random ramblings fred riecke, gamblersdata

…Adios to Manny Ramirez.  Faced with a 100 game suspension for violating mlb’s  drug policy for the second time, ManRam took his .059 batting average for the season directly into retirement.  Say good-bye to the Hall of Fame as the door hits you in your ass on the way out.

…Oakland Raiders wide receiver Louis Murphy is looking at three misdemeanors after being arrested in Gainesville, Florida. Police took Murphy into custody and charged him with failure to obey a police officer, resisting arrest without violence and possession of a drug without a valid prescription.

…Add Louis Murphy:  From the Gainesville Sun come this:  …Murphy consented to a search of his vehicle, where officers found a “non-labeled prescription bottle containing 11 individual pills later identified as Viagra.” Murphy could not provide a prescription for it and allegedly told the officer that he had peeled the label off of the bottle “because he did not want his girlfriend to know he had a prescription for it.”

…From Larry Brown Sports comes this nugget.  “Floyd Mayweather Jr. finds himself in trouble once again, but luckily his funds should be able to bail him out. The Detroit News reported Friday that Mayweather owes the IRS $3.35 million from income taxes in 2009. Yes, it’s 2011 now, but he owes money from 2009.” 

…Add Mayweather…Once the IRS gets done with him for 2010 he will probably have no other choice but to fight Manny Pacquiao just to pay his tax debt.

…Final add Money Mayweather:  This is the second time Mayweather has been faced with unpaid taxes. In 2007, he agreed to a payment plan for $5.6 million owed to the IRS.  Just thinking, but maybe he should hire an accountant.

…We wrote a few months back about Phoenix Sun star Steve Nash and his broken marriage.  The Jersey Chaser reports that Nash married Alejandra Amarilla in 2005 but broke up a few months before the baby was born after rumors of cheating allegations. The allegations were confirmed when Aljejandra gave birth to a black baby. Now the father is said to be Nash’s former teammate Jason Richardson.  Former teammate since Richardson was traded to the Magic around the same time the baby was ushered into the world.

…No surprise here, but UFC President, Dana White said that current light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones will defend his title against former friend and training partner, Rashad Evans in September or October of this year.  Bones should make mincemeat out of Evans.

…Kansas City linebacker Mike Vrabel was arrested Monday and charged with theft from a riverboat casino.  The Switzerland County sheriff’s department said Vrabel, 35, was arrested at 5:30 a.m. and released about 5 hours later on $600 cash bond. He was charged with a class D felony.

…Add Vrabel comment: ”It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication,” Vrabel said in a statement issued through his agent. ”I feel comfortable that after talking with the appropriate parties, we will resolve this matter.”  This is just the beginning of the bizarre behavior we can expect as the NFL gets closer to losing a season of play and pay.

…According to Irish Illustrated wide receiver Michael Floyd will not be suspended for any games this season. At least, not by the school’s Office of Residence Life board.  Floyd had been suspended indefinitely by Notre Dame following a DUI arrest, his third alcohol related arrest since 2009.  I guess the magic number is four as long as you are the school’s leader in touchdown pass receptions.

…Evidently the U of Miami is playing the same game.  Last month, Miami linebacker Ramon Buchanan was arrested and charged with five crimes, including two felonies, after an incident at a Coconut Grove nightclub that involved police officers.   According to the police report, Buchanan allegedly resisted arrest, tried to headbutt a police officer, then spat on him, then allegedly told him “I’m a U.M. football player …. I’ll get out of it. F— the police.”

…Add Buchanan:  Head coach Al Golden announced that Buchanan had been reinstated and was practicing with the team.  Golden added: “Right now we’re reinstating him. Again, he has done everything that we’ve asked him to do, and I’m going to keep those things private in terms of what we asked him to do. But it was a considerable amount of things and it will be ongoing here throughout the summer.’’  Harsh words, huh?

…You look at these stats and assume that UConn got blown out.  Connecticut shot 34.5% from the field, including 1-of-11 from long range, and turned the ball over five more times than Butler.

…Of course, we know better than that as UConn wins by 12.  Why? Butler.  Butler.  Butler. They made just 12-of-64 (19%) from the field, and only 3-of-31 (10%) from two-point range thanks in part to UConn’s 10 blocked shots.  Brutal.  But you must give props to this tiny Indiana school for making it to the final game two years in a row.

…MMA news from FiveKnuckles.com – “Sources close to the situation have informed FiveKnuckles.com and The MMA Fight Corner that Gina Carano has left Xtreme Couture and is now training with Jackson’s MMA.”

…Derek Jeter needs his sleep and he isn’t ashamed to pay the price for it.  According to the New York Post, the Yankees’ captain has rented a new apartment at the Trump World Tower, the same building where Jeter already owns a $20 million apartment that is currently on the market. Apparently, Jeter has some noisy neighbors who disturbed his rest, so the shortstop picked up and moved to a different part of the building.  Jeter’s new 2,087-square-foot sleep aid costs him a whopping $15,500 per month, and features two bedrooms and three bathrooms.This new apartment is Jeter’s in-season home away from home, as construction was recently completed on his massive $7.7 million mansion in Tampa, Fla.

…From the website Stiletto Jill (I’m not kidding) comes a story that may become commonplace if the NFL and NBA lockouts gain steam.  This is the NBA version.  Kevin Martin was traded away from the Kings to the Rockets a little over a year ago. Unfortunately, his Sacramento home was never sold. Kevin has been in default on the $1.5 million dollar loan since June and it was recently repossessed  after he and the bank failed to reach an agreement on a short sale.

…MMA fans may want to skip this piece or risk shattering your illusions.  In a recent interview, Junior dos Santos said that while he has no proof, he intimated that Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem used steroids at some point in the MMA careers.  Are you kidding me?  The next thing he’ss claim is that while he has no proof, it is possible that wrestling is fake!

…Lost Letterman is reporting that South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia has been suspended for the fifth time – and the second time this spring – raising the possibility he has played his last game as a Gamecock. The suspension is indefinite.  I think Spurrier has had enough of Garcia and he will not be around for football season.

…Seems like LeBron’s mom is in the news almost as much as King James himself.  TMZ is reporting that Gloria James, Miami Heat star LeBron James’s mother, was arrested at the Fontainebleau hotel on a misdemeanor assault charge after a scuffle with the hotel’s valet.  According to TMZ Gloria was partying at LIV nightclub with some of her girlfriends earlier in the evening and  when she tried to leave the hotel, she got into an altercation with one of the valet parking attendants.

…Add Mom James:  Miami PD had this to say:  “Mr. Sorel Rockfeller, a hotel valet worker, claimed he was assaulted by Ms. James, who was angered because her car was taking too long to be delivered. Several witnesses supported Mr. Rockfeller’s account of what occurred.”

…Final add Mom James:  Again from the Miami PD:  “Both Ms. James and the driver of the vehicle were initially uncooperative with the investigating officer.  Ms. James was apparently intoxicated as she had bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on her breath.”  C’mon Gloria, I never assault the valet when it takes too long to deliver my car.  I just cut down on the tip.

…There hasn’t been much good news surrounding the Dodgers lately, so maybe this will put a smile on your face.  Violet Smith from Midland, Michigan, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the season opener Thursday for the Great Lakes Loons, the Low Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Violet Smith was celebrating her 109th birthday.  To be honest the pitch came up a little short but relatively on target.  It appeared to be a far better effort than the legendary exploits of one Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate of Howard Stern show fame.

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