Posted on: June 2, 2009 8:21 pm
There are many people upset over the actions of LeBron James not shaking the hands of Orlando Magic players but I can tell you that Lebron is still a class act and here is a few reasons why in my opinion is behind his actions.
1. In Lebron's rookie season he shook hands with all players from the Detroit Pistons following their game 7 defeat. He repeated this act after a finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs despite getting swept. Last year he once again showed class by shaking the hands of the Boston Celtics following their game 7 loss. So what makes this year different. It is simple, Lebron himself admitted that he lost to the better team in all of the series I just named. Cleveland was overachievers in each one of those series. That was not the case with the Orlando series. Cleveland was the better team. They won a franchise record 66 games. They were the king of the mountain for the first time. So I believe he was embarrassed for this defeat. He left the court out of humiliation of being only the third team in NBA history to get bounced from the playoffs after winning 65 games.
2. My second excuse for Lebron is he is just young. He is only 24 years old and I know we have all had bad sportsmanship on our hands at some point especially in our late teens and early 20's
3. The third reason is because of Lebron's passion. He made it very clear at the beginning of these playoffs that he was going to vindicate Craig Ehlo. He was going to erase every bad memory in Cleveland history and replace it with joy. Lebron put the entire city on his shoulders. He grew up a Cavs fan and has so much love for this city and this team. He had a chance to cement his legacy as Jordan did with Chicago. He is the best player in the league, but somehow the curse of Cleveland lives on. So you have to imagine the abount of pain, frustration, and embarrassment going through his head as the final buzzer sounded. He was too crushed to talk to the media. I believe in his heart he would have said something that he would have regretted later and just decided to be a no-show.
4. Lastly I truly believe that Lebron believed this was his one and only chance to win in Cleveland unless he signs the extension of course. They are losing Ben Wallace to retirement and Anderson Varejeo to free agency. There is no other big man filling them shoes, unless they can pull off a sign and trade with Varejeo and a guard and draft pick to the Raptors for Chris Bosh. Big Z can not play 48 minutes and the Cavs inside game next season will be non-existant.
I hope Lebron doesn't give up on Cleveland. I love to see great players in small markets, its so good for the game. Unfortunately for him, he will have to sign an extension past next year to have a shot to win there, because the East is only getting stronger. Do I believe Lebron is a class act? Absoulutely. Do I believe he made a mistake? Yes, especially from the league MVP and face of the league. I do not believe this incident will tarnish the legacy on what could be the greatest player ever to play the game before he is all said and done.
Posted on: October 13, 2008 1:04 pm
I have devised a system that makes way to much sense for the NCAA to ever approve so here it is. A 12 team playoff system devised of each conference winner and 1 wild card. Here is how it works.
(1) Go on strength of conference, this will determine the first four BYE slots. The remaining 8 will have to battle it out in a first round matchup with the wild card team falling into whatever slot they finished in the polls. Here is an example
(1) Texas - Big 12 Conference Winner
(2) Alabama - SEC Conference Winner
(3) Penn State - Big 10 Conference Winner
(4) USC - Pac 10 Conference WInner
FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS
(12) Arkansas State -Sun Belt Winner vs (5) Oklahoma - Wild Card
(11) Central Michigan - MAC Winner vs (6) Florida State - ACC Winner
(10) Rice - Conference USA Winner vs (7) Pitt - Big East Winner
(9) Boise State - WAC Winner vs (8) BYU - MWC Winner
SECOND ROUND MATCHUPS - Based off of lower seed playing higher seed
(9) Boise State vs (1) Texas
(7) Pitt vs (2) Alabama
(6) Florida State vs (3) Penn State
(5) Oklahoma vs (4) USC
SEMI FINALS - Lower seed plays higher seed
(5) Oklahoma vs (1) Texas
(3) Penn State vs (2) Alabama
BCS TITLE GAME
(2) Alabama vs (1) Texas
This makes too much sense, however I am not saying elimate the bowls. Allow teams that still have 6 wins to participate in the bowls. here is how I would work it.
Dec 15 - BCS Playoff game Arkansas State vs Oklahoma
Dec 15 - New Orleans Bowl
Dec 16 - BCS Playoff game Boise State vs BYU
Dec 17 Liberty Bowl
Dec 17 BCS Playoff game Rice vs Pitt
Dec 18 GMAC Bowl
Dec 18 BCS Playoff game Central Michigan vs Florida State
Dec 19 International Bowl
Dec 20 Carqwest Bowl
Dec 21 Alamo Bowl
Dec 22 BCS Playoff game Boise State vs Texas
Dec 23 BCS Playoff game Oklahoma vs USC
Dec 24 BCS Playoff game Pitt vs Alabama
Dec 25 BCS Playoff game Florida State vs Penn State
Dec 26 Outback Bowl
Dec 27 Motor City Bowl
Dec 28 Sun Bowl
Dec 29 Bowl game
Dec 30 Bowl games
Dec 31 Bowl Games
Jan 1st BCS Semi final games
Oklahoma vs Texas
Penn State vs Alabama
Jan 2 Bowl Games
Jan 3 Bowl Games
Jan 7 BCS TITLE GAME
Alabama vs Texas
If you agree with this idea make it known.