Where I’m coming from

Here are some of the sites I am going to use to pull information and inspiration for future posts from.

George Grimaldo’s  sports blog provides a wide range of stories on the latest in the world of sports. Since I will be talking about them I can find story ideas from this blog.

Bubba Prog  writes about issues in sports. These range from top plays, breaking news, and reactions. I will use this blog to find stories that may not be as obvious as others.

Cj Sports Scrambler is another sports blogger. The blog includes posts on current topics in sports. Cj Sports Scrambler will provide insight onto breaking and developing stories.

College Basketball Nation is an ESPN blog that remains current on all things college basketball. With the season in full swing this blog will help keep me up to date on stories in College Hoops.

Torrey Smith’s blog will help provide a viewpoint of an athlete. I want to explore how players interact with their fans and social media. This will help me be able to do that.

Top Dog Social Media examines the world of social media. It provides commentary on what is going well and what isn’t in the social media universe.

Jenn’s Trends looks into current social media trends. This will help me pinpoint patterns in social media and help me create an informed argument into why certain things are happening on social media.

Yardbarker is a sports blog about rumors in the sports world. This blog will provide insight onto what may happen next so I can be prepared for certain stories to unfold.

SoShable is a social media blog that explores the good and bad of social media. This includes what makes a good site as well as how users can interact with them. This blog will help me see what makes a site more user friendly and can help establish why people do or do not use them.

Now that I have found sites that will assist me with my writing I hope that I will be able to provide more enriched content for you the readers. I will continue to search for other bloggers that have the same mission as me and continue to build a foundation for future success.

Swish Swish but no Tweet Tweet

On January 13, Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Mo Williams reminded NBA fans that he is still in the league after scoring an impressive 52 points against the Indiana Pacers. Twitter was soon flooded with tweets about Mo and how many people had forgot that he still played professional basketball. Many of these tweets came from fans and fellow NBA players. The tones of these tweets were very different between the two groups. Many fans posted memes or made jokes about Williams. Some of the posts included clips from the video sharing app, Vine. Other fan tweets made references to the movie Space Jam, asking “Which MonStar took over Mo Williams’ body” and alluding to “Michael’s Secret Stuff.” On the other hand, fellow players congratulated Williams and began using the hashtag #50pointclub.
What caught my attention most about the social media coverage of this record-setting performance was that the bulk of information about the game did not come from popular sports outlets such as ESPN or NBA.com. Many informational tweets came from independent sports writers and smaller websites. While ESPN and NBA.com did have a few posts they were for the most part lacking in information. The best article to be posted on twitter came from CBS sports
ESPN and NBA.com gave more Twitter coverage to sporting news that felt were less newsworthy than Mo’s performance. NBA.com posted tweets about the scores of ongoing games at a faster rate than any commentary on the 52 point outing. ESPN dedicated most of their Tweets to Duke losing to Miami, which is an impressive defeat but still doesn’t compare to when an athlete, especially one who has all but disappeared from the league makes a statement like Mo did that night. I feel that these bigger outlets should have dedicated more time into this story. It was something no one would have expected and from some of the first tweets about it, almost seemed to be a joke. Nevertheless, congrats Mo Williams, you made a statement to reaffirm you are still a member of the NBA and apparently still have some fuel left in the tank. Hopefully the next time an athlete who isn’t considered a superstar puts on a performance like that, the large sports news outlets will dedicate more time and share the news over social media.

#DeflateGate: The Balls may be Flat but Social Media has blown up

After Sunday’s AFC Championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots, information quickly began to spread about foul play. According to reports, the New England Patriots game balls were under inflated during the game.  Sports writers took to social media immediately to begin sharing the information as it came out about the situation.

Almost every news outlet began to posts about the controversy from ESPN to the Huffington Post. Many of the posts were serious news about the controversy while some were making jokes about the situation. Social media named the controversy #DeflateGate and it has been trending on Twitter ever since.  As more and more news becomes available on the progress of the investigation we are seeing more posts with that hashtag.

Players reacted to the controversy on twitter as well. Pat McAfee, the Colts punter joked about replacing the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Earlier this week the NFL released information from their investigation that found 11 of the 12 balls used by the Pats were under inflated during the game. Immediately people began to call for punishments from the NFL.

Yesterday, the Patriots held a press conference in which head coach Bill Belichick denied any involvement with the balls being deflated. This put all of the attention on quarterback Tom Brady. During the press conference, reporters were tweeting quotes from Brady and questioning some of his responses to the questions he was asked.

Sports reporters have done an excellent job covering DeflateGate over the past week. As more information comes out we will see how the story develops and what punishments are given to the Patriots.

 

 

 

 

Jameis Winston is Already Stirring the Pot

Yesterday’s NFL Draft began as expected with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston first overall. Not long after he was drafted Winston stirred up some controversy.

Winston’s college career had a few questionable occurrences. Winston was accused of sexual assault but the charges were cleared. Jameis was also cited for stealing crab legs from a grocery store.

Here is where Jameis trolled the world after he was drafted. Jameis chose not to be in attendance at the draft, instead having his own party with family and friends. Jameis posted a picture on social media posing with crab legs from the party.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The Bucs asked Jameis Winston to take down the photo of him eating crab legs on draft night <a href=”http://t.co/vtHxXel3ct”>http://t.co/vtHxXel3ct</a&gt; <a href=”http://t.co/broLrcOoh8″>pic.twitter.com/broLrcOoh8</a></p>&mdash; Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) <a href=”https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/status/594158703705772032″>May 1, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Winston removed the picture later on in the evening but not before it was noticed by the media. Some suspect that the Buccaneers made him remove the picture but that has yet to be confirmed by the team.

The Buccaneers are going to need to keep a tight leash on Winston before they go through the same experience the Cleveland Browns experienced with Johnny Manziel who ended up spending a short time in rehab.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The Bucs asked Jameis Winston to take down the photo of him eating crab legs on draft night <a href=”http://t.co/vtHxXel3ct”>http://t.co/vtHxXel3ct</a&gt; <a href=”http://t.co/broLrcOoh8″>pic.twitter.com/broLrcOoh8</a></p>&mdash; Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) <a href=”https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/status/594158703705772032″>May 1, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Winston has the ability to be a successful quarterback in the NFL as long as he can keep his behavior off the field in check.  The Bucs public relations team will need to be ready to go to work if he pulls another stunt like this one.

The Bad Boys of Kansas City

Professional sports are always full of emotion and sometimes these emotions boil over into something more. Some sports embrace this. Hockey players brawl it out on the ice as part of the game with some players only purpose being to take people out. Baseball also has a culture of fighting but nothing compared to those guys on the ice,

The NBA had the “Bad Boy” Pistons that were known for their aggressive style of defense and willingness to go the extra mile if necessary. This year the bad boy image has taken a trip further south and landed in Kaufman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals already have had nine players ejected for fighting this season. That makes up 36 percent of the ejections this season in the MLB.  Royals starting pitcher Yolando Ventura hasn’t left a game this year without it being due to an ejection or an injury.

The Royals are coming off a season where they made it to the World Series when no one expected them too. They had a late season surge that carried through the playoffs and landed them in the Fall Classic. The Royals fought hard in the series but came up short. Coming into this season the team feels they should have won the series and will do what they need to get back there. The have had a great start to the season, but the big highlight coming from them are the fights, throwing at batters, and fights.

The Royals have been thrown at quite alot this season already. They have been hit by sixteen pitches this season which is a high number this early into the season.

The latest fight came against the Chicago White Sox, these two teams have already shown bad blood toward each other with six batters being hit by pitches in their first series of the season.

The Royals demand the respect they deserve and have taken to fighting to show that they are here to play this year. However, this comes with a cost. Every fight leaves the chance of players getting hurt or suspended for long periods. The Royals need to gain their respect on the diamond within the rules of the game if they want to carry on their early success. The fights have shown fans that they aren’t messing around but isn’t the most popular tactic.

John Lester: Burning more than just a radar gun

The internet is fool of trolls. Spending countless hours searching the web for something to make comments on. When a professional athlete makes a mistake these trolls jump on it.

Jon Lester who has one of the highest contracts in baseball with a six year $155 million deal with a $30 million signing bonus became victim to these trolls after making an errant throw to first base.

With a contract like that you would expect that Lester would be able to make a throw over to first and get it even relatively close to the first baseman. Granted they did get the runner out but none of it was due to Lester.

The Twitter trolls were quick to react but Lester, unlike his pick off attempt, hit the mark.

Clever Lester, very clever.

Professional athletes are always going to be held to a very high standard by the couch critics. In households everywhere some high school sports star was yelling at the television about how he could have done that.The Cubs did end up winning that night but Lester should try and get his pick off move to the same level as his troll slaying.

Churchill Downs isn’t ready for change

Change is something you have to embrace at times. However, the Kentucky Derby has done the opposite. The selfie stick and photo drones have been banned from Churchill Downs for the race.

Both of these devices have taken the photography world by storm creating new vantage points and angles to capture images.

 

The track has also changed their policy on re-entry. Prior to this year the track allowed patrons to leave and re-enter as they pleased on race day.  They said the old policy allowed counterfeiters to rip off people.

As technology continues to expand sporting events will have to change their policy’s. While events like the Derby are rooted in history and tradition they will have to facilitate the current trends that are going on.

 

MLB Disappointed with Arbitrator.

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is at the center of a controversy involving the MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Hamilton who is currently recovering from shoulder surgery admitted to relapsing . Hamilton was already suspended during the 2004 season for violating the league’s drug policy. He is also subject to three drug tests a week as part of his reinstatement into the MLB.

The controversy lies in the fact that Hamilton will not be suspended again for his most recent relapse. According to sources, “Hamilton binged on cocaine” during this relapse. The MLB wanted to suspend Hamilton because of this but were told that they could not by an outside arbitrator.

The arbitrator decided that Hamilton did not violate the league’s policy on drug treatment. Fans and reporters all responded to this quickly on twitter and other social media. They called for some form of punishment.

The league  and the Angles both released statements regarding the decision to not suspend Hamilton on social media as well.

The MLB needs to adjust the protocol for drug relapses for players. These players should be suspended from all baseball activity until they can prove that they are clean and finally sober. These players are role models for fans and seeing their favorite players get away with drug abuse doesn’t send the right message. For now Hamilton is clear to rejoin the Angels organization but will they keep him?  They are putting a lot of money into someone that can’t stay clean and could potentially get suspended again. Only time will tell what will happen next in the Josh Hamilton story.

This time David Didn’t Beat Goliath

Last night West Virginia Mountaineer fans began as a hopeful night full of big anticipation as they took on the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Leading up to the game the Mountaineers while still a clear underdog, had some potential to knock off the top overall seeded Wildcats. The Mountaineers led the NCAA in offensive rebounds and steal. WVU was known for their tough press defense that earned them the nae “Press Virginia”.

After WVU defeated Maryland in the round of 32 all eyes focused on the match up between WVU and Kentucky. WVU guard Daxter Miles Jr. was confident about the Mountaineers chances going into the game. Miles went on the record and said that after the game Kentucky would be 36-1, however that proved all but true.

The game started with Kentucky going on an 18-2 run. The Mountaineers couldn’t handle the size of Kentucky which caused problems inside for WVU. The Mountaineers were dominated by Kentucky and lost 78-39 the least amount of points scored by a team in the Sweet 16 round since 1975.

Daxter got destroyed after the game on Twitter from both fans and players from Kentucky.

The moral of the story here is if you are going to talk trash make sure you can back it up or atleast not get blown out. Otherwise you have to be willing to accept the consequences and that criticism.

Miles who is in his freshman year was trying to be supportive of his team which is always welcome. It showed that the Mountaineers were not afraid of Kentucky and were ready to play. They just weren’t able to play at the same level as Kentucky. Maybe next year Daxter…Maybe next year.

Rewriting the Books

The NFL coaches meeting was full of discussion and voting. Going into the meeting there were 23 rule changes proposed. One of these rule changes was due to a play the Patriots ran during the playoffs. The Pats lined up players who were ineligible in positions where an eligible receiver would be. This caused confusion for the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional round of the playoffs and was a controversy after the game. The coaches voted that this formation is now illegal and cannot be used in game anymore.

Another topic of discussion was the extra point. During last season’s preseason the NFL experimented with changing how the extra point was attempted by moving the ball back from the two yard line. Some new ideas include making teams go for a two point play and allowing the defense to score in the event of a turnover. Nothing was officially voted on but there will be voting in the next set of meetings in May.

The main theme of the meetings was fixing what the league did wrong last year. Issues involving player suspensions and dealing with violations of the leagues personal conduct policy were discussed. Greg Hardy’s status for his violation of the policy was a major topic.

The league needs to set a standard for these violations. Currently the league handles them on a case by case basis which caused controversy when Ray Rice was suspended for only two games after being accused of punching his fiancee in an elevator. The league later changed the punishment to an indefinite suspension. Not much later Adrian Peterson was indefinitely suspended when he turned him self in for child abuse.

The NFL has to develop a policy that sets solid punishments for infractions. By doing this the league will bypass having to listen to cases and decide the punishments. It also makes it fair to all players. With uniform punishments no one can say they were treated unfairly.

We will see what the league decides in May until then we have the draft to look forward to.