I'll make this short. First of all, I'm not a Floyd Mayweather fan. I respect him for what he is - an incredible tactician and a tremendous defensive boxer. His record is impressive at 47-0. But is he one of the great boxers of all time? NO. BoxingNews24.com did an AMAZING job of detailing just how overrated "money may" really is. Look at who he's beaten to get to 47-0. Not really impressive. Great boxer? NO DOUBT. One of the greatest of all time? Nope. As Ric Flair said, "To BE the man, you've got to BEAT the man"!!
Now his father has all but guaranteed that Mayweather will fight his longtime rival, Manny Pacquiao some time in 2015. I'll be honest, when I 1st heard the news, I got excited. I've wanted this for a long time. Then it hit me - it's 2014, NOT 2007. Pacquiao will be 36. Mayweather will be 38 depending on the date of the fight. 38. Think about that.
This fight SHOULD have happened when both boxers were closer to their incredible prime. Why hasn't it happened? According to MANY people, it's because Mayweather didn't want to damage his undefeated record. I agree. Even as recently as LAST MONTH, Pacquiao claims "money may" has ducked him AGAIN.
Will I watch the fight? ABSOLUTELY. Will it set records for Pay-Per-View buys? I have no doubt in my mind. I just wish it would've been 7 years ago when we REALLY could have seen these two at their best.
P.S. - My best guess is that this fight happens on May 2nd, the night of the Kentucky Derby. Mark that down. I'll take Floyd in pts...but I'll be rooting for Manny.
Now that the wild card games are over and we can get to the Divisional series' rounds of the Major League Baseball Playoffs, I thought I'd offer my predictions out there.
Note: I picked Oakland and San Francisco in the WC games so I'm officially 1-1.
NLDS San Francisco vs Washington. On one hand you have the team with the best record in the NL in the Washington Nationals. They're young, exciting and REALLY good and don't forget about. And then there's the Giants who have won 2 World Series titles in the last 5 years. Washington has truly been building for this. NOW is there time.
X-Factor: Washington P Doug Fister who won 16 games (after time on the DL) & has a 2.41 ERA after getting traded by Detroit in the offseason. He was AMAZING for the Tigers in the postseason and he'll do it again. I'm taking the NATIONALS IN 4.
Dodgers vs Cardinals. How do you bet against LA? They say pitching wins - They're rotation is LOADED with the Cy Young/MVP winner in Clayton Kershaw ALONG with Zack Greinke and the UNDERRATED Hyun-Jin Ryu. And then there's the Cardinals…who just…ugh….win because it's "The Cardinal Way"…PUKE
X-Factor: Yasiel Puig – his mistakes cost LA a run at last year's World Series. Will he play under control & be the dynamic player he's developed into or will his emotions get the best of him again? I'm taking the Dodgers in 5.
Detroit vs Baltimore. Detroit made the biggest move at the trade deadline by acquiring pitcher David Price. LOOK AT THAT ROTATION – Scherzer, Price, Verlander, Porcello. YIKES. The Orioles' Nelson Cruz had a MONSTER season.
X-Factor: Detroit closer Joe Nathan. His ERA is 4.81. HE'S A CLOSER. Keep it together and the tigers will go to the ALCS. Fail? Well, do you remember LAST SEASON? I'm betting on the starters and an healthy offense- Tigers in 5.
Royals vs. Angels. WOW – what a game we all saw in the AL Wild card. Can KC have ANYTHING left, emotionally? The Angels are the bullies with the best record in baseball. Will they be able to handle the speed of Ned Yost's Royals?
X-Factor: LA's Josh Hamilton – he's back & (allegedly) healthy after missing 22 of the last 25 games. Which player will he be? I'm rooting for KC, but I'll say ANGELS IN 3
NLCS – Nationals over Dodgers ALCS – Tigers over Angels World Series – Nationals over Tigers – Doug Fister gets his revenge in game 7 for being traded.
Why does Janay Rice blame everyone but her husband..and what's next for Ray?
I have 2 theories on Janay Rice, concerning the Instagram message she sent out on the morning on September 9th, criticizing fans, the NFL and the media (of course) for her husband, Baltimore Raven Running Back Ray Rice’s suspension. I’m no doctor, but here’s what I see.
Theory #1 – Janay didn’t write this. My guess? Ray himself wrote it or one of Ray’s “people” wrote it, trying to make it look like she’s not mad at the situation. It makes no sense why she would write it. She claims we’ve all ruined everything for them. Did WE punch you in the face? Perhaps she was forced to post this. Why? She posted it out of fear. Fear that her millionaire husband would leave her if she didn’t try to help clean up his image. Or maybe fear of what he’d do if she DIDN’T post it.
Theory #2 – Janay has seen domestic violence too many times before. I really hope that Ms Rice doesn’t view what her husband did as acceptable behavior. “We’re in love” and “He didn’t really mean it” stuff is CLASSIC battered woman material. I fear that she has grown up with domestic abuse in her family and views that as “normal”. I also fear that Ray sees hitting a woman as normal. It’s not.
If you haven’t seen the video by now, here's the FULL VERSION
There is NO acceptable reason to EVERY strike a woman. If conflict arises, WALK AWAY. Don’t tell me she was charging at him. He takes hits from Patrick Willis, Clay Matthews and other NFL stars. He’s a professional athlete in tip top physical condition. There’s no way that woman was going to strike him in a way that he was going to be seriously hurt. His left cross would’ve made Joe Frazier proud. Get out of the elevator and WALK AWAY.
What’s next for Ray Rice? Not much. Yeah, he’ll serve his suspension. Yeah, an NFL team will give him a shot in 2015. But what will a 28 year old running back who’s productivity has declined in recent years do? Not much. The NFL chews up running backs & spits them out. His productive years are gone. And so is his NFL career.
Not breaking news, but the Wiscosin opener in Houston vs LSU is a MASSIVE game for about two dozen reasons. But I'll give you my top 3 (in no particular order)
A - Carry the Big Ten Flag. Let's be honest: The Big Ten has been a JOKE the last few years. There have only been a handful of "big" wins for the B10 over the 5 seasons and beating one of the top teams in the top conference would go a LONG way to restoring SOME pride for Big Ten fans. The same could be said for next week's Michigan State/Oregon game in Eugene, OR.
Fun Fact #1 - The Badgers are 1-6 in their last 7 bowl games.
B - National Exposure. Sure, the fans in this state all know how well Wisconsin has played recently. Their record over the last 8 years is very good. Bret Bielema was 68-24 in 7 years with 3 trips to the Rose Bowl (coached in 2) and Gary Andersen was 9-4 in his 1st year as head coach. However, the Badgers aren't looked at as an ELITE team in college football. Beating a team that IS looked at as ELITE, would go a long way. Plus, it doesn't hurt to beat a team a few hour from Houston, IN HOUSTON.
Fun Fact #2 - Houston has more LSU alumni than any city outside of Louisiana.
C - This could jump start 2014. Look at the Badgers schedule. It's bad. No, it's REALLY bad. This game was put on the schedule to hopefully get Wisconsin into the final four IF they can run the table. After LSU, they play NOBODY until the final 3 weeks of the season (Nebraska, Iowa & Minnesota). Bucky NEEDS this win to be in the national championship hunt. Lose? Well, you can kiss the "final four" goodbye.
Fun Fact #3- The Badgers don't play Michigan, ohio state or Michigan state. I don't know the last time that happend. I tried to look it up.
Have another reason why this game is so big for Wisconin? Tell me below!!
thank you! On behalf of the entire SportsRadio 1250 team, THANK YOU!! The 8th annual Perkins 1250 golf outing was amazing! I have so many people to thank.
Thank you to the Edgewood golf course staff, specifically John Freeman. Your course is always up to par (pun intended) and once again, in great shape. THANK YOU.
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The 1250 team...and i don't just mean the guys you hear on the radio. MANY people behind the scenes make this event what it is. Our Program Director, Tom Parker is our head coach. Without him, we'd never get off the ground each year. . Deidre leads the promotions team and her staff and army of interns handle EVERYTHING, not only leading up to the event, but on the day of. Will & Zach are there at 4:30AM setting things up and they're there all day to make sure our shows stay on the air THEN they tear everything down. Our Sales team lead by GM Chuck Sullivan is directly responsible for coordinating all of our sponsors. And a huge shout out to the guys i share the mic's with. THANK YOU.
To our celebrities: Anybody could throw together a golf outing and ask people to come out and play. YOU make it special to play in the golf outing. Whether your're a member of the media, a former athlete, a coach, etc, YOU provide something to the 1250 listeners that no other outing can provide. THANK YOU.
Most importantly, to our guests. The golfers. The 1250 listeners. "Give Kids The World" is an amazing charity. Your generosity helps fund trips to Orlando for terminally ill children. I know it's a great day of golf and something we hope you'll always remember, more importantly, you're helping kids. This outing has grown each of the last 8 years and for spending your hard earned money on such a great cause, on behalf of GKTW, THANK YOU.
Selfishly, i want to recognize Dan "I've got this" Richards, Mr Yellow Ball (Scooter), Curt "I don't want to get out of the cart" Richards and the Birthday girl, Robin Richards. Dan, Curt & I have played together in this outing for several years and together we've formed a great relationship between SportsRadio 1250 and Tri City Hyundai. We didn't shoot well enough to win, but our 64 did tie that other team from Tri City, even though KISS FM's Leigh McNabb tried to bring them down.
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Remember Kato Kaelin? For the younger 1250 listeners, Kato was a guest at O.J. Simpsons' house and was present the night Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered. What you may not know is that Kaelin is from Milwaukee, went to Nicolet High School (class of 1977), and went to UW–Eau Claire. He's now an actor living in Los Angeles. Why am i blogging about him? Here's why: he's a huge Brewers fan...and a huge Ron Roenicke hater. I follow him on Twitter @Kato_Kaelin
There's this tweet...
Why why why does @Brewers just suck? Annastacio u own the team it's ur fault. Buy a Fn bullpen. Fire Roenicke and have bat boy relief pitch
Kaelin is not alone. Lots of Brewers fans are critical of their manager...and that's weird. As far as I can tell, the Brewers are in 1st place as I type this with the 2nd best record in the NL. They just took 2/3 from 2 of the best teams in the National League (Giants & Dodgers). Are they a perfect team? No. Is RR a perfect manager? No. Is he above criticism? No. Does he always push the right buttons? Nope. He let's his guys play. He's encourages them to be aggressive. He doesn't flip out. He doesn't micromanage. And (this year) he's winning.
I'm 100% certain that this happens in every city where professional baseball is played and not just a "Milwaukee thing". But ask yourself, where did you think this team would be by now? The last 6 weeks of the season are gonna be really fun!! Enjoy the ride...even you, Kato Kaelin.