My kitchen is the room of choice for solving problems and just hanging out, and the other day conversation centered on LaVar Ball and his three sons. Suddenly a voice came out of the peanut gallery, “Who is LaVar Ball?” It came to me that if these knuckleheads who eat and sleep sports don’t know, maybe this is the time to introduce this hot mess to the readers. LaVar Ball is the father of Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo, all quality basketballers.
The craziness we have been witnessing lately is not just infecting the NFL and the pile-on-attitude brought on by our illustrious president—other sports franchises have felt the sting, too. Here are a few to chew on. I don’t know if you have been in touch with the reports of Lakers guard Lonzo Ball’s father, Lavar Ball, who is doing his best to sell the idea that Lonzo is the second coming of Michael Jordan. This kid has a lot of talent, but Pop is writing checks that the kid can’t cash.
Lately, I find myself asking that question. There are some issues deserving of our attention and others that should be left alone. Our illustrious president seems to be having trouble sorting out the difference. If you have been following the news, you are aware that President Trump has issues with immigration, North Korea, Puerto Rico, the Iranian deal on nukes and Obamacare. He has enough on his plate to serve up a smorgasbord. But with all of these issues facing him, he decided to take on the NFL.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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