The NCAA announced today that student athletes will now have unlimited meal plans. This is the end result from when Shabazz Napier told the media that he go to sleep starving some nights, which created a major uproar. The only problem I have with this is, this should have already been available for student athletes. The NCAA seen this as an opportunity to extinguish the "pay the players" fire but I don't think this is the end of it. I'm still against paying the players but this is a step in the right direction of taking better care of these athletes.
What has been a tumultuous season, finally comes to an end for Melo, as a MRI showed that he has a torn labrum, ending his 2013-14 campaign. Even though the Knicks struggled, this was a great season for Melo individually. He stepped on the defensive end and posted a career best for rebounds per game (8). People speculate that Melo will leave, most see him going to the Bulls, but I don't think he is going anywhere. He wanted to play in New York and I just don't see Melo as the player to run away from a bad situation. I get upset when people make it seem like he was a disgruntled player in Denver but he played hard every night and never took his riff with Denver's front office to the media. When asked about the situation, he continued to say, "I'm just going to play hard and let everything fall in place". With Phil Jack in the front office, I'm sure he will convince Melo to stay in the Garden.
Coach Calipari was all over the ESPN campus and shows today, talking about how he manage his most recent group of young cats, promoting his book, and the 1-n-done rule. Surprisingly, Calipari is against the rule, which is funny when you think about it. Since 2008, Calipari has coached 13 players that entered the draft after their freshman season, two which were #1 picks (Derrick Rose 08', Anthony Davis 12'). Since he has been at Kentucky, he has recruited the best players in the country, and at least 3 of them leaves after 1 season. These kids come to Kentucky because Calipari has a track record of getting kids drafted after 1 season of college basketball. I find it hard to believe that Calipari is not a supporter of the 1-n-done rule, that has made him one of the hottest coaches in college basketball.
April 15th, also known as "Jackie Robinson day" has fell upon us once again, marking thew 67th anniversary of the day he broke baseball's color barrier. I commend the MLB for how they pay homage to one of the most influential athletes in sports history, by having every player wear the number 42. For one day out of the season only 1 number matters, and its been that way since 2007.
- 5 games were postponed because of Rain.
- Pirates and Reds played a doubleheader, finishing their 10 homer game from Monday that was delayed in the 6th inning. Pirates would win that game 8-7 but loss the second 5-7. The 10 Home Runs are the most ever in The Great American Ballpark 12 yearhistory.
- Royals defeated the Astros 4-2.
- White Sox defeated the Red Sox 2-1 thanks to an error in the 9th inning by Xavier Bogaerts. Bogaerts didn't make a good throw but Mike Napoli replacement,(left game with dislocated finger) Mike Carp, couldn't scoop the ball at 1st base. Today was also the 1 year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing that killed 4 people and injured 264.
- The Marlins defeated the Nationals, 11-2. Stephen Strausburg had a horrible day, pitching 4 innings, giving up 8 hits, 6 runs, and 450 foot home run to Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton also had 5 RBIs on the day.