Ayesha Curry: Shut Up Already

Who is Ayesha Curry?  Wife of NBA Superstar, Stephen Curry.  And that’s it.   She’s not a motivational speaker.  She’s not a model, an actress, a singer  – she’s nobody.  A basketball player’s wife.  But, don’t tell her that, she doesn’t want to be classified with those over-the-top reality television folks – she’s different.

Is she really though?


In December of 2015, Ayesha Curry took a shot at all the Instagram “models” out there who bring so much joy to men all over the world: “Everyone’s into barely wearing clothes these days huh? Not my style. I like to keep the good stuff covered up for the one who matters . . .I’ll take classy over trendy any day of the week. . .You guys definitely entertain me that’s for sure.”

Excuse me?

Let’s not forget who these Instagram “models” really are?   Escorts/Strippers – looking for ways to use their talents to build a brand;  others are struggling actresses/singers – looking for a hook-up and banking on that hook-up with their looks; and others are just girls out to get paid, by any means necessary (play on playa).   Ayesha Curry should know that if it wasn’t for lucky circumstances she might’ve been right with these ladies.  Ayesha was an actress when younger but stopped getting calls early in her “career” and she netted a young-Steph Curry, got wifed-up – end of story.

These women out here are trying to get what she has – that comfortable lifestyle with an NBA player – so they can live the life of luxury and push “their brand.”  Ayesha has an issue with this though – this bothers her enough to a point that she has to make it vocal and throw shade to all the women that make Instagram entertaining for us men. . .


Social media and every loser who uses the hashtag “relationship goals” have put the marriage of Steph and Ayesha Curry high on their list of “vicarious living.”   On Twitter and Instagram, you’ve surely seen the memes with people saying things like: “You can keep Kim Kardashian, I’ll take Ayesha Curry.”  No you wouldn’t – just stop it.  Kim Kardashian pays off a $53 million dollar debt for her man, and will do whatever-it-takes to keep herself looking fine for the rest of her life.  Ayesha Curry is a wife of a ball-player. . . and her fore-head seems to get bigger and bigger as time passes. . .

After game six of the NBA Finals, where Stephen Curry and the Warriors got bullied by the Cavs, Ayesha thought her words meant something to the rest of the world again as she tweeted out: “I’ve lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money… or ratings, I’m not sure which. I won’t be silent. Just saw it live, sorry.”   This tweet paired up really well with her husband fouling out, throwing a temper tantrum on the court and throwing his mouth-piece into the crowd.  This couple’s “spoiled brat” personalities came out boldly after game six.   You think Ayesha Curry thought the league was “rigged” when the Warriors came back from being down three games to one in the Western Conference Finals against Oklahoma City?  Of course not.  The brat got what she wanted in the end so she didn’t have to pout about it. . .

You ever knew a girl, who walks into a bar with her boyfriend. Gets drunk.  Starts trouble with people in the bar, which ultimately gets her boyfriend beat up?   That’s your girl, Ayesha. . . Her saying that game 6 is rigged will probably do nothing more than anger an already pissed off LeBron James and send her husband home crying with no more hardware to boast about. . .


But this isn’t even about game seven of the NBA Finals.

This is about Ayesha Curry.

The nobody, who thinks she’s somebody because of who her husband is. . . for someone that people have called a “role-model” or an “inspiration” – she kind of just acts like the worst girl you ever met in high school.

It’s just funny what people will turn a blind eye to, or make excuses for in society.  The Curry’s are now the NBA’s Royal Family and people want to see it that way, because they have no belief in themselves to be as happy as they portray. 

When Ayesha Curry “the celebrity” became a thing, she forgot something along the way.  We only know her because of who she married, not who she is.  Her “celebrity” title is one that should be decorated with an asterisk.

G.W. Gras

twitter @GeeSteelio

For more on the “Curry-family-brand”, check out this article by Rosalyn R. Ross of The Sports Fan Journal “A Not-So Charmed Life”

Curry Don’ Cur

Stephen Curry, the NBA’s first ever unanimous MVP, has played five games in these NBA Finals and has scored more than twenty points only twice during that span.  Steph Curry became this first ever unanimous MVP mostly because of his ability to score the ball.  His ability to average thirty-points a night – knocking down 402 three pointers during the season at a forty-five-percent clip.  We’re not seeing that guy so far this time around, but let’s be fair about it. . .

Games one and two of these finals were pretty much nipped in the bud by the middle of the third quarter, and there was no need for Steph Curry to be on the floor much.  Considering he just came off injury during the playoffs and has a history of getting hurt, it was just smart coaching on the part of Steve Kerr.  Sure, if Curry stood in those blowouts, he could’ve piled on useless buckets to inflate his numbers – but it really wouldn’t be worth it.


In games three and four of the series, there isn’t much to blame Curry for either.  In game three, he was on the opposite side of a blow out.  Curry and the rest of his team looked completely off and pathetic.  You kind of know it’s not your night, when J.R. Smith is looking like a throwback Vince Carter against you. .  . Game four was the Curry we were waiting for: Thirty-Eight points and a fifty-three percent three point percentage. There’s your unanimous MVP.

In the game five loss, he struggled from the field, still managing twenty-five points in a loss to Cleveland, which again – just looked like it was Cleveland’s night.

So, should Curry really care about what folks say when it comes to his “disappearing act” in these Finals?  Absolutely not.


Curry has a ridiculously good team around him.  Colin Cowherd even voiced that Klay Thompson is the type of player every team in the NBA would want and need.  For what it’s worth, Thompson is just as good a shooter as Curry, he’s six foot seven inches tall and plays defense – usually given the job on the oppositions best guard (Lillard, Westbrook, Irving in this year’s playoff run alone).   Draymond Green has been noted by everyone to be the most important player on this team – regardless of the fame the “Splash Brothers” garner and his absence in game five proved that.  Green is there emotional leader and more importantly their “enforcer.”   Let’s not forget, this team still has last year’s NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala out there as well (that is such a great trivia question 10 years from now by the way).


In other words, Curry got a squad.  This is why they won seventy three games this season.  Unlike LeBron James – Stephen Curry doesn’t have the stress of carrying his team – night in and night out.  Where LeBron gets inconsistent play and some notable disappearing acts from his teammates (anybody seen Kevin Love?) – Curry can play within his system and expect success because of the players around him.  Yes, Curry is the unanimous MVP – but basketball is still a team sport and the best team usually wins – that’s what Curry is most concerned with and that’s what he’s focused and cares about.

G.W. Gras

Twitter @GeeSteelio

MLB: PED’s Are Just Good For Business

Smart businesses change their model, when they realize they’ve hit a wall.  For example, Playboy Magazine recently announced that they were going to stop showing nude photos of women in their magazines.  Since 1953 Playboy magazine had been revolutionary in all that was literary among news-stand publications and mostly because of the ‘nudity-factor.’  Fast forward to 2016, Playboy has seen a change in the world.  Playboy’s sells have declined because the allure of “nude women in a magazine” have faded.  The internet has changed the way the world gets it’s information and the internet itself has fed into the sexual fetishes of anyone after a few strikes from their keyboard.  Playboy realized that if they intend on selling magazines, they’ve got to become more “hipper” and in tune with the younger adult male of today, like Maxim.

The model for Playboy was beyond successful.  A breakthrough for media but even they realized that their relevancy was in question.  They went against everything their magazine was founded on and have decided to move forward.  Now the magazine will picture no more nude models/centerfolds, and the content will be directed heavily more towards men’s fashion, gadgetry, etc. . .

Imagine Major League Baseball as Playboy Magazine.  Once upon a time, the game of baseball was considered “America’s Pastime.”  It was as American as apple pie, Uncle Sam and the bald eagle.  Times have changed for baseball though.  The game is too slow, non-athletic and too “set in it’s ways” for today’s crowd which processes information quickly and demands results immediately.  Baseball does not gain the attention of the youth in America like it once did.   The NFL has taken the sporting world over.  In doing so, the NFL has figured how to spread itself beyond their 17 week season so that things like the NFL Draft, Free Agency, the Combine and even the release of schedules make the sporting world stop and take notice.  The NBA has taken over as the “hipper” league, with distinct personalities and story-lines.  Even college football has figured out a way to carve a big piece of America’s Sports Pie for themselves.  Baseball sees the changes, development and evolution of these other entities and has decided to stay true to their old ways.  Stay the course.  Remain dedicated to their “un-written rules” and in turn – have become boring.


So what can baseball do to make the game more exciting for all?  What can they do to become as relevant as the aforementioned sports models?

Make the game more exciting.

How can they do that?

Performance Enhancing Drugs.


Is it ethical? Is it moral?  No – but let’s sidestep those issues for a second and just look at P.E.D’s in it’s purest form.

When Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa went on their historical journey to smash the single season home run record, it resurrected the sport in 1998 and the world obsessed over it.   Thank you P.E.Ds.  When Roger Clemens went 20 years into his career being an All Star and leading the league in ERA, wasn’t that an exciting time to root for the veteran pitcher?  Thank you P.E.Ds.  And of course, when everyone knew Barry Bonds was on something – whether you loved him or hated him – the world wanted to see if he would break Babe Ruth’s and Hank Aaron’s home run records.   Thank you Lord, for P.E.Ds!


Baseball is the only sport that seemingly doesn’t want to celebrate records from the “Roaring Twenties” era to be broken.  As if those records were the purest form of the game and everything today taints it.  The NBA and NFL have changed rules to their games that in turn have made some of their most cherished records a thing of the past.  Baseball can’t really do much about the rules to the game itself that would help to make the game more exciting.  But, what they could do is turn a blind eye to P.E.D’s.  Why?  Because it would be “good for business.”

Let’s talk about those cherished “records” by the way.

Earlier we brushed over the words “ethical” and “moral.”  Baseball-purists love using these words when they say “P.E.D’s are destroying the integrity  of the game.”   Where was that great “integrity,” where were the “morals” and what happened to “ethics” when black players weren’t allowed to play in the majors?

When the baseball-purists argue for asterisks to be next to players’ names in the record books because of use of performance enhancing drugs – the truth is,  everything before 1947 should have an asterisk next to it.  Of course that was the year Jackie Robinson crossed the “color barrier” and became the first black baseball player in the majors.   America’s pastime tries to cover up this racial blockade but it happened – and in turn it affected the “integrity” of the sport.  Who knows what these records would look like if Oscar Charleston, Buck Leonard and John Henry were allowed to play in the majors instead of being contained in the Negro Baseball League.

Satchel Paige of the St. Louis Browns, October 1, 1952.
Satchel Paige of the St. Louis Browns, October 1, 1952.

Satchel Paige’s rookie year in Major League Baseball was in 1948.  He was 42 as a rookie because his talents were only allowed to be seen outside of baseball from 1926-1947 because he was black.  Paige was way passed his prime when he was in the majors and still became two time All-Star in that time.  If Paige was allowed to play in the league, who knows what records Paige would’ve held as he is still noted today to be one of the game’s most powerful pitchers ever.

So for every baseball purest that says steroids/performance enhancing drugs destroy the integrity of the game – check that statement at the door and try again.

Who are the P.E.D’s hurting?  The players themselves? Maybe, but ask them if they care after putting up career numbers while on something and signing a multi-year/multi-million dollar contract. . .

People want to see pitchers that are at their best against hitters that are at their best.  How exciting is it really for most teams in the majors when they get passed their number five hitter in the lineup?   Not very, is the answer.


Baseball needs to stop saying that P.E.D use is un-ethical.  Marlon Byrd was found with P.E.Ds in his system for the second time and has received a 162 game suspension.  It should tell folks something that he knew after his first time getting caught what would happen, but the risk was “still” worth it to him.

Baseball likes to muffle the  personalities of those who make sport interesting like Bryce Harper and Matt Harvey.   This is the same sport that says you shouldn’t show boat after a home-run but it’s okay to throw a 95 mph fastball at someone’s head for showboating.

Break out of your bubble, baseball.  You’re old and you’re tired.

G.W. Gras

Twitter @GeeSteelio