This week consisted of a lot in the sports world, and Chris and I are here to give you a little perspective on it all. We sometimes agree, and other times fight it out, all for the Sports Unbiased Mailbag. Don’t forget if you want to join the discussion, to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet at us @SU_Mailbag, and last but not least, like us on Facebook at Sports Unbiased Mailbag, and write your questions on our wall.
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Pittsburgh lost to Syracuse on a buzzer beater, good sign for the Panthers, or bad sign for the Orange?
Alex: Good sign for the Panthers, they have been playing poorly, and even though they lost I think it gives them a boost to know that they only lost to the number one team in the nation by pure luck. But it is great for the Orange because they are STILL undefeated, and if you can be this far into the season without a loss that is saying something, plus they needed this boost since they are playing Duke and UVa in the upcoming games.
Chris: It was a little bit of both, but more of a bad sign for the Orange. If Tyler Ennis hadn’t made that miracle shot at the end of the game, we would be having a completely different discussion. If he doesn’t make it, we’d be talking about how vulnerable Syracuse is, which the Panthers proved that they are. Pitt played Syracuse perfectly, Syracuse just got lucky. But hey, you have to be lucky to be good and you have to be good to be lucky.
Derek Jeter announced that he plans to retire after this year, where does he rank among greatest shortstops, Yankees, and of All-Time?
Alex: Ranking in just shortstops, he is number one, Ripken and Wagner are up there, but no one had a career like the great Jeter, so I have no hesitation putting him best shortstop ever. For all-time great Yankees, he makes the top-10 for sure, but he doesn’t crack the top-5. With players like Ruth, DiMaggio, and many many others, top-10 is nothing to sneeze at, and this kind of leads into the all-time talk. He is a great player, the best of his position, but he has quite a few people above him on the greatest of all-time list, but he will be remembered as the greatest shortstop of all-time when he calls it quits at the end of the season.
Chris: Jeter is a different kind of Yankee from greats of the past. He doesn’t have the amazing statistical numbers like that of Babe Ruth or Joe DiMaggio, but they didn’t call him the “Captain” for nothing. Jeter has been a model of consistency not only for the Yankees, but for all of baseball. That being said, he’s a solid top-10 Yankee ever and for sure the number one shortstop.
Will the Yankees struggle with the loss of Jeter next year?
Alex: Not really. I know what you’re thinking, how can you say that when you just said he was the greatest shortstop ever? Easy, he WAS the greatest shortstop ever, I would be surprised if he played half of the season due to injuries, they were playing without him this year, so there will be little to adjust to when he ends his magnificent career.
Chris: I have a feeling that they will. After this season, they will have lost two of their most iconic players in franchise history is consecutive years. I think that will affect the psyche of the team, especially with A-Rod up to his usual antics. However, the Yankees have never been the kind of team stay quiet during the off-season. They are already in talks with top-tier free agent shortstops for next season, such as Hanley Ramirez. If they fill in that gap, they could make the playoffs
Shaun White misses the podium for his last run at a medal, is this worse for the sport of snowboarding, or White personally?Alex: Both, I know, it’s a cop-out answer but it is true. The sport took off in popularly when he started to do well in the Olympics and X Games. He made snowboarding what it is today, so to lose a great, if not the greatest, in your sport it is going to hurt you. It is a major loss for him however. He ended it all with a fall on his last two big tricks, and missed the podium by one position, how much worse could it get for him? He is 27, but in the sport of snowboarding that is old, seeing as teenagers won medals in the Olympics. Big loss for both but if I had to choose it would be for the sport.
Chris: Shaun White is about as great an Olympian as Michael Phelps. Missing a medal as his last Olympics will be a tough pill to swallow, not only for White, but for sports fans everywhere. But that doesn’t put a damper on his career. It hurts snowboarding as a whole because he was literally the poster boy of the sport of so many years and gave the sport popularity on multiple fronts. Unless someone can fill in those bindings, snowboarding will suffer greatly.
Who will be the MVP of the NBA All-Star game, who will win the Three Point competition, and who will win the Dunk contest (East or West)?
Alex: Kevin Durant will take the All-Star MVP with a huge scoring game, around 40 is my guess. Steph Curry will win the 3-point competition pretty handily, only having to beat out former champ Kevin Love. And the East will win the dunk competition with that lineup of Paul George, Chris’ season MVP, John Wall, and many others, including the reigning champ Terrance Ross.
Chris: I would have to go with Kevin Love. Not to look to far into it, but he’s going to be a free agent at the end of the year and by playing in Minnesota, he has very few opportunities to play of the big stage, this being one of them, for him to advertise his worth. I’ll go with a dark-horse for the 3-point contest and pick Bradley Beal (the man’s got a sweet stroke), and a young unknown player always seems to win. And lastly, the East will win the dunk contest, for the reasons Alex listed above.
Do you like the new Dunk contest set up with a team style instead of personal?
Alex: Not at all. If you pull off a huge dunk that gets the crowd hype, and then your teammate misses you get hurt by it, plus if you are a LeBron dunk contest fan, this doesn’t bode well for him wanting to do it. The individual just brings more intensity to the competition, because they are trying to win for themselves, now it kind of loses that luster and you just have to be a team player. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them play it safe, so they will be less flashy dunks and the original format will be back next year.
Chris: Absolutely not. The Slam Dunk contest was the only thing not wrong with the NBA’s All-Star weekend, and like they say, don’t fix what’s not broken. The Slam Dunk contest has always been the ultimate showboating, highlight reel competition. Putting a “team” aspect on it defeats its own purpose. Change it back ASAP. Sincerely, basketball fans everywhere.
The Burning Question: will LeBron James ever do the official Dunk competition?
Alex: Unfortunately not. He has no need to, if he dunks like he did in practice, ESPN turns it into a dunk competition, so why would he do it. He could never live up to the hype that is around him and this competition. One analyst said he would have to jump over a plane to live up to the hype, and to tell you the truth, it is accurate. We saw over a car, we have seen 360s, we have to see something never done before. He just doesn’t have to prove himself any more so he has no need to be in it, so sorry to all the fans, it will not be happening, but if there is any chance of it is next year in New York.
Chris: By virtue of “The Decision,” LeBron James has never been one to back away from the limelight. He’s the can of athlete who prefers to appeal to the fans and make the media happy. Not only that, but he’s hurting his own sport by not doing it. The fans want it. The judges want it. Heck, even the commissioner wants it. He’d be doing the NBA injustice by not competing, and he’ll be in it not too long from now.
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