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NBA All-Star Game in Dallas in 2010

Dallas has been selected as the site of 2010 NBA All-Star Game, Commissioner David Stern, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced yesterday during a press conference outside the American Airlines Center. The 59th NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, which will have a seating capacity in excess of 80,000. If you sit in the back row of the upper level at the new stadium for the All-Star Game, rumor has it that they are going to have each player on the court wear a different color headband so that you know from a mile away that the green dot is Kevin Garnett and the gold dot is Kobe Bryant, etc…

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NBA TV, TNT, and ESPN 2008-09 Regular Season Schedule is a Slam Dunk

For those of you who love the NBA and those of you with Fantasy Football quarterbacks with injuries, it is time for the tip-off of the 2008-09 NBA regular season. Turner Sports enters their 25th season of broadcasting the NBA with a perfect double-header. Opening night features the defending champion Boston Celtics versus LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

If you are a night owl, you can catch the second great game of the double-header. The Portland Trail Blazers travel to LA to challenge the Lakers, a game featuring Greg Oden’s long-awaited NBA debut. A special one-hour preview show precedes Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Opening week continues Wednesday with ESPN’s national telecasts of Phoenix at San Antonio and a Staples Center home team showdown, Lakers and Clippers. TNT follows with a Texas two-step for the early game on Thursday, as Houston visits Dallas (I will be there for this one!). The late game features rising star Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets at the Phoenix Suns.

ESPN networks are televising 72 regular-season games, which include 29 games on Wednesdays and 35 on Fridays. The slate consists of 27 doubleheaders.

TNT is televising 53 regular-season games, including 47 as part of Thursday night doubleheaders and a tripleheader on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. TNT also exclusively televises NBA All-Star 2009 festivities in Phoenix from Feb. 13-15, culminating with the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 15.

NBA TV will televise live studio programming six days a week from the new NBA TV studio in Atlanta. NBA TV will also broadcast 96 live games throughout the regular season — the most of any national network.

This is going to be a great season. Can Boston repeat as champs? Will the Lakers take it to another level? Be sure and find my recent post on the Celtics and Lakers (sidebar “Breaking Posts”) and vote for who you think will win it all in 2009.



NBA GM Survey Predicts Lakers to be Champions in 2009

According to a survey of the league’s general managers, forty-six percent of GMs predicted the Lakers would win the 2009 NBA title. The defending champion Celtics were a distant second at nineteen percent. Honestly, a rematch would be nice, but I do not even predict that the Lakers will make the NBA Finals this season, much less win it all. I say that the Celtics will beat the Houston Rockets in the 2009 NBA Finals to win their 18th NBA Championship. What is your prediction?



University of Arizona Coach Lute Olsen Retires
October 23, 2008, 10:44 pm
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After 25 years as the Arizona head men’s basketball coach, Lute Olsen has decided it is time to retire. What an amazing legacy he leaves. Under his leadership Arizona has sent numerous players to the next level. If my calculations are right, there are currently 11 active players in the NBA that were coached by Olsen. Based upon my research, other schools that have contributed a healthy number of active players to the NBA include UCLA (13), Kansas (13), Connecticut (13), Duke (12), North Carolina (12), Florida (11), and Kentucky (11). That is good company.



Sports Headlines, Commentary, and Thinking Out Loud
October 23, 2008, 8:55 pm
Filed under: Life and Leadership, Sports Headlines, sportspastor

Starting tonight and from here forward, I will be posting links to the best sports headlines of the day from around the web and I will be adding my own commentary (sometimes insightful and sometimes attempted humor). Also, starting tonight, I will be posting on a more regular basis on a broader range of topics than just sports outreach ministry. What intrigues me the most about other bloggers is when they speak the right words at the right time into my life and it encourages me, makes me laugh or cry, challenges me in a particular area, or just offers perspective from another person just thinking out loud. Make plans to stop by the SportsPastor blog for the latest in sports and ministry and much, much more.



Brett “the Jet” Favre

Yes, Brett Favre is a New York Jet. Would you like proof that everyone still loves Brett Favre even though he hogged the headlines this summer like a baseball pitcher on steroids? Here is your proof: More than 6,500 Brett Favre New York Jets jerseys were sold on NFLShop.com on Thursday, obliterating a previous sales record set last year.

NFLShop.com, announced the numbers Friday, noting that the jerseys went on sale just after 6 a.m. Thursday, less than five hours after he was traded by the Green Bay Packers. The previous record of just 900 jerseys was set on Nov. 11, 2007, by none other than Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo.

The story that was most interesting to me was the deal between the Jets and the Packers in the Brett “the Jet” Favre trade. He was traded for a “conditional draft pick” and some very important fine print.

Here is the conditional draft pick breakdown: The draft pick traded for Favre turns into a third-round selection if he plays in 50 percent of the plays this season, a second-rounder if he plays in 70 percent of the plays and the Jets qualify for the playoffs, and a first-round pick if he plays in 80 percent of the plays and Jets make it to the Super Bowl.

Even better than that is the fact that the Packers took great pains to ensure Favre would not be traded to the Vikings, or any other NFC North team, by inserting some very demanding fine print into the deal. If Favre were to be traded to any team in the Packers’ division, the Jets would have to surrender three first-round picks to Green Bay. The trade also includes provisions preventing a trade to another team if that new team were to trade him to the NFC North.

So my dream team of Favre and Adrian Peterson (Vikings) playing together is simply that, just a dream. As far as Favre playing for the Jets…I just wish the Packers and Jets were scheduled to play each other this season. The only way that they could play each other would be if they met in the Super Bowl and that is obviously not going to happen.



Baseball Hall of Shame – Random, Weird Injuries

When Michael Jordan has the flu, he scores over 40 points in the NBA Finals and usually makes the winning basket at the buzzer. When Tiger Woods plays golf on an injured knee and broken leg he wins the U.S. Open on the 19th hole of a playoff. Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, played with pain and led the Dallas Cowboys to a division-clinching win over the New York Giants despite a dislocated shoulder.

Baseball might have a few stories of this kind, but for me the MLB is best known for random, weird injuries that send a player to the DL. The latest is the greatest. Until last week I had never heard of a pillow-lifting injury in baseball — that is, until Detroit Tigers’ Brandon Inge reported the following details about the injury that brought him “down”:

“It was the stupidest, most freakish thing,” Inge said Wednesday, explaining why he had just been placed on the 15-day DL with the pulled side muscle (oblique) he suffered 3 1/2 weeks ago. “I have a 3-year-old son who sleeps in the bed with my wife and me,” Inge said. “I was trying to push the pillow down behind his head (two nights ago), and when I did … I repopped (the strained muscle). Upon hearing this story, manager Jim Leyland said, “That’s a first.”

It may be the first “pillow push” injury, but it is definitely not the first wacky baseball injury. After a little bit of research, I now present to you those who are a part of the MLB’s weird injury fraternity:

Vince Coleman (Cardinals)
Missed the 1985 World Series after getting rolled up in the field tarp machine. How does a guy as fast as the base-stealing Coleman lose to a tarp machine?

John Smoltz (Braves)
The starting pitcher once burned his chest while ironing a shirt … which he was still wearing. Nice!

Tom Glavine (Braves)
Apparently trying to impress his “iron man” teammate, Glavine broke a rib in 1992 while throwing up airplane food.

Nolan Ryan (Astros)
The Hall of Fame pitcher once missed a start after being bitten on his hand … by a coyote.

Sammy Sosa (Cubs)
Sneezed his way onto the DL with a back injury in 2004.

But my favorite of all is Steve Sparks who dislocated his shoulder when he tried to impersonate a motivational speaker by attempting to rip a phone book in half. What is your favorite? What famous injury did I miss? Your turn…