The CFL may be going on strike. Lost in the plethora of sports activity, the Canadian football League (CFL) and the CFLPA are in the middle of labor negotiations. To say that things are turning ugly is an understatement. This labor dispute is actually really interesting because unlike the disputes in the 4 major sport leagues, the players do not make millions of dollars (minimum is $50,000). Despite it being a league with only 9 teams, the CFL is growing to be a league of being a fun thing to watch in Canada, hence they have reach a new TV deal with TSN (arguably one of the biggest, if not the biggest, sports station in Canada). Therefore, a lockout would actually be equally detrimental to both sides. However, given what is known, it seems like the CFL is not willing to compromise with the CFLPA and because of that there seems to be confusion and anger from both sides directed at each other. In other words there might not be Regular season CFL football come June 26th.


With the Donald Sterling drama has taken a new turn. As expected, the league has called upon its 29 other voters to vote on Sterling’s fate as an owner. If the NBA gets three quarters of the vote in fair of kicking Mr. Sterling out then “He Gone.” That is already common knowledge and something the NBA had to do to save face.

What is unexpected is in a surprisingly plot twist Mark Cuban is kind of, sort of, taking Sterling’s side… continuously. For the Record I thought Mr. Cuban past remarks about why this ban is a quote “slippery slope” were quite valid. What Mr. Cuban was trying to say is you simply cannot take away a guy’s right to ownership or something he has honestly bought and worked just because he is immoral.  He is also saying that we all have flaws and things we would like to keep in the closet. However, today may have gone too far with the comments he made recently. According to the Tennessean ,Cuban said quote

"I know I'm prejudiced, and I know I'm bigoted in a lot of different ways," he then went on to say. "If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I'll move to the other side of the street. If I see a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos (on the side he now is on), I'll move back to the other side of the street. None of us have pure thoughts; we all live in glass houses."

This really didn't sit well with me, in the past Cuban was criticizing the decision to take someone’s property away from them for being immoral and that is justified because no one is perfect. Now if I'm interpreting his comments correctly, he’s actually defending the behavior of Donald Sterling and other bigiots by saying it is allowed for someone to be stereotypical if a black guy is wearing a hoodie because he likes the look or because its cold outside. It was even more offensive when he went to the comments on white people with tattoos because personally I have a friend (who will remain nameless) who wanted tattoos and I was against it because I knew that my friend will be discriminated because they had tattoos and not because of the tattoos message. Is Mark Cuban a racist? Absolutely not but it just that to me the message that is immediately taken is that it is okay to be stereotypical and a bigot just because someone wants to look a certain way and you don't like it.


(Andrew Theodorkis/New York Daily News)

(Andrew Theodorkis/New York Daily News)

(via ESPN.com) 

(via ESPN.com) 

There is life in the team they call the Montréal Canadiens. Down 2-0 in the series, the Montreal Canadiens on a Thursday evening needed a win and they got it. Thanks to an overtime goal by Alex Galechenyuk, the Montréal Canadiens take game 3 by a score of 3-2 and to cut the series lead to 2-1. This does not change my opinion on the series. The Canadiens really blew it at home twice, not to mention that their star goalie is injured and their goalie in now has only appeared in 12 NHL games including this one. New York on the other hand can actually afford to lose this game. However game 4 is a different ball game, if Montréal can pull it out then home ice advantage is back and that could spell trouble for the Rangers.


Believe in the Kings. On Wednesday evening the Los Angeles Kings scored 6 unanswered goals (5 in the 3rd period) to win 6-2 over the Chicago Blackhawks. Im not going to say I told you so because I didn't see the Kings turning it on like that on Chicago and because of that I am left to ask one question. What in the H-E- double hockey sticks happen to the Blackhawks in that 3rd period? You can’t really blame it on usual things because this core group are defending Stanley cup champions and also a clutch team.  I will say this, this game changes nothing and the series will still be a 7 game war… I just see LA’s defensive style winning this war and winning the cup as well.


This Saturday at the MGM Grand arena, UFC strikes again with a main event that features Renan Barao vs. T.J Dillashaw. For those who are unfamiliar with the MMA sport, let me tell you that if you are watching this fight you are in for a treat when you see Mr. Barao fight. This guy is a monster in the Bantamweight division, quick as a hiccup and power you don’t expect for a man of his speed.  There is also a card in general that features talents like Daniel Cormier who dismantled Patrick Cummings in his last outing. I do not want to sound like a promoter because quite frankly if I feel like a card is not worth your time I will tell you but this one really is not picking up as much hype as I thought and I think it deserves it so if you got nothing to do Saturday at 10pm and you’re not trying to sleep in be sure to check it out.

 

Michael Asiffo  

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