As the 2014 NBA Finals get underway, so does the fan bases of the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat as they create their various songs and anthems. Some are decent–others not so much. Below we give you a couple of songs and videos from fans of the San Antonio Spurs.
The first is a rap that comes from King Wolf called “Put in work.” Not great, not terrible:
The first song had some coolness to it, this one not so much featuring classic lines like “Go Spurs, go go! Get up, stand up and defend the Alamo!” Don’t worry they do provide the words at least for you to sing along:
Excitement, suspense, intensity–you name it. Expect all that and a lot more as the Stanley Cup Final gets under way between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings. Even if you’re not a hockey fan if you tune in you’ll get hooked as this Stanley Cup Final trailer gets you ready.
As we get closer and closer to the start of the World Cup, the ESPN PR machine is in full promotion mode. Try to watch the Worldwide Leader for 30 minutes without seeing some sort of soccer story. Of course this is because ESPN has the rights.
Meanwhile the NHL Stanley Cup Finals are under way but good luck seeing any extended coverage of what some believe is the most exciting postseason in sports. Of course ESPN does not own the rights to the NHL.
This leads to the ongoing media debate of the role and power of ESPN. Are they a sports news operation? A promotion machine? Is it both and how should the two be balanced and do they conflict?
In this day and age it all cross pollinates. For most sports media companies, whether it’s television or radio for that matter, there is an obligation of coverage to the sport or team the entity paid to gain their rights. ESPN dished out $100 million for the English-language rights to the 2010 and 2014 World Cup’s. That’s a large sum of cash so like any business ESPN wants to capitalize on their investment. That means features, stories and opinion woven throughout their sports “news” programs with the hopes that it will drive more people to watch the matches. ESPN I’m sure will also argue that there is a higher demand for the World Cup than the NHL.
Whether you agree with that assessment or not ESPN has the power to make that decision due the dominant position they own in the sports media landscape. They have been the pioneers of blurring the lines between sports journalism and promotion in pushing their “sports” agenda. And we as sports fans just have to accept that and clearly we have considering ESPN has yet to have a true viable competitor.
And for those of us that would rather see coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals over the World Cup on ESPN, you’ll be happy to know that Fox Sports spent around $425 million to get the English-speaking rights to the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. Maybe by then ESPN will have regained the rights of the NHL and the coverage tables will be turned.
Hat tip to Ben Criddle on twitter for the picture that pretty much sums up one of the many differences between the two sports.
Javdeveon Clowney has been ticketed for speeding…..again. That is the second time this month and the moving violation could cost the potential first round draft pick his driver license.
According to The State, Clowney was flagged for illegal driving procedure on Thursday morning by the Columbia South Carolina Police Department.
This time Clowney was going 84 in a 55 MPH zone, a ticket that reportedly cost the Gamecock Defensive End $355 dollars. And that’s not all because of the accumulated points, Clowney faces possible suspension of his driver’s license.
Steve Spurrier, Clowney’s head coach for at least another week, commented on the latest driving episode during a press conference saying “at least he will have enough to pay for it n another week or so.”
Clowney is expected to declare for the NFL draft after the Gamecocks appearance in the Capitol One Bowl.
The old ball coach continued, commenting on the need for his defensive end to have some additional instruction behind the wheel.
Classic Spurrier on Clowney speeding. “He needs to go to driving school. Hopefully they’ll send him there after the bowl game.” #Priceless
Don’t expect Jadeveon Clowney’s latest brush with the police to effect his game day status. Apparently the speeding ticket does not qualify as a violation of team rules as their was no suspension announced.
Sports Mashup doesn’t condone speeding. However it is somewhat refreshing that he wasn’t ticketed for speeding and not driving under the influence. Clowney may have a need for speed but at least he doesn’t have a need for weed.
Ever since the Kim Kardashian burst onto the pop culture scene you can’t turn on the news without one of the Kardashian girls making some kind of news and usually for the wrong reasons.
The Kardashians are obviously skilled at prying their way into America’s living rooms but also have a skill for dating professional athletes.
Unfortunately history has shown dating a Kardashian can be detrimental to a pro-athletes career.
The latest rumor involves Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Khole Kardashian. It is rumored that Matt Kemp was the reason for Khole Kardashain’s recent martial issues. Those rumors are said to be false and Kemp’s involvement is that of a supportive friend. But in light of the relationship and Kemp coming off his second consecutive sub par season it makes you wonder if Beastmode’s lack of numbers have anything to do with the relationship.
If that is the case, Kemp’s would have been the third career nearly ruined a Kardasian sister.
Reggie Bush famously dated Kim Kardashian in the early years of his NFL career. The result was five injury riddled season with the New Orleans Saints. During that span Bush was also the subject of an NCAA investigation that stripped him of his Heisman Trophy and USC of a national championship.
It wasn’t until Reggie Bush went to Miami and away for Kim that he finally got his career back on track. His two years in Miami as the featured back has led to a career resurgence. His performance for the Dolphins ultimately landed him a free agent contract with the upstart Detroit Lions and spot on top of the NFL leaderboard,
Lamar Odom was known as one of the NBA premiere big men until he met Khole Kardashian. Over the last couple years of his relationship with Kardashian, Lamar Odoms career has taken a nose dive. Odom consistently scored between 880 and 1000 points a season over the last couple of seasons, Odom’s production dropped to 332 points in 2011 and 33o points in 2012. The former Clipper became a free agent after last season and has yet to play a game in the NBA this season.
So now with Matt Kemp’s rumored relationship with Khole Kardashian is the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder the next professional athlete to fall victim to the Kardashian curse? Kemp probably won’t be the last but it makes you wonder how many careers have to be ruined before pro athletes just stay away from the reality TV stars.
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