Before I get to 2020’s MLB and NBA season, I’d like to give props to three other sports organizations that have kept us entertained during these MADNESS-driven months:  WWE, AEW, and UFC.

UFC’s Dana White never took “never” for an answer and has given us some fantastic matches. Kudos! Of the two wrestling factions, AEW is clearly the winner but fans are still happy to have WWE provide weekly entertainment.

The 2020 MLB season is finally here! Double-header tonight starting NOW on ESPN. More on Friday. The NBA re-starts the season next week on July 30, 2020. Since the Warriors are out of the picture…GO CLIPPERS!!!! GO KAWHI!!!

On The Herd this morning, Colin suggested that the broadcasting companies place fans in the stands via CGI. That’s a fantastic idea and I hope the PTB listened in.

Before I go, here are a couple of sports-related ads I’ve seen this week that are particularly awesome. (See if you can spot one cat-lovin’ baller in the second video.)

(Now, back to the game…)

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Reflecting on yesterday’s tragedy

By now most of you have heard about the tragic death of former NBA star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other passengers. I became a basketball aficionado pretty recently so I never saw Kobe play, but I do know that he ranks among the top NBA players EVER. What I do remember is that Kobe – along with Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Michael Jordan – was a name you recognized even if you didn’t follow sports.

A few things about him I did not know until yesterday:

  1. His NBA career spanned 20 years – all with the L.A. Lakers.
  2. He grew up in Italy and played on the “Cantine Riunite” youth team in the early 1990’s.
  3. He is considered one of the elite NBA players of all time; and of those only Chamberlain, Moses Malone, and now Kobe Bryant are no longer living.
  4. In 2018, he won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film (Dear Basketball) which was based on a poem he wrote when he announced his retirement.
  5. He started the Mamba Sports Academy in Southern California.

Like I said, I wasn’t familiar with his basketball prowess. Hearing about those killed – especially the young people who were aboard the helicopter – was heartbreaking. The young lives cut short. But most of all, I thought of those they left behind who began their day like any other day, not knowing they would never see their loved ones again. When accidents like this happen in the public eye it reminds all of us just how short our time on this planet can be; and while my first thought was that we should “live today like it’s our last”, the Fort Worth-Star Telegram said it best in this editorial:  A wish for Kobe Bryant’s family: They were all in a good place with nothing left unsaid.

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Dubnation: Merry Christmas!

This has been a very rough season for the Golden State Warriors. They lost many seasoned players at the end of last year (Kevin Durant [Nets], Andre Iguodala [Grizzlies], Shaun Livingston [retired], Quinn Cook [Lakers], Jordan Bell [Timberwolves], DeMarcus Cousins [Lakers], Andrew Bogut [Sydney Kings], Alfonzo McKinnie [Cavaliers], Damian Jones [Hawks], Jonas Jerebko [Khimki]); and the Dubs began the 2019-2020 season with four of their key players out with injuries:  Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, and Draymond Green. (Draymond Green was given the green light to play earlier in the season; the other three are still out indefinitely.) But they gained many new faces and have been doing a phenomenal job developing their younger players.

Prior to this evening’s game against the Houston Rockets they were 8-24.

But tonight they beat the Rockets 116-104 (at Chase Center) giving Dubnation the best Christmas present a fan could ask for!

My Votes for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be aired on TNT February 16, 2020 at 8:00pm ET.

Cast your votes today!

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On the Catwalk: NFL Felines

We all know there are cat-lovers in the NBA, including Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) shown here kissing a tiger cub:

But did you also know there are some RABID cat fanciers in the NFL?

Dante Pettis (SF 49ers) talks about why he likes cats (#3: They look extremely cool) and introduces us to his new “kids”:  Bengal brothers Mowgli and Bagheera.

And über cat-lover, Todd Gurley (LA Rams) has officially become “Cat Daddy” to Mr. Hulu…

A Cat Enters The Field (MVP = Most Valuable Pet) And Tony Romo Provides Hilarious Commentary:

(This should’ve been a “CAT-MISS” PLAY.)

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Happy 4th of Kawhi

Day 4 of “Kawhi Watch”…which suitor will he choose in the Free-Agency Dating Game? As of this morning, we’re being told it’s between the L.A. Lakers and the Toronto Raptors. Even at Wimbleton, this is THE STORY being discussed. I love the NBA…

Kawhi chooses the L.A. Clippers!

(Warriors’ 2019 Draft Pick, Jordan Poole, is my new Warrior-to-Watch)

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