Well we've officially reached the middle of 2011 and by the looks of the various sports reporting outlets, the rest of the year looks grim for sports fans. The NFL has gone over 100 days without being able to reach an agreement to end the lockout. Players and Owners have met for four straight days including today and nothing. In Layman's terms...the players thought that they cleared one hurdle by getting the owners to accept the fact that the players would get 48% of all revenue in a simplified formula. However, the owners presented the players with a new formula asking for $400 - $500 million off the top which was their previous offer and that would leave the players with 45% which the players say is "totally unacceptable".
$9.3 Billion these guys make annually and they can't figure it out...looks like no football for awhile.
The NBA is about to go down the same road. "It's obvious the lockout will happen tonight" according to Billy Hunter the Union Chief of the NBA. The NBA is even further apart then the NFL is in terms of what the owners want in the long term and what the players want. Looks like no basketball for awhile.
Oh yeah and the Dodgers, my God my father's team, well they filed for bankruptcy protection. My old man looked like he wanted to jump off the Stratosphere hotel. You are the freaking Dodgers you can't be filing for bankruptcy! This is one of the most storied franchises in all of sports, the home of Jackie Robinson, Tommy Lasorda, and they're broke? In case you didn't know there are tons of So Cal fans in the Las Vegas area and with USC being ineligible for awhile and the Lakers getting swept and now the Dodgers bouncing checks...what the hell is going on L.A.?
Like I said the rest of 2011 looks bleak and nothing shocked me more than reading the headline that the Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy...well until Chris Hansen decided to cheat on his wife. Now first of all let me preface this by saying that what he did is not illegal although his wife may want to kill him. Chris Hansen you may know him as the host of the very popular Dateline NBC show 'To Catch A Predator' where he's seen talking junk to perverts and molesters who prey on children. Now if your job is to be the face of morality in such a dark environment wouldn't you think that you'd be moral.
I mean we've all seen the show and I would describe it as a trainwreck because I honestly couldn't look away. People from respectable fields of work driving hundreds of miles all to be taken down by law enforcement thank goodness but not before Hansen runs his smack talk like a WWE professional. Dude hits the predators with "do you want to finish your cookie?", "what are you doing here?" Like we don't all know. Oh and of course "did you bring condoms?" Technically his wife could hit him with his own questions couldn't she? And dude is red handed too I mean there's video and there's no denying it dude just own it.
Hansen is 51 and his mistress whose face is now all over the internet is 30. Certainly not as bad as Hugh Hefner with his 18 year old girlfriends who "honestly love him" yeah either him or the mansion. The mistress actually resembles the wife. Look, we're all human and we all have temptations. I know guys in their 40's and 50's married to 20 year olds and one of my associates is dating an 18 year old. Personally I wouldn't I mean where's he going to take her to the prom? Been there done that on to the next one as Jay-Z says. Bottomline, the world is going nuts and I don't know who to trust anymore. Thank God for vacation right? Have a Happy 4th of July!