King James Sits Alone Atop The Throne

LeBron James scored in double figures for his 867th straight game on Friday Night, setting a record that will be hard to surpass. He had been tied with Michael Jordan.

He accepted the game ball, lifted it over his head, and took time to soak up the cheering crowd, who just witnessed history, and then immediately returned to work.

Following the game, James commented “That’s a good moment, a special moment for my family and for so many kids that look up to me for inspiration, to know that you can actually go out there, and do it and know where I’ve come from”.

James finished the game with 27 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds, in beating the visiting New Orleans Hornets 107-102. The Cavs are currently sitting in 3rd place, in the NBA’s Eastern conference, assured of making the playoffs.

James and the reworked personnel, are still working to achieve a strategy, and an overall fit, for each of the new team members. I’m sure that James will have them ready for the Playoffs.

Chicago White Sox Bring Back Ex-Con as Groundskeeper

Have you heard about the guy released from prison, after serving 23 years, and getting his old job back, with the Chicago White Sox?

It’s true! Nevest Coleman was convicted of murder and rape in 1994, and sentenced to life in prison. The prosecutor originally was pushing for the death penalty, but backed down, after hearing from several character witnesses.

Recent DNA testing showed that a serial rapist committed the crime, leading to the release of Nevest Coleman, in November of 2017.  Coleman was working as a grounds keeper, for the Chicago White Sox, at the the time of his conviction.

After Colemans release his family and friends contacted he White Sox championing to get his old job back . The team gave him a job interview and soon welcomed him back to his old job as groundskeeper at Guaranteed Rate Field — formerly known as Comiskey Park.

“Glad to see him out. Glad to see him back,” said Jerry Powe, who testified on Coleman’s behalf as a character witness at his trial and who is now his supervisor. “I’m so happy for him, me and the White Sox.”

 

Chicago White Sox groundskeeper Nevest Coleman, center, laughs with friend and fellow grounds crew Harry Smith Jr., left, and friend and now supervisor Jerry Powe, at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Monday, March 26, 2018. The Chicago Tribune reports that DNA evidence led prosecutors last year to vacate the conviction of 49-year-old Nevest Coleman. He'd been convicted in a 1994 rape and murder. He was released from prison in November and declared innocent last month. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago White Sox groundskeeper Nevest Coleman, center, laughs with friend and fellow grounds crew Harry Smith Jr., left, and friend and now supervisor Jerry Powe.  (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune via AP) 

With all the bad stuff you hear on the news every nite, it’s heartwarming to hear a story like this, and in a small way its sports related.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March Madness is Mad

 

The 2018 NCAA Basketball tournament has had more upsets, than any year I remember. The other interesting fact, is for the most part, they weren’t buzzer beaters. Following are the most surprising games in the tournament, from my standpoint.

 

  • UMBC’s ( University of Maryland Baltimore County) win over Virginia featured the first win by a #16 seed, over a #1 seed. They didn’t just sneak by, they beat the#1 seed 74-54. The Retriever’s lost their magic 3 point touch,going 6 for 22 against Kansas State, and lost 50-43.

  • Chicago-Loyola, the #11 seed, had three wins over  Miami the #6 seed,  Tennessee who was the #3 seed, and Nevada, the #7 seed. The teams inspiration comes from 98 year old, Sister Jean Schmidt, the teams Chaplain, who has stated that God is for Loyola.

  • The surprising Nevada Wolf Pack (#7 seed) beat the Texas Longhorns ( #10 seed) in round 1, followed that with a last minute shot to beat Cincinnati (#2 seed) 75-73. This was one of the most entertaining games in the tournament. They came from 22 points down. in the second half, which was the second largest comeback in NCAA tournament history. ESPN had a probability factor of .o1% for Nevada to comeback from 22 down. Nevada lost to another Cinderella team, Loyola of Chicago in the Sweet Sixteen

  • How about Buffalo Bulls (# 13 seed) defeating  Arizona (# 4 seed) by over 20 points. This was Buffalos 1st ever NCAA Tourney win. They eventually succumbed to Kentucky (#5 seed).

  • Texas A& M’s (# 7 seed) run, which included a victory over North Carolina (# 2 seed).

  • Kansas State (#9 seed) reaching the Elite 8.

  • Florida State (#9 seed) reaching the Elite 8.

These are the games that make it Madness. It also shows why the game is played, because we don’t give trophies to those based on their poll ranking.

Selection Sunday Secrets

Selection Sunday is this Sunday, 3/11/2018. Always a day with great anticipation, and a chance for you to compare your bracketizing with the all-knowing NCAA Selection Committee.

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You have a good handle on whose going to be in the tournament, and approximately their seed number. However you have no idea where they will play. It seems they want to put the most teams, the longest way, from their fan base. Knowing all of this doesn’t help in your selection process.

I’m an avid fan, and can never win a pool, or fair well on the CBS Brackets. Last year I spent a good week going over all the stats, rivalries, past history, and still came in 580,000 place.

I quizzed a lot of people I know, about their strategy. My granddaughter, Maggie, beat me last year, by picking the team’s nicknames. she liked. Also beating me, were people who picked by colors, some by the seed #(that’s no fun), alphabetically, and one picked by the colleges, that were closest to their playoff city.

After all this analysis, I think it’s best if you select winners after the game is over.

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