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Martinez Proud to be a Momma’s Boy

Posted on 21. Apr, 2010 by FSM Staff in Boxing, General Sports

Martinez Proud to be a Momma’s Boy

In the wake of Edwin Valero’s recent murder-suicide, one professional athlete is not afraid to let the world know that he is just a momma’s boy. Newly crowned middleweight champion Sergio Martinez has stepped up to let the masses know that fighting belongs in the ring and not in the home.

Edwin Valero was described by many as being unstable, addicted to drugs, and often times depressed. Perhaps it was these extreme qualities that made him such a warrior in the ring. Riding a wave of emotions is sometimes a way of making it through a fight, even if those emotions are self-destructive. Valero’s demons helped him knockout 27 straight opponents. His demons also made him batter his wife and eventually stab her to death. She was only 24 years-old.

Valero had a well documented history of domestic abuse in his native country. Venezuelan authorities and Valero’s training camp had a well documented history of looking the other way. Rising middleweight boxing star Sergio Martinez says enough is enough.

“I love and respect women. Violence against women is simply unacceptable. The great number of cases, too often involving athletes, requires action. I have always confided in my mother and consider myself to be a momma’s boy. Women must be respected, not abused,” Martinez commented recently. He is making this his cause, using his new found fame as middleweight champion of the world to help deliver this important message.

Sergio Martinez has plans to start a foundation for women who have been victims of domestic abuse. His actions are a breath of fresh air in a brutal sport where athletes mostly lookout for themselves. Martinez’s actions are already creating a positive buzz in the boxing community. Respected promoter Lou DiBella said he would try to work with the Boxing Promoter’s Association to help further the cause.

Realistically speaking, domestic violence is probably a more common problem amongst professional fighters than the public thinks. Competing in professional sports requires a level of aggression that is not easily found in the common person. Sergio Martinez is to be applauded for his efforts to help women affected by this horrible problem. He is not looking the other way this time and the world of boxing would be wise to follow his lead.

McNabb’s Wings Clipped in Philly

Posted on 05. Apr, 2010 by FSM Staff in General Sports, NFL

McNabb’s Wings Clipped in Philly

Donovan McNabb is no longer soaring high with the Eagles. Instead, his wings have been clipped and he has landed in Washington to join a band of sacred people. News hit early this month that the Philadelphia Eagles have traded their one-time franchise quarterback to the Washington Redskins for two draft picks (the 37th overall and a pick in 2011).

The 33 year old quarterback is starting the second voyage in his career. The first voyage was like watching Rodney Dangerfield do his thing. Quality for the most part, but still, somehow, he got no respect. Perhaps he’ll get some when they realize no one is there to throw 75 yard bombs to DeSean Jackson.

News reports indicate that super McNabb aficionado (and Eagles head coach) Andy Reid was reluctant to let his little baby go. At the end of the day though, results are what matter in the NFL. A decade of work with McNabb as his co-pilot and even Reid finally acknowledged that one unsuccessful trip to the Super Bowl is not the optimal result for 10 years of blood, sweat, and tears. So the sun set in Philadelphia and rose in Washington.

This departure should not tarnish Donovan McNabb’s good name. He performed well in a city that is notorious for its bipolar sports fans. They love you, they hate you, they hate you. Once in a while McNabb would bicker aloud or say the wrong thing. Once in a while he would say he didn’t know a game could end in a tie. Most of the time though, McNabb would flash that giant crooked smile to the fans and be happy peddling his chunky soups.

Trading McNabb won’t have a devastating effect on the Eagle’s franchise. Perhaps the only thing the Eagles can be accused of is making this move prematurely (or being disloyal if you’re a die-hard McNabb fan). Andy Reid probably could have worked his magic, the incompetent wizard that he is, and squeezed a few more seasons out of McNabb. But the allure of a second round pick was too strong in the end, and the Eagles made a solid deal with the Redskins.

Football fans in Washington now wait with open arms. The Zorn-Campbell era will soon be a fuzzy memory, tucked away with other sports moments Washington fans try not think about. The trade will most likely be a blessing in disguise for Jason Campbell as well, big tease that he is. He will make an excellent back-up to McNabb should he stick around or he may be given the opportunity for a fresh start. There will no doubt be teams interested in a 28 year-old quarterback who was tough enough to survive a brutally bad Redskins offensive line last season.

The Washington Redskins currently have many nice pieces in place, on the field and in the front office. Donovan McNabb does not have big shoes to fill but expectations are still high – high enough for both parties to be working on a new contract at least.


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