Monthly Archives: June 2015

NBA Finals; Game 5 Tonight 

 
What will be the narrative after game 5 of the NBA Finals tonight between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers? In a series where we started out saying, OH NO! Steph Curry magically can’t shoot anymore! Lebron James is inefficient but still willing his team of misfits to an NBA Championship! To the Cav’s are “gassed”, and Curry is back on track, the series is over. If I had a dollar for everytime I’ve heard the word gassed since the second quarter of game 4… I wouldn’t be writing in this blog right now 😳

We will soon see what the narrative will be, but I’m going to take a guess and say it’ll be… The MVP is officially back, and Lebron James needs more help. While Steph Curry is somewhat back on track and putting up respectable numbers. He has yet to have that game in the Finals that we are so used to seeing from him. I think he gets back to that tonight and puts up 40 in the points column. Which will of course help the Warriors that game 5 on their home court and take command of the series. I believe Lebron will be rested and continue to put of the gaudy numbers that he has been forced to do since Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love where officially ruled out for the rest of the playoffs. Timofey Mosgov is the only help I anticipate James getting tonight. With his seven foot stature and outstanding athleticism, Mosgov is the only Cavaliers other then Lebron that the Warriors don’t have an answer for. 

But enough talk already, let’s just see for ourselves what come of game 5…

Steve Kerr Lies; Andre Iguodala goes Bananas; Lebron headbutts one camera & flashes the king dingling to another; Cav’s get tired; Joey Crawford tells Mosgov to shut up! All of this in game 4 of the NBA Finals 

NBA Official Joey Crawford telling Cleveland’s Timofey Mozgov to “Shut Up!”

In an entertaining game 4 of the NBA Finals, we got lies from coach Steve Kerr of the Warriors, an old bald man yelling at a seven foot Russian, a superstar getting his head busted open and bleeding everywhere pouting to who I assume was the camera man saying “it was your fault! It was your fault!”. He also had a bit of a pregame wardrobe malfunction showing his ding ding to another camera while making his “adjustments”. We also got a veteran role player stepping up for the Warriors as if to say enough is enough, instead of the league MVP doing so. We saw the series controlling Cavaliers loose their legs (figuratively) and only scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter. Allowing the series momentum to shift in the favor of the young California boys for the first time. 

Can The Warriors Get Back On Track? Game 4 NBA Finals

  

With Thursday evening and game four of the NBA finals quickly upon us. I’ve been wondering how it must feel for the Golden State Warriors, being down two games to one in a series that they were highly favored in,The NBA MVP Steph Curry, among others on the team, drawing blanks for the most part in this series. What does it feel like to be in that locker room? I imagine pacing, lots of jitter legs, and players jumping up-and-down. General anxiousness and not being able to sit still, in anticipation of being able to get back on the court and muster up some kind of redemption. There’s Coach Steve Kerr spouting out tonight’s game plan, probably telling his team that if Matthew Dellavedova hits the floor for a loose ball tonight before any of you, your coming out of the game because you don’t want to win. I imagine that feeling you get when you’ve been away from home sometime, but your almost there. It seems like every second is a minute, every minute an hour, and it feels like you’ll never get there. Well you will, and the reality of the Golden State Warriors situation is about to give them a gut punch. Will they brace themselves for the impact, take it in stride, and bring this highly hard fought and entertaining series back to 2-2 and play like the best team in the NBA that they have been all season long?  

Today’s SO SO Poll 6/11/15

Today’s Non-Sports Related Rant; Oversized Road Rage

  
As a younger now self proclaimed “modernized fake truck driver”. Meaning I drive a dedicated route Monday through Friday and am home every night. There are several things I need to get off my chest, both to vent and hopefully educate some on proper driving practices and respecting an 80,000 pound truck and truck driver. As I begin it’s becoming quite clear to me that driving through Chicago twice a day may be having some sort of barring on my personal frustrations. Yet I will try to put aside those feelings and allocate legitimate material that will be helpful. 

Any of you that know me, know that I’m sometimes egregiously calm, laid back, patient, easy going and easy to get along with. That is one reason why I chose this profession. To be a safe non road raged driver you must utilize all of these attributes constantly and consistently. I have a saying (or reoccurring thought rather) that is no matter how outlandish of an act that someone can do in a car around a semi, that person could be my mother, my sister, brother, girlfriend, niece, anyone in my inner family circle. While also remembering that those people are special and matter to someone as well. This always keeps me safe minded and calm on the roads. That being said, here are a few pet peeves I’ve picked up over the last couple years, and a few things that may help with your road rage and keep you calm and safe around big trucks. 

1. I do NOT have my turn signal on for no reason…

Yes, there is the occasional dummy who forgets to turn their turn signal off because ours don’t automatically do so like in your personal vehicle. Yet MOST of the time we have our turn signals on for a very good reason. 

We are taught to change lanes as infrequently as possible. Obviously the fewer lane changes for us, or you guys for that matter, equals fewer opportunities for a blind spot lane changing collision. So if we do have our turn signal on trust that it is for a very good reason. Remember we can see a lot further than you and are always looking or obstacles, potential dangers, and thinking ahead to what lane we need to be in so we don’t have to make abrupt lane changes right before an exit. For example we are always looking out for broken down cars and trucks along the side of the road, police and emergency vehicles and workers on the sides of the road, construction zones and workers, slow moving vehicles, etc…  Which for all of these instances, I don’t know if you’ve ever been on the side of a highway and a semi blows by, but if you have you know it’s scary and very dangerous, and we need to get over. It is actually a law now I know in Indiana, possibly elsewhere as well, that all vehicles must at the very least slow down if getting over is not possible, but you must and should try. 

I can’t even tell you how many times a DAY my turn signal is ignored and it put me and others in a worse (sometimes worse than others) situation that could have been avoided if one of your fellow “four wheelers” wouldn’t  have decided where they where going and what they where doing was more important than me and everyone else’s safety. Unless you are already beside the truck or trailer. The worst thing you can do is speed up and try to get around them before they get over. Again not me I try my best to be safe and curtious, but there are some truck drivers out there that live by the “I’m bigger than you” rule. They believe that if they want over and you are not letting them, that they are then coming anyway and you’ll move or regret it… So just don’t do it. Where you are going may be important, but so is where we are going and what we are doing, providing goods and services that you use on a daily basis to everywhere in the country. Meanwhile we are trying to get home safely to our families just as you are. 

2. YOU are merging onto the highway, I am NOT merging to you getting on the highway…

This is one I struggle with.. I finally yelled back at a guy the other day, whether he could hear me or not, I did. This after he had cursed me and held his middle finger out the window for two miles going down the road. I feel like something so obvious should not be such of an issue, but because of the staggering amount of people I encounter just like this guy proves otherwise. 

Now again, we are taught to change lanes ONLY when absolutely necessary. Even if it is only me on the highway and you merging, this is NOT an acceptable reason for a lane change in a big rig. While I and most do get over for vehicles merging onto the highway when it is safely possible, it is NOT your right for us to do so for you! You have the merge sign and are merging to everyone on the highway, everyone is not merging to you. No matter how precious you really are.

While the above mentioned individual thought that going the same speed and riding to the end of the merge lane right beside my trailer was a good way to merge and was somehow my fault. While I was trying to get over mind you, and just could not in time. I assure you I did not even have to attempt to do so nor was I choosing his speed. While most big trucks have a set governed top speed and ride with the cruise control engaged most of the time. One or two mile an hour faster or slower will easily put you in front of or behind a semi when merging. Oh! But wait.. You couldn’t possibly merge to behind a semi could you my precious?.. 😌

3. Yes I know it’s annoying to us too, but trucks these days are governed and sometimes it takes a minute to get around another truck going slower than you are. 

I’m not talking about the guys that get up beside each other going the exact same speed and ride there blowing kisses back and forth to one another for 30 minutes. Not those guys, honk and yell at those guys all you wish, we do too. 

Although there are some company trucks that are governed at varying speeds. Some at 55, some at 60, 62, 65, 68, and probably everything in between. Trucking Companies do this for safety, speed limit compliance, and for fuel efficiency reasons. 

I know it can be frustrating to sit behind a semi in the fast lane doing 65, passing a truck doing 63. Yet as equally frustrating is for the truck doing 65 to have to continually have to tap his breaks so not to tailgate the slower truck. As well as be able to keep a good pace and continuous speed.  In this situation, I will wait and watch for a long enough opening and gap between cars so that I’m not holding anyone up. Or just slightly do so at the most if I know it’s going to take me awhile to get around. 

So just know that we are not deliberately holding you up and taking so long to get around another truck just because we want to. Id say 99% of the time that is not the case, not even close. 

4. Stop changing lanes and cutting over right in front of a big truck. It’s dangerous, trucks take a lot longer to stop, and it just makes you look ignorant and like you don’t value your life…

  


5. If there is a sign saying right/left lane closed 2 miles ahead, don’t go another 2 miles before you get over..
This is another situation that just takes  a little common sense, and something that I figured would be simple common knowledge, but it is not. 

Now into the warmer spring and summer months there are a lot more construction zones popping up on major highways all across the country. These are a necessity and should be respected, yet can also be a burden for all of us. You want to get wherever you are headed without interruption, and so do we. While there are some who earn an hourly wage, most professional drivers are paid by the mile and are loosing money every minute we sit in traffic. 

Back to the issue at hand, before every major construction zone there are signs informing you of said zone miles ahead of time. Do not ignore these signs, after all they are put there for a reason. I don’t really get why people can’t understand still, but the reason for ignoring them is to fly up in front of anyone then jump into line right before the lane ends correct? As anyone noticed that once you get to where it is down to one lane after the merge, that you tend to speed up? I’m wondering why this astronomically insane miracle happens??…. BECAUSE everyone that is ignoring the signs that just can’t wait and try to push there way past as many vehicles as possible, ARE the ones slowing everybody down! I’m not a betting man, but if I where I’d bet that over 75% of the time this is why construction zone traffic flow cannot do the posted work zone speed limit all the way through.

As a little side note that you may not know about. If you are ever on the highway not in a construction zone and everyone is slowing down or stopping. Most likely for a crash or some other obstacle ahead. Almost every big truck has a cb radio, we can talk to one another and trucks going the opposite direction can tell us what is going on and what lane to be in to get around the hazard in a safe, effective manner. So if you are in this situation and see most trucks moving to one lane, they aren’t guessing, follow them. 

If more people would follow some of these simple practices and be a bit more cautious and use a little more common sense we could all have a lot more enjoyable driving experiences. I hope this helps! Be safe out there!

NBA Finals – Game 3

 

LeBron James celebrating after an emotional game 2 victory


All knotted up and one game a piece the 2015 NBA Finals Series is in full swing. Both intensity and emotions are running with the throttle pulled wide open with gears and pistons cranking full bore. With the tone set by  two straight overtime games to begin the series, which has never happened until now. The Warriors and Cav’s have their sites set on taking game three to the limits again tonight and try to produce a one game cushion between the opposition. 

Tipoff is at 9:00pm est on ABC in Cleveland. 

Kyrie Irving Offically Out;Lebron & Cav’s Officially Outnumbered 

  
Now with the news today of Kyrie Irving’s diagnosis of a fractured kneecap, which makes me cringe and rub my knee everytime I think about it,  the Cavaliers have upgraded the saying “backs against the wall” to “backs against a black hole”. I won’t go so far and regurgitate all of the national media narrative and say LeBron is now on his own and this NBA finals series is officially over. Although I am of the understanding that a comeback by Cleveland, after a loss in game one and now Kyrie’s knee shattering, is a lot less likely. Yet if I’ve learned anything over the years of watching sports, it’s that anything can most certainly happen. There are many instances in not only sports but history as a whole where the will of the few has outweighed the strength of the many. 

So don’t lose hope yet Clevelanders, you do, along with many other talented role players, still have the best player in the game. 

Game 2 in Sunday at 7:00pm est on ABC. 

How Mad Are You at ESPN?

  
Me? I wouldn’t say mad, more disappointed. Like a father is disappointed in his son for not taking out the trash when his mother asked him too. Now she has to take it out, in the rain, while trying to cook dinner, along with doing dishes and laundry as well. That kind of disappointment. 

Let me continue by saying, while growing up in a conservative Christian household. It is my own individuality that allows me to have the belief system of simply, you do you. As long as your being genuine and are happy, you do you, be who you are, who you want to be. I’m not going to be the one to judge whether that is right or wrong and that’s not what this piece is meant to be about. 

I would rather talk about and discuss how this national controversy over Caitlyn Jenner, who will soon be Awarded the Arther Ashe Award for Courage, was sparked by the very same sports news outlet that will be presenting Jenner with said award. Talk about job security. Yes I know, well C.W. They ARE a news outlet they are supposed to find and create headlines. This is true that’s how ESPN, CNN, TMZ, Deadspin and all of the other news media outlets survive and thrive in their industry’s. Yet I find it to be a bit off putting that the Worldwide Leader in Sports would choose to take this prestigious acknowledgment once awarded to Muhammad Ali, Pat Tillman, Nelson Mandela, and as recent as Robin Roberts in 2013, and turn it into a ploy only to get eyes on television sets and rating charts to spike. Instead of giving the award to whom I would guess 80% of America believes would be more honorable choices in Lauren Hill or Noah Galloway. I’m sure you all know their stories by now so I won’t get into that. If you don’t, look into both individuals, they are both deserving candidates. 

Again like I said, I honestly do not have anything against any lifestyle that any person chooses. I want to make that clear. Her appearance at the 2015 ESPY Awards will most likely be Caitlyn Jenner’s first major public appearance since the transformation. While the award itself is meant to be an honor to receive. Isn’t ESPN sort of helping with the onslaught of scrutiny that Jenner has been facing already? Putting her on a huge stage like that in front of millions of people, wearing a dress and high heels in public for what I assume will be the first time on such a large scale as well. Plus all of the national banter that this story is getting now already.  It just seems like to me that ESPN’s motives are a little off base. While some may believe Jenner’s courage is more deserving of the award then a war vet, wounded in combat, now accomplishing incredible things in the sports world. Or a young girl who fought battles on the court playing basketball and off the court with cancer. Whether it is a terrible way of looking at things or even the wrong way to think. I truely believe ratings and headlines where the main driving force behind ESPN’s decision. Not to mention Jenner’s accomplishments in sports happened nearly 40 years ago, and most generations like myself had no idea of the then Bruce Jenner’s Olympic resume until the article in Vanity Fair was released. 

This may also sound somewhat harsh, but it’s really not meant to. I’m only attempting to prove a point… While ESPN can justify their selection of Jenner for the Arther Ashe Courage Award by referring everyone to his/her Olympic record and stardom within the sports world in the late 1970s. What name will the presenter call for Jenner to accept the award?… That’s where it gets confusing. Not just by calling a silly name, but if she (Caitlyn) was never Bruce, always felt like a women. Are the Olympic accomplishment nullified by the fact she competed in a male category? And further on, and so forth. Which none of which is for me to decide, I just thought it may be another interesting way of looking at this situation. Whether you agree or disagree with me, ESPN, or whomever. We all must admit that Caitlyn Jenner and ESPN have our attention. 

Check out the poll below and let me know who you believe should be awarded the Arther Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards. 

Today’s SO SO Poll 6/5/15