Who’s The Next King of the NBA

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Every few seasons the king of the NBA or dueling kings of the NBA have to pass the torch to the next in line to control the way the NBA is viewed. Every era has had its king or dueling kings. Go back to the 70’s and it was Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.

The 80’s brought us Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and if Julius Erivng hadn’t been late to the party, there’s a very good chance he might have been able to have a say so in that argument as well. The 90’s brought us Michael Jordan. Jordan stood alone on the throne but there were several who would have been able to claim it, had his airness not been so dominant during that era.

The turn of the Century brought us Kobe and Tim Duncan. Continue reading

Getting Recruited and Making The Right Choice

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The last few weeks reminded me of a very important aspect of college athletics and recruiting. There are millions of dollars that are spent on attempts to get the best college athletes to attend particular universities. The events and speculation leading to the hype of a national signing day is remarkable, but how does a kid or school know they invested in the right person?

I have frequently been asked by parents of high school athletes about the “ins and outs” of college recruiting.  While there is no substitute for outstanding talent and great grades, there are additional steps parents of high school athletes can take to help their kids get recruited. Continue reading

Regret, Frustration, and Owning It

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Have you ever done anything that you regret? I do it all the time. I think my greatest flaw as a man is that I let my emotions dictate my actions. As I’ve gotten older you would have thought that it would have gotten better, but it hasn’t. When people fire off at me, I usually remain calm but when they finally strike that nerve, I become an immature man with asinine behavior.  Continue reading

How In The Hell Is Terrell Owens Not A Hall Of Famer

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HOLD THE F*&@ UP. How in the world did Terrell Owens not get into the Hall of Fame? This year it should have been a slam dunk. There wasn’t one player inducted into the Hall of Fame this year who had a better resume. Not one. I’m sorry but the way these Hall of Fame Inductions have been going the past few years in Football and Baseball, I’m starting to question the credibility of the people in the room.

This years Hall of Fame class is less than stellar.  Continue reading

Recognizing Greatness

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There are only so many chances in life to witness greatness. You aren’t really sure at first if you’re watching it until you can’t stop finding a reason to look. I’ve seen greatness in spells in my lifetime. I saw Muhammad Ali defy the odds, I saw Mike Tyson for 3 years be as unstoppable as a man can be. I remember watching Kareem with the sky hook make the greatest defenders of all time look like mere mortals.

As I’ve gotten older, I can appreciate the great athletes and what they bring to the table. Barry Sanders comes to mind when I think of a person who has done the most with less. Michael Jordan comes to mind when I think of one man who when surrounded by a great cast can put on an epic show that is undeniable. However the latest additions to legendary status in my opinion are Lebron James and Tom Brady. Continue reading

More Than A Coach and A Player; Larry Little Is A Life Changer

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I know I am a little prejudiced in my evaluation since he coached me in college, and became one of my best friends, but I have seen enough film and football throughout the years to make my argument. Not to mention that the Hall must agree since he is one of two right guards to be admitted into the Hall of Fame.

The thing is if you ask anyone who played during his era, and trust me I did plenty of times hoping someone who played would give me some ammo to fire back at him at some point, who was the best offensive lineman they played against, his name would come up about 90 percent of the time.

I remember when he would have his annual hall of fame golf tournament to raise money for the university. Guys like Mike Webster, Deacon Jones, Joe Greene, Mercury Morris, and a host of other stars would come out in support of their fellow hall of famer. Continue reading

Politics, Religion, and Racial Injustice

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In a world of extreme ignorance and hostility there are things in society that turn what should be a celebration into a narcissistic prejudice and a reason to be obtuse in one’s thoughts about society. America is under attack. Not from extreme terrorists, but from extremists right here in our own country. The attack is coming from all angles and quite frankly it may lead to the demise of our national and international respect as a whole.

Politically our country should be celebrating the emergence of individuals who made it. Our last two presidents have had little (44) and no (45) political experience but have found a way to make it to the most powerful position in the world. Continue reading