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.

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.

ESPN has sunk to a new level

In the past four or five years, ESPN has become a, flat-out, frontrunner. They seemingly gave up on covering every sport and only covered the ones they care about. I understand that it is good business, but don’t say you’re the world wide leader in sports when you’re really the world wide leader in football, basketball and NASCAR.

The only reason NASCAR is worth watching.

That is where my beef truly begins. NASCAR is not a sport, it never was a sport and will never be a sport. It is drab, uniform and just plain hickish. The only good thing to come out of NASCAR is Talledega Nights and crashes. I understand that the drivers are very skilled – I know I probably wouldn’t do too well driving 160 in traffic – but, they aren’t athletes. The cars do just as much work as they do. Not only has Johnson not done anything athletic, he has won the last four Sprint Cups because of strategy, not winning a whole bunch of races. Every sport forces it’s champion to win it all, not win sometimes and finish high enough the rest of the time. NASCAR is a complete and utter joke.

So, when ESPN lists Jimmie Johnson as a nominee for Male Athlete of the Year, I know they no longer have an unbiased view of sports. Their nominees for the top ESPY are: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Albert Pujols, Drew Brees and Johsnon.

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Bethpage Black — review

Bethpage Black is the hardest golf course I have ever played. I can say that will full conviction, you need to play a perfect game to make a respectable score on this track. I went in with a goal of breaking 90, I shot 92 and would have reached my goal had I not gone four over through the first three holes on the back nine.

The famous sign at Bethpage is no gimmick. The course is beyond hard.

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Bethpage Black — the trip

This summer my friends and I set out to plan a serious golf trip. We decided that a drive to Long Island to try our hand(s) at Bethpage Black was easily the most feasible option.

The boys and I at the famous Bethpage sign on the first tee.

This marked my second time, technically third, playing on a course the held the US Open. My buddies and I have all played Grover Cleveland up here in Buffalo which, in 1912, hosted the US Open under the Country Club of Buffalo moniker. Of course, Grover isn’t even close to being of the quality that Torrey Pines or Bethpage Black. But it is cool to see the history posted in the snack shop.

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