IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty safe to say itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably not a good idea to kiss Floyd Mayweather on the cheek in the middle of a fight.
I had people text me after SaturdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fight with that old tired talking point, that the fight wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worth the admittedly exorbitant price tag Ã¢â‚¬â€œ though Tecate trimmed that to a more reasonable amount. But all things considered, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to say we didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get our moneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worth, despite the truncated main event.
Some weekly thoughts on football and some other things, since IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m essentially a football layman. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d generally prefer to do this early in the week, but I was particularly busy.
I had some people ask me why I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t post anything here about 9/11 before it happened, but honestly, what more could have I have said that wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t already said?
The past couple years, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done a weekly post with some NFL thoughts and observations, mostly about the experience of watching such an Americana-driven sport. However, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not really a football guy, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve found that I often simply donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a whole lot to say about the sport itself, especially on weeks when I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get to watch many games. As such, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d still like to give this a go this year, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to expand it to whateverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s on my mind. Expect it anywhere between Monday and Wednesday.
Before the hurricane hit the New York area on Saturday, I hauled out to Long Island on Friday night for the annual draft of my main fantasy football league. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty hardcore: 14 teams, an archaic and esoteric scoring system, two keepers, and it started 16 years ago when the majority of the league owners were in high school together. (IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve participated for 10.)
I probably would have driven through the hurricane itself to get there since for the first time since I joined my co-owner in the league, we won the whole thing, resulting in an $1,100 payday. We were powered by a well-balanced team and the shrewd first-week waiver-wire pickup of Michael Vick, which I commemorated by wearing his jersey to the draft, to the chagrin of everyone.
About two hours before TuesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s promotional press conference for Floyd MayweatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s return to the ring against Victor Ortiz on Sept. 17, the fans waiting outside were privy to a bizarre scene about a block from the Hudson Theater, as a somewhat unhinged would-be rapper climbed a light pole in the middle of Times Square and wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t come down.
Traffic was diverted for 20 blocks as he did pull-ups and tossed CDs to bemused onlookers. After a couple of hours, he finally descended right around the time Golden Boy ushered everyone in for the presser, reportedly of his own volition.
Maybe he was just tired of the attention.