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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Nati Boys #12: Umpires Are People Too

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On today’s episode we recap the Bengals’ second preseason game and find a few bright spots in an otherwise dismal Reds season.  We talk about a couple of struggling Yankees players as well, and we touch on the news of Anquan Boldin’s retirement from football.  We find out that DB’s Lakers are nothing but a bunch of cheaters and we discuss Lebron’s future in Cleveland.  Finally, we do our part to raise awareness of the injustices suffered by sports officials everywhere with our fantasy draft of memorable blowups on referees and umpires.

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And With the #2 Pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers Select…

 

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Dear God, please don’t let it be Lonzo Ball.

Last night, from 8-8:30 I was flipping between watching the Reds and Cubs slug it out, and ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery countdown.  At 8:30, they were expected to begin announcing the draft order, so from that point on, I was locked in.

The Lakers had a chance to get any pick from 1-6, and only got to keep their pick if it was top 3.  If they had received picks 4, 5 or 6, the selection would have gone to Philly as part of the Steve Nash trade from what feels like 19 years ago.  Picks 14-7 were announced in reverse order, and when they got to picks 6, 5 and 4, my breath was held.  Alas, I did not hear the Lakers name announced, and knew that we had secured a top 3 pick, and I could finally breathe a sigh of relief.

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