Internet Sports Fan Keeps Promise, Eats Shirt (Video)
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Internet Sports Fan Keeps Promise, Eats Shirt (Video)

Staying true to your word is honorable.

Because we have a wonderful thing called the Internet, we can all watch people doing stupid shit, laugh at their stupidity, then go on with our lives. In today's edition, a grown man is eating a shirt.

A Cleveland fan made a bet that if the Warriors came back and won the Western Conference Finals (which they did), he would eat his shirt. Props to him for keeping to his word and actually eating his shirt.

He cut it up into several different pieces and chowed down. This dude is smart, he put Sweet Baby Ray's on the shirt and went at it. I believe it's possible for Sweet Baby Ray's to make anything taste good, so even more props to him for making it more enjoyable.

I wonder what my 87-year-old grandmother would say if I told her I spent my morning watching a grown man eat a t-shirt? Also, next time you decide to film yourself eating a shirt, turn your phone. All of us thank you.

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Stop Complaining and Enjoy The NBA Finals

There's no conspiracy, relaxxxx.

Any rational NBA fan probably saw this coming. No, I'm not about talking the Warriors and the Cavaliers meeting each other for the second straight NBA Finals.

I'm talking about the apparent hate for the Warriors as a whole.

After Golden State finished off one of the most impressive comebacks in recent NBA history, battling back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, the hate commenced, for whatever reason.

Now, it should be mentioned that the Warriors are the defending champs and coming off a historic regular season, but the Thunder were playing their best basketball, having beat the San Antonio Spurs in the previous round.

So once the Warriors won Game 7 on their home court, instead of excitement over Curry vs. LeBron 2, I saw this on Facebook and Twitter.

Nevermind the fact that it was the Thunder who CHOKED in games six and seven that pushed the Warriors into the NBA Finals, not some grand master plan that was unearthed by Conspiracy Theorist Joe.

Two years ago, Stephen Curry and the Warriors were the darlings of the NBA. They weren't superstars yet, but they were fun to watch.

Meanwhile everyone is wishing ill on the Warriors. The media have covered this team so much that the team now has, what I call, "LeBron heat" (when pretty much all fans hate you for no apparent reason, if not for the excitement of watching you fall).

Even former coaches and players are knocking the Warriors for their "exclusive 3-point shooting offense".

I'm glad that Michael Jordan isn't playing in this era of basketball. Don't take this next statement as me hating on MJ. I think he is, without a doubt, the best basketball player on the planet, but I would bet that he would get just as much hate if he was still playing today. We all remember the "Flu game," going 6-0 in NBA Finals and "Air Jordan," among other noteworthy accomplishments.

They can also criticize him for not being too serious, not being able to get over the hump and reach an NBA Finals in his first seven years in the league, his constant retirement and un-retirements (everyone did criticized Favre when he did, so it's fair Jordan would get the same heat), and the fact that he played well past his prime and that he tries to hog the spotlight for himself.

Yes, we all could do with a little less coverage of the Warriors, but you guys asked for it. So sit back and enjoy the fact that LeBron is the first non-Celtic to make it to six straight NBA Finals. Enjoy the fact that Stephen Curry and the Warriors are the most fun basketball team to watch in recent memory.

That's right. I used the "F" word. Fun. Because that's what we all should feel when watching these two great teams duke it out once the NBA Finals start on June 2.

So stop with the depressing conspiracy theories, and appreciate watching greatness.

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TYBG: The Cavaliers Just Saved The NBA Finals

Now we have a series on our hands.

If you followed the first two games of the NBA Finals, you were probably feeling one of three ways:

1. Happy as hell, because you're a Warriors fan, and the Dubs looked impenetrable.
2. Tremendously sad, because you're a Cavaliers fan, and they looked helpless.
3. Supremely disappointing, because, oh no, this series sucks!

Well, no matter how you were feeling, Game 3 likely changed your perspective.

The Cavs took each they did wrong in the first two games of the series (read: EVERYTHING) and reversed it to top the Warriors, 120-90, Wednesday night.

After two truly brutal games in the Bay Area, Kyrie Irving came out ready to play. He scored 16 points in the first quarter, including doing this to Steph Curry:

J.R. Smith did the same, knocking down five threes and putting up 20 points after scoring eight total points on the West Coast.

And Tristan Thompson, who shot a disappointing 42 percent from the field in the Cavaliers' first two losses, knocked down five of six shots while grabbing 13 rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Cavs' defense limited the Warriors to fewer than 100 points, which, between the regular season and postseason, had only happened 10 times this year. It feels silly to say keeping a team under 100 points is a noteworthy feat, but really, to keep Steph Curry & Co. below the century mark -- in the NBA Finals, no less -- is fairly impressive.

Perhaps most impressive, though, was the way Cleveland started each half: as a team. They scored the first nine points of the game, at one point jumping out to a 30-10 lead. And after the Warriors cut the margin to single digits by halftime, the Cavs began the second half with seven straight points, which led to a 22-point lead midway through the third quarter.

Where this version of Cleveland was in the first two games, we may never know. But one thing is clear: Ty Lue and LeBron James launched an archeological dig and unearthed the Cavaliers we remembered from the first three rounds of the playoffs, and in the process finally made the NBA Finals competitive -- if only for just one night.

And LeBron capped off the night with one of the more ridiculous things he's done in quite some time, which is saying a lot.


How do you feel about all the questions about your team now, LeBron?

Thought so.

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A Warriors-Cavaliers Rematch Is Totally Going To Happen

You can't fight it!

You know that game, Chicken? Not the one in the swimming pool, but the vastly more dangerous one people sometimes play in automobiles, where they dare another automobile to move first as they barrel towards each other at top speed, just waiting for the explosive impact of high-speed machines?

Welcome to the NBA Playoffs.

The two best teams in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors (in that order), are hurtling towards a third straight NBA Finals, crafting the truly tremendous rivalry the league has been craving since the Kobe Bryant-led Lakers and Kevin Garnett-helmed Celtics only met once.

Truly, it's been quite some time since any of the United States' four major professional sports leagues had a championship-based rivalry like this one. Sure, every time has rivalries. And some are bigger than others.

The Red Sox vs. Yankees rivalry dominated much of the 2000's baseball discussion. Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning was an incredible AFC matchup for years. And Sidney Crosby vs. Alexander Ovechkin, which is still taking place, has been a font of plenty of hockey talk.

But none of those rivalries could ever, ever meet in a championship series. Which means the Warriors-Cavs is the best classic we've had this side of the Pistons-Spurs titles we had in the early 2000's. Remember those games?

Man, we were so young.

And now that we're about a month into the NBA Playoffs, the destiny is clear: we're heading towards a third, decisive championship series to crown a true champion. Because, after two rounds of the most competitive basketball around, neither the Cavaliers nor the Warriors have lost a single game.


The Cavs, for their part, knocked off the Paul George-led Pacers and DeMar DeRozan-hamstrung Raptors in four games apiece. Neither series was close. LeBron James and the Cavs placed great basketball.

And on Monday night, Steph Curry the Warriors polished off the best defensive team in the NBA, the Utah Jazz, in four games, after trouncing the Trail Blazers in four games.

After two straight finals, one won by the Warriors and one won by the Cavs, in which basketball has been played in the absolute highest order, this year's Finals is tantalizing. As an ardent Cavaliers fans, I am terrified, because I'm not convinced there's a team in the league that can beat the Warriors with Kevin Durant on the roster. He is so, so very good. The Warriors are *so* much better than they were last season.

Also as an ardent Cavaliers fan, I am thrilled, because LeBron James is basically playing flawless basketball right now, and if there is a single human in the history of the sport of basketball capable of beating this version of the Warriors, it's him.

Which means one thing, and one thing only: gear up. Because this year's Finals are going to be incredible.

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What If The Warriors And Cavs Don't Meet In The Finals

What the Finals could look like.

It is almost universally accepted that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will meet each other for the third straight year in the NBA Finals. They have yet to lose a game yet this postseason, even when playing without valuable players because of injury. Hell, Golden State is winning even without their head coach!

That being said, the two teams still make up only 33 percent of the remaining NBA teams in the playoffs. Let's look at what the NBA Finals could look like if Cleveland and Golden State don't face off again.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Aside from Golden State and Cleveland, this is the best series we could get and the one that could go seven games. Even without Tony Parker, the Spurs' depth and history against LeBron in the Finals prevents me from calling them underdogs and Cleveland's dominance so far prevents me from calling them underdogs.

With a gun to my head, I'll say Cavs in seven, but this is definitely a coin flip series, just like the Warriors/Cavs.

Golden State Warriors vs. Washington Wizards
This is not a coin flip series. This is a lion vs. baby series.

Forget the best of seven standard, Warriors in three games. Adam Silver will make a mercy rule just to end this series.

Combine a scoring team like Golden State with a defensively challenged team like Washington in what we've seen this postseason, it'll be bad, sad, and we'll be glad once it's over.

Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics
Boston really should have gone after Paul George or Jimmy Butler this past February. Maybe then, they'll have a much better chance in this match-up.

But a 5-foot-9 point guard cannot be the best player on a championship team, especially when squaring up against a team like Golden State. Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, and Draymond Green will all exhaust Isiah Thomas, and their size will force him to take longer, contested jumpers. Boston might take a game at home, but no more than one.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Washington Wizards
Out of all the teams, Washington would be the weakest, lacking experiences, depth, and multiple scorers. However, John Wall at times plays like a smarter Russell Westbrook, combining his athleticism with intelligent decision making at the point guard position.

But if this match up appears in June, it'll probably go to five games with San Antonio winning their first non-Tim Duncan title. Even without Tony Parker at the point, there is a reason San Antonio might be the only team in the West that could beat the Warriors and the Cavs in seven games. More experience, a better (and younger) roster than in previous seasons, and a top three player in Kawhi Leonard.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics
This would be the most fun, non Cavs/Warriors series. Boston was the top team in the Eastern Conference in the regular season and has a MVP point guard in Isiah Thomas who has become the sympathetic hero in the postseason. Boston also has players in Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder, and Avery Bradley whose play and personality seem perfect for the spotlight.

Still, this series would come down to six or seven games, and I go to experience and overall talent in long series, giving the Texans the edge.

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The Only Game 7 Viewing Guide You'll Need

Legacies are on the line Sunday night.

Hey, you. Yeah, you. Heads up: there's important basketball being played tonight. Like, very important basketball.

Game 7 of the NBA Finals tips off at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. The game pits the Cavs against the Warriors. Odds are good your social media timelines will be flooded with reactions, GIFs, and general #content about the game.

In preparation, here's a primer on what you may have missed, and what you have to look forward to.

Tell me about the sports part!
This has been the series to end all series, in terms of drama, but basketball-wise? Not all that competitive. Both teams have put up inspired stretches of basketball, but rarely have they matched up. No game has been decided by fewer than 14 points.

In Game 1, the Warriors won so handily that All-Stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson didn't have to do hardly anything to win by 15 points. In Game 2, Golden State more than doubled that margin of victory, toppling the Cavs, 110-77.

It was getting bad, fast.

But LeBron wasn't going quietly into the night just like that. He scored 32 points, the Cavs won by 30 (!), and all of a sudden we had a series.

Kind of.

Game 4 swung back in favor of the Warriors, who won by 21 points to take a 3-1 lead. (Golden State has won three games in this series by an average of 19.6 points per game, which is not normal for a series heading to Game 7.)

BUT, HARK! WHAT GOES THERE? It appears to be... the LeBron-and-Kyrie revolution!

In Game 5, with Draymond Green suspended because of an interesting altercation with LeBron, the Cavs got 82 points from Kyrie and the King, lifting Cleveland to an 112-97 win and bringing the series back home.

Then, in Game 6, LeBron scored 41 more points -- with Draymond playing -- and Steph Curry was ejected late in the game for weaponizing oral hardware, and POOF! We have Game 7 on the horizon.

Internet highlights? We've got your internet highlights.
For starters, this dunk from LeBron in Game 5 set the internet ablaze.

As did this dunk in Game 6.

But the most enduring parts of this series' internet highlights have been the non-basketball topics.

Since the Wall Street Journal wrote an article about Curry's shoes getting roasted online, the Cavaliers have won two games by a combined 29 points and Curry has shot 39 percent from the field while earning his first ejection since 2013. Coincidence?

Meh, probably.

It probably *isn't* a coincidence that since Draymond Green, and then the rest of the Warriors -- and then Skip Bayless -- decided to take the casual sexist route against LeBron James in/after Game 5, he has played some of the most inspired basketball of his career.

In a career full of missteps, Bayless's decision to call James an historically demeaning term for a woman -- on top all of the tremendously obvious shortcomings of that decision, which deserve their own post -- simply added fuel to the fire burning inside a man, James, who has spent a decade proving Bayless's hot takes wrong with systematic efficiency.

LeBron's put on a damn show on the offensive end, as we've already talked about. But his defense has been equally impressive, and led to delightful internet fodder, like this chiding of Steph Curry after a particularly vicious block late in Game 6.

And, of course, Steph Curry's wife, Ayesha, decided the NBA was rigged -- for money! -- after the Warriors' superstar was ejected for throwing his mouthpiece into the crowd after fouling out.

So, yeah, a lot has happened on the internet.

What's left to be said?

With a second NBA Finals trophy, Steph Curry can both cement this two-season stretch as quite possibly the most dominant individual stretch since Michael Jordan's second three-peat with the Bulls. He has turned the league on its head, and two championships in two years would go a long way towards immortalizing this already sterling stretch of basketball.

Elsewhere, there's the storyline of team-versus-team. We've seen an already enticing rivalry take another step, turning into a tantalizing, towering two-team tussle. If the Cavs win, the two will be tied at one apiece. If the Warriors best Cleveland again, Golden State will inarguably be the greater of the two. So the legacy of this rivalry (for now) is effectively on the line.

In the end, though, this series has been about LeBron James, as is so often the case in this league.

He has dominated the stat sheet and dictated play, as shown above. He has rallied his team from a two-game deficit, forcing a Game 7 in the Finals after trailing 3-1 for the first time in decades.

And now, he has a chance to become the most beloved man in Cleveland since Jim Brown by winning the Cavaliers their first NBA championship. The circle can complete itself, LeBron transitioning from chosen one, to rued betrayer, to prodigal son returned, all the way to leader-in-excelsior.

One man's prediction? The Cavs pull off the comeback, and LeBron launches his bid for Mayor of Cleveland in the postgame locker room.