Get Lifted Or Get Crunk’d …………..

Get Lifted Or Get Crunk’d …………..

Even though it appears that the idiocy of this NFL labor stoppage seems to have now taken on a life of its own with the NFL league hierarchy , team owners and the NLFPA now having to wait on a final arbitrary verdict that could very well not be as binding some of us would like it to be. The stay which was overturned in Judge Susan Nelson’s original order by the 8th District Court of Appeals in an appellate court hearing presided over by Judge Kermit Bye has me now wondering much longer will this soap opera continue ? Personally if this goes all the way to the US Supreme Court then I’ll know that neither the league , owners or the union itself gives a damn as to how the fans actually feel !


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Though I’ve not written extensively about the fallout from the Jim Tressel fiasco at Ohio State it appears that this story simply cannot die . We’re now finding out that there appears to be great deal more that the school itself and the NCAA hadn’t made known to the public concerning the gross dereliction of duty by the coach and indeed that some of those actions might well have been countermanded by members of Tressel’s own coaching staff . And inasmuch as I think that Tressel is still lucky to have his job with the university I find it asinine that the NCAA acts as if this whole matter is now at a close . With the latest news that Tressel under the watchful eye of certain staff members it is now claimed that a number of players on the team were also allowed to lease and rent cars from local automotive dealers with there being little if any due diligence being used either by the dealers or the the school itself. How this all could have escaped the compliance officers as well the school’s AD Gene Smith has me wondering how high up this subterfuge went and who has gained more from this financially ……… the players or , the dealers in question or the coaching staff themselves ? I’ll leave that for you to decide ! But once again here lies another dark side to the underbelly as to how corrupt collegiate athletics has become . And anyone who’s actually of the opinion that the NCAA is doing its level headed best to try and clean house had better think again as nothing could be further from the truth !

The MLB season is in full swing and though I’ve now thrown my whole weight behind the Atlanta Braves I can’t but stop to admire what the Tampa Bay Rays are now doing within the AL East . They’re the division’s only twenty game winner but because they’ve played two more games than the New York Yankees they sit statistically behind the Bronx Bombers in the divisional standings . As we all know that division is about as competitive as they come but I do believe the NL East is now becoming a division that in many respects can be compared to the AL East. Certainly with combatants such as the Florida Marlins , Philadelphia Phillies and what appears to be a resurgent Washington Nationals —- team we could well be seeing another compelling season to had within that particular division. Granted last year the Phillies ran away with the division and then made the postseason where they would falter . But once again this Phillies’ team seems to have rebounded and with the acquisition of Cliff Lee seems to be determined to make their way back to winning ways and another World Series title , having been crowned world champions in 2008 .

The Rays have been exemplary this season and that’s even in the light of Manny Ramirez having retired abruptly in the midst of yet another failed drug test and not wanting to withstand the league mandated 100 game suspension for a second violation of the league’s drug policy. Instead Joe Maddon’s —- team have simply played with abandonment while getting timely hitting and pitching from their staff . The veteran experience of Johnny Damon and Kyle Farnsworth seems to have the Tampa Rays settled in a rhythm and having won seven of their last ten games one could allude to the fact that they’re playing extremely well.

Pitchers James Shields , David Price , Wade Davis and Jeremy Hellickson have each contributed to the team’s great initial start but with the season being such a long an arduous one it remains to be seen whether or not they can keep up this tempo. They will certainly have to maintain this pace if they’re to have any chance of either winning the AL East or pehaps gaining wildcard berth in order to make the postseason . So competitive is the division that I personally can’t see the Boston Red Sox even in the midst of its current malaise falling off so badly that the division will be left up for grabs between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays ! That’s why the season is as such a marathon and not a sprint ____ to expect otherwise would be sheer lunacy .

For those of you who missed that monstrous spectacle that Showtime PPV had the gall to be charging fans $49-95 as co-promotion between Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank Inc . Let’s just say be thankful for that very fact and if you had the chance of watching the welterweight title fight for free don’t you now feel that it is time for both Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosely to shut it down for good ? Neither fighter did themselves any justice with such a poor display and with Mosely simply looking closer to an octagenerian than his forty years would belie . I can’t help but wonder if he took the fight for the money more than anything else ! As for Pacquiao this might well have been his worse performance in a title bout in almost a decade. He seemed utterly disinterested and even with a knockdown against him much to the surprise of his fans , he was simply lackluster throughout this bout . Granted , he knocked down his challenger but in essence Mosely offered little if anything that would have even the most knowledgeable of boxing aficionados believing that the challenger was even in with a chance of forcing Manny Pacquiao to relinquish his world welterweight title . For twelve sheer laborious and boring rounds neither man offered anything that could be adjudged as being exciting . In reality Father Time has caught up with Shane Mosely and he’s now knocking at the door of Manny Pacquiao . Not much more to be said after this nonsense and the fact that it garnered both fighters a combined $20 million in purse money before the ancillary figures come into play .

Any thoughts that it’s still worthwhile for Pacquiao to seek that mega fight against Floyd Mayweather may well have been nullified after this performance . But with Pacquiao’s self absorbed promoter Bob Arum always hovering around like a vulture hovers over the dead entrails of an animal there’s a distinct possibility that he will entice his fighter to seek one last big payday . But herein lies the caveat with Mayweather still awaiting trial on a litany of felony charges waiting around for the justice system to take its course would be to be a disadvantage for both parties at this juncture .



Picture gallery for your perusal .

Which sport’s story over this past weekend was more of a surprise to you and what if anything was of the least of an overall surprise in your mind ? Simply chime in with a comment as to your thoughts on this topic and any you feel to be pertinent .

Alan aka tophatal ……….

Picture and slide show details below .

(1) New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks talks to the media after a football workout for Giants players hosted by quarterback Eli Manning at Hoboken High School, Thursday, May 5, 2011, in Hoboken, N.J. The workout gives the players an opportunity to practice together during the NFL labor lockout. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun ……….

(2) FILE – In this April 6, 2011, file photo , Vincent Jackson, left, and Von Miller, return from a lunch break during a hearing into the NFL football lockout in St. Paul, Minn. Miller, a linebacker from Texas A&M, was picked by the Denver Broncos in the NFL draft in late April. Miller spent two hours with Broncos coaches going over the playbook when the lockout was temporarily lifted. (AP Photo/Jim Mone ………..

(3) Baltimore Orioles’ Brian Roberts, right, is out trying to steal third base against Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, left, during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 8, 2011, in Baltimore. AP Photo/Nick Wass…..

(4) Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Wade Davis delivers against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 8, 2011, in Baltimore. AP Photo/Nick Wass ……

(5) Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, right, watches his team from the sideline as quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) looks on during an NCAA college football Spring Game, Saturday, April 23, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. AP Photo/Terry Gilliam …..

(6) Shane Mosley of the US falls down after being punched by Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (L) in their bout for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title at the Garden Arena in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 7, 2011. Pacquiao retained the WBO welterweight title by beating Mosley to extend his winning streak to 14 bouts. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS …..

(7) Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (R) fights against Shane Mosley of the US (L) for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title at the Garden Arena in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 7, 2011. Pacquiao retained the WBO welterweight title by beating Mosley to extend his winning streak to 14 bouts. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS ….

(8) Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (R) lands a punch against Shane Mosley of the US (L) during their bout for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title at the Garden Arena in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 7, 2011. Pacquiao retained the WBO welterweight title by beating Mosley to extend his winning streak to 14 bouts. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS ………



13 thoughts on “Get Lifted Or Get Crunk’d …………..

  1. So the gutless as_holes of OSU simply couldn’t do the right thing a fire Tressel’s ass but now they’re having him attend a class on conduct and behavioral attitudes . Am I missing something here in light of the new evidence that’s been made public about his actions and that of his staff ? And how is it that Gordon Gee and the AD Gene Smith are that naive to think an apology and 5 game suspension and a menial monetary fine will be enough to gloss over this bullsh_t to someone who earns in excess of $2 million a year then that simply shows how much of a fuc_king moron both of these individuals really are !

    Manny shut it down for your own sake and the sport of boxing itself as you’re now doing more harm to your legacy than you’re in the benefit of it ! One bad performance is one thing but two consecutive lackluster ones and the doubts will definitely begin to set amongst even your most ardent fans .

    Shane you ever see a black man suffer from the bends ? Now you know what it feels like don’t you bitch ?

    tophatal ………………………..

  2. Would you buy a used car from this man ? It looks as if he also helped the players on the Buckeyes actually have the use of vehicles via local dealers within the state . What’s not to like about that if the NCAA and the school themselves do jack shit to stop Tressel even in light of the evidence they had ?

    tophatal ……………

  3. How ’bout my Pirates?? .500 last night, bout 10 years in coming
    Least what’s his name won…lots were picking the other guy.
    Tressel cain’t do no wrong…..

    1. al clements

      It’s good that the Pirates are .500 and riding high within the NL Central but I still believe that Clint Hurdle and his coaching staff has his work cut out for him to get this team to play competitively throughout the rest of the season .

      ’92 was the last time the Pirates had a winning season ? Can you actually remember what you were doing then ? And if at the time were you extremely happy by their feat of having a winning season ?

      Tressel can do no wrong in his own eyes that is but when it is a duck , walks and talks like a duck it is most definitely duck ! In this case however he’s a lying cheating bastard who’s being allowed to get away with a pat on the back and than you very much not only by the school but also the NCAA . Were that a student athlete they’d have had their scholarship revoked and asked to leave OSU . No not those bunch of fucki_g pussies as they’re just as complicit as the coach himself !

      E Gordon Gee and AD Gene Smith are two of the biggest hypocrites in all college academia and collegiate athletics bar none ! What’s $250,000 fine and a five game suspension plus a public apology worth to a guy who earns in excess of $2 million a year ? Are you kidding me ? That’s like pissing in the ocean and then seeing how many ripples are made by that one act !

      tophatal ……………..

    1. al clements

      And here’s me thinking you’re all against unions except a union of the Biblical kind ! Your wish is my command sir ! Here’s some of Gabrielle and her friends

      Tastefully done don’t you think ?

      She can give me a bed bath any day of the week and weekend I might add !


  4. The NCAA is about the busines of football. This is what is and will always be. Money baby money. Tressel is a sleeze who knows what he did was wrong. the PAC Man is steriod man. What fight. It was a joke.

    1. Bobby Gee

      The NCAA and BCS make the inner workings and the secrecy of the Roman Catholic Church seem almost redundant ! As for Tressel of course he knew what he did was wrong but he knew those two bumbling oafs Smith and Gee would back his plan . It’s not as if the fine , suspension or public apology appeases what he’s done to begin with . That’s like slapping a child on their ass and then making them take a time out !

      Pacquiao is looking his age if not older and as for Mosely , he should never been in the ring to begin with ! That fight was a complete travesty from start to finish !

      tophatal ……………………….

  5. The Rays will only go as far as their pitching can take them. They’re holding their own now, but I expect a very tight three way race to the finish.
    The Braves have a good chance of making the post season this year as well as the Marlins, but that pitching staff of the Phillies is going to be tough to beat.

    1. aero

      The Rays this season have gotten an equal amount of support from their offense as well as their pitching and defense . But it has been how Damon has taken on that leadership role that has been impressive .

      As to it being a tight race within the AL East I do believe you’re right and also once again the wildcard entrant will also come from within that division . It’s been that way for how long now ?

      The Marlins have really not surprised because that team has been built primarily upon its pitching led by Sanchez and Josh Johnson That being said in light of that staff I still believe that the Braves given their play from last season will prevail in the NL East alongside the Phillies . .

    2. aero

      The pitching staff of the Phillies are possible to beat but the teams that play them will have to be patient and not simply look to go hit after hit . Some small ball is definitely needed against that team if they’re to prevail . But I expect the Phillies to be one of the four teams from the NL in the playoffs this season . .

      Coming to a home near you none too soon Jessica Taylor former Playboy pinup model .


  6. Burning questions:

    1) What’s it gonna take to get Tressel fired?
    2) What’s it gonna take to get Rays fans out to the Trop? They’re still averaging under 50% capacity?
    3) What’s it gonna take to get me to start watching boxing again?

    If you can answer any of these three questions, then you’re a better man than I.

    1. Chris Humpherys

      I’ll give you the answers as succinctly as I can !

      Tressel won’t be fired not when you have two fu_king dumb assholes such as the AD Gene Smith and university President E Gordon Gee with their tenures at OSU still validated with the decision not to fire the coach . Fu_k it , both you and I know had that been an athlete accused of those deeds they’d have lost their scholarship and been thrown off the school’s campus . Instead these two ass wipes slap him with a five game suspension , $250,000 fine and request him to make a public apology . Are you fu_king kidding me ? That’s why collegiate and professional sports is one complete fu#king joke ! No one takes accountability for their actions at any time and this country wants to be some sort of moral beacon across the globe . ? Fuck that !

      If Selig and the hierarchy of baseball has no implicit faith in the Rays or its ownership especially after he’d threatened the ownership that they’d never stage an All Star Game then that’s simply one of the hurdles they face. JW states that the hierarchy would never contract a team if they’re not prepared to contract a team then how is it in the last 18 months they’ve had two teams ( Cubs & Rangers [what the hell are you are guys opining about if you simply aren’t aware as to what’s happening in the game ]) who’d filed for bankruptcy and but for the new ownership both wouldn’t have survived and as of now no one now is even certain as to the impending fate of the Dodgers or Mets .

      15,000 fans simply won’t cut it at the Trop in spite of the claims that they average 23,000 per home game . The only time that happens is when there’s either a concert being staged or when either the Red Sox or Yankees are in town . And twenty plus games combined against those two teams simply doesn’t meet their needs in this economy . The uncertainty of the stadium issue and the very fact neither Sternberg or his partners have even offered any type of good faith surety in paying anything towards the cost of a new venue simply shows me that they’d rather piss on the fans and still continue to complain . And to my mind they’re not deserving of it . Why should funds that are needed within the community elsewhere be put towards building a facility for a bunch of multi millionaires . It’s not as if those buffoons within Hillsborough County or the city of Tampa can run a successful business enterprise to begin with ! Look at the mess that continues to this day with Tampa Sports Authority and Raymond James Stadium ? Have they collected the monies still owed to them by the Bucs ? $1, 250,000 and it took almost 18 months to be paid ! And you’d trust a local government authority to oversee a new venue that’d house the Rays ?

      As for both Pacquiao and Mosely their best days are behind them and not ahead of them ! They each looked like pregnant pachyderms as they labored in that welterweight title bout . Hell you could’ve put two naked female octogenarians in that boxing ring and would have elicited far more thrills and suspense .

      Things got so bad that the fans were booing and it was rumored that Tempest Storm the eighty year old stripper who still performs in Vegas would have entered the ring and gave the fans the entertainment they sought . Imagine if you’d been there with a roll of $10’s and $20’s ? You could’ve enjoyed yourself .
      LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      tophatal ……

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