There are many, many reasons to love LeBron James, as I’ve articulated on this website many times. He’s an amazing basketball player, he gives time and money off the court like few other athletes do, and instead of ducking his head and heading from the responsibility of being a role model (looking at you, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods), he wades into current events and speaks his mind.
This, of course, pisses off people who think athletes should be brainless automatons who simply entertain us for a few hours a night, then smile and go home and never speak.
Laura Ingraham is a loathsome human being who is a “political expert” on Fox News. She got wind of comments LeBron and Kevin Durant made, comments that were derogatory to the President.
Hey, Laura Ingraham, what do you think of Mr. LeBron James? Thanks for telling us.
“Must they run their mouths like that?” and “Shut up and dribble.”
Funny how Ingraham never said that about Tom Brady when he supported the Orange Grifter in his campaign, or actor Scott Baio, or other entertainment figures. But wait, there’s something different about this LeBron guy, wait, don’t tell me, he’s, wait, not white…
LeBron, happily, decided not to let this moronic lady tell him what to do.
“We will definitely not shut up and dribble,” James said. “And now I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice, equality, and why a woman on a certain network decided to tell me to shut up and dribble. So thank you.”
I love this man.
**Next up today, while we’re on the subject of basketball, Fergie, she of the Black Eyed Peas, sang the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game Sunday.
And was universally slammed for her performance. I’ve always liked her, personally, and so I figured it couldn’t be nearly as bad as social media said.
And it wasn’t. Was it fabulous? No. But watch for yourself, was it THAT bad? She tried to make it all sexy and jazzy and OK it’s not the greatest performance ever but hey, she tried.
For a much better Fergie performance, this is my go-to. Truly incredible, sensational stuff here, with Mick, and Bono, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in 2010. This gives me chills, every time.
**Finally today, it’s rare that I make an Olympic sporting event must-see TV, but we’ve got one tonight my friends. The women’s hockey gold medal game between the U.S. and Canada is primed to be a classic. First, these two teams hate each other; they’ve played for the gold medal in the last three Olympics now, and Canada has won each time. And each time it’s been pretty damn close.
The 2014 game in Sochi was maybe the best women’s sporting event I’ve ever seen, maybe even more exciting than the 1999 Women’s World Cup game (the Brandi Chastain penalty-kick game). The U.S. led 2-0 late in the game, but two late tallies, and then an OT winner, gave Canada the victory.
Here are highlights from that game. This rivalry has intensity, high-skill, and features the best players in the world.
Unfortunately for us East Coast viewers, it doesn’t start until 10:45 p.m. tonight (Wednesday night). Take a nap, folks, this one will be worth staying up for.