Hard work is for losers, just ask Miami

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Hard work is for losers, just ask Miami

By Jon Fucile
Special contributor to WickedGoodSports.com

The Miami Heat have been the NBA's, and arguably the sports world's, hottest topic since the season opened. You all know the story of how Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the weak willed LeBron James got together to form the greatest dynasty in NBA history and win eleven consecutive NBA titles!!!

Oh wait, that's just what they predicted. Sorry.

Unfortunately for the self absorbed trio, life has not been all lollipops and rainbows.

You all know by now that the Heat stars are upset because their coach is making them work too hard. Poor 'lil guys. They wanted to just hang out all day and high five, not practice or work hard on the court. The NBA, and all the other teams, should just hand them titles because they're so super awesome. Hard work is overrated. Maybe the three of them could go to schools and teach that to kids.

But their reaction got us thinking' what if other 'great' people throughout history decided they didn't want to work hard for their goals either? We decided to take a look.

What if our fore fathers did not feel like working hard? What if they just said fighting the British is too much work, let us give up and just let the British continue to rule us? What if Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Paul Revere said screw, let's go drink some tea and buy some red coats and get on this British bandwagon?

Instead of playing basketball James, Bosh and Wade would be wearing knickers and eating tea and crumpets.

What if Dr. James Naismith did not want to work hard?

For those of you who do not know, Dr. Naismith was a Canadian P.E. professor at the YMCA. One rainy afternoon he was trying to figure out how to keep his class active indoors and began to formulate what would become current day basketball.

He decided on the rules and then put up a peach basket for the kids to shoot into and thus the game of basketball was born.

But what if Dr. Naismith did not want to work hard? What if he was content to let the kids run wild in the gym while he just took a nap?

Chris Bosh, Lebron James and Dwyane Wade would probably have other jobs. Low impact jobs that require little to no work. Like testing hammocks.

To further complicate the problem for the the Heat, unlike in modern times when the ball simply falls back down through the net after a basket, the peach basket still had the bottom attached and the ball had to be manually retrieved. If the Miami Heat played in those days, they would never score more than 2 or 3 points. Getting the ball would probably be too much work.

Instead of shooting into a peach basket, Dwyane and LeBron would hang out in the hammock and make Bosh pick them peaches.

Millions of peaches. Peaches for free.

Evolution works hard every day. Both humans and animals are leagues ahead of where they used to be all thanks to the hard work of evolution.

But what if one day, back when people were evolving, evolution just said... you know what? People need to be taller, but that is just too much work?

Where would Bosh, Wade and James be today? Not playing basketball. They'd be too short!

That's right... acting gigs. Whenever a casting call would go out for "egotistic little people" they would be the first three to respond.

One day, somewhere in the history of dating, there was a couple who felt bad that one of their single friends had nothing to do every Friday and Saturday night. They took pity on their friend and started inviting them to come along on dates. The 'Third Wheel' was born.

But... where would Chris Bosh be if that couple thought it was too much work to ask their single friend to tag along?

He'd still be stuck in Toronto where nobody cares. And people might still think he's a great basketball player. Whoops.

Before games, LeBron James likes to dip his hands into a bowl of chalk and then toss it into the air in a "look at me! look at me! seriously everyone look at me!" display because apparently he did not get enough attention as a child.

But getting all that chalk is hard work! Someone has to get it for him, crush it into a fine powder and then deliver it to him.

But what if, one day, James' chalk fetcher decided it was too much work to get the chalk? What if LeBron just had to toss whatever he wasn't using into the air?

Although picking up all those things is probably too much work. He'd probably just take a nap.

The Heat also wish the guy who created the NBA playoffs didn't want to work hard. They were hoping the title would be awarded to the team with the biggest collective ego and sense of self importance without having to play any games.

So keep spreading the message that hard work and dedication is overrated. Keep acting like you should just be handed everything without working for it. And maybe, just maybe if kids don't work real hard, someday they can win nothing together but act like they're already the best team ever just like you.

Rask skates, expected to play tonight vs. Red Wings

Rask skates, expected to play tonight vs. Red Wings

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins held an optional morning skate on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena with little more than a handful of B’s players skating, but the most important player to Boston success, Tuukka Rask, was taking part after missing practice on Monday.

Rask missed Monday’s practice session while getting checked out medically following his exit from Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh due to vision issues. He said on Tuesday that it was all related to migraines that have cropped up a couple of times in his NHL career. The Bruins No. 1 netminder also said he was good to play on Tuesday night against the Red Wings with just a couple of home games left until this weekend’s All-Star break.

That was the kind of good news embattled coach Claude Julien was looking for as Boston looks to end its season-worst, four-game losing streak.

“We’ve got good news so far, so that’s nice to see,” Julien said of Rask, who has started 13 of Boston’s past 14 games dating to a Dec. 27 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. “Obviously it was because of the migraines, so hopefully we won’t see much more of that.”

In other Black and Gold health news, both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller have been cleared to play, and are expected to rejoin the B’s lineup with John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow headed for healthy scratches. Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings as the Red Wings arrive for a divisional tilt after a shootout loss for Boston last week at Joe Louis Arena:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Krejci-Backes

Schaller-Nash-Beleskey

Spooner-Moore-Hayes

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

K. Miller-C. Miller


Rask
 

Quirky Super Bowl schedule this time around for Patriots

Quirky Super Bowl schedule this time around for Patriots

The Patriots schedule for the next few days in Massachusetts and Super Bowl Week in Houston is a little quirky.

Players are off on Tuesday (media has conference call access to Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia). There’s no media access on Wednesday at all as the team begins getting introduced to the Super Bowl game plan that will have been partially formulated (and subject to tweaking). The players are in Thursday, Friday and Saturday for afternoon practices and there’s media access to the players each day. There’s no media access on Sunday.

The team will fly to Houston on Monday and – in a major departure – will do its media duties at night. The NFL has repackaged media day as Super Bowl Opening Night. It will be held at Minute Maid Field (home of the Astros) with access to the Patriots from 10 to 11 p.m. EST.

Tuesday, there will be access from 1:30 to 2:30 EST to Belichick and a handful of players at the Patriots’ hotel. There will be full access to players and coaches on Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 6:15 EST.

There’s no NFL-sponsored access of any kind on Friday or Saturday. Previously, there was a final press conference with the head coaches and a press conference with the NFL Commissioner. His name is Roger. Roger Goodell.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame committee meets on Saturday and will announce the 2017 inductees by the end of the day.

For those of you who like television - or who stream on your tiny devices – we’ll be all over this mess.

This week, look for Patriots Wednesday Live on Thursday at noon (hard to have Wednesday Live if ain’t nobody gonna be live from the team).

Mike Giardi and I will be down there Sunday so start looking for live reports and my giant nose in the great state of Texas at that point.

If we’re not live during media day in the evening, I don’t know what we’re doing with our lives. Quick Slants will be Tuesday night and Jerod Mayo will be down there.

Lotta podding planned. Lotta podding.

We’ll keep you updated.