Sunday, February 20, 2011

Warren Moon Now Cam Newton's Advisor

It seems when you retire from the sports world, if you play your cards right you can land any job you want. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate them for it, but it always seems that they can parlay any crack in the door into opportunity.

Warren Moon, the former Houston Oiler and Minnesota Viking quarterback is now an advisor to supertalented Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. I don't know Warren personally, but he couldnt've picked a better guy to advise him. If you think Cam Newton went through a lot in his college days, that wasn't nothing compared to being a black quarterback when Moon was coming up. I'll give Newton credit he blocked a lot out to succeed and lead his team to a national championship.

Moon says that Newton must "confess to his off-field sins" during his college days at Florida and Auburn. He has been accused of theft and academic fraud at Florida, and his father allegedly shopped his services to multiple schools.

“That was when he was 18, but those are the things he’s going to have to face up to and hold up to,” Moon told The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash. “He has the rare ability to block things out that are going on around him. He had all those things going on last year, but every Saturday he found a way to block that out and play at the highest level possible. Everybody wondered when the kid would crumble, but he never did. He’s a young kid who can deal with adversity."

“I see a kid who trains to be great; that’s what he’s all about, all he talks about, being great," Moon told The News Tribune. "His work ethic is so unbelievable that, if anything, you have to try to slow him down and keep him from doing too much. You see how much he wants to work at getting better, not just on the field, but in the classroom, studying film."

I do believe if Newton is as hard a worker as Moon says he is, he won't wear a bust label in the NFL. He's been getting some quality advice from Bill Cosby and now Moon. If he stays humble he won't be another JaMarcus Russell.

Chris Paul Should Sharpen Up His Skills

The New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul should be the subject of ridicule among is Western Conference teammates after his embarassing moment in the Skills Competition. Paul came out and blew a layup right from the jump. I bet little Abigail was thinking she drew Stephen Curry in this contest.

It's not like he blows wide open layups everyday, but as you can see from all the laughs on the sideline Paul will never hear the last of that one.

Charles Woodson Supports The Union Workers

The people in the State of Wisconsin are locked in a battle with Gov. Scott Walker who is trying to limit bargaining power for state employee unions. Not many athletes or entertainers would be in tune to what's going on with others that aren't in their line of work or in the same tax bracket. But the people of Wisconsin have found an ally in the Green Bay Packers' Charles Woodson.

Woodson released this statement on the situation going on in Wisconsin.

Last week I was proud when many of my current and former teammates announced their support for the working families fighting for their rights in Wisconsin. Today I am honored to join with them.

Thousands of dedicated Wisconsin public workers provide vital services for Wisconsin citizens. They are the teachers, nurses and child care workers who take care of us and our families. These hard working people are under an unprecedented attack to take away their basic rights to have a voice and collectively bargain at work.

It is an honor for me to play for the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers and be a part of the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities. I am also honored as a member of the NFL Players Association to stand together with working families of Wisconsin and organized labor in their fight against this attempt to hurt them by targeting unions. I hope those leading the attack will sit down with Wisconsin's public workers and discuss the problems Wisconsin faces, so that together they can truly move Wisconsin forward.
Woodson being part of the NFL players union sympathizing with the working people. I was quite surprised myself because not many take time to get a view of real life issues of people that are less fortunate.

Quote Of The Week: Charles Barkley

Leave it to Charles Barkley to put his spin on the Auburn-Alabama rivalry. Here's Charles' thoughts on Alabama fans accusing Auburn of cheating. Whatever the case it's like the pot calling the kettle black.

"Alabama accusing Auburn of cheating is like Snooki telling Halle Berry she's ugly," said Barkley on Pardon The Interruption. 

The Chuckster doesn't mince words when it comes to his school's biggest rival.

A 3 Year Old Doesn't Want Michael Young To Leave Texas

Michael Young of the Texas Rangers has fans of all ages. Apparently when signs pointed to the Rangers shipping him out of town the news hit this three year old pretty hard.


Young saw the video and thought it was "cool and cute."

"Cute kid," Young said. "I got about 10 emails that day and it was pretty cute. Very cool. It felt good. I’ve been here for 10 years and it was never my intention to leave here. I just came off a World Series. It was a lot of fun for me to be a part of. I envision more of that. It made me feel great. The fans in Texas have been great to me."

Maybe it'll give Young some thought about wanting to leave Texas.

Pierce Gets No Love In His Hometown

Why is that a hometown hero can't get any cheers when they come home for an All-Star game. Paul Pierce was the latest to experience the hometown hate. Pierce plays for the Boston Celtics, and with the All-Star festivities being held in Los Angeles that should tell you all you need to know. Hey, Kobe Bryant experienced this when the game was held in Philadelphia. At least you expect it there.

Part of it comes from the fact that the player is usually killing the hometown every time they go there. At least Pierce understands why they boo him and embraces the hate.

“When you play for L.A.’s biggest rival, it’s tough getting booed by the fans. But I’m sure if Kobe Bryant was from Boston, he’d get booed, too, if he went back there. It’s something you get thrown into once you become a Celtic or a Laker. It’s automatic, regardless of how you used to feel about the Lakers or Boston. Once you put on one of the uniforms from either side, you automatically inherit the rivalry,” It’s something you get thrown into once you become a Celtic or a Laker", Pierce said.

Dwayne Wade hears it when he goes home to Chicago. I don't think Rasheed Wallace ever heard it when he went back to Philadelphia. I guess the dislike only goes for select players.