Tourney Contest 2018


We’re already in March, but it feels like the new year just started. Now that we’re past the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Weekend, GRAMMY Awards, and the Oscars, we can turn our attention to March Madness. Last year, I gave away multiple prizes. This year, it will be at least a $25 Amazon Gift Card and the possibility of more prizes is legit so stay tuned! Make sure you slam dunk your entry into the contest like Jordan Davis from North Colorado did to lock his team into the tournament:

Here are the rules:

  • FREE ENTRY
  • I will create a private group on ESPN once the bracket entries are open.
  • One entry per person.
  • You have to be a follower. If you’re NOT a blogger, CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE or scroll below. (make sure you check your email to verify the subscription).
  • Once you become a follower, send me an email with the subject “March Madness” at jgoodwithsports@gmail.com with your name. Once I receive your email, I will send you an invite to fill out your bracket.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment or send me an email.

Good luck!

JGOOD

Ball Is Life: Circle Of Men Athletics


If you ever lived in Northwest Indiana and have been involved in sports, you will know that this area is called “The Region”. The Region has produced many pro and collegiate athletes in different sports over the past few decades like former MLB center fielder Kenny Lofton (East Chicago, IN). He was a 6x all-star and a 4x gold glove winner. Another is current Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawaan Short (East Chicago, IN). In 2015, he was named to the Pro Bowl and was second-team All-Pro.

However, Indiana is known as the Hoosier State. There’s been plenty of successful basketball outcomes from The Region like Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson (Gary, IN), who happens to be an alum from my high school, Roosevelt, in Gary. Robinson was the number 1 overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft (to the Milwaukee Bucks). He averaged over 20 ppg for his career, was a 2x all-star, and won a championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2005. Over the past 10 years, more players have been exposed to the NBA like Glenn Robinson III (Gary, IN, and currently with the Indiana Pacers), E’Twaun Moore (East Chicago, IN, and currently with the New Orleans Pelicans), Robbie Hummel (Valparaiso, IN), Branden Dawson (Gary, IN), and Mitch McGary (Chesterton, IN).

We even have athletes now that are already in division 1 or division 1-bound. Charles Cooper, a senior guard at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, helped the Phoenix during the 2015-16 season reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. Dana Evans, senior guard at Gary West Side High School, is currently ranked #3 at the point guard, and #7 overall for the 2017 class by ESPN. She has committed to Louisville.

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Dana Evans

My friend Leroy Cooper, who is also a part of our basketball network and former intramural basketball teammate, is the co-founder (along with Mr. Daniel Baker) of Circle of Men Athletics (COMA; @Circle_of_Men) . Every since I met Leroy, he has always been the type to lead and show support for others.

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COMA is an organization in Gary Indiana focused on the development of inner city athletes on and off the court…1 Corinthians 9:24-27.

Leroy, who played his last two years of college basketball and spend the following year as assistant head coach at formerly Purdue University Calumet (now Purdue University Northwest), wants help student-athletes on and off the court.

The purpose is to instill life beyond talent for inner city athletes…provide mentorship, training, life skills and exposure to guys with athletic abilities.

In this day and age where violence seems to be at an all-time high (especially the way the city of Chicago is right now), it’s wonderful to know something like COMA is taking place within The Region. However, this organization has plans on spreading the helping hand.

Our vision is to take our not for profit worldwide and change the world through God’s anointing. Changing lives and giving people opportunities to advance through life is God’s kingdom on earth. Our staff is really passionate about our organization, and we have a great success rate so far. We started the organization in 2014 and have placed 78 guys in college on athletic scholarships. Our next showcase is April 22nd, 2017.

The more I looked into COMA, the more impressed I’ve become. This organization has the chance to become something iconic. Sending 78 young men to college in that short amount of time is the one thing that’s sticking out to me. I support anyone that’s trying to do something positive with the youth and the community. Leroy, continue striving for excellence with this program and don’t let any obstacle prevent you from your vision.

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JGOOD

Ball Is Life: Alex Richman


When you’re in college, you tend to meet a lot of people. At Purdue University Northwest (formally Purdue University Calumet), we built a network for basketball players for open gym sessions. I’ve seen plenty of talent come and go over the years, but Alex Richman is one of a kind. He’s very instinctive, has a high basketball IQ, underrated ball handling and court vision, and has one the best jump shots I’ve ever witnessed with my own eyes. Richman is a true competitor that doesn’t take kindly to losing and demands the best out of his teammates.

Before coming to Purdue, Alex went to Praire View A & M, a mid-major Division I school. Here’s some footage of Richman against other D1 schools, such as Hawaii and Baylor below:

Richman played for Praire View A & M for two years before ending up at Abilene Christain University and ultimately Purdue University Calumet for his senior season. The Melbourne, Florida native also played soccer (team captain) for the Peregrines during his last year of his college eligibility.

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Alex Richman with former Purdue Calumet Men’s Soccer Coach James Drzewiecki

Basketball after college didn’t stop for Richman, as he played semi-professionally with the Arizona Scorpions of the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the Florida Flight of the Florida Basketball Association (FBA). Here are some highlights below from each team.

As you can see from the highlights, the 6 foot 2 guard has the ability not only to make shots and score the ball, but he has the vision to consistently find his teammates. After his stellar performance in the FBA in 2015 (29.2 ppg, 4.6 apg, six 35+ point games, 2nd consecutive all-star appearance), Richman was able to get a tryout and eventually signed with the Harlem Globetrotters for their international 90th-anniversary world tour.

Yes I’m still with the globetrotters. I’m what they call a “taxi” player. If they need a man for a tour then they would call me. I am still working with an agency as well and would pursue an overseas opportunity if it did end up happening. As of now I’m happily content with the globetrotters because they are one of the best in the business world at what they do and take care of their players with great respect.

Everything that Richman has achieved cannot be matched by many, and that’s a testament to his hard work ethic and love for the game. What makes the Florida native the ultimate teammate is that he started “F.A.I.T.H.” (Faith Allows Innovative Training Here). F.A.I.T.H. is an elite basketball training program in Brevard County, Florida.

My vision is to impact as many lives as I can in the community I grew up in. Brevard county isn’t known for basketball but there is so much hidden talent with no one searching. Not only do I train them to reach their full potential but I’m also a mentor to them and help them get to the next level of basketball they want to pursue. I have a great little circle of college, prep, and aau coaches who keep in contact with me and keep an eye on kids I post.

Alex Richman has worked with several high school athletes to prep them for the next level of their athletic careers. Some of the drills are very unique, but all of them are strenuous.

Richman also doesn’t allow his trainees to establish bad habits such as disrespect, a bad temper, lack of promptness, laziness, and selfishness. These 5 attributes are something that college coaches don’t want to see and will not tolerate from their players.  If you have Instagram, follow his page @faith.basketball and check out the videos of the intense workouts.

When you able to share your talents and gifts to help others become better, you are truly achieving greatness. Personally, it takes a humble person to display such acts. I hope Alex continues to use his resources for the greater good, shows humility, and stays a role model for the younger generation. I wish F.A.I.T.H. and your basketball career nothing but that best. Keep up the good work!

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JGOOD

Is College Sports Slavery?


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Chris Webber is the latest person to throw his 2 cents on the ruling of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) denying Northwestern’s football players to unionize. Seen in the link below is his opinion of the ruling. He had some interesting words.

Chris Webber — NCAA’s Gotta Change … It’s Slavery Now

“I definitely think students athletes have the right to make sure that they can take care of each other.” He also said, “Bill Russell told me any system that gets free labor is slavery. So, I’m sure they have the right to unionize.”

Slavery is a sensitive word in this country for obvious reasons why but does Chris and Bill (Russell) have a point?

Initially, my thoughts on it was that the word “slavery” tied with student athletes is a little over the top. Free labor doesn’t necessarily mean it is slavery. Thousands of people volunteer to do free labor daily for various reasons. And sure, majority of student athletes get full scholarships to participate at their university’s programs and to get an education. People aren’t close to the situation or unfamiliar would think that should be enough. The ultimate goal for (some)  student-athletes and other students is to get a degree, and that’s what it should be. What’s the point of going to school if you’re not going to get an education and graduate? A waste of time and money right?

That’s how a good portion of people think that’s it and most cases that would be it until… you start to get your hands dirty and dig into some information. Then you start asking is making money off of student athletes fair? Don’t they deserve a piece of the pie, even if it’s a sample slice? Morally, do you feel comfortable knowing that a university, an institution where you get an education, a place that receives income not only from college students and their partners, but also revenue from the athletic department from all the sport events, are making millions off of student athletes and they don’t see a penny of it?

These people are human beings first,  students second, and athletes third. If I was only Michigan’s football team as Running Back or a Shooting Guard at Duke University, and I see all of this income coming into my program and none of it entered my Chase bank account, I would feel some type of way. Free room and board and classes paid for is a blessing itself, but if I’m helping filling stadiums that hold thousands of people, games being aired on national television, and merchandise that’s being sold stores nationwide and online, I would expect a paycheck at some point.

But people who don’t understand would ask questions like “Why don’t you work on campus?” First of all, the hours that these coaches demand of players, that’s like working a full-time job in itself. Nobody ever wants to mention all the long and extra hours that these athletes have to put in, in order to continue to play for the program. At what point do they time for a job, let alone school work!?!?!? Second, if the did get a job, they will be paid way below than what they’re worth. And the media and ignorant people wonder why you hear about boosting scandals that happen with these athletes at their programs, like the infamous one that happened for decades at the University of Miami, also known as”The U.”

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Chris Webber’s opinion is worth listening to. I mean, he’s a former college athlete himself; part of the revolutionary “Fab Five”, that changed the culture of basketball forever. He’s been to 2 consecutive National Championship games while playing for the University of Michigan. He’ll probably end up in the basketball Hall of Fame when it’s all said and done.

When you have other celebrities, like Chris Rock, noticing the ridiculous treatment that student athletes have to indulge, then a caution flag should be raised by the very least. The players that we know that’s going to make millions as a professional athlete, shouldn’t be viewed differently than majority of the other players that will have to find employment post-college. I’m not saying you pay these kids thousands and thousands of dollars, but you should at least compensate them for their production.

I know that majority of universities have state of the art facilities and equipment that the athletes use. Their playbooks are now on iPads. But my personal issue is that where do you think these schools are getting hte money from for these updated resources and do you really believe every school has mind blowing  facilities like Kentucky or Duke or Michigan? All institutions  don’t have iPads for playbooks. Their equipment can be similar to your local gym at times.

I say you should pay or compensate your students for their contributions to their respective universities and it should be fair standards across the board, meaning, it should be  the same amount if you’re in the same division. If you’re an NCAA Division 1 athlete, you should be paid or compensated teh same as another NCAA Division 1 athlete. Same for Division 2 and 3, NAIA, and so on. Obviously, the higher the level the more the payout because bigger universities generate more revenue. All I’m saying is this will stop players for having to sell their own memorabilia like Terrell Pryor (And got in trouble for it!). I know some people may feel different about it, but I wanted to share my thoughts. Let me know what you think!

 

JGood