Christmas Gifts and New Year Wishes

Happy Holidays from the Sports Brothers! We hope that you got what you wanted, as well as did a little giving back. For our final column of 2010, we’d like to give gifts to individuals in the sports world. Yea we’re a little late, but don’t blame us. Blame it on your mail carrier! Let’s begin.

For Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross- $12 million dollars. Exactly the amount of money Bill Parcells stole from the Dolphins. He leaves a franchise in disarray and probably in worst shape than when he got it 3 years ago. His contract allowed him to leave at any time, and get his full amount of money.

For Dolphins Coach Tony Sparano- The classified section from The Miami Times. If (or when) the team loses to New England Patriots this coming Sunday, Tony will need it to find another gig.

For Dolphins Offensive Coordinator Dan Henning- an express ticket to a retirement home in Arizona. Not all of the Dolphins offensive woes can be placed on his shoulders, but he should take a lot of blame for inconsistency  and bad play calling. Happy retirement Dan. After this season the only thing you will be calling are the numbers from a Bingo game at the senior home.

For Randy Shannon- A second chance with another program. There’s no doubt that Shannon is a motivator, father figure, and great mentor to young men. Unfortunately in the business of college football, you can be all of those things but if you don’t win you’ll be out of a job. At Shannon’s next stop, let’s hope he has assistants and players that won’t let him down. Oh and an administration without an itchy trigger finger.

For new UM coach Al Golden- the off the field success of Randy Shannon, but the on the field success of Jimmy Johnson, Dennis Erickson, and Howard Schnellenberger.

For Chad Henne- Confidence, consistency, and the Soul Train DVD set, to give him some “soul”. The man is too stiff in the pocket.

For Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh- Plenty of rings.

For Donavan McNabb- a pair of balls. You’ve gotten benched in Philly. You got traded from Philly. You’ve gotten called out in Washington for not being in shape or knowing the playbook. They gave you a bogus contract supposedly worth $78 million, but in reality you will only get $3 million when they cut you after the season. Finally you get benched for Rex Grossman and you’re demoted to 3rd string. Yet in all of those moves, you remain professional and calm. BLEEP THAT!! Please go off on a mf’er. It’s time you show your behind! McNabb is respected and loved in many circles, so going off one time won’t ruin your rep. But come on man! Say something and stop taking the mental whippings.

For Tiger Woods- Your first win of 2011

Finally for our Miami Times readers-  we will continue to give you the best that we can on a weekly basis. Thanks for reading our column and listening to our show. Happy New Year!

RATTLERS-WILDCATS GAME IS A BOOST FOR FLORIDA CLASSIC

The fashion. The women. The music. The tail gating. Did I mention the women? Oh..and the football game! Yes, that is what the Florida Classic is all about right, the football game? No. It’s about all of the above. And when the football teams are good, as were the 2010-2011 versions of the FAMU Rattlers and the B-CU Wildcats, the Florida Classic is all the better.

The Wildcats of B-CU came in riding a 10 game winning streak under their new head coach Brian Jenkins. The Rattlers came in 8-3, hoping to spoil the perfect season for the ‘Cats, and praying for a share of the MEAC championship. Even though the Rattlers were all but mathematically out of a playoff berth, Saturday’s game was  in essence, their season. After going into halftime behind 27-14, the Rattlers scored 24 un-answered points, and shut the Wildcat offense out in the second half to win 38-27. They now share the MEAC championship with the Rattlers getting rings for the first time since 2001.

Having been to several Florida Classic games as a member of the FAMU Marching 100, I’ve seen some good and some bad. I’ve seen some bad football. I’ve seen the malls in Tampa close early because they didn’t want “those kids” running through the mall. I’ve seen the move to Orlando, and the boost that move made for attendance and the spirit of the game. I’ve seen Disney World come in and give both schools and it’s alumni carte-blanche. I’ve also seen the mouse pick up his bags and take his sponsorship dollars elsewhere.

As all this was happening, I also saw the Bayou Classic, the annual meeting of Grambling State University and Southern University, get prime time coverage on a large 3 letter network. They even show the halftime show in it’s entirety! While the Fl. Classic saw a boost in attendance from 1997-2007 and even overshadowing the Bayou Classic, it still feels as if it is “Classic B” to their “Classic A”.

Both teams look to be contenders for the MEAC crown for years to come because of the coaching staffs and the level of players they recruit yearly. This can only bode well for the steady improvement of the Florida Classic from a game standpoint. Sure the tailgaters will be there, the vendors will be there, and the women will be there. But when the teams are good, the Florida Classic is better. Let’s hope this trend continues.

JAY-Z AND EMINEM SURPRISE CONCERT

You gotta love the summer time. Usually the time of the year when network tv shows put on their run of the mill concert in the mall/park/plaza series.

Even the biggest stars are not exempt from pulling off a concert in the mall/park/plaza, as Jay Z and Eminem pulled off a surprise concert recently.

from 923.com

Last week rumors swirled that a secret Jay-Z concert would take place on Monday in New York City. The blogs sprung into action, sleuthing out the details and eventually revealing that Jay-Z and special guest Eminem would appear together on The Late Show with David Letterman, performing atop the show’s famous marquee on Broadway in Times Square.

The outdoor concert was timed to promote the release of Em’s new album Recovery, out NOW.

After word of the free concert leaked, Mayor Mike Bloomberg pulled the plug on things, citing the near-riot that greeted Drake‘s recent outdoor show on New York’s waterfront. So it came as a surprise to everyone when, late Monday afternoon, Eminem and Jay-Z suddenly appeared on the rooftop of the Ed Sullivan Theater to perform their set for The Late Show.

HEY DOL-FANS, NICK SABAN APOLOGIZES. DO YOU ACCEPT?

Nick Saban, fresh off a national championship win and probably heading for another one next year, finally spoke about his tough time as the coach for the Miami Dolphins. From picking Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees, to his unceremonious exit from Miami to Alabama, he spilled the beans during an interview. Here’s some choice words.

“Well, honesty and integrity is an important part of our character, my character,” Saban told the Sporting News. “Those are words that we use all the time. I think that in an effort to protect our team at Miami – because I had not talked to Alabama and did not talk to them until the season ended – I express that (character is important) to (Alabama) through my agent and said it was up to them whether they wanted to wait and that I would not make any promises. I would talk to them then, I would only reassess my circumstances and our situation as a family at the end of the year.

“But I kept getting asked about this over and over and over, and in trying to defuse the interest and leave the focus on our team in Miami (long pause) … I had a responsibility and obligation to the players on that team, the coaches on the staff, and I didn’t want that to be the focus of attention. So would I manage it differently? Absolutely. I would still have the same integrity for our team, but I just would not answer any questions relative to Alabama … I do apologize for any professional mishandling that might have occurred.”

I’m sure the folks in the 305 really care about your apology and would welcome you back with open arms if you were to step foot in Dade county again…NOT!
What Nick did to this franchise (with a little help from Cam Cameron) set them back years. The apology conveniently comes a lot to late. I’m sure he was rubbing the crystal egg that is the championship trophy as he apologized for his past mistakes.

NO WAVE FOR OBAMA

This picture has been making the rounds on the net. It shows fans at the Washington Nationals game doing the wave. Most notable in the picture as you can see is the POTUS looking at something else than doing the wave.

Let’s be honest people…baseball games have their exciting moments that are few and far in between. The wave is not exciting at a football game, so why would it be exciting at a baseball game? Besides, his daughter Malia took up the slack for him.

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S. AFRICAN MAN KILLED BY WIFE/KIDS OVER TV DISPUTE

The irony in this story is that the wife and kids, before killing their husband/father, wanted to watch a religious program. Weird.

“David Makoeya, a 61-year-old man from the small village of Makweya, Limpopo province, fought with his wife and two children for the remote control on Sunday because he wanted to watch Germany play Australia in the World Cup. The others, however, wanted to watch a gospel show.”

full story here