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Unexpected sports consequences from government shutdown

By Jarom Moore | Posted - Oct 2nd, 2013 @ 12:47pm

SALT LAKE CITY — We're now entering day two of the government shut down while the politicians deliberate — whatever they are deliberating — in Washington. There are a lot of people out of work and a lot of questions about what’s next — also in the world of sports.

This Saturday the Air Force Academy was supposed to play Navy in Annapolis, Md., starting at 11:30 a.m. Now there is a big question whether or not that game will be played.

The Air Force and Navy, as well as Army, which all function as a part of the government, have been shutdown with the rest of the government and their sports programs are getting the stoppage as well. Navy has had a men’s soccer game canceled already.

Air Force’s upperclassmen are military personnel and thus have travel restrictions with the government furlough.

While this rivalry isn’t quite the Army-Navy game that takes a special place in America every year, it still has significance to the Commander-in-Chief's trophy. This trophy goes to whoever does the best of the three service academies.

If there isn’t a resolution to the shutdown, or some way to play the game, the game most likely won't happen this season. Air Force has games potentially scheduled during Navy’s two bye weeks, potentially because the Mountain West Conference Championship game is one of the weeks, and the only week Air Force could play Navy would be during the Army-Navy game.

The three teams have played each other every year since the trophy was first created in 1972. The last time Navy and Air Force didn’t play was the prior year.

Changing the NBA Finals

The NBA is looking at changing how it runs the Finals. Since 1985, David Stern’s first year as NBA commissioner, the format has been two home games, three road game and two more home games for the top-seeded team — the 2-3-2 format.

Photo: AP

Now, perhaps coincidentally, with Stern’s retirement league officials are looking at going back to the way it was, and how the rest of the playoffs are, a 2-2-1-1-1 format.

Nearly 30 years ago the league was looking at ways to make life easier to travel across the country. Back then there weren’t luxury, private team jets and chartered travel. Red Auerbach, the great Boston Celtics coach, convinced Stern the 2-3-2 format would be much easier on the NBA. At that time the Celtics and L.A. Lakers were the powers of the NBA and a cross-country travel would be burdensome.

The league’s Competition Committee has voted 'yes' to it and now the owners will vote on it in the coming month. The NBA has a longer postseason than it used to have and are better equipped to handle the travel, of course it still isn’t easy to fly across country another time.

Michael Jordan one-on-one

Michael Jordan is widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time. Once again he will take the time to tell everyone about it.

Jordan has never been shy about his ability and is as competitive as any other person on the planet. Now in an interview for NBA 2K14 he talked about who he thinks he is better than on the court. Hint: It’s everybody.

Jordan names the players that he would like to play one-on-one: Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Then he finishes with, “I don’t think I lose, other than Kobe Bryant because he steals my moves," said in the interview.

Of course this isn’t the first time for this argument, but still who could beat M.J.?

The popular name has been Bryant for years. Bryant has been the heir to his “Airness” since coming out of high school. Now James has taken over the role as the next on the list.

James responded to the lack of a challenge with thanks to Jordan for promoting his game, James is on the cover of NBA 2K14.

So, who wins? Vote on the poll about who would stand the best chance against Jordan one-on-one or put up a write-in candidate in the comments.

Jarom Moore

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