I Am Losing My Fandom For LeBron

Last night LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan for fourth all time on the all time scoring list. LeBron sat on the bench, with his head in his towel, taking in what he had just done. There have been over 3,000 players who have come and gone in the Association in the last 50 years, so to be number four on any list is pretty impressive, so while many clap and applaud such a feat, I am here to put an end to it pretty quickly.

What LBJ has done since he entered the league has been nothing short of spectacular. We all know thew accolades on the floor, but I have always admired what he has been able to achieve off the floor. Starting the I PROMISE School in Akron, Ohio, his hometown, starting the #morethananathlete hashtag, starring in movies, and raising a family.

However……one could say this has been his worst season yet. Sure, he is averaging 27.1 points per game, and is averaging more rebounds and assists this year than his career average, but look at the current state of the Los Angeles Lakers. This Lakers team was in fourth place in the Western Conference on Christmas day after defeating the Warriors, and today on March 7th, the Lakers find themselves in 11th place, and 6 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot. Sure LeBron got injured during that Christmas showdown and missed sometime, but his play recently has been not so LeBron like. The lack of hustle and effort has been evident. Not playing defense, or better yet forcing teammates to push himself into the correct spot, allowing an inbounds pass to roll out of bounds, or better yet, inbounding the ball off the back of the back board.

A part of me wanted LeBron to be the greatest of all time. I could tell my grandkids, I witnessed the greatest basketball player of all time. But if this act continues, I won’t be able to say that. For all those that argue between MJ and LeBron, right now that argument is not necessary. Jordan has six rings, in 7 years. LeBron is one finals loss short of tying Jordan for wins. It took MJ 110 less games to score as many points as LeBron, and lets not forget, MJ played three seasons at North Carolina.

To wrap this up, I am losing my respect/fandom for LeBron due to his recent play. It is not good basketball, not MVP basketball. LeBron might be losing some fans because of it.

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Doc Rivers Stops Game To Honor Dirk Nowitzki

Game recognizes game. In last nights match up between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers pulled one of the classiest moves of all time. With less than 10 seconds remaining, and the game pretty much wrapped up, Rivers called a timeout and walked to the game announcer and grabbed the mic.

Not sure if a head coach has ever done that before in the NBA, or any sport really, but it just goes to show you the class and respect that Doc Rivers has for one of the greatest players of all time. Dirk has changed the game, and been a trailblazer for all the Europeans who are entering the game of basketball. It’s been quite the past few weeks for Dirk, with his last appearance in the NBA All-Star game, knocking down all three 3 points attempts in his 4 minutes of action.

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What’s Up Jerry Kill’s Fat Ass?

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Former Minnesota Gopher football coach is critical of former assistant and current Gopher head coach PJ Fleck (Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated)

Sports Illustrated – Former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill is making it clear that he doesn’t like the way current coach P.J. Fleck runs the Gophers program.

Kill spoke to SiriusXM College’s “Big Ten Today” and shared why he has issues with the way Fleck has operated since taking over from Tracy Claeys.

“He went into Minnesota and treated the people the way he treated my guys and telling ’em he had to go in and completely change the culture and it was a bad culture and bad people, you know, he made it sound like we didn’t know what we were doing, and I took it personal. You just don’t treat people that have been with you and helped you career and you don’t even talk to him, you know, once you get the job.”

Shots fired by a former head coach with a 29-29 record during his 5 year tenure, including 3 bowl game losses. Former Gopher football head coach Jerry Kill made his feelings be known when he made them public about his former assistant coach while at Northern Illinois. The interview goes on with Kill saying he believed the young Fleck changed when his joined Greg Schiano’s staff.

“He coached with me, but after that, he changed a lot. I’ll just be honest with you guys. People that have known him before—When he got with Schiano, his personality changed a lot…I mean, I helped him get the job at Western Michigan, and I just think sometimes, ego gets carried away.”

“Do I still root for the Gophers? I do,” Kill said. “Do I enjoy him running up and down the sideline? No. Do I think that he’s about the players? No. He’s about himself. You can’t tell me. You’ve watched him. You listen to his interview, you think he thinks about the players?”

Damn Jerry, just because you couldn’t run up and down the sidelines doesn’t mean you have to hate on someone who can. While at Western Michigan, Fleck turned around a program during his four year tenure, inheriting a team in his first year with a record of 1-11 and made it all the way to the Cotton Bowl in his fourth season, where the Broncos earned their only loss of the season against 8th ranked Wisconsin, 24 to 16.

Fleck changed the culture at a MAC school by making the kids believe in something. He was able to inspire his student by athletes by rowing the boat. “Row the boat” became the catch phrase that caught the world by fire. Sportscenter took it and ran with it. Fleck was on television stations all the time. When he was tabbed as the next head coach at Minnesota, he got his own show on the Big Ten Network.

So did the ego get in the way? Does Fleck care about his players? Pardon my french, but who gives a fuck. You are a college football coach. Your job is to win football games. You will build relationships with your players as time goes on, but Fleck and other head coaches get paid to win ball games for their school.

In 8 years of being a head coach, Kill had a career record of 52-45, but also includes 5 bowl games losses. Fleck has a coaching record of 42-35 through 6 seasons. Let’s see what Fleck does over the course of his next two seasons. Only time will tell I guess.

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The Duke UNC Matchup That Wasn’t

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Plenty of hype coming into Wednesday nights contest between number 1 Duke versus number 8 UNC. The best rivalry in college basketball, and some may argue in all of sports. Coach K vs Roy. The three freshman from Duke vs Luke Maye and company. The hype lived for about 30 seconds and then it all came crashing down, that is if you are a Duke fan.

Well that play right there pretty much decided the game, and changed the future for athletes wearing Nike sneakers. Puma and Adidas better pick up their marketing game and cash in on this opportunity. Reports have come out that it is a right knee sprain for the best player in college basketball. Hopefully Zion can make a comeback before Saturday against Syracuse because I am going to the game, and secondly because Cuse just smoked Louisville at the dome. Duke is in the midst of the toughest 6 game stretch in all of college basketball. One loss will not be the end of the world, but two, or even three could jeopardize a number 1 seed come March.

So many immediate thoughts were buzzing through twitter. Should Zion sit out the rest of the year, is it time to start paying college athletes, and should high schools player overseas for one season and then enter into the draft.

If you want to talk about the game, UNC dominated the point, scoring at will, and the two UNC seniors, Luke Maye and Cam Johnson played like seniors and led the way for the Heels. Duke just couldn’t cut the lead to within 10 all night, and Jack White might be the worst players to ever wear the Duke uniform. If a school can drop a scholarship player mid season and give it to someone else, Duke should seriously consider.

Onto Saturday night and a quick road trip to the dome. Meet us at Faegan’s!

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Don Cherry Is a Miserable POS

The Carolina Hurricanes are having fun. They are 8-2 in their last 10 and find themselves just one point out of last place in the Eastern Conference with 23 games remaining on the docket. The Hurricanes have made some buzz around the NHL by their post game shenanigans. With Spring Training just starting, the Canes took to the diamond and played a little baseball. No biggie. Fans are engaging, cheering for their hometown team who just won a hockey game.

Well old timer Don Cherry is upset because some new fad is taking away from his exposure in his silly suits. The troll of all trolls expressed his feelings on the Hurricanes antics.

Hey Don, go do us all a favor and suck a fat one. What happened to having a little fun? If the Sabres were 8-2 in their last 10 games, KeyBank Center would be going crazy. It’s time for Don to move on and go watch hockey in his living room. Craig Sager will always be remembers as the man in the crazy suits. RIP Craig.

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Wolf’s Den Super Bowl LIII Preview

We are just a day away from one of the more anticipated Super Bowls in the last couple of years. Two teams at just about even strength led by two football guru’s. The New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams face off Sunday night in Atlanta, where Chick-Fil-A will not be served.

The New England Patriots return to the Super Bowl for the third year in a row, and their 9th appearance in the last 18 seasons. Just that sentence alone is crazy. The Bills have only made the playoffs once during that span. Peyton Manning won two Super Bowls during that span, 0 if you ask me, because he beat a Rex Grossman Bears squad, and the Broncos defense carried Payton against the Panthers. Win or loss, Tom Brady will go down as the greatest quarterback of all time, and he will come back for more next year. Sure TB12 had has his staples in Gronkowski, and Edelman, but look what he does with the other talent that nobody else wanted when around him. Chris Hogan makes big plays, Phillip Dorsett has the only two TD receptions in the playoffs, and the Patriots shuffle in three running backs who can break one off at any second.

For Los Angeles, there time is here, and it came a lot quicker than most expected. Second year head coach Sean McVay may already be the best offensive head coach in the game. Third year quarterback Jared Goff has proved he is the real deal and has been surrounded by plenty of talent. It’s a shame that Cooper Kupp is injured and isn’t suiting up, but that means even more opportunity for the likes of Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, and Todd Gurley. And as we have witnessed throughout these playoffs, don’t you dare sleep on CJ Anderson. It will be interesting to see how Marcus Peters and former Patriot Aqib Taleb stack up against Brady’s weapons. Also, how much of an impact will Aaron Donald have, or will he open up gaps for Ndamukong Suh and Mark Barron.

The Patriots are a 2.5 point favorite, and you know Vegas always seems to know something so we should expect a close one. Tony Romo predicted a 24-20 final with the losing team having the ball late in the game, but didn’t say who was the winner. As a casual fan, all you can hope for is a good game. Or if you hate Tom Brady like most of the country then you are cheering for the Rams.

Let us know, who do you think will win Super Bowl LIII?

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Am I The Only Person In Buffalo Cheering For The Patriots This Sunday?

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The Super Bowl is less than a week away, and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are in it once again. Being a Buffalonian, I am supposed to hate the Patriots and hope Tom Brady dies in his sleep. Well not so fast my friends. I am a fan of TB12. Like Mariano, Rivera, LeBron James, and Wayne Gretzky, Tom Brady is the greatest player in his sport during his time. Peyton Manning isn’t even close, and Drew Brees can’t get any help from the officials.

I am a Bills fan first and foremost, but they have sucked ass for 20+ seasons. Losing gets old and you start to appreciate greatness, even if it comes from a team within your same division. Bill Belichick and the Patriots and ruled the AFC East, and pretty much the AFC for the last 15 years or so. So what do you want me to do? Who knows how much longer we will be able to watch the greatest quarterback of all time? Instead of hating, appreciate that the G.O.A.T. that is Tom Brady.

In regards to Sunday, I hope it is a close game. Two years ago it was awesome, watching the Patriots come back and take down the Falcons. I was the only person in a room of 10 cheering for the Pats. Fuck those faggots who were laughing at halftime, thinking the game was over. Last year stung a little bit, but Philly needed that championship bad. This year is different. Brady and the Pats have the motivation to go out there and step on the throat and not let off. Who knows, it might be Gronks final game. You think Tom is going to let him go out with a loss?

Speaking of Gronk, the amount of hate Buffalonians has towards Gronk is ridiculous. Sure he had a dirty hit on Tre White last year, but to see someone from your home town make it, and go down as possibly the greatest tight end of all time, you have to appreciate that. Plus all that he does for Buffalo, including being a huge influence for Carly’s Club, how can you hate the man? Haters gonna hate.

“We’re still here”

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