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It’s Time To Include Non-NBA Players In The Dunk Contest

When I was growing up, there were two exhibition events that I looked forward to more than anything else. One was the MLB Home Run Derby, in which I got to see juiced up sluggers like Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, and Sammy Sosa hit moon shots deep into the night while Chris Berman made sounds similar to those made by a man suffering an embolism.

The other, of course, was the NBA Slam Dunk competition. As a taller-than average young man and an avid basketball player, it was always my dream to dunk. I fondly remember sneaking onto elementary school playgrounds with my friends to attempt ferocious dunks on the 8-foot rims. We were always astounded to find out how hard it was to do the dunks we saw every February in the dunk contest, even on the significantly lower rims. When I was a sophomore in high school and started feebly dunking on 10-foot rims, I gained even more respect for the guys that dazzled us in the competition. Continue reading

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Five Early Observations Of The 2011-12 NBA Season

The first week of the NBA season is always exciting because of the NBA Season Pass free preview. However, this season’s inaugural week was particularly special because it happened to fall during the holidays, allowing fans like myself to watch an unhealthy amount of games while munching on cookies and guzzling egg nog.

Further, this season in particular brings its own brand of comedy and tragedy due to the lockout-shortened training camp. We get to see NBA basketball in its laboring mediocrity as the players and coaches scramble to heighten their proficiency back up to the standards we are accustomed to seeing.

So far we’ve seen some players excel while others have failed. We’ve seen some teams struggle where others have thrived. Overall it’s been a great week for entertainment, but here are a few things that stood out in my mind. Continue reading

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Annoying Fan Behavior #72: Repeatedly Reciting Statistics During A Game

Statistics are part of what make sports so fan-friendly. If you miss a game you can immediately see what happened by looking at the box score online. It will tell you a lot of things—who scored, who failed, who got injured—but it will never be the same as watching that game.

That’s why Annoying Fan Behavior #72: Repeatedly Reciting Stats During A Game is especially frustrating. Continue reading

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Annoying Fan Behavior #14: Taking Stadium Quizzes Way Too Seriously

Attending a live sporting event is a lot of fun, but you quickly become aware that there is much more downtime during a game than you realized. Instead of watching commercials, grabbing a beer, or tweeting something clever during timeouts, you’re forced to sit there and watch the uniformed event staff try to intimidate you into not running onto the field or court while you slowly start to realize just how uncomfortable your seat actually is.

This is the reason why some benevolent gentleman (or gentlewoman…feminists…) introduced the idea of keeping the audience entertained with a series of quizzes and games throughout the event. Continue reading

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St. John’s Basketball Leads NCAA In Ridiculous Names

The NBA lockout has made me so starved for basketball that last night I turned on the St. John’s-Lehigh game. It actually turned out to be a pretty good game, as St. John’s battled back from 16 down to avoid the upset.

But the score of the game was the least of my concerns. Continue reading

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