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By: Devon Teeple
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Is Johnny Damon a Hall of Famer? All signs point to yes

By: Devon Teeple

There's no time like the present to say that Johnny Damon is a Hall of Famer.

The 2018 Hall of Fame ballot is stacked! Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero are almost guaranteed to see 75 percent come this time next year. While first time candidates like Chipper Jones and Jim Thome appear to be shoo-ins. There are others on the ballot like multiple World Series champion, Johnny Damon whose greatness will produce a heated debate amongst those holding the key to baseball immortality.

What happens outside the cage is priority for The Crippler

By: Devon Teeple

Chris “The Crippler” Leben, is a name so synonymous with the UFC and MMA, you’d think they were made for each other.

Leben’s rise in the professional ranks started on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter where he trained with a who's who of elite fighters that helped shaped the industry into what it is today; Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, Mike Swick, Josh Koscheck, Diego Sanchez, and Kenny Florian. Prior to TUF, The Crippler was the inaugural WEC Middleweight Champion. He defeated fellow TUF fighter, Swick.

His career flourished in the UFC winning 12 fights by TKO or KO and five by submission, and has stepped in the ring with a laundry list of superstars like Anderson Silva, Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Mark Munoz. At UFC 116 he defeated Akiyama (his second fight in two weeks) in spectacular fashion earning Fight of the Night honours.

However, outside of the ring Leben was battling drug and alcohol addiction while trying to maintain a lifestyle that requires 100 percent focus. His book recounts a struggle that many deal with on a personal level, but not as publicly as Leben.

At The GM’s Perspective we were able to speak with him about his new book, his life in one of the most exciting sports in the world, and how he is using his past indiscretions as a platform to help others.

Tommy Bahama hits the links with PGA player Ricky Barnes

By: Devon Teeple

Tommy Bahama has come to an exclusive multi-year agreement with PGA Tour player Ricky Barnes.

As an amateur, Barnes was a four time All-American honors recipient at the University of Arizona and the US Amateur Champion in 2002. He was also the winner of the historic Ben Hogan Award given annually to the nation's top collegiate golfer. Since turning pro, Barnes continues to raise the bar. In 2003 he set a tour record making 23 straight cuts and finished second at the 2009 US Open at Bethpage Black.

On and off the court, The Professor is in a league of his own

By: Devon Teeple

You many not know the name Grayson Boucher, but when you hear “The Professor” you know exactly what and who I’m talking about.

When it comes to Streetball, there is really nothing these guys can’t do with a basketball. They have the talent and ability of an NBA player and the charisma and ball handling skills of a magician. It’s not just about scoring points, but scoring in way that makes the everyone in attendance hold their collective breath..

After his freshman year at Chemeketa CC, he went for a dream. And that dream was realized when he earned a contract with And1.

Boucher’s professional career started with other Streetball legends like Skip to My Lou, Main Event, Hot Sauce, Spyda, 50, and AO on the AND1 Mixed Tape Tour. At 5’10 and 150 pounds, he’s not the polarizing figure as others were on the court, but what he can do with a basketball is frightening and can literally make people who guard him, fall down.

Since his meteoric rise, his life has changed. And after nearly 15 years as a professional, he’s still promoting the game he loves all over the world.

Schea Cotton: The Man, The Myth, The Manchild
January 04, 2017 5:28 AM

Much of the same is great for Lemurs' Chavez
December 27, 2016 11:38 AM

Lydia Dziubanek: Proof that one moment can change your life
December 18, 2016 8:24 PM

Canseco joins Ankiel and Wild Thing in Legends Game
December 11, 2016 9:36 PM

Warren Morris delivers the greatest walk off in college history
December 01, 2016 12:10 AM

Mariners and Marlins make headlines inking Indy all-stars
November 21, 2016 9:51 PM

From the brink and back: Indiana Hoosier Todd Jadlow finds his way
November 12, 2016 12:13 PM

Face to Face going strong after 25 years
November 06, 2016 11:44 AM

Former NHL goalie Malarchuk hopes his experiences will help others
October 27, 2016 9:41 PM

The V Foundation's vision and legacy is incredible
October 13, 2016 4:10 AM

Former MLB All-Star Matt Joyce takes ownership role
October 11, 2016 4:56 PM

Twins sign Frontier League ROY and batting champ
October 01, 2016 9:01 PM

Can Jose Canseco be a role model for younger players?
September 18, 2016 12:12 PM

Eddie "Truck" Gordon battles adversity in and out of the cage
September 08, 2016 10:13 PM

Todd Stottlemyre: From World Series champion to business leader
August 29, 2016 3:41 AM

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