Ray Rice: More Attention Needs To Be Paid To The Victims

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The outrage over Ray Rice’s behaviors has brought renewed national attention to the abuse of women-as it should. To date the focus has been mostly on Rice, and now Roger Goodell is being scrutinized for his handling of the Rice affair, as well as several other players who have committed crimes.

We are in the midst of what is hopefully going to be a fruitful discussion that will lead to less people being abused.

This discussion should focus on both on the abusers and the abused.  As both parties clearly need help.

It is suggested that more attention should be paid to individuals who are prone to being abused. Continue reading

Johnny Manziel: All Is Up For Discussion

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I recently wrote an article which created quite a stir. The crux of the article spoke to how and why people achieve fame, fortune and notoriety in our society, which has changed considerably over time.

It also spoke to people’s work ethic and what can be achieved from hard work and preparation.

The article drew comparisons between Kim Kardashian and Johnny Manziel as examples of two individuals who have not accomplished a great deal, but whose fame is disproportionate to their achievements. It is a fact Kardasian’s fame dwarfs Manziel’s.

Nonetheless some were aghast that I compared KK with Johnny Football. Perhaps I would be too! Continue reading

Johnny Manziel Famous For Nothing

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We have created a culture where people are famous for being famous.  There are people who have accomplished nothing yet they are notables. Johnny Manziel and Kim Kardasian are two perfect examples of this phenomena.

The football season has begun as training camps have opened and the games are practically upon us.

Johnny Manziel whose bad boy reputation has garnered him attention has yet to take a snap under center in the NFL. Despite that, Manziel has enough money and fame to last him a life time. For accomplishing what– I do not know– but what a gig! Continue reading

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Lebron James Hypocrite Extraordinaire

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Lebron James is a hypocrite plain and simple. Four years ago James talked about building a long term dynasty in Miami and at the first opportunity he bailed. What does it mean– not much unless you were the jilted one.

What upsets people who have been the victims of a change of heart is that they want others to honor their commitments when it is good for them, while at the same time giving themselves the latitude to make changes when it suits them.  A perfect double standard! Continue reading

Your Sport Story: A German’s View Of US Basketball

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In This Edition Of Your Sport Story A German Basketball player discusses the differences between the United States style of play and the German style of play as well as his impressions of German and US societies.  Continue reading

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For Lebron James Like Dorothy There Is No Place Like Home

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“There is no place like home” uttered Dorothy as she clicked her ruby slippers and was suddenly and swiftly back in Kansas surrounded by her loving family.

Lebron James uttered exactly the same sentiments when he expressed his desire to return to his hometown of Cleveland Ohio. And just like that he too was home again. Continue reading

Jurgen Klinsmann Has No Expectations of Winning World Cup

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When the coach of the United States soccer team Jurgen Klinsmann made a pre-tournament statement which basically indicated that the our chances of winning the World Cup were not good, the reaction was swift and at times critical.

Was Klinsmann’s choice of words a way of motivating his players a psychological ploy? Or was it a coach who spoke ill-advisedly and demotivated his players?

Turns out it was neither, and given our success to date no one seems to be complaining now. Continue reading

Phil Jackson Is About Who He Knows Not What He Knows

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The axiom it is not what you know but who you know makes the world go round.  Research has shown that relationships are crucial when it comes to both our emotional and physical health and that those who have relationships show benefits in both these areas.

This is also most certainly the case in the world of sport where cronyism and nepotism are the rule.

The sports community is one of the tightest and most insular especially at the top tiers and its members depend more upon who they know than what they know.  Continue reading

Donald Sterling: An NBA Plantation Owner

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Adam Silver has banned Donald Sterling from the NBA for life and fined him 2.5 million dollars. In addition, Silver is also going to request that the NBA’s Board of Governors vote to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.

The ruling was widely celebrated by all in the NBA as it should have been. There is no place for a racist in the NBA or society for that matter.  Continue reading

Aldon Smith’s Relapse and Troubles Were Predictable

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While away on vacation I was not shocked to read that Aldon Smith was arrested for telling authorities that he had a bomb in an airport while also appearing to be intoxicated.

Sadly the news came as no surprise as I had written, and unfortunately correctly predicted that Smith faced a long uphill battle, one which the deck was clearly stacked against him.

And it still is.

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