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Jordan wouldn't have called Magic, Bird



ESPN.com news services


Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six titles. And while he had Scottie Pippen, there is little question the Bulls were Jordan's team.


So what does Jordan, one of the best-ever in the NBA, think of LeBron James joining with All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form a super team in Miami?


"There's no way, with hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, 'Hey, look, let's get together and play on one team,' " Jordan said after playing in a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada. "But that's ... things are different. I can't say that's a bad thing. It's an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys."


James, who played his first seven seasons with his home state Cleveland Cavaliers, was part of one of the most celebrated free agent classes in history this summer. He met with the Cavs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets.


James let the world know he was taking his talents to South Beach in an hour-long TV special on July 8.


TNT analyst Charles Barkley said James' decision may change his legacy.


"He'll never be Jordan," Barkley told 790 the Ticket in Miami earlier in the week. "This clearly takes him out of the conversation. He can win as much as he wants to.


"There would have been something honorable about staying in Cleveland and trying to win it as 'The Man' ... LeBron, if he would've in Cleveland, and if he could've got a championship there, it would have been over the top for his legacy, just one in Cleveland. No matter how many he wins in Miami, it clearly is Dwyane Wade's team."



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i forget which thread we had for "great moments in sports history" or the like ok im being lazy but had to share:


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John Paul Stevens was there and says Babe Ruth called his shot



"At this point, you'd have to figure that anyone old enough to remember attending the 1932 World Series at Wrigley Field would have to be as old as a former Supreme Court Justice.


And — hey, hey, holy mackerel — what do you know? It turns out that recently retired SCOTUS employee John Paul Stevens was at 1932's Game 3, the famous contest in which Babe Ruth called his shot during the fifth inning. Today, the 90-year-old judge confirms that he indeed saw the New York Yankees legend motion toward center field just before Ruth hit his 440-foot blast off Chicago Cubs pitcher Charlie Root.

Stevens has actually told this story before — he was a 12-year-old son in a wealthy Chicago family during the 1932 World Series — but it found a wider forum on Sunday night when it closed the good profile that Scott Pelley and "60 Minutes" did in the wake of Stevens calling it a career on the Court last summer.


You can watch the entire piece here, but a transcript of the Ruth part is below:


Stevens: "He took the bat in his right hand and pointed it right at the center field stands and then, of course, the next pitch he hit a home run to center field. There's no doubt about the fact that he did point before he hit the ball."


Pelley: "So the called shot actually happened?"


Stevens: "There's no doubt about that."


Pelley: "That's your ruling?"


Stevens: "That's my ruling."


Pelley: "Case closed."


Stevens: "That's one ruling I will not be reversed on."


Ruth actually just pointed with his hand (not his bat) and the fact that Ruth did some motioning is generally not disputed (only the intent of those motions).


Still, I think we can cut Stevens some slack after 1) he served our country on the highest court in the land for 35 years and 2) making it to 90 years old after being a lifelong Cubs fan.


It's a pretty interesting profile for other reasons, including Stevens revisiting some cases — Bush v. Gore, in particular — that he believes the Court may have made some mistakes on.


He did not, however, second guess his decision to hang a framed Mark Prior(notes) jersey on his office wall"

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yankee fans are the best


dude with 100k in student loans alone returns Jeter's 3,000th hit ball, for free. that's a fan right there...dude got a bunch of swag from the team & such, nothing worth nearly as much i imagine. good on him, though.


Yeah, I heard about that. A rare nice story about the Yankees. Though I think the Yankees could have offered him more than seats for the remainder of this season. At least give the guy a whole year. But, still a nice story.


The Rangers had a sad story:




Hamilton who threw the ball feels "Distraught". I would too. (not that it's his fault.)

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i too noticed that - you posting from your phone? weird cause our current software's supposed to try and block that (or combine the posts).


heard about the Rangers thing - dude died, yeah? fucking harsh.


Nope, from my PC, actually.


Yes, sadly, the guy died. His son was next to him and watched as he fell. I thought about it, 20 feet is almost as tall as the 28 foot ladder I carry on the van, and I wear a hardhat and am not likely to go head first...

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Golf Blarg!ings

Is this the early makings of a new Irish TigerTigerWoodY'all?


Rory McIlroy, the 22-year-old golfer who captured the US Open title last month, apparently has split up with longtime girlfriend Holly Sweeney, and he may or may not be hooking up with the No. 1 tennis player in the world, Caroline Wozniacki.


Dude's only 22 and already ditching the ol' luggage for newer talent. Play on, player. And speaking of Tiger, he just fired his caddie.


Here is the official statement from Tiger's website:


"I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it's time for a change," Woods said. "Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future."


While it might be a big change, it isn't exactly surprising. Williams has been working with Adam Scott since Tiger has been injured, and the two seem to have a good chemistry together. Along with that, it seems that anything and everything that Woods can change to get him on a different path with his golf game would be a smart move, and although some suggested this back in 2009, it finally came Wednesday.


Williams posted an update on his website, saying, "After 13 years of loyal service needless to say this came as a shock. Given the circumstances of the past 18 months working through Tiger's scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing change and Tiger battling through injuries I am very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time. I have had the opportunity to work of late for Australian Adam Scott and will now caddy for him on a permanent basis."



U mad?


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I'm not a wrestling fan or anything, but even I can recognize an EPIC fucking pin. Shit hypnotizes me.



I think the guy barely realizes what's happening as his face is squished against the floor. I like the moment with his people afterwards, and the one guy puts his hands out like "What the fuck just happened?"

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