Today when all the sports reporters, sports fans and others get together to celebrate the Orlando Magic’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, they should remember that Lebron is still the king. As I a fan, I sat at home and watched all the Cavaliers games this regular and post season. I remembered the losses especially for Lebron, because you could tell he was hungry for a better result. Fortunately for Lebron during the regular season, his teammates showed up and were productive when it counted. But the playoffs is a beast by itself and certainly made victims of the Cavaliers. In my opnion, Lebron will needs more supports next year, nothing against the current players, but you need to show up every single night whether it the regular or post season. I admired Lebron’s leadership through it all, he was a star who shined every game, and even his worst performance was better than his teammates’ best.
After all he was the leading scorer in the playoffs, but when he was asked about it, he made little of the fact, always lifting up his teammates. Even though he was averaging 44 minutes per game, he did not whine about it. He play offense, he played defense, he was a cheerleader, he was a motivator and he was the curtain call.
I think the most touching moment for me was in Game 4, when Lebron was seen wiping blood off of Mo Williams’ face, as a result of an injury Williams sustained during the game. Now that was a touching moment that gave us a peek into the soul of a champion.
So today when we play “Sunday Morning Head Coach,” lets take the loss for all its worth and give Lebron the merit he deserves, lets not speculate if he is going to leave Cleveland, just let the guy breathe and watch his highlights. And yes I was a witness that he is KING.
On the urging of my 16-year old daughter, I began listening to Lady Gaga a few weeks ago, and since then I have loaded her “Poker Face” song to my Zune, and now “rocks” this tune daily. Cool points for me. The song is very catchy and the singer/songwriter “Gaga” is pop music’s latest intrigue and phenom, more in the likes of Madonna and Gwen Stefani.
But its not Madonna or Gwen Stefani that Gaga has put on notice. She is indirectly gunning for Katy Perry’s “street cred,” so Katy Perry, you had better watch out, because Gaga is up and about. Lady Gaga is knocking on the door of pop stardom and looks like she is hitting real hard. Lady Gaga struts the streets pants-less, has everyone from Weezer to Justin Timberlake singing her songs and has racked up music sales of nearly 10 million digital singles. Gaga just made the cover of Rolling Stone’s annual Hot List.
In an interview with Brian Hiatt of Rolling Stone Gaga says she did not feel that she looks like the other perfect little pop singers. “I think I’m changing what people think is sexy.” Gaga is also changing what it means to be a 21st century pop star, and she’s doing it through 24 hours a day of fierce work — she’s a walking Gaga art project, known as much for her outrageous fashion sense as her Eighties-flavored dance hits. “The truth is, the psychotic woman that I truly am, comes out when I’m not working.” She is known for rocking the outrageous fashion in the likes of Cyndi Lauper. Her voice is fierce, her musical sound is amazing, and she seems here to stay. But the Rolling Stone cover says it all. Join me and my daughter for the rolling out of the new pop princess….”poker face” style…Lady Gaga.
Former Barcelona player and now Coach, Pep Guardiola has joined the ranks of soccer legends, after his win yesterday over powerhouse Manchester United. The 38-year old Guardiola has swept the Spanish and Cup Championships, being the youngest coach to accomplish this achievement. Speaking as a diehard ManU fan, I tip my hat to Pep, as his players never missed a step. Guardiola who started a ball boy at Camp Nou has come a long way baby. Guardiola became the youngest coach to win European soccer’s top club competition since the European Cup became the Champions League in 1993. Barcelona also won the trophy in 1992 and 2006.
“No team has ever done the treble in Spain, and we’ll be remembered as the first team to do it,” Barcelona striker Thierry Henry said. “That’s amazing.”
Manchester United was chasing its fourth European Cup title and fourth trophy this season after winning the Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup and League Cup.
Samuel Eto’o put the Spanish champions ahead in the 10th minute and Messi’s 70th-minute goal – his ninth in the Champions League this season – sealed the victory over the defending champions at the Stadio Olimpico.
ManU was thoroughly outplayed by the Spanish side as Messi scored his 38th goal of an amazing year for Barcelona, which has 53 league and cup goals this season. Xavi floated a diagonal ball into the United area to find Messi unmarked, and the 5-fooot-7 (1.69 m) Argentina striker – renowned for his deft dribbling and shooting – used his head to loop the ball over United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar and into the net.
Messi set off colorful celebrations at one end of the stadium, filled with 62,467 fans, and left English fans in silence. The loss left Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson at 25 titles in 23 seasons. He failed to match Liverpool’s Bob Paisley’s three titles in the competition. “We started the game brightly. We were confident and we could have been in front,” Ferguson said. “We had the ball but didn’t use it very well. … We defended fantastically all season but they were two shoddy goals. South Korean winger Park Ji-sung became the first Asian to play in a Champions League final. He almost scored for United in the opening minute but his shot was deflected wide after Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kick had been blocked by the goalkeeper. It was the nearest United came to scoring all night.
The victory also marked the first Champions League title for Henry, the French striker who was on the losing side when Arsenal lost to Barcelona in 2006. “Finally, I’ve been waiting for so long to get this title and now finally today,” said Henry, who had been doubtful for the final because of a knee injury. “The last five minutes were the longest of my life.”
Sports analysts and other talking heads will be waging the battle in weeks to come as to whether Lionel Messi is the top player in the world or was it just a bad playing day for Cristiano Ronaldo. As a ManU fan who bleeds Manu pride I was a tot. There is always next year – thanks for the memories guys.
The countdown to Rome begins with the Manchester United team at the airport, all decked in suits, but finishes with them in soccer uniforms that spells power and dominace Go Red!!!
The four-year-old daughter of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson died on Tuesday, less than a day after her neck accidentally was caught in a treadmill cord while playing at home.
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Orlando’s head coach Stan Van Gundy was running off his mouth again on Monday, accusing Cavalier’s center Ben Wallace of flopping. Coach Van Gundy, who is famous for his loose-mouth comments on all topics basketball, no doubt was feeling excited after the game 3 win. Sadly for him that is no excuse to rant and disrepect players.
Van Gundy said Monday he was bothered by the number of times Cleveland guard Mo Williams and Wallace dropped to the floor in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. He said the pair fell down more times than a baby. Ben Wallace, who used to be a forceful player is coming back from an injury and has seen less that usual playing time in Cleveland. When asked about Van Gundy’s comments during Tuesday’s shootaround before Game 4, Wallace said Van Gundy should shut up. I personally think Coach Van Gundy should grow up.
Four time Pro Bowler tight end Jeremy Shockey was taken to the hospital after becoming dehydrated while attending a pool a party with several NFL players in Las Vegas.
According to spokesman Greg Bensel, Shockey was discharged from the hospital, and appears to be “in good shape now.”
The party apparently was at the Beach Club Pool at the Hard Rock Cafe Casino, another Saints official said.
Shockey made the Pro Bowl four times with the New York Giants but was traded to the Saints before last season. He caught 50 passes for career lows in yardage (483) and touchdowns (0) and missed five games with a sports hernia. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
In a time when women are making a mark in sports and all the other boy dominated areas of life. We can only hope that we will see three top gun competitors in one sports game or match. We see this in the LPGA, NCAA Women’s Sports, by the NASCAR bid for a female winner is about as rare as they come. Danica Patrick was the first woman to break through in racing. Now we have Milka Duno and Sarah Fisher, who have come to join Patrick. They will debut today for the first time in history at the Indy 500 race. For me it a testiment of fighting for what you want, and it writes home a story for me. You see, when I was 16 years old, I wanted so much to become a pilot or a female race car driver. I was allowed to do the cross-country races in Jamaica, but not to pursue the ultimate, as my dad thought 4 years in college was much more important. So I was derailed, but I have always had a deep love for for flying and racing. So today when these three ladies go to the pit, I will try to live my life through them, imaging that I was racing out there. I will cheer for them loudly, and lose myself in the rapture a bit. Knowing that if I had followed my own voice they could have had stiff competition. So Sarah, Danica and Milka go kick some butt today. Keep hanging with the boys!!!
Los Angeles Center Andrew Bynum says he is not getting enough playing time and I must say that I agree with his head coach’s response. Phil Jackson said that Bynum will get more minutes when he improves on defense.
Bynum criticized the Lakers’ defensive scheme after getting yanked from Game 2 early in the second half for his lackadaisical play that led to an easy bucket for Denver.
Jackson was displeased that Bynum didn’t hustle downcourt after failing to get a pass in the post, which allowed Nuggets center Nene to make a layup and draw a foul from Kobe Bryant. So, Bynum took a seat with 7:14 left in the third quarter and never returned, finishing with nine points, two rebounds, one foul and no turnovers in the Lakers’ 106-103 loss that evened the series at 1-1.
Bynum bristled Friday when asked about Denver’s frontcourt prowess in this series.
“They’re getting their stuff because of our defensive scheme. They’re just driving to the basket and nobody’s bumping them,” Bynum said, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Before Game 3, Bynum said he hadn’t discussed his criticism with his coach but he alternately stuck by his assertion and backed away from it.
“Yeah, and I think we went over some different things today, changed it up a little bit,” Bynum said of the defensive philosophies.
So, what exactly was wrong with the defensive scheme? “Not the scheme is the problem. We’re just not executing it,” Bynum said. “You’ve got to take away that middle pass. They’re throwing it into the middle and just getting too much penetration.”
Bynum is insisting that there is no friction between him and his head coach and now says the defensive scheme is just fine. I am wondering if his teammates sat him down and gave him a pep talk about team work, because he is not really execting as he should.
Grammy Award winner, Natalie Cole was released from the hospital just in time to attend a private family memorial service on Monday for her sister Carole “Cookie” Cole, who passed away following a battle with lung cancer the same day Natalie received her life-saving organ transplant.
Representatives for Cole says that she continues to do well under the circumstances.
In a tragic turn of events, Cole, who had been undergoing dialysis three times a week following complications from treatment for hepatitis C (now in remission), got the call that a donor organ was available while she was holding vigil at her ailing sister’s bedside.
Cole is expected to spend the next three to four months recuperating and will reschedule her summer tour dates in support of her album Still Unforgettable. Good luck to Natalie and her family. Stay strong!!!