We’re a little late on this one, but have to get this bad-boy into our archives since it’s a mugshot for the ages. Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant, who’s coincidentally entering the unrestricted free agent marketing a few weeks, attended Harvard on an academic scholarship after scoring a 1230 on his SAT & holding up a 4.2 GPA in high school, so who the hell says Ivy leaguers can’t party?!
The poor guy was arrested on Sunday in Miami and charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief. With NFL players killing girlfriends & committing suicide, getting arrested for drinking too much is seriously a minor infraction. Let’s just hope Desmond gets some professional help before he ends up hurting himself or somebody else.
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Even though it’s my favorite sport, I don’t cover too much soccer (feels weird saying that) or futbol, as I prefer to call it but I liked this news coming out from FIFA. This morning news came out that after a successful trial at the Cub WC in Japan last year, FIFA will be using goal line technology for the Confederations Cup this year, the World Cup in Brazil next seson and one assumes all major tournaments going forward. The program will be known as GLT (goal line technology) and here’s an ESPN article that explains the detail a bit more and the companies that have already been used and other companies that are submitting their own for consideration. For non soccer fans, one of the major reasons FIFA pushed the technology is because of a match between England and Germany last World Cup that included a very obvious goal that was missed by officials. That was an extremely rare situation but when the stage is that big, leagues must be ready to fix the situation and must have the technology ready at hand. So this news presents the question: should the NFL, MLB and even the NBA use it as an example and make changes in their leagues?
This question presents multiple scenarios for each league but I think the most obvious would be the NFL using the same type of goal line technology on scoring plays, presumably most would occur while the player is running. Not so much to do with catches, where things like two feet in and control throughout the catch matter. But how many times has a goal line play been unclear to replay cameras because of the pile of bodies? The NFL already uses tons of time to review a certain play so why not add technology that would make things go quicker and smoother? It’s about being progressive and using the technology available to make the game fair for equal teams. I don’t even want to get into how much it could benefit baseball, who seems to be living in the 80s and only uses replay to review whether or not a ball is fair/foul or if it’s a home run. Maybe some sort of touch technology that determines if a runner or a catcher touches home plate first? Seems like a those 1v1 home plate situations are just as important as a ball being fair or foul.
I’m not one to say that humans should just keep having less and less control as technology either. Human objectivity is impossible to replace but technology can help minimize the mistakes that referees make and help with calls that can’t be determined by constant replay on HD cameras. I don’t know if or when we’ll see this type of technology expand into the major sports of the US but i’m all for heading in that direction.
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It wasn’t the craziest of media days when you compare it to some of the past but as the day went on, a couple of headlines grabbed most of the attention. Another day before the Super Bowl means another day that Ray Lewis has to grab all the attention and steal the spotlight. Does Lewis plan these “leaked reports” to come out when every single sports media outlet is waiting for a story to surface? It sounds absurd for something like this to blindside the Ravens literally 10 minutes before their turn at media day occurs but it was pretty convenient. Just a thought. By now most people know but for those that don’t, a report surfaced yesterday and Ray Lewis had been using deer antler spray to recover from his torn triceps injury that he suffered earlier this season.
What is deer antler spray? Well I did a little research and from what I can figure, it’s a little-known spray/pill that contains small amounts of deer IGF-1. Stands for Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 which is on the banned substance list for all NFL players. It sounds like a weird place to get enhancement drugs. So after this story came out, plenty of questions were asked to Lewis but he refused to acknowledge anything about the situation. That didn’t really surprise me because what’s he supposed to do, say “yeah, I cheated” right before the biggest game of year? Of course not but it still raises questions about how Lewis was able to recover so quickly and whether or not he did it in a honorable manner. The only thing we’ll get from Ray Lewis is that it’s “part of God’s plan” for him so we’ll never know. Anyone else just tired of all things Ray Lewis?
The 49ers did their media day right before the Ravens and it didn’t have as many fireworks, only Randy Moss claiming that he’s the greatest wide receiver of all time. I’m in the camp of Jerry Rice as the “GOAT” wide receiver but I think Moss could be considered as the most talented receiver of all time, never having reached his full potential because of his attitude/off-field issues. That’s a debate left for another day. Another thing that stood out for me was the abundance of reporters surrounding 49ers back up QB Alex Smith (pictured above) even though he never sat at a podium. One almost feels bad for him but also respect that he’s carried this entire situation with about as much class as any NFL team could ask for.
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