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The city of Buffalo, New York was absolutely hammered by a five-day snowstorm snow last week and when everything was said and done there was about seven feet of the white stuff on the ground. The sheer volume of the precipitation caused some roofs to collapse and the snow was blamed for more than a dozen deaths. It played havoc with the city as well as the scheduled NFL game between the hometown Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets which was set for Sunday, November 23 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The weather also forced the NHL to postpone the home game between the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators at the First Niagara Center. That contest will now be played on February 20th and oddly enough it’s the second times the Senators have had a game postponed this season. Their home tilt scheduled for Wednesday, October 22nd against the Toronto Maple Leafs was pushed back until November 9th after an armed man attacked the Canadian Parliament Buildings and killed a guard. The terrorist was the shot dead by security forces.
Defenceman Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets is regarded as a pretty good NHL hockey player and that’s why the club is paying him $5 million for the 2014/15 campaign. In fact, the 27-year-old, who formerly played with the Los Angeles Kings, was signed to a $30.5 million seven-year deal by the Kings back in 2011. It’s estimated that he’s already made close to $20 million so far during his nine-year pro career. But despite all of the money Johnson is now going to file for bankruptcy.
According to reports, Johnson’s debts are over $10 million and he has about $50,000 in assets only. In addition, the Columbus Dispatch newspaper has stated that the player has been on the wrong end of three lawsuits which add up to $6 million. One of the suits has been settled and the other two are still pending. However, before fans start railing about immature and money-wasting athletes it should be noted that the cause of Johnson’s financial woes can be traced back to his parents Jack Sr. and Tina.
George Foreman won the heavyweight title at the age of 45 and Bernard Hopkins just lost his light heavyweight crown at 49. However, 62-year-old actor Mickey Rourke makes them look like youngsters as he plans on entering the ring in Russia on Saturday,, November 29th to resume his pro boxing career. Rourke is scheduled to take on a 29-year-old named Elliot Seymour in a five-round contest in Moscow as part of the undercard to the Ruslan Provodnikov vs Jose Luis Castillo contest.
Rourke, who was born in Schenectady, New York and grew up in Miami, Florida, was a decent enough boxer when he was young and racked up a record of 27-3 as an amateur between 1964 and 1973. He was just 21 years old when he finished his amateur career. He then turned to acting and has starred in numerous Hollywood movies over the years such as The Wrestler, 1941, Heaven’s Gate, Body Heat, Diner, Rumble Fish, The Motorcycle Boy, The Pope of Greenwich Village, The Year of the Dragon, 9½ Weeks, Angel Heart, Barfly, A Prayer for the Dying, Desperate Hours, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Get Carter, Iron Man 2, and The Expendables.
There are a lot of great athletes and former greats out there who hold records for being the best and for being the worst in specific areas of their sports. This came to light recently when basketball star Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers made the history books by missing a field goal for the 13, 418th time in his distinguished career. Bryant has now missed more free thrown in NBA history as he passed John Havlicek by one to claim the dubious record as his own.
However, the reason many great athletes hold records for being the “worst” is usually due to their longevity in their sport. For instance, while Bryant may have missed the most shots in the NBA he’s also number four on the all-time scoring list because he’s been in the league for close to 20 seasons. Bryant isn’t the only great athlete to hold one of these records and we’ll take a look at some other all-time greats who are in the record books for the right and wrong reasons.
CBS Sports has reported that Miami Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton has agreed to a $325 million contract extension with the Major League Baseball club which will run for the next 13 years. The new deal represents the biggest-ever contract in the history of North American professional sports. The 25-year-old player was also given an opt-out and no-trade clause and his contract surpasses the $293 million deal that Miguel Cabrera signed with the Detroit Tigers earlier this year. Stanton will be eligible to opt out of the deal when he reaches the age of 30 and that will enable him to sign an even better contract.
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