Everybody makes bad decisions once in a while, but nobody can accurately predict the consequences of their choices. I’m sure that IK Enemkpali, a former linebacker for the New York Jets, never knew his mistake would cost him 1.8 million dollars and probably his career. A couple of days ago IK was involved in a locker room scuffle with the Jets’ starting quarterback, and while some reports have called this event an argument, many players on the team have classified this altercation as a sucker punch. The Jets starting quarterback, Geno Smith, and Enemkpali were arguing over 600 dollars the millionaire quarterback owed the linebacker, and the situation ended in an unforeseen punch. Aside from the obvious foolishness of the situation, I find it extremely alarming that this player didn’t take a moment to think about just how much that punch would cost his team and himself. In one punch he changed the trajectory of the team’s season as they are now without their projected starter for up to 10 weeks, and he also may have sent his own life into a place he would never have predicted. The New York Jets organization immediately released the linebacker after the punch with the coach saying “you don’t get a second chance after a sucker punch,” and it seems as though the NFL life of Enemkpali will end, less than two years after it began. The New York Jets have been something of a punchline in the NFL, and this punch situation shows that this “joke” of a franchise has some real work to do in order to get back to the level of discipline other teams show in this league. I wish Geno Smith a quick recovery, and I sincerely hope that this one lapse in judgement won’t mean the end of the career of Enemkpali. We all make mistakes hopefully his wont be the thing that defines him.
Boxing has become something of a niche sports, this event which was once seen as nationally compelling has in recent years been relegated to a cult following. Today it seems like the sport of boxing will finally return to the limelight as the world’s best boxer matches up with the world’s best puncher. Floyd Mayweather, is arguably the world’s best boxer, he has a record of 47-0 and is known for his crafty tactics in the ring, many people argue that Mayweather lacks “knockout power,” but I consider boxing to be just as much about evasion as it is about punching. Floyd’s opponent, Manny Pacquiao, is a hard punching beast in the ring, he is known for packing a larger punch than his size, and for being extremely scrappy. The fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao, has been a pipe dream for boxing fans for the past 6 years, many believed that this would be the fight that brings boxing back to mainstream, but petty squabbles have kept the camps far away from coming to an agreement until now. This fight is a big deal, and even though the fighters are a bit older than desired, this fight has the ability to take on the folklore of legendary battles like Ali vs Frazier. I have no prediction for this fight since I am just trying to enjoy it, and as George Foreman once said, “once you make a prediction, you start rooting for someone.” I like both boxers for different reasons, and I, along with most of the country, will be sitting back and enjoying what looks to be “The Fight of the Century.”