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The Walk Talk Ten

June 13, 2011

1. Although both the Punxsy baseball and softball teams fell a few wins short of a state title, the success of the teams they lost to year after year is astounding. The Lady Chucks lost to Valley, which just reached the state final Monday after Caitlyn Neeler threw a no-hitter during a 1-0 victory over Bellefonte in the semifinals. Neeler held Punxsy to just two hits — both by senior Kristen Fedder — during a 1-0 win. The Chucks lost 6-1 to Northern York last week, and the Polar Bears are in the final, too, after they upset undefeated WPIAL Champion Elizabeth Forward, 6-4. At least Punxsy is losing to highly-successful teams.

2. Hopefully, the Mavericks get the respect they deserve now that they won the NBA Championship. Everyone's first-round upset pick was Blazers over Mavericks. No one gave them a chance against the Lakers, and once the sweep was complete, all the talk was about the collapse in L.A. Critics downplayed Dallas' 4-1 win over Oklahoma City due to the inexperience of the Thunder. Now, the failures of South Beach's LeBron James will overshadow exactly what Dallas accomplished.

3. I've always been a fan of Mark Cuban, but hated Dallas' trade to acquire Jason Kidd for Devin Harris years ago. Why give up a budding star for an aging veteran on his last legs? I guess I was wrong. Great for Kidd, who was 0-2 in Finals with the Nets. He and Dirk Nowitzki can add "champion" to their Hall of Fame resumes.

4. Staggering statistic from Sunday's Game 6: James was a minus-24. MINUS-24. I know plus-minus stats don't mean much in the NBA, but that's unimaginable. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, in nearly identical minutes as James, were plus-4 and plus-3, respectively. A microcosm of the game and James’ minus-24 is Miami’s second-quarter run. Miami was behind 40-28 with 9:41 left as James went to the bench. By the time he returned to the court, Miami was ahead 44-43, only to trail 53-51 at halftime.
 
5. By the time James' career is complete, he'll have at least one ring, and more than likely, a few rings. But he continues to make it easy to dislike him. Here's a quote from the Sunday's post-game press conference: "All the people that were rooting me on to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life they had before. They have the same personal problems they had today. I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that." At the end of the day, he's still a millionaire. Not to be forgotten, though, is that he has as many rings as you and I.
 
6. I'm sure Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert woke up in a good mood Monday. Now, it's time for him to start building the Cavaliers again in order to stand by his promise of winning a title in Cleveland before James does in Miami.

7. Now, more than ever, the NBA needs to avoid another lockout. Many people hated everything that James and Heat did this year, but they're still tuning in. Sunday's game was the highest-rated Game 6 ever on ABC.

8. New York and Boston media need to stop sensationalizing every little thing that happens between the Yankees and Red Sox. Just because David Ortiz flipped his bat doesn't mean it needs to be scrutinized to death. Get over it.

9. Realigning the MLB and evening the leagues out at 15 teams apiece is a great idea, but taking away division is not. Rivalries will be destroyed, and the big market teams will win even more.

10. The Canucks have been outscored 19-8 in the Stanley Cup Finals. They've been manhandled in all three losses, yet the series is tied at three, and they're heading home for Game 7 Wednesday. Unreal.

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