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It's FANTASTIC! - 05/04/14

I'll admit, I'm not an NBA fan.  Haven't really been since Magic, Michael, Larry and the Bad Boys were doing their thing.  Back then, the league's slogan was "NBA Action: It's Fantastic!".  And it was. 

Since then, the NBA has struggled to capture many of the casual fan's attention.  At least mine.  I've just never really gotten into Shaq, or Kobe, or even LeBron.  But this year's playoffs have been sensational.  Nearly impossible NOT to watch. 

There's Damon Lillard draining a 30-footer to catapult Portland past Houston.  Paul Pierce blocking Kyle Lowery's potential game and series winning shot, giving New Jersey the win against Toronto.  I stayed up til after 1am last night for Game-7 of the Clippers-Warriors series.  I haven't watched an entire NBA game in probably a decade, let alone stayed up past midnight to do it.  I had no idea who at least half the players were on each team's roster.  Did you know that J.J. Redick is a Clipper?  Or Jermaine O'Neal is a Warrior?  I sure didn't!

Speaking of Game-7's, there have already been five of them.  And we're only in the first round!  That ties the most in NBA playoff history.  Amazing.

In addition to what's happening on the floor, there's also been the whole Donald Sterling drama.  For better or for worse, that's put the league in the spotlight as well.  And made the Los Angeles Clippers, Sterling's team, one you either love or hate.  Either way, it's a great storyline.

Who knows what will happen from here on out.  There's still another month of post-season hoops to go (WAY TOO long, in my opinion).  And yes, there's a good chance that LeBron and the Heat will hoist the trophy again when it's all said and done. Which would be completely anti-climatic to me.  But to this point, the NBA Playoffs have been FANTASTIC.

  

 

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HAMBURG, NY (AP) -- Enough is enough. That's how Tami and Dave Crimi feel. They're used to harsh winter weather in the Buffalo, New York, area. But this year's is never ending to them. Tami says she's "tried of being cold." A November storm dropped more than six feet of snow and their roof collapsed. Now, they've spent more than 100 days in a hotel with their 10- and 12-year-old sons and two dogs. Tami says usually they don't mind Buffalo winters.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The heavy snow in Washington didn't keep Rob Pressly at home. He says he was going a little stir crazy after doing some work. So, Pressly strapped on his cross-country skis to take a tour of Capitol Hill. He's been skiing for years. But he says this is the first time he's ever done it in the city. He adds it took about 20 minutes to ski from his home to the Capitol area.

CATCH SHAGGY

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- It's a Shaggy dog story -- with Shaggy getting a new home. Shaggy the dog has been on the run for months in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area. The dog was dubbed Shaggy because of his rough look from so much time outdoors. Shaggy had eluded repeated capture attempts since being spotted in July. But Shaggy has been caught by Melissa Borden of the Devoted Barn, an animal rescue group. She says she and an area homeowner had been working to win the dog's trust. She says Shaggy will now live at the Devoted Barn.

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POTTED PLANT TOILET

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Pooping in a potted plant is a legal no-no. Police in Omaha, Nebraska, report a 32-year-old man was busted after he pooped in one plant and peed in another at a federal office. The Omaha World-Herald reports the man was in the waiting room area of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building. He's pleaded guilty to indecent exposure and received a five-day jail sentence in lieu of paying a fine. Police say the man told them -- quote -- "Sometimes you have to let the bear outside the woods."

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