Monday, May 12, 2008

Mayo Recieving Gifts Isn't Surprising

Finally we have a source to back up the allegations. Just yesterday the story broke on ESPN that O.J. Mayo has been receiving gifts since he was a freshman in high school. I mean come on people if the guy has been dubbed the best of the 2007 class as a 7th grader, you don't think someone is going to try and lure him to their agency? If you don't think so then you are crazy.

The Background Story

According to Louis Johnson, a former part of Mayo's inner circle group and a story from ESPN.com said Mayo accepted around $30,000 in cash and gifts during the past four years from Rodney Guillory, a 43-year-old Los Angeles event promoter. In addition to cash, the gifts included a flat-screen television for Mayo's dorm room, cell phone service, a hotel room, clothes, meals and airline tickets for Mayo's friends and a relative, according to Johnson, others with knowledge of the gifts and store receipts. When Mayo was in high school in Ohio and West Virginia, Guillory was receiving monthly payments from the Northern California sports agency Bill Duffy Associates. Johnson said BDA provided Guillory with around $200,000 before Mayo arrived at USC, and that Guillory used most of the money to support his own lifestyle but also gave a portion of it to Mayo. Mayo denies all allegations. Read the full story here

My Thoughts

The thing that caught my attention that wasn't brought up in the story had to deal with Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony and Mayo. It was rumored that during the season, Mayo got free tickets to a Denver Nuggets game courtesy of Anthony. That was the first thing that popped into my head when I heard that Anthony and Mayo were both Bill Duffy Associates (BDA) clients. Could this be a gift from one basketball player to another? Perhaps, but it seems kind of fishy that two players now owned by the same sports agency just happen to talk and Anthony just happened to give him free tickets like he was his best friend or some type of family member. I think once more things unfold you can bet a couple things. One USC is treading on thin ice with this and the Reggie Bush scandal still fresh in the minds of the NCAA committee. Two that if convicted Guillory is going to be behind bars as it is a misdemeanor in the state of California for sports agents or their representatives give gifts to high school or college athletes. Last at number three as he is trying to do anything to raise his draft stock, Mayo now has something no player wants while trying to make it in sports, a distraction.

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Whats Wrong With New Yorks Baseball Teams?

So the baseball season is officially into full swing now. After struggling early it seems like the predicted front runners are now a top of their division after a tumultuous start. Everyone except New Yorks duo of high paid and high powered teams. Yes you can throw the Tigers struggling in that mix too. But for Detroit this is new territory. They haven't been outright picked to be a World Series contender in years,while the Mets and Yankees have. As of May 7th both the Mets and Yankees are a combine one game over .500. The New York Mets are sitting at 17-15 and a 1.5 behind the surprising first place Florida Marlins. Johan Santana has only won three of his seven starts this season. While the Yankees are 17-18 right now and are 4.5 games behind the Boston Red Soxs in the AL East. Alex Rodriguez being on the DL doesn't help the Yankees at all either. So for how much longer can the fans of these two franchises hold out before they start getting on a roll and start winning on a regular basis? Probably not for too much longer.

The Mets Not Over Collapse?
Now bare with me here I know the Mets have had some serious injury problems, especially to the starting rotation, but has this team really shaken off one of the biggest collapses in Major League history? To me I don't really think they have. I know the Mets front office thought that bringing in Johan Santana as their ace would be a quick fix but it really hasn't. The fact is the Mets have basically the same offensive team as they did a year ago. And in sports today, if you stay with your same team for a long period of time eventually things start to fall apart. For one they are getting fairly old with veterans like Moise Alou and Carlos Delgado still on the team. The fact is the core of the that saw their seven game lead with under 20 games to go just disappear is still in tact. Sure this team has the talent to win over a 100 games and make it to the World Series, but somethings like a collapse haunt you for a very long time and that maybe the case with the Mets.

Predictions for the Rest Of The Season
Honestly I see the Yankees hovering around .500 the entire season. This team seems to be in a little bit of a rebuilding stage and is trying to slowly replace the old veterans with young players and it is going to take sometime for them to gel together. So Yankee fans don't be disappointed if your team is watching from home this postseason because it more than likely is gonna happen. As for the Mets I think once they get healthy you will see a turnaround from them and they will start going on five and six game winning streaks more often. They are still my favorite to win the NL East.

Monday, May 5, 2008

There Is A Reason Kobe Has Only One MVP Trophy

I think it is about time I chime about this Kobe winning his first MVP award this year. I got the news from a sports buddy of mine and not ESPN. Well me and him have had debates all year long about the NBA and the LA Lakers. Some of them have gotten very heated. For those who don't know my favorite sport of all time is College Basketball, and my least favorite is the NBA. Now some of you may look at that and be like how the heck does that work. Well I will tell you, it has to do with players like Kobe Bryant.

Kobe The Oversized Baby
Yes its All-Stars like Kobe Bryant that make me hate the NBA. Guys who think they are all that and a bag of chips and have that no one can touch this smug about them. Kobe is seen around the league a role model. If you ask me he is anything but that. It seems like everyone forgot that this guy wanted out of Los Angles just last summer and was throwing numerous hissy fits about it. He complained about how Jerry West wasn't getting him guys that he could win with. Does a role model complain when he doesn't get his way? Apparently. Does a role model run his best teammate and coach out of town? Seems like it since Kobe ran Shaquille O'Neal and Phil Jackson right out of town after the 2003 season after they helped Bryant win three rings. Kobe said he didn't need anybody, that you could win without them. Well Mr Hot Shot hasn't won a ring since, and its because his I'm god complex has hindered him winning championships. Now I will be one of the first to admit that Kobe Bryant has amazing basketball skills, that is no question but his attitude and immaturity up pretty much until this point in his career has been the main reason I have a beef with the guy. For the first 28 years of his life he must of thought there was an "I" in team because this seems to be the first time that I have seen him actually being a team player. Which is why he finally won the MVP because the most valuable player because he learned to win with the players around him and was able to put up the numbers he has had in the past. Kobe finally woke up, smelled the roses, and thought hey I really do need some help in order to win and became a leader instead of trying to win a championship all by myself. Congratulations Kobe you have finally grown up, and everyone is so proud of you.

Comparing Kobe to MJ
The thing that makes me angry is when NBA experts have said Kobe is the next Michael Jordan. All the those experts you need to shut up and stop comparing this man child to the greatest player to ever run up and down the NBA court. Yes Kobe scored 81 points in a single game against the lowly Toronto Raptors in a regular season game. Yippee that still doesn't make him Michael Jordan. The only way Kobe could be MJ is if he somehow cloned himself from Michael Jordan, and I don't think that happened. When it is all said and done Kobe Bryant will be a lock to be an NBA Hall of Famer, but he will never touch Jordan's Legacy. So will everyone stop comparing any good player in the NBA to Michael Jordan, cause they aren't and will never be Michael Jordan. The bottom line is Jordan made the NBA great, and Kobe is slowly destroying it. That and the fact they play no defense in the NBA is why I think it is horrible. And thats the way the cookie crumbles. There maybe a day when I can watch the NBA again and actually enjoy it but it won't be until Kobe Bryant announces his retirement. Which won't be for another 10 or so years.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Headlines from the Sports Blogging World

Hey guys,

Unfortunately I won't be able to post a thursday post this week. I am in the process of moving out of college and finishing up finals. So I wanted to use this post to give some of my colleagues some press. There are a lot of great sports blog posts up this week, and here are a few of them.

My colleague Neil over at The Sports Lounge has a couple great basketball posts up on his site, including a great one about the Washington Wizards still having a pulse. The Sports Lounge

For all you fantasy baseball fans, my buddy Joe over at Sports Flow has a great fantasy baseball recap from last week. Breaking down who is hot, and who is not in the majors. The Sports Flow

April DeLancy, one of the most talented women bloggers I know, has a great blog up about Roger Clemens over on her blog Women Like Sports

Sports Attitude has some great stuff up on his site, including his thoughts on the NFL Draft. Sports Attitude

If you are interested in getting in my blog roll. You can leave me a post on here or email me at gonnersview@gmail.com. Happy Thursday everyone.