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Declaring Ineligibility: Royce White, Unlikeable Hero

In sports, TV on 02/18/2013 at 19:32

It is an odd decision for a potentially 18 year old kid to make: go pro, or sign up for classes next fall. Once a kid has made up his mind to try his hand at NBA basketball, he “declares eligibility” for that year’s draft. There is no guarantee the kid will be drafted at all, and that puts him in a precarious position. While he can return to school and further his education, he can no longer ball.

So when Royce White said he was ready for NBA basketball going into the 2012 NBA draft, one of the deepest in years, he was indeed making a declaration: I am prepared to put my college days behind me and become a professional athlete. Sure, an NBA player is no police officer, brain surgeon, NASA launch officer (Oh wait, no one is!), but they are a professional nonetheless.

White declared his eligibility, but has yet to log a minute of NBA play, and until a few days ago hadn’t played basketball period since ending his college career. He declared eligibility, but he surely hasn’t been professional.

Hero? Hated.
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Maria Sharapova: $1000 per minute

In girls, sports, TV, Uncategorized on 01/23/2013 at 19:44

The 2013 Australian Open is midway through its second week and the eight Men’s and Women’s semifinalists have all spent varied amounts of time on court. Maria Sharapova has looked particularly dominant in her first 5 matches and will seek to keep that streak alive in tonight’s semi against the charming and dangerous Li Na.

Masha Masha Masha!

But let’s examine just how dominant (and just how lucrative) Sharapova has been so far:

R128 Sharapova def. Puchkova 6-0, 6-0 (55 minutes)
R64 Sharapova def. Doi 6-0, 6-0 (47 minutes)
R32 Sharapova def. V Williams 6-1, 6-3 (79 minutes)
R16 Sharapova def. Flipkens 6-1, 6-0 (78 minutes)
QF Sharapova def. Makarova 6-2, 6-2 (66 minutes)

Maria has lost 9 games in 5 matches and no sets. She has yet to play a match that lasted an hour and twenty minutes or exceeded a 6-3 scoreline. In fact, with just over 5 hours on court and a cool $500,000 already in the bank, Sharapova is earning an astonishing $1539 for every minute she’s on court.

To put that in context, a typical 9-5 job with that sort of rate would pay $3.7 million every week. Lucky for the Happy Slam, Maria isn’t logging that sort of time. And her efficient play has been as impressive as her minute/dollar ratio.

Through five matches Maria is +21 winners to unforced errors. Her serve percentage is erratic, but she’s winning 80% of first serve points and 54% of second. Azarenka, the defending champion and Marai’s kryptonite of late, will dominate any weak serving, so there is certainly cause for alarm.

With Serena Williams out, Sharapova has a huge opportunity not only to reclaim the world #1 ranking (she only needs to reach the finals) but earn her 5th career Major. While her numbers have been encouraging, I’m sure she would not mind Sloan Stephens scoring another huge upset on her behalf.

“Goon”

In movies, sports, writing on 10/22/2012 at 20:07

I recently watched the movie “Goon” starring Sean William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill.

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Happy 500 Tommy Haas!

In sports, TV, writing on 10/19/2012 at 15:56

Inspired by Tommy Haas’ 500th career win this morning and William Miller’s post here, I decided to take a look at one of the most interesting careers in sports today.

With a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over American Jesse Levine in the second round of Vienna’s Erste Bank Open, Germany’s Tommy Haas reached the illustrious 500 win mark. With Andy Roddick’s recent retirement, Haas is now only the fourth active player on tour with 500 or more wins, joining Roger Federer (871), Rafael Nadal (583) and Lleyton Hewitt (566).

“I knew for a few days that I would reach the milestone if I won this match. This was a big goal of mine,” said Haas. “In April, I was at around 472 wins and I knew it wouldn’t be easy to win another 27 or 28 matches.” In honor of the achievement, Haas was gifted a custom Fiat 500 by the tournament.

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Haas, who won Vienna in 2001, faces a qualifier in the next round and likes his chances to add to the win column. “For now I’m focusing on next year,” Haas said. “One of my goals for this year was to win my 13th title since 13 is my lucky number. Next year is 2013 and as long as I’m fit I want to play the whole year.”

Not many 34 year olds are focusing on “next year” in the world of professional tennis. In tennis, 34 year olds are about as effective as corpses. But then, Tommy Haas has had a career unlike any player before him.

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Using Sports To Teach Children How To Hate!

In boston, sports, TV, writing on 10/16/2012 at 17:15

I remember the chant dimly, a Red Sox/Orioles game when I was seven or eight years old. It didn’t seem odd, or menacing, just slightly out of place. A few months later, when my parents took me and my brother to a taping off WWF Thursday Night Smackdown, it erupted again. Finally, when it burst out randomly in Faneuil Hall one evening, I had to ask. “Dad, why do people yell ‘Yankees suck’ all the time, even when no Yankees are around to hear it?”

I can’t remember my dad’s exact response, but it went something along the lines of this: those people are idiots, that chant is senseless, and it’s embarrassing that Red Sox fans–and Boston citizens in general–took it up as an unofficial slogan.

While it’s a regional example, the “Yankees suck” chant is an example of how we can all learn a lesson between uneducated hatred and spirited competition.

Do they!?

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Top 10 Tuesday: Autumnal Occasions

In sports, writing on 09/25/2012 at 14:37

Fall has been here almost a full week. What do we have to look forward to?

10. Sports
NFL

Fall is one of the best times of the year to be into sports. The MLB World Series quickly turns into the start of the NBA season, with the most exciting parts of the NFL schedule forming the backbone of it all. Not to mention the Tennis Masters Cup in November. What, I’m alone on that one?

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SPORTS SUNDAY: New England Falters Late In Home Opener

In boston, sports, TV, writing on 09/16/2012 at 23:31

The New England Patriot’s streak of ten consecutive winning home openers ended Sunday at the surprising hands of the Arizona Cardinals.

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SUNDAY SPORTS: USA eliminated from 2012 Davis Cup

In sports, TV, writing on 09/16/2012 at 22:53

The United States were eliminated from 2012 Davis Cup competition Sunday, losing 3-1 to defending champions Spain. Davis Cup began in 1900 and is one of the premiere annual team competitions in sports, held every year between February and November. The United States is the most successful country in Davis Cup history with 32 titles, the most recent coming in 2007, while Spain has reached the final round for the fourth time in five years.

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Entertainment Updates: SNL, Entourage, Donald Glover and more

In sports, TV, writing on 09/13/2012 at 13:17

This morning has brought us more than a few interesting tidbits in the entertainment industry.

First up, the chronically underused Jay Pharaoh has gotten a big promotion at Saturday Night Live. Previously featured in 2-3 sketches per night (generally to do a Will Smith or Denzel Washington impression), Pharoah will be taking over Barack Obama duties.

Not only is Obama a high profile impersonation to pull off, but as the election approaches, nearly every opening will feature the president in one way or another, meaning Pharoah will get to say “Live from New York!” on more than one occasion. It won’t be uncommon to see Obama in multiple sketches per night either.

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New Brooklyn Nets Barclay’s Center Revealed

In sports, TV on 09/13/2012 at 12:57

Earlier this week Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark unveiled the new basketball court at the Barclay’s Center.

“It’s surreal to think that the court’s down, that the building’s almost completed,” Yormark said. “It’s been a long journey, but I think you can fairly say it’s well worth the wait. I think Brooklynites, all our key stakeholders, owners, management, all of our employees are really going to be pleased when they see the court and the finished product here. It’s spectacular.”

The court will debut November 1st when the Nets host cross town rivals the New York Knicks for the season opener.

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