This last week Jake Arrieta pitched his second no hitter in only a year and, as it would turn out, it came just after he signed a new endorsement with Mizzen+Main. Mizzen+Main wasted no time on capitalizing on the historic feat and their recent popularity has never been higher.
The Farmington, Missouri native, Jake Arrieta, was originally chosen in the 31st round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft but instead chose to attend college at Weatherford Junior College and the next year transferred to Texas Christian University. Arrieta was then selected in the fifth round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles and finished his first season in the minors with a 2.87 ERA and 120 strikeouts. After a few more seasons in the minors, Arrieta went on to play for the Orioles and played with them for four seasons posting a 20-25 record and an ERA of 5.46. In 2013 the Orioles traded Arrieta to the Chicago Cubs and, after one season of shuttling between triple A and the majors, Arrieta began the 2014 season with the MLB club. Arrieta had multiple games in 2013 and 2014 in which he took no hitters deep into the game and continued to post low ERA numbers while striking out a number of hitters. In 2015, Arrieta won 22 games and also threw his first no hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The season turned out to be his breakout campaign that saw an amazingly low ERA of 1.77 and with his amazing season Arrieta saw it rewarded with a NL Cy Young Award. This last week Arrieta threw another no hitter and became only the second pitcher ever to go undefeated in between no hitters. Arrieta, the proclaimed workout freak, currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two children.
This last week, Jake Arrieta pitched another no hitter and helped his most recent endorser Mizzen+Main. The company incorporated the historic pitching performance in a recent ad and it quickly became the most popular ad the company has ever put out. With Arrieta on their side, Mizzen+Main should see an uptick in business while getting more amazing pitching performances from their Chicago Cub Ace.
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Former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry will be the keynote speaker at the Southwest Florida Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet in Naples on Thursday, April 7. The ninth annual fundraising banquet will begin at 6:30 and should conclude at 8:30 p.m. at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.
Tickets for the event and sponsorship opportunity details are available at www.swfloridafca.org or by calling (239) 784-3377. Limited seating is available.
The former right fielder and ordained Christian minister was the first overall draft pick in 1980 and winner four World Series during his 17-year career. He won his first World Series with the Mets in 1986 – one year after being named Rookie of the Year as a 21-year-old – and the other three with the Yankees in 1996, 1998 and 1999. He retired after the 1999 World Series. Throughout the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Strawberry was one of the most feared sluggers in the game. Feared but liked, he was voted to the All-Start Game eight straight times from 1984-1991. After retiring he worked as an instructor for the New York Mets in 2005 and 2008, and was inducted to the Mets Hall of Fame in 2010.
Strawberry now resides in St. Charles County, Missouri with his wife Tracy whom he founded “The Darryl Strawberry Foundation”, an organization dedicated to children with autism, and Strawberry Ministries. He was well know for his controversial personal life: battling drug abuse during his career, but has become a Christian and strives to help others reach their potential. He is a two time cancer survivor and chooses to focus on all the amazing blessings in his life. He’s a proud father of Darryl “D.J. Strawberry Jr. who was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 2007 NBA Draft. He will be speaking about his career, personal struggles, and his successes.
The banquet will also have entertainment, dinner, music, video presentations, and a silent auction. Over 400 guests are expected to attend the event. Tickets for the event and sponsorship opportunity details are available at www.swfloridafca.org or by calling (239) 784-3377. Limited seating is available.
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Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo was recently named the winner of the 2015-2016 Rich & Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award (CEA). The CEA award was presented during the 26th Annual Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Black Tie & Tennies Gala held at the Amway Center. This Oladipo’s second time winning this award. The other finalist for the award was Magic guard Elfrid Payton.
The award honors a player who has dedicated his efforts off the court for the purpose of enhancing the lives of others. A panel of representatives selects the player. In addition to receiving the award, Oladipo will be granted $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of his choice. Highlights of Oladipo’s community involvement for the 2015-16 season include: surprising one local family in need with a KIA car for Christmas, sponsoring a holiday party for 20 hearing-impaired children at the UCF Listening Center, visiting children at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in his hometown of Washington, D.C. over the summer, taking part in the Hoops for Hunger Love Pantry celebration with Rosemont Elementary, participating with service men, women and their families in the Hoops for Troops service project, serving breakfast at the Coalition for the Homeless on Thanksgiving morning, surprising YMCA youth at a Magic holiday basketball camp, greeting terminally-ill children before games in support of the Magic Maker program and being named the NBA’s Community Assist Award winner for the month of December for his efforts in the community just to name a few.
When he’s not giving back to the community he’s giving back to his team on the court. Oladipo grew up in Maryland with his parents and two sisters. He played basketball in both high school and at Indiana University before being selected as the second overall draft pick by the Orlando Magic. On December 3, 2013, Oladipo proved why he was the second overall pick when he recorded his first career triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a double overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He went on to finish second in Rookie of the Year voting behind Michael Carter-Williams. For the 2014-2015 season he was ruled out for an injury but onNovember 14 he made his return. Wearing a facial protection mask as he made his season debut against the Milwaukee Bucks. In 25 minutes off the bench, he recorded 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in a 101–85 win. On January 12, he recorded 33 points against the Chicago Bulls and two days later recorded 32 points against the Houston Rockets to record his first career back-to-back 30-point games. On March 4, 2015, Oladipo scored a career-high 38 points on 15-of-25 shooting in a loss to the Phoenix Suns. During the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, Oladipo competed in the Rising Stars Challenge and the Slam Dunk Contest, finishing second. This past season the Magic exercised their fourth-year team option on Oladipo’s rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season. Five days later, he recorded his second career triple-double with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a double overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He also hit a buzzer beating three-pointer to send the game into double overtime. During this past season On March 18, he scored a career-high 45 points in a 109–103 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the ninth player in franchise history score 40 and the first Magic player to do so since Arron Afflalo in December 2013.
Oladipo has proven his dedication in his efforts off the court for the purpose of enhancing the lives of others. In addition to receiving the award, he will be granted $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of his choice.Oladipo continues to prove to the Orlando community he is an asset both on and off the court.
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When Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto called Jamie Moyer to invite him to camp the oldest pitcher to win a game in major-league history replied, “Is that as a player, or in another capacity?” After a weeklong stint in Peoria Moyer’s engagement and enthusiasm suggests that he loved it. Not being used to calling the dugout home, Moyer’s did a remarkable job assessing the players work, giving mechanical suggestions, and providing insight into the mental challenged of baseball on both the major- and minor-league side of the complex. Moyer was said to be a natural on the coaching end, and seemed more than open to pursuing that line of work. Moyer says he’d be willing to work around his schedule to go on some special assignments during the season upon request.
The Pennsylvania native is a former professional baseball pitcher with over 25-years in Major League Baseball experience currently lives in Florida with his wife and eight children. When he’s not focusing on family or sports he’s working with his non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in severe distress through the Moyer Foundation.
At the time of his last game, Moyer was the oldest player in the major leagues and had the most wins, losses, and strikeouts of any active MLB pitcher. He’s pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, and Colorado Rockies. He was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame last year in 2015. Moyer played for 25 seasons, from 1986 to 2012, winning 269 games — the final one for the Rockies at age 49 — and this may just be his time to explore the other side of the field. Moyer announced the end of his baseball-playing career during an interview with Dave Davies on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air broadcast that aired October 2, 2013. During the interview on Fresh Air he also announced his intention to start a pitching academy, The Moyer Pitching Academy, as well as continue his charitable work with The Moyer Foundation, but that he would be open to an offer to coach in the major leagues.
Moyer has the instant street cred that comes with a career that brought him two 20-win seasons, an All-Star appearance and a World Series title. “Whether it’s pickoff moves, how you hold your glove in the stretch or how you attack hitters, he’s got like 25 years in the big leagues, which is unbelievable,’’ Mariners pitcher Mike Montgomery said. “ It’s pretty cool listening to him talk, and having him give me advice on different little things is pretty awesome.” One tip Moyer gave Montgomery to help his changeup was to hold two balls in his hand, then take one away and see how the ball feels smaller. “It’s little things like that I would have never thought about,’’ he said. This only confirms previous thoughts by many that Moyer is a natural on the coaching end, and seems open to pursuing that line of work.
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A few weeks back the American Rental Association held a show that had many ARA Hall of Fame inductees in attendance but the main attraction at the event was none other than one of the greatest basketball players ever and successful business man, Earvin “Magic” Johnson giving the keynote address. Johnson who owns over 100 Starbucks and a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers has continued his amazing success from the basketball court into the business world which has surprised no one.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a Lansing, Michigan native who not only learned the game from his parents but also the hard work ethic he has displayed for most if not all of his life. Johnson was first given the nickname magic when he was a 15 year old sophomore playing at Everett High School when he recorded a gaudy triple double. In his senior season, Johnson helped lead Everett to a state championship while averaging 28 points and 18 rebounds a game during the season. Following high school, Johnson decided to stay home to play for Michigan State rather than leave for UCLA or Indiana who both recruited Johnson heavily. During his freshman season Johnson averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 7.5 assists a game, quite a stat line for a freshman. The following season Johnson lead the Spartans to the NCAA Championship game against Indiana State which marked the one of the first games Johnson and Larry “Legend” Bird played against each other.
After winning the championship against Bird and Indiana State, Johnson decided to leave East Lansing to enter the 1979 NBA Draft in which he was selected with the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers. That same year Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar helped lead the Lakers to an NBA Championship against the Philadelphia 76ers and Julius Erving along with taking home the NBA’s rookie of the year award and NBA Finals MVP award. The championship was the first for Johnson who would win four more during his 13 years in the NBA. Johnson would help the Lakers take home another championship in 1982 against the same 76ers and took home his second NBA Finals MVP as well. In 1984 Johnson once again met Larry Bird but this time in the NBA Finals but the outcome was different than the previous season when they lost the championship to the Boston Celtics. Johnson and Jabbar carried the Lakers to the win in the series and what was Johnson’s third NBA title. Two years later Johnson had what many believe is the best season of his career when he averaged 24 points, 12 assists, and 6 rebounds while taking home his first regular season MVP award and another championship which required some late game heroics against, once again, the Celtics. The following season the Lakers and Johnson repeated against the Detroit Pistons and longtime friend, Isaiah Thomas. After a long battle with HIV Johnson made a comeback to the basketball when he made the 1992 US Olympic team also called the Dream Team. The team steamrolled everyone on their way to a gold medal which made Johnson one of only four players ever to win a NCAA Championship, an NBA title, and a gold medal in the Olympics. Along with his many on court successes, Johnson has become a part owner in the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 and helped facilitate the purchase of the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014.
A few weeks back the American Rental Association held a show that had many ARA Hall of Fame inductees in attendance but it also featured one of the greatest basketball players to ever grace the NBA court in Magic Johnson. The event had another amazing turnout and gave the attendees the opportunity to get advice from not only a successful athlete but also from a highly successful business man as well.
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Two time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Peyton Manning, will appear June 3 at the Pentagon in Sioux Falls as the featured speaker for the inaugural South Dakota Sports Awards. The event, with help from title sponsor Sanford Health and Lewis Drug, The event, will honor a group of high school athletes for achievements spanning the 2015-16 school year. In addition to these talented athletes, the event will also recognize coaches, teams and community contributors. More than 100 athletes will be nominated for awards encompassing 17 sports. Awards include overall male and female athletes of the year and coach of the year.
Manning has been in public eye since high school where he led his team to a 34 – 5 record during three seasons as starter. He was named Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player-of-the-Year and Columbus, Ohio Touchdown Club National Offensive Player-of-the-Year in 1993. In college he broke the Southeastern Conference record for career wins while attending the University of Tennessee. In the 1998 NFL draft the Indianapolis Colts with the first overall pick selected Manning. He started as a rookie and went on to play for the Colts for 13 seasons. After being sidelined by a neck injury for the 2011 season he joined the Denver Broncos and has been playing for them since the 2012 season. Manning has been an active player in 17 NFL seasons and a five-time league MVP. Two of which ended with Super Bowl wins. One with the Colts at Super Bowl XLI, where he was named MVP, and Super Bowl 50 where the quarterback lead the Denver Broncos to a 24 – 10 win over Carolina this past year.
Ticket information for the South Dakota Sports Awards will be announced soon. Bringing in someone like Peyton Manning indicates the level of commitment and scale Argus Leader Media and our sponsors Sanford Health and Lewis Drug have invested in making sure this is a top-notch production. The 100 high school athletes and coaches that will be honored are in for a real treat.
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Recently retired defensive back, Charles Woodson, has been hired as a new NFL analyst for ESPN on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown. The 18-year veteran retired after a final season with the Oakland Raiders. The 39-year-old three-time All-Pro is expected to begin his new job in July. “Charles is one of the most accomplished players of his era, and he is held in such high regard by players, coaches and fans for the way he played the game and led his teams,” said ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman.
The Ohio native played college football at the University of Michigan and led the Wolverines to a national championship in 1997. He is the only primarily defensive player to have won the Heisman Trophy. Woodson was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the fourth pick in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft. In his first season with Oakland, Woodson was selected as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. He was named to the Pro Bowl and earned All-Pro recognition three times (1999-2001). Woodson later battled several nagging injuries in consecutive seasons in Oakland leading to his departure and becoming a free agent after the 2005 NFL season.
In April of 2006 he signed a seven-year, $52 million contract with the Green Bay Packers. In his first season in Green Bay Woodson was able to avoid injury and showcased the talent that made him the #4 overall pick from the 1998 NFL draft. Not only did Woodson have the opportunity to return punts with the Packers, but he also led the National Football Conference with eight interceptions, surpassing his previous career high of five interceptions set as a rookie. In his second season in Green Bay, the injury problems returned and Woodson was forced to sit out two games. In three seasons with Green Bay, Woodson has recorded 16 interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns. In 8 seasons with Oakland, Woodson recorded only 17 interceptions. Woodson started and ended his career with the Raiders. In between, he played for the Green Bay Packers, helping them win Super Bowl XLV. A cornerback and safety, Woodson is tied for fifth in the NFL with 65 interceptions.
Woodson also will appear on other ESPN studio shows. “I look forward to carrying on their strong tradition and gaining the respect of those who came before me and those who will follow me,” Woodson said. “I’m extremely honored and can’t wait to get started.”
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Charles Woodson being interviewed after a winning Packers game:
Retired basketball legend, Tracy McGrady will be making good use of his basketball knowledge by joining ESPN as an NBA analyst. He will be regularly appearing on Rachel Nichols’ new show, The Jump, that aired last week. McGrady, who only retired from the NBA in August 2013, hasn’t been away from the game long. He’ll be able to give insight of a former player with an interesting perspective on top-tier NBA draft prospects, who are now required to be one year removed from high school before making the leap to the league. McGrady’s perception on lottery picks and elite talent alone would make him a tremendous asset. Not only could the former basketball prodigy personally relate to possessing extraordinary skills, but McGrady could also elaborate on the psychology that allows a young player to fulfill his potential.
Tracy Lamar McGrady, Jr. was born in Bartow, Florida. He played high school basketball and baseball at Auburndale High School for three years before transferring to Mount Zion Christian Academy, in Durham, North Carolina. After an amazing performance in the Adidas ABCD Camp, he was named High School Player of the Year by USA Today. He entered the league straight out of high school. McGrady was a seven-time All-Star whose career could have been even more accomplished if not for nagging injuries. During his career he played for the Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Qingdao Eagles and San Antonio Spurs. Peaking with the Orlando Magic, McGrady averaged 32.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game in the 2002-03 season.
McGrady was ranked on SLAM Magazine’s “Top 75 Players of All-Time” in 2003. McGrady has traveled to the Darfurian refugee camps in Chad with John Prendergast and Omer Ismail of the ENOUGH Project. McGrady is actively recruiting NBA players to support a sister schools initiative linking schools in Darfurian refugee camps to American middle schools, high schools and universities. In 2009, McGrady changed his jersey number to #3. He made the switch to promote his humanitarian efforts in the Darfur region of the Sudan and a documentary on his summer 2007 visits to refugee camps in the region. The documentary is called 3 Points. However, he went back to wearing # 1 when he joined the Pistons.
There’s no doubt that McGrady will be making a big impression on ESPN. His recent partnership with the station and set appearances on Rachel Nichols’, The Jump, should make for some great basketball analysis.
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Recap on Tracy McGrady’s 16 seasons after he announces his retirement:
Travis Pastrana has signed an exclusive sponsorship deal with Nitro Circus, the touring stunt and entertainment show he created 13 years ago. Under this deal, the 32-year-old American will sport the Nitro Circus logo on his headwear and apparel during all events and public appearances. These will replace the ten-year-old positions filled by Red Bull.
The new agreement comes with Nitro Circus preparing to launch a new consumer products range. This will include headwear and apparel lines as part of it’s efforts to grow its licensing program. Nitro Circus chief executive and creative director, Michael Porra, says “This is another phenomenal achievement for Travis. He created something from scratch that is now recognized as the biggest and best action sports brand in the world – a tremendous accomplishment. To see Travis in his new helmet, it’s like he’s coming home. It gives me goose bumps to be honest.” Founded by Pastrana and several of his friends in the early 2000s, Nitro Circus has grown into a multi-platform sports and entertainment brand encompassing an international tour, a TV series and a 3D film.
Pastrata is an Annapolis, Maryland native who’s won three motocross racing championships: the 2000 A.M.A.125cc National championship, the 2001 125cc East Coast Supercross Championship, and the 125cc Rose Creek Invitational. As a motorsports competitor and stunt performer he has won championships and X Games gold medals in several events, including supercross, motocross, freestyle motocross, and rally racing. He runs Nitro Circus, and previously competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Roush Fenway Racing. Pastrana’s stand-up style, ability to spot jump combinations and great speed through the whoops make him easy to spot on the track. Pastrana has always raced and currently competes in the Global RallyCross Championship, driving the No. 199 Subaru for Subaru Rally Team USA.
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It was announced this past week that Usain Bolt has signed a personal endorsement deal with All Nippon Airways (APA). The airline is an official partner with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. By tying their name with one of the most successful names in the Olympics in recent memory should prove beneficial to both Bolt and APA.
The Kingston, Jamaica native, Usain Bolt, was originally pointed to track by his cricket coach, a former Olympic sprinter, Pablo McNeil. Bolt won his first annual high school championship medal in 2001 in the 200 meter. He made his first appearance on the world stage in 2001 as well in the IAAF World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary in which he did not qualify for finals but improved his personal best in the 200 meter to 21.73 seconds. When Bolt went on to the CARIFTA Games the same year he began his trend of setting records by setting the championship records in the 200 meter and 400 meter races. By 2002, Bolt had grown to six foot five inches tall at the young age of 15. That same year, Bolt went to the World Junior Championships where he won the gold in the 200 meter, which made him the youngest world-junior gold medalist ever. The following year, Bolt returned to the CARIFTA Games and began hoarding gold medals by winning four gold medals and taking home the Austin Sealy Trophy awarded to the most outstanding athlete at the games. In 2004 Bolt turned professional and participated in the 2004 Athens Olympics but was hampered by a leg injury and was eliminated in the first round of the 200 meter event. The following two years was much of the same with Bolt again showing promise but that promise hampered with injuries. In 2007 it all started to come together for Bolt when he began running the 100 meter race and in 2008, Bolt ran the 100 meter in 9.76 seconds, the second fastest ever recorded in the history of the event. Later that year however, Bolt set the new world record in the event by running it in a quick 9.72 seconds. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bolt was a heavy favorite to win the 100 meter and 200 meter events and didn’t disappoint. He not only won gold in both events but set new world records in both as well becoming the first to do so since Jamaican Don Quarrie held both and Bolt was the first to hold both since the introduction of electronic timing. Bolt also helped the Jamaican team take home the gold medal in the 4×100 meter relay as well. Four years later at the London Olympics, Bolt repeated in all three events becoming the first sprinter ever to repeat in the 100 meter and 200 meter events at the Olympics.
It was announced this past week that Usain Bolt has signed an endorsement deal with All Nippon Airways also called APA. The partnership should be positive for both parties and with tying their name to Bolt, All Nippon Airways has connected itself with what many believe is the greatest sprinter in the history of the Olympics.
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