The King still reigns

By no means do I think LeBron James did the right thing this summer. One of the NBA’s biggest primadonnas make a circus league bigger than Ringling Bros. when he went on national television to tell who he was going to sign with as a free agent.

Everyone knew it wasn’t going to be the Cavs. If you thought LeBron was staying in Cleveland, you were naive. He had spent seven years there with an average supporting cast, even when the organization tried to bring better players in it wasn’t enough. There was no reason for James to stay with the Cavaliers, and I don’t blame him for wanting out. Continue reading

If Derek Jeter wasn’t a tool before he certainly is now

I have never liked Derek Jeter. Mainly because I have never liked the Yankees. Sorry Yankee fans, I’m not a fan of buying your championships. Sure, I root for the Mets, but that is my Buffalo upbringing, I need to root for a team with no chance of success.

Anyway, Derek Jeter has always struck me as a toolbox. I don’t know why, but he has always rubbed me the wrong way. Finally, on Wednesday, he cemented his legacy as a douche by pretending to be hit by a pitch against the Rays.

Here is the video:

What a doucher. Seriously. For all the talk about how great he his how about a little devils advocate, eh?

This isn’t even close to gamesmanship either. This is flat-out cheating. I am okay with a cornerback arm barring a wideout on a go pattern and not getting flagged. That’s fine, even goalies “bumping” into the net during a scramble to get a whistle. I do that myself. But I’m not pulling pucks out of the net or wearing netting in my armpits to catch biscuits. Jeter’s actions are on a whole different level.

I’m curious to see what the MLB reaction is to this incident. Not because the guy cheated, but because instant replay would have fixed it. The same goes for the blown perfect game and numerous other calls that umpires miss each season.

The time has come for the MLB to swallow their pride and adopt instant replay. This nonsense cannot go on any longer.

Rumor has it Corey Pavin will lay the smack down if necessary

You certainly know the guy can’t hammer his drives, but he will hammer Jim Gray if he keeps putting his hand’s in the face of Pavin’s wife.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5455788

There is the link.

This all stems from a real news story. The Golf Channel reported that Corey Pavin would give Tiger Woods a captain’s pick for the 2010 Ryder Cup. Pavin claims this report was false and that there are no reserved spots for captain’s picks. Continue reading

Two quick hitters: Tour de France and Lax Championships

The Tour de France concluded today with Spaniard Alberto Contador claiming his third yellow jersey.

What irks me about this daunting bike race is that the final stage is nothing more than a closing ceremony. Any doubt in this race – any year not just the 2010 edition – is always determined in the 17-19 stages, never the 20th. Although I respect the sentiment of allowing the final stage to be a victory lap, my competitive instincts tell me otherwise.

If it was up to me, tradition would be bucked and Alberto Contador would have been beaten in today’s final stage.

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ESPN covering their tracks

ESPN has realized the folly of televising the one-hour LeBron circus.

The network’s Ombudsman, Don Ohlmeyer, issue this statement/story/article on the ESPN website analyzing the decision to air The Decision.

To me, it come across like he is criticizing the decision, all while presenting a case as to why it made sense.

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The LeBron network

It had to be only hours after my piece calling out ESPN that they decided to dedicate an hour to LeBron James’ decision on who to sign with.

How ridiculous can you get? I understand that this is the biggest thing for the NBA, and the network that holds the league in such limelight, since Jordan retired. But still, this guy hasn’t won anything. I don’t even think I would give him the final shot in game seven if I had the choice. Dwayne Wade and Kobe would be my first two choices – and I’m sure there are more ahead of LBJ.

Either way, I think he ends up with the South Beach Super Squad (Miami Heat) and they win a title or two in the next few seasons. Cleveland doesn’t have the ability to build him a winner. The Bulls failed to land any big names. The Nets and Bulls are floating in the same boat. Finally, the Knicks just don’t seem capable of landing him, even with Amare Stoudemire.

I’ll have a recap of the event, plus some photoshop goodness later tonight or tomorrow. It should be interesting to see the outcome, even though the reports have already leaked.