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After last months Kenny Chesney concert Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has found himself in a hole that might be a little to deep to climb out of.
Cooper who used the N-word at the concert was fined by the Eagles organization but that’s just where Isis problems start. He is reportedly having problems sleeping and eating over this incident as ESPN reported that he returned to camp under weight.
Luckily for him, Rodger Goodell and the National Football League will not fine him.
This has the entire organization shaken up, especially with a large part of the team disgusted at Cooper and his actions.
“I forgive him. We’ve been friends for a long time,” the running back said Thursday. “But in a situation like this, you really find out about someone. Just on a friendship level, I can’t really respect someone like that,” said Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. Then McCoy continued,”Ain’t nothing to prove. He said how he felt,” reported by CSN is Philly.
Coopers relationship with a lot of players like McCoy and star quarterback Michael Vick on the team has dramatically changed.
The Cooper they thought they knew doesn’t seem to be the real one, and his friendship with most of the players is only on the field and if that doesn’t exist for some players with him.
At a press conference on Thursday the organization said that they will enroll the wideout in sensitivity training classes.
When you are part of an organization you have to act like you are representing them at all moments while you are in public, you are a part of them. You need to show professionalism and he didn’t. He’s lucky that coach Chip Kelly hasn’t decided to release him.
“It’s still a process that’s going on. I think some players that know him better than other players, I think maybe they’ve moved quicker,” he said. “Again, this isn’t a situation that you put underneath the rug and say, ‘It happened, let’s move on. We have to get ready for Thursday’s practice.’ That certainly isn’t the mood or the feeling around this building,” said Kelly according to ESPN.
No matter what Cooper does now, it seems like he is going to have a long road ahead of him, with everyone including me personally disgusted with him. He’s made a lot of noise this off season, certainly the most noise that has come from the Eagles organization.
It’s even got around the League and not to many people are happy about that, including Dallas Cowboy safety Barry Church who had this to say on the situation, “There are going to be players in the league that definitely are going to put a target on him. For me individually, if he apologized, I have no wrongdoing for him or harsh feelings for him. But there’s definitely going to be a target on him from other players in the league. I can tell you that much.”

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Johnny Manziel Texas A&M quarterback has been in the media spot light a lot in the past year and it hasn’t all been for good reasons. Since being the only QB to manage to beat Alabama this season, and the only freshman to ever win the Heisman trophy the QB has made a name for himself and that comes with a lot of attention, maybe a little too much for Johnny Football to handle.
Manziel has found himself being criticized for every move he has made lately, whether it be because he got a Mercedes from his parents or getting thrown out of a frat party (which he was recently kicked out of). Many argue that some GM’s will pass on him because of his maturity, and how much negativity that the media is bringing out from Manziels life. He is a college student and if you think that no college kid drinks is ridiculous. I’m sorry to burst your bubble if you’re an adult but It even happens in high school and this is coming from a high school student who sees it first hand since some of my classmates like to publicly post it on every social network out there. If the spot light was on half of these players as much as Manziel has it on him, you would see how common these actions are from young adults because like everyone in college, he’s still developing. Yet, I don’t think it’s just about his maturity which as much as I hate to admit needs to change because since he’s in the spot light he needs portray himself better public, but not to please everyone but to do exactly what he wants which is to acquire a better draft stock and maybe get the media off his back for a little while. Plus, Manziel is in a position where he’s not only a leader and face of an organization but a role model to some younger children. So, I understand both sides of the argument here.
For example, oversleeping at the Manning Camp wasn’t the brightest idea but I honestly don’t think that all the blame should fall on his shoulders even if he might have drank and been hung over. AJ Maccarron was his room-mate and I feel like it is your duty to wake up your roommate if they have not done so by themselves. That was a really grimy move by Maccarron who I can only assume knew this would go in the media tried to boost his own draft stock by hurting Manziels.
But yes, Manziel needs to tighten up a little when it comes to his maturity level because when its time for you do to do something whether it be attending a frat party, going to a camp or even playing whats suppose to be a friendly game of golf. You know its time for a change when Manziels father, Paul Manziel says he has no interest in playing golf with Johnny because of his anger problems.
Even when asked on his sons drinking situation Paul said, “it could come unraveled. And when it does, it’s gonna be bad. Real bad.” That’s why the media needs to stop making his public life private and let the family and school handle his situation before it gets out of hand because I can only imagine that if he does have a problem it’s because of all the stress the media has put on him and the pressure he has on him to succeed.


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What might as well be the greatest award show to any Sports fanatic anywhere from swimming to football is just around the corner.
The ESPYS which resembles the Oscars of sports are being held July 17th at 9pm eastern time and have a countless number of categories lets brake down some of them.
THE BEST MALE ATHLETE: There are four candidates and only one seems to make sense, Lebron James of the NBA champion Miami Heat. Miguel Cabrera seem to be the second logical choice but doesn’t really have the explosiveness in his sport that compares to Lebron’s popularity in the NBA. Adrian Peterson who came fresh off the season had a great season and it was even more remarkable since he came off a torn ACL but again, a player isn’t based just off individual success but team success, and where did the Vikings go this past season? And Finally, Michael Phelps as much as we have seen him win, Its Michael Phelps due to his recent problems he isn’t everyone’s favorite athlete. Thus, making Lebron the ideal Male Athlete to win this category.

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE: Unfortunately, I don’t have much insight in this category. Who I would like to win and who will probably win are two different people. Serena Williams will probably win because she is the most known out of all four of these candidates, but don’t get me wrong shes a phenomenal athlete I would just like to see Brittany Griner take home this award. Griner has had a lot more success lately compared to Serena who was recently eliminated from Wimbledon. and unfortunately, for the last two Gabby Douglas (Gymnastics) and Missy Franklin (Swimmer) don’t compete in sports that are as widely watched as compared to Tennis and Basketball. So I see Williams taking this one.

BEST TEAM: The choices are the US gymnastics team, The Francisco Giants, Alabama Crimson Tide football, The Baltimore Ravens, The Chicago Black hawks, The Miami Heat and finally the Oklahoma University softball. Now this is the trickiest one. I want to see the Miami Heat take this one but not because they are my favorite team but because they put biggest fight having not one but two game seven series in their Championship run. I’m sorry I’m biased but isn’t all media?

BEST COMEBACK: This one hands down has to go to the one and only Adrian Peterson. Although Peyton Manning is also coming off surgery, I don’t think it was as serious and career ending as Petersons torn ACL. Plus, Peterson had a lot more success and thats what counts. Mariano Rivera who is also coming off a torn ACL, doesn’t seem to have as big of an impact on the Yankees as Peterson had on the Vikings. And I don’t know who Buster Posey is to be honest, Iv heard the name but Iv never watched him.

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE: It’s not doubt that it should go to….Colin Kaepernick. He had the biggest challenge of adjusting to the starting position as a QB and bringing the 49ers to the Superbowl and having an outstanding performance. Don’t get me wrong Russell Wilson is also another great candidate he led his team far but not as far, plus I just like Kaepernicks chances far better. Johnny Manziel did awesome too, but its college ball and you cant compare the college level to the pro level. and for Mike Trout and Yasiel Puig seaon isn’t over yet so how can you decide on that.

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE: Now, Joe Flacco, Pablo Sandoval and Brad Keselowski are all great at what they do in the big games or races in Keselowskis case but its incomparable to the performance given to Lebron James. In my mind, Brad Keselowski is last in this because NASCAR although its a big sport its the smallest in this category. Joe Flacco only had one game to blow up so its not as in depth as Lebrons performance in a seven game series where he had to give his all every single second he was in. Pablo Sandoval doesn’t get my vote because I’m not as big of a baseball fan and I didn’t watch the World series because my Yankees weren’t in it. So lebron wins yet another trophy!

BEST GAME: Now this is probably the hardest one of them all. The Ravens vs Broncos isn’t really a contender because it wasn’t the Super Bowl. Now the Leafs vs Bruins game 7 and the Heat vs Spurs game 6 is a really tight one. Now both were extremely exciting, but game 6 of the NBA finals takes this home because it was a win or go home for the Heat and it went into overtime. There was so much on the line and it had such a big effect on the series. Now the Bruins and Leafs game 7 was just as good because it was a the biggest comeback I’ve ever seen and it grabbed everyone’s attention but it was only a first round game.

BIGGEST UPSET: Florida Gulf Coast University takes this one. A school that no one had ever heard of (except for us south Floridians) did the impossible they beat the number two seed Georgetown Hoyas. A team that was on no ones radar had beaten a team that most people had in their final four bracket. It completely blew everyone away and that’s what america likes to see an underdog win. That alone lets me give them the vote on Biggest Upset. Plus, it is very possible that this could be my future school after this year.

and Finally the BEST PLAY: Ray Allens 3 point play seals the deal. Although, Jadeveon Clowney’s Hit and
DeAndre Jordan’s Alley Oop were really the only contenders to Ray Allen they just didn’t have as big of impacts. Clowneys hit was remarkable and I feel bad for the man on the receiving end of it but it was a big hit they happen all the time in football. DeAndre Jordans dunk was outstanding probably better than most of Lebrons Dunks but it was on Brandon Knight and how many times is he going to be embarrassed in one season remember when Kyire Irving made him look like a fool during all-star weekend? Everything bad happens to that man. Plus, it was a play that didn’t have any effect other than hyping everyone up. Ray Allens shot was a last second desperation shot that gave the Heat a second chance in game 6 which they would end up winning and take them to game 7 which they would also win so if it wasn’t for that big time play by Ray Allen and Chris Bosh who rebounded the missed 3 point attempt by Lebron with the clock winding down the Miami Heat wouldn’t be the reigning NBA champions they are today.


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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis who has been sitting out with a torn bicep since October 17 has the I tensions to come back for the Ravens Playoff opener vs the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday. Which will be the last time he ever plays In an NFL game if the Ravens get eliminated by the Colts.

Undoubtably a future hall of famer,Ex Hurricanes LineBacker, and Baltimore Raven Linebacker Ray Lewis has made his decision that we all expected to come sometime soon wether it be this season or next, he has decided to retire after 17 historical years in the NFL and a great run at the University of Miami during his college years with long time friend Ed Reed.

”I talked to them about life in general. And everything that starts has an end. For me, today, I told my team that this will be my last ride,” said Lewis who continued to say,”God is calling,My children have made the ultimate sacrifice for their father for 17 years. I don’t want to see them do that no more. I’ve done what I wanted to do in this business, and now it’s my turn to give them something back.”

Lewis hopes his son Ray Lewis III will take his talents to UM where Ray had played just 18 years prior.

Lewis was elected to the pro bowl 12 times (5th most all time), was on the first-team All-Pro seven times and had been voted NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice thus far in his career.

Lewis has changed the face of the game for the better as he was one of the hardest hitters to enter the game.

His speech that he gave in Madden NFL 13 says it all,”I’m older, of course I’m older, that’s the beauty of it.
16 years plus, different level of wisdom, different level of understanding, different level of punishment.
I wanna live LOOONG after my records have fallen, long after my rings have tarnished.
And whatever you got to do, to make sure you chase your legacy every second of your life.
Will you be remembered, how would you be remembered, why wouldn’t u fight for the greatest achievement ever?
Leave…Your…Mark,” this is exactly how he played the game to leave his mark.


Four players in three different sports have now fell victim to ACL tears these last few weeks.

We all know what happened to Derrick Rose in game one of the Bulls v.s 76ers series. Rose came down very harsh and awkwardly on his left leg and tore his ACL. Rose is out for the remainder of the playoffs. The injury to Rose, basically killed any chances that the Bulls had of going to the NBA Finals. Then, Iman Shumpert tore his ACL in the first game of the Knicks v.s Heat series when he tried to crossover Mario Chalmers. That didn’t help New York at all.

Then came the biggest hit to New York sports when Yankees closer Mariano “sandman” Rivera was trying to catch fly balls, and fell. Mariano released a statement to the press when asked if he would ever pitch again saying this,” At this point I don’t know, at this point I don’t know. If he decides to not come back, his career will go down as the best closer in the history of the MLB. Truly, do I think he’s going to come back? No, I know its sad and we all want him to, but he’s already towards the end of his career. An ACL tear is one of the most devastating injuries a player can have. They almost never come back to 100%. He sounds doubtful now and he knows that he’s getting old. I’m just thankful I got to see him pitch once.


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Sad reports have come in today saying that future football hall of famer and TV star from Jobs with Junior, Junior Seau has passed away at the young age of 43.  Junior’s girlfriend discovered his body with gunshot wounds to his chest in his California home this morning. Police suspect suicide, but everyone says that he wasn’t depressed and has been in a good mood lately. The sadness of this loss has shaken the entire sports world. Junior left behind three kids and an ex wife. If you were to listen to Junior’s mothers speech its the saddest thing you’ll ever hear in your life she pleads repeatedly, “take me, leave my son.” She also says that she had just spoken to him yesterday and he was joking around with her; he was in a great mood he even called her “homegirl.” Seau played for the Chargers, Dolphins, and Patriots. He recorded 545 tackles, 56 and 1/2 sacks, and 18 interceptions during his career. Dolphins CEO Mike Dee released a statement say,”Junior was one-of-a-kind. The league will never see anyone like him again,” and that’s the truth. Chargers President Dan Spanos said this,” He wasn’t just a football player, he was so much more. He was loved by everyone in our family, our organization and throughout the NFL. This is just such a tragic loss. One of the worst things I could ever imagine. My prayers go out to Junior’s family. It’s heartbreaking.” It is so hard for me to believe he is gone because I’ve seen him play before; many times live in person.  I send my condolences to Junior and his family. We have truly lost someone great.


At eight o clock tonight, inside Radio City Music Hall in New York City dreams will become reality! The first round of the NFL draft will take place tonight featuring some of the most elite college football players becoming pros! Now we know that the Indianapolis Colts will select Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the draft. There has been a little bit of controversy over the choice of picking Luck over Robert Griffin III. RG3 has had better stats in almost every aspect of the game than Luck this pass season. With Luck going to the Colts it leaves the Washington Redskins with the availability of getting RG3. So as any smart GM would do they will pick him up.

Minnesota has the third pick in the draft and many predict that they will select Matt Kalil the left tackle from USC. The Vikings have no need to pick up a quarterback since they got Christian Ponder from FSU last year; now, they need protection food the QB. Then again they don’t really have a good defense like they use to. Another great option for the Vikings could be the Corner Back from LSU, Morris Clabiborne. Morris would add the extra umf into their play that could make them a serious threat. The Vikings have to now worry about Brandon Marshall who was traded to Chicago Bears not to long ago. So I would pick Clabiborne over Kalil who many think they will pick.

Next on the clock would be the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have had poor production from their offense in the last couple of years, the only good player was Hillis who was injured most of last season. They have options that would make sense here; choosing Justin Blackmon (the wide receiver from Oklahoma State), Trent Richardson (the running back from Alabama), or Ryan Tannehilll (the QB out of Texas A&M). Honestly, in my opinion they should pick Richardson or Blackmon. think about it who do they have in the RB or WR position? No one really. Josh Cribbs isn’t really a threat at the Wide out position, maybe at the kick return position but not at the Wide out position. Then, again they are looking like a better team on paper and on the field when it comes to the wide out position then the running back position. They have Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya two no name guys (no offense). So logically they should pick Richardson since they need a factor in the running game.

At the Fifth pick in the draft Tampa Bay has the power to make someone a Buccaneer. If the Choice is available they will choose Claiborne they have a pretty good offensive game and the Defense is slacking. They could also pick Fletcher Cox out of Mississippi. Whatever they do they need a defensive addition.