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‘Melo Out, Old Man!

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I remember Monday night’s exchange between our two announcers vividly: Mike Breen: “What incredible defense from Anthony! Clyde, why can’t he do that every night?” Walt (Clyde) Frazier: “Because it takes effort, Mike.” This wasn’t a shot at Carmelo, this was a star player coming to another star player’s defense. Sixty-six-year-old Walt was being “New […] [Read More]
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The Denver Knicks

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I know, I know . . . it’s March Madness, and I should be totally focused on the way my UConn Huskies have unexpectedly crashed the Final Four. Not to mention how my blind faith in them (see “Head, or Heart?” — previous post) has my bracket neatly positioned for a nice little payday. But […] [Read More]
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Head, or Heart?

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I sit in awe as I watch Robby, cold and calculating, fill out his bracket. He’s got Kentucky over West Virginia in the second round. Sure, he knows Calipari’s a sleazeball — and that West Virginia represents our conference. But he also knows Kentucky has Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones, and talent out the wazoo. […] [Read More]
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Mission Accomplished

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My older brother Matt: I’m not even sure it would be good for UConn to make a big run in the Big East Tournament. Me: Are you kidding me? It’s the Big East Tournament. Matt: If they play three, four, five games back-to-back, they’ll run out of gas for the real tournament. NO ONE REMEMBERS […] [Read More]
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Deliverance

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I’ve been a New York Knicks fan for over 40 years. I doubt this is something that Robby can even begin to grasp. He’s only 17 years old, and he’s already on his third NBA team: First Orlando, then Houston, and now the Knicks. (He climbed on the bandwagon the moment we got Amar’e.) My […] [Read More]
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One Ball? Booooring

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Obviously, my dad doesn’t like the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. He doesn’t like people jumping over cars (Blake Griffin), or people dunking and grabbing teddy bears off of the rim with their teeth (Serge Ibaka). Basically, he doesn’t like it because it’s different from what it used to be. I’m actually fairly anti-change myself, but […] [Read More]
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The Real Reason We Ski

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Robby, you’re totally right. No one likes to ski. But . . . everyone loves apres-ski. Trouble is, you can’t get to the apres without the ski. It’s like in baseball: What team wouldn’t like to go directly to its closer? But you can’t do it. If your starter gives you six, and you’re bringing […] [Read More]
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America’s National Wasteoftime

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Unfortunately, I pretty much share the same feelings as my dad on the topic of “Top 5 Players,” so I’m not going to waste time arguing about it. Also unfortunate is the fact that my Tuesday shoulder surgery is causing me to type this post with one hand. (Yeah, don’t say I don’t have heart.) […] [Read More]
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Is ‘Melo a Top-Five Player?

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With a mischievous grin and a taunting gleam in his eye, Robby asks me, “Do you think ‘Melo is a top-seven NBA player?” In that one short, quirky question (note that he said, top-seven, not top-five), I knew Robby was packing a lot of innuendo, along with some subtle jabs. On the literal level, by […] [Read More]
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Kemba

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Do I even have to address the rec basketball post? My dad’s right. He’s not a high school senior. So let us have our fun, let us not play any defense, let us throw up our half courters, and let us block people’s shots as hard as we can and then make fun of them […] [Read More]
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