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ESPN betrays the Yankees and MLB

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 10, 2008

Over the last year or so, ESPN and other sports carriers have been providing “open- or all-access” to professional sports.

You, the viewer, get to (for example) sit in the locker room and listen to Doc Rivers instruct Paul Piece,hand gripping a baseball tipping pitches Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and the rest of the Boston Celtics on what they should be doing in the second half of the game. Typically the coach has already told the team private, strategic message. By the time the camera is turned on, the viewer usually hears meaningless dribble like “fight over the pick-n-rolls” or “play hard, we have this game.”

In another sports scenario, a hockey player will be mike’d. You hear some of his conversation and banter. The viewer sees and hears a very moderated and edited clip. There is specifically no cursing and “important” interaction with the coaching staff.

We know ESPN (et al) are trying to give the viewers a taste of being behind the scenes at a professional sporting event. Nice try but weak. And now it seems like ESPN may have pulled a “Bill Belichick” and poked the cameras where they don’t belong.

According to Bronx Liason, “(July 7, 2008 ) While Brett Gardner led off the eighth inning, the ESPN cameras peered into the tunnel – which they’re not supposed to do – and caught Bobby Abreu showing Alex Rodriguez how Manny Delcarmen tips his pitches.” ESPN and everyone knew what they (ESPN) were doing was wrong. ESPN announcer Joe Morgan said, “I don’t think we should have showed that…”.

ESPN had been showing the players sharing how the pitcher was tipping off his pitches.

ESPN stepped over the line. Not just the Yankees, but Major League Baseball (MLB) needs to reinforce the rules with them. Obviously this needs to be done in a delicate way in that ESPN pays major fees to MLB, but it needs to be done.

ESPN is given special permission to be invasive. They need to use better judgement and not give up something strategic to the entire viewing public. They knew exactly what they were doing.

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NBA Championship Basketball – Still America’s Game

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 18, 2008

Congratulations to the NBA World Champion Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers, Chris Wallace, and especially Danny Ainge. They really turned around the franchise in world record time. Wallace and Ainge gave Rivers the talent. Rivers Paul Pierce Doc Rivers celebrate NBA Championship for Boston Celticsblended and inspired them. Kudos to all.

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The NBA’s Celtics Lakers series showed the world NBA basketball is still the American game.

The Lakers bring in all these talented but soft players that get them out of the Western Conference but show their vulnerability when the games get physical.

  • Pau Gasol – too soft to play big and no defense… and absolutely NO defensive fundamentals. (He NEVER stepped up on the pick and rolls to make Paul Pierce take an indirect route to the basket. Horrible defensively.)
  • Vladimir Radmanovic – chucker and no defense
  • Sasha Vujacic – soft and no defense

I do not recall any European-raised basketball player ever being praised for his defensive prowess.

The Celtics won playing smart, hard-nosed, defensive basketball.

And amazingly, there is not one foreign-raised player on this Celtics roster: Ray Allen , Tony Allen , P.J. Brown , Sam Cassell , Glen Davis , Kevin Garnett , Eddie House , Kendrick Perkins , Paul Pierce , Scot Pollard , James Posey , Leon Powe , Gabe Pruitt , Rajon Rondo , Brian Scalabrine.

Very interesting.

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Once again, congratulations to the Celtics. You earned it.

Message to Lakers and Lakers fans: Keep your chins Up! Remember Andrew Bynum comes back next year!

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2008 NBA Finals – Celtics v. Lakers – No contest

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 5, 2008

* It is now the 1st quarter of game #1 of the NBA Finals. Boston leads LA 19 – 14. *

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Nothing magical or shocking here…

For the Lakers to win, they need Bryant, Odom, and Gasol to take it to the hoop at every opportunity. The 3 are talented and too long for the Celtics. When the opportunity arises, they should kick it out to Derek Fisher. This strategy will get Garnett (et al) in foul trouble and put the Lakers on the line.

For the Celtics to win, Garnett and Pierce need to take it hard to the hoop. Ray Allen needs to hit his j’s (which he finally hit his shots in game #7 of the Pistons series.) Rondo needs to continue to play like a top tier point guard.

What will happen? No contest. The Lakers will handily win the series. Some of the games will be close but the Lakers will win the series 4 games to 1.

What would have happened if the Spurs had beat the Lakers in the western conference finals? The Spurs would have beaten the Celtics 4 games to 2.

Sorry Celtics. Congratulations on a good year.

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When being selfish is being a team player; Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant, Sydney Crosby

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 28, 2008

This is an open an open letter to star players Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics, NBA), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers, NBA), and Sydney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL).

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Dear Paul, Kobe, and Sydney,Paul Pierce Boston Celtics NBA

You need to be more selfish, be leaders, and take responsibility for your team’s success.

You cannot be passive and polite. This is not the time to share the ball – Make the extra pass – And worry about being a team player. By being selfish, you are being a better teammate.

When you drive to the hoop (or net), you are opening up the court (ice) for your teammates. When you take the extra shot, even if it is a little forced, you are helping your team. I am not telling you to take ridiculous shots, just shots that may be borderline.

These types of plays make it easier on your teammates. The players covering your teammates are forced to “cheat” and “help out” on you. Their defenders cannot focus on them 100%. This gives Kobe Bryant NBA Lakers Basketballyour teammates that edge they need to make significant contributions.

Paul: In game 7 of the Boston-Cleveland series, you took control (23 shots), took it to the hole, and made the Celtics a better team. You didn’t stand around being polite waiting for Garnett or Allen to shoot. You took control, and let your teammates benefit from your effort. And you won the game and series. Good work. Do it more often.

Kobe:
Don’t do what you did earlier this week in game 4. What’s the deal with strolling around the court in the first half not taking shots? 4 points in the first half and then 26 in the second half. The passiveness did nothing to help the cause. You ended up wining the game… barely. You would have been a better teammate if you were proactive , a leader, and a little selfish the entire game.

Sydney: Will you just take the puck to the net? I am now watching game 3 against the Red Wings. You had the puck on the left side. You had a path to the net and you passed it back across the circle. It wasSydney Crosby Penguins NHL Hockey intercepted. Please take it to the net and let your teammates deal with the rebounds! (You’re down 0-2. You better do it soon.)

Good luck guys. You’re being paid the big bucks to be selfish.

Please reread this letter before your next game. You will be glad you did.

Sincerely,

A Passionate Fan

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