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Los Angeles Clippers to Showcase a Desi Halftime Show for India’s Republic Day

Indias Republic Day   

India's Republic Day

Here’s a double whammy for me:

1. On January 26th, the Los Angeles Clippers will play the Portland Trail Blazers (at home).  I’ve got to get a hold of tickets so I can watch one team BLAZE another (in case you don’t understand which team I’m rooting for it’s the Blazers).

2. During halftime of that game, the Clippers will be celebrating India’s Republic day (not to be confused with its Independence Day).  If you’ve read any of my previous posts you already know that I’m an Indian American with the possibility of becoming a motel owner, 711 manager or taxi driver.  

No really though – This is great news!  To finally see cultural celebrations being recognized by mainstream Americans shows that our community is pushing in the right direction. What’s even more surprising is that it’s done through sports and not political actions.  Now I know the NBA is looking to spread its brand across South Asia and hopes this can provide publicity – But the fact that they are doing it is good enough for me (and most South Asians aren’t very tall so their publicity will only bring back 5’ 5” scrappy players who would face the Mutombo’s of basketball). 

Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers

As usual a portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.  If you’re looking to watch the game live you can buy discounted tickets from the Clippers’ NBA page. 

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

January 19, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , | 1 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

Pettitte Rejects $10 Million Yankees Offer

Sports Politics

Sports Politics

If somebody offered me $10 million to play baseball for one of the most hated teams, I’d smile with grillz in my teeth. But I don’t play baseball and I’d probably have to pay a team to include me on their roster. Andy Pettitte on the other hand has no such worries and would reject such an offer.

The left-handed starter said no to the New York Yankees’ offer for a one year, $10 million extension. Though Pettitte felt he would like to remain with the Yankees, he ultimately left the decision up to his agents. Is it me or has sports become polluted with politics and greed? Athletes don’t play for sheer passion anymore but instead $$.

1st Dollar Sign = Power/Endorsements (i.e. Pride, Influence)
2nd Dollar Sign = Star Appeal (i.e. Fame, Sex)
3rd Dollar Sign = More of 1 & 2 (i.e. $$)

I’d consider playing professional sports for a merely $20,000 over a 9 to 5 job. Putting your hobby to work seems rewarding enough to consider a pay cut – Especially if you’re measuring in millions. So it’s sad to see players leaving their teams due to salary. Especially in a collapsing economy where flexibility is a must. Pettitte’s $10 million offer is a pay cut of $6 million from last season and possibly the main reason he may opt out.

The problem is it’s not just the players it’s the franchises too. The Yankees pledged a whopping $180 million to first baseman Mark Teixeira and a combined $243.5 million for starting pitchers CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett. There’s no loyalty with franchises and athletes. People are all about $$ <– Remember what that means.

I guess I won’t understand unless the greed has taken over me…So I’ll never understand.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

January 6, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, Major League Baseball | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sir Charles Arrested Before Receiving Oral Sex

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley

Hall of Famer and 11-time All Star, Charles Barkley was arrested last Wednesday for suspicion of driving under the influence. Lt. Eric Shuhandler, who handled Barkley’s arrest, stated he originally pulled him over because Barkley ran a stop sign. Later Lt. Shuhandler stated that Barkley reeked of alcohol and thus the arrest was made.

According to reports Barkley was on his way for late night pleasure – And by this I don’t mean slapping on some Right Guard and commentating on basketball. Barkley stated he was picking up a girl around the corner so she could perform oral sex on him. Apparently it’s the best he’s ever received. It’s no wonder D-Wade isn’t making his Fav. 5. Somebody hack into his phone and give me her number. She must be mind blowing if he’s willing to openly admit it while getting busted for driving under the influence.

To add to his stupidity, Barkley offered to tattoo a cop’s name on his @$ if he could get off the hook. Why would anyone want their name tattooed on Barkley’s ass of all people? Did he really think it was going to help solve his problems? Sorry buddy, you won’t ever become governor of Alabama at this rate. You have to be elected into office first, then you can get caught for getting head and it may not matter. Also, why is he driving a 2005 Infiniti? Isn’t he ballin’ enough to have upgraded by now? Next time your car is on the news, make sure its nice.


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January 5, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boston Celtics Fall Short in the West Coast

The team that’s been atop all others throughout the previous two months of this season is slowly fizzing away. The Boston Celtics ended their road trip with a loss at the Rose Garden and I couldn’t be any happier. Yup – I’m a Trail Blazers fan and love how Portland was able to win without Roy. It shows talent in the other starters and reserves. Greg Oden was even able to add 13 points and 11 rebounds despite his ankle injury in a recent practice. Perhaps he’ll slowly shake off the media tension that’s been burdening his shoulders.

Celtics vs. Blazers
Celtics vs. Blazers

Paul Pierce stepped up as usual with 28 points for the Celtics, but it wasn’t enough for Rip City’s finest. It hasn’t been enough for the last three of their four games. Coming into Los Angeles on Christmas, the Lakers gave the defending champs something to think about – How the f*ck will they beat them again if they were to match up in the finals? The Lakers seem much stronger this year and the Celtics are dwindling. They need another boost of energy like last year in the playoffs, but what will happen if their second boost runs out?

After losing to the Lakers they fell short to the Golden State Warriors on the following night. Even though they picked up a Win in Sacramento thereafter, the Portland game brought them back down. Overall, the west coast road blocked their franchise-record, 19 game winning streak.

Cleveland and Orlando are close behind, so if Boston wants to “make it reign” again, they need to work on their play making ability down the stretch. The way I see it is if teams like the Blazers can cover without their star player, then the Celtics are no match for Kobe, Lebron or Dwight (who’re much more polished) and their crews.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 31, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tips to get Your Girl to Watch Sports in 2009

As the year ends, sports viewership continues to rise. With classic moments such as:

-Basketball Rivals Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers Go Head-to-Head
-New York Giants Stomp Unbeaten New England Patriots in the Superbowl
-Nadal Defeats Federer in Five Sets
-Michael Phelps Drowns Swimmers with 8 Medals

Green Bay Packers Sports Fan

Green Bay Packers Sports Fan

Who wouldn’t have wanted to watch male-testosterone, competition based events with sweat, anger and adrenaline? Your significant other you say…? Well, if you missed out on 2008’s greatest moments, you may want to make sure the love of your life is ready for 2009. You sacrificed enough if you missed ANY of the above mentions. Do not let yourself get trapped into the ballet, babysitting or watching chick flicks like Mean Girls.

Follow the steps below and you just might catch some action on the tube…Or live if you’re lucky. Hell, you may even get to go to a Superbowl party early next year if you take this matter seriously.

Barter with Her:
You’re always forced into doing things with her, why can’t she reciprocate? Tighten your belt and voice your thoughts. Spend an evening with her going shopping so she can spend a day with you watching a game. If that doesn’t work, beg to do housework.

Keep Her Comfortable:
If bartering was tough, chances are she’s going to need a lot of time to warm up to the concept of competition. This isn’t drama to see which girl can outdo the other in b*tch@$ness, this is the result of gladiators hard at work. For her first few viewings, make sure you’re in a quiet setting so her ears aren’t pounding from raging drunken men at bars. Allow her to chill and learn the game – Yes, this means you have to explain it to her. Not ideal, but at least she’s open to it now.

Remind Her It’s Quality Time:
Whether you’re watching the game or getting pedicures, in the end it’s quality time that matters. Assure her that you’re not just into the game (even if you are) and that you would like the best of both worlds…As would she.

Watch Eye Candy Sports:
Let’s face it, women love fantasizing about men just as much as we love wet dreams of XXX models – The only difference is their fantasies are more likely to happen. Ask your significant other who she’s fond of and watch that athlete’s games. David Beckham? Tom Brady? Kobe Bryant? Let her watch him as you watch the rest of them. She may be watching for a completely different reason, but hey, at least she’s shut up and allowing you to do your thing.

Develop Emotional Ties:
Did she go to a college with a good athletics program? Is she passionate about her hometown or residential city? Let her get attached to the teams so she wants to watch them play.

Play with Her:
Toss the ball around and teach her the skills needed to play the game. She just may understand what its all about and join in the fun. She might even become your cheerleader for when you play pick up games.

Buy Her Gear:
Be sure to buy her team attire. It’s a whole different ball game for a fan when they’re representing a team. Buy her a cute jersey, sweatshirt or better yet a thong with her favorite team’s logo. Who knows what the excitement could lead to…

Good luck and Happy New Year in advance!


Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 30, 2008 Posted by | College Basketball, College Football, Features & Opinions, General, NBA, NFL, Olympic Sports, Soccer | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

That’s the Way they Became the Brady Bunch

It’s over – For those of you who thought Tom and Gisele would eventually part ways, it’s not going to happen.  According to several reports and TMZ, Patriots QB Tom Brady proposed to supermodel Gisele Bundchen while flying a private jet on Christmas Eve. 

They were headed from New Jersey to Massachusetts with four dozen white roses, champagne and two Brazilian parents on board.  Tom asked if she would join the Brady Bunch (not in those exact words)…And well…The rest is a common man’s nightmare.  Not that any of us would stand a chance, but the mere hope of seeing her on the market has now vanished.  Dreams have been tainted.  Fantasies have been exploited. 

Usually we don’t see athletes seriously settling down, but this was a good look for Brady.  The woman happens to be a tall, Victoria Secret supermodel with the ability to rake in $30-some million annually.  Compare that to Brady’s $18 million, and you’ve got yourself a bonafide b*tch.  One that wears the pants and is quoted as being the world’s richest supermodel.   

Power couples usually don’t last (i.e. Madonna/Guy Ritchie) but I’m giving this one a lifetime.  Brady doesn’t seem like your typical athlete sprung off women and Gisele’s got that Brazilian culture on lock.  But since many of you will be reading this and saying “what the f*ck is wrong with you?” and “Explain her sense of culture when it came to posing half nude”, I’d like to know how long you think it’ll be before sh*t hits the fan.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

I assumed youd rather look at Gisele than Both Gisele and Tom or just Tom.

I assumed you'd rather look at Gisele than Both Gisele and Tom or just Tom.

December 29, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All Hail King James

King James

King James

With about one minute remaining, Yao Ming attempts a layup to help the Rockets but instead is trampled by the quick jump and defensive block of Lebron James. The ticker eventually counts down and the Cavs claim victory…This was the outcome of yesterday’s heated matchup between the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

After watching the game, reviewing the highlights and reading the articles, there’s no doubt in my mind that Lebron James has superseded most NBA legends. Sure Michael Jordan tops the list, but he’s the Zeus of basketball. Michael’s on the same pedestal as Leonardo da Vinci for painting, Will Smith for bankable box office hits, Tupac Shakur for rap and perhaps Mother Teresa for volunteerism. Putting him aside, how often do you hear about Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, or Magic Johnson? In fact, fans from the Kobe and Lebron era probably don’t even know Magic’s real name is Earvin.

Just watch Lebron play one game. You’ll notice his dedication and passion for the sport we love to watch. But even more so than dedication and passion is the skill set he runs with while on court. In yesterday’s game for example, King James led all scorers with 27 points, provided 9 rebounds, 3 steals and one over-the-top block on the Great Wall of China – Yao Ming.

One game you say…? Then explain his ability to lead a team past all but the Celtics and Lakers this year. Or the fact that if it wasn’t for him, the Cavs wouldn’t be only team to remain undefeated at home. Let’s take it one step further and question whether or not the Cavs would’ve made it to the Finals in 2007 if he wasn’t on the roster. Lebron has provided a lot to the franchise and even more to the NBA.

It giddies me like a lil’ girl about to play spin the bottle when I see him powder himself up before entering the court. I become more anxious than Genuwine and can’t wait to see fireworks!

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 24, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

No Fun League Charges for Snowball Fight

When the NFL warns you about fan contact at the beginning of the season – Do your team a favor and listen. New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis was hit with a $10,000 fine after throwing snow at Seattle fans last Sunday. Though I don’t blame him, I would’ve thrown snow at pesky fans as well if I was being aimed at like a pop can.

Seattle Winter Storm

Seattle Winter Storm

Here’s the breakdown: Over the course of the game, Seattle fans threw snowballs at Jets players and even more so once they defeated them 13-3. There was no intervention by security to oversee the safety of athletes and the snow they were throwing was rock solid. Trust me, I’m in the Northwest for the holidays and falling on your @$$ isn’t like landing on a waterbed…Imagine snow pellets coming at your face like shoes in an Iraqi conference with GW.

So if hundreds of fans are throwing snow at you, would you not play along? Apparently you shouldn’t. Ellis thought it was fun and games returning snowballs while walking into the locker room, but the NFL said a crowd-controlling action such as that posed potential injury to fans and should’ve been avoided.

What about the safety of NFL players? It’s several fans vs. one player and you’re worried about their safety? I would’ve gone to the locker room, changed and comeback with yellow snow to throw. If anything, the NFL should question why security didn’t intervene and stop fans from throwing balls. Were they all just happy that they won their fourth game? ‘Cuz winning four games isn’t going to do much for their team. You didn’t win the Superbowl, let alone make playoffs.

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December 23, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL | , , , , | Leave a comment

Detroit’s Fate is 0-16

For a team that is on the verge of being called the worst in NFL history, this week is Detroit’s only hope for redemption…Well, perhaps not redemption but at least ego rebuilding. Since the blowout loss to New Orleans on Sunday, we’ve wondered just one thing – Will the Lions become the only team to end their season 0-16?

Joey Harrington Fans

Joey Harrington Fans

Most likely, though Orlvosky would like to see something unpredictable like Jamie Foxx. This week’s lineup against Green Bay, who’s just five wins ahead, could resurface the Lions and give them hope that another team can do worse…In future seasons. Until now, Tampa Bay was known to have the worst record in history, going 0-14 in 1976. From this day forward however, fans alike will remember another team as the worst in NFL history.

 

This is why Detroit’s win against Green Bay is so important. If they lose, no team can do worse than them, just equally bad! But if they win, it will not only shut critics up from slandering, it may also save Orlovsky’s career. It might even give fans an opportunity to willingly chant his name over Harrington’s.

 

All optimism aside, I hope to see Detroit carry it until the fourth quarter and then collapse. That would really piss off the remaining loyal fans. Knowing you almost had the victory, you almost survived a season from going 0-16, you almost didn’t have to chant “Jo-ey”…

 

It’s this type of historic stuff that people love to eat up and talk about for generations to come. What difference is it going to make for Detroit anyway, other than hoping some team will someday (probably thirty-some years from now) do worse than them. The franchise already needs to be restructured and it’s not really going to help Orlovsky much since Stanton and Culpepper can’t do sh!t and the team already made history by going 0-15. One more loss is for historic moments.

 

Detroit – Take one for the league…Not that you have a choice.

 

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment