What I’m Reading – Pete Rose And The $5 Billion Sports Gambling Lie

Pete Rose And The $5 Billion Sports Gambling Lie

An interesting point, with all the money that has become involved in fantasy sports over the last few years, are we back in a situation where the shadow of gambling hangs over every result in sports? Do we question every call, bad play, etc. due to the possibility of a big money fantasy matchup being affected by the outcome?

What I’m Reading – College athletes at major programs benefit from confluence of factors to sometimes avoid criminal charges

College athletes at major programs benefit from confluence of factors to sometimes avoid criminal charges

I think this is something that we all sort of suspected, but seeing the details and hearing the stories is still pretty stark.

Perhaps the worst part of this is how many “fans” are willing to harass and threaten people who are the victims of a crime in order to win games. If that’s you, you are a screwed up human being.

Sports News I’m Reading (weekly)

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Sports News I’m Reading (weekly)

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Sepp Blatter to Step Down As FIFA President

Now we’re getting somewhere.

We’ll see who takes over as FIFA President and whether they can clean out the corruption that has been an integral part of FIFA for years.

The other big question is, will john Oliver drink that Bud Light Lime now? 😉

Update: John Oliver has posted the only possible reaction on Twitter:

A Few Thoughts

DSC_0323Some comments on sports news I’ve seen today:

UAB Football to be reinstated?

I’m confused. Wasn’t it just a few months ago that the program was losing money hand over fist and being regarded as unsustainable? OK, so dropping it seems to have gotten the attention of some people who want to raise the money to keep it going, but I can’t help but wonder if we’ll be right back here in about 5 years.

Jimmy Rollins knows his replacement is coming.

Yeah, I think we all knew that, a big part of making the trade to get Rollins was that there was only one year left on his contract, so he was going to be the placeholder. Still, it’s interesting to see how an athlete handles this reality. Rollins seems pretty realistic about it. His comments remind me a bit of watching those Steve Nash documentaries recently. It’s not something most of us have to face in our professional lives at such an early age, but at the same time, we all do face it in one way or another. Someone replaces you, the world keeps going.

Mats Zuccarello was injured worse than we thought.

Fractured skull? Inability to speak for days? Bleeding? But, in the completely ridiculous tradition of hockey injuries, the Rangers rolled him out on the ice during practice toward the end of the Eastern Conference Finals and talked about him being almost ready to play again, just to make the Lightning think about it. Look, I’m sure there wasn’t a lot of risk of him getting worse by skating around at practice with a non-contact jersey on, but given the seriousness of his injury, would it be ok if maybe we just let him heal instead of playing mind games with your opponents? I don’t feel comfortable knowing that his health was less of an issue as making Tampa prepare for the possibility that he might play.

But maybe that’s just me.