The Ramblings of a Sports Fan….

So, it’s been a while since I posted…  This is a bad habit I have had for many years.  going months without typing a blog post, one I have been trying to correct most of my blogging lifetime. I don’t know if this will ever change, but for now, I am writing.  Let’s begin with the Sports Nerd Show.  In case you have missed it, we are back, and broadcasting live each Sunday Night on a new platform call D-Live.  You can find my profile here, please review past broadcasts from the last few weeks.  It may seem like they are shorter than what you are used to, that’s because recently (like today) I found out I was broadcasting at too-high of bitrate, I am hoping that after changes made tonight that will be resolved, so please, if you are a fan of sports, comedy, movie reviews, and all-around NSFW shenanigans, I encourage you to tune in and enjoy the fun.

Second order of business, the usual sports talk I have been known to spit out on this blog from time to time.  MLB races are heating up, NFL season is upon us, as is the NCAAF season, and I am glad to have football back after 7 months of withdrawals.  There are many different stories and highlights I can discuss, but for now, I am only going to address a brief number of them.  I haven’t posted since early July and it would take me a month to coverall that has been going on.  I am going to pace myself, just address these in a brief sentence, then move on.

Tiger is back, and that is the golf mention of this post.  I don’t care what you say, it is only a matter of time before he is winning again.  I believe he will make the Ryder cup team in September, and I fell that he will win a tournament next year, even perhaps a major… we’ll see.

The Browns have been featured on “Hard Knocks” and although I admit to having HBO, I haven’t watched one minute of that sideshow.  I am only interested in what they do during the season, and I don’t care about what happens behind the scenes, only what happens on the field.  Josh Gordon is back in the fold, which is good to see, the defense is going to be good, and we finally have a real QB under center.  I am a firm believer in Tyrod Taylor, and after being unsure about overall #1 pick Baker Mayfield during the draft, I am pleased with his passion and his performance during preseason games.  I still feel he needs to sit this season, but after that, depending how good Tyrod does, he maybe ready to become the QB of the future for this franchise.  Hue has a long way to go before I am convinced he is the coach to lead this team to the playoffs, specifically I just want to see them win a game in the regular season. 

Staying with my favorite teams, the Cleveland Indians are running away with the Central Division in the AL, but the division is not my concern.  It is, of course the top teams in the American League that has me concerned.  The Indians have one of the most potent lineups in baseball, but the bullpen is making me nervous, because Cody Allen has let us down a lot this season.  They got Hand from the Padres, which was supposed to shore up the closer role, but I am not quite sold, plus Trevor Bauer is on the DL and he may not see the mound again before the postseason, so the starting pitching is also concerning me.  So in a nutshell, the Indians need to straighten out their pitching issues if they are going to make a run I the postseason, cause the Red Sox, Yankees, and Astros are all better and the A’s and Mariners even scare me a bit, but we’ll see…  all bets are off once the postseason begins, and we are just now starting the September push toward the playoffs, so may the best team win, and Go Tribe!!

With all that being said, LeBron is in LA…  meh who cares, I hate the NBA.  Hawaii wins the LLWS…  Serena is the favorite ate the US Open, despite the French Open saying she cant wear the “cat suit” in future tournaments, never mind the fact the outfit was keeping her alive…  NFL players are still Kneeling, good for them.. and for the record as the 4583902894th person to say it, they aren’t protesting the anthem, they are protesting injustice, and the fact they do it DURING the anthem is how they are attempting to bring attention to their cause, because if they walked to midfield and kneeled at halftime, it would not have near the impact, and they want to have their issues front and center, despite the fact of how it would impact the public’s opinion of them. Keep Kneeling guys, I am behind you, oppression has no place in the world, and these athletes have the platform to bring the issue to the forefront, and anyone that thinks they are protesting the Anthem, or the troops, needs to take off their racist rose colored glasses and see what’s really wrong in this country.

Finally, let me just say this, and it will ruffle a few feathers, but once again we had a mass shooting this week.  this time it was in Jacksonville at a Madden ‘19 tournament.  Some asshole didn’t like the fact he got beat and decided he was going to be a sore loser and shoot up the place.  It has been released that the guy has had mental issues most of his life, yet he was still allowed to own a gun.  It is my opinion that ANYONE with a history of mental illness should not own a firearm of any kind.  I am pro 2nd amendment, despite the fact that I decide to not own a gun, because once we start down the road of repealing amendments to the constitution we are headed to the endgame of the loss of all freedoms.  I believe in (talking point warning!!) common-sense gun laws and will vote for any candidate who also believes in them.  Tighter background checks…  longer waiting periods…  mandatory background checks for any gun sold at gun shows…..  the same waiting period for AR-15’s as there are for handguns… and eventually, the ban of AR-15 type weapons considered and that fall under the label of assault weapons.  I have family members that own these weapons, and even though I love them more than anything, I still don’t feel that these weapons have a use in society, outside the use in the military.  You want to shoot a military style weapon, then join the military, it is not needed in civilian life…. so ends the extreme left-wing portion of this post. 

Finally….  I never voted for him ( I don’t live in AZ) and I did not support him for President in 2008, but I do want to honor a man that I had great respect for.  John McCain Served in Vietnam as a Naval Aviator.  He was shot down over Hanoi in the late 60’s.  Ejecting from his plane broke both arms and one leg (if I am wrong please let me know) and despite his injuries and treatment by his captors, refused early release.  His father was a highly ranked and well-known officer in the Navy during Vietnam, and despite the fact the North Vietnamese provided him an out because of his fathers rank, he refused.   He said that he would not go home until those that we captured before him were released.  He suffered horrific torture at the hands of his captors during his years of captivity in the Hanoi Hilton.  For those Millennials that think that the name Hanoi Hilton means that he was kept in a hotel with room service and amenities, use Google Search and look up “Hanoi Hilton” to get an idea of just exactly what that prison was.  The fact he endured all of this tells me everything I need to know about the honor, the character, and the morals of John McCain.  I did not agree with his politics, but I never questioned his patriotism, and I have always respected him, no matter his position on a particular subject or issue.  A true Patriot, an American Hero, and a dedicated servant to his country, Godspeed Senator, and may you Rest in Peace.

Getting the Cobwebs out of my head…

I was on vacation the last week visiting my parents, reuniting with two of my three sisters, and since coming back I Have struggled to once again find my voice.  My posts are sporadic because I struggle with putting my thoughts down in writing.  I don’t know why this is, I love to write and I want to write but the motivation and the words are lost inside my brain and I have a hard time getting them out.  I know I have a lot to say, but for some reason I struggle with expressing what is in my brain and the motivation to write what I am thinking.  To go along with all of that, I am lazy, I come home from work most nights and decide to sign into Netflix and mindlessly watch old TV shows or a movie I have watched multiple times.  I may sound like I am making excuses but it is true that while I really want to get to writing, I find myself not doing anything to change the behavior.  If anyone can offer me some advice on this it would be greatly appreciated and with all of that being said, I actually do have some thoughts on sports related topics that I will attempt to get out.

First…  The MLB All Star rosters have been announced, and I am proud to say the Indians have five All Stars for the second year in a row.  Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber, and Trevor Bauer will represent the Indians in DC next week as American League All-Stars.  As a die-hard Indians fan, this makes me happy.  The Indians join Boston and Houston with five players each named to the roster, along with the Yankees four selections.  The Indians may be leading the worst division in baseball, but you cant argue how stacked that roster is.  Lindor is having an MVP season, while Brantley is having what I consider a comeback player of the year warranted season as well.  Granted, the Yankees, Red Sox and Astros all have stronger records, but if the Indians continue to play well, when the playoffs come, all bets are off, and they could surprise a lot of people and media pundits who think they have no chance of making the World Series.

Second…  ESPN is force-feeding us the NBA Summer League – the network that makes most of its money off the NBA has decided that sub-par basketball, not worthy of NCAA talent, not worthy of mentioning, is supposedly more important than their MLB coverage.  I refuse to watch such awful basketball, and I wonder how much the NBA is paying the network to air this god-awful stuff to the public.  Can we please just focus on Baseball, Tennis (Wimbledon), Golf (Yes Golf) and the World Cup during the month of July instead of this farce for one month?  It’s bad enough that ESPN pimps for the worst professional league in the world nine months out of the year do we have to have Seth Greenberg talking in July about players that will never see a roster spot in October?  Yes the rookies are exciting to see, but the talent level they are playing against right now are not even close to what they will see in the fall, so please, get over it already.

Third…  The ratings are in.. and NASCAR viewership was down by double digits this year compared to 2016 and 2017.  I Tweeted about this last night.  the reason NASCAR is seeing less viewership is because when they decided to go to “STAGE RACING” they ruined the sport for me.  For fuck’s sake, let these guys race, don’t make them jump through hoops, change strategy, and put two fucking mandatory cautions in the middle of a 500 mile race just because you want to make it interesting for earing points.  You want to know why I think Dale Jr and Jeff Gordon retired?  Because they saw what a crap show NASCAR is becoming and decided they didn’t want to be a part of what will surely be the downfall of the sport.  Its not enough that the sport has become OVERLY commercialized, but to now make the drivers race to a made for TV break in the action do they can sell more Monster Drinks is so bad, I cant watch it anymore.  When NASCAR announced that MONSTER was going to be the TITLE SPONSOR of the TOP SERIES in racing, I threw up a little in my mouth, because it truly showed that all they care about is the money and not the quality of the racing.  Monster Energy Drink is not only a gimmick, it is almost as unhealthy for the human body as Winston Cigarettes,  who was the sponsor of NASCAR for decades.  Die-Hard fans to this day will still call it The Winston Cup..  Not the Sprint Cup.. or the (uggh) Monster Energy Cup..  My advice to NASCAR is to go back to Basics, and put a more solid Sponsor in front of the franchise.  Don’t sell out to the highest bidder and promote a drink that causes cancer and heart attacks in the fans that love the sport.

Fourth…  The Taiwanese kids soccer team that was trapped in a cave for fifteen days have been rescued.  This is truly a remarkable success story and I for one nearly cried when I heard that all thirteen members, including the coach, had been rescued.   This is truly a feel-good story for the ages and I can’t wait for the movie to feel the warm fuzzies all over again (c’mon.. you know they will make a movie about this)  Now.. (wait for it.. here comes the political portion of this post) If only the Trump Administration put the same effort in reuniting families at the border as the Taiwan Navy Seals did in rescuing these boys, I might have hope for this country, but alas…  not getting my hopes up…

Fifth… the NFL promoting a flag football league is almost as bad as ESPN promoting the NBA Summer League…  ALMOST..  I have not watched a game of this monstrosity, and could care less who wins.  A bunch of has-been trying to hang on to the game that they have grown too old to play.  nope..

Sixth…  Who wants to see Federer vs Nadal in the Wimbledon final?  MEEEEE!!!!  Rafa is my favorite player in Tennis and I will jump for joy if he beats Roger in the final.  All the injuries, all the critics saying he is only good on clay, I would love to see it happen again where Rafa beats the master in his favorite tournament.  As for the women’s side…  I am tired of Serena winning, and I am tired of how much press she gets, how the media’s love affair with her and her sister is dominating the Tennis world.  Serena is all about Serena, and no matter what she says in her press conferences, she is a selfish player and looks down on al of her competition as not worthy.  I hope she gets beat, I’m tired of all Serena all of the time.  Retire already, raise your daughter, and go away.  Her temper tantrums are legendary and yet ESPN and the rest of the media give her a pass because of her talent.  I agree she is probably the best player on the women’s side of all time, but I‘m ready to move on.

Seventh..  The Open Championship will be played next week at Carnoustie, and I for one will be rooting for Rickie Fowler.  It’s time this kid gets over the hump and finally wins a Major Championship.  I have been following this kid since Tiger bowed out and became a shadow of his former self and I hop that he finally wins that elusive major. 

Eighth…  the Tampa Bay Lightning signed Nikita Kucherov to an Eight Year Extension worth 9.5 million a year.  This solidifies him, along with Steven Stamkos, as the anchors of this team for years to come….  GO BOLTS!!!!

Finally…  laugh at me if you like…  make fun of me… tell me I’m crazy…  But the Cleveland Browns have put together a solid roster going into 2018 and I am looking forward to a season I can be proud of as a Browns Fan.  I foresee at least 8 wins.. maybe more.  they finally have a solid QB (Tyrod) an excellent receiving corps, and for the first time in a lot of years I have hope for the future.  I don’t have any hope they will win the division, but I firmly believe they will be the most improved team in the NFL this season. I know.. I’m a fan-boy, I’m a homer, but when I am right at the end of the season, you will give me props.  I have a ticket for the Bucs-Browns game in Tampa October 21, and I will be in full Browns Gear rooting the Brownies on.  GO BROWNS!!!

For someone that whined about not being able to put my thoughts down, I hope I did ok with this post…  and hopefully there are many more to come.  One day at a time….  Until next time..

The Sports Nerd

Jameis Winston

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So Jameis is suspended by the NFL for three games for violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.  The games he will miss will be against three top teams in the NFL.  Week one at New Orleans and home games against the Eagles and the Steelers.  Jameis was accused by an Uber driver of groping her in an inappropriate manner in 2016, just after his rookie season.  Winston is not going to appeal the ban since it was part of a negotiated deal between him and the NFL.  The standard suspension is actually six games, but since this is a negotiated deal, he is only getting three.  As part of the discipline, in addition to the suspension Winston will also be required to a clinical evaluation and  to follow any recommendations for therapy the league deems necessary.  The league also said any further violations will result in a more severe punishment up to and including a ban from the NFL.

Winston responded to the suspension with the following statement:

The NFL informed me today that I will be suspended for the first three games of the season.

I’m sorry to the Uber driver for the position I put you in. It is uncharacteristic of me and I genuinely apologize. In the past 2 1/2 years my life has been filled with experiences, opportunities and events that have helped me grow, mature and learn, including the fact that I have eliminated alcohol from my life.

I know I have to hold myself to a higher standard on and off the field and that I have a responsibility to my family, community, and teammates to live above the platform with which God has blessed me. I apologize to my teammates, the Buccaneers organization and fans for letting them down and for not being able to be out there for the first three games of the season. Although I am disappointed in the NFL’s decision, I understand the NFL’s process, and I embrace this as an opportunity to take advantage of the resources available to help me achieve the goals that I have for myself.

I now look forward to putting this behind me and I will continue to work hard every day to be a positive influence in my community and be the best person, teammate and leader I can be.

Winston’s accuser also released a statement regarding the suspension:

I am glad to see the NFL discipline Jameis Winston. I do appreciate his apology, even if it needs some work.

I would like to publicly acknowledge the NFL investigators, particularly Lisa Friel and John Iannerelli, for their kind, professional and thorough investigation.

My experience should highlight the importance of believing women when they have the courage to come forward about sexual assault. Perhaps that night could have been prevented if others had been believed before me.

Mr. Winston once said, “Girls should be silent, polite and gentle.” I disagree.

#Me-too

I have a lot of thoughts going through my head abut this situation.  First and foremost is that despite the past actions of Winston while he was at Florida State, the Buccaneers still drafted him first overall in 2015, over Marcus Mariota, a player with no past history of what Jameis is being accused of, and not to mention in hindsight, arguable has had a better career thus far in the NFL and is a more respected player in the NFL.  As a follower of the Buccaneers, I have never been a huge Jameis fan, and at the time of the draft, I questioned whether or not the Bucs made the right choice.  In the three years since Jameis has been drafted, the Bucs have a losing record and have not made the playoffs.  He has thrown 44 interceptions compared to 69 touchdowns, he has 8 rushing touchdowns compared to 31 fumbles, losing 15 of those.  He has a 60.8 completion percentage and has been inconsistent at best.  The off the field actions only exacerbate the cancer that Jameis has become to the Buccaneers and I don’t know that he has the ability either on or off the field to come out of this.

Living in the Tampa Bay area I have witnessed first hand 15 years of Buccaneer mediocrity.  They have two playoff appearances since they won the Super Bowl in 2003, none of which has been with Winston on the roster.  They have been the poster child of underachievers for the last 15 years, and there doesn’t appear to be any change in that position for the foreseeable future.  The problem is they have a ton of talent, they have the pieces in place, but they do not seem to have the cohesion to get over the hump.  They were 5-11 in 2017, and with Winston missing the first three games of 2018 they could end up starting the season 0-3 based on who they are playing.  The season hasn’t even started yet and the Bucs are already behind the eight ball with another sub .500 season looming.  Jameis is due to make a ton of money next year in 2019, and his performance this season will determine whether or not the Bucs will move on from Jameis or make him their franchise QB of the future.  Get out the popcorn people this is about to get interesting.

On the field issues aside, Jameis has a history of abuses against women dating back to his days at Florida State.  I don’t think he is a very good person, and despite the fact he stated he is committed to being a better person, there is nothing that he has done thus far to prove that he will change any of his behaviors.  There is a culture in the NFL of abuse against women and because the NFL has not appeared to do anything to bring about change in the league, I don’t feel that the culture will change anytime soon.  Football is my favorite sport, but I am disappointed in the actions of select individuals off the field and their attitude towards women and the sense of invulnerability they seem to feel they have in regards to that attitude.  I know not all players feel and act this way, but those that do continue to give the NFL a black eye when stories like this see the light of day.  The NFL needs to have a more aggressive approach to their players actions off the field and not just sweep them aside and move on.  NFL players, coaches, management, owners, and league front office personnel need to be held to a higher standard, and part of this higher standard includes being tough on those individuals that represent the league when situations like this happen.


The Land of the Free…..

You know, it isn’t always easy to put your thoughts down on paper.  I am no different, and I am someone that has had issues in the past with inspiration.  I sit here for hours looking at my computer screen and think to myself that I should just write a few lines, simple thoughts that are running through my head just to put content out there.  Doesn’t matter if it means anything, just put it out there.  Then I remember that I believe in quality over quantity and I sit back and try and put thought into each and every post, whether it be sports-related or not.  I have spoken about politics and other controversial subjects in the past, and since I am a man of a wide variety of interests, I reserve the right to move off of sports as often as I see fit. 

I have spoken on my show that what happens in DC has very little to do with what happens in my life on a day to day basis.  I don’t hide my political beliefs, all of my friends and coworkers know I lean toward progressive politics and causes.  I also believe that I am in control of my destiny, What happens in Congress, or in the White House has no bearing on where I am going in my career or in my personal life.  With that being said the political climate disturbs me, both sides are polarizing, both sides are corrupt, and both sides are at fault for what is going on in the country, no matter what side of the aisle you fall on.  Without taking sides, I ask all those that read this that may have influence or a pulpit to broadcast from that has influence, to respect each other, to work together and look at all issues from a side of neutrality that will allow us to keep America great.  I ask everyone to work towards a time that will allow America to continue to move forward, to continue to make this country the beacon of democracy, a beacon of freedom, and a place where those that are oppressed to reach out for an escape and hope that they will be accepted and embraced in the arms of freedom. 

I will now quote a phrase that has been quoted by many, a statement that defines what this country is, no matter what side of the political spectrum you reside, this statement has been engraved in copper, in the statue that signifies the struggle of oppressed people around the world and has greeted immigrants to this country for over 130 years: 

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

These words are embossed on the Statue of Liberty, and no matter what you believe or feel about the current political climate, those words ring true as to what this country is all about.  there are no conditions, there are no exceptions and there are no requirements required by any individual searching for a better life.  There is no “yeah but”: to this, it is written on the statue and has been the cornerstone of immigration in the country long before any of us have been around.  It is not up for interpretation, and the words are not fluent, they are set, they are concise, and they epitomize the spirit of what America is.  Unless you are an American Indian, we are ALL immigrants, whether our ancestors came to America during the influx in the early 20th century, or if you are a descendent of a passenger of the Mayflower (as I am). 

I don’t care about the conditions, nor do I care what the “rule of law” is, the POLICY of separating children from their parents is not ethical, it is not humane, nor is is compassionate.  Most, yes MOST of the immigrants entering this country at the southern border, or any border for that matter, are escaping atrocities and the threat of death in their own countries.  they aren’t all from Mexico, they aren’t all criminals, and they aren’t all looking to take advantage of handouts from the government.  They are looking to keep their families safe, to escape tyranny, to come to America for the opportunity to live without the threat of being killed. 

I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, but if just one person can read this and understand what the country ACTUALLY stands for, it is worth it.  Hate me for my beliefs, disagree with me if you want, but the fact remains that the United States of America is a country of immigrants whether your ancestors arrived in 1905, or 1620, they were all escaping oppression, whether it be for religious or political reasons.  We have an obligation to all immigrants to provide them with the opportunity to achieve the American dream, as intended by the founders of this country.

I grew up during the Cold War, I grew up with the threat of nuclear war, but throughout all of that, despite the threat of Soviet ICBM’s, the one thing I could always count on is that those that were threatened by political persecution, those that were living under the threat of being killed by government forces, terrorists, drug dealers or the person that lived next door, always had the opportunity to come to America, where they could work to achieve the dream of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness without the threat of being killed or arrested because of their beliefs.

OK…  I’m off my soapbox for now..  back to sports tomorrow…

 

The Last 24 Hours in Sports

Tonight’s column is going to be NFL heavy.  Those that know me understand that I am a football fan first then all other sports fall in line after that all the way down to soccer and curling. 

The largest story in the NFL is the brother of Janoris Jenkins has been charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of Rene Roosevelt, who was found in the home of Jenkins yesterday.  Jenkins was in Florida and did not comment on the situation, supposedly allowing law enforcement to take the lead.  Roosevelt apparently was strangled, and Jenkins’ brother has a checkered past, he was currently on parole, and has served two prison sentences related to drug possession and intent to sell.  He is currently being held in the Ontario County jail for a prole violation.  I honestly feel that Janoris had nothing to do with this as he was out of the state, but this does not look good and I assume the Giants and the NFL are looking at this very closely.  Condolences go to the family of Mr. Roosevelt.

Next up is another sad story, this time coming out of Denver.  The wife of Pat Bowlen, Annabel announced today that she has also been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease,  stating that because of June being Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month she felt now was the time to make the announcement.  This is so sad, for the spouse of an NFL Owner, who is also suffering from this terrible disease breaks my heart.  I Have knows a few people in my lifetime that have suffered from this disease and I can definitely tell you that it is not pretty.  My heart goes out tot he Bowlen family, and despite my hatred of the Denver Broncos (The Drive, The Fumble) I would not wish this on my worst enemy.  My thoughts are with the Bowlen family, not that it means anything, but I feel for them.

Changing gears a bit, some feel good stories from the NFL.  First, Saquon Barkley, the second pick in the NFL draft, bought his parents a house, something he has been wanting to do for years.  This a feel good story for me and shows how much Barkley loves his parents.  He said that this is something he has been promising him self since he was a kid.  for him to finally be able to do this is wonderful.  His average salary over the next four years will be 7.9 million per year, so I guess he can afford to do what he wants to do.  Second, Andrew Luck plans pre-camp workouts with his WR’s leading up to training camp.  Luck said it is part of the plan and that he intends to build relationships with the receivers that he has not had the chance to get to know while he was rehabbing his injured shoulder.  He has a lot of rust and plans to get as many reps as possible before training camp starts. 

From MLB, and I apologize for all of the bad news on this post tonight, a 48 year old man was found dead in a beer cooler at the Atlanta Braves ballpark and the police are investigating if it was foul play.  Todd Keeling was an inventor who was in Atlanta to install beer taps in the ballpark, and his company produced those beer taps that would allow stadiums to pour three times more than normal beer taps.  He had already installed these taps at stadiums in Chicago and Minnesota.  A cause of death has not been released. 

Don’t look now but the hottest team in the National League is the Cincinnati Reds. they  have won nine of their last ten and twelve of their last fifteen.  Orioles Manny Machado is on the trade block and the Phillies are rumored to try and get him, but the Dodgers are the favorites in this lottery.  The Orioles are terrible and they need value, whether it is draft picks or prospects, and Machado is one of the most attractive players available in MLB.  The Tigers fired pitching coach Chris Bosio for insensitive comments made toward a team employee.  The Tigers are not saying what the comments were, nor the employee in which they were directed, only that the comments made were a violation of club policy and his contract and that they would have no further comment on the issue.  Arkansas won game one of the College World Series Tuesday night over Oregon State 4-1 in the best of three series.  Arkansas is looking to be the sixth straight school to win the series for the first time in their history.  Game two is tonight, and I will report the result in tomorrows column.

LeBron still has not announced what he is going to do……  Germany was eliminated from the World Cup today…. NASCAR SUCKS…  Tiger returns this weekend at the Quicken Loans National….  Martin St Louis (Go Bolts) inducted in the NHL Hall of fame, as well as Gary Bettman and Martin Brodeur….. Serena ranked 25th at Wimbledon….Nadal worlds number one

More tomorrow…