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Moving On

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , on June 11, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

A wise man once said “talk is cheap”.  In the case of David Haye, it’s not cheap; it’s worthless.

He promised to restore the glory of the heavyweight division.  He swore to clean up the murky championship picture by unifying titles.  His impressive run at cruiserweight, and being the  polar opposite of both Klitschko brothers, made him their most appealing challenger.

To his credit, he made heavyweight boxing remotely interesting.  Even if it was just for a brief moment.  Although for the third time within a calendar year, he sat on the brink of the most significant championship fight since 2003 only to remove himself from all negotiations to pursue an easier fight.

How is that going to bring back the lure of the heavyweights?  He would serve boxing much better if he would just disappear altogether.

It’s the new boxing tradition of talking your way to greatness but never actually backing it up.  Boxing is littered with fighters who do this but Haye has become it’s premiere practitioner.

David Haye is an absolute disgrace to boxing.  It’s time to move past Haye as he is not deserving of anyone’s time.  Manny Pacquiao is the most beloved boxer because his fists actually do his talking.  Haye is pumped up of false bravado and who has time to waste on his garbage?  There are better things to do.  Like basket weaving.


There Goes The Superbowl

Posted in NFL with tags , , , on April 22, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

Damn it, damn it, damn it!  Drew Brees was voted to be on the cover of Madden 2011.  People scoff at the talk of a curse but you can’t ignore the overwhelming evidence that supports it.  It’s hard enough to make the playoffs the season following the Super Bowl but now the Saints have some serious voodoo on their franchise player.  Drew Brees has always defied the odds and he accomplished the impossible by winning a Super Bowl in New Orleans.  So if anyone can break the curse it’s Drew Brees.  Although me saying that doesn’t make me feel any better.

Bust or Bust

Posted in NFL with tags , , on April 14, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

When a college quarterback enters the NFL draft you know almost immediately if he is going to be a quality player in the NFL.  Hyping up players before the draft is nothing new, but this is a bad year for quarterbacks – period.  Regardless of what the media says about either Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen, neither are going to set the world on fire once they’re pros.

What triggered me the most is the way the media was all over Jimmy Clausen because he only threw 2 incomplete passes on his pro day.  So what? The ESPN the Magazine does and article on the way Clausen throws a pretty spiral.  Like any of this is going to translate into him becoming a quality NFL QB.

How about focusing more on how immature he is and that he has an attitude problem?  Getting knocked the hell out after leaving a restaurant should throw up a flare about the kind of negative attention he brings.  He’s a punk and character goes a long way in the NFL (see Matt Ryan).

Sam Bradford gets injured his last year, come back with like 13 lbs. of added muscle and suddenly he’s a stud?  I don’t get it. Brady Quinn is bulging with muscles all over his body and he can’t complete a pass to save his life.  Not to mention he played in the same offensive system as Clausen and it didn’t matter if it was pro-style because he still sucks.  When a quarterback has it you just know it.

The media keeps trying to spin this and blow it up as they always do, but the added attention they give Clausen and Bradford clearly show how bad this draft class is regarding QBs.  Quarterbacks are the poster boys of a franchise and any GM should proceed with extreme caution when drafting either Clausen or Bradford.  It’s like choosing either JaMarcus Russell or Brady Quinn all over again.  And we all know how well that turned out for those teams.  Face it, either way the drafting teams are screwed.

Pay The Man

Posted in Boxing, MMA with tags , , , , , , , on February 24, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

The UFC’s story is quite touching. Going from nearly extinct a few years ago to currently the world’s #1 combat sport brand. Still don’t think so? Well UFC’s pay-per-view numbers for 2009 are astonishing. Of the top ten pay-per-view events of 2009, the UFC claimed six to boxing’s three. The UFC accumulated 6.13 millions pay-per-view buys on that list versus 3.125 million for boxing. When comparing boxing’s top 3 event totals to those of the UFC, Dana White smiles emphatically thanks to a distinct 2-1 victory over the age old sport, and not to mention their biggest competition. That is quite the success story. It’s the stuff Hollywood scripts are made of. Now when exactly do they plan on finally passing along their good fortune to their fighters?

Brock Lesnar headlined UFC100, the top PPV event of ’09, and received a $3 million payday once all was accounted for. It’s worthing nothing that a far less popular and disgraced boxer, Antonio Margarito, cashed in $2.3 million for fighting Shane Mosley on a regular broadcast of HBO’s Championship Boxing in January ’09. Boxing’s top draws can bank on $20 million when negotiating to fight each other, but the UFC can’t afford more than $3 million to its biggest cash cow for the most important show in the company’s history? WTF?

The UFC is raking in money hand over fist. Need more proof? UFC 100 sold 1.6 million PPVs. The monetary totals are undisclosed, but we can only estimate $320 million in UFC 100 purchases. That estimate was drawn from conservatively figuring the breakdown at 80% were home buys at $50 each, and 20% bar/extended outpost at $800 a piece. That’s a massive total already even without figuring in gate receipts and merchandising. It far exceeds HBO’s single broadcast budget. Lesnar’s pay wouldn’t even account for 1% of the pay-per-view revenues.

Boxing also has more payout obstacles. Bloated sanctioning fees from their governing bodies like the WBA, WBC and IBF often cripple the boxer’s purse. The UFC is free of that burden. Both boxing and the UFC hold events where this is no state tax. Both are also very profitable thanks to sponsors and confidential licensing fees.

There is no excuse for the anemic salaries awarded to UFC fighters. It is highway robbery when you consider a punk like Floyd Mayweather is making eight figures for his pitter-patter glorified sparring sessions on PPV. The UFC is a rock solid promotion amassed from the blood spilled by its fighters. Safe from any Affliction-type meltdowns in their future. What’s right is right and if the UFC is surpassing boxing’s numbers, then the fighter’s pay should be too or at least come close to it.

UFC Cards Are More Like IRS Returns

Posted in Boxing, MMA with tags , , , , , , on February 23, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

UFC 110 is now over and the countdown to UFC 111 begins.  UFC 111, unlike the more recent UFC pay-per-view telecasts, is one well worth the tag price.  That can’t be said out loud about cards like UFC 110 and UFC 109.  The fact is there are too many UFC cards on PPV.  Dana White was a boxer back in  his day and apparently he still has it in his system.  How else do you explain the UFC’s overabundance of PPV events?  Hosting too many PPVs seriously hurt boxing industry.  UFC head honcho Dana White has acknowledged this in the past and here he is committing the same crimes as boxing did.  The UFC is becoming more like the IRS where the more you put in the less you get out of it.

What kills me is Dana White’s outlook on the situation.  When questioned about this issue this is what he had to say:

“UFC fans are spoiled.  There’s gonna be the people that always bitch and I say what I always say, ‘don’t buy it!.’ If you don’t like the ______ card don’t buy it. I don’t give a _______…People who are real fight fans and want to sit home on a Saturday and watch fights, will watch it. Nobody’s _______ making you buy fights and watch the pay-per-view. Watch “American Idol,” I could care less.”

Wow.  Dana White is a smart and cunning business man, but no one accused him of having any class or common sense for that matter.  These are hard times and the recession is still affecting millions of people around the country.  Even so, UFC fans are still hunkering down $50 a pop every time Dana White decides to put together a fight card.  In 2009, the UFC had 6 out of the top 10 PPV purchased events thus totalling 6.13 million buys.  That’s a lot of people making Dana White rich.  So I ask, who is the spoiled one here:  Dana White or the devoted fan who keeps White employed?

The upside to the UFC cards is that there is more depth in their events.  Whereas boxing cards tend to focus on one fight that being the main event.  All I’m saying is stop with the tricks like bringing guys back from the dead for cheap nostalgia pops.  The Tito Ortiz’s and Mark Coleman’s of the world.  Randy Couture and The Senior Tour are OK, but not as a PPV headliners.

Injuries to stars happen all the time and it causes headaches for the promoters, but the fans are the ones who suffer the most.  Although there is no reason that the UFC couldn’t reschedule its events in the case of an injury or a setback.  If the UFC scraps or reschedules an event it loses money, but would they rather lose their fan base altogether like boxing almost did?  Not to mention having stars on the program actually justify the high cost of a PPV event.  If the fight is delayed then it only adds to the anticipation.

The bottom line is Dana White and the UFC’s round table should be grateful for their growing success.  The people paying for their cushioned lifestyle are saying something so maybe they should listen. Throw the customer a bone and give them what they want:  more star power for the money.  Not every card can be like UFC 100 but there’s no reason to force feed the consumer Couture-Coleman.  The bottom line is that the fans keep investing in the UFC, it’s time they give something of true value back.

Fans Own “Who Dat”

Posted in NFL with tags , , , on January 28, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

Roger Goodell is one greedy son-of-a-bitch.  He thinks he’s slick too.  Goodell was in New Orleans for the NFC Conference Championship game last Sunday.  There he witnessed thousands of “Who Dat” t-shirts and apparel.  Now that the Saints are Superbowl bound Goodell realizes  his chance to cash in on an old New Orleans local catchphrase.  Now Goodell’s brainchild is to copyright the term “Who Dat” and prevent anyone from using it without written consent from the NFL.  The NFL claims they own the term.  What a fucking joke.  Do they own the term “cheesehead” or “black hole” too?  It’s crazy ridiculous that the NFL is trying to stop t-shirts or other items that you have created in New Orleans that reads “Who Dat”. It isn’t owned by the NFL. It is owned by the fans. Created by the fans, owned by the fans. It’s a creole term and I didn’t realize they had any creoles on the NFL marketing board.  When the phrase first became popular, it was New Orleans native Aaron Neville who performed the song for a music video; not Pete Rozelle who was the NFL Commissioner at the time.  The NFL never gave two shits about “Who Dat” until they realized the potential for Superbowl memorabilia bearing the unique term.  The NFL is already a rich enough company and Goodell is trying to take “Who Dat” away from the fans that supported it long before he even heard of it.  Goodell can’t take away something he had nothing to do with in the first place.  The NFL will make their money regardless so they don’t need “Who Dat”.  Goodell should make things right and leave the issue alone.  If not then I’ll sell shirts that read “Who Dat” and take the proceeds to pay someone to pimp slap Goodell for even trying pull this shit.

Defending the Who Dat Nation,

Dallas O’Malley – The Rebel Ref

The Time is Now for Mike Tyson

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , on January 12, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

Enough already.  Why is one of boxing’s biggest stars of all-time, “Iron” Mike Tyson, still visibly absent in boxing on all fronts? He stays secluded these days, but Tyson would certainly accept an invitation to return “home”.  He sure could use the gig, and he’s getting by with cameo appearances in movies like “The Hangover”, guest host on “Monday Night Raw” and as apresenter on award shows.  It just doesn’t compare to being where he truly belongs.  It’s not justice though for a man who we adored when he was beheading people in the latter part of the 20th century.  He is a man who left such an impression, not only the hardcore boxing fans but casual ones as well, that we still hopelessly search for the arrival of the next “Kid Dynamite”.  Amazingly enough, after all these years the networks still believe Tyson to be a delicate subject with too much risk on a potential investment.  Tyson is no longer a troubled man.  He’s made peace in his advanced age and Tyson has given us so much over the years that quite frankly, we should give back to Mike Tyson.

When considering a Tyson comeback the 1st person who comes to mind is Dana White. It’s not everyday I agree with Dana White but he got it right when he criticized Showtime in regards to boxing.  It’s always been thought and understood but no one ever actually came out and said it.  Showtime has always been second banana in boxing.  They have always had a 2nd rate roster and a deplorable commentators.  Knowing this, Showtime made some changes to better compete with boxing’s broadcasting champ HBO.  First came  adjustments to the people calling the fight.  Then came the Super 6 Super Middleweight Round Robin tournament.  It was all a step in the right direction but HBO’s boxing outlet still easily outclasses Showtime. Showtime needs something else that will undoubtedly launch their profile to new heights and make their share of the boxing market pop to the masses.  As 2009 came to a close, boxing’s resurgence was reaching its apex and for the sake of striking while the iron is hot, it’s time to bring back Mike Tyson and Showtime is just the company to do it.

There is nothing more Showtime can possibly do other than add Mike Tyson to their brand. Showtime needs Mike Tyson.  He’s a big steak to add to their sizzle.  Tyson is an unlikely historian of the sport.  He has loads of charisma and is quite articulate.  It’s a no-brainer that Showtime should add him as the retired pro on their panel. Showtime is never going to have the talent pool to compare to HBO.  The only way they can make up for it would be through an x-factor in their broadcasting team which as it stands now is very vanilla.  Imagine what a Mike Tyson can do to their line up of commentators.  Tyson equals ratings and size up the panels for both rivals and landing Tyson would only benefit Showtime.

Showtime          HBO

Gus Johnson          Jim Lampley

Al Bernstein           Larry Merchant

Steve Farhood       Max Kellerman

Jim Gray                  Harold Lederman

Karyn Bryant         Emmanuel Steward

Antonio Tarver     Lennox Lewis

It’s an insult to Jim Lampley to mention Gus Johnson in the same sentence. Unless when saying Lampley is in the upper echelon of commentator talent and Johnson can only dream of it.  Al Bernstein has the most credibility under the Showtime banner but lacks the decorated tongue of Larry Merchant.  Max Kellerman, Harold Lederman, Emmanuel Steward and Lennox Lewis are television gold and round out the sweep for HBO.  Showtime keeps trying bold new things, like forming Strikeforce to compete with the UFC, so having Mike Tyson join the team only makes sense.  It’s the one move HBO will never be able to counter while Showtime’s viewership will multiply ten fold.  People are intrigued with Tyson and he will give them a reason to tune into Showtime.

Would be backlash is no longer a factor.  Tyson has done his time.  Both in the legal system and in the eyes of the public.  In the ultimate forum of public acceptance, Oprah aired a special episode of her daily talk show featuring Mike Tyson.  Tyson reflected and broke down in front of Oprah’s legions.  He also came to terms with ear bitten victim Evander Holyfield. He’s fallen from great heights and no longer poses a threat to anyone.  He’s a humble man and has repented for his sins.  If Oprah and Evander can accept and see this, then what’s the hold up?  Tyson received Oprah’s seal of approval.  Once Oprah says you’re OK then the rest is butter.  Mike Tyson should be no exception.

Maybe the biggest obstacle in Tyson’s comeback would be himself. He would not want to be billed as “Iron” Mike Tyson.  He knows all too well how people remember him and he is not fond of it.  Tyson is quick to knockout the lofty image of “Iron” Mike much like Rob Van Winkle looks to rid the ghosts of Vanilla Ice’s past.  Luckily for Tyson, he’s not in Van Winkle’s shoes.  Imagine trying to make people forget about that.  . We love “Ice Ice Baby” bu we honestly still mock that version of Vanilla Ice.  There was no mocking “Iron” Mike.  “Iron” Mike remains timeless.  “Iron” Mike was the last champion to make boxing front page news.  Even though the man he looks back on in those days brought him years of pain, in the end we as a resilient culture only remember the true importance of “Iron” Mike.  Looking back only his boxing greatness is what matters from  that period.  The controversy that surrounded those times is a dead issue.  Tyson is still celebrated and the transition to the booth would be a smooth one.

Boxing is in Mike Tyson’s DNA.  He should be rewarded by the sport and networks that gained so much from him.  Exiling Mike Tyson from boxing would be like taking away Michael Angelo’s paint brushes.  No good can possibly come of it.  Tyson is good for the sport.  Though some would dismiss that notion I would like to point out to take note how often his name still comes up.  Whether its his documentaries, or using his name to describe a ferocious punch, Mike Tyson is still very much in boxing’s conscience.  We still have not moved on from the Tyson Era.  Countless articles covering heavyweight boxing plead for the next exciting American heavyweight to reveal himself right here and now.  Just like Tyson did when people were have Muhammad Ali withdrawals.  Even without mentioning his name, it’s understood whom they are speaking of.  Even his video game was voted the best sports game of all-time. That’s true power and something that significant should never be denied.