Lebron James Will Never Be as Good As Michael Jordan

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Lebron James will never be as good as Michael Jordan.

Growing up watching the NBA in the 90s there is no comparison about how good it used to be and how terrible it is now. Almost every super star is now trying to opt-out of their contracts to move themselves to win a championship with some other superstar. That never happened in the 90s with superstars like Jordan, Magic, and Bird. Even Stockton and Malone stuck it out for the majority of their careers and tried numerous times to beat Jordan. Maybe the one exception was Barkley but that was at the end of his career not in his prime.

I’m a huge basketball fan but all this talk right now about where Melo, James, Wade, Bosh and even my favorite Kevin Love are going is really annoying and bad for the game. How about all you NBA superstars who want to win a championship start playing some defense, get your teammates to play defense and then you might start winning. Jordan was on the All NBA First Team for defense each year he won a championship. Jordan was also the player who would score at will whenever his team needed it. Jordan willed his teammates to play with his passion and passion to win and they did.

Having watched Jordan the majority of his career and watching the NBA now, there is no question in my mind Jordan is the best player I have ever seen play. Lebron is definitely the best player in the NBA right now but 2-5 in NBA Finals isn’t as good as Jordan. Lebron will never be as good as Jordan. Get 4 more rings then you can put yourself on the NBA Mount Rushmore.

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Happy Father’s Day

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Papa & Emma

Papa & Emma

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My Dad and I have had a lot of fun times together over the years but one thing is for sure, he will do anything for his family. My Dad will fix the car, repair the bathroom, paint the bathroom, bring me a snow blower after a big storm and do it all without complaining. My Dad is one of the hardest workers I know and has taught me my whole life that if you want anything you have to work for it. Nothing comes for free but hard work has its rewards. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without the love and support of my Dad.

Happy Father’s Day Dad! I love you!

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Matt Cooke Suspended 7 Games

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Matt Cooke Suspended 7 Games

News came down from the NHL that Matt Cooke will now be suspended 7 games for his knee to knee hit during game three injuring Tyson Barrie. 7 games are you serious? 7 games is too many.

When 2 players in the NHL get into a fight is their intent to hurt the other player? My guess would be yes and do we ever see any suspensions for this action? Almost never. So when the players “go after” some player on the other team in a non-fighting situation they are now suspended. That makes almost no sense to me. It is tough for me to get my head around the suspension for cheap shots and no suspension for fist to face fighting.

I also do agree with the stance that if Barrie wasn’t injured, Cooke’s suspension may not have happened or would even be much less than 7 games.

I am certainly not a great hockey mind and not trying to be a Minnesota sport fan homer but at playoff time when the NHL officials are barely calling any penalties as it is, a suspension of this length is pretty ridiculous. The league should not break down the play in slow motion but watch it in normal time as the officials did. The league puts officials in charge of games for a reason and their call of the play should also have some impact on the suspension. Matt Cooke shouldn’t be suspended for 7 games.

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Masters 2014

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Tomorrow starts a very big day in golf and every year I get more and more excited to watch this golf tournament. I am lucky because Directv offers a very cool free Masters channel package that I can watch multiple camera views of the tournament all weekend. Thankfully I can watch a lot of the coverage on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

This year I have another added interest which is my fantasy golf picks. This is my first year of fantasy golf which is a lot of fun. My picks for the tournament are Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, and Rory McIlroy.

On my bucket list I hope I can make a trip down to Augusta and watch the tournament live in person. To see all the green grass, smell the freshly cut grass and enjoy the history of the course would be amazing. Maybe I can convince my wife to come with me?

Everyone please have a terrific Master’s weekend.

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My Predictions: NCAA Final Four

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love college basketball? Well I do, and have I ever mentioned how much I love March Madness? Well I will say it again. March could be by far the best month of the year.

The brackets have been out since Selection Sunday and I love filling out the brackets. I love filling them out so much I try and get in every online contest I can and have time to compete in.

My predictions: NCAA Final Four

South Region:
I do completely agree with the experts that Florida is the overall #1 team in the country. Florida may have a little bump in the road when they face VCU in the Sweet Sixteen but after that there will be no problems for them to reach the final four. I also think Kansas will face Florida in the Elite Eight but Florida will cruise to the Final Four without much resistance.

East Region:
I do agree that Virginia earned a number 1 seed by winning the ACC Conference title and the conference tournament but I do have my reservations about their ability to perform well for the entire tournament. Need I bring up Miami University? Ok moving on. I do like Michigan State and the job Tom Izzo does every year to get his team ready to play in the tournament and the Spartans are a fashionable pick to make the Final Four but Iowa State will turn some heads and reach the Final Four out of the East.

West Region:
By far the weakest region of the four giving Arizona as a number 1 seed the best chance to get to the Final Four. Who would they have to play that is any good? Ah Wisconsin…yea right. It will be a nice and quick exit for the Badgers in the Sweet Sixteen. I am falling in love with NDSU and hope they can make a deep run but it will be tough when they match up against Arizona in the Sweet Sixteen. Creighton has a nice player but there is no way that team makes the Final Four. So as suggested, Arizona comes out of the West with ease.

Midwest:
The hardest region in this years tournament is indeed the Midwest. Bummer for Wichita State and not much respect given to them from the committee as they will have to face the likes of Kentucky, Louisville, possibly Duke or Michigan to reach the final four. As a HUGE Duke fan I do like their chances to get to the Elite Eight but Louisville will be a difficult match up for Duke to get to the Final Four. I do believe Wichita State will be Kentucky in round 2 but will lose to Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen and the first number 1 seed out of the tournament. So, out of the Midwest will be Louisville and making a repeat trip back to the Final Four.

Midwest: Louisville
West: Arizona
East: Iowa State
South: Florida

Stay tuned for my Championship Predictions.

How do you have in your Final Four?

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Movie Review Need For Speed

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Movie Review Need for Speed

It isn’t very often I get to see a movie on its release date but on Friday I had the opportunity to see Need for Speed staring Aaron Paul.

I only was expecting a couple things going into the movie and was pretty excited to see Aaron Paul on the big screen. I was excited to see some pretty fast cars and some cool racing scenes. This movie definitely had that and then some. Now a days you see many of the special effects that are all computer generated and you can tell. Need for Speed had really cool special effects and I wasn’t able to pin point exactly what was computer generated. It was definitely a good mix of computer and real special effects to keep the audience interested.

I did enjoy the plot and thought it was believable. I won’t go into too many details but the story made sense and had enough action mixed into it to keep me into the movie and not waiting for it to end. .

In comparison to the Fast and Furious movies, Need for Speed had a bit less action but I did think the mix worked. Need for Speed was not all action but like I said, the mix of action and drama was a good one and worked well. The actions scenes were well done.

I don’t see too many movies in the theater but this one was well worth it and I would recommend others go and see it. Seeing the action on the big screen was very cool. I’m hoping for a second Need for Speed.

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Business Review: Beachcomber Hot Tubs

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It’s always a great thing to get great customer service and that is exactly what happened when I visited Beachcomber Hot Tubs at 4881 Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown, Minnesota.

When my wife and I purchased our new home much to our delight it had a hot tub in the back yard. This was very exciting for us but also seemed like a really big chore. After doing some research about hot tubs, I thought it a good idea to visit really the only hot tub retailer in the Duluth area.

When I arrived I was politely greeted by a salesman Shawn who was quick to answer all my questions and help get me started. I knew nothing about hot tubs and he was patient to answer all my questions, offer great advice on how to drain, refill and how to add the appropriate chemicals to get my tub at just the right levels. I think the best advice he gave me was, don’t over think it. It’s really not that complicated. Shawn got me all the right chemicals and offered to email me more information that would assist me in taking care of the tub. As someone who has never taken care of a hot tub, I left Beachcomber feeling confident in my ability to take care of my tub.

I got home and did everything Shawn advised and it was actually quite easy. And tonight I was able to enjoy my very first hot tub. Taking a hot tub outside in the winter is so relaxing and I love it. I am hooked and super glad this house has a hot tub. I may just have to get into the hot tub every night after the kids go to sleep. I love my hot tub. Thanks Shawn and Beachcomber Hot Tubs for helping a rookie get his tub up and running.

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Gay Athletes Coming Out is Not News

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Gay athletes coming out is not news. Recently, Jason Collins professional basketball player and future NFL player Michael Sam have announced they are homosexual. These two stories have dominated the headlines at different times and you couldn’t turn on the television, read articles online, read a tweet or read your local newspaper and not get a story about their announcement. It’s not a big time news story.

It is hard for me to comprehend how the sexual orientation of anyone is big news? I have no problem with people announcing or sharing their sexual orientation, or religion (but that is for a different time) but for the large amount of news coverage given for these announcements I think is a bit excessive and unnecessary. Who a person wants to share their bedroom with is not news.

A person’s sexual orientation does not make them a better person or better athlete in these cases, it is simply information about the person that now a days is praised more than ever before. I’d rather we focus our attention on their ability to do whatever profession it is they call their career. Do they preform well on the field or in the arts? Are they a good actor or actress? Do they stay out of trouble with the law? What improvements are they trying to make in the community? These bits of news I would much rather hear about on the news instead of sexual orientation.

Can we please stop having week long sweeps on the news about sexual orientation?

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Kevin Love Will Leave The Timberwolves

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With the trade deadline only hours away all the talk on Twitter has been the potential trades with my favorite NBA team the Minnesota Timberwolves. I do believe Kevin Love will NOT be traded but I do believe Love will leave the Timberwolves when his contract expires at the end of next season.

This is all speculation and I do not have any hard evidence to support my decision but after reading many stories online and reading many tweets this is the conclusion I have come to.

Here are my reasons on why Love will not stay:

Timberwolves rarely draft well for the long term. If the team can’t draft well how will the team get someone to help Love?

Timberwolves will not be able to get a big time free agent to come to Minnesota to play with Love. I say this because if the Wolves want to keep Love he must get the max deal, and then how can they afford anyone else worth some big money? And what big time NBA player wants to play in Minnesota, land of the frozen tundra?

Last, after watching NBA All Star weekend and hearing the reports that Carmelo Anthony said he would take less money so the Knicks could bring in some players to surround him, leads me to believe the Knicks have a great opportunity to attrack a big time free agent in the next year or two. This is the type of scenario that could get Love away from the Wolves, and the Knicks aren’t the only team setting themselves up for this type of scenario. If Love could play with Anthony, and others potentially, I bet Love too would take less money to win and get an NBA championship too.

Don’t get me wrong, I want nothing more than the Timberwolves to be the only home ever for Kevin Love but its a huge stretch for him to stay in Minnesota. I hope that my prediction is wrong but right now, I say Kevin Love will not be in Minnesota after the end of next season.

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