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Petty Players & Shitty Sportsmanship

As I watched part of the LA vs Dallas basketball playoff game yesterday, I was disgusted by the Los Angeles Lakers behavior.

The Lakers were down three games to zero in the best of seven series, and pretty far behind point-wise in the game. As one of the Dallas players was jumping to take a shot, a Laker came by and elbowed him. Not to be outdone, another Laker shoved the Dallas player while he was taking a shot in mid-air. Not by accident, not to block him, but to actually hurt him.

What a total and complete douche bag.

I’m pretty certain there are technical terms for the play but as I watched, I was totally appalled by the behavior of his, and his other teammates (who were also ejected during the game). One guy even took off (read: ripped it off in anger) his jersey as he was being ejected. What poor, poor sportsmanship. Great way to set an example for impressionable children who may look up to you (note sarcasm).

I’m not an avid watcher, but the way it looks to me, the Lakers are pissed they are getting swept. Instead of playing like real men to finish off their season actually trying to score, they decide to physically hurt the opposing team, who will be moving forward to the next round. What a bunch of cry babies. You are overpaid men, who unfortunately have achieved celebrity status, playing a GAME. Get over yourselves and man up.

I’m not sure how the NBA decides suspensions, or punishments, but I think this guy, and his teammates should be suspended for the better part of next season, if they play at all. They are not mentors, they are not people to be looked up to or worshiped by the general public. They are examples of poor sportsmanship and petty actions because they are losing…waaah, waaah.

A simple Google search to find ‘Lakers player shoved Dallas player’ to find the guy’s name found that ‘shove’ must be the key trigger word because I found loads of Lakers shoving people…Dallas players, pregnant cashiers. Keep it classy LA Lakers. Playing on Mother’s Day, I’m sure you made your moms and Phil Jackson, likely coaching his last game, so proud.

Go Dallas.

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Derby Day!

Today kicks off the season of my favorite three sporting events! The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes!

Funny that I have been to two of the three races, yet not the one that’s the closest, geographically!

For years friends in Maryland hosted quite a crowd for the Preakness weekend. Drive down late, stay over and get up early. A 50 person bus loaded with food and beer and excited revelers made it’s way to Pimlico. The first year we went, no one ever remembered even seeing a horse. Spent our time hanging out in the infield. Over the years, as we continued to make the journey, we started to actually notice the horses.

Then, four years ago a friend and I went to the Derby in Louisville, by way of Cincinnati. The Derby takes it up a notch with the fancy hats…both in the stands and in the infield.

I used to go with some guys at work, ok, let’s be honest, they are probably close to my dad’s age, to the OTB two blocks from the office. Thanks to NYC’s ban on the OTB’s, it is not that easy this year. Thankfully, one of those guys was planning to visit a track near his home this morning to place bets. What’s a girl to do? I gave him $30 and some bets!

I think I’m infield Preakness’d out but I’d definitely like to go back to Louisville. Getting to the Belmont, a mere train ride away, is just as elusive as the Triple Crown!

In the meantime…Go, Go, GO Calvin Borel!