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Dogs I Meet On The Road And Other Stuff From Shootaround

Some might say Uga is the most famous bulldog in college sports. Well, those people would probably be right, but Uga certainly isn't the toughest. Nobody messes with Jack the Bulldog, the official mascot of Georgetown athletics.

I met Jack for a brief interview today after the Heat's shootaround. He had more than a few choice words for the Tea Party, even though the good and honorable lobbyists of Georgetown really haven't been affected by the nonsense on Capitol Hill. Jack's handler, Father Steck, was a very kind and learned man who is looking forward to basketball season.

From shootaround ...
-Greg Oden worked out with the Heat's younger players in a session before the team's regular-rotation players took the court.

-Chris Bosh, speaking about the Nets, said, "Some guys are always Celtics to us."

-On the Heat's rotation, Erik Spoelstra said it's "still too early" but added the Heat plans on "using our depth" this season. "It can change," Spoelstra said.

-On Roger Mason Jr. breaking into the Heat's rotation, Spoelstra reminded reporters that Norris Cole was still ahead of Mason on the depth chart. "We have a very good back-up point guard right now."

Dogs I Meet On The Road And Other Stuff From Shootaround

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Only being 75 miles away from you, I almost feel obligated to shoot down to the Verizon center to educate you on some of the (expected) non-sense regarding your political expression - but facts probably won't sway your liberal views.

Wonder what history will tell us about the effect 8 years of Reagen's policies had on our black communities compared to Obama's? Who started with a worse economy and who made it better by the end of their 2 terms.

Crack a book Joe, and turn off the Clearly Not News channel. Were we all supposed to shuttered in horror at the mere mention of the Tea Party? Ew, those bastards don't want to give the feds more and more of their hard earned money - how un-American!

And let's make sure we make this government shutdown (yeah, 80% or more that is still working-except only about 6% of the EPA is 'essential') hurts as many people as possible. Hell, there are spending more money setting up barricades and printing signs than if they would have if they continued operating as normal. That-a-way to LEAD your country! How petty can one man be?

We haven't passed a budget yet under this President - who knew a community organizer would be underqualified and disrespectful of the office? Answer: Middle class, hard working Americans, that's who.

Stick with basketball. supercool is back in his old stomping grounds of DC,(of course when you attend 5 high schools, the whole region is your turf) bet you can get a good story or two from this professional.

Aaaarrghh. Can tea party idiots please exit the sports page, stage right?!? I come her for peace, love, and sports.....not arrogant, hard-headed nonsense.

Joe, unfortunately, no adjective will ever be placed in front of media....except "liberal".

"We" have passed a budget??? LMAO!!!! Didn't know Ted Cruz was a frequenter of Joe's blog. Joe, you're coming up in the world, buddy.

Yeah, tea partiers - GET BACK TO WORK! Millions are depending on your work habits to survive.

....you come to the sports page for peace and love?

"Nobody messes with Jack the Bulldog"

King could. King would.

Meet the King's King - LeBron's cane corso (Italian mastiff)

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BWpOjdmCMAA-Rp9.jpg

More news from the Animal Kingdom, Birdman feathers new nest in Pinecrest http://t.co/LnzciHBqc6

Wow. Unreal.

Must be the Feral Equinox.

Now LeBron dishes on lions, hyenas & "different ways to kill" in response to questions re his competitive instinct cf. Kobe/MJ in an interview w/Chris Broussard.

http://es.pn/15FwMdF

^ in regards to Lebron answering on killer instinct.. He's absolutely right.. I think Lebron is a better 'team' player and Jordan is a better one on one player. Lebron can avg a triple double for the season, Jordan couldnt/wouldnt avg a triple double a season because he's more of a scorer than a distributor.. If the game was on the line, Jordan says 'Give me the ball' .. Lebron says, let me make the best play possible, if its pass to an open shooter, drive to the hoop, or take the shot.. Just different

And I have a question, since we have some savy politicians in here.. What is the big deal about the Affordable health care act (other-wise known as Obama Care)? Why does the GOP hate Obama care soo much that they think they need to shut down the government just to get rid of it? Ive heard alot of interviews with both sides, all the democrats are saying - this is a great deal, cheaper health care for middle class, everyone should be on board. And all the Republicans are saying This is the worst thing ever (it hurt when I saw a black dude say this is the worst thing since Slavery but ill digress)..I havnt heard any real arguments as to why Obama care is so horrible.. so if there is someone on here than can make that plain to the avg joe (no pun intended Joe) I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

Posted by: Smitty | Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 06:57 PM

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No Bron-doubting here.

Only "Wow. Unreal" in the sense of Joe cueing a day rife with furry/feathered references & allusions.

In his interview with Chris Broussard [ http://es.pn/15FwMdF ], luved LeBron's allusion to lions, lion prides & the collective hunt v. hyenas/jackals. Which isn't much different from orcas & orca pods v. great whites.

Both sides end up getting 'fed.' But where hunting is a social activity for prides & pods, scavenging is often solitary, the purview of loners.

Ibid. LeBron, Magic, Bird, Robinson etc. v. Kobe, Jordan, Iverson, Chamberlain et al.

So, given LeBron's social inclination (family), priorities (family), distributive preference (family), of course James is right because family will always be the right choice for LeBron. Just as I, me, myself drives Kobe & Jordan. I also don't think James necessarily concedes Jordan is the better 1-on-1 player. I read it as James deftly deflecting the Jordan-licking pestering of his Jordan-slurping interrogator, Chris Broussard.

Cont. http://t.co/lYrsC66eH0

[or here]

Example. Broussard: "Why do you think you haven't developed a relationship [with Michael]?"

WTF? Like who really CARES if James ever "develops a relationship" with the biggest diva ever? Broussard says "relationship" but really means genuflection -- as in, "Why haven't you begged Jordan for his blessing? Kissed each of his rings? Shouted hosannas to the splendor of Michael's sphincter? LIKE KOBE???"

Remember "Be Like Mike?" Has anyone taken a close look at Mike the GM? Mike the NBA exec? Mike the NBA owner? James, ever the student, said he still wants to learn from Jordan the player. Except, James need only examine Jordan the GM/exec/owner to realize Jordan the exec is the exact same guy as Jordan the player: a narcissistic, compulsive gambler who *doesn't* get the big picture & only bets on *himself* when, in fact, the house of Krause ALWAYS covered his bets with guys like HoGrant, Pippen, Kukoc, Oakley, Harper etc. Only now, Krause et al. aren't around to hide his losses.

Fact: the Jordan Bulls NEVER cracked 40 wins or escaped the 1st round in Jordan's first x 3 seasons (38-1984, 30-1985, 40-1986). Fact: Only when Chicago drafted Grant/Pippen in 1987 -- under the same coach (Collins) -- did the Jordan Bulls finally crack 50 & advance beyond the 1st round. Whereas James literally turned the Cavs around by himself, putting 30-yr olds like Z, Donyell Marshall & Eric Snow on his back when Cleveland eventually hired a defensive-minded coach (Mike Brown) from a winning system (Spurs).

But as the man himself says, "I'm not Bernard King. That's [scoring] not all that I do. I can score, though [big smile]." Q:What could you average if you just went out and looked to be a scorer? "Thirty-five." Q:Probably more than that? "Probably more than that. People forget that I led the league in scoring one year [30 ppg, 2007-08] and I think I was second [31 ppg, 2006-07] or third behind Kobe and Allen Iverson another year. [I]t's great that you can put up a lot of points, but that ain't my legacy -- being a scorer."

Jordan averaged 30 over his career, claimed 10 scoring titles. Chamberlain, 7. Gervin 4. Iverson, 4. Irving, 3. Kareeem, 2. Petit, 2. Barry, 2. Dantley, 2.

Obviously, there's no "RPI" or equivalent to compare different eras, schedules, opponents and weight/weight various metrics -- including ppg, PER, WS/48 -- accordingly.

However, just consider certain 'pairs'. I never saw Chamberlain play or remember much of Kareem. But I have watched footage of both. There's no way Chamberlain was more skilled or impactful than Kareem. Else, is Chamberlain 3 x times the player Kareem was based on scoring titles? Is Phil Jackson more than twice the coach Riley was based on rings (Riley's 5 vs. Jackson's 11)? Are Gervin & AI four-fold better than LeBron? Or Oscar Robertson -- who "only" won a single scoring title and a single ring? Ditto Magic, Bird, Robinson who, between them, can only claim 1 scoring title (Robinson)?

Fortunately for us, the times they are a-changing. 'Despicable' stat geeks are devising comprehensive, more reliable metrics/indices to measure & compare oncourt value. Although Jordan still stands alone in many of those metrics, including WS/48 [ http://bit.ly/170OcAh ], it's close. And getting closer.

Posted by: Smitty | Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 07:03 PM

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I'll suggest 2 (they're 3 separate studies although 2 were commissioned by AHIP).

RAND, -- an old standby among independent think-tanks well regarded for its strategic/policy studies on national security & public health -- published "The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Health Insurance Markets: Simulating the Effects of Regulation" in 2013, which estimates ACA premium/coverage impact on 10 states, including Florida [ http://bit.ly/1aRcLV0 ]

AHIP/Milliman. AHIP is the national trade association representing the health insurance industry (i.e., current status quo). Milliman provides actuarial research to major healthcare corps & HMOs.

AHIP: "Independent Studies Estimate the Cost andCoverage Impact of the Affordable Care Act in 12 Selected States" [ http://bit.ly/VMtcVR ]

AHIP caveat: "It is important to note that the [12] independent studies [summarized herein] were conducted prior to the release of long-awaited proposed regulations implementing key elements of the health reform law—including requirements related to essential health benefits, actuarial value and the insurance market reforms. The draft regulations—which provide additional details on the benefits required to be covered as well as patient cost-sharing requirements within the new exchange market places in 2014—seek to balance the requirements of the statute while providing flexibility to minimize disruptions for businesses and consumers."

Milliman (commissioned by AHIP): "Comprehensive Assessment of ACA Factors That Will Affect Individual Market Premiums in 2014 " [ http://bit.ly/1epPvfH ]

Posted by: Smitty | Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 07:03 PM

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Sorry dude. Posted a response (containing 3 x links) which Herald minders/filter subsequently deleted. Don't feel like re-typing.

[Herald also deleted continuation to October 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM post; will re-post below. If it stays, it stays, otherwise as Dick Cheney once advised Pat Leahy, ditto moi to Herald]

cont.

Example. Broussard: "Why do you think you haven't developed a relationship [with Michael]?"

WTF? Like who really CARES if James ever "develops a relationship" with the biggest diva ever? Broussard says "relationship" but really means genuflection -- as in, "Why haven't you begged Jordan for his blessing? Kissed each of his rings? Shouted hosannas to the splendor of Michael's sphincter? LIKE KOBE???"

Remember "Be Like Mike?" Has anyone taken a close look at Mike the GM? Mike the NBA exec? Mike the NBA owner? James, ever the student, said he still wants to learn from Jordan the player. Except, James need only examine Jordan the GM/exec/owner to realize Jordan the exec is the exact same guy as Jordan the player: a narcissistic, compulsive gambler who *doesn't* get the big picture & only bets on *himself* when, in fact, the house of Krause ALWAYS covered his bets with guys like HoGrant, Pippen, Kukoc, Oakley, Harper etc. Only now, Krause et al. aren't around to hide his losses.

Fact: the Jordan Bulls NEVER cracked 40 wins or escaped the 1st round in Jordan's first x 3 seasons (38-1984, 30-1985, 40-1986). Fact: Only when Chicago drafted Grant/Pippen in 1987 -- under the same coach (Collins) -- did the Jordan Bulls finally crack 50 & advance beyond the 1st round. Whereas James literally turned the Cavs around by himself, putting 30-yr olds like Z, Donyell Marshall & Eric Snow on his back when Cleveland eventually hired a defensive-minded coach (Mike Brown) from a winning system (Spurs).

But as the man himself says, "I'm not Bernard King. That's [scoring] not all that I do. I can score, though [big smile]." Q:What could you average if you just went out and looked to be a scorer? "Thirty-five." Q:Probably more than that? "Probably more than that. People forget that I led the league in scoring one year [30 ppg, 2007-08] and I think I was second [31 ppg, 2006-07] or third behind Kobe and Allen Iverson another year. [I]t's great that you can put up a lot of points, but that ain't my legacy -- being a scorer."

Jordan averaged 30 over his career, claimed 10 scoring titles. Chamberlain, 7. Gervin 4. Iverson, 4. Irving, 3. Kareeem, 2. Petit, 2. Barry, 2. Dantley, 2.

Obviously, there's no "RPI" or equivalent to compare different eras, schedules, opponents and weight/weight various metrics -- including ppg, PER, WS/48 -- accordingly.

However, just consider certain 'pairs'. I never saw Chamberlain play or remember much of Kareem. But I have watched footage of both. There's no way Chamberlain was more skilled or impactful than Kareem. Else, is Chamberlain 3 x times the player Kareem was based on scoring titles? Is Phil Jackson more than twice the coach Riley was based on rings (Riley's 5 vs. Jackson's 11)? Are Gervin & AI four-fold better than LeBron? Or Oscar Robertson -- who "only" won a single scoring title and a single ring? Ditto Magic, Bird, Robinson who, between them, can only claim 1 scoring title (Robinson)?

Fortunately for us, the times they are a-changing. 'Despicable' stat geeks are devising comprehensive, more reliable metrics/indices to measure & compare oncourt value. Although Jordan still stands alone in many of those metrics, including WS/48 [ http://bit.ly/170OcAh ], it's close. And getting closer.

Herald also twice-deleted continuation to October 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM

So, as Cheney once advised Leahy, ditto moi to Herald.

Chumps.

Smitty, the black dude you are referring to is Dr. Ben Carson, a brain surgeon. He can articulate the opposition case to the Unaffordable Health Care act better than I, look him up. My (hopefully) last comment on this matter on the Heat blog is that the opposition deals with how much we want the government to control us, how much data (health records) do you want them to collect on you, especially when an organization we all love and trust, the scandal-ridden IRS, is the one responsible for making calls on your health care. This act will cause health care costs to rise, and that is one thing they didn't address in this bill - lowering costs. This act was about giving more goodies to people (some who don't want it)in exchange for votes, and more federal control of the populace.

I'm not trying to draw political lines between us fans, we are mostly all here because we love the Heat.

taheati's LBJ v his errorness analogy was SPOT ON! And what is very telling to me is how the MSM will deride LBJ (even as far back as his Cavs days) for making the right play (passing to an open teammate) in crunch time, because they are so set in that selfish Kome/Jordan mentality that they can't appreciate 'team' wins or 'team' moments.

Couple of sick dunks last night. Loved the LBJ to Wade from the top of the key to the baseline alley oop!

....didn't think I could let it go either but......


Black - you said you were a business owner. Can you shed any light on how the health care act will effect your business and your employees?

....and to add to your thorough analysis taheati, when Jordan retired first of three times, (2 more than Farve, who didn't miss any time between his media called 'retirements') and Pete Meyers took his place as the two guard on da bulls, they won a total of 2 less regular season games than the year before (how's that for replacement numbers) and lost in the ECFs to Riley's Knicks. Yeah, he was playing with some other talented players, along with being the most protected player to ever don a uniform. Quite a contrast from seeing the 4 time MVP getting constantly hit going to rim with NO foul called. Do you think mj gets a technical for throwing Nazr Mohammed's a$$ to the ground after being mugged in the open court?

Smitty, here is a breakdown of the effects of the Affordable Health Care Act.

http://moneymorning.com/ob-article/obamacare-pelosi-anger.php?code=t-oc-pelosi

.....and it ain't what we've been told it is.

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