Redemption for Lebron James
Lebron James did the right thing – he’s coming home. I say “coming home” because I’m writing this from the Cleveland area and was pleasantly surprised to see Lebron right the wrong of “The Decision” in such a classy way with “The Letter.” Everyone can appreciate the sentiment of wanting to come home, but the folks in Northeast Ohio really needed to hear this from Lebron, and he said it perfectly.
It’s also great for the NBA because the young and talented Cleveland roster also offers a better basketball story. It was pretty obvious that the Big Three era came to a halt with this thrashing at the hands of the Spurs, and Lebron needed a new challenge. That coincided perfectly with a desire to return home that had been building for years.
As a Cavs fan I’m thrilled. I’m also happy for Lebron to be able to rise above the pettiness, acknowledge his own mistakes and take on a new challenge in the place he wants to be.
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Fans celebrate Team USA victory
The scenes in this video from Hermosa Beach are pretty amazing and were replicated in other parts of the country like Grant Park in Chicago. Team USA’s victory over Ghana may not have been pretty but fans rejoiced nevertheless.
Now things will get tougher with Portugal, a team coming off an embarrassing loss against Germany. Team USA has shown it can score, and that’s critical, but the passing and possession needs to improve dramatically. Let’s see what they can do.
Epic rant from owner of California Chrome
Like many, I got to see this epic rant live, and it’s amazing what people say when they’re pissed off. Never mind that this has been going on for years, as some horses show up in the Belmont Stakes to thwart a Triple Crown. That’s why it’s so damn hard.
The debates on Twitter were priceless and also informative, as those who understood horse racing explained why Steve Coburn’s rant about some taking “the coward’s way out” was just silly given the nature of the sport.
The great horses are able to overcome the task of winning three straight. Heck, some great horses don’t even achieve it given the competition in the year they run.
Still, the reaction was priceless and will be replayed for years to come.
The stakes are huge tonight for both teams as the NBA Finals kicks off in San Antonio. For the Heat, they’ve cruised to their fourth straight Finals after toying with the pathetic Eastern Conference. If they get the three-peat, then we’ll have to start listening to pundits discuss where this team ranks among the all-time greats. The same goes for Lebron.
But the flip-side for Lebron and the Heat isn’t so pretty. They choked several years ago against Dallas, and last year they were saved by a miracle finish in Game 6. For all his incredible basketball powers, Lebron James was poised to be the goat again last year with his mediocre performances for most of the series. So what if the Heat manage to lose this year and Lebron has a sub-par series?
On the other side, the Spurs have yet another chance to elevate their reputation to even higher levels. Tony’s Parker’s ankle might slow them down, but the rest of the team seems better than last year’s version.
It’s an epic matchup, and we’ll see if the games live up to the advance billing.
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Seattle defense destroys Denver in Super Bowl
It’s all too easy to make bold proclamations right after a sporting event, and I hate when people are prisoners of the moment. But the Seattle Seahawks defense was amazing tonight as they completely dominated a Denver Broncos offense that rewrote the offensive record book this year. People are already comparing them the the 1985 Chicago Bears and other great defenses. That debate can happen on another day as far as I’m concerned.
What they did tonight was truly impressive against Peyton Manning. They also did it in an era where it seemed that all the rules were rigged in favor of the offense. But the final score was also indicative of a game that completely got away from Denver. That just happens sometimes, and tonight nothing went right for Peyton’s crew. Throw in turnovers and special teams and we witnessed a complete meltdown. But all of it started with the Seattle defense.
That said, we’ve seen this story before. Look at the three greatest quarterback seasons of all time, and we see that Dan Marino, Tom Brady and now Peyton Manning ended up losing the Super Bowl against an excellent defense. We also remember Jim Kelly and the high-flying Bills getting stopped by Bill Parcels and the Giants. So in one respect this shouldn’t be a huge surprise.
As for Russell Wilson, the kid deserves a ton of credit. He proved many of us wrong and he’s a Super Bowl champion in his second season. But let’s not overstate things here as well. Russell Wilson was riding the Seattle bus, not driving it. Calling him one of the greats is overreacting, as is calling him Trent Dilfer. Tonight he did what he had to do, though early in the game Seattle settled for two field goals when Denver was doing everything possible to give them the gang. Fortunately, the defense and special teams took over, and Russell Wilson and the offense could coast to the win.