Iverson Deposed and Fuming

Iverson Deposed and Fuming

Not exactly news, but A.I. was in D.C. giving 5 hours of deposition about a bar fight he was allegedly involved in.  NBC10 has perhaps one of the worst photo galleries I have ever seen on the Internet.  For those unfamiliar with Iverson's predicament:

"These men were basically beaten by Mr. Iverson's security detail," attorney Gregory Lattimer said. "The lawsuit that we filed alleges just that. In fact, (one of the alleged victims) suffered a ruptured eardrum and head injuries that were unbelievable."

The men are going after A.I.'s deep pockets.  And since that story wasn't very entertaining, I went out and found one that at least uses a moderately entertaining analogy.  You Daily Californian readers have surely already read this piece on non performance enhancing drugs being good.

Now, I am not opposed to athletes taking drugs, as a general rule. Vida Blue is rumored to have pitched a shutout on LSD, and I consider that to be a monumental achievement. If you can shut down nine innings of major league hitters, even when they look like melting giant squirrels, that's badass. Allen Iverson smokes more weed than Cypress Hill on a trip to Jamaica, but he's still unstoppable. These drugs present a handicap-another obstacle for these athletes to overcome and, by so doing, prove their legendary skills. Steroids are just for cheaters.

You can't stop him, you can only hope he is too high.

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Updated: 9:15 p.m.

ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.

Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.

Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.

Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall. 

Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft. 

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.

The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter. 

The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz. 

At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.

The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.