SPORTS TALK: The UFC deserves its criticism after UFC 229

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How about that Banksy deal earlier this month?

You’ll recall after one of the street artist’s images, Girl With Balloon, was sold for $1.4 million at Sotheby’s in London, it began to shred itself thanks to a shredder embedded within the frame. Yeah, that’ll shock most people. Here’s what I want to know: did anyone bother to check the frame before it went under the hammer? This is Banksy. He’s known for being a prankster. Methinks he was there watching the whole thing.

Now for something completely different:

 

Stick it to them

Quote the ending to the Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov fight at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, eh? You’d never know Nurmagomedov won the fight by rear-naked choke in the fourth round to retain his UFC lightweight crown.

We all watched what happened after referee Herb Dean stopped the fight after McGregor tapped out. Nurmagomedov started jawing at McGregor’s corner, then turned his attention to McGregor’s entourage and that’s when he leapt over top of the cage to get at everyone below.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission withheld Nurmagomedov’s purse after the fight and that was the right thing to do.

 

A fine achievement

Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass, something he's done for more yards than any other quarterback in National Football League history. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass, something he’s done for more yards than any other quarterback in National Football League history. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Drew Brees is no John Elway, who is the greatest quarterback of all time, but he’s certainly up there.

He cemented his legacy as one of the best ever on Oct. 8 by becoming the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards thanks to a 62-year catch-and-run by Tre’Quan Jones against the Washington Redskins. He passed two quarterbacks that evening – Brett Favre and Peyton Manning – to become the league’s most prolific passer ever with 72,103 yards and counting.

As great a moment as it was, it was made even better when he embraced his family on the sideline after setting the new mark.

There isn’t much left for Brees to do for him to be considered a hall-of-famer. He holds or shares seven different NFL records, he’s a Super Bowl champion, 11-time Pro Bowl player. He’s still no John Elway, though.

 

And finally…

Good Idea: Ball kids in tennis being respected for doing their job.

Bad Idea: Ball kids in tennis having to deal with privileged dinguses like Fernando Verdasco.

As much I hate soccer players who take dives for a living, I have an equal strong dislike for tennis players who think the ball kids are their personal servants.

Fernando Verdasco of Spain just reinforced the snobby elitist tennis player image at the Shenzhen Open in China last month. Now, if you watch tennis, you’ll know that ball kids are routinely ordered to get players their towels that they bring out to the court. After a player dries themselves off, they toss it back to the ball kid without so much as a thank you. In case you’re wondering, ball kids are volunteers and receive not one silver nickel for their services.

Verdasco, though, thought this one poor ball kid was a bit too slow in acquiescing to his demands for his towel and chewed him out in front of everyone, telling him to hurry up. Really. The poor kid is left just nodding in agreement because what else is a kid supposed to do when he’s being humiliated in front of a crowd?

It’s a shame that doing something like that isn’t a court violation because it would have been absolute karma had the chair umpire issued one. Then he could go pick on someone his own size.

 

Until next time, folks…