Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that former heavyweight world boxing champion Mike Tyson attracts crowds of onlookers wherever he goes. He’s well known around the world by non-boxing fans due to his controversial lifestyle and past. As a boxer, there are those who argue that Tyson was beaten in every big showdown he had, such as losing twice to Evander Holyfield as well as being knocked cold by Lennox Lewis and Buster Douglas.
But regardless of what you think of him as a pugilist, his life story is quite fascinating and this is why Tyson has opened a six-night, one-man show in Las Vegas. Tyson intends to take his act to Broadway if it proves popular. It got off to a pretty good start on Apr. 13 when he entertained a crowd of 740 people at the MGM Grand Casino.
The 45-year-old Tyson didn’t hide anything by speaking of some of his most controversial incidents such as being jailed for rape, his battles with drugs and alcohol and biting off part of Holyfield’s ear during a bout. Tyson talked for about two hours and showed some fancy footwork when the jazz-rock band that was on hand played a couple of numbers.
Tyson’s show is called Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Live on Stage, and he opened it by saying he didn’t really know what he was going to do while on stage. However, he then proceeded to tell his life story in detail; starting with not knowing who hi real father was after being born in Brooklyn, New York. He recalled his brushes with the laws when he was a youngster and dealing with the death of his mother when he was 16.
The next chapter dealt with legendary boxing trainer Cus d’Amato, who became his mentor and father figure. He said D’Amato helped him steer clear from of a life of crime and helped him develop his world-class boxing skills. Tyson won his first 19 pro fights by knockout and became the youngest heavyweight champion in history when he beat Trevor Berbick as a 20 year old.
In 1992 the boxer was convicted of rape after a beauty queen testified Tyson forced her into sex following a beauty pageant in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tyson pleaded his innocence, but was locked up for three years on the count and was released in 1995. He said he deserved to go to jail for some of the things he’s done in his life, but not for this incident.
Upon release Tyson regained the title, but was beaten in 1996 by Holyfield. They had a rematch the following year and this was the bout where Tyson twice bit Holyfield’s ear. He was banned from the sport for a year for his actions.
Tyson had to file for bankruptcy in 2003, which was the year his second marriage came to an end. He would remarry again in 2009, to his current wife Kiki, and shortly after lost his four-year-old daughter in a tragic accident at their home. Tyson laid low for several years before appearing two ‘Hangover’ movies as well as starring in a television dealing with his love of training homing pigeons.
Tyson drew several celebrities on opening night as Sugar Ray Leonard, Piers Morgan, Paula Abdul, and Rosie O’Donnell were all in attendance. Tyson said he wrote the show with his wife and it also incorporated several photos and video clips which were broadcast during the performance.
- Musings from a night with Mike Tyson (sports.inquirer.net)
- Tyson debuts punchy one-man show in Vegas (entertainment.inquirer.net)
- Mike Tyson Has Finally Been Reduced To A (Possibly Naked) Vegas Lounge Act [Mike Tyson] (deadspin.com)
The recent Bountygate scandal in the NFL could hurt the league in more ways than one. Four former players sued the football league on Apr. 16 in an Atlanta court and cited the bounty system used by the New Orleans Saints as evidence and proof that the NFL didn’t protect its players properly.
The legal action was initiated by Lomas Brown, who retired in 2002 after 17 years in the league; Myron Guyton, a member of the New England Patriots and New York Giants in the1980s and 90s; Willie Whitehead, a member of the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers between 1995 and 2006 and Jessie Small, a member of three different teams from 1989 to 1993.
Several trial attorneys and legal experts feel this could just be the tip of the iceberg as they expect more lawsuits to be launched in the future. The most recent lawsuit said the bounty system shows that the league relied on violence and its players weren’t properly educated regarding the dangers of concussions.
After holding an investigation, the NFL concluded that Gregg Williams, a former defensive coordinator with the saints, offered his players thousands of dollars for violent hits on opposing players during the last three seasons. The players who filed the suit aren’t claiming to be victims of the bounty scheme, but said this type of behaviour has led to other ex-players and themselves dealing with debilitating conditions.
The complaint said the NFL has always glorified violent hits as the league encourage players to think of themselves as and to act as modern-day gladiators. However, it added, that the league failed to let its players know what the consequences of their actions could be.
Brian McCarthy, a spokesman with the NFL the league never intentionally misled players and the lawsuit doesn’t have any merit. He said the league prides itself on protecting its players and educating them about injuries such as concussions.
The lawsuit was filed for the players by NFL agent and Atlanta lawyer Von DuBose. He claimed that the men now suffer from headaches, memory loss, depression and several other symptoms of brain injury. According to the lawyers involved in the case, there are over 1,000 former players who are suing the NFL.
Gabe Feldman, who is a sports law professor, said the bounty system shows that the league was possibly unnecessarily violent, but doesn’t think the new claim by the ex players will make much of a difference in the lawsuit even though it could persuade some jury members.
The complaint also said the league sold films and videos that glorified some of the most spectacular hits. It’s trying to force the NFL to properly educate players right after the NFL draft when it comes to the dangers of head injuries. The league said that Williams offered players $1,500 to knock an opposing player out of a game and $1,000 if a player had to be helped off the field after being hit. It’s believed that as many as 27 members of the Saints were involved in the bounty scheme.
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As usual, the past week in sports was a busy one…and no one should be surprised that I have a lot on my mind. There’s certainly no reason to be silent when your week begins with the….
Glasgow Derby. There aren’t many things better than watching a Rangers-Celtic match and thinking about the grand rivalry and its tumultuous history. In case you weren’t aware of the passions surrounding this Scottish blood feud, consider that the referee handed out three red cards AND ejected a manager from the sideline.
Game on, eh?
In case you were wondering, Rangers won 3-2.
Celtic will finish atop the table in the Scottish Premier League, but Rangers weren’t about to allow Celtic to clinch the championship in their house. Passion is a wondrous thing, no? I mention that because passion was so noticeably absent in the recent performances of our very own….
Portland Timbers. Somehow, the lads found a way to concede a goal 28 SECONDS into their road game against New England. They then spent the remaining 89+ minutes chasing the Revs around the pitch, ultimately losing 1-0.
And you wonder why so many Americans hate soccer. It was an ugly display of uninspired soccer that left a lot of Timbers fans scratching their heads in dismay.
The Timbers then came home and gave up two goals in the last four minutes and stoppage time to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They lost 3-2 to Real Salt Lake, spoiling a stellar two-goal performance by Darlington Nagbe. There can’t be much to celebrate when your defense goes belly-up at the end of a match.
Ah, but the lads certainly looked resplendent in their new alternate kit, eh?
The Timbers have allowed opponents to score first in their first four games, a trend which, if allowed to continue, augurs a long season. Thirty more games of Matador defense will render a Timbers game roughly as dramatic as the execution of one….
Jesse Joe Hernandez. A child murderer executed in Texas’ death chamber, Hernandez couldn’t shed his mortal coil without a shout out to his favorite football team. He might have been trying to ingratiate himself with the Almighty by yelling, “GO COWBOYS!” as the lethal drug cocktail was about to dispatch him to the Great Beyond.
Let’s just hope that God’s a Cowboys fan…and patient. He’s going to need to be, because Tony Romo will lead the Cowboys to the Promised Land at about the same time the Larry O’Brien Trophy is hoisted in triumph by a member of our own….
Portland Trailblazers. Not to toss dirt on the coffin before the lid is closed, but fans won’t have to worry about budgeting for playoff tickets this month. I feel for Kaleb Canales, who wasn’t exactly dealt a full hand from the outset. When the camera pans to Canales pacing the sideline, I half-expect to see DEAD MAN WALKING on a chyron at the bottom of the screen. Canales needs every ounce of the preternatural cheerfulness and positivity he brings to the job, because the product on the floor is D.O.A.
Team Ennui could learn a thing or two about intensity and commitment from the….
Portland Winterhawks. The most motivated and least publicized professional team in Portland, the Hawks are in the WHL playoffs again. Four years after enduring a 22-game losing streak, the Hawks have a legitimate shot of making it to Shawinigan, Quebec for the Memorial Cup tournament. This team believes it can win and that conviction shows in their play and comportment on the ice. Who would have thought that a collection of 16-to 20-year-old kids could show so much heart? The under-motivated collection of pampered, hyper-glandular athletes in short pants across the plaza could learn a thing or six from the Hawks.
Perhaps the Trailblazers should go back to playing their home games in Memorial Coliseum. That way they’d have to walk past the giant photograph of the Hawks team that won the 1998 Memorial Cup. That’s what winners look like, y’all….
Speaking of winners, there’s the….
Vancouver Canucks. The riot that erupted after the Canucks lost Game Seven of last year’s Stanley Cup Finals to Boston is the stuff of legend. Normally placid Canuck fans erupted in rage and disappointment, turning downtown Vancouver into a war zone. No one except a few policemen saw it coming, and once the mob took over, chaos reigned. The miracle is that there weren’t fatalities.
With the Stanley Cup Playoffs just around the corner, Vancouver police and political leaders are doing what they can to prevent a repeat. If there’s to be another riot, though, perhaps city fathers could make the best of a bad situation by selling the broadcast rights to….
Rupert Murdoch. Not content with already owning most of the world’s media outlets, Murdoch’s News Corp. is contemplating launching their own sports network. CBS and NBC have their own sports networks, but Murdoch’s real target would be ESPN. Taking down the Worldwide Leader would be just the sort of thing to make Murdoch feel warm all over.
That said, are we really ready for Sean Hannity guest appearances? And as long as we’re talking about futility, impotence, and bluster, it’s about time we begin pondering the….
Seattle Mariners. I figured out during the winter that if you rearrange the letters in “Seattle Mariners” and translate the result into Latin, it means, “Welcome to yet another 95-loss season.” Let’s not kids ourselves, OK? The Mariners roster is King Felix and 24 guys who’d be buried in AAA in most organizations. After the excitement of Opening Day, the Mariners 2012 season will feature yet another steady, inexorable decline to the basement of the AL West.
Lest anyone think I’m being overly pessimistic, keep in mind that when it comes to baseball, I know frustration. I’m a lifelong fan of the….
Minnesota Twins. Yeah, so they won World Series titles in 1987 and 1991. I still rank those among the happiest days of my life, but even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and again. Didn’t the Kansas City Royals win a World Series once?
The Twins lost 93 games last season, despite opening a new stadium in downtown Minneapolis. It seems that this small-market team’s years of using smoke and mirrors to make the playoffs have finally caught up with them. This year’s edition is Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and 23 guys who’d be driving beer trucks now if they’d been drafted by the Yankees.
I digress, but who in their right mind builds an open-air stadium in Minnesota? I can hardly wait for the obligatory “BLIZZARD ON OPENING DAY!” story. It makes about as much sense as building an open-air stadium in north Texas, which is where you’ll find the….
Texas Rangers. I don’t know about you, but I’ve attended a Rangers game in July. I’ve never been to Hell, but I can’t imagine it feels much different than [insert naming rights sponsor du jour here] Ballpark. Hey, it’s a great place to watch a baseball game…if you don’t mind sitting in pools of your own sweat while risking heat stroke. If the Rangers cared about the wellbeing of their fans, they could do worse than to steal a page from the….
Houston Astros. If you’ve ever been in Houston during the summer, you understand that it’s no coincidence that Houston and Hell both begin with “H.” When it came time to leave the concrete mausoleum they call the Astrodome, the Astros designed a state-of-the-art covered and air-conditioned stadium. Minute Maid Park is a wonderful place to take in a ballgame…and not just because it protects fans from the heat, humidity, and mosquitoes.
Minute Maid Park is one of the things that (almost) made living in Houston for 3,722 days (not that I was counting) worth it. With a retractable roof that can be opened in 10 minutes, Minute Maid Park is, IMHO, the best ballpark in Major League Baseball.
Wouldn’t it be something if Portland’s city fathers could find it within themselves to agree on a plan to build a new ballpark? They’d look like heroes by coming through in time to save the….
Portland Beavers. What? The Beavers already left town? For Escondido? Ensenada? Esmeralda? Wait…it’ll come to me….
Man, I’ve got to start paying closer attention to what’s going on in this town….
Well, that’s this week’s communiqué from the Stream of Consciousness desk. Next week I’ll discuss why trading Hasheem Thabeet, Raymond Felton, Tracy Barry, and three cases of Cristal for Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh could work for the Blazers.
Remember, kids; being paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you….
Be sure to check out other great articles at Oregon Sports News.
- Watch Portland Timbers v CD Chivas USA Live Football Match Saturday 07 Apr 2012 (oleole.com)
- OH YES! The Stanley Cup Playoffs are set! (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Canucks blank Oilers, win Presidents’ Trophy (miamiherald.com)
- Canucks blank Oilers, win Presidents’ Trophy (newsok.com)
It was only a matter of time once Peyton Manning put his name on the dotted line of a contract with the Denver Broncos that Tim Tebow would no longer be wearing the blue and orange number 15 jersey in the Mile High City. As it turns out, that time went pretty quickly.
Reports on March 21 indicated that Tebow had been dealt to the New York Jets for a fourth-round draft pick. Yes, the same guy that burst onto the scene in Denver last season, helping lead the Broncos to an AFC West title and a first-round playoff upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was taking his show to Broadway under the outspoken Rex Ryan.
Being I cover the San Diego Chargers for an online site as a freelance writer, I have followed the drama in Denver in recent days with special interest.
Initially, here are some thoughts on all of this:
- While Manning is a sure-fire first ballot Hall-of-Famer when he decides to hang up his uniform, there are no guarantees he will be entirely healthy come this fall when he lines up under center in Denver. Given he will be 36 years old when that happens, I think the Broncos’ spending $95 million over five years for the veteran QB will be a mistake in the long run. His 14-year run with the Colts was incredible, but my gut tells me his best days are behind him;
- Scratching my head as to why the Jets would want Tebow, especially given the fact they just recently inked starting QB Mark Sanchez to an extension of nearly $41 million. That question is also being pondered due to the fact Tebow only completed 46.5 percent of his passes a season ago. Unless there are serious doubts regarding Sanchez going forward (why then would you sign him to a three-year extension?), it seems New York is set at QB for the foreseeable future. Maybe the Jets will look to offer special offensive packages with Tebow and Sanchez on the field at the same time. Then again, I would not be totally shocked if the Jets up and trade Tebow to another team soon;
- What happens if Sanchez gets off to a rocky start next season? With the new contract extension in hand; will Jets fans start clamoring for Tebow to enter the game? Unlike a Manning that has seen it all, Sanchez is still relatively new to the league. How would he handle such pressure? It seems like bringing in Tebow can only work as a negative unless you’re going to use him in special situations;
- Having a star QB on your team that can direct the squad and is looked upon as a leader is vitally important as that top pitcher that a MLB sends out to the mound every four or five days. While Brady is the face of the Patriots, Rodgers is the face of the Packers and Eli Manning is the face of the Giants, the Jets still are defined by Ryan, a man that will never see a down under center. That still holds true even if Sanchez and Tebow are in and out of the game on different series.
Only time will tell if both the Broncos and the Jets made wise moves this week or if they just set them up for failure.
In Denver, you have one of the best QB’s the league has seen in the last 14 years playing for a team that produced one of the best QB’s the league had ever seen in John Elway.
Meantime, the Jets, a team that before last season’s flop had been to two straight AFC Championship games, look to ride the arm and legs of Sanchez to another appearance in the championship game and the right to play in the Super Bowl.
On a sad note, the 2012 schedule points out that the Broncos don’t play the Colts and Denver does not meet up with the Jets.
My, could you have imagined the ratings for one or both of those games?
Dave Thomas, who covers among other topics how to start a small business and workers compensation, writes extensively for Business.com, an online resource destination for businesses of all sizes to research, find, and compare the products and services they need to run their businesses.
- Tim Tebow vs. Mark Sanchez: Why It’s a One-Sided Competition as the Jets QB (bleacherreport.com)
- Is Mark Sanchez Doomed as the New York Jets Starting QB? (blogcritics.org)
- Why Tim Tebow Trade Sets Up Starting QB Mark Sanchez to Fail (bleacherreport.com)
- NFL’s Twitter Takeover: Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow Mania (bleacherreport.com)
- Tim Tebow: Analyzing Broncos Trade of Fallen QB to New York Jets (bleacherreport.com)
With mid-March descending on North America, professional hockey fans in the U.S. and Canada are licking their chops for next month’s playoffs.
Granted, the playoffs in the NFL, MLB and NBA certainly have their exciting moments, but for a long-time hockey fan like me, the playoff run on the ice starting the second week in April is second to none.
For me, my hockey following days date back to childhood in the 1970s, and the incredible run of four Stanley Cups by my beloved Montreal Canadiens.
Granted, the Canadiens are going nowhere fast this season, but that does not mean I cannot turn back the clock and relive the half-dozen titles that my Habs have won since I began following the sport. Whenever my friends in Toronto, Los Angeles or Philly give me grief about the Habs not having won a Cup since 1993, I simply point to the fact that the MapleLeafs (1967) and Flyers (1975) have had longer droughts. As for the Kings, they still have the goose egg on their record book.
While the other three professional sports have had some parody in recent years, it is not really a surprise when you get to the playoffs and start mentioning Lakers, Patriots or Yankees as some of the favorites likely to win the respective titles year in and out.
In the NHL, however, you could rattle off at least 10 of the 16 teams eligible that could win Lord Stanley’s Cup this season and recent seasons for that matter.
One of the more interesting items with the NHL is that home field (ice in this instance) advantage does not seem to really matter in the playoffs as much as it did when a number of the older rinks were still in play.
Just a couple of years ago, Montreal went on the road and won a pair of game sevens in Washington (President’s Trophy winner) and Pittsburgh (defending Stanley Cup winner). Last season, Boston captured the title with a win in the final game in raucous Vancouver.
Yes, the New York Giants have been road warriors en route to a pair of Super Bowls over the last five years, but do the Lakers beat the Celtics in Game 7 a few years back if that game is on the road or does St. Louis top Texas in last year’s World Series if Game 7 is in the Lone Star State?
Given how there is still a lot of playoff positioning to be decided in these last few weeks of the NHL’s regular season, I think I could make a case for Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philly, New York Rangers, New Jersey, St. Louis, Vancouver, Phoenix, Dallas, and Nashville to all have legitimate shots at winning the Cup this season. Several other teams are either playoff positioned today or could make it in when the regular season ends in approximately three weeks.
Speaking of parody, only Columbus out of 30 teams has officially been eliminated as of March 13.
Whoever does win Lord Stanley’s Cup this season will once again have to fight and claw their way to the title. Playoff beards, battling injuries, hot goaltending and some lucky bounces of the puck are all what we hockey fans love about early April.
I’ve got the playoff beard going, I’m injury free to get to a local arena or watch the games on my NHL Center Ice package, and I can even wield a mean goalie stick or two.
Let the fun begin.
Anyone who follows football knows that the team released QB legend Peyton Manning. It might make sense from a business perspective, but it’s hard to imagine the team without him.
We are, of course, a blog review site, so this is a quick review of an Indianapolis Colts blog.
For quite some time, a writer named Nate Dunleavy ran 18 to 88, which featured Manning and former receiver Marvin Harrison. It was part of the Bloguin network and a good site for daily commentary.
Perhaps (likely) thanks to the team moving in a new direction, the author established The Colts Authority. It has a slightly different design, but the writing and coverage is still the same. Here is a blurb by one of the authors about the Manning announcement:
The first thing I can ever remember my dad saying to me about football was how excited he was for the Colts’ new quarterback, some hotshot guy named Peyton Manning. I didn’t know much about the game, but I knew the Colts were my favorite team, and I knew that the guy with the funny name throwing the football was supposed to be good.
Great post. Everyone should read it.
And it is, simply put, a sad day for football.
Major League Baseball starts its 2012 season in just over a month. Time to take a look at some previews from around Major League Baseball. We’ll start with the NL East.
Record in 2011: 102-60 (1st place in the NL East)
Recently, the Phillies history has been a positive for the fans in Philadelphia. The team has made five consecutive playoff appearances and remain one of the most talented teams in the league.
The Good Phight has a series featuring previews of top players in 2012. So far, the list includes Chase Utley, Chad Qualls, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Juan Pierre, Joe Blanton, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, Brian Schneider, Jose Contrares, David Herndon, Jonathan Papelbon, and Dontrelle Willis.
Record in 2011: 89-73 (2nd place in the NL East)
In 2011, the team had one of the worst collapses in Braves history when the team lost a 10.5-game lead for the National League Wildcard.
Bleacher Report provides a preview of the 2012 Braves.
Record in 2011: 80-81 (3rd place in the NL East)
New York Mets
Record in 2011: 77-85 (4th place in the NL East)
Record in 2011: 72-90 (5th place in the NL East)
The Story: #19 Michigan Downs #6 Ohio State
The big story tonight was the Michigan Wolverines’ 56-51 win over Big 10 rival Ohio State. Michigan came into the game ranked #19, while Ohio State was at #6.
The teams only managed a combined 45 points in the first half, as Michigan held a 25-20 lead.
Ohio State closed the gap to three several times and trailed only 54-51 with 43 seconds left after Aaron Craft made two free throws.
But Michigan’s Trey Burke hit a jumper with 14 seconds left, giving the Wolverines a 56-51 win.
Best Michigan Blog
There are a few Michigan blogs out there, but we will go back to Sports Nation for the best of them.
Maize ‘n Brew‘s average visits fluctuate, probably depending on whether the basketball team is playing. Not surprisingly, the site’s biggest month is in August when football fever is hitting.
Like many sites, an author provided instant analysis of the most recent game. Here was one of the comments:
Tim Hardaway Jr. ate his Wheaties at a convenient time. His numbers don’t jump off the page (13 points, four turnovers), but Hardaway looked like the confident player we all thought we were going to get every single night heading into the season. His massive three-pointer, followed by a camera-friendly salute as he was backpedaling down the court, was the one of the coolest scenes of the game.
Quick question: Do you know where Hardaway’s famous father attended college?
Wasn’t Michigan. He went to UTEP, from which he graduated in 1989.
Anyway, check out Maize ‘n Brew.
Significant news in the baseball world is that New York Yankees agreed to trade A.J. Burnett to the Pirates in exchange for reliever Diego Moreno and outfielder Exicardo Cayones.
Burnett has $31.1 million remaining on his contract, and the Pirates will pay $13 million of it.
The Pirates will be Burnett’s fourth franchise. He previously played for Florida and Toronto before joining the Yankees in 2009.
Here are his career stats:
|162 Game Avg.||13||12||.522||4.10||34||34|
|FLA (7 yrs)||49||50||.495||3.73||134||131|
|NYY (3 yrs)||34||35||.493||4.79||99||98|
|TOR (3 yrs)||38||26||.594||3.94||81||80|
|NL (7 yrs)||NL||49||50||.495||3.73||134||131|
|AL (6 yrs)||AL||72||61||.541||4.39||180||178|
For today’s post, we will look at the best sports forum for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Look no further than the Unofficial Pittsburgh Pirates Message Board.
The site has several main sections, including: The Rotunda (general discussion), Game Threads (discuss games as they are played), Game Reports (archives of game summaries), and some other off-topic pages.
The comment that caught my attention regarding the Burnett trade was one posted by nad69dan:
Just think of the money those cheap Nuttings saved holding on to all those old Sean Burnett jerseys!!!
Sean Burnett is a lefty who played for the Pirates in 2008 and 2009. Incidentally, he had two jersey numbers: #61 and #17. A.J. Burnett has traditionally worn #34.
[Brief update: The site is 14 years old, which makes it a grandfather in terms of most sites.]