For those of you not in tune with this slow time of the year in sports, Tony Dungy set the social media world ablaze with his seemingly bland comments about St. Louis Rams’ rookie defensive end Michael Sam. Basically saying he wouldn’t draft the NFL’s first openly gay player due to the distractions it would cause to his team.
This was taken out of context due to Dungy’s outspoken support and willingness to say he would draft or give a second chance to the likes of the rehabilitated Michael Vick, the pious Tim Tebow or the outspoken Johnny Manziel. The media attack on Dungy has been that he would support those players, but not one whose lifestyle went against his own personal beliefs. Continue reading
Oh, LeBron James. Just as I was starting to get over that narcissistic, self-serving, ego-fueled decision that was “The Decision.” Not because I view it any differently, but because that’s just who I view that as who James is. Then he pulls this one out on us. A completely narcissistic, self-serving, ego-fueled decision, cleverly disguised as an essay to SI to make him look humbled and heading home.
Look, I have no doubt that James understands now that the way he handled things in 2010 was wrong, and he wants the public at large (not just the Miami band-wagoners) to forgive him. Not just because he wants to be viewed as a good guy, but because he knows he’s at the legacy portion of his career. James, just short of 30, no longer has time on his side like he did in 2007 when he reached his first NBA Finals. James has a four to six year window to win as many titles and regain public perception. Continue reading
So, the US World Cup team lost to Belgium tonight 2-1 in dramatic fashion (at least I’m told), and now we as a nation can finally stop pretending like we give a crap about soccer. Look, I’m all for unifying as a nation behind a national team, but let’s be realistic, the US has cared exactly three times about soccer: 1. David Beckham coming over to the L.A. Galaxy 2. The 1999 women’s World Cup victory 3. Hope Solo.
OK, so maybe that last one is the only time I’ve cared, but we need to accept that, sure, soccer is inching up in popularity, but mainly it’s for foreign transplants, hipsters and people who want to pretend they’re more knowledgeable in sports than they really are by being able to rattle off names like “Ronaldo” and “Messi.” Continue reading
We are at the four year anniversary of LeBron James’ infamous decision to have “The Decision.” And now that James’ band of front runners in Miami appear to be running out of gas, he’s decided to opt out of the final two years of his contract with the Heat in order to test free agency again.
the rumors are rampant as to where James will end up. Conspiracy theorists have all of Miami’s Big 3 opting out to create room for Carmelo Anthony. Others have him in Chicago, Los Angeles and in some cases, back in Cleveland, where they burned his jerseys. Continue reading
Normally I’m not right about a lot of things when it comes to predicting championships in sports, but when I am right, I like to make sure everyone knows that I was.
Folks, it was right here on this very website, that due to a more complete team, I thought we would be in for a good NBA Finals, but the Spurs would win in five games. I was wrong on the account that we were in for a repeat of last year’s thriller, however the Spurs’ total dominance of the Heat was the huge surprise. Continue reading
Tonight marks Game 3 of the NBA Finals, and so far we’ve had heat/cramp-gate and LeBron James’ redemption song in two epic games that have the series living up to the hype, at least so far. However, what a lot of people are overlooking, is that James has had to be superhuman for nearly all of two games in order for the Heat to be in it, and after four straight trips to the Finals, including an Olympic run in 2012, James may in fact be running close to empty.
This is not to say that he may not have two, possibly three epic performances in him to keep the series interesting, but the supporting cast has simply been mediocre at best, and has required James to carry them to even be remotely close. Continue reading
Now that we’re done with me complaining about the Indiana Pacers, it’s time to move on to the rematch everyone has been waiting the past year for: the San Antonio Spurs against the Miami Heat. Or, as they call it during Latino heritage week in the NBA, Los Spurs against El Heat.
I think we’re in for another classic, but the dynamics of this match up have changed drastically in the past year. Last year Miami was healthy heading into the Finals, with a bunch of key role players willing to step in at different spots, and the role players had experience. This year, the Spurs are healthy, and it’s been LeBron James dragging a mostly injured heat team with role players who haven’t been showing up the way they did the past two years. Continue reading
A few weeks ago I wrote about the fall of the Indiana Pacers and how the blame should rest solely on Larry Bird for his trade that just completely disrupted Indiana’s season three months ago. They then, twice, looked like they were over-matched against the Atlanta Hawks as well as the Washington Bullets, no folks, they’re still not the Wizards.
Then I wrote about their doom, and Indiana righted the ship, and are up 1-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals after blowing out Miami in Game 1 of their series. I’m not going to say that Seriously Guys caused this, but it’s hard to prove that we didn’t.
You see, sports columns that don’t generate a whole lot of clicks or traffic, can, on occasion cause a ripple effect through what they wrote about. Continue reading
There was a time about a year and a half ago that I was talking with one of my friends about the future of the Steelers. Every year, it’s the same fear, Ben Roethlisberger will end up with a career ending injury, and then it’ll be another 22 years until we find a franchise quarterback. That’s when the subject of Johnny Manziel came up. In 2012 he was too erratic to be considered a first round draft pick, so I had an outside hope that he would have an OK 2013, then slip to be Roethlisberger’s heir apparent in the Steel City.
Well, now it’s 2014, the Cleveland Browns ruined that thought process, and now I fear he’s not going to be able to survive … Cleveland.
You see, Cleveland has a way of ruining anything that’s good, especially quarterback prospects. Yes, I’m looking at you, Tim Couch, Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden. Continue reading
To recap the most overplayed story in the NBA since February, the Indiana Pacers have been in an absolute free fall since February. The team that maintained their only goal was to beat Miami en route to a NBA championship, barely survived Atlanta in the first round, and once again appear to be over-matched against a Washington Wizards’ team that is much better than we anticipated.
Frank Vogel may in fact be coaching for his job, when in fact it may be the Indiana legend, Larry Bird who completely disrupted the team chemistry. Bird can’t be blamed for Roy Hibbert doing a complete disappearing act, but the blame can be placed on him for sending away Pacer mainstay Danny Granger, and bringing in Evan Turner and Andrew Bynum.
Vogel is probably going to end up in another NBA city next year, however, Bird needs to be on his way out as well. If it was going to be championship or bust, then the bust is clearly on Bird’s head.
The Pacers may come out and surprise us all yet, and eek out a win against a team that is clearly better, however the writing is pretty evident that the Wizards will be in the eastern Conference Finals, and that equals bust, and probably job, but for the wrong guy.