FREEHOLD, NJ – Before we get to talking sports – as we enjoy our right to live freely – I want to honor the Fallen Heroes that sacrificed their lives this week, allowing us to do so. Thirteen young men and women from different walks of life, who exemplified the true meaning of the word Hero.
–Marine Lance Corporal David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas.
-Marine Sergeant Nicole Gee, 23, of Roseville, California.
-Marine Staff Sergeant Darin Taylor Hoover, 31, of Utah.
-Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee .
–Marine Corporal Hunter Lopez, 22,of Indio, California.
-Marine Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming.
-Marine Lance Corporal Dylan Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California.
–Marine Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California.
–Marine Corporal Daegan Page, 23, of Omaha Nebraska
-Marine Sergeant Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
-Marine Corporal Humberto Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana.
–Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri.
-Navy Hospitalman Maxton Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio.
We will never forget your sacrifice.
And now we can get back to doing some of what their sacrifices allow us to do… talk sports.
What in the world is an NFT ?
Well, the official name is Non Fungible Token.Basically, a unit of stored digital data on a ledger called a blockchain that certifies the asset to be unique and therefore not interchangeable. The NBA was the first to bring this phenomenon to the mainstream. Savvy collectors and fans who jumped in early made some huge returns on their NBA Top Shot moments. Huh? What is that? Basically, you can buy a digitized numbered highlight with crypto currency . For example, there is a Lebron James Cosmic Moment that sold for $208,000. WTF! I am told that the cheapest one for sale, today is over One Million Dollars.
The NHL is joining in and the NFL and MLB are not far behind. NFT’s can be anything digital such as artwork, Moments etc. The values are determined by whatever people are willing to pay. Steph Curry just shelled out $180,000 ( 55 Ethereum) for a digital drawing of a monkey in a suit called Bored Ape Yacht Club.
What about the common man?
I know someone who has turned a two grand investment into over thirty thousand in NFT value as this market sees no end in sight. The heavy hitters are banking on even bigger paydays. Professional athletes are communicating with fans and collectors on forums which is building the popularity of this new money sport.
Why this over Trading Cards ?
These are digitally numbered and you never have to worry about what condition your collectible is in. It’s not paper, cardboard, metal etc. It will be digital forever. Steiner Sports and other sports collectible sellers, may have to reinvent themselves or create the market for old cards, much like the resurgence in demand for vinyl records. For now, however, the NFT craze is not going away.
Rugby’s Most Famous Ballers:
I cannot name a single one.
Come back tomorrow for Junoir Blabber, Ghana’s most famous baller.