via The New York Times:
“Now, however, a lawsuit against Mr. Wilpon and Mr. Katz brought by the trustee for victims of Mr. Madoff has suggested the relationship — financially and personally — was deeper than anyone might have suspected.”
Sounds like the lawsuit could be a major issue for the Wilpons…
The thin veil of secrecy has torn away now, the pretenses gone and Isiah Thomas has left the shadows and moved into the light again. Once more, he is the New York Knicks’ top basketball executive.
Thomas is driving everything through owner James Dolan – the trade for Carmelo Anthony, the departure of Donnie Walsh and perhaps even the eventual hiring of the New York Knicks’ next president and general manager, multiple league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
“Isiah is calling the shots for New York,” said one front-office executive with knowledge of the Anthony trade talks. “It’s a disgrace. Donnie should walk.”
Please, go read this heartfelt and heartbreaking piece by John Amaechi. And tell your friends to read it. When a revered athlete (whether that reverence is deserved or not by out-of-game behavior) spits hate speech, we all lose something precious that can’t be made up by a half-baked apology and a $100k fine.
Justin Tuck fired back at Rex Ryan, who said in his book that the Jets are a “better team” than the Giants and a “big brother” to Big Blue.
Rex: “I know it’s going to (tick) off Giants fans, but … we are the better team. We are the big brother,” Ryan wrote. He also wrote that the Jets are “going to remain the better team for the next 10 years. Whether you like it or not, those are the facts and that’s what’s going to happen.”
Saints quarterback Drew Brees ponders the timeline and presents a different starting point for the league’s first work stoppage in 24 years. It is Aug. 20, 2008, the day longtime union leader Gene Upshaw died of pancreatic cancer. Few people knew about Upshaw’s illness, and his passing created a temporary void within the Players Association.
“Ever since Gene Upshaw passed away — I’m just going to lay it all out there — the owners saw blood in the water,” Brees said Wednesday after a players-organized workout at Tulane University. “They felt like, ‘This is our opportunity to take a significant piece of the [financial] pie back at all costs, a piece that we will never have to give back again. This is our chance, while they don’t have leadership, while they’re scrambling to find a new executive director. This is our time.’
“I can point to about five different things to prove to you that they were ready to lock us out. They opted out of the last year of the [CBA] deal; they hired Bob Batterman [who oversaw a lockout of NHL players]. They tried to take the American Needle case to the Supreme Court to basically give them an antitrust exemption or single-entity status, but were defeated 9-0; they established new TV deals to pay them in the event of a lockout, but we were able to put a freeze on that money because they did not negotiate in good faith and broke the law. And they had an internal NFL document that was leaked — a decision tree — that said smack dab in the middle of it ‘financial needs in a lockout.’ That was in 2008, OK? So you’re telling me that they had no plans to lock us out and really wanted to get a deal done? I don’t think so.”
Brees was just getting started.
“Their philosophy was, We’re going to give you a very subpar deal, a slap-in-the-face deal, and hope that you’ll accept it because hopefully we’ve intimidated you enough into thinking that this is a take-it-or-leave-it deal, and you’re just going to succumb to the pressure,” he said. “Well, guess what. We’re a lot more informed and educated than in the past, and we’re much better businessmen than you think and we’re going to stand up for what is right and what is fair. Fifty-fifty is fair. It’s been fair for the last 20 years and I think the game has done pretty well over the last 20 years. I think franchise values have gone up at a pretty good rate over the last 20 years. So you can’t sit here and tell me that the system is broken.”
Levi Leipheimer sits low on the bike but shifts his pelvis every few pedal strokes, as does Christian Vande Velde.
To accommodate his long body and femurs, Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal sits to the back of his saddle. As he pedals his knee will occasionally shift out of alignment.
Team Sky’s Michael Barry, not just talented on the bike but knows how to write:
As I sit and watch the Tour de France on television with my teammates we can immediately recognize a rider in the middle of the peloton of nearly 200 despite their identical clothing, glasses, helmets and bikes.
We can tell those who are struggling this year and those who are likely winners. With experience, we now know how most riders look when they’re on a good day or a bad day. Even a small twitch can be revealing.
I’ve been reading Barry’s “Le Métier” off & on…he is a very good writer & his insights into the pro cycling life are tremendous.