Drake gets a customized championship ring from Kentucky coach John Calipari

There’s been a lot of rappers who attach themselves to their favorite teams and we get used to seeing them in the stands. Rick Ross with the Miami Heat and Jay Z with the Nets, just to name a few. There’s also Drake, who has attending plenty of games at the University of Kentucky despite being from Canada. I guess being a big fan can get you a ring nowadays, though.

While Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilcrist and other members of the Kentucky Wildcats 2012 championship teams got their rings so did Drake. Not only did he get a ring though, he got a customized ring that says Drizzy.

While I may not agree with him getting a ring(because, you know, he wasn’t a part of the team) I love what Calipari is doing. Having a popular rapper associated with the program will only help him bring in all the recruits, although it’s not like he needs any help.

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Eric LeGrand makes great ESPY’s Speech

If the ESPY’s is good for one thing, it’s been the speeches of the past. The speeches of two people in particular though: Jim Valvano and Eric LeGrand’s speech this year. Everybody knows the story of Jimmy V’s speech by now and the words “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up”. Valvano was dying of cancer and his speech was incredible.

As mentioned earlier, Eric LeGrand made an incredible speech this year. He was a football player at Rutgers two years ago and became paralyzed after a hit on a kickoff. There’s no need to hear me talk about it though. You can watch LeGrand’s speech below.

 

The Joe Paterno case reminds us again the problems with looking up to sports figures

A year ago, Joe Paterno was a legend. He was the head coach at Penn State and had been their for 45 years. At an old age, he was still like an unbeatable man on the sidelines. He was going to retire on his own terms, even causing some to joke that he’d die on the sidelines. Even after being dismissed from Penn State, at the time of his death former president George H.W Bush called him “”an outstanding American who was respected not only on the field of play but in life generally—and he was, without a doubt, a true icon in the world of sports.”

Now just a year later, Paterno is dead and his legacy has taken a huge beating. We’ve now learned his involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal was much more than we originally thought. Paterno not only didn’t report the incident to the police but he turned his back to it and tried his best to hide all evidence of it. The image of the once invincible Paterno is tainted. Nike has already removed his name from one of their buildings and there is talk to remove his statue from the Penn State campus.

Back in 1993, Charles Barkley starred in a Nike commercial that caused controversy when he said “I am not a role model”. Barkley knew how much young kids look up to athletes and his point was that you shouldn’t look up to him and other athletes, but people that you actually know like friends and athletes.

Charles Barkley’s words in 1993 carry as much weight as they do in today’s sports world, and more importantly today as we all watch the horrors of this Joe Paterno case. We’ve seen plenty of cases in the past that have reinforced this very point. Mike Vick, Barry Bonds and even the tons of athletes every year that get in small trouble over DUI’s or drug problems. They all have showcased poor decisions and have devastated fans as those who were fans of Joe Paterno.

This isn’t all to say that there aren’t good role models out there in the sports world. Derek Jeter, Tim Tebow and Drew Brees are all examples of people who have been great on and off the field and have given back with qualities that you would love to look up to. Like Paterno though, our visions of these figures we put above us can change in an instant.

Looking up to sports figures is a natural reaction. We see these people do things on the field that we can only dream of doing and get attached to our favorite athletes. Unfortunately though, Charles Barkley may have been right. Sports figures didn’t and never will make the best role models.

My problem with Brittney Griner

After being perfect all year long, Baylor finally finished it off tonight by beating Notre Dame in the championship game. I’m not going to pretend that I watched it. I couldn’t name anybody on Baylor not named Brittney Griner. Hell, I couldn’t name anybody in womens college basketball named Brittney Griner.

If I didn’t watch it, then what’s my problem with Brittney Griner?

My problem has been building up throughout this tournament though. I’m sure  Brittney Griner is great. She has ruled womens college basketball and go on to the WNBA where even less people will watch her play. If you turned on ESPN in the past week though, you have seen them talking about Griner. In almost every single highlight, you see the same “highlight” of Brittney Griner dunking.

Yes, I know that it may be somewhat rare for somebody to dunk in womens basketball but she does a dunk that 95% of the NBA can do, and she ends up on ESPN’s top 10 plays. And my head almost exploded when I heard them say the amount of dunks that she has had this year. We’re keeping track of her dunks now? Come on.

Womens sports want to be taken seriously and this isn’t the way to go. It’s the equivalent of praising a womens softball player for hitting a homerun. The dunk, just like the home run in baseball, is so simple in the mens game that the ridiculous amount of respect that is given to a women who can dunk is ridiculous.

So I don’t really have a personal problem with Brittney Griner. My problem comes more from the ridiculous coverage of her and Womens college sports. Go ahead and cover womens sports but if they want to be taken seriously don’t act impressed with Brittney Griners amount of dunks on the year.

Morris Claiborne’s 4 on the Wonderlic doesn’t matter at all

Every year, each prospect in the NFL draft has to take the Wonderlic test. The Wonderlic  is a 50 multiple choice question test to be answered in 12 minutes. The test has been given to NFL players to a long time and an average score is 21.

An example of a question given on the test is “Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will 4 pads cost?”

Doesn’t seem so hard right? You’re probably wondering how someone doesn’t do well on the Wonderlic. Each year though, there’s somebody who does awfully on the test and everybody overreacts about it. Vince Young scored a 16(on his second try), Hakeem Nicks scored an 11, Donovan McNabb scored a 14. Even Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino scored a 16.

This year, everybody is overreacting about Morris Claiborne’s score of a 4. Don’t get me wrong, 4 is a real bad score. But it doesn’t matter.

Coming into the scouting combine and draft, Claiborne has been the top CB in the draft class. That shouldn’t change. A 2009 study by professors from Fresno State University, the University of Georgia and Towson State found no connection between Wonderlic scores and performance during the first three years of a player’s NFL career.

Claiborne played at LSU, who’s system isn’t easy, and played great. The Wonderlic test doesn’t test his ability to play on the field and learn the playbook, which should be all that matters. Not to make excuses for him, but he was diagnosed with a learning disability in high school that affects his reading. Take it how you want to. That may have an impact on his score or he may have just decided he didn’t want to finish the test.

No matter what the reason though, it doesn’t really matter. His low score on the Wonderlic shouldn’t matter, as many of the people mentioned with low scores were still very high draft picks. It shouldn’t impact his draft stock so there’s no need to overreact about Morris Claiborne’s 4 on the Wonderlic test.

Fab Melo declares for NBA Draft

Syracuse forward Fab Melo has signed an agent and is heading to the NBA. Melo, who Syracuse lost in the NCAA Tournament due to ineligibility, averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. Melo was the Big East defensive player of the year. Melo is projected as a 2nd round pick right now.

Ray Lewis delivers a brilliant speech

Ray Lewis is good at some things. Playing football, getting his teammates pumped up, flying on Ravens. Apparently, he’s also good at giving pre game speeches to college teams. Ray Lewis delivered the brilliant speech you can watch below before Stanford’s NIT semi final game. I’ve heard that he gives adrenaline pumping speeches to his teammates before football games and this is just great. You should defintley watch this.