The Philadephia 76ers win The Jimmy Butler Sweetstakes in Blockbuster Trade   Leave a comment

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All Star Vet Jimmy Butler is heading back to the Eastern Conference.

The trade involving The Minnesota Timberwolves (4-9) and The Philadephia 76ers (8-5) was announced an hour ago. Here are the details:

 

  • Philadelphia receives Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton.
  • Minnesota receives Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and 2022 second-round pick.

 

The Butler trade was inevitable given Butler himself demanded to be traded during the offseason. The All Star was reportedly unhappy with the team and didn’t get along with fellow All Star Karl Anthony Towns. During the team’s training camp, Butler challenged the whole team on the court and destroyed everyone including the coach, screaming “You guys need me to win!” Prior to the trade, Bulter was sitting out game reasons most presumed to be related to his desire to be traded off the team.

…Now with the Philadephia 76ers, the Eastern Conference just got interesting. Prior to the trade, the Boston Celtics (7-5) were clear the favorites to run through the Eastern Conference to the NBA Finals. Now we can expect to see a thrilling rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals in which the Celtics won 4-1 before falling to Lebron and the Cavs 4-3 in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics beat the 76ers in the season opener, which took place in Boston.

The 76ers and Celtics will play each other again on Christmas Day in Boston. Assuming both teams get there, the Eastern Conference Finals are sure to be alot more interesting! Jimmy Butler will get his first chance at revenge against his now former team January 15 in Philly. The teams will clash once more in Minnesota on my birthday, March 30. I would not be surprised at all if TNT or ABC pick up one or both games at this point.

 

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Massachusetts-based Pizza Chain Papa Gino’s Files for Chaper 11 Bankruptcy   Leave a comment

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The news broke a short time ago and a day after the chain’s parent company suddenly closed 53 of their then 150 locations Sunday with no warning to customers or the public. Employees of the effected stores, who were notified they were fired effective immediately at the same time have apparently been promised a final paycheck “soon”. Papa Gino’s Inc., which is the parent company of both Papa Ginos and D’Angelos filed for bankruptcy this morning. All assets, locations and shares for both chains will be sold. It’s not yet clear if any of the remaining 97 Papa Gino’s stores will close or if they will be allowed to run independently.

Papa Gino’s has been a local favorite for decades. I have alot of good memories personally. My favorite Pizza is the Rustic style:

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They add parmesan cheese to the crust, making it flavorful. A shame the chain has filed for bankruptcy. I will have to buy this one more time before they are gone forever.

Kyrie Irving announces he will re-sign with the Boston Celtics   Leave a comment

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This took place yesterday afternoon at the TD Garden in Boston.

Obviously the details will be ironed out after the 2018-19 season but there you have it it: Kyrie Irving pulled a Paul George and announced in advance he’s not leaving anytime soon. This definitive announcement from Irving comes admid speculation he would leave after this season to play for the New York Knicks.

I’m not even sure why folks would believe those rumors given he said early last month he would like to see #11 hang from the rafters one day. So, Uncle Drew himself made it known to all he plans to play in Boston for a while. Possibly for the rest of his career. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will both tell you: Win a title and you’re royalty in Boston.

The Eastern Conference runs through Boston now. It’s hard not to think that given how much media coverage the NBA PRE-SEASON–4 games total–has been getting. Of course, much of that has to do with Gordon Hayward making his return after missing the previous season + post-season after breaking his ankle in last season’s opener in Cleveland.

The Celtics’ 2018-19 season begins on October 16.

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Before I forget, it’s been reported Kyrie Irving has been talking to New Orleans Pelicans All Star Anthony Davis (Forward/Center) about coming to Boston. The Celtics had been eyeing him for a while but ended up getting Gordon Hayward and Al Horford via Free Agency instead along the way as well as the trade that dealt Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland for Kyrie Irving.

If Kyrie and Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge can convince Davis to ship up to Boston, the obvious question is who do you give up for him? It would have to be either a midseason trade or a free agent signing and the Celtics blew up the team just to sign Hayward last year. I can only assume Irving plans to re-sign with Boston for less than his value so the Celtics can get Davis. That’s the first problem. The second problem is who do you give up to get him?

Weather it’s a trade or a sign and trade, you’re looking at giving up at least 3 players. The other 29 NBA teams want Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum or both BUT they know the Celtics will not give them up for any reason. For Davis, the Celtics would have to trade at least one of them. The Celtics just gave Marcus Smart a new contract so you know he’s off the table more or less.

If I had to draw up a trade for Davis, this is how I’d package it:

  • Terry Rozier (Guard)
  • Guerschon Yabusele (Forward)
  • Semi Ojeleye (Forward)
  • Future Draft Pick

 

That makes the most sense to me personally. The Celtics would likely have to add Terry Rozier (Guard) to sweeten the deal. They’d lose a core part of their reserve backcourt but now that we know Kyrie Irving is committing to be with the Celtics longterm, he’s the logical piece to move. The Pelicans can rebuild around Rozier or use him in a trade to get someone else. He proved his value last season so…yeah.

So, the Celtics’ starting lineup with AD would prettymuch guarantee a trip to the NBA Finals for several years in a tow. Brad Stevens would find a way to make the lineup work with four All Stars just like Doc Rivers did with Pierce, Garnett, Allen and Rondo. Even without Davis, the Celtics are guaranteed to go to the NBA Finals barring the unforseeable. If the Pelicans aren’t doing good by the trade deadline–and the West is already overloaded as it is right now–I wouldn’t be surprised if the Celtics come knocking!

About my just-launched 9th Blog dedicated to Politics and News   Leave a comment

I just wanted to let folks know I have decided to go ahead and just make a separate blog dedicated to Politics as well as News.

 

As I noted in my first post on the new blog, I will now have a separate blog for all things news and politics. I will still cover sports here though. One matter I wanted to make sure to let folks know is my existing political posts on this blog will NOT be removed. I added them to my new blog though so yes there are two copies of 100 of my posts.

I decided to stop covering politics here because I felt like it deserved its own space and more so after I spent so much of the last two and a half years on just politics. Of the 318 posts and drafts on this blog, 118 of them are on just politics. A full third of the posts to this blog so far are is only on politics so…yeah. Time to give it a separate blog.

I mentioned a earlier this year I plan to have 10 blogs before the end of 2018. Clearly I am going to meet that deadline. I just need to make up my mind and decide what topics blog #10 will cover. In the meantime, I hope those who liked my Political posts will click the above link and subscribe. I will add links in my new blog to some of my other blogs over the weekend as well as a PayPal button as usual. Seriously folks, I would appreciate some financial support ^_^

 

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Bill Cosby, 81 sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison; Classified as a “Dangerous Sexual Predator”   Leave a comment

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…A damned shame R. Kelly won’t be joining him.

Like I said in this blog post in 2015, the evidence speaks for itself: Bill Cosby was exposed as a rapist who used his celebrity status to silence his victims. In an earlier blog post in 2015 I said I would give him the benefit of the doubt until the facts were known. The victim in this case who took him to court–I am no longer using the word “accuser” with her–had been seeking justice for 30 years. 30 years. Her voice was silenced. Why was she silenced? Mostly because of who her rapist was and how well known he is. No doubt she had friends and family turn on her, nevermind death threats from Cosby fans over the years.

Once the details were finally revealed 3 years ago, I lost all respect for him and so did many of those who defended him. That’s to say nothing of the endorsement deals, TV Show deals and honors Cosby lost as the details came out in court three years ago. His former Cosby co-stars, who vehemently defended him in the past were silent after the trial began 3 years ago. I can only assume they came to the same realization I did: Everyone has secrets.

Here’s another former TV Dad who was revealed to have had an even darker secret:

 

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Stephen Collins, who played Revend Eric Camden on the Family Drama 7th Heaven (11 Seasons, 1996-2007) was revealed to have molested at least 3 girls in 2014. He admitted this during a session with his psychiatrist which his wife recorded. None of his former cast mates had any idea. Sound familiar?

…Of course, the difference with Collins and Cosby is the former admitted guilt while the latter refuses to come clean.

Folks who (still) think he was being targeted for being a successful black man need to understand something: NO ONE is above the law. Most of all someone who was long regarded as qualified to speak on what’s morally right and wrong. Despite his age, his intelligence is without question. He knows what he did was wrong. Cosby’s mistake was believing he would never have to answer for what did before he died.

Had he been paying attention, he would have known Federal and State laws have been changing since the 80s to ensure even if decades pass, no one escapes justice. A crime was committed, he was tried for it and declared guilty. It’s that simple. Too many celebrities really (still) do believe the laws don’t apply to them because they’re celebrities.

Let’s look at another Black Celebrity: The late Michael Jackson.

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Most folks know of his highly publicized and well-documented second child molestation trial. The first, which took place in the mid-90s was ultimately settled out of court. The second, which took place 14 years ago ended in a full acquittal. Despite the lack of concrete evidence implicating Michael Jackson of any wrongdoing, the legendary King of Pop’s reputation and credability was shot to hell. Much of it comes from comments he made during an interview–which was used as evidence in his second trial–in which he stated he would allow young boys who stayed at his Neverland Ranch to sleep in his bed with him.

After the second trial, obviously he swore off doing anything like that again because he knew how close he came to spending the rest of his life in prison: The parent of a child who stayed at the Neverland Ranch came forward with accusations her child had been molested by Michael Jackson. In court, it was revealed the child–the star witness–had no memory of any wrongdoing by him and so the case ended in Not Guilty on all charges.

After the second trial, The King of Pop accepted personal responsabilty even though he obviously didn’t understand at first how serious the charges against him were. A common sense no-no to you and me but folks need to keep in mind Michael Jackson (and his brothers) did not have a normal upbringing. In fact, his upbringing made him estranged from his father up until he died. He would later recount wanting to just be a normal kid but couldn’t because he was always traveling and rehearsing from a very young age.

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Getting back to Cosby now.

More than likely, he will die in prison. He’s getting 3 to 10 years and has health problems including blindness. If he lives through his sentence, he will be 84 or 91 years old. Noticably absent at his sentencing was his wide Camille. She knows she probably won’t see him alive again so…yeah.

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The Boston Celtics report for Media Day poised to dominate the Eastern Conference in the 2018-19 Season   Leave a comment

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…Forget the Golden State Warriors: Imagine being one of the other 14 Eastern Conference NBA teams and seeing THIS lineup waiting for you on the court. Nevermind the bench:


B.W.A = Bench With Attitude

The Eastern Conference runs through Boston.

The Era of Big 3 started by the Celtics 30 years ago is dead: Now it’s about building a team that can make multiple championship runs like the Cavs and Warriors have been up to now. The Warriors sent 4 All Stars to the All Star game two years in a row (Curry, Durant, Thompson and Green). The Celtics last did it in 2010 (Pierce, Garnett, Allen and Rondo). This year both the Warriors and the Warriors could send at least 5. The Warriors signed DeMarcus Cousins over the summer and now have 5 All Stars in their starting lineup. Tatum and Brown could make the All Star game alongside Irving, Hayward and Horford.

The 2018-19 Celtics are here and this time, they are at full strength. A few games of interest this season:

  • October 16 vs, 76ers (Opening Night, on TNT)
  • Christmas Day @ 76ers (on ABC)
  • January 26 vs. Warriors (on ABC)
  • February 7 vs. Lakers (on TNT)
  • March 5 @ Warriors (on TNT)
  • March 9 @ Lakers (on ABC)
  • March 30 @ Nets (My Birthday)
  • April 9 @ Wizards (Season Finale)

All but the last two on the list are nationally televised games. There will be four preseason games. They will play the Cavs and the Hornets twice on the Road and at Home.

 

I’m gonna challenge myself and try to stop writing about national politics for at least a few months   Leave a comment

I feel like at this point, there is no longer as need for me to comment on the state of American Politics for a while.

We have a perfect storm of things going on in Washington. Thanks to all the leaks from within the White House, the Republicans may be forced to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump sooner than later. Already, signs are being shown the Republicans are tired of giving lip service to their pawn in the White House (Trump) whose uselefulness to them has clearly run its course. At this point, they no longer need him.

The larger question is when, not if. Like I said before, they will start setting up his exit after the midterms. Trump’s aides (anonymously) talking to the press is a red flag you can be sure they are very concerned about. Clearly his inner circle actively running interference is a sign he can’t be left alone for too much longer. These leaks are as big a problem for them as they are for Trump. Just the fact that White House staff are openly talking to the press and divulging such revealing information raises the obvious question “Who else could they be talking to?”

Things are a mess to say the least. Even worse, Pence is clearly going to be set up ad “restoring dignity to the White House and unifying the Republican Party”. There are already whispers among anti-Trump Republican voters (and former Republican voters) that they would rather deal with Pence just to be free of Trump already. Trump is losing more support than his fanboys even realize. His lack of coherency or consistency are the main reasons why. More and more folks are realizing he’s putting himself before everything else regardless of the consequences.

So, weather his fanboys like it or not Trump will likely be forced out of office. Like I said before, it will happen after the midterms. Trump indirectly let on he knows his exit is being set up when he reportedly begged evangelicals to tell their congregations to vote Republican last week in a closed door meeting, “fearing violence”. Yes there will be but it will not be the Dems. It will be his own base and the Republicans who turn on him. And he knows it, too.

As many experts predict, the Dems will likely take one House of Congress in November. Possibly both. As long as the Dems take one, they can block Trump’s Supreme Court pick from being confirmed and they will be aiming to do that knowing Pence will soon be prepared to take over the White House. The GOP knows they are gonna lose seats in both Houses and they are trying to prepare for the liklihood they lose control of one or both.

One seat being contested in Massachusetts is Elizabeth Warren’s. For some reason, both the media and the GOP think she’s gonna run for president in 2020. The Trump fanboy running against her in November is hoping to collect the bounty Trump offered to whoever can beat take her and take her seat for the GOP. Her chances of actually losing? Zero. Her challenger just doesn’t have the votes. LOL.

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