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created a list. May 16, 2013
You would never know it if you came here now, but once upon a time - or twice, actually, if you count the 13-game stint the Buffalo Bisons had before …
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posted a Quick Tip about Charles Barkley. May 06, 2013
Charles Barkley
We can forget that he played basketball really well. What I love is that he's been able to make a living purely by being a character. Even if his basketball talent wasn't Hall of Fame worthy, he's still one of the most entertaining players to come out of the NBA.
reviewed Washington Wizards. October 17, 2012
Washington Wizards
All baseball fans who know the history of the sport are familiar with the old expression about the Washington Senators that summed up their on-field prowess: Washington - first in war, first in peace, last in the American League. That expression could easily read Washington: First in war, first in peace, last in professional sports. Good thing The District has its politics, because it sure doesn't …
reviewed Milwaukee Bucks. October 16, 2012
Milwaukee Bucks
Poor Milwaukee. They always seem to be near the top of all those lists of tortured sports cities. It's tough to blame the pundits and prognosticators for being so tough on the place, too. The basketball team is middling. The baseball team flat out sucks, except occasionally when it doesn't. They have one hell of a football team, but it isn't technically theirs. The city is too whitebread and milquetoast …
reviewed Phoenix Suns. October 13, 2012
Phoenix Suns
I've written tons about the NBA being an unfair league to certain teams. Lord knows I'm not blaming the league system here. In a lot of cases, it merely stems from monumentally bad luck. The league was founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America. The BAA merged with the National Basketball League in 1949 to officially create the NBA. Since then, the number of teams in the league has grown …
reviewed Denver Nuggets. October 10, 2012
Denver Nuggets
Lark? What's a Lark? Oh, apparently it's the state bird of Colorado. It really amazes me, some of the names people can come up with for sports teams. As far as geographic or territorial significance goes for team names then, Larks isn't actually too bad. It would have given this otherwise somewhat obscure team in the Rocky Mountains stand out a wee bit more. Actually, since the Larks' city, Denver, …
reviewed San Antonio Spurs. October 07, 2012
San Antonio Spurs
The poor folks in San Antonio are currently undergoing a low self-esteem issue. Here is that storied Texas city, home of the Alamo and a highly rated riverwalk with a well-known and acclaimed hispanic food scene, the eighth-largest city in the country. Yet the National Football League keeps ignoring the place because they're too blinded by the ritz and glimmer of Los Angeles, a city the NFL desperately …
reviewed Atlanta Hawks. October 06, 2012
Atlanta Hawks
I've written quite a bit in this project so far about the humble beginnings of the NBA, when even the highest level of professional basketball was a hard blue collar sport, catering to the ruffian dayworkers who frugally saved slowly, bit by bit, for a better living. I've covered how a lot of today's big time glamor teams began as small, humble little operations in the most industrialized parts of …
posted a Quick Tip about News Item: NBA to crack down on flopping. October 03, 2012
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News Item: NBA to crack down on flopping
Today, the National Basketball Association announced disciplinary procedures to ameliorate excessive "flopping" during the upcoming season.    http://mikeylito.com/eyeview/2012/10/03/nba-cracks-down-on-flopping/
reviewed Detroit Pistons. September 29, 2012
Detroit Pistons
The original NBL has a giant smorgasbord of failed small-town teams and big city squads which just didn't catch on. It's no wonder so few of them still exist in the league today. Teams failed constantly in Akron, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, and pretty much the entire Rust Belt. That makes that fact that some of them are still around today - albeit not in their original homes - truly remarkable. …
reviewed Utah Jazz. September 27, 2012
Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz. Tell me now, is this a name that makes ANY sense?! Yeah, these guys are right up there with the Los Angeles Lakers in terms of names that are kept for some poor reason after a move that makes otherwise awesome names into nonsensical, irrelevant relics of a past which very few of these teams have any desire to keep. The Lakers name once made perfect sense - when they started up, they …
reviewed Dallas Mavericks. September 27, 2012
Dallas Mavericks
We all know the classic Texas upbringing: A rigorous regimen of football, football, and more football. And there's some justification to that: The state has a handful of some of the greatest college football programs to ever grace this country. Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Rice, TCU… There are a lot. Dallas also happens to be the home of the so-called America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys, which isn't …
reviewed Houston Rockets. September 26, 2012
Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets matter. People might not realize it because Houston isn't one of the traditional glamor markets, but they've mattered quite a bit. For one of the earlier expansion teams, they've had a good number of name players suit up, and they've won four conference championships and two NBA titles. What's more, they've been pretty consistent.     The Rockets were first …
reviewed Portland Trail Blazers. September 22, 2012
Portland Trail Blazers
Whodda thunk it? Once you get north of California, the basketball-crazed west coast has but one team representing it. That, of course, wasn't always the case. The pacific northwest once had three teams of its own, great local sports rivalries, when it also had the Seattle Supersonics (http://www.lunch.com/reviews/sports_team/Use...-The_Thunder_Rolls.html) and Vancouver Grizzlies (http://www.lunch.com/reviews/sports_t …
reviewed Sacramento Kings. September 20, 2012
Sacramento Kings
Who are the Sacramento Kings? They're a forgotten relic of both the NBL and the rich history of professional basketball in upstate New York, that's what they are. In the entirety of their existence, they've had only slightly more success than their California brethren, the Golden State Warriors (http://www.lunch.com/reviews/sports_team/Use...d_No_One_Knows_it_.html) and Los Angeles Clippers (http://www.lunch.com/revi …
reviewed Golden State Warriors. September 14, 2012
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are nothing if not an example of just how unfair fandom in the NBA can really be for some people. By all accounts, this is a team the deserves to be ranked among the greatest, most important teams in the history of the league, if not all of professional sports. They've won three titles and six conference championships. They've fielded 13 Hall of Famers. They were the team …
reviewed Brooklyn Nets. September 12, 2012
Brooklyn Nets
Here's a million-dollar question: Can Mets Syndrome exist in a city in which the big time glamor team might as well already be the New York Mets (http://www.lunch.com/reviews/sports_team/Use...205257-The_Amazins.html)? The current coexistence of the New York Knicks (http://www.lunch.com/reviews/sports_team/Use...he_New_York_Groove.html) in New York City with the recently-moved Brooklyn Nets argues …
reviewed Cleveland Cavaliers. September 11, 2012
I continue to be dumbfounded over the fact that the majority somehow believes Cleveland to be the most tortured sports city on the planet. How do you figure? The old Browns (http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Cl..._to_the_Dawg_Pound.html) were one of the great dynasties in football history, and the Indians have won the World Series twice and fielded some of the best baseball teams of the past. …
reviewed Minnesota Timberwolves. September 03, 2012
Minnesota Timberwolves
The history of the Minnesota Timberwolves can be divvied up into three very distinct eras: Before Kevin Garnett, Kevin Garnett, and after Kevin Garnett. In layman's terms, these eras can also be called sucked, good, sucked again. The Timberwolves are one of the league's more nondescript teams because they haven't had a real way to identify with their fans in a place where everyone worships hockey …
reviewed Los Angeles Lakers. August 28, 2012
Los Angeles Lakers
Among the major professional sports leagues (plus the NHL) in the United States, the NBA stands out in one very minor way. In the others, there's one team which is peerless in the fact that it's running away with more titles than any other team, to such a point that it would take years for the next-closest team in the league to catch them. In the National Hockey League, the Montreal Canadiens lead …
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