The New England Patriots remain one of the sports industries standard bearers, how other sports franchises judge themselves. The Patriots proven player philosophy – as long as you fit the team’s needs you’re welcome to be a part of the organization, once you no longer fit those plans as Wes Welker found out, it’s out with the old and you’re on the outside looking in.
In the coming days and weeks as March Madness unfolds, the NCAA’s annual national collegiate basketball celebration, expect the issue of the billions of dollars the event generates and the issue of NCAA players being the cheapest labor available (the players aren’t paid) to be debated.
Michael Vick has paid his debt to society – convicted in Virginia on a felony charge for dog fighting, Vick spent two years in jail for committing an unspeakable crime. Vick lost tens of millions of dollars, was forced to declare bankruptcy, lost everything he once had. Once one of the most popular and successful National Football League quarterbacks, Vick missed two years at what would have been the peak of his NFL career.
Lance Armstrong’s self-inflicted trials and tribulations continue unabated; the lawsuits Lance is facing continuing to grow with the Justice Department joining what has become a long list of those seeking financial retribution from the disgraced former Tour de France (farce) winner.
The issue of homophobia and the National Football League became an issue during Super Bowl XLVII reared its ugly head this week after Colorado tight end Nick Kasa told ESPN Denver at least one NFL during their 15 one-on-one interview with him, asked Kasa if “Do you like girls”, a question that many NFL wouldn’t have been allowed to ask a potential player (employee) and one that the NFL was quick to comment on.
The last time the Boston Red Sox didn’t officially sellout a game at Fenway Park was May 14, 2003. The following day the Red Sox sold out Fenway Park a sellout streak that has lasted 793 games, a streak that is expected to come to an end when the Red Sox play their second home game of the 2013 season against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, April 10.
Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria continued his redemption tour meeting with the South Florida media, following up the full page advertisements Loria placed in three South Florida dailies Sunday. Loria continues to hold everyone accountable for the Marlins 2012 bloodletting that followed the team’s 69-93 season, everyone accept the decisions he has made as the team’s owner.
The Great American Race is the rear view mirror for NASCAR, those who drive the cars and their teams have moved on to Phoenix the site of this weekend's Sprint Cup race. Jimmy Johnson won the Daytona 500 along with $1.585 million for winning his second Daytona 500 title, but the day belonged to Danica Patrick. Danica finished eighth (winning $389,464), led for several laps, was in third place on the last lap – delivered everything short of winning the race, proving she belonged on racing’s biggest day.
Jeffrey Loria owns a World Series ring, as preposterous as that may sound given his track record as a MLB team owner. Loria purchased the Miami Marlins in 2002 for $158.5 million from John Henry. MLB offered Loria a $38.5 million loan to help Loria buy the Marlins. A year later the Marlins won the 2003 World Series. Ten years later, the Marlins represent the worst sports has to offer their fan base, a terrible team, an owner no one trusts, a team on the verge of total collapse.