On Tuesday January 28th, I arrived at Miami international airport with a smile on my face thinking I was going to experience my first crack of Super Bowl week on the infamous radio row platform. As I left the airport I see all of the Super Bowl signs and apparel everyone was selling and I thought wow the NFL has really perfected their ability to grow the product from this stage before the big game. My thought then change within twenty-four hours my plane landed in Miami, for the Super Bowl festivities I was about to embark for the week. The honest truth is the NFL is a organization that cares for no one, but the money they bring in from a product that has become water down in the past few years. Now some people would say I’m bitter because of the situation I was put in on the first day at radio row, but the truth is the NFL hasn’t just deceived the media but also you as a fan. When I arrived at the conventional center at radio row, I realized plenty of fans were complaining about the money they had to pay for tickets to get in to the media center. Through out the years the NFL used radio row as a platform to draw the fan to be apart of the media and not use it as way to scam more money from them. The NFL for years have been trying to make the Super Bowl a holiday, but what they really have been doing is stealing people’s hard earn money. During my time at the conventional center I talked to a lot of the NFL workers working at radio row and what I have learned was discouraging. The NFL were paying their workers between twelve and fifteen dollars an hour, which coming from an organization that made over 14 billion dollars last year in revenue shows you how really cheap they are.
Unfortunately during Super Bowl week the world was mourning the death of the nine people that died in LA, that included ex NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter Gianna. This tragedy definitely effected the NFL’s plan to make Super Bowl 54 unforgettable from the halftime show to of course the game. During my time in Miami all people were talking about was Kobe, that I think people forgot that the likes of Patrick Mahomes or even Andy Reid were the ones playing in the big game. The NFL did a bad job taking the headlines over from the Kobe Bryant tragedy, but even with that Super Bowl 54 was still the 10th biggest watch game in its 54 year existence. Im bothered that for years the NFL has been covering up the like’s of diseases like CTE, which has ended so many ex NFL athletes lives which the organization has try to brush under the rug for years. The problem with the Super Bowl week is the NFL forgets what the importance of the big game really brings throughout the world. The NFL is and always will be a nasty organization, that plays favorites no matter if your a member of the media or if you are a famous athlete, movie star and musician.
The NFL might be one of the richest organizations in the world but, when your paying Commissioner Goodell 45 million dollars a year to do a job a baby can do you realize where the NFL is heading in the future. Im disgusted with how this self proclaimed billion dollar industry has forgotten its ex players and instead of paying this idiot Goodell, they should figure out how to help these ex players with their medical problems. In conclusion I feel the NFL is a classless organization that has no respect for its fans or its players. I have lost so much respect for this organization that I grew to love as a fan when I was a kid and because of what I experienced at radio row this year I don’t think I will ever respect them again.
Is it me or am I the only person that thinks the UFC is water down, well if you don’t just watch the garbage pay per view they sold Saturday night at UFC 246. Im not going to talk about the co main event Holm vs Pennington, which probably wouldn’t have even made a pay per view card 3 years ago. Lets be honest UFC fans, the organization is praying that Conor McGregor can come back after 3 years and save the sport once again give me a break. This shows me one thing and fans you might want to close your ears because you don’t want to hear what I’m going to say. McGregor beating a old beat up and over the hill fighter like Donald Cerrone Saturday night, doesn’t show me nothing but a lazy President trying to fined a nut. The UFC and Dana White should be embarrassed and sick to their stomachs to see the way the sport hasn’t found its identity since McGregor absence. I understand Dana didn’t want to throw Connor to the wolves in his first fight back in almost 3 years, but putting him against a washed up fighter at UFC 246 shows me how inept the organization really is. I understand that all organizations and professional sports franchises have their stars. But when the stars with the names McGregor and Jones are the only box office attractions then you have to think on how fast the sports has fallen in the past few years.
Lets just look back a few years shall we, Ronda Rousey arguably one of the biggest UFC stars of the last 5 years, decided to retire from fighting to become a WWE women’s wrestler after getting dominated by the likes of Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. How about throwing away one of the most talented fighters to come out of the UFC in the last ten years Demetrious Johnson, because they couldn’t promote him like they did for McGregor because he wasn’t a big mouth attraction in his years of complete dominance in the UFC. I think Dana White believes he has the right ingredients now to get the UFC back on top and I hope its not bringing a half beat up GSP back once again. Mix martial arts fans believe the once promising Prize fighting aka boxing was done the last past few years because of the lack of stars they lost because of retirement. Since then boxing has been taking off with the likes of upcoming and big super stars in the sport like Canelo Alvarez, GGG, Errol Spence and Terence Crawford. That doesn’t take away the growth of the Heavyweight division, with the likes of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua that division has not been this strong since the Tyson years.
So where does the UFC go from here, well Khabib and Ferguson is a start thats for sure but finding the answer to this question will not lean on the likes of one big fight. For the last few years Dana White has been looking for the next new generational fighter that will lead them through the next decayed. Giving the likes of guys like Donald “the old man cowboy” Cerrone a 6 fight contract or bringing in a washed up wrestler like CM Punk, who couldn’t beat a first grade mix martial artist in his sleep. Hey Dana I have an idea maybe you should get Michael Jordan to come out of retirement and have McGregor vs Jordan in a pay per view fight to the death in a game of horse. I don’t know what the UFC has up their sleeves in the near future, but I can tell you one thing Dana is not going to fool me with this garbage anymore.
Well the Giant’s are in the news today and its not because they won the lottery thats’s for sure. In the last two weeks since they fired Pat Shurmur the Giant’s decided to retain the likes of the incompetent Dave Gettleman. In that time the organization has been searching for the next coach of the New York football Giants. The Giants since the great Tom Coughlin have held a 23 and 41 record, which is one of the worst in the NFL in the last 4 years. The Giants have had more then a few mishaps in the past few years, if it wasn’t Odell Beckham causing trouble on and off the field it was Josh Brown and his domestic violence situation with his wife. The Giants organization has become the laughing stock of the NFL, taking the circus out of the Jets handbook. The Giants over the last week have interview the likes of Mike McCarthy who was the best available coach this offseason and what he do, well he sign with their arch rival the Dallas Cowboys.
The Giants believed all along that Matt Rhule was the guy for their vacant coaching position. Rhule who is a New York native was on the 2012 Giants staff with Tom Coughlin. His New York pet agree was one main reason why Gettleman thought he was a shoe in for the head coaching job. Today they found out the hard way, Rhule decided to sign with the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers made sure Rhule was signed and delivered when they flew to his home to meet with him and his family. The Giants never got the chance to interview Rhule before he signed with the Carolina, which is a colossal failure for Gettleman and the Giants organization.
So what do the Giants do after striking out twice, well they hire the next best guy New England Patriots wide receiver coach Joe Judge. Most people are probably wondering who the hell is Joe Judge, well your guess is as good as mine. What we do know about him is, that he has been apart of Bill Belichick coaching staff for 8 years. He has won three Super Bowl championships in his tenure with New England and has been praised by Julian Edelman for his growth as a player. Joe Judge will not be Judged quite yet, but he will be Judged on the growth of the Giants young quarterback Danny Dimes. Giants fans might see this hire as a epic failure but only time will tell on his success as the new Giants head man.
Growing up I always valued being a fan of my New York sports teams from the Knicks, Jets, Yankees and Islanders. It wasn’t because of the nice jerseys they wore or they always won every year. It was the love of my cities teams no matter if the team win, lose or draw. But now there’s a new age in sports, fans now or may I say the millennials, have changed the value of routing for a specific team to a star player. A lot of the reasons for the change has been social media. I know what your going to say, why would social media be the very thing that will destroy sports. My answer to that question is how many people that go to sporting events actually watch and concentrate on the games. In 2019 I attended at least eighteen games and realized more than half the people at those events were not even watching the game. I understand the value of the cell phone now, that you can take pictures that can last you a lifetime or seeing who is following you or posting something on facebook or instagram.
The real problem I believe is the fan now doesn’t really care about any one teams success, but what the one player they follow is eating or doing at that very time. When you research star players like Steph Curry, who has over 13 million fans following him on twitter or 28 million fans following him on instagram. I realize in the last two decades basketball is not about the five players on the court or the 56 players on a football team. Its really about how many fans are following a particular player on their social media’s. I can’t tell you how many times I heard in the radio industry they ask you for your social media handle, what does that have anything to do with your experience.
In 2017 Kevin Durant apparently tried to use a fake Twitter account to defend himself, slamming the Thunder. It started a backlash with the NBA and their players with social media and using it for personal reasons. In 2018 Bryan Colangelo, the ex general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, allegedly used several fake Twitter accounts to smear his own current and former players. This act eventually had Colangelo fired and because of this incident he hasn’t been offered a GM position. Im sure there are plenty of good things to say about social media, but I absolutely believe it has stolen the value of sports. Sports is a way for you to get away from your busy boring life, you don’t need social media and the problems it has brought to sports.
Over the last two decades baseball teams have paid a ridiculous amount of money for free agent players. The MLB has tried for years to keep teams under the luxury tax, to make sure the big market teams pay if they go over it. In 2016 their were a record breaking 6 teams issued the luxury tax by the MLB and still franchises have not back down on paying the big free agent. Over the years teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and Angels have paid a massive amount of money for free agents. So my question to you is does over paying free agents win you championships? Lets check out some free agent moves in the last 10 years that has worked. Max Scherzer got a 210 million dollar contract from the Nationals in 2015, since then he has tossed two no hitters, won quite of few Cy Youngs and this year help win the Nationals their first championship. CC Sabathia took a 161 million dollar contract from the New York Yankees in 2009 and help the yankees win there first championship in 9 years. My thought on baseball contracts is, that agents like Scott Boras have tried in the last 2 decades to play the big market teams against one another. I believe the agents are one of the main causes of these problems in baseball and has hurt smaller market teams in the MLB.
The last two offseason you would of thought that general managers had a little more understanding, on over paying top free agents. Last year Bryce Harper excepted a 13 year 330 million dollar contract from the Phillies in free agency, he had 35 homers and 114 runs batted in. Giving one player a contract like that effects your luxury tax going forward for the next 10 years. Harpers contract could hurt the Phillies moving forward but was he the missing piece to win a title? The answer is probably no, Harper has 5 homers and only 10 runs batted in 19 playoff games with the Nationals. While quite a few pieces beside Bryce was added to the Phillies last season, the team finished with a 81 win season and didn’t even sniff the playoffs. Manny Machado accepted the 10 year 300 million dollar contracted from the Padres last offseason. The Padres now will be put in the same position as the Phillies with Bryce for the next 10 years and it could hurt them with the leagues luxury tax going forward. Machado last year help the Padres win four more games than the 2018 Padres and again they finished in last place in their division.
The Yankees this year won 103 games with over 33 injuries which was the most in baseball history in a 162 game season. They were 2 games away from going to the World Series and lost because of timely hitting. The Yankees decided this offseason, after being under the luxury tax for almost 2 years and opened their pockets for a ace. I would say this for yankee fans be careful what you wish for. This is the same kid the yankees drafted in 2008 that decided to go play college ball and walk away from his professional contract with the yankees. I don’t know but paying a pitcher historic contract which was a 9 year 324 million dollar contract, does not guarantee anything as far as championships are concerned. Since the Yankees are breaking records in so many categories they historically have not won a championship in now 10 years. So I ask you reading, does adding a 300 million dollar pitcher to your now loaded pitching staff worth paying that contract? Only time will tell but I do know one thing time is not on their side with the luxury tax thats for sure.