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Where in the World LeBron?

Okay, here is my pick on where LeBron will be playing hoops the next several years. Last week, my daughter Kelli and I made a small wager. She put her “money” on the New York Knicks. My pick (and it still is) will be that he remains in Cleveland.

Here is why:

1. He wants to be “the man” in his town. Miami is Dwayne Wade’s place and always will be.

2. More money in Cleveland. Yes, he’s got more money than virtually any other athlete, but cash still talks.

3. Loyalty. He’s a homeboy and I think he would love nothing more than bring a championship to his home town.

Stay tuned at 6 pm for the mega world wide announcement on ESPN.

P.S. The money from the one-hour “showcase” goes to charity. Kudos to all involved for that.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

World Cup, Celtics and Mariners, Oh My…

Okay…I watched about 15 minutes of USA vs. England on Saturday as I was waiting to go to my nephew’s graduation. That was about all I can handle. I understand there is a big thrill for us in tying England because we get a point. I must just be old-school American but I think only wins are good. I’m still committed to trying out some local (Pumas and Sounders) soccer in person, but watching it on TV just doesn’t do it for me. Sorry.

I did however watch the Celtics win 2 of 3 to take a one-game edge in the NBA Finals. I will take Kobe, The Big Ticket, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and even Pao Gasol over World Cup soccer any day. Terrific game last night with the Celtics hanging on for dear life by making big plays when they counted. It was a must-win for them with the Lakers at home the rest of the way. Still pulling hard for the Celtics, but I think they must get Game 6. It may be too much to overcome Kobe on a Game 7 in LA.

The Mariners have to begin the re-tooling process now. Don Wakamatsu’s honeymoon period is over. He will survive the season, but his long-term tenure is in serious doubt. For as cohesive as the Mariners were last year, they are back to the dysfunctional group they were in 2008.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Monday Morning QB

1 – I witnessed one of the most poignant and wonderful moments in sports last night in the Olympics. Canadian men’s mogul athlete Alexandre Bilodeau “outmoguled” the reigning gold medal champ to secure the first ever Gold medal on home soil for the Canadians.  To add to the moment, the victory was dedicated to Bilodeau’s biggest fan and inspiration, his older brother Franklin who has cerebral palsy.  Franklin is confined to a wheelchair and has nowhere near the athletic prowess of his brother. However, the scene from last night would have melted every heart and certainly the snow in Whistler. Great moment. Tonight is the medal ceremony…don’t miss it.

2 -Anybody watch the NBA All-Star game? How about the NBA all-star weekend? Nope, me neither. I love the sport, but the all-star festivities are boring.

3 – Pitchers and catchers are now reporting to most teams. I can’t recall a spring training for the Mariners I’ve looked forward to more in recent years.

4 – High school basketball is charging into playoff season next week.  If your local school is in it, try to catch the games. High school playoff basketball beats an NBA All-Star weekend any time in my book.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

A Seattle Legend Dies…

If you had been a fly on the wall of my bedroom in 1973 when I was 8 years old, you would have often seen me with a transistor radio and single ear bud attached to my ear between October and May.  The voice I loved to hear would smoothly announce the exploits of Spencer Haywood, Willie Norwood, Mike Bantom, and Downtown Freddie Brown.  My first group of sports heroes were brought to life by the great (and this is no understatement) Bob Blackburn.

“The Voice” passed away yesterday at the age of 85.

I was lucky.  I grew up listening to the great voices.  Pete Gross with the Seahawks, Dave Niehaus with the Mariners, and Blackburn with the Sonics.  Blackburn was the original voice in Seattle, though.  He was the sole broadcaster for 20 years and then joined by Kevin Calabro in 1987.

Audible memories rushed to my head when I heard Blackburn died. I can still hear him calling the last seconds of Game 5 of the NBA Finals when Gus Williams threw the ball up in the air upon winning the championship.  I remember tales of Jack Sikma, Dennis Johnson, Dale Ellis, Tom Chambers, and Gary Payton come to life.  He was a true master.

In an age before cable and satellite, Blackburn was the only window we had to our favorite team.  It is a huge loss to the community.

Thank you Bob Blackburn…

Dan

The Daily Dan 12 Days of Christmas

(with apologies to the fine 16th century songwriters who penned this classic)

On the first day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me…Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the second day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me…Cliff Lee is now a Mariner and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the third day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the fourth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the fifth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the sixth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the seventh day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the eighth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the ninth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, one more year for Griffey, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the tenth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, No Tiger on the Tour, one more year for Griffey, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, the Seahawks need a GM, No Tiger on the Tour, one more year for Griffey, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Husky hoops to the Big Dance, the Seahawks need a GM, No Tiger on the Tour, one more year for Griffey, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner,

and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

Merry Christmas!

Athletes of the Decade

Tiger Woods was just named by the Associated Press Athlete of the Decade, despite his recent “out of bounds” problems.  The voters got it right.  Despite his “transgressions,” what Tiger did on the golf course was truly spectacular. You must separate the two for this type of honor.  Doubt he will get Father of the Year votes, but he’s the man when it comes to purely playing his sport at the highest level.

This got me thinking, though.  As we end this first decade of the 21st century, who are the various athletes of the decade in different sports?  Here’s my list:

Football:  Tom Brady – Four Super Bowl appearances with 3 victories. Two-time Super Bowl MVP.  2007 NFL MVP.

Basketball: Kobe Bryant – Nudges out LeBron. Led his team to 4 NBA championships in the decade. Three time MVP of the league.

Baseball: Albert Pujols – Three-time National League MVP and one World Series ring. Eight-time All-Star. 366 home runs and a .334 batting average in the decade. Gold Glove award in 2006.

Golf: Tiger Woods – Nobody is close. Sixty-four tournament wins, including 12 majors. End of story.

Other Sports: Lance Armstrong – Seven Tour de France wins.

If I were a voter,(which I should be don’t you think), my top three would be:

1 – Tiger Woods

2 – Lance Armstrong

3 – Tom Brady

What about you?  Feel free to voice your comments on this blog. Should make for great dialogue.

Dan

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