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“The Decision”: The Aftermath

Today I bring my talents to Overtime with Brian and Friends. This week we discuss Lebron James and his decision to move to Miami.

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Are we being too harsh on the king?

Everyone is quick to point the finger at Lebron James here and make him out to be the bad guy when in reality there are others who need to own up and take the blame.

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Shaq coming soon. To Cleveland

Tonight on the eve of the NBA draft the Suns traded Shaquille O’Neal for Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic.

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One down, one to go…

Much to the chagrin of David Stern, Nike, Jim Henson and the basketball world outside of Orlando. The King with his 11 bubbling jesters, and a depressed city have been relegated to a fishing boat.  Memo to Danny Ferry, get Bron Bron a dynamic Robin ASAP or he is going to be saving Gotham for real in 2010.  Bring on Kobe and GO MAGIC!

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The Green zone: never too early for an NFL power poll

Our NFL correspondent Ozz has been traveling all over the country visiting NFL OTA’s, interviewing coaches and players, and dissecting game tape. After going over all this information with a fine toothed comb he is finally ready to impart his knowledge on us. (Editors note: the above might not be entirely factual) Regardless, here is Ozz!

NBA and NHL seasons are winding down and we’re still a couple of months away from when the MLB starts to matter, so naturally now is the perfect time to look at football. Here’s one, very uninformed opinion on how NFL teams stack up post-draft.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers: They’re the champs and they deserve to be here. However, don’t let the trophy distract you from a season that saw Ben Roethlisberger running for his life constantly. Big Ben’s numbers saw a huge drop off from 2007 to 2008. Although he threw for more yards last year, he threw 4 more interceptions and 15 fewer TDs on a career high 469 pass attempts. The D remains one of the best, but if the Steelers don’t improve up front on offense, a repeat might not be looking too good.

2. New England Patriots: Honestly, I can’t put together an early season power poll without the Pats on it. Apparently, it’s illegal. So here they are at #2. They get Brady back and it’s very questionable that he’ll be able to return to pre-injury form in a reasonable time. Still, a gimpy Brady is better than probably 24 of the league’s starting QB’s, including Matt Cassel. We got Brady, Moss, and Welker involved, so you know the passing attack should be potent.

The real question for the offense is if they can have a “go-to” back or will the coaching staff continue using their… six-headed monster? Really, I’ve never seen more disdain on the part of a coach towards the concept of starting running back than Bill Belichick. In an era where even those in a running-back-by-committee scenario find themselves rushing for north of 1000 yards, Bill Belichick still finds a way to limit his top rusher to 700 yards and some change. Message to Bill: Even Jamal Lewis found a way to crack the 1000 yard club wearing an ankle bracelet while Derek Anderson was cashing checks on the sideline.

3. New York Giants: The Giants like to believe they were one piece away from being a dominant team. Well, more dominant than their 12-4 season suggested anyway. Perhaps overshadowed by an abysmal performance in windy conditions in the playoffs and the constant Plaxico circus, Eli actually posted his best statistical season yet as a Giant and finally finding a way to limit his INTs. The problem for the Giants last year was the red zone. The Giants made their way into the red zone 69 times this year. Tops in the league and their best mark in a decade. However, their 51% TD conversion rate ranked them 20th overall in the NFL. This, the Giants hope, will be remedied by the addition of Hakeem Nicks (who possesses Chris Webber-like hands apparently) and Ramses Barden (who’s apparently really tall). The defensive unit should see a boost with the return of Osi Umenyiora.

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King James dominates

Lebron James is the best basketball player on the planet period. Forget about Kobe, D-Wade, or any other pretenders to the throne. Lebron James is king. The Magic made a huge comeback after getting decimated in the first quarter but the King just wouldn’t give up the series, not just yet.

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DG – Volume II

I know it’s been a couple of days.  I promised a DG running diary live from game 3 as I scored some great seats.  Then I promised a combo report on games 3 and 4.  Well, after getting the pulse of Orlando, the pulse of Cleveland courtesy of our bitter Nascar loving Clevelandite and the pulse of the rest of America, here is what I came up with…

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I am a Cleveland fan??

If you TIVO’d the Cavs-Magic game 4 last night and don’t know how it ended now is a good time to probably stop reading this column…..

Let me set the record straight.  I AM NOT a diehard long suffering Cleveland fan.  I have not spent the better part of my 27 years living and dying with the Orange and Brown.  I rooted against the Indians in the 95 and 97 World Series.  I could have cared less about the NBA until about 3 years ago when I lived in a city(Phoenix) that had a team.   However, after last nights loss the Cavaliers are on the verge of being eliminated by the Orlando Magic and for the first time in my life I am understanding what its like to be a Cleveland sports fan.

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What we learned this weekend

I hope everyone had a great memorial day weekend. Mine consisted of several pool parties/get togethers and now I’m nursing a minor sun burn. Personally, I learned that all the sun screen in the world cannot protect my Jewish skin. Enough about me though, here is what we all learned from this weekend of sports.

Not even a sour tummy can stop Melo and the Nuggets. The nuggets proved once again that they are not going to lose this series without a fight.

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The shot: Lebron makes the world witness

With one second left in the game and down by two the Cav’s were finished, but I guess someone forgot to tell The King. Lebron hit a fade away three which was ironically 23 feet away to win the game and tie up the series 1-1. It was amazing, unbelievable, astonishing, and every other adjective you can think of. This is one of those shots that will be etched in the memories of sports fans for years to come. Similar to the game winner a guy named Michael Jordan hit against Craig Ehlo to win the first round series against the Cavaliers in game 5 of the the Eastern Conference Finals. So sit back, be amazed, and WITNESS.

Lebron’s game winner

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