill of victory if you know what I mean). The NFL is my expertise, I watch every game twice (once on the NFL Sunday Ticket, then on DIRECTV shortcuts on Thursday) and I have decided when Junior Littal does come into this world I am going to make him into a World Class Punter.
The NBA season is upon us, and unlike most media outlets we don’t hate on the league here at BlackSportsOnline. Here’s your NBA Preview, full of what you need to know about the upcoming season and what to expect from your favorite squads. Dig in, enjoy, and send in your comments good and bad
Derek Davis Presents: The 2006 World Series Preview
What Do You Mean You Weren’t Expecting a Showdown in the Midwest? Written Derek Davis Email Derek Davis
Wow! What a game seven! I can’t really say much that hasn’t already been said and quite frankly I’m trying to put it all behind me. Suffice it to say game 7 of the 2006 NLCS had everything you could want in a classic; brilliant pitching, amazing defense, questionable managerial decisions, unlikely late inning heroes and unlikely late inning goats. Endy Chavez made one of the most memorable catches of all time but, in the end St. Louis was victorious and ended the once promising season of the NY Mets.
Derek Davis on 10.20.06 @ 09:15 PM CST [link]
Tuesday, October 10th
BERNARD HOPKINS: FROM PURSE SNATCHER TO BOOTY SNATCHER TO TITLE SNATCHER
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Bernard Hopkins was caught for strong-armed robbery and served almost a decade in one of the most vicious penal institutions in the country. During his time in the joint, Hopkins was branded with the nicknames “Executioner” and “Soapy”. He was released and later became the undisputed middleweight champion of the world.
Many reporters were shocked when Hopkins said this about rival, Antonio Tarver, “I used to see guys just like him on D-Block. He would have been taking it in the ass everyday.” Hopkins was referring to his past as an inmate at the Graterford Prison in Pennsylvania. Bernard Hopkins spent nearly a decade of his life behind bars at that prison, a prison notorious for inmate violence.
From Hopkins’ comment, we can only divulge that Hopkins finds the thought of grown men being sexually violated in their anuses to be humorous or entertaining. Tarver responded by getting in Hopkins’ face and declaring that he would have been able to handle Hopkins in the ring, the street, or even D-Block. The fact that many sources from the prison state that Hopkins got his nicknames “Executioner” and “Soapy”, because of his aggressive sexual activities on D-Block, is disturbing.
An old timer from the Graterford Prison that goes by the name of “Crusty An” paints Hopkins as a bullying figure that once beat a prison sparring partner to the verge of death for having refused to toss Hopkins’ salad! For those that don't know what "tossing salad" is, it is a despicable act in which prisoners are forced to lick the anus of other prisoners. These aggressive acts are also common in frat parties and are part of the new "hazing" craze.
According to several inmates that prefer to remain nameless, Bernard Hopkins is very well endowed and used this physical trait in combination with his intimidating persona to force even the most hardened inmates to submit.
Prison rape is a serious problem on the level of an epidemic. The perpetrators are usually big black dudes with 11-inch penises and the victims are younger black men or scrawny white individuals of all ages. According to many prisoners and ex convicts, if you are a young guy going to prison for the first time, you will most likely get several involuntary butt examinations in your first year as a “fish”. Experienced cons will approach you and give you cigarettes or chocolate. You will be under the illusion that these items are free but one day they will approach you and be like, “Hey, remember that day I gave you some chocolate? Well, you gots to give me the bootyhole for that, nigga. Sex me up mothafucka.”
Some men are so mentally weak that they submit with minimal resistance to the homosexual advances of corrupt police officers, corrections officers and aggressive fellow inmates. These mentally weak individuals become "bitches", dress in female clothing and often engage in prison prostitution for cigarettes, chocolates, etc.
One such weak-minded individual is simply known as “Spanky” and is a long time resident of the prison Bernard Hopkins used to call “home”. When I questioned Spanky, he made the following shocking statements:
“I would say he was my first and he always kept coming back for more.”
“He had a real big one, at least 10 inches. Sometimes he was very gentle, sometimes he wasn’t, you know? We was real cool until he stopped coming around. We used to call him “Soapy” because he tried to grab this guy in the shower one time but the guy was all lathered up and slipped away. Executioner couldn’t get a good grip because of the soapsuds. That guy got away but that same night, Executioner caught him and made him toss his salad because he said ain't nobody was gonna make a fool of him."
An excerpt from www.hrw.org (HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH) gives us a good idea of the things that go on in prison:
My abuse started in the County Jail where I was raped by four inmates . . . . [In prison, a few years later,] I was put in a cell with a gang member who made me give him oral sex. . . . . [After reporting the incident to two officers,] I went to see a psychologist who told me that I'd caused that inmate to sexually abuse me because I walked around thinking that I was better than the others. He said that I should come down out of the air . . . . [After being transferred to another facility and sexually abused again,] I was put back in that same building, in a different cell. Still I was being asked for sex and told that I would have to give myself over one way or another; at this point (looking back on the matter), I can see that I was going through a brake down mentally. Anyway that night I'd made up my mind that I was taking my life for it seemed as if that was the only way out of that Hell. So the sleeping medication they was giving me, I saved for 8 days which came to 800 mg and I took them . . . . It is truly impossible to put into words what goes through one's mind when becoming a victim of rape. Being made into a person of no self worth, [being] remade into what ever the person or gang doing the raping wants you to be. --R.G., California inmate, October 1, 1996
Bernard Hopkins always says that prison made him a changed man for the better. Bernard Hopkins says he is the American dream. Why does Bernard Hopkins make light of something as serious as prison rape? Could it be because Bernard Hopkins was giving weaker men chocolate and making them pay him back with anal sex
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The Buck Stops Here: Don't Let The Sports Media Control Your Mind
The Buck Stops Here: Don't Let The Sports Media Control Your Mind Written Robert Littal Email Robert Littal
Did you know that Joe Buck is the father of BlackSportsOnline.com? Only the most loyal readers of this site know the story of how Joe Buck sparked an idea in my head that would turn me from being a wanna-be rapper, into the Bona Fide Sports expert you see now; with the hottest sports website in the land. The story in written form doesn’t sufficiently express how I felt at the time, so I have included a video of my account on how BlackSportsOnline was born.
I don’t like the sports media. I know that may sound backwards, since I can be considered a part of the sports media. It is like being born into something, but as you grow up you realize that your beliefs don’t match up. The reason that I don’t like the sports media is because of the bias and the hypocrisy that is flowing freely and poisoning the minds of fans all over the world.
Robert Littal (Bonfide Sports Expert) on 10.10.06 @ 09:41 PM CST [link]
Sunday, October 8th
BlackSportsOnline Top 10 College Football Poll Week 6
BSO Top 10 College Football Poll Week 6
1-The Ohio State University 2-Florida Gators 3-Michigan Wolverines 4-USC Trojans 5-Louisville Cardinals 6-West Virginia Mountaineers 7-Tennessee Volunteers 8-Texas Longhorns 9-Notre Dame Fighting Irish 10-Clemson Tigers
Well my friends, I have officially declared this week T.O. week. The formal prodigal son of the city of Brotherly Love will be returning to Philly this week for one of the most anticipated games of the year. From the day that Owens signed on the dotted line with the Eagles in 2004 until his alleged and highly publicized suicide attempt last week, he has been a lightening rod. BlackSportsOnline has been there for the entire ride and will now separate the facts from the fiction and of course your Bona fide Sports Expert will throw in some opinions as well:
If it were for combination punching and ducking punches alone, boxing would not be the legendary sport that it currently is. Thankfully, unlike UFC, boxing is littered with genuine personalities and their real experiences to go with them. Some of the greatest boxers of all time, possibly most of them, have had very shady pasts. The following list depicts some of the greatest boxers to grace the sport and the troubled past that accompanies them.
So the World Championships are over, and once again, the U.S. Team did not come home with the gold. Thanks to a loss to a Greek team that had no NBA players on its roster, our guys will once again have to be happy with the same bronze medal they got at the 2004 Olympics.
Let me apologize Alex for not getting in touch with you sooner. I have gotten all of your voicemails, emails, text messages, two-ways and hand written notes. I am not ignoring you, but things have been a little hectic for me. The NFL and college football seasons are coming up, I went to Vegas and had to deal with all of these steroids cheaters. But that is no excuse Alex for not helping you out, so I have set aside some time to write you this letter.
One of my favorite shows of all time is “Cheaters”. By now everyone should have seen at least one episode of this show and if you haven’t you should. The premise is very simple: one person in the relationship thinks the other is cheating, so they hire Cheaters to follow them to get the evidence. After they collect the evidence they bust the guilty party in a public place and hilarity ensues (except for that time the host Joey Grieco got shanked by someone who didn’t think it was so funny). Just imagine if BSO had a show called Cheaters:
2006 NFL Preseason Version of 21 Questions (Well maybe a few more) – The NFC Edition Written by Tino Wallace for http://www.blacksportsonline.com Email Tino Wallace
Training camps are underway; fans are migrating to small colleges to watch their favorite NFL teams prepare for the regular season. Every team has new faces, and in turn every team has some uncertainties heading into opening kickoff weekend. Here are some questions that I believe these teams must address if they want to have a successful year.
There’s been a big uproar over the last week regarding Bryant Gumbel’s comments about Gene Upshaw, head of the NFL Player’s Association. Basically calling Upshaw the lapdog of the NFL Commissioner, Gumbel suggested that he was the worst of all the union heads out there. Was he correct to tear down gene Upshaw like he did? It appears not.
RobertLittal.com on 08.27.06 @ 01:49 PM CST [link]
Sunday, August 20th
Cirque du T.O. .. Behind The Media's Obsession With Terrell Owens
Cirque du T.O. .. Behind The Media's Obsession With Terrell Owens Written Robert Littal Email Robert Littal
Some things never change. There will be at least 1 Tupac CD every year for the next 20 years, Joe Theismann will continue to be horrible on TV, the women on Flavor of Love will deserve academy awards for pretending to want to kiss Flavor Flav, and last but not least, the one thing that is guaranteed not to change is:
If you have never been to Vegas you are definitely missing out. It is one of those places that you have to go to at least once in your lifetime. Luckily for your Bonfide Sports Expert I was able to secure some press tickets for the Hasim Rahman vs. Oleg Maskaev fight, so I was able to make my maiden voyage to Vegas where I stay at the luxurious MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.
Before I get to the fight here are 5 pieces of information that you need to know if you ever visit Las Vegas:
I Knew Maurice Clarett..A BlackSportsOnline Exclusive
I Knew Maurice Clarett..A BlackSportsOnline Exclusive Written Robert Littal Email Robert Littal
I knew Maurice Clarett, not knew him like we played Madden every weekend and went to the strip club afterwards, but I know him well enough that if I walked into the jail cell he is in right now, he would recognize me. By now you already know what happen today, the guns, the vodka, the bulletproof vest, the taser and the mace. You have probably seen the video and wondered how someone that seemed to have the world in his hands, has fallen so far, so hard and so quickly. Let me provide you with some answers.
RobertLittal.com on 08.09.06 @ 09:04 PM CST [link]
Monday, August 7th
2006 NFL Preseason Version of 21 Questions (Well maybe a few more) – The AFC Edition
2006 NFL Preseason Version of 21 Questions (Well maybe a few more) – The AFC Edition Written by Tino Wallace for http://www.blacksportsonline.com Email Tino Wallace
Training camps are underway; fans are migrating to small colleges to watch their favorite NFL teams prepare for the regular season. Every team has new faces, and in turn every team has some uncertainties heading into opening kickoff weekend. Here are some questions that I believe these teams must address if they want to have a successful year.
Here is all you need to know about how crazy Fantasy Football can be. I am going to give you an example of 2 leagues I was in last year. The first league thanks to some expert drafting I went 12-0 in the regular season. I was unstoppable and unbeatable. There was no question I was going to be the champion, then BAM!!!! I was knocked out in the 1st round of the playoffs by a 7-7 team. The 2nd league I was in, thanks to the horror of the Donovan McNabb and T.O. soap opera, I limped to an 8-6 record, but made the playoffs. Thanks to Larry Johnson and Ricky Williams (yes that Ricky Williams of all people) I dominated on my way to the championship beating a team that was 14-0 going in. The point of telling you these stories is to let you know that Fantasy Football can be wildly unpredictable and that is what makes it fun, but if you want to have an opportunity to wear the crown in your league you have to follow these 10 Commandments.
Philadelphia GM Billy King came extremely close to making the biggest mistake of his lackluster tenure as the main personnel man in the Sixers’ organization. For the past several months he has been shopping Allen Iverson, former MVP and multiple scoring champion who’s coming off a season where he averaged 33 points a game. And while he backed off last week when he saw that no one would give him equal value since they knew he was desperate, he still may make a deal with someone next year if the team’s fortunes don’t improve this coming season.
Holdouts...Who Does It Hurt More The Player, The Team or The Game???
How Holding Out affects the "game" Written by Tino Wallace for http://www.blacksportsonline.com Email Tino Wallace
The world of professional sports has vastly evolved over the years. Back in the 60’s pro football players had 2nd jobs just to support themselves. Now simply having your name on a pro roster alone can net you hundreds of thousands of dollars per year even if you don’t see a single minute of game time the entire season. Sports these days are just more than a pastime they are an Event. They can pour millions of dollars into a small or large market city. Professional leagues such as the NBA, MLB, and the NFL are starting to broaden their marketing approach by selling anything from jerseys, to bobble heads; to music playing can openers in order to promote their team. Professional sports are now making more money than ever but of course with more money, as said by the late Notorious B.I.G., comes more problems.
Hello McFly? Jason Giambi The Real Steroid Villain
Hello McFly? Jason Giambi The Real Steroid Villain Written by Robert Littal Email Robert Littal
I admit sometimes I am a little slow. Sometimes I see things that make perfect sense to me, but no one else seems to notice, so if I am wrong about what I am about to talk about, please let me know.
Am I the only one who thinks it is strange that the United States Government is ready to put Greg Anderson (Barry Bonds trainer) in jail for not talking about something he has already talked about? Speaking of Bonds isn’t it a little crazy he is being hunted down like an animal by the FBI, IRS, MLB, BBD, TLC, 3LW and whatever other organization out just because he is an ass to the media and his head is 10 times larger that it was in 83? Isn’t weird that Mark McGwire is in hiding, Sammy Sosa is Awol, Rafael Palmerio can’t show his face, Jose Canseco is playing in a geezer league and Jason Grimsley was trying to be turned in Sammy The Bull? While all this has happen one player who is worst than all the others has been able to overcome scorn and actually be praised. Who is that person you may ask?
It looks like the walls may be finally closing around Barry Bonds; amid rampant allegations and assumptions of steroid use, he is likely to be indicted by a federal grand jury for income tax evasion. So now you can add Al Capone to the list of people you can compare Bonds with; like Capone, the powers that be had to settle for nailing him on tax evasion because they weren’t able to get anything else to stick. Of course, Barry has not been suspected of running a bootlegging operation or putting hits out on his competitors, so he and Capone really don’t have much of anything in common. But as always, that hasn’t stopped the usual suspects in the media from making this comparison. The assault on Bonds has been in full swing since the BALCO investigations became public, and doesn’t show any sign of letting up now. The talking heads have already rendered their verdict on Barry, despite there being no failed drug tests to substantiate any accusations, and have found him guilty as charged. Listen to some of the commentary about him, and you can sense the disdain in the voices of the writers, broadcasters, and even fans doing the talking. People hate this man, and that hatred has led them to convict him of crimes he has not officially been found guilty of, and to practically root for his possible imprisonment on tax evasion charges. They call into sports talk radio, write letters to newspapers, and send emails with their vitriol. No one gets people riled up like Bonds does.
To my understanding the term “PlayaHata” was termed by Bay Area rapper E-40 (if this is incorrect please email me). There are certain characteristics that make them easy to spot. First they are extremely jealous, secondly they never give credit when credit is due and lastly it is always personal. That is the big difference between a critic and a hater. A critic has valid reasoning for their criticisms where as a hater just speaks out of emotion with no rational thought behind it. Lets once again use Dwyane Wade as a subject and here is an example of a critic and a hater.
Critic- To help complete his game Dwyane Wade needs to continue to improve his 3-point shooting. Right now that is a weakness in his game that opponents can exploit. If you can force him outside of his comfort range of 17-18 feet he becomes a hesitant shooter.
Hater- This cat Wade can’t shoot, he be bricking shots all over the building, and if he didn’t have Shaq he wouldn’t anything. I tell you one thing, he is nowhere near Lebron’s level, he can’t touch Lebron, and personally I don’t think he is a Top 10 player in the league. If we drafted players right now, I would take Paul Gasol over his non-shooting, turnover prone ass.
Now that you have a better idea of what we are talking about, let’s take a look at the Top 10 Hated on players in sports.
Most of you should be familiar with the Eminem song “Stan” (If you haven't just play the video above). If you are not basically it is about a fan who becomes a stalker (i.e. Stan). In the world of sports a “Stan” is someone who universally supports an athlete and refuses to see any faults in the athlete regardless of how obvious those faults are. Lets use Dwyane Wade as an example of the difference between a fan and a “Stan”.
Fan- Wade is an excellent all around player. He makes the Heat go, he was the main reason why they won the Finals. He has to be considered one of the top 5 players in the game right now.
Stan- Wade is crushing all those kids; he is 10 times better than Kobe and 100 times better than Lebron. He could score 100 points in a game if he wanted to, but see Wade he is a team player, I mean he carried those scrubs Walker and Peyton to a championship. They should kiss his feet really. If I was his teammate I would call him everyday thanking him for getting me a ring. He is the truth.
Without further ado here are the 10 most “Stanned” athletes in the world of sports:
The hardest part of this three part expose’ was finding an athlete willing to talk on the record. Because of my connections with The Ohio State University (I am an alum) and my site, I have access to many professional athletes from various leagues and while a number of them answered my emails and calls for information, none of them wanted to be a part of the actual story except one. The only way he would do the interview is if I didn’t mention what sport that he played, if he was married or single, what race he was, used a fake name for him that had to be generic and I had to sign a fax agreement that I would never revealed his name to anyone. After agreeing to his terms here is the interview as followed.
ESPN is clearly not what it once was when it comes to being a quality network. Once the gold standard for sports television journalism, it has now become a mockery of itself for a number of reasons. While we could probably make a list of twenty or more things that are wrong with the network today, there are seven that really stand out to me. Here they are, ESPN’s seven deadly sins, the infractions that make it more like MTV than a sports network.
In part 2 of our expose’ on the lives of athletes in relation to groupies, we speak to the wives and girlfriends to get their perspective. Similar to part 1, I conducted 5 separate interviews with 5 different women. Some of the questions were for all of them others were specific to their situation. I think you will be very surprised, as I was at some of their responses.
Since the mid-90’s the National Basketball Association and the mainstream sports media have tried to anoint various young stars as the next Michael Jordan. Starting with Harold Minor on down to Dwayne Wade this year during his team’s, the Miami Heat, championship run, the cognoscenti have searched for that rare player who combines a Madison Ave Q-rating, street credibility, and stellar ability on the court that leads to championship rings just as His Airness did seemingly from Day One during his three tours of duty in the Association. I’m numb to that pretty much because I know there will never be another player exactly like Jordan no matter how much people like David Stern, Kobe Bryant, and Stuart Scott wish it were so. No, I pay more attention to who will be the next great white American player in the NBA. The next Larry Bird, the next Larry Legend so to speak who will remind the public that white guys still have game..........
Make no mistake, Ben Wallace signing a four-year, $60 million contract with the Chicago Bulls will prove to be the best free agent acquisition in the franchise’s history. The Heat better get another one next year, because this deal signifies a huge swing in power in the NBA’s Eastern Conference in the long run........
One of the perks of being a baller is normally you have your choice of the finest women on the planet. We present to you the 28 finest NBA wives and girlfriends. How does your significant other stack up?
We admit it, we left out some very attractive Wifeys on our last list, but we have corrected the problem, by listing the Top 50 Sexiest Athletes Wives and girlfriends we missed the first time around, so sit back, relax and enjoy.
I love Darth Kobe. I liked Kobe Skywalker but I have been waiting to see Darth Kobe for a long time. And when I say a long time, I mean for 10 years I knew this day would come. It wasn’t a matter of if, just when. I knew Bean had it in him to become Darth Kobe one day and the signs were there from the beginning. At 17 he told his high school girlfriend he wasn’t taken her to prom because he was going with R&B singer Brandy. Think about that for a minute from the young lady’s perspective. You are the girlfriend of the most popular guy in school and prom is supposed to be your crowning day and he dumps you for basically a photo opportunity. That is cold and only someone with the darkside inside him could do that to someone.
Sports are defined by good guys and bad guys. The fans makes those divisions under the heavily influence of the media. With the advent of the Internet, sports talk radio and 24-hour sports coverage on cable power influence this at its highest point. A man can break his ankle ignore all of his doctors orders, come back to help his team make it to the Super Bowl and still be branded as selfish (see Terrell Owens). Meanwhile a teammate breaks the cardinal rule of discussing another player’s contract to the media and is praised as being a great teammate (see Brett Favre). The majority of fans are followers; they are sheep incapable of making their own conclusions when it comes to celebrities. Their ignorance is blinded by the premise that athletes and celebrities in general are somehow better than the common man or woman. They allow people who are no more knowledgeable than themselves to influence their opinions. The only difference between me and the person reading this is that my thoughts are published for thousands to see.
Are you hearing the whispers? At the water cooler, on the message boards, sports talk radio, in the papers and all over the streets. They are saying Darth quit. Kobe Bean Bryant the Ted Bundy of the NBA pulled a “Pippen” or a “Duran” depending on how old you are in Game 7 against the Phoenix Suns. How is this possible? How does the most competitive player in the NBA give up, admits defeat and fails to get off on his stool in the 12th round? How can perception change so much in a couple of days? From comparisons to MJ to comparisons to 50 Cent when real thugs are around. Is it possible that Bean is a studio gangsta? Did this really happen?
You can smell them coming a mile away. A hint of Issey Miyake perfume blowing in the wind with each step of their Jimmy Choo sling backs, and you know they are looking for their next prey. It's open season on every basketball court from here to Toronto and girls looking for the ultimate "catch" have sharpened their acrylic claws and are on the loose.
With the NBA and NHL Finals finally over and the baseball season dragging along, there is only one thing to look forward to and that is the upcoming NFL season. It is too early to start breaking down teams, but it is never too early to talk about fantasy football. Here is a break down of the Top 40 Fantasy Football Players for the 2006 season.
Over the past 2 months Robert Littal has interviewed over 50 women in regards to their relationships with professional athletes. They range from professional groupies to Wives who have been with athletes for more than a decade. In part 1 of this 3 part series, Robert Littal interviews groupies who tell us how does it feel to always be the other woman.