LeBron James Cramping Is The Way Of Today’s Superstar

LeBron James is the new age superstar. More talent than maybe anybody that has ever played in the NBA or in all of sports for that matter. Who can do things that seem magical. Who can lead his franchise to multiple championships. Yet one who can also cramp up in big moments costing his team an NBA Finals victory.

Some say this just makes him human. How do we know how much pain he was suffering from with those cramps that forced him to leave Thursday night’s 2014 NBA Finals Game 1 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the fourth quarter? Some justify that heat and humidity is LeBron’s kryptonite since he suffered the same issue in Game 4 of the 2012 Finals versus Oklahoma City.

Considering this has been an issue for James in the past with the modern training and medical methods he has at his disposal today, it’s really hard to believe he couldn’t have conducted the necesary preventative measures to keep this from happening again. And don’t tell me the broken air conditioning inside the Spurs arena is to blame. Seems to me the other players persevered. Hard to think LeBron hasn’t play outdoor hoops in the summer heat before.

Call me old school but I can’t see past superstars letting cramps prevent them from performing in the clutch moments in a World Championship game. I was in Salt Lake City covering the 1998 NBA Finals witnessing first hand Michael Jordan, sick as a dog with food poisoning, leading the Chicago Bulls over the Utah Jazz with the game winning shot to give him his sixth NBA title.

James is not Jordan. He is today’s superstar–unbelievable talent and ability, yet lacking the mental makeup to persevere through physical discomfort for the betterment of his team. And with all that said, he still has a strong chance of hoisting another championship trophy. Well, that’s of course if the Spurs are able to fix their AC.

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The 2013/14 season of the NFL is still in its infancy at the moment, but although the action is barely underway, the betting action started months ago. People who enjoy having a flutter on American football were putting bets on who they thought would reach the Super Bowl almost from the moment the Ravens claimed victory in last season’s showpiece. Of course if you wait until after the start of the season, you can gauge the early form as well as using the bookmakers odds as a guideline, so which teams are off to a strong start this year?

Both the Denver Broncos and the New Orleans Saints have won all five of their opening fixtures (in the AFC West and NFC South respectively), and this good start is reflected in their best odds of 11/4 and 8/1. The bookies’ second favorites are the Seahawks, who have won four out of five in the NFC West, but if you want a strong outsider bet, then look at the Ravens. Surprisingly the Super Bowl champions of 2013 are 33/1, and when you consider that they top the AFC North with three wins from five, these odds look rather long. They could be a good bet, but waiting until the season is further advanced and playing an online casino NFL themed slot would be another good tip at this point.

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Retractable Roof Coming to Arthur Ashe Stadium

Sep 8, 2012; Queens, NY, USA; A general view of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the men

The United States Tennis Association announced a news conference for Thursday to reveal design plans for the construction of a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The USTA has been considering constructing a roof over the stadium for what seems like a decade, but apparently has found a cost-effective way to do so.  Along with a roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium, the plans call for two new stadiums and a plaza that provides a view of the practice courts for fans.  It’s been rumored the construction will be complete for the 2016 tournament if all goes to plan.

The U.S. Open has notoriously struggled to avoid rain delays over the past few years, so this is a much needed addition to the facility.  Not only will the roof help speed the tournament process along, but fans who purchase U.S. Open tickets will be able to watch the best tennis in the word, rain or shine.

Stay tuned for Thursday’s press conference but some great news today from the USTA for all tennis fans in the greater New York area.

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