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16  General Category / Sports / Re: Crying game: Bulls bring Heat to tears after sweeping season series on: March 07, 2011, 03:12:08 pm
Care, but don't cry

March, 7, 2011
Mar 7

"This is painful for every single one of us to go through this. There are a couple of guys crying in the locker room right now. It is not a matter of want."

With that single admission by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to the media, the public focus shifted from the Heat's ongoing failures to execute in late-game situations to something completely different.
Victor Baldizon/NBAE/Getty
Did Erik Spoelstra expose his team as weak or human?

Statistics like 1-for-18 in the final 10 seconds of games when trailing by three points or fewer receded into the background. All of a sudden, we were discussing whether Spoelstra had emasculated his team when he told the press corps a couple of his players had responded to the loss with tears.

For critics, this revelation confirmed what they knew all along: The Heat were soft. For others, it proved that Spoelstra was inexperienced in the fine craft of ego management. Even if players were crying after the loss, a seasoned head coach should understand the realpolitik of the NBA and not disclose such an intimate emotional detail from the locker room. As they suited up for their game in Atlanta, Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony ridiculed the Heat. Assuming the unidentified crier was Chris Bosh, Anthony said, "Wait 'til I call him, man ... I'll be like: 'What are you doing?'" Asked over Twitter whether he'd ever cried after a game, Charles Oakley responded, "HELL NO. Why? Do better. This aint little league."

A conversation takes a certain course, one we can watch unfold instantly as our Twitter feeds and Google Readers unfurl opinion after opinion. And this discussion quickly became about manhood: What are you doing, revealing your emotions after you've failed at a task? This ain't Little League! How can you possibly be so fragile after a regular-season loss?

The more machismo worked its way into the bloodstream of the discourse, the more unsettling it became to listen to. The tone of the debate seemed adolescent, and even primitive.

If schadenfreude is your flavor, then mock the Heat for their ugly record against the league's elite, or their gaudy pep rally in July, or the pleasures of watching the favorites be knocked down a peg (or five). If you believe Miami's offense lacks creativity and exactitude, then critique Spoelstra as a tactician. Plenty of reasons exist to kill the Heat, but is this really one of them?

Furthermore, there seemed to be something more insidious going on here. Critics were conveniently using masculinity as a blunt object against the Heat. Their failures couldn't be a product of bad execution, distribution of responsibility or a lack of trust. It was because they were sissies, and we know that because their coach had told us as much.

Then again, maybe you have to compete at the level Bosh, James, Wade, Stoudemire, Anthony and Oakley have in order to have a proper grasp on what happened Sunday afternoon.

David Thorpe has worked with two dozen former or current NBA players. In addition to shooting technique and footwork, many of these players seek Thorpe's counsel on the stuff they can't go to their NBA head coaches with, largely because they're afraid that if they express any emotional vulnerabilities, they could be tagged as soft or fragile.

I asked Thorpe whether my impressions of the discussion were naive. Was it crazy to believe that not only had Spoelstra done nothing wrong by disclosing that players were crying in the locker room, but that the crying itself was neither evidence of any fragility nor an expression of weakness?

Thorpe remembered the 1993 Temple team with Eddie Jones and Aaron McKie that had lost a tough game in the Elite Eight:
After the game, [Temple head coach] John Chaney was talking about how badly his players were crying in the locker room. He said it wasn't just about not reaching our goal to make the Final Four. It was because they'd never get a chance to play with each other again. They understood that the pro game was just a business. These guys had chosen to be here, and they're playing as a family and now that's over.

This was true, but I asked Thorpe why we never seem to have a problem watching a 22-year-old kid bawl his eyes out each March -- in fact, we usually celebrate it as a beautiful display of competitive spirit -- but the idea of a pro player crying is, judging from the response over the past 18 hours, ridiculous:
When you're that invested in any activity and spending hours and hours every day together, pain can make you cry. The reason we see it so rarely in the NBA is because it's very, very difficult to get anyone to be that invested. Fundamentally, the reason why is because the origin of an NBA team is not typically one of choice. A good portion of the team is there because they were drafted. They didn't pick their coach. They didn't pick their teammates. They didn't pick their city. They didn't pick the franchise. They just chose the NBA. This doesn't mean that there aren't guys who are fully invested, but you tend not to have that extra dynamic you do in college.

But the Heat are different. It has that. For the most part, those guys weren't drafted by the Miami Heat. They chose to be in Miami, and especially the big three. They have as much ownership over this team and their careers as any player we can imagine. I'm not suggesting it was the big three who were crying. I talked with Udonis Haslem about this exact subject before the season. He's not in Miami playing for a second ring if the big three hadn't thought about him.

Thorpe was making a true and somewhat ironic observation. If you go up and down the Heat's roster, you'll find guys who chose the Heat much the way a star high school prospect chooses a college program. The recruitment and commitment were mutual. In that respect, the investment in the Heat locker room is real. They might be cocky or petulant or any number of negative qualities we can ascribe to them, but nobody on the Heat is a mercenary.

What about the tears?
Crying is a natural human reaction to pain. As far as Spoelstra's comments. I'm all for honesty, transparency and not treating players as if they're machines. He's not saying anything negative about a player if he says that he's crying. And anyone who reacts in a way that says, "Crying is bad in sports" is still in middle school or high school in terms of their mentality.

I guarantee you with 100 percent confidence those were not the first guys to cry in a locker room. And the reason I can guarantee you is because players I've spoken to have cried in a locker room. It wasn't always from a painful loss. Sometimes it was out of frustration born from an injury. But it wasn't the physical pain from the injury, it was the mental pain.

In fact, Thorpe said the guys most likely to cry were the players who had poured the most into rehabilitating, the ones who had busted their asses to get themselves into a position to compete again. The ones phoning it in? You'll never see a drop from their tear ducts.

These impressions were reassuring, but what about the political realities of the NBA? If Thorpe were the media relations chief for the Heat and Spoelstra told him on the way to the interview room, "Hey, I think I'm going to mention that a couple of the guys were crying," would Thorpe advise him against that?
If a player punches another player in practice or stole money from another player, you have to handle that internally as much as I agree with transparency. But telling the press basically, "My guys are extremely frustrated and feeling so much pain that some of them are in tears," I don't see a single bad thing.

Crying is as natural as eating or breathing. All he was really saying was, "We care! This means something to us! We're not losing glibly here! We are all in! And if I call practice at 5 o'clock tomorrow, my entire team will be there."

In a few hours, the Heat will be peppered with questions about Spoelstra's postgame remarks. Some of them will be asked if they were one of the players doing the crying. It's unlikely anyone on that roster -- or any roster -- will confess to having shed tears in response to a loss, lest they run the risk of having peers in the league poke them.

And at some point this spring, a player or two will fail in the postseason by what we perceive to be a lack of effort. We'll instinctively know they don't care enough about the game. How? By reading their body language.

But whatever you do, just don't examine their eyes.
17  General Category / Sports / Re: Crying game: Bulls bring Heat to tears after sweeping season series on: March 07, 2011, 03:10:32 pm
At least Wade understands that the whole nation enjoys it when the Heat lose. Everyone wants to see that, so this has been a lot of fun. I can't remember a team more hated other than the Yankees for all of time basically. If Miami had just gotten these guys without the tv stuff, and without that STUPID intro when they came out on a lift with smoke machines and a light show and music blasting, they might not be having these problems. They put all this pressure on themselves cuz they thought they'd be so good that it wouldn't matter. They NEVER thought they have a tough stretch, they NEVER thought they'd be anything but first place the entire season. THinking that you can win an NBA title without even trying is the dumbest thing I've ever heard of. Lebrick and Wade and Bosh thought they were too good and its catching up to them, and its the reason everyone hates the Heat so much. If they had even been slightly humble they might not be so hated, but since they wanted to throw it in everyone's face without even playing a game, they have to deal with all this attention. And its that attention thats making them lose games. Lebrick has NEVER been clutch, he's NEVER been able to handle a lot of attention. Its the same reason he's never been a good playoff guy, the Celtics abused him last year and he quit, like always. Thats the same thing thats showing up now.
The Heat can eat it. They deserve it, mentally weak bunch. This is what you get for parading around for gloating about how "easy" it was gonna be when you eloped. Love how D-Wade talks about everyone hating the Heat. Damn right Dwyane, you of all people should've seen that coming from a while off, and you deserve no pity.
That's what you get for teasing your hometown, claiming how the Bulls aren't loyal, then acting like Chicago was even a choice for you. And yeah, when the grass is cut, the snakes come out. Funny thing is, D-Rose definitely had a problem playing with LeBron, but he would've loved to have you on his team. Remember how giddy you were during the 08 draft? When you knew D-Rose would be joining forces with you in Miami? You had your chance. And like Noah said, it has been REALLL Hollywood down there.

The Best Cry EVER!!!
18  General Category / Sports / Re: Crying game: Bulls bring Heat to tears after sweeping season series on: March 07, 2011, 03:10:16 pm
America loves hating the heat. So many reasons to,
19  General Category / Sports / Crying game: Bulls bring Heat to tears after sweeping season series on: March 07, 2011, 03:09:41 pm
Crying game: Bulls bring Heat to tears after sweeping season series

RICK MORRISSEY .hideTime { display:none; } Mar 7, 2011 02:07AM

Heat's Dwyane Wade shoots over Derrick Rose and Omer Asik late in he fourth quarter. (Charles Trainor Jr, McClatchy-Tribune / March 6, 2011)

Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose celebrate the Bulls’ victory against the Heat on Sunday. | Mike Ehrmann~Getty Images
After a loss to the Bulls on Sunday, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said “a couple of guys” were crying in the locker room.
For his sake, I hope it was the Big Three of the trainer, the ballboy and the physical therapist. If Spoelstra has players crying after a game in early March, I can’t imagine what he’s going to encounter in the locker room when the Bulls beat the Heat in the playoffs.
Actually, yes, I can. It will look like an audience that just finished watching “The Notebook.’’
There is nothing wrong with crying. Speaker of the House John Boehner is an inveterate crier. People cry on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” all the time.
But NBA players after a loss in March? Really?
If so, the Bulls can cross the Heat off their to-do list. Now, if they can only figure out what activates the Celtics’ sprinkler system.
But something doesn’t add up here. Grizzled pros + regular-season game = tears? I’m having a hard time buying it, but I’m having a harder time understanding why Spoelstra would make up such a thing. For what gain?
Well, if he wanted to take away from the Bulls’ 87-86 victory, mission partially accomplished. I just spent seven paragraphs trying to make sense of what happened after the game.
But nothing can erase the fact that the Bulls now have bigger things on their minds than Miami and its emotional state.
‘Champs’ has a nice ring to it
Instead of chanting “M-V-P, M-V-P’’ for Derrick Rose, maybe Bulls fans should start chanting “NBA Champs, NBA Champs’’ for their team.
That would have been considered delusional at the beginning of the season and wishful thinking a month or so later, but not anymore, not after the way the Bulls have handled themselves against the top teams in the league and especially not after the way they handled themselves Sunday in Miami.
You can probably come up with reasons why the Bulls won’t win an NBA title this year, but none of them will be debate-enders.
There’s no compelling reason they can’t do this crazy, previously unthinkable thing.
“We can play, man,’’ Rose said.
And that’s really the simple truth about this ridiculously hardworking team, isn’t it? Man, can these guys play.
The victory over the Heat said a lot of things, most of them having to do with the fact that the Bulls are the better squad. But it also reinforced the idea that you can’t throw three superstars together and expect them to run away with an NBA title.
There’s something comforting in that. It means that all the work Rose, Joakim Noah and the much-maligned Luol Deng put in together the last few years means something in terms of “team,’’ that underappreciated concept. It means that Carlos Boozer has done a great job of meshing his considerable talents with his new teammates’ skills.
Heat could have the wrong mix
And what about the three-headed monster of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh? It’s called paying your dues together, and so far they haven’t had enough time to do it. Or — and this is the scary possibility for the Heat — perhaps their talents don’t blend well enough for a championship.
That certainly could induce early-onset tears.
What’s undeniable is that everything Miami does is watched carefully. People are constantly looking for stress fractures. The Bulls, on the other hand, have had the luxury of not living their lives on a microscope slide.
With the Bulls up by a point in the closing seconds Sunday, Noah hermetically attached himself to James, who drove to the basket and missed. The rebound went to Wade, who missed a shot from the corner. Keith Bogans rebounded the ball for the team that doesn’t boast a Big Three. Game over.
The Bulls, with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, have won nine of their last 11 games. The Heat has lost four in a row.
The Bulls are 8-4 against the top six teams in the NBA. The Heat is 1-9.
The Bulls have Derrick Rose. The Heat doesn’t.
You can’t teach the things that Rose does at the speed he does them. In the third quarter, he sliced through Wade and James for a sweet left-handed layup. Just to be clear: He wasn’t slicing through Steve Nash and Carmelo Anthony, who play defense like laundry on a clothesline.
Rose has something Wade doesn’t have — Chicago — and the guess here is that their rivalry is going to get nastier as time goes on. According to Slam magazine, when Rose hit a big shot over Wade at the United Center last month, he screamed, “This is my [house]!’’ What did he actually say in that parenthetical? Let’s put it this way: If the house had an address, it would be No. 2.
Wade and James couldn’t coax a victory when it counted Sunday. Wade had said beforehand that the two of them needed to do a better job of finishing off games. He was right, of course, but just because he knew that didn’t mean he’d be able to do it against the best defensive team in the NBA.
The Bulls frustrate opponents. They play hard almost all the time. They crash the boards. Wade and James spent the last eight minutes of the game griping about every call that didn’t go their way. The Bulls will do that to you.
As part of the league’s Hispanic marketing campaign, the Bulls wore “Los Bulls’’ jerseys Sunday, the Heat “El Heat’’ jerseys.
What’s Spanish for, “The Heat sure can bawl”?
20  General Category / Sports / Re: Heat burning mad after Magic City loss on: March 04, 2011, 04:39:42 pm
quoting a friend of mine
"its just a team of crap dude
the whole thing top to bottom smells like ####
theres no coach
a bench of washed up players trying to get rings before they retire
2 main stars who cant play together
bosh who doesnt get a chance to play
no point guard
no center
its just so horrible"
im finding it hard to argue against him anymore

21  General Category / Sports / Re: Heat burning mad after Magic City loss on: March 04, 2011, 04:39:17 pm
If by the Heatbeing "Burning Mad" you mean "Ready to Cry" at the podium, then this article is true.

This about sums it up....

Fear factor gone, teams have had a chance to study the Heats offense, it will get easier and easier to beat them. Buster Douglas did the same thing to Mike Tyson.
22  General Category / Sports / Heat burning mad after Magic City loss on: March 04, 2011, 04:38:18 pm
Heat burning mad after Magic City loss

March, 4, 2011
Poof ... it disappeared.

We're talking about the Miami Heat's 24-point lead with just under 9 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Orlando Magic. Those who look at the glass as half full will talk about a great Magic comeback. Orlando closed the game on a 50-23 run, producing the second-largest comeback win in franchise history. The only one bigger; a 1989 win over the Cavaliers after trailing by 25 points.

It marked the second straight comeback win for the Magic, now just 3 1/2 games behind the Heat in the Southeast Division. On Tuesday, the Magic trailed the Knicks by 11 points at halftime, but Jameer Nelson scored 23 of his 26 points in the second half to power Orlando to a 6-point win.

Those who tend to see the glass as half empty will point to the Heat letting another one get away. It happened Sunday night against the new-look Knicks. And it happened again Thursday against their rivals from Central Florida.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade
Thursday vs Magic
   1st Half   2nd Half      
FG   18-21   3-13      
FT   11-11   4-8      
Points   47   10   

The Elias Sports Bureau reports that only one other NBA team has lost a game after leading by 24-or-more points this season. That was the Detroit Pistons, who blew a 25-point lead in a 120-116 loss to the Raptors on December 11.

It's the second time that the Heat has lost a game in which it led by 20-or-more points this season. On November 9, also in Miami, the Heat blew a 22-point lead in dropping a 116-114 decision to the Jazz. That was the night Paul Millsap channeled his inner Kobe Bryant, putting up a career-high 46 points.

Miami continues to demonstrate a stunning inability to defeat good teams. Against the Spurs, Celtics, Mavericks, Bulls and Lakers -- the top 5 teams this season in terms of win percentage -- the Heat are a dismal 1-7. They've split 4 games with the Magic. And in games decided by 5 points or fewer, the Heat are 5-12. That yields a win percentage of .294, tying them with Philadelphia (also 5-12) for second-lowest in the league in such games, ahead of only Minnesota (4-12, .250).

Not the reassurance a Heat fan needs with the playoffs coming into focus.
23  General Category / Computers & Internet / on: March 04, 2011, 04:36:38 pm
24  General Category / Sports / Chicago's Biggest Doctor's Appointment on: January 25, 2011, 01:23:54 pm

Chicago's Biggest Doctor's Appointment Adam Oestmann on 01.24.11 at 9:05 PM | 5 comments |  Adam Oestmann
Chicago Bears fan and columnist, father of two little girls, musician, youth soccer coach, parks supervisor all around nice guy by day, superhero by night.

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Story by Jarrett Payton...

In the past 24 hours, I have replayed yesterdays Packers vs. Bears game over and over in my head... The one thing that keeps jumping out is that in football you win and lose as a team. It has also shown me that one story line can truly tarnish six months of hard work. Instead of tipping our hats to the Bears, we are worrying about MRI results! Today will go down as the BIGGEST doctor's appointment in Chicago history...with people thinking or saying he [Cutler] better really be hurt. People keep asking me how I feel about the situation. Hold on, let me take second...Intermission...Ok I'm back and level-headed. Just thinking about the game gets me fired back up. I think it's very unfair to question someone's toughness.

Especially to question this man, who was sacked a league-leading 52 times during the regular season. Some of the shots he took I thought to myself, "he can't get up from that one" but he did over and over. The past two years he has been on his back more than upright. I feel as fans of the game sometimes we look at pro football players as super heroes. With that being said we, yes, I'm including myself, are spoiled. For 13 years we had a player who wore #34 with Payton across the back of his jersey. Payton played through everything. He was the exception to the rule, but the one thing I know for sure is pain affects everyone differently.

The pain Maurice Jones Drew can play with is different than what Jay can play with, although I've seen Jay take some harder hits than Mo. Myself, I was born into a family and raised by a man that said, "sometimes you have to play hurt" but even my dad would recognize that "hurt" means something different for everyone. My dad had the "Never Die Easy" mentality his entire life, it was instilled in him as a young child.

Could Jay have played? I don't I blame him? NO WAY. But somewhere down the line in Jay's football career someone might have let him do whatever he wanted. Someone might have said, "no son it's ok take whatever steps you want in your 5 step drop." Someone might have said, "no you don't have to workout just get your lift in another time."

Those things I just mentioned will scare a person for life. People say the game of football is half physical and half mental, something I truly believe. I'm not bashing Jay, I'm not upset with Jay, I just want Jay to be the best for himself, and our hometown Chicago Bears.

He is a great talent. I believe in him and the sky is the limit for this young man. I'm a part of the Bears family so that means he's a brother of mine. Instead of waiting for the results to come in, this city should have had his back. I want his place in history to be as one of the best QBs to ever grace this city, not as the guy who made Chicago's biggest doctor's appointment.

Jarrett Payton, former running back for the Tennessee Titans and host of The Jarrett Payton Show on Chicagoland Sports Radio, is the son of Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton. His mother is Connie Payton.

Twitter: @paytonsun
Radio show info: Mon., Wed. & Fri. 10 AM - Noon on

Thank you Jarrett for sharing your story.

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25  Ancient European Cultures / the Middle Ages / William Wallace on: January 21, 2011, 04:35:14 pm
William Wallace
26  General Category / Sports / Re: Late Hits on: January 21, 2011, 04:34:25 pm
27  General Category / Sports / Re: Late Hits on: January 21, 2011, 04:34:13 pm
Imagine if William Wallace were a Bear!

28  General Category / Sports / Late Hits on: January 21, 2011, 04:33:50 pm
Video of the late hit is here:

And here's the 1985 Ken Stills late hit on Suhey:

To da Green gay fans: Go Home!
Go Bears!
29  General Category / Sports / Green Bay Press-Gazette on: January 19, 2011, 03:05:18 pm

In Lovie Smith's never-ending search for perceived signs of disrespect to motivate his team, the Bears coach might want to get his hands on a copy of Monday's edition of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The newspaper has apologized for the front-page headline spelling error.
30  General Category / Sports / Re: Former Bulls guard Dailey dead at 49 on: November 11, 2010, 11:26:59 am
Ex-Bull Corzine recalls Dailey's struggles

November 10, 2010 12:08 PM | No Comments
By Fred Mitchell

Dave Corzine remembers the intense Bulls practice sessions involving Michael Jordan and Quintin Dailey.

Corzine also remembers the women's groups picketing outside of NBA arenas in 1982, protesting the fact the Bulls had drafted a player accused of assaulting a female dorm counselor at the University of San Francisco.

And the former Bulls center remembers the time Dailey failed to arrive for a game at the old Chicago Stadium, causing a Bulls employee to search for Dailey, who eventually was found hiding in a closet in his north suburban town home, apparently high on drugs.

Yet another time, Dailey was spotted eating a hot dog on the Bulls bench during a game.

Dailey died Monday in his Las Vegas home. He was 49.

"I know there were a couple of times when Quintin was late to events," Corzine told the Tribune on Wednesday. "I remember (Dailey failing to show up for a game), but I don't remember the details.

"I was there when Quintin came in as a rookie and unfortunately he had the (attempted assault) situation from college that he brought with him. Quintin had some issues that really made it more challenging for him than most."

Photo: Quintin Dailey positions himself in the lane in a 1985 game against the Pacers. (Tribune file)

Corzine, who previously starred at DePaul, said he and Dailey's other Bulls teammates realized what the rookie guard was going through and did not allow that to distract them.

"Based on his physical ability, his basketball skills and what he could do on the floor, he was a guy, I think, who could have easily been a 10- to 15-year All-Star in the league," said Corzine. "He had so much talent and was such a great basketball player. Unfortunately, for him, he had issues off the floor. He never reached his full potential as a player."

When the Bulls drafted Jordan in 1984, Dailey provided an immediate veteran challenge.

"I remember every day in practice that he and Michael would go at it. That was probably some of the best competitions that Michael had, I'm sure, with those practices," said Corzine. "And Quintin would go on to have some good years. A lot of his personal issues kept getting in the way of his basketball success.

"He could come full speed at you on transition, and just pull up and elevate and shoot over people. And he could play defense, too."

Corzine, who is now assistant to the athletic director for Community Outreach at DePaul, was an NBA teammate of Dailey's from beginning to end.

"He was on the team with me in my last year in the NBA in Seattle in '91. So he came in with me as a rookie with the Bulls in '82 and my last year with Seattle. He had a lot of personal demons that would sometimes control him. I hadn't seen him much since then."
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