Whats wrong with the NBA?

There are a lot of people that would say nothing. The NBA still has some die hard fans that live and die with with games that happen what seems like almost nightly for months during the regular season. The NBA is exciting and full of masterful athleticism that is beautiful to watch when it is played at it’s highest level. But there are some real issues when you look at the league and how it is managed right now. Referees have become as big a part of the game as some coaches or broadcasters. Every time I see a referee jump and skip down the court when making a call, I think of some WWE ref and their D level acting. The block charge call has only been outdone, as the most ridiculously missed and scrutinized call in sports, by the NFL’s catch rule. And then there is the player that jumps in the air to block a shot and how

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The way too early roster projection.

3 QB: Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, and Matt Barkley No Surprise here and Barkley beats out undrafted rookie Jake Coker. 4 RB: David Johnson, Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington, and Stepfan Taylor Again no surprise at the top 3, but great special teams play and trust in pass blocking situations keeps Stepfan on the team. Probably won’t be able to keep Kerwynn on the practice squad after his last two years. I would not be surprised if Ellington is not on the trade block right now. He has not been available for most of his time with the Cardinals and could return good value. If Keim does not like the trade market for him, we will be happy to keep him as a third option as an explosive dual threat. 6 WR: Larry Fitz, Michael Floyd, John Brown, JJ Nelson, Jaron Brown, and Brittan Golden The first four guys are locked in. Jaron and Brittan having been here for so long and have a

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Never-ending Gate

I am not a fan of the way that Rodger Goodell and the NFL has handled Deflate Gate. To me it shows the ineptitude that happens at the NFL offices with almost anything that Goodell touches. Let’s be clear. Rodger Goodell is not fighting this into the 2016 season to smear Brady and the Patriots at this point. At this point it is 100% for power. The power to be judge, jury and executioner to the league and it’s unionized players. He is using the collective bargaining agreement against the NFLPA in spite of Collective bargaining being the single most powerful tool the union has to make sure there is a balance of power. Goodell asked the appeals court to overturn the ruling of Richard Burman due to the fact that the bargaining agreement allows him to set punishment, investigate incidents and rule on appeals of his own judgments. Goodell is trying to use the broadest term of “conduct detrimental”

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Bye Felicia…

Sports are incredible. They can leave you with once in a lifetime memories, good and bad. They elicit some of the best of humanity and some of the worst. Love of teams and characters from all over the world can spark riots and parades. When a sports legend retires and leaves the game, something similar happens. How you feel about that person changes, for better or worse. Everything they ever did good is exaggerated and bad is forgotten, or in some rare occasions the reverse happens. I try to remember people and players as they were. Today Tim Duncan announced his retirement from basketball. 19 years with one team is incredible. It is also in the same year that Kobe retired. Tim’s was much quieter compared to Kobe’s season long farewell tour and final game circus. That is how Tim played too, never overstated, but always impactful. The league will not be the same. When I look back at Duncan’s career all

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Don’t call it a comeback!

In what was billed as the biggest event in UFC history, there was a lot that happened. I was able to start watching the evening with TJ Dillashaw getting a win after his tough loss to Dominick Cruz. It was a great performance with TJ looking great and proving that he is still in the mix for a title shot soon. TJ was probably the least questioned of any of the fighters on this card coming off of a loss, but still had something to prove. Kevin Gastelum and Johny Hendricks put on a heck of a show. Johny landed the only take down in the fight in the second round, which is probably the one round that he won on a single judge card. One judge scored it 29-28 in favor of Gastelum and the other two judges had it 30-27 for KG. Kevin was able to put together the best striking performance of his career. Some real fireworks

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UFC 200 Pre-Fight

Here we are July 9th. The day fight fans have been waiting for. UFC 200 is tonight and the fight pass fights are going on as I type. One of the most overstocked cards in the history of MMA that has done a good job of selling itself. Until a couple days ago anyways. Jon Jones was caught doping in June and confirmed with a positive B sample test result yesterday. We all wondered who would save the day as it was clear Daniel Cromier was going to fight and get paid. A friend of mine and I scrolled through lists of 205’ers and even 185’ers that could come up a class. We looked at fighters on the under card that were already in shape and fighters from UFC 201 and 202 trying to predict the future. The future was not obvious to us, or me anyway. A fighter that was recently caught doping himself and only a few months

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Welcome to The Long Ball

Who am I and what the hell are you reading? I only know the answer to one of those questions right now, so I will start there. I am 32. I am a husband of 12 years, father of two, 11 year old daughter and 5 year old son. I never finished college, but I am employed in middle management at a big brokerage firm. I work out at a fancy high end gym, but I am still a little over weight. I play in a 30 and over basketball league and my team sucks. I coached some Basketball when I was younger with a little success and served in the Air Force for 4 years. I joined the military to travel the world and they sent me 300 miles up the road (Phoenix to Vegas). In high school, I was a letterman in football, basketball and tennis. I received a golden music letter for my four years in choir and

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