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Gordon Hayward’s devastating leg injury shocks the Sports World   Leave a comment

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Dwayne Wade’s expression perfectly describes the shock and horror everyone unfortunate enough to see it felt and probably still feels almost 24 hours later. It was NASTY.  For that reason, I won’t embed the footage. If you want see it, here is the link. The injury happens at the very beginning of the video. That sound you hear when Hayward lands is his left Tibia breaking. In the next moment, everyone is shocked into silence at what they are looking at.

I’ve seen footage of basketball injuries. I always look at the reactions to it by those witnessed it. Paul George’s was pretty shocking even though it technically happened during the offseason. Kevin Ware’s was GRAPHIC and even caused some of the opposing players to vomit or cry in horror at the sight of the injury. Hayward, on the other hand…you could tell everyone FELT it and that’s what made it so devastating. I am pretty sure that if the game was cancelled right there, most would have been relieved. That’s how bad it was.

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This brings me to the obvious question I have seen get asked on ESPN all day: Does the injury deny them a return to the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland?

Not necessarily.

Make no mistake Hayward WILL be missed. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Celtics have no chance of making it back to the ECF this year. It will just be more of a challenge. We all saw what happened when Isaiah Thomas got hurt last year: Next Man Up. Marcus Smart will start for Hayward from now on as well.

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…As the Celtics have their home opener tonight, there is talk Gordon Hayward could recover in time to play as soon as after the All Star Game. It obviously wasn’t a life-threatening or career-ending injury. Just a horrible freak accident. Even so, you can’t help but feel for him and his family.

He will be back. Of that you can be certain.

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Donald Trump’s latest Tweets against Colin Kaepernick and Steph Curry rally the NBA and the NFL   Leave a comment

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…Isn’t it something how “That son of a bitch” is now likely going to get signed to a team just to stick it to #45? LOL. The Tweeter in Chief called out Colin Kaepernick during a political rally yesterday though he did not use his name.

Trump made reference to the fact Kaepernick protested violence by Law Enforcement last year during the NFL season by kneeling during the national anthem. Other players who agreed with his reasons for doing so did the same and some do now during this season. Kaepernick announced at the end of the previous NFL Season he would not kneel during the anthem after that season because he felt it would no longer be necessary. The media saw that to mean that this would be the end of the story.

The problem is 8 months later, Kaepernick remains unsigned to an NFL Team. The fact that NFL teams in need a Quarterback during the offseason and even now still ignored him make it clear he was being punished for kneeling during the national anthem last year even though he said he would not do it again. Sounds silly but that’s the truth.

Clearly now that will change.

Everyone in the NFL from players the Commissioner to the Team Owners (who wield the real power in the NFL) have come out together to express their anger and disappointment at #45’s request that NFL teams “should immediately release anyone who even thinks of protesting during the anthem for any reason”. He took shots at the NFL as a whole in general so…yeah. Teams reacted by kneeling during the Anthem in solidarity wit hthe NFL on Sunday. Not for Kaepernick but as a show of unity.

 

Let’s be clear: The hate against Kaep’s Anthem protests and the fact that he remains unsigned has little to do with is skills as a player and everything to do with politics. The term in the sports world is Black Balled: Being punished directly or indirectly because the player protests against something unrelated to sports. That fact that he remains unsigned even though he is ready to take the field on a moment’s notice has everything to do with his anthem protests last year.  Everyone knew it or didn’t want to see it that way.

 

Now it’s taken on a whole new meaning in light of Trump’s recent comments. It’s galvanized the NFL as a whole. Even those who expressed support for #45 are taking a stand in the aftermath of Trump’s latest comments. Contrary to what the closeted racists who think the athletes hate the U.S. Military and Law Enforcement–that’s what those who oppose the protests have been saying–may have wanted, we can expect to see more and more players kneel or otherwise silently do something during the anthem.

The thing folks need to keep in mind is Trump made these remarks a few months after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated during the offseason–and I’m paraphrasing–“I don’t like the fact that the anthem protests are becoming a distraction.” This statement came after several NFL Owners and Head Coaches said on and off the record they either wouldn’t want players to protest during the anthem or feel they should stand, saying it’s a distraction. This is why Trump said what he said and it’s worth mentioning that since Corporate Media is acting like Trump said something that hasn’t been said by others first.

So, yeah.

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…This brings me to 2-Time NBA Champion Steph Curry.

Unlike the NFL’s Gooddell–I’m actually starting to feel bad for him now between the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, getting booed out of Foxboro Stadium and being trolled HARD by Tom Brady–the NBA’s Adam Silva is known as The Players’ Commissioner. Prior to the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Silver released a series of statements encouraging players to use their status as public figures and athletes however they like. NBA Players wasted no time taking advantage on that note. When the Cavs won the NBA Championship last year, they moved up the annual White House visit so they could meet President Obama before he left office.

A few days ago, Steph Curry said in a statement he doesn’t know if he will go with the team because he doesn’t like the fact Trump’s comments and policies were diving the country along racial lines. Trump responded via Twitter stating Steph Curry was “uninvited”. The team’s head coach Steve Kerr responded by stating Trump was making it very hard for the team to consider committing to visiting the White House. The team announced hours later they would visit Washington but they would not be going to the White House.

 

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…Look. The media is doing what it does best and is going out of its way to not really talk about WHY these protests are happening. They’re just doing head counts of who and how many are and are not kneeling during the anthem. The media couldn’t be bothered to explain why exactly they are doing what they’re doing. Not that people don’t know why. 1st Amendment goes both way but I digress. Now whole teams are taking a knee all over the NFL today. Not for Kaep, mind you but in solidarity for the brand AND to show their displeasure with #45’s recent comments.

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This is today. You have most of the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots kneeling during the anthem on their home field. The fans expressed their displeasure at this by booing loudly. This was likely compounded by the fact one of the players who took a knee during the anthem was the face of the NFL, Tom Brady. Team Owner Robert Kraft said in a statement yesterday he is disappointed by #45’s recent comments. Brady made a joint statement with Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rogers last night stating Kaep should be playing right now. For those who need a reminder, Brady and Kraft are both friends of Donald Trump. This should tell you something.

…So to those who don’t like seeing images like this, get over it. LOL.

The Boston Celtics officially introduce new All Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to the media   Leave a comment

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It’s now official.

It’s easily the biggest press conference since the summer of 2007 when the Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. We know how the 2007-08 season ended so…yeah. Odds are pretty good we will see Banner 18 this coming June ^_^

 

BREAKING BOSTON SPORTS NEWS: Boston Celtics Trade Isaiah Thomas to the Cleveland Caveliers for Kyrie Irving   Leave a comment

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30 minutes ago, news of the pending broke the internet. 10 minutes ago, it became official: The Celtics and Caveliers Traded their respective All Star point guards for the other.

Here are the details of the trade.

Boston Gets: Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Gets: Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the 2018 Brooklyn Nets 1st Round Draft Pick and a 2020 2nd Round Pick.

…All I can say is it’s right up there with the Brooklyn Trade involving Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett 6 years ago only the Cavs didn’t mortage their future for the next six years (LOL!). In other words, the Celtics got the better end of the deal long-term and short-term. We get Kyrie Irving for two years while the Cavs still have to deal with the real possability LeBron James could leave after this coming season.

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…As a Celtics fan, I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to acknowledge all The King of the Fourth did for the Boston Celtics and all the Celtics did for him. As a reminder: He was picked last in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Sacremento Kings. He was a virtual nobody until he was acquired by the Celtics from the Phoenix Suns in 2013. IT4 later said after arriving in Boston Danny Ainge sat down with him and told him was would do great things in Boston.

By the end of his second year with the Celtics, people started to take notice. He has made the All Star Game the last 3 years as well. All the work he put in was certainly recognized. With Cleveland now, he will be the #2 after LeBron James. Everyone knows what he can do so…yeah. Depending on how he does this coming season, there is a chance he could get Cleveland to give him a max contract even if LBJ leaves. In that case, he could find himself in a situation similar to when he arrived in Boston where the team is rebuilt around him.

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October 17 and February 11. Save those dates. October 17 is the Season opener for both teams in Cleveland. The Celtics will retire Paul Pierce’s number on February 11 when the Cavs come to Boston. Both games just got a whole lot more interesting. Of course, it goes without saying the Celtics punched their ticket back to the Eastern Conference Finals. With Hayward, Horford and now Irving I maintain my position the Celtics are the best team in the East.

Boston vs. Golden State in the NBA Finals?! Sign me up!

 

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This picture sums up what’s happening right now   Leave a comment

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…Note the conspiracy theory outlined in the previous blog post.

Right now, we are in a cultural civil war. A war manufactured by the U.S. Government to divide and conquer. A war they are winning and will continue to win until the people stop fighting each other and work together. Assuming the clashes between political extremists escalate, this is the logical next step: A hard crackdown by the government the likes of which hasn’t been seen in decades. It won’t matter who is in the White House, the response and how it’s explained will be the same: “We’re restoring the rule of law and suppreessing all the violent factions.”

The current White House administration is destabilizing the country but make no mistake it’s part of a much larger plan and is being allowed to play out on purpose. More so if Trump resigns or is Impeached in the near future: This will allow Pence to come in as someone who is “Not taking sides but will not allow political extremists to tear the country apart.”

That’s the plan and its win-win for The Establishment: They can just blame everything on “both sides” and at the same time, they will have a free pass to strip away civil liberties under the guise of “National Security”.

This actually isn’t a conspiracy theory. We’ve been here more than a few times before.

Most recently: Right after 9/11. That’s when The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and  The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) were created. Don’t even get me started on The Patriot Act, which had been crafted behind closed doors and was far more intrusive than the one we eventually got. The Bush Administration made the case these were necessary “for the purposes of national security”.

As is the trend in this country however, once security protocols are raised they’re rarely lowered after the threat passes. Don’t even get me started on the revolving door of complaints and lawsuits against the TSA, many of which includes rape and profiling. The number of credible threats stopped by the TSA since 9/11 is inconsequential for the “display”. Even worse: There is little to no accountability at the top and efforts to change this are immediately blocked due to politics.

 

Now, before you go “What about the Boston Marathon Bombing?”, take a look at my coverage of that. You will have folks who feel the show of force “just to find two guys” and shutting down Boston for almost a week took things too far. What CNN failed to tell you?  The day of the bombing, there was an unrelated fatal shooting 3 blocks from the house where I lived at the time. There was another unrelated shooting in another part of Boston as well. Neither of those got media coverage. Then again, you have the other extreme Boston residents professed once the suspects were eventually captured and killed: “Why don’t we see this kind of response more often?” We would not see anything like that in Boston again until this August’s “Free Speech” Rally.

Anywho, my point is everything that’s going on is part of a much larger plan. Don’t trust everything you see and hear from the media. Social Media is your friend when it comes to Social Justice issues. Try to keep that in mind moving forward. Given the state of the world and America right now, you can’t afford to be ignorant of what is going on around you.

 

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As Boston braces for “Free Speech” rally this weekend, Counter-Protesters mobilize via Social Media   Leave a comment

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This is a picture from the previous “Free Speech” Rally that took place in May. A short time ago, local news outlets confirmed the City of Boston has granted the rally organizers a permit. Before you start getting mad at city officials, please bear in mind these “Free Speech” rallies have been going on not just in Boston but across the country for many years. The only reason they’re getting so much attention now is because of what happened in Charlottesville, VA last weekend.

That right there is a HUGE problem and here’s why. As we know, the media will only be there to broadcast any violence that may or may not break out between both groups. I have been closely monitoring one group organizing many of the counter-protesters online and the one thing being stressed more than anything is a non-violent counter-protest. Notice in the above picture two of the “Free Speech” folks are wielding shields? If it looks familiar, yes they were in pictures out of Charlottesville, VA? They are a clear indication at least some of the demonstrators are either aligned with White Supremacist groups or have the ideology.

Now, the lead organizer of the “Free Speech” Rally has explicitly stated the rally has nothing to do with what happened last week and he’s right. In fact, this rally was planned right after the one in May. Unluckily for him, last weekend happened so…yeah.

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These guys are members of a group called ANTIFA, which is short for Anti-Facist. ANTIFA has been around since 1953 and they have been aggressively waging a mostly quiet and misunderstood war against Neo-Nazi, Ku Klux Klan and White Supremacist propaganda. They have been doing what minority-led and minority-organized groups have been unable to openly do for almost 70 years. Where Facism and White Supremacy tries to spread its influence, they are there in force to counter them.

From what I’ve heard, they only recently started wearing masks about 20 years ago to prevent the White Supremacists with ties to Law Enforcement from identifying them if they are recorded or photographed. The sticks you see them carry as a show of force to let the White Supremacists know they will not be intimidated. Their work has suddenly become more important than ever now that the White Supremacists know they have the support of the current President of the United States.

 

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Earlier, I said the fact that this weekend’s rally is getting national attention is a huge problem. Let me explain a bit more. What usually happens is once things calm down, the media moves on to other things and with it, alot of momentum. The White Supremacists know this well and that’s what they are calmly waitinig for.

Not this time.

I call for a union. The following groups or organizations need to form a united front against White Supremacy, Hate and Bigotry:

 

  • ANTIFA
  • The Anti-Defamation League
  • GLADD
  • Black Lives Matter
  • NAACP
  • ACLU
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Anonymous

I know that there are others but these were the eight I know the most about. Each of these groups have something they can bring to the table in terms of both manpower and resources. They will be able to do together much more than they are able to do on their own. Given the current Administration has made it clear it’s backing White Surpremacists, we must move quicky. It’s like the saying goes: Evil prevails when good people do nothing. We have reached a point in our nation’s history where more than ever, it is on the people to remind its elected “officials” who works for who. They don’t fear people because for decades, they haven’t had a good enough reason reason to.

That needs to change.

I want to close by saying this to anyone planning to go to one of these rallies to counter-protest or whatever: Don’t do something you might regret later. Stay non-violent, stay safe and most importantly don’t get yourself arrested. More so if you have a record already: They’ll find a reason to ruin your life just because they can.

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Breaking News: The Boston Celtics win the Gordon Hayward Sweepstakes   Leave a comment

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News revealed to be unconfirmed this afternoon is now official: Gordon Hayward is taking his talents to Boston. Hayward will sign a 4-year $128M contract with the Celtics, who were looking for a secondary scorer going into the offseason. The Celtics got just that when they drafted Jayson Tatum two weeks ago. With Hayward, it’s fair to say the Celtics are guaranteed to return to the Eastern Conference Finals this coming season.

…Mind you, the Celtics getting Hayward means they will have make room before he can be officially signed to the team. Minutes after the Hayward deal was announced, the Celtics announced they have released the rights to Kelly Olynik, making him an Unrestricted Free Agent. More players can be expected to be released, most of them draft picks from this year and last year currently stashed either overseas or in the D-League. Excluding Olynik and the draft picks stashed elsewhere, the Celtics have the rights to 19 players (!).

 

Most or all of the following players I expect to be either released or part of a trade to make room to sign Hayward:

 

  • Jae Crowder
  • Marcus Smart*
  • James Young
  • Terry Rozier
  • Gerald Green
  • Tyler Zeller*
  • Kelly Olynik*
  • Jonas Jerebko
  • Demitrius Jackson
  • Amir Johnson*
  • Avery Bradley*

 

Reports are coming in the Celtics are now fielding trade offers for Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart. Crowder’s name has come up as being part of a package deal. The 76ers announced over the weekend they signed Amir Johnson to a 2-year contract. Tyler Zeller was also waived over the weekend. The Celtics probably won’t have to give up everyone listed but at least half if I had to guess. The Celtics will likely part with either Smart or Crowder but I will not be surprised if they’re forced to give up both to make cap room.

It’s worth noting who I did not name in the above list. Isaiah Thomas will be an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season but in light of the Hayward deal, you can be sure the Celtics will negotiate a new contract with the King of the 4th. They’d be fools not to.  Al Horford and Gerald Green joined the Celtics during last year’s offseason. Jaylen Brown was drafted last year and will be joined by Ante Zizic, who was also drafted last year but played in Europe last season.

…Next year promises to be real interesting now that the Celtics, who are now a legit threat to the Cleveland Caveliers in the East. The Wizards and Raptors will no longer be a threat to the Celtics or rather, they shouldn’t. Paul George and Jimmy Butler going to the Western Conference means the only real threat to Boston is still Cleveland.

You now have the starting lineup of IT, Horford, Brown, Tatum and Hayward. The next thing the Celtics will need to work on during the offseason is making sure they have enough players who can come off the bench to relieve the starters. LeBron James commented after Game 1 of the ECF the thing that makes the Celtics a challenge is how many options they have to go at you. No doubt the Celtics will want to keep enough supporting players to keep the rest of the east on their toes.

Update 7-7-2017:

As of this morning, Kelly Olynik has signed on with the Heat and Avery Bradley has been traded to the Pistons. The Celtics have reportedly been “aggressively” shopping Bradley, Crowder and Smart in the last few days to make room to sign Gordon Hayward. They have also released Olynik, Amir Johnson and Tyler Zeller. The Bradley Trade creates enough cap space for Hayward to be signed though they still might have to deal Crowder or Smart, likely in a trade.

Bradley’s gonna be a core player in Detroit and could make the All Star team this season. Everyone knows what he can do so…yeah. It’s sad to lose him like this but he’ll flourish with the Pistons.

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…That brings me to the latest trade rumor: Now that Hayward’s a done deal, the Celtics are apparently very interested in getting NBA Veteran Marc Gasol from the Grizzlies. It would be a trade obviously and the Celtics can certainly trade for him. If the Celtics can pull the trigger and get him, it will be 2008 all over again. LOL. The Celtics could deal Crowder, Rozier and a draft pick for him. It would be win-win for both teams ^_^

 

 

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