Well… with Frank Gifford’s post mortem diagnosis of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), we get yet another headline and reminder that football – like it or love it – is a dangerous COLLISION sport wrought with injuries…when playing and for the decades beyond. Try and try as American football’s flagship (the National Football League) might, no one has been able to reengineer injury out of the game. Look no further than comments from the NFL commish Roger Goodell in the 60 Minutes clip (embedded after the jump, or click the pic above) for a dose of football-injury reality.
Steve Kroft: You think the game is safer than it’s ever been before?
Roger Goodell: I do. I’m convinced of it. I think the changes that we’ve made have had real results. And we’re seeing that.
Steve Kroft: But do you believe it’s safe?
Roger Goodell: I do believe it’s safer. But injuries are part of active sports and they’re certainly part of football. Football is a contact sport.
Or you could boil it down to retired Ravens’ linebacker Ed Reed’s response…
Steve Kroft: Can you take the violence out of football?
Ed Reed: No.
Truly engaging treatment of the the topic in “Football And The Brain” on CBS News’ 60 Minutes.
Sports Legend Shots: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar With Harsh Commentary On Michael Jordan’s Lack Of Activism (Interview Audio)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. NBA all-time leading scorer. Legendary center of the Los Angeles Lakers through the 1980s. But Kareem is also an actor (even co-starring with Bruce Lee), activist, and author. Since retiring from the game in 1989, he’s written several books, become a columnist for Time magazine, and continues to comment on issues of the day. He has since he was a college standout at UCLA. He has to…
“When something happens, it doesn’t matter if it’s convenient or not — if it’s time to speak up, you have to speak up. You can’t be afraid.”
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Good stuff. But what has the Interwebs abuzz… When he calls out arguably the greatest b-baller ever, Michael Jordan, for NOT speaking up. Hear the interview below.
I wasn’t too sure about the Knicks draft pick, but in this first few games he’s proven to not be shook. Hoping to see more great things from this kid in the NBA. Word to “Godzingis.”
Kristaps Porzingis is a smash hit as a high-flying rookie for the New York Knicks. But it wasn’t too long ago that he was mercilessly booed by Knicks’ fans on draft night. We sit passenger side with Kristaps as he explains how he blocks out the negativity and the optimal methods for getting into your opponents head.
– Ride Along, VICE Sports
Great stuff! VICE is keeping the heat on the prison industry by taking the cameras back inside. First President Obama does a special at a Federal prison; now Carmelo Anthony visits Rikers Island for this episode of “Stay Melo.” Impactful, especially for Melo, touring the jail facility and meeting a group of young prisoners. Growing up, he knew folks who’d done time and came back home. But being inside like this, even knowing he would eventually leave, was very different.
I’m not sure what I expected. I knew it wasn’t going to be pleasant. And, it wasn’t. At all. It was extremely disturbing.
– Carmelo Anthony
Plain and simple, in boxing’s mid-1980’s to mid-1990’s, Iron Mike Tyson was that dude! The ‘Baddest Man On The Planet’ was trained and became known for throwing ‘punches with bad intentions’ that left opponents destroyed and fight watchers astonished. Tyson was a star gone nova who cast a commanding shadow over boxing. Meanwhile, there was Evander Holyfield… the man who captured the heavyweight title when he knocked out Buster Douglas, the only dude to date who had knocked Tyson out… the man long-considered a mild-mannered champ, a legitimate champ, but never a truly great champ. In that era, when there were several who might ascend to that status, the way to it ran through Mike Tyson. To be the man, you gotta beat the man; and Iron Mike was that man. Holyfield was ready for that status, ready to take on ‘the man’ in 1991, but Tyson had to pull out due to injury. Rescheduling of the fight of destiny was further delayed when Tyson was convicted of rape later and had to spend time in jail. Even when he was in prison, away from the sport, people overwhelmingly considered Tyson the best of in heavyweight boxing.
All the while, Holyfield was fighting for titles and standing – dramatically gaining, losing and regaining the heavyweight crown. He was fighting. Tyson was sitting. And still, no real respect as a champ on his own… until November 1996. Holyfield, then 34, would finally get his shot at the heavily favored and four-years’ younger Tyson. Truly, this would be when Holyfield could earn the title, not just a belt, but undisputed status as ‘the man’ in heavyweight boxing. Yeah, ’96 gone be that year, when Holyfield was really considered the ‘Real Deal.’ After spending much of The Golden Era “Chasing Tyson,” Holyfield would do it.
And that second time… maaaan! Yeah, another incredible 30 For 30 by ESPN. Watch above.
Mike Tyson Speaks On How He Met Tupac Shakur, Floyd Mayweather, & The ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries’ (Video)
Hahaaa! Iron Mike Tyson got stories for The Whoolywood Shuffle. All that time working on the “Mike Tyson Mysteries” and he just met his comedian co-star a few weeks ago… and he said what about Jenny McCarthy… and did he threaten to f#ck Drake up or…ummmm…?? Wow! Hilarious! But check out how he met Tupac Shakur in the clip above though.
(Interesting view on Floyd, Jr. and attaining legendary status.)
Trying To ‘Stay Melo’ In New York: Speaking On The State Of The Knicks and The NY State Of Mind (Video)
“New York is the greatest city on the planet, I think. But you’re not a New Yorker if you don’t wake up some days and be like ‘man, f#ck this place.’”
Toto Melo, we’re not in Kansas Cuba Puerto Rico anymore. We’re back in the NYC for this ep; and we may as well get used to it…
In the third episode of Stay Melo we stick around New York City and hit Melo’s personal gym at Terminal 23 to see him get ready for the season with former teammate Iman Shumpert. Then we head to Red Hook, Brooklyn to track down Melo’s childhood home and visit the studio of street artist Swoon. Along the way Melo dishes on his relationship with New York and struggles with the media.
She’s fit. Very. Looking good, tight and ready to fight. Yeah, that’s Ronda Rousey. But let’s not just bypass that ‘looking good’ part. Rrrrousey, looking good for the Self magazine shoot. Check out the teaser above.
Ever think we’d feature back-flips at the noon hour? Hadn’t really had cause to think of it… until Ronda Rousey became mainstream. Turning the dial on the female freestyle fight game to hot, here’s Ronda in a quick chit chat look-at-that vid. Short and sexy. Not Ronda (she’s 5’7″).
New Stay Melo ep on VICE Sports for y’all. Last one was about Cuba. This time it’s Puerto Rico.
Carmelo Anthony recognizes, like most looking outside in, that Puerto Rico is currently in economic decline. But to Melo it’s a place of family, opportunity and a growing sports culture. He goes to chill (Melo out, if you will) but also to do some goodwill and good work. Spent a few days training with a group of fellow Knicks, seeing the stadium that will house his Puerto Rico FC NASL team, riding out to La Perla (one of Puerto Rico’s most notorious hoods), hanging out with reggaeton legend Tempo (home after a 12 year prison bid) at one of the b-ball courts Melo has refurbished for the community and more stuff.
Sure, ballers are in the League…balling. But with all that wealth, if you aren’t doing something…you got nothing! Just saying. Now, watch and listen as Melo does something; and shares and wrestles with his vision for what he’d like to accomplish in PR.
PREVIOUS: CARMELO ANTHONY GOES TO CUBA
Ah, college football fans. Let’s talk about the Pete Carroll – USC Era. He took over the program at the University Of Southern California after the 2000 season, and eventually restored the luster and swagger of the once-great Trojans with his football knowledge, upbeat personality and recruiting skills (and a couple of star graduates who’d come back to visit, if recollection serves).
Soon enough, Southern Cal was back! Topping the college football world in home field attendance; turning out win after win, multiple Heisman Trophy winners (e.g. Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush), marquee TV respect (ABC & Keith Jackson don’t just call any game)…
There was sinning at the revival of USC. And the worst sin of all D-1 sins, THEY GOT CAUGHT! Lost scholarships, overturned victories, a returned Heisman award… oh my. All of the fall would come to light after the 2006 National Championship game. USC lost the Rose Bowl that year to The University of Texas. Then the proverbial bottom fell the f##k out!
The hurt ran deep and are really only numbing today. At least now we can really talk about it. Well, Coach Carroll, Heisman-winning quarterback Leinart and others can that is. Watch “Trojan War,” an ESPN 30-For-30 special, above.
That first pair of custom sneaks. We all remember getting those, right? Anybody? Well… if you do… treasured memory forever!
King James shows us the holy grail of his wardrobe, dishes on his new signature sneaker–the Nike LeBron 13–and warns competitors about the mental edge that lets him “bust your a$$.”
Looks good. The Jesse Owens story should be told with reverence, passion and a duty to the entire truth. A talented brother who wanted, worked and deserved to be the best. He was, and when he went to the Olympics; the world would soon know, too.
Track and field star Jesse Owens overcomes adversity to win four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
But Jesse and his people deserved, even before all that, to be FREE. And yes, he let the world know that, too. Check out the trailer. Should be something special hitting theater screens February 2016.
Above: Poised and ready to strike is Guinness World Record-holder Isao Machii, a master of Laido (a Japanese sword-based martial art). The latest demonstration of craft mastery from this “modern-day samurai”… oh… just cutting a baseball, flying at him at 100 mph, in half while standing about 30 feet away from where it was fired. That’s all. You do know that a baseball mound is over twice that far from a major league batter at home plate, right?
Watch reeeeallly close in the clip above. The slice so deadly precise happens in the blink of an eye!
Above: Poised and ready to strike is Guinness World Record-holder Isao Machii, a master of laido (a Japanese sword-based martial art). The latest demonstration of craft mastery from this “modern-day samurai”… oh… just cutting a baseball, flying at him at 100 mph, in half while standing about 30 feet away from where it was fired. That’s all. You do know that a baseball mound is over twice that far from a major league batter at home plate, right?
Watch reeeeallly close in the clip above. The slice so deadly precise happens in the blink of an eye!
Some people regard you as the greatest player of your Sport. Numerous women call you handsome and rush just to be in your presence. You make at least 60 to 70,000 dollars/pounds/euros a WEEK. You have some of the biggest endorsements in Sports and your home country adores you like no other. How does that sound as a life to live? I think most would take that and Cristiano Ronaldo (Footballer/Soccer Player) for Real Madrid (club) and Portugal (national team) has all of that and more.
What we don’t get to see is the countless hours away from family. As much love you get from fans you get just as much hate worldwide. Sacrificing joy and childhood to be the best at a Sport. Fearing that you might do the same with your own children. The pressure that is put all on your shoulders regardless of how good or bad your team plays each week. This new Universal feature film scheduled in theaters November 9th 2015 (see what they did there? 9th?) details all of this. The joys and the hardships of being a worldwide phenomenom, heartthrob, and sports icon. Check out this trailer to get a glimpse into the life of #9 Ronaldo!
I ain’t proud of this story.
– Jalen Rose
They tried to carjack J Rose, man! And they shot his dog, maaan. HIS DOG! Still got the bullet in him. WHAT?????!!
This is the story of our hero and his friend being carjacked while driving through Beverly Hills. For more great stories, pick up a copy of Jalen’s book, ‘Got to Give the People What They Want: True Stories and Flagrant Opinions From Center Court,’ at http://jalenrose.com/the-book, available on October 6, 2015.
(Okay, it’s not what you think, but still…)
Very dope. And the time is right. Soccer (e.g. football, futbol) being the world sport it is, America being a leading sports nation, and Melo being a leading sportsman from America…
Throughout the NBA off-season VICE Sports and Carmelo Anthony are exploring street sport cultures around the world. In our premiere episode, Melo travels to Cuba to explore the rise of soccer in a nation synonymous with baseball, ride a 1950s drop top in the rain, and grab some fresh rolled Cuban cigars along the way.
Carmelo was a good choice for a correspondent, too. This VICE Sports piece felt more like interesting leisure than intense learning; enriching experience captured on video either way.
Okay, so we thought we were talking big sporting with the earlier post on ‘Fantasy Football’ but DAMN…
Today, there are more people in the world who play the online multiplayer battle game League of Legends than there are people who live in France.
Wowwww. More folks playing one game than the number of folks that live in a country! We have slept; but VICE is going to wake us up and hip us to the world of competitive gaming — also known as eSports. So real, and really exciting. Really lucrative, too… but really brutal at times.
Start with Part 1 above. Continue after the jump. A deep, multi-part story from VICE.
Okay. No…no…no! Playmate Kendra Wilkinson is gonna cut her real footballer husband (Hank Baskett) off from getting the goodies… over some Fantasy Football???? W…T…F??!! Sh!t just got really real now. Hahaaa. But seriously, according to the new film “Fandom,” Fantasy Football is America’s second biggest sport (typing as a Fantasy Football commercial is playing on ESPN right now…wow…timing). Check out the trailer above.
Fandom is the ultimate fantasy football movie, for everyone from the casual player to the obsessed fanatic. You’ll journey into the world of top high-stakes tournament players. Discover tips and insights from the world’s top fantasy experts. Learn from NFL legends whose lives and games have been touched by fantasy. And experience the thrill of victory and agony of defeat as players in four unique fantasy leagues compete for fun, money, pride and trophies. It’s about camaraderie, it’s about competition, and it’s about time somebody made a movie for all of us who make fantasy a big part of our everyday reality.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one: 1968 Detroit Lions standout (and eventual NFL Hall-Of-Famer) Lem Barney was out playing golf near R&B great Marvin Gaye’s house and was like ‘why not get his address and stop by and meet Marvin?’
Well, we hadn’t heard of such either… or that Gaye (a sports fanatic as much as a Motown music phenom) had ambitions for the gridiron… until this ESPN segment. Wow! Watch above.