McGregor/Mayweather an NBA conspiracy to cover up Celtics-Cavs trade

Once or twice a decade the world is blessed with a transaction train wreck that highlights the ruthless business of professional sports: Alex Rodriguez to the Red Sox, Chris Paul to the Lakers, and now Isaiah Thomas to the Cavaliers? Anything but footnotes in the history of their respected sports, these failed swaps serve as stains of incompetence, injustice, and unfairness to both the players and teams involved. If only the Cavaliers and Celtics had something to keep everybody distracted while they figure how many hip bones their trade’s centerpiece has. Oh wait, there was something now that you mention it.

While Saturday night’s “Money Fight” failed in capturing my attention skill wise, it did succeed in creating several intriguing storylines. The initial eye-test tells me that when Floyd Mayweather and Conor Mcgregor wake up in the morning, they are comparable fighters. Only after the 25-minute internal clock of a UFC fighter ran out did the endurance King begin closing the space. Make no mistake about it: This was a war of attrition, not skill. The first three rounds proved this as Mayweather seemed confused by the 74-inch reach of Mcgregor (longest he has faced in his career). Mayweather failed to cut off the ring the few times he did have Mcgregor on the move, and the decision to repeatedly give up his back while tied up tells me he wasn’t interested in trading close range shots with Conor.

Despite not having his best stuff at age 40, the patience and conditioning of Mayweather were more than admirable. It was like watching Appolo Anton Ohno in his prime, lurking behind the pack of skaters lap after lap. Your heart is racing and you keep growing increasingly impatient waiting for him to make his move. Then all of a sudden he’s shot out of a cannon and passing South Koreans while watching BuzzFeed recipe videos on his smartphone. Eventually, greatness always prevails- that’s why they’re great. Conor McGregor should never have been in that ring, but then again neither should have Mayweather.

All in all, I didn’t feel so bad being 100 dollar’s poorer on Sunday Morning, however, I did have a feeling of emptiness. The world needed someone to hit the mat that night. There was no belt on the line, and no real professional consequences for either fighter should Conor have been knocked out. It was a spectacle and spectacles that expensive do not end with a ref jumping in for any reason other than unconsciousness. I have seen Mcgregor in FAR worse shape than that. If you think I’m making excuses for my ancestor’s countrymen, go watch the 4th round of Diaz-Mcgregor II. His legs had given out underneath him, arms flailing, blood dripping and was getting his ass kicked; He won the next round and it wasn’t even close. At no point during the tenth round of Saturday’s fight did I feel concerned or worried about Mcgregor’s health. Floyd may have beaten Conor up, but in my book, he didn’t finish him. Someone else did.

Now while this charade was going on in Las Vegas, Isaiah Thomas was landing in his new home of Cleveland. After meeting with team officials and taking a mandatory physical, Thomas didn’t stay around to go house shopping. Instead, he got on a flight and headed back to Boston. League rules mandate a team may void a trade should a player not pass their physical and as we know Thomas elected not to have surgery this offseason on the hip that knocked him out of the Eastern Conference Finals. So know what? Are they going to text Kyrie Irving “JK, lol” expecting him to be willing come back to play for the team he requested a trade for in the first place? And I suppose Thomas will shake Danny Ainge’s hand and say “No hard feelings” after scoring 53 days after his sister’s death and STILL getting traded? No, neither teams want this problem.

In an effort to keep things civilized, Cleveland came up with a brilliant idea to request another asset from Boston as compensation for Thomas’ bum hip. I thought this would be easy: Send them a 2019 2nd round pick and then I can add a Kyrie Celtics jersey to my shopping cart. Instead, the Cavalier’s counted with perhaps the most absurd offer since Jamie Lannister for both the Stark girls: Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown. I’m sure if the Celtics could spit through the phone they would. Imagine the faces of NBA league officials monitoring the conference call when the Cavs requested one of the Celtics two prized 3rd overall picks. They knew right then and there that this situation had no plausible, positive outcome.

The two sides have until Wednesday to come to an agreement or else the move will be vetoed. After originally looking like a rare trade that benefits both team’s, it now seems likely someone is going to get hurt. Who would’ve thought the NBA would have the best fight of the weekend.

Conor McGregor caught between reputation​ and payday

Long before the suits, the cars, and the jewelry, Conor McGregor made a name for himself by fighting anybody, anywhere.

It started with taking Chad Mendes on short notice for the interim featherweight title. After dropping Jose Aldo in 13 seconds, he agreed to fight Nate Diaz at 170 pounds- a 25-pound jump in three months. Following the Diaz rematch, it was presumed he would go back to 145 pounds to defend his title however he jumped ship once again to claim the lightweight belt as well. The first two belt holder in UFC history had dreamt bigger, talked bigger, and fought better than anyone en route to the top of the industry. At 28 years old he had done pretty much everything one could do in an octagon. So he found a new ring.

Super fights such as Pacquiao/Mayweather and now Mayweather/Mcgregor often rub me the wrong way. Two independent contractors, guaranteed hundreds of millions as long as they step foot in the ring, leaves little incentive for an actual fight. If you could preserve your brain and walk away rich enough to never have to work again, you would too. But this time is different. This isn’t a boxer in Conor Mcgregor. He was molded by the need to fight, not the desire to.

Mcgregor’s camp has said Conor’s philosophy in the fight game has always been, “Get in, get rich, get out.” This is that chance to walk away, as beautiful and young as ever but he must fight. If he does a 100 million dollar dance around the ring with Floyd Mayweather, the people won’t remember him as the bare knuckle Irish brawler that he actually is- he’ll be remembered as the guy who talked his way into the heist of the century. I want to see a fight and win or lose, this is the guy who can give it to me.

So on behalf of myself and the 100 dollars I will spend on 12, three-minute rounds tonight, I say this: You have been paid sir, now it is time to pay us.

List of QB’s not named Colin Kaepernick who somehow have NFL jobs

While Colin Kaepernick remains unemployed, here’s a list of some surprising quarterback names who currently hold NFL roster spots:

Blaine Gabbert, Arizona

Trevor Knight, Arizona

Drew Stanton, Arizona

Matt Sims, Atlanta

Alek Torgersen, Atlanta

Thad Lewis, Baltimore

Ryan Mallett, Baltimore

Josh Woodrum, Baltimore

T.J. Yates, Buffalo

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Dan Le Batard shares story involving Saudi Prince, NCAA violations

Former University of Texas quarterback Chris Simms made waves last Thursday when he revealed he regularly received illegal payments while in college. Speaking on The Dan Patrick show, Simms said he received 100 dollar handshakes from athletic boosters “all the time.”

The story made its way to ESPN radio’s Dan Le Batard Show on Monday, where Le Batard one-upped the tale told by Simms:

“I know a player, who was given by a Saudi Prince booster, a suitcase full of watches… and he didn’t know what the watches were worth. So he just started giving them out to friends because he had a suitcase of them, and each of the watches were worth tens of thousands of dollars.”

Impermissible benefits are hardly a new concept in the world of shamateur athletics. However, the notion that Saudi royalty would have enough of an interest in college football to give gifts to players is startling.

Since Simms played at Texas from 1999-2002, it’s hard to imagine what those “100 dollar handshakes” look like today with the natural curve of inflation and increased revenue in college sports.

Le Batard did not go into detail as to what time period or where this duffle bag deal took place so I’m unofficially reporting it here that it was either Miami or Ole Miss.

‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘The Notebook’ are the same movie and you can fight me if you disagree

The juxtaposition of Northern status and Southern charm isn’t necessarily a groundbreaking thematic element, however, it does create a strikingly similar storyline in two of the greatest love stories ever told.

In both cases, the female leads (Reese Witherspoon and Rachel McAdams) find themselves on the verge of a marriage made by status. In Sweet Home Alabama’s case, it comes in the form of a New York political dynasty. Similarly, in The Notebook, a Louisville cotton empire threatens the initial love story of McAdams and Ryan Gosling. The presumed marriages seem logical, safe, and most importantly approved by meddling in-laws. These parents are a key element in both: McAdams’ family is intent that their daughter continues down the path of luxury, where as it’s discovered Witherspoon’s family pushed her towards getting out the country by entering her in beauty pageants as a teen.

The Notebook’s storytelling allows us context into McAdams past- a luxury not provided in the Alabama fairy tale which starts with the New York city engagement and traces back to Witherspoon’s Greenville past. Despite the different paths taken, the routes of the story both lead us South where two very similar men await patiently for the return of their first loves. In both cases (Gosling and Josh Lucas), the men are self-made successes. Instead of using wealth to lure their lovers, they use earth’s natural landscape to tug on the heart strings of their former flames. Gosling’s renovated house and Lucas’ hand blown glass business are inspired by their first memories of love. These pillars of promise to the women are ultimately used as a symbol of growth and provide a destination for the stories to come full circle.

In both cases (Gosling and Josh Lucas) the forgotten male counterparts are self-made successes. Instead of using wealth to lure their lovers back, they use earth’s natural landscape to tug on the heart strings of their former flames. Gosling’s renovated house and Lucas’ hand blown glass business are both inspired by their first memories of love. These pillars of promise to the women are ultimately used as a symbol of growth and provide a destination for the stories to come full circle.

Another strikingly similar moment comes at the climax of passion in each movie. Each reuniting kiss comes during a torrential downpour, giving me flashbacks of Chad Michael Murray and Hilary Duff in Another Cinderella Story. The anticipation mixed with the elements come together to create two of the most famous lines in film history: “It still isn’t over”, and “So I can kiss you anytime I want.”

As always with the forgotten love story, the women end up falling back in love with their roots. In the end, the power of first loves always trumps the enticing future of what money can bring. A powerful theme that has remained prevalent all the way from Shakespeare to High School Musical.

The timelines of production are confusing, making it difficult to determine which story inspired the other. What we do know is that The Notebook (2004) was an adaptation of the 1996 novel by Nicholas Sparks. Since Sweet Home Alabama was released in 2002, we can assume one of two things: Either Sweet Home Alabama was a spin-off of the novel or the success of SWA pushed producers to adapt the novel into a screenplay.

In any situation, if you ever come across someone who likes one or the other of these two southern love stories, please remind them the two are not mutually exclusive. Just like McAdams’ and Witherspoon’s decision on who to marry, you can’t have both.