Category: Sports

The Dan LeBatard Show: A Dynasty of Irrational Genius

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Sports and sports media are not what they used to be. Or is it that sports and sports media are no longer what we once fantasized them to be? The days of a sportscaster simply regurgitating stats and scores are already a thing of the past. The idea of gladiators in an arena fighting to the death never existed in our lifetime. At least, I don’t think they did.

Just in the last ten years alone, the athletes themselves have also gone through a metamorphosis in ways unlike what any of us could have ever imagined. Not only in how they train and the physical specimens they turn into (sometimes chemically enhanced), but also in how interactively accessible they have become to their adoring public and haters alike.

The days of little kids with posters on their walls of their favorite players in various superhero poses are long gone. Is the term “posterized” even current anymore? Is it still a thing? We think the athletes have become soft; that they care more about their livelihood, brand, and reputation off the field than their performance on the field.

seau lifeSadly, it’s become obvious more than ever the extremely difficult transition many professional athletes are having when their playing days are over. There’s no support system of any kind provided by any league to help players transition into life after playing. Many go broke within just a few years, spiral into depression, or worse. Unless they go into broadcasting or coaching, the level of helplessness they feel is insurmountable and the consequences can be so tragic.

We have become so aware of all of these things. So my questions are as follows: How did that happen? Why did that happen? Whom do we blame for that? Or thank? Is it social media? Is it the Internet as a whole? Is it concussions? How about the sports journalists who cover the careers of these athletes and the teams they play for? What’s their role in all this?

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How The NFL Could Potentially Die

feature.nfl_.shield.640x360So the NFL is truly in a delicate state right now. I’ve been trying to listen and watch from afar trying to dissect every bit of information that has been reported, leaked, and/or otherwise made public. It’s been very jarring. It’s been very disturbing. It’s been very difficult to comprehend. I’m not talking about the sudden flooding of reports of players being accused/indicted/charged with domestic violence and child abuse. That’s not difficult to comprehend. Or how the NFL is playing wannabe CIA cover-up. That’s just stupid. More importantly, my issue is that of head injuries that result in CTE and/or other horrible tragedies as a byproduct of CTE. I’m not going to go into specifics on injuries or brain tissue or anything like that. I’m not a doctor. I’m not anywhere near it, so I won’t even try. What I do want to ask as an open-ended question is the following: (more…)

Le Batard’s “You’re Welcome, LeBron” Banner Raised In Cleveland

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 1.02.47 PMDan Le Batard is at it again with his antics in true Le Batard form. Over the past month or so, the entire sportscaster lineup of 790 The Ticket in Miami has been mulling over how they personally feel about LeBron James’ departure from the Miami Heat and his “Decision 2” to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Le Batard has been truly the most passive and almost apathetic in his attitude simply saying how happy he was when LeBron was in Miami and grateful for the two championships and the most amazing four years in recent history of Miami sports. To no surprise, (if you listen to the show regularly,) his co-hosts Stugotz and Mike Ryan have expressed blatant and belligerent protest complete with empty threats to the point of comical.  But it wasn’t till about two weeks ago that a sportscaster on a morning show came up with a hilarious “what if” and Le Batard, in his infinite lovable hubris, decided to run with it. (more…)

LeBatard on LeBron: The Decision Part 2

imgresThere’s something really captivating and interesting about Dan LeBatard and his nationally syndicated show on ESPN radio and locally in Miami, Florida on 790 The Ticket. I’ve mentioned it before in a previous post about how he cares more about the sociology of sports than the stat sheet. It’s something I, as a math idiot, find very welcoming. While some of the biggest names in ESPN such as Stephen A. Smith and Chris Broussard have spent the last few weeks waiting, speculating, hypothesizing, stating their “gut feelings” and maybe even starting some rumors of their own that have been circulating ever since the Miami Heat were picked apart by the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA Finals, LeBatard has just sat back and looked at the whole thing from the outside. He brings forth a perspective that is (along with the help of Bomani Jones, Stugotz, and Mike Ryan) insightful and extremely entertaining. (more…)

The Sports Show That Has (Almost) VIRTUALLY NOTHING To Do With Sports! (And Why It’s So Epic)

LeBatard thongI’m a Miami guy who loves sports (especially basketball and football.)  To stay updated with my favorite players and teams, I watch SportsCenter whenever I can and games on TV.  It’s gonna be a little bit harder to watch my favorite teams these days because I moved 3000 miles and crossed 3 time zones.  Nevertheless, there’s one podcast that makes me feel closer to my hometown, keeps me up to date with all my sports needs, and it has something that no other sports show or podcast has…

LOCAL FLAVOR!!

Of course there are local sports shows and sports radio stations around the country that pander to certain audiences, demographics, sports fans, etc.  But these particular “sportscasters” go monumental steps further by taking countless idiotic steps backwards in the name of their profession and I love them for it.  I’m talking about  (more…)

The Heat is On… Like REALLY ON!! Harlem Shake Style!

Miami Heat RosterI’ll admit Miami is a city full of fair-weather and bandwagon fans.  There are always exceptions to the rule, of course, but for the most part Miami professional sports will only get as much attention as the victories that precede them.  Unlike cities with an incredible winning legacy like the Lakers, Knicks, Celtics, and Bulls, the fans of Miami sports will only show up only if the teams are winning.  Be it the Dolphins, Panthers, Marlins (which is getting a lot of collective hate right now) or the Heat.  I won’t go as far as saying that we’re hypocrites (others might though) but we definitely are influenced by the moment and the now.

With the addition of Ray Allen during the off-season and Chris Anderson a few weeks ago, the 2012 NBA champs are now on a tear that is so much more than a winning streak and it certainly looks like we’re on our way to winning back-to-back titles.  Here’s the thing: the Miami Heat has this amazing chemistry and trust on and off the court that is transcending multiple mediums.  They are going for their 13th win in a row tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies who also currently have an 8-game winning streak.  Will they win every game in the remainder of the season?  Realistically, probably not, but this team certainly looks unstoppable in every sense of the word in the immediate future.  Recently, I remember hearing interviews with Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.  Presumably they don’t talk much off the court and now they sound like a couple of 7th Grade girls with he-said she-said bickering going on.  Look at how the Lakers are doing… they probably won’t even make the playoffs this season.

Normally at a Miami Heat game, if you manage to walk into the arena a half hour before tip-off, you’ll be in a mostly empty arena.  Why?  It’s Miami.  We’re on this thing called “Cuban Time.”  It’s a blessing and a curse.  Basically it’s an inherit cultural coding to arrive late to things.  But in regards to that and in addition to all the pressure LeBron was receiving regarding his decision to not participate in the dunk contest, now several members of the Heat team (including LeBron) participate in this pre-game warmup that looks like a mini dunk contest.  It’s become so popular, in fact, that heat.com will be doing live streams of the warmup from now on.

And just so that you can see how much fun the team has in addition to their hard work, they released a Harlem Shake video that is absolutely hilarious.  Check this out and try not to laugh.

U Cheaters!!

People can develop grudges.  I guess it’s a part of the human condition.  But here’s a doozy… and it sucks.  University of Miami (or “The U” to those of you who are from Miami) booster Nevin Shapiro has been arrested for fraud and now is deciding to open the floodgates after his former players, now NFL superstars, didn’t come to his aid over his legal problems.  In over 100 hours of in-jail interviews he named names and gave details of all the illicit benefits he provided for a minimum of seventy-two players over an eight-year period (2002-2010) and said that everyone in the front office knew about it!  Shapiro is willing and has already started to release names, pictures, bank statements, and credit card bills to prove the extent of illegal activity that went on.  You can read the actual article posted on Yahoo yesterday here but I’d like to present a rather controversial and apposing opinion. (more…)

“Miami Thrice”, “Los Tres Leches de Chocolate”, “The 3 Amigos”… We Got It All!!!

FINALLY!!!  After what has really been about two years of speculation, rumors, talks, and the craziest media super-frenzy anyone has ever seen, the top 3 players of the 2010 NBA Free Agency have all chosen their teams.  And who would have thought, they all chose the Miami Heat!!!  The 2003 1st, 4th, and 5th pick of the NBA draft (LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade respectively) all signed extensions with their own former teams (Cavs, Raptors, and Heat) so that they could purposely all be free agents at the same time so that they could simply be free agents together.  At the end of this past season, the fans and NBA had many revelations revealed. (more…)

MLB’s Robbery Of Perfection: The Jim Joyce Admitted Screw-Up

Have you ever achieved complete perfection at something?  How about being so close at achieving it to have it falsely taken away from you?  I was watching a baseball game because, well there was nothing else to watch.  I’m not a very big baseball fan, but I was very interested in what was happening.  Detroit Tigers pitcher, Venezuelan-born Armando Galarraga, was three batters away from achieving a perfect game.  Doing so would have made it the third perfect game of this MLB season and the first time that happens in MLB history.  (There hasn’t been a two-perfect game season before this one since 1880!)

Galarraga was now one out away from reaching perfection.  (more…)

What Now, Wade? Bosh? Amare? LeBron???

Last Thursday, the Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs by the rapidly-aging Boston Celtics in 5 games. This was despite the fact that the Cavs had the best record in the Eastern Conference with a very impressive 61-21 record during the regular season. But as all NBA fans know, the regular season record means close to nothing once you get to the playoffs.

This summer also marks one of the most closely watched in many years because it’s the year where Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, and LeBron James, (along with several others) become free agents. These NBA superstars have
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