Sports Doppelgangers, Volume 63 – Keeping Alexei Ramirez Away From the U.S. Navy Might Be A Good Idea

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As promised, the former Sports Blog Movement feature Sports Doppelgangers will live on here at Dubsism. Having said that, this doppelganger is a bit more abstract than usual, if for no other reason than you really have to picture some things in your mind to make this one work.

First, head down to your local Redbox and rent the movie “Captain Phillps.” Then watch a Chicago White Sox game. I think the real reason Ramirez has been battling back problems all year is because before he was a Cuban shortstop, he may have been a Somali pirate, and may have some lead in his ass courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

It’s hard to see at first, but think about it. By taking some major league money, Ramirez could have easily got the orthodontia he desperately needed, then he could have easily fattened up in Chicago, which goes without saying as being a much better food town than Mogadishu. Fogo de Chao versus a dog skull filled with couscous and rotten goat? Even Joe West couldn’t blow that call.

It’s not so hard to see now, is it?

You can see the other installments in this series at the SBM Archive

The Blast-Cast with J-Dub and Meehan: Stuff You Need To Know About the 2014 NFL Season

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Sports Blog Movement may be gone, but the Blast-Cast has returned. Today’s episode is all about a preview of the upcoming NFL season that only J-Dub and Ryan Meehan can bring you. This is more than just which team is better than which…this is stuff you really need to know!

WARNING: This Blast-Cast gets a bit more R-rated and addresses some controversial subjects. This is because J-Dub and Meehan get into a discussion about how NFL Kommissar Roger Goodell is going to screw up the NFL somehow, and this leads to a point where J-Dub has a profanity-filled tirade and says some things that some may find objectionable. Granted, that’s not really news, but the point is that if you are easily offended, maybe you should skip this podcast and stick with something more NPR-ish. In other words, if you choose to listen to this Blast-Cast and hear something that pisses you off, don’t say you weren’t warned.

Click here to listen to or download the Blast-Cast (MP3 format)…The Blast-Cast is also available on Itunes.

Guest Column: Jim Rockford on the Death of Sports Blog Movement and the New and Improved Dubsism

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Editor’s Note: Mr. Rockford is a private detective based in Malibu, California. We here at Dubsism have retained Mr. Rockford at his standard rate of two hundred dollars a day plus expenses to investigate matters of crime and other general shadiness in the world of sports, then report back to us when needed. If you would like to contact Mr. Rockford, at the tone, leave your name and number and he’ll get back to you

 

Being a private investigator, I don’t believe in coincidences. Having said that, don’t think for a minute there is a coincidence between the death of James Garner and the death of Sports Blog Movement. To make a long story short, while SBM had great contributors and was the home to some awesome sports content, it proved to have one fatal flaw; it diluted that great content across too many outlets. That’s why while SBM has gone away, many of the features you had come to know at SBM will still be available on Dubsism.

For example, soon you will be hearing the Blast-Cast again, the podcasting partner ship between J-Dub and Ryan Meehan. As long as we a speaking of podcasts, Radio J-Dub will making a return soon. If you aren’t familiar, think of these casts as the antithesis of the useless self-manufactured fluff brought to you by the likes of ESPN, or as it is referred to on Dubsism, the World Wide Bottom Feeder.

In addition to that, many features that were once exclusive to Sports Blog Movement that will be making a new home on Dubsism.

  • Sports Doppelgangers: The series for sports and celebrity look-alikes
  • Tales of Depression and Sorrow: Stories of long-suffering fans of not-so-good teams
  • Conversations Not Meant To Be Public: Great stuff unearthed by J-Dub’s investigative journalism division. DISCLAIMER: Buy “unearthed,” J-Dub may mean “completely fabricated.”  But it some seriously funny stuff in any event
  • The Deep Six: A Ryan Meehan joint (often featuring J-Dub) exposing the foibles of pop culture in sports

Not only will Dubsism be the new home of these features, but it will to continue to being you the finest in J-Dub’s sports-themed rants as it always has.  But by now, you have to be asking yourself  “what the hell does Jim Rockford have to do with all this?”Because another feature Dubsism has had since it’s inception is a long line of guest columns. There’s plenty of collaborations with the aforementioned Ryan Meehan, there’s a long list of informative pieces on the complexities of the business of sport by famed general manager Joe McGrath, and a host of contributions by King George VI, who explains all sorts of thing Americans generally don’t understand.  I’m included in there as well; the world of sports has all sorts of seedy dealings in the shadows of the law.  See, now that James Garner is gone, nobody is likely to sue Dubsism over the deal I just signed to be it’s exclusive investigatory contributor.So, if you are a sports fan, you will want to subscribe to Dubsism today.  There’s going to be too much stuff available here that you simply can’t afford to miss!

Could Donald Sterling Win A Lawsuit Against the NBA?

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On Monday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has handed Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling a lifetime ban from the NBA, along with issuing the maximum allowable fine of $2.5 million. Silver also said that we will ask the NBA owners to essentially kick Sterling out of the league. Since then, there have been lots of articles written proclaiming victory over the evil Sterling and celebrating the end of his reign.

Now, do not mistake this as defense of Sterling; I’m on record far too many times decrying what a colossal asshole he is (here, here, and here for starters).  Nor is this a criticism of Silver’s actions. His hand was forced by a “perfect storm” of circumstances; 30+ years of inaction by the NBA, a firestorm of public outrage, a threatened walk-out by the players, and sponsors bailing out meant Silver really had no choice.  Rather, this is a “warts-and-all” assessment of what might happen, given the assumption that Sterling has a long and litigious history and given that,  forcing him out of the league raises some very problematic legal issues.

This assessment is necessary because we all know there is a distinct possibility that Sterling will sue. Sterling is an attorney, which helps explain why he has a reputation as the most litigious owners in all of professional sports.  Given what is at stake here, it would be a surprise if he doesn’t file a lawsuit contesting his expulsion. Not only do we need to consider the possibility that he files such a suit, but we also need to look at the options under which he has to file a suit, and the viability of those possibilities.

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RIP Dr. Jack Ramsay

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To me, Jack Ramsay will always be the man who got me interested in basketball, and at the time he did it, that was a tall order. Those of you under 30 don’t remember what a time of malaise the late 1970′s were for the NBA. There was such parity in the league that the league was really hard to watch. The merger with the American Basketball Association had not produced the super-league like the NFL, and more importantly, there was no national television coverage to speak of, except for the playoffs.

As a kid in southern California, this meant to watch the NBA meant the Los Angeles Lakers on local television. That also meant watching a lot of bad teams; the western conference was stocked with hapless teams like the Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Seattle SuperSonics.

But then 1976 came. One night in November, the Portland TrailBlazers came to town, and they matched up with the Lakers like no other team in the West I had seen up to that time. They were coached by this bald guy who wore some seriously loud outfits, and his team played at a pace I’d never seen. That season saw the Portland TrailBlazers run over, around, and through the NBA, scoring over 110 points per game in an era that didn’t have the three-point shot.

The TrailBlazers won the NBA Championship that season in an epic six-game series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Injuries, particularly to star center Bill Walton, meant the TrailBlazers would never claim another league title, but the style of play invented by Dr. Jack Ramsay would certainly live on, most notably with the “Showtime” Lakers of the 1980′s.

John T. “Dr. Jack’s” Ramsay’s journey through life and basketball  began with his birth on  February 21, 1925 in Philadelphia.  He enrolled at Saint Joseph’s University in 1942, where he eventually became captain of the basketball team. Later, Ramsay earned a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania, which is were the “Dr.” tag came from.

Ramsay began coaching Saint Joseph’s in 1955, where he enjoyed a great deal of success.  He notched a record of of 234-72 and led the Hawks to the NCAA tournament seven times and the Final Four in 1961.  Ramsay often said that his years at St. Joseph’s were the most fulfilling of his life, largely because that was when he met his wife, and because he played a large role in the growth of the “Big 5,”  the annual Philadelphia basketball series involving Saint Joseph’s, La Salle, Penn, Villanova and Temple.

In the professional ranks, Ramsay coached in the NBA for parts of 21 seasons.  Ramsay became coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1968, joined the Buffalo Braves in 1972, and brought his craft to Portland in 1976. That TrailBlazer team featured stars such as Bill Walton, Lionel Hollins, and Maurice Lucas, and that team took the NBA championship in Ramsay’s first season as coach. He finished his coaching career with the Indiana Pacers in 1989, but that was not the end of his career. Ramsay went from the sideline to the broadcast booth, where he spent 21 years as one of the best announcers in basketball.

Ramsay was 864-783 in his NBA career and in 1996 was honored as one of the league’s all-time top 10 coaches, and he will be missed.

The Donald Sterling Situation Has Exposed Doc Rivers As Either An Idiot Or A Hypocrite

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The other day, I did a podcast on this Donald Sterling situation, and one of the things I mentioned in that show is that when it hits the media, racism does a wonderful job of exposing stupidity, both for the jag-off who says the racist comment and invariably for somebody who gets their hand forced by it. Thanks to the 24-hour news cycle, we are all balls-deep in what Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling said.  But with all the attention being paid to that idiot, there’s some others who are getting exposed as well.

The first of what I’m guessing will be several examples to come from this whole affair is Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers. Here’s a guy with a real problem on his hands. On one hand, whether he likes it or not, he is stuck in middle of this mess, and on the other hand, he has no way out. And he has nobody to blame but himself.

That fact was made clear when Rivers was questioned about whether or not he knew about Sterling’s racist past. The quote is priceless.

“Didn’t know a lot about it. Probably should have.”

At first, I had no idea what the fuck that was supposed to mean. Then it hit me. Rivers is doing the exact opposite of what Samuel L. Jackson did after he got criticized for his role in the movie “Django.”

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Radio J-Dub, Volume 4 – Donald Sterling Strikes Again

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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a never-ending well-spring for bloggers because he just can’t help sticking both feet in his mouth. Once again, he’s done so, and once again, the issue is race. In this episode, J-Dub proposes a unique solution to the problem; one that would be awesome, but won’t happen.

You can subscribe to and download the podcast here, as well as get information on how to participate when Radio J-Dub is being recorded live. Radio J-Dub can also be found on Itunes.

Divisional Renaming: A SportsChump-Dubsism Collaboration – Edition One: Major League Baseball

By J-Dub and SportsChump

Twin brothers from another mother...born on the 13th of July.

Twin brothers from another mother…born on the 13th of July.

J-Dub:

I’m probably going to regret this collaboration. This is what SportsChump considers flattery, Besides, I don’t swear nearly as fucking much as he thinks I do:

I have a friend.  His name is J-Dub.  He’s kinda weird, an ornery fellow if I may. We’ve never officially met, but he runs a website just like mine, except his has a lot more curse words. He is one of the more creative minds you’ll find in cyberspace.  He and I have collaborated before for some good times.

We’ve decided to do so again.

SportsChump:

As we regularly read each other’s material and support each other’s sites, we often exchange ideas that readers might deem read-worthy.  Renaming divisions in college and professional sports was one of those ideas. This idea was spawned when the Big Ten deciding to name its two divisions with the rather non-descript “Legends” and “Leaders.” That always struck us as odd.  The idea has since been kicked to the curb with conference
officials opting for the more traditional East-West beginning in the 2014 season.  Fortunately those in charge of naming the divisions never considered doing so after the conference’s most legendary coaches.  We
know how that would have ended up.

That’s why I called upon J-Dub.  Who better than to enlighten us with an answer to the pressing issues of our time?  After all, East, West, Central are all so boring, not to mention, he’s done this before with college football.  Besides, half the teams that play in those divisions don’t even reside in the part of the country they’re supposed to represent.  The Dallas Cowboys play in the NFC East.  The Denver Nuggets play in the NBA’s Northwest Division.  Have you seen where those two cities are on a map?

There’s no rhyme or reason to any of this, which is why we’re here.

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007 Reasons Why Liverpool Will Win It’s First Premiership Crown in 2014

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The English Premier League doesn’t have a playoff system to determine its champion. The team that accrues the most points during the regular season wins that crown. Having said that, Saturday’s visit to Anfield by Manchester City to take on current league leader Liverpool could be the next best thing to a playoff.

This year’s EPL campaign is headed for one of the most spectacular finishes in its 22-year history. Four points separate Liverpool, Chelsea, and Man City for the top three spots respectively, the race for the fourth Champions League spot sees Arsenal and Everton with a single point between them, and the race for the spots being contested by the pair of points separating Tottenham Hotspur and the post-Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United.

Man City and their gargantuan payroll seems to be the favorites of the British football punditry; the perception being that expenditure has given them the strongest squad on paper, and that Liverpool and Chelsea will take each other out when they meet in two weeks at Anfield.

That view ignores some key points which will prove to be the difference in these last few weeks of the EPL season.  Sit back and pour yourself a martini (shaken, not stirred, of course…) and consider the following points.

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Radio J-Dub, Volume 3 – Social Marxism and Sports in America

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What do women’s college basketball and a high-school baseball field in Michigan have in common? In today’s episode, J-Dub talks about how the idea of “fairness” really has us all missing the point when it comes to athletics. Sports is the one true meritocracy left, but that is being assailed every day, and J-Dub explores how.

You can subscribe to and download the podcast here, as well as get information on how to participate when Radio J-Dub is being recorded live. Radio J-Dub can also be found on Itunes.

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