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Deke: History on the track, the king of the ring and everything else in sports f
by Deke Bellavia,posted May 7 2012 1:27PM
If you like sports, the first weekend of May is a biggie, to say the least. The greatest two minutes in sports, NHL and NBA Playoffs, and prize fights are always on the docket to go along with other events like college sports and golf.
History was made at Churchill Downs as a horse from the 19 position won the Kentucky Derby. Why is that history you ask? Well, because no pony has ever won the race from the spot in the prior 137 “Run for the Roses. “
Then later that night in Sin City, the undefeated and prettiest fighter ever waltzed to the ring at the MGM in Vegas with a dynamic duo that had more platinum hits than any boxer could ever think about having by his side. Yep pretty boy Floyd “Money” Mayweather was “Money” once again as he heralded a unanimous decision over a gritty and younger brawler in Miguel Cotto. But Money’s help carrying his previous six title belts to the ring was incredible.
The great 50 Cent had four belts, while every youngster’s ( and I’m quite sure some older ladies as well) teen heart throb carried the other two, as Justin Beiber walked right alongside of Money on the way to him picking up yet another title. So that leaves us the question…Who will carry belt number seven the next time Floyd Fights? The Foo Fighters? Mystikal? The Zach Brown Band, or Frankie Beverly and Maze? Naw, those are just a few of the great acts I was able to catch this past weekend at Jazz Fest 2012!
The NY Bricks got a major game from Mello to snap a historic NBA Playoff losing record on Sunday while the 76ers are looking more and more like another #8 that’s going to knock off a #1 seed in the first round. And, Kobe and his traveling “Lake Show” are now just one win and three more games away from getting back “Peace” my brother to their line-up. That being Metta World Peace of course!
While the Who Dat Nation still waits for our hero to be inked to a new long-term deal and the newest appeal to play out the saddest news of the week without question came from the football world and it was one that shook us all. While I was in Orlando last week with my family I got ready to go out to one of the several parks that you can check out and breaking news was all across the TV and Radio that the great Junior Seau had died.
One of the greatest and toughest players ever was dead and it was ruled self-inflicted. I can remember Junior as we were able to interview him once on the radio. Junior was an intelligent, yet seemingly nice person that had as many hard hits applied on others as anyone perhaps ever in a football career. But the only memory that I will carry from Junior from now on every time I hear his name will not be about him. It will be about his mother Luisa.
I came to a dead halt in my room in Orlando as I was checking our bags on the way out while my back was turned to the TV so I could not see what was on the tube at the time. Then I could hear a person crying. This was no ordinary cry. It was a cry for help, a cry for mercy and cry for death.
A mother crying, begging for her son to be alive, begging to take his place and begging like all of us would, will and hopefully will never have to do if something happens to our children. That, my fellow sports fans, is something that has stuck with me the last six days and that is something that will be embedded in my mind forever. RIP Junior and God Bless your mother Luisa.