Posted Friday, January 29, 2010 10:29 AM
Everyone knows big men can’t sell shoes.
Besides the inaugural Reebok Shaq Attacks, when was the last time you saw a line of teenage boys outside Footlocker waiting to cop the new Tim Duncan Adidas? Not gonna happen no matter how many double-double nights the Big Fundamental puts up.
But put LeBron, Wade or Kobe’s facsimile on a pair of kicks and watch the wave of 14-year-old boys get mugged for their shoes on the playground.
The same goes for the NBA All-Star Game.
As important as hard-working centers and forwards are to their teams, they just aren’t sexy enough to run alongside guys like Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady (A.I. is starting for the East despite playing in only 20 games for the Sixers and scoring 14 points a night. T-Mac, who is earning the final year of his deal from home, nearly made the West team on fan votes. Thank God he’s not playing).
The official rosters were released Thursday, leaving many of deserving players out. Why? Because they’re not sexy enough.
Chris Kaman isn’t going to fill the lane and flush down a Chris Paul alley-oop. David Lee isn’t going to throw the ball off the backboard to himself and slam it down in traffic. And I doubt you’d see Carl Landry crossing over a defender so bad that their ankles explode out of their shoes and shoot into Will Smith’s popcorn.
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Posted Thursday, January 07, 2010 01:02 PM
What a way to kick off your day.
I woke up this morning to read that the dream fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was about to be just that – only a dream. I felt like the naïve college girl who couldn’t avoid falling for and sleeping with jerk-off frat boys.
Not again. I thought you’d changed boxing.
After almost two decades of missing out on super bouts, like Tyson vs. Jones Jr., the sport seemed to be getting it. It wasn’t about money…well…it wasn’t all about money.
Boxing was starting to wipe the dollar bills from its eyes and gave fans great matchups like Mayweather vs. De La Hoya and Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya – fights that you would line up playing Fight Night on the Playstation but never thought they would actually happen.
The promise of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was about to shoot the sport into a new golden age. Instead, it has pissed off a lot of fight fans as well as gave many casual spectators a bad taste in their mouths
(You want a bunch of prickly pears? Try talking smack in our boxing forum today. Those guys are dying for a fight.)
Now, I don’t agree with the people who say boxing is dead and MMA is the wave of the future. That’s like comparing hockey to broomball (WTF is broomball, you ask?). Yeah, both are played on ice but they are completely different sports.
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