Can Anybody Stop The Dodgers?

Dodgers

The LA Dodgers are RED HOT! 

The Dodgers have the best record in baseball by far. Get this: “L.A.’s winning percentage over the past two months (.863) is nearly 200 points higher than the Nationals’ winning percentage over the past three days (.667). That’s right. With another win on Sunday, the Dodgers are now 44-7 in their past 51 contests. Forty-four and seven. Incredible.

The timing of the Dodgers’ streak is not a coincidence, either: The first of those 51 games came on June 6, when L.A. beat the Nationals in the finale of a three-game set in Tinseltown. The following day, Justin Turner — who’s, um, really good at baseball — returned after missing three weeks with a hammy strain. It has been ice cream and puppy dogs ever since. And that’s despite missing ace Clayton Kershaw for the past two weeks!

Of course, just because Dave Roberts’ club is on pace for an absurd 115 regular-season wins doesn’t guarantee anything in the postseason. Just ask the 2001 Mariners, who set an MLB record by going 116-46, then lost in the ALCS. Then there’s this: Of the 21 teams that have posted 100-win seasons since the beginning of the wild-card era, only seven of them have reached the World Series. So maybe there’s hope yet for the Nationals. Or the Cubs. Or the Brewers. Or the Marlins.”

http://www.espn.com/blog/washington-nationals/post/_/id/2928/what-nationals-cubs-told-us-about-the-nl-pennant-race

And so the question really is, how can you and I get hot and stay hot? In other words, how can we get on a roll, spiritually?  It’s the question of the ages. First of all, it takes focus and not hocus-pocus. Sometimes it takes more than we’ve got but less than we know how to give. What it takes is not a mystery, nor a well-kept secret.  

Getting good and staying good is easier said than done, but it can be done.  Getting good and staying good requires discipline and determination and concentration and furtive contemplation. It requires having a will and making a way.  It also requires a hand out from Heaven and a hold out from hell.  We’ve got to have Divine assistance, and we must resist demonic attack. 

So don’t just wish a win; will a win. We must desire to succeed more than we desire life itself.  Look up and not down; look past obstacles and look through objections. And then, nothing, nothing at all, and no one at all, will be able to stop what God has started in you.

Kyrie Irving and Demanding Children

Kyrie Irving Trade

There was a time when people — and for the purposes of this blog, people are athletes — were almost always respectable and correctable, reputable and commendable. But not now. There was a time when folks and sports figures were almost always faithful and forthright, dependable and reliable, tried and true. But not now. And you already know I’m speaking of Kyrie Irving.

Kyrie Irving has demanded — that’s right, DEMANDED — a trade from Cleveland to anywhere in the NBA. Or almost anywhere he wants to go.  What the what?  There was a time not too long ago when no one would have blamed him. But not now. Now he plays with LeBron “King” James. Now (or most recently) his team went to the NBA Finals and represented the Eastern Conference for the past three years. And just last year, his team beat the Golden State Warriors to win Cleveland’s first NBA Championship, ever. And now he’s demanding a trade? C’mon MAN!

Why is Kyrie’s situation different than any and all of the other players who jumped ship and skipped town and got out of Dodge to go to another team? Because THEY were free agents, and they didn’t have two years left on their contracts. That’s the difference.

Demanding children are a product of our times. The Bible says that children will, in the last days, “be disobedient to their parents, unthankful, and unholy.” And all of this absolutely applies to professional athletes who are like children. These adult jocks are offspring of the sports marriage of owners and fans; they are essentially professional sports children who play for their professional sports “parents,” aka professional teams.

That’s why it’s unconscionable for me to even wildly imagine or dare to dream that I would have “demanded” anything from my parents, Elmer and Lerotha. And if I did, I was wrong for doing so. That’s God’s playbook.

Children are to respect their parents.  Peroid. End of discussion. Unfortunately, too many children today are dishonoring and disrespecting their parents, at will. Now, instead of parents raising children, today we have children raising parents.  

The reward given to respectful, reverential children is a long and fruitful life. And this absolutely applies to sports children of sports teams.  When I grew up, they taught me that what goes around comes around. And I just believe that athletes today who “demand” trades aren’t being the respectful, respectable offspring that they should be.

 

All Rise for The Judge: Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge is an all-star.  He’s a rookie sensation who’s playing lights out and has become an instant fan favorite in and outside of New York.  Judge is the latest Yankee to become a bonafide Bronx Bomber.

The celebrated and renowned Joe DiMaggio hit 29 homers in 637 at-bats in 1936. That record stood for 81 years.  Aaron Judge reached No. 30 on shot to Monument Park in center field in his 293rd at-bat.  The only rookie in major-league history with more home runs before the All-Star break is Mark McGwire, who hit 33 in the first half in 1987 for the Athletics.

Judge continues to lead the major leagues in home runs, in addition to leading the American League in batting average and RBI. The 6-7, 280-pounder will show off his power in the MLB Home Run Derby as part of this year’s All-Star Game in Miami on Monday.

Note to file: keep your eyes on this kid.

You Should Join A Super Team!

Durant Finals MVP

Yes, you should join a super team. Everybody’s doin’ it, right? I mean anybody and everybody in the NBA is jumping ship and breaking rank and joining another team to make a super team. And why not? If KD did it, and Kevin Garnett before him did it, and of course LeBron did it (even though he says he didn’t), then why shouldn’t all of the other superstars do it?

One thing is for sure: super teams win. Durant proved it once again this season. The problem now is, who’s got the superlative super team? Just like there’s only one basketball to share on the court, there’s only one championship trophy; but with the Larry O’Brien, there ain’t no sharin’. 

Truth be told, the first super teams were back in the late 60’s when Wilt Chamberlain flew out of Philly and latched onto the Lakers to help Jerry West beat the Celtics (but they never did.)  Then, Dr. J left the ABA New Jersey Nets to join the 76ers.  They lost to Bill Walton, Maurice Lucas and the Portland Trailblazers in 1977 and then lost to the Lakers twice, in 1980 and 1982. Then, the Sixers snatched Moses Malone from Houston to form, guess what, a Super Team!  With all stars like Doc and Moses and Maurice Cheeks and Andrew Toney and Bobby Jones, the ’83 Sixers were truly a super team.

So fast forward to 2017, 40 years after Doc came to Philly. Now we have multiple super teams as a result of Kevin Durant going to the Warriors to beat the Cavs in this year’s finals.  Since Golden State has four bona fide all-stars, teams are scrambling this off season to grab as many available all-stars as they can to add to their roster in hopes of being a better team. Everybody now needs to be a super team in an effort to dethrone LeBron in the East and KD and Steph Curry in the West.

And just in case you’ve been vacationing on the back side of Siberia for the past week, here’s what’s been happening in NBA Free Agency:

Paul George left Indiana for OKC to play with Russell Westbrook.

Chris Paul left the LA Clippers for Houston to team with James Harden.

Jimmy Butler left Chicago for Minnesota to team with Karl Anthony Towns.

Gordon Hayward left Utah for Boston to play with Isiah Thomas and rookie phenom Jayson Tatum.

JJ Reddick left the LA Clippers to join Philly and their collective cash of young talent, including Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz.

AND with all that, the Warriors still got better. Not to be outdone, the defending champions coaxed Nick Young from the Lakers for a one year deal.

 And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

So what about you?  What super team are you going to join? No one wants to lose, so why stay with a losing team when you can be on a winning team right now? And why play on a “good” team when you can play on a great team?

Team Trinity from Heaven is a super team. This team wins all of the time, and can defeat any foe.  This team has been winning and whipping and walloping opponents for centuries on end. God the Father, God the Son and yes, God the Holy Spirit have teamed since eternity past and this team is built to win now, and for all time. All we have to do is sign up and sign on, and learn, and execute, the game plan. That’s it. It’s that simple. It’s that easy.

So why not sign up with this sacred, super team today? You’re destined to win with the Godhead. With the triumphant Trinity, you can and will defeat dastardly, diabolical, demonic denizens if you only stop trying to be a superhero by trying to do it all by yourself. 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, with all of his triple doubles this past season, proved one thing: that way just won’t work.

Rocket Science: CP3 Headed To Houston


There’s a fine line that separates the “haves”  from the have not’s. There’s a razor thin edge that differentiates the wealthy from the wanna bees. And there’s a cold front with a string of storms  a thousand miles long that distances good weather from bad weather and that keeps the sun of victory on the other side of the darkness of defeat. 

The age that separates old boys from young man is still fairly debateanle. And so the how of crossing over from boyhood to manhood is an untold mystery.  And so is the science of winning in sports. 

Chris Paul is headed to Houston to team up with James Harden in a blatant effort to keep up with, if not dethrone, the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. Will this new “super team” work? That verdict is now in the hands of the jury, and they may be sequestered for quite some time.

Good teams want to stay good, and great teams want to stay great. And in an effort to go from good to great, we have another example of the rich getting richer, and the poor getting poorer.  

The Houston Rockets, one of the NBA’s solid, sure footed squads,  is trying to get back to the top. And the only way to get there is to get by and get past the Golden State juggernaut.  

On the other hand, Paul leaving the LA Clippers is a sign that the Blake Griffin experiment failed and fell far short of expectations. The Chris Paul plus Blake Griffin equation was supposed to equal multiple championships. It did not. In actuality,, it barely came close. Hence, that fine line that separates and differentiates winning and losing and wisdom and folly and a good decision from a bad one.

Durant winning the championship in Oakland with Curry and Company changed everything. Now we’re going to see more and more attempts to assemble super teams. 

Winning in life is not rocket science.  You live well, do your best, treat others right, and leave the results up  to God. That’s it. Oh, and along the way, you’ll want to make good decisions, and a good decision shouldn’t take rocket science. 

But in this case, the chemistry needed to make a new Houston super team work  (with Paul George too?) may indeed take more than a wing and a prayer. 

Who Won the 2017 NBA Draft?

Markelle Fultz NBA Draft

Who Won the 2017 NBA Draft?

Philly, of course! I mean, of course we won, right? What did you think I was going to say? Da Sixas (The Philadelphia Seventy Sixers) selected Markelle Fultz No. 1 with their acquired top pick. And what’s not to like? Fultz can shoot, he can score, he can pass, and he can flat out play ball. 

So, the question is, who is better after the 2017 NBA Draft? Philly? LA? Boston?  We’ll see.  But all three of these historically elite NBA franchises have gotten better with the selection of their draft picks. But the question remains, who will go from good to great? Which team gets not just better, but markedly improved with their pick? And isn’t that what we all want to do?

We all want to be wanted. We all want to be wished for and hoped for and craved and coveted.  The need to be needed lies at the very core of sports, and life. Philly needs a point guard like nobody’s business. And we got the best one in the draft. Thank God.

We all need love and support and attention and affirmation. Too much will spoil us. But too little could hamper us and hobble us for life. The good news is that God wants us. He has chosen us to be His special people and His peculiar possession. To win, all we need to do is signup and play for Him.

Philly Has The No. 1 Pick!

76ers Logo

Da Sixas, a.k.a., the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers (if you’re not from Philly), have the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.  Look out Warriors!  That’s right — NBA Finals, here we come!  (in a few years, or so, give or take).  Anyway, Philly snatched the No. 1 pick from Boston, that’s right BOSTON — that hated rival up nawth — and now we’re on our way. Whoever said your enemies are good for nothing didn’t realize that your enemies are actually good for somethin’.

Anyway, while it’s distasteful and disdainful to celebrate prematurely, in sports that is, in this case we’re going to make an exception. Because spiritually speaking, you never wait till the battle is over when in the end you know that you’re going to win.

Now, the Sixers will have “Trust the Process” Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jahlil Okafor AND potentially Markelle Fultz on the same squad!? Seriously? And they’re all young and hungry?

Drop the mike!

So, if and when the Sixers win an NBA Title with this roster, it will be one of the greatest turnarounds in sports history. So, when and if that happens, I’ll need all of you to hit me up and say that you heard it here, and you heard if first at Godandsports.net.

Go Sixas!