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Is LeBron James the Next Great?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

This has been a year full of commentary about LeBron James.  His decision to head down to Miami, his two-star team dynamics and more.  As the victories keep rolling in the 24 hour sports news, some are beginning to compare his stats to those of the greats – like Michael Jordan – to see if there is any truth to this “greatest player” sentiment.  At the age of 26, it certainly isn’t over yet, and Lebron is certainly headed down a rosy career path if he continues to improve as he has.
And so, here we are at game one of the finals.  Dallas Mavericks vs the Miami Heat.  Can Dirk hold his own against Lebron and Wade?  While the stakes are enormously high for all, at the end of the day, Dirk has proven his mettle this year, shown that he can be calm, in control and focused and a loss, while disappointing, wouldn’t be nearly the loss as it would be Lebron, who left for Miami specifically to win here in the finals.

Buster Posey’s Unfortunate Injury

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Well, Sports 24 7 fans, it is happening:  LeBron James is heading to the NBA Finals in his first year with the Miami Heat.  While some are looking at the Heat vs Mavericks finals as a rematch from their meeting in the 2006 finals, it’s important to remember that only two players per team have carried through.  These teams are new, they have fresh energy, and each has it’s own unique strengths.  The 2011 playoffs may well be a long one as these teams match skills, strength and endurance.
If you’ve been watching the news for the latest sports results for baseball, then you may have seen the clip of Buster Posey being carried off the field after a collision with Scott Cousins.  It was a home plate collision much like any other:  Posey was forward on the base and Cousins plowed into him in what everyone agrees was a legal move.  The move happens to have fractured tibula and several severely ligaments.  Posey will face surgery, potentially a pin in his ankle, and be off the field for at least six to eight weeks.  What happened wasn’t illegal, but some want it to be.  Catchers take hits harder than NFL players, and without padding.  Giants manager Bruce Bochy is asking that the rule be changed to protect the players, and debates rage on forums as to whether or not the rules should change or not. Some think runners should slide into home, others pitchers should stay out of the base path unless they want to be hit.

Sick of the Lockout Yet?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Surely you’re tired of hearing about the NFL lockout.  247 Sports fans would, as a rule, much prefer to hypothesize about the teams’ potentials for the coming season, not whether there is going to even be a season.  Ok, so what if we talked about the NBA lockout as well?  Ok, ok, it’s not that bad.  Yet.  In what could be a disturbing trend of lockouts and litigation where there should be games, the NBA player’s union has filed a suit claiming that team owners are not negotiating with them fairly.  In this case, the players union is seeking an injunction that would prevent the owners from imposing a lockout at the end of the term for the current collective bargaining agreement.  That term ends on June 30th.  It is assumed that the courts will move forward quickly with this given the timeline.  For now, kick back and enjoy the games.  Up next is game four of Miami v Bulls.

The Latest Results

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Ok, 24 hour sports, fans, let’s check those latest results.  As of last night’s latest sports results the NBA finals got one game closer to that final moment of victory.  The Thunder beat the Mavericks, breaking their seven game winning streak and bringing the teams 1-1.  The next game will be played on Wednesday March 25th at Dallas.
In NFL news, while the players and owners are still going around and around in their court game, a new voice has been heard:  that of the fans.  The Sports Fans Coalition filed a brief in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to the general tune of support of the players, citing the billions of dollars spent by fans each year on seeing their teams perform.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency has claimed another medal, this time Tyler Hamilton’s gold in cycling from 2004.  Hamilton handed over the medal after admitting to a jury and appearing on television show “60 Minutes” to discuss his use of performance enhancing drugs.   He also pointed a finger at Lance Armstrong, indicated that he too had been involved in doping during his career.  Armstrong responded via Twitter, saying “20+ year career. 500 drug controls worldwide, in and out of competition. Never a failed test. I rest my case.”  Being as how Armstrong is retired, he seems a bit of a pointless target for finger pointing.

RIP Harmon Killebrew

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

24 hour sports fans already know that Minnesota Twins Slugger Harmon Killebrew passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 74.  He had been battling esophageal cancer, which last week he announced was incurable. The hard-hitting slugger named Killer was, despite the moniker, one of the kindest and friendliest men that the sport has known.  Dave St Peter, the Twins president as said that Killebrew’s legacy “will be the class, dignity and humility he demonstrated each and every day as a Hall of Fame-quality husband, father, friend, teammate and man. The Twins extend heartfelt sympathies and prayers to the Killebrew family at this difficult time.”   Killebrew’s legacy will also live on through the Major League Baseball imagery as it was his silhouette that inspired the logo.
During his 22-year career, Killebrew hit 573 home runs, ranking him 11th in major league history.  With eight season hitting over 40, he remained to this day tied with Babe Ruth for second in the history of the league.  Certainly this was a name you were seeing a great deal of in the latest sports headlines of his day. His number 3 jersey was retired in 1975 and he was elected to the hall of fame in 1984.  Of his talent for hitting home runs, Killebrew said, “I found out early in life that I could hit a baseball farther than most players and that’s what I tried to do.”

Things That Didn’t Come As A Surprise

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Sometimes the latest sports results contain surprises- upsets that nobody saw coming, feats of human skill that are unparalleled and inspiring.  Of course, sometimes, the latest sports headlines don’t contain a single surprise.  For example, is anyone really surprised that the Celtics are done for and heading home having lost against the Heat?  No, of course not.  Were sports 24 7 fans shocked to learn that Tiger Woods, recovering from multiple injuries played a 42 on the opening nine holes at the Players Championship and then withdrew from the competition.  Again, no dropped jaws.

 

However, in a day with no upsets, it can also be nice to hear some good news.  Johnathon Taylor, the University of Georgia outfielder who broke his neck in an in-game collision during a game against the Seminoles is now breathing on his own and has regained partial use of his hands.  Taylor’s continued improvement is a good sign for the player who says that he will one day walk again.  While most people with this type of injury to the C-5 and C-6 vertebrae do not regain use of their legs, Taylor is optimistic.  He hopes to return to class this fall.

24 Hour Sports: Recent Wins

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Thunders Vs Grizzlies: Thunder 133, Grizzlies 123.  Not just overtime, or even double overtime, but triple overtime – only the fourth time in the past twenty years that a playoff game as gone into triple overtime.

Stanley Cup:  The Vancouver Canucks won 2-1 against the Nasheville Predators in game six and will now head to the Western Conference Finals.

Heat vs Celtics:  The Miami Heat won 98-90 and lead the eastern conference 3-1.  Sports 24-7 fans can look to see how they do Wednesday night as play their home court.  In order to have a shot the Celtics would have to win all three of their next games. Chances are good they are done for this year.

Sports 247 Quick Bites

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Among the latest sports headlines….

Uncle Mo was pulled from the lineup less than an hour before the Derby wagering opened.  The Kentucky Derby, many feel, is wide open this year with Dialed In now looking to be an early favorite.

Both the Lakers and the Celtics are down 0-2, and while 247 sports fans know that they weren’t the leaders in the league this, they are the most experienced with arguably some of the best players in the league.  The odds are against either team winning, but stranger things have happened.  It has been 34 years since the Lakers were beat on their home court in the first two playoff series games- it happened in 1977 against Portland, and now in 2011 against the Mavericks.

Rashard Mendenhall of the Steelers hasn’t had the best week since he tweeted personal opinions about the death of Osama bin Laden.  The Steelers have covered with a statement of their own and Champion has dropped Mendenhall, but what next?  Some pundits are bandying about the idea that social media should be banned, or at least screened, for players.  Given the amount of drama that has been caused by athletes using social media tools so far, it’s an interesting and highly debatable idea.

Latest Sports Results: NBA

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

A few awards went out this week, and the results were, for sports 24 7 fans, quite unsurprising.  The 2011 Coach of the Year is Tom Thibodeau of of the Chicago Bulls.  He is the fourth Bulls coach to receive this award, the most recent being Phil Jackson in 96, and the seventh coach ever to win the award as a rookie.  Meanwhile, the MVP Award went to Derrik Rose, who at 22 is the youngest to ever receive the award.  The last Bulls player to receive this award was Michael Jordan in 1998, who won five times total.

Lebron James, previous winner (two years in a row) of the MVP award has been presenting a united front with fellow Heat player Dywane Wade, even sitting down with the media together to discuss how their working relationship has helped lead to the Heat winning their first round against the Celtics.  While admitting that things are exactly “a bed of roses” the two were friends before they started playing together and having won 20 out of their last 24 games, whatever they are doing seems to be working.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks were able to swing their first game with the Lakers in their direction, winning 96-94.  Lakers player Kobe Bryant admitted that he was concerned after the game, saying “This team can beat us. It’s clear. We just have to come in ready to play Game 2.”