Archive for May, 2009

31
May
09

Facebook is so slow

Ok, so I am sure that 90 percent of you facebook users out there have probably taken that what are you quiz.  This along with all these million other applications are the sole reason facebook is running at a snails pace these days.  Imagine how many time you go on facebook normally.  Now imagine how much you have been on it the past couple of days.  Probably seventy percent less due to the fact that the server is moving slower than dialup internet.

What facebook and its people need to do, in order to make us happy and get their hits up, for sure they are loosing millions daily, is get rid of those stupid applications.  Applications are for myspace and the i phone.  Why fix something that aint broke.  Ohh yeah and beacuse of the slow facebook my blog is getting less hits.  Pretty lame.  Clean it up facebook other wise we are bouncing.

31
May
09

Same song different day for Cleveland: The Kings new territory?

Cleveland, rough night last night.  I feel for you, from sweeping the first two round of the playoffs, to a difficult series against the Magic.  Last nights loss probably brings back similar feelings of Jordan and Ehlo, the Tribe falling short against the Marlins, or the rough seasons of the Browns.  The only thing that keeps you guys as fans hopefull is the great Jim Brown and his Super Bowl victory, he tried to bring his swagger court side during these playoff games.

As a Laker fan and Los Angeles sports fan, I have not been deprived of a championship in my short life time, yet somehow I know what you are feeling right now.  You see, Cav fans and Laker fans are not to different in recent years.  Take the Lakers post Shaq era.  Kobe a superstar in his prime, vowed to win another championship with out the Big Diesel.  His supporting cast Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher, and a bunch of nobodies.  Two out of the next three years Kobe and company made it to the playoffs.  For three years it was Kobe against five players.  He was good and good enough to make it to the playoffs but there is only so much one  man can do.  Two losses to the Suns two years in a row = a pissed off Kobe.

Angry Kobe was not fun and we all remember the antics of him saying he did not want to play in Los Angeles that one very long long summer.  Mitch Kupchick did not trade Bynum for J O’neal or J Kidd.  Laker land was in shambles.  Kobe was not happy, yet no one was offering the Lakers anything reasonable for him.  Then came the arrival of Pau.  Kobe had a sidekick, another All Star on his side.  Life was good in Laker land once again.

The Lakers walked through the playoffs last year.  The Celtics were tired but tested.  To make a long story short, the Lakers were soft.  The Celtcis embarrassed us on our home court and in the final game.  It was a long season but we knew we would be back.

Lets jump over to the Cavs now.  LeBron is the best player in the league playing with a bunch of nobodies on his team.  The only reason Mo Williams was an All Star is because Chanuncy got traded to the West and Allan was injured.  Verajo and Z, well they are good but not all stars.  Yet, this whole season LeBron made his teammates around him better, and they walked to the playoffs with the best record in the league.

Come playoffs the first two rounds the Cavs looked as though there was a new 23 legend in town, and he was not shooting a jumper over Ehlo.  The team was winning by twenty points and LeBron was playing no fourth quarters.  Yet, they were not getting battle tested.

Enter stage left Orlando Magic.  The Magic just came off of a seven game series against the reiging champs.  They were tested and they were hungry.  On paper they had a much better team as well.  The X factor like the Lakers was the MVP, the King.  He did what he could for two games.

Come the fourth quarter for every game this series, the ball movement stopped, the plays were not being called.  It was Mo Willaims brings the ball up and passes to LeBron.  Cavs players stand around and watch the King battle with five other players.  He tired, and he did as much as he could do.  Ever so reminescent of Kobe and co.

Cleveland, in order to have a glimmer of hope to get another title to your grief strickn town, you need to some how find a way to resing the King.  All season long we have heard the rumors about New York.  I bet you had a pit in your stomach after the game winner Bron hit, and the first guy he goes up to after the game was Jay Z.  You do realize he owns the Nets?  You do realize he has been in LeBrons ear since the age of twelve?  You do realize there is more of a supporting cast there then in Cleveland?  I guess the only true question is, will the Nets get LeBron or Brooklyn first?

I would love to see LeBron play with one team his whole life, its time for you guys to start Lobbying to bring some super star to Cleveland.  Otherwise it might be a long long decade until you get another first overall pick in the draft.

30
May
09

House Parties, Biz Markie, and failed excitment.

Last night after watching the Lakeshow move on to the NBA Finals, and having a great dinner with great people, my friends knew of a party going on.  We were very merry with intoxication so doing the responsible thing we called a cab.  For some reason every time I get in a cab, I think that Biz Marke and his infamous Heinekin commercial song will come across the radio.   Some guy in the back seat will start to sing all the words, and when the chorus comes on the cabbi will crank up the radio and everyone will sing “you, you got what I need, but you say he’s just a friend, etc…..” Yet somehow this never happens and life is never as cool as the commercials.

So we roll up to the street where the apartment is and call a friend from inside to come guide us to the party.  As we walk through the door, there is a whole house party going on.  Being two years out of college, I quickly get back to the days of attending one of these at least once a week.  I reach into my bag of beers and pop one open.  Since I do not know anyone at this party, I have two options, I can be that awkward guy who walks around that party from group to group and try to blend or I can stay home with my crew and play it safe.  I decide with the second of the two options and keep it fly.

Looking around the party you could see who was there to just chill, spit game, get wasted, and just have fun.  It is always interesting in these settings because the kitchen is neutral turf (the cocktail area), then there is the line to the bathroom and then everyone is segregated into their circles and comfort groups.  After mingling in the living room, me and my buddy decided to over take the turf outside, it was prime real estate.

After dominating the balcony and meeting virtually everyone at the party we decided to bounce.  We called a cab and headed back to home.  About half way home on the radio I hear “have you ever met a girl that you tried to date”.  I got super excited, the commercial was going to happen in this cab ride.  I was the dude sitting up front playing air drums, my buddy Zack was in the back getting ready to rap, and the two girls were getting ready to chime in.  It was going to be perfect, and then came the chorus the Cabbi was going to turn up the volume and we were all going to sing in the most heinous voices and have a blast.

Only this did not happen, the song did not occur I just made all of that up.  Sorry to get your hopes up but, this is what happens every time I step into a cab.  The next time you ride in a cab, think of me and think of Biz Markie just a friend.  One of us are bound to get lucky.

28
May
09

Bobby Jenks and Phil Jackson

The Major League Baseball Association needs to take a page out of the NBA’s book.  Just this past week after a game four loss to the Denver Nuggets, Phil Jackson commented on the performance of the refs.  The complaint was due to the lack consistency in regards to the way the game was called.  He said that his players did not know what a foul was or was not.

Ensuing the following day Phil Jackson was slapped with a $25,000 fine.  To say this fine is a bit hefty would be an understatement, yet by issuing such stiff penalties it cleans up the post game banter in the press room, and keeps the conversation for the most part on hoops.

Lets jump over to the MLB now.  About a month ago Bobby Jenks, and his Chi Town White Sox, got hit six time from the Texas Rangers.  When Jenks came in to close, the very first pitch he threw behind Ian Kinsler.  Jenks got his point across along with a warning.  After the game Jenks admitted he did it on purpose.  The very next day Jenks was slapped with a seven hundred and fifty dollar fine.

What is the MLB doing in regards to protecting its players?  If Phil Jackson can get a $25,000 dollar fine for verbal banter in a post game conference then a pitcher should get that for throwing at a player purposefully.  Even the flagrant foul penalty or the technical foul penalty in the NBA is much stiffer than the throwing at a player penalty.  The MLB needs to get some sort of policy in order for fining a player, that amount is just ridiculous and quite laughable.

For a more comical approach on this category check out Zach from Lost Angeles blog HERE

27
May
09

Who should start Fish or Brown?

Lakers fans did you feel it?  Did you?  I was sitting at home in Brentwood and I know that I felt it.  After two quarters we were all even.  Then came the 7:22 marker of the third quarter, enter stage left Shannon Brown.  For those of you who do not follow the Lakers or live in LA, Shannon was acquired as a salary dump when we traded Radmonavich for Morrison and Brown.  Brown has been nothing but energy off of the bench for the Lakers and tonight was no exception.

When he entered the game the Lakers were down seven points half way through the third quarter.  Three minutes later Shannon Brown and all 6 feet four inches of him absolutely posterized Chris self titled Bird Man Andersen.  Lets go bird huntingThis put the Lakers down three but more importantly put a spark into the Lakeshow and Staples Center.  The Next trip down Lamar drained a three and the rest is history.
What we Lakers fans felt tonight is what we have been looking for from our boys in Forum Blue and Gold all post season.  All I have to say is thank you Shannon Brown.  As the third quarter ended Phil brought in Farmar with about a minute left.  I questioned this but then realized that he was resting Brown to go big for the fourth.  Sure enough to start the fourth there was Shannon.

Aside from the offensive play that Shannon provided the Lakers with how about his defense on Billups.  He created two back-to-back turnovers that related in big points for the Lakers.  With this being said it brings me to the title of this article.  Should Phil go out on that limb and start Shannon Brown instead of Derek Fisher.

If Fisher played the way he has been playing all of this series or post season then I would say lets start Shannon and throw aside the playoff experience.  Yet tonight was the first nigh Fisher has scored in double digits and played a decent role in offensive side of the Lakers victory over the Nuggets.  I say keep the rotation the same and start Fish for the game and the second half.  Then when they bring in Carter you bring in Farmar and when Billups is entered again bring in Shannon.

Tonight only became a great night once we started the fourth quarter.  The Lakers sparked their D and in the end sparked their offense.  Not only did you see how professionals handle a run (I am referring to Smith and the way he looked like a tool in Denver when they went on a run) but we the Lakers posterized and shut the “Bird Man” and the bench down with a couple of posters (see Lamar’s dunk and Shannon’s dunk).

All in all this was the first time we truly saw the Lakeshow move the ball this series and dominate a period of the ball game.  Lets carry this momentum to game six and end this series early.  Ohh yeah, huge game Lamar, a blog about you coming tomorrow…..Lets go Purple and Gold.

Bird Who?

26
May
09

2 year old pool shark

This kid is a baller…

26
May
09

Denver is Hardcore with a capital H

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about game four of the Lakers Nuggets series?   Chris Anderson aka Bird Man, tattoos, J.R (I am a huge THUG) Smith, Dante Jones’s play is so dirty you might see it on Red Tube, or the lack luster hustle and effort by the Lakers?  To me, all of those things come to mind in that particular order.

First and foremost, the Lakers stunk the joint up in game four.  There were two or three guys that came to play, Kobe, Bynum, and Gasol.  Bynum and Gasol were a stretch.  Second off the Nuggets killed the inside and cleaned those boards the best they knew how.  It was truly a one sided game all 48 minutes.  Props to Denver for sticking one to the Lakers.

OK, now is where I talk about what was running through my head last night.  Lets start with the obvious.  Denver has a lot of tattoos.  No I take that back, the Lakers have a lot of tattoos, the Nuggets, well when they play Carmello, Smith, Anderson, Martin, and Carter together, it looks like something you would see on National Geographic’s show “Taboo”.  I don’t know what is going on with that high altitude but I am truly thinking of becoming a tattoo artist and setting up shop right next to the Pepsi Center.  Better yet, the Nuggets organization can hire me to become the team Tattoo artist.  That way it can be another perk for the players to sign with the Nuggets.  Hell, maybe LeBron would want to play for Denver on that alone?

Chris the Birdman Anderson, this guy has been through a lot over the years and it is great that he cleaned up his life and made it back to the NBA.  Should we really feel bad for this guy though?  Should we jump on his pity train?  What about Joe Schmoe who is now three years sober and is holding down a steady job at Best Buy finally being able to put food on the table for his little girl?  Just because Anderson is in the NBA does not mean he is any better than the thousands of recovering addicts in this country.  Time to bounce from that pity party.  When I become a parent I want my child to have Chris Anderson as a role model.  “Kids, this is how you save money, I am going to use the needle that was used for your first tattoo and then use it to shoot up with heroin, grab that giant rubber band over there for me.”  Ohh yeah and what is with these alter egos, “So Chris what is the Bird man?”  “I don’t know you are going to ask him.”  That answer was super douchey.

J.R. Smith, the guy can shoot you into a game and can shoot you out of a game.  Him and Kenyon Martin are the Rasheed Wallace of this NBA generation.  These two guys are strung so tight I would not be surprised if some time in their career they one up Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson.  I love when J.R. Smith makes a three and he is talking shit like he is at Rucker Park the whole way down the court.  Settle down bro, you just light up Sasha Vujachic.  He is shooting 15 percent from the field this series and is averaging more turnovers than points per game.  That right there is straight ballin, no………it really is.  You are super hard core.

K-Mart, sick nickname, if you have another child you should name him Wallace Martin, then he could be Wall-Mart.  Settle down out there man.  The NBA is not out to get you.  Stop bitching at the refs every time a foul is called.  If you hold Pau’s arm as though you are walking down the aisle with him on your wedding day, then that is probably going to be a technical.  On that note, you did look super hard though.  As Mr. Cuban once said, you are just a Thug.

Danita Jones, the only reason anyone knows your name is because of Kobe Bryant.  You are the sacrificial lamb, which enables J.R. Smith and Mellow to guard Kobe when the game is on the line.  The sole reason you get to start the game is because the Nuggets know you will not do anything except foul Kobe.  They don’t want you in the game when it counts, you are just a scrub.  I would recommend you stop pushing Kobe when he is not looking, and for sure not trip him, because without Kobe, you would be just another no name NBA player.  Settle down my friend.

One final note, back to the “Birdman”.  Watch how he plays the game.  Every trip down the floor he is the last one down.  He trails thus giving him the ability to get a running start at getting blocks and boards.  It is smart on his behalf and it makes rebounds and driving dunks that much easier.  This type of play excites the crowd, especially when he flaps his wings like a bird.  I think since Kobe’s nickname is the Black Mamba, every time he runs down the court and does something sick, he should lie down on the floor and slither back to the other side of the court.  Or possibly if LeBron does one of his towering dunks maybe he should get on all fours and run back on D like the king of the jungle.  All I am saying is that unless you are staring in Angeles in the Outfield three, chill out on the flapping on the wings.

Peace out Denver Thuggets-




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