Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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Byline: Garry Smits



I'm going to be one who doesn't pile on two whipping boys right now: LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks.

Indeed, snarky talk-radio heads and bloggers have taken to blending the two when they began calling the Canucks' goalie "Robert Lebrono."

Yes, the two indeed had their problems in their respective championship series, James and the Heat to the Dallas Mavericks and Luongo and the Canucks to the Boston Bruins. But they did a few things right to become one of the final two teams standing in their leagues.

James led the NBA in scoring and his seven assists per game were almost double of any other player in the top 10 in points. And how soon anyone forgot how he dominated the Bulls in the conference finals and how well he played on defense throughout.

Luongo may have had to watch his counterpart Tim Thomas win the MVP award for the championship series but Luongo tied for the league lead with 38 wins during the regular season and matched Thomas with four shutouts during the playoffs - two of them 1-0 victories over Boston.

Don't forget something else.If you assign labels such as "choke" to James and Luongo, you automatically denigrate the performances of the Mavericks and Bruins.

Unfortunately, in this day of knee-jerk radio and Internet sports coverage, the pattern goes something like this:

Nobody won, nobody lost - somebody choked.


A major Father's Day component is sports - especially when it comes to the relationship between fathers and sons.

After all, what's more iconic than fathers and sons playing catch, fishing together or hitting the golf course? (Okay, there are many fathers and daughters who also play catch). Athletic events offer Father's Day specials. The U.S. Open is always on Father's Day weekend. I could go on.

In the spirit of the day, I nominate my top 10 sports fathers, both real and fictional (listed alphabetically):

1. Bob Duval: His real Father's Day will always be March 28, 1999, when he watched on a TV in Milton, as his son David won The Players Championship - an hour after he won on the Champions Tour. …

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