I seriously think you should jump on this wave!

By Lawrence Edwards

OK, before I get started let me tell you that this isn’t a fad that will quickly fade out, nor is it a get rich quick scheme. It’s simple, I am not forcing you or trying to persuade you to do anything. I just want to share with you something that I know sports enthusiasts every where will enjoy and offer you the opportunity to be apart of something or get ahead of everyone else on a trend that is about to take the world by storm. From Football to Cricket we have something every sports will fall in love with. You have two options: Affiliate or Player. I will go in to great detail about both and most importantly the coming of a game changing sports app by United Games that is going to absolutely blow your mind!

Now what we are talking about here is an app that will let you enjoy your favorite sport interactively while watching the game. This app is going to bring a new dynamic way of playing of enjoying sports. It’s not just going to focus on the major sports but every sport.  The point is to get everyone to enjoy sports better, not just the people who have time for drafts and 4 different fantasy leagues or the ones who are good at selecting the right combination of players in order to enjoy the experience.

Now, as I previously mentioned you have two options to join this wave, either as a player or an affiliate. If you want to just be one of the first to enjoy the experience of this game changing app then sign up as a player for free. You will be a pre-registered player and once the app launches within the next 5 weeks you can begin enjoying your interactive sports experience and start earning some rewards and points. I don’t know about you but once I started playing fantasy football and basketball, the game became THAT much more interesting to me. I began to pay attention to things that I didn’t before. This interactive app will award every real sports fan the same experience but much better – did I mention that some of EA Sports former developers are building this thing? – Get ahead of the trend, this app is coming and it’s going to change the way we enjoy sports forever and it will be the first of it’s kind, share it with your neighbors, share it with your family, if they love sports, chances are they will love this!

Now if you are interested in becoming an affiliate of United Games and getting the opportunity to not only get ahead of the trend but earn some money while doing it, then this the route you want to go. Now let me tell you this isn’t a pyramid scheme or something wild like that, if you don’t want to be an affiliate then you don’t have to. We aren’t trying to recruit people for money, we are just offering an opportunity to earn some income based off of people just playing the game. Now when this was brought to me a few weeks ago I had my initial negative thoughts. I was told that I can become an affiliate for free, feel it out see if I like it and if I do I would have to pay a one time fee of $30 to stay an affiliate and $9.99 a month to maintain my affiliate site and if I don’t just simply cancel no harm done. Now I’m no easy person to convince to join things, so I did my own research before I agreed to sign up for anything. Now I hate selling things, I’m terrible at it, so the fact I didn’t have to sell a product and it was an app – I’m a huge tech junkie – helped me decide to really read up on it. So I did my research and found that this app could really be something special and I don’t have to pay my fee until the app launches in 4-5 weeks at the time of this writing. I figured, what can I lose? I can jump on board playing a new fantasy app and maybe earn some money while doing it. Every time you share the app and someone signs up, whether as an affiliate or a player, and starts buying or earning tokens, you get a piece of the pie, NICE! Another selling point for me was the fact that in order for you to earn income you have to fill out tax form 1099. That right there let me know it was legit. Now United Games is offering this opportunity only up until the app launches in 5 weeks. Once it goes live, the affiliate opportunity will be no longer offered. You will only be able to download and use the app.

Whether you sign up to be a player or an affiliate I can assure you that this app is going to change your sporta experience. The point of this blog is to get the word out that a Giant is coming and to offer, what I believe to be a grand opportunity to be apart of the next big thing. If you like what you heard here today feel free to drop a comment, email me (lawrence.edwards115@gmail.com) or if you got here through my Facebook link, just shoot me a DM and I will happily send you a link to be an affiliate or a free player so you will be all set to go when the app launches. Once you click the link there will be more information for you to read through to get an even better understanding. You’re going to love this!

Here is a one page info sheet you can look at to get more information. Feel free to contact me with questions.

 

We Worship Ringzzz, Not Gold Medals: Team USA takes the Gold and why we tarnish their Medals.

By Will Stevenson

 

You and your friends have an idea: You want to run across America to raise money for a charity. So you announce your plan, the media gets involved and you’re off, on your way. You’re picking out your cities you’ll be running through and stopping over and getting your gear together so you can get some marketing done along the way. So you all start your run. The media is out and about, doing stories and think-pieces on everyone who is available. Everybody in the states are talking about it on their news shows, sports shows; I mean who doesn’t like patriotism for a good cause. So you have 12 cities you’re going to, but somewhere along the 3rd spot, the fan fare falls off. Nobody seems to be paying attention unless something happens in the hotels you all are staying or maybe if someone passes out on the side of the road. So weeks later, you all finish the race, and nobody cares. A great feat, accomplished by individuals who persevered through the elements is now going unnoticed.

Welcome to USA Men’s Basketball.

That was an elaborate and long-winded analogy for how Team USA feels to us as a nation, but it’s not that off-base. Kevin Durant played very well at times, and at other times he struggled. Demarcus Cousins was in foul trouble much of the tournament, and players like Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes couldn’t even get off of the bench to make much of a contribution. With the way the Olympic teams are constructed and star power, it’s quite difficult to get everyone on the court and try to win at the very same time especially when you haven’t spent that much practice time together.

We didn’t send our best players for these Olympics – Lebron James, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin to name a few – that would have definitely been on this year’s team. With the Zika virus running rampant, most of our top NBA players excused themselves from joining the team in Rio. So, they weren’t there so we now have the “B Team” so to speak. We now have ball dominant-pass second guards, no post players, and not many “specialty” players. They practiced, they played, they struggled at times, but they still won the tournament. And how do we repay them? We repay them with, “Ya’ll better have won.”

That’s what we have with Team USA this summer; “Ya’ll have better won.” We literally paid attention only when they struggled, and at the beginning with Keven Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors. We knew we sent our B or C team to Rio, but they still won the Gold Medal. Swimmers win, runners win, gymnasts win and we hold them in high regard, but with our Basketball team, we’ve basically heard enough. We devote all year to these guys with an 82 game season and a playoff that last way too long. Maybe that’s a reason we don’t care as much. We only know a handful of guys on the other National teams, and that’s only if they are current players. We like our rules, our arenas, our players, and our marketing. Olympic basketball does not cater to us as a whole; And when a sport does not cater to us as a whole, we do not pay attention. We want the lead up, the debate, the analysis, the pregame, the post-game and the narrative. The Olympics have it, but we as a nation are pretty much tired of it unless Team USA is losing.

As for Carmelo Anthony, his Olympic Swan Song ended on a high note, but how many of us were there to hear it? Do we even care? Will we ever care again? I doubt it. Team USA would have to send it’s top players and be faced with the opportunity of losing a few times. I’m proud of Team USA. I’m proud they went out there and accomplished something they worked together to obtain.

The problem is, we already think we are the best at basketball.

And we only care is these guys win Ringzzz, not Gold Medals.

Reel Stories Presents, “Pool Boys: A Ryan Lochte Story”

By Will Stevenson
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*Sets scene: The Olympic swimmers are sitting in an interrogation room as detectives walk in holding their medals, as another detectives discretely pushes the flickering lamp above the table. The first detective throws the photographes of the bathroom and the footage of the gas station as he lights his cigarette. They don’t even speak to the swimmers. They just stare at them*
I bet they didn’t even have to cover coffee or cigarettes. Funny right? Yes, yes it is. If you haven’t heard, Ryan Lochte and his swimming buddies were at a gas station and allegedly vandalized a bathroom down in Rio. They were caught, tried to get away, then security took control and cops were called. Mind you, this is the story we received after the initial story. Lochte claimed he and his friends were robbed at gunpoint. So, when you look at these two accounts of the story, there is a huge difference. Now one of the problems from Lochte’s account of this story is that he told his mom, which she told the news outlets. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m 31, and Lochte is 32, so if something happens to me I am not telling my mom about it unless I need some money. I do wonder if she told the press out of her own fear, or if Lochte instructed her to deliver the news before the lawyer. Anyway, being as these are Americans in a foreign country, we can all see how this can get pretty sticky.
We’ve seen the videos of pick pocketing in broad daylight, we’ve heard the accounts of Olympians being knocked out and robbed on the beach, so when we heard this story, we were skeptical, but we figured Lochte enhanced the story rather than completely lying about it. We definitely went along with it, thinking Lochte was a bad ass and Rio really was a place in which everybody could get taken at any moment. He perpetuated the idea that they were savages, and he and his buddies were innocent bystanders in this robbery attempt. There’s just a few issues: Witnesses and Cameras!
Rule #1
You know what happens when you’re not a skilled criminal? You know what happens when you’re 32 years old and you’re hanging with teenagers; You do dumb things. You don’t know about consequences. Usually when people commit crimes, they know the consequences of their actions. They usually know what to say to get them out of certain situations. If you’re going to lie, you lie with a twist, you don’t tell bold face lies to the police of another country from which you do not reside.
Rule #2
Do not under any circumstances hang out in a foreign country with teenagers when you are over 30 years of age. What are you thinking? What is it about these young boys gives you the idea they will be able to handle “the night life”? What makes you think 17 year old kids will be able to handle their own when things go south.
Rule #3
Whenever you plan to do mischievous acts, at least make sure you do things in a matter that will not get you caught. There are rules and regulations to this story. There are places in which you do not misbehave because these places have records of your whereabouts and cameras
1. Gas Station
2. Hotels
3. Schools
4. Banks
These places have your credit card, they have cameras everywhere that tract who goes in and out, and it’s very easy to find out if someone vandalized a bathroom, bedroom, or a parking lot.
Rule #4
Get your story straight. I’ve done some things in my life, and I’ve watched others do acts as well. What I can tell you is one thing you must make sure of is to keep your lies provable. I know that sounds mixed, but lies can be true if they could be proved. Your lie has to connect with what you actually did so that you can move away from the consequences. The problem with lying with a group of people is that you ALL have to keep the same story going, but when this is not rehearsed, things like this happen
Rule #5
Stick to what you know. They did. They know how to mess around, but this time they messed around and got caught. They don’t know how to lie. They don’t know how to stick together. They definitely know how to blame others. They only know how to swim in shallow water.
Rule #6

Your getaway driver must know they are a getaway driver and the getaway car cannot be a taxi; This isn’t the movies.

Let’s recap.
1. We were robbed. No you weren’t
2. There was a gun pointed at my head. No, it was pointed in your direction because you tried to leave when the police were called.
3. You and your friends did the crime.
4. Lochte, you left your friends behind.
5. Everybody snitched. Everybody
6. Now you’re getting indicted on vacation.
7. You snitched and you’re still getting indicted.
There are many issues with the way this went down. Here in America we have this thing called Social Media in which people of all ages can comment, make posts and make their opinions known to everyone. Not only did Lochte lie, he told a lie to the police of another country and it made it to the press. On top of that the IOC said, “Boys will be boys”. Now I’ve made it through this whole blog without bringing up race, so I’ll let Twitter handle that one. We know what would’ve happen if this were the USA Basketball team. We know.  I won’t say this is “White Privilege”, although it may be in there, deep down somewhere. I will say this is nonchalant arrogance. This is what happens when you aren’t thinking. This is what happens when you are not willing to put yourself on the line when the truth needs to come out. This is what happens when you disrespect others people’s things then blatantly lie about it. This isn’t America, your Olympic Swimming can’t weasel you out of this one. As they always say, “The cover-up is worse than the crime”, and in this case, it was. They vandalized a bathroom which was disrespectful in itself, but what they continued to do after that is lie as if it was not a big deal. Then they told a lie that you know is going to get press. How does one think this form of lying would not bring back the wrong karma? Everywhere isn’t your home. You can’t vandalize a public bathroom and lie about it thinking you’ll just skirt because you are who you are. Maybe they didn’t take the vandalizing personally, but they did take the lying to the press personally. They tried to embarrass them and I know they are looking to go as far as they can to put charges on them, which they are and have. Sometimes you have to own up to what you did, especially when there are witnesses that know you have done what you’ve done. But for the Olympians, “boys being boys” isn’t enough, it’s time to be men. What they did was disrespectful and the cover-up was much worse. Let me guess, “You feared for your life”. Where have we heard that one before?
Somebody hiding something, and we will all figure out in due time.

USA… USA…USA

 By Tay Holloway

The summer Olympics are here again and things have been going well for the United States. One person, in particular, is setting its eyes on more than just winning gold but being the greatest of all time.

 

MICHAEL PHELPS

 

I am sure you all have heard that name before this year’s Olympic games. He has made new headlines for being caught smoking marijuana and also for the birth of his son Boomer. He also has retired from swimming before, just to returned in 2015 because he wanted to help the United States win gold again. The more important news on him is that he has won his twenty-first gold medal in the Olympics. This is unheard of in this day and age with all the training and new technology to help keep athletes healthy. He is doing it with ease and there is nobody in his way to stop him.

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He came in first place in the men’s 4x200m relay to win gold with his teammates. On the individual side, he has won the men’s individual 200m butterfly which gave him his 21st gold medal. He still has five events to race in this year’s Olympics which he could win a gold medal in each. If he does go on to win gold in all of those races that will add to his lead for the already Olympic record and make it harder for someone else to ever break that record.

What Phelps is doing is something that has never been seen before in the sport. He is winning and crushing his opponents. Critics don’t want to give him his due because he was convicted of driving under the influence at the age of 19 and he was caught smoking marijuana on camera. My take is he is living his life and nobody is perfect. He trains well and he is still winning. Marijuana in my eyes is a recreational drug and not one of those hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Phelps does have ADHD so maybe the marijuana helps him to focus and channel the extra energy he has.

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His critics even tried to say he was using banned substances and that was the reason he was winning so much. Phelps responded by volunteering to be tested for banned substances, he passed every test. It’s time to give it up to him, this is his god given talent that he is blessed with and let’s just appreciate his greatness because athletes like him do not come around very often.

by Tay Holloway

MICHAEL PHELPS IS THE G.O.A.T

 

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Saying Goodbye to Sanya Richards-Ross.

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This year is a huge year for sports. In Rio the Olympics will be held and athletes from around the world will be heading there to showcase their talents against others in various sports. This is the grandfather of sports because this only happens every four years in different locations around the world. The prestigious medals that an athlete can win sets them apart from their peers.

Let’s take a closer look at one of these athletes who has started, this is their last Olympic games. Sanya Richards-Ross is a Jamaican born athlete on the track and field team. She started running track at the age of seven and she didn’t gain any popularity until 2002 when she won Athlete of the year in track and field and this was the same year she became a United States citizen. She attended the University of Texas, where she won the national championship in 2003 in the 400 meters. She also won gold in the 4×400 meter replay in the world games. She later on turned professional and was a part of the United States Olympic team for the 2004 Olympic games in Athens.

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In these games she came in 6th place 4×400 meter relay. She did not participate in any other races and left the Olympics with getting a medal. In 2008, Richards-Ross qualified for the Olympics, which was being held in Beijing, China. She was the favorite to win the gold medal along with her teammate Alison Felix due to them having the fastest time at Olympic qualifiers. In the 4×400 meter relay race, Ross went out of the blocks early and didn’t finish first, she ended up finishing in 3rd which gave her a bronze medal. After those Olympics sponsorships and shoe deals came in galore for her. She has a shoe deal with Nike and she is also sponsored by BMW, Nutrilite, Citibank, BP and BMW. You can see her in ads and commercials for these company’s and she also makes guest appearances to promote her brand and signature winning one-legged stance.

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In 2012, she qualified for the London Olympic games and Sanya finished the women’s 400m in 49.55 to win the gold medal for the US [4th]. She also ran the anchor leg of the gold medal-winning US women’s 4 × 400 m relay team over Jamaica [5th]. Following the Olympics, Richards-Ross won the remaining Diamond League meetings over 400m in Stockholm (49.89) and Zurich (50.21). The win in Stockholm improved her career total of sub-50 second races to an unchallenged 46. In 2016, Sanya qualified for the Rio Olympics, but on July, 1st 2016, she suffered a hamstring injury that has ended her career early and on a sour note. She did announce that at the end of this year she was going to retire, but she wanted to attempt to win one more gold medal. Her fans around the world were sad to see her career end this way, but she still had a great career and will one day be inducted into the track and field hall of fame.

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In her personal life, Sanya is married to former New York Giants draft pick, Aaron Ross. They use to have a reality television show together where they followed them around town as they promoted their businesses and their brands. Aaron Ross no longer plays in the NFL, but he did pick up coaching his wife and being her athletic trainer. She owns her own hair extension line and a salon with her sister in Austin, Texas called The Hair Clinic.

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Sheryl Swoopes Then and Now.

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As a child, I fell in love with the game of basketball. I also admired women during that time frame who played the sport, especially the women on the USA Basketball team. There was one player in particular that caught my attention and that was Sheryl Swoopes. Sheryl Swoopes was born March 25th, 1975 in Texas. She was recruited by the University of Texas Longhorns, but she never played a game for them because she left the school and played two years at South Plains College and then transferred to Texas Tech. She won the NCAA Championship with them in 1993 knocking off Ohio State. In that game she scored 43 points which broke Bill Walton’s long standing record for most points scored by a player in an NCAA Championship game.

In 1993 as well, she won the Naismith College player of the year and WBCA player of the year. Sheryl Swoopes was regarded as the female version of Michael Jordan. She was fast, big, strong, ball handles, great rebounder, dominate defensively and a fierce competitor. She was everything that I wanted to be so I made sure that I would watch her every move. Her basketball IQ seemed to be way above a lot of the players on the team and that made me watch more film to be just like her. This is in a time period where there were not many females that young women could look up to because it was not televised like the NBA. In 1996, Swoopes was on the Olympic team along with Lisa Leslie and Dawn Staley for the Atlanta games. The team won all of their pool games and was still the underdog to Cuba. When they played Cuba, they were down for the most part of the game, but managed to comeback to win the game. They ended the Olympic games by winning the Gold medal and not losing any games.

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In 1997, Swoopes was recruited by the Houston Comets for the first ever season for the WNBA. She had just given birth to her son, Jordan a few weeks’ prior and was still recovering. She signed with the team on the last leg of the season and helped the team win the first ever WNBA Championship. As a member of the Comets for 11 seasons, Swoopes scored over 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and over 200 steals. Her played made her the first and only three time WNBA MVP in 2000, 2002 and 2005. She is also the first and only three time WNBA Defensive player of the year in 200,2002 and 2003. In the same year, Nike shoe company, signed Swoopes to a shoe deal, which made her the first female athlete ever to have their own signature shoe. They named the shoe “Air Swoopes” which are still in circulation today. I myself played in her shoes in games because I wanted to be just like her during my time playing basketball.

In 2005, Swoopes announced she was a lesbian. She was one of the first professional athletes to make that announcement. She became an advocate for LGBT rights and made a lot of headlines just because this was a shock because she was married to a male before but they had divorced. She made several television appearances and magazine covers. Her partner, Alias Scott raised Swoopes son, Jordan but in 2011 they called the relationship off. Currently Swoopes is engaged to a longtime friend who is a male.

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In 2013, Swoopes was hired as the head coach for Loyola Ramblers. The team didn’t have much success, but in 2015 A lot of her players complained that Swoopes was hard on them during games and practice. In 2016, 10 of her players asked the school to release them from their scholarships. An investigation was launched and found out that Swoopes did show them tough love as a coach and was trying to push them to be better as players and as women. The school still fired her and currently she has no other coaching offers. Later this year, Swoopes will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, which is a well-deserved achievement.

Her overall legacy as a player has been debated between her and Cynthia Cooper as the greatest women’s basketball player ever. I might be a little bias, but I think Sheryl Swoopes is the GOAT and there will never be a better all-around dominate player like her again. Players like her only come one a lifetime and she sure was very special not only to the WNBA, but little girls coming up as a leader and a role model.

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