When I was a kid I always thought Hall of Fame induction speeches were boring. Now that I'm older I truly appreciate hearing the stories of great athletes and their journey to immortality. The bumps in the road, the highs and lows, and their perseverance in the face of adversity gives me inspiration. Football's Hall of Fame is by far the best. Basketball is too lax and lets everybody in. Baseball is too judgemental and grudge holding. Football is the perfect mix. It evaluates players on a high level, but makes sure the selection process is based primarily on their performance ON THE FIELD!
What I noticed from this year's Hall of Fame induction speeches is how important the wives were in the whole equation. Give it up for the wives of the class of 2013! To say they had difficult personalities to deal with would be an understatement. A 6'3 325 pound giant from Compton (Larry Allen), the definition of a diva #1 receiver (Cris Carter), a beast with no off switch (Warren Sapp), and the ultimate button pusher (Bill Parcells). If everyone had their patience and even temperament the world would be a better place. Here are some observations over the weekend.
Tiger Woods won his 8th Bridgestone Invitational by an embarrassing margin of victory. This will propel him to victory at the PGA championship this upcoming weekend. Remember you heard it here first.
Riley Cooper has been dismissed from all team activities while he receives treatment and counseling for his insensitive remarks. The results will not be helpful. More on this tomorrow.
Former assistant coaches of Bill Parcells have won 6 Super Bowls since 2000. That number puts the Bill Walsh coaching tree to shame.
A-Rod could potentially be suspended for the entire 2014 baseball season for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. That won't actually happen, but that's quite a message the commissioner is trying to send. It is apparent the steroid era still haunts him.
Greg Oden will play for the Miami Heat next season. Let me re-phrase that. Greg Oden will suit up for the Miami Heat next season. Although I'm pulling for the guy 3 micro fracture surgeries is a lot to overcome. We'll see if he takes the court and contributes to the Heat's three peat.