Hello everyone! Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there! This is my third year of having a son to celebrate with on this day and for that, I am very grateful. One of the things I wanted to be the most when I was young was to be a Dad and have kids. My career didn't necessarily matter, where I loved didn't necessarily matter, I just wanted to be a Dad and couldn't wait for that day to come. I didn't rush into it by any mean, I was 25 before I got married and 26 before I became a Dad, but I believe it was well worth the wait and am excited for what the future has, what other children might come along. Hopefully they will be as good of kids as our Camden is. We are pretty lucky to have him and are very grateful that he was sent to us. It's so fun to see the things he's learning now, the phrases he says, the songs he learns at day care, it's fun to see his little personality come out more each day and hear his little voice recite the songs he's been learning. Parenthood is awesome! Speaking of parenthood, I'd like to wish my Dad a Happy Father's Day and my father-in-law one as well. They are two very different, yet very amazing, examples of being a Dad and are great examples to me. I'm thankful for my Dad for all that he's done for me, for instilling hard work in me when I was young, for showing me a ball when I was little, my life kinda revolves around sports now and for that, I'm thankful for him for showing me those sports and teaching me when he was able to. My older brother Riley had/has a great influence on me in those areas as well. When my Dad was at work, Riley would let me follow him around, even though he's almost 7 years older than me, he was pretty good at taking me where he went. I know it wasn't his favorite thing to do, especially as he was getting his driver's license and being independent that way, he still took time to let me follow him around and to teach me how to dribble the ball and those types of things. My left-handed ability comes from him, I'm sure of it. To my Grandpa Warner, he just passed away last year, and though he and I didn't have a lot in common, he was still my Grandpa and I looked up to him in various ways. He rarely got upset about things, rarely said a harsh word about someone, he was quiet but when he talked, you listened because it wasn't often that he had a lot to say. He was a great man and I miss him every day. And to the Grandpa that I didn't have the chance to meet (in this life anyway), my Grandpa Porter, I hear great stories about him. He worked very hard to provide for his family, he was once the County Commissioner for Summit County and was a big sports fan as well. He is a Porter, though, so I don't think he had a choice :) One day I will have the chance to meet him and I look forward to that day, hopefully it won't be for a long time, but it will be very cool to meet him and talk with him. I have great examples of father figures all around me and am thankful for all of them. I had a pretty great childhood as well and I'm very thankful for it.
Ok now to a few other topics, one being the U.S. Open golf tournament today and guess what? I can't watch it because the freaking Dish network is in contract negotiations with FOX, so it's currently blacked out. Guess I'll have to jump online or just catch the stats after it's over. Man, that's pretty petty of me to be complaining about such a thing when we are blessed with a lot of things in this life, but it's just frustrating is all. I can still watch ABC, however, and I will definitely be tuning in tonight, as the Cavs head into Oakland to try to knock off the defending champs, the Warriors. I think the Warriors have topped my list of least favorite NBA teams. The Spurs are a close second, but they don't have the arrogance that the Warriors have. A few years ago when they were starting their ascent, starting to be a more relevant team, I'll admit, they were fun to watch. A young team with not a lot of superstars and who played team ball. They still play team ball now and pass it around, but their arrogance level has increased exponentially, in my opinion. Steph Curry has turned into a cocky, overly confident player, a far cry from what he was just a few short years ago. He makes no effort to follow his shots, granted he's a great shooter, but for him to stand out at the 3 point line and sit in awe over every shot he puts up, or run the other way when he thinks it's going in, is pure arrogance and really ticks me off. You don't do that. Even if you think it's going in, don't sit there and admire it, because guess what, you can indeed miss it. It does happen. He is also becoming very lazy with his passes and ball handling skills. He thinks he can get away with these behind the back passes or cross-court passes, sometimes he does, but I think the Cavs are exposing him of those flaws in this series and are making him look like an average player. Still a great shooter, but pretty pedestrian in everything else he does. If his shot isn't falling, he doesn't really affect the game in other areas. His defense is decent, but he doesn't block shots, doesn't get in the passing lanes a lot, doesn't attack the rim as much and with his height, he doesn't or can't finish at the rim as well as other guys. So for him to get the MVP, that's fine, but to be a unanimous decision, the first one at that, the first one in quite a while anyway, is pretty crazy to me. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, they were never voted unanimously and they affected the game in way more areas than just scoring. I think that that, combined with them winning last year and being favored in these Finals, is adding nothing but fuel to LeBron's fire and pushing him to win. He has been amazing in this series, particularly the last three games, and he'll have to do it again tonight if they want a chance to win. But I think what the Cavs have going for them is momentum and rebounding. With Bogut out, that's a huge loss for Golden State, because they don't have much behind him to rebound or be a presence inside and the Cavs are exposing that. Ezeli is decent but he's not a threat on offense and the other big isn't even worth mentioning. He needs to be playing soccer with all the flopping and acting he does. Draymond Green is a good player but he's been very average lately. Plus he's only 6'8. Playing him at the center position works in stretches, but they can't have that for the whole game. Klay Thompson is a tremendous player, but I think he, like Curry, falls in love with the 3 too much and he'll give up an easy lay-up or close-range shot, for a contested 3 and most times, he misses. He has made some amazing shots, but he relies upon those shots way too much instead of driving it in and either kicking it out, or trying to draw a foul. Get to the line and get points that way. I think if no one else shows up for the Warriors, besides Curry and Thompson, if Green, Barnes, Iguodala, Barbosa or Livingston aren't effective, they'll lose and probably lose big. On the flip side, it will take a Herculean effort from not only LeBron, but Kyrie as will, if they want to win. If they can get Kevin Love going early, get him some touches and a feel for the game, he can be effective and actually contribute. Otherwise, he'll get 2 points and 3 rebounds again, which is flat out unacceptable for a player of his caliber. If they, like the Warriors, get some bench help, 30-40 points, they will win. My pick is for the Cavs to win. I would love nothing more than to see them not only come back from a 3-1 deficit, but to send the cry baby Warriors home packing, shut them up for a while, and end their season on a loss, without a championship. It will be an exciting game, I can't wait!!!