Ready for kick-off

The National Football League and its players’ association agreed to end the lockout earlier today.

The end of the lockout calls for celebration around the NFL world.

Now the frenzy of signing draftees, free agents, and renegotiating current players contract begins. This will prove to be a crucial time for all teams to cut and add key players in order to put their squad in position for a run at the Super Bowl.

Players are allowed into their team facilities beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET.

Teams will be reporting to training camp in the next couple of days.

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‘Yao’ Ming Dynasty comes to an end…

Reports show that after 9 seasons in the NBA, Houston Rockets Center Yao Ming is calling it quits.

7 ft. 6 in. of China's finest

The 30-year-old’s contract expired after this past season and because of the multiple injuries he has dealt with over the years, it’s about time.

Yao only played in 5 games last season after only missing two games in his first three years in the NBA.

The Shanghai-native averaged 19 points, nearly 10 Rebounds, and two blocks per game throughout his career.

No we can only wait and see if China will still vote him in to the All-Star game.

Much Props: Michael Vick and Nike

Nike and Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick have agreed on an endorsement deal once again.

Photo via FTR Sports

This time the star quarterback and the equipment giants have agreed to a four-year deal.

Vick was already signed to an endorsement deal with Unequal Technologies after his run-in with the law but the Nike deal has seemingly made a bigger splash in the media.

Although some people are angered by the endorsement deal, these people must understand that the mistreatment of a human being is a lot more harmful than the dogs involved with sentence Vick served. The treatment of Vick throughout the whole process has now finally changed tide with this signing.

Everyone can now move on with the past since Nike already has. Now the both deserve respect for leading the way.

Much Props.

Karma at its finest…

Wade and James can't seem to figure out the winning formula this series.

Karma finds a way to be talked about in all parts of the world, especially sports.

Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki injured his finger in Game 1 and received tons of coverage about the effect it may have on his play and the series.

Nowitzki had a fever and a cough heading into Game 5 that yet again received coverage.

The Heat’s Dwyane Wade and Lebron James thought it’d be funny to mock the coverage that their series foe was receiving for his “injuries” before their Game 5 loss to the Mavs.

Karma found it’s way into the series and quickly fought back. Wade injured his hip in the first quarter and had to leave the court until the second half.

Wade must now deal with the injury and keep quite about it or else be suspect to the title of being a hypocrite.

Not only could Wade have used his injury as an excuse as to why his team has now fallen down 3-2 in the series. I never condone excuses but it will prolong the respect that the Mavs’ performance will get after this series that the media has so desperately tried to keep away from them.

Until then, lets keep talking about how James is still virtually non-existent in this series during the most important quarter of them all, the fourth.

Much Props: Shaquille O’Neal

After 19 years Shaq has called it a career with a short video posted about an hour ago on his twitter.

Shaq has had quite the career since he started his dominance in Orlando.

The decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise after only playing 752 minutes this passed season with the Boston Celtics.

Although it was about time for him to retire, fans all over the league will miss the future Hall of Famer.

Much Props

What playoffs?…

The Miami Heat just finished winning game one of the 2011 NBA Finals and some fans didn’t care to tune in.

Fans of all the teams that have already faltered in this years playoffs have already turned their sights on to next season.

So what about the winner of this year’s title?

Many Los Angeles Laker fans were so upset with the lack of effort in their series with the Dallas Mavericks that even the thought of basketball was enough to bring them to their knees in disgust.

Other fans around the league have seemingly done the same as “The Big 3” continue their dominance in the playoffs.

Either fans are still bitter about their teams’ losses or they simply don’t care enough to catch the finals.

Soon enough Mavericks’ fans will also forget about these finals if Forward Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t step up his play and carry his team to even up this series.

For those fans that aren’t going to watch Nowitzki possibly “choke” in yet another final, enjoy the remainder of the baseball season.

Been there, seen that…

Boston Celtic injures himself during a key playoff game. The thought of him returning to play seems nearly impossible. Celtic returns to the court and is an instant hero.

2008 or last night’s game?

Celtic Point Guard Rajon Rondo found himself in some pain after hitting the ground in their game 3 battle with the Miami Heat. (See video here:¬†http://tinyurl.com/3pxvyl9)¬†Although Rondo’s injury seemed to knock him out of the series, this whole scene seemed very similar to something we’ve all seen before.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals and Paul Pierce was the one on the ground. After his “devastating” injury, he returned to action and sparked his team with his determination to win.

Although it’s easy to say that Rondo’s injury looked a lot worse, it just isn’t a fresh idea. Had he wanted more exposure about his one-handed effort later in the game, he should have waited a few years more for the typical fan to forget Pierce’s heroics.