Before we begin, I just have to let out some frustration on a non-sports issue.
Jay Leno (and the rest of the ass-clowns at NBC who are behind the Conan Screw Job) -- go fuck yourselves. I hope your shitty ass show gets canceled and you find yourself unable to get any network to find room for your sorry Favre-ian asswipe self. I hope Conan gets another show on another network and destroys you in the ratings and makes you regret the day you fucked him over because your shitty 10:00 variety show sucked balls and nobody wanted to watch it.
Here's a thought: come up with your own shit to talk about instead of relying on a team of writers to write your jokes (that aren't funny), and people may want to watch your show. And NBC -- why would you do Conan this way? The guy stayed loyal to your sorry asses by staying at 1:35 for years until Jay-Favre decided to step down, and this is how you repay him? "Thank you for your loyalty Mr. O'Brien, but we're going to have to ask you to step aside so Mr. Leno can have his show back." What the fuckity fuck is that about? Fuck you NBC -- you just lost a viewer, not that I gave a shit about anything on your shitty network anyway (except for Law and Order ... mmmm Mariska Hargitay .... but that show comes on just about every other channel these days, so I'll just catch it someplace else).
In short NBC -- this is what I think of your network...
Now that I got that out of my system...
It looks like Shaq is serious about his idea to lure LeBron James and several other superstars to enter the NBA Slam Dunk contest -- his idea is pretty good, especially since it includes donating money to the earthquake victims of Haiti, but I do find a few flaws in his thinking.
First, why does the slam dunk contest have to include Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter? Haven't they come and gone as far as interesting slam dunk contest material goes? Now don't get me wrong, Vince Carter still is the ultimate slam dunk champion for the performance he put on back in 2000, but I think it's time to pass the torch to some of the younger guns in the NBA. What about Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Brandon Roy, Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose, and Danny Granger? Why can't we get some of the younger guys to participate, and you know, make the event worth watching?
And why in the hell is Nate "I can't ride the good rides at the carnival" Robinson in the dunk contest again? IHM was right in his rant yesterday: it's cool that midget Nate can dunk, but do we really have to see him again? I mean the NBA already jobbed Dwight Howard because of Nate, why do they have to put him in the contest again? Has the slam dunk contest fallen so far from grace that they can't even get anyone to participate anymore? Do they have to keep getting retreads like Nate Robinson because no one else wants to participate?
All I know is if the NBA wants to keep the all-star festivities respectable they need to do something now before it's too late. Of course if they want to make changes, lets just hope they don't go the same route as the NFL and completely fuck up the entire all-star event. I don't know about you guys, but the Pro-Bowl before the Super Bowl is one of the dumbest things to come out of the NFL in a long time. It's stupid enough when it's the Sunday after the Super Bowl, and now the league has decided to make it even worse by guaranteeing that representatives from the two Super Bowl teams won't even get to play. Thanks NFL, make sure we have to watch the Pro Bowl (because what else is on tv?) and also make it to where we may not get to see Peyton Manning and Drew Brees play in the game. What a bunch of shit. Either get rid of the Pro-Bowl altogether or leave it the hell alone. It's not like anyone really gets hyped up for it anyway.
Speaking of the NFL, I may as well get my picks out there for the AFC/NFC Championship games. I went 3 for 4 last week with the Chargers shitting the bed (not that any of us should be surprised), so I feel confident about my picks this week. I'm going with the Vikings and the Colts. I think the Vikings defense will be too much for the Saints, and they will win and give Favre his Super Bowl appearance (maybe then he will go the fuck away -- probably not, but we can hope), and the Colts will actually show up this time and will take care of business against the Jets (although I hope the Jets win, just to fuck over the Colts because they laid down and quit at the end of the regular season).
Make sure you check out the newest edition of the You Gab 25. We're paying homage to the Olympics in our own special way, so be sure you head on over and give it a look. And, also make sure you check out the rebirth of the Hump Day Survey (Beeze, it's about damn time you brought it over to the Gab).
Hey folks, welcome to this weeks Whip It Out Wednesday here at yougabsports. We've got as much to cover today as Tiger Woods has mistresses... so let's get down to business.
First thing I'd like to get into tonight is Tiger Woods... namely the fact that he's checked in to a "sex rehab" facility. Honestly, I think this is just a fucking cop-out. Everybody wants to put a fuckin label on everything these days... if somebody does something wrong, it's not that they're a fuck up, they always have to drum up some kind of "addiction" or "illness". Look, Tiger Woods is not an addict... every man in America is a "sex addict", if you really want to go there. But the difference between some men and Tiger Woods apparently is that the rest of us have the ability to keep it in our pants once in a while. "Sex addiction" is just some bullshit PR buzz word that his people are trying to use to get a few sponsors back once he hits the links again. It's a cop out, and I hope to hell that nobody out there buys it.
And as for all the tools out there who think Tiger Woods needs "to find God", or even that "not even Oprah can save Tiger"... just shut your word holes. Look, the guy will do his "rehab", which probably consists of watching porno and jerking off eight hours a day... to avoid going out on the prowl for cheap whores... get back on the course and be as big a name as he was as soon as he wins another Major. He doesn't need anybody's advice... just needs to learn that when you're married to someone and have a lot of money, you'd better not fuck around, or half of it is GONE! Hell... if Bobby HIgginson pays 8 grand in child support every month, I'd hate to see the checks Tiger would have to send out! Hell, reminds me of this little diddy by Mr. Jerry Reed...
How about this question: How much do you pay a guy who has won the Cy Young award in each of his first two full seasons in the majors? My answer: "Whatever the hell he wants!" Yeah, the day that the Giants' brass has dreaded since the first Cy Young award was won has come... Tim Lincecum is eligible for arbitration... and he wants a record payday... 13 million, which would get him the highest arbitration award in Major League history. Honestly, I say he's worth every penny. Short of him getting hurt, you know he'll earn it. Hopefully the Giants can lock him up for a few more years, otherwise you know the guy'll be wearing pinstripes come 2011.
And how about the fucking flop the NBA's slam dunk competition has become? Can't even bring in any half-assed stars anymore... so far you've got Nate Robinson (AGAIN), Gerald Wallace, Shannon Brown and a "dunk-in" winner between DeMarr DeRozan and Eric Gordon. Wow... now THAT'S worth tuning in for! But I'm honestly hoping this is FINALLY the year everybody gets the fuck over Nate Robinson and the whole "Neat, he's short but still dunks" thing. Dwight Howard got JOBBED two years ago... and probably last year, too. If you want stars to enter this competition, quit screwing them over like that. Hell, Howard is really the last noteworthy name that has taken part in this once-entertaining spectacle. I understand if you can't get the big guns like Kobe and LeBron these days... but there have GOT to be better names available than Shannon Brown... and sure as hell better than DeMarr DeRozan! Until then, this is just another dead part of All-Star weekend for the NBA... you know... kind of like the game itself.
Speaking of pointless exhibitions, how about this piss poor plan to "kick off Super Bowl week" with the Pro Bowl in Miami? Look, nobody watches it in Hawaii after the season, not many more will watch it the week before the Super Bowl. Especially when NONE of the players from the two teams playing in the Super Bowl... meaning two of the three best QBs in the league won't be there... aren't playing. Let's just go back to naming an All-Pro team and end this fucking joke already. And as far as everybody wanting to race Chris Johnson... give it a fucking rest already. Guess what, he's fast... I'm sure you're fast too... nobody watches track and field, nobody gives a rats' ass if you can outrun Chris Johnson. If you want to donate your Pro Bowl check to victims of the earthquake in Haiti... just do it... don't have some stupid fucking stunt attatched to it. And as far as all of these ass hats out there (props to Beezer for the ass hats thing... stole that one from him) "giving to charity" publicly... go fuck yourself. Charity isn't supposed to be a fucking PR move, and as for Ocho 5-0, it doesn't make you any less of a douchebag.
As for real football games... I'm 4-4 with my playoff picks so far... here's hoping I'll break .500 this week! I like the Saints over the Vikings, and the Colts over the Jets. Honestly, I'm hoping I'm wrong about the Jets... but I've picked against them every time so far and they've proven me wrong every time... here's hoping they do it again and knock those fuckin quitters out. As for the Saints... nobody wants to see Favre and the Vikings in the Super Bowl... and what city on earth deserves to celebrate a championship more than New Orleans?
And before I go, how about a quick side rant for Serena Williams? She goes on ESPiN crying about a "double-standard", as far as the way her rampage agianst an official at the US Open last summer went. Shut the fuck up. Yeah, ten years ago I could see your point maybe... but that kind of abuse of an official, whether they were right or wrong, is simply unacceptable from anyone anymore. Johnny McEnroe isn't prowling the tennis courts, cursing judges anymore... Bob Knight's chair throwing, kid choking days are over... it's a new day in the world of sports. Doesn't matter if its you, a football coach or a player anywhere else, you get fined up the ass for criticizing officiating anywhere anymroe. Here's an idea, next time you feel like threatening a judge at one of your matches, be happy they don't check you for a set of nads on your way out of the stadium. You already look enough like a fuckin dude... quit acting like one to boot.
As for this dude, I'm all but spent. Thanks as always for reading, and for any comments you leave on the way out. Happy Hump Day Gabbers.
You just moved in with your longtime girlfriend and its time to put the furniture in its place. You start by bringing in the couch and think you’ve found the perfect location. Unfortunately, she doesn’t. So you start this game of cat and mouse, moving that damned couch from position to position hoping to finally please her. She thinks that she’ll like it here, but it turns out that she thinks it will look better over there. No matter what you do, she’s never happy.
Well, put it into a different perspective. As sports fans, we’ve stood on our soapboxes and railed against the use of steroids in sports. We’ve challenged those who have been accused to be man enough to step forward and admit to their guilt, to cleanse themselves of their sins.
The only problem is, we want them to confess, but we are not prepared to offer them forgiveness either.
Now does it sound familiar?
It has been a few weeks since Mark McGwire finally came forward and admitted to using steroids. No matter how convoluted that admittance was, or the circumstances that led to his decision to profess it, we got what we wanted. As fans, we got one of the biggest fish in the steroid pond to take the bait and tell the truth, yet our reactions to his proclamation was full of disdain and skepticism to the point where McGwire, and baseball for that matter, are no better off for it.
So why do they bother trying to put the couch in its place anyway? If there is no pleasing the masses, are they just better off living life under a cloud of speculation rather than a rain of damnation? Then again, should they really expect anything different?
Let’s put the shoe on someone else’s foot shall we. Say we deposit the scarlet letter onto a person who has never been linked to steroids. For this exercise, we’ll choose a player who was considered the best player of this time, for a while, until he was lost in the crowd when McGwire, Sosa, and Bonds took center stage. We’ll say this player, hypothetically of course, takes a proactive approach and admits to his steroid use before a single whisper is muttered.
If this player, let’s call him Ken Griffey Jr., stepped forward and admitted to wrong-doing before being accused of it, would he be any better off for it? Would he be treated any different for being honest?
Basically, the question becomes “which is worse, the crime or the cover-up?”
It would be easy to say that the worst is the silence, but given the reaction we’ve seen recently to McGwire, we can’t exactly be sure can we. For years we heard sports writers proclaim that they would view McGwire and his Hall Of Fame credibility in a different light should he step forward and speak about the past, but as we’ve started to see, that isn’t exactly the case now is it.
In the end, a man is judged by the decisions he makes. He decides whether or not to play the game on the same level as others. He decides whether or not to talk or to stay silent. He decides whether or not his actions have a bearing on the man he is and the man he will be, but in the end, he doesn’t decide what kind of man he really is.
"Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today my friends - so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression,will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today."
In case people forgot why they have today off...That's why...To honor a the man who had the courage to say those words, and many more, back in 1963 when thoughts and ideas like these weren't popular, and weren't spoken publicly...
That said, I'll be at work, cooking for all you lucky folks who have the day off...
First I want to talk about the NFL's Defensive player of the year...Charles Woodson won the award...And he had a great season...Although if I was going to go with a corner back, I would have gone with Derrelle Revis...Dude knuckled up again today, as the Jets...The JETS, beat the Chargers 17-14...Boy, I'd hate to be Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding right now...Missed 3 field goals in a playoff game...Some one put him on suicide watch...
But in my opinion The Defensive Player of the Year should have been, Jared Allen of the Vikings...50 tackles...42 solo...14.5 sacks...4 passes defended...5 forced fumbles...1 interception...
Not bad considering most of the time he's getting double teamed...Oh, and there's this...
The Jets will face the Colts, as they beat the Ravens 20-3...In the NFC, the Vikings, lead by their defense, beat the Cowboys 34-3...They'll face the Saints, who beat the Cardinals 45-14...How about that Arizona defense!
I'll make my picks now...I'll go with the Saints and the Jets...Why not the Jets...I never thought they'd get this far, so what the hell!
So before I sat down to watch the second half of the Jets, Chargers game...I served up dinner...We had stuffed peppers...I was inspired by a dolt I work with...He made Stuffed Pepper soup last week...Except it didn't taste like stuffed peppers...Maybe because he didn't use any peppers...It tasted like sausage and tomatoes...It was good if you like that Chef Boyardee taste...So I had to make some old school Stuffed Peppers...I'll be punching him in the face with one tomorrow!
After dinner I flipped on the Rangers and Canadiens game...My boys in blue have been struggling to score goals lately...And it didn't look good when they went to the first intermission down 2-0...But they showed some serious fight tonight...They played with an energy they've been lacking...An they played a full team game, in both ends...Final score, Rangers 6, Habs 2...It was nice to see Lunqvist get some help for change...I hope they can keep it up...
Sticking with Hockey...NBC has to be happy with their first two games this season...First the Winter Classic...Then today, Red Wings and Blackhawks...
It was a hard-nosed, back and forth game that couldn't be settled in regulation...The action in OT was non-stop...Both team with great chance...Both goalies with great saves...That still wasn't enough...time for a shootout...This game is turning into the NHL's wet dream...3 shooters aside wasn't enough either...After Daniel Cleary, Detroit's 4th shooter was stopped...Chicago's Patrick Sharp put in the game winner...
At the start of the year, I half-heartedly mentioned a Rangers vs Blackhawks Stanley Cup final...Well, maybe if the Rangers can keep their heads out of their asses, they could have a fighting chance...The 'Hawks...They've got a real good shot...Tons of talent...Lots of firepower...Strong on the blue line...Solid goaltending...they can play in both ends, and they aren't afraid to mix it up...We'll see if and how the Olympic break screws things up...
Yeah, I'm one of those guys that don't like the pro's in the Olympics...we'll get to that in the next week or so...
I've got nothing new with the kids this week...The girl has been well behaved, as usual...The boy...Well, he's just been a royal pain in the ass...To hell with the terrible two's...He's a bigger pain at 5...Everything is a battle...He's trying to find some independence...But he just can't be trusted...Considering the brand new, $47 tube of cream for his eczema is empty, and there's a huge creamy stain on the carpet in is room..."I didn't do it!"
Yeah, and I'm not about to make my own big stain on the carpet, next to the computer!
Here I am back on my regularly scheduled Sunday, busting out a lot of thoughts, some sports, some not.But I would be remiss if I didn’t start with my very small attempt to honor the man and his dream - Dr. Martin Luther King.
No one can ever be as eloquent as Dr. King, but what I ask here is that we all take a moment during this weekend to remember and honor Dr. King and his work.It’s not for me to decide where we are in relation to Dr. Kings vision, hopes, and dreams, but it seems to me that if we all could just shut up, listen, and have an honest discussion about race, rather than having closed minds, preconceived notions, and trying to shout over one another – well couldn’t the world (or at least America) be so much the better?I know it sounds simplistic, but at some point, let’s stop being so “complicated” and go back to the basics of treating everybody with decency and respect.
Don't believe me, ask "Archie Bunker"...
To all those bigots out there, grow up and get with the program! Off soapbox now!Let’s talk sports, or goofy shit loosely related to sports…
So here we go with the NFL playoffs.Did Arizona get the license plate of the truck that just ran the hell over them?Damn New Orleans, of all the things to happen today, you go and do this? Either Dallas or Minny had better be paying some serious attention to the goings on down in Nawlins...
Despite Dan Dierdorf’s sickening knob-gobbling over the greatness of the Colts, this game came down to the piss-poor performance of the Ravens offense (along with a seriously flawed offensive game plan), stupid penalties, turnovers, and a lot of credit to the Colt Defense.Can we now get serious about the Ravens getting an offense, any offense?Hey Ozzie Newsome, Ray Rice ain’t enough, get some damn receivers so Flacco can start stretching the field!!! Oh yeah, that defense is getting a little long in the tooth as well, B-more...
Speaking of Colts, can you believe the story coming out about Marvin Harrison?Holy crap, if even a small part of this is true, it just doesn’t seem to be the Marvin Harrison that I’ve watched and respected for his athletic ability.Now the feds are involved?Is this gonna be another one of those “Did we really ever even know this guy?”?
Can you believe that we’re only one month away from “Pitchers and Catchers Report”? Is it ever too early to say YANKEES SUCK!?
I don’t know about you all, but I just can’t get into College Basketball until March Madness starts.It just doesn’t appeal to me at all, unless Duke or UNC is getting punked out.
So John Lucas is out there (seven years later) telling everybody who will listen that the Cleveland Cavaliers tanked the 2002-2003 season in order to have a better shot at drafting LeBron James.Gee, ya think?Can we all agree that this is some crap that the NBA does.Houston did it in the 80’s, San Antonio did it in the 90’s, Memphis did when they GAVE Gasol to the Lakers and practically handed them a championship, the Knicks have been tanking for two years now waiting for this summer, and now New Jersey is doing it.So my guess is not only will the NYC area pro teams will have two or three high priced free agents, but John Wall as well!Sounds like a set up to me.
Gilbert Arenas copping to a felony? What a douche.As for the Wizards (who I'm probably more concerned about), will they hold a fire sale and try to start from scratch in June?I’m thinking they should.
Tiger in therapy for sex addiction?Can I ask a question – aren’t we all addicted to sex?Damn, I don’t see any gabbers admitting going to therapy for it!!!
Lastly, let me say goodbye to a true R&B legend who had an influence in my musical tastes – Teddy Pendergrass, who just passed on this week at age 59.Dude could belt out some jams and always got the house rockin.Now that was when music was music, and not screaming!I especially was impressed with how he could get the ladies going for the rest of us, if ya know what I mean.Let me leave you all with a clip – RIP Teddy!
Time for me to run, so may I say to you all – PEACE!