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June 25, 2014

Billboard slams LeBron over loyalty; plus stuff the ballot for Giancarlo Stanton!, U.S. World Cup poll result, Futbol! (update II) & more

1) It is WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25. In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): LeBron James opts out, me in belly of USA soccer fanatics, World Cup poll, Futblog!, Mike Pouncey, Venus Williams naked, Heat draft & more. 2) Join us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Vine and Instagram.

1aa1abillboardMORE ON LEBRON, HIS OPT-OUT AND HEAT'S DRAFT PLAN TO KEEP KING HAPPY: It was expected. It should not cause overreaction or panic to ricochet among the Heat faithful. On the other hand, it does signal that the time has begun for Pat Riley and his empire to take off the gloves and fight to keep the franchise's one essential player. Click on The Fight Is On for today's latest column by me. Meantime San Antonio takes a shot at LeBron with the billboard at right. LeBron has a chance to make a loyalty statement of his own by staying in Miami. Thursday's NBA Draft could be a small way to make LeBron happy and keep him. Miami is trying to trade up from 26th to select UConn point guard Shabazz Napier, ESPN's Chad Ford first reported. Doing so would address a Heat need and also please James, who is a big fan of Napier's.

IT WILL BE AN INDICTMENT OF SPORTS FANS, BASEBALL AND AMERICA IN GENERAL IF STANTON IS NOT VOTED AN ALL-STAR GAME STARTER: This is a homer cause by me. Literally. I'm a homer for doing it, and I'm mostly doing it because of homers. Fans will elect three NL outfield starters for the all-star game. The 1aa1avotestantonMarlins' Giancarlo Stanton is currently running fourth in voting. This is criminal. Stanton and the three guys ahead of him -- Dodger Yasiel Puig, Pirate Andrew McCutcheon and Brewer Carlos Gomez -- all have around the same batting average. But Stanton leads all of them by a lot in home runs (20), RBIs (58) and OPS (.993). The other three are having nice seasons; Stanton is putting up MVP-caliber numbers. An all-star start should be a no-brainer. (So should a spot in the Home Run Derby, a role he'd like to have, in a competition made for a classic sluggers like him). So I call on Marlins fans (they're out there, trust me) and fair-minded baseball fans in general to click HERE for the MLB all-star ballot and get behind Stanton. He has earned your support. I'm Greg Cote and I approve this message.

Poll result: Passionate following for U.S. World Cup team: We asked how closely you are following the U.S. team in the World Cup and 56.3 percent answered "passionately." Another 31.4% said "casually" and only 12.3% said "not at all." Perhaps some in the latter group are following the event but with other allegiances. To American sports fans stubbornly uninterested, you don't know what you're missing.

1aa1abrazilwcFUTBLOG! ARGENTINA, NIGERIA, FRANCE, SWISS ADVANCE: FUTBLOG! is the official World Cup post of this blog, a continually updated daily dose of the month-long soccer spectacle in Brazil. See earlier posts for earlier daily results and for group-by-group preview.

World Cup Day 14 / Today 6-25: Match of Day: Switzerland 3, Honduras 0 (Group E): schedule: The Swiss entered the game unlikely to advance, two goals behind Ecuador in the tiebreaker, but won by three to sneak into the round of 16 as Ecuador suffered a costly draw. Honduras, needing a miracle, was eliminated.

Argentina 3, Nigeria 2 (Group F): Argentina already had qualified but prevailed anyway behind Lionel Messi's two goals. Nigeria played valiantly and was rewarded by advancing despite the loss.

Bosnia & Herzegovina 3, Iran 1 (Group F): Bosnia had already been eliminated but managed a consolation win. Iran saw it slim hopes of advancing expire in defeat.

Ecuador 0, France 0 (Group E): France advances comfortably with the draw, but the draw was a killer for Ecuador and eliminated it. Ecuador enjoyed a two-goal edge over Switzerland in a tiebreaker but the Swiss win erased the need for a tiebreaker.

World Cup scoring statistics through today's games: 44 matches, 129 goals, 2.93 per.

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France will not only advance but has a chance to go very far. One of the most creative, tough, and intelligent teams in the tournament. They can beat anyone.

shadow you were right McHale won twice. That Boston team was pretty loaded to have him coming off the bench in a year they won the championship.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBA_Sixth_Man_of_the_Year_Award

If my math is right Messi has scored the last 5 goals for Argentina in this Tournament.

People who keep bleating how "low scoring" soccer is clearly are not watching this World Cup!

Those people don't watch soccer anyway.

Hello gents. Been on the lamb for awhile. Tell me BB have the Dolphins lost their Alfred E. Neuman owner, the whale on the sides of their helmut or overall disappointing ways as yet???

haha no to all three

Dolphins ARE whales.

Parcells had it right with this guy at least. Why am I not surprised that Ireland somehow screwed it up? Happy that he seems to be turning his life around.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/page/hotread140707/chicago-bears-brandon-marshall-spreads-awareness-nfl-mental-health-crisis-espn-magazine

I really don't think ditching the old cartoon, anthropomorphic dolphin was a bad thing.

To me, it looked like a stuffed children's toy...something you'd find in the 'toddler' section of Toys R Us. But to each his own.

They did, however, stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Dolphins aren't whales they are a closely related species.

I think "Biology" has a point:

"The name 'dolphin' is used casually as a synonym for bottlenose dolphin, the most common and familiar species of dolphin. Killer whales also belong to the family Delphinidae and therefore qualify as dolphins."

They don't qualify as Dolphins.

Orcas do qualify as Dolphins but not all Whales (Humpback, Blue etc) are considered to be in the Dolphin family.

Bizarro world..........

Then again, if people compare the Dolphins current logo to 'Sea World' and the Sea World logo happens to feature an ORCA, then we come full circle and it's a Dolphin on the helmet either way.

i can just picture you baby, kneeling with your rosary beads PRAYING for lebron to leave miami.

the clippers don't have the flexibility to make that move.
the lakers have kobe, who still thinks he's the best player in the league, even though he hasn't played in 2 years.

as for marshall, had lebron james gotten into a fight with his wife and she stabbed him, you guys would all call him a thug; why marshall gets a pass is beyond me.
i thought he was a good player, but wallace is a better teammate, he's faster and next year you won't be missing marshall at all.

as for the dummy who keeps suggesting i didn't meet russell wilson, i happen to be a professional musician; my job is to travel all over the world playing with a variety of artists for a variety of events.

russell simply told me that with improvements in the line and the play calling that we would be fine.
he LOVES tannehill; loves his decision making, speed and athleticism and told me we have nothing to worry about.

if you think i am stuck in kendall with a laptop making things up, (like many of you), then you're daft.

oh, and baby? can you tell us what you're praying for in the lottery? or will it not come true if you say something? :)

Don't be calling me a Dolphin.

What are he finest cheeses of the Iberian Peninsula?

as for wade, manu ginobili looked as bad as wade last year, then look what happened this year.
as a celtic fan, i would think you would've learned your lesson on not betting against wade; the player who's owned your a#$ most of the last decade or so..

I really don't care that much if LeBron goes somewhere david. You just seem SO sure that he is staying and I don't think that he will for the reasons I explained. I want Boston to draft Randle if he is there at #6. They have asked Cleveland about trading up to get their # 1 pick. Saying the Clippers don't have flexibility? They would find a way to make it happen. Lakers could too not sure what Kobe has to do with anything he'll be retired soon.

The funny thing is, Miami is supposed to be the terrible sports town. I can't recall ever seeing a billboard Downtown denegrating a team we beat in the Finals. Way to win with class, San Antonio.

David, you say Kobe thinks he's the best player in the NBA. Was he with Wilson when he told you this?

Gentlemen I implore you it's a matter of a winning heritage I say. Packers uniforms aren't exactly asthetically(sp?)pleasing but they have essentially remained unchanged. Maybe if Dolphin's "whale" lost a few pounds...

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/0a/ff/76/0aff766ba208988672d4b5445b6e4f2c.jpg

Sweet Jesus, OC we have a way of being on same time space continuum...

The funny thing is, Miami is supposed to be the terrible sports town. I can't recall ever seeing a billboard Downtown denegrating a team we beat in the Finals. Way to win with class, San Antonio.

Posted by: duh | June 25, 2014 at 05:04 PM

i agree completely.

if the celtics do get cleveland's pick, then cleveland won't have a chance to blow another pick.

as for lebron, i AM confident he's staying.
for all the hate and invective directed at miami, the heat is a world class organization, and a model of what a modern franchise should be run like.
riley will figure it out.
lebron has a better chance of geting to the finals again with miami than with any other team seriously in the running to land him.
lakers? knicks? clippers, (meaning they move griffin to make room)?
not a chance..

It must be the same mushroom sandwich we had 1500 miles away.

The Decision II - coming to an overhyped sports outlet near you.

For some reason the Botanicals have thrown me out of their Temple. Perhaps because I've not always been ah sufficiently respectful. Even Sandoz eucharist has been a bit harder on my system. I'm an effin sponge for f***sake. Time to shoot for PURITY of ESSENCE OC...

I dreamed Lady Bird Johnson was massaging tanning lotion onto my back last night.

Posted by: (the real) david in los angeles | June 25, 2014 at 04:52 PM

Possibly the saddest thing ever written on the internet?

Tricia Nixon was dropping hot candle wax on ole John Henry this morning. Some kind pleasure pain thing...

david said-lebron has a better chance of geting to the finals again with miami than with any other team seriously in the running to land him.

Knicks would be better than Miami with LeBron and Melo. Houston would be much better not even close. Clippers would be much better Griffin isn't going anywhere. That's three better opportunities right there. I would mention Chicago but I don't think Lebron would ever consider it the Jordan comparisons would be too much.

THE MIAMI DOLPHINS-"NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT "

it says here they gots theirselves plenty to worry about heading into the coming season- an offensive line that has not played together as of yet with the best of the group posibly out for three months, an unsettled backfield including their QB, yet another new batch of coaches/co-ordinators,...

russell wilson with the huge hands who started as a 3rd round draft telling dolphins fans that tannehill, drafted 8th overall, with the tiny mitts will be alright? he is a gentleman-do you think he'd tell a dolphin fan that their QB is unsettled? the season-exhibition style- starts in about 6-7 weeks and we'll see what kind of shape the dolphins are in.

PAT RILEY SAYS REAL MEN DON"R USE THE FIRST DOOR OUT!!

isn't this the guy who screwed up the 94 knicks by taking anthony bonner out of the winning line-up and then let john starks go 2/17 shooting in the 7th game against houston? at least jeff van gundy knew that john starks was a sixth man (won the trophy when van gundy used starks off the bench). a real genius with mickey arison's money; riley's miami teams couldn't score 90 points/game and then when he acquired shaq he gave stan van gundy the heave ho and won the championship that SVG could have won with wade, shaq and company. riley's idea of an offense was holding his fist up which meant throw the ball down low to (take your choice) KAJ, alonzo mourning, or shaq. he's still be working radio color if jack mckinney wouldn't have had that horrible accident while cycling in palos verdes. that hour long press conference (think the guy is smitten with himself)- how in the world did his audience sit through that. and didn't he fax his resignation in to the knicks (the equivalent of not taking the first door out, but sneaking under the door. magic johnson and wade/james have been the ones to make this guy a "genius". how long was he in miami before making the NBA finals?

Looks like it's the Swiss for La Albiceleste. Hope they aren't employing the Swiss cheese defense or things could get a bit exciting.

Riley is da best in da bizness and will work his magic to once again deliver the best product in the NBA.

In Riley we trust!

Knicks would be better than Miami with LeBron and Melo. Houston would be much better not even close. Clippers would be much better Griffin isn't going anywhere. That's three better opportunities right there. I would mention Chicago but I don't think Lebron would ever consider it the Jordan comparisons would be too much.

Posted by: Big Baby | June 25, 2014 at 07:13 PM

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as usual baby, you are WRONG. you're like a little kid sometimes; there's more to ANY of these deals than simply saying lebron to the knicks! or the clippers!
for one thing, the knicks will not be better; they're moving chandler and the contracts of stoudemire, bargnani and others leave them no room.

as for the clippers, there is NO WAY they can get lebron without moving griffin.
and even if that happens you think jordan and paul are better teammates than wade and bosh?
don't bet on that.
miami just finished it's 4th straight finals. getting to a 5th in the east will be easier than ANY team in the west thinking about lebron.

Riley is da best in da bizness and will work his magic to once again deliver the best product in the NBA.

In Riley we trust!

Posted by: Imis Shuladayz | June 25, 2014 at 08:54 PM

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indeed, imis, and that is the other thing miami has that no team does, currently in the "running".
RILEY.
riley was the one who put the whole thing together in the 1st place, as floks like baby said it would never happen.. lol

David G, I don't know about the French. They didn't look so good today and Ecuador played 10 men the 2nd half. Actually, the French should've had two guys ejected before the Ecuadorian. Sakho, like Suarez also a Liverpooler, elbowed the crap out of the guy. FIFA may be reviewing it, although Neymar's elbow vs Croatia seemed equally bad. But Brazil goes unscathed and unpunished all tournament, according to FIFA plan.

France beat Honduras as the Swiss did, but only after Honduras committed a clumsy PK and ejection halfway thru, while still 0-0. One could argue that the Swiss simply failed in their early game patchwork defense when their top defender got injured. Plus the goalie misplayed the early goal.

Also, France was awarded the playoff win vs Ukraine , an undeserved ejection half way thru the game. and a goal that was offside. Ukraine should be in, not France..just like when Ireland was robbed when Thuerry Henry double handled in the box leading to the goal.

Something about Brazil and France getting away with a lot this time around, but they can meet in the semi's.

Lebron, Bosh and Wade are going to wherever that U Conn guy lands. I know nothing about him except from reading that Lebron loves the dude. The odds that Miami can trade up? I've read it's neary impossible. Besides other trams wanting him, I think they also don't want to strengthen the Heat.

Lebron has proved disloyalty before. It's like a cheating boyfriend/girlfriend. Once they do it, they always will. He doesn't seem to care about loyalty of Jordan, Bird, Kobe, etc. He's a smart guy with his own agenda. Having said that, we'll see if this is all just strategic plan to stay with the Heat. Melo is visiing Houston. There may be something there.

Bosnia is the #1 screwed team in the WC. Dzecko is awesome. To think these guys were kids during the brutal war and massacres. They took car of business vs Iran, who held Aegentina til after 90, and had a PK denied. The whole difference were the two botched calls in the Nigeria game and Bosnia's own goal vs Argentina.

The Swiss, who are, anything but Swiss, had 3 goals by their Albanian striker. Honduras hadn't look any good beyond the first 45 minutes of the France game. They also lost to Israel 4-2 just prior to the Cup.

I and a lot of other Spurs fans are not happy with the Tim Duncan/LeBron James billboard, and it was not put up by the Spurs or any organization representing the city. I follow this team because win or lose they are a class act top to bottom that would not insult someone they had just beaten. My money is on some idiotic CEO or exec with more money than brains, and a genetic lack of sportsmanship.

Hope Ghana & Portugal play to a tie or a tiny win by Portugal. My impression is that Portugal is the worst team in the group and Ghana's speed will rock them like they did the US. Score could be something like 3-1 Ghana.

Really don't know what will happen in the US game. If not for all the historic and current German connections, the normal strategy in this scenario would be conservative play since all they both need is a tie. But media pressure could be forcing Klinnsman's hand to go all out and expise the defense.

Argentina and France advance. Sad day.

Messi is the reason Argentina is advancing he is Superman. If the rest of the Big 4 can get going I see big things for the white and sky blue.

David yes I believe Jordan and Paul are better than Bosh and Wade at this point in their careers. If you took your homer glasses off you would too. I think Houston has the best roster fit for James they would be loaded. The question is whether James would want to go to Houston it isn't LA, Miami or NY but if he does then they will be the best team in the West. I never said Lebron wouldn't go to Miami I waited for the decision like everyone else.

what have jordan and paul ever won?
that's what i thought. in fact, chris paul hasn't even been to a conference finals.
houston has too many contracts, like lin, asik and parsons.
howard, lebron and harden?
formidable, but hardly a championship team, especially in the west.
fact is, if you took your heat hater glasses off, you would see that staying in miami in the east is, in fact, his best shot..

Lebron has proved disloyalty before. It's like a cheating boyfriend/girlfriend. Once they do it, they always will. He doesn't seem to care about loyalty of Jordan, Bird, Kobe, etc. He's a smart guy with his own agenda. Having said that, we'll see if this is all just strategic plan to stay with the Heat. Melo is visiing Houston. There may be something there.

Posted by: Johnny Futbol | June 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM


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what are you, stupid?
he played out his 7 year contract and left as a free agent, with Cleveland getting 2 first round picks and cash in a sign and trade.

that makes him disloyal?
dan gilbert is a moronic owner and the cavs will never win with him in charge.

tell you what, genius. unless your "disloyalty" list includes:
wilt chamberlain
kareem abdul jabbar
dave debusschere
jerry lucas
earl the pearl monroe
robert parish
shaquille oneal
bill walton
bernanrd king
moses malone
dr. J
jamaal wilkes
sleepy floyd
kevin garnett
ray allen
pau gasol

and countless others, then you sound like a moron.
welcome to the blog; you'll fit right in!


"loyalty of kobe".. lol
dumbest post of the day.
you mean kobe bryant, who threatened to leave for the clippers after his 2nd contract unless dr. buss stopped screwing around and get him some help?

David, You mean Lakers??????

(the real dave) in los angeles,

your "disloyalty list" is disgenuine!! wilt, KAJ,and dave d all came in trades, as did most of the old-timers on your disloyalty roster. bill walton was let go by the trailblazers, i believe because of dope "rumors" and the fact that he was chronically injured. jamaal wilkes was made a free agent as i remember and then went to play for the clippers. i can't remember how he got to the lakers from the warriors but am tempted to say it was a trade or a FA situation. parish to the celts i believe was also a trade from the warriors. SLEEPY (DOE-EYED)FLOYD!! like sam perkins, also described as "doe-eyed" from THC in the system. jerry lucas played in the ABL before it folded and then became the property of the royals methinks because of the now way defunct "territorial draft", which was chucked as soon as the then lew alcindor decided upon westwood. the "opt-out" concept of a contract is relatively new and i don't think that bernard king or earl monroe played under it. DR. J??? he was traded to the 76ers for a ton of money and his departure sent the pretty decent nets into the cellar for a long time. dave, i believe that at the time of the merger (including the magic/bird entry), the NBA was in its real glory days, adding on all that talent from the ABA. the crime was that the ABA had to pay a whopping $5 million per franchise to come into the NBA when the ABA had the monster players-dr. j, george gervin, mo lucas, david thompson,moses malone and many more.

Shadow,

Jamaal Wilkes had to be one of the classiest person to ever play professional ball. To this day he remains as one of my all time favorite players. His phenomenal contributions must include, not just his Play with the Lakers, but what he did along Walton and Wooden's Bruins (what was it, 80+ straight wins!?), winning a championship his first year as a pro for Golden State and his amazingly balanced game.

I don't recall his stint with the Clips, however. Oh well, won't be the last thing I forget.

OC Dolphin,

wilkes played 13 games for the clippers, so remebering them is more difficult than forgetting them!!


http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/wilkeja01.html

the guy shot =/- 50% from really long range; chick hearn used to call them "lay-ups" when wilkes got an opportunity from the dead corner!!

OC Dolphin.

keith/jamaal wilkes was a really good college player and a really good pro. his championship team with the arriors was one of my favorite pro teams- an aged rick barry, two centers clifford ray and george johnson (i think that was his name), phil smith and a guy from cal who had the same monicker as another player in the NBA-charlie johnson i believe. in all 4 games they let the bullets go ahead by double digits in all the games only to come roaring back and sweeping the bullets, who were a really good team- elvin hayes, wes unseld, jack marin- that won the trophy a few years later.

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