March 10, 2015
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Now that there has been reporting that our Minister of Education, Jerome Fitzgerald, has been allegedly caught with his hands in the proverbial cookie jar, some of you have rushed to judgment and declared he should resign.
I MUST admit my long Easter weekend was filled with the NBA Playoffs, Major League Baseball and NFL Draft rumours and rumblings. Not to mention tons of great food and libations sharing the stage with celebrity headliner Donnell Rawlings aka ‘Ashy Larry’ from ‘Chappelle’s Show.’
It was an absolute pleasure to take in the CARIFTA Water Polo Finals at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre over the weekend.
AS the long NFL offseason lingers on, here are a few stories to keep your eyes on as we draw closer to the NFL Draft.
AS the NFL Draft rapidly approaches in April, finally there has been word from the Cowboys’ top brass, Stephen Jones in particular, the ‘Boys will be going all defence in this draft.
Enough of the mock NFL Drafts, and monitoring where the likes of Tony Romo, Adrian Peterson and Jamal Charles will all end up, and under what circumstances?
IT’S obvious, after the first wave of NFL Free Agency, that the defending Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots are in win now mode.
WHEN NFL Free Agency gets underway on March 9, expect there to be a splash in the market.
MARCH is upon us and the NFL Draft in April will soon be here.
HOW sad that, for the first time since the glory days of Mychal Thompson and Rick Fox winning championships with the Lakers, the latest chance for Bahamians to root for a native son and his team in unison has temporarily been derailed!
THE long NFL offseason is upon us and, between now and the NFL Draft in April, there will be millions of trade rumours swirling.
LET’S cut right to the chase this week, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time!
SO my Super Bowl prediction got squashed!
I KNOW most of you are expecting some rant of sorts out of me, due to my Cowboys losing to the Packers on Sunday ... NOT!
SO there’s no confusion, there was a typo last week, my actual final tally was 164-90-2 for the regular season, (hey Sheldon Longley over there at my old stomping grounds, the Nassau Guardian, that’s a dead heat, so stop telling folks on FB you beat me! If you want to break the tie, my Cowboys were 13-3 your Dolphins 11-5, I win.)
I TOLD you I had the picks title on ice!
WE ARE back after the holidays, and I hope you all had a safe, enjoyable holiday season.
DOWN the stretch they come.....fighting for second place!
WELL would you look at that, a 15-1 week for the cellar dwellers Wells and Dorsett making a late charge for respectability and second place!
AS we get even closer to Christmas, and the veritable ‘sports feast’ that awaits us over the next few days on television, I decided to go with a Top 5 list of great sports moments that occurred on Christmas Day.
JUST like my Cowboys, I’ve had a rough two weeks, allowing the likes of Leo B. to creep back into the race.
OKAY, let’s get this one out of the way. Despite my Cowboys losing for only the second time this season, again to the Giants, my trip to New York was far from being in vain!
OKAY, so I cooled off a bit last week - 9-6 is decent but still not up to my lofty standards.
MY Dallas Cowboys, sorry my 11-1, playoff berth clinching Dallas Cowboys are ‘America’s Team’ again.
I COOLED off a little going 12-4 last week, still in first all by my lonesome!
OKAY, enough is enough! Yes it’s my fault, six weeks ago in a certain column I pen on Tuesday’s I told Dolphins fans to enjoy a win and a breakout performance by RB Jay Ajayi.
IT seems like I’m rounding into form - a robust 13-1 last week, 98-58-2 for the season - has me sitting pretty in the standings, distancing myself from the pack in the process.
WE Bahamians love us some Thanksgiving and, despite it not being an officially recognised holiday as it is in the USA, we follow suit in every other way.
OKEY dokey, 9-4 last week and still the leader of the pack. And I picked the Dolphins to win and they did.
IF you are a ‘fantasy football’ aficionado such as myself, you know it’s time to hit the waiver wire for your playoff run, especially if you are in contention and you’re picking near the bottom each week in the waiver order.
I WENT 8-4-1 last week and I will take it, considering what a topsy turvy week it was in the NFL last week.
Where do I begin this week?
I WENT 9-6 last week, could have been worse I suppose.
EVERYONE knows my utter hate for the Miami Dolphins and their whiney fans’ antics.
FOLKS, this week had to be quick, literally.
THANK God since the last time we caught up, we all made it through the ravages of Hurricane Matthew, safe and sound.
AS we all prepare for the unwanted visitor, Hurricane Matthew. And yes all preparations and safety precautions must be adhered to in this one, Matthew is a big boy with a ‘stink attitude.’
AS we head into week four of the NFL season, I must admit that my attention is on a certain injured (hairline fracture) $70m knee in Dallas, Texas.
ABOUT two minutes before going live on air for ‘The Press Box’ on Sunday, my broadcast partner Renaldo Dorsett broke the tragic news of the passing of Florida Marlins ace pitcher Jose Hernandez.
HERE we go, week three in the NFL and after a 12-4 week it seems I’m rounding into form.
IF not for a total mental lapse by wide receiver Terrance Williams in week one, my Dallas Cowboys could have been 2-0 in this young NFL season.
OKAY I went 9-7 last week, but if not for a missed field goal in Arizona and a mental breakdown in Dallas I would be a solid 11-5, but almost only counts in horse racing and with hand grenades.
EVEN though I’m not a huge fan of ‘moral victories,’ especially in sports, I have come to accept the fact that they are a huge part of the sporting landscape.
NAUGHTY'S NFL PICKS - WEEK 1: New season: ‘I’ve got a good angle on how to handle Mr and Mrs Dorsett’
OKAY I know it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting on...... “Naughtydamus” is in the building.
AS MOST of you ‘Fantasy Football’ aficionados prepare for your Fantasy Draft and upcoming season, here are some players to keep your eye on, break off running from or quietly try to stash away on your roster for some late season heroics.
THIS week, Dallas Cowboys fans, I’m going to address the elephant in the room, Tony Romo, and what needs to be done with him.
LAST Sunday was the last Sunday without football for the rest of the year. Yes, the best time of year is five short weeks away.
ONE of the cherished events in my life, that I will always carry with me as a father, occurred two weeks ago in West Palm Beach, Florida.
ALRIGHT, let’s cut right to the chase and get this over with.
I COULD easily go on for days about LeBron James pulling his usual LeLoser act in yet another NBA Finals.
Toll the ring bell As sports tickers buzzed across tv screens worldwide with the melancholy news of the passing of Muhammad Ali, I sat quietly in my front room tears streaming down my face, reflecting on a man who in so many ways impacted my life and those of my peers all while living up to his nickname ‘The Greatest’.
I’M not trying to get ahead of myself here in this one, a few more things need to fall into place. Specifically who goes No.1 in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Today is my 18-year anniversary as a professional stand up comedian and as the house comic at Jokers Wild, Atlantis.
Yes, my Dallas Cowboys did take Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the forth pick in the NFL Draft this past weekend, just like I predicted. And despite the ‘Monday Morning’ draft experts comments, I think my Cowboys had an excellent overall Draft, even with a certain ‘surprise’ pick in the second round.
THE NFL Draft is on Thursday night, and after doing some hefty research, here’s who I think my Cowboys are going with.
GOING quietly under the radar last week, unnoticed by many who were probably mesmerised by Kobe’s farewell ‘60’ or the start of the NBA playoffs, maybe it was MLB baseball that caught their eye.
AS the NFL Draft draws even closer, a question that was put to me keeps popping up in my mind.
Sporting Mischief and Mayhem: The Cavs won’t even make it out of the 2nd round in the Eastern Conference playoffs
THE more I watch the Cleveland Cavaliers make their stretch run toward the NBA playoffs, I’ve noticed three things that assure me the Cavs won’t even make it out of the second round in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
ENOUGH already. No more emails, calls, tweets or Whatsapp messages from Cowboys fans, wondering who the Cowboys should select at number four in the upcoming NFL Draft.
FROM time to time I like to look back at great sports achievements, occurrences and events in sports history.
FINALLY there is light at the end of this long, dark tunnel.
Well the NFL offseason is on, free agency gets underway in March and the NFL Draft comes your way in April.
ONCE again a great sports debate erupted in the friendly confines of the barbershop. This time it revolved around scoring, and who was the greatest scorer all-time in the history of the NBA.
I must admit after seeing the ESPN Top Ten NBA Players of All Time, I was haunted by the flaws.
THIS past week was definitely an emotional rollercoaster in sports, filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
OH how I love watching the Patriots - and especially one Tom Brady - lose!
ANOTHER 3-1 week, 6-2 for the post-season. Not bad: let’s see if I can do it again and pick both this week, despite both championship games being a coin flip.
TODAY is exactly one year that I started my new ‘big’ gig at Radio House and The Tribune.
Steelers to feel the chill in Denver
THREE out of four not too bad - that’s what I get for picking the Redskins!
SPORTING MISCHIEF & MAYHEM: ‘I say the Chiefs keep it rolling to 12 straight, discarding Brady and the boys in the process’
A FEW very interesting facts caught my eye as I was perusing a few articles online the other day.
ONE of the hottest comedians in the country and some of the most popular musical acts will take the stage on Saturday, January 16, for the annual Susan G Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure Survivors Ceremony.
Let the playoffs begin . . . Who will be ‘champ’ of the shortened season
IT IS a new year, clean slate! That awful NFL season and last week’s 10-6 is behind us. Let the playoffs begin and let’s see who the ‘Champ’ of the shortened season will be.
THIS week I continue with the top ten portion of my list counting down the greatest ‘Sports Movies’ of all time.
Mr Scrooge: ‘The ghosts of seasons past have stolen my holiday cheer’
FOR starters, happy holidays to you all and the very best in 2016.
RECENTLY on The Press Box (Sundays 10am -1pm on KISS96FM) the question arose in our banter which were the best sports movies of all time.
Here are my Christmas gifts, no wrapping required
I REBOUNDED a bit last week going 12-4, while ‘Naughty 2.0’ (my eight-year-old son, Santxol) continues his impressive run going 11-5.
Pigskin prognostication is just child’s play
ALRIGHT, down the home stretch we come.
Christmas starts at home for the ‘Fins while Panthers stay ‘pawfect’
I WENT 10-6 last week to move to 100-76 for the season, not as good as last season but considering the topsy turvy organised confusion that is the NFL each Sunday I will take it.
WHOA, what a ride!
Eagles, Panthers and Bears will be the turkeys today
HAPPY Thanksgiving everybody. Despite going 7-7 last week, my Cowboys shed that gargantuan monkey off their backs with a long overdue win in Miami, and started their march to the NFC East division title and the playoffs.
MOST of you thought I was joking when I said I was going to Miami to ensure my Cowboys beat the Dolphins.
Romo is back, I’ll be there . . . so Cowboys to win in Miami
OKAY, last week was bad for me (6-8) but others were worse! Including Sannie, previously ‘untouchable’, who went an unusually ‘unlucky’ 5-9.
OH how much difference a weekend makes.
Steelers defy injuries, the Dolphins to win on the road
Last week I went 7-6 moving me to 77-55 for the year, and somehow vaulted into third place behind Barry Wilner, of the Associated Press, and Sannie, who is obviously tired of beating Renaldo by himself so she’s spreading the cut skin around.
With my Cowboys having dropped their sixth game in a row, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory again, I need to clear my head a bit.
Bengals and Panthers pounce to keep me on the comeback trail
THE comeback started last week. I went 9-5 bringing me to 70-49 for the year. Let’s see if the upturn continues this week. Here’s who I like.
SPORTING MISCHIEF & MAYHEM: Kansas City Royals will return to 2016 World Series and repeat as champions
I TOLD you so!!!
‘A very surprising and borderline whacky week’
I WENT 7-7 in a very surprising and borderline whacky week. Considering all that transpired, I’ll take it. Here’s who I like this week :
THIS past weekend was truly an enjoyable and rewarding experience, with a little ‘irony’ thrown in for good measure. Despite my Cowboys taking a big fat L on the road in Met Life Stadium, my weekend had way too many upsides to let that affect me. Here’s how it all went down...
Cowboys to win in New York - and I’ll be there to see it
ALRIGHT here we go, I went 10-4 last week bringing me to 54-37 on the season.
I WATCHED the Chargers and the Packers go back and forth on Sunday afternoon, with Aaron Rodgers finally out-duelling Philip Rivers in an amazing match up of two of today’s top quarterbacks.
Dophins in the swim with a win for coach Campbell
LAST week was an interesting one to say the least.
THE MLB playoffs and World Series are ready to take centre stage with some competitive and entertaining match-ups.
Watch the birdies! Ravens, Hawks, Falcons and Eagles are soaring
AFTER going 10-5 last week, it takes me to 36-17 for the season and trending upward.
AS we try to rebuild our southern islands in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin, I have to admit seeing Bahamians regardless of race, creed, denomination or political affiliation, unite for the common good of our brothers and sisters in those areas is truly humbling.
I WENT 12-4 last week, I’m back in form and nowhere to go but up, up and away.
AS I sit here waiting, in what is fast becoming the last bastion for free speech among adult males, the barbershop, some interesting subjects arise.
WHAT a week that was in the NFL! It definitely turned out differently from what we all expected ... totally!
OH, how painful it is when history repeats itself negatively.
EASY people it’s not how you start it’s how you finish.
IN all my years of watching the NFL, and its season kickoff weekend in particular (I haven’t missed one since the old millennium), I’ve never seen so many big name stars go down with significant or season-ending injuries in week one!
FIRST let me open by saying thank you Jesus, King of Endless Glory, who reigns in Heaven, for allowing me to see another NFL season, and for positioning ‘our’ Dallas Cowboys (Yes, God is a Cowboy, thus the retractable roof in the stadium, we leave it open so God can watch His team, the Cowboys, play) on the threshold of another Lombardi Trophy!
THE AFC East and West divisions are very similar, with some pretenders becoming contenders and those who are used to being leaders becoming bottom feeders.
WELL, as you all should know by now, the NFL season starts on Thursday night with the Steelers and the Patriots kicking off the 2015-16 campaign.
ON behalf of my football brethren here in the Bahamas, I have a very important announcement.
THE NFC West division could be fun to watch this season.
THIS week we look at one of the stronger divisions in football, the NFC East and get you Fantasy Football GMs some pre-draft tips.
• THIS week I continue with my NFL pre-season picks division by division. Moving from the tough AFC to the very competitive NFC this week and we start with the North and South divisions respectively.
THIS week we continue in the AFC with the East and West divisions. Both divisions are very similar with parody throughout, with some pretenders becoming contenders, and those who are used to being leaders becoming bottom feeders. These divisions could go either way, other experts say that can’t call it, me however I’m willing to give it a go.
WELL the countdown is on and the NFL season is near. Over the next few weeks I will break down the AFC and NFC conferences division-by-division and who I like to make a playoff run and win the Super Bowl.
POST Independence weekend celebrations, I come to the clubhouse walking a bit wounded, down at least two to one against Jack Daniels, my favourite libation.
YESTERDAY I dropped my sons off to the Dolphins Swim Club Summer Camp and, boy, did the memories come flooding back.
FIRST things first - Golden State in 6! I told you so again! “Naughtydamus” lives! Now that we’ve got that important announcement out of the way, let’s get down to this week’s business.
GROWING up in the Bahamas there was a Saturday fixture at noon. Championship Wrestling from Florida, with host Gordon Solie.
AS you all recall a few weeks ago, right after I nailed the Mayweather/Pacquiao prediction, I mentioned that we may have a possible Triple Crown winner in American Pharoah.
MOST professional athletes, especially those in the NFL, want a bust, as in enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Each inductee gets a sculpture (bust) in his likeness, the ultimate accomplishment for a player individually in the game.
TOMORROW is May 27, 2015, and who knows if an historic moment in sports will occur when professional teams take to the diamond, hardwood and rink respectively?
WHAT a busy weekend it was in the world of sports, locally and internationally.
MAYWEATHER vs Pacquiao .... lets get ready to rumble on the road to Perfection.
THIS week I sit in a very unfamiliar place for the second year in a row - outside the NBA playoffs, preparing for the draft, hoping the balls bounce the right way for my beloved Lakers in the lottery.
SOME of my fondest memories growing up were listening to major league baseball with my grandfather K M Thompson - yes, the same one of the I Need A Laundry, Lions Club (founder and charter president) and Hobby Horse Hall thoroughbred fame (he had a stable full of champions).
You can tell by this week’s title that I am still suffering from the “itis”.
THIS week’s column is dedicated to 13 tough-as-nails baseball players in the coach pitch division of JBLN (the Junior Baseball League of Nassau) - the Bahamas Wi Max Cubs. The 0-9 Cubs ... pardon me, now the 1-9 Cubs!
AS I look around the landscape of my beloved Bahamaland, it’s not hard to see that bloodstains, heartache and death are part of the scenery. Sadly, many of our youth are being lost to the coroner or the penal system daily.
ON THIS St Patrick’s Day, I feel it would only be fitting for this week’s column to be dedicated to possibly the “best” Irish athlete ever ... George Best.
Well the silly season is upon us on the calendar, better known as the NFL Free Agent signing period.