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Ugh. We here at TVFury are still trying to come to grips with what happened Tuesday night on South Beach. In hindsight, maybe we should have headed for the exits early like so many loyal Heat fans.

But in a show of professionalism and unwavering maturity, we stayed up late to rehash an astounding Game 6 of the NBA Finals between Miami and San Antonio and to look ahead to the upcoming Game 7.

Here’s the link. Enjoy in moderation.

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Welcome to this week’s links, which include an in-depth examination of the last play in the Timberwolves-Lakers game as we try and determine if Kobe fouled Rubio. No, no, he fouled him. Onward:

* This crazy Buzz Bissinger story got a lot of…buzz this week as the Friday Night Lights author detailed his shopping addiction and out-of-control sex life. Since then, Bissinger has reportedly entered rehab.

* Chris Jones with a great profile of Hugh Hefner for Esquire.

* Game of Thrones returns this week. New York Mag gives us the Game of Thrones death generator, where you choose how you’d like to die in Westeros.

* The Simpsons is famous for its amazing original songs — years ago I bought a CD that had about 20 of them on it. And here the show’s writers pick their favorites. Feels like Stonecutters should be higher than 7.

* Adrian Wojnarowski on the end of the Heat’s winning streak and LeBron’s unhappiness with the Bulls’ physical play.

* Louie Anderson is still hurting after a diving mishap for the show Splash. Huh.

* Five perfectly logical explanations for Justin Bieber going through airport security shirtless.

* CNN and Esquire are fighting about who killed Osama bin Laden. Really. Esquire published a story with the shooter. CNN debunked that story. Then Esquire pointed out that a few months ago CNN reported something contrary to the network’s most recent story. Media fight!


To get an even better sense of what the Miami Heat are trying to accomplish, it’s worth noting that for them to set the NBA record for most consecutive victories, they still have to go on an eight-game winning streak, a feat few teams accomplish each season. But when a team has won 26 in a row eight seems inevitable.

And at this point in this incredible run, victory does seem inevitable for the Heat, no matter who they’re facing and now matter how big the deficit. Last Wednesday I was playing basketball and checked the Heat’s score against Cleveland. Miami trailed by 22 at the time, having already cut into a 27-point deficit. I announced the score to the other guys and all but one guy said, “Heat will win.” One other player hedged a few minutes later when I said the Heat still trailed by nine entering the fourth. It was a nine-point deficit, he noted. That’s still a good lead. Two minutes later LeBron had tied the game and Miami was on its way to another victory.

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The NBA season tips off today. Wait. What’s that? It’s already begun?

In that case, force your brain to go backward a week before listening to our latest podcast. We break down the new season, hitting on all the requisite material: The James Harden Trade, Nash and Howard to the Lakers, the relatively crummy Eastern Conference. It’s everything you could ask for in a 20-minute basketball podcast from guys in Inwood and Sioux Falls.

Here’s the link.


I won’t get much sleep tonight. I’ll stay up later than planned, watching the replay of an odd-duck event that originally aired in tape-delayed format. That’s been the case each of the last five nights and will continue for 10-12 more. The Olympics are that captivating.

I love the already popular sports (soccer), the traditional Olympic sports (gymnastics) and the novelty sports (water polo … except for the underwater cam; proof that there is such a thing as too much TV coverage).

But only one sport’s schedule has earned entry into my iPhone calendar: Men’s basketball. Love it. Even watched the exhibition games. I was 13 when the Dream Team took Barcelona by storm, reclaimed the honor of American hoops and started a worldwide basketball movement. That’s part of why I’m so into it: The history and the smaller margin for error. (more…)


A funny thing happened Saturday night: I turned on the TV and there wasn’t an NBA game. Does that mean the Finals are over? Fury and I couldn’t stand to watch after the Hollywood Heat took a 3-games-to-1 lead in the series.

OK, maybe we did watch. We just wish we hadn’t … or that the outcome had been different. Then again, perhaps I’m speaking out of turn. We’re about to find out as TV and Fury rehash the end of the NBA season.

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In my alternate universe the Lakers are preparing to host the Celtics tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. It’s the third meeting in five years for the two teams, the two most storied franchises in the league. Both teams own a title. Seven games to break the tie, even if the Celtics still hold a decisive edge on the big board.

Fortunately this year, the real championship should be even better than my fake Finals. While I would have loved another Lakers-Celtics matchup, it also would have been a bit tired, just like the players on the teams. The Thunder rolled through the Lakers, and the Heat outlasted a Celtics team that seemed to age 10 years with every minute that went by in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. These are certainly the two best teams. Many people predicted these Finals before the season started, before the lockout even ended. The Spurs became favorites for awhile but the Thunder were always there, toying with the best record in the West before finally pulling away in the WCF. And the Heat will be favorites in the East until either LeBron James or Dwyane Wade leaves the other behind in free agency.

Hopefully this series lives up to the hype, because we might see it several more times in the next few years.

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I’ve noticed quite a few Miami Heat jerseys on white kids from South Dakota lately – besides Mike Miller, that is. (Mitchell in the house. Corn Palace, yo.)

And that got me to wondering: Why?

The easy answer is that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are two of the best players and most impressive specimens in the NBA. Makes sense. But what if it’s more than that? (more…)


So the Oscars and the NBA All-Star Game were held Sunday night. Yes, Sunday. As in two days ago. Nobody covers old news like TVFury (especially when Fury is globe-trotting). And nobody does shameless self-congratulations like the American entertainment industry.

On one coast, Hollywood, a city built on pretending, was taking itself way too seriously; on the other, pro athletes were participating in a farce of a competition.

Actually, that might be too harsh. I don’t genuinely care about either event beyond using the game as a bit of background noise while I tip off the busiest two weeks of my work year; it’s tofu. But a lot of other people do. (more…)


Tuesday was supposed to signal the start of the 2011-12 NBA season, the follow-up to a fabulous campaign marked by hating the Heat and diggin’ Dirk. The reason I know this: SportsCenter brought it up.

Actually, it wasn’t just brought up, it beat to death, a central theme in the Tuesday night shows. Highlights from last year’s opening night were shown – several of them and for not insignificant chunks of time. It was weird even in an era where entire networks (ESPN Classic) are dedicated to old games.

So while you may not like the NBA, and loathe that we’re bringing it up for the second day in a row, the SportsCenter institution needs the game, apparently.

I mean, have you watched the recent non-football editions?

They’ve tried to include more hockey. Nothing wrong with that. It’s an exciting sport (especially in the HD ratio that better fits the playing surface) worthy of more coverage than its current TV contract requires. Plus, Barry Melrose is glorious and Canadian. (Sidebar: I once sat by him on a media bus during the Stanley Cup in Edmonton. The oiled mullet, the baggy gangster suits, the brash persona, the unlit cigar – he’s larger than life in person.)

However, that’s not enough to carry show after show. The extended highlights from college basketball exhibitions Tuesday were more awkward than the recycled NBA clips. Even the people at those games didn’t care about them.

Meanwhile, Erin Andrews visits LSU. That was … whatever. She’s pretty; the Mad Hatter is quirky. We get it. That story has been told. A story about the synthetic marijuana issue would have been interesting, but that wasn’t on the menu. It just felt like Steve Levy and Scott Van Pelt – two of the best active anchors – were filling time.

Yes, there’s clearly a void. It seems that the NBA provides many worthwhile elements to the show, namely great highlights. Of all the things people complain about in regard to the Association, a lack of athleticism isn’t on the list. Players’ physical feats are universally understood and admired – we’ve all run and jumped before, just never like that – in a way that feats on ice can’t be. Plus, basketball highlights generally require less context because so many key plays result in resolution – a score.

Also, there’s no shortage of personalities (people love LeBron, people hate LeBron; either way they have an opinion) and recognition (no helmets, smaller surface).

Actually, maybe that’s the reason for the inclusion of those 1-year-old NBA highlights: The SportsCenter producers have come to the realization that their show is incomplete this time of year without pro hoops. If this lockout drags on long enough, maybe ESPN will get involved with the negotiations. That couldn’t be any more difficult than creating an entire network for one school (Texas) and would add far more spice to its signature show.

These are the things I think about while grinding on the treadmill at 11 p.m.