Johnson Chases Bieber

Multiple sources have come out saying that Former NFL Star and Current Analyst Keyshawn Johnson chased down Justin Bieber after he was seen speeding by him in a gated community. The neighborhood is known as the Calabasas and is popular among celebrities.  Johnson had his son in his car when it happened, so he dropped him off at home then began chasing after Bieber’s Ferrari. However, he was in a Prius, which is a joke within itself.

When Keyshawn arrived at Bieber’s home, he blocked his car into the driveway as he watched him run into his house and lock the door. As if I didn’t hate Bieber enough already, this happens.. Priceless. Anways, it turns out that Justin Bieber apparently looked stoned and would not come outside his house. Even NFL great Eric Dickerson tweeted about how Bieber needs to slow his ass down. Hilarious.

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Probably Better on Mute..

For those of you who don’t remember the girlfriend of Alabama Quarterback AJ McCarron that was all over the TV/Internet following the National Championship game, here she is: Katherine Webb. She was Miss Alabama 2012 and is beautiful. Here she is on Jay Leno the other night showing off her intelligence, or lack thereof. This could be watched on mute for obvious reasons, but actually pretty funny and shows how looks can get you places. Stay classy.

How’s the Division Title, Montreal?

With all of Boston in a frenzy over tonight’s potential first round closeout game for our beloved Bruins I would also like to point out what went down in Montreal last night. Last night was a great night in the NHL world as the putrid Canadiens got steamrolled by the seven seeded Ottawa Senators.

DCouture TweetHabs fans have been in absolute disgust all week. It got so bad that Tony “The Meatball” Marinaro from Montreals TSN690 radio even suggested that the whole NHL feels bad for his beloved Canadiens. (The guy that Gresh and Zo humiliate on a daily basis). Excuse me? We feel bad for the team that flops around more than fish outta water? Don’t think so meatball. America loves to see you lose. My hatred for the Habs stretches much further than I have ever hated even the Yankees. What the hell do you think The Meatball and the rest of Montreal talks about the rest of the year? Montreal has nothing to root for after the Habs. Unless of course, you’re a fan of 5’6” Molson X drinking hardos. Or the Expos. Right?? Enjoy the division title and your summer. We’ll be going for the real prize.

Wake Up Kessel, It’s Boston

In case you missed it Wednesday morning, Brad Marchand got an unexpected prank wakeup call from a Toronto morning show. At about 7am on gameday, the radio station sent several pizzas to his hotel, and after explaining that it was a pregame ritual of his, had the front desk call Mr. Marchand’s room and wake him up. Not going to lie, pretty funny stuff. As a fan, that’s the kind of witty prank I can handle. In fact I enjoy it. operation retaliation waafCompletely different than the Toronto Stronger D-Bag from Monday’s game. Anyways, no harm no foul there. But Toronto, I’ll tell you this. You are extremely naïve if you didn’t think us Bostonians would retaliate. I mean not only were you destined to come back to our city the next day, but you have an obvious target for us to go after. Cue…Mr. Phil Kessel.

With little doubt they’d let it slide, WAAF’s Hillman Morning Show took the reins on Operation Retaliation, sending Spaz out to Toronto’s hotel this morning, fully equipped with a megaphone, bright yellow morph suit, and the support of relentless Bruin’s fans. I can only imagine the scene taking place as he yelled and taunted Kessel over the megaphone, with an army of vehicles beeping violently in the background. Absolute radio gold. Unfortunately, it only lasted about 10 minutes before our boys in blue showed up to send the annoying yellow man packing. Either way, WAAF should be posting it as a podcast later this morning so make sure you listen for yourself. Just more fuel for the fire, I love it. Great work guys. Now let’s go Bruins! Puck drops at 7:10 tonight. Happy Friday indeed!

Toronto Stronger Loser

Toronto Stronger LoserHow about this freakin guy in Toronto last night? Grade A douche. I’m all about witty slurs against an opponent, and I understand how desperate Toronto fans are after being completely irrelevant to playoff hockey for so long, but this shit won’t do. That’s not a clever jab at the Boston Bruins, that’s a sucker punch to the face of humanity. Nice job bro, instead of taunting our hockey team, you made fun of innocent men, women, and children that fell victim to a terrorist attack. I would love to see how long this Gangnam-looking jerkoff would last coming into the Garden Friday night. And congratulations Toronto, you poked the bear. #BostonStrongBoston Strong Bear

Floyd Mayweather Jr. : More Than Just A Moneymaker

It’s May 4th around 8:45pm at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nevada. Down a gritty and grimy hallway are doors to a locker room. Inside sits a boxer on a bench with his trunks and shoes on, with a warm towel draped over his shoulders to help relieve a neck ache from the night before.

A pair of Dr. Dre Beats headphones are suffocating his eardrums with entertaining lyrics, rhythms, and rhymes. He doesn’t hear the music though, instead there’s a boxing match going on inside his head between his conscience and his will power. All he can hear are the voices of critics, fans, and other boxers calling him a punk, a chump, and a downright bum.

His eyes are closed, as he tries to block out the loud vicious voices of doubt and discrimination. The music from the headphones starts to return as background noise now, he breathes in as his will power delivers a haymaker to his conscience to send him collapsing to the canvas once more. On the breathe out his eyes open, the music cuts off as he removes the head phones.

He rises from the bench, puts on his promotional gear, and makes his way out to the ring. As the introductions are concluded and the first bell is about to sound, he looks around one final time to see the same thing he always has. Hundreds of thousands of eyes all watching and waiting to witness something they have never seen. They are all anticipating him to lose.

The Man in the Ring: Is none other than Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.

One of Boxing’s Best: This Saturday May 4th at 9pm Floyd Mayweather Jr. will face Robert Guerrero for the Welterweight title belt in Las Vegas. “Money” Mayweather will once again put his perfect record on the line in front of millions via the Pay-Per-View event that is simply being called “MayDay”.

At 43-0 with 26 KO’s in 43 fights within five different weight classes earning five title belts in all, Mayweather has established himself as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers of all-time. In fact, he is arguably one of the best boxers this generation of fans has ever seen put on a pair of gloves.

Mayweather has beaten every opponent thrown his way and has reeled in more money than any major sports athlete could ever dream to collect. For Mayweather though, its not all about making money, its about making history. With each win, he’s etching himself further into the boxing history books as one of the best boxers to step into the ring.

However, there has always been one opponent Mayweather has never been able to beat…the critic. Whether it has been fans, boxing experts, or other boxers themselves, “Money” has always been shortchanged by nearly everyone around him. During almost every fight for as far back as I can remember, most of the fans are paying to see one thing…Pretty Boy Floyd finally fall. This is what most fans ultimately want, to see what would seem to be the impossible.

Granted, Mayweather has had a few low-points outside of the ring in his personal life. However, this article will solely focus on his professional career.

The Pressure of Perfection: Floyd Mayweather Jr. has fought 43 times and has never lost a bout. Let me type that out for you again, he has boxed 43 times and he has NEVER lost a fight. Now sit back for a second and truly think about that statistic by itself. After you’ve thought about that, consider this: In every other major sport almost EVERY team or individual has lost at some point in their season or career.

To give you a few examples: the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls lost 10 games in their 72 win season. The 2007 New England Patriots lost in the Super Bowl after going 16-0 in the regular season to finish the year at 18-1.

Even some of greatest boxers to ever grace the sport with their gloves have lost a few fights.

The Almighty Muhammad Ali lost five fights in his career, Sugar Ray Robinson has one of the best boxing win-loss records of all-time with 179 wins, but even he lost 19 times. Jack Johnson, one of the first legends of the sport, won 73 bouts losing 13 as well. Even Willie Pep, the man with boxing most impressive record of 229 wins, lost a total of 11 times in his epic career.

Just so we’re clear, I’m not comparing Mayweather to the aforementioned boxers above, because that would be like comparing apples to oranges. However, his career could wind up being spoken in the same breath as some of those gentleman,much the way Rocky Marciano’s has been. Marciano finished his boxing career with an impressive 49-0 record.

When you consider those numbers, what “Money” Mayweather has done in his career can’t be claimed as chump change.

Final Thoughts: I tried to avoid bringing up Manny Pacquiao in this piece, but realized I’d only be telling half the story if I chose to ignore one of the biggest criticisms Mayweather has faced in recent years.

For the past few years a mega-match has been on again and off again between these two top pound-for-pound fighters.

While there have been rumors and speculation surrounding this mythical match each time, it means little to Mayweather’s career.

It will not matter if Mayweather never fights Pacquiao, because like those boxing greats I mentioned earlier, “Pacman” has also lost his share of bouts, four to be exact. Of those four losses, two of them account for his last two fights. In one of those bouts he lost the World Boxing Organization Welterweight title to Timothy Bradley, in the other he was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez. Mayweather won by unanimous decision against Marquez to earn his 40th win for his career back in 2009.

The only thing that should matter to Mayweather, is his upcoming fight. Because few boxers can say in their career, they were the one man that simply couldn’t be beaten. However, this won’t change the fact that this Saturday (May 4th) everyone will be watching and waiting to see the other guy win.

In Conclusion: While most will never deem him as one of the greats, he has undoubtedly done more than enough to earn the credit he deserves.  Whether you loathe him or love him, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is without question one of the best boxers we’ve seen in quite some time.

UFC 159: Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Chael Sonnen

Tale of the Tape:

This Saturday (April 27th) at 10pm UFC 159 will feature Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Chael Sonnen at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

“Bones” Jones is simply the best in the business right now when it to the light heavyweight division. Jones will be looking to stay on top of the UFC world with a decisive win over Sonnen.

Sonnen meanwhile, will be looking to save his UFC career against Jones, after he suffered two defeats at the hands, more or less knees, of Anderson “Spider” Silva in past Pay-Per-View events. Here’s a rundown of the fighters and what to expect from the Octagon:

“Bones” Jones: Country: USA Age: 25 Height: 6’4″ Weight: 205lbs Reach: 84.5 inches MMA Record: 17-1 TKO: 8 Submissions:Strength: Wrestling Stance: Unorthodox Striking Accuracy: 52% Takedown Defense: 100% Title Defenses: 5 Last 5 Fights: 5-0

Jones has become one of the dominate fighters in the UFC in just a few years time. “Bones” began his ascension to the top after defeating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for the Light Heavyweight title in UFC 128 back in March of 2011.

That same year (2011) Jones would successfully defend his title against the likes of Quentin “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida, both by way of submission. Then in 2012, Jones again defended his belt twice with wins against Rashad Evans by unanimous decision, and Vitor Belfort by way of submission.

Jones’ resume is no doubt impressive. When you combine his unmatched ground game and his hard hitting Muay Thai fighting style, Jones would appear to be an unstoppable force in the UFC.

Chael Sonnen: Country: USA Age: 36 Height: 6’1″ Weight: 205lbs Reach: 73.5 inches MMA Record: 27-12-1 TKO: 7 Submissions: 4 Strength: Vale tudo/Wrestling Stance: Southpaw Title Shots: 3 Title Results: 0-3 ( 0-2 UFC, 0-1 in the WEC) Last 5 Fights: 3-2

While Sonnen has had success in his MMA career, his shortcomings in two title bouts with Silva has left the fighters career a bit stale. Sonnen who is known for his brash comments towards opponents, has actually applauded Jones and believes he is the best fighter in the light heavyweight division.

Given Sonnen’ track record of trash talking and then taking a beating, he’s wise for respecting Jones. Also, Sonnen will have two major disadvantages playing against him in this championship bout. His age (36) and overall weight class experience, will pose problems for Sonnen. According to bleacherreport.com. This will be his first light heavyweight fight since 2005.

Octagon Outcome:

While Jon “Bones” Jones will be tested early by Chael Sonnen with a few hard jabs and combinations, ultimately Jones will overpower Sonnen and silence him with deadly spinning elbows and his overall ground game. I have “Bones” Jones winning this bout by way of TKO in the 3rd round, as he successfully defends his title for a sixth time.

Final Thoughts: This is going to be a heavy hitting fight and will be a lot of fun to watch. Also, this main event features a solid undercard. The middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher, and the heavyweight fight featuring Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo will be sure to entertain fans before the main event. The event will take place this Saturday (April 27th) with fights beginning at 10pm.

Class Act

Just one day after the attacks at the Boston Marathon finish line, the country was still hurting—and will be for some time. I do not want to get into details about all of the events that occurred on April 15th, because we all know what happened.  I would like to point out a Class Act last night. The New York Yankees played Fenway’s classic “Sweet Caroline” song in their third inning to honor those in Boston for what they had to go through. They also issued the following statement (ESPN):

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the families who were affected by the bombings and our respect and admiration go out to the police, medical personnel and first responders who acted so heroically,We stand united with the participants, volunteers, staff and spectators of the Boston Marathon and the people of Boston.”

Also, before the game even started they were showing their support. Instead of just having their trademark logo on the big screens around the stadium, they had both their logo, and the Red Sox emblem on it with the words “United We Stand”. Even if you hate the Yankees, you have to respect this.

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A Sad Day

This is absolutely a sad time for all Bostonians as well as all Americans. Boston Sports Blog would like to send out our condolences to all of those who have been affected by this tragedy. We cannot put into words how badly we feel about this unspeakable, cowardly act that has shaken our city. Stand strong and stick together!

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LeBron: The Next Chapter

Miami Heat Forward LeBron James
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A Decade of Dominance: 10…that’s the number of years LeBron James has played in the NBA. It’s hard to believe, because it seems like just the other day we were still in awe watching astounding highlight tapes of a kid out of St. Mary’s high school in Akron, OH. Nevertheless, King James has enjoyed all the riches, spoils, and rewards a King could desire during this decade (aside from a few struggles along the way). But what about the next 10 years?

At 28-years-old, LeBron James is already in the prime of his career. Which is crazy considering he’s been making headlines and highlight reels since 2003. With this year’s NBA Playoffs right around the corner, so too is the Next chapter of LeBron’ career. But before we gaze into the NBA’ crystal basketball to see LeBron’s future, here’s a rundown of his reign as King:

LeBron doing his pre-game powder ritual in Cleveland when he played for the Cavaliers from 2003-2010.
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Taking the Throne: LeBron’s Career Achievements, Awards, and Statistics:

Awards:

2003-2004 NBA Rookie of the Year

2003-2004 NBA All-Rookie First team

Nine time NBA All-Star (2005-2013)

Two time NBA All-Star Game MVP (2006, 2008)

Two time All-NBA Second Team (2005, 2007)

Six time All-NBA First Team (2006, 2008-2013)

2008 NBA Scoring Champion

Four time All-NBA Defensive Team (2009-2012)

Three time MVP Award Winner (2009, 2010, 2012)

Three time Olympic Medalist (2004 Bronze Athens, 2008 Gold Beijing, 2012 Gold London)

2012 NBA Finals MVP

2012 NBA Finals Champion

LeBron again with the Cavs about to throw-down his trademark break-away tomahawk slam.
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Achievements:

One of eight NBA players to Win three MVP awards

One of eight NBA players to score 2,000 points or more in seven consecutive seasons

One of four NBA players to average at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in their rookie year. (Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, Tyreke Evans)

One of five NBA players to average over 25 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists per game in a season (five times) (Oscar Robertson achieved it six times, John Havlicek twice, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan)

One of three NBA players to average at least 30 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists in a single season. (Oscar Robertson achieved it five times, and Michael Jordan)

One of two NBA players to average at least 27 points, six rebounds, and six assists for six consecutive seasons. (Behind only Oscar Robertson who had eight consecutive seasons)

One of three NBA players to average at least 30 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists in a post-season series. (the other two are Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird)

Only NBA player to average 26 points, six rebounds, and six assists for their career

Only NBA player to post at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists, and 100 steals in four consecutive seasons

Only NBA player to score 30 or more points while also shooting 60 percent from the field in six consecutive games

And that’s just some of the achievements, there’s over two-dozen other achievements I left out to save space for this post.

James about to windmill it home for the Heat
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Stats: (Career Stats as of April 12th, 2013)

Points: 21, 037 (32nd on the NBA All-Time scoring list) Rebounds: 5,540 Assists: 5,287 (46th on the all-time list) Blocks: 649 Steals: 1,322 Double-Doubles: 255 Triple-Doubles: 36

Post-season: Points: 3,275 (16th on the all-time post-season list) Rebounds: 998 (44th on the all-time post-season list) Assists: 772 (22nd on the all-time post-season list) Blocks: 109 (53rd on the all-time post-season list) Steals: 195 (22nd on the all-time post-season list) Games: 115 (80th on the all-time post-season list) Double-Doubles: 48 Triple Doubles: 8

A King is Crowned: Last year LeBron James and the Miami Heat claimed the 2012 NBA Finals Championship and appear to be poised to win this year’s NBA Finals. Which would give King James another jewel to add to his crown, so to speak. This brings us back to the beginning of this post. With the beginning of this year’s NBA Playoffs, LeBron will put pen to paper (more specifically the rock to the rim) and write what will be the first pages of the next chapter in his already storied career.

So, what does the future hold for LeBron? The Answer: It’s entirely up to James himself.

While teammates Dwayne Wade (31)  and Chris Bosh (29) are a tad older than LeBron and may call it a career earlier than he will (likely due to injury or age), this Big Three should remain intact for at least another 5 years. However, James could opt out of his contract with Miami after the 2014 season. Meaning he could make another big “Decision” via free agency.

Which could spark more than a few what if scenarios around league front offices, as in “what if we had LeBron?”. An even bigger question…what if King James returned to his old castle in Cleveland?

Imagine for a moment James playing with star point guard Kyrie Irving, and a talented power forward in Tristan Thompson. Throw in a couple of other free agents/role players and you’ve got a Cleveland team that could go the distance. Granted, it’s unlikely team owner Dan Gilbert would even consider allowing LeBron back, but the idea is stimulating enough.

Then there’s the more realistic route, which is James re-signing with Miami to finish out his career in South Beach. James could then be a key cog in continuing to build the franchise into a Dynasty if all were to go well. Even after Wade and Bosh leave, James could sway other top players to bring their talents to South Beach until he too retires.

Miami guard Dwayne Wade (left) James (center) and center Chris Bosh (right) all celebrating their 2012 NBA Finals Championship
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Everlasting Empire?: LeBron James has certainly changed the landscape of the NBA in more ways than one in his 10 seasons thus far, and he will continue to re-construct it for years to come. Which leads to one final question…where will James rank among the greatest NBA players of all-time when it is all said and done? The Answer: The sky is truly the limit for LeBron.

Here’s a projected finish should LeBron play another 10 seasons based solely on his career averages:

(stats based on James’ career averages over the next 10 years in which he would play 800 more games, 80 games a season, without any major injuries.)

Points: 43,117 (finishing 1st overall surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’ 38,387)

Rebounds: 11,380 (finishing at 26th all-time just outside the top 25 behind Elgin Baylor’ 11,463)

Assists: 10,887 (finishing 3rd all-time behind Jason Kidd 12,079 and John Stockton 15,806)

Blocks: 1,149 (finishing well within the top 50 at 36th all-time)

Steals: 2,682 (finishing 2nd all-time past Jason Kidd’ 2,679 and under John Stockton’ 3,265)

Based on those regular season career projected stats, LeBron would likely finish at or towards the top of nearly every statistical category in post-season career stats. As far as the number of championships goes, like the post-season itself neither playoff spot nor NBA Finals trophy is promised to any NBA team.

However, consider this interesting stat: Michael Jordan won his 1st of six NBA championships when he was…28 years old. Meaning LeBron may just be getting started on his ring collection also.


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Final Thoughts: Hypothetically speaking James has a chance to end up with insane career numbers when he walks away from the game. However, realistic thinking tells us that James will eventually not be the same King James at some point down the line, and as a result his career numbers will see a steady decline until his NBA days are done.

Nevertheless, James can continue to play at a competitive level for at least the next 5 seasons and can likely bring home some more hardware (MVP awards, NBA Finals trophies/rings, etc.) in that time-frame. Past that, only time will tell how long the King will watch over his throne. Until then we can only watch, wait, and debate.