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Sports Kabob – 8/11

Ladies and gentlemen (and especially ladies), welcome to the Sports Kabob, a skewered look at the world of sports and pop culture.

Here are the top stories:

The NBA announced that two regular season games between the New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors will be played in London
This is all part of the NBA’s plan to get the English to hate basketball

Evander Holyfield will fight Sherman “The Tank” Williams on Nov. 5, just a few weeks after the former four-time heavyweight champ turns 48.
While there are some cons to fighting at that age, the advantage is that Holyfield does not have to wear a mouth piece since he can just remove his teeth before the fight

Many boxing experts feel that Holyfield is too old to box and should not be taking this fight.
Holyfield shrugs off the criticism and says he has taken bouts against the odds before, like when he fought Tyson at the MGM Grand, when he fought Bowe at Caesar’s Palace, and when he fought the lions at the Roman Coliseum

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said soccer’s world governing body has opened an inquiry into allegations that North Korea might have mistreated players and coaches after the team lost all three of its World Cup matches.
Reports are the players were forced to live in poverty, had restricted media freedoms, and even had to eat food made with dog. Plus, they also had to do things that are unusual in Korea

Raiders owner Al Davis compared new quarterback Jason Campbell to former Super Bowl QB Jim Plunkett
Then, Campbell compared Al Davis to a prehistoric sea monster.

LeBron James, in a comment posted on his Twitter account Tuesday, said: “Don’t think for one min that I haven’t been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone!”
What are these mental notes and how will James retaliate? Tune into a special one hour program this Friday on ESPN to find out!

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is sitting out training camp, and head coach Rex Ryan says he is prepared to wait out Revis, and move forward without the player
Ryan says he this is not the hardest wait he’s had to endure however, having once had to go 9 months before his local McDonald’s reintroduced the McRib sandwich

Security guards asked a fan to remove a replica of Donovan McNabb’s maroon Washington Redskins jersey he was wearing on the sideline at Eagles training camp Wednesday morning.
Of course after seeing what the Eagles fan looked like without the jersey, they quickly told the fat bastard to put it back on

Tracy McGrady has agreed to a one-year, $1.35 million contract with the Detroit Pistons, a source told ESPN.com.
Experts feel McGrady is a perfect fit for Detroit, since he was also once great, but is now broken down, desperate and depressing

The Milwaukee Brewers plan to unveil a statue honoring baseball commissioner and former owner Bud Selig on Aug. 24
The statue of Selig will be facing statues of noted steroid users, while his head will be looking the other way

That’s all for this week, leave comments and remember this is Jarrett Carlen saying that Isiah Thomas is so bad at making NBA decisions that he thought the Knicks hiring Isiah Thomas as a consultant was a good idea.

For more of my observations on the world of sports, as well as politics, entertainment and current events, follow me on twitter @JarrettGC.