Green TKO's Roy Jones, Vince Young Wins 5 Straight, UCLA's Gordon to Transfer, & Other Headline Truths

December 2, 2009 presents our quick truths on today's top headlines in the world of sports. The truth shall set you free . . .

HEADLINE: Roy Jones Suffers a First Round Knockout Loss to Danny Green in Australia
TRUTH: Well, so much for the Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones rematch.

What this loss proves, however, is the insignificance of Joe Calzaghe's recent victory over Jones. An over-the-hill Jones dropped Calzaghe in the first round of that fight, but failed to press his advantage due to concerns over energy and pacing. A younger Jones likely ends the contest with Calzaghe right then and there. Fans complain about Floyd Mayweather claiming too much credit for beating inferior opposition, but nobody was more guilty of that sin than Calzaghe.

HEADLINE: Vince Young Wins 5 Straight Games for the Titans
TRUTH: With a little help from All-World running back Chris Johnson, Young has single-handedly transformed the Titans season. What brought about such change? Young's older, wiser, and most important, getting more snaps in the spread offense. Quite simply, when Young is in the shotgun, he is comfortable and sees the field better.

HEADLINE: Magic Johnson Ranks Number 1 in Ebony's Annual Power 150 List of Top African-American Business Leaders
TRUTH: Magic's leadership, drive, and commitment to social justice would make him a success in any field. More importantly, however, he uses his vast holdings to bring about real change in underserved communities. While other athletes act like "yes men" because they are petrified of offending their corporate sponsors, Johnson simply has been himself and in the end, the sponsors all came running back to him anyway. Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan should take notes.

HEADLINE: Allen Iverson To Sign Contract With 76ers
TRUTH: AI has been stubborn about demanding a starting role, and he can be a difficult fit on most ballclubs. But what everyone is overlooking is that Iverson still has a lot of game left. Expect him to put up good numbers for a Sixers squad in need of some scoring punch.

HEADLINE: UCLA's Drew Gordon to Transfer After Dispute With Coach Ben Howland
TRUTH: The Bruins lose at home to Cal State Fullerton, drop three straight games in the 76 Classic, and now learn that their most talented player is looking to transfer because he wants to play in a more up-tempo system.

Unless freshman Tyler Honeycutt turns out to be a program-changing player, this team will not make the NIT.

Oh, by the way, they play top-ranked Kansas next.

By Mike Elliott
Staff Editor for

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