At This Tick Of The Watch It’s All About Skill and LeBron James has Skills

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As I watched game three (3) of the Cavaliers and Pacers, I wasn’t shocked that the Pacers were leading in the first half. I would have been shocked if they were losing.  After all, they were playing at home and the Cavs hadn’t been playing much defense in recent months.

That being said, my expectation was that the game would be closer than what it was at half time.  It was great seeing how hyped up the Pacers players were and the energy from the crowd because that brings another dimension to the home team.  However, that same hype can be a turning point for a team and I knew the Pacers were going to lose game three when Stephenson made a great shot and screamed “this is our house” on the court.  I looked at him and said, “The Pacers just lost the game.”

There was something inside of me that said, the Cavs will come out in the second half and play like the champions they are.  What I didn’t expect to see were Kyrie, K. Love and T. Thompson sitting on the bench most of the time but that was one of the best coaching decisions T. Lue has made during this playoff series.  It also speaks volumes to the professionalism of the starters on the team.  They were well aware that for whatever reason they didn’t have it that day and the other team members did so they encouraged Coach Lue, to allow the other players to play and leave them on the bench.

Another very important thing that was shown was LBJ’s ability to elevate the game of the other members on the team.  LeBron was absolutely amazing in that game and he has proven time and time again why he’s by far the best player in the NBA right now.  I’m not taking anything away from Westbrook, Curry, Paul, Thomas, Leonard, Harden and the list goes on but LBJ is in a league all by himself and his skills are dominate on the court.

I was watching the game and screaming every time LBJ sailed down the middle of the lane and Pacer players just moved out of his way because they knew there was nothing and I do mean nothing they could do to stop him.  LBJ can be named the MVP each season but that’s not what he’s about, he is about the team effort and winning championships.  His determination is unmatched in my book because when he gets’ that look in his eyes and lowers his shoulders, that’s when you know it’s all about skill and LBJ has a lot of skills.

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Did Colin Kaepernick Really Think his Stance Through?

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CATS ALWAYS THINK LONG AND HARD BEFORE JUMPING AND PEOPLE NEED TO DO THE SAME THING!!!

I released a blog weeks after Colin Kaepernick commenced his stance to protest police brutality by kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem.  In that blog, my position was that I understood where he was coming from but I didn’t agree with his method because I felt it would lead to him being another unemployed black man, and based on what has happened, 1raregrl was right again.

I reached out to my brother, a Vietnam Veteran, and asked him for his thoughts, which he so eloquently provided.  I’m not going to get into what my brother said because in case you didn’t read the blog, you should, it’s very insightful and a very good read. You can read his comments at: http://1raregrlrealsportstalk.com.

The gist of my blog was that albeit Kap, as an American citizen, has the “constitutional right” to protest however he chooses. However, I didn’t think he really thought about the consequences of his actions.  My problem with his choice was based on concern for whether or not he would be able to secure and/or maintain employment in the NFL once he decided not to kneel any longer.  I never thought he would kneel forever and anyone that thought he would is very shortsighted and not familiar with protest.  No one does anything forever so for the commentators that are crying foul because he’s decided to stop kneeling , they have zeroed in on the wrong thing as usual.

Kap made the decision to speak out against police brutality because he is a player in the National Football League and what better forum, right?  Wrong!!! The NFL owners are of the “good old boy” mentality.  NFL owners are not progressive thinkers like NBA owners.  Michael Bennett said it best, “the NFL is only concerned about the shield.”  NFL players don’t have the ability to speak out, like NBA players without the fear of retribution.  It is sad but true NFL players don’t have the power of NBA or MLB players so they need to think long and hard before making a decision that could negatively impact their future in the league.  Honestly, Kap should have sought advice from NBA players like Julius Irving, Magic Johnson, Jaleen Rose, Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas, just to name a few, before he made that leap, now he’s up the creek without a paddle.

Kap and people who believe that you can do and say whatever you please on your employer’s time must understand that when you work for someone else, you can’t do what you want to do without your employers’ approval and that is reality.  Kap was operating under the misguided opinion that he was bigger than management and he wasn’t.  It didn’t matter that Jed York willingly chose to donate a $1M to charities to ensure racial equality.  At the end of day it’s always about business and now Kap has become the statistic that I hoped he would not become.

Do I feel that Kap should get an opportunity with another NFL team?  Absolutely, it is my opinion that Kap is better than a lot of quarterbacks currently in the NFL but he’s had some struggles since the 49ers management fired his coach, Jim Harbaugh and hired a series of mediocre/horrible coaches for him to work under.  On another note, Kap also hurt his chances by working with Kurt Warner, Kap needs a coach that understands his abilities and can align them with the team’s offensive strategy.

Kap, I wish you the best on your quest to secure employment in the NFL.  Next time think before you leap and seek advice from different/better sources.

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Why Do NFL Owners Believe Cities should pay for their Insatiable Appetites for New Stadiums?

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The Rams left St. Louis, the Chargers left San Diego and now the Raiders are leaving Oakland all because these NFL owners are of the belief that they are “entitled” to new stadiums on the backs of the consumer and the city of their choice.

Enough of this nonsense, it’s time for the American consumer to say “my hard earned pay check” will not go into the pockets of greedy NFL owners.  All of these moves are about greed.  Let’s call a spade a spade neither of the teams mentioned above should have been allowed to move from their respective cities.  Los Angeles certainly doesn’t need two teams nor will it support two teams.  Los Angeles and its surrounding cities have too many things to do on Sunday mornings and afternoons, hence the reason it didn’t work for the Rams or Raiders years ago.  If the truth be told the Raiders have more fans in Los Angeles than the Rams and that’s not saying a whole lot.  As for the San Diego Chargers, San Diego who?

What annoys me about NFL owners is there “entitlement” mentality.  They believe they are “entitled” to new stadiums regardless of the cost to the city and the consumer.  They are making money hand over fist with television contracts, merchandise, ticket sales, concessions at the stadiums etc., yet they want more and more.  With respect to the three teams mentioned above there is nothing wrong with the stadiums they left.  As a reminder, fans don’t go to stadiums to spend the night, they go to enjoy the game, root for their favorite team and go home.

According to a comparison of NFL stadiums costs by conducted by Stadiums of Pro Football, which is not affiliated with the NFL, the last five (5) NFL stadiums costs the following amounts:

Stadium                    Team(s)              Capacity     Opened          Turf         Cost

Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis Colts 63,000 9/7/2008 Fieldturf $720 Million
AT&T Stadium Dallas Cowboys 80,000 9/20/2009 FieldTurf $1.3 Billion
MetLife Stadium New York Giants/Jets 82,500 9/12/2010 FieldTurf $1.6 Billion
Levi’s Stadium San Francisco 49ers 68,500 9/14/2014 Grass $1.3 Billion
US Bank Stadium Minnesota Vikings 66,200 9/18/2016 FieldTurg $1.1 Billion

– See more at: http://www.stadiumsofprofootball.com/comparisons/#sthash.tCBY5qxp.dpuf

The 49ers are practically giving tickets away because the management and coaching is so bad. Of the teams listed, only the Cowboys and Vikings are truly worth watching and as we all know that can change quickly.  Go to the website listed above and checkout the entire list before you decide to purchase another ticket to an NFL game.

NEW STADIUMS NEED TO BE LEFT WITH MANY EMPTY SEATS

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