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Stop the Nonsense

By. Michael Vislosky

I lay here at 11:30 this Monday night, my 2 month old asleep in his bassinet, my wife and dog asleep in bed, and I am on ESPN like most nights. Today is different though, today is that day after Prince James finally won something some what on his own. Every article is all about LeBron, as it should be, and the Warriors collapse. Not all of these articles are about the game though, many are trying to compare LeBron  to Michael, and now compare the Warriors to the 96 Bulls again. As I lay here I get more and more mad as I see what people say in the articles and on the message boards. So I’m going to give my opinion, I mean that is the point of having your own blog right?

First lets talk about Michael and LeBrick, sorry I mean LeBron. 6-0 vs 3-4. End of story.  I do not care about anything else. I hear people everyday say that LeBron is clearly the best, look at the era he plays in compared to Michael, well let’s. Anybody who wants to say that league is tougher now, does not have any clue what they are talking about. Do your homework, be a true fan of the game. Many of today’s stars would not be on teams in the 90’s. LeBron would be a star if he played in the 90’s without question, but if Michael played today he would still be Michael.  Michael might have more rings if he played today. The way games are called today, Michael would shoot 25 free throws a game! LeBron complains everytime he gets hit, let’s see how he would have felt playing the Knicks, the Pacers, even the Heat of the 90’s. LeBron is an all-time great yes, but please stop comparing him to Michael, that shipped sailed years ago.

Number 2, the Warriors vs the 96 Bulls. As I said in my last blog, I found myself rooting for the Dubs this year despite the fact that they were chasing my childhood team. That being said, there is no comparison between the teams, the Bulls would beat them 10 out of 10 series. I read message boards today saying that the Bulls in today’s game would win 50 games! I mean really? The Bulls today would have won 75. People were trying to say that the NBA was watered down in the 90’s! Please people be smarter then this, do not be prisoners of the moment. Today’s NBA is a joke compared to back in the day. You have a 76ers team who is younger then this years National Championship winning team! With all the one and dones in the NBA today it’s the Pacific Ocean! I am not taking away from what the Warriors did this year, I am just tired of reading comments from people who are ignorant to the history of a game I love. Each era is different, but if you are going to make comments, at least take the time to understand what it is you are talking about.

I am not and never will be a fan of LeBron. I was spoiled to watch Michael. I was spoiled to watch art on a hardwood floor. Michael didn’t go join his friends who had championships already, he took his beatings then destroyed everyone in his path, after trying a different sport as well. That being said, congratulations to LeBron and the Cavs for ending 50 years of hardship in Cleveland. To the victors go the spoils.

Warrior nation “RELAX”

By Michael Vislosky

I have grown up as a Chicago Bulls fan. I was spoiled as a kid to see the second of the three-peats that the Bulls had in the 90’s. That’s why to my surprise I found myself rooting for the Warriors this year, despite the fact that they were aiming to beat the record of the first Bulls team that I truly watched. Going into to game 7 of the finals, I have a message for Warrior fans, to quote future hall of famer and Chico native Aaron Rodgers, “RELAX.”

As I watched game 6 the other night, I thought about the Bulls teams of the 90’s. Despite winning 6 championships, the playoffs were always a grind.  The 91 and 96 teams were the only ones that breezed through the playoffs. Watching the Warriors battle and stay in a game where they were playing a driven team, and refs that seemed to want a game 7, I thought to myself, they are going to be fine. After Steph got ejected, I felt even better. The emotion he showed was missing throughout the series, and with one of a thousand LeBrick James flops it was back. Sometimes even the best athletes in the world need that little extra, and that in my opinion was it for Curry.

I told Baca after game 3, that the Warriors would win game 4 by 10 and Steph would have 30, and I nailed that one pretty well. With that being said, the Warriors will win game 7 by at least 7 and Steph and Klay are going to go crazy. I feel 40 each, but I will say at least 30 each.

You play all year for game 7 at home for all the marbles, especially when you have the best NBA record of all-time. The Warriors will not lose this game, so Warrior fans, sit back and “RELAX.”

 

Warriors and Kobe Bryant

By. Michael Vislosky

The final night the NBA season last night was something special. The Golden State warriors did something that many people didn’t think would happen for years in breaking the Chicago Bulls win record, and Kobe Bryant went out like no one ever has, not even the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan.

The Warriors season was magical. The winning streak to start the season, ending the almost 20 year streak of futility in San Antonio, the MVP making 400 3’s, winning 73 games, and doing this while missing their head coach for a huge chunk of the season was remarkable. As a die hard Bulls fan my entire life, I never expected the Bulls record to be broken so soon, but I do not think I could imagine a better team doing it. The love that you can see this team shares for one another and the fun they have on and off the court is the reason why they were able to do this and why look out NBA for years to come.

I was never a huge Kobe Bryant fan when I was younger. I thought he was cocky and very arrogant. Then came a time when I realized something, I don’t like him because he is the closest thing to Michael Jordan there might ever be and in my eyes there could never be another Michael. I watched him and saw the things that I used to see Michael do when I was a kid, and saw how he and Michael talked about each other in interviews and realized as a Michael fan, I have to respect Kobe.

Last night was something no one saw coming, not even Kobe. A season of turmoil in LA, which at times probably made Kobe wish he did not come back, was almost wiped away with what he did last night. 60 points is almost unfathomable to say for a person who was retiring. Love him or hate him, last night everyone who saw that had respect for the man.

What will the NBA give us an encore in the Playoffs? LeBron getting a championship in Cleveland,(Johnny Football will bring a championship to Cleveland before LeBron does) the Warriors going 16-0? Whatever it is, and however great it is, no one will forget what they saw last night to end the 2015-2016 NBA regular season.

LeBron James the Quitter

I grew up watching Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls win  six championships. I grew up watching Michael Jordan go Six for six in the NBA Finals. These factors may be part of the reason why I have never been a fan of LeBron James, could also be that he has never won anything on his own and he is the supposed face of the NBA.

I was  watching Sportscenter the other night when I saw this clip of James being asked about the Northern Iowa collapse in the NCAA Tournament. His answer was terrible. He basically said that the Northern Iowa players should quit basketball. Reminded me how he quit on Cleveland to go get his titles.

Here is a clip of what he said. You be the judge, me personally, as the supposed face of the NBA, you can’t say what he said, even if you are joking..

Green vs Hart

This past weekends All-Star Saturday Night may have been one of the best the NBA has seen. From Klay getting revenge on Steph, to the amazing display during the dunk contest, it was hours of entertainment on a slow sports weekend. Forgotten may be the challenge that actor Kevin Hart sent out to Warrior Draymond Green for a shootout, that Draymond accepted. What was all fun and games, turned into to a good battle, check it out…

Looking Forward to NFL 2016

By. Michael Vislosky

The 2015 NFL season is over and with it possibly one of the greatest careers in NFL history. Peyton Manning with the help of an amazing defense won the second Super Bowl of his career. The quarterback who most people believe will be the face of the NFL for years to come, lost and reverted back to some of his childish behavior after. Now some 4 days after the season we look forward to next year and what that will bring.

The firings and hirings have been done and one coach who was fired will be here in California coaching the San Francisco 49ers. Chip Kelly will bring his up tempo offense to Santa Clara but who will be the quarterback? Will Colin Kapernick get to prove his doubters wrong? In my opinion, I do not think he will. This is for better or worse, Blaine Gabbert’s job at this point. Let’s not forget he was a top 5 pick just a few years ago so there is potential there. Chip Kelly’s offense may be just what he needs.

The 2016 season will also bring football back to LA. The Rams will be playing at the Los Angeles Colesium for the next couple seasons, and hope that they themselves bring a quarterback with them. The trade for Nick Foles last offseason did not work out as planned and has some LA greats asking for Mr. Manning to play one more year. I think Foles has potential, and having a running back who has one heck of a career in front of him will help immensely.

Last but not least, I have to talk of my team, the New York Jets. Yes the season ended in the worst way I could have imagined, but next year beams a bright light. After they sign Ryan Fitzpatrick and lock up the defensive line, they will most likely lose their starting backfield. My hope is that they draft a running back and some offensive line help, and if they do, they should be in the playoffs. They will have a tougher schedule this year and much more travel as they play the NFC West, but as a fan I have never felt more confident in the future of a team as I do this one.

I wish that I could wake up tomorrow and it was September, but I guess I will just have to wait patiently as the days go by. That patience will then be rewarded as the New York Jets will be holding the Lombardi trophy after they defeat the Arizona Cardinals 24-14 to win Super Bowl 51. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the MVP, and Fitz Magic will become the trend throuout the world. Continue reading Looking Forward to NFL 2016

Is this Peyton’s last rodeo

By. Michael Vislosky

When everybody counted out Peyton Manning this year, when the article came out saying he may have done HGH, when he missed six games because of injury, he may have been the only one that knew he was not going out like that. His family has admitted they didn’t know what was going to happen. When you have had as much success and are arguably one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, what do you have to prove?

I am rooting for the Broncos to win this SuperBowl. As a Jets fan, I am of course tired of seeing Brady win, that I can not deny, but I am also tired of people not giving Peyton his credit. Yes he has not been terrific in the playoffs, but did he ever really have a great defense in Indianapolis? Yes they had big names, and Bob Sanders did win a defensive player of the year award, but really look at that defense overall. Then look at the one the Broncos had two years ago. The reason why this Broncos defense is as good as it is, is because they knew the defense was the missing link.

The Broncos do have a tall task that’s not even a question, but it can be done. The video came out after the AFC Championship with Manning telling Bill Belicheck that this may in fact be his last rodeo, and it should be. He has shown the heart to fight and come back to lead his team. No offense to Brock Oswiller, but the Broncos would not have been here if he was the quarterback. Brock has a chance to be a great quarterback, but he was not fully ready yet. The Broncos needed one man for this, and Peyton was that man.

I believe in my heart that this it for Peyton, and I believe that his teammates sense that, and that might be the extra motivation needed to get the job done. To say one day that you were on the team that helped win Peyton Manning his second SuperBowl, that would sure be a life moment for me. John Elway went out winning two SuperBowls, and now he will have a chance to watch a quarterback try to walk off into the sunset like he did with his team.