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Erik Spoelstra: Heat Players Crying in Locker Room After Loss to Bulls

The Miami Heat have a bit of a problem on their hands. Aside from the fact that they have lost four straight games and five out of their last six, they seem to lack leadership and guts. Furthermore, statistics prove that they have struggled mightily in clutch situations this season.  Not to worry, Heat fans — the players are very upset over their current skid.

Miami lost a heart-breaker to the Bulls on Sunday afternoon, with the same issues plaguing the Heat as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both had chances to win the game in its final seconds and failed to get the job done.  According to Erik Spoelstra, the team took the loss pretty hard — perhaps too hard.

Sports by Brooks Live called our attention to the following tweet from Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel:

There’s nothing wrong with showing some emotion, but what ever happened to toughing it out and turning things around?  The whole crying thing seems to be an emerging theme, as evidenced by Chris Bosh’s postgame press conference when the Heat blew a 24-point lead to the Magic.  Assuming Spoelstra is telling the truth, Miami might want to consider drying the tears and trying a different approach.  However they’re choosing to deal with their losses right now obviously isn’t getting it done.

Toddler Beaten to Death for Crying During World Cup

There really are some sick, sick people in the world.  There can’t be many that are more demented than Hector Castro, a 28-year-old man from McAllen, Texas who allegedly beat his 2-year-old stepdaughter to death because she wouldn’t stop crying during the U.S.-Ghana World Cup match.  According to police, Castro — an illegal immigrant — shoved a screw down the girl’s throat and called 9-1-1 in an attempt to make it look like she had choked on it and make the death appear to be an accident.

McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez spoke about the incident and voiced an opinion that a lot of us can probably share.  Here’s what Rodriguez had to say, courtesy of USA Today via the Monitor:

There are no words for this. It makes you want to think about doing lots of things to this guy, but he will face the criminal justice system just like everybody else. The criminal justice system will spend horrendous amounts of time, effort and money to make these cases. That’s time, effort and money that our regular citizens are deprived of.

It’s unimaginable. I just can’t fathom, you know, a grown adult person beating a 2-year-old to death. I have grandkids and it’s just impossible for me to imagine this kind of behavior.”

If this idiot ever sees the light of day again there’s something seriously wrong with our justice system.

Sources:
Police say 2-year-old killed for crying during World Cup [USA Today]
Man suffocates, jams screw in young stepdaughter during World Cup game [The Monitor]

Jeremy Roenick Cries After Hawks Win

The Chicago Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup beating the Flyers 4-3 in overtime of Game 6 in Philadelphia on Patrick Kane’s game-winning goal. Jeremy Roenick was in a unique position to provide analysis for the Stanley Cup Final because he played for both the Blackhawks and Flyers. After the game ended, Roenick was sharing some thoughts with Dan Patrick and Mike Milbury on NBC. Roenick became extremely emotional seeing the Blackhawks celebrate their first Cup in almost 50 years because he had played his first eight seasons for Chicago. Despite making four straight All-Star games for the Hawks, Roenick only made the Stanley Cup Final once in 1992 and his team came up short against the Penguins. No doubt Roenick was overcome with emotion seeing those guys celebrate the win and it got to the point where he started to tear up. Here’s the Jeremy Roenick crying video after Game 6:

It bothers me that Milbury was giving Roenick so much crap for showing his emotion on the telecast. It’s not about how good of a career Roenick had, it’s about what it means to win the Cup. Roenick never got to celebrate like that, and although he’s proud, we were privileged to see the genuine emotion of how much winning that Cup means. I’m glad that Roenick shared with us his real feelings so we could truly understand what it meant for those players to win it and get to live their dream.

Golf Channel Analyst Cries After Tiger Woods Apology Statement

It should come as no surprise that many people have taken the bait fed by Tiger Woods and his P.R. team. After all, how does the saying go, “What the American public doesn’t know is what makes them the American public.” Would you feel that Tiger’s apology were sincere if you knew all the preparation and careful planning that went into orchestrating his statement? Does it not matter? Apparently not considering that over two-thirds of SportsCenter viewers said they felt his statement was sincere. Heck, as Jimmy Traina’s Hot Clicks showed even Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer wound up crying because he was so moved by Tiger’s apology. No joke. Check this out:

For his mom to watch that was painful? I’m guessing hearing that Tiger was banging tons of chicks on the road while Elin was home pregnant probably was painful for Tiger’s mom to hear, not the statement. We should be more incredulous that Tiger’s mom was placed in the front row as a pawn in this production and that Tiger was instructed to go hug her immediately after finishing the speech. We should be more incredulous that Tiger left the podium promptly leaving his mother to field questions instead of him. I don’t even understand how someone on TV can just buy into everything the P.R. people were trying to do. I really don’t.

Jamie McMurray Crying After Winning Daytona 500

Winning the Daytona 500 in NASCAR is as big as it gets in the sport. It’s a lifelong dream for racers and an extremely fulfilling accomplishment. This feeling could not have been more evident than after Jamie McMurray won the race Sunday, holding off a charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. to take the checkered flag. McMurray was actually saddened after the race when he found out his wife and father were no longer present because they did not sit through the entire race (it lasted six hours because of a two hour delay to fix a pothole in the track). McMurray was so overwhelmed by his win that he wound up crying after the race. Here’s the video:

It looked like McMurray’s wife did make it back to the track to celebrate his win so we can only hope his father made it back too. Jamie did an excellent job blocking Junior down the stretch to wind up in victory lane so he definitely earned it. For a guy who was almost out of a job last year, this was quite the way to start off the new racing season and after seeing that video, it’s hard not to root for the guy. Congrats to McMurray on the victory.

Tim Tebow Cried After Loss to Alabama

For the second straight year it was Alabama against Florida in the SEC championship game. Last year, Florida got the win and then they went on to win the national championship. This year, Bama got revenge and at 13-0, they’ll have a chance to win the national title next month. The downside to sporting events is that there’s always a winner and a loser (with the exception of a tie). Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow got emotional following his team’s loss to Bama because he and his team didn’t accomplish their ultimate goal this year. The result was Tim Tebow crying after the game:

They even showed Tebow crying on the sidelines prior to the game ending in addition to the tears we saw in his postgame interview. Tebow is catching a lot of flack from the haters who are calling him a baby, whiner, bitch, and many worse things. My problem has always been the way the media fawned all over Tebow, not Tebow himself. The guy was classy in defeat, highly complimentary of his opponent, and overall a wonderful sportsman. I thought his emotions were genuine and the product of him being so disappointed that he and his team did not achieve the goals they worked so hard for. I feel badly for the guy and I’m glad they’ll have a BCS bowl game next month to try and go out on the right note.

Now We Know Where Glen “Big Baby” Davis Gets His Nickname From

The Celtics were crushing the Blazers by 25 points on Friday night, so Doc Rivers decided to give his starters some rest and bring in the second line. That 25 point lead suddenly became just an 11 point lead with around six minutes left in the game, meaning the Celtics starters had to go back into the game. Kevin Garnett was none too pleased to have his replacements blow the lead and chewed them out for it. Glen “Big Baby” Davis is one of those second-teamers, and he didn’t take the tongue lashing too well. Check it out for yourself:

Man, I’ve seen athletes cry out of excitement when they’ve won, but I can’t remember the last time I saw one cry because he was verbally abused. I truly feel bad for Big Baby if he’s that sensitive. Who would’ve thought a beastly man standing 6’9″ and weighing nearly 300 pounds could have such thin skin? Video via You Been Blinded.

UPDATE: JS in the comments brings to our attention another crying incident — Manny Wright with the Dolphins thanks to Nick Saban.