A drug-dealing soccer team? It seems like the premise for a movie or tv drama that should star Charlie Sheen as Carlos Estevez, a soccer team-owning drug baron. It could also just be another day in Mexico.
Seven players on the Mapaches de Nueva Italia Raccoons soccer team were arrested for “alleged ties to drug traffickers”. One player was linked to the drug cartel “La Familia” which is based in one of the most violent states in Mexico. La Familia has nothing to do with Jay-Z or Roc-A-Fella as much as they would like that.
Once word of the Raccoons gets out, players from all over the world will be rushing to Michoacan. Mark Bosnich in goal, Rio Ferdinand and Abel Xavier in the back. Imagine Maradona and Adrian Mutu up front. Yeah Maradona’s heart could explode at any second but it’ll be fun while it lasts. The Mexican Third Division won’t know what hit it. All they’ll need is a Tony Montana-like chairman and some WAGs. Now that’s a telenovela for the ages. Think of Scarface crossed with Footballers Wives. Can’t you see a drug-addled Maradona saying “Her womb is so polluted, I can’t even have a fuckin’ little baby with her!”? Salma Hayek throws a glass of Don Julio in his face and screams, “Fuck you, Gordo!” as she storms out of the restaurant. Fuck TNT. We know drama.
Baseball fans and the media can’t get enough of Josh Hamilton. There’s no question he’s having one hell of a season. His performance at the Home Run Derby was nothing short of amazing. The story of his battle against drug addiction has been an inspiration to sports columnists everywhere.
There’s another redemption story that could be in the making in Miami. Ricky Williams is in fantastic shape and is looking ready to make a dramatic return to his old form if we’re to believe the reports coming out of Miami. Charley Casserly and Bill Parcells are liking what they see on the practice field and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald can’t get over his cartoon muscles.
If Ricky has a blowout season and matches or bests his numbers from his first two seasons, will everyone get just as excited over his accomplishments as they are over Hamilton’s? While subbing on PTI, Dan Le Batard claimed that redemption stories about black athletes don’t nearly get the same amount of hype as the stories about white players. Dan Shaughnessy dismissed that out of hand and was obviously nervous about touching the subject. Le Batard had a point and was treading pretty close to the truth.
Black athletes are generally treated like McCain when it comes to overcoming personal demons such as drugs and alcohol while white athletes like Hamilton get the Obama treatment. I’m not saying that anything should be taken away from Hamilton and his accomplishments so far. Let’s just see if Ricky gets the same amount of praise if he has a great season. That probably won’t be the case. If he has a bad season or gets arrested with a Nate Newton-approved amount of weed, it’s open season on his ganja smokin’ ass.
Very Big Club Newcastle United has fallen on hard times over the past couple years after finding domestic and European glory. Winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969 is a massive achievement. Have you won it? I didn’t think so.
Despite the lack of success on the pitch, Newcastle claims to have fans that will see the club through thick and thin. St. James Park is always filled to its 50,000+ capacity for every match by loyal and… What’s that? They give tickets away? Of course they do. All teams have corporate and family seats. What do you mean they’re not exactly corporate or family seats?
“The tickets are provided on the understanding that they are used, as part of a package of measures, to particularly help young people who have had substance misuse problems, and are making clear progress and showing a genuine commitment to living a normal, structured life.
“We thank the club for this generous gesture that goes a long way towards re-introducing people to a structured way of life.”
It’s not clear how going to a Newcastle match would help addicts adapt to living a sober life. Have you ever been to Newcastle? There’s nothing to do but drink and use drugs. Have you ever watched Newcastle play? It’ll make you want to drink and do drugs. Even when they’re not playing, they’re not setting a good example: