Everyone’ eyes will be on tonight’s MLB All-Star Game, not because of their love for baseball but to show their love and respect for retiring New York Yankee, Derek Jeter.
At the end of this season, Derek Jeter will retire, leaving a game that he loves so much. But before he hangs up his bat, Jeter will play in his 14th MLB All-Star Game, which promises to be one for the history books.
During the game, you will see a fitting tribute to Jeter that will run in an almost two-minute commercial which is set to debut just before Jeter’s first at-bat. In the spot, a number of notable individuals tip their hat to the Captain: Rudy Giuliani, Jay-Z, John Lackey, Joe Torre, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettite, rapper Action Bronson, skater Eric Kosten, Spike Lee, Jeanie Buss and Phil Jackson, Maya Moore, Carmelo Anthony, Tiger Woods and Billy Crystal.
Check out the tribute…
The spot was produced by Jordan Brand (the brand owned by Micheal Jordan), to show respect and admiration to Jeter for the work that he has put in. Jeter was the first Jordan Brand-endorsed baseball athlete when he was signed in 1999. Other than Michel Jordan, Jeter is the brand’s longest-tenured athlete. With 12 signature cleats, Jeter has the most signature shoes of any Jordan Brand athlete other than Jordan.
If you should watch tonight’s All-Star game tonight for no other reason than to see Derek Jeter for the last time. I highly suggest it, and I promise it will be worth the time.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
While Cavalier fans are over the moon about LeBron James‘ return to the team four-years later, the city of Cleveland could be looking at a huge pay day with King James back in the area.
According to Cuyahoga County executives in a Bloomberg Report, LeBron’s return to the Cleveland Cavaliers will have a $500 million a year impact on the local economy, with a boost from additional ticket sales and other spending.
Based on calculations by the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office, James’s return will increase the benefit from Cavs games alone to about $268 million. Average attendance increased from about 12,000 before James joined the team to about 20,500 during his final season, the county said. Although attendance has slipped, officials expect sold out games next season with James on the court.
There will be two things we can see happen almost immediately. The first thing will be adding over 500 new jobs supported by the Cavaliers. Second will be the value of the team increasing, which now sits at $515 million. With James back in the picture the value is expected to clear a number over the billion dollar mark.
Seems LeBron isn’t the only one making millions off his return home.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
There are a lot of things that shock me, but Pam Oliver being out on FOX’s No. 1 NFL team is not one of them. After the last two seasons of scrutiny and then the hire of Erin Andrews from ESPN in 2012, many would say there can only be one ‘Queen Bee’ on the sidelines. Starting this September, we will no longer see Oliver on the sideline reporting alongside, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Oliver who has held down the position for 19 years will be moved to the No. 2 team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch to complete her 20th season, where then after she will be relieved of her sideline duties all together. Filling Oliver’s place will be FOX’s new darling, Erin Andrews. According to Oliver, the FOX executives came to her home in Atlanta where they gave her the news. She then in-turn asked to complete her 20th season, and they agreed.
“I think it was predetermined coming in,” Oliver told SI.com. “Not at that meeting, but two years ago it was determined that no matter what I did or did not do, a change would be made for this year.”
While many have blasted Erin Andrews (who knows why?) Oliver has always taken the classy, high road when taking about Andrews. However, Oliver did have this light to shed on the situation.
“I live in the real world and I know that television tends to get younger where women are concerned. Just turn on your TV. It’s everywhere,” she added when she spoke to SI.com. “And I’m not saying these younger girls don’t deserve a chance. I know I’ve had my turn.”
However, this isn’t the end of the road for FOX and Oliver, they would be crazy to let her go altogether. Oliver has signed a new multi-year contract with Fox and is expected to be on the air for a long time.
“Clearly it’s an expanded role that meets the needs of all the big events that Fox and Fox Sports 1 covers as well as the NFL on Fox,” Fox Sports president Eric Shanks told SI.com. “I can’t think of a more respected person in the entire industry than Pam Oliver, and when you find out that Pam is going to be doing the interview, I don’t think you would say that anyone else would do the interview better. Her being a part of the FOX family now and in the future is really important to us.”
This has been writing on the wall for a long time. Fans saw it, colleagues saw it, even Oliver herself acknowledged it. When it comes to the best-of-the-best Pam Oliver is at the top of my list.
I don’t want to re-hash how hard it is to be a woman in sports or even a black women in sports, we don’t have enough time, but this season I want to really celebrate the good work that Oliver has done for so long. Many of us (man or woman) would love the have the type of career and access that Oliver has made look so easy for so long. While I did have critical things to say about Oliver’s appearance during the last two seasons, it came from a place of expectation. At a certain place in your life or career, you just expect certain things to be and look a certain way, it had nothing to do with the amazing job that she has done and continues to do on the field. So let’s put all of that behind us, and start anew to embrace who and what Pam Oliver stands for to all of us.
As for Andrews, there’s no need for me to be angry with her or bash FOX for the decision they made, this is her job. Nonetheless, Andrews is young, she still has a lot to learn. If she’s smart, she would enlist Oliver as a mentor and teacher to help her along the way. Andrews is sharp, she knows football and she’s going to give the network that ‘American Girl’ look. But before we hang Andrews out to dry, let’s see what she can really do. I’d like to see how she takes getting hit in the head with a football…just kidding.
Congratulations to Oliver on starting her 20th season on the sidelines of America’s favorite game, and good luck on the new adventure ahead.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
Who could be having a better than Novak Djokovic? First, he wins his second Wimbledon title, then over the weekend marries his school sweetheart who is pregnant with their child.
Djokovic married Jelena Ristic at the Aman Sveti Stefan resort in Montenegro in a beautiful inmate seaside ceremony. According the US Weekly, the couple will be having a church ceremony later on in the month.
The couple is expecting their first child later this year.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
Well, it was only a matter of time before Miami Heat fans expressed their anger, frustration about LeBron James deciding to return to Cleveland. Let the drama begin!
First up, LeBron’s face is de-faced on a mural of the Miami Heat team.
Fans are angy, so far they still haven’t trumped the shenanigans of Cleveland “fans” four years ago.
In the meantime, fans in Miami should follow the lead of Heat owner Micky Arison:
All sports media will be about LeBron James today because he has finally made a decision: he’s returning home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Why did he decide to return? What was the impetus? Was there some behind-the-scenes drama unfolding we didn’t know about? To put those rumors to rest and to answer the pressing questions, LeBron penned an essay exclusively posted on si.com explaining his decision:
Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.
Remember when I was sitting up there at the Boys & Girls Club in 2010? I was thinking, This is really tough. I could feel it. I was leaving something I had spent a long time creating. If I had to do it all over again, I’d obviously do things differently, but I’d still have left. Miami, for me, has been almost like college for other kids. These past four years helped raise me into who I am. I became a better player and a better man. I learned from a franchise that had been where I wanted to go. I will always think of Miami as my second home. Without the experiences I had there, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.
I went to Miami because of D-Wade and CB. We made sacrifices to keep UD. I loved becoming a big bro to Rio. I believed we could do something magical if we came together. And that’s exactly what we did! The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys. I’ve talked to some of them and will talk to others. Nothing will ever change what we accomplished. We are brothers for life. I also want to thank Micky Arison and Pat Riley for giving me an amazing four years.
I’m doing this essay because I want an opportunity to explain myself uninterrupted. I don’t want anyone thinking: He and Erik Spoelstra didn’t get along. … He and Riles didn’t get along. … The Heat couldn’t put the right team together. That’s absolutely not true.
I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to get to work.
When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.
I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.
To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned — seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?
I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys. I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.
But this is not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.
In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.
I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.
The question now becomes how the rest of the Cavaliers roster will unfold and how they measure up in the Eastern Conference.
LeBron was right. Now it’s time to get to work.
I’m sure Johnny Manziel is somewhere smiling.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,