Lebron vs. MJ: Who Ya Got?

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The King has now played the same number of games as his Airness. Is he the new GOAT?

Sports arguments are why bars were invented.

You gather some friends, you grab some drinks, and you argue about something unprovable. Would the Yankees’ Murderers’ Row beat Jeter and friends? How would the undefeated Dolphins match up against that Pats team that came within a fluky helmet catch of going 19-0? Is Daniel LaRusso’s crane kick really that hard to defend?

We’ll never know. And that’s half the fun!

One of the biggest arguments has been brewing for a few years, and last night, it hit a key milestone. Lebron James has now officially played in the same number of basketball games as Michael Jordan. Is he better?

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Sports arguments can seem definitive because the ability to compare stats makes them superficially cut-and-dried. Now that they’ve played in the same number of games, it seems easy enough to pit their numbers against each other. Jordan scored more, Lebron passed and rebounded more. Lebron has more appearances in the finals, Jordan has more finals MVPs.

And of course there’s the one big number: championships. Jordan’s six give him one for the thumb and then some, while Lebron’s return home after back to backs with his banana boat crew only brought his tally to three. So far!

At this point, matching Jordan’s ring total is all but impossible. Jordan doubled him even though he left during his prime to play baseball! Plus, Lebron never faced Bird and Magic and Barkley and Hakeem. Would he have even gotten to three if he had?

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Similarly, how would MJ fare in a league that has gotten more athletic, and stronger, while also getting less physical? How would MJ handle the hyper-athletic big men like Durant and Anthony Davis and Giannis and on and on and on? Would he have gotten to three, let alone six, against Lebron’s level of competition?

The fact that these are unanswerable questions is exactly what makes them so fun to argue about. Times change, circumstances change, rules change. Despite the level playing field that stats seem to provide, it’s not actually possible to accurately, honestly compare two players who played during different eras, against different competition, with different teammates. There is rarely a definitive answer.

For example, I’m a Miami Dolphins fan and I know for an objective fact that if Dan Marino had played his career under the same rules Drew Brees enjoys, or ever had a decent running back to hand the ball to like John Elway, or had a coach who supported cheating like Tom Brady, he’d have won 13 Super Bowls and passed for over 300,000 yards EVERY SEASON. It’s just science. But this bulletproof Marino argument is the exception. All the other arguments can’t be solved.

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Is Lebron better than MJ? Of course not! Jordan won six! Jordan never deserted his team to play with the competition! Jordan didn’t have access to the quality of trainers and technology and fitness that keeps today’s players healthy for longer! His commercials were superior in every way! Space Jam!

Is MJ better than Lebron? Of course not! Lebron never had Scottie Pippin. Lebron never had Phil Jackson. He never had the benefit of playing in a more physical league where steam-rolling other players was allowed. He won his hometown its only championship! The Decision!

It’s an unsolvable argument and that’s why it’s fun. That’s why we ‘ll be arguing about it for the next thirty years. Lebron vs. MJ: Who ya got? Who really cares.

About the only thing we can say definitively is that they’re both better than Kobe.

Artist Wife Illustrates The Drastic Ways Her Husband’s Life Changed After Kids

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Chen Weng, an illustrator who goes by the name The Messycow, has created a series of comics showing just how much things change when one becomes a father.

Which do you relate to most?

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Check out more from this series on The Messycow’s Facebook page and website.

Dad Dinosaur: Prehistoric Reunion

Dad Dinosaur’s high school reunion is fast approaching, but will he be able to win the big dance contest – or are his moves stuck in the past?

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Father Figures: Risky Business

“As the garage door closed behind me, I heard a muffled whimper.

“What is that?” I wondered. Another whimper and I noticed eight fingers on the lid of one of the garbage cans in the corner. I spy a set of eyes, then a nose and finally my oldest son’s face.

“I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean it.”

“What happened? Where is your brother?” No answers, just sobbing.

He moped toward the door and I followed him into the kitchen. I half-expected to see CSI investigators hovering over a chalk outline.

We walked around the corner by the refrigerator, and only then did I see his brother and allow myself to take my first breath. Then I saw a hole in the drywall the size of a young boy’s torso.

They had been running & sliding, in their stocking feet, across the marbled kitchen floor. Obviously a bit too exuberantly! I was relieved that they were both okay, but I still mustered enough anger to quash any future escapades.

Each blamed the other, of course. I used to say I couldn’t always tell when my kids were lying, but I could always tell when they were telling the truth.

If that makes any sense to you, I’m guessing you’ve raised at least two boys.”

  • Ron Fuller

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Son Surprises Ailing Dad With Tickets To College World Series

Father’s Day is a special time to celebrate your old man, and show him how much you appreciate the role he’s played in your life all these years. Especially since, as we get older, our dads do too, and they may not have many Father’s Days left.

Matt Lea recognized that this Father’s Day, and so went out of his way to make it a memorable one, for both him and his father, both former college baseball players who bonded over the game as Matt was growing up.

Matt’s father Billy suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, and the symptoms have been accruing rapidly. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for more memories, and Matt used the latest Father’s Day as an opportunity to do just that. The 36-year-old drove 12 hours, from Florida to Mississippi, and surprised his parents at their doorstep on Sunday.

He was bearing gifts as well, bringing his dad the jersey of his favorite baseball team, Mississippi State. But that wasn’t all. Matt brought tickets too, to see the College World Series in Omaha in person.

In video of the exchange that Matt posted on Twitter, his dad was clearly taken by surprise.

“I figured it’s probably not good enough just for us to watch the game here,” Matt says in the video as he produces the tickets. “How about we go to Omaha? Do you want to go up to Omaha and watch the College World Series together?”

“Golly,” an emotional Billy responds. “You’re gonna break my heart, here.”

Matt’s gift for his dad received a rapturous response from Twitter, where it’s been liked 46,000 times and retweeted 11,000 times.

Matt seemed as surprised by the response as his dad was by the gift, as everyone who celebrated Father’s Day yesterday knows, there’s nothing better than sharing meaningful memories with your dad, which is exactly what Matt did. An article on Omaha.com details Billy’s baseball past, the initial diagnosis of his Alzheimer’s, the VIP experience Matt treated him too over the weekend.

Matt’s Twitter account showcased the rest.

Happy Father’s Day!

Amazing Street Artist Uses Everyday Objects As His Canvas

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Artist Tom Bob doesn’t see the world like other people. Where you and I might see sewer grates or metal pipes, he sees ghosts and saxophone players.

Check out some of the amazing ways he’s transforming parts of New York City into works of art.

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Check out more of Tom Bob and his unique artwork here.

Father Figures: Heroes

“On February 2, 2011, my daughter was born. The whole thing started pretty normally about 2:30 am or so, my wife woke me up and said, ‘Honey, it is time to go,’ so we went to the hospital in a snowstorm.

That was the easy part.

When they put the belly monitor on her they noticed that the babies heart rate would drop to low whenever my wife would have a contraction. She needed emergency C-section, but the doctor could not make it due to the storm, and when he finally arrived it was rush rush rush!
Well when my daughter Emily did arrive, she had internal bleeding throughout her body, which included two grade 4 brain bleeds. We could not touch her because she would bruise and start bleeding.
They had to life-flight her to the university, where she spent 5 1/2 weeks in the NICU, which left her (you may want to sit down) deaf/blind, with hydrocephalus, a shunt, cerebral palsy, and seizures (at age 6, she needed a baclofen pump because her CP got too bad to handle without it). She is doing great today. She is happy, loves life, and everyone who meets her says that she makes their day and she is beautiful.
To pay back our little community, I became a first responder, mostly a firefighter, but I did help with EMS. Never got my certification, but that is where I found out that in the U.S. we do not have any training for first responders to deal with children with special needs.
I have made it my personal mission to teach first responders about kids with special needs.
I have taken to Emily to every EMS/Fire station in the five counties around me. I have taken her to the police and sheriff’s departments to train them, and now I have a waiting list to get trained.
I don’t know if I am the hero here, but I needed to tell the story.”

– Mike Kuyper

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Low Cost Cosplay Guy Makes The World A Better Place

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Anucha “Cha” Saengchart, the genius behind “Low Cost Cosplay,” has amassed millions of followers with his incredible reimaginings of famous fictional characters.

Whether you’re planning on portraying your favorite anime character or a Marvel superhero, this guy can show you how to do it effectively and on a string budget.

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Can’t get enough? Check out more creative cosplay on his Facebook page.