Category: Sports

The cost of becoming famous


In an international incident, three UCLA basketball players were detained in China for stealing sunglasses. One of them was LiAngelo Ball, younger brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. The Ball family has come to prominence in the world of sporting news in large part due to the outspoken patriarch of the family: LaVar.

This week, the family announced that LaVar has pulled LiAngelo out of school (which is still confusing how a grown man gets pulled out of school, but it fits the overbearing m.o. of LaVar). As with everything, LaVar has made a spectacle out of the situation. He tried to justify the players, arguing that they weren’t punished further in China, so why should they face consequences now that they’re back here n the United States?

The Ball family has their own reality show called Ball in the Family, which is clearly their attempt to be like the Kardashians (and the two shows are produced by the same group). LaVar is also often times trying to hock products from their Big Baller Brand apparel line. Continue reading “The cost of becoming famous”

Greatest quarterback, greatest coach, greatest Super Bowl 

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I don’t care about the New England Patriots. But I do appreciate greatness. And Tom Brady showed tonight why he is the best quarterback of all time. There’s not even a legitimate debate. The only thing the Joe Montana camp has is the terrible argument “well he never lost a Super Bowl.” 

So? He had fewer teams who were good enough to MAKE it to the Super Bowl.  Continue reading “Greatest quarterback, greatest coach, greatest Super Bowl “

Bad arguments abound on why Ohio State shouldn’t make playoff 

I’ve heard more bad arguments in regards to the college football playoff this week then I heard from people during the election cycle earlier this year. 

Tomorrow, the four playoff teams will be named. It looks quite likely that Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, and Washington will be those four teams.  Continue reading “Bad arguments abound on why Ohio State shouldn’t make playoff “

Life lesson for Wolverines

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When I was in seminary, I had a professor who was one of the best New Testament scholars in the world (D.A. Carson). He would give us these Bible quizzes that were RIDICULOUS. He’d ask totally obscure questions. Most people hated them. Dr. Carson wasn’t empathetic when one day he said “life is hard and then you die, get used to it.” Continue reading “Life lesson for Wolverines”

Harbaugh, practice film: what sportsmanship is and isn’t

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Last weekend, the college football season began as Hawaii and Cal played a game in Sydney, Australia.

This week, Cal is off while Hawaii plays in Ann Arbor, MI against the Wolverines.

For the Wolverines, they’ve had a chance to see Hawaii play a game. Hawaii enters this game with no such luxury and asked Wolverine coach Jim Harbuagh for film of an inner squad scrimmage. Continue reading “Harbaugh, practice film: what sportsmanship is and isn’t”

Lochte lies, lessons in honesty

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Sunday morning, see a story about Ryan Lochte and three other Team USA swimmers being held up at gunpoint. I think “wow, how terrifying.”

Yesterday, I see stories that the Brazilian authorities don’t believe the story, and I think “how corrupt is this country!”

But then the stories start to conflict, swimmers start to backtrack (back stroke?).

Then we see that there is camera footage of the swimmers returning, the alleged cab they took can’t be found. There’s no evidence to back up their story. Continue reading “Lochte lies, lessons in honesty”

LeBron’s historic finals: greatest player of all time

LeBron James – Photo by Keith Allison, Wikimeia commons

No one thought Cleveland would win this series. Golden State had had the winningest season of all time. They had won last year. Cleveland was overmatched, didn’t have the depth. It was the best player in the game (Steph Curry) vs LeBron, who’s past his prime, a shadow of his former greatness.

And the series began as many expected. Golden State up 2-0. Cleveland responded well at home but lost a hard fought game four. The series was effectively over. Many expected the team to roll over. In game 5, without Draymond Green, the Cavs dominated. In game six, with Green back, Cleveland wouldn’t be able to keep up. But the won again. Continue reading “LeBron’s historic finals: greatest player of all time”