I am very excited for this weekend's UFC because without question I know for sure both fighters won't be on steroids. In this case it's BJ Penn and Nick Diaz, two guys who I know to be clear of performance enhancing drugs. It's not that there are no other fighters who are clean because there are certainly some, but rare do you get TWO GUYS fighting in a main event who are.
I've been in touch with BJ, and around people out here in Oakland who know Nick quite well, and both seem to be very ready for this fight. This coming on the heals of the two of them not really wanting to fight each other, but the UFC magically manages to get everyone they need to into that cage. No different this time in that they both want a chance at Georges St-Pierre, who, not surprisingly, has injured himself. I say "not surprisingly" because I don't think he was prepared to fight Carlos Condit, and there's no way a guy like GSP jeopardizes all he has built. If you ever watch the way he fights he rarely puts himself at risk, so he's certainly not going to do that before the fight.
Side story on this few are aware of, there's a little birdie telling me that the UFC, ehh hemm, Dana White, kinda screwed up when he cancelled the Diaz vs St-Pierre fight. Rarely doing something that would affect the company without thinking it through, White did not take into consideration the one thing which guides Las Vegas: The Casinos. They had already collected millions in bets for that fight, and when White called it off the Sports Books went bananas. They forced him to put Diaz back on the card in the hopes the money would stay on the table, one way, or another.
Again, a rare bad call by White when it comes to his product, but that's why Diaz and Penn not only is happening, but HAD TO HAPPEN.
Do you ever watch a sporting event and realize a game is over before either team has scored? Well, I sure have, and it has happened to me twice in the last 5 weeks.
The first time was when the Ohio State backup Quarterback Joe Bauserman through a screen pass into the dirt on his first pass against Miami. That's when I new that particular game was over before anyone had scored.
The second time? This past weekend when I watched the Raiders play the Chiefs, and not because Kyle Boller was starting at Quarterback, or Darren McFadden got hurt. It's because on the first series the Raiders came out and moved the ball. Then on 3rd and half a yard, somewhere around midfield, rather than take Boller and push for the first down, they bring in Rookie Terrelle Pryor, who has yet to play a down in the NFL, to do it for him. But they didn't just have him sneak for a first down, no, not at all. They put him at Wide Receiver while Boller was in shotgun, sent him in motion where he then stopped under center, took the snap, and went forward for the yard. Except he didn't wait "one second" under center, and the play was called dead. The Raiders were given a 5 yard penalty. Pryor left the field, and on the next play Boller through a pick-6 on third down. Game. Set. Match.
That's just coaches being stupid.
Rather than one the field position game, maybe get 3 points, who knows? They're down 7 points with a shitty Quarterback.
Nice job, coach.
Andrew Luck is not going to the Colts. I don't care if they go 0 and SEVENTEEN. The Colts will not have Andrew Luck. Now, I did predict months ago this was coming, that Manning would miss the season and Luck would be there for the Colts, but even if he is there, he ain't going.
And why should he? Because they drafted him? You know what? Fuck the Colts. That's my take. They're one of the teams that screwed legions of fans when they left Baltimore, so why do I care when a particular player decides not to work for them? I don't blame the kid at all. Indianapolis sucks, and yes, I've been there 4 too many times having been there 4 times.
The thing about Luck too, is like John Elway and Eli Manning before him he has the ability to do what he wants on the field, and OFF THE FIELD. The kid has the leverage, and he can basically tell a team "I'll never play there." And if he wants to, he should. We live in the most me-society at the height of "me." Facebook, twitter, billionaires who want tax cuts, "that's my kid you're talking to!" Everything is me, and if I'm Andrew Luck I'm going full "me."
He's a great kid no matter how yo spin it. Not wanting to be in Indianapolis doesn't make him a jerk. No, it makes him smart.
And the NFL, they want that kid in Miami for sure. Which for me would be great so I can stop hearing Dan Marino talk. I'd love to see that guy knocked down one peg.
Last week he said, "I hope no one breaks my record!" Of course you feel that way because they can't break your championships...
And btw, Luck is FAR AND AWAY the best player in College Football. Watch him for one quarter, and you'll soon realize he's better than Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, Eli Manning, Alex Smith, Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman, and others RIGHT NOW.
Wow, the NBA just cancelled more games. The good part about that is...no shitty games in the ultimate "me" sport.
The bad part...there will be blood. Some NBA player is going to get bored and shoot someone. If we're lucky his target will be David Stern.
He's the Rutgers graduate I'm slowly starting to hate, and it's tough to hate your own.
I just heard a Terrell Owens interview where he discussed the "teams" who are interested in him. He said he wants to "play for a contender", and that he's going to make a decision after he "speaks to his agent."
So, I may as well jump to the future and let you know that discussion.
"Hey, Tee Oh, it's me Drew."
"Whassup, my agent?"
"Listen, buddy, I just got a phone call from the..."
"Oh, nothing. Go on..."
"I just got a call from the accountant handling your money, and he says things aren't looking so good."
"...I was hoping this call was about something else. Any good news?"
"Well, I did just save a shit ton of money on my car insurance..."