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,
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,
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,
Rio de Janiero is known for many things: parties, parties and sex that flows freely. Prostitution is legal in Rio and when the biggest sporting event in the world lands on your doorstep, you would expect that the parties would be magnified and the sex business would be booming. Not so. In fact, prostitutes in Rio say the World Cup games actually hurt their business.
From USA Today Sports:
A 24-year-old prostitute, whose working name is Luna Ferrari, said she left her job as a massage therapist in the high-end neighborhood Barra to try her luck amongst the expected influx of foreign tourists in Copacabana to pay off debts. Ferrari, like many women involved in the research, asked to not give their full names, often saying their families do not know about their profession.
She said the World Cup has hardly been the boom she hoped for, and that many tourists have come from Latin American countries with weak currencies and haggle over prices lower than what a Brazilian would pay. “The tourists have even less money than we have,” she said dryly.
A sex worker wearing a Brazil soccer jersey celebrates a goal by Brazil on a pole used for pole dancing as she watches the World Cup quarterfinal match between Brazil and Colombia in the Vila Mimosa area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. Brazil won 2-1. (AP Photo/Leo Correa) ORG XMIT: XLC114
Part of that reason is due to world-wide economic recession. The dollar certainly doesn’t carry the weight it once did and people just aren’t wiling to pay as much. Also, the internet and technology has made it easier for people to get what they need and setup meetings online, bypassing brothels and other sex houses.
A research team from the Observatory of Prostitution, which is affiliated with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, has mapped out 279 sex venues in Rio. Only 16 have seen an increase in business during the sporting event, the researchers said.
The internet has led to what researchers call the “privatization” of prostitution leaving the massage parlors and spas dry–literally. When sex-trade is legal, this becomes a problem:
The business of prostitution operates in tricky legal grounds here. An adult accepting money for sex is legal, but for a third party to benefit from the transaction, such as a brothel owner or a pimp, is illegal.
With all the research done by the Observatory, I hope there’s a follow-up. Legal sex doesn’t make it any less dangerous. I wonder what STD numbers look like after the World Cup games.
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
Ever since his rant after the NFC championship game, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has made it clear that he’s not too fond of San Fracisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree. Crabtree’s refusal to shake Sherman’s hand after a pivotal play was more than just unsportsman-like conduct. It was disrespectful and not the kind gesture Sherman is tolerating. If you think the disdain for Crabtree is over, think again.
In an article on bleacherreport.com Richard Sherman will appear on the Discovery Channel’s American Muscle where he’ll talk about his feelings about Crabtree:
It’s much more of just I don’t like the dude. You know what I’m saying. And I think he’s sorry. So it’s really what it comes down to.
It was a solid game, and I knew he was going to be a little punk and walk off. He wasn’t going to come shake hands after the game, so I was like ‘alright, I’ll get you right before it. Good game.’
We had a little [beef] outside. Me and him had a little outside, a little something. I’m [gonn]a ruin that boy.
It’s just about him, it’s just about Crabtree.
It’s not going to be something that goes away. I hope to play him every year for the rest of my career and choke him out. There’s not much else I can say about the subject. Nobody will understand it but him and me. That’s all that needs to understand.
It’s no surprise that Sherman doesn’t like Crabtree, but what is a bit interesting is that his level of anger against Crabtree remains. I think people like the “drama” that unfolds between competitive athletes because it adds excitement to the game, but this may be a bit more personal. Perhaps Sherman should stop commenting about Crabtree, and let his game speak for him.
No, it’s not that Sherman is a bad athlete. In fact, he’s proven that he’s dedicated, talented and spirited. He’s a team player, so whether or not people “like” Sherman, you have to respect how he approaches the game. Still, continuing to disparage Crabtree in the media when he claims to be the better athlete diminishes Sherman.
It will however, make us want to watch the match-up of the Seahawks. vs the 49ers on Thanksgiving Day and on December 14th.
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,