Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Southern Illinois Head Coach Barry Hinson Begins the Airing of Grievances Early



It's been a while since we've done this, but sometimes things just fall into your lap.  Southern Illinois basketball coach Barry Hinson unloads after another disappointing loss to Murray State.  Hinson is in his second year at Southern Illinois, where he is 16-25 and in the midst of a 2-8 year.  It was simply too much for him to handle.  Fast forward to the 3:00 min mark where he really gets going. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Cam Dolan Signs with the Northampton Saints

While the move is not a surprise, (it's been rumored since the conclusion of the fall test series) it's finally official.  Cam Dolan has signed with the Northampton Saints of the Aviva Premiership. 

In the release Northampton Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder was quoted as saying: “We’ve kept a close eye on Cam for a while and have been impressed by what we’ve seen. He’s a player who has a lot of natural talent and the physical attributes it takes to succeed, something he showed during the Autumn Internationals and against the Maori."

Cam was a four time All-American with Life University, where he was part of the first undergraduate recruiting class to sign with the program in 2009.  Since then he has transformed into one of the top players in the country.  Even with missing most of the 2012/13 campaign with a torn ACL, Dolan was able to come back and pick up where he left off before the injury.

It must be noted, the transition from American Club rugby to a full time professional setup is a major step, and it will take Dolan some time to adjust to the new environment.  Northampton is not expecting him to step in right away and start alongside fellow American Samu Manoa.  However, judging from his work habits, and natural skill I don't think it will be long before we see Cam  break the starting XV.

Good luck.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Chris Petersen Accepts Washington Head Coaching Job

It finally happened.  Some of us thought this day would never come, but Chris Petersen, has accepted a new job and will leave Boise State.  Next week Chris Petersen will be calling the shots as the University of Washington's new head coach.  The deal was signed late Thursday night.

A private flight from Seattle landed at the Boise Airport at 8:02 p.m. Thursday. The people on board immediately got into a black car headed to a Boise hotel, according to airport sources. Woodward and a woman returned to the plane 2 hours, 10 minutes later and left — without Petersen. The meeting lasted about 90 minutes.

Chris Petersen has been a hot commodity for the last five years.  Ever since Boise State shocked the college football world by knocking off Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, Petersen has been a hot topic.  However, to his credit he stuck to his guns and remained in Boise where he was employed for the last 12 years.

Perhaps the biggest change occurred this year when the Broncos went 8-4 the worst in Petersen's tenure as head coach.  Petersen would remain in high demand as long Boise was competitive, but as the team's record began to drop Petersen saw the handwriting on the wall.

For Huskie fans who were gutted on Monday when Steve Sarkisian left to go to USC, they have found an upgrade with Petersen coming to town.  You can expect he will bring his open style and excitement to the Northwest.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/12/06/2911966/report-boise-states-chris-petersen.html#storylink=cpy

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston Will Not Face Arraignment

According to sources close to Walker-Sports who  in the prosecutor's office in Tallahassee, and they said no arraignment forthcoming against Jameis Winston.

Legal experts in Tallahassee have said they believed it was unlikely that Winston would be charged. However, the decision of State Attorney Willie Meggs won’t be known with certainty until he announces the results of his investigation later today.

If Winston is charged, he would most likely be suspended by Florida State – the school’s athletic conduct code requires it in all but the most extraordinary cases.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How Bad are the Florida Gators? Two Gator Linemen Block Each Other

Things have not gone well for the Florida Gators this season.  As a matter of fact, that may be an understand statement.  The Florida Gators are horrible.  There's little doubt head coach Will Muschamp will be fired soon after the final whistle of this weekend's game against top 2nd ranked Florida State.  That's the price you pay when you lose to Georgia Southern, at home.  A game where the Eagles failed to complete a pass, and yet the Gators still couldn't find a way to stop them. 

So you ask, how bad are things down in Gainesville?  Well video has emerged of two Florida offensive linemen blocking each other during a key play in Saturday's game.  We're not talking about two linemen bumping into each other, these guys dug in and were aggressively trying to block one another. 
To be fair, it may have been the best block thrown by a Gator lineman all day.  Too bad it was against their own team.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mike Gundy's Victory Dance is Epic

Here are Walker Sports, we are Oklahoma State fans.  Why do we like the Cowboys? It's all about Mike Gundy.  Our man crush on him goes back to 2008 with his epic rant to the media.

Last night Oklahoma State pulled off one of the best upsets in school history when they knocked off undefeated Baylor.  In true Gundy fashion, the head coach let his hair down and celebrated with his players, and the entire internet wins as a result.  (Go to the 2:15 min mark to see Gundy get down.
Congrats Mike Gundy you earned it.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Fallen Rugger and His Family Needs Your Help








A fallen rugger and his family need the support of the rugby community.  Young star Isiah Willas has lost his life and his family needs the support of the rugby community to provide him with a proper burial.
A DC family is reeling under the weight of tens of thousands of dollars in funeral expenses after losing three generations in a car crash. 

Isiah Willas was a talented young man who had unknown levels of potential on the rugby pitch, and sadly that potential will never be realized due to a tragic traffic accident.  Unfortunately the story does not end there.  A family is reeling under the weight of  thousands of dollars in funeral expenses after losing Isiah his mother and grandfather in the fatal accident. 

The big extended family, including many from the Washington DC rugby community held services for Isiah, Cindy and Thomas Willis -- but none of them can be buried until the cemetery is paid. 

Grandfather Thomas Willis, at 69, the patriarch... mother Cindy Willis... and grandson Isiah Willis, just 21.
The three were returning from a funeral themselves earlier this month, when Virginia State Police say Isiah overcorrected and careened off I-95 in Prince George County

Authorities transferred the bodies to one funeral home in Virginia, than another in Maryland, and a third in DC, where they are being held. With each transfer the cost mounted the family struggled to meet the demands.

Isiah played rugby at the University of Mary Washington. "He was a great kid. A great kid," said his coach, Tim Brown.

He remembers a young man who had almost nothing, but was always smiling -- and excelling in the state rugby final. "I think Isiah touched the ball three times and scored twice. I think the quote from the JMU coach was, 'If he had touched it one more time, we wouldn't have one the game.'"

There's talk of insurance money to help cover about $33,000 in fees from the funeral homes and the cemetery. But Isiah, Cindy and Thomas Willis' bodies will go back into storage until his cousins come up with the money. 

Isiah’s current rugby club Washington Rugby Football Club has stepped up and set up a donation fund using Fundly, to help the family cover the cost.  Brian Mihelic, who coached Isiah in high school and at WRFC is heading the efforts.

  We are still working to raise more money.  Anything raised above the actual costs (they will eventually get some money from insurance), will go to The Isiah Willis Scholarship fund being set up at Mary Washington.” Mihelic stated in a recent email to supports. 

The rugby community has always proven to be one of the strongest communities around, and right now a family needs the support of that community

Donations can be submitted by clicking here

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Pacific Rugby Premiership is Bord

The official press release was issued earlier this week, the Pacific Rugby Premiership well begin competition in January of 2014. 

Here's the official release.
LOS ANGELES, CA NOVEMBER 6, 2013 - The rugby clubs of Belmont Shore, Denver Barbarians, Glendale Raptors, Olympic Club, OMBAC, San Francisco Golden Gate and Santa Monica are pleased to announce the formation of the Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP), which is to play its inaugural season in 2014.

The competition will be officially launched on January 15th, with the first round of fixtures kicking off on February 1st.

Consisting of a 43 match season, teams will play each other both home and away over a 14 week period. The top two teams from the regular season will then compete for the Premiership title on May 17th, making this the longest competitive playing season for premiere rugby teams in the USA.

The PRP will also serve as a platform for clubs and players to showcase the depth of homegrown rugby talent here in the USA - pitching the leading teams in the country against each other week in, week out.
Being one of the fastest growing sports in America, rugby is drawing ever increasing interest. As a result of this new competition, each club will host a full calendar of highly competitive fixtures, providing a great opportunity for expansion in local markets. The Pacific Rugby Premiership will establish itself as the pinnacle of domestic competition - taking rugby to the next level in the USA.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Former Husker and Packer Legend Ahman Green to Join USA Eagles Rugby Camp


It a bit of surprising news, retired NFL running back Ahman Green is set to join the USA Sevens team in training at the Olympic Center in Chulo Vista California.  USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville confirmed the news via his Twitter account earlier today.

Green reached out to Melville and USA rugby via Twitter a few weeks ago, but many did not take the conversation seriously.  However, those in charge at USA Rugby did their due diligence and contacted the former NFL star, and talked him into giving Rugby Sevens a try.

While details about the deal are still a bit murky, it appears that Green will at least get a tryout with the current USA Sevens program and will spend the next few weeks training and working with the guys currently in camp.  It is unclear exactly how much, if any, previous rugby experience Green currently has, so he will have to manage a steep learning curve to catch up to the rest of the guys in camp.  Also working against Green will be his age, at the time of this post Green is 36 years old, and will be 39 by the time the 2016 Summer Olympics roll around, should he make the squad.

What Ahman Green does bring to the table is a professional pedigree.  He was an integral part of two national championships while playing for Nebraska.  During his time in the NFL Green became the Green Bay Packers all-time leading rusher.  In total he played 12 seasons in the NFL for three teams.

We've seen football converts come to rugby in the past, and there's been mixed results.  The high end would be Carlin Isles, who is currently learning his craft at the Olympic Training Center.  Also Dan Lyle was a football convert.  The list of failures is too long to name, but recently Maurice Clarrett made an attempt at rugby, but was not able to stand up to the rigors of the training and schedule.

What do you think? Can Ahman Green make the ultimate comeback?

Tiger Rugby Wins Big On and Off the Field in Shanghai

Our friends over at This is American Rugby took some time to update us on the work Tiger Rugby has been putting in over in Shanghai China as they prepare for the Shanghai 7's this weekend.

Tiger Rugby has been in China the past week in preparation for the Shanghai 7's this weekend and has already picked up some silverware. Shanghai Rugby Club hosted a 10's tournament over the weekend featuring several teams from China and Japan. According to Tiger Rugby coach James Walker the team was expecting a 7's tournament but the format was switched at the last minute. It took "a bit of adjusting to," noted Walker. "Gears were clicking by the end, and the speed and skill were too much for the local sides." The team beat six teams on their way to the title.

This week the team has spent time with the Chinese National Team, IRB representatives, who have run a series of camps for schools and clubs. As part of that effort Tiger Rugby spent time with kids in inner-city Shanghai. The team has also been mixing in training as they get ready for the weekend.


Stay tuned as we'll be speaking with James Walker throughout the weekend, and upon his return stateside to update you on the latest Tiger Rugby action.









With the Chinese National Team on the Bund in Shanghai.
Winning the cup at the Shanghai 10's.
Working with kids in the city.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Mike Tolken Names Eagle Selects for This Weekend


The USA Eagles head coach Mike Tolken has made his selections for the Eagle Selects who will compete in the first round of the ARC against the Argentina Jaguars.   The side is a mix of experienced Eagles who played in the Summer test series, as well as some up and comers.  Without a doubt the biggest shock, and mistake in this bloggers humble opinion is the inclusion of Toby L'Estrange at fly-half.  The NYAC pivot struggled mightily over the summer while wearing the 10 jersey for the Eagles, and many speculated that Tolkin would use the ARC as an opportunity to try out some new options.  However, Tolkin is turning to his former player once again. One would think he must be on a short leash at this time.

Here's how the rest of the line out plays out.

Forwards: Titi Lamositele, Phil Thiel, Shawn Pittman, Graham Harriman, Will Haydock, Danny Barrett, Liam Murphy, Cam Dolan

Backs: Shaun Davies, Toby L'Estrange, Ed Mills, Mile Pulu, Chris Chapman, Mark Roberts, Adam Siddall,

Bench: Cam Falcon, Nick Wallace, Chris Sullivan, Tai Tuisamoa, Derek Asbun, Chris Saint, Peter Moala, Tim Maupin

Outside of L'Estrange there are a few other players who we will keep a close eye on and their level of play.  Young Titi Lamositele caught plenty of peoples eyes this summer when earned his first cap.  He's gone on to a trial with the Saracens, and is hoping to catch on with a European club once the ARC is complete.  A strong showing over this tournament will help those options. Cam Dolan is lining up at 8-man and could make a claim to being ready to be a full time international player.  Finally, Shaun Davies is a strong scrum-half that is looking to put a stamp on his spot with the full Eagles, and he certainly has proven to deserve it so far.  

Friday, October 04, 2013

American Rugby Premiership Is it Still a Go?

Yesterday we reported via a press release from the Glendale Raptors, that eight teams and USA Rugby had reached a deal that would bring the American Rugby Premiership to life in the spring of 2014.  However, as the day went on we received word that the Raptors may have jumped the gun with their press release, and all things in fact were not in place. 

After doing some research, it has come to our attention that the Glendale press release was inaccurate, and there are still several options in play that have kept the deal from being finalized, and kept the league from coming to life.

We've had the opportunity to speak with several sources who were involved with the the meeting that was held in Denver Co. on Wednesday, and many of the parties involved were not happy with the outcome.  The frustration stems from USA Rugby's sudden involvement with the new league.  A venture that until recently they wanted nothing to do with.

The original idea behind the American Rugby Premiership or the West Coast Cup as it as known in it's origin was to bring together the best teams in the West to play in a premier league that would be beneficial to all clubs involved both from a rugby and a financial standpoint. The league was to operate under the guidelines of USA Rugby in regards to standards and practices, but it would live outside of the current domestic structure. Thus allowing them to secure sponsorship and media rights that leagues under USA Rugby's control are not able to access.

As the momentum behind the league began to grow, USA Rugby took note, and realized they were in danger of being left behind.  They did not want to see eight of their best and prominent clubs gain enough leverage to potentially leave the union one day if they chose (though possible this was never the idea behind the league).  The eight teams involved in the league never had the intent to damage USA Rugby, they entered the deal with the goal of building and growing rugby in the USA via a better domestic competition, something that any rugby observer would agree is needed.

USA Rugby's arrival to the meeting was their last ditch effort to keep the eight clubs from going on their own, and they pulled out all the stops to insure they could keep the clubs in house.  Offers were made to invite four new teams into the USA's Elite Cup competition, when those programs had previously been shunned from the competition.   USA Rugby also threatened to take away the sanctioning of the league despite the Premiership's efforts to conform to USA Rugby's guidelines.  This threat effectively cut the Premiership off at the knees, putting several of the clubs in a tough position as they did not want to cross USA Rugby.

After presentations were made the clubs were left to decide amongst themselves what their options will be.  During the meetings the clubs came to several conclusions but nothing is set in stone just yet.  The Glendale press release was correct in that the American Premiership will likely partner with USA Rugby to some degree.  However, the full extent is not currently known.  In addition, according to our sources, the clubs in still have the opportunity to break away and push the league in it's original format that would exclude USA Rugby from the proceedings.  This seems to be a popular option with several clubs involved given their distrust in USA Rugby, and who could blame them considering how USA mismanaged so many other elite leagues, and eventually ran them into the ground.

What we do know for certain is there will be a Premiership league that will play this spring, exactly who will run that league, and how it will function is still to be determined.  USA Rugby's interference in these proceedings have muffled was was one a cut and dry situation.  If USA Rugby is to get their way and pull the league under their mantel don't be surprised if there are major ripples felt throughout the rugby community, and possibly another major shake up in West Coast rugby.

We will continue to update and bring more stories forward as the information comes in.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

American Rugby Premiership Announced

It's official, what was known as the West Coast Cup earlier this summer has been re-branded and the American Rugby Premiership is born.  The hard work of several individuals and eight elite American rugby clubs will form a new league showcasing teams West of the Mississippi River and arguably some of the best talent the United States has to offer.

After hours of meetings yesterday in Glendale Colorado, the eight teams and USA Rugby were able to come to an agreement and get this thing off the ground.

Read bellow for the official Press release.

Glendale, Colorado, October 3, 2013 – Club representatives from eight elite clubs (Belmont Shore, Denver Barbarians, Glendale Raptors, Olympic Club, OMBAC, San Francisco Golden Gate, Santa Monica and Seattle OPSB) convened yesterday to meet with City officials in Glendale, CO to work out the details to organize an 8-team competition schedule for next season. The competition will be branded as the American Rugby Premiership in 2014.
 
USA Rugby Director of Operations, Jim Snyder, attended the meeting and graciously offered to sanction the competition for 2014.

“We are absolutely thrilled that USA Rugby has decided to work with the top clubs and RugbyTown USA to sanction the competition and help us improve of the quality of competition for our member clubs,” said Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon.

The schedule is still being finalized, but will feature a competition window from February 1 to May 17, 2014, with all teams playing each other home and away, plus the ARP Final pitting the top two teams on points after the regular season at Infinity Park on May 17, 2014 in Glendale, Colorado

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Penn State to Recieve Some of their Loss Scholarships

There's some shocking news coming out of Penn State today.  It appears the NCAA has come to an agreement with the school to reduce the sanctions currently in place against the football program.  

Beginning next year, the university will have five additional scholarships. The number will increase until the university reaches 25 offered scholarships in 2015-16 and 85 total scholarships in 2016-17.

 “Today’s announcement by the NCAA is tremendous news," coach Bill O'Brien said in a statement. "As a staff, we are especially pleased for our players, who have proven themselves to be a resilient a group of young men. Penn State has long been known for graduating its student-athletes and providing them with a world-class education. The scholarship additions will allow us to provide more student-athletes with a tremendous opportunity to earn that degree and play football for Penn State.”

However the post season ban will remain in place.  The same is for the 111 Joe Paterno vacated wins, and the $60 million fine.

 “While there is more work to be done, Penn State has clearly demonstrated its commitment to restoring integrity in its athletics program,” said George Mitchell, the independent Athletics Integrity Monitor for Penn State and former U.S. Senator. “The university has substantially completed the initial implementation of all the Freeh Report recommendations and its obligations to the Athletics Integrity Agreement, so relief from the scholarship reductions is warranted and deserved.”

 This is great news for the football program.  More than fines, or a postseason  suspension, loss of scholarships hurts a program the most.  Look no further than USC who are just now feeling the full affects of the scholarships they have loss over the years.

The news is a bit shocking when you think about the fact that Penn State was able to hide despicable acts on their campus for nearly 20 years, but nine months of good behavior is enough to lesson their sentence.   

It's funny how brief the NCAA's memory can be, when they want it to.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Matt Harvey Interview With Dan Patrick is Extremly Awkard, and One You Won't Forget

Matt Harvey gave the Mets and their fans plenty to cheer about this summer.  The younger hurler was lights out for most of the season. However, he was recently shut down due to an elbow injury that may require Tommy John Surgery. This would mean Harvey will miss all of next season as well.

Earlier today, Harvey called into a well listened radio program called The Dan Patrick Show, and host Dan Patrick was hoping to speak with Harvey about the injury and his plans for the future. Matt Harvey had other plans.

It appears Harvey is now the spokesperson for a phone company known as Qualcomm.  As it turns out Harvey is also very serious about his job as a spokesperson.  Qualcomm is the only topic he was willing to address, and he shot down Dan whenever he tried to approach the topic of baseball.  Needless to say things got awkard early in this conversation with Harvey's unwillingness to play along.

Even best interviewers know when it's time to hit the abort button.  Tough luck Danny.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Michael Jordan Dunks at 50 Dunks on Little Kid

Michael Jordan has been retired from the NBA for almost a decade.  However, the competitive juices are still flowing.  Over the weekend, Michael was wrapping up one of the youth camps he runs, and while playing some 1-on-1 with one of the campers, Jordan got a little excited and took it to rack where he threw it down.





That's pretty impressive for a guy who's 50

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Paul Emerick Retires from Rugby

It is with heavy hearts, that Walker Sports has confirmed USA Rugby player Paul Emerick has retired from the game he loves. The announcement became official earlier this morning on Emerick's Facebook page.

The 33 year center/wing has been a standout in the U.S. setup for over a decade, where he featured in three World Cups, 53 total caps for the Eagles, and 17 tours with the U.S. Sevens team.  In addition Paul played professional rugby in Northern Ireland, England, and Italy.  He is fourth on the all time caps list for the Eagles.

He will leave behind an enduring legacy on the pitch.  Known for his fierce playing style, Emerick laid out some of the best hits and hard crash running Eagle fans have ever seen.  It is because of that hard nosed style that the Cactus as he's been called became a fan favorite.

His retire is the result of an ankle injury he suffered last November.  Although trying to rehab and get back out on the pitch was his goal, unfortunately the body did not agree with the mind. 

With his skill and knowledge, one can hope that Emerick will find a way to stay involved in the U.S. set up. He is too talented a guy to simply be lost to the program.  Best of luck Paul.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Eli and Peyton Manning Love Football on your Phone

Walker Sports is not affiliated with DirectTV although we'd take their money if they offered.  The point being this is not an ad for DirectTV but they have struck internet gold with this commercial.  Eli Manning, and Peyton Manning deliver their best off the field performance to date.  We've gotten a glimpse of their comedic timing when they hosted SNL, and they are once again showcasing it here. Football on your phone.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Listen Live to USA Sevens Coach Matt Hawkins

Listen live tonight as Matt Hawkins sits down with Walker Sport's Dumont Walker to discuss his new job, plans for the USA Men's team, and what the future holds.

Tune in 8 PM Est. and get the inside sco
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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Matt Hawkins Named USA Sevens New Head Coach

After a month of searching and over 50 applications USA Rugby is ready to announce they have found their new coach for the USA Sevens team.  Walker Sports has learned the honor will go to current player Matt Hawkins. 

Matt Hawkins is a seasoned veteran of the USA Sevens program and current team captain.  Recently he's also served as a coach for San Diego St. and the Old Aztecs rugby club, helping to raise his coaching profile.  Hawkins also serves as a high performance coach with the Serevi Rugby Academy.

Matt brings a wealth of sevens knowledge and perhaps more importantly he is familiar with the struggles and adversities that American rugby players face.  This is often an overlooked concept but highly important when targeting and developing young players.

The big question that's left to be answered is will Hawkins become a player-coach as Serevi himself did with Fiji, or does this mark the end of his playing days?

Either way the Eagles have found their man, to lead them to the 2016 Olympics.

Addition:

It has been confirmed that Matt Hawkins will be the new coach of the USA Sevens team, with Dave Williams stepping in as a manager.  In addition it appears Hawkins will have an advisory committee of Ben Gollings and Serevi.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Patriots Release Aaron Hernandez

UPDATE

Aaron Hernandez has been charged with 6 felony counts including murder of Odin Lloyd.  With this groundbreaking news the case against Aaron Hernandez has gone to an all new level.

After being taken into custody this morning by police, the New England Patriots have released Aaron Hernandez from his contract.

Hernandez was arrested on a state police warrant and was being booked at the North Attleborough police station, state police said on the agency's Twitter account. State police said they won't discuss the charge against Hernandez until it's presented in Attleboro District Court later Wednesday.

It is believed the charge against Hernandez is an obstruction of justice charge or a tampering with evidence charge. This comes after it's alleged  Hernandez provided police with a phone he destroyed, and he attempted to erase security footage from his home.

This news comes from the New England Patriots official Twitter account.

A bit of history of how we came to this place.

A law-enforcement official told FOX 25 in Boston last week that Hernandez left a Boston bar in a car with Lloyd and two other men in the hours that preceded the body’s discovery.  Sources told FOX 25 that Lloyd sent a text that referenced Hernandez. Three men returned to Hernandez’s home, but Lloyd was not one of them, the source told FOX 25. It’s unclear what transpired in the time between.

ABC reported that video surveillance from Hernandez's neighborhood shows Hernandez with Lloyd and two others only hours before Lloyd's body was found.

Sports Illustrated reported that the original link between Hernandez and the case was a rented Chevrolet Suburban with Rhode Island plates that police had been searching for.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

A-Rod, Ryan Braun, Suspended

News from Major League Baseball has secured a star witness in their investigation of performance enhancing drugs.

MLB has spent the last year trying to bring down Tony Bosch the one time owner of the now defunct Biogenises wellness clinic in Miami.  The clinic could is linked to providing PED's for numerous MLB stars, and has been the center of Major League Baseball's investigation of PED use.

ESPN has provided reports that Bosch has "reached an agreement to cooperate with MLB's investigation."  In return MLB has agreed to drop their lawsuit against Bosch for his help in the case.

The ESPN report said MLB is seeking 100-game suspensions against the players involved.  This is equalt to the punishment for a second offense of baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

ESPN listed the following players among the potential targets for discipline: Braun, Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Yasmani Grandal, Nelson Cruz, Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, Jhonny Peralta, Cesar Puello, Fernando Martinez, Everth Cabrera, Fautino de los Santos and Jordan Norberto.

It should be noted MLB suspended Colon, Grandal and Melky Cabrera for PED use within the last year. It’s not clear if that action ultimately will result in any leniency in the current investigation.
 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Boston Bruins and Fans Stand Strong in Memorial of Boston Marathon Bombing

We have not spoken about the Boston Marathon bombing here at Walker Sports because it's difficult for us to add anything else to the conversation that has not already been said.  Obviously that was a horrible attack on our country and our freedom, and those held responsible should be met with the swift hand of justice.

However, this is a sports blog, and one thing we are firm believers of here at Walker Sports is the power of sports. They have the ability to bring us together, unite us, and help us through difficult times.  At their best sports do not see race, religion, color, or background. This are simply good, and every now and then you get to see the human spirit at it's finest.

Last night the Boston Bruins returned home to play for the first time since the bombing.  What took place during the pre-game ceremony and the national anthem in particular left this writer with shivers going up his spine, and speechless.  Truly a beautiful moment.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Florida Gulf Coast University With Offensive Gay Bashing Tweet

Over the weekend, the college basketball world was introduced to Florida Gulf Coast University.  The 15 seed who took the NCAA tournament by storm and fought their way into the Sweet 16.  Though it's only Tuesday, every major sporting news outlet has been saturated with stories about FGCU has risen above adversity to become  media darling. The story of head coach Andy Enfield leaving high stakes business to coach small time college basketball is the stuff of legend.

However, anytime a team receives this much media exposure in such a short amount of time and they are not used to it, there is bound to be trouble. And it appears that the FGCU Men's basketball fan site has stepped in it big time.

From Twitter: : Is it Gaytor or Gator?






That is legit, although it appears the Tweet has been deleted. I can handle the fans changing "F-Florida" during a live pep-rally yesterday. Similar chants have been heard all over college stadiums for years now, and it's tough to control an entire student body.  But this is an official account that is basking in the glory of the men's basketball team, and has made one of the dumbest comments possible.  Especially when you consider the timing of it. Today March 26, is DOMA day. The Supreme Court is just a few miles from the Walker Sports headquarters debating Gay rights and marriage. Half of Facebook has transformed their profiles into online protest banners for equality, and yet some idiot student finds it acceptable to mouth out with a careless remark, that serves no purpose other than showing stupidity.   

Monday on the Dan Patrick Show, DP pondered how long would it take before we became sick of Florida Gulf Coast University.  Most thought it would be because of the immaturity and inexperience of the team. Those are things I can laugh off, but this is something different entirely.

Shame.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Maurice Clarett an Olympian

Former Ohio State and Denver Bronco running back Maurice Clarett has checked in as the latest member of the Tiger Rugby Academy in Columbus Ohio, and he may be taking his first steps to becoming an Olympian for the United States.

For those who are unaware, Tiger Rugby Academy, Tiger Rugby Academy is located in Columbus Ohio and Belmont California. The group has the goal to develop world class athletes for the US Men's National Sevens team and they are an official Olympic Development partner with USA Rugby.

Rugby in the sevens version will be included in the 2016 Olympic games, and several athletes from non traditional rugby backgrounds are looking to make dreams come through via the USA Sevens program. Recent international superstar Carlin Isles joined the USA Sevens team this summer. Isles was in San Diego training as a 100 meter sprinter and ran a personal best time that would have placed third in the Summer Olympics in London should he have qualified.  Since transitioning to sevens, Carlin became an instant hit, showing off his speed and agility.

Maurice Clarett is looking to follow in those footsteps.  Sources, have told us at Walker Sports, that Clarett already completed his first set of workouts at the Tiger Academy and his fitness was high.  In addition he has maintained a high level of footwork, and is picking up on the game quickly.

If Maurice Clarett cna make it back to the top of his athletic form which we say during his Freshman season at Ohio State, it would be nothing short of amazing. Clarett was a monster on the field, but he was sidetracked by distractions off the field. While it is still a long way to go before 2016, if he were to find his way to wearing an USA jersey in Rio, it would be one of the great redemption stories in all of sports.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Tiger Woods Dating Lindsey Vonn

It's official Tiger Woods is back in the dating game!  The rumors have circulated for a few months, but the man himself took to Facebook to make an official statement about his new interest, Lindsey Vonn.

This season has been great so far and I'm happy with my wins at Torrey and Doral. Something nice that's happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating. We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.

The timing of this announcement is interesting on a few levels. Since his divorce, it's no secret that Tiger Woods has struggled on the course while he tried to regain control of his personal life. However, in 2013 Tiger has seen an obvious resurgence already picking up two tour victories.  While it's tough to say there is an direct correlation between the two, I am sure the new found serenity at home can only help Tiger's game on the course. 

The other interesting fact about the timing of this announcement is, last week many news outlets were reporting that Tiger's ex-wife is now dating a billionaire. A headline that made some waves during the news cycle. Perhaps Tiger is firing a not so subtle shot back and letting the world know he is doing just fine.  

On a side note, it appears that Lindsey Vonn is recovering well from a nasty accident on the slopes earlier this winter. 



  

Monday, March 11, 2013

DeAndre Jordan With a Monster Dunk

The LA Clippers have been known as dunking machine for a few seasons now, ever since one Blake Griffen showed up.  However, last night the Blake wasn't even on the court for what is one of the nastiest dunks I've ever seen.

DeAndre Jordan took to the air during a blowout game against the Detroit Pistons, and Brandon Knight was the unfortunate victim.


Sometimes it pays to stay on the ground.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Richard Sherman Slams the Troll Skip Bayless

For years now Skip Bayless has sat atop his thrown on First Take/Cold Pizza/Whatever bad television show ESPN throws him and sidekick Stephan A. Smith.  If there was a chance to make an outlandish statement to make a headline Skip Bayless was all over it.

What was once a decent show in concept has transformed into unwatchable television thanks to Skip Bayless and his wild accusations.

Earlier this week Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman went on the attack, and fired back at Skip Bayless. However, what is most interesting about the back-and-forth between the two is the manor that Sherman approached the conversation.  Never taking the bait, and remaining calm throughout, the All-Pro Defensive Back laid out his case while never raising his voice. Something that cannot be easy to do when speaking with Bayless. 




"I believe my numbers speak for themselves," Sherman told Smith. "My tape speaks for itself. My tape is my resume. That is what I leave it up to. You can say whatever you want. Skip can say whatever he wants. But Skip, whenever you refer to me, whenever you speak to me, whenever you address me, address me as 'All-Pro Stanford graduate' because those are some accomplishments you'll never -- you can aspire to, you'll never accomplish."
Sherman was just getting started.
"You have never accomplished anything," he continued, focusing on Bayless. "So, but, um, those things are on my resume, those are what I've done, it's my second year in the NFL going into my third. I mean, you tell me who's wrong."
Bayless: "OK, I'll accept that. I think I've accomplished more in my field than you have in yours, though you're just getting started."
Sherman: "So, I'm at the top of my field. I'm All-Pro. I'm one of the best 22 players in the NFL. You're going to brush it off, but I don't think you're the best 22 anything. In sports, in media, in anything."
Bayless: "That's debatable."
Sherman: "You think more of yourself that you actually can prove."
Bayless: "OK, do you think you are better than Darrelle Revis is right now?"
Sherman: "In my 24 years of life, I'm better at life than you."
Bayless: "OK, all right, that's fair, all right."
Sherman: "Let's get down to brass tacks."
Bayless: "Let's not get personal here. I just want to know --"
Sherman: "It's not personal. It's resume."
Bayless: "Do you think you're better than Darrelle Revis is right now?"
Sherman: "I'm better than you. I have nothing to say about him. That is pretty much done. My numbers speak for themselves."
So yeah that happened.  Not enough to make us tune back in to First Take, but it is better than the normal dribble ESPN puts on during the day. 

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Golf Boys New Hit Single

The Golf Boys are at it again.  A new PGA season is upon us and the Golf Boys are dropping some hot beats for you to enjoy while on the course.

Personally I liked their last hit more, but it's not easy to follow success with success. At least the boys are out there and giving it their all.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Rugby Players Teach You How to Harlem Shake

Since everyone and their brother is getting in on the Harlem Shake craze, it's not surprising that the USA Eagles Rugby team decided to get in on this as well.  Lucky for us, ruggers know how to break it down.

Harlem Shake Proves Miami Heat are In a Class of There Own

It's been a long time since we saw a team have as much fun and be as successful as the Miami Heat. Currently the best team in the  NBA, the Heat absolutely no worries as they finish out the regular season with the best record in the East.  Earlier this week there were reports of LeBron James putting on dunking exhibitions before games just because he could. And now the Harlem Shake has taken over the Heat locker room.  As much as I hate to post anything that encourages this stupid craze, I have to admit this is pretty entertaining.