NFL > Deion Sanders Inducted Into NFL Hall of Fame (Video)

 

~  Deion Sanders can now add hall of famer to his list of nicknames. In a fashion that was only fitting for someone nicknamed “Prime Time”, Sanders was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. The induction speech that Sanders gave was electric and provided a new insight into why he played the way he did.

When I first saw Deion Sanders on my television, he was making his major league baseball debut for the New York Yankees. The Yankees were not pretty good back then and Sanders provided a reason to at least watch them that night. Sanders ended up having a pretty decent baseball career. He was flamboyant, brought a swagger to the teams that he played for, and even though the numbers did not reflect it, he had no problem with believing he was the best on the field. However I never would have thought he’d end up a hall of famer. Sanders would go on to make the Hall of Fame … as a football player.

Sanders provided the template to what a “shutdown” cornerback is in the NFL glossary. If Sanders came away with an interception, all eyes were on the television to see if he would return it for a touchdown. He made the Atlanta Falcons entertaining to watch and then brought that style and swagger to San Francisco and then Dallas which is where he solidified his status as an all-time great cornerback. He was simply put … that good.

 

Because of his confidence and arrogant style of play, Sanders drew his fair share of critics. His induction speech is sure to draw a few critics as well. However, that’s not going to bother Sanders one bit. If that speech showed me anything it’s that no matter what the world had to say about Sanders, he never let it effect his goals to provide for his family and uphold the promises he made to them.

 

To this day Sanders continues to do his way and in typical prime time style.

 

 

Images:  Ben Liebenberg/NFL

 

Video: / YouTube

 

NFL > Giants Lose Another One, Kevin Boss To Oakland Raiders

~ It has not been a camp to remember for the New York Giants. It has not been one to remember for their fans either. Big Blue took another hit to their team’s 2011 outlook when they lost their starting tight end Kevin Boss to the Oakland Raiders. The hits just keep on coming.

Now why would Boss want to use his free agency to end up signing with Oakland of all places? How about $16 million over four years? Thats the reported deal that the Raiders put on the table for Boss to grab.Oakland needed to replace their big-time tight end Zach Miller and Boss was the next best available option. It leaves the Giants without a starting tight end and quarterback Eli Manning without his favorite target.

The Giants are strapped for cash and clearly everyone knows it. However they have to find a way to bring some peace of mind back to their fanbase. They not only didn’t get Plaxico Burress to come back, they end up losing him to the New York Jets of all teams. The Osi Umenyiora contract situation continues to be a headache for them.

Boss leaving may prove to be a huge loss for a team that is going to need as many weapons as they can get to line up against the Eagles. Losing Boss also hurts the Giants on the offensive line, he’s a great blocker. The Giants already have huge question marks on that line following the cuts to Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert.

NFL > Former NY Jet Shaun Ellis Signs w/ New England

~ The border wars over the years between the Patriots and Jets have produced some pretty good headlines The border wars may not have the steam they had in previous years, however the rivalry between the two teams is as strong as ever. Long-time New York Jet Shaun Ellis knows about the border wars and that’s what makes him signing with New England all the more interesting.

According to reports, Ellis and the Patriots agreed to a one-year deal that left Jets head coach Rex Ryan to respond in typical Rex Ryan fashion …

“The fact that he chose them … there’s no way I’m going to wish him well. There’s no chance of that.” … Rex Ryan

Ryan wasn’t completely serious about that, he did wish Ellis to have a healthy season. However, the Jets-Patriots has no love-lost to it at all. Once you crossover to the other side, you’re offically the enemy.

 The Jets are going to miss what Ellis brought to the table on defense. He was well respected on the team. Ellis is 34 years old and the Jets recently drafted Muhammad Wilkerson as his potential replacement. Wilkerson is reportedly having a pretty good camp and is expected to be the starter at defensive end.

 The Patriots were thin at the defensive end position and Ellis could be a great short-term fit for them.

NBA > Successful Pizza Chain Owner & Developer To Purchase Atlanta Hawks

~ The Atlanta Hawks apparently can begin to start focusing on basketball again as it now appears they have handled their unstable ownership situation. The Hawks reportedly will be sold to California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo. The deal also includes Phillips Arena as well. No offical announcement has been made yet and the NBA still must approve the deal.

 Who is Alex Meruelo? A very successful owner of a pizza chain and a California based developer. Meruelo would become the first Hispanic majority owner in the NBA which is very encouraging as far as increasing diversity in the ownership in the league. The Hawks previous ownership group have already sold the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL. The Thrashers are relocating to Winnipeg. However, the Hawks will remain in Atlanta despite Meruelo’s business investments mostly based on the west coast.

The Hawks fall in that category of a team that’s in desperate need of stability. The contract they gave Joe Johnson was questionable at best. They’ve been good enough to make the playoffs and that’s as far as they have been able to get. The fan support lately seems to come and go and that’s going to be one of Meruelo’s 1st goals, to find a way to fill up the Phillips Arena.

MLB > The Trade Deadline Winners

~ The excitement of the lockout finally coming to an end in the NFL has been distracting to say the least.The baseball season is still very much in full swing and teams are getting in position for their playoff runs. The trade deadline has passed and here is a quick look at some key moves that were made for fans to keep an eye on.

 Hunter Pence To The Phillies

 Pence provides the Phillies with the pop they were looking for to balance out their lineup. They already have their pitching rotation that teams are not looking forward to facing in a potential playoff series. Pence is young (28) and brings a .308 batting average and 62 RBI to the team. The Phillies gave up a lot to Houston just to get Pence. However, it was looking clear that this move was needed for the post-season.

Carlos Beltran to San Francisco

Beltran was the next one to go on the New York Mets firesale of 2011. The Phillies, Braves, and Rangers were all interested in the right fielder who is having a bounce back season with the bat. However, it was the defending champion Giants who were able to land Beltran for their stretch run. Much like Pence in Philadelphia, Beltran gives the Giants a much needed bat in a lineup that had a major hole in it.

 Derrick Lee & Ryan Ludwick To The Pirates

Pence and Beltran were obvious moves and everyone knew they were going to happen. However, the Pittsburgh Pirates were not expected to be in a position to be buyers instead of sellers at the trade deadline. The Pirates have been the talk of baseball in 2011 and could have went all out to get Beltran or Pence. It would have meant for them to give up key members of their team though and perhaps a top prospect. For the Pirates to be able to get Lee and Ludwick without mortaging the young talent they currently have is a big win for them and their fans. What the Pirates have done this season so far has been one of my more favorite storylines to follow as the season continues.

Michael Bourn to Atlanta and Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland were solid moves andTexas strengthened their bullpen with Mike Adams and Koji Uehara.

 The Yankees shocked everyone by not making any moves. It’s not because of lack of prospects, the Yanks have a high abundance of them. Apparently they are comfortable with where their pitching staff is at. As long as Bartolo Colon, Phil Hughes, and Freddie Garcia can remain consistent behind CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett, the Yankees should be able to keep pace with the Red Sox down the stretch.

NFL > Randy Moss Decides To Retire From The NFL

~ Plaxico Burress is now a New York Jet. Chad Ochocinco is now a New England Patriot. Randy Moss is now … retired. Randy Moss has apparently decided that he’s ready to move on. Moss is a 7-time pro bowler and is known for his controversy as much as he is for being one of the great receivers to play the game. Moss is now ready to call it quits and retire after reportedly receiving an array of underwheling offers from teams. If the 34-year old actually goes through with it remains to be seen. Read more of this post

NFL > Giants & Ahmad Bradshaw Agree To Terms

~ Ahmad Bradshaw and the New York Giants have reportedly agreed to terms on a new contract. The Giants were in danger of losing the free agent and that would have been another blow to their team.

 The New York Giants have not had the fireworks behind their off-season moves that their division rival Philadelphia Eagles have had so far. Among those included in the deep pool of free agents was Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants were in danger of losing their explosive running back and it would have been another blow to their team’s roster. It looked as if Miami was going to land Bradshaw until they made the deal for Reggie Bush, since then there was little buzz about where else Bradshaw might go to play. Bradshaw’s new deal with the Giants is reportedly for four years  and worth 18 million, with $9 million guaranteed.

 The new salary cap has already forced the Giants to re-do their offensive line with cuts to Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert. They still have a void at tight end because Kevin Boss is now a free agent waiting for his turn at the negotiating table. Wide receiver Steve Smith is also a free agent that the Giants have to re-sign. There was enthusiasm behind the possibility of Plaxico Burress returning to the team, however Burress is now a New York Jet.

 It also remains to be seen what the Giants decide to do with Osi Umenyiora, who reportedly has been granted permission to seek a trade.

The Giants couldn’t afford to lose Bradshaw to another team. The Eagles signing of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is going to make it very difficult for teams to pass the football effectively and puts the importance on having a strong running game. Putting Bradshaw back with Brandon Jacobs in the backfield at least brings some peace of mind to the Giants fans who may have been wondering when their team was going to make some additions instead of more subtractions.

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