Happy 41st Birthday Shaquille O’Neal! Shaq was without question one of the 20 greatest NBA history. He won four NBA titles including three finals MVPs but was just as well known for the locker room issues he created. Shaq was best known for his gregarious on-camera persona which made everyone think he would be an incredible television personality. However, his transition to TNT has been met with mixed results; I particularly think he rarely has anything insightful to say. Then again it’s probably unfair to put a rookie analyst with Charles Barkley who is simply in a realm of his own. Happy Anniversary Mike Tyson! On this day in 1985, Tyson fought his first professional fight and KO’d Hector Mercedes in the 1st round. Tyson went on to become an unstoppable tidal wave of a boxer who left a run of victories and broken bodies only matched by Ali himself. Tyson’s career was derailed by drugs and crime, but his redemption into a new man has been incredible to watch. If you ever get a chance to hear him speak about anything do yourself a favour and listen.
Happy Trails to having to using CIS media resources! Do you know how hard it is to write a CIS Track and Field Nationals preview when a comprehensive list of participating athletes does not exist? It sucks. The “broadcast” of volleyball nationals was worse. “Let’s shoot the entire thing with only one camera, mount an iPad with a scoreboard app in front of said camera and have the entire commentary in French with absolutely no listening options for English-speaking fans, that’ll be a great idea.” –said someone, apparently. The whole CIS is just so broken and ass-backwards they have completely stopped caring about getting exposure and recognition for their product and do such a dishevelling disservice to all its athletes and fans.