It's about his tarnished image. LeBron is tired of being the villain and wants to be the hero again. He got his championships, so now people can't criticize him for not being a winner, which weighed on him before he left.
Exactly. This is a legacy PR move if I ever saw one. Stephen A. Smith getting on the air and claiming Bron as the most beloved athlete in the world after he returned and that audio clip of the Cleveland talkshow hosts pretty much sums up the situation.
But beyond that, I disagree that there were other, better young teams out there, rcade. I'm higher on Waiters and Irving than some, I suppose, but I feel Cleveland is pretty stacked talent-wise for an East team. Thompson and Wiggins are nothing to sneeze at either. Provided Blatt can coach the Cavs are going to be good for a long time, even if a couple other viable options were out there. Better destinations for LeBron would have been Chicago (which could only scrape together $73 million for Melo's offer) or Dallas (not exactly a young team built for long-term winning).
As for maximizing his money, why is LeBron the only guy who signed this sort of deal? Why isn't every agent recommending their clients take short-term deals? I'd be more inclined to look at how much cap space the Knicks are clearing next year when Stoudemire and Bargnani come off the books. LeBron DID want to play with Melo...
Anyone can write a nice letter, especially if they have a professional journalist help them tweak it. But all the other factors (leaving Wade out of his guaranteed money, picking the best young team to return to, the calculated deal that allows him to duck out after a season if he doesn't start winning, meeting with seven other teams beforehand) makes this look like a business and PR decision, not some reconciliation.
posted by Goyoucolts at 12:40 PM on July 13
Not only did LeBron talk to seven other teams, he also only signed a two-year deal with Cleveland... one of which is a player option.
What a guy.
posted by Goyoucolts at 07:21 PM on July 12
I'm with tahoemoj. How has no one snapped? Maybe coldcocking wouldn't have happened (though I'd argue it's warranted), but I'm amazed there hasn't been some sort of Texas Tech/Billy Gillispie fallout here: mass transfers, or at least the players coming together and resisting or reporting the abuse.
Clearly, this guy needs to be out of coaching ASAP.
posted by Goyoucolts at 04:09 AM on April 03
Chris Kluwe is an Internet legend because he tries really, really, really hard to be an Internet legend.
He's like Chad Ochocinco Johnson, but with World of Warcraft and flame wars with Peter King instead of touchdown celebrations and an orange mohawk. Ehhhh.
posted by Goyoucolts at 09:27 PM on March 09
and see a man drive himself into heart attack mode.
Something tells me it isn't just your talking points driving the big-time McD exec into heart attack mode...
posted by Goyoucolts at 09:19 PM on March 01
I feel really bad for Alex Smith. He went through countless offensive coordinators in San Fran, played without decent receivers, put up with Singletary, finally had a good season after a quarterback-loving head coach who understood him took over, and was in the midst of leading the Niners to another NFC championship game when some upstart youngster snagged his starting gig (and only because he sat out ONE GAME with a concussion).
What a bum deal. I wish him the best wherever he lands.
posted by Goyoucolts at 06:33 PM on February 28
This has to be something Te'o was in on. Stories like this poke huge holes in the "I was taken advantage of by scam artists" argument. If he met her online and had a strictly Internet relationship created by a couple of con guys, how does he explain meeting her?
Obvious rationales behind the falsehood are to curry Heisman votes or cover up something else. Either way, pretty unconscionable.
posted by Goyoucolts at 07:02 PM on January 16
I was hoping the Jets would force a safety, get the ball back and miss a game-winning FG... but this was almost as good.
posted by Goyoucolts at 11:58 PM on December 17
The Spurs have the best record in the Western Conference after tonight's overtime victory over the Grizzlies. Just food for thought....
posted by Goyoucolts at 11:39 PM on December 01
This article makes it seem like there was an intentional effort made to get the kid the record. Teammates wide open under the hoop but passing out for a three? Cherry-picking? Allowing the other team to score to get the ball back faster? This clearly isn't basketball.
posted by Goyoucolts at 03:57 PM on November 21
Tigers in 5.
Cards in 6.
Verlander and Carpenter
posted by Goyoucolts at 06:43 PM on October 13
Unfortunately, these means that Tressel will most likely be taking the rap, rather than the program as a whole. Here's an interesting article from SI that argues that very point.
This isn't to say that I think Tressel should stay, as he deserved to be let go. But his resignation/firing might cloud the ensuing NCAA ruling.
posted by Goyoucolts at 12:24 PM on May 30
I'd just like to point out that the actual interview in question was an informal sit-down chat between Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning, and ESPN writer (and known funny-man) Rick Reilly. For anyone with knowledge of Reilly's work (or even just from reading the original article) realizes that the chances of this being a serious answer to an open-ended question are very slim.
With that in mind, this reads more like a joke with a hidden grain of truth than a "whiny control freak" spouting off. As for making Manning look foolish, I suppose it could... but then again, context is everything. I know I've said and done things with my buddies and/or family members that might look or sound odd or are embarrassing from an outsider's perspective. But if said comment or action is prefaced the right way (which I believe this comment was), it's humorous.
posted by Goyoucolts at 03:10 PM on April 27
Atheist totally hit this one out of the park, excellent points.
posted by Goyoucolts at 08:26 PM on October 15
Here's another take on it all...
posted by Goyoucolts at 11:10 PM on September 14
So did you honestly think the Heisman Committee would have let him keep the trophy? You were leading the charge in favor of it being "taken away." Bush realized that he was most likely going to lose the Heisman, and jumped the gun.
And being polite in your press conference doesn't hide the fact that he's giving back the trophy. In my mind, that's sticking it to the man. "Thanks, but no thanks." He's taken the most coveted individual award in college football and gave it back. That takes moxy. Look at the last line of his statement. "These are gifts that can't be taken away." Fact is, he won the Heisman on the field. Whether his name is or isn't affixed to the record is irrelevant. He gave a shout out to the people who voted for him, and acknowledged that his on-field accomplishments can't be denied.
As for disgracing himself, his school, etc... Debate will rage about that forever.
posted by Goyoucolts at 06:30 PM on September 14
Ah come on, rcade... I believe Bush's statement just about as much as I buy Tiger Wood's statement(s) after all his dirty laundry got aired. I think pholcomb has this one dead to rights. Bush got tired of the little power trips being played by the Committee, knew he was going to lose the trophy, and finally said "Fuck this, have the damn thing back already."
I mean, being the first Heisman winner to GIVE BACK the trophy sounds way better than being the first winner to have it TAKEN AWAY. Plus, he makes another good PR move by starting a foundation to support student athletes "and help them avoid some of the mistakes I made." Bush just turned a losing hand into a winning hand.
posted by Goyoucolts at 06:04 PM on September 14
Hahahahaha... Gotta love Reggie Bush sticking it to the man by giving back this trophy. "Y'all can have your little Heisman back... I'm just going to chill here with my Super Bowl ring."
This was the only possible way for Bush to embarrass the Heisman committee and the BCS system, and he took it. Much props.
posted by Goyoucolts at 05:48 PM on September 14
I think Vick is finally back, and the NFC East should take note. The Eagles have some scary weapons on offense and if it hadn't been for Philly's perpetual inability to move the chains in short down situations they'd have knocked off a supposed Super Bowl favorite. Give Mike and the offense some time to adjust, and Philly is going to start collecting some serious scalps.
posted by Goyoucolts at 03:38 PM on September 13
Looks like someone is channeling their inner Bradshaw...
posted by Goyoucolts at 11:32 PM on September 10
You know the old neighborhood cuss who sits on the porch and irritates everyone with "Back in my day" stories? Bradshaw has become that man. His shtick is getting really boring.
posted by Goyoucolts at 09:54 AM on September 05
Way to go, Lebron. After holding the NBA hostage for months, we were finally allowed to witness your free agency decision in the form of an orgasmic hour-long viewing experience. Would you settle for the money and fame and run to the Knicks? Would you follow in Michael Jordan's footsteps and turn the Chicago Bulls back into a championship-caliber team? Or would you show some appreciation and loyalty for the organization that drafted you and spent the last few years bending over backward to acquire the parts necessary to win you a ring and convince you to remain a Cleveland Cavalier?
Instead, the King chose to sign with the Miami Heat, joining new signee Chris Bosh and veteran Heat leader Dwayne Wade. Wow, Lebron, maybe you really don't care about the money. Maybe you are all about winning. Surely, the next three seasons will see the raising of three new championship banners in the Miama arena, joining the one Wade already earned back in 2006. The All-Star studded lineup will dominate the media, and give David Stern a new team to pit against his pet Laker squad. Since the Chosen One couldn't face Kobe in a final with the Cavs, he'll grab a couple of sidekicks in Wade and Bosh and really raise the NBA's revenue as part of its newest headline machine: Miami's Bigger Three!!!
Let me be the first to congratulate you, Lebron. This wheeze is a genius way to start your ring hunt off. It's guaranteed to win you a championship faster than Gollum can croak "My precious." However, it isn't a long-term option, as I'm sure you understand. It's not possible for two dominant personalities to co-exist happily for long, so when the inevitable Kobe-Shaq mama drama begins the Heat will side with you because, after all, you're the "face of the NBA." Oops, sorry Dwayne. You've gone and destroyed Wade's future in Miami, but what did he ever do for them anyway? Sticking with the organization that drafted you and winning them a championship with a team whose chemistry you helped build is an old-fashioned idea in these modern times. Winning IS everything, as you point out. The only team that still holds team values and leadership is San Antonio, and everyone knows that little backwater hasn't produced a compelling team in its entire history as a franchise. Hopefully, Wade will have the sense to respect your majestic ideals and continue his homage from whatever dark corner of the NBA he inhabits three years from now.
Here, let me dust off this throne for you. Oh, you wanted to write a thank you note to the Cleveland organization? I'd suggest something along these lines: "I'd like to thank the Cleveland fans and management for a great start to my career. I couldn't have become the best player in the NBA without you guys. Thanks to you too, Akron. My feigned loyalty to you helped build my credibility and brand, allowing me to build a reputation as not only the best player in the NBA, but also as a small-town kid who will always return to his roots. I'd like to extend my gratitude to Coach Brown. His firing allowed me to avoid the blame for the lack of championships I've brought the Cavaliers, and instead scapegoated him as the coach who couldn't win the big one, even with the best player in the NBA under his instruction. But the time now is for me to fulfill my destiny, and become the biggest and best thing that's ever happened to basketball. I'm going beyond being the best player in the NBA, as my second MVP trophy proved that topic to be SO last year. In Miami, I'm going to teach Dwayne Wade how to win. I'm going to lead him and Bosh to a few rings. Then I'm going to survey the league, locate the hottest talent, and go win a few more rings. I mean, the best player in the NBA should have at least eight rings. I figure that if I finish my career on an eight straight championship win streak, I'll be the best NBA player OF ALL TIME. Thanks again, bros, and the best of luck to Cleveland in the upcoming NBA season." That way, your heartfelt appreciation is made clear, and your net worth might go up a few million into the bargain.
Lebron James for President!!
An NBA fan
posted by Goyoucolts at 12:40 AM on July 09
Suarez certainly isn't feigning anything...
posted by Goyoucolts at 12:02 PM on July 03
If I'd been there I'd have done the same thing. Appalling performance. Rooney needs to stop whining and start scoring.
posted by Goyoucolts at 11:26 AM on June 19
Rick Reilly weighs in on this contriversial topic.
posted by Goyoucolts at 05:36 PM on June 15
"The British deserve that after declaring the Vancouver Olympics the worst ever after 4 days."
That's possibly because we only won a single gold medal this year... Jolly Green Giant and all that.
posted by Goyoucolts at 05:45 AM on May 20
"And my idea of Barbie as a role model for girls has changed a bit, too. Any gal that likes fishin' can't be all bad."
Cracked up just thinking about Barbie attempting to fish. Classic.
I remember when the Snoopy model was my first fishing rod... I think I still have the thing. Fairly useless (unless you want to just catch little sunfish) but I've been hooked on fishing ever since. Yes, that weak little pun was intended.
posted by Goyoucolts at 05:39 AM on May 20
Bobfoot, I think when teams ask loaded questions like that they're merely observing the reaction of the player. Dez Bryant was asked by several teams if his mother was a prostitute, and if she still sold drugs. Not exactly politically correct questions, but when you're about to invest millions in the crapshoot that is the draft you should have whatever information you deem important.
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:22 AM on April 23
God, my 13 year old sister could have written a more legible police report... that's a college student's handwriting?
posted by Goyoucolts at 10:48 PM on April 16
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:48 AM on February 08
Can the Wizards void his contract now? With Stern taking such a blase approach to the whole firearm insident, I think it'd be a lot harder for the Wizards to successfully argue that's it just cause.
"Yes, Mr. Stern only suspended him for the remainder of the year, but we'd like our $80 million back please."
Artest didn't get his contract voided, he just got traded. No one wants to pick up Arenas's ridiculous tad, so Washington is stuck with him.
So are the Wizards the real losers in this situation?
posted by Goyoucolts at 03:19 PM on January 28
Wow. And here was I picking the Vols as the dark horse to win the SEC next year...
posted by Goyoucolts at 11:30 PM on January 12
The Colts, after they pulled starters.
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:18 AM on January 12
But Manning won MVP last year... so actually those extra two wins make him even more worthy.
posted by Goyoucolts at 06:17 PM on January 09
I disagree with your "self determination" analysis... The Sioux didn't choose anything. One tribe wanted to keep the name, the other was unsure. They merely asked for more time. The University went ahead and voted for the name change without waiting for the input of both tribes.
They don't need your righteous indignation about matters you don't understand and clearly haven't taken the time to find out. They've gotten what they wanted from FSU and the fact that you don't know that is not seminal to them. Pardon the pun.
cough, *owned,* cough...
cough, *owned,* cough...
Spoke too soon, huh?
Umm... No, I still think that was a pretty kick-ass statement. It sums up what I think on the subject, anyway. The subject being discussed has nothing to do with the negative connotations attached to Native American symbols used as sports mascots. It was simply questioning whether or not suing was a viable option. Since the BHE made their decision without waiting for the Sioux, I think it is a viable option. The rabble-rousing talk of everyone anxious to affirm that yes, they think that the pricks who want to keep the name/slur are racists just detracts from the issue.
And I liked the pun
posted by Goyoucolts at 09:17 PM on December 10
cough, *owned,* cough...
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:05 AM on December 10
The school is fighting a losing battle to maintain a respectful image for the tribe.
I don't think respect is the reason UND changed the name, because they originally didn't want to. This clip from the article, But some university officials said they began worrying that the debate was leading other institutions to avoid competing against them in sports. seems to prove that an actual logistical/financial reason existed: Exterior pressure from various groups was creating negative coverage for the university, and said coverage was leading other schools to choose different sports opponents. The Standing Rock tribe just wanted another year to discuss the issue fully, so they can make the correct choice. "Negative depictions" don't really come into the sueing part as the only people throwing around those terms are the students (and honestly, what else do you expect from students? Speaking as a student in Eugene, OR, everyone here wants a issue to trumpet. Can't imagine it would be any different in North Dakota) Let the Sioux elders fight to get that extra year of discussion, and if in that extra year they find the term disrespectful, honor the original agreement. If they don't, keep the name.
posted by Goyoucolts at 04:40 PM on December 09
Ahh, so the Standing Rock tribe was still unsure. My mistake. I still stand by my previous statement, though; this does seem to be rather ironic... The "offensive" name and logo are changed, and people are still pissed off.
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:41 PM on December 09
This case seems a little different than your average friendly Washington Redskins thread. Here (correct me if I'm wrong) it appears that the tribe, minus some 400 students and one tribal ex-chairman, voted to allow the logo but the BHE chose to go ahead and ban it.
So like I said above, you can't win. Change the name to appease some, or keep the name the majority voted for and get slammed by the PC crowd.
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:18 PM on December 09
Ironic.... You just can't win in today's world
posted by Goyoucolts at 01:55 PM on December 09
Do you really believe he cares about winning MLS silverware? That PK was forgotten the moment Becks left the pitch. He's thinking about Milan now.
Um... JButton, have you ever been in the final of anything, even if it was for something silly? I think it's fair to say that whenever a competative person makes it to the championship game of anything, they will want to win. Also, with all the contriversy over Beckham's dedication to the Galaxy, I'm sure he wanted to shut up his critics by winning the title. Yes, he probably didn't care enough about MLS to stop him from Milan, but I would argue that once LA started their post-season run he got dialed in.
posted by Goyoucolts at 06:51 PM on December 04
As if any extra motivation were needed after the Stamp Act of 1775, Landon Donovan will surely be looking to repay Beckham for failing to pick up the tab at that steakhouse!!! It's on, Limey Mothafuckas!!!!
Actually, Beckham will be looking to punish Donovan for costing him an MLS title... A truly terrible PK. England looks like it can easily cruise to the round of sixteen. This could be the year we finally get our second Cup.
posted by Goyoucolts at 04:34 PM on December 04
I second grum here. There have been several relatively high-profile handball incidents over the last couple years (the most memorable being Messi's goal against Mexico, if I remember correctly) but were they punished by FIFA? Of course not, because it's the ref's job to deal with in-game transgressions during the game (funny how that works). Punishing Henry, who admits the goal should not have counted, does little but appease the aggrieved party while unjustly singling out the Frenchman. As for the suspension of the referring team, when was the last time a MLB umpire was suspended for missing a call, (2009 playoffs, anyone?) or an NBA ref? Ed Hochuli handed the Denver Broncos a game, but all the NFL did to him was give him a "bad grade." If FIFA does decide on a ref suspension, at least it'll be directed at the real culprit, even if the punishment doesn't fit the crime.
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:22 AM on December 03
There will never be video replay in soccer. Ever.
Part of the beauty of the sport is the ref having the power to wave play on reguardless of legality. Tripping penalies being ignored if possession doesn't change, etc. While in this case the refs obviously missed the call, the amount of influence they have on the game ensures the the blight of video replay will stay with the slower paced games, such as baseball and American football.
posted by Goyoucolts at 03:11 PM on December 02
Why does every post have to degenerate into name-calling and accusations of racial slurs? Can't we keep this sort of thing to the locker room or the countless Washington Redskins threads?
posted by Goyoucolts at 04:09 PM on December 01
Come on, rcade, Henry's reputation hasn't been marred by this, nor has he brought dishonor to his country. The same thing happened with the "Hand of God" incident, and Maradona is still one of the most respected footballers of all time (his coaching leaves much to be desired, however). England didn't get a replay and as far as I know, didn't ask or expect one. While I sympathize with the Irish squad, at this point I think they have no choice but to move on.
posted by Goyoucolts at 12:29 AM on November 21
This was the NCAA getting pissed that someone would lie to them, and then reacting. A revenge suspention, you might say. Plenty of college students break the rules (or use loopholes), and get off scott-free. Off the top of my head I can think of Reggie Bush, OJ Mayo, Derrick Rose... In "The Blindside," the book about Michael Oher, you really get a taste of how money, influence and "sell value" can help you deal with the NCAA. Bryant being suspended wasn't to send a message to other students reguarding rules; it was to warn them not to fuck with the NCAA.
Or maybe I've been reading those excerpts from Tim Donaghy's book for too long.
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:56 AM on November 02
Was anyone else amused by the way the players reacted to this? Maybe it's just me, but I was a little suprised. Stoppage of play? Players running for cover? HAND SANITIZER?
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:11 AM on November 02
Like we didn't see this one coming... one media w**** makes a move and the rest of the scavengers all gather 'round. The world would be a better place without Al Sharpton and Rush Limbaugh.
posted by Goyoucolts at 03:22 AM on October 13
Not really sure how I feel about this. As a student at the University of Oregon, I think that having Blount back gives us a better chance to win, even with the stunning play of freshman back LaMichael James. On the other side of the equation, Blount did completely lose it, and I supported the original punishment. Is Chip Kelly, the man who sent a check to a fan who wanted his money back, selling himself out? Or is this a cheap move to get ahead of USC, now that Oregon has a chance of winning the PAC-10?
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:46 AM on October 02
sounds like T.I. and Delonte West need to open a gunshop together...
posted by Goyoucolts at 01:01 AM on September 20
Ok, let's imagine for a minute that you're an up-and-coming lawyer, and you're with a mid-level law firm. You've been in the business a few years, and you're winning the respect of your co-workers. You've won some big cases, and you're become know for your balls-out, intelligent work. In fact, your work is so good, you are being considered for the board of directors that runs the firm. Then let's imagine that the head of the company, who has just been chosen as the replacement for the old head man, starts talking about firing you and hiring a man that he used to pump gas and drink with as your replacement on the board. Now, wouldn't you be slightly pissed off? Or would you say, "Oh, he's just doing his job... the other guy must be better than me. I guess I will try to earn my bread elsewhere?" I think that you'd be pissed, and your trust and comfort level with your boss would be destroyed.
posted by Goyoucolts at 01:02 AM on April 03
An excellent coach, who will be missed by many. He can also write a mean book. Good luck in all endeavours, Mr. Dungy, and thanks for all you've done to the Bucs, Colts and the game of football itself.
posted by Goyoucolts at 09:10 PM on January 12
you can't edit your posts anymore?!? Now everyone can see my horrible spelling...
posted by Goyoucolts at 01:00 PM on August 15
Football has evolved to the point were no more innovation is needed, a pinicle few can share. American Football, however, is a much slower and more rigid sport; the recent innovations such as the West coast, the spread, no-huddle, and run-and-shot actually make the the game faster and more fluid. I'm not sure the A11 stratergies would hold up in the NFL, but it sure was fun watching the little clip on Rivals.
posted by Goyoucolts at 12:57 PM on August 15
Oh come on, the ref didn't call a foul because one wasn't warranted. If it's legal, why not do it? And if a nudge is all it takes to seriously reinjure another player, should that player be on the court? West's back obviously didn't stop him from dropping 38 points on the Spurs in game 5.
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:06 PM on May 16
Well, of course the Vikings just traded that pick... how stupid of me. (slap upside own head) Good call, Qatarian As for Berrian... I admit that Rex and Co. could make anyone look bad, but I have never been blown away by his ability. While he won't hurt, and might actually help Rice develop, don't count on him to be a 1500 yrd, 10 TD WR.
posted by Goyoucolts at 10:18 PM on April 23
Well, it certainly made for a shocking early morning read, but I think that this will pan out well for both sides. The Vikings get to add one of the final pieces to a dominant defense and the Chiefs get three picks to help build their team of the future. Of course, the Vikings will benefit immediately, where as the Chiefs won't feel the effect of their draft picks for another couple of years. This is the move that will push Minnesota from a team with questions to a playoff team that has a puncher's chance against anyone in the NFC. All that is needed now is some WR help for Jackson, who will have improved substantially from last year. Limas Sweed and DeSean Jackson should still be on board for the Vikings' 17th pick, and there is always the option of trading down to pick up a less know WR and another skill player. With a powerful running attack led by Purple Jesus protected by one of the best OLs in the NFL, and a defense that should now start to solidify, the Vikings are my pick to win the NFC North and make a run in the playoffs.
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:39 PM on April 23
I don't think anyone is taking anything away from Kansas, scottypup... The comments have been directed at the dramatic collapse on the half of the Tigers. Dorsey fouling out, the missed free throws, the almost-three-pointer... all these mistakes ultimately cost Memphis the title. Kansas had the skill and the determination to take advantage of the miscues, but that's what a good team is supposed to do. Congratulations to Kansas for a very enjoyable final, and I wish Rush luck in the NBA.
posted by Goyoucolts at 11:37 AM on April 08
What's the betting Henry will be wearing a Cowboy uni next year...?
posted by Goyoucolts at 11:09 AM on April 06
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