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      Last week the NFL Hall Fame in Canton, Ohio, held it's annual induction ceremony. Admitting to the Hall just a few of the best athletes the game has ever known. And, like most years, the make up of the list is questioned. Why didn't this player get voted in and why did this player. What is odd is that this year there exist the agony of one player who, though he got voted, held a personal boycott of the induction ceremony. His name is Terrell Owens, an NFL legend.

      He chose not to attend. Instead he gave a speech from the grounds of the University --University Of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC)-- for whom he played the game as a collegiate student athlete. Nothing of this sort had ever been done before. When he spoke to the gathered media he said that he was not skipping the ceremony because he wasn't selected on the first ballot, which everyone admits his talents and career success on the field surely qualified him, but because how unfair the people who run the selection process, sports writers, are. They are too hung up on player personality to the point they overlook player performance and career contributions to the game itself. And for that reason he wasn't selected on the first or second time his name was on the ballot, to which many were stunned. However, on his third ballot did make it into the Hall.

      This three year delay was uncalled for. One of the greatest to ever play his position was basically reprimanded, held back, by people who did not vote for him for reasons other than what the rules require. On both points he was indeed correct. So he passed up a once in a lifetime opportunity to speak his mind at the induction ceremony, and personally honor his selection, to speak louder by not attending.

      And to this shame the HOF committee is now contemplating doing something that is so un-American that people are stunned. After his refusal to show up to the ceremony they are considering passing a new rule which says that all selected entrants must attend the ceremony to receive the Halls honors. This act is appalling. Not even Congress requires recipients of the Medal of Honor to attend. The Nobel Prize doesn't require their prize winners to show up in person --Bob Dylan most recently didn't accept the award bestowed on him-- but they didn't say, well we are going to take it back because you didn't show up. People don't even have to show up to receive and Oscar, sorry this actor couldn't make it so we are accepting it on his/her behalf.

      The NFL Hall Of Fame needs to grow a pair, and let this stupid rule go. You don't do such things because you are mad, because you got your feelings hurt.

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      Foul! Foul! I'm Calling The Cops! LOL!

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          [Sports/Blurb]

          Yabberz believe it or not. Reads like a joke, but it isn't.

          Guy runs into a screen during a basketball game and calls a foul, then he calls the cops. Yeah, he calls the cops over a what he thought was an illegal screen.

          Just damn.

          I hope they charge the caller with placing an improper call to the police.

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          Michigan Vs. Villinova.

          Any one going to watch the Men's NCAA Basketball Final Game tonight?

          Any predictions?

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          Michael Or LeBron?

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              Half Myth, Half Amazing

              How the next generation of NBA stars learned about Michael Jordan

              Warner Bros./Ringer Illustration

              Michael Jordan or LeBron James? It is one of the essential questions in the modern era of sports fandom, encompassing facts and biases, statistics and anecdotal evidence, and the ever-shifting barometer of cultural relevance. It turns friends into foes, barbershops into the site of parliamentary debates, and the Super Bowl LII champions into bickering schoolchildren. The question of Jordan or LeBron may live on for longer than they do. So, before we fully gear up for what should be a frenzied second half of the season, why not celebrate and examine the impact of two of the most influential players in basketball history?

              Welcome to Jordan-LeBron Week.


              Donovan Mitchell and Dennis Smith Jr. didn’t even have to think about it. The two rookies stood at center court of the Los Angeles Convention Center last Friday morning in the middle of practice for that night’s Rising Stars Game, answering parlor-game questions from an in-arena host.

              “Who is the best dunker, Michael or Vince?”

              “Vince,” they responded, one after another, without hesitation.

              Both Mitchell and Smith Jr., 21 and 20 years old, respectively, can remember watching Vince Carter in his heyday. Mitchell would even go on to honor him one night later, busting out an early-era no. 15 Raptors jersey and throwing down a patented Carter 360 windmill in the slam dunk contest.

              Michael Jordan, meanwhile, has become more myth than half-man. Asked later where he first heard of MJ’s exploits, Smith, a North Carolina native, said “My pops. He didn’t want hear no comparisons.” After learning of Jordan, Smith went on YouTube and tuned into NBATV in search of Jordan’s greatest hits. “It was all the things the old heads will tell you about him,” Smith said.

              The NBA’s next generation was on full display at this year’s All-Star Weekend. But as the game turns to young players like Mitchell and Smith, it’s simultaneously distancing itself from a past ruled by Jordan. Some of the future stars were barely toddlers during Jordan’s final hurrah in Washington.

              To the league’s next hopeful superstars, the greatest figure in the game’s history has become a research topic, not an experience they lived through. The young guys all know about Jordan’s greatness. But, these days, that knowledge usually comes from video, posters, or stories from friends and family.

              “Movies, Space Jam, things like that. He’s got his own shoe that sells everywhere and everybody wears it,” Ben Simmons, 21, said. “You just knew who Michael is.”


              Jordan is the foundation of John Collins’s basketball career. From the time he was 3 years old, Collins said his mother would play the Jordan documentary Come Fly With Me for him every morning.

              “I used to literally wake up and she had that playing for me,” he said. “On repeat.”

              After Come Fly With Me came Space Jam. Collins soon became obsessed with Jordan movies. He learned about Jordan’s high school career, his national title victory at North Carolina, and his NBA influence—all from films.

              “I would do research on Jordan. I knew his stats,” said Collins, 20. “It was kind of tough for me to really let it sink in how great he was, and how much impact he had on the game because I wasn’t around then. But from what I just watched and learned and saw about what he did … I could just see he was no. 1, and it hasn’t been replicated since.”

              Kemba Walker is old enough to remember his father’s loud scream when Jordan rose up and hit the game-winning shot during Game 6 of the 1998 Finals. “I’ll never forget that,” he said. Walker, 28, now plays for Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets, and he was first introduced to the player via a library of VHS tapes at his home in the Bronx.

              Jamal Murray, who grew up in Ontario, Canada, had a similar experience. “The old technology,” the 20-year-old said of his own Jordan VHS tapes. “I didn’t have cable or internet growing up, so I had to do what I had to do.” Grizzlies rookie Dillon Brooks’s Jordan education came from a literal book. His mother and his aunt would flood him with Jordan research material, including a history of the top-50 NBA players. “I’m a student of the game. I always try to watch the greats, and I got educated on [the book],” said Brooks, who was born in 1996, the year Jordan won his fourth championship. “I know that Michael Jordan is a straight killer.”

              For most players, YouTube became the window into Jordan’s feats.

              “I go on YouTube and just type his name in, watch the Flu Game, and all the other games he played in,” Kris Dunn, 23, said. Dunn, in his first season with the Bulls, is seeing a lot more of Jordan these days. Growing up, he heard about him from his older brother. “He was a dominant force, no one could stop him,” Dunn said Friday before asking some of the older assembled media for some help. “Didn’t he dunk on every center in the league?”

              Joel Embiid, who grew up in Cameroon, has to take people at their word when it comes to Jordan’s legend. “For me, it was a little more complicated because I got into basketball when I was about 15,” he said. “When I came to the States, I really didn’t have any knowledge about the history of basketball. But everybody said he’s the best player.”

              Embiid has since dabbled in Jordan video clips, too. The verdict? “He was kinda good,” Embiid said, before pausing for effect. “Nah, he was really good.”

              Buddy Hield, who grew up in the Bahamas, has also seen the clips. But the Kings guard acknowledged a bit of distance from the subject as a result.

              “I’m not gonna lie, when people say Michael Jordan is the greatest, I don’t know if he’s the greatest,” Hield said. “I only watched highlights, and I go off what people said. You gotta trust people because you know if you watch stuff live, it’s different.”


              In March 2017, after passing Jordan for most postseason points ever, LeBron James talked about Jordan’s impact on his career.

              “I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike,” he told reporters after the game in Boston. “When you’re growing up and you’re seeing Michael Jordan, it’s almost like a god. So I didn’t ever believe I could be Mike. So I started to focus myself on other players and other people around my neighborhood because I never thought you could get to a point where Mike was. So I think that helped shape my game.”

              The next generation of NBA players shared similar sentiments. Only now, they’re crediting more recent superstars, including LeBron himself.

              “We watched Kobe Bryant and we watched LeBron,” Hield said. “Even the Tracy McGradys and the Allen Iversons.”

              “I don’t know much about [Jordan], but I am a Kobe fan,” Bogdan Bogdanovic, a 25-year-old rookie from Belgrade, said. “So Kobe I know, not Jordan.”

              Jayson Tatum is quick to talk about his affinity for Kobe Bryant. For Taurean Prince, whose childhood room in Texas was filled with posters of Jordan and other NBA stars, his muse is Allen Iverson.

              “He was the most influential player in my era,” Prince said. “I was actually able to watch him play.”

              But even though they may not have been around to see his greatness when it happened, Jordan’s name still rings out. Domantas Sabonis’s father, Arvydas, was a legend of the international game before playing seven seasons for the Portland Trail Blazers. Arvydas was “a god” to Domantas, but growing up, the younger Sabonis was drawn to Jordan through YouTube clips.

              “If you truly liked basketball, you didn’t have to watch TV to know Michael Jordan,” Sabonis said.

              They know about the big shots, the dunks, the rings. They may not have seen Jordan at his peak, but they can see his imprint everywhere around today’s NBA. Jordan might not officially be the Logo, like Jerry West, but his silhouette adorned every jersey in Sunday’s All-Star Game.

              “Everybody wants to be Michael Jordan,” Prince said. “It’s just that staple of the game.”

              “He’s the best player that ever played,” Tatum said. “I think.”

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