Basketball fans have been asking, will the Miami Heat still have a chance in the upcoming finals of the 2014-2015 NBA season?
These speculations were expected to rise up after Miami's former star player LeBron James decided to return to his home team Cleveland Cavaliers during his free agency period. But basketball critics and experts thought so otherwise as they see the new Heat line-up would have more motivation to prove among themselves and the ball fans that they are still a team to reckon with, even without LBJ.
An interview with 28-year-old Mario Chalmers revealed LeBron's exit could mean an opportunity for him and other teammates to "shine." more >>
The NFL and its contrite Commissioner, Roger Goodell, are in full damage control mode for the way they handled the Ray Rice domestic abuse case.
Roger Goodell will survive this scandal. He admitted errors and will hire PR firms, probably one where a U.S. Senator's kids (like him) work, and spend some of the NFL's tax-free money for public service announcements on domestic violence. I presume the league will come out against it.
He has also formed "a committee." We all know how well those work. Perhaps Oscar Pistorius and Ray Lewis will be appointed as co-chairs. Committees buy time, and time is all you need in this ADD news cycle to get past this scandal. more >>
Football is a great sport that brings friends and families together and teaches kids discipline and sportsmanship. We put our politics, problems, and pride aside to don face paint and jerseys, and spend four quarters living vicariously through our favorite players. This national obsession has made football the most prosperous sport in the country, raking in nearly 10 billion dollars a year.
It is partly for that reason that the recent NFL scandals have struck a chord among the American people. In some ways, we are part of the NFL family.
Sometimes the endless news cycle makes it seem as though professional athletes are disproportionately engaging in bad, even unlawful, behavior. However, according to a breakdown of USA Today NFL player arrests, that is not the case. Most players in the NFL are very disciplined; they put their bodies through extreme training regimens, are focused and dedicated, and often abstain from substances or practices that may harm their athletic performance. Many make a positive difference through charity work such as "NFL Gives Back." Players like RG3 are great role models for our boys. (Thank you, by the way.) more >>
Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, spoke for the first time in over a week about the domestic violence issues in the NFL that have made major headlines recently.
Goodell, 55, admitted that he was wrong when handling the domestic dispute that went public recently when a video surfaced of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his now wife unconscious went viral.
"I let myself down. I let everyone down. For that I'm sorry," Goodell admitted during a press conference in New York Friday. more >>
Serge Ibaka turned 25 recently and made sure to publicly revere God while doing so.
Ibaka, the Oklahoma City Thunder big man, took to Twitter on Sept. 18 to acknowledge God on his 25th birthday.
"I woke up early today on my Birthday feeling blessed #thankGOD," Ibaka wrote on both Twitter and Instagram. more >>
Adrian Peterson's mother and former coach have spoken out about the NFL star's upbringing and use of corporal punishment, which they say helped, not hurt, him while he was being raised.
Bonita Jackson, Peterson's mother, broke her silence after her son was indefinitely suspended from the Minnesota Vikings. He has been charged with child abuse against his four-year-old son, whom he admittedly used a switch on as punishment. The boy was left with bruises and cuts, but Peterson has said that he never meant to hurt his son.
He is "trying hard to be a good parent," Jackson told the press. She added that she and Peterson's father, Nelson, were "big disciplinarians," who used belts and switches, as well as their hands, to spank all six of their children. "When you whip those you love, it's not abuse, but love." more >>