Category: Sports


Director J.J. Abrams has one big sci-fi epic coming out this year in “Star Trek: Into Darkness”. That film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and more. Now, he’s directing “Star Wars Episode VII” and had this to say about his goal for the film (talking to the Huffington Post):

“I can just say what I want to do: I want to do the fans proud. I want to make sure the story is something that touches people. And we’re just getting started. I’m very excited.”

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Abrams said that he and Bradley Cooper had been talking about Cooper playing Lance Armstrong in an upcoming biopic. The film will be based on the upcoming book “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong”.

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

My thoughts on Lance Armstrong

Back when I was younger, Lance Armstrong was THE athlete. He was bigger than Brett Favre and that’s coming from a family of life-long Packers fans. Armstrong was the shining example of the never give up attitude. He was the ultimate comeback story. Obviously, we know that was a lie. But I wasn’t angry. In fact, for the paper I wrote for, I had this to say (this was back when the report first came out):

With the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s report on Lance Armstrong, it seems pretty clear now that Armstrong was one of the biggest frauds in sports history. The testimonies, the evidence, it all seemed stacked against him. Then, Armstrong quit, refued to admit guilt, but refused to fight the chargers too.

It wasn’t a surprise. We could all see the end coming and the sharks circling. And yet, I wanted so badly to believe Armstrong.

This is an age where we’ve seen so many sports titans fall. Tiger Woods with his scandal, the steroid outbreak in baseball, NBA stars turning into whiny annoying pre madonnas. And then there was Lance. The inspiration to millions. The ultimate American comeback story. The one athlete that had been tested over and over again, the one athlete that showed us all success was possible no matter what we were facing. Growing up as a child during Lance’s Tour De France wins, I was in awe of this man. This man who overcame so much. This man that made me motivated to work harder, to give a little more, to face whatever challenges I was facing.

As the evidence piled up against him, I desperately hoped he was telling the truth, that just one sports titan could remain unscathed, and was above all the crap that was going on in the sports world. I wanted to know that the one true sports hero we had was just that, a hero, that he could be the legend we tell our grandchildren about.

Now, I’m not left with anger, or resentment. I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed that, aside from Michael Jordan, the last great sports figure of my time, the man who inspired millions and showed the American spirit, was a fraud.

I’m disappointed that so many people believed in him when he was just another cheat abusing the system. I’m disappointed that the former sports icon that I looked up to, that I tried to, in part, model the way I lived after, adopting that never give up and always keep pushing ahead attitude, was all just a ruse.

The release of the USADA’s report marked a sad day for me. It was the day the last great, inspirational and transcendent sports icon of my generation was exposed. I don’t think I’ll ever feel the same way about an athlete as I did growing up watching Lance. After this report, I’m not so sure I want to anyways.

Now, after his confession with Oprah, I have this to say. Lance is still trying to shape his narrative. And it’s pathetic. Lance you are not the victim here. Just because “everyone was doing it” doesn’t excuse what you did. It makes you weak for not standing up and doing the right thing. Confessing now after you have sought to destroy anyone who accused you of lying doesn’t mean you’re truly sorry. In fact, the timing of your confession is suspicious at best. You’re not sorry. If you were, you would have come clean. You’re simply a cheater who found himself cornered. You’re worse than any baseball player who took steroids and lied about it. You’re worse than any football player who has gotten in trouble with the law. You’re the worst kind of liar. The one who not only tried to keep up your narrative, but tried to burn down anyone who was looking to tell the truth. I used to think you were a shining example of how to live my life. Now, you’re an example of a man I hope I never become.

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

Lance Armstrong recently admitted to doping during an interview with Oprah. Now Bad Robot and Paramount are planning a film on Armstrong based on the yet-to-be written book “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong” by Juliet Macur. Columbia Pictures was developing a biopic as well, based on the book “It’s Not About the Bike”, with Gary Ross working on the script. I’m going to guess that project is dead now in light of recent events.

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

My thoughts on Lance Armstrong

With the USADA’s report on Lance Armstrong, it seems pretty clear now that Armstrong was one of the biggest frauds in sports history.

It wasn’t a surprise. We could all see the end coming and the sharks circling. And yet, I wanted so badly to believe Armstrong. This is an age where we’ve seen so many sports titans fall. Tiger Woods with his scandal, the steroid outbreak in baseball, NBA stars turning into whiny annoying pre madonnas. And then there was Lance. The inspiration to millions. The ultimate American comeback story. The one athlete that had been tested over and over again, the one athlete that showed us all success was possible no matter what we were facing. Growing up as a child during Lance’s Tour De France wins, I was in awe of this man. This man who overcame so much. This man that made me motivated to work harder, to give a little more, to face whatever challenges I was facing.

As the evidence piled up against him, I desperately hoped he was telling the truth, that just one sports titan could remain unscathed, above all the crap that was going on in the sports world. I wanted to know that the one true sports hero we had was just that, a hero, that he could be the legend we tell our grandchildren about.

Now, I’m not left with anger, or resentment. I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed that, aside from Michael Jordan, the last great sports figure, the man that inspired millions and showed the American spirit, was a fraud. I’m disappointed that so many people believed in him when he was just another cheat abusing the system. I’m disappointed that the former sports icon that I looked up to, that I tried to, in part, model the way I lived after, adopting that never give up and always keep pushing ahead attitude, was all just a ruse. The release of the USADA’s report marked a sad day for me. It was the day the last great, inspirational and transcendent sports icon of my generation was exposed. I don’t think I’ll ever feel the same way about an athlete as I did growing up watching Lance. After this report, I’m not so sure I want to anyways.

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

Apparently reports are that Al Pacino is attached to play Joe Paterno in a biopic based off of the best selling biography “Paterno”. According to Deadline, “The narrative arc of the movie that will be shopped is obvious. A man becomes the winning-est coach in college football history and builds a powerhouse football program that turns him into a campus deity. When his former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is revealed to be a pedophile whom a graduate assistant witnessed raping a boy in the locker room showers and it comes out that Paterno was told and help hide the scandal and never called the police, Paterno was summarily fired. He died shortly after.”

I’ve got very mixed feelings about this. It would be a fascinating tale of one man getting way to much power at Penn State. And yet, it makes me sick to the stomach that he might be portrayed in too much of a positive light. I know he did good things, but what he failed to do and the monster he protected, I don’t have a single shred of respect for his legacy.

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

We’re one day away from the start of the Wolf Pack’s season. Head coach Chris Ault will lead Nevada against Cal in its season opener, a game that should reveal real quick just where the Wolf Pack’s at. But, the team is a huge underdog. Cal is reopening its stadium, so it will want a good game for fans. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is much more knowledgeable about the Pistol Offense. And with a young, but very talented defense, especially in the front seven, quarterback Cody Fajardo will be tested  early and often. Receiver Brandon Wimberly will be expected to make a big splash in his return to give Fajardo some help, as will Stefphon Jefferson, who is taking over the starting running back role.

The wild card will be Bears’ QB Zach Maynard. He’s been all over the place last season. If he can rein that in, Cal’s offense is very dangerous. Keenan Allen caught 98 passes last season and will be Maynard’s top target this year. By all reports, Allen has great speed and great hands, something Nevada’s secondary, led by Duke Williams and Khalid Wooten. The Wolf Pack’s secondary has five players returning. They’ll need all of that experience to slow this offense down. The front seven is where Nevada’s problems could show. If Cal’s offensive line plays well, the Wolf Pack will be in trouble. The front seven is a big question mark and someone will need to step up.

Mainly, this comes down to a series of unknowns for Nevada. Several players are stepping into big roles and we just don’t know how they’re going to react. Cal will be ready and is a very dangerous opponent.

Nevada wins: If the Wolf Pack plays a near perfect game. Fajardo comes out accurate, the front seven on defense plays better than expected and gets to the QB. This needs to be a complete game, if one side of the ball isn’t up to par, Nevada will struggle.

Cal wins: If the Bears disrupt Nevada’s offense. Cal’s going to score its points, no question about it. The difference will be whether Nevada has the firepower to get into a shootout.

Prediction: If Nevada’s going to win this game, it will be in a close one, 41-38. But, my real prediction is Cal wins 34-24.

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

The fist pump. The impossible shot. The roaring of the crowd. Tiger charging. This is what makes golf exciting to me. Tiger Woods chipped in from the rough on 16 en route to a victory at the Memorial Tournament. A shot that if it went long would go into the water. If it was short at all, it’d be a terrible lie. And yet, there was Tiger nailing the perfect shot that Jack Nicklaus said was one for the ages.

Is Tiger all the way back? Of course not. But now he’s won twice this year. Now he’s playing with some confidence. Now, when he’s having is good days, it’s like the old days. And by that I mean no one can match him. He’s got the swagger back. The confident strut. Was there any doubt in anyone’s mind the last four holes who was going to win? It’s been a while since I’ve had that feeling. With Rory McIllroy struggling as of late, golf needs someone to step up and be the face of the sport. So why not the one who was the face of the sport for the last 15 years or so? The other golfers should beware. Tiger’s back to being competitive. And that’s very bad news for the rest of the field.

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

NOTE: Please keep reading. This isn’t just a story about the football stuff. It’s about something bigger.

In the midst of hearing the news about Junior Seau, here’s a story to lighten the mood a little bit. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Eric LeGrand to a contract. LeGrand was paralyzed in 2010 while playing for Rugters.

“It’s a symbolic gesture. They can’t give me any money with the salary cap and all that kind of stuff,” LeGrand said in his conference call. “It’s symbolic, something coach wanted to do and I appreciate that. It just shows the man that he is.”

It’s stories like these that stop and remind me how lucky I am for my life so far. A guy whose life was centered around, in large part, football and all of it was taken away. Yet, not even a year later, he’s back at school to finish his studies, remained upbeat and already proved the doctors wrong.

“It’s something I always dreamed about, go to the NFL and retire and become a sportscaster,” LeGrand said. “Dreams do come true if you really believe. You do the right things in life, good things happen to you. He really just did this out of the kindness of his heart. It’s really what he wanted to do. I had no idea this was going to happen.”

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I mean, here’s a young man that, if he felt sorry for himself and complained, few people would hardly blame him. Yet, he chose to keep going. Chose to make the best of his situation and now he has a bright future ahead of him once again.

I’ve gotten questions about why (aside from promoting this blog) I post all the cliches about working hard and never giving up. Why? Because I believe it’s true. Stories like this prove it. It’s because, as naive as this may be, I still believe that what makes America great is that we don’t give up. We get knocked down, we get back up. Something doesn’t go our way, we find a way to work through it. Something seems hard, or unfair, or our work’s piling up, don’t complain. Buckle down and do it. Life isn’t handed to us. And, it’s scaring me a little how many people I’ve met that expect that.

And yet, I read things like this article. In it it says our generation isn’t the greatest generation. In fact, it might be the most selfish. Why can’t people just work hard. Be willing to sacrifice. There’s nothing wrong with working up the ladder to get to a dream job. The amount of people I’ve met whose families have been blessed enough to help them pay for rent, car insurance, school, etc. And yet, as soon as they have to start picking up the bills, it’s oh woe is me. Or, they complain about what major they’re studying. Or, they spend money on wants, not needs. There’s no sense of saving for something. If they want it now, they get it now, regardless of it they can afford it. I wish people would give, but to do it genuinely. Not because, as so many celebrities do, for a PR purpose. Or not because it’s for a certain group their friends are in. How about just researching multiple charities and giving anonymously? I give. I don’t give much, but I give what I can. Never tell anyone when I do. Never disclose the amount to anyone. All the money we spend on things like Starbucks, movies, clothes, etc. throughout the year and you’re telling me you can’t afford to give? Look, I’m not saying cut everything out. But it’s called budgeting.

It’s stories like these that, in the end, just make me sick to my stomach. Partly because I know I’m as guilty of this as anyone else. But, I’ve at least tried to change (and I hope I have).

Funny thing is the people I really want to make an appeal to. The people who I wish would listen probably won’t read this. They probably are too busy going about their lives, complaining about something. Oh well.

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

Wolf Pack fans should be excited. Nevada head coach Chris Ault had this to tell the RGJ about quarterback Cody Fajardo:

“Being in the system now and being under the gun last year, he’s a veteran,” Ault said. “He has a good feel for what we did last year offensively. We’ve added some wrinkles to it. It’s a good opportunity for him. He threw the ball very well in spring. In terms of throwing, he’s probably the best quarterback that I’ve had in terms of the fundamental mechanics of throwing the football. And he can run. He ran well during the spring, and I thought got better in all phases. He’s obviously is the key to what we’re trying to do next year. There’s no doubt about it.”

Clearly Fajardo is going to make the Wolf Pack’s offense go. The question is how much progress can Fajardo make? Remember, it took Colin Kaepernick a couple years to really be the weapon that got him drafted in the second round. Clearly though, Ault is high on Fajardo. And he has the potential to really shine. Let’s hope he’s up to the task.

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

Here’s a link to an ESPN article about college athletes smoking weed. I understand the article is about how prevalent it is in the world of college athletics and college in general. I do think the NCAA should be taking a harsher stand on this issue. I know lots of people think it’s harmless. And, to a degree, smoking weed is no more harmful than say, getting drunk. But, regardless, it is illegal. Just because something is overpriced, doesn’t give me the right to steal it. That’s illegal. Just because people think smoking weed is harmless, doesn’t give them a right to (with certain medical exceptions of course).

Look, the fact that Oregon players admit this now is the only shocking part of this story. I’ve been to Eugene. I’ve walked the University of Oregon’s campus. I’ve been to surrounding neighborhoods. Honestly, it played a big role as to why I didn’t end up applying there. One of my most vivid memories in visiting Oregon’s campus is seeing two people on bicycles. Leading was a girl in a dress, smiling, blissfully unaware of her surroundings…or that the guy behind her was smiling too but probably because her dress was flying up giving him a view of you know what.

Now, I don’t claim to say that Nevada is free from this. I know people who smoke weed, I know athletes who smoke weed. But, let’s put it this way. Eugene isn’t Reno. And it isn’t Las Vegas. There’s a definite laid back attitude. People don’t really care. I’m not trying to bag on Oregon. Some of my closest friends attend U of O. And, while pot smoking might be a lot more prevalent there, it’s not exactly so wide spread that if you go to U of O you must smoke pot, kind of a thing. But, the funny part of this story is that it’s just coming out now. Anyone that goes to U of O or is familiar with U of O knows its been going on for years. Now, the question is will anything change because of this?

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