In response to StubHub…

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First, to TheLead readers:

We sent yesterday’s issue out (as always) at 7am EDT, and by 12:52pm, a senior representative at StubHub had reached out to Jesse offering four tickets to Kobe’s final hurrah. In the span of less than six hours, this community hit the internet with a barrage of tweets, forwards, and Facebook shares, and by lunch time, the entire country took notice. We’re speechless. Next time we find something in the sports world that’s completely f***ed, let’s do it again.

For those who need catching up, our StubHub article angered, baffled and ultimately resonated with hundreds of thousands of people, some of whom have undergone similar treachery when dealing with the online ticketing giant.

To StubHub:

First off, thank you for taking notice and attempting to correct your mistake by offering Jesse four tickets to the game he was originally slated to attend. However, the intention of our article wasn’t only to help Jesse get his seats back, but to expose a massive flaw in your platform that needs to be rectified on a broad scale immediately. What happened to Jesse can’t happen. Not in 2016.

As for Jesse…

Tickets For Less, a Kansas City-based ticketing website with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, took notice of Jesse’s plight and graciously provided him with four (slightly better) seats to witness Kobe’s send-off.

Jesse got his happy ending, but for this story to truly conclude on a high-note, StubHub needs to fix its product — either through completely overhauling its policies or embracing some sort of government regulation (looking at you too, daily fantasy).

If any of you have similar stories of injustice that you want an outlet for, we’re getting all “Making a Murderer for sports” and would love to help in any way we can. Please feel free to email us: holler@theleadsports.com. For those who found this response via the internet, TheLead is a team of die-hard sports fans who care deeply about reporting sports the right way. You can sign up on our website to get our uncensored sports page delivered directly to your inbox each morning.

Great job, America.

– TheLead and Jesse Sandler

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: KENNY G AND A SLICE OF PIAZZA…

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The man with a swing so sweet you could add it to your coffee and Mike “it’s not ‘pizza,’ you ignorant son of a bitch” Piazza are headed to Cooperstown. Ken Griffey Jr.’s illustrious 22-year career included 13 All-Star appearances, 630 home runs, ten gold glove awards and a million-dollar smile. By receiving 437 out of 440 votes (99.3%), Junior narrowly missed being the first player to ever be unanimously selected to the Hall. It will be interesting to hear the reasoning of the three writers who chose not to vote for The Kid, since we’re struggling to come up with any remotely viable excuses. Piazza, a 62nd round draft pick of the Dodgers in 1988, is widely considered the best offensive catcher to ever play the game. Missing out on the hall were a number of steroid-era stars, including: Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds, Jeff Bagwell and Mark McGwire, who was making his tenth and final appearance on the ballot. We’re now faced with the reality that an entire generation of PED-tainted baseball greats could be left out of the Hall of Fame for either admittedly taking steroids, or just having their hat-size mysteriously increase during the period when they were commonly used…

LEBRON’S MARKETING AGENCY CUTS TIES WITH MANZIEL

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LeBron’s marketing agency (LRMR), which represented Johnny Football in endorsement deals, parted ways with the beleaguered quarterback, saying that Manziel needed to take some time and focus on “personal growth.” In the past, being able to shotgun three Coors Lights in succession before taking a bong rip and two shots of Jack, culminating in an epic beer pong battle where you emerge victorious might have been considered an uptick in the “personal growth” department, but college is over, Johnny. It’s time for you to take that proverbial look in the mirror and grow the f**k up…

WHERE’S THE LOVIE? SMITH OUT AS HEAD COACH OF THE BUCS

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In a surprising move, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired head coach Lovie Smith after just two seasons. Though his record looks ugly on paper (8-24), Smith had this team trending in the right direction, with budding stars emerging at multiple core positions. A number of Bucs’ players (none of whom are named Jameis) have already expressed outrage over the decision, saying publicly that Lovie deserved more time to make things work. With the numerous vacancies around the league, a coach with Lovie Dovie’s experience and track record shouldn’t have to wait too long before finding his next team…

BASKETBALL OF THE PROFESSIONAL AND COLLEGIATE VARIETY

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NBA

  • The Cavs are heating up. Kyrie Irving’s 32 points augmented LeBron’s 34 and Cleveland won their fifth straight, beating the Wizards 121-115…
  • Carmelo Anthony’s 25 points helped the Knicks end their eight-game losing streak against the Heat, as they took down Miami 98-90…
  • After missing the previous game with a sprained toe, Kevin Durant returned in a big way for the Thunder, scoring 26 points and grabbing 17 rebounds to lead OKC past Memphis…
  • It’s been a rough go in Toronto for DeMarre Carroll, as he’s been slowed by injuries all year and will now have to undergo knee surgery that could sideline him for up to eight weeks. This is not what the Raptors envisioned when they signed him to a four-year $60 million deal this offseason…
  • It could be four weeks until Steph Curry’s back to full strength. But as we all know the mathematical law states: 75% of Steph > 100% of Anyone Else…
  • Here’s all of yesterday’s NBA scores

NCAA

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

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MLB

  • It took longer than expected, but Alex Gordon is staying in Kansas City after agreeing to a four-year $72 million deal. Depending on how the rest of the market plays out (Upton, Cespedes) this deal could turn out to be a bargain for the Royals, who have already lost Ben Zobrist and Johnny Cueto from their World Series roster…
  • The Brewers signed former Astros first baseman Chris Carter to a one-year $2.5 million deal. Carter has as much power as anyone, but swings and misses more than a drunk lumberjack…

NFL

  • A receiver so freakish that he was nicknamed after a Transformer, Calvin Johnson is contemplating retirement before next season at just 30 years of age. Megatron has dealt with myriad injuries the past few years, spent his entire career with the oft-mediocre Lions, and recently saw the movie Concussion
  • Sean Payton will remain the head coach of the Saints despite a ton of interest from around the league. Always nice seeing a bit of loyalty nowadays…
  • The hottest club in town if you’re a once highly-touted Heisman-winning quarterback who’s failed to do anything but disappoint as a pro? The Dallas Cowboys! RGIII joined Johnny Manziel in expressing his desire to go revive his career in Dallas…
  • Former power agent Ben Dogra, who’s represented the likes of Adrian Peterson and Richard Sherman, has been suspended for three years and fined by the NFL Players Association for undisclosed reasons. Don’t mess with people’s money yo…
  • Small world: Ben Roethlisberger once gave a 13-year-old AJ McCarron his wristband after a college game. No word on whether McCarron got a tattoo of it on his chest…

SOCCER

  • Romelu Lukaku’s 12th goal in as many matches was enough to push Everton past Manchester City 2-1…
  • In a match that featured eleven yellow cards and two reds, it was Lionel Messi-led Barcelona who triumphed 4-1 over Espanyol. Messi had a hand in all four goals, netting two himself and assisting on the others…
  • Here’s all of yesterday’s soccer scores

NHL

  • The Predators acquired Ryan Johansen from the Blue Jackets in exchange for Seth Jones, who is the son of former NBA player Popeye Jones. Lucky for Seth he looks nothing like his father
  • Vincent Lecavalier has been traded along with defenseman Luke Schenn from the Flyers to the Kings in exchange for Jordan Weal and a draft pick…
  • Here’s all of yesterday’s NHL scores

UFC

  • Ronda Rousey’s comeback PR campaign continues. Along with hosting SNL in two weeks, Holly Holm’s punching bag will also be appearing in body paint for the SI swimsuit issue…
  • Speaking of the Holm-girl Holly, she will fight someone else before her highly-anticipated rematch with Rousey…

#ThespianThursday: Keanu Reeves

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Did you know Keanu’s childhood dream was to play hockey for the Canadian National Team? And that he was a goalie of such prowess that he was nicknamed “The Wall” in high school? (A nickname that consequently stuck when he started acting.) Keanu had an injury that crushed his hockey hopes and brought him into the lives of millions of moviegoers and several grateful women, but this is a sports report, not a babe report. Reeves was also an early consideration for the role of Billy Hoyle in White Men Can’t Jump, but was so bad at basketball that director Ron Shelton wondered what he did with his childhood. The answer, of course, is that he was manning the net or playing quarterback for Ohio State under the name of either Johnny Utah or Shane Falco… (Submission by: Bill S. Preston, Esq., San Dimas, CA)

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