Christmas Day, the NBA regular season finally debuted with a slate of five games. The riveting day of hoops included late game heroics from Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, a ring ceremony/butt whooping in Dallas and Chris Paul’s Clipper debut at Golden State.
In addition to these impressive on court feats, the league’s 2011-2012 premiere also involved a remarkable achievement at the broadcast table, centered around the idea of witnessing a historic rematch and the coaching debut of a very close friend.
Friday, Barry Bonds was sentenced to two years probation, 250 hours of community service, a $4,100 fine and 30 days house arrest for obstructing justice in the federal government’s case against alleged steroid use in sports. Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Susan Illston to sentence baseball’s all-time homerun leader to 15 months in prison, but the San Francisco based judge went the route of leniency when considering Bonds’ plight. Bonds now has 14 days to file an appeal with the court.
If the terms of the sentence are upheld, Bonds will be forced to serve 30 days of hard labor at his 11,448 square foot mansion in the Beverly Park gated neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Saturday, Robert Griffin III was awarded the 77th Heisman Trophy. The Baylor quarterback became the 76th man ever to receive the highly prestigious honor (Ohio State’s Archie Griffin is a two-time winner).
While gridiron fans are well aware of the exploits of this illustrious club of college football players, many followers of the game may not be as aware of the history and design of the trophy itself.
In 1935, New York’s Downtown Athletic Club instituted an award honoring the country’s top football player. The inaugural award, known as the DAC Trophy, was given to University of Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger.
Thursday, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter appeared on the MLB Network program “Hot Stove,” which was airing live from baseball’s winter meetings at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Not surprisingly, Hunter was asked his opinion regarding the Angels’ audacious acquisitions of superstar first baseman Albert Pujols and high quality starting pitcher CJ Wilson.
In a far from shocking development, Hunter could not have been more pleased with the day’s news.
The nine-time Gold Glove winner first expressed his personal glee, as it relates to Angels players and their fans.
Earlier this week, shortstop Jose Reyes agreed to a six-year/$106 million contract with the newly named Miami Marlins. After spending the last nine seasons with the New York Mets, the four-time All-Star elected to follow the path of numerous other New York area residents, by packing up the car and taking his talents to South Beach, or at least the broader South Florida region. Reyes joins an I-95 migration that has been underway for decades.
During Reyes' first press conference as a Marlin, the 28-year-old announced that his family will most likely be relocating to the South Florida area on a full-time basis. This means the year-round North Shore of Long Island (NY) resident will almost certainly be leaving his present New York based life behind.