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Happy Flag Day, and happy birthday Mr. President.

JPTravis
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Listen, I know I’m the only NBA fan here and y’all hate it when I talk about basketball, but if you saw what happened tonight you saw something extraordinary and I seem to be the only person in America who knows what happened. First of all, Kevin Durant pulled a calf muscle a month ago. I happened to have done the same thing myself when I was younger and I learned back then that it’s the damnedest injury to get over. You keep thinking it’s better and then the first time you try to play basketball it goes again. After it happened to me it happened to Isaiah Thomas of the Pistons and I remember telling people, “He won’t be back for at least a month.” Nobody believed me but he kept trying to come back and limping off the floor and it was over a month before he could play.

Well, Kevin Durant came back after a month for the fifth game of the NBA finals tonight and he was kicking ass. Calf seemed to be fine. But they took him out a for a few minutes to let him rest since it was his first game back, and the TV cameras showed him on the bench with the trainer WRAPPING HIS LOWER LEG IN AN ICE PACK. You do NOT want to wrap the lower leg of a man coming back from a calf injury IN ICE, not during a game at least. That’s crazy. When he came back in the game with that ice cold calf, he wasn’t in the game more than a minute when his achilles tendon tore, a much more serious injury than a torn calf muscle. This is sad and tragic. Very difficult to come back from. This could be the end of his career. And nobody but me seems to understand it happened because some dumbass trainer was putting ice on a calf IN THE MIDDLE OF A FUCKING BASKETBALL GAME. Crazy! For two years after I tore my calf muscle, I wouldn’t play basketball unless I had a long sock pulled up over my calf, to make sure I kept that muscle warm. WARMTH is what a muscle needs to keep from tearing when you’re using it. Cold is for after the game… and honestly, I don’t think ice on a calf is safe even after the game. I don’t think ice on a calf is ever a good idea.

I just watched an hour and a half of ESPN with everybody crying and talking about how could this happen, and I know exactly what happened. They put ice on a weak calf in the middle of a basketball game.

MGAP
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MGAP

You played in the NBA?

JPTravis
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Many people said I was good enough to play in the NBA but… okay maybe not many people… a few people… okay, mostly it was me saying that but many people agreed… or at least a few people agreed… I’m not really sure anybody agreed with me but… okay, no, I didn’t play in the NBA.

MGAP
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MGAP

Was it the calf thing or inability to hit the 3 pointer and do slam dunks?

JPTravis
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Mostly it was because I never played until I was 18 years old. They called me the Stork the first time I played because I would grab the ball and take off at warp speed heading for the other end of the court, but because I didn’t know how to dribble yet I would eventually start to lose control of the ball and end up grabbing it and jumping into the air and try to fly the rest of the way to the basket. Looked like a big bird carrying a package. Hence the nickname. I didn’t hone my ball handling until my senior year of college, by which time I was too old to make anything of it.

By my senior year I had a reputation in a certain sports complex at the University of Michigan, and one day the Mich. team, which would end up playing Indiana in the NCAA national championship game that year, came into my building to play some pickup ball. I had a reputation for being fast. Very fast. Some of the black guys called me White Lightning. Ricky Green was an All American with a national reputation for being fast. Very fast. He would spend over a decade in the NBA because of his speed. I walked over and got into the next game and the whole building stopped what they were doing to watch me play against Ricky Green. I did chase him down at one point and steal the ball from behind… but to be honest Ricky had no idea who I was and therefore wasn’t necessarily alert to the danger. But I will always remember him looking up after I stole the ball and the look on his face said, “What the fuck was THAT?”

MGAP
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MGAP

“What the fuck was THAT?”

” That was THE White Lighting, mother f*****!

JPTravis
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Exactly. I really need to hire you as a publicist.

MGAP
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MGAP

Your money is no good. I never got a dime from our last venture, promoting Travelyn Publishing.

Not so silent
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Not so silent

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JPTravis
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And yet no worse than the collection they had running in 2016.

poppajoe49
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poppajoe49

Who are we going to tease about spiders now?

poppajoe49
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poppajoe49

SAD NEWS.
Ghostinthemachine has passed away. He has been battling leukemia.
His real name was Rick Thompson and he was 2 months shy of 56.
https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1743063299129366&id=100002771387673

RedRightBlonde
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RedRightBlonde

He fought this battle until he could no longer fight 💔. He would want all of us to remember him with his quick wit and insight. I can assure you that as his health plummeted, he faced it with courage and a sense of humor. I am going to miss you “bro”.
Love Sissy ❤️

sifi
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sifi

Sad news indeed. Prayers of strength and comfort for his loved ones.

JPTravis
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Man, I hate to hear stuff like that. That’s way too young.

MGAP
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MGAP

That’s sad news. I always enjoyed the banter he provided around here. Lost my Dad to AML in 2011, he was 72, it’s a nasty disease. I had no idea how insidious until I started researching it after his dx. Prayers to him and family.

MojoJojo
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MojoJojo

This type of news is never good to hear, especially about someone that young. Only a couple years older than myself. It sinks my heart. I will miss his banter I so often looked forward to reading once it was started. I will have him and his family in my prayers.