Author Archives: Jason Clinkscales

LeBron and the NBA Finals

JASON CLINKSCALES: Most people are going to see LeBron James out of whichever polarized prism they choose to look through. This, unfortunately, creates a perception by many in the sporting public that he and the Miami Heat lost the NBA Finals as opposed to the truth; the Dallas Mavericks won it on their own merits. This wasn’t purely a case of team versus talent – a good bit of the viewers for this series were unfamiliar with the Mavs, but the ‘team’ label worked for them – this was a case of one well-constructed team executing over another whose flaws were exposed as the series wore on. Continue reading

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In Briefs: RIP, Macho Man

CHRIS PUMMER: Macho Man Randy Savage, dead at 58.

MATTHEW DAVID BROZIK: And so it begins. Not with a bang… oh, wait. Indeed, with a bang. And also an “Oooooh yeah!”

CHRIS PUMMER: Begins with a snap — like…

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Phil Jackson: Career in Review

MIKE SILVA: Last week, NBA analyst Steve Kerr told Chris Russo of “Mad Dog Radio” that Phil Jackson’s strength was more motivational than “X’s” and “O’s.” Throughout his coaching tenure he would find ways to get into his players, opponents,…

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NASCAR 10 years after Dale Earnhardt Sr.

CHRIS PUMMER: Of course the NASCAR season began Sunday with its signature event, the Daytona 500. Besides the fact that a rookie racer won it this year, there’s been significance attached because it was at Daytona where Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed 10 years ago. I’ve been reading about how a lot of people attribute the dip in NASCAR’s popularity and profitability outside of the general economic downturn to the void Earnhardt’s death left among the ranks of NASCAR’s stars.

Was he really such a transcendent figure for the sports? I don’t know that I buy this argument. Continue reading

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Super Bowl Ticket Fiasco

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: I would really like to know who actually takes over during the Super Bowl, who runs the show, before I make any major criticisms. Continue reading

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Carmelo and the Knicks

JASON CLINKSCALES: The Carmelo Anthony talk has annoyed some, but that’s because they see some similarities to the LeBron James hype and eventual departure to Miami. However, there are very few commonalities between the two. Anthony has said very little compared to James and here wasn’t nearly the frothing at the mouth or silly customized jerseys for the Denver Nuggets forward as for the former Cleveland Cavalier.

AKIE BERMISS: I was born under a star-crossed sign! Mercury was in retrograde! I was cursed by an evil warlock for the heroic deeds of my father! Well, it was something like that at least, because all my life I’ve been Knicks fan. And that can mean only one thing: constant, inexorable suffering. When we had Patrick Ewing back in the 90s, we spent every spring being the foil for the likes of Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller. No matter how cohesive the team was, how stifling the defense, or how triumphant the 4th-quarter comebacks were, we always wound up losing. Missing out. Just barely getting a whiff of what it would be like to be champions. And every time, we fell short. Fast forward to 2011: we’re having a pretty good year, Amar’e Stoudemire has brought up back from the brink of utter Isaiah-Thomas-ness (our name for Perdition), and all-in-all things are starting to look up. Then, there came word that Carmelo Anthony was strongly considering playing for New York. Continue reading

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Super Bowl in Review

CHRIS PUMMER: That there were no surprises is probably the defining characteristic of this Super Bowl.

Everyone expected Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers to put points on the board with his deep wide receiving crew. He did.

Everyone knew Steelers…

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In Briefs: Skins

JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY: How about all of the hype over MTV’s Skins being child pornography?
http://www.slate.com/id/2281842/

JESSICA BADER: I saw the first episode, and while there are some problematic aspects to the show (there was a scene in which the main group of characters accidentally drove a stolen car into a body of water and all emerged unscathed), it’s rated TV-MA. Nobody’s tuning into the show unaware that there’s content that’s inappropriate for younger viewers, and for all the hype over how they consult with actual young people to ensure realistic dialogue, the show just isn’t that good, and I refuse to believe that teenage slang circa now is as labored as it was made out to be in that first episode.

MOLLY SHOEMANN: I kind of feel like they want people to think that they took that Fiona Apple music video where all the sexually ambiguous Abercrombie teens are naked in the hot tub and the hotel room and turned it into a sitcom. Continue reading

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AFC/NFC Championship in Review

Packers 21, Bears 14

JASON CLINKSCALES: Addressing the Jay Cutler dilemma isn’t something I prefer to do, so in reference, here is one of the better takes on it.

With that said, he wasn’t terribly…

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NFL Divisional Playoffs in Review

Jets 28, Patriots 21
CHRIS PUMMER:
The Jets (13-5) had a pretty simple formula for beating the Patriots (14-3). They didn’t turn the ball over and kept New England from making big plays.

For the former part New York quarterback…

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