Overcoming Detroit’s Bad Boys & Dennis Rodman’s ‘Vacation’ Dominate ‘The Last Dance’

Sunday night gave the quarantined world two more fantastic hours of Chicago Bulls entertainment, and I don’t know where to start. I’m not even sure what the beginning is, as we continue to bounce around. Still my top complaint, but I digress.

It seems like even more topics were buzzing around social media after this weekend’s episodes. Scott Burrell gets embarrassed (destroyed) by Michael Jordan, and his wife tweets about it. Jerry Krause dancing on the plane will not be forgotten anytime soon. However, Carmelo Anthony’s contribution will be. His big addition was remembering that Dennis Rodman one time talked about a regular season game against Washington and how there was no incentive for him to play. This is what he’ll never forget from the Chicago dynasty. It was quite the head-scratcher.

One more complaint before I move on. They chose to skip over some things. There is mention of being on to New York after defeating Cleveland, but no highlights are shown from that series. Joe Benigno actually thanked ESPN for skipping that. As a Knicks fan, Joe wasn’t interested in seeing that series. Somebody apparently didn’t believe it was important, and I am okay with the decision. One can only imagine what was left on the cutting room floor.

I really couldn’t understand why they chose not to show Jordan scoring with seconds remaining in game 3 to force overtime against the Lakers. It was a big moment for MJ and his teammates in their first NBA Finals. Also, we see highlights of Chicago blowing a lead in Utah. There were no highlights of these teams playing in January. That was the marquee game. Super Bowl Sunday on NBC. Bob Costas called the game before flying to California for the football game, but I’m getting off topic. Utah won in Chicago. It was a rematch of the 1997 NBA Finals. Utah was apparently hungrier after losing in June.

We only get a brief comment about the Jazz sweeping both regular season games after they complete that February comeback. Ironically, there is footage on the plane after Jordan wins money on Denver’s win against Green Bay. As I described, the Super Bowl took place just hours after Chicago’s home loss to Utah.

Getting back to Rodman, he was featured in one of the episodes. Saying that he was troubled is an understatement. We see that in the early 90s he drove to the Palace of Auburn Hills parking lot with a gun. You don’t see many athletes kick a cameraman in the groin. Rodman often talks about how he doesn’t care what people think. That’s exactly what someone says when they care a lot. Dennis himself has talked about wanting to be loved. Partying with Carmen Electra in Vegas certainly got plenty of attention. Although I can’t really condone that, it would have been one thing if Dennis was all business other than the 48 hours away. Well, we know it was longer than that. Still, perhaps this could be overlooked if there were no other incidents.

The Last Dance: Carmen Electra Once Hid From Michael Jordan

Rodman claims that he was never a bad teammate and he could be counted on. It’s always something with him. That story Melo mentioned is another example of how Dennis didn’t always have his heart in the right place. I don’t care if he ran fast in practice. This guy was like the total opposite of Allen Iverson. Inconsistent when it came to games, but boy would he give 100 percent during practice. Rodman was a distraction for San Antonio. Chicago could overcome his flaws with Jordan. Yes, he helped at times. I can’t ignore the negative.

When Pippen returned, Dennis didn’t feel important. I think his salary included games when other people were playing. You assume that Rodman knew about Scottie being on the team when his contract was signed. Even if Pippen was out when the season started. Rodman gets away with far too much, and enjoys playing the victim. One of his many flaws is not being able to apologize or take blame. Apparently, asking MJ for an extra cigar was his way of apologizing for getting kicked out. I would think he should be buying cigars to apologize, but Dennis took one instead. Definitely seems like a strange apology. Maybe it’s just me. Pistons coach Chuck Daly was very close to Dennis. I remember him coming out when Rodman was a guest on Oprah Winfrey’s show.

Ron Harper was very upset that Lenny Wilkens wanted Craig Ehlo to guard Jordan before Michael’s famous shot in Cleveland to win the deciding game. He makes this quite clear in the documentary. I remember watching those exciting final 6 seconds live. Seems like yesterday. It was actually more than 30 years ago. Amazingly, that classic Bulls game was not nationally televised. Part of the country saw game 1 between Seattle and the Lakers. Luckily, that game ended first. Dick Stockton welcomes the other audience in time to catch a very dramatic finish. As for Ehlo, he was not interviewed Sunday. Perhaps it was his choice.

I had always heard that Jordan was responsible for Doug Collins getting fired. Apparently that was not the case. I wondered why Jordan would bring Collins to Washington when he was part-owner if they didn’t like each other. Phil Jackson wanted Chicago to play more of a team game, and taking the ball out of Michael’s hand didn’t really appeal to MJ at first. Jackson replaced Collins in 1989 after Detroit defeated the Bulls in 6.

Since we saw Chicago’s championship in 1991, I wonder how much time will be spent on the 1992 Knicks. They defeated Detroit and took Chicago to 7. Only the 92 Knicks and 98 Pacers took the Bulls to a seventh game during their title runs. The Knicks were another group of bad boys. Pat Riley didn’t have his Lakers squad in New York, so he molded a team with physical players that was quite similar to Detroit.

Hearing about the Pistons brought back memories of those Knicks-Bulls games. I can specifically recall one time in particular when Jordan went streaking toward the basket but decided to pull up for a shot. His choice was described as a wise decision. So, it will be interesting to see if any of this comes up. Horace Grant is teased to be part of next week’s lineup. He will be an important character down the road. Should be another great Sunday night.

ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance’ Lives Up to the Hype With Record-Breaking Premiere

The nation has been buzzing about what they watched this weekend…and it has nothing to do with tigers. ESPN was sitting on something big. With the country quarantined, they decided to move up their documentary on the Chicago Bulls.

Parts one and two debuted Sunday. Michael Jordan and his teammates were rock stars in the 90s, and apparently nothing has changed. Millions of people tuned in. ESPN has a history of terrific documentaries, but this one produced record numbers. Often events or programs that are heavily hyped lead to disappointment and negative feedback. Especially with today’s short attention spans and social media. “The Last Dance” seemed to be universally praised. Particularly by those of us who lived through MJ’s brilliance and the Chicago dynasty. It was strange to hear curses allowed. ESPN2 was bleeping the bad words. ESPN decided to go with the salty version. I enjoyed seeing Bob Costas from 40 years ago. He called Bulls games during the 1979-1980 season.

I had one complaint, so I’ll get it out of the way. Too much jumping back and forth. It is primarily about the 97-98 season. Ten hours provides plenty of time to cover other years and various people. It’s just inconsistent. We’re in 1986. One episode focuses on a specific person. Then we are back to their final season together. Oh yeah. That’s where we were. A very minor inconvenience. Honestly, that’s about all I could find that bothered me in the first two episodes.

Obviously, footage has been tremendous. It was expected, but we see all kinds of interesting things. Later interviews with players. Game footage. The team at practice. Jordan’s mother speaking. Everything you could ask for and then some. John Andariese teamed with Skip Caray to call a playoff game on TBS. Did anybody catch the green and blue tie? TBS colors. Several characters other than Jordan were spotlighted. Some really had fans talking (or tweeting). Here is a recap of people that stood out so far:

Our country has a new national enemy. It is Jerry Krause. Although America was shocked to see how players treated the Chicago general manager, most people felt he deserved it. The guy could not wait to take this team apart. He didn’t even want them back for 1998. Telling your coach that was going for a third straight championship and sixth in less than a decade that he was not coming back under any circumstances takes onions. Not even if they went 82-0. It’s interesting that he died before this documentary came out. It was first teased in 2018. Krause passed away back in 2017. I just read that Jordan’s cooperation for the documentary was secured six months after Krause died.

Following his attempt to start rebuilding, the GM’s team barely won a quarter of their games in the next five seasons. Krause resigned in 2003. Chicago has not sniffed another NBA Finals appearance since 1998. Their best chance was when Miami easily disposed of them in 2011. The Bulls fell 4-1 to Miami, and the Heat moved on to face Dallas. Krause wanted more credit for putting the team together. Despite making some good trades, Krause was not responsible for drafting Jordan. He did nothing when given the opportunity to start from scratch. Although he isn’t around to defend himself, I think the actions and results speak for themselves.

Owner Jerry Reinsdorf stuck with Krause. He apparently stepped in and made sure that the team came back intact for 1998, but allowed them to be disbanded after a third straight title. One can only assume that the decision was about money and bringing down payroll. That is the only possible defense for Krause. He might have been taking the fall for Reinsdorf. Choosing to play Jordan after a major injury was also puzzling. Reinsdorf seemed to be logical in explaining his thought process. Not sure how doctors concluded that seven minutes per half would dramatically reduce the chances of Jordan hurting himself again. Also, he was fine to completely let loose in the playoffs. Michael couldn’t go a few extra seconds as Chicago competed for a postseason spot down the stretch. I’m sure Jordan was a total nightmare to deal with, but these things don’t really add up.

Finally, we get to Scottie Pippen. I was not his biggest fan. Pippen always seemed to be a mixed bag, or an enigma. This documentary did nothing to change that for me. We learn about Pippen’s family members. Two of them were in wheelchairs. You start to feel sorry for him. His contract was ridiculously unfair, but Scottie signed it. He wanted security for himself and the family. Having surgery in October and missing games during the season so he could enjoy his summer was not fair to his teammates. Imagine being spiteful and hurting your team because they were only giving you 18 million over 7 years. Remember, this was more than 20 years ago. Contracts had yet to take off when he signed his. It should have been ripped up for a better deal, but that wasn’t going to happen.

MJ felt that the choice Scottie made was selfish. It’s hard to disagree. Reminds me of 1994 when Pippen didn’t take the court for a final shot because the play wasn’t designed for him. God forbid someone else take a key last shot other than the top star. I guess he couldn’t remember John Paxson just one season earlier. Kukoc made a shot to win the playoff game with Pippen on the bench, but Scottie should have been out there as a decoy. For all the talk about him not getting paid fairly, Pippen earned more in his NBA career than Jordan. He was paid a total of more than 109 million.

I’m looking forward to next week’s episodes. Phil Jackson and Dennis Rodman are featured. Should be great!

 

ESPN Mysteriously Keeps Bringing Back Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann returned to SportsCenter Sunday night. It was all about Keith. At least from what I saw. After watching for about five minutes, I gave up before returning later for a little more. There were clips of him working back in 1997, and there was a stat showing how many thousands of days rest he had in between shows. Recently Olbermann called baseball on ESPN Radio. I am not sure why he was suddenly brought in to announce baseball. I’m not even sure if he announced previously. It seemed to be the first time he did this.

The guy turns 60 in January. Let’s get him a gig calling America’s pastime. Give him a Yankees game on national radio. Apparently he mocked John Sterling with one call. Or, he tried to pay tribute. I’m not sure. I didn’t hear it, but read that Keith was predictably bad. Olbermann has done numerous things for ESPN, and other networks. His list of feuds, controversies, and firings is too long for this article. He might land an occasional joke, but that is bound to happen when you fire off dozens in an hour.

Olbermann came back to host a show on ESPN that lasted from 2013-2015. I enjoyed seeing old video of classic games. One such example was a playoff game between Philadelphia and Chicago known as the Fog Bowl. Olbermann narrated highlights. Facing a 20-12 deficit, Philadelphia had possession late in the contest. Olbermann thought that Philly could tie things up by scoring with a two-point conversion if they first scored six. Obviously he was speaking over the video and wasn’t originally providing commentary. Two-point conversions were brought in years later. Philadelphia did not have that option in 1988.

I noticed his obvious mistake right away, and that totally changes the situation. Getting picked off when down by two scores is quite different. You need to score quickly and take chances. I just checked Wikipedia. They made the same error, and claimed that Philly had a chance to tie when Cunningham was picked off in the red zone. Maybe Olbermann read that. Or, he could have written it. To be honest, I don’t think Keith was big on fact-checking. Another of Olbermann’s roles was hosting the studio show for TBS during their playoff coverage. Olbermann thought the Reds-Pirates game that was moments away from starting when he hosted back in 2013 would be their first postseason meeting since the two teams played numerous times in the 1970s. Not true. Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh in the 1990 NLCS. Barry Bonds would go on to lose in the NLCS three consecutive times before heading to San Francisco. These are postseason memories that I have, and I’m about 20 years younger than Olbermann.

As I often say, there is no excuse for mistakes like these with today’s technology allowing people to quickly look things up. Especially if you are hosting a baseball studio show on the network carrying that day’s only playoff game and are curious about the playoff history between those two specific teams. I believe Olbermann made more mistakes that caught my attention around this time, but those two were quite memorable and glaring. Back then I was not taking notes for articles on this site.

Maybe Olbermann can go back to the political world. I don’t know if he was good at that. Probably not since it is in his past. The point is I don’t watch those shows. He would be out of my world once again.

Exploring Scott Van Pelt’s Strange World of ‘SportsCenter’

When I heard that Scott Van Pelt was getting his own SportsCenter years ago, it seemed like a silly idea. It’s highlights. I didn’t understand why they were making it about the host. It’s not a show on WFAN. I thought it was unnecessary for somebody to put their own spin on things. We want news, scores, and video from the night’s games. Anchors seemed pretty interchangeable. Usually there wasn’t an emphasis on the host’s personality. Plus, I thought of Van Pelt as a golf guy. Not my area of expertise. It didn’t seem like my cup of tea.

However, something new entered my life. Bad Beats came along and convinced me to tune in. The talk of games suddenly going over in awkward and perhaps painful fashion intrigued me. I also agreed with most of Van Pelt’s commentaries. Not everything, but he seemed to blend passion with common sense when providing logic not often heard in the sports world. My mind was changed. After giving him a chance, I was sold.

 

Now, I’m starting to have second thoughts. Almost as if I was right in the first place. Although I appreciate Van Pelt’s honesty in terms of ESPN’s limited chances to show highlights for March Madness and World Cup action, it’s annoying. Van Pelt mocks it by showing drawings from kids. Stick figures. A sun and soccer ball. Young children using crayons. Maybe it was cute once, but wasting time each night with this nonsense instead of providing analysis seems ridiculous. Taylor Twellman joins the program, but he shares drawings and Van Pelt jokingly calls him a summer intern. There is some serious soccer talk, but not much.

Van Pelt often has guests, but his interviews sometimes seem short or rushed. Obviously he isn’t grilling players, but we might be getting just a few quick questions before letting players go. Also, he starts shows with the best thing he saw. You would expect a major news story to start. This should go last, but no. That is where the best available video goes. Don’t get them mixed up. Even though they sound like the exact same thing. Apparently, they are very different.

The only major sport in play right now is baseball. With the exception of occasional basketball news, most summer programs should be focused on the MLB. Now we have World Cup games, but as I mentioned this topic gets very little coverage. Van Pelt will show highlights from a couple marquee contests. Later, he’ll speak about going around the baseball world. Gumbo is a segment that quickly gives us a look at what else is happening in baseball. That word has nothing to do with the sport, and personally I find it insulting. Let’s look in the pot and see what we can find. Although my favorite sports are football and basketball, I believe baseball should get proper respect and coverage. Some games aren’t acknowledged. They can’t even make the pot segment.

Baseball highlights are often different than the ones shown on MLB Network’s Quick Pitch show. Plus, Jamie Hersch is more attractive. Now I’m spending two hours every morning just to see some baseball highlights during what should be a calm part of my sports calendar.

Usually I tune in at midnight to catch the banter between Van Pelt and whoever is wrapping up on the previous SportsCenter. Lately Van Pelt has been making a lot of mistakes. This morning his teleprompter appeared to go down during his commentary, so I’m not blaming him for that. Sometimes he jokes that they will clean it up on the overnight reruns. Some mistakes are fixed, but apparently not everything is detected. Plus, some games are not over when he finishes. These finals might also be added to later editions.

If I tune in for a later version, that is now three hours of my morning going to what is again basically baseball highlights. Even Van Pelt confesses that he doesn’t know when shows will be replayed. I have recorded shows listed as Van Pelt’s program only to watch later and find different people hosting SportsCenter. Although he is not at fault, it’s an issue. His SportsCenters after basketball playoff games are basically just postgame shows. They are chaos. You never know when they will end. Even adding 30 minutes doesn’t always prevent them from cutting off before he finishes up.

The show sometimes goes more than 90 minutes despite being listed for 60. Maybe I will cut back and try to just catch episodes with Bad Beats. At least in the summer. Before you know it, footballs will be flying again. For now, I will try to solve my first world problems.

Gearing Up For ESPN’s ’30 For 30′ On Old Friends Bill Parcells & Bill Belichick

Tonight is the night. ESPN presents their latest documentary. ‘The Two Bills’ chronicles a pair of the greatest football coaches ever. Both coached the Patriots, among others. I’m not big on comparisons in terms of who is better. I’d rather just appreciate greatness. Obviously Bill Belichick’s accomplishments speak for themselves. Younger fans probably don’t realize how great Bill Parcells was. As Lord Tree Sap told me, the guy pretty much rebuilt everybody in the AFC East.

Sorry, Buffalo. Parcells turned around the Pats and Jets. He took New England to a Super Bowl. Today we think of New England as a primary franchise. Before Parcells took over, New England was in disarray. Robert Kraft bought the Patriots from someone who wanted to move them. They would have been renamed the St. Louis Stallions. Even if Belichick did a better job or won more, there is something to be said for the guy doing it first.

Without Parcells, Belichick does not get a chance for so much greatness. Of course, that could be said about Belichick’s whole career. His first job as head coach followed years of coaching in the Giants organization under Parcells. After coaching New England for four years, Parcells headed back to New York.

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The 1997 Jets went from 1-15 a season earlier to 9-7. Year two as Jets coach saw additional improvement. In 1998 the Jets won their division and earned a bye. They beat Jacksonville and were up 10-0 in Denver with a Super Bowl on the line.

Later, Parcells was the Executive VP of Football Operations for Miami. He engineered another amazing turnaround. The Dolphins won just once during their 2007 campaign. They finished 11-5 in 2008. The Dolphins were division champs. Lightning had struck for a second time. Parcells had done it again. More first year magic.

That’s just part of what Parcells did. Despite his AFC East greatness, much of what Parcells is known for happened in the NFC East. He won his two championships coaching the Giants. This is another example of fans only knowing what the team represents today.

Many do not remember their long drought before Parcells got there. His final work as a head coach came with Dallas. Tony Romo’s fumbled snap prevented a playoff win in Seattle. Mike Francesa often told the story of how Dallas would have advanced to play Chicago, and Parcells was confident about that potential matchup. Francesa should be featured tonight, but that’s a topic for another time.

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Perhaps the most interesting part of tonight’s documentary will be having Belichick and Parcells together. I’m sure plenty of time will be devoted to their relationship. I wonder how much time will be spent on Belichick walking away from the Jets. Another juicy subject will be when Belichick’s Browns beat New England (coached by Parcells) in a playoff game. I have been waiting to see this for months. Enjoy tonight’s presentation on ESPN at 9:00.

ESPN’s “30 For 30: The Nature Boy” Gave An Honest Look Into The Life Of Ric Flair

ESPN’s highly anticipated “Nature Boy” aired last night and it lived up to the hype. Ric Flair is a living legend and I want to stress the word living because I have no idea how this man is still alive. Even if you have never watched wrestling before, my guess is you have heard of Ric Flair. Besides Hulk Hogan, Flair was the most recognizable wrestler in the 1980s and he didn’t even wrestle for WWE, which is NUTS. The robes. The flashiness. The promos. The in-ring work. Ric Flair had it all and then some. Everyone wanted to be like Ric Flair even if you didn’t like wrestling. LeBron James called him the inventor of swag. Snoop Dogg called him a major influence in how he wanted to portray himself to the public. He was the dirtiest player in the game.

The man had promos for days. To be the man, you gotta beat the man.

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I haven’t even touched on his in-ring ability and performances. For those who don’t know wrestling, in simplest terms, you need to be able to talk and you need to be able work in the ring. Talkers and Workers. Most of the time, you fall on one side or the other. The all-time greats and the legends of the sport can do both. Ric Flair is at the top of the list. If you watched the 30 for 30, you heard about how he was an absolute workhorse, wrestling for an hour almost every night. Most champions in wrestling are supposed to be the aggressor and look dominant. Ric was the exact opposite. He brought out the best in his opponents and sold like a mofo just to get a crowd reaction. Look at this flop!

Did I mention he liked women and booze? It’s INSANE that this man is still alive. Here are the two quotes that most people will remember.

“I’ve been with 10,000 women…maybe.”

“‘How much do you drink a day?’ I said, ‘I’ll drink at least 10 beers, and probably five mixed drinks.’

10,000 women and 15 drinks a day. I don’t think I’ve seen 10,000 people and I for sure would be dead if I drank that much. Ric said he did that for almost 30 years. THIRTY YEARS!

However, the quote that will stick with me is from Shawn Michaels.

“Ric is my friend, for better or worse. I knew he couldn’t stay away from this stuff. And again, I knew when they wanted him to go that he didn’t want to go. … Ric doesn’t love Richard Fliehr. I don’t know that he’s ever taken the time to get to know him, or to find out who in the world he is. He only knows who he is through the image and gimmick of Ric Flair.”

Ric Flair was Ric Flair both in and out of the ring. His gimmick took over and he did not know how to separate them. I actually worked for WWE for close to 4 months. I traveled every week to shows all over the world. It’s a brutal, brutal grind. I saw firsthand how some superstars could not be themselves outside of the ring. They were in character 24/7. It was sad to see, but it happens all too often. Between the lack of support from his parents to his son’s tragic death, Ric lived a tough life. He struggled with alcoholism and he didn’t really know how to be a father at times. Heartbreaking stuff. It was not all glamorous.

I’m glad the 30 for 30 ended on a positive note with Ric celebrating with his daughter, Charlotte (Ashley), after she won her first championship. It’s inspiring to see that Charlotte really didn’t want the wrestling lifestyle, but she’s doing it in honor of her brother. A truly touching moment.

If you have not seen the 30 For 30, I highly recommend it even if you don’t like wrestling. I had the honor of spending some time with Ric while working at WWE. He was the nicest guy you could ever meet. He also was the most charismatic person in the room. That’s just how the Nature Boy rolls.

The Disrespect of Carmelo Anthony Has Gone Too Far

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Months ago I thought the only Carmelo Anthony article I’d be writing this summer would be his farewell to New York as he was dealt to either Houston or Cleveland, but when you’re a life-long Knicks fan you know nothing ever goes according to plan. So here we are, just a over a month out from the 2018 season tipping off and I’m coming to the aid of the Knicks star, as ESPN released their unreliable NBA player rankings with Melo at the 64th spot, sandwiched between the erratic Marcus Smart and behind Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.

I feel disgusted I actually had to type that last sentence. Yes, ESPN has Carmelo Anthony in the same breathe as a career 9 point per game scorer and someone who has yet to play in an NBA contest. I’m starting to think BSPN is just trolling here so the media actually writes about their irrelevant rankings, as I’m doing now so mission accomplished guys. If they actually did a reputable job a lot less people would care and there wouldn’t be as much outrage from NBA players and fan conversation. Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 7.09.56 PM.png Carmelo Anthony may not be the player he was six years ago when he first suited up in MSG, but he is damn sure better than the 64th best in the NBA. The 33-year-old should be somewhere in the 30’s where ESPN had him ranked before last season. Anthony is coming off a solid 2016 effort in which he averaged 22 points, with nearly 6 boards and 3 assists a night. He also posted better than career averages from three point range as well as at the line and even tested out positively for all the analytics folks at home. Anthony should be commended for thriving these last few lean years in NYC, not painted as the villain left for blame of this mess.

 

I’m going to rattle off some wings on this list rated ahead of Carmelo. There’s no way with a straight face someone could objectively tell me Danilo Gallinari, Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder, ROBERT COVINGTON, Khris Middleton, Danny Green, Lamarcus Aldridge and Harrison Barnes are better players than Carmelo Anthony. One of only four players ever to average at least 20 points per game every season of his career. This is really an embarrassment on whoever cultivated this list, they must have a personal vendetta against Melo, as if the dude isn’t going through enough. It’s thought processes like this that make me pray one day Melo gets out of the black hole that is the cancerous Knicks organization and actually plays on a contender in May/June before it’s too late.

If Melo is cool with suiting up once again with the Knicks come next month, I’m actually all for it at this point if the right deal isn’t out there and he won’t expand his trade list beyond the Rockets. Let’s say he plays well once again I could see his value driving up around the trade deadline in February, as a team looks to add a final piece to make a championship run. At the end of the day I won’t tolerate the disrespect of a player of Carmelo’s pedigree, but this storybook career deserves a different ending.

Sergio Dipp Stole The Show On Monday Night Football

You watch him NOW…ON THE SCREEN!

What a debut! Sergio Dipp was the hero that we needed last night. If you’re not a fan of the two teams playing, the 10:20 Monday Night Game is made for the degenerates. The only people who stay up to watch the game are gamblers, people who can’t sleep (me), and fantasy football owners. That’s it.

So in a game that needed excitement, Sergio Dipp delivered a 30 second clip of pure genius. The guy was a quote machine. “And here he is…HAVING…THE TIME…OF HIS LIFE!” LTS texted me and asked if this guy had something in his pants. No Michael, this guy just has swagger. I was praying he would drop a “boom goes the dynamite.”

The Internet fell in love with Sergio as well.

For the people that are actually giving Sergio a hard time, kick rocks. English was clearly the guy’s second language and from his Twitter TL, he usually just covers soccer. So you know what, it takes a lot of balls to do what he did. I’d love to see you give us amazing analysis of the Mexico v Chile soccer game on ESPN Deportes in Spanish. Plus, Sergio was able to laugh at himself after it was all said and done. The man is a superstar and the world needs him on every broadcast.