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Knicks’ Mobley Forcefully Retires

Cuttino Mobley

Cuttino Mobley

Trades in the NBA usually benefit franchises and excel players’ careers. However a recent trade between the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks has ultimately saved one shooting guard’s life. If it wasn’t for rigorous physical exams by the Knicks, Cuttino Mobley wouldn’t have known he was a victim of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – A critical heart disease.

Though Mobley knew there was some irregularity with his heart, an additional MRI exam and several specialists convinced him that his heart had worsened. In fact, if he continued to play the condition would constantly cause the heart muscle to thicken and make it difficult for the heart to pump blood.

It’s a bittersweet moment for Mobley, because though he’s learned about his condition he is giving up the one thing that got him out of the bed everyday…Basketball. He was set to start as the Knicks’ shooting guard and improve their roster. He will now have to watch from the sidelines with his 8-year old son.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All Hail The GOAT!

December 11, 1981 isn’t a date that resonates in the great annals of history, but it should.  On this day 27 years ago the greatest athlete in the history of sports faced the ultimate demise of his illustrious career in the idyllic paradise of the Bahamas.  An aged 39 year old Muhammad Ali fought for the last time against young heavyweight Trevor Berbick.  Ali left the bout on his feet and with his legacy firmly intact, but as he said “sometimes we all grow old.”

When mentioning the greatest athletes of all-time folks from generations x, y, and whatever other letter we’re on now seem to be clouded by the legend of Michael Jordan and to a lesser extent, Tiger Woods.  Older folks may still point to Babe Ruth, while some mention Ali.  While all are worthy candidates, the debate begins and ends with Muhammad Ali.  In the ring, no boxer in history matched the sheer combination of speed, power, strength of chin, ring generalship, and sheer charisma.  Outside of the ring, no athlete, even His Airness, possessed the ability to transcend sport, unite people, polarize people, catalyze social movements, simultaneously being considered a symbol of hope and a symbol of revolution, and an international ambassador.  Ali’s transformation from the “Louisville Lip” to the face of the black Muslims, to social activist to prodigal boxing son returning to glory, to aging warrior, to symbol of boxing’s ugliness, to international ambassador of peace and freedom took place on the world’s stage.

Might For Right
Might For Right

Ali’s craft was the art of war and through his trials and tribulations in the ring he defined the transforming world of his time.  The downtrodden, the unemancipated, and the legions of unrepresented around the world found their inspiration in Ali.  The hegemonic power structure feared Ali and his catalyzing capabilities.  Thus, when Ali stood up and refused to go to Vietnam he was stripped of his title and banished from his place of work and artisty; the ring.  Ali lost 3.5 years of his prime athleticism only to return reborn, reinvigorated, and determined to continue the fight.  Ask yourself, would Lebron James or Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant or Jeff Gordon or Peyton Manning leave their respective sports in the prime on principle alone.  No way, no how.  Ali did, and because he did, no other athlete has ever felt that they should have to.

Upon his return, Ali coupled the skills of his youth a brazen maturity borne from the fire of  indomitable spirit.  In his absence, Joe Frazier ascended to the top of the boxing world.  Ali immediately set his sights on Frazier.  Their first fight at Madison Square Garden is the single greatest sporting event in history.  Not only was this a battle of styles, Frazier’s old-school Philadelphia slugging versus Ali’s combination of speed and power.  This was a battle of social proportions.  The reigning champ, Frazier, was seen as a pawn for the existing social structure, while Ali symbolized the determination and antiestablishment pathos of the civil rights movement and the hippies.  In the epic battle, Frazier emerged victorious and broke Ali’s jaw in the process.  However, they would meet two other time including the “Thrilla In Manilla.”

In the late 1970s Ali became a symbol of the evils of boxing and of the classic notion of “athletes” holding on too long.  Losses to Leon Spinks, Larry Holmes, and Trevor Berbick tarnished Ali’s image at the time and eventually led to his battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  However, even shaky and with muted speech, Ali still captivates people to this day.  His lighting of the Olympic torch in 1996 summed up his legacy.  Though battle-tested and slightly worse for wear, the fiery passion for life Ali always possessed still burned brightly.

In a time when athletes have become excessively self-absorbed, glorified for menial accomplishments, and put on pedestals because of their salaries, it’s important to look back at Muhammad Ali and see how the greatest conducted himself throughout his nearly 50 years on the world stage.  The sense of entitlement that exudes from most pro athletes leads them to the idea that they are invincible and above the law.  In the fight game, the MMA-ification of both boxing and MMA has reduced fighters to gladiators and beasts, and the fighter as an artist of war has all but become extinct.  So on this anniversary of the GOAT’s passing from athlete to icon the FlyMaster screams “All Hail the Goat and Long Live the Greatest.”

FlyMaster Signing Off…For Now!

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Boxing, Features & Opinions, General, MMA | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Faulk Me! ( Surviving Week 15 Fantasy Fotball )

Peeved girlfriends, disgruntled bosses and neglected pets REJOICE… fantasy football season is coming to an end and your loved one will become his normal self again soon.

With the last two weeks on the horizon, Zack the StatDragon lets you in on the best kept secrets in “DO’s & DON’Ts for WEEK 15

DO: FAULK ME!- Kevin Faulk ( RB- New England) has been a consistent producer this year. Yes, he is the 3rd down back for the Pats, but he has consistently served as the bailout man on the team ( we might as well nickname him the ‘Fed Reserve’ with 48 receptions out of the backfield) and has mounted only 18 less fantasy points than uber-receiver and teammate, Randy Moss. The Pats are at Oakland this week, and though the Raiders, in general, look as pretty as any female fan cheering from the “black-hole,” they are gifted with one incredible defensive back, Nnamdi Asomugha. Asomugha is a complete SHUT DOWN DB who is talented enough to take Randy Moss out of the game. This means Matt Cassel will be forced to throw a lot to (DO) Wes Welker, and out of the backfield to Faulk when the Raiders play man on man.

DO: Capitalize on NO RUNNING BACK SUPPORT IN DENVER- Jay Cutler (QB-Denver) looks to be primed for fantasy gold this week, much in juxtaposition to the Broncos themselves. Their horrific defense will easily allow Carolina to run the gauntlet all over them putting Denver behind early. Combined with having to start their 5th string running back (this guy) we should expect to see Cutler airing it out ALL DAY to ( other DO’s) wide outs Eddie Royal and Brandon Marshall. The Broncos will not win this game, but you will see an impressive aerial attack.

DON’T: START ANY RB in BAL v. PITT MATCHUP-  I’m about as into Willie Parker ( RB- Pittsburgh) as I am to paying taxes. It appears that Pittsburgh has abandoned the running game, Willie Parker stinks and, oh yeah… Baltimore has allowed 3 rushing TDs ALL SEASON. Likewise, although I respect LeRon McClain and Willis McGahee, (RBs- Baltimore) touches will be shared out of the backfield and they are facing the best run defense in the NFL ( average: 73 yards per game).

DON’T:  GIVE HILL THE NOD- Shaun Hill (QB- San Francisco) has done enough to impress me this year in his past 3 starts. This week, however, he faces the 4th best defense against the pass. The Dolphins are keeping the passing game to an impressive 188 AYPG. If Hill doesn’t get in the end zone, we are looking at meager fantasy numbers here, boys.

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Fantasy Football, NFL, Talkin Trash | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Welcome Distraction

It’s the holidays and what’s better than some hot girls you want to cuddle up with? Surely, it’s not as hardcore as an F1 engine revving at 19,000rpm, but hey… even a hardcore gearhead like me needs a break now and then. Go check out FlyGirls!

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December 11, 2008 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Congress Desires College Football Playoffs

President-Elect Barack Obama kept it real when he chanted “change is coming”, because the latest controversy surrounding Washington references his views on the BCS system. Apparently, Texas Rep. Joe Barton picked up where he left off and is planning on introducing a bill on Wednesday that will forcefully replace the current bowl system with playoffs.

BCS Bowl 2009

BCS Bowl 2009

As happy as I am about the bill, I don’t understand why Congress has nothing better to do than to quarrel over the BCS system – Wait, I do understand. This must be the Texas republican’s way of “supporting” Obama’s views on changing America. I guess there are no other obligations to our country. According to Barton, the bill will give opportunity to strong teams competing in non-championship bowls to play for the title.

As a result of this year’s outcomes, Florida (12-1) and Oklahoma (12-1) will fight for the championship title. Although that seems fair, there are many other teams who won’t get the opportunity, even though they too have only lost one game or are undefeated.

A playoff system isn’t only to support other teams but it creates other openings for society. It’s a great idea and here’s why, plain and simple:

  1. Extended College Football Season
  2. Perfect Setup for March Madness
  3. Opportunity for Undefeated Teams in Other Divisions to Compete
  4. Increased Advertising Spending
  5. Longer Fantasy Sports Tournaments
  6. Additional Funding for NCAA
  7. Constant Television Viewing/Ratings

The above mentioned would trickle down further to universities and local college town economies. What’s not to like about college football playoffs?

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 11, 2008 Posted by | College Football, Features & Opinions | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment