Can we still be friends MJ, Kobe, ​and LeBron? Can we?​

Written by Sabine Démosthènes

MONTREAL –  While I’m taking a sip of my really hot green tea, I’m asking the question that every basketball fanatic has asked of themselves (maybe not while drinking tea)…..

I put a little twist on the question to spice it up.

If I had to choose between LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and MJ (aka Michael Jordan), who would I love to hang out with and hear basketball stories from the most?

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers won 109-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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I would say none of them! I would gladly say, out of nowhere, that I would love to listen to Larry Bird stories all day long.

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Someone would say, Larry Bird wasn’t on the list! You have to pick between those 3 players. The so-called GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). It might surprise a lot of you, but I would say Kobe without any hesitation.

Now, I can imagine my brother, The Educated Fool aka Donnie Disco, screaming “what is happening to my sister?!”

But, let me explain something. Kobe is a very bright guy. You can have a decent, philosophical conversation with him. You may not agree with his opinions, but you know you will learn something.

Like the title of this post is pointing out, those gentlemen are not perfect at all. They all have flaws. Some were maybe not the best teammates to their colleagues while they were playing. They didn’t really want to pass the ball to the others. Instead, they were pretty much Me-Myself-and-I-type players. I’m talking about Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. Of course, they both are pretty similar. They were breathing the game 24/7. Both were being coached by the great Phil Jackson. How I see Bryant and Jordan is like Rocky Balboa (Jordan) and Adonis Creed (Bryant). The Original and The Ingenue. The Ingenue became quite spectacular before he retired.

But LeBron is the Apollo Creed of the trio.

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I can hear some “Ohhh!” while you are reading that statement.

Why do I put LeBron as Apollo?

When Apollo lost his championship in Rocky II and returned in Rocky III as Rocky’s mentor, you could see that Apollo saw the bigger picture. Being an ally instead of an opponent was more beneficial for him, and for Rocky. At the end of Rocky III, when Apollo reminded Rocky about his small favor – the last boxing match between the two of them. No one would ever see this match because it was just the two them. They were the only ones at the gym. Apollo wanted to prove to himself, between the two of them, who was the greatest but in a friendly kind of way. We didn’t find out who won until the beginning of Rocky IV. I’m sorry to talk about the Rocky movies, but the characters parody this basketball trio so well. LeBron is more humble, maybe the less selfish one in this trio. That is an admirable quality, especially for someone who gets so much attention.

Like Apollo, he is a good businessman. He sees the bigger picture. Oh, now, someone will tell me MJ is the father of athlete branding. I will say, you are so right, but with LeBron, you can feel his interest will go somewhere else – will it be in the business world or elsewhere?  When we say that this person is the Michael Jordan of law or this person is the Michael Jordan of science, that is a fact that Michael Jordan is his own brand.

But LeBron seems to bring a little bit more versatility. He is way more than the man we see on camera. I guess we just need to wait and see.

To say who is the ultimate GOAT? There are a bunch of GOATs out there. Why do we need one when we can have 10? Bird, Johnson, Jordan, Bryant, James, Julius Erving aka Dr. J, Barkley, Abdul-Jabbar, Chamberlain, Iverson, Durant… The list could go on, but I will stop there.

My point is that we don’t have to crown one king. We could crown many kings because they were all great. Yes, some of them, were spectacular to watch and made us believe we could fly (oh crap, am I singing R. Kelly’s SpaceJam song?!… Oh crap).

Being the GOAT is more than championship rings and the tongue while dunking. It’s about being a team player. It’s not about being the most polished, perfect guy in front of the camera. It’s about being a decent human being when there is no one filming you (ok, maybe not today in 2019) even if you made some big mistakes. That’s part of being human. To fake a squeaky clean image, but really be a nasty piece of work is not part of the GOAT application form. I don’t mean to send some jabs, but Jordan with his gambling and letting the NBA pretty much cover it, plus his attitude toward some of the other players – this is not really a GOAT attitude. Ok, the gambling is maybe over or we are just not aware of what is happening anymore, but being not so nice with LeBron, come on MJ! You can be better than that. All these GOAT shenanigans are so childish boys.

Can’t we all live in perfect harmony?

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I’m changing my mind.

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Finally, I’d rather have a nice conversation with Barkley, Abdul-Jabbar, Bird and Dr. J, then off to hit some golf balls (especially with Barkley).

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Am I going to write the same post-Super Bowl every year?

Written by Sabine Demosthenes

MONTREAL- It’s Monday morning and the first sentence that came to my mind was: Do the Pats have more rings in their jewelry boxes than I do in mine?

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I guess they are coming closer and closer to having more rings than I do.

Foremost, I would like to congratulate the 2019 Super Bowl champion, yet again… Usually, I’m not a happy camper after another championship won by the Pats, but as I predicted, they won. So, I’m not that surprised. I was really surprised about the lack of action and the thought crossed my mind that this was the most boring match I’ve seen in the past twenty years! Omg, even Bily Whisky, my little furry son, was sleeping through it.

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What happened to the Rams?

They were supposed to have Bill Belichik’splaybook in their hands. They could have won but again, The Pats showed us that they were better prepared; even if it was to play a more defensive game. Actually, both teams were in a more defensive state of mind than an offensive one.

I guess The Pats will say again in front of a camera with their biggest smile on their faces and their kids chanting: We are going to Disneyland.

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Am I going to write about the half-time game?

Hm, I will only say this:

Dear NFL executive team, do you have Metallica, Smoky Robinson, Chaka Khan, Earth, Wind and Fire, Wu-Tang and Arcade Fire’s phone numbers?

I’m dropping my mic right there.

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On a positive note, The Pats have a Haitian on the team and he did the Haitian people proud. Sony Michel is a name to remember! I will gladly say, on this occasion where one sentence can contain these words, Haiti won the Super Bowl! Ok, ok, a really small part of Haiti won the Super Bowl.

I guess we are not a product of a “shit hole country”. Right, number 45?!

Now that the football season is over, I will get back to my usual: Omg, what I will do with the rest of my life (from February until September)?

I will watch the soap opera of the NBA. I will admire my curling army (like my in-laws used to do). I will get my blood pressure high by screaming at the screen while watching The Champions League and I will stress myself to the point of destroying (not really) my electric guitar while I watch Naomi Osaka win Wimbledon, the Rogers Cup, and The US Open and saying out loud Haiti!

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I guess I will survive another seven months without the boys.

 

Brady, Gonk and The Rest of Pats Army are going to the Super Bowl… Again

Written by Sabine Demosthenes

MONTREAL- My face this morning is like the face of Stewie from Family Guy when he is unamused by Brian’s antics (or maybe vice versa).

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Last night during the Chiefs vs Pats game, when I saw there were 2 minutes left after the Chiefs touchdown, I said to the hubby – ok, I’m going to bed. It was such a stressful game! It was even stressful during the extra-time. I knew that King Brady would do the final touchdown. With only 2 minutes and The Pats have the ball, it was done. They would go to the Super Bowl and for two weeks, I would hear about how great the Pats were from my entourage and all the other Pats fans. Secretly, I hoped for a miracle from The Chiefs – a nice interception and touchdown while I was slowly falling asleep. I’m too damn old to see the writing in the sky for The Pats.

When the hubby told me they won (before going in dodoland), I was numbed. I grabbed my little Bily Whisky and told him that mommy will be grumpy for the whole week (and secretly wished I was knitting a Burn Pats Burn blanket…)

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What should I write today? Like always, King Brady and his army did it again. I must mention that this guy is a class act.

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After the game, Tom asked the security team if they could meet Patrick Mahomes privately, inside the Chiefs locker room, to have a chat with him.

This is sportsmanship!

A true leader and a true champion have this kind of attitude. Even when he lost a game, he goes to the other team to congratulate them. For me, this is what sports are all about.

This next Super Bowl, I’m very mad that the Rams will be the ones facing the Pats. With the way, they got there, instead of the Saints… I can’t believe it I’m writing these words, but I hope the Pats will crush them.

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Jan 22, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) points to teammates as head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft look on after the 2017 AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, I said it! I hope it will be the last time I say such a thing.

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski jokes with fans during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. The Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 122-121. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

And what’s up with Maroon 5 during the half-time show in Atlanta?

Really, seriously? It the NFL dealt with Kaepernick in a more mature way, maybe we could have really decent shows. Come on! It’s Atlanta and we will see Maroon 5?! Oh lord. I better find something to do (like the dishes) during this half-time show.

Now, I will get back to my grumpy face and again, congratulations to the Pats. Since I was raised to be polite, I will only say to the Rams, good luck.

I really need a drink after this post. Even if it’s early. I mean a nice hot green tea.

Come on peeps, I don’t drink a Cosmo or tequila in the morning! Sometimes I do have decent brain cells left in my brain.

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Sometimes.

 

You still got it Ray Rougeau

Dans la vie, on a parfois la chance de rencontrer un de nos héros d’enfance qui nous a fait croire que tout était possible. Souvent, cette rencontre se passe plus tard dans notre vie d’adulte et nous avons toujours cette crainte si cet héros serait aussi inspirant et gentil.

Lors de ma rencontre avec le légendaire Raymond Rougeau, je peux vous confirmer que le héros que je pensais qu’il était quand j’étais toute petite a une intégrité hors-pair, une générosité incroyable et il est un vrai de vrai ”gentleman”.  Son authenticité est contagieuse et vous allez le ressentir lors de cette entrevue qui fut si magique.

Encore en 2018, Raymond Rougeau continue à nous éblouir.

Je vous laisse savourer ce beau moment:

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Le Miracle du 16 décembre des Steelers de Pittsburgh

Votre duo préféré est encore au rendez-vous.

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L’autre Donald se défoule encore une fois dans les Fous Éduqués.

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Watching Some Soap Opera NBA and NFL Style

Written by Sabine Demosthenes

MONTREAL – Before I started writing this article, I spent 25 minutes in front of my computer screen asking myself this question:

Is it me, or has watching sports become more dramatic, in a soap opera kind of way, like my all-time favourite soap, The Young and The Restless?

Sometimes, I do dream that I am the equivalent of Victor Newman. Ok, back to Earth Sab!

Did I think the “taking a knee” situation during the national anthem at an NFL game would escalate to the point that now, even players will confront each other about taking a knee or not?

This is maybe the first time in my life that I have felt hopeless about the future of humanity. I don’t like this feeling at all. It’s pretty clear that the NFL is a religion for Americans, but this is getting way out of hand.

I was raised to respect everyone’s beliefs, religion, and philosophy and to be a pacific person. I would never disrespect someone singing the national anthem, just as I wouldnever disrespect someone not singing the national anthem, but 2016 brought the winds of change.

I can see, pretty clearly, a marriage between sports and politics, especially in the NFL.

Yesterday, things got out of hand in the field between Eric Reid of the Panthers and Malcolm Jenkins of the Eagles. It was almost like the catfight between Alexis and Krystle Carrington of Dynasty.

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In terms of the knee up or down, here is a solution: No more national anthem. When I’m watching the Premier League (soccer aka European football), I don’t hear the national anthem. I hear chants from the fans.

Another catfight that happened this weekend was during the LA Lakers versus the Rockets. I wonder what Floyd Mayweather thought of the first punch thrown by Rajon Rondo. I can tell you what I was thinking – even me, while drunk (hmm, it doesn’t happen a lot, hihi!) would have punched beautifully like Apollo Creed instead of like Pauly (Rocky Balboa’s brother-in-law who was a terrible puncher… think Rocky III, in the parking lot) as was the case for Rondo.

But let’s get back to the main topic, another catfight like Alexis and Krystle’s.

Contrary to the NFL’s catfight, this one is more entertaining.

Grab your popcorn basket and let’s watch it together:

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Do I have something else to say about those fights?

Honestly, no. I will continue to grab my popcorn for the NBA ones and I will hope that peace and pacifism will come to the NFL.

Let’s all sing Kumbaya please!

 

The Educated Fool week October 17th,​ 2018 (LeBron at LA, Jim Brown being Jim Brown and a little of Denzel)

Presented you by The Real Donnie Demos and her sidekick Sab

This week, Sab will tell her who is her new NBA favorite team or maybe not. The Educated Fool will talk about Jim Brown and his legacy and the duo will talk about some of their favorite Denzel’s moments in a film.