Mike’d Up: The NBA hammer comes down and crab legs for dinner

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver dropped the hammer on Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling Tuesday, banning him for life and fining him $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the league constitution. Kelley: Sports Illustrated writer Michael Rosenberg summarized it well: “The punishment may or may not fit the crime, but it absolutely fits the man.” I […]

Mike’d Up: NBA Championship predictions and six NFL games to watch next season

The NBA Playoffs kicked off last week. Who will take home the championship? Kowaleski: East: The Heat are the only logical option here. The Pacers got home court advantage, but to say they’ve been inconsistent would be an understatement—the fact that they’re tied 1-1 with the 38-win Atlanta Hawks says it all. The Nets swept […]

Mike’d Up: NCAA feeds their athletes and who doesn’t deserve their paycheck?

On Tuesday, the NCAA implemented small changes that included allowing players unlimited meals from their universities. Kowaleski: This is too little, too late for the maligned NCAA. It’s been a P.R. nightmare for them over the past few months. First, Northwestern football players gain the right to unionize and be recognized as university employees. Then […]

Mike’d Up: MLB predictions, discussing DeSean, and the NCAA bball championship

Opening Day was Monday and the MLB is underway. The Mike’d UP guys offer their predictions for the 2014 season. Kelley: National League: The New York Daily News recently ran this headline: “Dodgers should win NL West, and with $233 million payroll, they better” To just win the NL West would be supremely disappointing for […]

Mike’d Up: Death in Qatar and Final Four predictions

A report by the International Trade Union Confederation estimates 4,000 immigrant workers will die in construction for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Kelley: This is an absolutely appalling situation. One 26-year-old Philippine worker said in the Bleacher Report that living conditions at the various construction sites include, “eight people to one bedroom, sixteen people share […]

Conference tournament predictions and state championship ends in tie

NCAA basketball conference tournaments are wrapping up just in time for Selection Sunday. The Mike’d Up guys give their picks: Kowaleski: American—Louisville A10—VCU ACC—Virginia Big 12—Oklahoma State Big East—Creighton Big Ten—Michigan State Pac-12—Oregon SEC—Florida   Kelley: American— Louisville A10— UMass ACC— Duke Big 12— Kansas Big East— Villanova Big Ten— Michigan State Pac-12— Arizona SEC— […]

Mike’d UP: The use of racial slurs in professional sports and Kevin Durant verus LeBron James

The NFL is discussing penalizing players for the use of the racial slurs during games. Kelley: It is the thought that counts and I support it, but the actual implementation of this proposal is near impossible. There are too many issues for this rule to be effective in the National Football League. Many players this […]