The community is invited to celebrate the life of legendary mixed martial arts (MMA) coach Shawn “The Coach” Tompkins on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. The event, which includes guest speakers, music, food, beverages and a silent auction, is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the TapouT Training Center located at 4040 W. Hacienda Avenue in Las Vegas. Tompkins, 37, was a pioneer in MMA coaching who inspired countless athletes and fans. He passed in his sleep on Aug. 14.
Special guests include Sam Stout and Mark Hominick, who both trained under Tompkins and currently fight in the UFC, Bas Rutten, former UFC heavyweight champion, and Mike Straka, television journalist and creator of the MMA news and entertainment program “FOX Fight Game.”
Rick Pitino is still seething over the departure of Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC. The Louisville coach can't understand why the two basketball powers left the Big East. He says it's like screwing over a woman you've been with for years.
"My problem is not them leaving," he said. "My problem is you did it in 48 hours. Don't run away with a girl after one date when you've been dating someone else for three or four years. You've been dating this woman for 30 years, show a little respect."
That said, he is absolutely on the mark with his comments on the most recent "Real Sports' on HBO. In describing Stern's constant goal of belittling everyone around him (0:38 mark), Gumbel calls the NBA commish "a modern day plantation overseer."
We assume "Don David Sternio" will respond with some sort of cryptic threat as he did with Stan Van Gundy. SVG and Gumbel should be sleeping with the fishes before 2012 hits.