Category: Boxing


“Raging Bull” is widely considered to be one of the best movies from the 80s. Starring Robert De Niro and directed by Martin Scorsese, the film is a classic. So, Hollywood deciding to continue the story more than two decades later? Gives you pause. And, without Scorsese or De Niro involved, one has to wonder about this project. “Raging Bull II” will chronicle the early life of Jake LaMotta. William Forsythe, Joe Mantegna, Tom Sizemore, Penelope Ann Miller and Mojean Aria star in the upcoming film.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

This was almost the perfect scenario for golf on Sunday. Rory McIlroy had the lead in the final round of the Honda Classic, a chance to become the No. 1 player in the world was at stake. Then, a couple groups ahead of him, cheers and more cheers. Former No. 1 player Tiger Woods in the midst of a final round 62 to get to 10-under for the tournament, including finishing birdie-eagle on the final two holes. I desperately wanted a Tiger-Rory playoff. The drama would be perfect. It’d be one of those events I’d stop whatever I was doing to tune in.

Alas, Rory held off Tiger for a two-shot victory. Good news for golf, McIlroy needs to be the No. 1 player and he needs to hold on to it. He’s been playing very well and very consistently, excluding the collapse he had at the Masters. He has the charisma and the image to be golf’s new golden boy. Even better news for golf? Woods looks close to putting his game together. Sunday showed why you can’t forget about him. He gets on a run like that for a tournament, the other players better just get out of the way. Woods still transcends the game, he can still draw in the viewers. How do you get more people to watch on Sunday? Woods and McIlroy neck in neck, battling for a tournament, or even better, a major. Roger Federer had Rafael Nadal. Mohammad Ali had Joe Frazier. Sports are that much better with rivalries. Think of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady facing off in the playoffs.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

My thoughts about Jeremy Lin

Full disclosure for those of you who don’t know, I am Asian. However, I’ve been appalled at the reaction to Jeremy  . Look, I’m not going to proclaim he’s this superstar. Let’s not forget, he’s only played a couple of games. He’s yet to prove himself over the course of a season. But, the reaction from people is ridiculous.

Let me begin with Jason Whitlock and his tweet: Some lucky lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple inches of pain tonight.

Then, there was his apology: I then gave in to another part of my personality – my immature, sophomoric, comedic nature. It’s been with me since birth, a gift from my mother and honed as a child listening to my godmother’s Richard Pryor albums. I still want to be a standup comedian.

Stand up comedian? Look there are jokes that maybe you can make with friends. Then there are things like this, completely unprofessional, ignorant and downright stupid. By the way, him bringing Richard Pryor into this is an insult. Pryor rarely crossed the line. His jokes were, I don’t know, funny. Remember all the controversy Don Imus got into after his comments about the Rugters women’s basketball team?

And Floyd Mayweather. He tweeted: Jeremy Lin is a good player, but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.

While I’m not ready to claim Lin is the next Kobe Bryant…but how many players have outscored Bryant on a consistent basis? How many players scored 20 point and seven assists in their first four starts after not even playing in the D-League?

Oh…and yes, him being Asian is part of the story. Almost like say an African American golfer winning the Masters at a course that had a history of being racist and going on to dominate a “white man’s sport”.

How many Asian superstars can you name? Exactly. So, yes, him being Asian in a country where there aren’t really any Asian superstar athletes or pop icons is a big deal. I’m fed up with all this ignorance and stupidity. Whitlock should be fired. There’s no place for that kind of bigotry in a professional workplace. His attempt at “comedy” proves that he’s incapable of having good professional discretion and should not be writing for a prominent sports site.

Mayweather, I have never wanted you to fight and lose to Manny Pacquiao so badly as I do now. The same boxer you told to “make some sushi rolls and cook some rice.” Yes, his history with racist comments didn’t begin with Lin.

If Manny had told you to “eat some fried chicken and cook some corn” how would that have been received? I’d wager there’d be a huge uproar.

Whatever respect I had for you is gone. The funny thing is no one will pay attention to this issue for long. Why? For precisely the reason that there aren’t many Asian Americans out there to speak out. Here’s one that’s not afraid to. I realize my readership pales in comparison to Whitlock’s or even Mayweather. But, I hope both of them read this somehow. Grow up. It’s statements like these that prove all too well that bigotry is alive and kicking.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.