Daily Briefing: July 20, 2011

– The NFL lockout is still on, but it is expected to end any day now.  I personally wouldn’t be surprised if today is the day a deal gets done.  Negotiations are being held up by the Brady vs NFL anti-trust lawsuit, but hopefully everything will be resolved quickly.

– Meanwhile, the NBA lockout has no end in sight.  The Knicks will open up at home against the Heat if the season starts on time, but that’s very unlikely.  I fully expect to miss at least half the season.  I’d say at this point it’s likely we don’t see another NBA game until the 2012-2013 season.  Games are going to have to be missed before one side caves in their demands.

– Antonio Cromartie said that he wouldn’t give the Jets a hometown discount, which shouldn’t be surprising to any Jets fans.  Cromartie has always come off as a guy who would easily leave to go get money somewhere else.  It will hurt the Jets if he leaves, but the team can definitely do without him.  If his departure leads to the re-signing of Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, it may be a good thing.

– Peter DeBoer is the new head coach of the Devils.  I don’t expect him to last more than three months, as it’s customary that Devils coaches don’t last the whole season.

– The Lightning and Steven Stamkos have reached a five-year deal.  As I said all along, there was no way Steve Yzerman was going to move him.

– The Yankees and Mets have discussed a possible Carlos Beltran trade, but it remains unlikely at this point.  I believe the Mets should not shy away from possibly trading with the Yankees, Braves, or Phillies.  They would only be hurting themselves by not taking the best deal possible.

– More and more teams seem to have interest in Ubaldo Jimenez, although there is no reason to believe the Rockies will trade him.

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Could Carlos Beltran be wearing a different set of pinstripes within the next week and a half?


Rome Wasn’t Built in One Day

Jason Terry in Lebron’s Head?

According to MediaTakeOut.com, a Miami Heat player has claimed that Jason Terry’s trash talk has gotten into Lebron James’ head.

June 11, 2011. MediaTakeOut.com just got a BLOCKBUSTER report . . . from a MEMBER OF THE MIAMI HEAT SQUAD!!!

People are wondering WHY LeBron James hasn’t been playing as well as he’s supposed to . . . well according to his teammate – it’s because of Jason Terry’s TRASH TALK!!!

According to the insider, Jason Terry’s trash talk goes WAAAY overboard. The insider explained, “He tells LeBron that [his fiance Savannah] is ****ing other players. He talks about ****ing LeBron’s mom . . . [Jason Terry] says whatever he has to to get under LeBron’s skin.”

And the TRASH TALK seems to work. According to LeBron’s teammate, “LeBron may [even] believe some of that [stuff]. It’s effecting his play.”

Dang LeBron . . . you let a man TALKING SLICK TO YOU **** up your game. Somebody better get this dude to MAN THE **** UP!!!

Wow.  That’s a lot to comprehend.  I doubt this site has reliable sources, but this would be hilarious if it is true.  Lebron put himself in a position to be treated this way because of the way he put a bulls-eye on his back this offseason.  He deserves everything he gets, and no one should feel even a bit sorry for him.  He represents everything that is wrong about professional athletes today.

Miami’s Championship Parade Plans

After intense research, we have found part of the Heat’s championship parade plans.  We found a Craigslist entry to hire workers to sell merchandise.  Based on it, the parade was supposed to be today if Miami won in 5.  That didn’t happen, and obviously they won’t win in 6 either.  So if they do climb out of their 3-2 hole, the parade will be June 16.

Not for nothing, this is pretty pathetic.  The organization has to revert to a website like this to find workers?  If this isn’t the actual organization and it’s just a bunch of people trying to make money, it’s even more pathetic.  Looks like someone counted their chickens before they hatched.

Mavericks Beat the Heat, Lead Series 3-2

One more win.  Say it again and soak it in.  The Mavericks are one win away from knocking off the Heat.

Sure, it’s no easy task.  Closing out a series on the road is never easy in the finals, ask the 1994 Knicks.  However, I have confidence in this Mavs team.  They just seem like they play so well together.  They’re also very likeable, which is definitely a great attribute to have in a team.

Dallas is 48 minutes away from a title, and more importantly Lebron is 48 minutes away from being denied a title once again.

The Mavericks will take their talents to South Beach and look to knock off the Whore of Akron.

A Poem on Game 2 by Micah Hart

Jason Terry strokes the J,
Flies down court and makes them pay.

A couple of freebies, Mavs moving fast,
Marion drives and puts it off glass.

Kidd is open, he drains a three!
A pull-up jumper from Mr. J.T.

It’s Dirk time now, making shots a’plenty,
A rattling jumper, a finish lefty,

A trey from deep, the Heat feeling blue…
The winner past Bosh. Take dat wit chew.

Big Three in the Fourth Quarter

LeBron: 2 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO, 0-4 FG, 0-2 3PT, 2-2 FT

Wade: 9 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Stl, 2-5 FG, 4-4 FT, 1-4 3PT

Bosh: 2 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 TO, 1-2 FG