Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight – Rising Stars Game 02-15-2013

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The first crosslover and step-back move by Kyrie was beautiful to watch live.  However, upon review, Kyrie already took his first step left after he stopped dribling and gathered the ball.  The next two steps left in the “step-back” move equals a total of three steps (and that’s traveling —  Even for the NBA  — But, apparently not traveling in the Rising Stars Challenge or the All Star Game.).  After you gather the ball and both or your feet are on the floor, you only get one and one-half steps boys!

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Too tired to go on, Pope Benedict will resign

By Hada Messia and Michael Pearson, CNN
updated 11:43 AM EST, Mon February 11, 2013

Rome (CNN) — The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI, surprised the world Monday by saying he will resign at the end of the month “because of advanced age.”

It’s the first time a pope has stepped down in nearly 600 years.

“Strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me,” said Benedict, 85, according to the Vatican.

J.J. Redick First Half Highlights – Brent Barry eat your heart out

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J.J. Redick had 15 points in the first half against Portland. He’s been going to the hoop and drawing contact repeatedly.  J.J. finished the game with 22 points shooting 9 of 13 from the floor, 2 of 4 three-pointers, and 5 assists.  Final Score: Magic 110 Trailblazers 104.

Brent Barry you must realize by now that J.J.’s not just jumpshots. He can certainly sink the three’s, make the jumpers from the floor, make floaters, finish at the rim with contact, shoot just under 90% from the line, move relentlessly without the ball, run pick and roll and pop and hard cut backdoor, and efficiently make plays for his teammates. So, Brent, it’s time to stop disrespecting J.J. on NBA TV.

At 1:48 of this video, Watch Gustavo Ayon block Damian Lillard’s shot at the rim! Everybody likes the posterizing dunks. So, let’s recognize a great defensive chase-down and stuff at rim!!!

Florida Vultures

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I found a committee of these ominous vultures on the lookout January 12th.  A few were on my roof, others were on the neighbors’ roof and our fence.  I don’t know the exact species.  It reminded me of the movie Ice Age –  there , the animals were fleeing the impending flood and traveling in herds, and the vultures singing from the trees at the mouth of the canyon, “Food … glorious food!”

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