LeBron Quote Compendium: A Man Of His Words

Before they’re sucked into a credit card-retrievable-only archival vortex, I humbly submit a somewhat comprehensive compendium of LeBron James quotes - replete with cited and (soon-perishable) linked source material.

LeBron James in 2006: I don't want to go ring-chasing

Along with the extensive selection below, I’ve spiced in some of my own most memorable recitations of the man’s worldly wisdom.

LeBron on his first practice with the Heat:

“That’s just me. Being around new teammates, you don’t want to wear out your welcome on Day 1. But I just can’t hold it back because my leadership skills won’t allow me to do that.”

LeBron on how difficult it was leaving Cleveland:

“It was a tough decision, because I know how loyal I am.”

LeBron greeting an ESPN commentator on Twitter:

“Shout out to Kurt Herbstriet also(may have spelled last name). ESPNU”

LeBron on what he does best off the court:

“You know, softball is the other sport I do besides basketball.”

LeBron salutes his favorite ESPN commentator on Twitter:

“Shout out and much love to @jalenrose! He know why”

LeBron on being more aggressive with the ball:

“Sometimes the coaches tell me to be selfish, but my game won’t let me be selfish.”

LeBron on what his role is for the team:

“I’ve always been a leader. I’ve always kind of been the tallest person on the team when I was younger, but always kind of the smartest. I was ahead of my time. I wasn’t always the oldest, I kind of was the youngest on the team.”

LeBron on being a leader:

“Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve been the best player. I love being a leader, and I love being the best. It’s not about being cocky or selfish or anything like that. It’s just how I am.”

LeBron on sharing the ball:

“I love sharing the ball with my teammates. I see a lot of things before my teammates see them.”

LeBron about girlfriend Savannah, his baby mama:

“A person like myself always needs a great sidekick. And she’s that.”

LeBron James in 2006: I don't want to go ring-chasing

LeBron on facing playoff elimination in Game 6 vs Celtics:

“A LeBron James team is never desperate.”

LeBron on the city of Cleveland:

“We didn’t actually like Cleveland. We hated Cleveland growing up. There’s a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day.”

LeBron on a possible return to the Cavaliers: Read more…

Caption Contest: Joe Theismann And Mike Ditka

From the SI (fur) vault:

Joe Theismann and Mike Ditka

(”Didn’t I tell you not to get anything big? Didn’t I tell you not to attract attention?“)

Winner gets free, six month subscription to Sports by Brooks.
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Joe Theismann Speaks For All Of Us On LeBron

Okay. Maybe not.

Emmitt Smith’s Employment at ESPN ‘Blowed Out’

It’s been such a joy to watch Emmitt Smith on ESPN’s NFL programs. Of course, it really isn’t for his brilliant analysis, but the brilliantly baffling way he can mangle the English language. A latter-day Yogi Berra, if you will.

Emmitt Smith Dancing With The Stars

(And he’s quite a dancer, too)

Sadly, we won’t have Emmitt to wow us on the Worldwide Leader anymore, as both parties have apparently parted ways.

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One’s Ankles Are Not Supposed To Bend That Way

We had ourselves another one of “those” moments earlier today in the Packers-Vikings game, the Joe Theismann/Napoleon Kaufman kind of instance where a gruesome replay unfortunately (or fortunately, if you’re sick) catches a closeup of a horrific injury. The victim this time? Vikings return man Charles Gordon and his poor, poor ankle.

Charles Gordon

(Gordon, during happier times, when both ankles were intact)

The play came in the first half of the game, when Gordon got his ankle caught under a Packers player while getting tackles.

PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM has some more details: “Though Joe Buck and Troy Aikman missed the fact (both live and via replay) that Gordon’s foot was pointing in the wrong direction once the play had ended, it was obvious when FOX went to commercial that something was horribly wrong.”

The grotesque video for you sick individuals is after the jump. Warning: You might want to hold off eating before viewing it. It’s a doozy.

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BlogJam: Toledo Ranks Number One at Something

  • JALOPNIK brings you the “Ten Best Tailgating Vehicles,” which includes Toledo fans and their ambulance - which would be a more appropriate tailgating vehicle for Mets fans.
  • Toledo Jambulance

  • DEADSPIN examines the role jerseys will have in today’s tilt of college football games. Penn State responds to Georgia’s Blackout with Whiteout?
  • THE 700 LEVEL spots Sarah Palin at “Pat Burrell’s favorite pick up spot, the Irish Pub.
  • END ZONE BUZZ ranks “Tebow Vacations at Neverland Ranch” as their number two pick of the “Inappropriate Signs of the Week” from today’s College GameDay crowd in Athens. We’d give you number one but its…inappropriate.
  • AWFUL ANNOUNCING provides the scoop that ESPN’s NFL COUNTDOWN will be airing a segment on the “Fog Bowl,” 1989 Bears vs Eagles game that was played in the fog. Just like NFL COUNTDOWN that game was pretty much unwatchable, but for different reasons. Read more…

Injuries to NFL Football Players Are All Your Fault

In a game as brutal as football, injuries are unavoidable. The speed of the game; the strength of the players; the random trajectory of tackled and blocked bodies bouncing into vulnerable extremeties. All explain why the sport of football takes down its own athletes at such an alarming rate.

Joe Theismann early 90s

But there is another reason for all the carnage. Namely, you. Read more…

Blog Jam: Carroll 1st College Coach To Earn $4 Mil

Nick Saban may be the most powerful coach in sports, but as Adam Rose of the LOS ANGELES TIMES points out, it was actually Pete Carroll who became college football’s first $4 million man.

Pete Carroll Nick Saban

All that moolah can sure buy a lot of Lotrimin.

• NESW SPORTS punches up video of Beijing’s adorable Fuwa mascots mixing it up on the mat.

• STANLEY CUP OF CHOWDER serves up some of their favorite names from this year’s Games, such as Destinee Hooker and Gisele Moron.

• DEUCE OF DAVENPORT wrestles up a clip of Tiki Barber grappling on the NBC set with former Olympian Rulon Gardner.

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Blog Jam: Joe Theismann Expresses Love for TMZ

• TMZ may have just found their new spokesman in Joe Theismann.

Joe Theisman 80s hair & chair

• BASEBALL THINK FACTORY knew it was only a matter of time before some minor league team would schedule an “A-Rod & Madonna Night“.

• The L.A. DAILY BREEZE blows along news that the Clippers are actually out acquiring more talent, this time digging up Marcus Camby from the Nuggets.

• Can’t get a basketball scholarship? The LOS ANGELES TIMES learns that’s not a problem for Chace Stanback, since his mom just won $25,000 playing an online game.

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Blog-O-Rama: Preview Of Giants’ Super Bowl Bling

• NEW YORK NEWSDAY intercepts a sneak peek at the New York Giants’ new Super Bowl rings.

New York Giants Super Bowl rings

• EMPTY THE BENCH is stuck on these NBA “glue players“.

• THE SPORTS HERNIA spots Chris “Mad Dog” Russo picking a winner & tasting victory.

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