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|That was a strange weekend|
Now that was a strange weekend to say the least.
I'm trying to figure out what was the strangest part — the Dallas Mavericks defeating Miami in Miami to win the NBA Championship, the number of empty seats in Gainesville for the Florida-Mississippi State Super Regional or the Pat Murphy saga.
I guess when LeBron James writes his, "What did you do on your summer vacation,?" he can just write sulked and leave it at that.
I bet Scottie Pippen wishes he could answer that question again about who is better, Michael Jordan or LeBron James?
Right now that's a no-brainer because James was a no-show for the Heat when it came to crunch time, which was when Jordan was at his best.
It was a strange series indeed because you just kept waiting for the Heat to go on that run and not look back, but even when they did have that run, Dirk Nowitzki and company would answer.
Don't make fun, super duo. The only coughs were coming from you guys — from choking!
The right team won for the right reasons. And they handled winning with a lot of class. Somehow I just can't picture that happening if the home team would have won those last two games.
After Mavs fans, I doubt you would find anyone more happier than Cleveland Cavalier fans.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert got in one final shot when about 15 minutes after Game 6 on Sunday night, Gilbert sent a message on his Twitter page to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban — a statement that included a jab at James.
"Congrats to Mark C.& entire Mavs org. Mavs NEVER stopped & now entire franchise gets rings. Old Lesson for all: There are NO SHORTCUTS. NONE."
Boy, you gotta love twitter and Facebook.
Last summer, after James announced he was leaving the Cavs as a free agent after seven years to join and in Miami, the superstar was lambasted by Gilbert, who accused him of quitting in the playoffs the past two seasons. Gilbert also promised that karma would prevent James from winning a championship and predicted his Cavaliers would win their first title before "the self-proclaimed King" won one.
So far, Gilbert's pledge is holding up.
Gilbert wasn't the only one stung by James' decision. Cleveland fans, who haven't celebrated a major professional sports championship since the Browns won an NFL title in 1964, spent the past year coping with James' departure, which the Akron native announced in a one-hour long TV special.
Some of James' former teammates were also hurt by him leaving.
Guard Mo Williams, a former teammate at Cleveland, said the Mavericks' victory has helped ease some of his pain.
On his Twitter page, Williams wrote, "Dallas just healed my HEART."
I can remember back in the day how hard it was to first of all get ahold of players to get comments, much less have them come out and say the things they say today. And now you have Twitter and Facebook.
Some things are just way too easy nowadays. OK, I'll leave it at that and won't go into walking four miles in the snow to school carrying 10 books with no way of communicating with anyone.
As for the Florida-Mississippi State series, the three day attendance for the Super Regional was 10,481.
There were 2,446 in attendance for the first game on Friday.
OK, starting time was noon. But it's still the Super Regionals. Don't think I need to say that LSU would have drawn 10,000 for each game even it were played at midnight (which probably would be an added bonus in this heat).
Now on to Murphy.
I watched the press conference live on LSUsports.net (by the way, that interview and story was pulled from the Web site faster than a Ben McDonald fastball).
The media event was attended by former LSU coaching legend Yvette Girouard who Murphy was supposedly replacing, many current LSU coaches including football coach Les Miles and women's basketball coach Nikki Caldwell, members of the Lady Tigers softball team and a large number of Murphy's assistant coach Alyson Habetz's relatives, who offered enthusiastic applause.
"Already, it's a family atmosphere," Murphy said, thanking the other LSU coaches on hand. "We had a short meeting with the team, and I thought that went really well."
Apparently, so did everyone else. Until the rug was pulled out.
Murphy also talked LSU baseball, noting that he used to drive from Lafayette to see midweek games.
He said he was a big fan of former LSU stars Ben McDonald and Todd Walker.
"I had LSU baseball T-shirts, and I wore them until I wore them out," Murphy said. "It's also fitting that I'm back in purple and gold. My alma mater, Northern Iowa, is purple and gold. Everything's come full circle."
Apparently there's another color involved — green.
As if the LSU-Alabama rivalry needed any more gasoline poured onto the fire.
The Tiger-Tide football game has always been circled by LSU fans.
Now it appears Tiger softball fans will be doing the same.
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