Should the Lakers Retire #8 or #24?

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The Lakers will reportedly retire Kobe Bryant’s jersey in December this year, before the Golden State Warriors game.  This is something that is obvious to even the most novice NBA fan.  After 5 Championships, 2 NBA Finals MVP awards, NBA MVP, 18 All-star selections, 2 scoring titles, etc. etc. etc., it was a foregone conclusion that the Lakers were going to retire his number.  There’s just one problem; for 10 seasons, Kobe wore #8, and for another 10 seasons, Kobe wore #24.

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Gold Star Chili Offering Oktoberfest Coney

This is disgusting.  Sick.  Here I am, simultaneously watching the Bengals 4th preseason game, and the UC Bearcats first game under Coach Fick, and this shit comes across my TV.  I don’t even know how to react to this, except to retch.  It seems to go against nature.  Why would anyone do this to themselves?  Why would anybody eat this?

Oh yeah, and I guess sauerkraut is gross too.

Zeke Suspended 6 Games, Proving Once Again That Roger Goodell Has No Idea What He’s Doing

 

It’s hard to have any confidence in the NFL’s leadership when they are so wildly off-base with the bulk of their punishments.

NFL sees video proof of Ray Rice knocking out his fiancé in an elevator: 2 games

NFL hears kicker Josh Brown admit to physically abusing his wife: 1 game

NFL sees no charges filed against Zeke because of inaccuracies in the stories: 6 games

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Hamilton and Duvall Make Some Sweet Plays in the Outfield

The Reds haven’t been too much fun to watch recently, what, with all of their losing.  I’ll still flip on the games each night to see if we’ve got a shot at winning.  In last nights game, Billy Hamilton and Adam Duvall both had some spectacular plays in the outfield within about 15 minutes of each other.

Billy’s wall climb didn’t seem 100% necessary to snag that ball, but at least it looked cool.  Did you know that he was fast?

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Hind Sight is 20/20: The Reds Won the 2015 Todd Frazier Trade

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There are certain things that will live forever in my memory as a Cincinnati sports fan, both good and bad.  Kenyon Martin breaking his leg at the end of his senior season.  Jay Bruce’s walk-off homer to clinch the division.  Carson Palmer launching a bomb to Chris Henry in the Bengals first playoff game in more than a decade, and then immediately being carted off the field.  Todd Frazier winning the Home Run Derby on our home field at GABP during the 2015 All-Star festivities.

Todd was a fan favorite for the Reds, and the fan outrage was real when he got flipped for a few prospects, notably Scott Schebler and Jose Peraza.  Frazier is a very likable guy, always with a smile on his face, and he really seemed to connect with the fans in Cincinnati.  I vividly remember one of the local news channels running a story about an elderly lady, who had been a Reds fan her entire life, saying that she would no longer be watching games since they traded him.

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Favorite Ohio University Sports Memory

In case you haven’t heard, the Milliron Sports crew is headed to Ohio Brew Week, in Athens, OH this upcoming weekend.  I’m a proud Bobcat, even though I left after my sophomore year to pursue my education back home in Cincinnati.  There are so many memories (some a little hazy) from my time at OU that stick out, but my favorite memory from an OU sporting event happened in September of 2005.

The Pittsburgh Panthers had started the season ranked #23 in the nation under new coach Dave Wannstedt, who had just the previous season been coaching in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins.  Ohio had also welcomed a new coach that year; former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich.  Solich was tasked with turning the Bobcats program around, and bringing them back into MAC Championship contention.

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Lonzo Ball: Summer League Savior

Lavar’s son looked pretty impressive in his second Summer League game for the Lakers.  He notched a triple-double after a pretty dismal first game ( a 2-15 shooting performance).  Lonzo is a point guard in the true sense of the word; he’s a pass-first player with an ugly shot, that knows how to run the floor.  His bounce-back in game 2 still wasn’t enough for the Lakers to get the win against the Celtics.

I normally pay a little attention to the Summer League, but this year it’s been must-watch TV for me as a Lakers fan.  Here’s Lonzo’s highlights from his triple-double game; we’ll act like game 1 didn’t happen.

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Ranking the Reds On-field 4th of July Hats

If you’re anything like me, you’re either anticipating a bald spot, or already covering one up with a sweet New Era cap featuring your favorite team.  Since 2011, MLB has been coming out with special Stars and Stripes editions of hats for all teams to wear on the 4th of July.  Here are my personal rankings of the hats.  Shout me out on twitter with your favorite one: @MillironDB.

First to worst:

2011

2011: pictured above is the best hat that they’ve come out with so far.  It incorporates the flag, and has a great mix of all of the colors into the “C” logo.  It helps that the Reds main color is featured prominently on the hats, because I always think the Stars and Stripes hats for teams with no red or blue in their team colors looks weird (the Orioles, for example). I really think they peaked early with this one; it was the first edition of the Stars and Stripes hats, and they knocked it out of the park, only to go downhill from there.

I still wear this hat; I wore it to the Reds/Brewers game this past Wednesday night.  Love it.

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Crazy NBA Draft Week

Last week, I complained about the dreaded summer sports lull that we were headed into, and BAM!  The NBA came running to save the day with crazy trade rumors all leading up to tonight’s draft.  I think the first couple of picks are locked in, but after that, we could be in for quite an entertaining night of trades.  Let’s take a look back on the week’s rumors and look forward to what’s going to happen tonight:

The big-name rumors surrounded Paul George of the Indiana Pacers saying that he planned on signing with a different team in free agency after his contract was up at the end of next season.  Apparently, he’s said that he wants to play for the Lakers next season, but Indiana is obviously going to try and get the most from a trade from anyone, not just LA.  The pacers were believed to be talking to the Lakers, Clippers and Cavaliers about possible trade options for PG13

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