David Sterling and his Ilk

Been an interesting week of sports my friends, what with the NHL Playoffs heating up, all the mock drafts leading up to the actual draft on May 8-11, and now the released taped phone call of David Sterling, speaking with his mistress (mistress, girlfriend, lady in waiting, whatever) ranting about race, and why she should not cavort in public with African Americans, specifically, not to post pics to her instagram, Facebook, et al accounts showing her hanging out with them, and to most definitely not to bring them to any of HIS games.  The amount of WTF moments in this recording is unreal, the whole thing is bizarre and surreal, not just because of how he shows his true colors for how he feels about minorities, but that he actually praises them at the same time.  he says he loves them, he has hired them as coaches, front office personnel, and oh yes 12 of his 15 players are African American as well. 

Sterling has a right to his opinion of course, as the 1st amendment guarantees him that, but what he doesn’t have freedom from is the ramifications of that free speech.  His players made that known yesterday at the start of their first round playoff game against the Warriors, as they took off their warm-up jackets, threw them on the floor at center court, revealing the warm up jerseys underneath to be inside out and backwards.  not only that but they wore black socks, black armbands and black undershirts.  It is a sad narrative when an owner of an NBA franchise, a league in which the majority of its players are African American, someone who makes Millions per year off the sweat of these players and has been honored in the past by the NAACP and was slated to receive yet another lifetime achievement award from them in May (which has since been rescinded) can actually have this opinion of minorities. 

When I see comments like this from people in the public eye, not just in sports, but also in Politics, entertainment, or any other public forum it makes my blood boil.  as the step son of a racist, it makes me even angrier because it feeds that narrative, and makes for tense conversation during the holidays. I love my Father, only because he has been more of a father to me than my actual father ever was, but it hurts to know that this person I love so dearly could have these opinions, and there is nothing I can say or do to change his opinions.  I can only do so much, and for years I have tried, but have come to the realization that nothing will change his opinion, so I accept him as he is, love him for what good things he has taught me, done for me, and for the gentle way he has treated my mother for the last 30 years.  He truly is a good man, but the one dark side of him comes out every so often and it just saddens me. 

For those that missed it, The weekly Sports Nerd Spreecast last night was new territory for me, in that I flew solo for the entire 90 mins. of the show for the first time since it started.  With my fellow nerd Bob The Beer man” Pizor being laid up due to a car accident for the last couple of months, and my good friend Brian “Scooter” Cullen out sick last night I had to keep the conversation going the whole time.  I had a great time doing it, and was told that I did a good job by those that attended.  I thank all of my loyal viewers for their support (all 9 of them…lol) and am doing all I can to promote and get the word out.  If you haven’t been to one of the shows, please watch a recording and if you like what you see, follow me on Spreecast, bookmark the page and join me on Sunday nights at 7:30pm eastern time.  The subjects are not limited to only sports, as we talk about a wide range of subjects, and there are times when we just talk about any and all subjects that come up.  We never have a planned script or agenda for these shows, we just kind of go with the flow and see where it takes us.  Oh I have a few items that I want to talk about, but for the most part we just fly by the seat of our pants, and that has resulted in some of the best shows we have ever done.

Some great Hockey is being played right now, the first round matchups have been exciting, and if this is any indication of how the rest of the playoffs are going to go, I Cant wait for the second round.  those teams that have advanced thus far are Montreal, Boston, Anaheim, and Chicago, with the first matchup of the second round being set between Boston and Montreal.  I know a certain Boston fan and a Habs fan that will be doing a LOT of trash talking this coming week, I look forward to those two making their banter public, and will get the popcorn ready for the fireworks that will ensue.  The Habs and Bruins have met 33 times in the playoffs in their storied history and there is pure hate between these two franchises.  It will be physical, intense and probably some of the best Hockey of the playoffs.  Gonna be a great series. 

Well I hope this post finds all of you well, have a great week, and remember as always…

 

Get in the game, Or ride the bench…  the choice is yours

Scott “The Sports Nerd” Wright

What you do determines your legacy…

So I am perusing the internets the other day and came across this post from a good friend of mine, Tom Wacker and apparently it has caused a lot of hubbub around the TE industry.  He is an excellent writer and he always pulls no punches, says what he thinks and doesn’t care what people think about him.  He is honest, he is real, and he tells it like it is.  I am a big fan of this behavior, because I also try to be sure and let people know exactly how I feel about a specific subject, and if I don’t like something I will let it be known.  I am of the same breed, this blog is my platform, along with Twitter (@BrownBuc) and I will always use these platforms to say what I think, how I feel, and if necessary, call out those that I disagree with. 

With that being said, I have a rant to write…..

As most of you know, TimTech launched a new program this week, and as is all launches by TimTech it was met with both high Fanfare and criticism.  Kore4 is a program that is focused strictly on the affiliate marketer, It encompasses the training of Click Track Profit, the use of  Traffic Exchanges and most importantly an auto responder to build a list, get the word out and introduce a new twist to CTP’s opportunities.  I am not an internet marketing guru, but I don’t have to be in order to use this system, as TimTech has not only set this up to maximize affiliate earnings, but they have made it simple stupid to use.  I am a fan, I have joined, and am actively promoting it in the traffic exchanges, and I will be adding it as well to the advertising resources page on this website.  TimTech has once again raised the bar, and as usual, the skeptics, the haters, have all come out of the woodwork to attack, criticize, and throw TT under the bus.

Here’s the deal, TimTech has taken A LOT of heat lately because of what happened with NerdBux, its sale, and the resulting fallout as to not only whom it was sold to, but also because of how they “should have known” what was going to happen after they sold it to probably one of the biggest PTC scammers on the internet.  That may be so, but they needed to get out of the PTC world, they had been the victim of a major fraud scheme, and it had cost them a lot of money as I understood the history of what happened.  They have been accused of purposely cheating members of NerdBux out of a lot of money, and now with the release of Kore4, the haters have once again come out of the woodwork to hate, troll, and downright lie about how they are once again cheating people out of their money.

With all of that being said, my message to all of those that are hating on TT and judging them is to put yourself in their shoes, walk a mile in them and tell me what you would do, and what would your focus be when your reputation takes a hit.  TT is returning their focus to their core products, and in return setting up a program that puts the focus back on their members, the affiliate marketers that are out there on a daily basis making pennies surfing 20-30 Traffic exchanges on a daily basis.  So instead of offering pennies, they are providing an opportunity to make minimum $15 per month per referral that you bring into Kore4 as new members.  The goal is to get new members into CTP, their traffic exchanges, as well as Rocket Responder .  What I take from it, is that they are trying to bring new people into the traffic exchange industry and bring in new members to CTP while at the same time offering their members a good opportunity to make better commissions than they can get through TE’s alone.

The big part of this is that all of the faces of TimTech, from Justin Ledvina and Jon Olson all the way to Janelle Pineau and Larry Dame are putting themselves out there in the forefront of this, promoting it, standing behind it, and not shying away from their critics.  Those that hide behind “parody names” and those that are trash talking TimTech behind their backs while pretending to support them in front of their face, are cowards, irresponsible, and have no guts to stand behind how they really feel.  No company is perfect, and no one person is fallible, but when trolls decide they are going to hide and not be up front with their opinions, I have little regard or respect for what they have to say.  Justin, Jon, and all the gang at TimTech are still available to help, they will listen to their critics, supporters, and those in between to what their opinions of any program they offer are.  If they need to adjust their approach, they will, but the important thing to consider here, as I mentioned, is that they are not hiding behind a keyboard and a monitor with their business, they are visible, they are active, and they are here for the long run. 

Report Released on Incognito & Martin

Yesterday, the final report was released on the Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin harassment case, providing details of what was said, what was done and the personal and emotional torture that Martin was exposed to while a member of the Dolphins.  This issue has hit close to home for me, not just because of the shocking and disgusting comments and abuse that Martin went through, but because I can relate somewhat to what Martin went through.  I will expand on that a bit later but for now, some background.

For those that have not followed this issue, the harassment began in 2012 when Jonathan Martin was a rookie, and it eventually became normal behavior that quickly escalated and blew up in their faces.  The report accuses not only Richie incognito, but also names center Mike Pouncey, guard John Jerry, and OL Coach Jim Turner as also harassing Martin.  They subjected Martin to vulgar insults, humiliation, and downright disgusting behavior.  After reading  all of what was done to him, I find myself wondering how many more locker rooms across the NFL this goes on, and if there are any pieces in place to prevent it, report it, or to monitor the behavior that goes on behind the scenes. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am not naive, nor do I believe that a professional NFL locker room resembles a Sunday night church social, but these guys are supposed to be professionals, they are supposed to be beyond this type of behavior, and if you are trying to win a championship in a professional sport this atmosphere does nothing to promote the environment needed to be a cohesive unit.  I blame the coaching staff, from the trainers all the way to the head coach for not seeing the signs, for not being aware of what was going on (or just plain ignoring it) and for not being proactive to stop it.  I have heard a lot of former players recently both here and Tampa and around the league blow it off and say things like, “you have to understand the culture in an NFL locker room” and they call Martin “weak” because he wasn’t man enough to stand up for himself, but not to piss in their corn flakes, but these comments do nothing but enable future Incognito’s and Pouncey’s to do the same to other players in the future. 

I have been a victim of bullying all of my life, beginning with my father, all through elementary, middle, and high school, and for those that have not experienced it, you don’t understand what this does to someone.  Martin showed all the signs, he wanted to be liked, he called himself a “pushover’ a “people pleaser” and he avoided confrontation in order for people to like him.  he withdrew into his own little world, a cocoon of some sorts, to shield himself from the insults, to protect him from the abuse, and all that did was drive him deeper and deeper into depression and suicidal thoughts.  When you are bullied, picked on, harassed, abused, whatever you want to call it, it drives your self-esteem so far into the gutter there never seems to be a road that you can take to pick yourself up and get out of it, and if you don’t seek and find help, it will drive you insane.

I have dealt with depression all of my life, and the fact that I have been bullied for most of it is part of the reason for my depression.  I am better now, and I feel I am a better man because of my struggle.  There are days when I still have to tell myself that I am not a “wimp” or “weak” because I know that it wasn’t my fault for how others acted towards me, but it is difficult, when all you have known is abuse, that somehow there is something wrong with you to be singled out for others attacks.  Bullies like Incognito and Pouncey are the ones that have issues.  They feel that they have to be bullies because of their personal or emotional shortcomings as a person, and by bullying people they believe they will feel better about themselves.  They are pathetic human beings, they have no soul, and they only have one way of dealing with their insecurities, and that’s by taking it out on someone they deem as safe targets for their anger.  Until someone stands up to them, they will continue to do what it is they do, demeaning other individuals, and they will be the spark that will eventually cause the targets of their abuse to go over the edge into a hole that they can never crawl out of. 

In closing, let me just say this..  If you are a victim of bullying, don’t stand by and allow it to happen, tell someone, whether it be a teacher, a coach, a parent, or someone that you can trust to find the help or to handle the situation and stop it.  Don’t allow it to define who you are on the inside, because the sooner you realize that it isn’t your fault, that you aren’t the problem, the better you will be able to handle it.  If you see someone being bullied, don’t stand on the sidelines with blinders on, because if you do, then you are also enabling this to happen, and that makes you just as bad as the bullies themselves.  Get the person help, stand up for them, and lift them up out of the hole if they are not able to lift themselves up.  As for you bullies out there, all I have to say is get over yourself, stop being an ass, and treat others as you would want to be treated.  Remember this, Jonathan Martin is listed as 6’6” tall and 312 pounds, if he can be a victim of bullying, just think how vulnerable the ones that are 5’5” and 104 pounds are affected by it.  there is no place for it, whether it be on a school playground, an office, or an NFL locker room.

If you want to read the entire report put out by Ted Wells on this situation, it can be found HERE.

Michael Sam and the Cleveland Browns

You all know my forte’ is the NFL, I don’t make any pretenses over it, nor to I pretend to be an expert at it, but the NFL is what I live, breath and bleed for.  So when two major stories break in the same week during the off season, my heart begins to pump, my blood begins to boil, and the adrenaline gives me a bitter taste in my mouth over the excitement.  The first story broke as I was doing my show Sunday night, most of my audience were like.. “ho hum, so what” but I knew this was big, and I knew it would be the topic of discussion for more than just one news cycle. 

Michael Sam, a 6’ 2” 260 pound senior from Missouri came out Sunday night as a gay man.  He is almost guaranteed to be drafted by an NFL team in May, making him the first openly gay man to ever be active in the NFL.  This is a big deal, whether you are a fan of the game or not, and the reason it is a big deal is because Michael Sam is about to enter a world where masculinity is a cornerstone of the game.  Manly men, doing manly things, knocking one another over, getting physical, using brute strength to gain a few yards here and there, showing off their physical attributes along with an overload of male testosterone.  Now that you have that visual, now enter a gay man into the locker room.  The stereotypes associated with being a gay man is the complete opposite of what an NFL locker room is, but Sam is about to blow the doors off any and all of those stereotypes come training camp in July.  The question of whether there has ever been an active gay NFL player has always been on our minds and the fact is that the numbers show that their probably has been, and in fact, NFL Network recently did a show on former Redskins Tight End Jerry Smith, who played 12 seasons as a closeted gay man, then there is DB Wade Davis, who came out as gay after retiring from the NFL after just a few short seasons with the Titans, Seahawks and Redskins.  But there has never been an openly gay man in the NFL.  I don’t have a controversial opinion to share, nor do I feel his sexual orientation should be a factor in where he is drafted, but the CBS draft board had him drop from the late second to third round to the bottom half of the draft the day after his announcement. 

There have been anonymous quotes made by GM’s in the press stating that they wont draft him cause of his sexuality, due to the “distraction” or because the NFL wasn’t “ready” for an openly gay player, but as I read and listen to these meatheads say and spit out the vile from their mouths, I wonder, who is going to the the GM that takes a chance on this kid, he is a decent player, he was the Defensive player of the year in the SEC last year, and an All-American, certainly he has skills, but some question his ability to adapt to the LB position in the 3-4, and some say he doesn’t have the size needed to play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.  I don’t know if this is an excuse, or if it fact, as I haven’t watched tape on him, but one thing is for sure, Michael Sam is about to explode onto the NFL and whether he is welcome with open arms by team mates, or he is ostracized is yet to be seen.  The culture of an NFL locker room was exposed this past season with the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga as the type of environment that tends to look the other way when harassment or bullying is present, and in fact is accepted in some form or another.  How this kid handles this environment will go a long way to determine just how “ready” the NFL is for an openly gay player.  Good luck Michael, I wish you all the best.

 

The Cleveland Browns once again showed the NFL just how dysfunctional they are, when on Tuesday, owner Jimmy Haslam  fired GM Mike Lombardi and CEO Joe Banner will be stepping down in the next two months.  Haslam promoted Assistant GM Ray Farmer to GM, and once again the Browns are starting over, which seems to be the standard for this franchise.  I have been a Browns fan for over 40 years, and I have never seen such upheaval, turmoil, and dysfunction on this team in all of those years.  Haslam is a first time owner and I understand that there maybe a learning curve but this is just another example of how he has no clue what the hell he is doing.  I’m not saying that Lombardi and Banner were the answer, nor am I saying that they didn’t deserve to be let go, but the more stuff like this happens the more I get the feeling that Jimmy is either clueless, desperate for a winning combination, or just wants to get it “right”.  Since coming back to the NFL in 1999 the Browns have had 20 starting QB’s and 8 Head Coaches, and that’s in just 14 years, so turnover in Cleveland is the norm, and not the exception.  It is frustrating as a fan, and certainly I hope they get it right, but I am not holding out hope.  With off field issues regarding an FBI investigation of his Flying J convenience stores looming, jimmy needs to get it right, needs to let the football guys worry about football, so he can focus on the litigation.  I honestly don’t know what the future holds for this team, but one thing is for sure, I will still root for them, cheer them on, and hope that they can turn it around.  It has been 50 years since the Browns had a NFL championship, 12 years since they were in the playoffs, and the city is starved for a winner. 

The Sports Nerd Top 5 2/8/2014

The following Stories are what I feel are the most interesting stories of the past day, and in one case, the past week. These are my opinion and if you don’t feel that I have addressed a top story, well..  Get your own Blog..  These are the most interesting stories to ME in the last 24 hours..  err.. sans 1 story that I promised to write about cause…  well..  I’m an idiot…lol

 

A-Rod Drops Lawsuit against MLB, the MLBPA, and Bud Selig…

After getting his suspension reduced to 162 games from the original 211 handed down last season, Alex Rodriguez, the poster child for everything that’s wrong with baseball, he has decided to drop his lawsuits, take his medicine, and sit out the entire 2014 season.  Thank you Alex, you have just saved the entire world a plethora of nonsense, innuendo, false accusations, and not to mention, embarrassing yourself on the national stage… oh wait..  that’s what happens when you actually PLAY.  Now maybe we can all get back to enjoying the game, and not have A-Fraud distract us all with his silly antics.  Oh, right, that’s again when you actually play..  Dang..  I know there’s an analogy for this out there somewhere.. 

 

Sochi Olympics Begin.. Controversies Continue…

Well, let the games begin.  As of this writing the first Olympic Gold has gone to an American..  Sage Kotsenburg in the men’s snowboard slope style, whatever the heck that is..  The games are being hosted by Russia, a country that is still technologically lost in the 90’s and can’t seem to get their way out of it.  From their non-working urinals, spy cams in the showers, dreadful hotel conditions, the Olympic rings not lighting up correctly during the opening ceremonies, and their scary creepy bear mascot, these games are a clusterf*** waiting to happen.  I may watch a bit over the weekend, but it is plain to see that the Russians were not ready for the games, and we all wait with baited breath which will come first, an athlete getting hurt, or Bob Costas finally getting over his pink eye…

 

The NFL and Weed…

The Super Bowl was dubbed “The Stoner Bowl” by several media types, due to the fact both teams came from states that have legalized weed, and because of this, there has been an increasingly loud sentiment that the NFL, as well as the other major sports, should remove it fro the banned substance list for medicinal purposes.  Marijuana has a lot of medicinal properties, most of which have been proven with visible results, but to this day it is still an illegal substance on the federal level, and there is no end in sight to this law.  A lot of players are users, and go to great lengths to hide the fact that they smoke, but commissioner Goodell, in a statement prior to the Super Bowl, says that they will follow medicine and if changes do come they will take those changes into consideration.  Sports Illustrated has an in-depth article on the subject in this weeks magazine, I suggest you read it and come up with an opinion of your own.  The story is available online at SI.com and you only have to watch a short 30 second add to unlock it.  it’s a good read.

 

Steven Stamkos not cleared for Olympics, Yzerman replaces him with St Louis..

Tampa Bay Lighting and top scorer Steven Stamkos was not cleared by Doctors to play in the Olympics due to rehab on his broken leg suffered November 11, and was removed from the Canadian National team and will not travel to Sochi to play in the Olympics.  Steve Yzerman, the General Manager for Team Canada has found a brief moment of clarity and replaced him with Martin St Louis, Stamkos’ teammate on the Lightning and probably the best player in the NHL over 35 years of age.  “Marty” as he is fondly called here in Tampa, was shunned initially by Yzerman, who also happens to be the General Manager of the Lighting, and did not select Marty for the initial roster, something he did 4 years ago as well, but due to Stamkos’ injury, St Louis is now a member of Team Canada, something Yzerman should have done in the first place..  I almost wish Marty would have come out and told Yzerman to stick it, but it’s an honor to play for your country and Marty is a great addition to the team.  He has 25 goals and 54 points in 56 games this season and has bee on fire since the snub, scoring 7 goals and 15 points in 14 games.

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are AWFUL!!   Yes I am discussing NBA….

I made the mistake of mentioning the following game on my Twitter feed Wednesday night and although I DON’T watch the NBA, I could not help but notice this game and the hilarity that ensued..  The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers played an NBA game in Cleveland, but what actually turned into a comedy of “now what do I do” and “Did that really just happen” was the epitome of what Cleveland basketball has been since oh…  forever..  The Lakers, already depleted by injury this season, traveled to Cleveland with just 8 players on the roster.  They lost two of them to injury during the game, and one more to cramps, leaving just five left.  Yes, there are supposed to be five players on the court at all times during a game, however, Robert Sacre committed his 6th foul with 3:32 left to play and actually had to stay in the game to make sure there were five players on the floor.  Had Sacre fouled again it would be a technical, as would each successive foul moving forward.  Despite all of this, the Lakers still managed to win the game, 119-108, proving once and for all, Cleveland is the place where Professional Sports Players go to die..  A bizarre ending to a bizarre game..  THIS is why I hate the NBA..  cause it’s a joke, the players are only after individual accomplishments, it isn’t a team game, it has become the league of showmanship, one upsmanship, and a contest to see who can make Sports Center with their ally oops and their dunks.  I played basketball in High School…  it was a team game back then, and for the most point, the NCAA still is.  but once they get the money, the fame, and the attention, it all of a sudden becomes a me me me sport.  I hate it, and until it becomes a team game again, I will not watch.  You can probably make the case that all pro sports have become like this, but you look at the NFL, the NHL, and MLB, those are sports where you HAVE to be part of the team, or else you will not succeed.  The NBA is not this way, as when one or two players can become the story or the reason a team is successful, there is a problem with that.  Some of you may disagree, and that’s fine, but I call em as I see em, and for this sports fan, I refuse to watch a bunch of egos playing a game that has become more about the individual and less about the team.

 

Those are my thoughts, feel free to comment and tell me what you think I missed or if you have something to add to these stories.