It started as inconspicuous as it could.
“The offensively challenged New York Jets made their second trade in less than a week, acquiring well-traveled quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Wednesday from the Houston Texans,” is what Rich Cimini’s blog update stated.
‘Well-traveled’ is probably a nicer phrase than “journeyman” which is probably a friendlier phrase than “average” or “boring” or “never-was”, but here he was, Ryan Fitzpatrick, traded for a nondescript, conditional 7th round pick.
He wasn’t even the most exciting trade by the Jets in those 24 hours. An earlier trade of a 5th round pick to the Chicago Bears for the mercurial Brandon Marshall was seen as the real score of the offseason. A wide receiver with a host of events in his past, but also 5 seasons of 100 catch totals that would immediately benefit the Jets beleaguered roster of “offensive weapons”.
Fitzpatrick, a Harvard graduate, if you haven’t heard, was being brought in to “compete” with the potentially potential-laden, but trending towards bust, West Virginia-alum Geno Smith, for the Jets’ starting QB spot.
The Legends Football League is a tackle football league that was created in 2009. It was created to give a chance to players who could not make the NFL. Deviating from the norm, unlike most alternatives to the National Football League, this one has managed to garner a bit of national attention.
Perhaps that is because prior to 2013, this league was called the Lingerie Football League.
For once, though, their uniforms were not the noteworthy sight coming from their game. Continue reading
The horse known as Orb, or as Kentucky Derby announcer would call him, “Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrb,” is a 1-1 favorite heading into the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness.
The Joel Rosario jockeyed horse was also the favorite at Churchill Downs, starting the race as a 7-2, Post 16 horse.
Orb is thought to have a great shot at taking home the first Triple Crown since Affirmed, 35 years ago. But what many do not know is if he wins today, the thoroughbred will be attempting to complete the effort at his home course, Belmont. Continue reading
“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”
— Jason Collins 4/29/13
Just two weeks ago, I wrote about the hypothetical first open gay athlete, the importance of that person being a willing participant, one who could show the same powerful leadership and capability to withstand the pressure of being a pioneer like Jackie Robinson – one who could set the example for those who will come later.
Jason Collins, the first openly gay athlete in the NBA or any major American sport, is that guy. Continue reading
Think you have seen an amazing basketball highlight recently? This one blows it all away.
Mt. Vernon was leading New Rochelle 60-58, in the New York High School Section 1 Class AA Championship Game. With 2.9 seconds remaining, New Ro was about to inbounds the ball. No one could predict what would occur. [Video Ahead]
Olympic Superstar, McKayla Maroney, stopped by the White House this weekend for a visit with President Barack Obama. Here is the result…a Meme revived.