I just looked up the BYU Honor Code and this is a quick summary:
Live a chaste and virtuous life
Obey the law and all campus policies
Use clean language
Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse
Participate regularly in church services
Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code
I’m not one to argue laws and “honor codes” that are in place and created for a reason and living in a free country a private university has the right to make any rules they want. That being said, in my opinion it’s hypocritical for a school who was founded on the actions of Brigham Young who was a bigamist with 55 wives to suspend a college kid for sexual engagements. Let’s just hope that this experience does not tarnish what was looking like a promising career for a future basketball star; Brandon should transfer to a school who respects you as a person and allows you to live in a civil manner within a free society.
But a bigger question lingering is – who is the lucky lady????
Brandon Davies Girlfriend, Danica Mendivil
Danica Mendivil is a 6′1″ volleyball player, enrolled at Arizona State University.
As I complete this blog – I just read that there is a new twist to the story – and allegedly while Davies has been dating Danica for the past two years, he cheated on her a with a Utah Valley University Jayci Stephen student and got her pregnant which was found out by BYU and caused the suspension.
Either way – I still think it’s a college kid learning lessons in life; granted violating a 200 year old honor code in the process, he doesn’t need to have his life torn apart. And for clarification, I have no personal animosity towards the mormon faith and supported Mitt Romney for presidency in 2008 and hopefully again in 2012. But seriously, let the kid grow a goatee, drink a cup of coffee and release some built up energy. This is a school who has produced some excellent athletes and people; no clue how Jim McMahon ever graduated there…….
Former NFL receiver Glen Kozlowski once explained of his time at BYU that, “They let you chase girls, they just don’t let you catch them.”
I’ll start by saying that I have absolutely no clue what’s going on inside of Charlie Sheen’s head nor could I begin to image. That being said I’m convinced that his actions over the past few weeks are all for entertainment and attention; although I am not privy to the ultimate goals and/or accomplishment, I’m 100% sure it’s all premeditated.
Charlie Sheen might be a loose cannon, a drug abuser, and a completely out of his mind individual on every level compared to what normalcy might look like. But at the end of the day he might prove to be a complete genius, making every media outlet fall to their knees and beg for a piece of him. He has single handedly created the Greatest Show on Earth that is being played out in front of the world for everyone to see.
It looks like he is making a mockery of what’s really news and what’s really important in the world. The lead story this past week on ABC, NBC, CBS and all the cable channels has been about Charlie Sheen and his antics. They sprinkle in a few tidbits about Libya, throw in a statement from President Obama, and close with the weather but the bulk of the programming has been Charlie Sheen’s Winning! His speed dial has been locked on TMZ, RadarOnline, The Dan Patrick Show, Howard Stern and closing tonight with an hour on ABC’s 20/20; can’t wait to see tomorrow’s lineup.
Watching this circus, I can’t help but ask myself if its real, what his intentions are behind this public display of disregard and why does anyone really care. If there is a point to be made, it’s that this is what entertains people in today’s society. This is The Jersey Shore, meets Real Housewives with Immunity Challenges from Survivor to see who moves on and who stays in the tribe. That might just be Charlie’s point that we live in an altered world where people care more about Ronnie and Sammi Sweetheart’s disastrous relationship on The Jersey Shore and how Kim Kardashian’s rear end is looking over just about anything else.
This new show is being called “Charlie Sheen’s Winning” starring Charlie Sheen as himself and his “Goddesses” Bree Olsen as “Rachel” and Natalie Kenly as “Natty”. So far the cast hasn’t landed a TV deal on a specific station, but you can tune into all of them for an update. You can be assured that the “actors” are being well compensated for their parts and going along for the ride; would you be surprised to hear that the Goddesses are being paid in excess of $250K+ for their contribution. Remember at the end of the day these people are actors, and although you didn’t see them walking the red carpets last week at the Oscars, you could argue that the type of performances that they give could be award winning.
Listening to Charlie Sheen today with Howard Stern proved to me that he is actually sane and just giving his best performance yet. It was the first and only interview that he hasn’t been able to dictate and control the flow of questioning as Howard Stern being the greatest interviewer managed to converse with Charlie rather than let him rant and rave in an egotistical crazy-man tirade.
As of now its unclear how this circus will end, either in a train wreck, a rehab facility stint, or syndicated on the WB. But combining a person with extreme narcissism, bi-polar tendencies, substance abuse addictions, porn stars, and endless amounts of money has become a must-see daily event. I expect Les Moonves, CBS and everyone involved to cave in and give into what ever Charlie Sheen’s demands are, because at the end of the day – money talks and this bullsh*t will walk! To quote Charlie Sheen as Bud Fox from Wall Street “Life comes down to a few moments; this is one of them”.
In golf you have the Majors including The Masters, US Open, British Open and PGA Championship that define a professional player as being among one of the greatest of all time. Over the years another annual tournament that continues to gain steam on the PGA Tour is the World Golf Championships (WGC) that is broken out over 4 tournaments; first one starting this week.
The WGC consists of 4 tournaments, starting this week with Accenture “Match” Play Championship, played at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Marana, AZ; followed by The Cadillac “Championship” played at Doral; Bridgestone “Invitational” at Firestone Country Club and closing things out in November at HSBC “Champions” at Sheshan International in Shanghai, China.
This week truly kicks off the 2011 PGA season and begins the Championship/Majors season for the next few months. Personally I will have my eyes on Tiger Woods who has committed to play in this weeks Accenture Match Play event. He is a 3-time winner of Match Play events coming in 2003, 2004 and 2008 and is ready to start making some moves to start answering the calls from his critics.
Woods’ last 3 Match Play victories came at the La Costa Resort & Spa in 2003 and 2004, when he beat David Toms, 2 and 1, and Davis Love III, 3 and 2. In 2008, Woods downed Stewart Cink, 8 and 7 at The Gallery at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.
The 3rd ranked Woods has played in two events in 2011. He tied for 44th at the Farmers Insurance Open and tied for 20th last Sunday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. But this will mark the start of his return as we are now 5 weeks away from The Masters in Augusta, GA with a couple stops at Doral and Bay Hill in what should be the year of the comeback for Tiger Woods.
Granted Tiger has not performed up to par over the past year since his public embarrassment in his personal life, but as a true fan of the game of golf and Tiger I only care what happens when he’s swinging his sticks on the links not in the bedroom. So to quote LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” “Don’t call it a comeback, I been here for years”. Time for Tiger to give the writers something great to write about and this week; it will begin with a victory over Thomas Bjørn 1st round match-up.
I’m on “TEAM TIGER!”
Don’t miss out tomorrow Florida Marlins FanFest at SunLife Stadium – great eent for the kids to interact with players, get signatures and show some team pride.
The 16th Annual Jiffy Lube Marlins FanFest will be held at Sun Life Stadium on February 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fans will be able to meet the players, get autographs, tour the stadium, listen to music with DJ Vertigo, take pictures with Billy The Marlin and the Mermaids, and enjoy all the activities and entertainment. FanFest is FREE and open to the public!
FanFest Activities (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) SunLIfe Stadium
Look Who I bumped into Last year: “Super” Mark Duper
The NFL owners continue to threaten to lock out players next season if a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is not reached by the March deadline, which means major industries will have to prepare for a huge financial hit. During the 21 week regular season/playoff season of the NFL major money is moved around in the US economy through TV, Ads, restaurants/bars, clothing, Las Vegas gambling, travel and tourism to major NFL cities.
As fans we can complain that it is billionaires arguing with millionaires over an extra million dollars and truthfully we could get really upset and as fans plan to abandon the game. But unfortunately that’s not reality as the NFL has grown to become the #1 sport in the US earning a record $9 billion in revenues during the 2011 season.
Las Vegas alone is betting and supporting a quick solution to the CBA deal, as a work stoppage could cost Las Vegas sports books as estimated $850 million (they didn’t build that city on losing); the past super bowl alone is expected to break the record of $94.5 million set in 2006 prior to the recession when the Steelers defeated the Seahawks 21-10. An estimated $2.6 billion is wagered annually in Las Vegas which only makes up 1% of worldwide sports betting both legal and illegal/offshore.
The NFL and its players association have until March 3 to renew their collective bargaining agreement. In 1982, a strike lasted 57 days and resulted in a nine-game schedule instead of the usual 16. The strike in 1987 lasted a month. However, only one week of the season was canceled before NFL owners staged games with replacement players (remember the horrible movie with Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman “The Replacements” – what a disaster). We can only hope that it doesn’t get that extreme again!
The owners are looking for an extended season of 18 games in order to capitalize on TV/broadcast dollars they can earn from adding two additional games; while the players union is concerned about injuries and long term stability/health of their players. Check out what Dan Patrick’s solution was this week that actually made a lot of sense that would eliminate 2 pre-season games, add 1 extra bye week for every team and 1 additional round of playoffs to include 2 more teams from each conference. This solution alone extends the season from 21 regular/playoff games to 23, allows for teams to take extra rest with bye week and allows for 4 additional teams to play for something in late December for a playoff run. In short I say brilliant!
Local economists estimate that an NFL lockout will cost each NFL city $160 million of revenues. Football fans will not spend their discretionary income on football games, merchandise and beers at nearby sports bars and they will have to find something else to do with their Sunday afternoons. Additionally an estimated 115,000 people will lose their jobs directly affected by an NFL lockout and only 4,000 of them are NFL employees; these people include concession workers, bar/waitresses, print designers, and others in what would be $1 billion trickle down affect (thanks for the term President Reagan).
As a fan I expect the commissioner, owners, players union, and all involved in final decisions to come to an agreement as soon as possible to prevent adding more to Americas unemployment, hurting local economy’s and keeping NFL fans excited about playing Monday morning quarterback with their local sports radio hosts. And please just give them long-term health coverage already; they leave the NFL with no legs, no career and a mouth filled with gold teeth, they just want their annual physical! Otherwise our movie theaters, malls and streets will be filled with uncountable degenerates who wont be able to handle life without their NFL action; just ask the sports books……..