It's raining tears in Miami!

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It's raining tears in Miami!

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

The Miami Heat are like teenagers. Whiny, whiny teenagers. They act like theyre the best thing ever, act cocky, get out of line and then cry about how the whole world is against them when people try to set them straight. Oh how fast things can change.

Here is the Big Three, as they call themselves, before the season:

And here is the Weepy Three now:

They might as well go start an emo band with all that crying. 'Boo hoo, everyone hates us boo hoo!'

You guys ever stop to think it is because youre a bunch of pretentious idiots who have done zip, zero, nothing, nada to justify the way you carry yourselves? Grow up.

Former Heat coach and current Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy put it best when he was talking to reporters:

"I do chuckle a little bit when they complain about the scrutiny they get," Van Gundy told reporters. "My suggestion would be if you don't want the scrutiny, you don't hold a championship celebration before you've even practiced together. It's hard to go out yourself and invite that kind of crowd and celebration and attention, and then when things aren't going well, sort of bemoan the fact that you're getting that attention."

But-but-but . . . people are being super mean and negative and all the Heat have done is act like champions and jerks all season! This is unfair!!!! :( :( :(

LeBron James has even resorted to expressing his feelings through the majesty of song! That is how much you people are making him cry!

On the plus side, the Heat are now getting all kinds of new endorsement offers and movie offers. Pampers. Gerber.

If they were on Tom Hanks team they would get a stern talking to. Tom Hanks doesnt put up with this crap.

When anyone talks to the Heat players about how everyone hates them, they claim bias or disrespect. No, that isnt it at all. It is because Miami has assembled perhaps the greatest group of insecure, egomaniacal, whining, crying, idiots who blame everyone but themselves.

I guess it is not their fault they dont play as a team or that they dont have chemistry or that they are unwilling to put their egos aside and just win. That is all the media and fans fault. Shame on all of you!

After practice every day, LeBron goes all Ace Ventura and cries in the shower and it is all your fault you insensitive, mean spirited clowns!

Hey James, Wade and that other guy . . . what is his name? The one no one knows or cares about? Oh right, Bosh! Go take a long hard look in the mirror and realize you guys are not the greatest players in history or the greatest team in history.

At their preseason championship party, LeBron talked about how they were going to win 100 titles in a row. I guess they forgot about all that hard work and team work stuff. Too bad, so sad.

Maybe for five seconds, just spend less time whining to the media and crying after games because you lack the capability to come through in big games and oh, I dont know, play better?!

The Miami Heat make emo kids look like the toughest guys on the planet. Just shut up already because no one feels sorry for you and if you expect people to feel sorry for you, well youre just 1000 times dumber than we thought.

NFLPA tells rookies to be like Rob Gronkowski

NFLPA tells rookies to be like Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski is a model citizen in the NFL. In fact, the NFL Players Association is advising rookies to be more like Gronk, according to The Boston Globe

The New England Patriots tight end has developed a name for himself on and off the football field. With that attention comes branding. And at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere from May 18 to 20, the NFLPA encouraged rookies to develop their own brand -- much like Gronkowski.

“Some people think he’s just this extension of a frat boy, and that it’s sort of accidental,” Ahmad Nassar said, via The Globe. Nassar is the president of NFL Players Inc., the for-profit subsidiary of the NFLPA. “And that’s wrong. It’s not accidental, it’s very purposeful. So the message there is, really good branding is where you don’t even feel it. You think, ‘Oh, that’s just Gronk being Gronk.’ Actually, that’s his brand, but it’s so good and so ingrained and so authentic, you don’t even know it’s a brand or think it.”

Gronkowski's "Summer of Gronk" has indirectly become one of his streams of income. The tight end makes appearances for magazines and sponsors. Because of his earnings from branding and endorsements, he didn't touch his NFL salary during the early years of his career.

Gronk was one of three players who were the topics of discussion during the symposium. Dak Prescott and Odell Beckham were also used as examples of players who have been able to generate additional income from endorsements. Beckham, in particular, has been in the spotlight off the football field. He's appeared on the cover of Madden, and just signed a deal with NIke which is reportedly worth $25 million over five years with upwards of $48 million over eight years. His deal, which is a record for an NFL player, will pay him more than his contract with the Giants.

“A lot of people talk to the players about, ‘You should be careful with your money and you should treat your family this way and you should treat your girlfriend or your wife.’ Which is fine. I think that’s valuable,” Nassar said, via The Globe. “But we don’t often give them a chance to answer the question: How do you see yourself as a brand? Because Gronk, Odell, none of those guys accidentally ended up where they are from a branding and marketing standpoint.”

Morning Skate: Sidney Crosby has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation

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Morning Skate: Sidney Crosby has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing everybody a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend. 

*Apparently Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette has yet to try Nashville’s hot chicken despite his time behind the Preds bench. It’s okay, I have yet to try it either in my handful of visits to Music City. 

*Good stuff from PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough. Apparently it wasn’t so easy to make Wayne Gretzky’s head bleed when it came time for director Doug Liman to cut Swingers together

*Sidney Crosby cares about the history and the issues of the game, and has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation despite the hate that always comes with such responsibility. 

*Puck Daddy examines Crosby’s performance in the playoffs, and the odds of him winning another Conn Smythe Trophy. 

*The Penguins have made it to the Stanley Cup Final without Kris Letang for their playoff run, and that’s an amazing accomplishment. 

*Erik Karlsson said that he will be tending to his injured foot next week, and expects a full recovery for next season after a brilliant run with his Ottawa Senators

*Larry Brooks again rails against the Stanley Cup playoff structure and it’s relation to an “absurd regular season.” Say what you will, but the fact the Penguins are there for a second straight season shoots down some of the absurdity stuff in my mind. The best team from the East is where they should be and they did it without Kris Letang to boot. 

*Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat is confident his abilities will translate to the NHL despite his size after taking home honors as the best player in junior hockey this season. 

*For something completely different: Apparently there’s a hard core comic book geek gripe that “The Flash” is burning through bad guys too quickly. This would make sense if they couldn’t revisit these bad guys at any point, but they absolutely can go back to a big bad like Grodd anytime they want.