Friday, August 22, 2008

Changing The Landscape and Breaking the Seal: The Effect of Gail Kim 'Jumping Ship'

In what may be the biggest transaction of the year in the professional wrestling industry, Gail Kim has decided to "jump ship" from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling to the larger World Wrestling Entertainment.

Kim, regarded as one of the best female wrestlers in the world today decided not to extend her contract with TNA wrestling after receiving what was describe as a "large financial offer" from rival, WWE.

The signing has solidified the market demand for not only talent, but top female talent in the professional wrestling industry.

Yes, you read correctly...demand for female talent.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I Wannabe Like Mike: The Effects of Phelps Success.

B-R-E-T-T. Brett, Brett, Brett!!

For the time being, that chant is falling on deaf ears as Brett Favre has been pushed off the main pages and out of the headlines.

And with the coverage Favre has been drawing for his momentous change in uniform (shade of green), it would take a special event and person to do so. Especially, in the world of ESPN.

Right now, everyone wants to be like Mike. Michael Phelps that is.

What Michael Phelps has accomplished in Beijing in the 2008 Olympics far exceeds the standard of special. Phelps' accomplishments were historic, impressive and downright transcending.

If you had the opportunity to witness one of Phelps' races in the Olympics you understand the magnitude of his feat. Phelps' ability to not only defeat the best in the world, but dominate them by body lengths is immeasurable. He possesses the type of God-given ability that causes you to shake your head in disbelief of his athleticism, poise, and dominance. Simply put, Michael Phelps is a monster.

He is now hailed amongst the untouchables in the sporting world. Now acknowledged as one of the greatest athletes of all-time (even debatable as the greatest), Phelps has helped put the sport of swimming to the forefront and put some of that lost prestige back into the Olympic games. Heralded with the likes of Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather and others, Phelps has created a phenomenon that may transcend the sport of swimming the way Jordan, Woods, and Mayweather did for theirs.

With Phelps being only 23, its exciting to think about the possibilities in London for the 2012 games. With the dominance of young phenoms in various sports such as Phelps, and even Jamaica's Usain Bolt in Track and Field, the Olympics is no longer a mini-platform for political issues, but once again the ultimate stage for athletics and competition.

Dark green, light green, forrest green, or lime green; no matter what shade Favre wears, that is something he could not have given the world over the past week and a half.

Through his 8 gold medals, he made us believe in the games again. Shattering history, impressing the world, transcending all competition...and made wearing a speedo cooler than a green number four football jersey.

Who wouldn't want to be like Mike?

Monday, August 04, 2008

All Favre'd Up: The Drama Surrounding the Legend

So who needs a 401k plan when employers are now offering millions to former employees?

NFL players might, especially with their latest issues regarding retired players.

Brett Favre, well informed about that issue, defintely looked into his own retirement plan.

After the Green Bay Packers offered the legendary quarterback up to twenty million dollars to stay retired, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, has now reinstated the quarterback for the 2008 season. Favre declined the twenty million dollar package and will report to Packers camp.

Can it become anymore ridiculous? Of course it can!

The Green Bay Packers have now stated that the starting quarterback position will now be a competition between the now un-retired Brett Favre and, who now might be the "World's most ticked off athlete", Aaron "Just Go Away Brett" Rogers.

Favre, the NFL, the Green Bay Packers, and yes, even you ESPN, have mishandled this situation from the beginning. What began as a rumor, morphed into probability of a Favre comeback, climaxed with excitement of Favre being traded, and fizzled with insulting payoffs, and demands.

The NFL prides itself on having an economic system based on the "American way" which is part of the realm that makes the sport the most popular through the states. The American public loves the hustle, blue collar hardwork, and grit displayed every Sunday. You play, you get paid. It's as simple as that. No guarantee contracts. No favorites. Earn your spot. It's the American way.

However, Favre, a man once acknowledged (by yours truly as well) as an athlete that exemplified enjoying the game, and never became tangled in the web of the business of sports, not only used the business for his advantage, he wrapped himself in it, and would not budge until he got what he wanted for his return.

Sounds like your typical overpriced, flashy, wide receiver. Except this was Brett Favre.

In fact, it's hard to imagine that this whole situation has been surrounded by Brett Favre.

The Brett Favre.

Although it is hard to say the legend of Brett Favre is entirely tarnished, for the time being, Favre is no longer special. He now fits the mold of every athlete nearing the end of the rope. Delaying retirement, creating drama, and holding on for another season under the lights.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Dome Pondering Import - "Young, Gifted And Black"

Here is an article which tackles the latest issue in professional baseball regarding the decrease in African-American participation. The article, featured in Sports Illustrated, is written by Lee Jenkins and follows the career of young and gifted phenom, David Price, and the importance of baseball in Tampa Bay for young African-American ballplayers.