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I have never been big on birthdays. As I get older they simply remind me that I am getting older (and nobody wants to be reminded of that.)

So this year, I’m giving my birthday up.

This year instead of asking for gifts, I’m asking for donations for a great cause. The money is not going to me, though. All of it is going to build freshwater projects for people in developing countries.

Almost a billion people in the world are living without clean water — but how much are they really living? Millions contract deadly diseases from contaminated water. 30,000 people will die this week alone. The lucky ones won’t, but still have to walk hours each day to get dirty water for their families. It’s a daily struggle.

These people cannot survive without clean water. It’s easy for us to simply go the the faucet and get clean, safe water. It is something that we all take for granted.

I have been blessed enough. I get to sit at home and write about sports all day. I get paid to do what I love. And I get to interact with some really great people. It’s time that I start giving back. My birthday wish this year is not for more gifts I don’t need; it’s to give clean and safe drinking water to some of the billion people living without it. I want to make my birthday matter this year.

Just know that 100% of all donations go directly toward water projects. And about 18 months after this campaign ends, charity: water will show us where and how every dollar we raised ended up helping in the field. We’ll see GPS coordinates, photos and more details about the communities we’ve impacted.

Please join me. You can contribute by clicking on this link http://mycharitywater.org/operation-bday

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The Memphis Grizzlies had last night’s game in the bag. They were up by as much as 27 points on the Los Angeles Clippers. It was a done deal. There was no way the Clips were coming back. No way. But they did and they beat the Grizz 99-98 to take a 1-0 series lead.

Like millions of other viewers, I changed the channel looking for something more interesting to watch. But every time I would return to the game the Grizzlies lead was getting smaller and smaller. But still, I had no doubt Memphis was going to win that game.

I had been taking some shots at the Clippers on Twitter most of the game. I was saying this was a hell of a time for the Clippers to remember that they were the Clippers and other witty things like that.

It took me a while to realize that the Grizz hadn’t made a basket for most of the fourth quarter but when I did, that’s when I thought they had a chance to lose that game. And we have to be honest here, Memphis lost that game, the Clippers didn’t win it. I give the Clips a lot of credit for not giving up but the Grizz handed them that game.

The Clippers played horrible for the first three quarters. They looked out of sync and overwhelmed. With the starters sitting on the bench, it was the second unit that closed the gap on Memphis. They are the ones who turned the game around. I think Memphis got over confident and lazy when the second unit came in. They let LA get close and then started to panic and the rest is history.

I still think Memphis is the better team and I picked them to win the series but it’s going to be interesting to see if they can come back from a collapse like this.

The Clippers will be a little over confident for game two but will Memphis be able to regain any confidence after a loss like that?

When Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos step into the octogon tonight they will be making history. It will be the first time in over two decades that a heavyweight championship fight will be televised on “free tv.”

There was a time when you could watch the biggest fights for free. I know most of you have no idea what I’m talking about but trust me, it happened. Of course all the big fights were boxing matches because there was no Mixed Marshal Arts back then. But you could watch Sugar Ray Leonard or Larry Holmes fight for free. All you had to do was turn on you tv.

And then all the Big Fights went to Pay Per View. And now there really are no more Big Fights in boxing. As fans we never get to see the match ups we really want. (Floyd Mayweather I’m looking in your direction).

That is why I have become such a big MMA fan. They continually give the fans the match ups we want to see. Fighters are not able to duck other fighters in MMA they way the can in boxing (still looking in your direction Floyd). This is mostly due to the fact that there is really only one main organization in MMA and that is the UFC. They demand that top fighters will fight other top fighters. Boxing has so many governing organizations that have become so corrupt you almost never see a Big Fight any more.

When was the last time you were really excited about a boxing match? Think about it. Be honest, it was a while ago. I get geeked for at least one fight for every UFC event.

Hopefully the Velasquez/dos Santos fight will be the return of the Big Fight to free tv and will usher in an era of MMA dominance in the fight game.

Every boxing promoter should take a lesson from Dana White and the UFC: give the fans what they want.

I feel sorry for Kyle Orton. He’s in a no-win situation. As starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos not only is he on a not very good team but every time ha has a bad play the entire stadium starts screaming for Tim Tebow. It’s enough to make a player want to request a trade.

In last night’s 23-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders, Denver fans were quick to start the “Te-BOW, Te-BOW!!” chant. I can only imagine what was going through Orton’s mind. I’m sure at one point he must have thought, “Why didn’t I go to Miami when I had the chance?”

The Broncos have a tough decision to make. They have to either trade Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow. They have to give one of them a chance to play without constantly looking over their shoulder. They owe it to the players, the team and the fans.

And if Tim Tebow is good enough to be a starting quarterback in the NFL he would be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Remember, he is THIRD on the depth chart for the Broncos. So, I ask all Broncos fans this: Do you really want to turn your team over to a third string quarterback?

The NFL lockout has ended. Finally, the owners and players have come to an agreement and America’s long nightmare is over.

The deal was announced today and teams could start full practices this weekend. Players will begin to recertify their union starting tomorrow.

The proposed timeline is as follows:

Tuesday: teams can sign drafted rookies.
Wednesday: the first 10 teams report to training camp.
Friday: Full free agency starts.

The season could start as soon as August 4th. However, the players have to recertify before that can happen.

What I am really looking forward to is Friday night when free agency starts. Its going to be such a feeding frenzy like no one has ever seen. Mistakes will be made and bargains will be had. The whole off-season will essentially be crammed into one weekend. It going to me a madhouse. And I can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend.

I made the case earlier that when the  New York Knicks acquired Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets they were not going to win a championship. And that simple statement caused all kinds of hell to break loose.

I went through a lot just to get that article published. The guys at Global Grind (where I have published many articles)were hesitant to put it up on their site. They said that Carmelo was a “friend of the site” and thought the peice was too harsh on him. After two days they lsaid they would publish it and iterally dumped it in the middle of the night. 2 am to be exact.

And then there were the New York fans themselves. I caught so much flack from them it was unbelievable. I was called a “hater” a “know-nothing” and a “shill for the Lakers.” (That last one is only partly true, by the way.) And now that the Knicks are a mere 6-6 since Melo arrived and the Nuggets are 9-2, Knicks fans are starting to bitch like only they can.

Normally, I hate to say “I told you so” but to Knicks fans I will gladly say it: I told you so!

It’s not that I think Carmelo is a bad player. I think he is a very good player. He’s just not a Championship Caliber player. He will make your team better but he is not the savior many New York fans thought he would be. So now all the “longtime” New York fans are wondering if this team will do anything in the playoffs. This is, of course, providing they even make the playoffs. I’m not sure playing .500 ball is going to get you into the playoffs. Even in the Eastern Conference.

Nugget fans, on the other hand, are very happy. Their team is playing great ball. Watching them play, you see the ball moving freely, the scoring is distributed more evenly and the entire team is playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. Even head coach George Karl is happy. He has been talking about getting a “clean slate” to work with now that Melo is gone. And I say, good for them. They had to put up with Carmelo’s tantrums for too long. It’s like getting out of a bad relationsip. The breakup can be very messy but you always feel beeter once they are gone.

Incidentally, the New Jersey Nets, who were continually mentioned as a landing spot for Melo, are 5-3 since they acquired Derron Williams instead of Anthony.

So everyone is happy. Except the New York Knicks and their fans. The world is back to normal.