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The Hornets and free agent James Posey have agreed to a four-year $25M deal, bringing one of the most prized role players in free agency to the Hive.

More about this in tomorrow’s update.

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Let me start this off by saying, I’m sure Robert Horry is not the first guy guilty of what I’m going to bitch about, but being that I:

  1. Hate him
  2. Hate that people believe he belongs in the Hall of Fame
  3. Hate that he has weaseled his way to 7 rings

I will give him the honor of being the first on the chopping block.

If there’s anything I hate more than the Boston Red Sox and Kobe Bryant, it’s guys who switch teams every 1-2 years, latching on with the best team available in order to try and rack up those championship rings. Don’t get me wrong, as a former basketball player through high school, I know the difference between winning and losing. One tastes like chocolate cake and the other tastes like chocolate cake that’s been vomited into your mouth by a 3 year old. But where have players since of belonging gone?

Take Horry for example. Early in his career, he was lucky enough to be drafted by the eventual champions, as well as be part of a trade that was unable to go through due to a failed physical by Sean Elliot. Most would say he earned his two championships with Houston. I beg to differ. If you want to talk about guys lucking into championships, look no further than the 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 Houston Rockets championship teams. (See: Michael Jordan does not play full season in either.)

But in continuing with Horry, he won 3 more with the Lakers from 2000-2002, and then proceeded to win 2 more with the San Antonio Spurs in 2005 and 2007.

Now if you don’t follow basketball, you may be confused into thinking Robert Horry is some kind of superstar. Let me assure, that he is not. While he has made some big shots over his career, this man is nothing more than a paid mercenary. He signs with the highest bidder, damn near every year, sometimes not even the highest bidder, just whoever has the best chance of winning, and re-locates his ass. He plays below mediocre during the entire regular season, and then once the post-season comes, he does something of notoriety (See: Cheap shot on David West this year, cheap shot on Steve Nash last year) and he gets a ring.

I only complain about this because it’s becoming more of a trend for Horry-esque players. Don’t get me wrong, in his earlier years, about 20-30 lbs ago, Robert Horry was a serious threat as a 6th man. He was tall, could rebound, and could shoot. The same can be said with James Posey, the man who is slowly becoming the modern day Robert Horry.

Posey, an unrestricted free agent after opting out of his contract last month, is a member of the reigning champion Boston Celtics. Instead of playing out the last year of his contract, he opted out, and is currently shopping himself. Now if Posey really cared about winning, he would stay with the team he just helped (significantly in the finals) win a championship. He would actually stay in a city which has embraced him,  and possibly solidify some kind of legacy as a great 6th man who won (potentially) a couple of championships for one of basketball’s most storied franchises.

Nope. Instead, Posey has been shopping himself to the Celtics, Hornets, Cavaliers, and the team he just helped defeat in the finals, the Lakers. Posey has been negotiating this contract as if it will be his last, wanting four years when most clubs are offering two, the Celtics willing to go three.

Now I ask you this. If you were James Posey and you were planning to retire after this next contract, wouldn’t you rather go out on top, playing with three of the best NBA players ever, and build yourself some kind of legacy?

Nope. Because despite what he may want us to think, Posey isn’t retiring after this next four years. He’ll only be 35, and in the new NBA, that’s far too young to be thinking about getting out while you’re on top.

No, you’ve got to hang on and put a blemish on your career by trying to squeak out a few more rings or maybe a first ring (See: Gary Payton and Karl Malone). And before anyone refers to Mr. Jordan, I’ll have you know he did not come back the 2nd time to win a championship, it was to give back to the game, not take away from it.

I guess maybe in this sense, I’m just old-fashioned. I remember when the Bulls vs. the Knicks meant Jordan v. Ewing. Now, depending on what part of the season it is, it may be Duhon (Bulls) vs. Randolph (Knicks), only to be Deng (Bulls) vs. Duhon (Knicks) later.

This is why college basketball still remains relevant. Because Tyler Hansbrough can’t sign with another team just like that.

Then again, why would he want to?

Today is a special day at the Sports Palace. No, not because I will give you a great breakdown of the joke that is the the MLB All Star Game, but because for the second day in a row, we have two great new additions to our site:

First, a good friend of mine, Cody Duet has joined our team and will be giving you guys opinionated columns as well as the very best and latest in the world’s fastest growing sport, MMA. Dude knows his stuff, so get ready. Scroll down some to get to his first column or click here to go straight to it. Enjoy!

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Second, I introduce to you, The Fan’s Five.

What this is, is every week, I will take five emails about various topics and answer each to the best of my ability for five minutes a piece.

I hope you all enjoy and click play below to listen. Send any feedback you may have in a comment to the blog or email me at gisclaircasey@gmail.com

Special thanks to my friends at the Geaux Show for helping me put this all together.

Fan\’s Five Show One
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Now. Back to what was the biggest show of stand-up comedy to hit primetime television this summer: The All-Star Game.

What a joke.

If you want an in-depth recap of the game, see ESPN or CNNSI. I am ticked and prepare for a rant, so here goes:

I dislike the All-Star game for the following reasons.

1. The format – The best players end the game on the bench. How great would it have been to see guys like A-Rod or Albert Pujols at bat with the game on the line? Instead, we get Ryan Ludwick and Michael Young. The MLB needs to build this game like a boxing card and start the reserve players and substitute in the best players to build up to the “main event.” It’s no wonder neither team can score when we get to the 9th-15th innings when both lineups are made of average players at best, going against dominant pitchers.

2. The outcome – The MLB has worked so hard to rebuild its image after the steroid fiasco of the 1990s and early 2000s. And for the most part, they have succeeded thanks to some fabulous young players. I hate that some of those young players’ futures have to be put on the line pitching on one day’s rest to decide a game that finally “matters” this year. Makes me want to puke.

3. What’s at stake – “This one counts.” I have a question. How many times has Michael Young played in the World Series? Or even the playoffs for that matter. (Don’t google it, the answer is none). So why is it that Young’s bat gets to win the game and decide home field advantage for the second time in his career? I am not picking on the kid, but he will never play in the World Series as long as he is with the Rangers, so why should he be deciding potentially who will win it?

The MLB needs to blow this whole baby up and start over.

Here is my plan, who’s with me.

1. Make the All-Star game USA v. World. With 12/18 position player starters, and both starting pitchers, despite popular belief, the USA can compete in this format and it would bring a sense of pride back to the game for the players.

2. I do not have a set plan for the home field advantage thing, so I will give Bud Selig three options. Knowing his track record, I am sure he will pick the worst out of these three.

a. Give home field advantage to the club with the better record – That wouldn’t be such a sin, would it?

b. Give home field advantage to the league with the best interleague record – Let those games “count”.

c. Give home field advantage to the club with the fewest playoff losses in the Divisional Series and Championship Series’ (if the teams have equal losses, then go to regular season record)

That’s three solutions for that problem and three logical reasons why the All-Star game SHOULDN’T “count”.

3. Push the game to Wednesday – Let’s end all of this nonsense of having guys pitch on one day’s rest. Push the game back to Wednesday. It makes all the pitchers readily available and play doesn’t resume until Friday anyway, so it’s not like anyone is pressed for time to return to their club.

Those are my solutions. Who’s with me? Either way, something has to be done, because the current system is a joke and needs to be fixed. Give me your ideas. Chime in with a comment or a solution.

How would YOU fix the All-Star Game?
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Our stadium countdown is getting to the push and shove now and we are inside of the Top 4.

It’s time to take a trip to SEC land and waddle through a land they simply call “The Swamp.”

No. 4 Stadium: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Florida)

Known simply as “The Swamp” among college football fans, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is the 10th largest in terms of capacity in all of college football. When the Gators are rockin’ on the field, the Gator fans are rockin’ in the stands, making the Swamp extremely difficult on opponents, especially when the Gators have dominant teams.

The numbers agree with the above claim as under Steve Spurrier from 1990-2001, the Gators were 68-5 in the Swamp. After taking a step back under Ron Zook, current coach Urban Meyer has rebuilt the winning tradition, fielding a 21-1 home record, making the Swamp one of the most difficult places in America for road teams to succeed.
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Headlines:

Favre tempted to show up at Packers’ camp
– I hope he does. Show the Packers that he will not back down and they will be forced to release him to avoid the constant media circus.


Clippers acquire Camby from Nuggets
– For a second round pick of all things. Why the Nuggets just gave Camby away for chopped liver, I’ll never know, but props to the Clippers who have a decent replacement for Elton Brand.

Hamlin, Cowboys reach $39M deal – Good for Hamlin. Always underappreciated throughout his career, good to see the Cowboys take care of a fine, fine football player.
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YouTube Video of the Day:

I started this feature yesterday and I have a fun one today. Detroit native Jordan Dumars recently committed to play basketball at South Florida.

I was informed of this soon-to-be-stud by a friend of mine. Here is his tape. Keep your eyes open for who can soon become a household name to basketball fans in the Big East.

That is all for me.

Have a great day. Enjoy the new stuff!

SO I SUPPOSE I SHOULD INTRODUCE MYSELF

My name is Cody Duet. I’ve been involved in organized sports since for the last 15 years or so. Everything from Biddy Basketball to 5A basketball to my current fascination, MMA. I’ll be doing more of an opinion article for you guys, and I’m very opinionated, so be prepared to hear some pretty radical things. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Former MMA champ ‘Rampage’ booked after truck incident

Updated: July 16, 2008, 12:37 AM ET

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Former mixed martial arts light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has been arrested after a series of collisions allegedly involving the pickup truck he was driving in Orange County.

Police say Jackson was booked for investigation of felony evading, hit and run and reckless driving. Bail was set at $25,000.

Police received a report of an accident on the 55 Freeway near 19th Street in Costa Mesa involving a large pickup truck that had struck other vehicles and fled the scene.

A Costa Mesa officer spotted the pickup getting involved in another collision and fleeing toward Newport Beach. The pickup, which had a tire disabled in the collisions, was pulled over in Newport Beach. Police say Jackson was taken into custody without incident.

No one was hurt.
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