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Kentucky Wildcats Weekend Quickies: LeBron James Decision Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. John Calipari in Sin City recruiting. CN|2 remembers John Stewart. Corey Peters gives back. More.

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So LeBron James is returning to Cleveland. Good for him. I thought his essay talking about his decision was very classy and speaks very highly of LeBron. I know Miami fans are disappointed, but there is a part of me that has always thought the Heat were just renting LeBron, and that Cleveland was always his ultimate destination.

After all the drama last time, I’m glad to see all concerned have lost their taste for it. It’s good to see adults acting like adults. I will say this — I think Vegas making Cleveland the favorite next season is one of the more absurd things I’ve seen, but remember — bettors have a whole lot to do with where that line is set, which may say more about them than Vegas.

I found this piece interesting, and not just for the simile that the author drew with Rupp’s Runts (Hat tip: Real Clear Sports ):

The Cavaliers, almost in spite of themselves, through lottery luck and lack of on-court pluck, have assembled younger talent (or, should it be “talents?”) with higher performance ceilings than anything Riley, now the Miami Heat’s generalissimo, has in Miami. The Cavs now offer the better chance to win in the East for James. (The shortcut to the Finals, particularly for someone who values shortcuts as much as James, is through the Eastern Conference.)

I suppose this is true, but one is forced to wonder. Yes, Cleveland is talented and young, but are they too young, and will that change before James is past his prime?

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Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
Kentucky basketball
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College football
  • Final rankings of the SEC offensive lines from For Whom the Cowbell Tolls. I guess our ballot didn’t get submitted in time, alas. I’ll make sure the next one does.

  • Texas is creeping toward beer sales at games, but isn’t going to sell it at football games this season.

    I am of two minds on this. I know that selling adult beverages invites drunken bad behavior, but honestly, there are many ways around that, such as arriving to the game barely coherent and using plastic flasks to smuggle in harder stuff. Those who are determined to drink at games probably will.

    Perhaps selling beer up until half time with a strict limit of, say, two per purchase would be a plan. I’m just spitballing here.

  • LSU has expanded their football stadium capacity to 102,000. I doubt they’ll have trouble filling it.

  • Athlon Magazine ranked Les Miles the 17th best coach in the country. And The Valley Shook had this observation:

    Only six coaches ranked ahead of Miles have won a national title, and only seven have more career wins. He ranks behind a guy with a career .500 record (David Cutcliffe), a guy who has only won one conference title (Art Briles), two guys who have only been head coaches for three years (James Franklin and David Shaw), and Bobby Petrino. I can’t even explain that one.

    He can’t explain it because it is frankly in-freaking-sane. Les Miles is maybe the most unfairly disrespected coach in the country, and it’s completely inexplicable.

  • Auburn QB Nick Marshall cited for having a bit of ganja. Naughty boy. You can always transfer to Colorado, I guess. Or Washington.

College basketball
Other sports news
  • Paul Azinger on Tiger Woods:

    "I think one of the big differences that’s very rarely articulated is the fact that while Tiger in his dominance always – for whatever reason – was in this quest to get better, I don’t remember Jack ever saying that," Azinger said in an ESPN conference call Thursday advancing the network’s British Open coverage. "Jack might have made some tweaks and twerks, here and there, minor tweaks and twerks, but Tiger has made astronomical changes in a quest to get better. As a result, Tiger has actually gotten a little bit worse. I think we can all pretty much see that."

    The quest for perfection is fraught with peril. It’s usually best not to let the perfect become the enemy of the good. I think Tiger has done just that, to his woe. Hat tip: Real Clear Sports.

  • Carmelo Anthony casts his lot with the Knicks.

  • Former UK star Corey Peters gives back.

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