This really isn’t an entry into this blog, just a call to the people who check this out every day.
I’ve led a pretty exhausting existence lately as I have been doing my best in preparation to move across country, from Orlando to Los Angeles, on July 5, as well as saying goodbye to the friends I have accumulated in my near seven-year stint in Florida.
I know that I haven’t written here since Thursday, but no worries. I am not stopping on this blog. I don’t want to get lazy. I feel bad that I didn’t get the chance to post a timely piece on the NBA draft, especially this, or even the Confed Cup in soccer. Look for the next entry in here to be on Friday, July 3 — my birthday.
Thanks so much for reading! I’ll be back in a few days with actual content.
LeBron and Shaq! Shaq and LeBron! Oh man!
Those are the two words I said when I first heard about the Shaq-to-LeBronland trade this morning.
But I get this deal: Cleveland fills a need and brings in a center, and he just happens to be one of the biggest names in the game. Shaq gives the Cavs more offense and defense — basically an upgrade in all facets of that position — than they have had from a center for a while.
He has an expiring contract and may stay in Cleveland for just one year, but Cleveland has certainly upgraded themselves in the middle.
But this is more like an upgrade from a Datsun to a 1991 Honda Civic. I think that there is more value in Shaquille O’Neal’s name than his game these days.
This trade makes members of the media happier than anyone else. I was laughing when I heard Chris Broussard and basketball people of his ilk commenting about how the Cavs wanted to make a splash to help them get past the likes of Dwight Howard and a healthy Kevin Garnett in the Eastern Conference next year.
Now, I’ve been a Shaq supporter for a long, long time. I support the claim that he is certainly in the top 5 of most dominant players in NBA history. But is Shaquille O’Neal in the present, a man who will be 38 in time for next year’s playoffs, really the player the Cavs need to win a championship? He’ll help, sure, but the Cavs still have a lot of work to do. They got beat inside AND outside during their series with the Magic.
Even though today was the summer solstice, the “longest” day of the year, darkness forced Ricky Barnes to go through another night with his name atop the leaderboard at the 109th U.S. Open.
After dropping a few shots in the third round earlier on Sunday, he still led by one stroke at 8-under-par heading into the final round this afternoon. But a bogey on the first hole and a dreadful tee shot at the second put him in a tie with Lucas Glover for the championship at 7-under.
Then, Barnes had to stop. And wait. And think.
In a pitifully obvious statement, there’s nothing Barnes could have done to continue playing today … but don’t you think he would want to?
If you go back and read my first entry in this blog, you’ll see that I don’t hide my dislike for bad baseball announcers, Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler.
On Friday night, I may have found another duo to pick on forever: Marlins’ Sun Sports broadcasters, Rich Waltz and Tommy Hutton. The following entry may be more appropriate here, but this is what I’ve got:
The Marlins were playing the Yankees last night, and as a Yankees fan, I had no choice but to sit through these two. They said a number of stupid things throughout the night, but nothing they uttered topped what they had to say about Yankees reliever Brian Bruney. Please, if you have a subscription to MLB.tv, do yourself a favor and check this out. You’ll never feel bad about yourself ever again.
Bruney had just come off the disabled list and this brilliant pair, in the middle of a 5-1 Marlins deficit in the eighth inning, were gabbing about how Bruney’s two DL trips this season had been described so differently. One was due to a “strained right elbow flexor muscle” called a while the other was due to a “sore arm”.
OK, I get it. Ha. Ha. It’s different.
These two jokers then moved on to Bruney’s injury history in 2008, which brought out this incredibly ridiculous back-and-forth:
Well, it’s too late for some now. As of June 15, all early entries in to the NBA Draft had to make their decision to stay or go. And some made the wrong decision.
From the list of 39 early entries, here are a few who really should have stayed on campus this fall:
Jodie Meeks, SG, Kentucky: Well, yeah. You know I had to get this one out of the way. He is underdeveloped in almost every area other than being a great scorer with a good NBA body. More importantly, he is ruining his chances of being a leader of a college championship team.
Meeks may be worried that his production could go down a bit if he comes back for his senior season, resulting in a drop in the draft. But what he he might be able to display in leadership to go with a quality run deep into the NCAA Tournament can easily make up for a few points off the season total. Plus, he’s a second-rounder at best. There is a lot more reward than risk in coming back to school in this case.
I just can’t say enough about this mistake from Meeks, clearly.
Are you telling me that you can’t go from hitting 36 home runs to 66 home runs in one year through natural causes?
Sammy Sosa’s name reportedly showed up on the MLB survey list of 104 major leaguers who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. It’s the same list that outed Alex Rodriguez earlier this year and the same survey that was supposed to be anonymous.
There are a few very cool topics in sports today, and I’m not sure which one I want to spotlight most, so I’ll just cop out with some abbreviated viewpoints on each.
— What exactly did Brett Favre tells us on HBO last night? He has talked to the Vikings about a comeback. He had surgery on his damaged shoulder. He will need some time to recover and think about his situation with Minnesota. So, to sum up, nothing new from what we’ve heard 1,000 news outlets speculate. Wow, what a scoop!