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Video: The Sports Cycle Update Wednesday

June 8, 2011
Donnie Dwyer covers the updates in Wednesday sports from MLB, NBA, Soccer, and college football. There are a ton of video highlights and interviews from players and coaches! Enjoy…
 

Video: The Sports Cycle update Tuesday

June 7, 2011

Donnie Dwyer covers the updates in Tuesday sports from MLB, NBA, NHL, and Golf. There are a ton of video highlights and interviews from players and coaches! Enjoy…

Hawaii football fans might enjoy this…

April 26, 2011

Here is an update that I got reading through Colt Brennan news on google. Thought you fans would enjoy this…

On April 18, 2011 The Honolulu Star-Advertiser announced that Colt Brennan’s father had released a statement that Brennan is expected to play for the Hartford Colonials in the United Football League in 2011.

This kid could throw in college at Hawaii. He holds the NCAA Division I  record for most touchdown passes in a single season with 58. He holds 30 other NCAA Division I FBS records. The only trouble is he has been injury prone and was in a major car accident in November and was in intensive care. He has recovered and wants to play football again and show scouts and teams that he is worth a shot. I loved watching this kid on TV throwing the ball to Devon Bess, wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins because he made it look so easy. If he can get a chance in the NFL one day, I really think he could do some big things. But it’s like what NFL scouts say, kids who excel in college sometimes can’t transfer it over to the pros…

What are the average players in the NFL doing with their life?

April 20, 2011

Via ESPN:

You might be thinking: I’m on the owners’ side in this lockout mess because NFL players are all spoiled, hat-backward millionaires who will no more miss a year’s salary than they’ll miss their eighth Lexus.

OK, but maybe you should meet …

Brian Schaefering, Cleveland Browns defensive lineman.

He has a wife, three kids — all 8 and under — and a rented house. He doesn’t have a shoe deal or a Lloyd’s of London policy or a super agent willing to float him till this is over.

Yeah, he’s got a safety net — himself.

“I’ll do anything,” says Schaefering, 27. “If I have to work for UPS, I will. I got a family to feed. I’ve paved roads, fixed roofs, done landscaping. I’m not better’n anybody else. I don’t want any handouts. I’d be happy with $12 an hour if I could get it.”

You hear anything about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wanting to run a road paver lately?

“The problem is,” Schaefering says, “who wants to hire a guy who may have to pack up and leave [for the NFL] a month or two into it?”

So Schaefering and his wife are cutting back. They slashed their cable and cell phone bills and chopped their weekly date nights considerably. They used to get a babysitter, then catch dinner and a movie. “Now, it’s put the kids to bed and slap in a DVD.”

You might be thinking: What the hell has he done with his money he has made so far in the NFL?

Well, he went undrafted in 2008, barely made the practice squad in ’09 and finally started nine games for the Browns last season, making $395,000. He says he netted just over $200,000 after taxes. And he had plenty of bills to pay going into last year.

“I hear people joking around about this thing, but it’s no joke,” he says. “If this goes into the season, my wife might start panicking a little.”

You might be thinking: What about these $60,000 checks that went out this week to the players from the NFLPA’s lockout war chest? That should pay for a few babysitters, right?

True, but maybe you should meet …

… former Air Force star Chad Hall, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver.

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America)

Hall, 24, isn’t getting any $60,000. Since transforming himself from an F-16 mechanic into a modern-day “Invincible” with the Eagles, 5-foot-8 Hall hasn’t exactly hit the Lotto. He was on the team for only 11 games, so he got the minimum salary, prorated. The most he’ll get from the lockout fund is “about $10,000,” he says.

Now, he’s training friends’ kids for whatever they want to pay him — “I don’t really charge a set fee” — and trying to open a wings restaurant in Atlanta with his sister’s boyfriend, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford.

“If we don’t have a season, I’ll be waiting tables and bartending there,” he says. “Plus, my uncle says he has a plumbing job for me. Pays $15 an hour, so that’s not bad.”

You think Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen will be asking “BBQ or teriyaki?” anytime soon?

You might be thinking: I’m supposed to feel sorry for these guys? At least they had a year of making $400,000. Try making $40,000!”

I guess so, but maybe you should meet …

… University of Wisconsin All-American lineman John Moffitt.

(Matt Fleming/2009)

Moffitt is a projected early- to middle-round draft choice, a can’t-miss NFL starter who “will make plenty of Pro Bowls once he’s signed,” says his agent, Mike George.

The problem is, what if he never gets signed?

“I saw some Girl Scouts selling cookies the other day,” Moffitt says. “Maybe I could try that?”

Moffitt’s got no job and no endorsement deals — “Nobody wants to see my face on anything,” he says — and “my parents stopped sending my allowance.” So George is paying for training and living expenses until something breaks.

After that?

“Well, my dad paints houses in Guilford, Conn.,” he says. “I think he’d maybe take me on doing that. But it’s kind of hard right now. I hope it doesn’t come to that.”

You hear anything about any NFL owners hitting up their dads lately?

Plus, staying in top physical shape is a full-time job. “It’s not like they can do that and work at Macy’s at the same time,” George says.

They might have to. Eagles lineman Winston Justice has opened a coffee shop. Teammate Owen Schmitt might student teach. Browns backup WR Rod Windsor is playing for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League, where some players are making as little as $400 per game. That barely covers the Advil.

And then there’s this: ThePostGame.com recently reported that an estimated 180 NFL players might have signed for “lockout loans,” at rates that can climb over 30 percent upon default, to make ends meet.

Not just dumb, desperate.

You might be thinking: So throw these guys a freaking telethon! I don’t care. Tell them to stop bitching. The rest of us have real jobs!

I guess. But remember, the players aren’t the ones bitching. Among the four big pro sports in this country, these guys picked the one that pays the least money, lasts the fewest years and wrecks the most bodies. They’re fine with that.

It’s the owners who have taken the football and gone home. It’s the owners who want a billion dollars back from the deal they have now. It’s the owners who want two more games from the players for nothing. And not a single owner is contemplating roofing at $12 an hour.

So, if you’re still thinking you’re on the owners’ side in this?

Then you’re not thinking at all.

This is the most interesting thing I have read all week because it speaks about how much the NFL Labor union is going to affect the younger, no name players in the NFL. Just because you play in any sport doesn’t make you a multi-million dollar player and I think that conception of fans needs to change. There are so many players who have off-season jobs coaching, teaching, and working in shopping stores just to make money to provide for their family. It’s just sad to see this happening because you have players like Matt Stafford and Jamarcus Russell who are making bank and have only played 2 years in the league. These other guys are playing their hearts out and won’t make the money they have until their 5th or 6th season. So in the end, this article is to prove to the American population that not everyone in football makes the big bucks and a lot of the players are struggling to make money and support their families in this time of struggle around America. Hopefully this lockout doesn’t last any longer…

My Favorite Player Allan Houston will have number retired at Tennessee

February 1, 2011

Via ESPN:

Tennessee will retire Allan Houston’s No. 20 during a pre-game ceremony on March 6, when the Volunteers host Kentucky.

The 37-year-old Houston played for the Volunteers from 1989 through 1993 and is their all-time leading scorer with 2,801 points and trails only LSU’s Pete Maravich on the Southeastern Conference’s all-time scoring list. He was a two-time All-American and four-time All-SEC player.

Houston was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 11th overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft and played 12 seasons in the NBA, the last nine with the New York Knicks. He currently serves as the Knicks’ assistant general manager.

Houston says he’s honored to join Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld as the only Vols players to have their numbers retired.

 

…Bernard King and Houston play in New York on the Knicks. Gosh, do I miss seeing him play. He is one of the greatest shooters I have ever seen play the game. The way he played with so much heart and dedication in New York makes him my favorite player of all time. I have tried to play like him ever since I was young. He was the reason why I got into basketball and why I love the three-point shot. I just write this article to let fans know he is my favorite player and he deserves to have his jersey retired because he has done so much on and off the court to the game. Especially this play…

A closer look inside: Andrew Luck’s decision to stay at Stanford

January 18, 2011

The potential #1 pick in this years draft decided to stay put and finish his college career with the Stanford Cardinals. Andrew Luck will stay in school and play his redshirt junior season. When that decision was made, things went down hill. Stanford’s head coach decided to not stay with the university and took the San Fransisco 49ers job.

People are scratching their heads wondering why would a player who set school records for TD passes (32), completion percentage (70.7 percent) and passing efficiency (170.2) not take the money and be chosen as the number one player in the draft? He is already being mentioned alongside John Elway, Jim Plunkett, John Brodie and Frankie Albert as one of Stanford’s great quarterbacks.

He responded with:

“I am committed to earning my degree in architectural design from Stanford University and am on track to accomplish this at the completion of the spring quarter of 2012.”

After he made this statement people started criticizing him. Blogs and tons of websites were saying this kid was crazy and that he was making the wrong decision.

Here is where I come in and say that I fully support this kid 100%. In this day and age, college athletes leave school early to get the money and to try to reach fame. This kid understands that life is not all about football but about learning and education. Can you fault the kid? He cares about Education more than playing in the NFL.

Is there a problem with that. Our society has this admiration with the fact that everyone needs to be a star athlete and nothing else. Well Andrew wants to finish his career at Stanford and wants a degree. I don’t think people should be bashing him. An Education in many senses is worth a million dollars which is about what he could have been making in the NFL. He chose the books over the ball and it was the right decision.

His father, former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck, said: “This is a win-win for him. He gets to spend another year at Stanford, be part of a team that will be highly ranked again next year, finish his degree and enjoy Palo Alto.

“It’s not like the NFL is going anywhere, it’s one of the best run leagues in the world. It will still be there when he graduates.”

The Carolina Panthers own the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft and indicated earlier this week that they would be interested in drafting Luck if he decided to leave school.

Luck’s father, who’s also the athletic director at West Virginia, said the possibility of an NFL lockout or being selected by the Panthers did not influence his son’s decision.

“Call him old school,” Oliver Luck said. “He comes from a faction of people who believe you go to college to pursue your degree.”

I think being old school would be better than having no school at all. When it comes down to the end, some NBA players should look at what Andrew Luck did and admire him not knock him down. He has a bright future and I think he knows the path he is taking will lead him to success.

Listen to the Sports Cycle Tonight on WMUR

September 27, 2010

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