Saturday, September 24, 2005

LAVERANUES COLES: SURVIVOR OF SEXUAL ABUSE

New York Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles is a victim of physical assault between the ages of 10 and 13 by a man whom he called father. The Pro Bowl wide receiver suffered pain and humiliation both on the field and off the field. Coles revelation of his sexual abuse has come out as an eye opener a few of the tens of millions of survivors of sexual abuse in this country, a few of the tens of thousands of American kids who are violated each and every year making him a role model. Coles has undoubtedly risked his reputation with all the possibility of public contempt that he would receive, but if he has dared to do so it should be a motivating factor for the kids who are the victims of sexual molestation.

The revelation was sure to come out as redemption from his stepfather’s side. Coles' mother has divorced the man, but how difficult it is for her to live with the profound pain and anguish his husband caused to her child.

GUILLEN’S DICTUMS

The 37th manager in White Sox history, Ozzie Guillen seems to have become over obsessed of winning the Fall Classic title. He has become so obsessed that he has decided of quitting his job as Sox manager if his team wins a World Series title this season. The team’s futility in producing a World Series victory since 1917 probably could have pressurized the responsible manager and it is pretty obvious for him to head up and do something nobody else did before.

Ozzie is not an escapist and we should understand his feelings and not underestimate him. He is not considering walking away because of the booing of Sox fans or unappreciative audience or job stress -- although he admits to sometimes spew after losses, but only because he wants to declare his withdrawal gracefully after accomplishing everything in his career.

THREE PACERS IN ONE OF THE WORST BRAWLS IN U.S. SPORTS HISTORY

Hearings for Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson after having been criminally charged for their involvement in last year's brawl with the Detroit Pistons are scheduled to go before Judge Julie Nicholson for a pre-trial hearing. If they plead guilty or no contest to misdemeanor assault and battery they will be abandoned from 93 days in jail and a $500 fine. Based on their lack of criminal backgrounds and the factors of the case community service is also a good source of their attitude rehabilitation. Such a decree will allow them to provide their services to the community. The way these players spoiled the image of Detroit in the Palace of Auburn Hills in the final minute of a blowout win by the Pacers against the Pistons charging into the stands and exchanging punches with fans dominated the sports world.

MIKE SHANAHAN FACES PENALTY

Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan is that lightning rod for the Denver Broncos championship history who has won more than 108 victories over the last 10 seasons. The NFL fined him $20,000 as a penalty on Friday for his disapproval of the call that reversed Darrent Williams' punt return for a touchdown against San Diego. This is the first he has ever been fined.

Despite his almost unprecedented level of success that he has attained in the last 10 years, he is a brilliant coach and leader who is continually driven by the goal of taking his team back to the Super Bowl.

STEVE RUCCHIN PREPARES HIMSELF TO PLAY WITH THE RANGERS

A great face-off man and terrific two-way forward, Steve Rucchin is a born leader who knows how to excel in penalty-killing situations. His prudential passing skills and inspirational qualities make him a true sportsman. After spending his entire NHL career with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, now with the Rangers it seems he is on the decline, in terms of production. Moreover, $2.261 million contract sounds obnoxious particularly when the franchise includes highly paid players like Scott Niedermayer, Teemu Selanne, Sandis Ozolinsh, Sergei Fedorov and J.S. Giguere.

Friday, September 23, 2005

OBEISANCE TO CLEMENTE’S No. 21

The reluctance Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson to retire Roberto Clemente’s #21 is an obvious gesture. He genuinely acknowledges the late Hall of Famer's contributions and wants that his plaque no. should be retired in a more honorable way. The Hispanics Across America, an advocacy group, suggestion to set aside his number like Jackie Robinson's won’t be the right way since Clemente was a terrific ballplayer, and to compare his situation with Robinson’s won’t be a fair deal.

Clemente, who died at the age of 32 in 1972, died while doing something charitable should be honored in a different and significant way.

RAFAEL PALMEIRO ACCUSED TEJADA BEFORE THE DISCRETIONARY PANEL

Rafael Palmeiro after returning from a 10-day suspension for infringing baseball's policy on performance-enhancing drug called stanozolol, imperatively named Tejada for giving him a substance that may have caused a positive test. To save Orioles from earning a bad reputation Orioles executive vice president Jim Beattie wasted no time in denying that Tejada supplied steroids to Palmeiro.

But the possibility can’t be completely ruled out that future Hall of Fame pitcher Roger Clemens for a pumped-up body and dramatic benefits might have opted to use steroids to win a big contract and help his "poverty-stricken family" and his improvement late in his career is a "classic sign" of steroid use.

MISLEADING NUMBERS, MISLEADING HYPE

The NBA has so many times accredited the lazy, sloppy, soft, selfish, defenseless, and useless players as good players. These so good players have always enjoyed the hype of being raked as the all-time greats. Some of them were real couch potatoes with mediocre career averages, but still became the Cooperstown Hall of Fame inductee. Walt Bellamy, Patrick Ewing, George Gervin, Connie Hawkins, Elvin Hayes, Karl Malone, Bob McAdoo, Pete Maravich, Gary Payton, David Robinson to name a few.

These overrated players were seldom appreciated for their physical fitness. Undoubtedly they were spectacular in their own ways but lacked the substance which could have given them a genuine publicity.

CURTIS MARTIN SPORTSMANSHIP

Signed to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent by the NYJ on March 20, 1998, Jets running back Curtis Martin is truly a player of substance who has played even through ankle injuries, torn ligaments, even an injured tailbone. He's been a guy that's always answered the bell and how else his amazing ability can be explained? He has missed just four games in 11 seasons and is once again set to prove his meticulousness. Martin strained his right knee against the Miami Dolphins, but like a true sportsman he is in his full-fledged spirits to play in the Sunday game against Jacksonville. He will prove to be a huge blow for the Jets offense, especially when the Jets both fullbacks are sidelined with sprained right ankles.

This is his adamant attitude towards the professional football that has made him only the second quarterback in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in his first 10 NFL seasons joining Hall of Famer Barry Sanders.

BASIS OF INTRODUCING LEADING RIVALRIES

With the introduction of an unbalanced schedule for the 2005-06 season one of the common scene that will emerge between the divisions will be the unusual rivalries. With the contempt that will erupt in the new-look NHL a good thing that will take place is that it will incite interest among the fans. The new NHL seems to have become prudential with the eight games against divisional opponent as well as the traditional four games against the 10 non-divisional opponents in each conference. The excitement is so much that it will become more intense when hated divisional rivals comes calling and the Rangers and Islanders never frustrate their fans when it comes to rivalry games.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

STATUS CONFERRAL

Any publicity is good publicity. The way Lance Armstrong’s puppy’s open-heart surgery bestowed him over-night status. Lance Armstrong's Labrador puppy Rex is convalescing from successful open-heart surgery at Colorado State University's veterinary hospital. His puppy was born with a defective heart valve that could have cost him his life due to a risk of heart failure. The surgery was performed by Chris Orton, the head of Colorado State University’s cardiac surgery team.

THE END OF RED SOX CHASE

For the first time in more than two months, our champions of the World Series, the Red Sox fell out of first place in the AL East. But our heroes are still confident and are adamant that they can dare to compete even in the strongest challenge thrown by the New York Yankees and win the division. After the Red Sox lost an eighth-inning lead and awfully lost to the last-place Tampa Bay Devil Rays by scores of 7-4, which was further coupled with New York's 2-1 victory over Baltimore, the Red Sox seem to be out of the chase. The Sox can now only lament over the Curse of Bambino once again. Their previous season’s World Series victory can only be compared to a mirage, which certainly gave them the moments of jubilation but vanished as soon the Sox tried to chase it in the 2004-2005 season.

PLANNINGS BEHIND THE SCENE

Lakers center Vlade Divac plans to retire as a player, but in that case he would love to assume the responsibilities of an assistant coach and an international scout. His decision of premature retirement when he has always given his 100 percent to the sport will definitely affect the Lakers but to what extent?

He averaged 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds in 15 previous NBA seasons and announced his retirement keeping in view his deteriorating health. I guess probably he don’t want to be considered invalid and is therefore declaring his withdrawal.

IN SEARCH OF “NFL’S SEXIEST MAN”

Who will be the man behind all those sexy catchy phrases who will win the “NFL’s Sexiest Man” honors? Most of the athletes feel that being good looking makes it easier to get what you want in life. Our hunks of NFL threads will be shortlisted from the original sexy field of 64 to 16. The vox populi will also be given the equal weightage. The Elite Eight will finally compete for the coveted title. Let’s vote for the Super Hero character. Let’s rate the substance after style

Daily log on to: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/4892618

JOHN J. MCMULLEN DIES

Credited for bringing NHL to New Jersey, John J. McMullen died at the age of 87. A two-sport owner, he will always be remembered for his highest level of integrity, passion, kindness and professionalism. The formidable contribution he made to the success of the National Hockey League can’t be ever forgotten by us. Let’s pay a tribute to his life of extraordinary success and pay our deepest condolences to his family and to the Devils' organization

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

MICHELLE WIE: ON HER WAY...

MICHELLE WIE: ON HER WAY TO BECOME THE WORLD’S HIGHEST-PAID FEMALE GOLFER
Michelle Wie is truly a girl of great glory and high spirits. A 6-foot-1, Korean-American lady with her poise, good looks and strength will become a professional golfer at the mere age of 16 (When I was 16, I was attending high school and was still learning the basics of life.) Wie seems to succeed on her gender-blender capabilities and due to the attention she has received due to her endorsements. The way she has short listed her management-company suitors to three, she has probably started showing all the paroxysm of stardom. And it is no wonder that her high-profile dealmakers will make her queen of the sport, the queen who is all set to dominate the World.

Wie's initial annual endorsement package is expected to be $8-10 million, at least $2.8 million more than any other female golfer.

MOMENT TO ADMIRE....

MOMENT TO ADMIRE (JEFF BAGWEL): SEPTEMBER SENTIMENTS
After a hiatus of 5 months Jeff Bagwell became a conquering hero. The severe arthritis in his right shoulder took its toll, which forced him to spend his five months in infirmary. With limited range of motion, Jeff’s career was almost stuck on to back gear. Watching the game from the bench is kind of a slow killer for a professional well-established athlete, moreover, in Jeff’s case painful therapies added to his miseries. But on Friday night, in the Astros' first game against the Brewers team, Jeff, still a convalescent took a ball and fouled a pitch. Bagwell swing that hit a sinking liner over second base turned the crowd crazy. He truly looked like a knight when his Astros teammates mobbed him and bounced him like a bobblehead. His game-winning hit with two outs in the ninth was celebrated by the fans with fireworks and plenty of cheering. My two words of appreciation are “simply great.”


http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article_perspectives.jsp?ymd=20050919&content_id=1215750&vkey=perspectives&fext=.jsp

HOIBERG’S HEART....

HOIBERG’S HEART-TO-HEART MATTER
The 10-year NBA veteran Fred Hoiberg has a weak heart probably a fatal ailment found in tall, lanky individuals. Hoiberg's case highlights the fact that even ostensibly healthy professional athletes can suffer from some fatal undiagnosed heart problems that do not show symptoms or appear on a standard medical assessment.

Now, the question arises is why is NBA is not putting any extra effort to make practice of screening their players for cardiovascular diseases or structural problems a regular feature. Why there is no leaguewide testing policy for teams? On the contrary the leagues should not mind making it a regular practice because at the professional level the cost of conducting an echocardiogram stands nowhere as compared to the millions that the tams invest in their players.

DETROIT SUPER BOWL...

DETROIT SET FOR XL SUPER BOWL
Super Bowl XL is scheduled to take place in
Detroit city on Feb. 5, 2006. The way Detroit has successfully tried to become synonymous with the America moves and what America hears. This total makeover has also changed the way America experiences its leading annual sporting event. Detroit hosted its first Super Bowl in 1982 and broke the monotony of Miami-New Orleans-Los Angeles Super Bowl as host cities. Once again to make it a realistic possibility, Detroit is set to redefine the Super Bowl experience.

I am sure that it will once again stir the civic pride and an innovative downtown revival. Let’s wait and watch the reintroduction of Detroit to the World.

EITH TKACHUK, HIS DIET...

EITH TKACHUK, HIS DIET HIS EMBARASSMENT
In one of the disgusting moves the St-Louis Blues suspended Keith Tkachuk for showing up overweight and lack of physical fitness. Considered to be a top star in the league, Keith earned $7.6 Million dollars last year, but what kind of example is he setting for the other pro athletes? Since he is one of the highest paid athletes he should not let this money reflect on his health. The way he is treating himself burgers and high calorie diet and his final expulsion is a matter of embarrassment. His extra-kilos won’t land him anywhere. For a guy who has always displayed leadership qualities he should appear as a poster boy of athleticism and strength and not the one who is valid for competing in the Hotdog eating contest.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

SPORTS BUZZ

TERRELL OWENS: SILENT HERO, CONTENTED HERO

Owens is the player whom people love to watch. The scenario in front of his house during his training camp deferral was something we can all be proud of. One of the best receivers in the game today, Owens brought his obstinacy and big-play ability to the Eagles after being procured in a highly-publicized three-way trade in the 2004 offseason. He entered the 2005 season with a streak of 129 consecutive regular-season games with at least one reception. Compare his statistics against his opponents in his next game.

MLB BUZZ

PROFESSIONALISM VS. PERSONALISM

There are some moments when your life expects something from you and where professional showbiz is concerned one has to maintain composure and normalcy, even though the outside life may be escalating in a different direction. And I think our professional MLB players live to everybody’s expectations. Roger Clemens won an important game for his team for the Houston Astros. He played this game with a ruptured soul since his mom passed the very same day. Last season, Brett Favre did the same against the Raiders after his father had suddenly died.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2161767

NBA BUZZ

GARY PAYTON: IS HE THE BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE?

Let’s face it…………!

He Ranks 14th in NBA in Assists Per Game (6.1) and T-8th in Technical Fouls (14). Gary Payton is a true basketball player that could play in any era, in any city, in any playground or neighborhood.

He is one of the most confident players to ever play the game. Selected to the NBA All-Star Team seven straight seasons (1994-98, 2000-01) and was voted as a starter in 1997 and 1998.

He is just the eighth player in NBA history to compile 15,000 points, 6,000 assists and 1,000 steals.

Named All-NBA First-Team in 1998, 2000, All-NBA Second Team in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999 and All-NBA Third Team in 2001.

Established the Gary Payton Foundation in October 1996 to help underprivileged children stay in school and to provide safe recreational havens.

Played basketball for USA in 1996 Olympic Games.

Starting all 50 games in 1999, Payton led the Sonics in scoring (21.7 ppg.), assists (8.7 apg.), steals (2.2 spg.) and three-pointers attempted (281) and ranked second on the team three-pointers made (83).

NFL BUZZ

WILL THE LEGACY OF QUARTERBACK CLASSICS MAKE THEM ALL-TIME GREATS?

So far, Manning has always been figured out in the postseason but now he is on his way to become one of the best quarterbacks ever. It seems as if he is following the same trail as laid by Unitas, Montana, Elway and Marino. They all never made it big but set numerous individual records, and probably, that will be how Manning will be graded and remembered. Donovan McNabb might have been considered to be the most interesting quarterback in the league but his legacy is far from cemented. McNabb is a special talent but still there is some time for him to establish as an all-time great. Ben Roethlisberger is a creepy professional and like many of other players, it will be very early to talk about his legacy.

NHL BUZZ

ISLANDERS MOVING WITH THE PACE

With speculation to build roster around center Alexei Yashin, Milbury traded Michael Peca to the Oilers in exchange for center Mike York. Another dash of vigor was added with the signing of winger Miroslav Satan from Buffalo. The New York Islanders' GM has never been apologetic about making any move in attempt to make his team better. The defense was also given a makeover with the procurement of Alexei Zhitnik from Buffalo, Brad Lukowich from Tampa Bay, and Joel Bouchard from the Rangers, while acquiring Brent Sopel from Vancouver.

Of course it’s not very welcoming to pay adieu to good players, but this is how the show goes on.