Welcome to the first edition of the “King’s Court.” I got this idea from fellow MMOS writer, Mike Patton, who has his “General’s Thoughts” every week, so thanks for the inspiration, Mike. The name stems from my Twitter handle, @KingEdward15 (follow me if you don’t already). Each week I will give my take on what is happening in the world of sports.
Stop Talking, Sergio
Sergio Garcia has been in a war of words with Tiger Woods ever since the Players Championship, which Woods won. The talk started off as typical, playful trash talk, but has taken a turn for the worse. When asked if he would be dining with Woods during the week of the US Open, Garcia responded by saying he would serve fried chicken every night, an obvious racial stereotype against African-Americans.
Garcia has since issued two public apologies towards Woods and anyone he may have offended. It’s time for Sergio Garcia to stop talking. He was trying to take a jab at Tiger, but it was an ignorant and senseless jab. As a fan of Tiger Woods and of the game of golf, I enjoy the trash talking, especially when it involves Woods, because he tends to play better when people are claiming they can beat him, but this went entirely too far. Garcia crossed a line that he shouldn’t have, so it’s time for him keep his mouth shut.
Athletes Give Back
This past week, the state of Oklahoma experienced horrific tragedy, being hit by a colossal tornado that left areas of Oklahoma City in rubble. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder donated $1-million to the Red Cross relief fund. This is absolutely admirable. Athletes make millions of dollars to play sports, so to see someone donate such a large amount to those in need is incredible. Durant did not seek any recognition for his generosity, with the news being broken instead by the Red Cross. That just goes to show you how good of a human being Kevin Durant really is. Athletes can do as they please with their money, but when someone donates such a large amount, it shows true character. As an avid watcher of the NBA, this is excellent to see from one of the league’s superstars.
Durant isn’t the only athlete who has helped in the relief efforts. Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has vowed to donate a thousand dollars for every home run he hits from now until the All-Star break. Kemp recently gave a cancer patient in the crowd his hat, jersey, and cleats after a game, and the kid just wanted an autograph. In the cases of these two athletes, they have shown great character in giving back to those in need.
Farewell, Brian Urlacher
After 13 seasons in the NFL, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has decided to hang up the cleats. Urlacher, who is 34 years old, was not able to reach an agreement with the Bears in the offseason, so they released him. He had gotten interest from the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos, but has decided to call it quits. Good for him. He went out on his own, but I feel there is a slight possibility that he left the door open to return as long as the right situation presents itself. He is the Bears all-time leader in tackles with 1,779 and is one of seven players in NFL history to have won both the Defensive Rookie of the Year award as well as the Defensive Player of the Year award. He is one of four players to have at least 40 sacks and 20 interceptions.
I tip my hat to No. 54 for a stellar career. In my opinion, he is a first ballot Hall of Famer. I wish him the best in whatever he chooses to do in life after football. I salute you, Brian Urlacher.