Use Of Public Perception Goes Horribly Wrong!!

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People are stupid.

Oh no, this isn’t a revelation, for I know stupid has been around since the dawn of time, however, every so often, stupidity lands at the forefront of a conversation. The latest conversation, putting together a list of “The 50 Greatest Black Athletes Of All-Time”, caught my attention. This list was posted by The Undefeated, a platform within ESPN, designed to bring the intersection of sports and race under the spotlight.

This list was constructed with 4 main criteria in mind:

  • Overall ranking as an athlete
  • Dominance in their sport
  • Inspirational Story
  • Social Impact

The concept of this list is tremendous. If it had been voted on by sports writers, or people in the industry, it would have been a fascinating study of Black Athletes who excelled in sports while overcoming unprecedented adversity and/or becoming role models. Unfortunately, this list was derived from a public survey. While I understand the purpose of surveying random people in society, it resulted in a list that hardly resembles rational, coherent thought.

“At no point in your rambling, incoherent thought were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you NO points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

To see the list in its entirety, click here.

As you can see from the list, public perception in 2017 is misguided. Some athletes are ranked way too high, some way too low. Arthur Ashe being ranked just #38 on this list is a travesty. Arthur Ashe was the 1st African-American to win an NCAA Tennis Championship, the U.S. Open, and Wimbledon. Ashe was also an activist, who fought social injustice all over the world.

However, there is 1 MAJOR omission from this list that is unacceptable. Can you guess who I’m talking about??

Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods not being included in this list is like ripping out Wayne Gretzky’s page from the NHL record books.

Tiger Woods revolutionized a sport. He singlehandedly made golf popular. Hell, he even redefined a color. When Tiger Woods played golf, red wasn’t red. Red was Sunday, Tiger Red. The man should have his own crayon in Crayola’s box. Now, I’m sure the public Einstein’s who were surveyed, chose not to separate Tiger’s transgressions as a husband from his sports accomplishments. Again — unacceptable.

Like, love, or hate Tiger Woods, you can’t deny his dominance, as well as his impact on the game of golf. To take an old-fashioned, white, elitist game such as golf and transform it into a mainstream, multi-cultural sport was groundbreaking. He changed what a golfer should and could look like.

All those who omitted Tiger Woods from this list, may now hide their heads in shame.

 

Who do you think are The Greatest Black Athletes of All-time?? Post your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Roger Federer Wins Wimbledon Without Breaking A Sweat

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This was the most impressive thing you’ve ever seen at Wimbledon. That’s saying a lot, considering the all-time greats who have graced the All England Club. Roger Federer set the bar even higher Sunday, accomplishing something that hasn’t been done in 41 years. Not only did Roger Federer capture his record-breaking, 8th Wimbledon title, but he did it without losing a single set. This hasn’t been done since Bjorn Borg in 1976. Hold on, hold on..you mean he didn’t lose a set throughout the entire tournament?! Yes, that’s exactly what I mean. That is RIDICULOUS!!

Roger Federer now holds 19 Grand Slam Singles Titles, having won 2 this year (Australian Open and Wimbledon). This is 2017, not 2007 right???? Roger Federer is playing arguably the best tennis of his career. Sunday’s final saw Federer breeze through Marin Cilic, the 7th ranked player in the world, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in just 1 hour and 41 minutes.

Why is this so impressive?? Because he’s 35 years old!! As far as tennis goes, he qualifies for the senior citizen discount. Ya know, the early-bird, dinner at 4:30 pm special. Federer’s Wimbledon victory on Sunday, in which he didn’t have his serve broken, made him the oldest Wimbledon champion of all-time. The guy defines effortless. He seemingly never ages, sweats, or exerts himself. He’s essentially a robot. Which begs the question, how many more Grand Slams can Roger Federer win?? It is an extremely difficult question to answer, for every victory, every trophy hoisted, is accompanied by history.

Excuse me while I bust-out my art “skills”….

I’m going to draw a big circle over here to my left. Then I’m going to draw stick-figure representations of athletes I will NEVER doubt (no matter their age).

  • Roger Federer (35)
  • Tom Brady (39)
  • Lebron James (32)
  • Ichiro (42)
  • Jaromir Jagr (45)
  • Venus Williams (37)
  • Serena Williams (35)

Lebron James is not that old, but he has played the minutes of a 40 year old, plus he’s bald, so he just looks old. Everyone on this list continues to excel at their sport at an advanced age. And Venus Williams put forth an incredibly impressive performance in this year’s Wimbledon, making it to her 9th Wimbledon Final, before falling to Garbine Muguruza.

While it may feel like we’ve jumped in our DeLorean and gunned it to ’88, this really is 2017. And Roger Federer is still playing like Roger Federer. Federer will soon have a chance to capture 3 Grand Slam Titles in the same year. A feat he hasn’t accomplished since 2007. The U.S. Open, a.k.a. the most fun you’ll ever have at a tennis venue, starts on August 28th, 2017. It’s in New York, so you know it’s fun. And with Roger Federer playing at a high level, tennis fans will have yet another chance to witness history.

 

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Living Legends Continue To Impress

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72. Combined age of Roger Federer (35) and Venus Williams (37). 22. Combined semifinals appearances at Wimbledon for Federer (12) and Williams (10). 4. Number of hours I slept last night. I know that’s irrelevant, but let’s just say 4:15 A.M. came quicker than I had hoped. Anywayyyyyy…….

Venus Williams will square off with Johanna Konta today at 10 A.M. EST. Federer will take on Tomas Berdych on Friday morning (time is TBD). If Venus is able to get past Konta, she’ll be pleased not to see her sister on the other side of the net (Serena is 4-1 vs. Venus in Grand Slam Finals). As for Federer, he is the odds on favorite to win the tournament. With Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic both losing Wednesday, Federer went to bed with a smile on his face.

It is incredible both Williams and Federer are still competing at such a high level. Williams made her professional debut 23 years ago. Insane!! She now holds 7 Grand Slam titles, and is looking for lucky number 8. Federer has already won 18 Grand Slam titles (most of all-time). This would give him 19 total Grand Slams and would be his 8th Wimbledon!! Again..Insane!!

I will be watching every second of every match because no one knows how much longer these living legends will be able to compete at this level. Federer will treat Berdych like a stroll in the park. I’d be surprised if Federer doesn’t win in straight sets. As for Venus, Konta is a tough match-up. At age 26, she is a tough player with a good all-around game. I see this being a highly competitive, 3-set match. Don’t be surprised with a 28-26 finish in the 3rd set.

Dave’s Predictions: Venus wins 6-4, 4-6, 10-8. Federer wins 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.

Whether I’m right or wrong (obviously I’ll be right), my tired eyeballs will be glued to the television. It’s like spending time with your children, you need to cherish these moments, because they won’t last forever.

 

Will Roger Federer and Venus Williams both advance to the Finals at Wimbledon?? Post your prediction in the comment section below??

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Episode #3 Of DaveTalksSports Radio

Here it is!! Episode #3 of DaveTalksSports Radio. We talked Knicks, Home Run Derby, Wimbledon, and much more. All you have to do is Click, Listen, and Enjoy!! Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel: DaveTalksSports

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One Liner Friday’s

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Hello everyone and welcome to another stellar edition of One Liner Friday’s. Here you can find the past week in sports wrapped up in one line and one line only. Enjoy!

I’d say Ron Metta Artest World Peace should say bye bye to LaLa Land, but clearly he has a permanent residence there.

Seriously though, the Knicks should sign him since he’s the gritty type of player they need.

As long as he promises not to eat anyone’s face than it will be a good pickup.

Why does everyone keep telling me how clean cut and ‘proper’ the Patriots franchise is?

The Patriots cornerback (Alfonzo Dennard) who was just arrested for the second time (for a DUI this time), was drafted by the Patriots just a week AFTER he was arrested for assaulting an officer.

What in the wild world of all things that are holy is Ilya Kovalchuk thinking?

This man just retired from the NHL at the age of 30 and left $77 million on the table (yeah I’m sure he won’t regret that move down the road).

Speaking of Russians, The Brooklyn Nets signed wild hair-do man Andrei Kirilenko to a 2 year $6 million contract.

It’s official, the Net’s are no longer “making splashes”, they’re flat out doing cannonballs in the middle of the pool.

By the way, The Nets Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov is obviously going to buy fellow Russian Andrei Kirilenko an extra special Christmas present this year considering he left about $7 million on the table in free agency.

I’m just saying.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the next victims of the I think Andrew Bynum can play basketball movement.

Man, it’s going to be embarrassing when Major League Baseball tries to suspend players again, and they come back with a handful of lint, again.

I don’t care what his MRI says, The Yankees brought Derek Jeter back too early, again.

You heard it here first, Miguel Cabrera will win back to back Triple Crown’s this year.

Yasiel Puig not being an All-Star makes about as much sense as an Interstate Highway in Hawaii (they really have those).

Dwight Howard to the Rockets?

So he wants to continue NOT filling the shoes of the game’s all-time great centers?

Want the list?

You got it: Shaquille O’Neal, George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and now Hakeem Olajuwon.

Yeah, that shouldn’t tarnish your already sterling legacy.

You all realize that Anderson Silva still believes he won that fight on Saturday night right?

How happy does it make you to watch someone so cocky and so full of themselves get knocked the bleep out?

If you haven’t seen it just click here:

Who knew you could be fat and still win Wimbledon?

Apparently, Marion Bartoli was the only person who possessed such knowledge.

Andy Murray wins his first Wimbledon and then proceeds to high five and hug like 85 people before forgetting to acknowledge his own mother.

Way to man up with those bulls Rex Ryan.

I’ve never seen Rex move that fast before, he looked like a cheetah chasing down his prey the way he skyrocketed up that fence.

Nice face Nick Swisher.

How about you do your job that you get paid millions for and trot down to first base there chief.

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Sir Andy Dubbed Wimbledon Champion

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On 7/7, Andy Murray ended a 77 year drought with his victory at Wimbledon. He became the first player from The United Kingdom to win Wimbledon in 77 years. Murray has come close before, losing in the championship match just 365 days prior. This year however, Murray was victorious by a score of 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. It was a straight set victory over Novak Djokovic that lasted just over 3 hours. Djokovic no doubt is a tough opponent, as this straight set win had the feel of a 5 set marathon. The final game of the match lasted for what seemed like an eternity. Djokovic fought off match point after match point, until finally, on his 5th championship point, Murray prevailed. Seconds after Djokovic put a backhand into the net, a roller-coaster of emotions ran through Andy Murray. He immediately turned to his coaching box and through his adrenaline felt excitement beyond his wildest dreams. He put his arms in the hair and clutched them with a powerful feeling that he came within inches of just a year earlier. He then turned and embraced Djokovic and congratulated him on a fine effort. From there it was a surreal moment that I’m sure even Murray can’t put into words. He fell to his knees and put his head in his hands on the grass. He had done it. He had reached the pinnacle of his tennis career, and all he could feel was pure elation. This certainly was a fine year for Mr. Murray. Since his loss at Wimbledon last year, Murray has won a Gold Medal, he was the runner-up to Djokovic at the Australian Open, and he won the U.S Open. I’d say it’s pretty good to be Andy Murray right now.

With Roger Federer starting his long overdue decline and Rafael Nadal constantly being injured, it seems like it has become the Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic show. For today though it is Andy’s world, and we’re all just living in it. Murray will head
into the U.S. Open as the defending champion and will look to improve on his already stellar year. Behind Murray’s vast improvement and breakthrough at Wimbledon has been one man; Ivan Lendl. Murray hired the former tennis great on New Year’s Eve of last year and since then has taken his game to the next level. The relationship between Lendl and Murray appears to be solid and should last slightly longer than that of Connors and Roddick (haha). How has Lendl helped Murray take his game to the next level you ask? Well, one thing Ivan Lendl will never be confused with is a circus clown. What I mean by that is Lendl is all business all the time. With Lendl there is no time for fun, there is only time for winning. He has helped Murray keep his emotions in check. See, it is easy with the talent of an Andy Murray to make it to the quarter finals or semi finals of Grand Slams consistently, but it is another thing to win multiple Slams. That aspect of championship tennis is strictly mental (and it is also has a little bit to do with your conditioning). What fans don’t always realize is how important the mental component is at the professional level. Lendl has apparently found a way to clearly illustrate this to Murray. The only question now is can Lendl and Murray have continued success as a coach-player tandem? It is also fair to ask if Murray will repeat as U.S. champion? Tell me what you think in the comment section below. Thanks!

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One Liner Friday’s

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Hello and welcome to another edition of One Liner Friday’s. Here you’ll find the wide world of sports from the past week wrapped up in One Line and One Line only. Enjoy!!

Yeah so I decided to sit down and eat 70 hot dogs in a little under 12 minutes yesterday.

Is that a lot?

How cool would it be to be a competitive eater?

No?

Just me on that one huh?

Dwight Howard is about as irrational and indecisive as a pregnant woman.

Listen up Dwight (you moron), go to Houston or Golden State because they are the closest to winning a championship and that’s all that should matter.

Yasiel Puig for President!

Seriously though, Jonathan Pabelbon should shut his mouth and Puig SHOULD be an all-star this year.

Also, Met’s pitching sensation Matt Harvey should start the All-Star Game at Citi Field this year.

If Harvey didn’t play for the worst team known to man he might be in the CY Young race right now.

Need a good laugh?

The New York Islanders will pay Rick DiPietro, that’s right RICK RIPIETRO, $1.6 Million per year for the next 15 years (hahahahahahaha).

The NBA made history when The Boston Celtics hired a middle schooler as their head coach.

Oh wait sorry that’s Brad Stevens.

With the acquisitions of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett by the Brooklyn Nets, the Yankees won’t be the only team in New York with an old timers day.

Speaking of the Yankees, you know they’re in dire straits when they are broadcasting a washed up, over the hill, controversial, injury prone A-Rod’s rehab at bats in the Minor Leagues.

Although he is their best option by far at 3rd base (oh 1998 how I miss thee).

Why is it that most of these are about my New York teams?

This is not a sign of good things to come (I hope China doesn’t read this one).

Andy Murray vs. who?

His name is Jerzy Janowicz and doesn’t always drink beer, but when he does he drinks Dos Equis.

No, he is the 24th ranked player in the world, and as long as Murray can bounce back from his 5 setter on Wednesday he’ll mop the floor with him.

Enjoy the rest of your 4th of July weekend everyone! Be safe!

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Let The Wild Wimbledon Continue

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This is my 2nd post of the day, so if you want to read about the disaster that is the New York Knicks, scroll down. The Knicks traded away a little bit too much for the likes of Andrea Bargnani. To read about it simply slide on down the page. Thanks!

They should officially rename Wimbledon. They should call it The Wild World of Wimbledon. Just after 10:00 a.m. EST Serena Williams was defeated by Sabine Lisicki. Who? Yeah, you may not have heard of her, but she is the 23rd ranked Women’s tennis player in the world. The match in the round of 16 went the distance. Lisicki won the match by a score of 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. The score was fairly even as we’re the match statistics. Obviously Serena on her best day can beat anyone in the world, but on this day she didn’t have enough. The only difference in this match was Serena’s missed opportunities. Both Williams and Lisicki converted 5 break points, however Williams had 16 break point opportunities (31% conversion) to Lisicki’s 8 (63% conversion). Lisicki also had 10 more winners than Serena. Overall Lisicki simply played better and more efficiently. With Serena out the draw is wide open. Maybe Serena Jr. (Sloane Stephens) can make a push deepinto the tournament. Or will it be Li Na, who seems to have had the easiest path to the quarter finals so far? Only time will tell. With the way this tournament has played out so far a prediction would be silly, but I’ll give you one anyway. I am going to go out on a whim here and pick Li Na on the Women’s side and Mr. Andy Murray on the men’s side.

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One Liner Friday’s

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Hello, and welcome to another edition of One Liner Friday’s. This is my 2nd post of the day so make sure you scroll down to read my review of Thursday night’s NBA Draft.

So if the Yankees can score some runs that would be cool.

You know those silly movies like Home Alone where they put down 5 marbles and the bad guys all slip and fall?

Yeah, that’s Wimbledon.

Aaron Hernandez took a lottery ticket and used it as Charmin Ultra Soft.

As I predicted last Friday, Hernandez was charged with murder, and I hope he spends the rest of his life in prison regretting his miserable existence.

In all seriousness though I feel really bad for his baby girl.

Not so seriously though, how can the best basketball player that ever lived be such a bad judge of talent?

Michael Jordan is a worse NBA Executive than he was a baseball player.

Doc Rivers is goin goin back back to Cali.

In other NBA news, the Brooklyn Nets actually believe it is 2005 with the finalization of a trade for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Most of these guys are way past their prime.

Some of them never had a prime.

This guys dead!

Major League, great movie.

I guess Tim Tebow really is going to be the Patriots tight end.

Doesn’t that make you sick to your stomach?

Hey Yasiel Puig, there’s a wall there someone should, uh move it.

Matt Harvey is really good at baseball.

The Mets should pray that Zach Wheeler is even half as good, maybe then they’ll come close to .500.

Not likely though, I mean they are the Mets.

Brian Cashman dropping F bombs!!

Personally I love it, A-Rod needs to shut his trap.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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What In The Wild World Of Wimbledon Is Going On Here?

It must have been the shoe change that was forced upon him by Wimbledon officials that threw Roger Federer off his game. I’m obviously kidding, but here’s the thing about this major upset that is so unbelievable: Roger Federer didn’t play that badly. Sergiy Stakhovsky simply outplayed the great Roger Federer. Stakhovsky handed Federer a 2nd round loss Wednesday, adding to the already wild early rounds at this years Wimbledon. Earlier in the day, Maria Sharapova was ousted by Michelle Larcher De Brito (the 131st ranked player in the world). This was following a first round loss by Rafael Nadal as well. While Nadal and Sharapova losing this early in a Grand Slam is major news, the magnitude of Federer’s loss is difficult to comprehend. Let me attempt to put this loss into perspective. Wednesday’s loss broke his streak of 36 consecutive appearances in at least the quarter finals of a grand slam. Do you understand how insane that is? Not to mention that he won 16 of those grand slams in the process. That is absolutely insane!! Now, maybe you have a better grasp of how historic this loss was. On top of Federer’s decorated past, Stakhovsky (the 116th ranked player in the world) was 0 for 20 against top ten players in the world heading into this match. Welcome to the big stage fella. I doubt you’ll be able to handle it but good luck. Now listen up Mr. and Mrs. Casual Fan: This is not a red flag that should suggest the beginning of the end for Roger Federer. He simply was the second best player on the court on Wednesday.

Hello segue, and speaking of these courts, have you ever seen so many professional tennis players slip and fall during a match? I don’t know exactly why we are seeing a huge difference in the grass this year opposed to prior years. I do know that elite players in top physical shape are dropping like flies due to injuries. Is this somehow Wimbledon’s fault? That would be quite an accusation to make at tennis’ oldest and most prestigious Grand Slam now wouldn’t it? Yeah, I think I’ll toss that matzah ball out there (Seinfeld fans anywhere?). I’ve never seen so many players slip and fall and/or have to retire due to injury. The amount of upsets that have occurred so far this week is also unprecedented. It feels like we’re watching March Madness in June. Do the playing conditions have anything to do with the amount of major upsets taking place? I doubt it, but the playing conditions certainly need to be looked at and improved. As for the major upsets, I believe that there needed to be a longer break between the French Open and Wimbledon. This could have allowed injured players such as Rafael Nadal or John Isner to rest longer and be at full strength for the biggest tournament of the year. This extra rest wouldn’t have hurt Roger “old man river” Federer either (I kid the Federer, he’s my favorite player). But, a once deadly bracket filled with Federer, Nadal, and Andy Murray is now looking like a jigsaw puzzle that is missing pieces. At this rate I don’t see how Andy Murray doesn’t make it to the finals, but this tournament has been so crazy so far, who knows what to expect? You can watch the rest of this wild Wimbledon coverage on ESPN2 starting at 7 a.m. EST. Enjoy.

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