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Imaginary Player - Where the White Boys Dance

Posted by Blake Murphy on June 10, 2021

This article has been submitted by Trevor Smith.

Disclaimer: The following is a sermon on the grace and glory of soccer. It comes from someone who played his entire youth, with only marginal success, and someone who, in an ode to every bad cliché possible, awoke to its brilliance while on international academic exchange. I present that failing openly, as to put my lacking expertise into perspective so that you cannot use anything against me I haven’t give you myself.

“I Will Possess Your Heart”- Death Cab for Cutie

Last Saturday, the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship kicked off in Austria and Switzerland. For the majority of North American sports fans, this was met with thundering silence. As I am currently residing in Louisiana, I cannot help but smirk that the pool-play portion of second-most important football tournament in the world plays out on…ESPN Classic? While every available participation statistic holds football as the most-played sport among North American youth, the beautiful game does not resonate with adults in the way baseball does for our neighbors to the south, or hockey does at home in the frozen tundra. The most basic explanation for why this (that ’soccer’ is “boring, man, nothin’ ever happens”) is terrifically flawed. A more thoughtful examination of why the game hasn’t taken root in this continent would underline the lack of international success our national teams have had, which in turn reduces their visibility and ability to permanently penetrate the mind of the American fan. One would also be wise to point out that every few years the requisite “Here Comes Soccer!” stories push the sport’s exposure, only to meet disaster, whether it be because expectations were unrealistic to begin with (such as the US being ranked in the Top 5 in the world at the last World Cup) or untimely injury (in the case of Beckham-mania). Soccer is trying to win you over. It might be doing a phenomenally poor job of capturing your love, but it is trying. Hey, a billion people can’t be wrong, can they?
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Imaginary Player - The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance

Posted by Blake Murphy on June 9, 2021

This article has been submitted by Trevor Smith.

“Even if they don’t like me, they respect the God”- Jay-Z

Ovinton J’Anthony Mayo has earned many labels throughout his young life. Among them: Phenom, Prodigy, and Punk. That Mayo’s basketball talent is otherworldly has never been in question. Since the age of twelve, when he was in the sixth grade, he has been dubbed a sure-fire NBA star by any and every roundball media outlet in North America. The only issue with O.J. was the controversy that seemed to beset him on all sides. His most recent misstep, regarding his now-former agent and illegal payments, merely adds to a laundry list of indiscretions. Even before attending college, Mayo was a household name, famous as much for his attitude as his crossover. His checkered past raised more than eyebrows. It also erected red flags about the one thing that can cause one’s Draft stock to drop faster than a suspect jumper: “character issues.” Yes, Mayo is probably the best natural talent in the Draft this year not named Derrick Rose. But there certainly lies the potential that he may slip from a top-three pick to the low end of the lottery. Those that would bury Mayo and his reputation before he even dons a professional uniform need stay their rushed criticism and armchair shrewdness though, for we have been shown by another Ohio basketball phenom, one LeBron James, exactly how quickly strong play and added experience can turn a young man with considerable controversy into a credible success.
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Hoops Addict Aritcle - What a Difference a Year Makes

Posted by Blake Murphy on June 5, 2021

T-Smith does it again, this time right before a trip to New Orleans for humanitarian causes. Yes, ladies, he’s a philanthropist AND devastatingly handsome.

This time he looks at how far the Lakers have come since last year. Check it.

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Hoops Addict Article - The Giants of Efficiency Awake

Posted by Blake Murphy on May 26, 2021

Trevor Smith is an absolute machine…in the weight room, on MS Word, in the…anyways, his Lakers lost a game. Is he upset? Probably.

But he doesn’t show it in the latest article, a look at the Spurs waking back up.

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Extreme NBA Makeover: The Imaginary Player Edition - Part 2: Western Conference

Posted by Blake Murphy on May 26, 2021

This article has been submitted by Trevor Smith.

June, that tantalizing mistress for NBA players, is just around the corner. For two prosperous teams, the change of the calendar means destiny and potential immortality awaits them on that grand stage we laymen call the Finals. For the other 28 squads, it means another summer thinking about what might have been as they retool and rebuild in the offseason. Of course, some teams have more work to do than others; perennial playoff squads may need only a few tweaks to refine their rosters for another run at the Larry O’Brien. They are not in the position of, say, the Knicks. But while teams already eliminated from postseason play might not need an extreme overhaul, they should not think themselves sheltered from summer renovations. As the Bulls displayed this year, previous success means nothing when the ball is tipped again in November. With the L’s version of the Final Four now in full swing, I felt it was appropriate to analyze the state of the other 12 squads from this season’s Playoffs as they head into the offseason, with an eye to what should be done compared to what will probably happen. Friday we examined the East. Today, we go West, young man.
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Hoops Addict Article - Lights Out on San Antonio

Posted by Blake Murphy on May 25, 2021

Literally and figuratively, Trev says. With the Lakers up 2-0, the series heads to Texas with the Spurs’ backs against the wall.

Of course, Trev has this series covered over at Hoops Addict. Check it out.

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Extreme NBA Makeover: The Imaginary Player Edition - Part 1: Eastern Conference

Posted by Blake Murphy on May 23, 2021

This article has been submitted by Trevor Smith.

June, that tantalizing mistress for NBA players, is just around the corner. For two prosperous teams, the change of the calendar means destiny and potential immortality awaits them on that grand stage we laymen call the Finals. For the other 28 squads, it means another summer thinking about what might have been as they retool and rebuild in the offseason. Of course, some teams have more work to do than others; perennial playoff squads may need only a few tweaks to refine their rosters for another run at the Larry O’Brien. They are not in the position of, say, the Knicks. But while teams already eliminated from postseason play might not need an extreme overhaul, they should not think themselves sheltered from summer renovations. As the Bulls displayed this year, previous success means nothing when the ball is tipped again in November. With the L’s version of the Final Four now in full swing, I felt it was appropriate to analyze the state of other 12 squads from this season’s Playoffs as they head into the offseason, with an eye to what should be done compared to what will probably happen. Today, we examine the East.
More after the jump!

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Hoops Addict Article - Waiting for Mamba to Strike

Posted by Blake Murphy on May 23, 2021

Big Poppa Pump is heavily covering the Lakers’ road to the NBA Finals, and he has another one up at Hoops Addict. This time, Trev asks a question of the San Antonio Spurs - what are you going to do about Kobe Friday night?

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Hoops Addict Article - With a Little Help From My Friends

Posted by Blake Murphy on May 20, 2021

T-Smith is back at it on Hoops Addict with another Lakers playoff article. Did Trev quit The ODC and not tell me? Ryan McNeill, if you’re reading this, we can get into a bidding war for Trevor. I have dirt on him.

Regardless, here’s the piece, gold as always.

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Hoops Addict Article - Potential Pitfall Looms in Los Angeles

Posted by Blake Murphy on May 14, 2021

Trev Smith is back at it again over on Hoops Addict, this time throwing his fandom to the wall and admitting the Lakers may have a problem.

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