Friday, August 26, 2011

NBA Star Loses Case Against 'Basketball Wives L.A.'

I was just going through some of my past blogs from my freshman year of college and I never published these blogs I just sent them to my friends who would give me feedback. "Man Sleeps On Roof, Need I Say More", "Girlfriend Shot By Boyfriend...sort of", and my favorite of all time "Fake Cop Pulls Over Real Cop", these blogs are all considered classics not only by me but my English professor at the Communications bldg Ms. Bonnar let me know. If you knew me back then and read my blogs, you'd know how I felt about a new phenomenon taking place in television called Reality TV.

I hate reality tv with a passion and I also hate the Writers Guild of America for creating this genre. COPS was the first reality show to air in 1989 when the Writers Guild went on strike and ever since we have been inundated with cops chasing criminals, who wants to marry a millionaire?, the bachelor and bachelorette, real world, road rules, the housewives of orange county near laguna hills adjacent to fontana near rancho cougar munga errrr well you get the point. My friend Jessica likes to critique everything so a heads up Jess, I spelled them all in lower case on purpose because I don't respect this kind of "programming".

Someone who shares my feelings about reality tv, specifically about 'Basketball Wives: Los Angeles' is Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas. If the original Basketball Wives filmed in Miami, Florida isn't big enough of a trainwreck for you, get ready for the L.A. version. Arenas lost Thursday in a California federal court. He was trying to block his former fiancee from appearing on the program and mentioning his name. Arenas and Laura Govan have four children together and he claimed his family life should not be aired on the program.

When asked why she ruled against him Judge Dolly Gee said, "Arenas suggests that any discussion of his family life is not sufficiently related to his celebrity to render 'BWLA's' use of his identity as a matter of public concern. This contention is belied by the tens of thousands of Twitter users who follow Arenas as he tweets about a variety of mundane occurances."

In other words, if dude wasn't running his mouth on Twitter, maybe he would've won. Incredible! Another athlete burned by social media. When will these guys learn? A month ago Kenny Britt of the Tennessee Titans f-bombed the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and mentioned his retirement on facebook only to take it all back when reports started popping up...allegedly! Kenny then went with the "my facebook account was hacked" defense, nice try dude.

Sadly it looks as if reality tv is here to stay I mean I thought it would fade away especially after such debacles as Man vs Beast and Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire? Remember the dude lied to producers about being a millionaire and the girl whom he selected to marry didn't want to marry him but she went through with it and then they went on a honeymoon but she claimed it was more like a kidnapping. My favorite part was that she just wanted her life back as a nurse in California but for like two months she kept popping up on every Entertainment Tonight type of show...ok so I watched but it Was filmed in Las Vegas, it's not like I could get away from it if I wanted to.

Sorry for getting off the point, sad day for Gilbert Arenas, NBA lockout and now his ex is going to air all of his dirty laundry on tv. I'd like to thank my younger cousin Isabelle and her entire generation for continuing to watch this garbage. Still I'm proud to say I have never watched one episode of American Karaoke errrr I mean American Idol.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

University Of Miami's Decade Of Corruption

At this time I would like to give a shout out to my alma mater Niagara University. We have sports teams but we're not known for our sports we are known for our academia. That being said while I was attending we won the MAAC conference title in college basketball and made it into the NCAA Tournament and we even won a game which was huge for us. The bottom line is that I can honestly say that I'm proud of my school. Perhaps we didn't win the big championship trophies but we did it honestly. I should also give credit to UNLV where I am furthering my studies. Considering Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the world this school is pretty honorable. 

Some news came out today about college football, specifically the University of Miami. Sure it's all over the news and all over social media, but I will give you the straight facts and of course my opinion but not until after I tell you what went down. The allegations that came out today are nothing short of incredible. Remember big blue the University of Michigan when they got caught and heads rolled, this is worse. Remember USC when Reggie Bush had to give back his Heisman Trophy and Heritage Hall erased all records of him and USC got stripped of their title, this is worse. Remember Ohio State where the players were receiving free tattoos and clothes and cars and women and the head coach lied about it and it cost his his job, this is worse.

Nevin Shapiro is a former Miami Hurricanes booster and today his eight years of NCAA rule breaking that benefited 72 college athletes were revealed. First of all it should be known that Shapiro is currently serving a 20 year prison sentence for his role in a $930 million ponzi scheme so dude had plenty of time to talk. Former hip hop star Luther Campbell aka Luke was a booster in 2001, 2002 and would do things like put cash bounties on opposing players, this practice was adopted by Nevin Shapiro. Shapiro became a booster in 2002 and would put bounties on Florida Gators QBs Tim Tebow and he had a three year standing $5000 bounty on Chris Rix for any player who could knock him out of the game.

Shapiro blatantly broke NCAA rules with at least six named coaches, Clint Hurtt, Jeff Stoutland, and Aubrey Hill on the football staff and Frank Haith, Jake Morton, and Jorge Fernandez on the basketball staff. Shapiro named 39 Miami players who he says received prostitution he paid for. The names were not revealed but two players did confirm that the booster paid for them while they were Hurricanes. I told you about the cash he would hand the players, the bounties on opposing players, the private tournaments for cash.

Shapiro spent tens of thousands of dollars on jewelery for Miami players and to recruit players to his Axcess Sports agency. He bought expensive watches for Tavares Gooden and Antrel Rolle and diamond studded dog tags for Sean Taylor and an engagement ring for Devin Hester. The players reportedly had free use of his mansion and his yacht. He spent $84,000 on strip clubs for the players. He paid for meals, entertainment, lodging, and even an abortion.

The player's name is withheld but Shapiro took him to the Pink Pony strip club and paid a dancer to engage in sex with the athlete. In the ensuing weeks the dancer called one of Shapiro's security providers and informed him that she was pregnant. Shapiro gave the dancer $500 for an abortion without notifying the player of the incident. 

Wow! Well where do I start? I'm not even going to attempt to count the violations it's almost impossible. One dude, eight years, look at how much damage he caused. And you're kidding yourself if you think this isn't happening at other schools, they just haven't been caught yet. 72 players in all were in direct violation and some of the players still go to the University, well for now they do. 39 players got with skanks errrr I mean pros? Dude was handing out cash like an atm. Then again what does he care, it wasn't his anyway remember he was running a ponzi scheme, Bernie Madoff is shaking his head.

I wonder if Devin Hester's wife knows her wedding ring is hot...allegedly. All of this corruption and of course the next question is where's the AD? Where's the Athletic Director? You know that's more than a title right? It comes with responsibilities, namely not letting something like this happen. As for the abortion I don't know what to say, I would be disgusted but sadly nothing shocks me anymore. Still Shapiro could've let dude know he was a father instead of paying some hush money for an abortion without ever telling him. I love Shapiro's quote, "I was doing him a favor, that idiot might have wanted to keep the baby." Unbelievable, stay classy Nevin. 

Sad day for the U, sad day for Miami, who am I kidding, they don't care not until the NCAA slaps them on the wrist errrrrr I mean levels sanctions and penalties on the school. How do you handle this? What a year, NFL lockout, NBA lockout, college football scandals, NBA season cancelled oh yeah it's gonna happen, by the way it's only August.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Olympic Ski Team Member Urinates On Girl

Dudes! and Ladies, what is up! How have you guys been, I'm not even going to ask if you missed me or not because I know the answer is yes judging by the amount of hate mail errrrr I mean emails in my inbox. Let me ask you guys something, could the NBA pick a worse time for a lockout? Yesterday we witnessed the biggest proof that in America it is the NFL and everything else. Dallas beating Denver in a thriller 24 - 23, uh you guys do know that this is the preseason right? These games don't count, that's why you keep your starters benched and send out your scrubs errrr I mean second string guys who are trying not to get cut.

Either New England didn't care that it was a preseason game or the Jaguars are really that bad of a team to get hammered by 35 points. New England head coach the hoodie, still looked pissed after the game, you'd think they lost. The Eagles beat the Ravens 13 - 6 and trust me it was never that close. In this case the scoreboard lies because Michael Vick was scorching guys. Seattle beats San Diego 24 -17 and yes I know it's just preseason but this wouldn't surprise me in a regular season game. Has there ever been a team with that much talent looking so badly, well besides last year's Dallas Cowboys? oh and I can't forget Raider Nation losing to the Arizona Cardinals 24 - 18 but did you see those goofballs wearing Cardinals gear? You do realize you're in Raider Nation right, ask Charger fan what it feels like to disrespect the nation.

I'm glad football is back, wouldn't feel right without it but something is knocking the NFL preseason right off the front pages and it involves an Olympic Skier, and 11 year old girl, and urination. Robert Vietze of Warren, Vermont, is one of the top skiers in the country. So it was no shock that he was nominated to the U.S. Development Alpine Ski Team. Dude is 18 so he must've had a pretty good fake i.d. to get wasted in the airport bar. He reportedly had eight drinks before his red eye flight from Portland, Oregon to NYC. During the flight dude had to relieve himself but he doesn't go to the bathroom, no dude urinates on an 11 year old girl who was nearby!

I have been writing blogs since college well really high school but back then I had like 2 loyal readers. But this is not only shocking and disgusting but it makes you wonder what the hell dude was thinking. Look, we've all been drunk before, how drunk do you have to be to confuse a passenger for a toilet? Maybe he didn't, maybe he just didn't give a damn. Some reports say the bathroom was occupied but instead of waiting like a human being he decides to go family pet on a little girl? Oh and the girl's father attacked this guy and rightfully so. I normally don't advocate violence but this one falls under the category of fight now ask questions later. I mean I cannot believe this actually happened. Uh needless to say he won't be representing the U.S. in the Olympics, they got rid of him quickly.

"Based on the information we have, Sandy (Robert) Vietze is in violation of the USSA code of conduct and team agreement, and has been dismissed from the team", said Luke Bodensteiner, the executive vice president of athletics for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. Really Luke? Peeing on a girl is a violation? I would hope so, this doesn't go far enough I mean it is insane what he did. There is no level of being drunk to excuse this, he should be barred from Skiing forever, he should be barred from Earth. Such a bad guy, and dude is 18 good luck with that, you will go down in infamy with all the other sad and disgusting things some athletes have done in the past. Somehow urinating on a minor is a misdemeanor which is ridiculous, it carries a fine and a year in jail max.