Steve left his hometown of Santa Maria on the central coast of California in 2008 to finish his bachelors degree in communications at Cal State Fullerton and pursue a career in radio broadcasting. Shortly after beginning classes at Fullerton, he found the campus radio station and began hosting his own sports talk show and made it a goal of his to bring the schools top ranked baseball program to the station. After being one of the voices of the Titan basketball, and baseball, teams for two seasons, Steve got an internship on the Petros and Money Show in the Summer of 2011. Now, Steve works as a member of the AM 570 Fox Sports Radio promotions team and can be spotted all over southern California repping the brand.
There is no doubt in my mind that Serena Williams is the most dominant female athlete of all time. Fifteen grand slam titles by herself, and another thirteen when she was paired up with her sister Venus, and two titles in mixed doubles, should be enough to cement her as the greatest of all time. With an 84% career singles winning percentage, 51 titles, and a number one world ranking on six separate occasions, there aren't many arguments that can be made against the most dominant women's tennis player of all time. She has also earned more than $44 million dollars in prize money, which by far is the most by any female athlete, fourth all time in professional tennis. Oh by the way, she just won her 4th consecutive title of the year by beating Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 in the of the Italian Open women's final.
Now, is Serena the most dominant female athlete of all time?
Jackie Joyner-Kersee is always going to be the most recognized name in the history of female athletes, but her impact off the field out-weights what she accomplished during her time in competition. Three gold medals in an Olympic career is nothing to be ashamed of, but is that true dominance?
Olympians have several years to prepare for their respective disciplines, tennis players are under the constant pressure to compete in major tournaments every single year. Serena won her first singles title in 1999 and never looked back. Sure, along with every other successful athlete, she has had her share of setbacks. After 30 grand slam victories however, the occasional withdraw because of an injured hamstring doesn't seem so dramatic. The youngest of the Williams sisters always seems to find herself at the top of the leader board when she is healthy enough to compete, and competing in a professional match is no cake walk by any means.
If you haven't watched a professional tennis match lately, you really don't know how hard it is to come out of it with a victory. Another great feature of watching tennis on television is seeing the emotion in high definition on the face of each and every player. One common theme when watching a Serena Williams match is seeing the raw fear in her opponents face.
True dominance knows when you have an opponent beat before the match even starts. Serena has proved that as long as she has her name entered in the tournament, there is a good chance that she will end up with a trophy, and another big paycheck.
The French Open starts in less than a week. My money is on Serena, the most dominant female athlete of all time.
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Do the Kings really make up for all of the other sporting negativity surrounding the City of
It was pretty amazing watching the Kings breeze their way to Stanley Cup last year and being a part of that parade downtown was really special. As great as last year was, I am afraid there are still people in this town that aren't even sure if
The Lakers have a lot of questions to answer this off-season and the Clippers have issues of their own. As of today, neither of them have the pieces in place to win a championship next year. Now, that may change in a month, but
The time is now to fully embrace the Kings and the band wagon has plenty of room. The boys in silver and black are back and I am not talking about the Raiders. Game two of the western conference semi finals are tonight at
They said it wasn't going to be flashy, but here are five reasons why I loved the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
1. Joe Namath: Why not? I honestly don't know why we don't let Joe host the whole damn thing! I have know idea what he said at the beginning to open the event, or if it even made any sense at all, but I do know that I loved every second of it!
2. Star Lotulelei: Most people probably couldn't tell you where this kid went to school, but if this big defensive tackle from Utah can live up to his name and put the ball back in Cam Newtons hands, the headline writers in Carolina will make easy money this Fall.
3. Jon Gruden and Mel Kiper, Jr: It's always must see TV when a superstar draft analyst and a Superbowl winning, former NFL head coach, go head to head in New York at the first round of the draft. It was a close fight, but I think Gruden found a way to grind out the victory.
4. Draft Jewelry: Did anyone happen to notice the ice that some of these guys were sporting? In particular, from the players' in the top 10? That is some serious bling being flashed on players that have yet to play a meaningful gave under a professional contract. I'm not trying to hate at all, I love diamonds. Superbowl rings look really nice, too.
5. Draft fans: Let this be a lesson to all draft fanatics: Do your proper research before making a fool of yourself. Thanks to our friend Ben Maller and his Twitter account for this little nugget: http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/cold-hard-football-facts-blog/live-from-radio-city-reporter-punks-nfl-draft-fans/22404/
Seriously though, if you did take four hours out of your Thursday evening to watch 32 NFL teams decide their future, you most likely witnessed the birth of two or three future superstar careers. By the way, can anyone tell me who was the first pick?
I can see the sweat puddles forming on the hardwood, and plenty of seats opening on bandwagons all across southern California. Yes, pre-season basketball is almost over and the start of a normal season of the NBA is almost here. As fans all over the region struggle to find the right car flag that won't fall off onto the 405 freeway, I want to offer an early prediction:
Lakers and Heat in the 2013 finals. Heat will repeat in 6 games. Sorry Lakers fans.
Barely a month after the Miami Heatles won their first of not one but seven, they sign two players that fill the holes that almost let their ring disappear into the abyss; Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.
And yes the Lakers signed their first point guard since Magic. And yes, they finally got the deal done for Dwight Howard. Only problem is, Kobe has never played with a point guard like the future first ballot hall of famer Steve Nash, and Nash has never played with someone like Kobe. More importantly, will Howard know how to adjust with two other superstars around him?
Do Nash and Bryant have enough gas left in the tank, and patience, to form a championship team in less than a year?
I say not a chance, but I do think this makes them the team to beat in West. Oklahoma City got exposed in the later stages of the post season, and the finals. I can assure you that Kobe was taking notes as he put up thousands of extra jump shots in his private gym. With Nash on the Lakers, this without a doubt makes them a better team. Nash averaged over 10 assists last year on an average at best Phoenix Suns team. The guy will still put the ball in the right place at the right time, but will it be enough to beat Lebron and his new friends next spring.
Howard needs to find his place quickly. Kobe said it himself, he wants to retire in two years.
The Heat had lots of issues throughout the season and when the playoffs began; just ask Chris Bosh’s ankle and Eric Spoelstra’s job security.
Lebron proved he really is as good as we thought he was, and I don’t think he will be taking any breaks to go try his hand at professional minor league baseball anytime soon. And don’t bother me with any excuses as to why Michael did that, I don’t care and I don’t want to hear them. Lebron just turned 27 in August, a year younger than Jordan was in 1991.
The Heat have brought in the best 3 point shooter in NBA history, who has a chip on his shoulder the size of Los Angeles, to knock down the open looks that Lebron’s triple team creates. Ray Allen can still run around the half court like a mad man and create lanes for Lebron to freight train through, even though he is about to turn 37. Rashard Lewis brings his 6’10, 230lb frame to a team that was desperately lacking in size. Oh by the way, he also brings a career average of 16 points per game and a 45% three point shooting percentage. He just turned 33.
Honestly, I’m not even convinced the Laker can get through the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, they did go to the finals when they took a shot with Karl Malone and Gary Payton. Malone being 40 and Payton was 35. Steve Nash will be 39 when the playoffs start next season.
Bringing these superstars to LA was huge and I shouldn't have to get into what Nash and Howard bring to the court, but If this is going to work out, it will have to wait until next season.
Heat in 6, my decision is final.
He has a record of 13-5 in 133 innings pitched, an ERA of 2.90, 166 strikeouts, he is 24 years old, and his team has the best record in Major League Baseball. The Washington Nationals will, without a doubt, need every bit of their ace starter in order to complete the dream season that 2012 has been so far. Not just for 180 innings which is the number that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo promises not to let Strasburg exceed.
"We feel that we do know this is going to work," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Jeff Passan of YahooSports.com. "We've done research. We feel like there's evidence. We're not saying we're smarter than anyone else. But we're going to do it the way I want to because I'm in charge. That's the answer I have to all the critics and all the ex-players. They're welcome to it. They're very astute. But the majority didn't make their bones in player development."
Is Rizzo really taking the “my way or the highway” stance on a decision that could permanently affect his prized commodity, and his team’s overall future? This guy needs to step back and take a serious look at the current state of professional sports. A current state where nothing is guaranteed, not in baseball or in badminton. An era of sports where a 7-9 Seattle Seahawks team can beat the defending Superbowl champions in an NFL opening round playoff game, and some hockey team here in Los Angeles won a Stanley Cup. An era of sports where
Anything can happen, including blowing a chance to win a World Series because a general manager doesn’t want to admit that his way might not be the best path to baseball glory, glory that a lot of players have never felt, and probably never will. How will Strasburg feel sitting in that bullpen during the first round of the postseason, knowing he will not get a chance to help his team? How will that affect a player who has just entered the prime of his career? Professional sports are filled with very emotional, and sensitive, individuals. The media may paint Strasburg in a pretty picture, but we really have no idea what goes on inside the mind of a young millionaire with a 100
I understand that Tommy John surgery is no joke, and most players have a 50/50 chance of making a full recovery. Strasburg had the procedure done in August 2010. Two years later, we are more than halfway through the 2012 season, and Strasburg is one of the best in the business. I hope he has a nice bleacher pad.
Even when the Nationals decide to sit their savior, there is no assurance that the team will ever have the amount of success that they are having this season. The Marlins won two championships in the late 90’s and haven’t had the same success since. Their franchise has seen many good players come and go over the past decade and a half. Reality is, the time is now for the Nationals, so let him pitch!
From dancing doctors to fornication in the village, the circus that is the 2012 Summer Olympics has been the perfect time filler while we await the start of the NFL season. I wish I could say that I have been logging countless hours of rowing, table tennis, and under-water basket weaving in front of the television, but the signal from my neighbors’ wireless router has been acting up. Despite this minor speed bump, this year’s games have been the best I have never seen!
I have yet to watch one minute of Olympic coverage on television, seriously. There is no need to! All I need is to log into any social media website and I can read about exactly what is going on inside the village, up to the second. I knew Michael Phelps was going to finish fourth in his first race before he even put on his Speedo. I practically wrote Hope Solo’s tweet about Brandi Chastain. Live broadcasting of world class athletic competition that happens once every four years is so 1996.
What’s even better than the television coverage of the games this year is the competition. We have already seen a broken clock decide a medal, sandbagging on the badminton court in an effort to gain a better seed in the tournament, and a decision in a boxing match be overturned due to lack of common sense on the referee’s part.
To be honest, with all of excitement leading in to these games, I totally forgot the NFL pre-season starts this Sunday in Canton.
The best part about these games: We still have over a week left of action!