Did a Guy With Face Paint and a Man Bun Save the Lakers Franchise?

In case you haven’t heard, Lakers fans are fed up with the direction of their franchise and came out by the dozen to protest outside of Staples Center yesterday afternoon. They can’t seem to find a coach, LeBron has alienated every premiere player in the league so nobody wants to join him, and Magic Johnson quit without telling his bosses because he didn’t want to have an uncomfortable conversation. Honestly, I was expecting riots because the LA fan base is large and proud. Then again, #LATraffic, amirite? Continue reading

Nati Boys #66: Jefe Hates Le’Veon

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On today’s episode of The Nati Boys podcast, we talk about the Red’s All-Star performances, dive into the Raptors/Spurs blockbuster trade this week in the NBA, and Jefe tells us how he really feels about Le’Veon bell. To wrap the show up, we hand out some awards that the ESPY’s seem to have forgotten. Enjoy the show

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Nati Boys #65: Happy Birthday to Us

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The Nati Boys turn 1, as we celebrate the first anniversary of the podcast.  We’re talking Cincinnati Reds and their three 2018 All Star Game selections.  We also (finally) get around to the LeBron to LA news and what it means for the Western Conference, and as always, we mix in a few random tangents about nothing in particular.  We wrap up the show with a fantasy draft of gift ideas for the podcast in honor of our first birthday.

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The Lakers Land LeBron, America Loses

This isn’t even about basketball. We can hate LeBron regardless of the city he’s playing in. As a Cincinnati guy, it was just really convenient that he happened to play in a city I can’t stand. Whether it was anointing himself the King, playing with an almost-broken hand, flopping his way into an and-1, or hunkering down in a “Decision Cave” to decide where he’d play this season, I’ve always had plenty of reasons to not like the Kid From Akron (another nickname he gave himself).

Now that LeBron is in LA, there’s one thing that is certain. No, not a championship. The Warriors and the rest of the Western Conference are still stacked. This means more movie roles and most likely Space Jam 2, which should never be remade. You wouldn’t expect another NBA big man to remake Kazaam so why in the fuck are we gonna let LeBron ruin Space Jam’s legacy? It’s unacceptable and I won’t stand for it.

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Nati Boys #21: Just a Few Backups Looking to Become Starters

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The Nati Boys start the show off with some NBA talk, including KD being caught red-handed on Twitter, Kyrie not giving a shit what LeBron thinks, and the Lakers being piss poor, but rich.  Hockey is also back with pre-season games dropping the puck Tuesday night; we preview the CBJ season, and look forward to some sweet hockey fights.  We end the show talking football, with previews of the Buckeyes and Bearcats weekends, and then our NFL picks.  Our fantasy draft this week is of our favorite backups, inspired by AJ McCarron having the back of our starter, Andy Dalton.

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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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Nati Boys #16: Milliron Sports vs. Goliath

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The first weekend of college football is in the books, and the Nati Boys recap some of this past weekend’s action.  We have an update on the Lakers tampering case and the Ball family is back in the news once again.  We discuss some of the surprise cuts, or lack thereof, made by the Bengals this weekend as we prepare for Week 1 of the NFL season.  We honor Joey Votto with the coveted Nati Boys “Good Guy Award”.  Finally, we wrap up the episode with a fantasy draft of some of our favorite upsets from the sports world and beyond.

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