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LeBron James’ Campaign of Failure Continues

August 8th, 2010
Weak Nod to Cleveland Is Latest Awkward LBJ Moment By JOHN P. WISE One Great Season Thanking the city that supported him for seven years would seem an easy task, but on the gratitude front, LeBron James continues to throw up bricks that would make even Shaquille O'Neal squeamish. LeBron's latest failure ...

LeBron James: A Conversation From the Year 2030

July 17th, 2010
One Great Season Here's a conversation that I suppose will happen between 60-year-old men about 20 years from now, joined en medias res , of course:   Old Man 1: "No way, Mike is still the best ever." Old Man 2: "Kobe had just as many titles, but never had ...

Is Paul Pierce the NBA’s Third-Best Player?

May 31st, 2010
If LeBron James is the reigning two-time MVP and Kobe Bryant is going for his fifth NBA championship, what do we do with Paul Pierce? Surely I considered him one of the better forwards in the NBA prior to the 2007-08 season. Then, after watching him lead the Big Three and ...

Older White Guys Know What’s Best For LeBron

May 16th, 2010
Middle-Aged Writers Need To Stop Posing By JOHN P. WISE One Great Season Aahhh, to be 25. Most have been out of school for a few years -- or in my case, a few months -- some have already earned a promotion or two at work, others are still trying to ...

The Four Things The Cavs Must Do To Win Game 6

May 13th, 2010
Win In Boston Would Force Game 7 In Cleveland By JOHN P. WISE One Great Season It's amazing how one weak performance by the world's greatest basketball player has set off a deluge of anti-Cleveland sentiment around the sports world. But that's the nature of sports media, thanks in large part to ...

Borel + Super Saver=Pletcher’s First Derby Win

May 2nd, 2010
By JOHN P. WISEOne Great Season It seemed like a no-brainer, really. Whether you value a horse's bloodlines, his past finishes, or recent works on the local track, something about a Super Saver win in Saturday's Kentucky Derby 136 was an easy call. Remember how you used to bet $2 across the ...

Source: Rico Hines To Join Steve Lavin’s Staff At St. John’s

April 15th, 2010
Adding Dunlap Would Bring West Coast Feel To NYC By JOHN P. WISE One Great Season Rico Hines, who played his college basketball at UCLA under coach Steve Lavin, will be an assistant coach under Lavin at St. John's, according to a source with knowledge of the Red Storm basketball program. The ...

Dear New York, LeBron Doesn’t Want You

April 10th, 2010
Condescending New Yorkers can laugh all they want about how bad a city Cleveland is. I'm a proud Clevelander who's been living in the Big Apple for four years now, and it's been pretty entertaining watching the arrogance. Sure, the "Mistake On The Lake" even sets rivers afire, but ...

March Madness: Tournament Takeaways: What Day 1 Taught Us

March 19th, 2010
By JOHN P. WISE One Great Season The first day of the first round of the NCAA Tournament brought great excitement into living rooms, sports bars, and office cubicles everywhere. We probably say it more than we remember, but I can't recall the opening day of America's greatest ...

No. 4: Syracuse vs. Indiana, 1987

March 15th, 2010
Each Monday until the national championship is played in Indianapolis on April 5, One Great Season will count down the Top 10 National Championship games since 1979, when Larry Bird and Magic Johnson squared off in Salt Lake City. Today's No. 4 is the 1987 classic between Indiana and Syracuse ...