Archive for July, 2014

Well running Backdoor Slider has given me some fun and entertaining days over the past year or so but I can’t say that I have had a day like today.  If you have checked the site in the past 24 hours you have seen a lot of dancing and my post about the article Kravitz wrote on the Robert Mathis suspension. Up to that point it was same ole stuff until I woke up at 5:30 am to awake up one of the kids for school and do what we all do, check my phone.  Only to find this comment.

Brandi Mathis says:

Your reaction is really disturbing considering that you say that he is using OUR daughter as an excuse. WE opened up about our struggle to conceive when we didn’t have to.. something many men wouldn’t have the courage to do. The picture that you show above of my husband and our daughter was not staged.. in fact it is a photo of me bringing her to see him at camp and he was trying to hide her from the sun. A photographer from across the field took the picture and published it without our knowledge. Get your facts straight before you walk around calling bullshit on anyone. Normally I wouldn’t comment on the non sense that has surrounded his suspension but this is getting out of hand and our 11 day old daughter doesn’t deserve for her father to be publicly criticized for deciding to bring her into this world.
-Brandi Mathis

What?  Really!  No, Really!  Wow!

Let me say first of all that I have no way of knowing if this is truly Mrs. Robert Mathis.  The email address connected to the comment does appear to be an email address that Mrs. Mathis would have.  For shits and giggles let’s assume that this is legit and pretend that Mrs. Mathis was up past midnight posting comments on Backdoor Slider.  Ha!  I just hope she also voted for Valerie and picked her favorite between Jackson Browne and Johnny Cash.  Oh, by the way, they both did drugs too.  wink wink

OK where do I start?

Let’s start here.  Why does she give two damns what the hell I think and believe.  Yes, I think her husband is full of shit.  Yes, I think that her husband is justifying his attentional wrong doing by using his family as a smoke shield to make us forget that he is a cheater.  My question is why does she care what little ole BDS has to say about her husband?  Obviously she either trolls Facebook or Twitter or she like loves her some BDS.  The first one probably isn’t the best thing to do if you are a thin-skinned wife of a professional athlete.    The second I recommend, especially if you want to stay up to date on hot cheerleaders, UK basketball or the upcoming college football season.  You never know, she might be into it.

Second and most importantly we are only discussing her family because her husband used her family as his excuse of why he is sitting out the Denver, Philadelphia, Jacksonville and Tennessee games.  If she forgot let me refresh everyone’s memory.

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The correct answer should have been this and this only.

I was caught taking a band substance.  I am sorry.  I apologize to my team, coaches, owner and fans.  

That’s it!  Just for once I would like to see an athlete that gets caught putting things into their body that they shouldn’t just come out and be honest.

But you know though, he is a hero, a man who just wants to raise a family.  BULLSHIT!  Once again he is a man who will not own up to his crime and is hiding behind his family for his misdoings.  Pulling on the heartstrings in hope that “This League” (Czaban shout out) will forget what is really going on.

 

And no, I do not think that Robert Mathis has any courage when it comes to this matter.  This is a man who did not own his mistake.  This is not a man who feels that he did anything wrong.  This is a man who attempted to justify his wrong and yes, this is a man who used his daughter to shield himself from the press.  Oh, I’m sorry, he’s a true hero.

But hey, it was late, Mrs Mathis was still up last night and I am sure she woke up regretting her decision to engage some random blog site.  But as Lee Corso would say, not so fast my friend.  Today during the daylight hours I received this tweet from Mrs. Mathis.

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Yeah, you’re right Brandi, I best start thinking a little more.  Sure thing boss.

What the hell?  This chick won’t stop!  She is bull rushing me like her husband does QBs on Sunday afternoons.  If you have time take a look at her twitter feed.  It’s a good time.  (Looks like me and Peyton Manning have something in common, who knew)  Let me give everyone a little advise.  When a women, or anyone for that matter, tries to make a big stink about something they are probably hiding something.  Trying to divert attention for the truth.  Trying to pull the ole Gilbert Gottfried hand trick.  Who does she think I am?  ESPN?  Well guess what Brandi?  I am someone who does not care what you think and frankly am wondering why you care what I say.  I am someone who is not afraid to say that I do not believe the load of fertilizer your husband is shoveling the public’s way.

Wow!  Just another day in the life of Backdoor Slider.  Can’t wait till tomorrow.

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What a night for Valerie.  You can still vote for her until 1pm.  http://vote.fox.com/dance

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Val and Ricky are onto the Top 10 tonight and put on what the judges called the best performance of the evening.

The show started with some toga group number that brought back Ball State toga party flashbacks.  Once I felt the coast was clean and it was safe to climb out of the ditch I made it back in time to see Valerie and Ricky amaze the crowd and judges to some witch doctor & voodoo number put to Lil’ Jon’s Turn Down For What.  Now I am not going to pretend to know the difference between what is good and not when it comes to the world of dancing but WOW!  So far Val has shown off her taps, her graceful and elegant side and tonight she was just down right powerful.

Make sure to Vote for Val tonight after the show.

http://www.fox.com/dance/

Stay tuned, I will post a video of tonights performance as soon as someone smarter than me posts it on YouTube.

Hey Kravitz and Mathis, BULLSHIT!

Posted: July 30, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star sat down with Robert Mathis and wrote an article that is on Indystar.com.  It might be in the paper too but I don’t even know if they print thing any longer.  Here is a link to the article.

Well I have a few initial reactions to the article but my first was.

 

After that I have a couple issues.  First lets get a few things out there.  Robert Mathis stated that he knowingly took Clomid, a masking agent for performance-enhancing drugs.  If this is true for whatever bullshit reason he wants to make up then what a kick to the jewels to the Colts and his teammates.  Hell, if I am his teammate I am even more mad if he wasn’t masking PED use.  Mathis took Clomid knowingly and was aware that the NFL will be testing for this substance.  If caught he puts the team at a disadvantage, which he did, and this makes him a great person?  Bullshit!

Second, I am not a fan of Facebook.  Why?  Because Facebook is chalked full of two things I can not stand.

  1. Liars
  2. People using their kids as props to make themselves look better.
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(Photo: Danese Kenon/The Star)

Well Robert Mathis had a wonderful Facebook like day today with the help of Mr. Kravitz.  Just like clockwork when I pulled up Facebook there was a post about Bob’s piece.  And of course all the Facebook Lemmings were lined up to comment about what a great man Mathis is and how we need more people like him.  Bullshit!

Look, once again this is a simple game of stupid or liar.  With this one I think we have both.  Mathis is a liar and Kravitz is stupid for printing this puff piece when a man of his intelligence has to know the truth.  I get it Colts fans, you love your team.  Mathis is a beast and you love cheering him on Sunday afternoons but sweet Jesus let’s not make this guy into a Saint.  I think most professional football players are taking some sort of PED’s and I don’t blame them.  They have a very short span of time to make as much money as they possibly can.  It is a gladiator sport of eat or be eaten.  Just stop lying to me and leave the kids at home.

So I saw on Facebook tonight from a relative that was attending summer school at UCLA that there was a water main break and there were some building flooding.  Well for the looks from the picture below Pauley Pavilion is one of those buildings.

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I hope Coach Alford as a boat and an Angie’s List membership so he can find a good service provider to clean up that mess.

 

The Final Round 2 Match Ups

Posted: July 29, 2014 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

We have arrived at the final 8 bands of the round of 32 and there are some real heavyweights to finish off round 2.  Take a look and a listen and make the right choice.

 

The Police vs. Chuck Berry

One of the biggest bands of the 80’s going up against a top 5 guitar player of all time and the only guy I have seen get away with talking shit about Keith Richard’s guitar playing to his face.

Check out the Police from their reunion tour a few years ago.

 

Here is Chuck showing why he should win this bracket in a landslide.

 

 

Aerosmith  vs. John Mellencamp

You have one of the better American bands of the past 40 years going up against one of the best singer/songwriters of our generation.

Aerosmith doing an unplugged version of one of their best songs.

 

Mellencamp and Kid Rock doing a ferocious version of Pink Houses.

 

 

The Beatles vs. Marvin Gaye

Arguably the most important band of all time taking on arguably one of the greatest soul singers of all time.

Here is a classic from the Beatles final live performance.

 

Check out Marvin Gaye singing in front of a room full of white people clapping awkwardly.

 

 

Jackson Browne vs. Johnny Cash

A great California singer songwriter going up against an American institution.  Sorry Jackson.

This song is being played on a 147 classic rock stations as you are reading this.

 

Johnny doing a Soundgarden cover with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as his backing band.

 

 

 

 

There is many things to love about college sports.  The passion of the fans, the pageantry and the love to play the players have.  There is one thing though that seems to pop up in every sport and program.  Kids that have been handed everything their entire life and never learn the true value of hard work.  Every program has them from time to time and the list is long.  Many of these kids grow up to be adults that continue to make poor decisions.  The unfortunate thing about their adult decisions are they start to affect other people lives.  No longer is a bad decision just effecting their team or their  individual playing ability but it starts to have an impact on people’s lives.

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Indiana’s Todd Leary was arrested before tip-off of an Indiana basketball game against Purdue on fraud charges and was convicted and sentenced.

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Kentucky legend, Richie Farmer, had taken his fame to levels that many had thought was going to make him the next Governor of Kentucky.  Only to be charged with Federal corruption charges and is now serving time in a federal penitentiary.

The list could go on forever and we are not getting into the guys that actually cause physical harm to others and leave a wake of unwanted kids.  These are guys that just think they are above the law.  They look at is and think since they are not beating their ladies or dealing drugs they really are not hurting anyone.

I bring this up tonight because another former high school and college star has abused the system that gave him everything he has and hurt the lives of the people he was to help.

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Rodrick Rhodes and his Cordia High School Basketball program received major sections from the KSHAA today.  This one time hardwood legend that was a 3 time high school all american and was to be the next big thing at UK has proved to be what many have always said he was.  A person that never wanted to work for anything and never was willing to give back even a small percentage of what people had given to him.  Here is the press release from the KHSAA today that lists the wrong doing by Rhodes and his program.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2014 

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has handed down sanctions to Cordia High School following a nearly yearlong investigation for violations of KHSAA bylaws including Bylaw 1 (Responsibility of Eligibility), Bylaw 4 (Enrollment Requirements), Bylaw 6 (Transfer Rule-Citizens of the U.S. or U.S. Territories), Bylaw 7 (Transfer Rule-Foreign Exchange Students), Bylaw 11 (Financial Aid), Bylaw 16 (Recruitment/Undue Influence), Bylaw 23 (Limitation of Season) and Bylaw 25 (Requirements for Coaches).

Among the penalties imposed by the Commissioner are:

  • Suspension of the Cordia HS boys’ basketball team from playing scrimmages or contests during the 2014-15 regular and postseason, as well as the 2016 postseason. During its suspension, the school would be permitted to conduct regular season practices from October 15 until the first allowable day for district tournament play. Included in this penalty is a stipulation that representatives of the boys’ basketball team with eligibility remaining may transfer to specific KHSAA member schools without penalty;

  • Forfeiture of all boys’ basketball games from the 2013-14 season for the use of at least one ineligible player in all games. The score will be recorded as 2-0 for all games which Cordia won, and the game score will remain the same for losses but will be noted as forfeits;

  • Probation for Cordia’s interscholastic athletic program through the 2018-19 season. With this probation, Cordia will be placed on conditional membership, with its membership status to be reviewed at the end of the 2014-15 school year to determine whether its membership should continue to be recommended for approval by the Board of Control beginning with the 2015-16 season. Also as part of its probation, all Cordia coaches and athletic administrators shall be required to attend an in-service workshop in Lexington, conducted by the KHSAA staff concerning Association Bylaws and Kentucky law that affects interscholastic athletics during the 2014-15 school year. Additionally, an Assistant Commissioner will also be assigned to work directly with the Superintendent of schools and the Principal of Cordia to ensure development of policies, procedures and best practices to be implemented in the athletic program;

  • Suspension of two members of the Cordia HS boys’ basketball coaching staff from the 2014-15 postseason boys’ basketball tournaments sanctioned by KHSAA.

  • An aggregate fine of $25,980 for various infractions per the fine schedule in Bylaw 27.

“The majority of the aforementioned violations are clearly indicative of a school without any appreciable level of institutional control over its athletic program. While some violations date back to the 2010-2011 school year, the major violations occurred during the past twelve to twenty-four months. The violations in previous years, however, add context and it is my conclusion that they illustrate an undeniable pattern of practice and culture of noncompliance that has been allowed to evolve at Cordia,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett in his communication to the school. “Unfortunately, after this long and careful review, this series of events may well represent the most wanton and blatant disregard for Association rules in its 97 year history. There is apparently no person within the school or school system willing to actively and aggressively control and manage the athletic program. Therefore, students have been allowed an unrestricted privilege of participation without compliance with applicable and appropriate rules.

“Participation in interscholastic athletics has long been recognized as a privilege and not a right. This is an important distinction. With this privilege comes responsibility. A theme throughout this matter has been the participation, whether at practice or competition, of ineligible student-athletes,” added Tackett. “The participation by any ineligible students may have affected the outcome of those games. Moreover, participation by an ineligible student-athlete potentially jeopardizes coverage under the KHSAA’s catastrophic insurance policy that is provided for all student-athletes. The collective Association of member schools, including Cordia, have agreed to abide by the Bylaws of the KHSAA which are indisputable when the knowledge is there to prevent an ineligible player from participating.”

During the course of its investigation, the KHSAA found sufficient evidence that representatives of the athletic program, including representatives of the Lotts Creek Community School who are inextricably related to both the school and its athletic program, committed violations of KHSAA bylaws, many of which were acknowledged by the school, including:

  • Falsifying records, or maintaining inaccurate records with regards to living arrangements of transferring student-athletes;

  • Allowing a staff member to lease housing to the family of a student-athlete without ever receiving payment;

  • Impermissible contact with multiple student-athletes with the intent to sway them to enroll at Cordia for the purpose of competing in athletics;

  • Providing free transportation to relocate a student from an out-of-state school;

  • Providing plane tickets on two separate occasions to a student-athlete so he could travel out-of-state;

  • Facilitating housing for a student-athlete at no cost to him or his family;

  • Providing money and clothes to student-athletes;

  • Conducting tryouts for non-enrolled students;

  • Paying the entire cost of education for two students on an F-1 exchange VISA to attend Cordia;

  • Providing housing to numerous students that participated on the boys’ basketball team, as well as housing for their families;

  • Allowing ineligible players to practice and compete in contests before they were cleared to participate;

  • Requiring players to attend practice prior to the official start date for preseason practice (October 15), and disciplining students who missed these practice sessions;

  • Holding “open gym” practices that were limited to the boys’ basketball team and thus mandatory, following the elimination from the postseason; and

  • Failing to properly monitor the coaching requirements for individuals coaching in the boys’ basketball program, including the obligation to complete the legislatively mandated Sports Safety Course. These violations included a 30-day period during the 2013-14 season when no member of the coaching staff met the requirements of Bylaw 25.

Cordia has thirty (30) days to appeal the ruling to the KHSAA Board of Control. The KHSAA will have no further comment on this matter. All inquiries should be directed to Cordia High School or the Superintendent of the Knott County Schools.

– KHSAA –

What could have been a great redemption story of a player that never reached his potential but turned to help kids make better decisions than he did.  Has turned into a story of broken dreams and what not to do.