Kimbo Slice defeated Ray Mercer Saturday night in both fighters’ Mixed Martial Arts debuts. On the entire face of sports this fight wasn’t even a pimple – and as recent events in the MMA world have shown, it could have been much worse.
After a long battle to bring MMA out of the barrooms and into the living rooms of mainstream America, ESPN had begun coverage and reporting on fights, history and most importantly the sports television network had finally given MMA equal sports billing. MMA had finally separated itself from pro wrestling.
The UFC was now on Sportscenter then along came Tommy. Former heavyweight boxing champion and “formerly” HIV+ Tommy Morrison made his much-hyped MMA debut – well sort of.
In an unsanctioned, unlicensed and under regulated “fight,” on an Indian Reservation, Morrison needed to pass no blood work, needed no physical to pass to gain entrance into the cage. Morrison then changed all the rules to make the match a boxing match within an MMA cage. The unscrupulous promoters duped the audience and sports world into thinking this was an MMA match when in fact all it was a shameless publicity stunt.
Just four short years ago the entire sports world was abuzz with the story of 14-year-old soccer phenom Freddy Adu. He was heralded as the greatest soccer sensation since Pele and the hope of US soccer rested on his school boy shoulders. There was so much potential from such a young lad, so much in fact that the D.C. United of Major League Soccer (MLS) made Adu the No.1 pick of the 2003 MLS draft.
After well-publicized clashes between the young superstar and his coach Adu was traded to Real Salt Lake where he was promptly forgotten. The goals declined and the sports world moved on to the next young phenom story at the time I believe it was the emergence of Michelle Wie, but what of Adu?
Dear Mr. Congressman,
As someone who voted for you I’d like to share my thoughts on something very important to me.
I would like to encourage you to support Mass. Rep Barney Frank’s efforts to legalize, regulate and tax online gambling. The recent passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) is a misguided piece of legislation that was underhandedly attached to the Port Security Bill in the 11th hour and passed without most members of Congress even reading it. This is not how I expect my government to operate. Why was this underhanded approach used? It’s a very important question that I challenge you to answer.
The 2007 NBA Finals begin today and the two teams representing the NBA couldn’t be more different. The Spurs are the veteran no flash, all business representative of the Western Conference. From the East we have “The King” and his court of knavish, youthful ballers. So when it is all said and done, who will hoist the trophy and who will go home empty handed? Can the Cavaliers finally cast off the close-but-no-cigar reputation that has put Cleveland near the top of championship-starved cities? The Cavaliers have a chance but in all reality, this is not their year. On paper, predicting this season’s champion couldn’t be any easier. Sure LeBron James has gotten to the NBA finals faster than almost every other superstar in the league’s history – even faster than his “ariness.” But will LeBron’s youthful exuberance be enough to stop the Spurs in their quest to become one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history? Continue reading
Celebrities and athletes know how to live The Life. They hang out with movie starts and date supermodels. They own their own record labels and boy do they know how to bling!
From exotic sports cars to lavish luxury digs drawing the line between athlete and celebrity is often blurred. But for all the extravagancies, entourages and illicit stripper-filled liaisons north of the border, perhaps our athletes need to look to the land down under for a lesson in real celebrity acquisitions.
Australian actors Russell Crowe and Anthony LaPaglia have announced that they are going to build a stadium for Crowe’s Rugby team and Lapaglia’s soccer team – ahem, football squad. The teams currently do not have a home field of their own and plan to share the facility between the two clubs. In addition to a 25,000 seat stadium the project would also include adjacent practice facilities.
Now talk about who’s dropping some serious coin.