Magic Johnson, Kevin Love, Others Remember Jackie Robinson

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Jackie Robinson, most recently immortalized in last year’s baseball film, 42, is a sports icon—in large part due to the significant contribution he made to all sports in being the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball during racial segregation (prior to the Civil Rights Movement).

Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers 67 years ago on this very day, April 15, 1947.

10 years ago, in 2004, Major League Baseball decided to commemorate Robinson’s legacy by beginning a tradition, known as Jackie Robinson Day, in which all uniformed players and managers wear the number 42 to honor his legacy.

The Knicks failed to make the playoffs and we could have seen it coming

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knicks_suck“Nobody was expecting this,” Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said of his team missing the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

“At the beginning of the season, nobody ever thought we’d be in this situation, in this position that we’re in right now,” said star forward Carmelo Anthony, who will not play in the postseason for the first time in his 11 year career. After coming into last year’s postseason as the second seed in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks are a lottery team. But to say no one was expecting this outcome would be a lie.

On Oct. 15 of last year, practically six months ago to the day, ESPN’s computer-based, analytics driven computer projection system called SCHONE predicted that the Knicks would finish the season 37-45. Their current record after 80 games? 35-45 and eliminated from the playoff race.

In explaining why the SCHONE projections had the Knicks faring so poorly, two of the reasons Kevin Pelton gave were the team’s projected 3-point outage and the aging roster. Both proved true to an extent, as you’ll see later in this column.

Six months ago, the team’s response to this prediction was typically and naturally bombastic.

“Sometimes there’s glitches in the computer,’’ Anthony said on Oct. 16. “That’s all I can say.’’

WoodsonWoodson took it even further, asking if the computer model is the one that plays. “It’s a computer system. I don’t think computers run up and down the floor,” Woodson said. “You still have to play the game, guys. I don’t get caught up in that. I don’t have any control over the computers. The only thing I can control is our team and how we play.’’

Half a year later, Woodson and Anthony were singing different tunes about how their season turned so sour.

Tweet of the Day: Frank Vogel Reassigned, Larry Bird To Coach Pacers

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Tuesday, not just any normal day, nor the typical Tuesday.

This is April 1st, otherwise known as April Fool’s Day—the day renowned for pranks.

Amid many breaking news stories, like Tiger Woods undergoing microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve in his back, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon opted to lead their show, Pardon the Interruption, with a shocking revelation for the Indiana Pacers.

The news?

Due to the Pacers recent swoon, head coach Frank Vogel had been reassigned within the organization and team president Larry Bird would be stepping in as coach to rectify front office “mistakes”—such as having traded away Danny Granger, an integral piece of the team’s chemistry and acquiring players like Evan Turner and Andrew Bynum.

The long time PTI duo did an excellent job selling the story as breaking news, even going so far as to debate if Bird should assume responsibility for the team’s loss of chemistry and assume coaching duties.

It was, of course, a farce, but it was convincing enough to sucker in a few peers in the media—even within ESPN.

Sheridan Hoops contributor Maxwell Ogden even had to give Wilbon and Kornheiser props.

New York Knicks multimedia content creator Jonah Ballow was also among those that fell for the ruse.

Add American country music singer Scotty McCreery to the list of individuals fooled by the prank.

Truly, this may have been one of the best news broadcast April Fool’s pranks in recent memory. If you missed it, keep an eye out for the video to be posted to Youtube later this week.

 

 

Previous Tweet Posts:

Tweet of the Night: Tony Parker Gets Modest About Franchise Record 18-Straight Wins

Tweet of the Day: DeMarcus Cousins’ R&B CD Better Than Previous NBA Music

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Michael writes the Tweet of the Day for SheridanHoops.com and is also a correspondent for BleacherReport.com.

SH Blog: What’s with all of the Kyrie Irving drama? Parsons strikes big endorsement deal; Knicks hit new low

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KyrieIrvingSH1Could the Cleveland Cavaliers lose Kyrie Irving?

This seems to be a recurring conversation.

On January 31st, nearly four weeks ago, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst published a story regarding Kyrie Irving’s future and upcoming contract negotiations with the Cavaliers this summer. 

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ESPN Anchor Bob Ley’s Attempt To Burn LeBron James On Twitter

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LeBron JamesMiami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James has been all over the media the past few days.

From his exclusive All-Star interview with Steve Smith for NBA TV to his recent comments regarding his basketball Mt. Rushmore, if you’re reading sports news, you’re likely to hear about something that he said to someone.

Early Wednesday, ESPN Dallas writer Calvin Watkins and fellow ESPN writer Michael Wallace put together an article detailing a conversation between James and perennial media pariah and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Romo offered LeBron some encouraging words and, in turn, the four-time NBA MVP offered him some words of advice.

ESPN SportsCenter anchor and Outside The Lines host Bob Ley seemed to take offense at the advice James was dishing out.