Cary Chow

More Than A Shame

July 8th, 2010 at 10:53 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Sports, Uncategorized

“I’m gonna take my talents to South Beach.”

Silence.

Could the silence have been any louder? Could it have been any more symbolic of the general feeling outside of Miami? LeBron James’ decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh was the story of the day. While reporting stories on the largest oil spill in the history of the gulf, in the history of the U.S., the most common conversation I had today was “Where is LeBron going?” That’s what happens when the NBA’s biggest superstar (READ: NOT BEST) announces he’s going to hold an hour-long special about his future plans on primetime television.

But what I found to be the most surprising aspect of his decision, was the silence met by the live audience in attendance. Granted, he was in Connecticut, and a Knicks decision would probably have blown the roof off. A Cavs decision would have easily been the most crowd-pleasing. A decision that would have warranted the devoted, faithful persona James claims to be in his documentary “More Than a Game” (one of the most enjoyable sports docs of all time) and his autobiography “Shooting Stars” (written with Buzz Bissinger, the author of “Friday Night Lights”). I don’t doubt James’ loyalty, but I am disappointed in his treatment of his hometown team.

Organizing this large an event to tell your team, your city, your state, that you no longer want to be a part of them is rather callous. It was cold blooded in the way that Kobe Bryant (and not LeBron) is on the court when there’s 2 minutes left and the game needs to be won. So many fans across the country we’re pulling for that old school team loyalty, that old school hope that you can stay with one team for your whole career and win a championshipi there. That’s a feeling for general fans of the game, nevermind what fans in the state of Ohio are thinking now.

For a man that claims championships mean everything, which I don’t doubt, his manner in obtaining that ring is anything but old school. By joining Wade and Bosh, James is hoping a ring is guaranteed. It seems James no longer wants the challenge of winning a championship. He just wants one. The new trio is hoping to take a page of the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett-Ray Allen book. But those guys were in the twilight of their respective careers. They were battle-tested. The three dudes from the 2003 draft are not (Bosh has been to 11 playoff games in 7 years). Evidently, James does not have the patience it takes to lead a team to a championship on his own. By hooking up with this summer’s other top two free agents, he’s hoping that he can lock up an easy championship. Each player will have to sacrifice his game, but is it really for the good of the game? Fans will no longer have the opportunity to watch James or Wade take over a game by themselves and single-handedly will their teams to a win.

James is taking the easy way out. Perhaps concerned he’ll never be considered one of the game’s all-time greatest without a championship, he’s hoping his move to Miami gets him an easy one, or two, or three. Ultimately it will prove harder than necessary as the Heat doesn’t seemingly have enough cap space to provide decent role players. But that is beside the point. Even if he picks up a few rings with Miami, James will have done so with two other stars (Wade being a superstar, Bosh being Staff Sgt. Overrated) in a time when the league is watered down. Oddly enough, rings will not cement James’ legacy as it did with Jordan, Russell, Kobe. That he got them without being his team’s obvious leader, just might.

Soon after James made his decision, ESPN played a highlight montage to the tune of Eminem’s “Not Afraid.” The song was ironically appropriate, because it couldn’t have been further off.


Jones vs Hopkins II – Boxing Blogapalooza

April 3rd, 2010 at 9:13 pm by under FOX10 Sports, Uncategorized

THE CALL

A text poll said that 62% of viewers said that BH won the fight. I would like to know how’s in the 38% that thought RJJ pulled it off. They know less about boxing than I do about sewing. Speaking of which, I have this button on a shirt that needs to be fixed up. I learned how to sew in Home Ec in 7th grade, but my memory apparently is not serving me well. I took that class as an opportunity to meet girls. The problem was, I was a big dork so I didn’t get anywhere.

BH is the official winner by unanimous decision. Official scorecard: 118-109, 117-110., 117-110. The two fighters shared a few words after the fight.  In the post fight montage, there are very few good RJJ moments. Throughout the whole fight, RJJ just looked lackadaisical. He didn’t seem focused, after many of the clenches, he would keep smiling as if playing to the crowd.  The problem was, he wasn’t winning.

Joe’s thoughts: Jones gaves his all, and even though Hopkins is older, Jones showed his age in the fight.

I concur. After the fight, the announcer asked RJJ whether or not he wanted to keep fighting. I couldn’t hear exactly what he said, but he did allude to possibilities of retirement. He also shouted a sweet, “P-Cola in the house!!!” P-Cola definitely in the house.

Hope you all enjoyed this. Even though Roy wasn’t victorious, you still rule on the Gulf Coast, buddy!

ROUND 12

RJJ’s trailing the cards, he’s got to let loose like this is round 3 in “The Contender” (the old Stallone reality boxing show – which was totally underrated!) Both these guys seemed tired, BH more so because he seemed to have exerted more energy. RJJ is still bouncing, but he needs a KO to pull off a W. 20 seconds left, BH keeps clenching. RJJ can’t get a clean shot. 5-4-3-2-1. It’s over. Joe: Hopkins 10-9. Chow: Hopkins 10-9.

ROUND 11

Sorry! Internet problems! We’re back in Round 11. What we missed was a Roy “low blow” that sent Hopkins to the floor. The announcer says it could be BH trying to buy some conditioning time. A cut over RJJ’s eye has opened up from a BH head butt. This fight has been called a chess match. I wonder who would win a fight between Kasparaov and Fischer. Or Fisher vs Deep Blue? Or Deep Blue vs the IPad? You know who’s good at chess? Renee Dials. True fact. All the rounds in between, Joe and I have the 10th round to RJJ, all the rest to BH. Joe: BH 10-9. Chow: BH 10-9.

ROUND 7

The excitement has built dramatically from the last round. Both boxers seemed to have gained an extra step. This was like Round 11 in Rocky IV – simply a brief part of a montage. Nothing that needs to be mentioned in isolation. Emotions are definitely riding though. Joe: Hopkins 10-9. Chow: Hopkins 10-9.

ROUND 6

At 1:15 mark, BH with barrage of bit hits. Looked like some shook up RJJ a bit. We al konw how fast RJJ is, but at 45, BH is looking lightning quick. Maybe working out with Shaq and Oscar De La Hoya helped. With about 10 seconds left in the round, RJJ smacked BH in the back of the head near the ropes, BH fell to the ground. Not a legal hit. Hops immediately grabbed the back of his head, went to his knees in a corner. RJJ is smiling, laughing about it. The hit didn’t look too bad, but the fight has been briefly stopped. Doctor has come into the ring to examine. BH definitely mad now, and he’s coming out swinging, After 4-5 minute delay, BH came back and unleashed fury on RJJ.  BH looking like he was a character from Street Fighter 2, fighting a guy from pong. After the bell rang, the fighters continued to swing – even as ref stepped in. Someone in Roy’s corner even stepped into the ring and approached BH’s corner, but he quickly thought better and returned. Exciting round. Joe: Hopkins 10-9. Chow: Hopkins 10-9. However, neither of us know if points will be deducted for RJJ’s head hit. 

ROUND 5

Yeah buddy! That’s what I’m talking about 2:10 RJJ with nice head  shot to BH. But Hops not pleased with being hit, comes back with an aggressive barrage of body shots. After landing his one nice shot, Jones let out a sneaky smile, only to get smacked on the back of the head by BH. Come on Roy! Task at hand! Joe: Jones 10-9. Chow: Jones 10-9.

ROUND 4

Wondering if Roy’s landed a punch yet. Seems like he hasn’t thrown many – and certainly not landed many. Seems like Roy’s waiting for something huge, but that’s not coming around. As a viewer, I’m also waiting for RJJ to come uip big like Tom Hanks in 1988. Joe: Hopkins 10-9. Chow: Hopkins 10-9.

ROUND 3

RJJ looking to clench quite a bit. Looking a little apprehensive. These guys are such pros that this fight appears very technical. Hopkins nails Roy with a few hits. RJJ not looking to punch at all. Hopkins on the aggressive more. At 1 min mark, RJJ going with interesting two hands up approach. I’m not a technician – have no idea what that does, but it doesn’t seem to be working. Joe:  Hopkins 10-9. Chow: Hopkins 10-9.

ROUND 2

Jones dropping his left arm quite a bit. Guys still dancing mostly. Jones with a wild miss at 1:16 mark. Under a min, Hopkins lands two quick head shots. A right hand sends RJJ to the ropes. Roy cut under left eye. RJJ looking very defensive so far. Joe: Hopkins 10-9. Chow: Hopkins 10-9.

ROUND 1

Both boxers patiently waiting and circling for most of the round. At the 2-miniute mark (each round is 3 min), Hopkins with a small flury of punches. Roy not swinging too much. Both guys just feeling each other out.  Joe’s scorecard: Jones 10-9 round 1. Chow: Hopkins 10-9.

10:30 pm

Hopkins – the Executioner – is wearing his traditional hooded mask as he walks to the ring. Dude’s peripheral vision has got to be terrible. He can see less than Batman before Bruce Wayne asked Lucious Fox to redesign the batsuit.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – 10:27 pm

Fighters montage is getting going. Michael Buffer about to pump his pipes! It’s fight time!!

You know what is one of the best parts of the fight? The boxers walk to the ring. I always think of the Simpsons when Homer walks down the ring to face the Mike Tyson-lookalike, to the classic War song “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” Awesomeness.

Joe Emer’s prediction: Hopkins in round 8. But “Sconnie” – as Joe is known on the streets – wants readers to know he’s an adamant RJJ supporter.  That being said, I’m going with RJJ on a 12-round decision.

PRE FIGHT

Getting pumped for the Roy Jones Jr – Bernard Hopkins rematch. I’ll be posting updates after every round of the fight. So just check in periodically for the latest info on the fight.

Just watched a Terry Crews commercial (he’s the dad on “Everybody Hates Chris” from WNFA) for some sort of body deodorant spray. That guy is crazy ripped.

Anyway, to get psyched into boxing mode, I saw the climatic fight from “Rocky III” the other night. I find it arguable that Clubber Lang took a dive in round 3. He was clearly wailing on Rocky, and combined with Rocko’s absurdly poor defense, his punches landed with much more efficiency and brutality. This pains me to say, but Rocky’s win could be because Lang made a bet to make some good dollars on the side. So much money, in fact, that he would be able to retire and not challenge Rocky for a rematch. Lang would most likely have dominated Balboa in fight number three. I would also be interested in an Ivan Drago-Clubber Lang fight. Who wouldn’t pay to see that? That’s got to rank as one of the top movie fights that never existed.


Jones vs Hopkins – The Rivals. The Rematch. The Retirement?

April 3rd, 2010 at 4:10 pm by under FOX10 Sports, Uncategorized

Pensacola’s Roy Jones Jr is taking on Bernard Hopkins in a fight that pins two of history’s best boxers against each other. While a lot of folks wished this fight would’ve taken place 10 years ago, it should still draw plenty of attention.
Both these guys have seen their skills diminish a bit, but that being said – they could still put a whuppin on.

I watched Jones train at his farm in Cantonment a couple weeks ago, and he looked lightning quick to my untrained eyes. He said, “I’m not quite there yet, but soon.”

Jones, 41, has been asked many times when he’s going to hang up the gloves, and he insists he’ll walk away when he’s ready. While sometimes it’s tough to watch beloved athletes hang on for too long (Jordan with the Wizards what?), it’s still their choice. If they want to keep playing, if they want to keep fighting, so let them. It’s only our memories that we are selfishly holding onto. We don’t want our memories of them to be tainted in any way. But if an athletes’ happiness lies in their respective sport, who are we – the fans, the media – to tell them to stop? Just a thought.