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Breaking News: Cavs Sign Mo Williams to a 2-Year Deal

Monday, July 6th, 2015

WOW!  I’m a sucker for a good story, and Mo Williams reuniting with LeBron James and Anderson Varejao is a GREAT story.  Mo was about as depressed as a multi-millionaire pro athlete can get after LeBron left for Miami.   He stayed salty for a while.

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Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

Monday, June 15th, 2015

The Cavs’ margin for error is razor thin.  Are they exhausted or just getting beat?  Steve Kerr’s new strategy.  Why won’t David Blatt go deeper into his bench?  Small Ball the new normal?  More Kendrick Perkins talk then you could possibly fathom at this point in the season.  Does LeBron deserve the MVP?

Mark and I discuss these topics and more on today’s Dayton Sports Scene.

What are your thoughts?  I’m admittedly a bit salty about the series right now but the Cavs should be commended for making this so entertaining.  One thing I’ve found interesting is the amount of hate Cavs fans suddenly have for Steph Curry.  I’ll admit my gut instinct is to dislike the guy but the longer I think about him and the idea of Steph Curry I calm down and almost force myself to get over my emotions.  But I have a few friends on facebook that are fantasizing about doing some violent things to that mouthguard.  How are you feeling about the baby-faced bobblehead right now?

On Motivation

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Recently our insider scout, Elijah Kim, did some digging on an Ohio-based apparel company whose wares have been increasingly showing up on the heads and frames of some of the most motivated personalities of sports, music and culture (including our own LeBron James). He met up with TACKMA clothing’s Danny Victor to get a sense of the company’s unique vision.

I’ll admit I had never heard of TACKMA. FunDisclosure: I buy all my clothes at Goodwill minus my Cavalier T-shirts and other garb.  Also, I don’t watch press conferences.  But Elijah put together a summary of TACKMA and the LeBron connection (read his thoughts below) and it snapped my brain back to a topic on which I often muse: from where do people draw motivation?

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Galvanized Pipe

Friday, May 29th, 2015

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Try, for a moment, to imagine the trepidation of Cavs fans (or just read through the twitter replies) when the #WojBomb detonated.  The Cleveland Cavaliers, fragile, rudderless, running out of time, prepared a jersey and a locker for J.R. Smith.   J.R. Smith?!  With Smith’s reputation, it was almost inconceivable that Cavs GM David Griffin would risk further dysfunction on a team that needed to get righted quickly.  The season was not yet completely unsalvageable, and Smith, for all his documented transgressions and the deafening chorus on his inability to be coached, could be considered one of the few role players in the NBA that could win a game by himself.  Still, it was like calling for a Hail Mary on 3rd and 8 with a minute and three timeouts remaining.

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Podcast: Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Not available for the full 1-hour, in-studio segment, but a nice little recap of the Eastern Conference Finals and a look ahead to the Warriors.  Give it a listen!

And tune in every Thursday between 5 and 6 EST.  You can listen live on www.wingam.com

 

Double Feature: Podcast and Reflection

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

1. Podcast:

I got to celebrate the Cavs’ glorious Game One victory in Mark Neal’s studio this afternoon.  We talked all things Cavs, the Conference Finals, the trade for J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, the draft, and even got into some discussions about the one-year-of-college requirement.  Give it a listen, and tune in each Thursday between 5 and 6 EST.  I’d love to have some of our regulars call in with a question, put a voice to a name.

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Podcast Episode 67: Delly of an ECF Preview

Monday, May 18th, 2015

First,  check out this morning’s excellent post, “on toughness” by EvilGenius.  Second,  EG, David, and I blew right through our self-imposed “half hour” to deliver our thoughts on the Cavs/Bulls series, the Eastern Conference Finals, the toughness the Cavaliers have exhibited, and living in an alternate universe where Matthew Dellavedova is a villain and an assassin.

Enjoy above, on Soundcloud, or on iTunes.

Quickhit: Cavs 94, Bulls 73 (Or, The Delly Game)

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
We're heading that way, to the Eastern Conference Finals.

We’re heading that way, to the Eastern Conference Finals.

(This article was written by Tom Pestak but the subtitle won’t cooperate)

On November 20, 2013, the Cavs lost an embarrassing home game to the Washington Wizards.  They trailed by 18 at halftime while locked in a sedated malaise.  After what must have been an unpleasant speech from Mike Brown, the Cavs almost immediately saw their deficit balloon to 27.  Brown called a rage timeout, fired off a hockey substitution, and what happened next will forever remain in the minds of the few masochistic passionate fans that continued to watch.

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QUICKHIT: Cavs 106, Bulls 101

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

That game had EVERYTHING.  I’m not sure how I’m going to recap it and get any sleep.  LeBron played possibly his best playoff game in a Cavs uniform since 2009.  He completely dominated in the first half and finished with 38 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks (including a highlight, series-saving block on D Rose) and ZERO, (count them…wait you can’t) ZERO Turnovers.  Incredible.  He was dominant in the half-court from mid-range, backing down Jimmy Butler and tossing socks into a laundry basket from every angle.

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Recap: Cavs 86, Bulls 84 (No Bank Necessary)

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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This series has become a full-on war of attrition.  The Cavs and the Bulls are nearly evenly matched and the drama has been overwhelming.  And I’m only talking about the on-court drama.  There are enough stories (real, embellished, manufactured) off the court to fill a small library.  Game 4 was a dogfight from start to finish, an often unsavory spectacle befit two midwestern teams.  Both squads had prolonged periods of drowning in quicksand: After harnessing all the momentum and looking to stomp on the Cavs’ throat, the Bulls suffered through seven minutes without a point in the second quarter.  A 16-0 run by the Cavs during this stretch tipped the balance towards the Wine and Gold.  In the third quarter, the Cavs went scoreless for just over seven minutes.  The Bulls’ 13-0 run during this stranglehold gave them a double-digit lead, which, in a game like this seemed insurmountable, especially given the battered Cavaliers’ roster.  But there would be one more period of sustained “YOU SHALL NOT PASS”-ery, and it was the Cavs defense completely stifling the Bulls pick-and-roll attack in the middle of the 4th quarter.  The Bulls managed a measly six points in the first eight minutes of the quarter, and the Cavs regained control of the battlefield behind some timely pipe-laying by Earl Smith III.  The final moments of the game will be discussed for a very long time.  In the end, Jimmy Butler hit a huge 3, and Derrick Rose turned back the clock a few years, blew by Iman Shumpert, and squeaked a contested layup past the help defense to improbably tie the game at 84, setting up a grueling overtime.  But with 1.5 seconds left, Delly pitched the easiest inbound pass of his life to one LeBron James who drilled a line-toed, long-2 off one leg as the buzzer sounded and the United Center crowd gasped for the wind that had been knocked out of its lungs.

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