Panthers’ WR Steve Smith not surprised so many players go broke

Carolina Panthers’ wide receiver Steve Smith just turned 33 earlier this month. Despite his age, Smith is still a very productive player and was signed to a three-year extension on Tuesday with a club-option for a fourth year.

Smith hasn’t had to worry about too much financially but he did speak on the problems that other players have had managing money in a radio interview with WFNZ-AM in Charlotte. Continue reading

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Seau’s death forces players to reflect on their own mortality

There are players in the league whose passion for football won’t be deterred even by the untimely death of a football great like Junior Seau.

New York Giant Osi Umenyiora and Atlanta Falcon Roddy White say they expect to be in bad health once their careers are over. Both feel they know the risks they are taking and are okay with whatever happens to them once their careers are done. Continue reading

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The road will only get harder for Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is the most prolific golfer of our day having won 14 majors so far in his career. At one point it was all but certain that he would surpass Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major wins but it has been nearly four years since Woods won his last major.

A lot has happened to Woods during this drought. His list of injuries, surgeries and personal problems has sought to derail his career at a time when Woods should probably be at his most dangerous. Continue reading

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What the media doesn’t understand about NFL concussion lawsuits

I don’t think the media is purposely painting ex-NFL players in a negative light when reporting about the concussion lawsuits that have been filed against the league but they aren’t going out of their way to show people the players’ side of the issue either.

Sports analyst (and ex-NFL player) Mike Pitts was able to put the issue into proper perspective during the Pro Sports Lives radio show on Saturday by stating that the players’ grievances are really a healthcare issue. Continue reading

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The NFL sheds a tear for a class-act: Junior Seau

The tragedy of Junior Seau’s death hit the NFL hard as many players, coaches and executives grieved over the life of a man that everyone loved. No one wanted to speculate as to what really happened; there will be plenty of time to ponder on that over the coming months.

Instead everyone wanted to reflect on the life of Seau and how his positive presence touched everyone he came in contact with. Seau spent most of his career with the San Diego Chargers but he also played for the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots. Continue reading

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Stern says injuries not related to schedule

Is he serious? Of course the schedule is to blame but it seems that David Stern will take any position he feels will put him in a favorable standing with the public.

Now sure, the schedule may not be the sole reason for the rash of injuries that have plagued the NBA recently but it is definitely a culprit. The compacted schedule gives players less time to recover from injuries or even wear and tear from playing so many games in such a short time. Continue reading

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Should college coaches have a say in student-athlete transfers?

One of the hot issues that came up this week was the story concerning the University of Wisconsin’s basketball coach Bo Ryan’s attempt to block redshirt freshman Jarrod Uthoff from transferring to another school. Continue reading

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Barkley ads big success for Weight Watchers

Like any company that is looking to increase its market, Weight Watchers has been targeting a largely untapped category in the weight-loss game; men.

I say largely untapped because neither one of their biggest competitors being Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig have been able to make much of a dent in the market themselves. This is especially weird when you consider how much advertising Nutrisystem has put into marketing to men. Continue reading

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Are players sleeping through NFL, NBA rookie transition programs?

We are at a time when NFL and NBA players’ salaries are at an all-time high but just as sure as you turn on the news you hear a story about some player filing for bankruptcy. The most recent victim of money mismanagement is former NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp. Continue reading

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Tim Tebow says all NFL players are role models

Tim Tebow gave an Easter Sunday speech to a gathering of about 15,000 people this past Sunday and had a word for all those NFL players who say they aren’t role models.

“Yes you are. You’re just not a good one, Tebow said. Continue reading

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