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Steroids And Sports…

Lance Armstrong is being stripped of his 7 Tour de France victories by the US Anti Doping Agency (USADA).  Melky Cabrera is suspended for 50 games for violating Major League Baseball (MLB) performance enhancing drug (PED) policies. Ditto with Bartolo Colon (seriously, everybody should have known he was cheating).  What do all these stories have in common aside from the PED use?  If you guessed “nobody cares” then you are correct!  Nobody cares if people are using PED’s to perform in their sport.  I’m pretty sure 90% (definitely just made that number up) of athletes use them and I don’t care.  Why don’t I care? Because I like to see bigger, stronger, faster athletes (with the exception of LeBron, he’s on something and I don’t like watching him).  Deep down none of us care that athletes are using steroids or what not.  We may act all holier than thou, but the truth is we don’t care.  Or rather, we don’t care to know.  We all know that the majority of professionals athletes are cheating, we just don’t want to know about it.  I’d rather be ignorant and watch the NFL be awesome.  I’d rather watch a bunch of home runs than singles and doubles.  I’d rather see alley-oops and crazy blocked shots than 12 foot jumpers (although that is sorely needed to make players better).  Excitement is where it’s at.  Do you honestly believe that the track and field competitors at the Olympics weren’t on drugs?  Come on guys, bodies evolve, but the speed and the look of these athletes screams “I just got a shot in my butt and I’m super strong.”  Victor Conte (of Balco and Barry Bonds fame) recently said he thinks 50% of the players in MLB are juicing (and I don’t mean the drinks).  I say that number is higher.  But I don’t care.  And deep down you don’t either.  Let ’em do what they want.  In the end it’s all just “fake” to the observer anyway, just like everything else on TV.  Give us our shows with the exciting parts and get rid of the slow unnecessary parts.  Give me the athletes on steroids that can do incredible things and get rid of the guys that look fresh out of the roaring 20’s.  There. I done said it.

More juice? Don’t mind if you do!

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Dream Team Debate

Recently Kobe Bryant said he thinks that the current Team USA could beat the Dream Team from the ’92 Olympics.  Many people have chimed in on this already, but let’s be honest, my opinion is the only one that really matters.  In saying that, I would also like to say that Kobe Bryant is an idiot if he actually believes that.  Seriously Kobe, shut the hell up.  I will provide a player by player analysis comparing similar players from each team to evaluate who I think (and obviously I’m gonna be correct on this shit) would win that individual battle.  Then we can tally up all the wins and losses and see who should in theory win that game.  Here we go:

  • Starting PG – Magic Johnson vs. Chris Paul.  I don’t care if Magic had syphilis, chlamydia, and herpes to go along with HIV, he still is a better player than CP3 and his size alone would cause a huge mismatch problem.  Yeh CP3 is fast, but that’s what help defense is for.  I don’t see CP3 ripping Magic and scoring any easy buckets.  Oh Magic hadn’t played in a year? Your point? That previous year he took his team to the Finals.  Not even close.  Edge: Dream Team.
  • Starting SG – Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant.  Hey Kobe, you asked for it, you would absolutely get murdered.  Kobe has copied Jordan his whole career but he will never be Jordan.  MJ in a landslide.  Edge: Dream Team
  • Starting SF – Charles Barkley vs. Carmelo Anthony.  Sir Charles dominate Melo.  Chuck plays physical defense, and is a punisher on offense.  Remember this is Chuck in his best condition as a professional ball player.  Melo is lazy, and is a volume scorer.  That’s great when you are the only star on your team, but not so great if you are amongst stars. Edge: Dream Team
  • Starting PF – Karl Malone vs. LeBron James.  Ok so some would say that LBJ could be the 3, but either way whether he’s the 3 or 4, he is gonna win that battle and whoever the other forward position is would lose.  It’s alot closer than you would think because LBJ has never had to guard people of this caliber on defense then have to actually have the size and athleticism match up on him offensively.  Edge: 2012
  • Starting C – Patrick Ewing vs Tyson Chandler.  Really? Ewing would make Chandler inefficient.  Chandler defends around the hoop, Ewing is best facing the rim from 8-12 feet out. Edge: Dream Team
  • Bench PG – John Stockton vs Russel Westbrook.  Stockton is one of the best PG of all time, but he never had to face anyone with the speed and athleticism at the point like Westbrook.  In a one on one game, Westbrook wins easily, in a TEAM game Stockton dominates because of court vision and ability to not turn the ball over or take dumb shots.  Edge: Even
  • Bench Wing – Clyde Drexler vs. Andre Iguodola.  Clyde.  All day.  Every day. Are you freaking kidding me.  Edge: Dream Team
  • Bench Wing – Chris Mullin vs. Kevin Durant.  The dream needed some shooters, Mullin was one of em.  Kevin Durant is incredible tho.  Durantulla dominates this.  Edge: 2012
  • Bench Wing – Scottie Pippen vs James Harden.  Yeh I thought so, Pip running away with this.  Edge: Dream Team
  • Bench – Larry Bird vs. Deron Williams.  I love Larry Legend.  Even when he was old he was doin THANGS.  Williams is a good PG, but in a shooting contest who do you pick?  Shit in a game of one on one who do you pick?  Yep, the Hick from French Lick.  Edge: Dream Team.
  • Bench Post – David Robinson vs. Kevin Love.  I love me some Kevin Love, but the Admiral in his prime would demolish him.  Edge: Dream Team
  • Bench College Player – Christian Laettner vs Anthony Davis.  Dukie was the better offensive player, but Anthony Davis athletically is a freak.  I would easily pick Davis.  It has nothing to do with the fact that I hate Duke either.  Edge: 2012

12 players.  9 wins for the Dream Team.  3 wins for the 2012 team.  The problem is 2 of those wins were bench players.  So if you shorten the bench, they might not even be wins.  Hell if you switch the lineups some you could say that if you matched MJ on LBJ and a Pip in his prime defensively on Kobe, that they’d win those battles too.  Even still, LBJ and KD are the only 2 (Kobe 4 years ago, not now) that could earn a spot on the team right now.

When Larry Bird was told of Kobe’s comments, he replied, “They probably could. I haven’t played in 20 years and we’re all old now.”  If we go off of trash talk, the Dream Team would win there too.

Seriously, why the hell was Christian Laettner on this team. They REALLY didn’t want Isiah on this team huh.

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Game 2

First and foremost, that wasn’t a charge on Kevin Durant.  That WAS a foul on LeBron James.  The referees were inconsistent.  But that’s not why the Thunder lost last night.  They lost because for some reason, they forget how to play basketball in the first quarter of NBA Finals games.  It’s the reverse LeBron.  Granted he came up with a big shot in the 4th last night.  Despite how shitty their first half was, the Thunder still had a shot at the end of the game.  I’d have prefered them to hold for last shot, win or go home scenario, but they decided to go quick (and KD was fouled, it wasn’t called) and try to score.  Didn’t happen. Game ends on free throws.  LBJ showed up again in the Finals, Wade was meh.  He was runnin’ like a guy with a hip injury in that 4th quarter.  MVP of this game goes to Shane “Bank Shot” Battier.  I think that guy just hit ANOTHER 3 pointer.  If I’m the Thunder, I can take losing because of LBJ and Wade, but when these other guys start scoring shit, you’ve gotta clamp down.  Oh and in the battle of horrible coaching, Scotty Brooks, congrats on your LVP award.  I was shouting for the last 8 minutes of the game to have a line up of Ibaka, KD, Westbrook, Harden, and Sefalosha.  That is your best defensive line up and when Fisher isn’t hitting the open 3, Thabo is just as good as an option.  He made the switch to that lineup with about 3 minutes to go, and the Thunder roared back. I have ZERO coaching experience and I knew to do that.  For the most part the stars have shown up.  Harden and Wade much better games, Westbrook and KD still solid, James again with a career high Finals game (clutch shot and 12-12 free throws).  If the Thunder realize they need to start playing at tip off and not in the 2nd quarter, they have a good shot at this.  Either way it looks like this thing is gonna be a good tight series.  Get your popcorn folks.

This was probably an offensive foul on Ibaka. Yep, the officiating is horrible. Call it like you see it zebras! Just be consistent! Don’t ruin this shit David Stern!

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Game 1

During the coming weeks you may find more Sports posts in addition to my randomness, deal with my awesome multi-talentedness (yep that’s now a word).

I’m a keep this one quick.  LeBron showed up, scored a career high for a Finals game for him.  That’s right, I’m actually not hating on him for his performance.  Did he get outplayed by Durant? Yes.  But that’s not why they lost.  They lost because of 2 things.  Coaching and the lack of D-Wade and Boshasaurus Rex.  Why was James guarding Perkins? That’s not LeBron’s call, that’s coach Spo.  Spo, you’re an idiot.  D-Wade, worry less about your post game fashion and stop being a complaining biotch on the court.  Bosh, hit your open shots.  Better yet, don’t take stupid shots.  For the Thunder, Durant, keep doin’ what you’re doing (17 in the 4th quarter wowww).  Westbrook was the MVP of last night, the guy nearly put up a triple double.  The Heat have no one to guard him.  He just needs to play within himself and not do anything stupid (no more technicals you knucklehead).  Harden, I’m gonna need you to show up for the rest of the series.  “Others” battle was pretty even as Chalmers and Battier showed up and Collison, Sefalosha (defense), Ibaka (at the end), and Fisher did their parts.  Game 1 was a lot closer than the score indicated.  Heat missed a ton of open shots, and settled for lots of jumpers without swinging the ball around.  The Thunder took control when they stopped jacking up jumpshots and drove to the hoop.  Penetrate and dish.  Yesterday I said that coaching was even, today I think the same of Scotty and that much less of Spo.  Game 2 tomorrow.  We’ll see if everyone else decides to show up and help LeBron or if the chilllllrens from OKC can take a decisive lead in the series.

 

These 2 didn’t fail to deliver. The rest of the Heat…not so hot now huh?

 

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The NBA Finals

Tonight marks the start of Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat.  It’s definitely the match-up that most (not me, I hate the Heat) wanted to see.  We have 4 legit Superstars in LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Dywane Wade, and 2 Stars in Chris Bosh and James Harden.  In OKC,you have the best crowd in all of the NBA (sorry Sacramento and Golden State fans).  In Miami, you have perhaps the worst fans, front-runners who show up to games late (even Lakers fans know to show up to playoff games early).  Both teams were built differently but yield similar results.  Two young exciting teams with “Big 3” cores.  The Heat built up through free agency while the Thunder were forged through the NBA Draft.  So now it’s time for my breakdown and prediction (sure to be wrong) for the NBA World Championship (even though it’s only played in North America?).

  • Point Guard – Russell Westbrook, Derek Fisher vs. Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole — Westbrook is one of the best point guards in the NBA.  It’s a toss up if he is the best “scoring” PG in the league (Derrick Rose, sadface he’s hurt).  Chalmers will get somewhere between 8 to 14 points a game, but the difference in both talent and experience (old man Fisher) gives the Thunder the edge here.  ADVANTAGE OKC.
  • Shooting Guard – Thabo Sefolosha, James Harden vs. Dywane Wade — Harden is the 6th man of the year, Wade is a former Finals MVP, Sefolosha is a solid defender who can hit the open shot.  At this time, I don’t think anyone would take either of these guys over Wade, but judging this solely by the position, 2 are greater than 1.  ADVANTAGE OKC.
  • “Small” Forward – Let’s be real, neither of these guys are small.  LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant (no offense to Shane Battier or Mike Miller). This is the match-up everyone wants to see.  How often they guard each other is questionable.  LeBron is the better athlete, the better overall player, KD is the better pure scorer.  As much as I love the Durantulla, nobody in their right mind would pick him over LeBron (and I hate LeBron).  ADVANTAGE MIAMI.
  • Power Forward – Serge Ibaka vs. Chris Bosh — I love, love, love Ibaka’s team defense.  His offense is questionable (despite his bursts in the playoffs).  Chris Bosh is a horrible defender, but he is one of the best scoring bigs in the NBA.  With that being said, if Ibaka goes over to help on defense, Bosh will have open looks, if he’s locked in, he will hit them (think this year and last year’s Eastern Conference Finals).  With that being said, and as much as I hate to say it, Bosh has this match-up.  ADVANTAGE MIAMI.
  • Center – Kendrick Perkins vs. Joel Anthony — The Battle of the Century.  Nobody cares bout these guys.  Anthony is offensively deficient.  Perkins is a liability on pick and rolls.  Perkins is the better player.  ADVANTAGE OKC.
  • Other Guys – Not labeling it the bench, but just the other guys who weren’t really mentioned.  Nick Collison is pretty much it for the Thunder.  Battier, Miller, James Jones, Ronny Turiaf.  Wow, I never thought I’d be picking it this way but I’d go with Miami here.  ADVANTAGE MIAMI. (I gave the advantage to Miami as far as “other guys” but many people have been upset I didn’t mention Udonis Haslem, because he sucks, but here you go guys, Haslem is an “other guy”)
  • Coaching – Both of these guys are idiots.  Coach Spo looks like a guy that needs to be punched in the face for that stupid smirk he makes.  Coach Scotty Brooks looks like the guy from Franklin and Bash (also of Road Trip fame).  Spo has the better defensive squad.  Brooks has the better offensive squad.  It’s gonna come down to which of these guys can make an adjustment faster.  Ehh, I can’t pick either here.  NO ADVANTAGE, both teams need better coaches.

Well after all of that, I have a 3-3 tie with the 7th factor being a tie.  Does that mean this is going to 7 games?  Maybe.  My heart wants to pick the Thunder, because I actually like their team.  My gut says the Heat will win because I hate them and that’s the kind of year I’m having.  I don’t think it goes 7.  I think whoever wins it gets it done in 6 games.  I’m rooting for the Thunder, they represent all that is right in the NBA (except for the whole moving the team from Seattle thing…sorry Sonics fans).  Let’s hope the build up was worth it and this series delivers. Yep, you read all that right, I didn’t actually pick a winner because it can go either way.  Legacies will be cemented after this Finals, are you gonna be a Michael Jordan, or are you gonna be a Karl Malone?  Durant vs. LeBron…err I mean Thunder vs. Heat, tonight is the night (is the night, is the night).

LeBron got the MVP. Will Durant get the Championship?

(Yes I’ve linked this before, but seriously, how does this shit not get you hyped up.  John Tesh, please sell this song to ESPN!!)

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Not 1, Not 2…..

So last night LeBron James went nuts in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.  45 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists.  A stat line for the ages.  A thing of legends.  Doesn’t matter though, I still hate his guts.  But I’ll give him his proppers, he straight killed it last night.  I still don’t think that as a team, the Heat are as good as the sum of their parts.  What I’m saying is individually they have the talent, but together they haven’t really figured it out.  Yeh, Bron Bron went off last night, but where was the clutchness from his buddy D-Wade?  Wasn’t really there, check the stats. I’m gonna give ya a comparison of 2 rosters and then explain myself.

Roster 1: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, Norris Cole, Ronny Turiaf, Joel Anthony, James Jones (I’ll stop there because nobody else is getting any run in the games.

Roster 2: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Shane Battier, Dwight Howard, Joe Johnson, Kirk Hinrich, Antawn Jamison, Chris Paul, Brad Miller, Elton Brand, Carmelo Anthony

Obviously Roster 1 is this years Miami Heat.  Roster 2 is Team USA from the 2006 FIBA World Championships.  Which of these teams would you say is better?  Without question Roster 2.  So what’s my point? Well Team USA in 2006 finished FOURTH in the FIBA World Championships.  That’s right 4th!  As individuals, look at the other rosters for the teams they played against and maybe, MAYBE Spain was close, but they still should have never lost.  Again what’s my point? That individuals don’t win championships, TEAMS do.  In 2004 Olympics, Wade and James on the same team as stars like Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson, yet they lost in the Olympics.  They lost in 2006.  They won in 2008, but no because of Wade or LeBron (and definitely not because of Bosh who was also on the 2008 team).  They won in 2008 because they had a guy name Kobe who in the last game, when these “stars” got scared to take over, went into “F%^$ everybody” mode and single handedly won Team USA the Gold Medal.  Throw in last years choke job by the Heat in the Finals, and collectively the Big 3 of Wade, James, and Bosh are 1-2 in tournaments together (with that 1 being a product of Melo carrying them in the knockout rounds and again Kobe being Kobe).  If you collectively figure Wade and James records together its 1-3 in tournaments.  Think about that.  Now think about why.  It’s because they aren’t complimentary players.  They aren’t Jordan and Pippen.  They are player 1-A and player 1-B.  They are the same style player, just in different sizes (Derrick Rose is player 1-C, just like them but smaller).  They play the exact same way.  Neither has a reliable outside jumper (last night was an outlier), and both like to slash and have the ball in their hands.  They would rather dribble the clock out and do their own thing.  That’s the way they play.  For some reason people don’t see it.  But look at them closely.  Yes Bosh helps them spread the floor, but he needs the ball in his hands too, and last I checked there is only one ball on the court at a time.

The Heat may beat the Celtics (I hope not) and then we will see what’s up with a must watch Thunder-Heat NBA Finals.  But count me in the non-believer side.  LeBron had a game for the ages, but the “Boston Three Party” didn’t even show up last night.  Had Pierce been able to hit a damn shot, who knows what would have happened.  31 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists.  That’s what Pierce, KG, and Ray Allen provided last night.  As good as LeBron was, had any of the 3 gotten it going, the Heat might not have won that game.  Here’s to a good Game 7, where the refs aren’t absolutely garbage and everybody plays their game.  I foresee a Celtics victory though because at some point Wade and James will battle on the court, to the detriment of their team.  And then, they will be right, well kind of.  IF I’m right, then they wouldn’t win the Championship this year.  So for those counting at home, that’s “not1, not 2….”

Maybe that’s what he meant, that they wouldn’t win any?? “Once the game starts it’s gonna be easy.”  How easy is it now Bron Bron?

Yes. We. Did. What exactly did you do? Keep in mind this was the “Celebration” for winning their first title. Wait, what? They haven’t won anything yet? Oh, then what the hell was this for? Oh, it’s because they all signed contracts? Wow…..

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