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September 24, 2007

Alex Rodriguez. Future owner of the Cubs

Filed under: Agencies, Alex Rodriguez, Scott Boras, Sports, Sports Agent — Tags: , , — emmettjones @ 2:45 pm

The biggest non-football headline of the weekend (that didn’t involve Milton Bradley, which I will get to later) has to be the rumor that Alex Rodriguez will not only go to the Cubs, but have the latter part of his potentially $30 million dollar a year contract deferred towards eventual part-ownership in the Cubs organization. Go ahead…read the last sentence again, I’ll wait. (more…)

September 23, 2007

I hate blog scrapers.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — emmettjones @ 11:45 pm

I’ve been a bit sporadic with my posts recently…sorry. I’m trying to figure out a way to quit getting my blogged scraped on every single post i make. It is really frustrating to have somebody steal everything you write, put it on their site, and make money off of it. I will try to get back to regular posting as soon as possible.

For anyone else having issues with blog scraping, I would suggest you start by reading Lorelle on WordPress.  There is a great post on what to do if someone is stealing your content. 

Steelers Live Blog: Steelers vs. Niners

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , — emmettjones @ 12:04 pm

Everyone else looks like they have so much fun live blogging the games (see Troy’s Thoughts on Sports) so i figured, “why not try it?” So here we go. This page will be updated often.

1:02: kickoff. Yes, I am ready for some football.

1:05: 3rd down conversions have always been the bane of the Steelers existence…the 49ers just converted on 3rd and 5 with a 12 yard pass.

1:08: Quick Screen to…Vernon Davis? I mean, how many other tight ends are this fast? 25 yards later, Anthony Smith definitely horse collared him, but it wasn’t called. We are not looking good right now.

1:10: The Steelers defense finally holds. San Fran kicks a field goal. 3-0 Niners.

1:13: This is why we got Allen Rossum (sorry Willie Reid). Untouched, 98 yards, touch down. 7-3 Steelers.

1:18: How can you not love Troy Polamalu? play action pass to Vernon Davis, great tackle by Troy. Maybe the defense finally came to play.

1:22: After a 49ers punt, the Steelers come out on 1st down with Willie Parker and run for 14 yards. Looking good right? 2nd down…Roethlisberger fumbles…and its 49ers ball.

1:27: Steelers hold again, after giving up another 3rd down conversion to the Niners. Nedney is back out to kick again…7-6 Steelers.

1:39: The first quarter is over. The highlight? right at the end of the quarter, the Steelers punted the ball near the end zone and Bryant McFadden jumped into the end zone and threw it back out. Impressive…but not the highlight. James Harrison caught the ball, and decided that he needed to keep two feet in, so he tip-toed the sideline like a receiver would (on a punt, mind you) before falling out of bounds. Classic.

1:45: The Steelers defense gives up yet another 3rd down conversion before holding the 49ers. The 49ers punter kicked the ball 66 yards. yes, i said 66. 198 feet. He is a robot. The Steelers are starting inside their own 10.

1:55: They just flashed to Mike Tomlin on the sidelines. I’m pretty sure that he got a hair cut somewhere in between the 1st and 2nd quarters.

2:00: After a botched Cedric Wilson reverse (one Roethlisberger block would result in a TD), the man with the worst nickname in the NFL, “Fast” Willie Parker breaks one to the outside, after being hit in the backfield for what should have been a 4 yard loss. 23 yard pick up.

2:06: Willie Parker has been a one man wrecking machine so far on this drive, racking up 47 yards as we hit the two minute warning. Mike Tomlin debates whether or not he has enough time to get a quick shape up before half time.

2:11: Roethlisberger on the play action pass to Jerame Tuman (yes, he is still on the team, and no, its not this guy) TD Steelers. A “sweet-hipped” Jeff Reed extra point makes it 14-6.

2:20: Halftime. Steelers lead 14-6, and we get the ball coming out in the second half. The defense has looked decent, except for the first drive, and a couple of 3rd down conversions. Frank Gore has had nowhere to run, and no one has caught any passes except for Vernon Davis. On offense, Roethlisberger has only missed one pass, and Parker has been running on the 49ers defense like they were a practice squad. I expect to see a lot more of Willie and play action in the second half.

2:36: Ben Roethlisberger puts his bid in for fastest starting QB in the league with the first name Ben, as he scrambles for 18 yards…The Steelers are moving.

2:41: Heath Miller clearly had his mother insulted by the 49ers before the game started, and he’s mad. He’s made two nice catches on this drive (the 2nd one is currently under review). If it holds, the Steelers are down at the San Fran 2 yard line (catch not upheld)

2:45: I love Mike Nolan, the coach of the Niners, because he wears the suits every week. But its hot…and he’s not only wearing a suit, he has a windbreaker on over top of it.

2:47: Sweet Hips hits the field goal. Steelers up 17-6.

2:49: The announcers are making fun of Sweet Hips’ headshot in the Steelers 2007 media guide. Now that I look at it, he does look like one of the characters from Dragonball-Z, when they’ve gone “Super Saiyan”. Mike Tomlin offers to take Jeff Reed with him when he goes to get his hair cut during the 4th Quarter.

3:01: Pandemonium. Alex Smith hit Vernon Davis on a 25 yard pass, Polamalu up-ends him and he pops the ball up into the air for an interception (maybe?) which Ryan Clark returned 40 yards into 49ers territory. The play is under review.

3:05: What the hell. The play was ruled an incomplete pass…which was basically an impossibly ruling; it was either a Steelers interception or a 49ers first down and tackle by Polamalu. Based on the fact that it was ruled an incomplete pass, it seems like it should have been a Steelers interception…Tomlin should have done the unprecedented “double challenge”. He didn’t though, Nedney hits a 50 yard field goal, and the Niners stole 3 points. 17-9 Steelers. If Ed Hochuli was here, he’d know what to do.

3:13: Two nice throws by Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes. Especially the second one, where Roethlisberger avoided a sack, and pump faked twice.

3:14: Parker is over 100 yards. On 18 carries.

3:18: Sweet Hips nails the 49 yard field goal. Steelers 20-9. We are looking good.

3:27: The Steelers are admiring the 49ers pretty uniforms. At least, that’s what I assume is going on, as Alex Smith is carving up the secondary on this drive with 3 straight passes of over 15 yards.

3:29: A key sack by…well, 3 of the 4 Steelers linebackers on 3rd down takes the Niners out of field goal range. After the punt, the Steelers will start at their own 20.

3:37: Steelers putting together a nice drive with 2 third down conversions to Holmes and Miller. The offensive line is doing a great job on protection for Roethlisberger. Looks like we’re starting to wrap this one up. (sidenote: Ward seems to be hurt. Haven’t heard anything else about him since near the end of the first quarter when he got hit hard on two straight plays).

3:39: Another field goal by Sweet Hips. 23-9. Steelers.

3:45: This one is a wrap. Bryant McFadden picks off Alex Smith, and takes it to the house. 30-9 Steelers. We’re clicking on all facets right now. We have an offense, defensive and special teams touchdown. Nicely done guys.

3:49: That was quick. The 49ers cruise down the field for an easy TD. 30-16 Steelers, with 2:22 left. The defensive might get chewed out over this one. Not the fact that they gave up the TD, but how easy they gave it up.

3:55: 2 minute warning. The Niners don’t have any more time outs. Lets get these formalities over with.

3:57: By formalities, I meant a Najeh Davenport 39 yard TD run. 37-16 Steelers.

4:04. Steelers are 3-0. Next up, Ken Wishenhunt and the Arizona Cardinals.

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September 22, 2007

Barry Bonds…future American League DH

It’s like Willie Mays all over again…The Giants decided to part ways with Barry Bonds yesterday.  Giants owner Peter Magowan had a 90-minute with Bonds, before later informing the media that the Giants (67-87, 20 GB) would be going in a different direction in 2008.

Bonds himself said he was saddened, but respected the decision.  His blog entry on the topic can be read here.

So, what’s next for the homerun king?  It almost has to be a job as a DH in the American League.  Bonds will be 44 next season and as he’s already shown numerous times this season, his mobility in the field, and on the base paths is limited (at times during this year especially, he’s almost been a defensive liability).

I look for Bonds to go to Oakland and play a year or two, even though the Oakland DH position is crowded (Piazza, Cust) the A’s need some more power, with Cust leading the team with 25 home runs.  Other rumored suitors?  The Angels and the Rangers.

Bonds, who is the midst of a 1-year $16 million deal with the Giants, will probably have a similar contract, with maybe a slightly lower price tag, with is new team.  Barry Bonds is represented by Jeff Borris, of the Beverly Hills Sports Council.  They don’t seem to have a website, but their address can be found here.

Looking for something to do? go read about Barry Bonds’ 756th home run ball…and how it might be headed into space.

MLB Official Site:  Barry’s Journal 

Yahoo! Sports:  Bye-bye Barry: Giants tell Bonds he won’t be back in ’08

September 19, 2007

Bonds’ Home Run, Mark Ecko, and Choose Your Own Adventure Books.

Filed under: Barry Bonds, Sports — Tags: , , — emmettjones @ 11:29 pm

Anyone remember Choose Your Own Adventure books, the greatest book series ever?

if you do, continue reading below

if you don’t go here, and start reading. When finished, continue reading below.

Okay…now that we’ve got that out of the way, do you remember Barry Bonds, the guy who broke the home run record of 755? (i know its difficult since its football season…that’s why i gave you the link to his profile).

As you may, or may not know, Bonds’ record breaking 756th homerun was auctioned off last week Saturday.

What you may not know is that the winner of the auction was Mark Ecko. Yes, that Mark Ecko. The one who makes clothes. What’s he doing with the ball? Ah…there lies the “choose your own adventure” portion of the post. If you go vote at Ecko’s website (hurry, voting ends September 25th), you can help decide whether or not Bonds’ ball will

a.) Go to Cooperstown, unmarked, as the official ball that broke Hank Aaron’s record

b.) Go to Cooperstown, with an asterisk branded on it.

c.) Be put on a rocket that is then sent into outer space.

First off, Mark Ecko has too much money. Secondly, I understand what Mark Ecko is trying to do here. Let the people decide what to do with, for better or worse, one of the most talked about records in the history of sports. Democracy at its finest (and it only cost 750K!). But seriously…a rocket? Do you have friends at NASA? are you going up in one of Richard Branson’s Virgin Mobile Flights? Do you know Superman, or some other flying superhero? How are you putting this thing into space?

On a side note, how crazy is it, and how much does it say about the current state of baseball, when the record breaking ball, of arguably the most hallowed record in sports history, might be sent to the baseball hall of fame…with an asterisk engraved on it? Just think about that for a minute…

Barry Bonds’ take on Mark Ecko? “He’s stupid. He’s an idiot

…I honestly hope people vote for the rocket…if only to satisfy my curiosity.

UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 26th…the ball is going to the hall! with an asterisk.  And yes, the hall is definitely accepting it. 

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Sotheby’s SCP Auction: Barry Bonds 756th Home run

Mark Ecko’s Website: For the Record…

Yahoo! Sports: Bonds: Man who bought home run ball is an idiot

September 7, 2007

Say it ain’t so, Rick! Seriously…say it ain’t so.

Filed under: Rick Ankiel, Sports, Sports Agent — Tags: , — emmettjones @ 12:52 am

Noooooooo!  Baseball was doing so well…well, sort of.  The Yankees were leading the wild card race, the Red Sox were maintaining their lead, the NL West is exciting, and in the NL Central…there is a 3 team race of mediocre teams, with one man leading the way for the Saint Louis Cardinals.  Who am i referring to?  He’s called Roy Hobbs (The Natural) in some circles, but us common folk know him as Rick Ankiel.  His comeback seemed almost too good to be true.  Baseball being baseball, it may very well be the case. (more…)

Byron Leftwich will not be coming to a Ravens team near you.

Adam Schefter of NFL.com is reporting that the Ravens re-signed “beloved” QB Kyle Boller to a 1 year extension worth somewhere around 3 million, on Thursday.  So why is this a big deal? Well, with Steve McNair getting on in age and skill, the Ravens had to, at least in the back of their mind, be looking for a replacement.  Now, rumor has it the Jacksonville Jaguars recently released a quarter back who’s gritty, tough, and could fit pretty well in Baltimore’s system…Ah yes, Byron Leftwich!  But, they probably won’t sign Leftwich now, since they’ve re-signed Boller.  What’s that you say? the Ravens were never interested in Boller? Ah, i beg to differ kind friend, the Ravens have been interested in Leftwich ever since he was drafted, and were already conducting preliminary talks with his agent, Tom Condon (of the afore mentioned Creative Artists Agency).

Kyle Boller is 18-16 as a starter with a career QB rating of 71.0.  Maybe Boller has turned the corner, and if he has, all the more power to him.  But if he hasn’t, why would Baltimore re-sign him when the fans have had problems with his inconsistent play (many a game has consisted of the Baltimore fans booing their QB), the team has shown in the past that he wasn’t their QB of the future (or else McNair wouldn’t be there in the first place), and you had a proven, albeit oft-injured QB available on the market right now?  For the sake of Baltimore fans, i hope this isn’t a situation where Brian Billick is not afraid to cut his losses.

Boller is represented by David Dunn of Athletes First.  I won’t bother going into Dunn’s history here, as it is unnecessary, and irrelevant.  But for the sake of the reader wanting to know more about the history of the different agents within the industry, it may be worth it to google his name along with Leigh Steinberg’s.

NFL.com:  Boller’s extension could keep Leftwich out of Baltimore

Washington Post:  Ravens talk with agent for Leftwich 

September 6, 2007

Russell-watch: Day 42.

Filed under: Agencies, JaMarcus Russell, Michael Vick, Sports, Sports Agent — Tags: — emmettjones @ 12:23 pm

I can’t believe I’m writing about JaMarcus Russell again (see here, here, and here), but there are new stories to discuss. The guys over at Sports Agent Blog are reporting that the man who originally recruited Russell, Mel Bratton, has left Lock, Metz, & Malinovic and has now become the new vice president of football operations at DeBartolo Sports & Entertainment. Interestingly enough, Sports Agent Blog is also reporting that another agent at LLM also left for DeBartolo on the same day. So, people are jumping ship over at LLM…the question is whether they’re worried that there is some level of incompetency there, or were they’re worried about being stigmatized later on because of their connection with the firm? Or maybe…(Corleone voice activated) DeBartolo made them an offer they couldn’t refuse?

Amidst all of the craziness, the big question is, “what’s really going on with JaMarcus Russell?” The good news (possibly) is that his uncle is reporting that Russell and the Raiders are close to a deal. Honestly, I won’t be convinced that anyone in this situation is close to a deal until the deal is actually signed. And in the end? I still think its Michael Vick’s fault…at least partially.

Sports Agent Blog: JaMarcus Russell’s situation is getting downright ugly

ESPN: Russell’s Uncle says deal with the Raiders almost done

UPDATE: Jay Glazer of Fox Sports says the negotiations are coming down the home stretch

September 5, 2007

iPod. A huge endorsement opportunity.

Filed under: Agencies, Endorsements, nfl, Sports, Sports Agent — Tags: , , , , , — emmettjones @ 9:31 pm

So…what’s going on in the world of “things other than sports”? Steve Jobs and Apple unleashed a barrage of “iPoddy goodness” today. Apple now has a new video version of the iPod nano, a “classic” version that carries a hard drive of 160GB, and an iPod Touch, which is the iPhone in the form of an iPod (complete with wi-fi!). Now, I doubt there are many people in America that have never heard of an iPod. My great uncle has one and he’s in his 70’s. But all of America has heard of Nike, Reebok, Gatorade, American Express, Visa, and Sprint, yet we still have athletes/celebrities endorsing those products. And now, with the NFL entering into its second year of its contract with Apple, its time for the agents of some of the league’s more popular athletes to work on obtaning an endorsement deal with Apple promoting their iPod line. I can’t be the only one tired of seeing these…

Are you honestly going to tell me that Peyton Manning (granted, you may have an issue because he’s under contract with Sprint) isn’t more marketable than the silhouette of some person break dancing while wearing an iPod shuffle?

or Reggie Bush?

(yeah, i know this isn’t a commercial, but its entertaining!)

So, please, please, high-profile agents of the NFL…lets make this one happen. I will almost guarantee that 99% of the players in the NFL have an iPod anyway, so why not have them get paid for a product that they already endorse?

Let’s make it happen. Thanks for your time.

P.S. When you call, tell Steve Jobs I said hello, and that I’d like the iPod Touch to have a bigger hard drive. Thanks again.

The Jets are interested in Reche Caldwell…for football?

Filed under: Agencies, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Sports, Sports Agent — Tags: , — emmettjones @ 3:44 pm

ESPN, the Boston Globe, and NFL league sources are reporting that the New York Jets visited with former Patriots WR Reche Caldwell on Tuesday. Yes, that Reche Caldwell…the one who played for the Jets biggest rivals in the AFC East. Maybe the Jets are just interested in obtaining another receiver? Caldwell did lead the Patriots last year in receptions (61) and yards (760) and key drops in the AFC championship game (2). But the Jets already have six (6) wide receivers, and adding Caldwell would seemingly give them unnecessary depth at the position. But why, oh why would the Jets want to talk to Caldwell if they don’t plan on offering him a contract? Maybe a look at the Jets schedule is the answer

Reche Caldwell is represented by Tony Fleming of Impact Sports Management (NOTE: his partner, Mitchell Frankel is referenced here, so search for his name on the page in order to find information for Impact Sports Management)

ESPN: Jets chat with Caldwell

New York Jets: Official Website

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