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Robert Mathis boasts an enviable resume. The pass-rusher spent his entire 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, was named to six Pro Bowls, led the league in sacks in 2013, and won a Super Bowl in 2006.

But it’s that last accomplishment that still eats at Mathis, who believes the Peyton Manning-era Colts should have more than one ring to their name.

“Looking back on that team, I feel a mix of pride, and, I’ll admit, the slightest bit of disappointment,” Mathis wrote in the Players’ Tribune on Friday. “I’m so proud of what we accomplished during our era of Colts football, but I think every person, down to the last man, would tell you that he expected to win more than one ring in Indy. If there’s any regret I have from my career, it’s that.

The Colts made another Super Bowl in 2009, losing to the New Orleans Saints in heartbreaking fashion.

Mathis’ career extended into the Andrew Luck era, and while the Colts appeared on track to contend for another Super Bowl before the sack master’s time in the NFL was over, Indy quickly fell apart, missing the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 before Mathis hung up his cleats this offseason.

While Mathis is disappointed to have only one ring on his hand, he still has the Colts’ win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI to reminisce about in his retirement.

“Not to sound arrogant, but after we beat the Patriots in that game, the Super Bowl almost seemed like a formality.” Mathis wrote. “The Bears were a great team, but that was our game. They said we couldn’t play in the elements, and all we did was hold the Bears offense to a single touchdown in a huge rainstorm to win that game.

“After far too long, we finally got Peyton his ring.”

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LeBron James‘ quest for greatness can sometimes get in the way of the more important things in his life.

After noticing that his quest to be the best was taking away from his family life, the four-time MVP apologized to his wife Savannah for being too focused on his own journey.

“I am addicted to the process. I’m addicted to the process,” James said on Monday’s Road Trippin’ Podcast. “It’s so funny. I just told my wife the other day, I apologized to her. She was like ‘What are you apologizing for?’ I said ‘Because the journey that I’m on to want to be the greatest to ever play this game or to the point where no one ever forgets what I accomplished, I’ve at times lost the fact of how important you are to this whole thing. … I want you to understand that along this journey while I’m playing this game there will be times that I lose the fact of how important you and my three kids are – my babies are.'”

LeBron and Savannah have been together since their high school days, and have been married for more than three years.

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Source: Sporting News

WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair recently spoke with Alex Marvez of SportingNews.com. The full interview is at this link and below are a few highlights:

His career and how he’s doing financially these days:

“I look back on it and think about how much fun I did have. At the time, I didn’t look at it as providing memories for the future. But thanks to things like the WWE Network, YouTube and people like you being gracious enough to keep my name out there, I’m doing financially better now than when I was wrestling.”

His legacy:

“My legacy, I hope, is — and I feel pretty comfortable saying this — that I worked harder than anybody in the business and sometimes under the worst conditions. I never wanted to ever leave the crowd thinking they haven’t gotten their money’s worth. Fans still enjoy me and I enjoy them. I am thankful.”

Check out the full interview with Flair at this link.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Darrelle Revis feels downright disrespected.

Years of glowing praise have suddenly given way to harsh criticism. He’s washed up, some fans and media say. Revis Island is a thing of the past, say others.

The Jets cornerback openly acknowledges he’s no longer the dominant player he was a few years ago, when he routinely shut down opposing wide receivers. But it has been open season on Revis the last two months, with increasing questions about his abilities and work ethic.

”I think people don’t respect me enough, which is fine,” a candid Revis told The Associated Press on Friday. ”I don’t know why, though, because the numbers are there. I’ve proven myself year in and year out for a number of years, and they’re not being respectful to that.”

His past, Revis believes, should count for something in the big picture. The NFL, however, is a what-have-you-done-lately business. And, lately, Revis has given up some big plays that once seemed unthinkable.

His perceived lack of effort on a tackle last Sunday at Cleveland became a popular topic. So has his confidence, and whether age – he’s 31 – and injuries have combined to sap Revis of some abilities that made him among the best at his position.

”I’m getting old and I can’t control that,” Revis said. ”I’m not 23 or 24 years old anymore. I can still play the game at a high level, yes, but at the same time, if a team is game planning to target you 15-20 times a game, the guy is going to catch the ball a few times. That’s just that. The coach understands that, and inside here, we all know that.”

Others expect the same guy who would make Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson, Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne non-factors for entire games.

”I put myself in this whole situation because of how well I played in the past,” Revis said. ”I understand that.”

Revis is a proud guy, which has driven him to being one of the best players in Jets history. His resume that will put him in Hall of Fame discussions when his career ends.

To see him go from revered to reviled so quickly has got to be a strange and uncomfortable transition.

”Some people may not like me when they have a pen in their hand, so they write what they want,” he said. ”That’s fine. I can’t control that. The only thing I can control is to continue to do my job.”

Is Revis considering that he’s nearing the conclusion of a terrific career?

”No,” Revis said flatly. ”People think or feel it may be the end, or want it to be the end. Maybe some respect comes in there, too, looking at the body of work. But they feel like maybe it is.

”For me, I’m fine, man. I can’t shut somebody out for one catch for 1 yard, like I did Reggie Wayne (in the 2010 playoffs). Those days are over. That’s the respect they don’t give me, and it’s fine because everybody has their personal opinion.

”But when you compare me to the legends, I’m right up there in the conversation. People are going to want to question everything because of the price tag, and it comes with the territory.”

Revis is making $17 million this season, an easy source of criticism.

”That’s where it goes into that realm of, well, let’s look at the price tag and it’s like, well, why is he making this much and not living up to that price tag?” Revis said. ”It’s like, the body of work. Sometimes, it’s a player’s presence on the field where people I don’t think understand or get how impactful it is when they’re out there on that field.”

Revis recalled how Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer looked his way every time he came out of the huddle when the teams played last month.

”I still get respect from my peers and probably coaches that game plan,” he said. ”But I’ve got flaws just like everybody else.”

Cleveland’s Terrelle Pryor burned Revis for six catches for 101 yards, all in the first half. Revis went from playing off coverage to more press coverage in the second half, and kept Pryor quiet the rest of the way.

”Did I have a bad game? Yes, I did, and I know that,” Revis said. ”At the same time, did we readjust at halftime and change things up? Yeah. Again, I’ve done it to myself. There are stories being written about me or people saying things about, `Hey, he’s done,’ or whatever you want to call it, and that’s fine. But still give me my respect for what I’ve done in this league and what I’ve done to pave the way for other guys like Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman and all those guys. That’s all I’m saying. But they don’t even do that.

”They just want to almost erase my past, but you’ve got to look at the whole body of work.”

Revis knows people are watching his every move, particularly when he gives up a big play. They expect to see frustration, but the cornerback refuses to give them that satisfaction.

”I’m burning inside, but I don’t show the fire,” he said. ”I don’t need to. Any time you see me get scored on, do I point, even if it’s a blown coverage? I never bash anybody in our secondary, even if it might be somebody else’s fault. I take the heat.”

Revis credits coach Todd Bowles for helping him transition to the next stage of his career, when he has to make adjustments on the fly to make up for the missteps in games that once were as rare as a receiver making a big play against him.

”It’s not going to be a one-catch, 5-yard game,” Revis said. ”It’s just not going to be like that. It’s just not happening, and I’m fine with that. I’m not fighting that. People want me to wrestle with that. That’s why they comment and say anything they want, and I can’t wrestle with that. I have to let that be what it was.

”Can I still make plays? Yeah, I can still make plays. But I can’t force plays. Plays will come.

”And, when I make a few plays here and there, people will back off a little bit.”

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Alex Rodriguez stepped away from the game of baseball two months ago, and in a recent interview he touched on his legacy as one of the league’s most controversial figures, and how he thinks fans will look back on his career.

“Overall, I hope I’m remembered as a guy who worked hard, as someone who loved the game and gave it his all, and certainly someone who made mistakes but got back up after,” Rodriguez told Jon Warech of Ocean Drive magazine.

Rodriguez, who spent 22 years in the majors as one of the best all-around talents, said he hopes to some day see his name enshrined with the game’s greats in Cooperstown.

“Of course I would love that, but it’s not for me to say.”

Since retiring, the 41-year-old has been living more of a low-key life with his family in Miami – where he grew up and went to college – something he said is important at this stage of his life.

“I’m still processing the whole thing, but one of the perks is being around my girls all the time, and being able to sleep in on the weekends. The two things I’m focusing on most is spending more time with my girls and getting more involved in the community with organizations that I’ve been with a really long time, like the Boys & Girls Club and the University of Miami.”


Former WWE Tag Team Champion Ted DiBiase, Jr. was the latest guest of the Pancakes and Powerslams Show. During the show, Dibiase spoke very highly of his time spent in WWE, but also felt a void after the biggest moment of his career, having a marquee match against Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania XXVI. You can download and listen to the full episode by clicking here, below are some highlights:
Feeling a void after WrestleMania 26 match:

“My dream was to wrestle at WrestleMania, and WrestleMania 26 I walked out in front of 73-74 thousand people in Scottsdale, Arizona, and I don’t know how many million watching around the world. I was out there for about 10 minutes, our match lasted that long, because it got cut like three times. I remember getting back to the locker room, and I was like, ‘Wow. Is that it?’ It was like, what do I do now? What’s next? I just did it. I had focused and worked so long to get to this point, and really had not thought beyond that.”
Struggling in his faith during his wrestling tenure:
“I would go in cycles. And that is what was so hard for me, and why I really needed to get out, because man I had some struggles. I had some really high ups and downs.”
Why Legacy was trimmed down from five to three people:
“I think once we started it, I came back from filming Marine 2, and I think that’s when they did away with Afa and [Sim] Snuka. I think they just saw the look that Randy and myself and Cody had together, and they wanted to go with that. That’s a Vince [McMahon] call. I don’t really know any other reason. We worked really well together, and I think because we all had a similar look. It was just a good look, and we had great chemistry together, and I guess maybe Randy [Orton] just wanted it that way.”
Why Legacy broke up:
“They wanted to make Randy a babyface. That is were things could have probably gone different for me, if they would have capitalized on the momentum I had. The crowd was kind of wanting me to turn face. Randy and I did a match where I let him just beat me up, and I shoved him back once, and it exploded. That was probably one of the coolest matches. I didn’t fight back at all. I shoved him as he walked around me and I let him do his creepy faces, and he RKO’d me. We were going to have a match at ‘Mania, and it was going to be a singles match. They were like, well that is not fair, and I think there were some politics there. It would have been weird to just have me and him have a match and not Cody. So, [they decided], we’ll make Randy face and break Legacy up. I don’t know who made that call. I didn’t really agree with it, and wished they would have kept it a little bit longer. Even just me and Cody tagging for a little bit longer, because then they had no idea of what to do with me. All of that build-up, and then the implosion. Me and Cody could have feuded. There could have be a lot better, but all they were worried about was Randy.”
Cody Rhodes’ WWE Departure:
“He has an incredible mind for the business. He loves it. He has more passion for this industry that anybody I know. He constantly, still to this day, watches old tapes. He wanted it so bad, and he would go above and beyond. He would pitch more ideas, and they would be homeruns. He would keep pitching, and [WWE] would turn them down. That’s what is so hard about this industry. Even if you go above and beyond, even if you are capable, it doesn’t matter. It’s not like a sales position, where you are working commission and the more you sell, the more money you make. In this industry, it’s not like that, because you can put in the most time, you can put in the most pitches, you can be the biggest guy, you can have the best mic skills. But if it doesn’t all add up on the right day at the right time, in front of the right person, it will not happen.”

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Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard website recently spoke with Curtis Axel to talk about his father, the late “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig, for Father’s Day. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Their relationship:

“Every child is in awe of their father, and I was no different. My father and I were best friends. He was my hero and I just wanted to be around him all the time. I thought it was cool that he was a pro wrestler, but he was just an awesome dad. He really was the perfect dad. People thought it must have been hard with my dad on the road, but it never seemed like he was gone 300 days a year. He still found a way to go to my football games and my baseball games. When he was home, we were either playing catch or doing something. Even when I get home from the road and I’m dragging ass, I make it a point to be there and play with my boys, help them with their homework, and keep their curiosity running wild. My dad taught me everything.”

If it’s easier getting into wrestling with an established last name:

“It’s a cursed blessing. It isn’t easy trying to live up to what my father accomplished–for Christ’s sake, my dad’s name was ‘Mr. Perfect.’ We’re constantly compared, and I couldn’t be prouder to be his son, but I’m not trying to be my father. It’s a common misconception, because my father is a Hall of Famer and a major star in this business, that the path was paved for me. But that’s the furthest thing from the truth. Some generational guys start their training on the WWE payroll, but I didn’t.”

His father’s legacy:

“My father’s legacy will forever be sketched in history as one of the greatest performers in not only the WWE, but also the whole world. He is in the WWE Hall of Fame. He could not only talk the talk, but he could walk the walk through his look, athletic ability, and attitude. He had more love for this business than anyone. Even though he’s gone from the world of wrestling, he’ll never be forgotten. People will talk about Mr. Perfect for hundreds of years, and, as for me, his legacy continues as a mentor, teacher and someone I could go to, whether it was good or bad. He was my hero, my best friend and the best goddamn dad a son could ask for. I continue to miss him every day of my life. On a final note, when you watch me on Smackdown or watch me on Raw as Curtis Axel–a name that’s combined together to represent both my grandfather and my father, know this: my dad, ‘Mr. Perfect’ Curt Hennig, lives with me every day of my life. He’s driving me, not only in the ring, but also out of it. And he truly was perfect.”