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Big Story Banter: Duncan vs. LeBron

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Big Story Banter: Duncan vs. LeBron

Posted on 06 June 2014 by Brett Dickinson

As the NBA Finals are now underway, the debate will continue on the greatness of Miami Heat forward LeBron James.  But he is facing off against a familiar foe in the San Antonio Spurs, as well as their All-World forward Tim Duncan.  The Spurs took the first Finals matchup against “the best player in basketball” in 2007 (while with the Cleveland Cavaliers). LeBron achieved his redemption, as the Heat grasped victory from the jaws of defeat in the 2013 Finals.

Now this debate is “Who is the greater All-Time Player” between James and Duncan. Both have multiple titles and various awards throughout their careers, so the argument must be complex. Barry will take on LeBron’s side of the debate, while Brett tries to prove Duncan’s place in history.

LeBron James

LeBron James By: Barry Kamen 

I have a lot of respect for Tim Duncan, there is no debating who is the better player of all time. LeBron is the most physically gifted, well-rounded player in the NBA today. When the pride of Akron made his “decision” to sign with the Miami Heat, fans (myself included) were quick to turn their backs on the superstar for how he handled the free agent process. However, LeBron did what he had to do in order to win championships. There are three main categories where LeBron James holds a clear advantage over Tim Duncan.

As a Cavalier, James’ most talented teammate was Ricky Davis, with Zydrunas Ilgauskas as a close second. Neither of those players come close to the talent level of David Robinson, Tony Parker, or Manu Ginobili that surrounded Duncan for the majority of his career in San Antonio. James legitimately carried the Cavaliers all the way to the finals in 2007, only to be swept by Duncan’s Spurs. For the postseason, James averaged 25-8-8, a stat line that has never been seen before. Every year, the Spurs remind us that it takes a team to go deep into the playoffs and win championships. The reason that the Miami Heat are in the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year is because of the supporting cast surrounding LeBron. Mike Miller, Ray Allen, Chris “Birdman” Andersen, and Rashard Lewis are all seasoned veterans who have played important roles for the Heat during their streak.

Perhaps the biggest disparity between James and Duncan is versatility. At 6’8″ and roughly 255 lbs, James has the frame to post up and play power forward, and the dribbling and vision necessary to play point guard. James has guarded every position on the floor in his career, sometimes in the same game. While Duncan has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team eight times in his career, LeBron has been named to five at a position that requires more athleticism. In last year’s Finals, LeBron’s versatility was on full display, as coach Erik Spoelstra often played him at power forward, with Chris Bosh shifting to center in an effort to spread San Antonio’s defense out and limit the opportunity for rebounds. Duncan is versatile for his size, but there is not another player in the NBA that can do what LeBron can on a nightly basis.

The debate between Duncan vs. LeBron really lies in the supporting cast. What if Tim Duncan didn’t have David Robinson at the beginning of his career? If Cleveland had any depth surrounding LeBron, would we be discussing a dynasty in Cleveland? Two great careers. Uber amount of championships. Both top ten players of all time.

Tim Duncan By: Brett Dickinson

First off, Tim Duncan in no way gets the credit he deserves as a player because honestly, he is the most boring superstar in NBA history.  He does not have the outgoing personality, does not give reporters bulletin board quotes, does not have off-court transgressions grabbing headlines.  Let alone he plays for a small market in the middle of the country for a former ABA franchise in the San Antonio Spurs.

Tim DuncanBut the realization is HE IS THE GREATEST POWER FORWARD  in NBA history, period! Karl Malone and Charles Barkley never won a ring, and the likes of Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki only have one, after getting beat up by Duncan for years. The Spurs big man has played in an era where a vast majority of the great players in the league play the power forward position. And he is head and shoulders above them all.  His two MVPs are equal to the combined total for his peers: Garnett, Nowitzki, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and Pau Gasol. He also has the same total amount of championship rings as that entire group as well (Duncan-4, Garnett-1, Nowitzki-1, Gasol-2).

So it is easily established his standing amongst the power forwards, but comparing him to players of other positions is much tougher.  He has all the accolades, including multiple titles and MVPs, 14 time All-NBA and All-Defensive teams honors, three NBA Finals MVPs and a Rookie of the Year.  But LeBron’s career will likely stack up equally to all those fancy trophies as well.

So what sets Duncan apart? Well he plays a position where the ball is not in his hands; he has to be fed the ball down low.  He does not dribble up the court like James, yet he has put up the same dominant numbers. Add in the amount of double teams and physical play that is involved on the block, its just that more impressive to control a game from the low post.

While Duncan has also done all this while sticking with the San Antonio Spurs for the entirety of his career.  He didn’t have to team up with other superstars, the organization built around their big-man with key role players.  Though Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli are really good, they are significantly better by developing next to Duncan.  He was always the ire of defenses attention (and still is to this day), making life much easier out on the wing and in space.

Let’s just say if he finishes with a 2-1 record against LeBron in the Finals, finishes with a 5-1 record overall, there is no way that the Miami forward could catch him as an all-time talent.  But this series will play a major role if both players’ legacy.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 02 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour St. Jude Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Memphis), Manulife Financial LPGA Classic (Thursday & Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Waterloo, Canada live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez (Saturday 9pm from New York live on HBO Pay-Per-View); WNBA: Phoenix Mercury @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Chicago live on Comcast SportsNet), Atlanta Dream @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Rochester Rattlers (Thursday 7:30pm from Rochester live on CBS Sports Network)

10. Erik Griffin (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Guy Torry (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival (Thursday-Sunday St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church); Annapolis Arts, Crafts and Wine Festival (Saturday & Sunday Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Fault in Our Stars” out in theaters (Friday); Lone Survivor” and “Robocop” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I love me some Montez. (Warning: Language NSFW. Unless you work in a lingerie shop. And if so, hit me up on Facebook.)

And if you happen to stop by the Greek Festival, bring me back some of these.

9. Ray LaMontagne/Jason Isbell (Wednesday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Jack Johnson/Amos Lee (Thursday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Capital Jazz Fest feat. Erykah Badu/John Legend (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); The Head and The Heart (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), The 1975/Bad Suns (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Lucinda Williams (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live); Meshell Ndegeocello (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Ludacris (Wednesday 7pm Howard Theatre), Dan Deacon (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Jamie Cullum (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Tyler, The Creator (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Lone Bellow (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Smokey Robinson (Wednesday 7:30pm Strathmore); Los Lonely Boys (Thursday 7:30pm Canton Waterfront Park); Phoenix (Saturday 8pm Echostage); Jackie Greene (Sunday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Skrillex (Sunday 4pm Pimlico); Matisyahu “Akeda”, 50 Cent “Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win”, Bob Mould “Beauty & Rain” available (Tuesday)

If you happen to be at Merriweather Wednesday night, make sure you say hello.

I hate to admit that I would be willing to go back Thursday night if someone offered me a ticket.

The 1975 are so sugary they’re practically chocolate. See what I did there?

I tried my best to tell you that you’d enjoy Bad Suns.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 26 May 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-New York Liberty @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Los Angeles Sparks @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Golf: PGA Tour the Memorial Tournament (Thursday & Friday 2:30pm live on Golf Channel Saturday 12:30pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS Sunday 12pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Dublin, OH), Champions Tour Principal Charity Classic (Friday 7pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Des Moines, IA on Golf Channel), ShopRite LPGA Classic (Friday 12pm Saturday 2:30pm Sunday 2pm from Galloway, NJ live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Carl Froch vs. George Groves (Saturday 4pm from London live on HBO)

10. Bruce Bruce (Tuesday 8pm & 10pm Rams Head on Stage); Tim Meadows (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Artie Lange (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Michael McDonald (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Maryland Craft Beer Festival (Saturday Carroll Creek Park); Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival (Saturday & Sunday Oregon Ridge Park); Taste of Three Cities (Saturday 11am M&T Bank Stadium); A Million Ways to Die in the West” and “Maleficent” out in theaters (Friday)

I never went and saw Tim Meadows’ “Ladies Man” movie because it looked terrible to me. I have to admit however this made me chuckle.

I’m not proud.

9. Luke Bryan (Friday & Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Journey & Steve Miller Band (Sunday 6:45pm Jiffy Lube Live); Foxy Shazam (Monday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Manchester Orchestra (Tuesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Ballyhoo! (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Rusted Root and The Wailers (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Old 97′s (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); T-Pain (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Matisyahu (Sunday 7pm Lisner Auditorium); Neil Young “A Letter Home” available (Tuesday)

I know ZERO about Luke Bryan. So here’s Luke Bryan playing an Adele song. I have absolutely nothing else to say.

There are people whose opinions about music I respect and they enjoy Manchester Orchestra. That’s what I’ve got for you.

I consider Rhett Miller from the Old 97′s a close personal friend after we hung out in Dallas a few years ago. I have no idea how he feels about the whole thing.

Matisyahu’s show down in DC is acoustic. This might be really good.

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Schedule set for Wizards/Pacers semifinal series

Posted on 04 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Here is the full schedule for the Washington Wizards/Indiana Pacers NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinal series, courtesy of Monumental Network:

GAME 1: Monday – May 5 – Wizards @ Pacers – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 7pm – TNT

GAME 2: Wednesday – May 7 – Wizards @ Pacers – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 7pm – TNT

GAME 3: Friday – May 9 – Pacers @ Wizards – Verizon Center – 8pm – ESPN

GAME 4: Sunday – May 11 – Pacers @ Wizards – Verizon Center – 8pm – TNT

GAME 5*: Tuesday – May 13 – Wizards @ Pacers – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Time TBD – TNT

GAME 6*: Thursday – May 15 – Pacers @ Wizards – Verizon Center – Time TBD – ESPN

GAME 7*: Sunday – May 18th – Wizards @ Pacers – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Time TBD – TV TBD

*if necessary

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In the Sterling-Silver Saga, NBA was wrong

Posted on 30 April 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

Donald Sterling is a racist–didn’t you know?

Apparently he’s been a racist, bigot, sexist, and virtual scumbag for decades.  Just ask Elgin Baylor and Danny Manning.

But if you think that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the right decision, I’m sorry, but you’re wrong.  You’re wrong because you’re letting emotion cloud your judgement and your ability to look at the ramifications.

Should Sterling have been booted from The League?  Sure, but as my good friend Brian put it, “it should have happened years ago, but not for this.”  Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes, Brian is African American.

In fact, allow me to share his full thoughts on the matter.  Brian and I often banter back-and-forth that white people tend to use the “I have black friends” card when approaching a topic of race.  In some ways, sharing his thoughts is my way of playing that card–but only for the fact that he’s one of the smartest and level-headed dudes I’ve ever met.  In essence, I don’t respect his opinion and share it because of his skin color, rather it’s because of his societal acumen and natural intelligence.

Unfortunately race is a sensitive issue, still, even in 2014.  But that doesn’t mean we should shy away from it.  In fact, it’s incumbent upon anyone involved in sports to hit racial issues head on.  Here’s what Brian had to say via email:

“Ok now onto Sterling.. This is going to get long so you may want to use the restroom, take care of personal phone calls first, etc. Ok with Sterling I FEEL NO SYMPATHY AT ALL!!! and this is an example of “chickens coming home to roost” Sterling has a 30 year history of being a despicable vile racist. And not the oh my gosh he said something crazy on radio for ratings type racist (I’m looking at you Imus and Limbaugh) but a did real damage to real people with institutional racism. I remember reading about his antics and history back in ’06 when they covered his not one but two historical housing discrimination suits that he lost (he didn’t admit guilt just paid a California record in damages) But the sworn testimony is jaw dropping. And if you read the testimony from his other lawsuits you sit back and go man this guy is a scumbag. Now does this mean he should have his team stripped b/c he essentially told his jump off to stop embarrassing him in front of his country club friends by flaunting the fact that she is banging every young black athlete this side of Adam Jones? No he shouldn’t lose it for that (sidenote: I had no problem with the tape – I was actually a little disappointed b/c knowing Sterling’s history when I heard racist rant I thought he was going to go grand wizard on his and drop every slur know to man like Uncle Ruckus from the Boondocks- he didn’t even use a slur). So no in a vaccuum he should not lose the team for that. Now he should lose the team for the other stuff. This is Al Capone going to jail for tax evasion and not the hundreds of people he killed.”

So to sum up, it is kind of messed up that he is banned for life and losing his team for THIS!! But he has a trunk full of evil deeds that can be substituted. I wish I was mature enough to stand up for the rights of the most despicable out there but I’m not (at least not in a lot of cases). But sometimes I just give in to street justice. For example I could see 4 cops  batoning the hell out of a handcuffed Jerry Sandusky I would not only walk by and not say or report anything but I would probably testify in open court that he attacked them first. That is the wrong side to be on b/c rules should apply to everyone and the past crimes of a person doesn’t mean they waive away their present “rights” I just hope there are more mature people then me to weigh in on that and do the right thing. But for me and with Donald Sterling I say turn him over to the mob and let them do as they wish.

Like he said, Sterling deserves what he gets, but not for this incident. If the NBA needed to make this move to remove a classless bigot, it should have referred to the continued problems and issues, rather than giving into public pressure, player outcry, and the media.

 Adam Silver made the wrong decision simply because it wasn’t his decision.  It was a decision that was made under pressure and one that paved the way the “slippery slope” that Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, alluded to, Drew Forrester opined about this morning  to and I wrote about yesterday.

Donald Sterling doesn’t deserve sympathy.  In fact, this isn’t even about Donald Sterling.  It’s about the preservation of the freedom to say and think the way you wish and desire–even if it’s something that most of us don’t support or condone.

If I don’t like people that wear blue shirts, it isn’t right to take my house away.  If I hate cat ladies and all they stand for, you can’t confiscate my dog.  And, if I don’t want to support gay marriage, or in contrast, I am married to a man, you can’t just up and take my business away and tell me I’m not allowed to be part of the rotary club.  It doesn’t work that way, not in 2014.  And, the decision to yank Sterling’s franchise from him is as irresponsible and antiquated-in-logic as saying that “minorities shouldn’t come to games.”

Should Donald Sterling have been punished?  I guess.  But more in the way of advertisers choosing not to affiliate with him, players refusing to sign in LA, and coaches–like Doc Rivers–refusing to work for him.  In fact, just last week, the NAACP planned on giving Sterling a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Interesting, considering that Sterling has been a racist and well-known bigot for a long, long time.

Organizations shunning a guy and pulling their ad dollars is more than appropriate.  Fining a guy over private comments and confiscating what purchased with his own money, that’s flat-out wrong because it opens the door to absolute power and dictation.

You might ask, does Sterling deserve to own a professional sports franchise? That’s really not up for debate, simply because if you have the money–as Snoop in The Wire would say–”deserve’s got nothin’ to do with it.”

Adam Silver was wrong.  The NBA just opened the door to dictating thought and opinion; and that’s a scary and dangerous path to go down.  Donald Sterling is a racist.  He doesn’t deserve sympathy.

He doesn’t deserve anything–and that includes having his franchise taken from him for this incident alone.

 

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NBA Commissioner Comes Down Hard On Donald Sterling

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Brandon Sacks

People have been calling for a harsh punishment for the racist remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling since the statements were originally released.  During the time spent deliberating what would happen to him, big name sponsors cut their ties with the Clippers organization.  Today, the National Basketball Association and its commissioner finalized the decision and passed it along to the world.

Clippers owner Donald Sterling has received a lifetime ban from the sport and the largest fine able to be assessed by Commissioner Silver, $2.5 million.  Sterling will also be urged to sell his team.

Silver is being praised for coming down so strictly in his decision to ban Sterling from the league.  Sterling will no longer have any rights of association with the Clippers.  This means he cannot attend any more games, may not attend owners meetings, and cannot make any business decisions regarding operations of the Clippers.  Many players and coaches are perfectly content with the ruling and saying that justice has been served.

It appears as though the new commissioner isn’t playing here.  He made a major decision swiftly and without faltering.  In a short amount of time, he was able to do what former commissioner David Stern was never able to do.  This looks to be just the beginning of a fantastic tenure of the newest NBA commissioner.

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Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban the right move by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

Posted on 29 April 2014 by johngallo

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver got it right by banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life from the league after his remarks about blacks created widespread outrage.

Sterling’s banned from attending Clippers’ games and practices. He’s banned from the Clippers’ facility and from making any team or personnel decisions. He’s banned from attending the NBA Board of Governors’ meetings or any league activity. He was fined $2.5 million, the most allowed under the NBA’s Constitution. Silver also said he would urge NBA owners and the Board of Governors to force Sterling to sell the team, which he bought in 1981.

“The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful,” Silver said, adding the NBA’s investigation and Sterling confirmed it was the owner’s voice on the controversial phone call where the racist remarks were made. “That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage. Sentiments of this kind are contrary to principle of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse multicultural and multiethnic league.”

Silver took everything he could from Sterling, who now owns the Clippers in name only.

But Sterling’s rant is part of a much bigger picture, as it shows racism remains prevalent in sports. No matter the stance sports takes, racism keeps rearing its ugly head.

What Sterling said may not be worse than any racial remarks that have been said through the years but that would be like arguing cancer is a worse disease than AIDS.

Racism should have no part in sports, except it does. It’s a part of society we wish would go away, but we know it never will. It’s like crime – something we never want to happen, but know it’s just a matter of time until a bloodied body is found on the street. We just hope we’re not the victim.

Sterling’s words are just the latest in a long string of racist comments that never seems to end.

How is Sterling any different from when the late Marge Schott, who called Eric Davis and Dave Parker her “million-dollar [n-word]” in February 1993 when she owned the Reds? She said she was joking. Racism isn’t funny.

Eagles receiver Riley Cooper said “I will fight every [n-word] here” at a security guard while attending a Kenny Chesney concert in June 2013. His punishment? He couldn’t participate in practice. He said he got fined “a good amount of money.” He attended counseling. But after apologizing publically, he was good on the field – so good he was rewarded with a five-year, $25 million deal. Apparently, it doesn’t really hurt to use the n-word, as long as you can go out and post 835 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

And what about Don Imus calling the Rutgers women’s basketball team “some nappy-headed hoes” in April 2007? He lost his job, but he got it back.

It’s up to us – sports fans, society, human beings – to determine how long Sterling, a guy who was about to receive his second award from the NAACP before he blasted blacks, is punished.

But based on history, those punishments vary greatly, as the court of public opinion make some offenders pay dearly, while others get a slap on the wrist.

Shaquille O’Neal skewered Sterling like a shish kabob on TV. But let’s not get amnesia. Remember what O’Neal, who had recently received an NAACP Young Leaders Award, said about the Houston Rockets’ Chinese center Yao Ming in December 2002? “Tell Yao Ming, ‘Ching chong yang, wah, ah soh.’”

What’s worse? Saying something racist about an entire ethnic group or directing it toward one person? Racism is racism is racism.

But at least O’Neal apologized.

Fuzzy Zoeller apologized, too. But apologies aren’t panaceas; they don’t cure everything. They simply attempt to clean a stain, which is often permanent.

When I think of Zoeller, a two-time major champion, I think of what he said after Tiger Woods dominated The Masters in 1997.

“You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not to serve fried chicken next year. Got it? Or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve.”

It still sounds just as bad as it did 17 years ago.

And 17 years from now, what Greek track star Voula Papachristou tweeted in July 2012 will be just bad.

“With so many Africans in Greece… the West Nile mosquitoes will at least eat homemade food!!!”

The Greek Olympic Committee prohibited her from competing in the London Games because her comments were against the Olympic spirit.

Not to mention the human spirit..

Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson credited slavery, in part, for helping him win four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships.

“All my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination, but it’s impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn’t left an imprint through the generations,” he said in 2012. “Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me – I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us.”

Is that offensive? What if a Caucasian said slavery benefitted blacks? He would be…oh wait.

“The black is a better athlete to begin with because he’s been bred to be that way – because of his high thighs and big thighs that goes up into his back, and they can jump higher and run faster because of their bigger thighs. This goes back all the way to the Civil War when during the slave trading, the owner – the slave owner would breed his big black to his big woman so that he could have a big black kid.”

Who said that on NFL Today on Jan. 16, 1988?

Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder.

He was fired by CBS.

But John Rocker didn’t lose his job – just a 14-day suspension and a $500 fine for his derogatory comments about homosexuals, minorities and foreigners in Sports Illustrated in December 1999.

“I would retire first [before playing for a New York team]. It’s the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you’re [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing.”

“The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. I’m not a very big fan of foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?”

The question I have is: How is Rocker still in this country?

It remains to be seen if Sterling will continue to own the Clippers, who have evolved into a cause just as much as a team. But if Sterling wants – or is forced out – of the NBA, I have someone he can call: Don “Moose” Lewis.

In January 2010, Lewis announced he wanted to start the All-American Basketball Alliance, a 12-team league consisting only of Caucasian players because Lewis claimed he didn’t “hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here’s a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like.”

Sterling would feel right at home.

Just as long as players don’t bring African Americans to games.

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The Donald Sterling Story isn’t a tragedy — Yet

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

Forget what you’ve heard about the Donald Sterling story; the tragedy hasn’t happened yet.

Racism, bigotry and prejudice are merely a backdrop to what’s coming.

The remarks made by the embattled Clippers owner are disappointing, but hardly earth-shattering. At the end of the day, the world–friends of Sterling and everyone else–discovered that Sterling isn’t who they thought he was.

Much like the world didn’t think Tiger Woods was a sex addict, didn’t realize that Ben Roethlisberger was the type of guy who would assault a woman in a hotel room, and never would have imagined that Lance Armstrong was a stone-faced liar.

People, especially those we only think we know, often turn out differently than we expected. The Sterling-saga isn’t the first of its nature and it surely won’t be the last. Remember Don Imus and the “nappy-headed hos” comment? It was stupid. Just like what Sterling said–stupid.

And the only thing that can make this whole situation more stupid, and potentially tragic, would be to force the sale of the LA Clippers franchise.

Suggest the sale? Sure, that’s fine. Recommend the sale? Yea, that’s fair. Force the sale? Oh, wow, that’s a major, major problem.

By forcing the sale of a professional sports franchise, based on recordings recovered by gossip-based media outlets like TMZ would be irresponsible, stupid, and essentially tragic. Yes, tragic; it could be that bad.

If professional sports leagues–or any sort of organization–were to have the power to start dictating who must sell or forfeit their privately-owned businesses and teams, based on their words, thoughts, and beliefs, it would be a major infringement on our culture and a dangerous challenge to freedom.

Let’s backtrack for a minute. Did Donald Sterling threaten anyone? Did he specifically use words and slang terms that could incite retaliation and potential violence? Did he violate any labor laws?

The answer to all of these questions is “no, no, and no.”

Is Sterling–by most accounts–a racist? Yes. Is he half off-his-rocker? Sure seems like it. Did he offend the general public and essentially sever any and all relationships, both public and private? You betcha.

But he didn’t kill anyone. He didn’t put anyone in danger. He didn’t violate anyone’s personal rights. He made ignorant statements that exposed a narrow-minded view of the world. If ignorance is the new Litmus Test for whether or not an owner should have to forfeit his business or his team, than we’re in incredibly troubling times.

Racism exists in society and so does stupidity. Neither are tragic, they’re merely unfortunate and intolerable to the point of disassociation. But neither are grounds for forfeiture of rights or businesses.

If this is the new precedent, it paves the way for power to drastically fall into the wrong hands. It promotes a lack of diverse thinking and opinion among members of society–even though, in this case, we’re dealing with an opinion and view that the majority of us don’t appreciate and aren’t willing to tolerate. That’s the beauty of freedom, no one truly has to believe or support anything he or she doesn’t want to.

If Donald Sterling wants to be a racist, what’s the issue with that, other than the fact that you and I don’t choose to agree with him?

There’s an easy solution to all of this. Simply don’t tolerate it. Don’t go to Clippers’ games. Don’t buy jerseys. Write letters to advertisers and persuade them to take a stand against Donald Sterling and drop their marketing deals. That’s all part of free speech and the beauty of having your own opinion and the ability to exercise what you believe and think to be right.

There’s a major difference in putting pressure on someone to do something and forcing their hand legally.

The only thing that would trump Donald Sterling’s stupidity and ignorance would be the decision to force him to give up his franchise based solely on the things he said in a private conversation. That’s when this whole situation goes beyond being stupid.

That’s when it shifts toward tragedy.

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Clippers Stage Protest Over Comments By Owner

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Brandon Sacks

It appears as though the Los Angeles Clippers are about as happy with with their owner’s alleged racist remarks that they have taken to showing how proud they are to wear the Clippers’ logo.  After coming out for their pregame rituals, the players gathered at half court and threw their warmups in a pile on the ground, revealing inside out shooting shirts.

Clippers owner Donald Sterling was allegedly caught saying he did not want African Americans to be seen at the Staples Center.  These racist remarks were not taken well by his predominantly African American team or the NBA as a whole.  In fact, the Miami Heat did the same exact thing before game 4 of their series against the Charlotte Bobcats.  This move was in an effort to show support for what the Clippers did a few days before.

Donald Sterling should be ashamed of himself for what he said.  Since he is the owner of the team, he needs to look out for the best interest of his business.  By completely neglecting an entire race, a business owner is going to lose a large amount of money from ticket sales.  On top of that, he needs to think about the repercussions from players.  Look at his current massive stars in Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.  He can’t really think that they, along with the majority of his team, are going to be willing to continue playing for the Clippers after these comments.  It is almost too much to ask of them to continue playing for someone whom dislikes them due to something they cannot control.

It almost seems like racism shouldn’t occur in the NBA, especially with African Americans.  This one race made up 76.3% of all professional basketball players as of the 2012-2013 season.  For a sport that consists mostly of African Americans, it almost seems borderline unintelligent to make these comments, whether he meant them or not.  He needs to be smarter with these things before he drives the will to exist out of a Los Angeles team that finally has taken the frontrunner spot in a city shared by the Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

Mr. Sterling, if you don’t like a certain group of people, here is a tip for you.  Keep your mouth shut.  You’ll do much better in this business called the National Basketball Association.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Portland Timbers (Saturday 10pm from Portland live on Comcast SportsNet); MLL: Long Island Lizards @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Tennis: ATP Tour Mutua Madrid Open (Tuesday-Sunday from Madrid live on Tennis Channel)

10. Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Towsontown Spring Festival (Saturday & Sunday Downtown Towson); Ocean City Springfest (Thursday-Sunday Ocean City Inlet); Kevin Nealon (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Kinetic Sculpture Race (Saturday American Visionary Art Museum); The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Walk of Shame” out in theaters (Friday); Legend of Hercules” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Kevin Nealon is such an underrated part of the greatness of the Chris Farley Chippendale’s sketch.

I could use some more Emma Stone in my life.

9. Against Me! (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), All Time Low (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Pop Evil (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Rob Zombie (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Sevendust (Friday 9:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Ledisi (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Kerfuffle feat. 311/SOJA/KONGOS/Cage The Elephant/J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Saturday 1:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ben Kweller (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Ozomatli (Monday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Iggy Azalea (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Black Label Society (Monday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); CHVRCHES (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Future Islands (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Nickel Creek (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Dave Grohl (Monday 8pm 9:30 Club); Three Dog Night (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere), Pat McGee Band (Saturday & Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); David Gray (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Saliva (Saturday 9pm Fish Head Cantina); Ray LaMontagne “Supernova”Old 97′s “Most Messed Up”Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots”Chris Robinson “Phosphorescent Harvest” and Johnnyswim “Diamonds” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Support our boys in All Time Low. They’re good boys.

Sometimes I forget how much I freaking love some Against Me tunes.

Would it be awkward for me to leave Kerfuffle hours early after J. Roddy???

Ozomatli is a damn fine way to celebrate Cinco.

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