Sunday, December 30, 2012

Top 10 Moments of 2012

10. Kill the head and the body will die. What better way than to start off this list than putting a price on someone's head. The malicious bounty investigation was one headline that permeated quickly throughout every newsroom. The average viewer may have never heard or seen this style of play before, but it was no surprise to avid football aficionados. Football is a physical game. What did you expect? But nonetheless, the world had it's moment of clarity and suspensions were served. In the end, I still see Sean Payton as a saint. You can take that figuratively or literally lol.

9. Staying in the NFL, what more can I say about Tim Tebow. He's the guy owners will let date their daughters, but not lead their team out of the locker room on Sunday. Did you guys really think the whole Jets relationship was going to work out? Silly rabbits, tricks are for kids. My personal take was to give Tebow a shot if Mark Sanchez really stunk up the joint. And in typical Sanchez flair, he did that and a lot more, but Tebow was left hanging. Poor lil tink tink.



8. Not sure how much longer I can wait for the rebirth of Tiger Woods, but I was sent down memory lane when he earned his 73rd PGA victory. As Warner Wolf says, "let's go to the videotape."


7. Number seven goes goes to number seven himself. Jeremy Lin. This story took the NBA by storm, and it was fascinating to witness. From sleeping on couches to starting for the Houston Rockets. Say what you want about the man, but he gave a spark to the New York Knicks when they needed it most. As for if Lin was actually worth all that money is different topic, but his stint in NY during the Carmelo Anthony injury was one of the better agape basketball memories of the year.

6. Wasn't sure where to rank this, but my list wouldn't be complete without it. Boxing fans have been yearning for a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather bout, but as time passes along, it seems more like a hopeless vision. But I could careless thanks to Juan Manuel Márquez. Need I say more.


5. That brings up to our Top 5. And this spot is goes to Robin Roberts' and Chuck Pagano's perseverance. Earlier in the year, Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant while the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts battled with leukemia. Don't know Pagano from a can of paint, but it was inspiring to see the overwhelming rally behind him during his time of remission. As for Ms. Roberts, I actually have had a chance to meet and speak with her when I interned with WABC-TV. One of the nicest ladies I have ever met, and I'm happy that both of these individuals beat out their diseases.

4. One of favorite numbers goes to my least favorite sport. Yup you guessed it right, baseball. Something about these Giant teams getting hot at the right team. New York and now San Francisco. Two unexpected World Series in three years. People can only call it luck for so long. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity, and the Giants behind Pablo Sandoval showed they were more than prepared by sweeping the Detroit Tigers.

3. King me. LeBron James finally got the monkey of his back and his "decision" paid off. I still to this day have no problem with his approach to free agency and deciding to take his talents to South Beach. The media repeatedly gave power to a gifted individual and he in return used it to his benefits. Maximus said it best, "are you not entertained?!"



2. There never really is a time in sports when we can ALL agree with the officials, but the NFL took this to a whole new meaning with the replacement officials. In other words, their play-calling was egregious. And the microcosm of their perpetual blunders occurred on Monday Night Football in Week 3. In retrospect, that may of been the best thing for everyone. It was the image that illustrated one of the NFL's greatest catastrophes. But we quickly became prisoners of the moment when the "real" refs returned and foot locker employees returned back to their regular duties.

1. And my most memorable moment of the year took place when I was given the opportunity to work for the 2012 London Olympics. Over 14 hours a day and seven days a week for about five weeks, but it was well worth it. To be this young and have any affiliation with the Olympics was a major blessing. To tell people that I covered the Summer Games that saw Michael Phelps become the most decorated Olympian and Gabby Douglas become a star. Priceless. And for the last time, no I was not in London. I was stationed in Stamford, CT.

Happy Holidays everyone. Feel free to share the most cherished moments from your life/sports in 2012.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Facial Fridays: J.R. throwback



For the majority of J.R. Smith's career in the NBA, he has been labeled an uncoachable knucklehead. But the same can't be said about this year. Even Smith haters would commend him on his growth.
The electric guard has stayed levelheaded and has been a pivotal part of the remodeled New York Knicks. He's learned to coexist with Carmelo Anthony and knows his role on the team.
The league has always been aware of Smith's stunning prowess to erupt for 30 off the bench, but has never been privileged to the former high-school star being this composed and consistent. Don't get me wrong, Smith still does show signs of his old ways, but his vast improvements deserve a hat tip.
The Knicks have made me a believer and it's been a pleasure to see Smith find his moment of clarity. The combination of Mike Woodson's guidance and a larger responsibility has transformed into a sound evolution of a gifted athlete. 

MVP race far from an open discussion


Outside of Chuck Pagano’s fight with leukemia and an everlasting comedy of errors in the New York Jets’ organization, arguably the most alluring story of this season has been the comeback stories of Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson.
Phenomenal rebounds from both NFL stars, but still no undisputed victor on the MVP award. 
In the West corner represents the golden boy of the NFL that was given up on. Dumped to the curve by one organization, and exalted by another despite his ominous future. Four surgeries later, Manning has engineered the Denver Broncos to top contenders in the AFC. Despite the new supporting cast, Manning effortlessly has thrown for over 4,000 yards along with 30+ touchdowns. 
In the East corner, lies an indomitable force in the backfield. Running backs have cold sweats about ACL injuries; Peterson made his look like a mini-vacation. After being injured in Week 16 of 2011, and Peterson is now on pace to enter the 2,000-yard rushing club along with breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record. 


Two remarkable stories fighting to be crowned as NFL MVP.
For the years in sports, the barometer for MVP candidates has been moot and this race is no different. But as close you may think this race is, the NFL’s best player this year wear has already been crowned. And he plays for the Minnesota Vikings.
What Peterson has done this year is beyond belief. Players that tear their ACL’s don’t come back swiftly. It usually takes athletes a year to bounce back and fully regain strength. Not only did Peterson play in Week 1 after suffering a shredding knee injury at the end of the season 2011, but he has single-handily carried his team to playoff contention. The work load has tripled after a ghastly tear, and Peterson has seamlessly excelled under immense pressure. 
The Vikings offensive is putrid without Peterson in the backfield. Furthermore, opponents know there is only one playmaker on Minnesota, which has led teams to stack eight in the box. And still Peterson puts up video-game numbers on defenses.
Peterson contributes nearly 65% of the Vikings offense each game. No other running back has that onus in the league.
When comparing the two superstars, the best measurement is how much value does each player have to their squad. This is a Most Valuable Player award if I remember correctly. 
The Broncos were a playoff team last year and advanced past the Pittsburgh Steelers behind a vaunted defense and miracle play from Tim Tebow a.k.a. the 13th Disciple. The Vikings were irrelevant (3-13).
Without “All-Day” running the rock, the only contention the Vikings would be in the race for is a first-round draft pack. I can’t say the same if I removed Manning from Denver. 
What Manning has done this year is unprecedented, but his MVP resume is not comparable to Peterson's. Comeback Player of the Year seams for suitable for the Broncos' quarterback, while AD should be given MVP regardless where his Dickerson chase ends. 





Thursday, December 20, 2012

TBT: Calvin Murphy twirling

One thing is for sure, Calvin Murphy has a special knack with his hands. The dude can probably twirl a straw and make it look fascinating.
Outside of being a world class baton twirler (no big deal right lol), Murphy was also a phenomenal NBA star and was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1993. The former NBA guard currently works as a CSN Houston Rockets Insider.
And although, I'm sure some of my followers are thinking I posted this video because there's a connection with my fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, you're wrong. He's actually a member of Iota Phi Theta if you were wondering. His twirling skills were born way before Greek life.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

TBT: Kobe-Lebron puppets



Still no Kobe-Lebron final, but these commercials were pretty funny back in 2009. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Watch: Do schools kill creativity



I've shared my affinity for poems and quotes with you before, but allow me to acknowledge my third amusement, intellectual and motivational speeches.
I found Sir Ken Robinson's discussion to be rather stimulating because of his perception of the birth of creativity, along with the meaning of imagination. Because there are so many sagacious points raised in this talk, it would be best for you to just watch it rather than me paraphrase his remarks.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Jordan not the only "great" Kobe trails

Before the bantering begins of Kobe Bryant being just as good or even better than Michael Jordan, let's first examine if Bryant is the best to suit up in purple and gold.
Outside of Boston, the NBA's most historic franchise is Los Angeles. From Jerry West to Wilt Chamberlain, many have excelled in a Lakers uniform. It's really mind-boggling to think of all the A1-players that have come through LA. There aren't too many teams that have can have a fantasy draft within their own organization. With that being said, I like to understand and respect my history before I give any player the label of the greatest.
Yes, Mr. Bryant deserves credit for his litany of accolades, but even with them, he still hunts a greater Laker. Enter in the Magician himself, Earvin Johnson.
My reasoning behind Magic is simple. I use the LeBron James comparison. The Association has never seen a player like James before. His combination of power, strength and agility is surreal. Similar to James, the NBA still has yet to see a point guard like Johnson. What he did during the 80's and early 90's was prodigious. From his exceptional rookie performance in the NBA Finals to his stint with the Dream Team, Johnson is in an exclusive fraternity of NBA trailblazers.
Before there was a Bryant, there was a Jordan. Before there was a Johnson, there was a no one. And still no point guard has come close to having the same impact on the hardwood. Kobe is great, but his resume isn't better than Johnson's.

P.S. Although, I have Bryant edging out Lewis Alcindor, I thought I should mention my third place contestant. Just didn't seem right to rank my top two Lakers and not give you one more. Your welcome. You can thank me later for my sincere gratitude. 



Sunday, December 2, 2012

Play of the Year: Taylor Martinez (Big 10 'Ship)



Sit back and watch what Taylor Martinez does this play. As one of my coworkers says, "Catch me if you can like the gingerbread man."
Unbelievable play. Doubt I'll see a better college football year this year. The ESPYs should just hand the trophy over to him for Play of the Year. Yes, the play is that good. Remind you that he's a Quarterback.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Video: AFC Playoff predictions



1. New England Patriots
2. Baltimore Ravens
3. Cincinnati Bengals
4. Houston Texans
5. Indiannoplis Colts
6. Denver Broncos

Friday Mixers: Paul Pierce gets crossed

Fridays are typically reserved for facial dunks in the NBA, but this Joe Johnson highlight called for a Friday mix.
Don't reach young blood; don't do it. You reach, I teach.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Those that are great are misunderstood

That Cam Newton's style of play epitomizes flashiness and arrogance is nothing new. To one group, his game can be simply labeled as immature and selfish. While others sympathize with a young quarterback that broke a litany of records as an NFL rookie, but has had rough sophomore outing. Two unmatched mindsets, but few, if any, on the fence about where they stand.
The immediate reasoning that comes to mind for the dislike of the NFL star is his post-game sore loser attitude. Newton's posture is youthfulness at it's best stage. Saying he has a lot to learn is an understatement, but the chastising and admonishing came well before the young star threw his first professional pass. It permeated during his stint at Auburn. If there was a loophole in his college game, it was replete with venom.
All I would hear are his mechanics are this, his footwork is that and of course my favorite, this will never work in the NFL. But it did, and he did with swag and tons of it.
His numbers and impact on the game last year are quickly forgot because people want to brush it off as a fluke. In addition, everyone is discreetly rooting for Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck to blossom so Newton's rookie year can be revoked as the best. But I unlike others never forget the first.
Whether you like it or not, Newton will be one of the premier faces of this league. His ceiling is still just as high as Luck's and RG III. Not one of the current elite quarterbacks in this league were as good as Newton in his first two years. Not one. Not even the league's Golden Boy who's rookie record he smashed. That would be Peyton Manning if you were wondering, who also threw 28 interceptions that amazing rookie year. But no one ever brings up that nugget.
I told myself that this would be a short post, so I'll wrap it up by saying that just because Newton wears his heart on his sleeve every down shouldn't make him a bad guy. Yes, his mentality of losing must change. And without a doubt, he can improve on his leadership quality. But one thing that he shouldn't change is majoring in the art of excessive celebration. It's who he is.
Although I agree his celebrations sometimes have bad timing (Giants game is just one example of many this year), Newton should keep the stripes that molded him into being who he is.
Some players were made to be reticent. Others professionalize in showmanship like Newton. LeBron James was the same way (Oh did you forget about the dancing King James), and eventually matured. So don't tell me there is no hope for this young kid.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Watch: Blake Griffin's best commercial



I have to admit that these Blake Griffin commercials are getting better.
Advice of the day, don't wear jean shorts.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Facial Fridays: Iggy over AK



One man's thrash is another man's treasure. So long Philly, and welcome to Mile High Iggy.
I guess Andrei Kirilenko can label this one as wrong place, wrong time. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Watch: Les Miles loses his mind



You would think that LSU lost the game after this rant. But they didn't.
For the best quote of this soundbite, fast forward to the 1:20 mark.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The real "Ocho"

The difference between those who dream and those who achieve has and will always come down to one thing: work ethic. It's not this esoteric happening of events or being "lucky." Just plain old work ethic.
I've been blessed to have some great friends that embody this standard, and I would like to feature of one of them today as SZG's Player of the Week.
Enter in Joseph "Ocho" Holder.
Six weeks ago Holder broke his leg and was told he would no longer be able to lace up his cleats to run routes and was done for the season. But today my good friend did the impossible and played in the Ivy clinching game against Cornell. Although his game stats against Cornell are nothing to vaunt about, I'm certain it meant the world to him to not only play, but catch a pass in the victory. 
Proving people wrong has been a common melody in Holder's life, and I know his journey to overcome doubters all began with one step. And how could I forget to mention that this is his third Ivy League Championship. So much for a walk-on...
In closing, enter next week with this in mind: you don't have to see the whole staircase to take the first step. 
Have a good weekend!

~~ J-Walt

Friday, November 16, 2012

Houston we have a problem



It's now clear to me why the Philadelphia Eagles continue to struggle this year. Johnny Manziel took Michael Vick's powers. Yes, EXACTLY like the movie Space Jam.
Okay, maybe my theory is a bit outlandish, but the Texas A&M freshman's unbridled energy reminds me of a younger Vick.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Watch: NFC Playoff Predictions



In no specific order, listed below are my NFC playoff predictions. Next week's video will feature the AFC.

1. Atlanta Falcons 

2. New Orleans Saints

3. Dallas Cowboys

4. Green Bay Packers

5. San Francisco 49ers

6. Chicago Bears 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Most used quotes

Other than my profession, I have a deep affinity for quotes. Whether it be poems or novels I delve into, I love to hear/use maxims and pertain them to my life I have a note on my phone replete of quotes, but you didn't hear that from me.
Because it would be impossible for me to rank my Top 10 revered quotes, I've listed 10 that I constantly use. 

1. Time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

2. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit. ~ Aristotle

3. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

4. God sometimes puts scuff in your life that is not good to you, but for you. ~ Anonymous

5. It's fun to do the impossible. ~ Walt Disney

6.  Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~ Thomas A. Edison

7. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity. ~ Randy Pausch 

8. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. ~ JFK

9. This is chess, not checkers. ~ Denzel Washington

10. Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. ~ Jamie Paolinetti


11. Once we understand that there is no ceiling for us, we will comprehend that we are all Giants. ~ Me


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Watch: Play of the Week



Now I've seen a lot of mesmerizing plays in football, but this one sits at top with the best of them (definitely the top "dog" in highschool).
Not only does the Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) player hang onto the ball, but successfully hands it off to his teammate for the score while the Collegiate Academy (Washington D.C.) player repeatedly tries to rip it away.
That's what you call SKILL.

Reconnecting with the word

Can't lie, I've been loafing on my Sunday sermons since I moved back to Philadelphia. But today that hiatus finally ended.
As usual, the service at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church was exquisite, so I figured I share an article that my classmate and I wrote last year for our Community Journalism class regarding their unprecedented growth.

At Enon: Sitting on an old mat while weaving a new one

Cars are lined up bumper-to-bumper down the street. Parking attendants are turning drivers around at the entrance gate. The immense parking lot is already full. Now both sides of the street are lined with parked vehicles. More and more people arrive, and so cars circle the block looking for anywhere to park. The families who have found a spot get out of their vehicles and begin the long trek on foot. Some carry their Bible as they approach the massive building that could be mistaken for a corporate center were it not for the cross at its peak.
For more, visit Germantown Beat

Friday, November 9, 2012

Facial Fridays: Jeremy Evans

A rising star in the league, and boy, can he rise. Can we he get much higher!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

SZG history: Tiger Woods

On this day in 1999, Tiger Woods became the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win four straight tournaments.
Although Woods has been on a bit of a decline since his cheating scandal, there is no questioning the Herculean impact he's had on this game. His statistics are self exclamatory, and the game of golf is more relevant when he's at top of the scoreboard.  It's that simple.
It's mirthful to think that the current media can impulsively utter at times that any current player on tour has a shot at accomplishing what Woods has.
With 14 professional major golf championships (2nd to Jack Nicklaus--18), accompanied by 74 PGA tour victories (2nd to Sam Snead (82)), there is not a modicum chance that anyone on tour can fill up one-fourth of Wood's footprint to this game.
With that being said, take a look at my favorite Wood's commercial. And sorry it's not the one when he effortlessly juggles the ball for a minute.

 

Video: BO back for four more

In the end, there could be only one, and President Barack Obama was the last man standing in this presidential bout race.
Signed, sealed, delivered, BO is back for another term.
Here's POTUS' victory speech if you missed it this early morning.




Monday, November 5, 2012

The domino effect of voting

Whether it be my casual banters with colleagues at the office or hearing college students voice their outlook on voting at forums, I’m dismayed by the lack of faith citizens have in their individual vote. Rather than bore you with “do you know how many courageous people fought and died for this right” rant, I would prefer to share my first ballot experience if you're still on the fence of voting.
So if I may, please watch your step as you enter into the time machine (seat-belts please...)
Back in 2008 as a freshman at La Salle University, I was young, spontaneous and gallant. But who wasn’t? It was college, and I thought I knew it all like most of my peers. A majority of my actions weren't thoroughly thought out. I was also unaware that once I began college, I would be judged as an adult, but I eventually adjusted and my life spiraled out quite fruitful through these learning experiences. 
Nevertheless, that's just the backdrop of the story, here's the anecdote.

During the spring semester of my freshman year, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the University Presidential Inaugural Conference (UPIC). In hindsight, I’m still flabbergasted that I was fortunate enough to report at this historic convention. From participating in question and answers with keynote figures such as General Colin L. Powell and former Vice President Al Gore to networking with an influx of prodigious college students, I'm humbled that I was involved in a once-in-a-lifetime experience so early in my life.
When I learned I was accepted to the program, I was convinced that I was attending regardless who the next president was going to be let alone who would win the Democratic election. If elected, Barack Obama would be the first black President, Hilary Clinton would be the first woman or Sen. John McCain would have been the oldest. The simple idea of this is special in itself. It was a chance to witness history, and those opportunities are rare. 
To be surrounded by a surplus of first time voters was exhilarating. It was like we were in our own exclusive fraternity, but there was no bias among membership. We all presumed that our vote could change the state of the economy, and believed that if we didn’t vote, everyone else wouldn’t. It was an involuntary onus that shadowed over every young/first-time voter around election time. It was duty that I felt must be completed. 
Call me crazy, but I conjectured that my vote was the architect behind an increase of over 3 million voters under the age of 30 compared to 2000. Yes, I understand I didn't physically lead all these individuals to the polls like Moses, but to be part of that movement was priceless.   
I never undermined my vote, and you shouldn't either.
I vividly remember my peers and I marching dauntlessly up middle Broad Street after receiving the news of that Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th president.
That night can never be duplicated because it was my first. I saw the happiness that resonated in each of my friend’s eyes. It was the joy of being able to be significant, and making a change.
For some odd reason, this sense of bliss dies as we get older. But as I enter my second election that I can vote, the same feelings from '08 rise.
Being part of something great is what voting means to me.
I also recall how cold it was in Washington, D.C. when President Obama was sworn in. My frosty trek during the UPIC came up a bit short because of frostbite, but what a memory I have under my belt (still wish my toes didn't give up on me). To see so many people camp out and walk millions of miles just to be part of history.
Life comes down to a few moments and this is one of them. See you at polls!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Video: NFL Week 8 Breakdown



Tune in as I break down the Eagles Falcons game and weigh in on who should win Comeback Player of the Year.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Video: Uncle Drew Part Deux

Pepsi and Uncle Drew are back at again, and this time Kyrie Irving is on the mission to reunite his former squad after receiving advice from the old-head Bill Russell.
Enter in Wes aka Kevin Love...Still believe "White Men" can't jump?


TBT: Interviews gone wrong (Video)



Although my favorite heated interview didn't make this countdown (Jim Rome and Jim Chris Everett), I'm sure this clip will amuse most of you.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Heat pick up where they left off

The Klieg lights in South Beach finally have been dimmed a little, and the Miami Heat can enter the 2012-13 regular season with a feeling of equanimity. Although the LeBron James criticism will never cool off, the argument of being great and “ringless” can be eradicated.
Miami returns back this year with much better chemistry and confidence, along with two new exceptional shooters added to their roster (like they need any more). And there isn’t a modicum of uncertainty of why the Heat think they can’t repeat last year’s script.   

Besides from having the most indomitable force in the league on their side, Miami’s ability to spread the floor is unparallel. Not only can their starting lineup consistently knock down jumpers, but their bench is replete with sharp shooters as well. The Heat are the San Antonio Spurs of the East in regards to depth, but much younger and volatile. If you’re looking for a name for their offensive approach, I’ve labeled it “get buckets.”  
Miami’s season opener against the Boston Celtics last night echoed these sentiments.
The reason why this “get buckets” system works for the Heat is because the league’s style of play has revolutionized to a faster tempo with less traditional centers. Every person above 6’7” has reverted to become a jump shooter rather than squaring up in the paint with post moves. This flair has trickled down from the pros to high-school, and has become more evident when judging the ineptitude of young forwards and centers on the block entering the league. Because of this the Heat excel.
The reason why Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman are inactive is because they’re not needed. Anthony did occasionally spark this team on defense during their championship run last year, but ultimately was a waste of space on the offensive end. The fact that nearly 80 percent of the Heat’s roster can shoot three’s consistently is daunting for any unit to defend. Seriously though, take a look at the Heat’s “rotation” and see how many non-shooters you can find.
Furthermore, the Heat’s only weakness is interior post defense, but this simultaneously is also strength.
Whoever defends Bosh will ultimately be asked to step out to defend him foul line extended. Unless centers like Andrew Bynum and Roy Hibbert got incredibly fast over the off-season, I highly doubt they’ll be able to check Bosh along the perimeter. And deferring to zone is not the most astute decision against a sharp shooter team.
The Heat are genuinely having fun out on the hardwood, but with a serious mindset allowing no room for error.  
The only thing that would feel better than last year's diamond championship ring is adding another to the collection.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy rocks the East

My prayers go out to everyone coping with this monstrous and indelible storm.
Although my neighborhood in Pennsylvania didn't feel the full wrath of Sandy, I can't say the same about some of my friends based in NYC and my folks back home in Westchester, NY. As the picture above illustrates, there was a good amount of havoc done on my block (No one was hurt). The unfortunate and scary thing is that this is nothing compared to some of the footage and photos I've seen so far. There are still a great number of people trapped due to flooding, so I implore everyone to say a prayer for those out there cornered by H20.
Furthermore, please be safe if you've been called in for work today or need to step outside.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

NBA season debut forecast

Hurricane Sandy may be escalating to be a "Perfect Storm", but the NBA's season opener is still in full effect.
Tuesday night's debut will begin with the Cavaliers and Wizards, followed by the Celtics at the World Champ Heat and ending with the much and improved Lakers at home against the Mavericks.
A lot of new faces in a lot of new places. Tune in on Tuesday for tip-off. 



My Tuesday night forecast/prediction:

Washington Wizards vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Washington Wizards

Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat: Miami Heat

Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers: Dallas Mavericks

Dunce of the Day: DeAngelo Hall

Birds of the feather flock together, and it appears knuckleheads are common throughout the Washington Redskins locker room.
First Josh Morgan, and now this by DeAngelo Hall. Congratulations on getting ejected and for taking bonehead to a new level. Bravo.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ochocinco launches watch line

When no NFL team throws an offer your way, become an entrepreneur.
Enter in Chad Johnson.
With an unexpected amount of free time on his hands (haha, see what I did there), the free agent wideout has decided to start his own luxury watch line, C.O.85 Timepieces. Johnson's line will be available late next month and will have options in different colors for both men and women.
As a big watch wearer myself, I'm interested to see how Johnson's business will excel. I was just telling my best friend that I was looking for a stainless steel timepiece. Hmmm...




Video: NFL MVP front-runners



1. Eli Manning
2. Matt Ryan
3. Arian Foster
4. Aaron Rodgers
5. Adrian Peterson

Monday, October 22, 2012

Dwight receives a tough welcoming (Video)



Welcome back Dwight. My name is Thomas Robinson and I just posterized you.
The name on the back of my jersey may be foreign to you because I'm a rookie, but you should get used to it. It was a pleasure doing business.
This dialogue didn't actually take place, but I'm sure the Kings rookie power forward was thinking it after this monster slam. Then again, it's only the preseason.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday satires: Binders full of women

Certainly not the most vaunted moment that Mitt Romney wanted from the second presidential debate, but his "binders full of women" comment snowballed into a Democratic uproar.
Take a look at this amusing lampoonery.



Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lance Armstrong: Be careful what you ask for (Video)



Lance Armstrong challenged the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to show what it had on him.  And that is exactly what they did.
From Armstrong to Joe Paterno, this year has shown us that no sports mogul is untouchable. Once again, it's not always the crime, but the cover up that bites you. 
Check out Armstrong give a speech at the 15th anniversary of his cancer-fighting charity Livestrong.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NBA routines now confined



After viewing this clip, I now understand why Kevin Durant is a bit furious with the recent rule change of 90 seconds or less for pre-tipoff after player introductions.
"I personally don't like it," Durant said of the 90-second rule according to The Oklahoman. "Every player in this league has routines they do with their teammates, rituals they do before the game and before they walk on the floor. The fans like it. The fans enjoy it. You see the fans mimicking the guys who do their stuff before the game. To cut that down really don't make no sense. Why would you do it? I really don't agree with it, but I don't make the rules."
And Durant is absolutely correct. The Thunder's routines may be a bit extensive compared to other clubs, but there are litany of celebrated rituals that players/teams do to get pumped up. These rituals aren't prolonging games that much, and this cap of 90 seconds will not expedite games drastically. It's just merely another way for the league to exercise its power.
The obvious method to fasten games are to cancel the number of television timeouts, but as you can see, common sense isn't that common or is it? Television timeouts bring in money and pregame routines don't. For short, my friends and I call that the C.R.E.A.M.
Cash Rules Everything Around Me....Dollar dollar bills yall

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Saturday snickers: Fooled me once

I think it's to safe to say that POTUS and Mitt Romney won't be this bad if elected.
With that being said, the second presidential debate between President Obama and Governor Romney will take place this Tuesday Oct. 16 at 9 p.m.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Cloudy future in today's newscast

As you all may know, I have an unparalled passion for journalism and television. In other words, I eat, breathe and sleep news.
I remember when I was younger, I considered breaking news events on CNN just as important as studying for an exam. Yes, I was and still am a news junkie.
I love to know everything that's going on. Although I may not be knowledgeable of every current event, the idea of enhancing my wisdom of subjects I'm foreign to as well as familiar with is alluring. This brings me to share my most recent experience with you.
During my delightful trip back home (it's always a delight to see my family and spend time in the greatest city: NYC), I was asked an arousing question pertaining to my industry: Where do you think the future of news is heading? Sorry if you were looking for a more intriguing question, but even, Leonardo Da Vinci once said "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
So before I share my answer, let's take a look at the current plight of news.

Nearly every major newspaper outlet except for the New York Times has gone bankrupt. Not to mention that tons of publications and businesses have pay walls online, which mandates readers to pay to have more access. The obvious reason for all this taking place is the internet. With live streaming and forums such as this blog, the internet has allowed society to get their news from a variety of sources.
I, like many others, want to be informed on making the correct decisions. There are not many professions that can influence and inspire individuals on a daily basis. This being one of the main reasons I was attracted to this business; touching lives that you may never meet is beautiful thing.
With this being said, newscasts have the obligation to give society substantial information to better their lives. And a majority of  networks abide by this responsibility religiously, but I’m starting to see a rising trend in stories focusing on what I would like to call F-squared: fluff and fat. Let me explain.
Hard news is what stations and publications cover largely, but the more I tune into segments or even read online, I see a bunch of malarkey. Maybe I'm blind or a pariah, but it appears as if society has no pertinent issues happening. Everything is based off of sensationalism. Covering the same story from several different angles is asinine. This in addition to did you know Justin Bieber and Ryan Gosling are 11th cousins type of pieces goes in the category of fluff and fat. More information and less entertainment.
The reason viewers and readers attention span is so low is because everyone is tired of seeing repetition. Oversaturation will not win people over.
Don’t get me wrong, fluff and fat pieces are beneficial, but too much of it gets sickening. Reading this, I’m sure you can list three topics that you feel hasn’t received enough exposure because of these “F&F” packages.
Think of news segments and publications like a good piece of steak. Those fatty pieces hanging on side, that are trimmed off (or eaten for some folks) before a meal are the over-saturation packages and the interesting did you know pieces. But the nucleus of that steak is the actual meat in the center that is consumed. And that my friends is the hard news. 
As for my actual answer, I gave an abridged version of the above rant. I think you guys/gals get the point. 

Top NFL teams heading into Week 6 (Video)



1. Houston Texans

2. Atlanta Falcons

3. San Francisco 49ers

4. Baltimore Ravens

5. New England Patriots 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Aint nothing but a Nash thang



There's a new Showtime in town, Magic!
New city, but Steve Nash still has the same old moves. My vote still goes to Oklahoma City to come out of the West as long as James Harden doesn't go MIA, but LA can certainly give them a run for their money.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Bad blood resurfaces

The Miami Hurricanes' immense slump in the FBS rankings over the past decade has certainly been arduous for long-time "U" fans to fathom. But what better way to solve your problems than beat up on an old, and in this case, nationally ranked foe.
The bad blood from the 80's and early 90's may have diluted, but who doesn't love a classic Notre Dame vs Miami game minus the obscene t-shirts (The Catholics vs. Convicts).
It's been nearly a quarter-century since the two have met in the regular season, and I'm already replaying the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary in my head. One of the vintage rivalries in college football that transformed the way college athletes conduct themselves on and off the field. It was a storm that college football never experienced before, but it helped cultivate the NCAA in the longrun.
Since both universities don't take the field till 7:30, take a look at a snippet from my favorite 30 for 30 documentary: 


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tribute to #20

There are football players, and then there is Brian Dawkins.
To sit here and attempt to summarize the passion Dawkins brought to the field every Sunday is futile. As the face of the Philadelphia Eagles defense for the past deacde, Dawkins was what Ray Lewis is to Baltimore. Only these two men could lead me into battle against Titans.
Dawkins played the game the way parents only dream their children could. The type of player that every coach wanted. Integrity, hard work and a leader bottled into one. He was in your face every second.
During the halftime of tonight's Eagles vs New York Giants game, the 9x Pro Bowl safety will have his jersey retired. And I can assure you that every fan will be on their feet to applaud his contributions to the NFL and the city of Brotherly Love.
Players like this only come around once every decade.
Congratulations again to arguably the greatest football player to play under Andy Reid.


Friday, September 28, 2012

NBA officials will soon feel vilified

After the perpetual befuddlement that transpired in the NFL due to the replacement referees, it appears that the NBA officials will be stuck in their own sort of jam.
According to NBA spokesman Tim Frank Thursday, the league is close to settling an agreement to deal with flopping.
The art of flopping has certainly calcified over the past few years, especially in a league where superstars constantly get calls in their favor. Flopping originally was controllable and rare, but rapidly evolved into every facet in the game from rebounding in the paint to hand-checking an offensive player.
Although details have not been finalized, I'm under the presumption that the NBA will be much more chaotic if players are fined for flopping. The game is already has enough hiccups, and penalizing players for flops can be added to the list of controversy. Jeff Van Gundy may be ecstatic of the recent news, as he unflinchingly expresses in his weekend broadcasts on ABC, but I'm not.
Players in every sport are always going to try and sway an official. It's a part of the game. Instead of fining, train officials not to be so gullible.
It'll be interesting to see how the NBA manages this rule. Will offensive flopping be implemented as well? Will this rule only pertain to the defensive side and charges? Among the litany of red flags, those are a just a few concerns I have, but I'll make further assessments once details are released.
The refs already have enough onus, and this procedure doesn't make their job any easier.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

TBT: Bart Scott rant (Video)

This is exactly how I felt when I heard the news about the Referee's Association reaching an agreement with the NFL.
Cant Wait!!!
Now I can enjoy my Sundays in peace. Woosahhhh.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Top 5 after Week 3 (Video)


1. Houston Texans
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. Baltimore Ravens
4. Arizona Cardinals
5. New York Giants

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Everything isn't black and white (Video)



"The eyes sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend."

The ball never lies, but the officials do

This whole week, I've been asking my friends and colleagues to lay off of the referees. "Give the guys a chance...The players just need to play their games...Some of the plays would be hard to call for anyone," are just a few examples I would utter in defense of the replacement referees.
But after this Seattle Seahawks vs Green Bay Packers melee, I will no longer vouch for those guys in white and black. Your "Get Out of Jail Card" has officially expired. Vamoose!
The outcome of Monday's game should actually be a crime. Let the hating commence.
Hate, hate, HATE! 
I was under the impression that the Football Gods wouldn't let a team win that didn't deserve to win. After two blunder penalties for passing interference and roughing the passer, I presumed there was no way a Hail Mary could be pulled off. But it seems as if the NFL Gods were on vacation with the Referee's Association.
It's disgusting to see how these Sunday and primetime games have transpired. The onus by no means doesn't fall completely on the replacement referees. But what in God's name was that referee looking at. You can see who didn't catch the ball, but not the 'crazy' push off to make the play in the first place. Crickets...
There was no reason to be impatient and make a egregious error. The eager beaver could be the collapse of a dam, you know.
Green Bay should be given this win. I don't really care how Seattle fans feel. I'm foreshadowing riots. The correct thing to do is to change the ruling and give the victory to Green Bay. Period! Under these circumstances, there should be an overturn. But knowing the NFL, I don't see it happening.
Golden Tate did not catch that ball. It was a horrible call. The dubious faults throughout each game need to stop, but as the game gets deeper, the more they arise.
Mike McCarthy and his unit didn't deserve this.
We as viewers will still stay glued to the television to watch our favorite teams and players, but I have a trepidation that we haven't seen anything yet.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ray Lewis pump up (Video)

His words raise players to new levels, and his fearless attitude on the gridiron is unparalleled. For 17 years, Ray Lewis has been one of the best linebackers in the game, and will go down as one of greatest to ever do it. Although his numbers have gravitated slightly, his impact on the game hasn't changed a bit.
Monday, certainly is one of those days that no one looks forward to, so I thought I would share this video to help everyone kick off their week.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fun Fact: 600 club


Due to Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard hitting his 300th career homerun today (second fastest player to reach the milestone), I figured I would enlighten everyone with some history this evening. 
Ergo, on this day in 1963, Willie Mays blasted his No. 600 homerun against San Diego. I'm sure this name isn't foreign to any of  my baseball followers, but just in case your memory is a bit foggy, Mays is that guy who currently sits fourth on the all-time list with 660.
The thought of Howard surpassing Mays would never float across my mind, but I'm curious where the Philly slugger will stand at the end of his career. Will he even enter into the 500 club? What are your thoughts on Mr. Howard?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

TBT: Do it live



This clip is still by far one of the funniest tirades to take place in a studio.
I can assure my readers now, that you'll never see an outburst like that from me when I get on-air. But when it comes to getting caught for doing frivolous pranks and making jokes behind the scenes, I plead the fifth.
Furthermore, I hope this throwback rant helps you get through your day.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Do you really care?



See the way my bank account is set up....
After delivering this explosive hit on Sean Lee, Golden Tate was fined 21 stacks by the NFL. Rather than bore you and take a stance on this massive block, I'll cut straight to point and make my point.
Tate was fined a lot more because of his actions after the crack-back hit. It's not always the crime that gets you in trouble, but the coverup or in this instance, the aftermath. It was a nice block, but nothing to vaunt about. Blindside hits don't require skill.
The league has been adamant about making the NFL a safer league. Ever wonder why there ESPN discontinued their "Jacked Up" segment.
Football is a perilous sport, and player's health, ostensibly is now the number one concern. So they say...Why the Baltimore Ravens are scheduled to compete in four games over 17 days is still a riddle to me. I'm not that gung-ho about Thursday night games, but maybe I'm in a small fraternity that ends up watching highlights the next morning.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

NFL Week 2 Analysis (Video)



Week 2 is in the books, and the replacement referees are still here. Tune in as I grade their performance, while breaking down the NFC East.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Peyton flips out on teammate



Even the nicest guys have their "moments", and this Peyton Manning clip is just another instance.
I wonder if the Denver Broncos' offensive linemen have seen this side of Manning yet. My advice, don't ever suggest run plays in the red zone.
Furthermore, check out Manning and the Broncos take on the Dirty Birds of Atlanta in a few on ESPN.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dunce of the Week: Josh Morgan

Although Week 2 technically isn't finished, I think it's safe to say that Washington Redskins Josh Morgan will unanimously win the Blockhead of the Week award.
Josh, clearly wasn't aware of Cortland Finnegan's habits. Ask Andre Johnson how he dealt with his problems (not that it means anything, but at least the Texans won lol). If you need a refresh, the video is posted below.
Think before you act next time Josh. Did you really think you were going to get away with that? C'Mon son!




Thursday, September 13, 2012

TBT: Touchdown Dances (Video)

Everyone has a different take on touchdown dances. I personally love them. Do as you must to express your feelings is my take, but respectfully of course.
If a defense doesn't like them, then don't let them score.
Obviously with the recent rule changes of excessive celebrations, the league doesn't see nearly as many braggadocios taunts or dances. But once a week, players will cut corners and bust a move.
In a game that your life is constantly on the line, I'm fine with letting players "show out." So if you were wondering, yes my coaching style would be very similar to Jimmy Johnson.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

NFL Week 1 Exam (Video)



Tune in as Justin Walters breaks down Week 1 of the 2012-13 NFL season.
For more information, please visit justinrwalters.wordpress.com.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/11 Tribute (Video)



It's been said that the best speeches are unrehearsed, and this video by all means, nails that maxim on the head.

NBA 2K13 Trailer (Video)



Although my mindset is fully manipulated by football, the NBA season will be here before we know it. And 2K Sports seems to have presented us with another classic trailer for their new video game, NBA 2K13.  
Besides getting a chance to see Ray Allen compete in a red uniform (Miami Heat that is) and Dwight Howard play for one of the most storied franchises in the league, I'm fired up to watch Brandon Roy make a comeback.
Call me malleable, but I feel inclined to hit the court to go shoot some hoops.  

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Roddick's final bow

In lieu of the usual throwback classics I offer on Thursday, I chose to dedicate this post to Andy Roddick's retirement.
The former No. 1 ranked tennis player received a undying round of applause yesterday, after losing in four sets to Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Although Roddick had already announced his retirement six days ago, many were pulling for the American to finish his career poetically in the U.S. Open finals.
Roddick's unparalleled character and passion for the game is indescribable. Known for his supreme, booming serves and silly personality, Roddick can assure himself that his signature can be edged permanently on this playing ground.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

NFL Week 1 Preview (Video)

Tune in as Justin Walters lets you know what to keep an eye out for this 2012-13 NFL season.
Don't forget to visit http://justinrwalters.wordpress.com/ for more info.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Second crushes Lam


There are few sporting events that relentlessly display passion, euphoria, motivation, and even patriotism all in one. To measure yourself against the greatest in the world is indescribable. The only thing that separates each individual from the podium is talent and skill.
That’s what makes each Olympics so special.
I’m sure by now that you are all aware of the homerun stories that have populated in London. From Kayla Harrison becoming the first American ever to win gold in judo to Michael Phelps’ journey to 22 medals, London’s ratings are easily surpassing Beijing marks right and left.
Rather than focusing primarily on the major sports during these Summer Games, I use this time to learn and appreciate the less popular sports like handball (which is really cool if I may add), table tennis and water polo to name a few. There are over 30 sports being played in London. Why seclude yourself to a few? 
Furthermore, the downside of some of these milestone features by the favored athletes is that it overshadows a bunch of riveting stories that never get an ounce of spotlight.
My friend and fellow 2012 classmate Dave Everett passed along a very disheartening story along to me that hasn’t necessarily appeared on this Games’ radar. Even I missed it.
Last week, Shin A Lam of South Korea was wrongfully robbed of a chance to compete for gold. With one second left on the clock, Lam seemed to be well on her way to the fencing epee final match. All she had to do was not be touched. Sounds like a guaranteed win right? Nope, actually not.
After the referee motioned to restart the match, the clock never started which resulted in Britta Heidemann of Germany landing a touch to win the bout. The Korean team attempted to dispute the evident screw-up, but their appeal of the decision was denied.
Then to add injury to insult as she sat there on the piste the playing surface baffled and hysterical, Lam was removed by security after laying there for over a half hour in tears.

Lam still had a chance to compete for bronze. But after still being miserably distraught, she was defeated by China’s Yujie Sun. Instead of fencing for gold, Lam would leave medal-less.
But here’s the kicker. The timekeeper for the event was a 15-year-old kid. The world’s biggest international sporting venue has a volunteer minor as timekeeper. Maybe a simpler task would have been apt. Then again, there are always clock issues that take place in sports regardless of the setting. How the situation is rectified is what counts. 
Sports constantly goes through phases were the rules are not bent to better the sport. Everything is not black and white. This is just another case that can be added to the pile.
I hope the fencing and International Olympic committee learns from this grave mistake.   
Lam eventually did earn silver in the women’s epee team competition, but the loss she suffered to Heifemann will haunt her endlessly.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Curtis Martin HOF speech (Video)

Straight from the heart with no notes, Curtis Martin delivered a touching speech this past weekend in Canton, Ohio. From not thinking he would see a day past the age of 21 to being inducted into the Hall of Fame must be such a surreal feeling for Martin.
For all my New York fans that bleed green: J-E-T-S. JETS JETS JETS


Friday, August 3, 2012

Before Gabby Douglas, there was Dominique Dawes

It's always truly remarkable to see someone's blood, sweat and tears pay off, and Gabby Douglas' performance yesterday in London was nothing short of this.
In becoming the first African-American women to win all-around gymnastics gold, Douglas has stamped her name in the record books in a new a column. The 14-year-old's indelible mark has done more than just provide another piece of medal for Team USA (third straight American Olympian to win the all-around gold), but will simultaneously inspire many African-American girls to get involved in the sport.
Similar to the profound impact Douglas had on many yesterday, so did Dominique Dawes, a member of the "Magnificent Seven", in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics. Dawes previously was known as the first and only African-American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics, and will now be joined proudly by Douglas. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Boxing memories: Tyson at Junior Olympics (Video)

As I sat in the office today watching lightweight Errol Spence propel USA boxing to 4-0 in London after the second day of competition, I started reminiscing about the days when the sport actually was deemed enjoyable. I know right. That was quite a long time ago. Better yet, can you even name five current boxers in the heavyweight division?...I'll wait (taps mic).
After the whole Timothy Bradley v. Manny Pacquiao melee, pugilist aficionados are starting to losing hope about this fantasy showdown between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Call it optimism, but I actually think these two sluggers will eventually end up in the ring together. Don't ask for a time frame because there isn't one as long as Mayweather continues his knucklehead track record outside of the ropes. I just hope these two gentlemen can bring this sport back to its prominence.
In the meantime though, my colleague showed me this video of Mike Tyson, which didn't make the situation any better, but did give me a good laugh. Check out :54 second mark of the video posted below and tell me if you see anything wrong. It's clear who's going to win this fight just from the preview cam.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

NBC Olympics Affiliates (Video)



Tune in as Justin Walters lets you know what to watch for this year's Olympics in London.
For more information, please visit sportszonegossip.blogspot.com.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Facial Fridays: The Legend of VC3 (Video)

He goes by the name of Vinsanity for those that aren't aware. As I mentioned in my video post below about the Dream Team, this dunk will never be topped in my eyes.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Dream Team v. 2012 Olympic team (Video)

Tune in as Justin Walters gives his opinion if the 2012 Olympic Men's basketball team could challenge the legendary "Dream Team."
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Friday, July 6, 2012

Facial Fridays: Brandon Roy



I was sold on posting a video of Dwight Howard getting slammed on by Kobe Bryant for this week's facial, but the recent return of Brandon Roy to the National Basketball Association has made me choose otherwise.
Roy has agreed to a two year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves for around $10 million.
I'm certain that Twolves fans are elated of the recent news and hope Roy can add a spark to this young and vigorous unit.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Throwback Thursdays: MJ HOF speech



In typical Michael Jordan fashion, his Hall of Fame speech resembled his competitive nature on the hardwood, one of a kind. Hate him or love him, Jordan was always content on doing it his way.
The kicker for me in the speech was the story about Bryon Russell. All I could say is be careful what you wish for.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wednesday Breakdown (Video)



Tune in as Justin Walters gives his opinion on the NBA free agency, Wimbledon and the MLB.
For more information about me, please visit http://justinrwalters.wordpress.com/.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Fashion going too far


The word missing here is sympathy. 
What in the world was Jeremy Scott thinking when he came up with this design?
Scott has built himself a reputation with bizarre designs that are notoriously favored by celebrities, but this style crosses the line.
I'm elated that Adidas chose to cancel production on these sneakers, but I'm astounded that this sketch made it this far. Plastic shackles and a tag line that states: "Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?" Whoever thought this was a brilliant idea should just take some days off and take out a history book.
Scott may have originally thought this was an ingenious creation and meant no harm, but I hope he understands what the ramifications would be if they were released. His unique approach to this shoe may have nothing to do with slavery, but it inevitably reflects apathy toward this crude period of American history. Money is not the answer to everything.
Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Nike Ring Tribute to the Lebron (Video)



Nike wasn't playing any games when they released this commercial seconds after Lebron James won his first championship. That's why they're the best.
And for the younger generation out there, the song playing in the background is "I Want You" by Marvin Gaye.

King me


The Decision has finally paid off.
After nine long years, Lebron James has finally entered into the fraternity of the elite— NBA Champions.
“It’s about damn time,” said James ecstatically after realizing he no longer has to dream about holding the coveted Larry O’Brein trophy.
That vision James eagerly yearned for was now a reality.
Arguably no player in this history has been given such an onerous task to overcome. In large part due to his so called betrayal to the Cleveland Cavaliers organization and coming out fiesta in South Beach that predicted several championships, James has been obliterated by newspapers and television for every minute detail of his life.
Hate him or love him, he demands for respect that he has finally reached his goal. The league has never seen a player of James’ caliber. His ability to defend all positions is astonishingly remarkable. Additionally, let’s not undermine what James can do on the offensive end. His manners may reflect his ease to soar over defenders serenely and rack up triple doubles, but it’s not easy. As prolific as James is though, he couldn't do it by himself though.
James decided to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on July 8 two years ago because he needed help. There would have been controversy no matter what team he chose to take his talents to.
Danny Gilbert and Cavaliers organization had more than enough amount of time to equip the best young prodigy in the league with remotely decent players. But they didn’t even come close. In the James’ last year during the off-season, the only adjustment they made was hiring Byron Scott as head coach. So before Cleveland says their former “Chosen One” disrespected them with an unnecessary national free agency decision, remind yourself that James was disrespected first.
Let’s be honest; do you really think James would have won a ring anytime soon with the recent transformation of the Eastern Conference? 
Can’t blame James for leaving either because Gilbert still manages to guarantee things that never will happen. “I guaranteed that  the Cleveland Cavaliers will win an NBA championship before Lebron James and the Miami Heat,” were the famous words uttered by Gilbert two years ago. Nonetheless, he at least tweeted congratulations to the Heat for winning.
Now with their second championship in franchise history, Miami is on the journey for more. The last two games played by the Heat was the way Pat Riley envisioned the team playing when forming this unit. 

James didn't do it on his own though. He needed a wing-man, and Wade humbly accepted. 
As much as he’s criticized, a lot of this year’s credit should be given to Wade. It’s still Wade County in South Beach, but Wade has allowed James to take over as the sheriff. Easier said than done, but this step allowed James’ game to flourish in the playoffs and average nearly 30 points in the finals. James’ didn’t even nip over 20 a game in last year’s finals against Dallas.
Few forget, but it was Wade who was dissecting Dallas’ interior similar to in 2006. 2012 was different though. Wade was comfortable with riding shotgun. His game may have looked faltered, but that was because he wanted Lebron to adapt to taking over the team.   
The weeks of sacrifice of Wade deferring to Lebron will eventually evolve into a lifetime paradise.
This is just one championship of many by these two potent superstars.