The Death of Quality NBA Commercials

The NBA Finals begins Tuesday, but are these commercials making you less excited?

During the 2010 NBA Playoffs/Finals, DJ Steve Porter remixed some great advertisements and commercials that kept basketball fans from all over wanting more. Well, this season, the league’s playoff commercials have been downgraded to a talking ball, which definitely isn’t so appealing, right? Well, with all of that being said, check out some”awful” NBA commercials! 

 

1.) Discussing a Michael Jordan heart-breaking finish, which is clearly unnecessary.

 

2.)  The importance of Magic Johnson looking at Larry Bird’s eyes during the NBA Finals. 

 

3.) Why would a “basketball” talk about himself in the third person? 

 

4.) “Oh baby, Goliath better be ready to tangle!” That sums up this commercial, right? 

 

5.) Does “the ball” think he should win a championship? 

Buckner Gets Tossed, Quebec Beats Brockton, 5-0

Bill Buckner was not a happy man on Monday, as he was tossed during Brockton's first loss of the 2011 season!

By Brian Willwerth 

On Monday night, Bill Buckner suffered his first loss as manager of the Brockton Rox and he wasn’t even around to see the Quebec Capitales end the game with a 5-0 victory.

The game started out as a pitchers’ duel between Brockton’s Julian Sampson and Quebec’s Bryan Rembisz. Sampson did not allow a hit through the first four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth, allowing an RBI single to give the Capitales the lead. Sampson struck out seven over five innings.

Quebec struck for three more runs in the sixthagainst the Brockton bullpen, with the big blast coming on a two-run homer by Michael Thompson.

In the bottom of the inning, it looked like a pitch hit Brockton’s Keith Brachold, but the home plate umpire ruled it a foul ball, saying the ball hit Brachold’s bat first. Buckner came out to argue, and after a minute or two, was sent to the showers for the rest of the evening. It was Buckner’s first career ejection as a manager.

The Rox had a chance to get back in the game in the eighth, as they loaded the bases with one out, but Melvin Falu grounded into a double play to end the threat.

There was another disagreement in the top of the ninth, as Brad Hertzler was called for a balk, allowing another Quebec run to score. Brockton third baseman Jorge Jimenez took exception to that, and he too got tossed.

Lost in the on-field disputes was the outstanding performance by the Quebec pitching staff. Rembisz and Jeff Duda scattered seven hits in the shutout victory.

The series continues Tuesday night. First pitch is at 7:05.

Willwerth: NASCAR Notebook

By Brian Willwerth 

The 2011 Coca-Cola 600 will be remembered more for who didn’t win the race, than who did.

In the end, it was Kevin Harvick bringing his #29 car to victory lane for the third time this season.

But the headline centers around Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s most popular driver. He hasn’t won a race in nearly three years. Yet there he was, on the verge of breaking his long losing drought, in NASCAR’s longest race. He had the lead on the final lap. Then the unthinkable happened for Junior and his followers:

His gas tank went dry.

He ran out of fuel on the backstretch. Heading into Turn 4, Junior slowed down considerably. That allowed Harvick – and several other drivers -to go cruising past him. Earnhardt settled for a seventh place finish.

The drama began to unfold when Jimmie Johnson‘s engine blew up with four laps to go. That set up a green-white-checkered finish.  On the final restart, Earnhardt raced past Kasey Kahne for the lead. Kahne got hit from behind by Brad Keselowski, causing other cars to wreck. But the race stayed green, so it was up to Junior to conserve fuel. He took the white flag as the pro-Junior crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway went into a frenzy. But that frenzy turned to disbelief in the end.

You have to go all the way back to Michigan in 2008 to find the last time Earnhardt Jr. went to victory lane – a span of 105 races.

David Ragan, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and A.J. Allmendinger rounded out the top five.

 Since a lot of people enjoy NASCAR for the wrecks, it’s time for first-ever Noontime Sports “Wreck Wrap.”

*The biggest one was a three-car incident involving Mark Martin, Ryan Newman and David Gilliland.

*Landon Cassill got spun around by Regan Smith, and Cassill ended up with a big mouthful of the infield.

*Kyle Busch wrecked on his own – twice. He spun out in Turn 4, then whacked the wall in Turn 2 a few laps later.

*Paul Menard brought out the caution when he hit the wall in Turn 2. Shortly after the yellow flag waved, Brian Vickers ran into the back of Martin Truex Jr.

*Jamie McMurray blew an engine early in the race while battling Matt Kenseth for the lead.

Daily Noontime – Tuesday May 31, 2011

Did Jim Tressel do the right thing on Monday?

Happy Tuesday to everyone and welcome to back to yet another work week! Hopefully you had a wonderful LONG weekend, so allow us, Noontime Sports, to kick-off your final day of May with news and headlines! 

Headlines: 

* It’s official, Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel has left the building and yes, the alumni have something to say.

* According to Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, he believes that all NBA players would accept gay teammates.

* Despite the ongoing NFL Lockout, season ticket sales for all 32 teams is “ahead of last year’s season ticket pace.”

* Here’s an interesting article in regards to “violence” in the MLB press box, which is definitely something fans never thinks of when going to a game, right?

* Besides Coach Tressel, Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor is now being investigated by the college and NCAA.

* It’s easy to hate LeBron James, especially after his “Decision” last July, but here’s someone who has a thought on why NBA fans should cheer him on in the NBA Finals.

Games to Watch: 

* Texas at Tampa Bay (MLB) – 6:40pm eastern

* Philadelphia at Washington (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Chicago White Sox at Boston (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Dallas at Miami (NBA Finals) – 9:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

The NHL Stanley Cup Finals is one day away, so let’s get you excited for Bruins-Canucks series!