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bquinnI am not sure what is going on with the New York Jets. They went from a Super Bowl contender to an absolute joke in about three years. And now they have finally put on the big red nose with their latest acquisition. According to reports they have just signed Brady Quinn. Yes, THAT Brady Quinn.

I’m still trying to figure this out.

Bringing in Tim Tebow was an absolute bust. Mark Sanchez is inconsistent at best. So I don’t understand what Quinn brings to the table. The guy has been around the league more than Kim Kardashian.

Word has it that Jets QB coach, David Lee, like Quinn and that is why they are bringing him on board. But what are they really getting? If he is the replacement for Tebow then this is a lateral move. Quinn has had a lackluster career so far. He is Tebow without the religion.

And he is certainly not a replacement for Mark Sanchez. As bad as Sanchez has been, Quinn is not an upgrade. This signing, if it goes through, makes no sense. But then the whole Jets organization has not made much sense lately.

I know it’s only been two games but the Lakers are 0-2 and I say it’s time to push the Panic Button. Call it over reaction. Call it pessimism. Call it whatever you want. Just push that sucker.

It’s time.

After another last minutes collapse against the Sacramento Kings last night I tweeted that it is time to push the panic button and was immediately inundated with responses that I was crazy to even suggest such a thing. All I can say is something has to be done and pushing the Panic Button is as good a solution as any other I have heard.

I understand that Andrew Bynum is out but after watching the uninspired play of the Lakers and Kobe’s frustration level go off the charts, I’m not sure Bynum would have made a difference.

Think about this for a second, the Lakers had the game won against the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day and fell apart in the last minute and gave the game away. The game against the Kings was one they should have won and were coming back only to fall apart in the last two minutes of the game. Two last minute collapses in two games is not confidence inspiring.

And watching Kobe get more and more frustrated isn’t helping, either. We all know that when he gets to the point where he doesn’t trust his teammates he gets into that mode where he tries to do it all by himself. And that is not good for the Lakers.

I understand Kobe’s frustration because I am frustrated, too. The Lakers did not get better in the offseason. They did not get Chris Paul or Dwight Howard like everyone thought they would. In fact, they may have gotten worse purely based on the fact that they traded away Lamar Odom for essentially nothing.

So I say let’s push the Panic Button and make some major changes.

As if the Lakers haven’t had enough drama this season with all the failed trade attempts and losing Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks it seems that things just got worse.

TMZ is reporting that Vanessa Bryant has filed for divorce.

Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ … Vanessa — who stuck by Kobe after he was charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman in 2003 — decided to end the marriage because she believes Kobe has been unfaithful … again.

As one source puts it, “She’s been dealing with these incidents for a long time and has been a faithful wife, but she’s finally had enough,” adding, “This one is the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

This might explain why Kobe has been in such a bad mood lately.

One of the most shocking revelations is that Kobe and Vanessa didn’t have a prenup!

There is no telling how this will affect the Lakers season but it can’t be good. This going to get ugly before it gets better.

There were two fights vying for America’s attention Saturday night. One was on free TV and one was on Pay Per View. One ended in a spectacular knockout and one ended in controversy. One mattered and one didn’t. One was Mixed Marshal Arts (MMA) and one was boxing.

MMA made history and boxing gave us more of the same.

MMA (and specifically the UFC) has become more important than boxing because they continually give the fans the fights they want to see. And now they are giving them away for free. The UFC Heavyweight Championship fight between Can Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos made history. It ushered in a new era for the fight game.

MMA detractors will say that Dos Santos’ 1:04 knockout of Velaquez made the fight anti-climactic but they are wrong. It’s those types of knockouts that make MMA exciting. The last time there was any excitement in boxing’s heavyweight division was when Mike Tyson was knocking out fools in the first round. No one was complaining about the length of the fights then. Knockouts are exciting. Knockouts leave no doubt about who won the fight.

Which brings us to the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. Boxing didn’t do itself any favors with this fight. While Pacquiao won the fight it was not without controversy. And it didn’t bring us any closer to the fight we all want to see which is Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather. I’m still convinced that fight will never happen. If they were both in the UFC that fight would have already happened. And it probably would have happened twice. Fighters can’t run from other fighters in the UFC. (Floyd, I’m looking in your direction).

Putting a Heavyweight Championship fight on free TV was the best thing the UFC could do. It’s been over two decades since any heavyweight championship fight was on free TV. People in their late twenties probably don’t even know that fights used to be broadcast for free. MMA was introduced to mainstream America in a great way, with a fight that truly mattered and one that ended in an exciting fashion. This was the best advertisement the UFC (and MMA) could have hoped for.

The UFC (and MMA in general) is better at marketing their product than boxing has ever been. It also helps that they have a superior product.

Boxing is in trouble because they don’t give fans the fight they want to see and the governing bodies have become so corrupt that nothing can get done. When was the last time you were really excited about a boxing match? If we’re lucky, we get one good fight a year. That’s no way to build a sport.

Boxing will probably not follow UFC’s lead and put championship fights on free TV and that’s a good thing. For the UFC.

When Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos step into the octogon tonight they will be making history. It will be the first time in over two decades that a heavyweight championship fight will be televised on “free tv.”

There was a time when you could watch the biggest fights for free. I know most of you have no idea what I’m talking about but trust me, it happened. Of course all the big fights were boxing matches because there was no Mixed Marshal Arts back then. But you could watch Sugar Ray Leonard or Larry Holmes fight for free. All you had to do was turn on you tv.

And then all the Big Fights went to Pay Per View. And now there really are no more Big Fights in boxing. As fans we never get to see the match ups we really want. (Floyd Mayweather I’m looking in your direction).

That is why I have become such a big MMA fan. They continually give the fans the match ups we want to see. Fighters are not able to duck other fighters in MMA they way the can in boxing (still looking in your direction Floyd). This is mostly due to the fact that there is really only one main organization in MMA and that is the UFC. They demand that top fighters will fight other top fighters. Boxing has so many governing organizations that have become so corrupt you almost never see a Big Fight any more.

When was the last time you were really excited about a boxing match? Think about it. Be honest, it was a while ago. I get geeked for at least one fight for every UFC event.

Hopefully the Velasquez/dos Santos fight will be the return of the Big Fight to free tv and will usher in an era of MMA dominance in the fight game.

Every boxing promoter should take a lesson from Dana White and the UFC: give the fans what they want.

ESPN came out with their rankings of all the NBA players yesterday and promptly set the Twitterverse on fire. It seemed like everybody hated their list. Including me.

It comes as no surprise that they listed LeBron James as #1. ESPN will do anything to heap praise on LBJ even if it means destroying what little credibility they have left. LeBron Apologists were happy but real fans knew that the list was flawed. With Kobe Bryant at #7 and Carmelo Anthony not even in the Top Ten, you know something is amiss.

So if ESPN can just randomly throw names in numerical order I figured I could do the same thing. Only my list makes a lot more sense.

So here is The REAL Top 5 NBA Players.

1. Dwyane Wade. He has a boatload of skills and more heart than LBJ could ever hope to have. He is the undisputed leader of the Miami Heat.

2. Kobe Bryant. Still one of the most clutch players in the league. Has the heart of a Champion and the will to win. Has slowed down a bit but still one of the best ever.

3. Kevin Durant. Possibly the best All-Around game in the league right now. Could be the next Magic Johnson. And he’s only going to get better.

4. Dirk Nowitzki. Greatest shooting big man in the NBA. Ever. Has finally shaken off the “soft” label. A threat from anywhere on the court.

5. LeBron James. I’m not a hater. The guy is a freak of nature but still has the 4th quarter collapse stink on him from last year’s NBA Finals. He can move up the list but has to prove himself.

So there is my list. Let the debate begin.

I feel sorry for Kyle Orton. He’s in a no-win situation. As starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos not only is he on a not very good team but every time ha has a bad play the entire stadium starts screaming for Tim Tebow. It’s enough to make a player want to request a trade.

In last night’s 23-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders, Denver fans were quick to start the “Te-BOW, Te-BOW!!” chant. I can only imagine what was going through Orton’s mind. I’m sure at one point he must have thought, “Why didn’t I go to Miami when I had the chance?”

The Broncos have a tough decision to make. They have to either trade Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow. They have to give one of them a chance to play without constantly looking over their shoulder. They owe it to the players, the team and the fans.

And if Tim Tebow is good enough to be a starting quarterback in the NFL he would be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Remember, he is THIRD on the depth chart for the Broncos. So, I ask all Broncos fans this: Do you really want to turn your team over to a third string quarterback?