Mayweather vs McGregor has nothing to do with boxing

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Published on : June 20, 2017

 

The all mighty dollar.

 

 

That’s what this fight is about. As a matter of fact, that’s what all sports are about nowadays. If it wasn’t for those dollars (truckloads of them) then this Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather Jr debacle would never have even been conceived, let alone born into reality. But thanks to Dana White and Benjamin Franklin, the world will finally get a little bit of payoff from all of the trash talking we have heard in the last few months.

 

 Floyd is money.

 

While the final number aren’t in, word is that each fighter will make at least $80 million. Mayweather will make significantly more than McGregor because he is far more established, he is the better fighter and he is the bigger name. Also, he refused to even entertain the idea of the fight unless he was going to make $100 million. Both fighters will walk away from this one significantly better off than they were before, but I’m not sure the same can be said about the fans who will be watching the fight on August 26th. That’s because in all likelihood, Floyd Mayweather will easily win this.

 

Despite being older, shorter, lighter and with a shorter reach, Floyd Mayweather is one of the most, if not the most, technically gifted boxers of all time. Mayweather is an astounding 49-0 in pro fights. Some would say that is because Mayweather only takes fights he can win, especially later in his career when he could dictate such things. You can point to the fact that he waited until Manny Pacquiao was decidedly past his prime to take a fight with him, and there may be something to that idea, but you can’t deny that a record like that speaks for itself. Mayweather’s style might frustrate some people due to the lack of knockouts, but wins are wins and if knockouts were the only way to win a fight then there would be no such thing as a victory by decision.

 

My inclination is that McGregor is indeed doomed as far as the result of this fight is concerned. Conor has become a king in the octagon but he will be operating under a completely different set of rules than what he is accustomed to. Mayweather’s technical prowess will be too much for him to handle and he will be walking away from this one with an loss on his boxing record. But that’s where the true genius of this fight shines through. While his boxing record will get a loss, this will do absolutely nothing to his reputation in the UFC. Conor McGregor will be making $80 million to lose in a format that he might never compete in again, and he will return to UFC a very rich man.

 

 The odds are stacked against Conor.

 

There is plenty of excitement surrounding this matchup but smart fans will temper that excitement. The hype machine has been churning for the better part of a year so it seems inevitable that this one will be yet another big name boxing letdown. Odds are, that there will be little substance to this match except in the amount of money made by the two fighters and their respective business empires. But that doesn’t mean people won’t watch. They will watch by the millions.

 

Everyone will come out a winner, except for those people who desire a good fight. Mayweather will finally have that coveted 50-0 record. McGregor will lose a match but his UFC persona will live on no worse than it was before. Everyone will get rich. And fight fans will be left with the feeling that they were once again ripped off. But none of that matters because next time the big “all flash, no substance’ matchup comes up, they will be lining to give away their money once again.

 

 


Who will be McGregor’s next opponent?

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Published on : November 19, 2016

 

 

Conor McGregor rarely ceases to amaze us, and UFC 205 was no exception, as he dominated Eddie Alvarez in a performance that ended in a second round knockout. McGregor is now the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at the same time: the 145-pound featherweight belt that he earned last December by knocking out Jose Aldo. An effort that took one punch and twelve seconds, and the 155-pound lightweight belt that he took from Alvarez on Saturday. It’s impossible to deny that the UFC has given McGregor superstar treatment. They’ve allowed him to hold on to his featherweight belt for nearly a year now without defending it. They gave him a lightweight title shot despite never having fought in the division. However, he did prove to be more than worthy of both of those championship fights.

 

So good for Conor, he got to live out his fantasy of holding one belt over each shoulder and acting like an asshole. And good for the UFC, they’ve sold the shit out of their biggest star to date, and their fame and fortune, along with McGregor’s, continues to grow. Things took a little detour with the Nate Diaz fights. That was fun, but kind of a novelty. Now they got back on track with the Alvarez fight and Conor is once again fighting for championships as he should be. There’s only one thing Conor McGregor hasn’t done in his career: defend a belt. Now it’s time to do that.

 

 

As badly as Jose Aldo would love to get his rematch against McGregor, Conor isn’t going back down to featherweight. Getting to 145 pounds is an insane weight cut for a guy Conor’s size, and he already did everything he needed to do in that division. He knocked out Jose Aldo faster than you can say Khabib Nurmagomedov (spoiler alert), and he beat Max Holloway in 2013, who is widely considered the most dangerous contender in the division. The UFC allowed McGregor hold the featherweight belt hostage for long enough, now it’s time they tell him to give it up and move on. Tell him that if he ever wants to go back down to 145, they’ll give him a shot to get his belt back, but until then, it’s time to let Conor McGregor and the featherweight division go their separate ways.

 

There’s already rumors swirling about McGregor taking a shot at the welterweight title, which would give him three belts (because who wants just two championship belts). But Conor had enough trouble beating Nate Diaz at 170, he has no business fighting Tyron Woodley. And he’s never going to fight Floyd Mayweather in any platform other than social media, so lets just end that discussion right now. The only way Mayweather is willing to fight McGregor is in a straight up boxing match, and Conor has absolutely no business doing that.

 

Conor McGregor doesn’t need to get cute with his next fight. He doesn’t need to jump to another division, or another sport, or convince some washed up star to come out of retirement, or fight Nate Diaz for a third time. All he needs to do is look at the top two contenders in the division, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.

 

Nurmagomedov

 

Both Tony Ferguson, who has won nine straight UFC fights, and Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is 24-0 in his MMA career, have great cases to land the title shot against McGregor. Neither would be an easy out, but Nurmagomedov’s well-balanced skill set, size and power, and incredible wrestling make him a very difficult matchup for McGregor. Khabib might actually be the one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, he just hasn’t had a chance to prove it yet.

 

If Conor wants to satisfy all the hardcore MMA fans and prove just how good he is against the best competition, Khabib Nurmagomedov is the fight. Then Tony Ferguson can fight Nate Diaz with the assumption that the winner gets the next title shot. Although you know what they say about assumptions, and Conor McGregor loves to make asses out of people, just ask Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez.

 

There’s really no predicting what the UFC or Conor McGregor will do at any time, but let’s hope this time they do the right thing for the sport, and book a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

 

 


Tebow and Punk: Don’t quit your day job… whatever that is…

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Published on : September 17, 2016

 

One is a Jesus-obsessed former college football star who couldn’t cut it in the pros. Now he’s switching to baseball, a sport he hasn’t played since high school and wasn’t very good at to begin with…

 

The other is a pro-wrestling superstar in his late 30s who’s sick of people telling him his sport is “fake.” Now he’s going off script and stepping out of the ring and into the octagon to fight in the UFC!

 

It sounds like the plot of a terrible 90s buddy comedy, but those are actually two of the biggest stories in sports right now, whether or not they deserve to be. Tim Tebow, the Heisman-winning Florida Gators quarterback, is taking a shot at baseball after he finally came to terms with the fact that his NFL career is over. And CM Punk, once one of the biggest stars in the WWE, made his much anticipated UFC debut on Saturday night. It went about as well as I expect Tebow’s baseball career to…

 

 

You may be old enough to remember the great Bo Jackson, an NFL Pro-Bowler and MLB All-Star who serves as the gold standard of dual-sport athletes. If you’re REALLY old, you may remember Jim Thorpe, who won two Olympic gold medals in track and field, and played pro football, baseball and basketball. I’m assuming the practice schedules were a little more flexible in those days…

 

Two problems here: The times have changed, and to be a successful pro athlete in this era, you have to be completely devoted to one sport from childhood until retirement. Also, Tim Tebow and CM Punk are not Bo Jackson and Jim Thorpe. Jackson and Thorpe didn’t fail at their primary sport, then try to arrogantly jump back into a sport they were mediocre at in high school. Jackson and Thorpe didn’t get a chance to go pro in a sport they had never tried because they were famous entertainers who played pro athletes on TV. At the end of the day, this is just one big publicity stunt. Well, two big publicity stunts, but you get the idea…

 

For as much credit as he gets for being a clean-cut, good ol’ Christian boy, Tim Tebow loves being the center of attention. For most of his adult life, he was a constant topic in sports media headlines. At Florida, Tebow was one of the most dominant players in the history of college football, winning a Heisman trophy and two National Championships. After stepping into a starting role his rookie year in the NFL, Tebow showed flashes of greatness (or at least goodness), and threw a game-winning touchdown pass in a playoff game, giving the loyal alliance of Tebow fans a lazy argument for why he should still be a starting NFL quarterback. But his somewhat encouraging rookie year was littered with red flags, none more glaring than his awful 50% completion percentage (which was followed up by an even more atrocious 46.5% in his second season with Denver).

 

 

After being traded by the Broncos, benched by the Jets, refusing offers to change positions or sign with a CFL team (because he takes too much pride in being a shitty NFL quarterback), Tim Tebow returned to his college roots by joining the SEC Network as an analyst. Four years removed from an NFL roster, and beginning to accept the fact that he sucks at football (He won a playoff game! And Rex Grossman went to a Super Bowl. Give it up Tebow fans), Tebow was upset that he was’t getting any undeserved attention, so he decided to arrange a publicity stunt and announce his intention to play major league baseball. So not only is Tebow’s arrogance level so high that he scoffs at playing in the CFL, or switching positions in the NFL, it’s so high that he thinks he can go pro in a sport that he hasn’t played in over ten years. The force is strong with this one.

 

Tebow insists this is not a publicity stunt and he is “all about baseball.” Of course any team that signs him would need to allow him to continue his broadcasting job on the side, and he’s already selling autographed bats on his website for $175 a pop, but those are just things that you do when you’re a minor league baseball player fighting for a shot in the bigs. Like he said, “all about baseball.”

 

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In an attempt to boost ticket sales at Columbia Fireflies, or Brooklyn Cyclones games, and sell a few thousand “Tebow” jerseys during a spring training stint that will likely make Michael Jordan look like Ken Griffey Jr, the Mets have signed Tim Tebow to a minor league contract. Of course, the Mets official reason for signing Tebow was an “opportunity to associate with excellence.” They went to the World Series last year, but that’s nothing compared to signing a washed up college football star.

 

I know, this isn’t really a big deal. We shouldn’t get too excited, or too angry about it. Tim Tebow will look lousy in the minors, bat under .200, and hit one big home run that all his fans will overreact to. He’s a winner! He’ll get his name back in the press, where he likes it, and when the Mets decide it’s time to stop parading this failed football player around as a real baseball player, Tebow will say something like, “It was a humbling experience. I gave it my all and I have no regrets. I just want to thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ for giving me this great opportunity,” and it’ll all be over… But I can’t help but be a little irked when I see the updated version of Tim Tebow’s wikipedia page:

 

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Is he though? Is he?

 

While Tebow’s publicity stunt is disingenuous both on his and the Mets behalf, CM Punk’s publicity stunt is really only disingenuous on the UFC’s behalf. You may think it’s a bit odd that I’m referring to him as CM Punk and not his real name, which apparently is Phil Brooks. Well the UFC didn’t bill him as Phil Brooks, his real name, as they have every other fighter in UFC history, they billed him as CM Punk. After the UFC decided to sign a 37-year old WWE wrestler with virtually no martial arts experience to the most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion in the world, one would think they would start using his real name instead of billing him in his wrestling character nickname. But Dana White and the UFC have often embraced the publicity stunt aspect of their sport, which is why Dan Henderson is fighting for a championship at age 63 after losing his last 21 fights (note to self: fact check those numbers).

 

Despite the UFC treating this like a total sideshow, CM Punk went about his business the right way, unlike Tim Tebow. Punk did a few initial press conferences, “Yeah, I know people are going to think it’s a joke, but I’m taking this shit seriously, and I’m gonna put in the work.” Something like that, I’m paraphrasing… Then he went away for about two years, stayed fairly quiet, went out of character, took the shit seriously and put in the work, linking up with veteran trainer Duke Roufus who has led many UFC stars to victory. He did the necessary promotions leading up the fight, did a few TV specials, but for the most part, he stopped being a pro wrestler, and did everything in his power to become a pro fighter.

 

 

He walked away from making millions for pretending to fight other pretend fighters, to take on the challenge of actually fighting the best fighters in the world. For that alone, he deserves a lot of respect. Sure, he got his ass kicked and submitted in the first round without landing a single strike, so it may not have showed up in his performance, but he took the shit seriously! After his loss to Mickey Gall on Saturday, hopefully he learned he seriously shouldn’t be doing this shit.

 

Basically, Punk’s fight showed us exactly how Tim Tebow’s baseball career will go. In both Tebow and Punk’s case, they are being handed an opportunity to do something they have no business doing based solely on their fame. The difference is, Punk was inspired to challenge himself, Tebow was inspired to get his name in the headlines again. Where Tebow is only risking a few minor league strikeouts and spring training errors, Punk risked getting brutally beaten by a professional ass-kicker. So if I had to pick a winner of this publicity-stunt-off, I’d go with the guy who just got his ass kicked, CM Punk. But Tebow was once actually great at an actual sport, so he has that… I’m not saying wrestling isn’t a sport… but it is scripted television…

 

Either way, Jim Thorpe and Bo Jackson are probably rolling in their graves… Well Jim Thorpe is rolling in his grave. Bo Jackson is alive and well. He’s probably rolling in a deer hunting blind in Alabama. Or maybe Thorpe and Jackson are smiling down from heaven, knowing they are still the greatest multi-sport athletes who ever lived… Again, Bo Jackson is NOT dead, it just makes for a more dramatic ending.

 

 


Get to know Paige VanZant

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Published on : August 31, 2016

 

 

Coming off her big win over Bec Rawlings at the last UFC event, it’s time to take notice of Paige VanZant. She is a rising star in MMA, so we should all learn her name now because you are going to hear it a lot in the coming months. This is everything you need to know about the young fighter.

 

Paige VanZant is originally from Oregon and currently fights in the Strawweight division of the UFC. She is only 22-years-old and stands 5’4″ and competes at 115 lbs. VanZant has been fighting since 2012 where she has 7 wins in her 9 match career. With two wins each coming from knockout and submission. The other three were decision. Prior to UFC, she competed in Invicta FC.

 

You may also recognize Paige from her appearance on the hit reality competition show Dancing with the Stars. Her and her partner made it to the final round of the show but they ended up taking second place. One thing was clear, the lady has moves, grace and excellent body control. All valuable tools for a fighter in the octagon.

 

 

The Bec Rawlings fight was an huge showcase for VanZant. She took a few hard strikes early in the first but stayed on her feet. She weathered Rawlings’ storm and counterattacked. She kept the pressure up and never relented. This tenacity is becoming her calling card. That plus some “wild” strikes of her own. We have seen on many occasions where Paige VanZant has tried spinning and jumping maneuvers. Many critics say these types of moves should be avoided but it was one of those kicks that ended the fight.

 

Paige and her team call that KO strike “kick the can.” It looks very The Karate Kid to me. Can you say Crane Kick, Daniel-san? I think I’m most impressed by the fact that this wasn’t some super clean win. It showed some backbone to get knocked around for a bit then seize control. That’s what a champ does. Below are video highlights of the fight.

 

 

Dana White and UFC have a new fighting celebrity in the making. Paige VanZant isn’t Ronda Rousey or Conor McGregor status just yet but watch out. The sky is the limit for this talent. The women of the UFC are providing some of the most interesting bouts on any given card and we are excited to see what’s next for the lady they call “12 gauge.”

 

Knockout.

 

 


What’s next for McGregor? Diaz 3? Mayweather?! WWE?!?!

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Published on : August 23, 2016

 

As the dust settles from Conor McGregor’s majority decision victory over Nate Diaz in the best fight of the year, it’s time for the most fun part of being a UFC fan: playing matchmaker. What seems logical for McGregor, what UFC president Dana White wants for McGregor, and what McGregor wants for McGregor can be very different things. Before the fight, Dana White said Conor’s next fight would be defending his featherweight belt in a rematch against Jose Aldo. But after the fight, White also offered McGregor the option of fighting Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight championship, with the stipulation that McGregor would have to give up his featherweight belt.

 

But after achieving a level of global superstardom that no UFC fighter had previously reached, the hard-hitting, trash-talking Irishman now has the bargaining power to basically get whatever he wants, as long as he shows up to press conferences. He can even be late, he simply has to show up at some point during the press event… So what will be Conor’s next move?

 

Nate Diaz: Complete the Trilogy

 Think Diaz wants another shot?

 

In the post fight interview, McGregor offered Diaz a third fight to settle their score once and for all. Since this victory wasn’t nearly as decisive as Diaz’s second round submission in their first fight, it’s understandable that Conor feels there is still unfinished business between the two. After this epic battle, who wouldn’t want to see them fight again? McGregor’s one term was that the fight would have to take place at 155 pounds instead of 170. But when does Conor want this fight to take place? In the final pre-fight press conference, he said their would be a trilogy between the rival fighters, but that it would not be McGregor’s next fight. With the excitement still in the air, it’s very possible that all the options below will have to yield to Diaz once again before cashing in on their big McPayday.

 

Jose Aldo: Defend the Belt

 Does Jose Aldo want some more?

 

Much to the chagrin of Jose Aldo and Dana White, I don’t see this happening for two reasons. First, Conor hasn’t fought at 145 pounds in more than nine months, taking two fights at 170 since. He was always very big for a featherweight and had to undergo extreme weight cuts before fights. He probably feels much healthier fighting in higher weight classes. Second, after knocking Aldo out in 13 seconds in their first fight, McGregor has the bragging rights to walk away from the division for good. While the Aldo vs. McGregor rematch would definitely be a huge draw, I think the main reason Dana White wants McGregor to come back down to featherweight is to setup a superfight between Conor and current bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. There’s a lot of intrigue in Conor dropping back down to 145 to defend his belt, but I just don’t expect him to grind out that insane weight cut ever again.

 

Eddie Alvarez: Get a New Belt

 This guy and McGregor together could be ratings gold.

 

Eddie Alvarez was relatively unknown before knocking out Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight championship in July. The amazing performance, along with his humble, relatable personality, has instantly turned Alvarez into a fan favorite. Alvarez immediately pointed to the winner of the McGregor vs. Diaz rematch as his preferred next opponent. Alvarez even jabbed at McGregor and Diaz, saying that would be an “easy fight” after facing more difficult opponents like dos Anjos and Anthony Pettis in his most recent bouts.

 

Alvarez has made no secret of the fact that he’s chasing the money, and he knows that fighting McGregor is the best way to get paid. While Eddie Alvarez doesn’t quite have the star power of the other guys on this list, it’s the best way for McGregor to land a title fight without cutting back down to 145 pounds. Since 155 seems to be Conor’s preferred weight, I think will be his next fight. Alvarez is a much better public speaker than Nate Diaz, and while he’s not the seasoned trash-talker that McGregor is, he could certainly hold his own with Conor at press conferences and interviews. By the time fight night arrives, Alvarez will be a UFC star. Well, co-star… we all know who the star is.

 

Floyd Mayweather Jr.: Boxer vs. Fighter

 Does Conor really want to test Floyd?

 

The rumors of Floyd Mayweather Jr. fighting Conor McGregor in a boxing superfight have been floating around for almost a year. Both Mayweather and McGregor have expressed interest in an event that would likely break every pay-per-view record held by any boxing or MMA event in the history of the world. So why not make it happen? Think about how difficult it is to negotiate with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Now think about how difficult it is to negotiate with Dana White AND Conor McGregor. Since McGregor is under contract with UFC, any deal would have to be agreed upon by White and the promotion. Mayweather, White, and McGregor all putting their signatures on the same contract seems nearly impossible.

 

Even if it did happen, it would be a huge disappointment. Mayweather knows the boxing ring is his happy place where he won’t have to worry about kicks, elbows, or takedowns. He knows he can dust off the gloves, come out of retirement and dance around Conor for 12 rounds, tapping away and scoring punches for a unanimous decision victory in a fight that would probably come up short of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and Suicide Squad in entertainment value. In all honesty, McGregor probably knows this too, but he also knows he’ll make more money than most of us even dream about. In the end, this will be something we continue to speculate for the next few years. It will result in plenty of verbal bullets fired back and forth between Mayweather and McGregor, but it will probably never happen.

 

The entire WWE roster: Royal Rumble!

 The 1988 Royal Rumble. Just imagine Conor in that mess!

 

Conor has become an enemy of every wrestler in the WWE by calling them things like—I’ll try to keep it PC here—weak men… and threatening to “slap the heads off their entire roster.” McGregor didn’t start trashing pro wrestlers just to piss them off. It’s a all part of his masterplan. After going through a brutal fight like Conor just did, any fighter has to think about how long they want to keep putting their body through this punishment. Conor McGregor already has the perfect persona for WWE. If anything he’ll have to tone it down a bit… And if I had to choose between a career in getting punched and kicked in the head for a living, or a career in pretending to get punched and kicked in the head for a living, I’d probably lean towards the latter.

 

Don’t get excited wrestling fanboys, McGregor is probably far from finished in the octagon, but he did hint that some of his options “might not be this sport.” I don’t think he’s trying out for the Knicks anytime soon. If he’s not talking about Mayweather, maybe he’s considering a brief hiatus from MMA to jump into Royal Rumble (which I just googled to confirm it is still a thing), January 22 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and give every one of these “pussy” wrestlers a chance to settle the score once and for all! Every man for himself! Screw it, every man vs. Conor! As long as they guarantee McGregor the victory in the contract…

 

 

Conor McGregor is so big he can do whatever he wants at this point. Only time will tell which fight he will choose, but whatever he does, he will do it the only way he knows: Conor’s way!

 

 


What’s the Devil’s Favorite Sport?

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Published on : July 23, 2016

 

 

We already figured out the good side of the this story with Jesus and what he would play, so it seems only right to dive deep into the fiery rings of the inferno and have a conversation with the Prince of Darkness himself. This is the Devil’s time to shine. I feel like we talk about the accuser all the time but never ask him what he really likes. Is he a boxers or briefs kind of guy? Probably whichever lets his tail breathe. Whatever. Time to go to hell. Don’t worry, it’s just for a visit, plus it’s all about sports!

 

Football

The fallen angel loves football. Both the NFL and NCAA versions are rife with scandal and criminal activity. Everything from drugs to rape to murder all with a strong dose of lying to wash it down. And let’s not forget that any solid hit could ruin your brain forever. Oh and you can gamble on it. Where do you think Vegas gets their odds from?

 

UFC

 

A natural fit right? Wrong. The dark lord actually thinks two trained fighters in a ring, octagon or any polygon is too controlled of an experiment. Sure, he’ll watch if his friends are into it. But he’s not going to shell out for a pay-per-view unless others are chipping in. Also, he’s super squeamish about blood. Go figure.

 

Basketball

The ruler of demons is a diehard Knicks fan. Brutal right? He loves Carmelo Anthony. Was pumped about the Joakim Noah addition but puzzled by additions of Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose. How are they all going to share the ball? Spoiler alert, the big guy told me Melo leaves next year and joins LeBron on the Memphis Grizzlies.

 

Soccer

Jesus’ favorite. Not Satans. Too slow and not enough action. Not a fair assessment but you tell him you disagree. The deceiver was quick to note how many futbol pros had sold their souls for skill with the ball. The list is long and includes most of Europe’s top talent. I won’t reveal any names but most of your guesses are probably right.

 

Hockey

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Too cold. Though, the serpent does like the fighting here. It’s raw, impulsive and generally allowed. Despite the physical nature, it’s the high-speed game play that puts him off. Honestly, I think the defiler’s eyesight is a little rusty and he has a hard time tracking the puck. He is pretty old. I only say this because he said he wished they would bring back that blue dot they used to have on the puck for tv broadcasts.

 

Golf

The evil one is super into golf. He digs the exclusivity, the cool clothes and the gorgeous greens. Oddly enough, he never uses a caddie or a golf cart and always carries his own clubs. He says he does his best thinking on the course. Like back in 1935 while putting for eagle, he came up for the idea of parking tickets.

 

Baseball

Leviathan has always loved baseball. There is hitting, crotch grabbing, spitting, racism, steroids, Pete Rose, plus grown men throwing tantrums at umpires. I asked the king of liars what his favorite team is and he said it was a tie between the kids from Sandlot and the Chicago Cubs. He continued on to say that the Cubbies won’t win the World Series until something about a blood oath and some sort of goat sacrifice. I’m a little foggy on the details. But it’s all in this SUPER creepy book he gave me. Let me know if anyone wants to borrow it.

 

Fantasy

In this Aug. 30, 2010 photograph, Brian Sherman, left, uses his laptop to record moves in his team's fantasy football draft, at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Cincinnati. Some restaurant chains around the country have launched promotional drives to score with dedicated players of the growing pastime. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

 

Lucifer plays fantasy everything. I hear he has a league for fantasy newscasters. It’s apparently wild. He really loves fantasy football. His team has won the championship 3 times over the last 16 years. So I’d say he’s on a hot streak. Word is, the son of the morning is drafting Cam Newton with the first overall pick. Not the worst move I’ve ever heard.

 

CrossFit

Beelzebub is obsessed with crossfit. This is hands down his favorite sport. I know this because he brought it up more than a few times. But, to be fair, he is totally ripped. Shredded. Like John Cena but made of granite. I literally bounced a quarter of his ass into a beer (which I made him drink), that’s how insane his body is. Later, I argued that crossfit isn’t really a true sport. Then he benched pressed me 3,000 times and ran around the building before doing what I assume was 10,000 squats. I escaped out the window.

 

So the Antichrist loves crossfit. No one would have ever guessed The Devil Wears Affliction. I think that teaches a valuable lesson. Go talk to people, ask them what they like. Their answers might just change you forever.

 

Feel the burn.

 

 


What’s next for UFC 200 winners?

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Published on : July 15, 2016

 

 

The UFC held their biggest event to date over the weekend with UFC 200, marking the promotions 200th pay-per-view card. UFC President and figurehead, Dana White, made sure to stack this card like no other before, but ran into a series of misfortunes when it came to the main event. Originally, the plan was to headline 200 with a rematch between legendary trash-talking Irishman, Conor McGregor, and legendary face-slapping American, Nate Diaz. But when McGregor refused to attend promotional events, the UFC stood their ground and pulled the fight from the card, replacing it with a rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones for the Light Heavyweight championship.

 

This was actually a more deserving main event, since Jones has proven to be the best fighter in the world and Cormier is also one of most accomplished athletes in the UFC. Not to mention these two have a longstanding hatred for each other that far predates the McGregor/Diaz rivalry. But this headliner also fell apart just days before the event when Jones failed a drug test administered by USADA.

 

The card was saved by Anderson Silva, who held down the title of greatest fighter alive for several years before Jon Jones took over. Silva offered his services to fight Daniel Cormier on just two days notice, allowing UFC 200 to boast five epic fights on the main card as they originally planned. While Silva is definitely past his prime, and it seemed very unlikely he’d beat Cormier on short notice, this was still an exciting matchup between two all-time greats. For MMA fans, it was kind of like learning your girlfriend who you want to marry is breaking up with you, but the cougar who lives across the street is down for casual sex. While the event didn’t really produce a classic fight, there were some very impressive performances and each fight had major implications for the future of the promotion. So what’s next for the big winners of UFC’s massive event?

 

Cain Velasquez

 

For most of his career, Cain Velasquez was a nearly unbeatable heavyweight. But in recent years, he’s struggled to stay in the octagon. Due to a series of injuries, Velasquez’ only fight since 2013 was a disappointing loss to Fabricio Werdum last summer at UFC 188. Leading up to his return to MMA, fans didn’t know if the once dominant Cain Velasquez would show up. He most certainly did. Cain annihilated Travis Browne, taking control of the fight early and scoring a knockout in the finals seconds of round one. Now we know the Cain Velasquez that once ruled the heavyweight division is back. As long as he can stay healthy, Cain should get the next title shot against the winner of the Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem fight, set to take place in Miocic’s hometown of Cleveland in September. Both Miocic and Overeem are excellent fighters in their own right, but no one in the UFC is stopping a full-strength Cain Velasquez from reclaiming his heavyweight belt.

 

Jose Aldo

 

Like Cain Velasquez, Jose Aldo was recently considered one of the best fighters in the UFC. Aldo had a stranglehold on the featherweight belt for almost four years before he was knocked out by Conor McGregor last December, in a fight that lasted all of 13 seconds. An ill-timed bathroom break meant $60 down the drain! Aldo clearly let McGregor’s months of hard trash-talking get in his head, as he charged Conor off the opening bell and was uncharacteristically careless. But Jose Aldo put the McGregor knockout behind him on Saturday night, and took full control of Frankie Edgar, who came in with a five-fight winning streak. Aldo stuffed all of Edgar’s takedown attempts, kept the fight in the middle of the octagon, and consistently landed clean strikes to earn a unanimous decision victory.

 

Aldo now holds the interim featherweight belt, which means his next fight should be the rematch against McGregor that he wants so badly. McGregor is taking a break from defending his featherweight championship to fight Nate Diaz two weight classes up, because McGregor wants to prove a point and McGregor gets what he wants (except UFC 200 I guess). As long as Conor is still interested in cutting back down to 145 pounds to defend his belt, that will be Aldo’s next fight. If for some reason McGregor decides to move on from the featherweight division and continues to fight in bigger weight classes, he would have to give up his belt, and Aldo’s champion status would change from interim to full-blown. In this case, Aldo would likely face Max Holloway, who has won his last nine fights in the division. Regardless, based on what we saw Saturday night, Jose Aldo and Cain Velasquez are looking like dominant fighters once again.

 

Daniel Cormier

 

Daniel Cormier is the Rodney Dangerfield of the UFC. He’s beaten everyone in his path except for Jon Jones, who is widely considered one of the best fighters in MMA history. Yet for some reason, fans never show him any respect. He was booed after beating Anderson Silva, which was partially because UFC fans love Silva, and partially because it was not a very exciting fight. But Cormier did his job. He smothered Silva for three rounds, using his expert wrestling skills to prevent the dangerous striking Brazilian from landing big blows. For all the fans complaining that DC is boring, his job is to win, which is what he does. And he has won some very exciting fights. If you want proof, watch Cormier’s epic battle against Alexander Gustafsson, where DC stood on his feet with the much taller striker and beat Gustafsson at his own game, earning a unanimous decision victory in one of the best fights of 2015. Cormier is becoming the Tim Duncan of UFC. He’s not the most exciting guy, he’s not the most popular, but he has quietly become one of the all-time greats and he has always gone about his business with class.

 

After defeating Anderson Silva, Cormier said his next opponent should be the winner of the Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira fight on the UFC 202 card in August. Whoever wins that fight would be the most worthy contender for Cormier, assuming Jon Jones is temporarily out of the picture, but beating Jones is the only thing left on DC’s bucket list before he hangs up the gloves. Unfortunately, Jones could be facing a two-year suspension. At 37, it’s hard to tell if Cormier is going to hang around long enough to get another shot at his biggest foe.

 

Brock Lesnar

 

Fake wrestler turned real fighter, Brock Lesnar, caused a major stir during UFC 199, when the announcement came out that he would be returning to the octagon for UFC 200. Lesnar’s brief, but exciting, previous run with UFC came to an end over four years ago after suffering consecutive knockout losses to Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem. Before those losses, Lesnar shocked the MMA world by knocking out the great Randy Couture for the UFC heavyweight championship. He then followed up that victory with two title defenses. Now returning at 38, fans weren’t sure what Brock Lesnar they would see. Facing Mark Hunt, who’s known for his heavy punches and walk-off knockouts, Lesnar came in with a patient approach. He eventually took control of the fight by taking Hunt down several times and scoring shots in the ground-and-pound as he went on to win by unanimous decision. While Hunt was a top ten heavyweight and certainly not an easy out, Lesnar still looked a little rusty. Despite his god-like stature, his strikes weren’t doing a ton of damage for UFC heavyweight standards.

 

With his WWE stardom, Brock Lesnar is quite possibly the biggest draw in the sport. This explains why the same Las Vegas crowd that booed Daniel Cormier for smothering his opponent with wrestling techniques cheered wildly when Lesnar did the exact same thing. Former champion Junior Dos Santos called out Lesnar on Twitter, looking to cash in on a huge payday, but that’s a fight Brock would be wise to avoid. If Lesnar puts his massive foot down and says he won’t fight again unless it’s a title shot, the UFC would likely give it to him, knowing Brock’s return to the fighting could be brief and they want to take full advantage of it.

 

The smartest move for Lesnar, and he is a smarter than your average muscle head, would be to schedule a fight with Derrick Lewis, who just beat Roy Nelson in a controversial decision two nights before UFC 200, or the winner of the upcoming Josh Barnett vs. Andrei Arlovski bout. Derrick Lewis does have scary knockout power, but Roy Nelson (known for his incredible chin and even more incredible beer belly) was able to expose Lewis’ lack of takedown defense and endurance, which could give Lesnar the edge. Arlovski and Barnett are both seasoned MMA vets, but like Brock, they are both in their late 30s and their best days are behind them. Much like Conor McGregor, Brock gets what Brock wants. In this case, Brock would be wise to take another winnable fight before messing around with the guys in the top five.

 

Amanda Nunes

 

The only shocker on the main card came in the main event, as Amanda Nunes defeated Miesha Tate by first-round submission for the women’s bantamweight championship. Although we shouldn’t be too surprised, since Tate shocked the world when she beat Holly Holm last March, who had just shocked the world even more by knocking out the seemingly unbeatable Ronda Rousey last November. The constant passing of the belt is starting to become a trend in the women’s bantamweight division. At 28, Nunes is in her athletic prime and she’s riding a four-fight winning streak, so maybe she’ll be the one to break that trend. The question is, who will she face?

 

Dana White has made it clear that Ronda Rousey will fight for the title as soon as she’s ready to return from her personal hiatus that involves remaking Roadhouse and terrifying Paige VanZant. But Rousey seems to be taking her time, and Nunes probably isn’t a big enough draw to bring her back any faster. That leaves Nunes with two options: Holly Holm, assuming Holm wins her upcoming fight against Valentina Shevchenko later this month, and Juliana Pena, who just beat Cat Zingano on the UFC 200 undercard. Holm is the bigger name, due to the Roadhouse-style beatdown she put on Ronda Rousey, which means that’s bigger payday. This is also what the UFC wants, because if Holm gets the belt back, Rousey will most likely come back for revenge! (I wanted to make another Roadhouse reference here, but it wasn’t exactly a revenge movie…) As long as Holly Holm takes care of Shevchenko, she will be in position to face Amanda Nunes for the title. If Holm gets her belt back, it’s Swayze time! I mean Rousey time!

 

 


UFC 196: Best MMA Event Ever!

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Published on : March 7, 2016

 

Wow, just wow. What a night of top shelf fighting entertainment. UFC 196 was one for the record books. The pay-per-view saw major upsets, a belt changing hands and more than just a little blood. I’ll admit I haven’t seen all the other UFC events but my interest has been growing and I’ve been lucky enough to catch the last few. And hands down, this was the best night of fighting I’ve ever seen.

 

 

Going into the contest, the major storylines centered on champs Holly Holm and Conor McGregor. Holm famously knocked out undefeated Ronda Rousey in her last match to claim the Bantamweight Championship. It was her first defense of the title against Miesha Tate. Most gave Holly the advantage because of her longer reach and because she beat Ronda, who has already beat Tate twice. But fighting doesn’t work like that. You can’t assume someone will win based on similar opponents. It’s more Rock-Paper-Scissors than you think.

 

Miesha Tate is a baller. I didn’t originally think she had much of a shot but she earned my respect. She scrapped the entire time, took some damage but waited for the right windows and she made the most of them. Her takedowns were the difference maker. The scoring was close going into the final round and she knew she couldn’t leave it up to the judges. A quick move and the fighters were locked up. Tate got behind Holm and locked in the rear naked choke and it was over. Give Holly credit, she battled and escaped an insane second round to take back control but Tate was better in the end. Hats off. After it was over, I thought “there is no way to top that” but then the main event started.

 

 

I like Conor McGregor. He is funny, charming and looks like he is truly enjoying himself. I was pulling for him but Nate Diaz had other plans. These two got into right away and the fists were flying. Diaz didn’t look to be in great shape and Conor opened his face instantly. Seemed like this battle was going to be over soon. But then a funny thing happened, Nate didn’t go down. He kept getting rocked but never faltered. In the second round, another funny thing happened, Conor got a little tired, lowered his guard and got hit. Hard. That was the turning point. Diaz took over after that. A few brutal strikes and the dynamic completely shifted.

 

Nate Diaz got McGregor on his back, delivered some wicked blows before clamping into a chokehold. And just like that, it was done. I was stunned. Maybe Conor was too aggressive and wasted too much energy early on but the real takeaway is Diaz’ toughness. Man can that dude (his brother too) take a punch. His chin is granite. There is just no quit in him. I think that resiliency confused and frustrated Conor. Maybe it got in his head a bit. Either way, Diaz stayed on his feet and weathered the Notorious storm and deserved to win based on guts alone. Oh yeah and there was so much blood. Like Mortal Kombat amount of blood.

 

UFC 196 screen

 

This was a huge win for President Dana White and the rest of the UFC. It’s great to have stars like McGregor and Rousey but it’s better to have upsets and some real competition at the top. Those undefeated streaks need to end. This sets up great rematches and creates new and interesting stories to follow.

 

No, thank you UFC 196. It was truly epic. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

 

 

Pass the band-aids.

 

 


What’s next for Ronda Rousey?

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Published on : November 21, 2015

 

 

As the dust settles on UFC 193 and the bruises continue to heal, Ronda Rousey returned to Los Angeles. She was swarmed by paparazzi at LAX and covered her face the entire time, hiding the wounds from the absolute ass kicking she received at the hands (and feet) of Holly Holm. It was a shocking fight for Rousey and her fans alike, and not many people would have believed beforehand that the champ, someone who was in the discussion for best fighter alive, would be so thoroughly dismantled by her opponent. But that’s exactly what happened. So we beg the question, what’s next for Ronda Rousey?

 

First things first, she needs to take a little time for herself. If not only to let the extensive damage to her face heal up. Her nose was most likely broken on any number of those straight hand left shots that she lazily left herself open for and failed to defend.

 

Yet another punch landed to Ronda’s jaw.

 

Then she needs to fire her coaching team. Anyone watching the break between the 1st and 2nd round was probably wondering, like me, why her coach was blowing smoke up her ass about how well she was doing. Instead of lying to her and continuing to feed her ego, he should have been giving her realistic and constructive advice about how to take control of the fight. Telling her that she was in such good shape could very well have led to her continuing to leave herself open to Holm’s ruthless barrage of punches and kicks. This is not to say that Holly Holm doesn’t deserve credit for showing up and straight up beating Ronda, but Rousey certainly wasn’t doing herself any favors out there.

 

Ronda Rousey needs to take a step back and look at herself in the mirror. She would do well to learn from this experience and gain a little humility. For a while now, the whole world has been constantly talking about her greatness and she let it all go to her head. She started to believe that she was unbeatable and in fighting, as in anything, that is a recipe for disaster. It causes you to get lazy and complacent, and if that is what happened, as I suspect, then it definitely showed in her matchup against Holly Holm. She went into the fight feeling that she could beat anybody at their own game. By getting knocked the hell out she learned that it probably wasn’t the best strategy to try to out-box a very good boxer.

 

The kick heard ’round the world.

 

She needs to go back to the drawing board and train hard. Train like crazy. Train like she just got embarrassed in front of the entire world. Because she did just get embarrassed in front of the entire world. Study the weaknesses in her opponents and fight with what she is good at. Holm is an expert boxer who is taller with a longer reach. Rousey had no business trying to fight her standing up. She chased Holm all over the octagon and got very tired, very quickly. If she had proper coaching and strategy that never would have happened.

 

Speaking of getting tired, Ronda was completely gassed by the start of that second round. Maybe it was a result of beating her previous 4 opponents in a combined time of 2 minutes and 16 seconds, but she was completely unprepared for a long fight. The conditioning just wasn’t there. Hopefully her next team will have her more well-conditioned. Add that to the list of reasons that her current team has to go.

 

If Ronda heeds my (unqualified) advice then I think that this could end up being a very good thing for her legacy. It will give her a chance to refocus and cut out the bullshit. No more pre-fight antics and contrived rivalries with her opponents, just professionalism and hard work. Go out there and do your job and show everyone once again why you are the greatest fighter on the planet. If she does that, then I think Rousey vs. Holm part II could be one of the few sequels that far outshines it predecessor and ends up being Ronda’s best fight to date.

 

 


The Scariest Athletes of All Time

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Published on : October 31, 2015

 

In honor of Halloween we take a look at some of the Scariest Athletes of All Time. These are players that strike fear into the hearts of both opponents and fans alike. They are the hard-hitting, ass kicking, monsters of the game. You definitely DO NOT want to fuck with these people.

 

 

Lawrence Taylor

Lawrence Taylor was a reckless monster on the gridiron, who no one wanted to go up against. With 142 career sacks, he was damn near unstoppable for the better part of a decade. He could do it all, and he did it with an intensity and viciousness that led him to be considered one of the top outside linebackers of all time and gained him a spot in the Hall of Fame. There’s no doubt many a retired offensive NFL player that still see Taylor in his nightmares. Oh yea, he was pretty wild off of the field too.

 

 

Mike Tyson


All you have to do is watch the above video of brutal Mike Tyson knockouts to know why he is here among the “Sports Monsters Hall of Fame.” During his prime, Tyson was amazing to watch and terrifying to imagine going up against. He made it look so effortless to absolutely destroy opposing fighters. His short stocky frame could deliver brain damage at will and he even once said he wanted to “eat Lennox Lewis’ children.” If that’s not scary, I don’t know what is.

 

 

Bill Romanowski

Known for his lack of self control, explosive temper and neck like a semi-truck, the 4-time Super Bowl Champion linebacker was a force to be reckoned with on the field. With no shortage of violent hits on opposing offensive players, he would make me shit my pants if I was a running back. This raving lunatic didn’t reserve his roid-induced rage just for the opposing team, and even once ended his teammates career but crushing his eye socket with a punch.

 

 

Bob Probert

As a well known enforcer, Bob Probert, did his best work with the gloves off. A throwback to the days of ‘old time hockey’ when fighting wasn’t seen as taboo. He was one of the toughest players ever to step out on the ice. He was willing to put his body through whatever it took to get the job done. If that was the case then imagine what he would be willing to do to you if you were unfortunate enough to get in his way? During the pinnacle of his career in the 1987-88 season, he amassed an outlandish 398 penalty minutes, and still managed to tie for 3rd on the Red Wings with 62 points. Rest in Peace, you beautiful beast.

 

Brock Lesnar


Just look at this guy and tell me he isn’t the scariest fuckin’ thing you’ve ever seen. He is an imposing ball of human muscle and raw animal aggression. He now resides in the fantasy world of WWE but when he was in UFC he could beat you with the submission or the knockout and has left more than a few of his opponents with soiled underwear. If you see him in an alley, run!

 

 


100 Greatest Joe’s in the History of Sports

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Published on : October 5, 2015

 

 

In honor of ScoreBoredSports’ 100th post we bring you a list of the 100 Greatest Joe’s in all of sports, past and present. This list will cover any variation of the name Joe. So names like Jo, Joey, Joseph, Jose are all fair game. Also accepted is any compound name using Joe and a hyphen. These ain’t your average Joe’s, these men and women dominate in their fields and have influence on the game. This isn’t just about who won the most, this is about who had control of the narrative. Don’t view this as a ranking but a guest list to the coolest party in town. Without further ado, here is your top 100 Joe’s.

 

100. Joey Harrington – NFL Quarterback

99. Joe Buck – NFL Announcer

98. Jose Calderon – NBA Point Guard

97. Big Joe Fauria – NFL Tight End

96. Joakim Noah – NBA Center

The hair, the intensity, what’s not to love? And yes, Joakim counts as a Joe.

 

95. Joe Johnson – NBA Shooting Guard/Small Forward

94. Joseph Young – NBA Guard

93. Jose Valverde – MLB Pitcher

92. Ronda Jo Miller – WNBA Forward

91. Jose Iglesias – MLB Short Stop

90. Shalrie Joseph – Soccer Defensive Midfielder

89. Jose Mourinho – Soccer Coach

This little Napoleon looks and is terrifying.

 

88. Joseph Randle – NFL Running Back

87. Joe Lombardi – NFL Offensive Cordinator

86. Joe Hart – Soccer Goalie

85. José María Olazábal – Golfer

84. J. C. Tretter (Joseph Carl) – NFL Center

83. Joe Bruin – UCLA Mascot

Only Mascot to make the list. This bear has real personality.

 

82. Joe Wieland – MLB Pitcher

81. Joe DeLoach – Sprinter

80. Josephine Chukwunonye – Tennis

79. Joey Votto – MLB First Base

78. Jose Canseco – MLB Outfielder

This hunk of beef. Remember when the ball bounced off his head for a Home Run? I do.

 

77. Joe Allen – Soccer Midfielder

76. Joseph Carr – Former President of the NFL

75. Joe DeLamielleure – NFL Guard

74. Joe Morgan MLB Manager

73. Joe Guyon – NFL Halfback

72. Joe Perry – NFL Fullback

71. Joe Lynch – Boxer

70. Joe Stydahar – NFL Tackle

69. Joe Haden – NFL Cornerback

One of the best CB’s in the league. He plays in Cleveland and doesn’t suck. That’s not easy.

 

68. Joe Maur – MLB Catcher/First Base

67. Joseph Fulks – NBA Small Forward

66. Joseph Lapchick – NBA Center

65. Jo Jo White – NBA Point Guard

64. Joe Vitale – NHL Center

63. Johnathan Joseph – NFL Cornerback

62. Joe Thornton  – NHL Center

I really don’t like this guy but his beard is epic, almost wizard status.

 

61. Joe Cronin – MLB Shortstop/Manager

60. Joe Malone – NHL Center

59. Joe Hall – NHL Defensemen

58. Joe Primeau – NHL Center

57. Joe Philbin – NFL Coach

56. Joe Nieuwendyk – NHL Center

55. Joe Garagiola – MLB Catcher

54. Joe Weatherly – NASCAR Driver

53. Joe Lee Johnson – NASCAR Driver

This guy drives faster and better than you. All while wearing white pants.

 

52. Joe Kelley – MLB Left Fielder/Manager

51. Jose Reyes – MLB Shortstop

50. Joe Tinker – MLB Shortstop

49. Joe Medwick – MLB Left Fielder

48. Joe Mihalic – NASCAR Driver

47. Joe Sewell – MLB Shortstop/Third Base

46. Jose Altuve – MLB Second Base

Of the many Venezuelan studs taking over baseball. Better learn Spanish, cause he is here to stay.

 

45. Joe Williams – NFL Running Back

44. Jose Mendez – Baseball Pitcher

43. Joe Gordon – MLB Second Base

42. Joseph Brennann – ABL (basketball) Guard

41. Joe Thomas – NFL Offensive Tackle

40. Joe Gibbs – NFL Coach

He has a Super Bowl ring with the Redskins and he don’t Gibb a damn.

 

39. Joe Gomez – Soccer Defender

38. Joe Choynski – Boxer

37. Barbados Joe Walcott – Boxer

36. Jersey Joe Walcott – Boxer

35. Joe Schmidt – NFL Linebacker

34. Joe Jellybean Bryant – NBA Player/Coach

33. Joe Calzaghe – Boxer

32. Joe Jeanette – Boxer

31. Jose Bautista – MLB Right Fielder

30. Joe Flacco – NFL Quarterback

Tall dude, cannon for an arm. I think he collects stamps. Seems chill.

 

29. Joe Jackson -MLB Left Fielder

28. Joe Newton – Track Coach

27. Joe Susan – NCAA Men’s Football Coach

26. Mary Joe Fernández – Tennis

25. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Tennis

24. Jose Villareal – Soccer Midfielder/Striker

23. Fernando (Jose) Torres  – Soccer Striker

Just your average, down to earth, super rich, futbol star.

 

22. Jose Aldo – UFC Fighter

21. Jose Fernandez – MLB Pitcher

20. Joe Gans – Boxer

19. Jose Abreu – MLB First Base

18. Joe Gibbs – Owner Joe Gibbs racing

17. Bullet Joe Simpson – NHL Defender

16. Joe Theisman – NFL Quarterback

15. Joe McGinnity – MLB Pitcher

14. Joe Rogan – UFC Announcer

That’s right, Joe Rogan. Fear Factor, Bitch!

 

13. Joe Paterno – NCAA Men’s Football Coach

12. Joe Lopes – Skateboarder

11. Joe Dumars – NBA Guard

10. Joe Fraiser – Boxer

9. Flo-Jo – Sprinter

8. Joe Sakic – NHL Center

7. Joey Crawford – NBA Referee

How long has this guy been enforcing his will on the NBA?

 

6. Joe Torre – MLB Manager

5. Joe Namath – NFL Quarterback

4. Mean Joe Greene – NFL Defensive Tackle

3. Joe DiMaggio – MLB Center Fielder

2. Joe Louis – Boxer

1. Joe Montana – NFL Quarterback

Swipe right.

 

Honorable Mention: Trader Joes, Jose Cuervo, Joe Dirt, Bazooka Joe, Mighty Joe Young, GI Joe, Joseph and his fancy dreamcoat and our very own Joe Piel.

 

Also, I know I missed a bunch of deserving athletes. So in your nicest, indoor voice, please tell me about it in the comments. Thanks again for reading and here’s to another 100 posts! Cheers!

 

 

 


Are we talking about Ronda Rousey the right way?

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Published on : August 4, 2015

UFC 190: the world watched as Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey destroyed Bethe Correia in a matter of moments. To many, this outcome was no surprise. Rousey is at the top of her game and Dana White, President of UFC, is struggling to find real opponents to challenge her. This was supposed to be Rousey’s toughest match to date but if you blinked you might have missed the whole thing.

Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia at UFC 190

 

Ronda is a beast in her sport. A force to be reckoned with.  But are we talking about her the right way? Seconds after her big win, news outlets from around the world started to spin out their versions of the ‘big story’. My problem is that some writers, pundits, fans use language that is totally objectifying. Look, she is woman. And she is attractive. But that has nothing to do with her fighting prowess or have any affect on how you should talk about her. We, collectively, need to stop filtering her talent through our genitals.

She isn’t a novelty, or some sideshow. She is the best female fighter on the planet and she deserves our respect. Just like all female athletes (not just the pretty ones). So all the jokes hinting at domestic violence, sexual assault, or general misogyny need to stop.

 

Rousey with her Team after the win

 

Don’t get it twisted. You can like her as a fighter. You can find her attractive (I know I do). You can be delighted by her down-to-earth charm. But we cannot allow our own ideas of aesthetics to alter the way we talk about an athlete.  That’s just not fair.

We don’t do this stuff to men. In the great Kobe vs LeBron debate, no one judges James by his hairline. These points are superficial. We talk numbers and stats. But as soon as breasts get added to the equation, we lose all sense of integrity.

I wish the best of luck to Ronda Rousey. In and out of the octagon. I know she doesn’t need it but I hope she continues blazing the path she’s on. And to all the creeps out there that can’t see past her good looks. I hope a very strong person beats your ass. I don’t care if that person is a man or a woman, ugly or attractive, I just hope they do a good job and they take their time.

 

 


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