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Sunday Morning Musings: The Lebron James Telethon (7.1.2018)

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Sunday Morning Musings: The Lebron James Telethon (7.1.2018)

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Happy Sunday, everyone. I already had an idea of what my first musing was going to be this week. But I always take a cursory look around the world of sports to make sure. So I went over to Google News and hit “sports”.

7. 7 different articles in the top sports news on Google about where Lebron James is going to end up. Those articles listed 7 different teams. Those teams are: Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs. In 5 of those 7 articles? The phrase “front-runner” was used. I bet if you google “Lebron James” and any basketball team, you’ll find an article explaining how the only clear choice for James is that team.

My personal opinion? The Los Angeles Lakers make a ton of sense as everyone has pointed out. However I think the most interesting place for Lebron to show up is the Philadelphia 76ers. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Bron, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid? That’s the team I want to see take the court next year.

I tried my above guess, and googled “Lebron James Boston Celtics” and found a whole lot of hot takes about how Lebron could be the savior the Celtics need. Turf Writer Mark DiGiammarino has a different take. “Danny Ainge won’t try to sign Lebron simply so he can beat him in the Finals next year when he’s in the western conference.

How are we feeling about the VAR?

I’ve seen some strong feelings related to VAR on my social media during this World Cup. I get it, sometimes you want the game to live live (that’s hilarious to type out). However the televisions all around the world will be showing things in super slow motion, from multiple angles, and if a call results in a goal that shouldn’t have been? Or the opposite? People will riot. The VAR is a necessary evil in order to keep the audiences at home in check and to protect the referees.

If you want to get rid of the VAR, you have to get rid of slo-mo replays on repeat for the home audiences. It’s that simple. Show the play at speed at the very least. Otherwise, the VAR should be here to stay. Nordin Amrabat might just disagree with me on that one, though.

Hey Detroit, it’s really not that bad

The Tigers are in an 11 game losing streak, and from the articles coming out, you’d think they were, I don’t know, the Mets. (Editor’s Note: I’ll be dealing with Ned later.) (Author’s Note: Try me, Colombo. You Red Sox traitor.) Here are some select quotes/articles from Detroit-based news outlets.

“There were more heads down in the Tigers clubhouse afterward. More players locked in silence and thought, if not the early throes of agony, as the longest losing streak since their nightmare of a 2003 season is now part of Detroit baseball history.” –

“The Detroit Tigers keep trying. They also keep losing.” – Detroit Free Press

As a bonus, check out this photo spread from the Detroit Free Press, “These Photos Sum Up Detroit Tigers Losing Streak”. It’s pretty brutal, and nonsensical.

I would also like to point you to this, absolutely idiotic article titled “By the Numbers: Detroit Tigers 11-Game Losing Streak” from This article’s point is to take the average runs scored per game, and then the average runs scored against per game and say “yikes”. They then point to the disparity of those numbers and say “that’s why they’re on a losing streak.

Yes. Of course that’s why they’re on a losing streak. When you score fewer points than the other team, you lose the game. THIS IS NOT NEWS NOR IS IT A TAKE NOR IS IT SMART ANALYSIS. I’m reminded of when John Madden said “usually the team with the most points wins the game.” Yes that’s how it works.

Listen up, Detroit. It could be much, much worse. You are third in your division. It’ll take a serious regression to catch Cleveland, but you’re barely behind the Twins. The division is not lost, your season is not lost, and again, you’re not the Mets. STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM ME, COLOMBO. YOUR TEAM IS TERRIBLE, JUST ADMIT IT.

Kylian Mbappe is too good to be under 20 years old

He’s 19, guys. 19 years old, and he is leading France to a potential World Cup victory.

As Turf Writer Andrew Wilhelm puts it, “No 19 year old should be as good as Kylian Mbappe. In fact we’re going to start seeing a Neymar/Mbappe debate replace the Messi/Ronaldo one in a couple years or so. And both those players currently play for the same club which is insane.

John Tavares is an unrestricted free agent

This might be the worst news imaginable for the New York Islanders. No new deal was announced, and now it’s July. Here come the suitors. It may not be a Lebron James-esque telethon, but in the world of the NHL it’s pretty big. Expect major players to come offering major money. Expect Tavares to be tired of sticking with the Islanders. Expect the Islanders to lose their best player to free agency and get diddly-squat in return. Sorry New York, but the Rangers are playing their off-season better.

Velasquez’ miracle play

What happens when you can’t use your throwing arm? Why, you use your off arm to throw a guy out at first. Duh. That’s exactly what Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez did. After taking a line drive off his throwing arm, he hustled to the ball, and through him out off-handed. It was awesome. Sadly he had to be removed from the game for the injury, but way to play it out!

Someone get the World Cup fans in check

After Mexico was fined for chanting a gay slur during a World Cup loss, now the Moroccans have been fined for their fans throwing things at players on the field. Come on, world. This is embarrassing. We get it, you’re mad that a stoppage time goal was allowed. But guess what? IT WAS A GOAL. OF COURSE IT SHOULD BE ALLOWED. If your source of entertainment is harassing or harming people? You deserve to fall down and scrape the shit out of your knee every time you try to walk down the street.

Yeah. I said it.

Why is everyone counting out Serena Williams?

News flash, guys. Women who have children are not less capable as athletes. Serena Williams may be the greatest Tennis player to ever play the game. Stop writing articles about how she’s washed up. Her first match coming up is Arantxa Rus. Williams has never lost in the first round of Wimbledon. Yawn and move on. Will she win it all? Who knows, Tennis is a crazy game, and there are some great players out there. Will Williams be in contention for the title? Without question.

“Don’t Cry 4-3 Argentina”

I don’t really have anything to give you on this one, I just think that headline from Turf Writer Kevin Morin is beyond brilliant and it needed to be here. Argentina’s out. They choked in the World Cup. No one is shocked.

Ned is an Actor and award-winning Content Creator based out of Brooklyn, New York. Currently you can hear him as a voice actor on the podcast Encounter Party!, and as the host of the podcast At the Table: A Play Reading Series. Originally from Portland, Maine, Ned is an avid follower of all things New England, be it sports teams, breweries, seafood, or Cumby's. He spends most of his free time playing board games, listening to podcasts, and gawking at dogs on the street. You can learn more on his website,

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