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Welcome to LeBron James Free Agent Frenzy 2.0. Yes, the two-time NBA champion and four-time league MVP has opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat, making him available to effectively everyone.
Naturally, everyone is interested. And we don't just mean NBA teams.
Sure, fans of all Association teams are dreaming of LeBron in their colors ...
Mad Libs: LeBron taking his talents to (insert city name). pic.twitter.com/jRUJnAKS0A— Jeff D Lowe (@JeffDLowe) June 24, 2014
... but some interesting proposals hit the Internet from all sorts of teams and institutions.
Naturally, the former football player generated some NFL interest:
Meanwhile, some hockey teams also expressed interest (extra points to the Blue Jackets for the subtlety of their pitch).
.@KingJames follow for DM— NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) June 24, 2014
Also vying for LeBron's services: the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, the United States' rugby sevens team and perhaps the most popular unit in all of America right now:
Let's not forget the Brazos Valley Bombers, a summer collegiate baseball team that -- wait. We don't remember including your team in our SportsNation poll!
Finally, Major League Soccer showed an undeniable appreciation for King James -- but not the one you're thinking of. That would be James Rodriguez, aka James, a Colombian midfielder who has sparked his side to three straight wins in the 2014 World Cup.
The old joke, "I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out!" isn't going over as well anymore. In fact, a young hockey fan might not even get it. Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke certainly isn't laughing. The former head disciplinarian for the NHL is upset that fighting is down and suspensions are up. He thinks self-policing is the way to go. Agree?
A change for the better?
Hockey is evolving and the speedy skaters with abundant skill are pushing out the intimidating enforcers with fists clenched. Is this a good thing?
Last of the breed?
Brandon Prust and Zenon Konopka are tied with 11 fighting majors each which leads the league. Does that make either the best enforcer in the game?
More fights means less punishment?
The NHL has been busy lately handing out suspensions for cheap shots. Burke believes making players back up their actions would cut down on punishable acts.
We can understand if you don't want to take the time to grade your tech-support help on the other end of the telephone, but when we're talking about the dollars and emotion you've invested in sports, we think it's worth the effort. It's time for ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings, in which SportsNation grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. Which team will end up on top this year? It depends on what you say.
Take part in the 2011 MLB survey
2010 MLB Ultimate Standings
1. Los Angeles Angels (Overall: No. 3)
2. Tampa Bay Rays (Overall: No. 6)
3. Colorado Rockies (Overall: No. 13)
4. Minnesota Twins (Overall: No. 14)
5. Atlanta Braves (Overall: No. 15)
Take part in the 2011 NFL survey
2010 NFL Ultimate Standings
1. New Orleans Saints (Overall: No. 1)
2. Indianapolis Colts (Overall: No. 4)
3. Green Bay Packers (Overall: No. 9)
4. Arizona Cardinals (Overall: No. 19)
5. Baltimore Ravens (Overall: No. 20)
Take part in the 2011 NBA survey
2010 NBA Ultimate Standings
1. Orlando Magic (Overall: No. 2)
2. San Antonio Spurs (Overall: No. 7)
3. Cleveland Cavaliers (Overall: No. 10)
4. Dallas Mavericks (Overall: No. 24)
5. Oklahoma City Thunder (Overall: No. 25)
Take part in the 2011 NHL survey
2010 NHL Ultimate Standings
1. Pittsburgh Penguins (Overall: No. 5)
2. Detroit Red Wings (Overall: No. 8)
3. Washington Capitals (Overall: No. 11)
4. San Jose Sharks (Overall: No. 12)
5. Chicago Blackhawks (Overall: No. 16)