Archive for May, 2011

The NBA Finals which tipoff tonight, will feature the Miami Heat against the Dallas Mavericks, the two teams who through three playoff rounds have clearly proven to be the best in the world this year. That said, the real headliners of this series are the Heat’s LeBron James and Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki.

This match up is reminiscent of the classic Bird versus Magic rivalry more than 25 years ago – two of the league’s most important stars playing the best basketball of their careers.

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It was Memorial Day around the rest of the country but it likely seemed like Doomsday in central Ohio. The news that beloved, but beleaguered Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was quitting under fire, hit Columbus and the sports world like the worst kind of natural disaster. If in fact any of the allegations against players and the apparent “cover up” by coach Tressel are true, then what this case really exposes is the need for players and dozens, if not hundreds of fans and supporters, to play misguided roles in athletic glory.

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Lance Armstrong’s personal story is one of the most seductive ever told. It is tailor-made for human beings who desperately need someone to believe in and be inspired by. But Armstrong’s story is also a fairy tale.

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Dirk Nowitzki’s game Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder will go down as one of the greatest playoff performances of all-time. It’s not just that he scored 48 points, and led his team to a convincing win, but it’s how he did it. Nowitzki missed only 3 shots all game, and was 24 for 24 from the free throw line. It was a dominant, career-defining performance for a guy who for whatever reason has never really gotten his just due.

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