From Sports Illustrated to Bleacher Report, each writer faces the challenge of not only putting their sports ideas out in the open, but also organizing them into a well-formed article that will capture the interest of the average reader.
And that is where the struggle begins.
While many writers long to make their opinions known, they all struggle at some point with the demon known as "writer's block."
As a result of this limit on writing, many voices on a wide range of sports topics often go unheard and it is unfortunate, both for the writer and the reader.
I have been a victim of this writer's block as of late and frankly, I'm sick of my opinions and ideas becoming mired in the irrelevance that is my own head.
So, with no further ado, I have decided to release my sports opinions right now.
The topics will vary widely and will switch rather quickly, but I'll do my best to provide appropriate transitions between each.
The inner workings of my sports conscious follow.
The NBA Playoffs, bar none, have been great this season.
The number of games coming down to the wire has been astounding and ESPN, ABC, and TNT are undoubtedly reaping the benefits. It's also fun to see David Stern in panic mode because of the Orlando Magic's 3-1 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Speaking of the Cavaliers, it really is hard to believe that they locked up the top overall seed in the NBA Playoffs. Granted, Cleveland had a fantastic regular season, but a great regular season means nothing for the Cavaliers if LeBron James is the only player showing up against Orlando.
Would it kill someone on the Cavs to actually step up and be a decent second option in this series? Mo Williams, maybe?
The concept of stepping up and producing applies to Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kenshin Kawakami. \
Signed during the offseason to help shore up an oft-injured Braves pitching staff, Kawakami struggled early with Atlanta, surrendering 17 earned runs in his first four starts.
However, Kawakami has started to heat up, giving up three earned runs or fewer in five of his last six outings. The Japanese hurler will have to stay hot if the Braves hope to contend for the playoffs in October.
While on the subject of baseball, the nature of the excuses made by those testing positive for steroids is sickening. Shame on Manny Ramirez for his supposed "faulty prescription."
If he had had a personal health issue, he should have taken it up with MLB. Bob Costas put it best on The Dan Patrick Show when he said, "Unless Manny Ramirez delivers triplets in November, I'm not buying his story."
Story. S-T-O-R-Y. With the Scripps National Spelling Bee kicking off Wednesday, it brings back memories of my attempt to qualify for the National Bee in Washington, D.C. during my eighth-grade year.
As determined as I was to succeed, I ultimately fell short of ESPN with a ninth place finish (out of 20!) at the Georgia Statewide Spelling Bee. The word I missed was "corrugated." I can assure you, I will never forget that word. Ever.
On a more serious note, it gives me great sorrow to express my condolences to both the Tyson family and the family of B/R's own Gray Ghost. It is a terrible tragedy to lose a loved one, especially at such a young age.
Why these terrible things happen, we will never know. I will continue to give my thoughts and prayers to Josiah Herring and the Herring family as well as Exodus Tyson and the Tyson family.
My heart goes out to both families during this very difficult time.
So, there you have it.
While it was not pretty and some of it may have been cliché, that is just a sample of what has been swirling around in my head, begging to be put into words.
Undoubtedly, I will undergo the annoyance that is writer's block again in the future as may you and there's nothing we can do about it.
Hopefully, this venture will prove successful in helping spur my creativity and help me with an article idea I currently have in the works.
As for the future, who knows?
I'll likely resort to a discombobulated article of dumped sports ideas similar to this one in the future if I get desperate to break future writer's block.
All signs point to that being a definite possibility.
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