Longtime matchmaker Joe Silva also decided to step down last year. Let me slide for a moment into the shoes of his replacement, Sean Shelby, and suggest five fights that I’d love to see made in 2017.
Cowboy Cerrone v. Robbie Lawler
The perpetually active Cerrone has been on a tear since moving up to the 170 pound weight class. He will look to make it five straight wins in the division on January 28 against Jorge Masvidal. Lawler has been taking some time to let his body heal after Tyron Woodley ended his long title reign.
Neither of these decorated veterans ever seems to have a boring fight. A matchup between Cerrone...
The New York Knicks don’t do many things well. One thing they are great at is selling the next savior. Isiah Thomas, Stephon Marbury, Larry Brown, Donnie Walsh, Amar’e Stoudemire, Mike D’Antoni, Jeremy Lin, and Carmelo Anthony are just some of the names that were supposed to restore the Garden to its former glory.
Phil Jackson came to New York roughly two years ago with an impeccable basketball resume. He won 11 rings as a coach, plus another as a player learning at the foot of legendary Knicks coach Red Holzman. There was legitimate optimism within the fan base that the Hall of Famer who roomed with Clyde Frazier as a rookie would finally turn the franchise around.
Sadly for New York, the song at the Garden has largely remained the same since Phil’s hire. There has been no improvement to the on the court product. The Knicks record currently sits at 42 and 102 under Jackson as they limp to the conclusion of another playoff-less season in the mediocre Eastern Conference.
Each man has a legion of devoted fan-boys. Each man has more than his share of detractors. Love them or hate them, few sports media personalities can move the needle quite like Bill Simmons or Mike Francesa.
Gallons of cyber ink have been spilled breathlessly covering the Sports Guy’s messy departure from ESPN. Speculation is rampant in the New York City tabloids that Francesa’s two decade reign as the “Sports Pope” of afternoon drive may be nearing a similarly contentious end. Mike has made no effort lately on air to hide his disdain for the suits that currently run WFAN.
One Simmons rumor has Bill starting his own online media endeavor, possibly with Jon Stewart. The Sports Guy has on multiple occasions alluded to a meeting that took place years ago where Francesa tried to convince him to join WFAN as the replacement for Mike’s longtime partner Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo.
If Simmons did get to set up his own shop perhaps he would return the favor and look to bring a disgruntled Fran...
To those who have read my novel “Reality TV and Hookers,” thanksagain for the support! I've started work on a sequel titled “MoreReality Less Hookers.” In honor (or perhaps dishonor) of last night's season finale of “The Bachelor,” I've posted a preview chapter that gives a peek at what life has been like for Jacoby and Carly since the final rose ceremony. Hope you enjoy!
“Dude, I fucking hate Bed Bath & Beyond,” I thought as my wireless signal failed when I tried to check the score of a college football game. No one warned me that cell phone reception sucks in the pillow aisle.
Carly held up two pillows that have the same zig-zag pattern that I now know is called Chevron. I learned this information during last weekend's curtain buying adventure. “Which one do you like better, the blue or the green?” she asked.
“Um, the blue.”
“You're not even looking,” she said with disappointment.
Carly was right. I wasn't really looking. I was desperately refreshing the ESP...
With only a month until pitchers and catchers report, predicting how the 2015 Yankees will fare is an extremely difficult endeavor. The roster that GM Brian Cashman has assembled includes very few sure things. This feeling of uncertainty is most pronounced in the starting rotation.
Cashman chose not to throw money at the problem via free agency. He watched last season’s surprise savior Brandon McCarthy sign with the Dodgers for $48 million. New York never seemed to be real players for Max Scherzer or John Lester, who received massive contracts from the Nationals and Cubs respectively. As a result, the Yankee rotation is filled with nothing but question marks.
It is a hard to remember a Yankee rotation that was more of a boom or bust proposition. If everything breaks right, the Bomber have the potential for a terrific staff. If everything breaks wrong it could be a complete disaster. I will proceed to break down the boom and bust scenarios for each of the expected starters.
The intense drama and shocking conclusion to the battle between the Mountain and the Red Viper justifiably overshadowed the setting. Seriously though, how awesome was the arena that they fought in?
I have not read far enough into the books to know if there are any more trials by combat coming to King’s Landing. It would seem Tyrion has already played that card one time too many times.
I need more of the King’s Landing combat arena in my life. It is far too splendid to be a one off set piece. I’d like to suggest to the producers some real world alternative uses for their grand construction.
The arena would obviously make a great venue for the next big UFC fight. How much more excited would you be for the Weidman vs Machida fight if the octagon was set in the middle of the floor, on top of the dual Lannister and Baratheon sigils. Dana White could sit with Lord Tywin and compare who has more money and power. Floyd Mayweather is the consummate showman. I'm sure he’d relish fighting...
Since 2008 my friend Bri has been participating in a book club that gathers near Cleveland, Ohio. The group of family members and close friends meet every two to three months and whoever wants to host the discussion gets to pick the book. They read all genres of books which helps expose the club members to different titles that they may not have discovered outside the group. I was truly honored that they chose to read my novel, “Reality TV and Hookers”, at their last meeting on May 14.
Bri asked that I provide some questions for the group to discuss at the meeting. Below is a summary of some of their answers. The book club also came up with some reality TV show ideas of their own.
(If you haven’t already read the book or have not yet finished, you may want to hold off because there are some spoilers.)
1.) What would be your reaction if your brother/best guy friend told you he was dating Carly
Horrified till I got to know her
More paranoid if he had picked Ines vs. picking Carly
Last night’s Yankee win against the Brewers was a tale of two rookies who could not have more disparate back stories. Masahiro Tanaka came from Japan carrying 155 million dollars worth of expectations. Conversely, Yangervis Solarte came to the Yankees as a cast-off from the Texas Rangers organization. The 26-year-old, career minor leaguer wasn’t even expected to make the team.
Tanaka picked up the victory last night, out dueling Milwaukee’s ace Yovani Gallardo to lift his record to a perfect 5-0. With injuries to Nova and Pineda and inconsistent starts from CC and Kuroda, the Yankees have needed Tanaka to be an ace right away. There has been no time for an adjustment period and luckily the composed Japanese right-hander hasn’t needed one.
“Never Nervous Yangervis,” as loquacious radio broadcaster John Sterling calls him, provided the bulk of the Yankee offense with a 3 run homer off Gallardo. The blast gave Solarte an unlikely, team leading 18 RBIs. After slumping for a couple of weeks...
Juan Pablo's season has come and gone and I think most of America can now say that we aren’t so sad to see it go! True to my form, I watched the finale while live-tweeting and boy did people have a lot to say! Let’s just say you would have had a really hard time finding someone that was siding with Juan on the episode.
So, spoiler alert.. There was a lot of “esss oh-kays”, annoying little moans from Juan, oh, and no rings and no love. Making Juan Pablo, officially the, Worst. Bachelor. Ever. It does take two to tango though and currently Nikki is guilty of picking the wrong partner to dance with.
Nikki.. dear Nikki. Girl, we need to have a chat about some red-flags. Clearly you missed them the first time around in real time, and then the second during the airing, but I like to believe that the third time is a charm, so give me your ear! These are BAD signs that the guy you’re dating is a huge schmuck.
1.) His family doesn’t even seem to like him. Okay, for real though. When his...