Everything looks like a nail/Mayweather MacGregor

Saw this article which talks about how pro football player Michael Bennett was arrested after Mayweather-MacGregor.

Bennett attributed his detention to being black. “Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he wrote.

He’s a football player, multi-millionaire, and MIND READER. It was at this point in the article that it occurred to me that I had heard the name Michael Bennett before. Who was he? Was he totally innocent?

Muhammad Ali, Rest in Peace

From Laila Ali's Twitter, pic of Muhammad Ali and his granddaughter

From Laila Ali’s Twitter, pic of Muhammad Ali and his granddaughter

Muhammad Ali…I’m not sure what words there are to say. He really was the greatest, not just because of what he accomplished in the ring, but because of how his accomplishments in the ring combined with his political activism transcended the entire sport. He was one of a kind. Muhammad Ali, rest in peace.

Is Boxing over?

There’s a good article in the NY Times about how boxing may be done. Pacquiao-Mayweather my be a billion dollar event, but after that, there’s not much else on the horizon. As they mention in the article, Wladimir Klitschko is the heavyweight champion, and he couldn’t sell out MSG.

I have to disagree with the idea that MMA is doing a great job. I think they’re doing a good job for what it is, but with the drugs, low pay, and questionable business decisions, it’s become more entertainment than sport. Jonny Bones just got stripped of his title–I had no idea that he was still around. Velasquez is the UFC Heavyweight Champion, and he hasn’t fought in two years.

Learning from losing

Great quotes by Freddie Roach:

“You learn more in defeat,” Roach added. “You can always tell a fighter, ‘You should’ve done this more, or that more,’ and he can’t say, ‘Yeah, but I won.’ “

The best adjustments in Pacquiao’s career followed his loss to Erik Morales in 2005, and his knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, Roach said.

“Losing is not the worst thing in the world because it makes you better. I truly feel that,” Roach said. “I won my first 10 fights, lost my 11th, then won 17 straight after that because I knew I needed to work harder after taking a more experienced guy lightly.”

Jerome Kersey dies at 52

Portland lost a hero today. Jerome Kersey has passed on at the age of 52, apparently from a blood clot.

I knew Jerome Kersey from when we worked at the same mortgage company years ago. He started as a mortgage broker at around the same time I did–it was the first job in mortgages that either of us had. (Of course he was retired by then and was doing it just to get out of the house, and he was there for about a year before moving on to a better and more enjoyable career, first as an exotic car salesman and then as an employee for the Blazers.). He was the friendliest guy one could ever meet. Outside of the fact that he was 6’7, you’d never know that he was one of the biggest stars that the Portland Trailblazers ever had. And since I wasn’t an NBA fan, I had no idea!

Should football be a college major?

I just saw this article. Two former UNC college athletes are suing their alma mater and the NCAA for not educating them. The column raises the question of whether it makes sense to turn sports into a college major, or whether it makes sense to give college credit for athletics. Many of these athletes spend upward of 60 hours a week in their athletic programs, and they have little time for study. As the first paragraph hints, athletics for college athletes isn’t an extracurricular activity for college athletes–academics is the extracurricular activity. Some professors are making the argument that we let people major in music–so why not let them major in football? Another argument is that lots of companies value athletes for their teamwork, grit, and determination. Why not allow people to major in this, if that’s in fact what companies want?

How to overcome overcomplication, and how to make progress

One of the big problems with extreme Leftist thinking in the modern age is overcomplication, also known as paralysis by analysis. Someone will say something constructive like, “Black people need legacy,” and the extreme Left will counter with something unconstructive, such as, “Well, it’s easier said than done. Black people have a legacy of slavery, therefore you can’t expect them to own businesses.” Someone will say something constructive like, “We need to fix the testing achievement gap,” and the Left will counter with some diversion like, “Tests are racist” or “what does achievement really mean?” You’ll mention that black kids study less than Asian kids, and rather than encouraging black kids to study more, they’ll encourage race-based admissions, thereby dismissing the very idea of the necessity of hard study and hard work. The end result is that people don’t improve. No progress gets made. Discussion of success devolves into excuses for failure.

Kei Nishikori, first Japanese man in Grand Slam finals


Kei Nishikori, Photo credit: Matthew Stockman, Getty Images

Kei Nishikori beat Novak Djokovic yesterday in the U.S. Open semifinals to become the first Japanese man ever in a Grand Slam final. Japanese tennis fans are going crazy. He’s also the first man from Asia to be in that position. I think he’s the second man of Asian descent, the first being, of course, Michael Chang, who actually won a Grand Slam title with that famous underhand serve against Ivan Lendl. Michael Chang is actually Kei Nishikori’s coach. In the finals on Monday, Nishikori will face Marin Cilic, whom he has beaten previously 5 out of 7 times.

WaPo piece on Dana White

If you ever wanted to know about UFC President Dana White, the media just took notice. The WaPo wrote a piece on him, and man, it’s brutal. It even has a quote from his own mother, talking about how far he’s fallen from the path. It also addresses the problems between a guy who can afford to have a UFC camera man videotape his kids’ soccer games when he’s away and fighters who risk their lives for very little pay. (I don’t know if Liddell is a millionaire, but I’m sure that a lot of his pay came from endorsements, not his fight pay.)