Tony Dungy, who won a Super Bowl as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts,and currently an analyst on NBC Football Night In America,has created a firestorm over his comments about Michael Sam,the first openly gay football player drafted by the St.Louis Rams of the NFL.Dungy said he would not have drafted Sam because it would cause a distraction by the constant media questions about the first openly gay player in the NFL.First of all let me say that,as a Christian,I don’t agree with same sex marriage or relationships.But I do think a person has the right to live their life the way they want and be allowed,based on ability,to make a team.What bothers me is every time someone expresses an opinion on this topic the media circles like sharks in the water.Dungy said the constant media questions would distract from the team concentrating and preparing for the coming season and he,as a coach,would not want that around his team .The media firestorm his comments created shows he’s right.Michael Sam should be judged solely on his playing ability but because he’s gay it puts him as the center of attention.If he’s good enough he will make the team and if he’s not he won’t.The media needs to stop making a big deal out of every comment on this.That’s my opinion.
So LeBron James has gone back home to Cleveland and Carmelo Anthony has decided to stay with the NY Knicks.Finally the speculation about these two NBA superstars,will he stay or will he go, can stop.Good for LeBron that he showed you can go home again.He realized that he made a mistake with that assinine show on Espn “The Decision.”He read a thoughtful letter this time explaining why he wanted to come back.Dan Gilbert,the Cavaliers owner,realized he made a mistake with that stupid letter to the fans when LeBron left.He met secretly with LeBron and gave him a heartfelt apology.It’s great to see a billionaire not to egotistical to say he’s sorry and that paved the way for James to return.Carmelo Anthony,after being wooed like the prettiest girl at the dance,admitted his heart is really in New York and he believes that Phil Jackson will build a championship team.He also signed because no other team could
offer him as much as the Knicks.So both players now are happy where they are.It’s a shame that the NBA has so few really good players that two guys could command so much attention.With free agency being what it is now teams and cities will be in a constant state of worry that the best player on their team may go somewhere else and they will be left out in the cold.That’s my opinion.
Well friends this is a good one.A Yankees fan named Andrew Rector attended the Yankees Red Sox game in April at Yankee Stadium.It was a Sunday night,nationally televised game on Espn.The cameras caught Mr.Rector sleeping while the announcers,Dan Schulman and John Kruk, were reading a promo for Mlb.com.They made a few funny but harmless comments about the sleeping Mr.Rector but it got played all over YouTube and Mlb.com.Mr.Rector was made the laughing stock of the internet.Now Mr.Rector is suing Espn,the Yankees and Major League Baseball for 10 million dollars.Yes that’s right folks,10 million dollars.First of all dude,how can you sleep during a Yankees Red Sox game?And where he was sitting those seats are expensive.I would not pay that much for tickets and then fall asleep.It’s obvious this lawsuit won’t have have any legs.Mr.Rector will be seeking some sort of settlement.On the back of the ticket it says you may be seen on T.V and your actions may be seen,whatever they may be.So a warning,if you’re too tired to stay awake at the game,stay home where you can fall asleep peacefully.That’s my opinion.
Well we have come to the halfway mark in the baseball season despite those dopey sportswriters and broadcasters who say the All Star break is the halfway mark.About all the teams have played 81 games or more so now is the time to take another look at where your team is.Today’s July 1st and right now there are only 3 teams in each league that are 10 or more games over the .500 mark.The Oakland A’s,Detroit Tigers and L.A Angels in the American League and the Milwaukee Brewers,L.A Dodgers and SanFrancisco Giants in the National League.My team the N.Y Yankees are 1 game over at 41-40 but are in the race for the division lead and the wild card.Baseball is full of mediocrity at the moment and except for a few teams the season has been boring.But still,with no team looking capable of running away it should make for an interesting second half.So see where your team is and figure,with about half a season to go,do they have a chance.If you think they do then buckle up because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.That’s my opinion.
With the World Cup going on soccer has taken center stage in America’s consciousness.The record TV numbers prove that.The different venues throughout the country are packed with casual as well as hardcore fans.While I am not a soccer fan,I do get interested when our country is involved and actually has a pretty good team.The question is whether soccer can become as big in this country as Baseball,Football and Basketball.Every time the World Cup is played this question comes up.Soccer gets a temporary boost but it usually doesn’t last.The NY Cosmos were very big and had had superstars like Pele and Giorgio Chinaglia but their popularity waned when those stars left.Soccer will always be more popular worldwide than here but every four years when the World Cup is being played,soccer in this country becomes the attraction.It’s just that it doesn’t last.That’s my opinion.
Tony Gwynn,one of the greatest hitters in baseball history,passed away this week after battling cancer.While many players and baseball writers tell of him not only being a great player but more importantly being a great person,I want to touch on what was the likely cause of his death and the issue it brings up.Tony liked to use smokeless chewing tobacco.He told of how it relaxed him before and during a game when he would take a pinch and put it in his mouth.He also told of how addicted he became to it,so much so that when he awoke in the morning he would brush his teeth then take a pinch.This brings up the question should smokeless tobacco be banned in baseball.It is banned in the minor leagues and many think it should be banned in the major leagues as well.The only problem is that it is not illegal.How can you tell a grown person that they cannot use a product,though it is harmful to their health,they can’t use it.Cigarettes are still legal and while people are being told they shouldn’t smoke,no one is telling them they can’t.The people against say it’s a bad role model for the kids who someday aspire to be major league players,the ones for say it’s the parents job to teach their kids,not the players.Charles Barkley once famously said “I am not a role model”and to some extent I agree.Just because a kid may not be exposed to it now doesn’t mean he won’t be exposed to it later when he’s an adult and must make his own decisions.Tony Gwynn made the decision to keep pinching tobacco and it’s the sameway with cigarettes,alcohol and drugs.It’s all a matter of choice.That’s my opinion.
The New York Knicks have made Derek Fisher their new head coach replacing Mike Woodson.The deal is for 5 years (25 million)which is the same number of years for Team President Phil Jackson (60 million).Now there has been alot of back and forth about a guy with no head coaching experience taking over what many so called experts and media types think is a near impossible job.Let me be the voice of reason here.First of all, Phil Jackson is putting in a new system known as the triangle.He wants a coach that knows that system.Secondly, Derek Fisher has been a championship player winning 5 rings.He knows what it will take and everything I heard at his press conference makes me believe that he will communicate that to his players.Thirdly,and this I think is something hardly anyone in the media believes,is the Knicks roster is not that bad.Mike Woodson was a decent coach but he is not a championship coach.The one ring he has was with the Detroit Pistons as Larry Brown’s assistant.He is good enough to make the playoffs,witness the Atlanta Hawks and the Knicks last season.But he doesn’t make adjustments during the game and he tries to make his system work even if he doesn’t have the right players to do so.The one thing a coach must be able to do is adapt to the talent he has and get the most out of it.Offensively,There was too much of Carmello Anthony holding the ball while the other players stood and watched and that will change with the triangle.Defensively, they were constantly switching which often gave the opposing team a mismatch the Knicks couldn’t handle.Phil Jackson will eventually get the players he needs to run his system but in the meantime he and Derek Fisher will see the talent that’s currently there and get the most out of it.That’s my opinion.