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Passion for the Game!

As the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Gold State Warriors finish the Semi’s of the NBA playoffs with sweeps I cannot help but find myself agreeing with Stephen A. Smith. There is a little too much arrogance going around.  So both teams are holding summer clinics in the playoffs.  Still at some point it could just bite them. Yes, both teams want to fast forward to the finals.  But Com’on what’s the NBA motto! THIS IS WHY WE PLAY? Or is it? 

I’ve grown tired of the banter of who is better, the Crystal Ball analysis and the Warriors will win the finals all before the conference finals have even begun.  

How about the conversation about LeBron James vs Michael Jordan. Let me end it for you. 

Every generation has the once in a life time player. Jordan was special. 6 NBA Championships and holds umteen records that James is zeroing on but the Championship wins. Look Jordan is Jordan! Done! James is James! Done!

If LeBron wants to take on Jordan then bring the passion with it. That’s right bring the passion! Most may know what I mean. The guy we saw swipe a beer. Smiling at the crowd and giving the love when he dunks. James wants a challenge then stop treating these games like a job. Yes he puts a lot into his excellence as did many of the greats.  How about the emotion, and  the chalk dust in the air. The wryly smile when he got away with a hold or bump.  

Now we can see his disappointment when not enough is being done by his supporting cast.  Jordan just shrugged it off or said his peace.  Now where does LeBron excell-simple his basketball high IQ!   This may be questioned by some. Yet, LeBron’s knowledge and lighting fast numbers of recall on stats makes every mathematician and engineers drool! For the casual fan um no. 

 Jordan believed basketball was his love. He was never the highest paid player. What he didn’t get paid for on the court he earned in endorsements from hotdogs to underwear.  That was what he call his business.  

So what did that mean for him? 

He never worried about a contract,  he knew his teammates were going to get paid because there wasn’t an issue with salary cap. Jordan didn’t have to demonstrate his knowledge he understood the primary reason he was doing all the things he dreamed of. He remembered what it was like to be cut from his highschool team when all he wanted to do was play ball.  That right there came out everyday of his professional career. James didn’t have that setback.  

Look it’s simple James is the best right now! And those of us, who watched Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird thought nothing was going to top them- well Michael Jordan came along and after a long slump when it seemed no one great would come along -Kobe arrive and on his heels came the King.  But NBA also became a very serious business. Maybe that’s why every sport analyst wants to quote stats and figures of days gone by because it wasn’t as serious. It also wasn’t Harlem Globetrotters fun either but it wasn’t as serious as it is now. 

I love watching milestones being reached, records being broken and heart pounding action. THIS WHY WE WATCH.  However if you are a Cleveland sports fan you truly want a blow out because there isn’t enough anxiety medication available.  I know because I have been a Cleveland fan since birth. Breathing during a nail bitter is a luxury. I have witness too many oh so close but yet so far moments until last year. 

But arrogance is not a replacement for the passion.

At that looks a little like:

 Jumping out of bed racing  to practice earlier, the smell of disinfectant before the lockeroom is filled with aroma of sweat from a hard work out. The incredible sensation as the first drops of water hit you from the shower as you wash off the days work. It’s taking those practices to the thundering sound of the fans as you leave the tunnel and the feeling  as that lastest tweak on your jumper takes hold with the louder still sound of swoosh that comes with nothing but net.  And that modest smile that sums up all your hard work as the buzzer sounds and you swept your opponents to move on.  

Don’t take it for granted.  LeBron said himself -in Northeast Ohio nothing is given.  So be like Mike and take it to heart. 

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Which is Cheaper Moving an NFL Team or Rebuilding? 

Is it me or does it really matter the Rams are going back to LA? I feel bad for St. Louis.   
If you are a true football fan- then this will not shock you. Where did the Rams first play professional football? 
Answer: Cleveland. AFL 1936

                 Cleveland. NFL 37-45

Then Los Angeles and Anaheim, on to St. Louis now back to Los Angeles.   

  
The Rams organization may move around but with as many players, mostly quarterbacks, coaches and GM’s in the last 16 years the Browns have had; they technically have moved more times financially then it would cost the Rams to move the organization across half the country. 

  
Dear Browns:

I know this a long shot, but have you ever considered winning and retention is actually cheaper?
  
#clevelandbrowns

  

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From Cleveland with Love, Thanks LeBron

ClevelandCleveland, Ohio– 41° 29′ 57″ N / 81° 41′ 44″ W ,  Area code 216

On the shores of Lake Erie, County seat of Cuyahoga.

 

Being from Cleveland has been the greatest experience of my life.  It’s the city of my birth, the firsts of just about everything that has made me, well me. But like many of us moving away from home is a part of being a Clevelander. And we take Cleveland in our hearts where ever we go, it’s just how it is. So to LeBron, this is from Cleveland with love.

Since the beginning of 2014 a strange event has been happening– the winds of change have finally hit the North Coast rolling up on to the shores of Lake Erie.  For nearly 50 years Cleveland has been starved for a return to greatness.  Anyone from here, no matter where they live now are the loyalist of a city that has seen more ups and downs from every aspect that life can throw faster than a Heater from Van Meter, a Bob Feller’s fastball.

People from outside of the area do not understand and sit in shock over the announcement from LeBron James. For those born after 1964 in the city will not remember the great days, nor do they care to study the fact that Rockefeller and Standard Oil were founded in Cleveland, or for that matter anything that is great about Cleveland, they only know the sorrows.  All any of us know is if it can happen it will happen in Cleveland.  The Shot, The Drive, The Move, and so on and so forth.

 

 

AHHHHH but this year a funny thing happened on the way to the road of disappointment.  It didn’t happen, The Draft, The Convention and now The Decision.  Did everyone in Cleveland finally read the-secret_124018 ?  It’s time to be positive, take risks and roll the dice, just ask Johnny Football, he wanted to come to Cleveland and he’s rolling some dice right?

 

However, LeBron did something that many of us from Northeast Ohio feel everyday.  The urge to go home, the want to be around the place that makes the most sense and proudly admitted how he felt.  Fore go fame, power and major markets, going home is the strongest feeling that all of us have inside us.  Being amongst people who know us, speak the language, and the familiarity of place, and love.  He acted on his urge, where many of us because of jobs, else where have yet to take the chance to go home and feel the summer sun and the those cold winds of winter whipping off of Lake Erie.  Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio is a calling and not for the faint of heart.  And above everything LeBron put his sentiment, his love and his passion in writing.

by LeBron James (as told to Lee Jenkins)

Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.

 

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Going home is magical, rewarding and can be all family consuming for those of us who head home during the holidays.  There is a lingering in the air for weeks after our return, that we wish secretly we could just move home.  When you are from Cleveland, and the masses of the country are wishing that us those lovable underdogs have their day, well we smile and think next year.  We wish in the back half of our minds we had some kind of talent that would bring respect, pride and joy back to the City, the area and to the people; some who were lucky enough to stick out, keep their jobs and proudly could ride out the storms.  Even if it has been 50 years.

LeBron would be the first with those larger than life talents. He quietly chose to return home and invest himself, his image, and his belief of bringing Northeast Ohio back to a time he only ever heard about.

I think back many years ago to an old ‘Good Morning America’ where actor Tim Conway did a piece in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  At the end in his voice over he speaks without hesitation.

“They say you can never go home again. I think a part of you never left to begin with”

For all us of from Northeast Ohio, those words are truer than any words I could think of.  LeBron I can say I’m jealous of you and I have a great desire to apply The Secret, think positive and get my talents together and bring them home to Cleveland.

For those of you who have never been away from home, think about it a second.  You go on vacation and you finally return to what is familiar to you….imagine that and multiply by a one hundred thousand.

Then think of the difference between South Beach and Cleveland.  Sorry we didn’t grow up with tans, beaches and sand everywhere. We grew up with Four Seasons each one just as beautiful as the next.  Cities that had grit, history and lacked of pink flamingoes.  People, who believe in the impossible and are passionate about pretty much everything, from sports, to food to giving a hand up and cheering louder than the decibels from a heavy metal rock concert. if it has Cleveland attached to it we are all in, just don’t mess with the Shoreway or the 480 bridge.

Be at ever so humble, no matter where I roam, there is no place like Cleveland, my home.

Thank you LeBron for showing the world the power of your heart and the home you truly missed.

 

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The Debate Wages On with PolitiJim! Join in if You Dare!

Oh Yes PolitiJim and I have a debate going! Join in the discussion if you dare!

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Yes. The debate DOES continue.

Clearly some of the Fukushima radiation has made it to the Louisiana coast and become a glowing garnish for your gumbo. Now hang on, I don’t want you to fall off of your stiletto sneakers, but here is my rebuttal to your rebuttal to my rebuttal.

First, you didn’t address the core of my argument. Previous Triple Crown winners WON! Many against even worse situations. (like Seabiscuit) IT IS WHAT MADE THEM GREAT. Lowering standards so that more can win is a principle that is far beneath a woman of class and intelligence such as yourself.

Second, the “rules” interference, drug testing and blocking are not being put in place so that a “favored” horse can win. They are put in place so that all have a fair chance to win. They are (mostly) for the safety of the jockey and horse, and secondly to prohibit unfair advantage against any individual horse. Under your logic, the “Cali Chrome” rule would hurt horses who have every bit as much right to race in the Preakness as others. Why do you feel it is unjust for Tonalist to race when it didn’t qualify for the Derby? So what? As the article I mentioned referenced – this has been standard practice for YEARS. Yes, I understand that there may have been a “gentleman’s agreement” years back, but the same could be said of 19th Century warfare where you line up in front of the opposing army and let them shoot at you without taking cover. Honor is not quite so glamorous when you intentionally decimate your own forces.

And THAT is my key point. Do we ask the NBA to disallow the San Antonio Spurs to play Kawhi Leonard (or any new member that wasn’t on their Finals team last year) so that King James and Klowns can Three-Peat? No. Of course not.

Winners want to win against the BEST competition available. …..Just like I have in my argument against you. :))))

Love always,

PolitiJim

California Chrome has something to say

Darling Birdie take a sip of coffee,

You have been a Cubs fan too long even Wrigley’s Field added lights so hopefully I can shed light for you!

Seabiscuit NEVER ran in the Triple Crown. His success started when he was four and he was the King of the match races. At Pimlico at almost 6 years old he would defeat the unbeatable War Admiral both sired by (in my opinion the second greatest horse) Man o’War.

The reason for the Derby qualifiers came down to the track and race rules had a first come first serve to get your horse in the race and anyone with a thoroughbred could enter. To insure a better quality field a point system was inaugurated in 1986 due in fact the old system was too confusing. The actual field for qualification is limited to 24 with 4 on the bubble. Each owner is required to pay 25k like an application fee and another 25k to start plus the actual race fee.

What makes the Derby qualifier so unique is that there are 34 stake races (reduced from the 36 (hmmm change)) that begins when the thoroughbred is racing in their 2-year old season. Which is known as the Kentucky Derby Prep Season with 17 races on dirt or synthetic surfaces and a distance of at least 1 mile.

The Kentucky Derby Championship Series works the same way. A filly is required to run in the same races as colts and geldings.

Under the old system there were 185 graded stake races worldwide. Do I see another change?

So green mean birdie, you didn’t answer my question on all the races that other horses ran. Tonalist ran one in 2013 finishing 4th and a his 3 year old maiden race at Gulf Stream he lost. But finally won the Peter Pan. How is racing in a total of just 4 races fair to the rest of those horses that raced in 10 or more?

My point is if there is a fair field then a thoroughbred should have competed in one of the Derby Series. To have a horse that didn’t compete in either series is like entering a team in the Super Bowl without playing a single game in the season or playoffs.

As I said Chrome still wouldn’t have won the Belmont because General A Rod placed 3rd in the Belmont and like I said on twitter he was due.

By the plumage way General A Rod ran in all three legs of the Triple Crown. Oh slam dunk for me!

Much love and care,
Beth

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Heat Turned Up Again in San Antonio

The AC was up full blast but the Heat was on fire in the final 8 minutes of the 4th quarter. The #LeBroning may now die a twitter death.

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LeBron is not Michael Jordan, he’s LeBron James and tonight he showed why comparisons are silly. Each generation has a standout, the playmaker or the go to guy. Love him or hate him, his play in each quarter became stronger and hotter, yet smart . He’s this generation’s elite and continues to prove it.

35 points tonight vs the 25 points in game 1 is the tale of the court. LeBron turned it up when superstar elite players do, right when it matters and victory is achieved.

I am not a doctor and I will never pretend to be one.  But after spending years playing tennis in the southern Louisiana heat leg cramps are real and will cause even the most hydrated players to hit the ground.

 

 

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Spurs using there stacked bench and super three of Ginóbili , Parker and Duncan made a classic comeback run in the final seconds of play.  However if those missed free throws weren’t all rim and nothing but net it would be a 2-0 lead for the Spurs.  Drills on the line boys and incase you forgot they are called FREE throws for a reason.

LeBron and his, compadres of Wade and Bosh made this game two almost as fun as the Kings/Rangers game, minus the double OT.

Let’s see if the Spurs can dig in and ride the waves and cool down the Heat.

Prediction Heat will take game 3 but the Spurs have game 4.  And since I am from Cleveland I better invest in a blonde wig and dark sunglasses or going home might be difficult after this blog publishes.

 

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Nadal’s Dance Wins 9th French Open

Tennis has a glamour to it. Stroke by stroke, serve by serve the movements when performed correctly showcase an athletes talents with as much grace as a prima ballerina at the Bolshoi.

Nadal owns the clay courts of Roland Garros as the Mona Lisa holds court in the Louvre. A masterpiece for the visual senses.

Nadal may have had a slower then expected start losing the first set 3-6 to Novack Djokovic. Djokovic was solid and appeared to use most of his energy in the first two sets leaving the #2 seed empty and struggling in sets 3 and 4 in heat of Paris.

Nadal playing on what could be called his home court became stronger and more sure footed in movement and strategy. His surge for tennis dominance became clear in taking the second set 7-5 and his grace and strength was starting to emerge while Djokovic was becoming ill during crossovers.

Nadal would allegro his was through the third set at 6-2 and continue into the fourth set by winning on a double fault and tying Pete Sampras’ 14 Grand Slam titles with his nemesis Roger Federer just ahead with 17.

Nadal will need his dance to include a Pas de basque of sure steps and strong leaps for when he touches down at the All England Club and the grass courts of Wimbledon.

Wimbledon has been his Fouetté having only 2 victories in his career. The whipping by the grass courts refuse to allow the fluidity in his movements that Roland Garros bravado’s right from the coin toss.

However, the question remains will he arabesques his way through the unpredictable weather of London and court conditions to claim his 15th title? His presents in the finals will be a must see for even the faintest of tennis fans and I suspect he will bring a whole new set of dance moves.

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