Daily Archives: June 4, 2011

Do you think YOU could block Dirk’s fade away shot?

From ESPN’s Sports Science channel, an explanation of how Dirk Nowitzki is so successful at his jump fade away shot.

Impressive!

Leave a comment

Filed under Dallas Mavericks, NBA

Black Knight Vs. Patti LeBelle, who ya got?

I got to tell you, in all of the news I’ve heard lately, this story may be the most unbelievable yet.

We have a college student who is going to the U.S. Military Academy and plays football for said school, having a run-in with very famous person and her body guards. The student is roughed up by the body guards, the Houston Police are called, and voila, the student is now headed for active duty, and will probably be going to war soon. How in the frog hair does all of this happen?????

From NBC’s College Football Talk:

In one of the more bizarre stories involving a college football player you’ll ever hear, Army cornerback Richard King has been suspended by the West Point school for one year following an incident at a Houston airport involving R&B singer Patti LaBelle and her bodyguards.

And, not only has he been suspended for a year, his sanctions also include being sent into active duty.

(Kinda makes running steps in a stadium seem trite, doesn’t it?)

King suffered a concussion — he’s reportedly had nearly 10 of those types of head injuries — during the March 11 altercation and has filed a lawsuit against LaBelle.  Because of the injuries suffered during the incident, King has been told by doctors that he’ll never play football again.

Here are the pertinent details as relayed by HudsonValley.com:

King, who was home from spring break, filed a  lawsuit this week, suing LaBelle, saying she ordered her bodyguards to beat him up as he waited for a ride home outside a terminal at Bush Intercontinental Airport. The lawsuit, which was obtained by the Associated Press, says LaBelle believed King was standing too close to her “(no doubt expensive) luggage, even though he was oblivious to her presence and the danger he was in.”

Be that as it may, King started nine games as a sophomore in 2010 and was expected to man one of the corner spots in 2011 until the incident/injury derailed those plans.

Just incredible. I’m a huge Army fan, I find this entire story somewhat unbelievable!  Like you, I’ll have to wait for me details of this case, but it’s really amazing this happened.

 

Army starting CB involved in incident with Patti LaBelle’s bodyguards, sent into active duty (CFT)

 

Leave a comment

Filed under General Topics

Saturday Review: There’s more to a baseball game than just baseball

OK, let’s get the formalities out of the way:  St. Paul climbs out of early hole to beat Grand Prairie in 11.

The good news is that the Grand Prairie AirHogs are in first place in their division. They had just come back from a road trip and a 9 game winning streak. That’s the baseball side of things. The entertainment side of the game is equally as important.

Watching great baseball is fun. But let’s face it, we fans like to eat at ball games right? We also want to have fun at ball games as well. I’m just saying, for the money, I don’t know how to beat a fun night at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie.

AirHog player Greg Porter's wife Morgan, and their baby Dash, along with Ace Bacon and me

What lots of folks don’t realize is this is a business, like everything else. There are players out there that are real people, with real families, along with real dreams and desires, just like you and me. I get the feeling sometimes that because baseball is a game, that we fans don’t stop to consider that this isn’t a serious proposition for these players. If they (the players) don’t produce, they could be sent elsewhere. That’s not a knock on the AirHogs, that’s sports in general. I go to many ballgames in a season, and I see how much the players give of themselves.

And you know who else gives a lot of themselves at ball games? The staff and contractors at ball games. Watch this.

You see this young lady here in the video?

She’s an intern for the AirHogs. That means she doesn’t get paid directly from the organization. She is working on her Master’s degree from a local college, and gets educational credit for her volunteer work.

There are so many people involved to put this grand show on night after night. You might think this would take lots of money to go see a game right? Look at this.

Sooooooo much for sooooo little.

So let’s recap here.

1. A quality baseball team that is in first place in their division.

2. A beautiful ball park that is in the shade when game time rolls around. Did I mention there is a swimming pool in center field? (It’s called Porter’s Pool because Greg Porter was the first player to hit a home run in the pool).

3. Just about any kind of food and drink you need. Yes, a beer and a dog is standard here. Peanuts and cotton candy too.

4. Great entertainment between innings.

5. A beautiful Field of Dreams to watch the great game.

6. Make memories.

Yes, there is a lot more to a baseball game than just baseball. There are tons of things else.

Do yourselves a big favor. Come out and watch some baseball.

Leave a comment

Filed under college, Food, Grand Prairie Airhogs, MLB, Sports