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LeBron Chasing Jordan’s Ghost, MJ Denies Kids Shoes, Votto Grabs Fan’s Shirt, Pokemon Go’s Roaming Charges, Phelps Flag Bearer
LeBron James made news this week for stating his motivation on the court is because he is chasing the ghost of Michael Jordan. In an interview with SI, he stated, “What I’ve gone through is totally different than what he went through. What he did was unbelievable, and I watched it unfold. I looked up to him so much. I think it’s cool to put myself in position to be one of those great players, but if I can ever put myself in position to be the greatest player, that would be something extraordinary.”
The great MJ also made news this week when he denied the kids participating in his basketball camp free shoes. LA Clippers Chris Paul offered up a challenge. If Jordan missed three of any six shots, all the kids would get free sneakers. Unfortunately for the kids, Jordan didn’t miss a shot.
Every baseball fan strives to catch a foul ball at a game. Unfortunately, baseball players aren’t as interested in a fan’s motivation particularly if it gets in the way of them making an important play. The Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto yelled at a fan (and grabbed his Reds’ jersey) when the fan cost him an out by jumping toward the same foul ball. Votto apologized to the fan after the play and even signed a ball and posed with him to show no hard feelings. That was a generous move, but still the fan prevented him from making the out. Not cool!
Pokemon Go has certainly taken the world by storm but players beware! Beware of roaming charges. A Japanese gymnast didn’t get the memo and racked up charges close to $5,000 while playing the game in Rio. The cell phone company agreed to wave the charges after hearing his story, but it’s a good lesson. “Airplane mode” is your friend!
In other Olympic news, swimmer Michael Phelps will have the honor of carrying the American Flag and leading Team USA into the Opening Ceremonies Friday night. Phelps is the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time.No comments
The Cleveland Browns vs New England Patriots matchup on October 9th looks to be a big day in the NFL. Not only is the 9th the first game Patriots’ QB Tom Brady can play after his suspension for Deflategate, but it’s also the first game Josh Gordon (the Browns’ WR) will play after his 4 game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell wrote to Gordon with encouragement, “As we discussed at our [July 19] meeting, as Commissioner, I want nothing more than to see you turn your circumstances around and succeed.”
Michael Jordan’s critics used to complain he was more concerned about selling his merchandise than taking stands on social and political issues. His apolitical reputation makes his recent statement regarding race relations that much more significant. He wrote on ESPN’s The Undefeated, “I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers.” In addition to speaking out, he’s making a $1 million contribution to both the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Institute for Community-Police Relations.2 comments
The Oklahoma City Thunder came back from an embarrassing loss over the weekend and were able to turn the tables on the San Antonio Spurs. Unlike the Spurs’ domination in game 1, the Thunder won by only one point, and it came mired in some controversy. Refs missed a blatant offensive penalty when a Thunder player used his elbows to clear away a Spur player in the final 13 seconds. The play didn’t result in any points, but had the play been called, the Spurs would have had an uncontested chance to take back the game, or at least tie it. The Spurs’ coach left the court in a rage, and the refs has since come out and admitted their mistake. The foul was not visible to them on the court, they argue, only in retrospect, while watching footage of the game. The teams are now 1-1 in Round 2. Oklahoma City 98, San Antonio 97.
The Cleveland Cavaliers recorded a Round 2 win over the Atlantic Hawks in the first game of the series. The game was fairly close, and it was four-time NBA MVP LeBron James who held the team together, pushing back against a hungry Atlantic team through the very end. Lebron ended up scoring 25 points, 11-for-21 on the night. Kyrie Irving had 21 points. Cleveland 104, Atlanta 93.
Speaking of Lebron, there has been a rumor for months he will star in Space Jam 2. Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny starred in the original Warner Brothers movie. It’s been reported the Fast and Furious Director, Justin Lin, is in talks to direct the sequel.No comments
In the Ultimate Fighting Championships, just a week after Ronda Rousey destroyed Bette Correia, Ronda’s next fight is already being discussed. Rousey is quickly becoming a cash cow for the sport, especially because she defeats opponents in under a minute. Now everyone is talking about Rousey taking on Kris “Cyborg” Justino. Justino is at the top of her game in the fighting world, albeit she is older than Rousey. Nothing is official, and many think that this is Justino’s camp drumming up interest so she can get a big money shot at Rousey. Rousey said she is ready to fight anyone.
At Michael Jordan’s basketball camp in California, Michael Jordan had an interesting Q&A session with the kids. One kid asked… “Who was a better coach, Dean Smith (Jordan’s coach at North Carolina) or Phil Jackson (Jordan’s coach with the Bulls who led him to 6 championships). Jordan answered immediately saying “Dean Smith”, then followed this with “Phil was lucky, because Dean Smith coached me so well at North Carolina”. Then, another kid asked if Jordan could beat LeBron 1-on-1. Jordan said at this point in his life, probably not. But if he took on LeBron in his prime… no question”. You have to love and admire Jordan’s confidence.
And in some sad news, one of the long time voices of Monday Night Football and a Hall of Famer, Frank Gifford, died at the age of 84. Gifford was a legend within the NFL. He was a star for the New York Giants, and then a welcome face every Monday night throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The League and the entire sports world will miss him.No comments
Warriors/Cavs NBA Finals Highest Rating Since Michael Jordan in 1998, Denver Nuggets Draft News, Manziel Retiring Cash Celebration
The Golden State Warriors beating the Cleveland Cavaliers to become world champions, generated the highest TV ratings for a Finals since 1998, when Michael Jordan won his last championship. This ratings boost is likely due to two factors: People are extremely interested in LeBron and Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors have seemingly picked up a huge bandwagon following as their hit-a-3-from-anywhere basketball is so fun to watch. The NBA should be thrilled as there is a good chance that both Golden State and a healthier, more powerful Cleveland Cavs could be back in the finals next year.
The end of the playoffs signals another exciting event: The NBA Draft on June 25th. In some pre-draft trade news, the Denver Nuggets are in rebuilding mode, and have grown tired of the off-the-field antics of their speedy point guard Ty Lawson. According to reports, the Nuggets are trying to trade Lawson to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the #6 pick. They really want to acquire some new, young talent. Expect a lot of trades come draft night. As of now, the Minnesota Timberwolves have the #1 pick, the Los Angeles Lakers the #2 pick, the Philadelphia 76ers at #3, the New York Knicks at #4 and the Orlando Magic at #5.
In the NFL, Cleveland’s Johnny Manziel is trying to turn a new leaf and make a career for himself in the league. Last year, Manziel had a substance abuse problem which required rehab. Now, in his first effort to show he has changed, Manziel publicly told the media yesterday that he would be retiring his “Cash Money” celebration. When he was drafted, Manziel rubbed his thumb with his index and middle finger on both hands insinuating that he was making a lot of money. As he reflected back, he realized that he was immature and is now ready to be a professional. He seems to be doing all the right things but we’ll see how the season develops for him.No comments
Over the weekend, the legendary former University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach, Dean Smith passed away at age 83. Smith led the Tar Heels for almost 40 years and retired as one of the winningest coaches of all time. He was also the coach and mentor to Michael Jordan who refers to him as a second father. To those that knew him or knew of him, he will be remembered for so much more. He was a mentor, an active proponent of desegregation, and a true teacher and competitor. Here’s a wonderful piece from the Washington Post that gives us a glimpse of Smith’s personality and legacy.
In Egypt, at least 5 soccer (football) fans were killed and dozens more injured when security forces barred them from entering the stadium. Security has been tight ever since 74 fans died three years ago during the deadliest riot ever recorded in the country. Egypt has now suspended the national soccer league pending further investigations.No comments
Since July Cleveland fans have been anticipating the big day when Lebron James returns to the arena. Thursday night the fans came out in droves to witness Lebron’s first official game. Celebrities filled the arena as the Cavs took on the New York Knicks with Imagine Dragons performing outside. Unfortunately, Lebron’s homecoming was a bit of a disappointment as they lost 95-90 and Lebron was upset with himself for playing the worst game of his career. It’s only one game and it’s a very long season but the Cavs have some serious work ahead of them (especially on defense).
In an interview with Ahmad Rashad on Back9Network, Michael Jordan tried to describe his perfect golf foursome. At first, he mentioned including President Obama, “I’ve never played with Obama, but I would, ” Jordan said. Then he backtracked in a very big way, “No, that’s OK,” Jordan said. “I’d take him out. He’s a hack … I never said he wasn’t a great politician. I’m just saying he’s a shi_y golfer.”
In the NFL, after the out cry about the short length of the Ray Rice suspension (only 2 games), the League has decided to comment on the issue. The SeniorVP of Labor Policy came out and said that they think the suspension length is fair, especially because they have listened to all pertinent parties involved and made an informed decision. As for the fact that this doesn’t “send a message”, the NFL thinks that players are not going to go out and commit domestic violence just because they see the punishment is only 2 games. This is still a controversial issue, and will continue to be discussed.
In the NBA, LeBron has made another important ‘decision’. This time… about his jersey number. LeBron was deciding between wearing his #6 jersey he wore in Miami or reverting back to #23 which he wore in Cleveland. Ultimately, he decided to go back to his roots, and wear #23. Of course, everyone wanted the opinion of the greatest athlete to ever wear #23: Michael Jordan. And Jordan kept it simple, saying he was fine with it.
Finally in the NBA, the judge has made a ruling, allowing Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling to finalize the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers. Donald Sterling fought tooth-and-nail to try and keep his team, but a $2billion offer from Microsoft billionaire Steve Ballmer looked like it was going to get the green light from the league. And on Monday, we saw an end to it, with the judge ruling to allow Shelly Sterling to sell the team for $2billion. The Clippers are headed in a very exciting direction. However, it was also reported yesterday that their star forward Blake Griffin has a back fracture. Yikes!