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The biggest story of the week was Tony Dungy’s take on Michael Sam in the Tampa Tribune. Dungy told longtime writer Ira Kaufman that he wouldn’t have taken Michael Sam if he were still coaching. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.”

Adam took exception to Dungy’s comments.

Dungy is a borderline Hall of Fame coach who helped lay the foundation for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl XXXVII win, and later won Super Bowl XLI with the Indianapolis Colts. He’s also coached a lot of players with questionable character along the way, including Marvin HarrisonDominic RhodesMike DossDarrell Reid and more. Dungy was also supportive of Michael Vick getting another chance in the NFL after he was released from prison for his role in the dogfighting scandal that nearly derailed his career. All of these players were distractions at one point or another with the additional media scrutiny, just as Ray Rice has become a distraction with the news this week that he will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season.

Sam is attempting to become the first openly gay man to make an NFL roster. Yes, there might be some additional cameras around the first few days because of the unique circumstances. I agree with Adam though, as I don’t think there will be any more distractions with Sam as there were with Jason Collins last season, when he became the first openly gay player in NBA history. Manti Te’o dealt with the media circus a year ago, but was he ultimately a distraction to the San Diego Chargers as they returned to the playoffs? Of course not.

Dungy is free to feel however he wants in regards to Sam’s sexual orientation, but it’s extremely hypocritical for him to say that he wouldn’t want to deal with the distraction surrounding Sam when he has had players on his teams who appear to have far less character than Sam. Dungy’s work with rehabilitating Vick is commendable, but his critique of Sam (who last I checked, has committed no crimes and hasn’t been arrested), is cringe-worthy.

Interview of the week

Legendary broadcaster Marv Albert joined Adam this week. The two talked about everything that has happened thus far in the NBA offseason.

The most noteworthy thing to come out of the interview was that Albert’s two favorites in the Eastern Conference were the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls. The Bulls have added Pau Gasol, drafted Doug McDermott and are considering a trade for Kevin Love. They definitely deserve to be in the mix in the East, but I would still consider the Cavaliers to be the favorites. Getting the best player in the world back on your roster is a huge shift in power in the conference. They’ve also signed Kyrie Irving to a max contract., and convinced some of LeBron’s former teammates such as Mike Miller, James Jones and perhaps Ray Allen to go to Cleveland.

The Cavs also have one big trade chip if they are interested in trading for Kevin Love.

Andrew Wiggins, the top pick in last month’s NBA Draft, signed with the Cavaliers and can not be traded until Aug. 23 due to NBA rules. But is it worth it to trade that potential for a known commodity like Kevin Love? I think it is. Cleveland is a win-now team. Wiggins should be an excellent NBA player, but if LeBron is all about winning championships, you have to trade Wiggins for Love and try to win the East now, as the East is as weak as it has been in years.

Underrated story of the week

Rory McIlroy won the third major of his young career this past weekend, and celebrated in style by drinking Jager out of the Claret Jug. He’s 25 years old, and he looks to be the leader of the next generation of great golfers.

But he’s no Tiger Woods. Nobody is.

Tiger is an all-time great. He moves the meter. People care how he plays, particularly in majors. No other player in the world single-handedly determines whether you will watch golf on a Sunday just by whether or not he’s in the chase.

McIlroy has a long way to go before he reaches that kind of iconic status.

Speaking of Tiger, who hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, it’s fair to question whether he will add another major championship to his list of accomplishments. He’s been injury prone for years now, has flirted with missing the cut more frequently than he ever has, and looks nothing like the Hall of Fame player he was in his prime. The good news for Tiger is that we’ve seen golfers win majors well into their 40s. Tiger has been around forever, but he’s still only 38 years old. He should have a lot of golf left in his career, so time will tell if he can win again, let alone chase Jack Nicklaus and his record 18 major championships.

GIF of the week

Shaq Fu

Brian Windhorst wrote a tremendous column talking about LeBron’s brain, and how he has the ability to remember every last detail and use that information to his advantage. It’s a great quality to have as a world class athlete.

It’s also a somewhat useful skill to dominate one of the worst video games ever created.

I love video games. We had an NES and Super Nintendo when I was a kid, and I still have these consoles and several hundred games for both of them now as an adult. I also had Shaq Fu as a kid, which is probably the only thing I have in common with LeBron James … but this is a horrendous fighting game. If you’re familiar with the Angry Video Game Nerd webseries, James Rolfe goes into greater detail on how horrible this game is.

(NSFW language)

The fact that LeBron James memorized the moveset of every fighter in one of the worst games I’ve ever played is mind-blowing. I never bothered to try to learn every fighter’s moves in good fighting games like Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, and King James did it for Shaq Fu?! Remember, this game came out in 1994, before the days where everybody had internet access and could look up anything they wanted at any time. LeBron is smart enough to memorize all of the moves for a horrible video game, so of course he’s smart enough to break down a random player’s weaknesses on the basketball court.

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