*Imagine the wide-eyed adulation that would come from any teen who works as a ballboy for the L. A. Lakers. Now imagine that kid working there during Michael Jordan‘s time. After all, Jordan, who was recently, officially, claimed a “billionaire,” is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. Not to mention a great businessman. Many items that hold Jordan’s name have been auctioned off over the years for ridiculously high prices. A few years back, the shoes that Jordan wore during a game when he had the flu were auctioned, selling at $104,000. The other sneakers of Jordan’s that were sold were his 1984 Olympic gold medal game shoes.
Now, a man named Khalid Ali, who actually worked as a ballboy for the team during the 1984-85 season, when he was 15-years-old, has pulled a pair of tennies Jordan gave him out of his mama’s closet and cosigned them for auction in April.
*Wow, we need more people like former NFL player Philip Buchanon, who after being a professional football player, and squandering all of his money, has written a book detailing that stage of his life – errors and all – to help others avoid his mistakes and maintain the life. The former cornerback says that if he got a second chance, he would do things differently. And he has found new enthusiasm since stepping away from the game, returning to school, and gathering his thoughts.
Buchanon has penned the book, “New Money: Staying Rich” to show others what to look for when new money comes their way, and how to avoid the pitfalls it can bring. Continue reading →
*Never underestimate the depth of emotions a true sports fan can show! No matter how young they may be.When the Green Bay Packers were defeated in the NFC Championship game two days ago, one 6-year-old boy had a serious meltdown. But his mom, Kierra Yarbrough decided to videotape it and then posted it online.
The video showed the boy bawling his eyes out over the Packers loss — but instead of putting shame in his game with the kids at school … the meltdown got him a brand bike! Continue reading →
And Alia Atkinson (pictured above) found it hard to compose herself after hearing she had won a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke at the World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.
According to the BBC, she also became the first black woman to win a world title in swimming.
The 25-year-old swimmer hails from Jamaica. She placed fourth at the 2012 London Olympics and even won three world short-course silver medals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke before that. Atkinson also tied for the world record with the reigning champ, Ruta Meilutyte from Lithuania.Continue reading →
*Isn’t your first thought after reading the headline, “Naw, not the baby!” While I’m sure little Miss Mo’ne Davis would object to being called a baby, I hope she realizes we’re saying it with the most “motherly” intent. After all, some man and his wife is suing the Litte League team she plays on, the Taney Youth Baseball Association, for $50,000 in damages. Turns out a man was hit in the eye during one of their little league games.
Davis, who became a sensation during the summer of 2014 because she was the first girl to ever throw a shutout in Little League World Series history, brought the Philadelphia team a lot of attention as a result. Continue reading →
*Don’t let her age fool ya! Willie Murphy is not to be played with.
While most 77-year-old women can use a hand here and there; you know, taking grocery bags upstairs, crossing the street, fending off trouble-makers, this great grandmother is most likely to respond to such an offer with, “Thanks. But I’m good.”
After all, at only 105lbs, she can do one-handed pull-ups and pushups using her fingertips. She can also deadlift over 90kg.
She’s a New Yorker, baby! And in a city where there’s so much going on, I’m sure these “abilities” come in handy! Continue reading →
*OK. I guess a recent interview with GQ magazine caught our boy Dave Chappelle having a “moment.” He said – apparently with a straight face – that he doesn’t think it was fair to force Donald Sterling to sell the team he has owned for 33 seasons, the Los Angeles Clippers. This, he says, in spite of the “awful” racial remarks made by the tenured businessman in a private phone conversation.
Well, with a straight face, I am thinking, “We’re talking about racist-ass Donald Sterling. Why should “fair” be part of the equation?”
Chappelle, 41, said that, ultimately, he doesn’t think the 80-year-old “Sterling should have lost his team.”
“I don’t like the idea that someone could record a secret conversation and that a person could lose their assets from that, even though I think what he said was awful,” he explained.
*Here’s a bit of good new out of the NFL – because we all know they could use some these days. Wink. Wink.
In a gesture of brotherly love, Ma’ake Kemoeatu, left the rivalry between his former team, the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers – who his sibling once played for – in the past. He had something much more important to do: donate a kidney to the Steelers’ former guard – who happened to be his younger brother, Chris Kemoeatu.
Though the two teams are known to be heated rivals, this one act proved the old cliche is true, blood IS thicker than mud!