An apology, or something like it
By Chad T. Jones
Public Affairs Officer
* The first person who complains about the playoffs because it only allows four teams will receive a roundhouse to the neck, followed by a Stone Cold Stunner, and capped off with the greatest finishing move in wrestling history, the lariat http://bit.ly/M3YqIV.
* Next, I'd like to present Exhibit No. 2,136 for my case on why baseball needs to allow instant replay http://read.bi/N0jABO. I'm always for the Indians losing (except for the movie "Major League," of course), but it is calls like this one in Tuesday's Yankees/Indians game that makes me think that baseball needs to do more than just institute instant replay. It also needs to put in a rule in which managers actually get to throw out umps every once in a while.
* Finally, as we approach the Fourth of July, I must mention a crack that is forming in one of the pillars of the greatness that is America - Team's USA's dominance in track and field.
If U.S. sprinters Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh decide to use a coin toss to settle their tie for third in the 100-meter dash at the recent U.S. Olympic trials as opposed to a runoff, then neither athlete should be eligible to represent the U.S. in any athletic competition again -- ever.
I can't think of a more un-American way to settle a dispute than with a coin toss. At least go "Rock-Paper-Scissors." Or here's an idea: Line up and run. The fact that there is even another option is ridiculous.
Now, on to Lebron. My Dad and drill sergeant always said that if you are wrong, say you're wrong. And then if it is necessary, apologize. Well, it is no secret that I, along with a majority of sports fans I know, have thrown a lot of hate toward Lebron James. I've called him soft, a punk and a choker. I have criticized his antics and as late as last week, I was predicting he would find a way to lose when it mattered most.
And do you know what? Except for my last comment about him losing to OKC, I was right. Before this year he was soft. He did choke. And in the basketball monarchy, he was merely a prince in King's clothing.
So, I'm not here to apologize for what I did say. I am, however, here to say that James' all-time great performance in this year's playoffs means he should never have to hear any of that criticism ever again.
Bron Bron shut me up in true dude fashion by averaging 30 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists a game for the entire playoffs. Normal humans don't do that, which makes it clear that when Lebron decides to dominate on a basketball court, he's not a normal human. And just like no one man could stop The Predator, James made it clear that no one team could stop him.
If James keeps this mind-set from this moment forward, he still might not win the eight titles he suggested during his now-famous pep rally. However, he will make it clear he is the greatest player in the history of this game.
Like it or not, his skills are already greater than Kobe's, or Magic's, or even Michael Jordan's. It is a fact that James is, and always has been, physically better than any person who has ever stepped onto the court. It's evolution, and the same reason why Emmitt Smith is better than Jim Brown, and Barry Bonds is better than Babe Ruth, and so on and so on.
However, few people could argue that before this year. James' intangibles were where he came up short in the all-time great conversation. His missed big shots, or even worse, shied away from taking them. That wasn't the case this year.
Now the question: Was this a one-time thing or a glimpse of the future? Either way, his performance earned him something other than just his first ring. He's also earned the benefit of the doubt.
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