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Shaq-Mento 3.0

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 9/24/2013 3:25:00 PM

Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most interesting personalities of this century.  Laugh if you want to.  He is.  He dabbles in more areas of life than most people even know exist.  Now, his enormous wealth has had a lot to do with that, no question, but you would have big time trouble beating Shaq in a game of “Been there, done that”.

Shaq is now a part owner of the Sacramento Kings.  If we check ESPN’s list of top sports franchises in North America, we find the Memphis Grizzlies in top spot, led by great ownership, coaching, players, bang for the buck and a few other categories that are kind of hard to figure out.  The Kings are at the other end of that ranking.  Out of 122 teams, Sacramento is 122nd.

Shaq has promised Sacramento 3.0  He was on ESPN last night telling everyone that the Kings ...

You Have To Respect Them.

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 6/21/2013 10:26:00 AM

My 10-year old son looked up at me this morning and said, “Dad, I can’t be a Heat Hater anymore.  You have to respect them.”

And he is right, you have to.

Sports can be different things to different people.  Sports can range from a simple three hour escape to a complete metaphor for life.  Check out Bart Giamatti’s “Take Time For Paradise” if you want an excellent example of the latter.

You didn’t have to be a basketball fan to appreciate what the Miami Heat did to win their second consecutive championship.

And you still don’t have to be a basketball fan to appreciate what Lebron James did in making it happen, but anyone who still refuses to be a fan of Lebron James is as stubborn as a hard-headed mule with a strong sense of entitlement.

In winning a second straight championship, Lebron had to overcome all of ...

It All Looked So Good For The Raptors

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 5/21/2013 6:26:00 AM

It all began with such hope seven years ago.  It is almost seven years to the day that Bryan Colangelo and the Toronto Raptors found out that they would hold the first overall pick in the NBA draft.  That was May 23rd, 2006.

The franchise that had seen its face go from Mighty Mouse to Vinsanity now had an executive face.  A strong jaw with steely eyes and a look that made you feel someone was in control of the ship.

This was the new dawn.  An injury to Chris Bosh had swirled the bowl and the Raptors posted the 5th worst record in the NBA.

But that was about to change.  Bosh and a number one pick.  You could build a championship calibre team with a foundation like that.

The pick was used on Andrea Bargnani.  Sure his post play was raw and his defense wasn’t great, ...

Another New Day For The Raptors

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 5/20/2013 4:01:00 PM

It all began with such hope seven years ago.  It is almost seven years to the day that Bryan Colangelo and the Toronto Raptors found out that they would hold the first overall pick in the NBA draft.  That was May 23rd, 2006.

The franchise that had seen its face go from Mighty Mouse to Vinsanity now had an executive face.  A strong jaw with steely eyes and a look that made you feel someone was in control of the ship.

This was the new dawn.  An injury to Chris Bosh had swirled the bowl and the Raptors posted the 5th worst record in the NBA.

But that was about to change.  Bosh and a number one pick.  You could build a championship calibre team with a foundation like that.

The pick was used on Andrea Bargnani.  Sure his post play was raw and his defense wasn’t great, ...

Toronto Fans Should Get Used To Big Name Rumours

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 4/30/2013 7:51:00 AM

When the Bell/Rogers consortium purchased Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and took control of the Maple Leafs and Raptors among other teams, everyone seemed to wonder what that would mean.

So far we have seen Brian Burke removed from his post.  We have seen the hiring of Tim Lieweke, although that seemed to have more noise attached to it when it was a rumour than when it actually came to be.

Now that it is fact, Toronto fans are going to have to get used to the idea of their teams wanting to win.  This isn’t about simply making money anymore.  The big bucks are in brand and profile.

And that’s why a story out of ESPN is an eye-opener, although it shouldn’t be.

Mark Stein and Ramona Shelburne, two well-connected reporters, have written that the Raptors are one of the teams pursuing a man by the name of Phil ...

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