Hello everyone. Welcome to another crazy edition. What’s up with UFC?? How about the Nets? You mean the Nets are in this edition?? You stooped that low?? Nah its for a good cause, that’s all. You can read this, and more in this weeks edition of Rants and Raves.
The NBA now wants to cut between $700-$800 million in player costs during the next collective bargaining agreement. The Commissioner, David Stern, also thinks eliminating teams will be on the table as a way to solve the leagues financial woes. He did mention he would prefer to stabilize the smaller markets rather than eliminating teams. There is an expected loss of $300 million this year.
Wow here is something to ponder. Troy Vincent and Adolpho Smith, NFL executives in charge of labor policy and player development, spoke to college players from USC. They stated that over the past 20 years, 15,018 players played in the NFL, but only 631 (4%) played three or more years. The average career length is 3.7 seasons. The key thing is NFL players do not receive benefits unless they put in four years of service with the league.
For those that are interested, OJ Simpson’s conviction on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping stemming from that stupid 2007 heist of sports memorabilia in a Las Vegas hotel room has been upheld. OJ was sentence to 33 years in prison, but can be paroled in 9 years.
New Jersey Nets donated $75,000 to Rutgers player “Eric LeGrand Believe Fund.” Nets’ players, coaches, front office and ownership made the donation in an effort to raise awareness of the injured Rutgers players’ plight. LeGrand was injured in a game against army on October 16th.
Contributions to the fund are not tax deductible and can be made by sending a check payable to the “Eric LeGrand Believe Fund” to:
“Eric LeGrand Believe Fund”
PNC Wealth Management
Attn: Kimberly G. Kingsland, Senior Trust Advisor
One Palmer Square Suite 201
Princeton, NJ 08542
Oh, Oh…Is Brett Favre in trouble with his wife?? It is believed that Brett Favre admitted to the NFL that he did leave voicemails for Jenn Sterger.
Come to think of it, can anyone think of what Brett’s voicemail message to Jenn was??
Coach Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh Panters was a hero, as he pulled over to help trapped passengers in a car that had turned over against a guard rail on I-279 North near McKnight Road exit. Apparently no one else stopped to help. Dixon helped removed one passenger in the car. Jamie sustained injuries to his hands.
Cain Velasquez beat the hell out of Brock Lesnar. It was over in round 1 at the 4 minute and 12 second mark. For the first 50 seconds both fighters went at it, then Lesnar took it to Cain for a little bit, knocking down Velasquez twice within the first two minutes. Then it was all “Raising Cain” as he punched him with a combination of punches and hammer fists. Lesnar got up but Velasquez would be all over Brock. A couple of combinations from Cain dropped the Lesnar down near the cage. Cain poured it on then, hitting him with everything he had. Referee Herb Dean step in, at 4:12, and saved a bloodied and battered Lesnar from taking on more punishment.
More on Lesnar. The Undertaker was at the match. Lesnar and the Taker had a staredown. Is that leading up to WrestleMania 27???
On a sad note….Paul the Octopus, the soccer predicting tipster, who correctly pick the results for all 7 of Germany’s games plus the finals of the 2010 World Cup died this week of old age.
Pictures courtesy of ESPN College Basketball (Dixon), Patrik Sollarz of Getty Images (Paul the Octopus), Slive.com (Eric LeGrand), and Momlogic.com (OJ Simpson)