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Reporter Bobby Ramos laughed at by LeBron James for terrible question (Video)

Some clown by the name of Bobby Ramos became a major hit after Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday, but it was for all the wrong reasons.

Bobby Ramos reporterRamos, who somehow got approved by the league to cover the game, asked some of the dumbest questions you could imagine to the Miami Heat guys after the game. Check that, what he asked of Erik Spoelstra wasn’t even a question.

But let’s start with what he did to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Ramos was approved to ask a question to James and Wade, who were at the podium answering questions together like usual. Ramos appeared to sort of puff his chest out, knowing that this was his opportunity to show everyone how hot his sports takes are or how bold he was for being (in his mind) the only reporter in there with the sack to ask the tough questions.

And what did he hammer LeBron and Wade with? “Is your problem your lackluster offense, or is it your lackluster defense?”

Keep in mind that it took Bobby a solid 10-15 seconds to spit out what could have been a very simple question.

LeBron’s reaction was just priceless.

GIF: LeBron and Dwyane Wade's reaction to that question ... on Twitpic

The guy had a smirk on his face and you could totally tell he wanted to bust open laughing. He probably thought, just like the rest of us, that Ramos’ presentation was comical. The guy was so serious with the way he was asking the question. And the balls on this guy to tell LeBron and Dwyane Wade that they have lackluster offense and defense. Seriously. The balls on this guy. You know that’s exactly what LeBron was thinking, which is why he started laughing and eventually deferred to Wade, who answered the question without answering the question.

Now what’s great is that even before the question to James and Wade, it was head coach Erik Spoelstra who got the Ramos treatment. Check out this video, where instead of asking a question, Ramos gives his made-for-sports-talk-radio opinion straight to Spo’s face:

Spo answered about the only way one could in that situation, saying, “clearly.”

You know all three members of the Heat were thinking the exact same thing the rest of us were: who let this guy in the building?

It’s a real shame for Bobby that on the biggest night of his career, his website was maxed out in traffic and couldn’t load. Too bad, because I really was interested in reading more of his great sports opinions.

H/T CJ Zero

Chris Sheridan only person not to vote LeBron James All-NBA first team

LeBron James trophiesKevin Durant was the only unanimous All-NBA first team selection when the vote was revealed on Wednesday. LeBron James was on 124 of 125 All-NBA first team ballots, with Chris Sheridan being the only voter not to include him on the first team. Instead, Sheridan picked Durant and Blake Griffin as his two forwards and has taken a lot of heat for his pick, as well he should.

Sheridan wrote a post on his website to defend his selection and explained that he put Durant and Griffin 1-2 in his MVP voting, which is why he had them on the first team All-NBA. Here’s part of his reasoning:

And by the way, Griffin got my second-place MVP vote because he was a rock over the course of the season for a Clippers team that posted more victories (57) then the two-time defending champion Heat (54). And they did it in a tougher conference.

Blake Griffin had a fantastic season and showed tremendous improvement as a player. He really developed a good jump shot and rounded out his game. He was deserving of an All-NBA selection, but not over LeBron James and Kevin Durant. That’s why all the other voters had KD and LeBron on the first team.

LeBron is the best player in the NBA and that’s just the simple truth. To not include him on the first team All-NBA is inexcusable. It’s even worse when you consider there are two forward positions and you still leave him off. There wasn’t any justification for the selection, Sheridan.

Royals announcer Rex Hudler calls the moon a ‘beautiful planet’ (Video)

Full-moonIf the Kansas City Royals were looking for astronomers when they hired their broadcasting team, they should have put that in the job description. Some of us forget trivial stuff we learned in the fourth grade. Royals color commentator Rex Hudler is no exception.

On Tuesday night, the Royals showed a close-up of the beautiful full moon that was illuminating Kauffman Stadium. Play-by-play man Steve Physioc joked that it is a rule that if you are broadcasting a live sporting event and there’s a full moon you must show it on television at least once. That’s when Hudler came out with this gem.

“I like that rule,” Hudler said. “That’s a beautiful planet.”

Hmmm. After an awkward pause, Physioc reminded Hudler that the moon is, in fact, a moon.

“That’s…that’s like a planet to me,” Hudler responded.

The only thing worse than making a dumb comment is having an even dumber recovery attempt. Basically what we learned is Hudler makes his own rules when it comes to science. If Tom Cruise and Will Smith can do it, why can’t he?

Video via For the Win

The Oklahoman labels Kevin Durant ‘Mr. Unreliable’

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are facing elimination against the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round of the playoffs, and the inconsistent play of Kevin Durant is one of the main reasons for that. Durant is averaging an impressive 28 points per game through the first five games of the series, but he is shooting just 40% from the floor. If the No. 2 seed Thunder are stunned by the Grizzlies, is Durant to blame?

We know where Thunder beat writer Berry Tramel stands. As you can see from the image above, the cover of The Oklahoman on Thursday referred to Durant as “Mr. Unreliable.” In the ensuing article, Tramel blasted Durant for allowing Tony Allen to shut him down.

Allen is inside Durant’s head. Durant is dazed and confused. Hesitant and docile. The Memphis Doberman has turned Durant into mere mortal this Western Conference playoff series. The Thunder is on the brink of elimination, and if Durant doesn’t return to something approaching the Slim Reaper in Game 6 Thursday night, Grim Sleeper is going to be more like it.

Durant has made just 40 percent of his shots against the Grizzlies. Allen’s been in Durant’s sneakers. Meets him at the bus and tucks him in at night. Then haunts Durant’s dreams.

Don’t believe it? Durant is so out of sorts, he’s not making hay even when Allen is on the bench charming teammates with his mercurial ways. The last two games, Durant has made just eight of 20 shots with Allen not in the game. Durant is so out of sorts, his foul shooting is mediocre — 28 of 39, a .718 percentage that is below NBA journeyman standards, much less Durant’s own .882 career percentage.

The low free throw percentage is certainly indicative of Durant feeling some added pressure, but that seems a bit harsh. Allen is a notoriously good defender and Durant has still averaged 28 points against him. And you could argue that referee Joey Crawford iced Durant before he missed a crucial free throw during Game 5.

Durant is only 25 years old. This is a bad time for him to not be shooting his best, but he has still been able to generate offense. He could easily explode in Game 6 at home and proceed to go on a tear.

H/T The Big Lead

Phil Mushnick on Donald Sterling: Not every 81-year-old should be held accountable for what they say

Phil MushnickThere are very few people who would be bold stupid enough to defend Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in the wake of his alleged racist rant. We’re not shocked that Phil Mushnick of the New York Post was one of them.

In a column that covered a wide array of topics (mostly New York Yankees-related) on Sunday night, Mushnick briefly addressed the Sterling situation. He described what Sterling said as “indefensible and inexcusable” while noting that we should not be surprised given some of the lawsuits that have been brought against the Clippers owner in the past. Mushnick would have been fine if he left it there, but he kept writing.

Visit any assisted living facility. Or think of that aunt or uncle all of us have known and suffered with a wince because we knew they were off. And they come in all races.

Not everyone, at 81, should reasonably or humanely be held accountable for whatever ugly comments come out their mouths.

At least keep that in mind.

Where should we begin? For starters, Sterling is not in a nursing home. By all indications, he is still a very independent elderly man who is capable of taking care of himself. You can be an 81-year-old racist without being senile. Being a certain age doesn’t automatically excuse certain comments.

More importantly, if Sterling can’t be held accountable for what he says because of his age, how is he fit to own an NBA team? There are plenty of racist people in the world. Most people aren’t outraged that some 81-year-old guy said racist things about Magic Johnson, Matt Kemp and African-Americans in general. We’re disgusted that an NBA owner whose team has a black coach and mostly black players feels this way.

Mushnick should have left this one alone, but we’re not surprised he didn’t. He loves stirring the pot and gave this take on Adrian Peterson last year, so we have come to expect ridiculous opinions from him. Maybe it’s time that Mushnick and Sterling both gave up their profession.

Does Doug Marrone have cancer? Bills website deletes story

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Does Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone have cancer? That’s what many are left wondering after the Bills’ website posted a story making the announcement before deleting it.

The Bills’ website posted the headline and what appeared to be the shell for an upcoming story announcing that Marrone has cancer.

“Head Coach Doug Marrone announced today that he was diagnosed with BLANK TYPE OF CANCER and that it is highly treatable,” said the first line of the story.

“Head Coach Doug Marrone shared the news today that he’s been diagnosed with BLANK cancer. He says it’s ‘not aggrive’ and highly treatable,” the story also read.

You could tell the story wasn’t ready to be published yet because they also included this line:

“QUOTE FROM MARRONE.”

The story appeared on the stream on the Bills’ website:

It also made the app:

The Buffalo News says the story was on the site for 9 hours before being pulled by the Bills with no explanation.

So there’s no mistake about it, this is how it looked on the site:

Unless this is some sort of hoax, it looks like a story was mistakenly published by the site. We hope Marrone is fine and will hope for the best for him.

UPDATE – WKBW sports director Jeff Russo reports that Marrone had a cancerous mole found on his skin that was removed.

Via Deadspin

Darren Rovell makes fun of fat person sitting courtside at Bulls game, apologizes

Darren-RovellEveryone is guilty of using poor judgment on Twitter and Facebook from time to time, but we don’t all have nearly 500,000 followers. When you do, your mistakes are magnified. ESPN’s Darren Rovell learned that when he sent a tweet over the weekend that some people probably found to be hilarious.

Rovell spotted a rather large fan sitting courtside during Game 1 of the Chicago Bulls’ opening round playoff series against the Washington Wizards. He tweeted a photo of the guy and made a joke about him having to purchase two seats.

Rovell quickly deleted the tweet and issued an apology.

Some people are proud to be morbidly obese. Remember that fat ass Philadelphia 76ers fan who jiggled his rolls to distract Kevin Garnett? It’s OK to make fun of people like that, but for all we know the guy at the Bulls game may have had a health condition he can’t control.