John Cena’s ‘My Wish’ Segment On ESPN Last Night Is Your Daily Reminder That John Cena Is An Awesome Human Being
John Cena the wrestler can insufferable pretty much all of the time. Just this past Sunday he defeated Kevin Owens (again) for seemingly no reason. A win for Owens would’ve meant the world while a win for Cena literally means nothing. With that said, John Cena the human being seems like a pretty outstanding guy. He has granted the most celebrity wishes for the Make A Wish Foundation, and it doesn’t seem like he plans on stopping anytime soon. This aired on ESPN last night as part of their ‘My Wish’ series, and it’s just awesome. Anything that makes the lives of kids like KJ easier is cool in my book. That this one features wrestlers in a positive light helping out sick kids makes it that much better.
LMFAO!!! Ronda don’t play! pic.twitter.com/jT3KW1lS3M
— Dana White (@danawhite) July 16, 2015
Ronda Rousey might be spirit animal. Not only does she win Best Female Athlete, but she’s uses that platform to call out serial abuser/horrible person Floyd Mayweather. Now I’m not saying Ronda Rousey would beat Floyd in a boxing match. He’s one of the best in the world for a reason, but throw him in a UFC cage and he’d probably get his arm broken. People are arguing that Ronda shouldn’t have won this ESPY, which is weird, because usually when someone wins an award, no one ever complains and everyone is just happy for the person who won. Whether you agree with her winning or not, you can’t argue that she’s a badass who should absolutely join the WWE because we would love her and appreciate her.
ESPN – Bill Simmons, who built a personal empire at ESPN and is one of America’s most influential sports personalities, will leave the media giant when his contract expires in the fall. He and the company were unable to reach an extension after months of talks.
“I’ve decided that I’m not going to renew his contract,” said John Skipper, the president of ESPN. “We’ve been talking to Bill and his agent and it was clear we weren’t going to get to the terms, so we were better off focusing on transition.”
Skipper said that the differences between the company and Simmons were “about more than money,” although he would not offer details. He added: “We’ve had an excellent run with Bill, almost 15 years. It’s been good for us and good for him. It was a decision I had to make and he had to make to move forward.”
My favorite part about Bill Simmons working for a media giant like ESPN was that he never let ESPN’s corporate view of things affect his intense fandom. Bill Simmons is just like you and me, except a lot smarter, and a lot more articulate. He loves the Sox, Celts and Pats just as much as any other diehard fan, except when he puts his thoughts into words, it’s poetry on the page. Simmons has been my favorite sports writer since I discovered him comparing my favorite player of all time Dirk Nowitzki to Larry Bird. Dirk may never be Larry Legend, but Simmons was never afraid to state his opinion, and more so than anything else, he always recognized greatness. He was also more than just a sports writer. A few of my favorite Simmons’s articles were his review of the movie ‘The Wrestler’ and the answer he gave to a reader who asked him which famous singer would have dominated American Idol had he/she started their career on the show (hint: WHITNEY).
The internet is filled with writers and blogs (ours included) that in a tiny way get to live their dream. As a sports fan, my dream is to write about my favorite team in a way that sparks discussions with fellow fans. Bill Simmons got to live that dream, and in the sports world, he made it to the mountaintop. The mark of a great writer is someone who can realize something great is happening and be able to write about it in such in a way than other people wish they could’ve written it so brilliantly. It’s so easy to publish an article that bashes a person or an event, but it takes a special kind of person to find the positives in a person or situation and write about it in a way that all different types of people will want to read. According to the statement put out by ESPN, Grantland will stay on the site without it’s first and only editor-in-chief, but Simmons was so much more. I will miss his mailbags, his football game predictions, his movie and wrestling pay per view reviews and his knack for hitting every big time article he wrote out of the park. It should go without saying that Simmons will land on his feet, let’s just hope that happens sooner rather than later.
Why, LeBron James, of course.
On Wednesday, the National Basketball Players Association announced that NBA players will be able to vote in their own regular-season awards, called the “Players Choice Awards,” for the first time this year.
James told ESPN that he knows exactly who’d get his vote for MVP:
James said that players can’t vote for themselves for awards. But who would his vote be for MVP this year?
“Myself,” James said.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star added that he strongly supports the idea of players voting for awards.
“Guys are going to be able to recognize the guys they play against every night and what they do for their franchises,” the four-time MVP told ESPN.
Everybody give Lebron James a big round of applause. He somehow got an impossibly talented team to second place in the incredible Eastern Conference where only 5 teams are above .500, so obviously he should be the MVP. And just like Kanye loves him some Kanye, Lebron loves him some Lebron. Just like every other team Lebron was ever on, I hope the Cavs get mauled in the playoffs, which probably won’t happen until the second round since the team they play in the first round will most likely end up with more losses than wins on the season. I know teams have no control over how sucky the rest of the conference is, but they do have control over thinking they actually accomplished something this year. Lebron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love make up three of the starting five players. You could realistically put me and Matt at the other two positions and win 40 games in the Eastern Conference. Since they did not do that, they have JR Smith and Timofey Mozgov round out the starting five, and although his name is spelt kind of stupidly, Mozgov is a pretty decent center. I’m not drinking the Lebron for MVP Kool-Aid, and I’m much more interested in guy’s like Steph Curry and James Harden, who actually play in a real conference.
Paul Heyman Interrupted Roman Reigns On ESPN’s SportsNation Last Night & I Wish Every Week Was WrestleMania Week
First Brock Lesnar announces he’s staying with the WWE on Sportscenter and then Roman Reigns goes on SportsNation to punch a speed bag with Lesnar’s head on it only to be interrupted by Paul Heyman. Is it possible for every week to be WrestleMania week? Because this is wonderful. The handsome prince Roman Reigns was looking extra handsome and Paul Heyman was looking extra dapper, and I’m just pretty sure Michelle Beadle had the best day of her life.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 24, 2015
Safe to say this is the biggest news to come out of the WWE in quite some time, and was only magnified by the fact that it aired live on Sportscenter. If you missed it, Brock Lesnar was interviewed by longtime WWE fan and ESPN personality Michelle Beadle and he explained that his MMA career is over, but Sunday will not be the last time he fights inside a WWE ring. After I came down from cloud nine, I immediately when to Twitter and the wrestling community was going bonkers. Sites were shutting down due to overload of web traffic, people who haven’t tweeted in forever were losing their minds; Brock Lesnar, BRRROCKKK LESNAR, is staying with the WWE. Besides all the fantasy matchups that this signing could bring, the biggest short term affect will be on the main event of this Sunday’s WrestleMania. With Brock looking like he was headed out the door, it was all but certain that Roman Reigns would capture the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, but now that Brock is back, that outcome is anything but certain. Brock himself said on Sportscenter that he will still have the belt after Sunday, and I can’t imagine anyone in that stadium cheering for Roman Reigns now. The only way I see the WWE putting the belt on Reigns is if they do a double switch, with Heyman turning on a now baby face Brock to align himself with the heel Reigns. If they do that, Reigns, who has all the qualities of a cocky heel, will turn bad guy and Brock, who is universally loved after this announcement, will be THE ultimate badass good guy. I cannot wait for Sunday!
Jon Gruden Breaks Down The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal On A Special Edition Of Gruden’s QB Camp #WWE
ESPN analyst and WWE fan Jon Gruden took a break from quizzing quarterbacks this week to break down the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Gruden does more research here than the entire announce team does on a yearly basis, and it makes for a great little segment. Axel as a dark horse and Ryback as a favorite are both solid picks, and it appears bringing back the Bunny is an ESPN thing as Bill Simmons mentioned it last night and Gruden does again here. On a side note, I love Gruden’s fascination with Titus O’Neil and his dog bark, it’s wonderful. I also love that ESPN is giving WWE some mainstream press ahead of Mania, as Grantland has always had some great WWE articles with The Masked Man, but getting guys like Gruden and Bill Simmons in on the fun is awesome. I’ll save my pick for the battle royal for the preview and predictions article on Friday morning, but don’t be surprised if Jon enters as a special entrant and takes home the trophy.
**UPDATE** Matt’s take:
I’m starting to think that Jon Gruden lives in his QB Camp office. The two places you see him throughout the year are there and in the booth for Monday Night Football. Love the analysis here. Only Jon Gruden would know that Titus O’neil sacked Peyton Manning back in his college days. This guy knows his shit. Probably has every NFL team’s playbook memorized and still has time to practice his Titus “bark” in his spare time. “I get a sore throat watching Ryback”, not sure what that means but it doesn’t sound good.
PS – How much do you want to bet Jon Gruden thinks Andre The Giant is still alive and that he can recruit him to play in the NFL?
If You Haven’t Been Following The Robert Flores/Nick Young War of Words, It’s Not Too Late To Jump On Board
In case you missed it, Sportscenter anchor Robert Flores took a dig at Lakers guard Nick Young, aka Swaggy P’s girlfriend Iggy Izalea. Here’s the original video from Sportscenter:
ESPN is trying this new thing with Sportscenter where they give a hot take on certain issues, which is making the show and their anchors a little more edgy. I’m not sure why Flores decided to pick on Azalea, but Nick Young took offense and semi threatened Flores on Twitter, which of course he soon deleted. But as we’ve seen before, nothing is REALLY deleted from the internet:
Flores, not one to be upstaged, might have landed the knockout blow last night:
— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 3, 2015
Although Flores initiated it, Nick Young should know better than to enter a war of words with a Sportscenter anchor. These guys are brilliant, quick witted professionals with an entire staff waiting to look up stats. Also, Nick Young is shooting 36% from the field this year, so technically Flores isn’t wrong. This is entertaining stuff, and will continue to be until one of these two is suspended or something stupid happens because we live in the most sensitive society in the history of the world.