LeBron James is one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports and one of the best players in the NBA today. Period. But NBA fans all over are starting to see who and what he really is. This includes Cavaliers fans who were once blinded by his supreme talent and charisma as well as uninvested NBA fans and general sports fans.
The events of this past summer has come to show us the immense degree of narcissism, selfishness, and arrogance of one LeBron Raymone James. He’s a young, powerful man with great wealth and great fame. Everyone can make a mistake or have a lapse in judgement. Not to mention, the way he seemingly quit against the Celtics in last year’s playoffs and the way he ended his career in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/aYc3fi)
But it just seems to be getting worse.
After losing for the second time this season, to the Boston Celtics, LeBron James complained that his coach, Erik Spoelstra, played him and Dwyane Wade too many minutes. LeBron then went on to intentionally bump his coach in a blatant sign of disrespect. If that weren’t enough, LeBron then is leading an internal campaign against his coach as they don’t believe he’s “the right coach for them” and “he doesn’t let them be themselves”.
That’s just off the court. On the court, LeBron has implemented the stagnant offense he once ran in Cleveland where he dribbles down the shot clock and forces his 4 teammates to stand around the perimeter and wait for a pass. When he doesn’t dominate the ball, he just stands on the wing and watches. This doesn’t sound like the leader he so often proclaims himself to be.
I’m not the only one who sees it either as there have been several pointed articles and columns by respected and well known sports writers. The best, perhaps is Adrian Wojnarowski’s (http://yhoo.it/f1uVwW) continual written beatdown of LeBron James.
At this point, LeBron has been nothing but a whiny, selfish, immature, arrogant, dick and diva. NBA and sports fans everywhere are growing tired of the crybaby (http://bit.ly/b6haqZ).
So I propose, in honor of December 2nd and from this point forward, that his name never be spoken again. I propose that he shall only be referred to as #6.
I propose that we no longer speak, write, or type his name.
From now on, he is only #6.
Ohio State Buckeyes QB, Terrelle Pryor has been showered with pre-season accolades and expectations since he arrived in Columbus. The problem, however, is that he has yet to live up to the expectations in his three years at Ohio State. The Big Ten post-season awards were announced yesterday and Terrelle Pryor, despite being voted as the pre-season player of the year, Pryor fell short in the post-season awards.
Michigan QB Denard Robinson was named Offensive Player of the Year and Northwestern QB Dan Persa was named as the 1st team QB. Wisconsin QB, Scott Tolzien was named the 2nd team QB, leaving Terrelle Pryor on the outside looking in.
The Buckeyes lead the Big 10 with ten all-Big Ten selections, but Terrelle Pryor only received honorable mention.
First, let me say that I completely agree with the awards. Pryor has done nothing to warrant to the attention and hype that’s been placed on him. Is that his fault? No. But this is….
In yet another of a rash of immature and whiny comments by the Buckeyes QB, Pryor lets us all know that he’s unhappy with being shut out of the Big Ten awards. Obviously, he’s just whining and won’t really quit, but this just shows you the depth of his immaturity at this point.
Like I said, he has done NOTHING to warrant any sort of accolades and I sincerely hope the Pryor for Heisman BS stops. All year Buckeye fans have been telling me that he deserves an invite to New York.
Look, Pryor is an incredible physical specimen. But he’s an immature, whiny, bratty, child. He has not come close to utilizing his immense talents and until he does, he deserves no such accolades. Each year he’s give pre-season awards as the player of the year (which are asinine by the way) and each year he fails to deliver.
As a fan, I hope he wakes up and grows up and puts his talent to work. But at this point, I don’t see it happening.
It’s been quite a calendar year for Drew Brees, QB of the New Orleans Saints. He went from being left for dead after shoulder injuries in San Diego to being MVP of the SuperBowl and now being named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.
Brees is not only an outstanding football player as he’s routinely one of the top handful of QB’s in the NFL, but he’s completely embraced his new community in New Orleans. Joining the Saints after Hurricane Katrina, Brees didn’t shy away from the responsibility of rebuilding an entire City and becoming a community’s hope and inspiration.
Brees embraced it from the beginning and has become a staple of the community. His class on and off the football field have been well documented and now he earns the honor of Sportsman of the Year. Brees will be honored at a ceremony tonight in New York.
Derek Anderson and the Arizona Cardinals have not had the greatest year so far. The Cardinals are struggling mightily with the transition from Kurt Warner to their heir apparent. After running Matt Leinart out of town, the Cardinals have been forced to go with Derek Anderson for most of the season. Despite a great 2007 campaign with the Cleveland Browns, “DA” has left much to be desired.
In his last year with the Browns, he had the 2nd worst completion % of ALL TIME and had the worst QB rating in the NFL. He hasn’t really improved in Arizona either as the Cardinals have gone from a SuperBowl team to a laughing stock in just a couple seasons.
The Cardinals woes continued last night as they faced the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. If you missed it, analyst and former SuperBowl winning coach, Jon Gruden called out DA for laughing it up on the sidelines during their embarrassing blowout defeat. A loss in which DA went 16 of 35 with 1 INT and no TD’s.
After the game in the post-game press conference a reporter “foolishly” questioned DA about the great time he seemed to be having with one of his linemen. DA’s response is both hilarious and epic almost on a Denny Green scale.
I’ll give you the full, uncut version of both the Monday Night Football video as well as the full tantrum by DA and then, of course, I added a little extra for your enjoyment.
Check it out and enjoy!
By now you’ve all seen the video of LeBron James bumping Head Coach Erik Spoelstra during the Miami Heat‘s loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Some have asked whether or not it was intentional, but I’m sorry… there is no way he didn’t mean to bump into him. Just look at his elbow kick out after the bump. Does that look like someone who inadvertently bumped into his coach?
This isn’t the first or the last time LeBron James has disrespected Coach Spo as he previously criticized his coach for playing him too many minutes and LeBron is now believed to be spearheading a campaign to get Coach Spo fired. A report this morning came out that some players are growing frustrated with the coach and they don’t think he’s the right coach for the job. They cited issues with the offense and complained that Coach Spo “isn’t letting them be themselves”. Specifically, LeBron is said to be unhappy that he was “called out” during practice as Coach Spo told him that he “needs to be more serious” and “can’t tell when he’s serious”.
Now I don’t know about you, but if that’s the worst thing your coach says to or about you then you don’t have much to worry about. That’s one of the weakest comments that I’ve ever heard a player getting upset over. C’mon… is LeBron really that weak? Or is he just using any excuse to run Coach Spo out of town.
Like I said, LeBron has disrespected Coach Spo before and he will surely do it again. LeBron has also disrespected just about every other coach he’s ever played for, including his most recent Head Coach in Cleveland, Mike Brown. It turns out also, that “Bumpgate” with Coach Spo isn’t the first time LeBron James has intentionally bumped into his coach to send a message.
Take a look at this video from December 19, 2007 when the Cavaleirs were going through a rough stretch of the season:
Say what you want… and ESPN can apologize for him and make all the excuses they want, but LeBron knows exactly what he’s doing. He has never respected a coach in his life, and at this point the coach is the only person he can blame. LeBron James is never at fault, so scratch that. He can’t blame his teammates like he did in Cleveland because he handpicked his BFF’s, so scratch that!
So what’s left? The coach! LeBron is making it clear that he’s not happy with Coach Spo and if Pat Riley doesn’t come downstairs and coach soon, LeBron will put his coach in a figure four leg lock before Christmas!
Cleveland Browns QB, Jake Delhomme has had a rough season for sure. After a long tenure with the Carolina Panthers, he was released last season following one of his worst campaigns of his career. Despite his struggles, he was still a better option than any of the previous QB’s on the Browns roster such as Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson. The Browns brought in the veteran despite a ridiculous price tag in attempt to stabilize the QB position that has been a revolving door of fringe NFL players for years.
After the Browns drafted Colt McCoy, the prevailing thought was that, at a minimum, Jake could tutor the young QB and help his development along. Delhomme was impressive enough to beat out career backup, Seneca Wallace and rookie, Colt McCoy in pre-season. Through the pre-season games, he wasn’t too bad and he actually protected the football. As the Browns opened up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however, the same old Jake was back in full effect.
Delhomme had a decent first half but then he made one of the dumbest decisions and passes I’ve ever seen. As is Jake’s M.O., he tried to force a pass as he was being sacked, deep in his own territory, with less than 2 minutes left in the half. It ultimately changed the entire course of the game and contributed to a Browns loss. If he hadn’t been infamous for these types of horrendous decisions, I would tend to side with all the homers and apologists who blame Jake’s injury for this play and the rest of his poor plays against the Bucs and in his limited action this season.
But the fact of the matter is that Jake routinely makes not just bad or inaccurate passes, but just flat out stupid decisions. During yesterday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, Jake was picked off twice and literally could have, and quite frankly, should have been picked off at least two other times as well. Yet again early in the game, Jake tried to get rid of a ball as he was being sacked instead of throwing it away or eating it and if it hadn’t hit a defensive lineman, it would have been intercepted and likely returned for a TD.
Then, take a look at the two interceptions he threw on his first two passes in the second half, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Jake consistently forced balls into tight coverage and is actually lucky to have only thrown 2 interceptions. Again, if it weren’t Jake Delhomme we were talking about, I’d tend to give him the benefit of the doubt that the injury and rust caused these poor throws and decisions. But when Jake is perfectly healthy and in rhythm, he does the same thing. Over and over and over and over again.
At this point, we know who Jake is. He’s a veteran leader who’s been an outstanding mentor and teacher for Colt McCoy. But in each of his appearances this season, he has hurt the team’s chances at victory. He’s not going to improve with more reps or more treatment on his ankle. He’s just not. I can deal with bad throws from time to time, but the ridiculous and careless decisions he makes on a weekly basis is too much for an average Browns team to overcome.
Colt McCoy seems to be the preferred choice of Eric Mangini and the Browns coaching staff and obviously he’s injured. But for the love of all things holy… please stop giving Jake Delhomme the football. Seneca Wallace isn’t going to light up the NFL, but he’s a much better option for the Browns than Delhomme. Unless Wallace is completely hobbled by injury still, he is by far the better option. Delhomme is just far too reckless with the football and seems to have no regard for his team. Some of the throws he makes on a regular basis absolutely disgust me coming from a “veteran” and a “leader”.
I do believe Jake is a leader from what I’ve seen and heard. He’s done a great job providing leadership in the locker room and mentoring Colt McCoy. But that doesn’t mean you have to keep trotting him out onto the field when he clearly hurts your chances at success. A common misnomer is that veterans make smart decisions. Clearly, this is a myth.
There is no way a reasonable person can look at what Jake Delhomme has done not only this year for the Browns, but last year with the Panthers, and tell me that he’s the Browns’ best option for the rest of the season. If Mangini wants to win a few more games and save his job, I sure hope he pulls the plug on Delhomme.
By now you’ve seen the “fight” between Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson and Tennessee Titans Cornerback Cortland Finnegan. I say “fight” because Dre destroyed the mouthy and largely considered, dirty, Finnegan. The two see a lot of each other within the AFC South and Finnegan is known as one of the mouthiest and dirtiest players in the NFL.
After Dre torched him all day and the Texans were beating down the Titans, Finnegan kept at Andre Johnson to the point that Dre responded. He didn’t just respond with your typical football fight of shoving and grabbing facemasks either. Johnson threw him to the ground like a little kid and landed a couple pretty good punches.
No, this wasn’t your normal BS football fight with pushing and trash talk while the other players break it up before anyone can actually do something. It was so good, in fact, that I put together a little remix video of the brawl.
You’ve seen the video on ESPN and on Youtube dozens of times by now. But you haven’t seen this!
Check it out and enjoy.
Here’s a shocker… The Miami Heat players are trying to get Coach Erik Spoelstra fired behind the scenes, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard.
For anyone who has paid any attention whatsoever, this should be no surprise at all. LeBron James has been publicly disrespecting Coach Spo all season and criticizing the coach for playing him too many minutes. LeBron also purposely bumped into Coach Spo in their loss to Dallas over the weekend. Chris Bosh also publicly criticized the coach for “working them too hard”.
The report indicates that the players are quietly grumbling about Coach Spo’s effectiveness and competence as a coach. They also believe he’s panicking in an attempt to keep his job. They specifically complain that he “isn’t allowing them to be themselves” and is “working them too hard”. One of the other reasons, and this should be no surprise whatsoever, is that Coach Spo publicly called out LeBron James. C’mon… everyone knows by now that NOTHING is LeBron’s fault and no one, let alone a coach, can ever call him out in front of his teammates.
Spoelstra reportedly criticized LeBron in front of the team telling him that he needed to get more serious. He then called him out in front of the team during a shoot around saying that he can never tell when he’s serious. Now I don’t know about you, but if THIS is being taken as harsh criticism by LeBron James, then he’s softer and more mentally weak than I EVER imagined! What a PU$$Y!!!
The players are also apparently questioning Coach Spo’s offensive strategy. If you’ve watched any games at all, you can see right through this. They’re trying to blame the coach, but it’s LeBron and company that are butchering the offense. When they’re unable to push the ball in transition, you see 1 of two things.
1. LeBron dribbles down the clock and either hoists up a fall away jumper or drives into traffic while 4 guys spot up and wait for a pass.
2. Dwayne Wade handles the ball and LeBron stands around on the wing.
Right, I’m sure it’s Coach Spo’s fault that LeBron is running a far worse version of his Cavaliers offense. I’m sure it’s Coach Spo’s fault that LeBron refuses to move without the ball or develop any sort of a post game whatsoever.
It’s no shock that these prima donnas are blaming the coach for their immense failure thus far this season. Just a couple months ago, LeBron James and company stood up on stage and declared themselves NBA champions for the next 8 years. They mocked the entire NBA and the 2 time defending champion Lakers for much of the summer and early NBA season.
Of course, their failure isn’t the players’ fault. It’s only a strange coincidence that the Heat look more like a watered down version of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s not LeBron’s fault that he’s dominating the ball and destroying any kind of offense whatsoever and turning Dwyane Wade into a jumpshooter. It much be the coach’s fault that they have zero toughness or leadership and that they just want to “chill”.
The details from Chris Broussard are not shocking, but they’re disturbing. And just as Phil Jackson predicted, Erik Spoelstra will wind up getting run out of Miami primarily by disgruntled and suddenly lazy LeBron James. LeBron has made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t respect or even like Coach Spo and he’s going to make sure he’s not around for long. The funny thing is, however, that people think Pat Riley will change things.
Pat Riley is a great coach, executive, and NBA icon. But LeBron James doesn’t respect anyone. Mike Brown took the blame for the Cavaliers offensive woes for 7 years in Cleveland. It was Mike Brown who wasn’t offensively bright enough and who forced the Cavaliers to stand around and watch LeBron James dribble down the shot clock. Well, maybe not so much. As we found out, LeBron James disrespected and undercut Brown constantly. LeBron consistently waived off offensive plays and schemes and did what he wanted. He was just good enough that it worked more often than not.
But when the playoffs came and against good teams, LeBron failed time and time again. Of course, it was never LeBron’s fault. It was always his teammates and/or coaches that held him back. Of course, once he was teamed up with his BFF’s and under the tutelage of NBA legend Pat Riley, they would shatter the NBA record books.
It’s still possible that they get this thing turned around, but it’s unlikely. LeBron has shown that he respects no one and I don’t think it will be any different with Pat Riley. He may publicly say and do the right things, but when it comes down to it, LeBron respects, and listens to one man. LeBron James.
Erik Spoelstra was in a no-win situation from the minute Pat Riley assembled this team. If they made it work and won a title, he merely did was he was supposed to do and what any coach could do with that team. If they struggle, however, it will never be the players’ fault. The Heat can’t change their roster at this point and those “stars” aren’t going anywhere for a few years. The only thing that can be changed, fair or unfair, is the coach.
At this point it’s crystal clear that LeBron James and Chris Bosh at a minimum have zero respect for Spoelstra. Udonis Haslem, the only player with any leadership or toughness on the team is out for an extended period of time and his influence is significantly diminished. LeBron James is running rough-shot over the Heat organization just as he did in Cleveland, but this time, it’s shaping up to be catastrophe.
Yesterday’s matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers was quietly one of the better games as well as one of the more intriguing matchups of the day. The Steelers had to withstand a wide open, blatantly dropped touchdown by up and coming WR Steve Johnson in overtime to get the win.
Steve Johnson then went on to blame God for his drops on the day and James Harrison was yet AGAIN flagged for a personal foul for leading with his head. But the latest interesting storyline on this game happened last night during NBC’s Football in America broadcast.
Rodney Harrison was providing “analysis” of the highlights of this game when he described Bills RB Fred Jackson as “The greatest player you’ve EVER heard of.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but when I think of the greatest players I’ve ever heard of only a handful of names come to mind… Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, John Elway, Johnny Unitas, Lawrence Taylor, etc. But Bills RB Fred Jackson has never, and will never come to mind when discussing the greatest players I’ve ever heard of!!!
Now, obviously I’m just joking as Rodney obviously meant to say “The greatest player you’ve NEVER heard of”, but the constant butchering of the english language by these NFL analysts is growing very tiring. It would be one thing if he misspoke and went on, but Rodney said it twice during the segment!
Rodney was a very good player and just about every analyst that is on TV today was as well. But you would think these networks could train these morons to at least speak the language moderately well!!!
Good lord, get these guys a copy of Rosetta Stone or something!
During yesterday’s game between the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field, we witnessed yet another tragedy related to a person falling at a sporting event.
23 year old Stewart Haverty was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 5:24 PM after he fell out of Soldier Field and landed on a roof-top on the west side of the Stadium. The incident occured at 4:55 PM during the game according to Chicago Police and Fire officials.
Haverty reportedly fell approximately 20 feet and landed on a small roof-top on of the stadium near Lake Shore Drive. Witnesses report that the man ran up to the ledge and jumped.
It is unknown at this point what the man’s intentions were and if drugs or alcohol were involved. An autopsy is schedule for today.