Just days after Dwayne Wade and the Chicago Bulls agreed to a buyout, Wade has reportedly signed a one year, $2.3 million deal with the Cleveland Cavs. Wade will rejoin his friend, and former Miami Heat teammate Lebron James down in Cleveland. The 35 year old Wade will also share the court with newly signed Isiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, also Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, and Kevin Love. The Cavs look pretty good on paper. How that transfers to the court could be a whole other thing. With three new pieces to the puzzle, it will surely take the Cavs a little time before the chemistry takes form. Who will have the ball in their hands to take the final shot with the clock running down? Who will be willing to sacrifice being the star player on the team, and possibly playing time, for the sake of the team’s chemistry? That’s if it needs to come to that. Would Wade be willing to come off of the bench and lead the second unit, or will that be JR Smith’s new role? Don’t forget. The Miami Heat did not win the championship the first year they put the super team of Wade, Bosh, and Lebron James together. If my memory serves me correctly, they lost a lot of games they should’ve won that year around the time that they were still trying to figure out what the chemistry of the team was. Maybe this will be different. Maybe these players will mesh and gel right away. I don’t know. The one thing I do know is, whatever this team is going to do, it has to do it now. I doubt if you will see these same players back with the Cavs next season. Isiah-maybe, Love-50/50, Thompson-maybe, Smith-50/50, Wade & James-highly doubt it.
Denver Broncos pass rusher Von Miller’s protesting police brutality by taking a knee before Sunday’s game may have cost him an endorsement deal. Phil Long Ford in Denver said that it would not be continuing it’s sponsorship agreement with Miller, the Super Bowl 50 MVP and enormously popular athlete in the Denver area. A spokesman for the car dealer said that they weren’t firing Miller, but they were in a contract renewal negotiation and Miller kneeling for the anthem caused them to cut that off. Von Miller’s popularity swelled after the Broncos beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 and Miller took home the MVP. Miller took full advantage of the opportunities that were presented to him, from being a contestant on “Dancing With The Stars”, to pretty much becoming the face of Old Spice. Von Miller may lose this endorsement with the local dealership, but I doubt that Miller’s pockets will take that much of a hit for it. I actually think that the dealership losing a populat star athlete like Miller as a representing face of the brand, will hurt them more than it will hurt Miller. Only time……and sales will tell.
Ten top tier collegiate individuals in college basketball, including four assistant coaches and Adidas sneaker company, are all facing federal charges. Including bribery, fraud, and a long list of corruption charges. As reported by The New York Times (@nytimes) The United States Attorney said in a statement that since 2015 the FBI and federal prosecutors have been investigating “the criminal influence of money on coaches and student-athletes who participate in intercollegiate basketball governed by the NCAA”
The investigation has revealed “numerous instances” of bribes paid by athlete advisers, among others, to assistant coaches and sometimes to student-athletes at NCAA Division 1 Universities, the complaint said. The bribes were designed to get commitments from college stars to work with specific agents and companies after they turned pro, or to convince coveted high school players to attend certain Universities. Among those charged was former NBA sharp shooter Chuck “Rifleman” Person, an assistant coach at Auburn, where he was also a star player. Person also played 13 seasons in the NBA. Most notably with the Indiana Pacers. Federal prosecutors warned other NCAA schools, coaches and affiliates, that “they already have their playbook” and “their coming for them.” The FBI’s two plus year investigation included wiretaps, informants, and other relevant sources. So, yeah they kind of do have the playbook.
You remember that saying “you will never be able to please all of the people all of the time?” I think the Cowboys found out how true that saying was last night. In the midst of Donald Trump’s statements about football players who don’t stand up during the National Anthem being “son of a bitches”, the 32 NFL teams decided to display a show of team unity all weekend. Before Sundays games, some players stood for the anthem, some kneeled, some locked arms together, while some decided to sit out the whole thing and stay in the locker room during the singing of the National Anthem. However any particular person felt about what each individual player decided to do during the Anthem, one thing was apparent: EVERYONE WAS WATCHING. So when the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals took the field before the final game of week 3 on Monday night, all eyes were on the two participants to see what they would do.
All day there was speculation about what America’s team would do, or if they would do anything at all. The Dallas Cowboys always do everything different, so why would we think Monday night was going to be anything but…..different? The entire Dallas Cowboys team, including owner Jerry Jones, locked arms and took a knee together, before Jordan Sparks sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. The crowd booed loudly. After briefly taking a knee, the Cowboys locked arms and stood together as Ms. Sparks sang the National Anthem. I’m an Eagles fan. Have always been, and will always be. With that being said, I hate everything about the Dallas Cowboys, and I will be the last person on this earth to give them credit for anything! Even still, I can’t help but admit that the idea the Cowboys came up with was genius. In a world based in common sense, empathy, and respect for one another’s opinions, the move last night by the Dallas Cowboys would’ve been the perfect solution to pleasing everybody. They showed unity, yet still stood for the singing of the National Anthem. These are the two things that most people have been asking for. One way or the other. BUT, as we know, we don’t live in that sensible world. No matter what you do, you will never make EVERYONE happy. It’s almost a ridiculous thought to even think. YORK BOUND ENT. ran a poll during last night’s game to see what the people of Twitter thought about it.
How do you feel about Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys taking a knee together prior to the singing of the National Anthem?
A. It was appropriate 59%
B. It was disrespectful 25%
C. Should’ve kneeled during 13%
D. Still hate the Cowboys 3%
That 3% for “still hate the Cowboys” was most likely only one vote. Me! As of the time of writing this, the poll is still up and running on YORK BOUND ENT’S Twitter page (@yorkbound932) there’s still time to get your vote in. Oh, by the way, the Cowboys won that game last night 28-17 in a come from behind victory. Arizona started strong, but fell apart as the game went on. The Cardinals are in desperate need of help on the offensive line, so I won’t put all of the blame on Carson Palmer, but he does get some of the blame. He threw some horrible passes and took some sacks that he didn’t really need to take.