The Dream Team

Posted: June 6, 2012 in NBA
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By: Eran Fabian

The once unstoppable San Antonio Spurs have come crashing down to Earth as their phenomenal 20 game win streak has transformed into a sloppy three game losing streak. I’m not usually one to get caught up in superstitions or anything of the sort, but when it comes to sports you have to be. I wrote an article praising the Spurs and their abilities just prior to game 3 of the series. About an hour afterward, the Spurs and Thunder tipped off for what would ultimately be a 20-point route of the men I had just finished commending.

Tim Duncan (4), Tony Parker (3), and Manu Ginobli (3) have a combined 10 NBA Championships.

Since that day, the Spurs have games 4 and 5 but only by a combined 11 points. Even down 3-2 in this series, there is no doubt that the Spurs have the ability to get this done. The Spurs are a veteran team with the experience and history that you want this late in the playoffs. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobli have a combined 10 rings, so they know what it takes to win.

Kendrick Perkins and Derek Fisher aside, no one on Oklahoma City’s roster has any jewelry. But the Thunder are younger, faster, and, quite frankly, more fun to watch. Kevin Durant is averaging over 27 points per game this series and has shown no signs of slowing down. When point guard Russell Westbrook is playing selfless basketball, there is very little opposing defenses can do.

Quite frankly, I don’t care who wins this series. I feel strongly that the Thunder will close it out tonight, but, if they don’t, we can all expect some serious fireworks in game 7. Regardless, I’ve got the Thunder playing the Celtics for a shot at the title when all is said and done.

Tip-off for game six is tonight at 9:00pm on TNT.

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By: Eran Fabian

Tom Coughlin has won two Super Bowls in his eight years with the New York Giants.

Ok, honestly, the Giants only signed him through 2014 but I think we would all be surprised if Tom is still able to talk without urinating on himself by the end of this contract.

Since becoming a head coach in 1995 for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tom Coughlin has had his fair share of successes but with little recognition. His 142-114 (.555) is certainly nothing to be sniffed at. Going 12-7 for his career in the playoffs, Coughlin has coached the Giants to two Super Bowls (2007 & 2011). In both appearances he faced a highly favored New England Patriots team and both times he came out ahead.

There are few coaches out there whose successes are as overlooked as Coughlin’s. The Giants have all the pieces and, with Coughlin coming back, there is no reason for them not to be expected to playing well into the playoffs.

Tom Coughlin’s contract will keep him as head coach through the 2014 season but the terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed.

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Just look at those eyes and try to tell me he’s not coaching the ‘Miami Zombie Rebellion’.

 

Number 73

Posted: June 5, 2012 in Golf
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By: Eran Fabian

On Sunday, Tiger Woods found himself standing over a ball he had just launched over the green on the par-3 16th. He still remained a good distance from the dance floor and was facing one of the more difficult shots he has faced in his career. So, what does a guy like Tiger do? He pulls back his club, flops the ball up into the air, lands it on the green, and watches as it rolls ever so smoothly before dropping into the cup. Watch it here.

It gave me chills to watch the man in red pump his fist in celebration, the way I watched him do so many times growing up. It was a shot that could define this 2nd chapter in his career. It was a shot so beautiful and so inspiring that the ‘Golden Bear’ himself called it, “The most unbelievable, gusty shot I’ve ever seen.” Tiger, after recording a birdie on that hole, went on to finish -5 for the day and -9 for the tournament, winning by two strokes. This victory gave Tiger the 73rd of his career, tying Jack Nicklaus for 2nd most all-time behind Sam Sneed (82).

Tiger Woods is presented with the trophy by Jack Nicklaus. The two are now tied for 2nd most wins all time (73).

It is far too early to tell if Tiger is fully back. There is no way for us to know if we will get the Tiger Woods of 2000 when he won the US Open by 10 strokes or the Tiger Woods of 2010 that we watched implode on himself time and time again. Quite frankly, I don’t expect much and I don’t think most people expect him to go into one of the hardest tournaments in golf and come waltzing out with a 6 stroke lead to win.

All we can hope is that Tiger shows us flashes of who he used to be. He can’t be expected to resume his old form. The cold-blooded Tiger who closed out tournaments like Marino Rivera is gone and this sometimes amazing, sometimes disastrous Tiger is whom we now have. But one thing is still true, when he is hitting his shots, there is nothing more breathtaking than watching Tiger at work.

Tiger Woods will play in the US Open in San Francisco June 11th – June 17th.

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We talking bout practice

Posted: June 3, 2012 in Miami Sports

Tonight we’re drinking 2-4-1 margaritas at Cancun’s in Tallahassee. If you’re in Tally and haven’t checked this place out yet, you need to. Cool place.

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