Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez listens during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Hernandez is accused in the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancée's sister. (AP Photo/Dominick Reuter, Pool)

#TallTakes: It Didn’t Have To Come To This

Aaron Hernandez Is Dead

The embattled former Patriots tight end was found dead in his prison cell last Tuesday.

Hernandez was recently acquitted of a double homocide in connection to a couple of Boston area shootings, despite that things were still looking bleak for him as he was serving a life sentence for the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd.  Although he vowed to appeal the guilty verdict that was handed down it was doubtful that he would ever see the light of day.

From the first trial that he was involved in it was obvious that Aaron Hernandez had issues with a number of things that everyday people tend to have under control.  Things like anger management, self control and not going around shooting people in the face.  And although it’s unacceptable and unbelievably tragic when people from any circumstance goes around murdering people, Hernandez’s story reads like a Greek tragedy him having gone from winning national titles at the University of Florida to making big money for the best NFL team we’ve seen in decades to murdering his friend and being found dead in a prison cell.

The real tragedy is that it didn’t have to be this way. People everywhere are involved in the types of crimes Hernandez was allegedly involved in.  People from rough neighborhoods join gangs because they have nowhere to go, Aaron Hernandez grew up in a loving home in Bristol, Connecticut. People get involved in smuggling drugs and guns because they don’t have access to educational and job opportunities. Hernandez had a full scholarship to University of Florida and had a contract that would have paid him $46 million dollars.  People, generally don’t kill people, even if they are in dire straits. Aaron Hernandez, with all his promise and his privilege couldn’t help himself.

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A lot of people who end up in prison do so committing acts that they believe would help them provide for their families, Hernandez betrayed his copious talents that would have allowed him to provide for his family for generations to engage in a life of crime because he liked it.

Ain’t that a bitch?

Serena Williams is Pregnant

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Serena Williams announced that she is twenty weeks pregnant for husband Alexis Ohanian.

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As a heterosexual male I feel like Ed Reed when he was at Miami. I’m hurt dog.

As a sports fan I’m excited on a couple of different levels.

Level 1: One of the greatest athletes to ever walk the earth is having a child. 

These are always interesting because it’s cool to see how this turns out.  Will this child be the next generation’s tennis great or change the internet like his or her dad? Or will they just be some idle rich kid who doesn’t even know what a tennis racket is. The possibilities are fascinating.

Level 2: She won a major tournament while pregnant.

I’ve heard people who claim to be hardcore tennis fans give negative opinions of Serena Williams, most of them have to do with how black arrogant she is.  If she is 20 weeks pregnant last week that means that she was about 8 weeks in when she won the Australian Open at the end of January.

I don’t know if there were any legitimate criticisms left can lodge against being one of the greatest tennis players ever going into last week, but those are done.


If I eat a jalapeno and then use the bathroom that would derail my day, and I’m a pretty sturdily built human being.  She was going through hormonal changes, morning sickness and who knows what else and there she was, whoopin everybody in Australia.  This should be right up there with the Jordan hangover flu game and Curt Schilling’s bloody sock game as a triumph of personal will in sports.

Grayson Allen Hates Money

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Junior Duke Guard Grayson Allen has announced that he’ll be staying in Durham for his senior year.

Grayson Allen hates money.

Allen’s best year was his sophomore year where he averaged over 21 points a game on 46% shooting in 36 minutes. His stats and his standing took a nosedive his junior year when he averaged 14 points on 39% shooting in 29 minutes a game. Not only did he play pretty poorly, he was suspended for tripping opposing players.

Because of his physical profile and scoring ability he was tabbed to be a mid-to late lottery player after his highly productive sophomore season, however after this past disaster of a campaign it was doubtful that he would have been drafted in the first round.  His decision to come back wasn’t a smart one, and the ensuing meltdown he went through at Duke cost him millions of NBA dollars.

If he can be productive in his senior season as he was as a sophomore and keep his urge to trip people in-check then he’ll can be a lottery pick.  He definitely has the physical talent to be an NBA player.

His senior season will be a referendum on whether or not he has the mentality to.

Deshone Kizer is arrogant as hell and I’m here for it.

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Notre Dame’s football team and its coach Brian Kelly are both straight ass so I’m not going to begrudge quarterback Deshone Kizer for leaving to go to the NFL.  Kizer gave this assessment of his talent in an interview with USA today, and it had the humility of Donald Trump making an appearance on MTV cribs.

“Name a college quarterback who goes into the game-plan meetings on Monday and throws his notes at the coaches,” Kizer said. “No one else game plans the way I do. No one else prepares the way I do. No one else knows football the way I do. No one else is as big as I am. No one else is as powerful a runner as I am. Pat Mahomes might throw the ball 80 yards and I can only throw the ball 72, but I guarantee he can’t throw an out route the way I can.

it gets better:

“No one else can do what I can do. And I’ve truly figured out in this (draft) process, if I can maximize all my potential in every aspect of the game – this is bold – I do have the ability to be the greatest quarterback to ever play. Imagine taking (Tom) Brady’s intellect and Brady’s preparation and putting it on a guy with Cam Newton’s body. Why can’t I be the greatest? The only thing stopping me from it is me. That’s what’s driving me now.”

Deshone Kizer sounds like Charlie Murphy’s (RIP) description of Rick James talking about himself

Deshone Kizer really believes in himself, and I’m sure he spent the better part of the last three years walking around South Bend licking random women’s faces like Rick James did in the 80’s because he’s Deshone Kizer bitch.

It’s hard for me not to root for a dude as arrogant as Kizer.

There’s no downside either way.  He’ll end up being a delusional buffoon who comes into the NFL with all this bravado only to flame out, which is fun for us to laugh at. Or he’ll be the greatest quarterback of all time, which would be even more great.

We love when people call their own shots.  Babe Ruth played baseball a century ago but people today worship him as some deity, Joe Namath guaranteed that his Jets would win the Superbowl coming off a season where he completed only 50% of his passes and threw more interceptions than touchdowns and then he went out and did it and he can get a free drink at any bar in New York today.

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And I’m sure he never turns any offers down

People worship Kobe, and Jordan and revere Tom Brady.  Sports fans live for the kind of bravado that Kizer is displaying here and for that reason and that reason alone I want this young man to succeed at the next level.

I want to see this kind of cockiness on display on the world stage.