Curt Schilling throwing his hat in the political arena

 

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is putting his money where his mouth is.  Schilling announced on Tuesday that he has every intention of running for the Massachusetts Senate in 2018.  Though I disagree with some of what he believes, I have to give it to the guy for sticking to his guns and not letting the critics sway his political views.

 

Curt has been injecting his opinions into the political discussion for a while now and it actually got him fired from his gig at ESPN. If you remember back in April of this year Schilling was let go by the sports broadcasting giant for sharing a Facebook post that seemed to be a response to the North Carolina law that bars transgenders from restrooms that do not correspond with the gender they were born as.  It was a move that could have derailed his career for good but Schilling turned the firing into an opportunity to stand up for what he believed in.  

 

Like I said before I do not agree with everything that Schilling believes politically but what I do know is that this guy is a fighter and will not back down from anyone. Exhibit A is his baseball career. Schilling won 216 games and struck out over 3100 batters in his career and never backed down from anyone. As an American, I believe we need more politicians who are willing to fight for what they believe is truly best for the people they represent and Schilling seems to have the chutzpah do just that.

 

Now this is not the first instance where a prominent professional athlete has thrown their hat in the political arena. Currently the most notable American politician who has a professional sports background has to be California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Though “The Governator” made his professional name on a global scale, his success in the United States in the body building arena and Hollywood scene made his transition to American politics a breeze. If there is something to learn about Schwarzenegger’s political success it is that there are characteristics that athletes possess that can be adapted to be a successful politician.

 

Take a look former NBA player Kevin Johnson who was elected Mayor of Sacramento in 2008.  Johnson, a 3-time NBA All-Star for the Phoenix Suns, was one the most dynamic point guards in the NBA during the late 1980’s and throughout the 1990’s.  Johnson averaged 17.9 points and 9.1 assists over his career proving that he could facilitate the ball to his teammates as well as score on his own if he had too. That type of mentality is that of a leader and it does not surprise me that a floor general like Johnson wound up in politics.

 

Though Curt Schilling did say that he needs to run the idea past his wife and kids before actually fully committing, all signs point to Curt giving current Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren a run for her money in 2018. Sounds like we may have a sequel to the “Hillary and Trump Saga of 2016” waiting in the wings.  

Jets and Giants continue to ride the struggle bus

 

We are now more than a quarter of the way through the 2016 NFL season and neither the Jets or the Giants are living up to expectations.  It has been ugly to say the least through five games for both teams accounting for three wins and seven losses and neither team has gotten a win since week two. With both teams in the cellars of their respective divisions it is time to hit the panic button and start making some changes.

 

Let us start with the Jets and their offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been awful so far throwing only 5 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, including 6 in one game against the Kansas City Chiefs. There is no one else to blame but Fitzpatrick for his struggles.  Brandon Marshall has been his old self through five games and Quincy Enunwa has a had a breakout season playing in the slot. Matt Forte has been the best running back the Jets have had since Thomas Jones and has given a nice balance to the Jets offense. All the pieces are there for Fitzpatrick to succeed yet he has not been able to capitalize.  

 

The chants for Geno Smith have been quiet  so far because Jets fans know that he doesn’t have much of a ceiling. Plus, the Jets have a lot of money invested in Fitzpatrick and would be ripped to shreds if they decided to bench him after the holdout he put Jets management through this offseason.

 

As for Gang Green’s defense they have been fantastic against the run ranking second in the league in rushing yards allowed per game but have been the polar opposite against the pass.  With Darrelle Revis returning from offseason surgery we knew that he wasn’t going to be one hundred percent but we did not expect him to be this bad. Revis has been torched multiple times this season by wideouts who he should have no problem locking down even coming off an injury shortened season.  

 

The Jets defense line has been their bright spot so far this season. Second year man Leonard Williams has 5 sacks through 5 games and shows no signs of slowing down.  Muhammad Wilkerson has anchored the defensive line and although the numbers have not shown up in the box score he has played a vital role in stopping the run. Another bright spot for the Jets defense has been rookie linebacker Darron Lee who leads the team with 28 tackles and cornerback Marcus Williams already has 2 interceptions and 4 passes defended.

Onto the Giants. Big Blue’s offense has not been much better than the Jets thus far and we can also look to the quarterback position for their struggles.  Eli Manning has thrown more touchdowns than interceptions but his quarterback rating is an abysmal 58.74. And it is almost the same situation that Ryan Fitzpatrick is in as Manning is surrounded by a promising corp of wide receivers in Odell Beckham Jr, Victor Cruz, and rookie Sterling Shepard.

 

But where the Giants offense has really struggled is at the running back spot.  Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen could not get it done to start the season and with Vereen now on injured reserve and Jennings proving that he can’t handle the load the Giants have deferred to Orleans Darkwa and Bobby Rainey. Rainey and Darkwa are two guys you not want to see on the field if you’re a Giants fan.

 

On the defensive side of the ball for the Giants it has been hard to watch. Big Blue has just 4 sacks and 2 interceptions in the season.  We expected a lot more from defense that brought in Olivier Vernon and Janoris Jenkins in the offseason and used their number one draft pick on cornerback Eli Apple. There is really not much more to say about the Giants defense other than they has a lot of room to improve.  

 

It has been a rough first five games for New York football fans. Let’s hope both the Giants and Jets both can turn it around before it’s too late.

Athletes getting political, who’s on who’s side

Tis’ the season to be political. Once every four years every single American across the country gets to give their opinion for who they should think should claim the Presidency. Nowadays, most of these opinions are slung around on social media by your everyday American and some of those opinions hold more weight than others when it comes to casting your ballot.  Some of those opinions that tend to weigh more on our mind are sports figures. This past Saturday LeBron James gave his endorsement to Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and other pro’s having been giving their endorsements as we get closer to Election Day 2016.  Here are some of the notable and interesting 2016 Presidential endorsements from the sports world.

 

Team Trump

 

Tim Tebow – Tim Tebow and Donald Trump have a couple things in common.  One is that the American news media has an unfathomable fascination with the both of them. Tebow and Trump know how to play to the fans. Another is that both seem to defy all the critics and win. Nobody thought Trump would make it this far in the run for President and Tebow quarterbacked a Denver Broncos inspirational playoff run in 2011 with the card stacked against him.

 

Bobby Knight – The fiery Indiana Hoosiers head basketball coach has roots in the military and endorsed Trump at a raucous rally in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Knight was the Army Black Knights youngest ever head coach and has three National championships to his name. Knight is old school and wants to win and that is exactly the Trump campaign is preaching.

 

Dennis Rodman – Donald Trump’s co-headliner at WrestleMania 7 tweeted last year “We don’t need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump!”. The crazed of the crazy, Rodman’s only other real political opinion is that he believes North Korea’s Kim Jong Un really is not a villain.  Let us hope that  “The Worm’s” opinion does weigh too much on American’s minds.

 

Team Clinton

 

Alex Rodriguez – A-Rod has a few things in common with Hillary Clinton. Both A-Rod and Clinton like to blur the lines regarding the rules of their respective organizations. A-Rod had one of the most scrutinized baseball careers for his use of illegal PED’s and Hillary has been placed under numerous investigations during her political career.  Another similarity is their carefree personalities which are at times off putting.

 

Hope Solo A real fire cracker right here.  If Solo was not playing goalie for the US Women’s Soccer Team in Rio it would not have surprised me to see here at a Hillary Clinton rally screaming her face off and looking to start an argument with an innocent bystander. After Solo’s suspension for 6 months from the US Women’s National she might want to jump on the campaign trail and try to save this for Hillary.

 

LeBron James – King James has to be the biggest pro athlete endorsement so far this time around.  LeBron is like Hillary in that he likes to take forever to win something and Hillary hopes that she can pull through this time and take home her crown.  Both have been scrutinized in the past for exuding the notion that they are only out for themselves, which is in my mind inconclusive if they both really are.