As the Golden State Warriors prepared to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in this year's NBA Finals, most were preoccupied with the matchup of Stephen Curry vs LeBron James. I found myself more fascinated in each player's individual talent level and skill set.
One win away from winning the title, the Warriors really have nothing to lose. They head back to Cleveland to play Game 6 on Tuesday. Then they head back to Oakland on Friday for the final game of the series if necessary.
We are a sports-obsessed nation that doesn't know how to talk about sports. Take, for instance, the NBA Finals. The series isn't even over, and yet, the legacy of LeBron James is already being re-litigated from Cleveland to California.
Whether LeBron knows it or not, three generations of his family once called Cleveland home. LeBron has classic, Great Migration heritage, and two branches of his family tree made their way from the South to Cleveland.
On the basketball court, instant replays may make the call, but in the real estate arena, there are no rules. And when it comes to professional ballers LeBron James and Stephen Curry, it's not just an all-out battle in the NBA Finals -- it's also a war for the real estate crown.
Last week, Indians slugger Brandon Moss hit his 100th career home run. Unfortunately for him, the ball landed in the Indian's bullpen, prompting the team's relief pitchers to demand a "shopping list" of Apple products from Moss as a condition for turning over the souvenir.
MVP Stephen Curry showed up NBA's best LeBron James, and the Warriors beat the Cavaliers 108-100 in OT. James scored 44 points in 46 minutes and that wasn't enough against Curry and his teammates, who performed excellent defense in the final minutes.
It's been a difficult season for Miami Heat fans and it's not even because of LeBron's leaving-us-at-the-alter-departure.
The true test has come. Both teams match up very well and it will be unlike the previous teams faced in the playoffs. The Cavs were clearly the best team to come out of the East, and the Warriors face their toughest competition.
The choice of games for the 2015 International Series no doubt had its critics amongst the NFL UK community, with many hoping for trips to Wembley from the Colts, Packers, Broncos or Seahawks. Instead we got six teams that lacked any real star power. Changes in the AFC East, however could mean we see our best run of games in this country to date.
It is clear that the Dolphins believe in the ability of Tannehill to potentially emerge as an elite QB. If they would have waited another year for that to happen the deal would have played out much differently, with a much higher guarantee and far more risk.
The passing of Garo Yepremian marks for me a death of another kind, the losing battle of families to football and a Christmas we should never forget. Yepremian's 37-yard field goal on December 25, 1971, ended the longest game in NFL history, a double-overtime heart-stopper.
If legends such as Hakeem Olajuwon can become one of the world's best NBA Players, and Luol Deng an all-star, then imagine the potential that would exist if basketball was just as much a part of African culture as soccer is.
There are skeptics out there that think our struggles this season are a weird karmic repercussion after having four consecutive Finals appearances. That our injuries and adversities are in some ways what we oddly deserved. That is the biggest crock!
In sports, we all love the "old days." Especially the ones that are a part of our childhood. They are not only memories, but feelings. The feelings make the memory that much larger than life. Sports is one of the only places where that can happen.
SUPER BOWL - Une phrase revient sans cesse pour décrire le sport: "ce n'est pas une science exacte." Cette phrase a pris tout son sens dimanche dernier à l'occasion du Super Bowl. Les Seahawks étaient en position idéale pour gagner le match. Mais c'était sans compter sur l'incroyable décision de Pete Carroll.