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Mangini Fills First Head Coaching Vacancy

Word came down today that Eric Mangini–the head coach who was fired just ten days ago from the New York Jets–will become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.  The Browns were the first team to fire a head coach–the Raiders and Rams notwithstanding–and they are certainly the first team to fill a head coaching vacancy.

Eric Mangini

Eric Mangini

But how good will Mangini be?  Will he really be able to turn around a Cleveland Browns team that has only went to the playoffs once since returning to the league ten seasons ago?

Mangini comes with a bit of baggage, himself.  He was known as a guy who wasn’t good with the media, often excluding them from practices and being very limited in his answers in press conferences.  Mangini also is, of course, the man who ratted out the Patriots in 2007’s infamous “spygate.”

But Mangini has had some success, too.  In just three seasons with the Jets, he went to the playoffs once and was on the cusp of the playoffs this season.

The Future of Winslow and Edwards Uncertain

The Future of Winslow and Edwards Uncertain

Mangini will have his hands full this off-season.  Cleveland holds the No. 5 pick in the draft, and both Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow only have one year remaining on their contracts.  Edwards is coming off a horrendous 2008 season, capping it off with blaming the fans for his woes in the city.  And Winslow’s 2008 campaign was marred by invisibility on the field and injury off it.  Winslow reportedly had a staph infection late in the season, and lashed out at former General Manager Phil Savage for not caring about him, stating that Savage treated him like a “piece of meat.”

Whatever the case, the entry of Man-genius to Cleveland will be interesting to watch.  With reports out of Cleveland stating that Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is tapped by Mangini to be their defensive coordinator, we could be seeing a completely new attitidue in Cleveland this season.

January 7, 2009 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Candace Parker and Sheldon Williams to Expect a Baller Baby

Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks – A WBNA team for those of you who aren’t equal opportunity ballers – Announced that she is expecting her first child this coming spring. Let me break down what this means: Candace Parker is a professional basketball player and was the no. 1 draft pick in 2008. Before she joined the Sparks, she was rockin’ the arena at University of Tennessee. Now she’ll be rockin’ a baby with her husband Sheldon Williams…Of the Sacramento Kings. If you still don’t get it, this means that their son or daughter will most likely be an INSANE baller.

Baby Dream Team

Baby Dream Team

If I was the son of two athletes I could’ve been the next Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Pele…Whoever. Instead I’m the son of two Indian immigrants and will most likely become the next successful motel owner, taxi driver or 711 manager. If I’m lucky I may become a computer engineer or doctor, but that’s highly doubtful.

Parker was named Rookie of the Year and received MVP honors in addition to winning an Olympic gold medal and being named AP’s female athlete of the year. Sheldon was good enough to get drafted into the NBA, which means even if Parker can’t return to the WNBA after pregnancy, their hopes and dreams (more so lavish lifestyle) can still be picked up by their offspring. That kid is going to be ridiculous so get his autograph or thumb print ASAP.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

January 7, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Just Don’t Let Me See You Shoot No Dogs

 

Dont Mess With Drew

Don't Mess With Drew

9 year old Bakersfield, Ca. native Drew Heredia already owns the FlyMaster’s 2009 Athlete of the Year Award.  It’s over, so tell Mike Phelps, Lebron, Tiger Woods to look forward to 2010.  Drew Heredia was strutting down the street last week when he, a little lady friend, and their pet dog were assaulted by a pit bull.  The pit bull first attacked the little dog, then it attacked Drew’s friend.  Drew Heredia don’t play that junk.  Promptly, Drew jumped on the pit bull’s back and proceeded to choke the dog out using the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu he’d been studying.  That’s what I’m sayin’!  That kid wins the award hands down. 

First of all, pit bulls catch an overall bad rap, but every once in a while a rogue pit makes the news after mauling some kids or old folks.  That’s usually because they’re owned by methed-out, trashy fools who treat animals like beasts.  Enter Drew Heredia.  He sent a message to pit bull nation loud and clear.  “Pit bulls can fade Jiu Jitsu.”  Drew, you’re a bad man.  Not only did Drew teach the dog a lesson, he didn’t even have to kill it.  That’s martial arts on the highest level.  Bruce Lee and Miyamoto Musashi are smiling down on Sensei Heredia today for his display of control and valor.  I’m thinking of moving to Bakersfield to take lessons from this kid.  Be my guide, Drew.  Lead me from the squalor of selfishness into the lightness of being that is.  After learning how to choke out pits, I’m going to focus on other animals.  Bears, marmosets, camels, manatees…no rogue animal will be safe once Sensei Drew finishes with me.  Life has purpose once again. 

FlyMaster Signing Off…For Now!

January 7, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, General | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

NBA News: From Melo’s hand to Antoine canned

Walka Walka Walka!

Walka Walka Walka!

Now let me rant and ramble for a minute about the Celtics potentially getting Stephon Marbury.  After watching the Tony Allen train wreck against the Knicks, I’m up for it.  I’m ready to ride the rollercoaster that is Starbury.  I’ll buy the shirt, the shoes and shave a star into my head.  I miss Manny’s antics so much that I need some instability in my life.  It’s time to see where this ride takes us and who knows, we could actually have a ball handler on the bench besides Rondo.  With more whispers of a buyout from the Knicks, Marbury could sign sooner than later.  Buckle up; he’s putting me in a glass case of emotion.  

Anyways, who knew DUI’s were the new big thing for 09’!

Antoine Walker was arrested and charged early Monday morning in Miami for suspicion of drunk driving.  Apparently he left his lights off in his Mercedes and his eyes appeared bloodshot.  He was also asked to walk the line and in good tickle me Toine’ fashion wiggled his way down. 

Carmelo Anthony should be out for 3-4 weeks with a broken bone in his shooting hand.  Surgery will not be necessary but be sure to bet the under in the next Nuggets game, you’ll thank me later.

Heat released Shaun Livingston, Suns have released Dee Brown, Bucks have requested to put Austin Croshere on waivers and the Clippers waived Fred Jones and Paul Davis.

Tracy McGrady is beating himself up over his lackluster performance to start this NBA season saying “I criticize myself.”  He understands he can play better and looks to push himself through this slump. “In my mind, I think I’m going hard. But physically, I don’t have it.”  I think someone needs to spend a night with Barkley and Antoine. Maybe motorboat and make a few mistakes.  You’re still young!

Lebron James says he will keep the ‘crab dribble’ in his arsenal of moves.  He still believes his move was clean and not a travel in the final seconds of Sunday’s game.  He says he’s not worried if they take that move away, he’ll create something else.  Lebron, I’m just worried about when you travel to places like Indiana. What if you go and mix it up with the wrong crowd and get crabs?  If you do; stay mean, keep it clean and use that powder! 

RaginRondo

 

January 7, 2009 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments