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We can all learn from The LeBrons

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We can all learn from The LeBrons

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

That pompous, arrogant, egotistical idiot Lebron James is at it again. He took a break from not winning championships and bailing on his old team to run to a place where he thought he could win without working and decided to start a cartoon about his favorite subject....himself.

The show even opens with a super awesome rap song that definitely isn't boastful or self absorbed. Nope, not one bit.

Basically Lebron just wanted to teach kids some lessons. Hard work is for suckers. Holding hour long specials on ESPN just to stroke your ego before you pick a team is really cool. Throwing everyone but yourself under the bus when things don't go your way is okay too. You know, valuable life lessons that every kid should know.

Basically The Lebrons shows four different versions of Lebron that teach you life lessons you can't learn anywhere else. This week The Lebrons teach you that "two wrongs don't make a right."

Apparently a pit bull is causing some trouble so The Lebrons buy a lion to kill the pitbull.

But in the end they decide that killing the pitbull just isn't right and that is when we learn that two wrongs don't make a right. Heart warming. Now we regret all those times we bought lions from our local pet stores to take care of those pesky neighborhood pitbulls.

Really the whole episode is just chock full of life lessons. Even the intro. Just look at all the lessons you learn just from the character introductions.

Kid Lebron teaches us that even if it is warm outside you should still wear a hooded sweatshirt and vest. Remember kids, always keep warm. You think your mom is just nagging you but you never know when an Antarctic cold front will move in.

Also be sure to always wear a hat, backpack and headphones when you're bursting into everyone's room in your house. Remember what Kid Lebron does....never ever knock before you enter a room.

Athlete Lebron teaches us that as long as you get a bunch of dumbass tats that make no sense and win a bunch of middle school basketball trophies you can live at home with your parents forever!

Look at Athlete Lebron sitting in his room lifting weights like some creepy high school virgin who thinks pumping up his arms will get him a prom date that isn't his sister. Put down the dumbbell, get a job and move out of your parents house. You're a bum Athlete Lebron.

Business Lebron teaches us to be really, really full of ourselves and hire a local barber to come to our house to cut what appears to be a beret on our heads just to show we have money. Also, always wear sunglasses indoors so people can't see the look of selfishness and NBA failure in your eyes.

Business Lebron might just suck the most.

Wise Lebron teaches us to practice safe shaving and wear a hat while Kid Lebron teaches us it is okay to kick open a bathroom door and try to scare old people in their underwear and steal their aftershave. Seriously. What if Wise Lebron was pooping.

What a jerk this Kid Lebron is. No respect. Seems more and more like real life Lebron. Though there certainly isn't a real life Wise Lebron and this show proves it.

On the plus side for Lebron James...he now has more stupid cartoon series about himself than the Red Sox have wins. Yup, totally went there.

Young Celtics playing high-level defense without fouling a lot

Young Celtics playing high-level defense without fouling a lot

When you’re an NBA rookie or early on in your career, there’s so much to learn, especially when it comes to playing defense.
 
Despite having at least two players with a year or less experience in the starting lineup and at least three or four other rookies who see regular action, Boston’s top-ranked defense has been able to do the seemingly impossible – defend without fouling a lot.
 
Boston comes into tonight’s game against Atlanta averaging 19.8 fouls committed per game which is the ninth-lowest total in the league.
 
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has some ideas as to how the team has been able to defend without fouling a ton.

“Our length, being able to communicate on the fly, having a system that’s predicated on shrinking the floor, just being very active,” Irving said. “Obviously, we’re going to foul. But the times we don’t foul, we limit teams to some tough shots, some tough two’s or some tough contested threes; I feel we put ourselves in great position. And then when you have guards down there rebounding as well as bigs down there boxing out and staying active it makes all our jobs easier, all five connected out there. We understand the importance of valuing each possession.”
 
The qualities that Irving talks about make sense when you’re talking about the qualities of an elite team defensively.
 
But for the Celtics to have so much youth tossed into such prominent roles, it is unusual to see everything seemingly come together so quickly.
 
“They utilize their length appropriately,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “They’re both long for their positions; that helps. So, you’re not playing Jaylen at the 3 (small forward) as much, and Jayson (Tatum) at the four (power forward) as much. You’re playing them at the two (shooting guard) and three (small forward) a lot. So, they can use that length rather than try and have to battle.”

Irving points out there’s added incentive to play at a high level defensively without fouling.

“If you don’t, you’ll be on the bench,” Irving said. “Brad has made that very clear. If the effort isn’t being put out there, and you’re not paying attention and you’re not preparing the way all of us should be preparing, that goes from the head coach all the way down to the 15th guy, if you’re not preparing the way you should and not perfecting your craft outside the game and that’s being very diligent, understanding what we’re trying to do in strategy, understanding our system, why it works, and why we’re doing it, then why the hell would you expect to play? So, he made it very simple. All the guys understand that. We’re a young team, but what we’re trying to accomplish will take a lot of energy and effort and focus. They understand that at a very young point in the season.”

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Bruins will play Blackhawks in 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame

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Bruins will play Blackhawks in 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame

The Bruins will once again be taking things outdoors and participating in their third Winter Classic in franchise history, but for the first time they won’t be hosting the NHL’s centerpiece event. The B’s announced on Saturday afternoon that they’ll be facing off against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 Winter Classic that will be played at iconic Notre Dame Stadium. Both the Bruins and Blackhawks aren’t exactly strangers to the outdoor showcase, and per usual the Black and Gold are happy to be part of a big deal event for the league.

“The Boston Bruins are excited to be playing in the 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic against another storied Original Six franchise, the Chicago Blackhawks,” said Bruins President Cam Neely, in a press release. “The rich history of Notre Dame Stadium is well documented, and our team looks forward to playing at such an iconic venue. We hope that by participating in these large scale and unique NHL events we can bring Bruins fans new hockey experiences, and that we can use these opportunities to help grow our great game and attract new fans.”

There will be some natural storylines for the game including the rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final participants, and a return to Notre Dame for Fighting Irish forward Anders Bjork after playing three seasons in South Bend. The Bruins/Blackhawks Winter Classic matchup was first reported by Barstool Sports almost two weeks ago, but it wasn’t until Saturday that any of the officials involved were ready to confirm the game.

The Bruins will be in their third Winter Classic after hosting the Jan. 1 outdoor game at Fenway Park in 2010 in an overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and at Gillette Stadium in 2016 in a blowout loss to the Montreal Canadiens.  It is a league-most fourth Winter Classic appearance for the Blackhawks, who hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in 2009, took on the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in 2015, and most recently played the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium in 2017.