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Los Angeles Top Five Professional Sporting Moments

As we all know, Los Angeles is a mecca for sports.  All the teams from down here have adopted the Southern Kaliphornya style and it is always apparent in the way our teams play.  Look at the clean and flashy Showtime Laker or just tune into Sports Center who is giving the West Coast some love and see how Manny is happy.  Look at Joe Torre any interview or show he goes on he seems happy and relaxed, not stressed out from the crazyness that the east coast has to offer.  

Enough of the style and attiude of the west side its time to get into my top five plays for Los Angeles.  

#5 The Angels win the World Series.  As a Dodger fan it is difficult for me to even consider the Angels as a Los Angeles team but I feel that I have to and have a valid reason why.  Reason one the Giants and reason two Mike Socisa.  In game five the Angeles were down three games to one against the Giants.  Manager Mike Socisa (retired Dodger great) was eight outs away from getting eliminated and having the dreaded Giants win their first World Series in the bay area.  The Angeles were able to overcome a five run deficit to beat the Giants and Barry Bonds, as well as rip the hearts out of Giants fans everywhere.  Was it the team or the rally monkey?   We will never know 

#4 The Dodgers resign Manny.  I may be premature on this one but look for big numbers this year.  If last season was any indication to the powers of Manny then we are in for a treat this year.  The morale of the city has been glowing ever since Manny was resigned.   Has anyone ever seen Manny look so happy before?  No one.  Manny is happy, his teamates like him, his manager likes him, and the city is renmed Manny Wood.  He does so much more for this city then just play baseball it gives us hope and determination.  If gives us pride and is making us all anxious for opening day.  

#3 The number three moment for this city would have to be Derek Fisher’s turn around jumper at the buzzer.  I can still picture it today.  There was .4 seconds left on the clock.  The all mighty Lakers who had Shaq, Kobe, Malone, Fisher, and Payton on the floor were looking to go down in the Western Confrence Championship series.  Timmy Duncan had just hit a shot which Shaq could have not defended any better and left .4 seconds on the clock.  Payton dropped the perfect inbound pass to a streaking Derek Fisher.  The big fish caught shot and sprinted stright to the locker room in one of the most spectauclar plays a sports fan could ever whittness.  I could not beleive what I had just saw, even after they played the shot on slow mo to make sure he did get it off.  I still have goose bumps to this day.    Is that Doc Rivers as one of the announcers?

#2 I am going to stick with the Lakers for number two.  In the late 90’s and early 2000’s there was not a bigger rivalry than the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers.  Ever since I was born I have been a Laker fan.  During this period of time I lived up in Sacramento and boy was it hard.  Being the only Laker fan in high school was tough.  I rocked the yellow and purple day in and day out.  I pissed everyone off and they knew that all they could do to shut me up was if the Kings won a series over the Lakeshow. The Lakers were in the Western Congrence Finals and they were about to go down three games to one and on their way back to Sacramento.  They were down by two when Kobe drove…You know what just watch the video and it will tell you the rest. assist Divac.

#1 I think that it is very easy to say the best sporting moment for this town is when Gibson went yard against Eckersley.  Forget the fact that the Dodgers were down to their last out.  What about Gibson not playing the whole game due to jacked up legs.  The Dodgers got down 4-0 after Canseco hit a slam.  Slowly they chipped away at the lead and was down three four in the bottom of the ninth.  It was the bottom of the line up and the Dodgers needed to do something spectacular.  Gibby went into the locker room hitting balls off the tee grimanceing in pain.  When he came into the game he was facing the unstoppable Dennis Eckersly possibly one of the best closers ever.  It is fair to say if the Dodgers lost this game they would not have won the World Series.  Gibby battled so many pitches off.  He finally got one to hit and well the rest is history.  Feel free to watch. 

If you still think my number four moment is whack just wait.  Manny brings energy to Dodger Stadium the same way Kirk did.  Just wait and see.  The funk is back….. 


Andrew Bynum is tough like GI-Joe

Andrew Bynum came into the NBA at the ripe old age of 18 years old. Coming straight out of high school he was projected to do big things. Under the strict super vision of the man who can float in the air while meditating, the Zen Master Phil Jackson, kept his numbers down when he came into the league so he could develop. His first two years in the league he rode the pine and got the occasional bitch minutes at the end of halves and blow out games. 
Bynum’s third year in the Association he was moved to a starting role. After spending all summer working on his inside game with Kareem Abdoul Jabar we could start to see what Dr. Buss saw in this massive heap of athletic ability.

Bynum started dominating the paint and was making true progress. I remember one trip down the floor playing the Heat, Bynum got absolutely abused by Shaq. Shaq did a nice little baby drop step and put it down over him. Sheer strength meeting young wit. The very next play on the other end of the floor Bynum received the ball on the block and used the very same move to throw it down on Shaqavic (-noun-when shaq makes freethrows he calls himself Shaqavic). 
There have been glimpses over the past two years that Bynum has potential. All of this led up to a nasty bone bruise that originally was going to put him out 3 weeks. This turned into the rest of the season which was 4 months. It was very apparent in the NBA finals how soft the Lakers were on the inside. There was no stopping the dribble penetration when teams would run a high pick and roll. The Celtics picked us apart. We had no shot blockers on the inside.
So now lets flash back to the start of this year. Bynum is healthy, we have Gasol from the start of the season, and Kobe is coming fresh off of an Olympic gold. Things sure were looking good in LALA land. Up through the first thirty games of the season, the Lakers played to the level of their opponent. It wasn’t stuff that is going to win a Championship. What was even more disheartening was the fact that Bynum was sucking. Not as bad as Quame Brown sucking but it was not good.

He looked nowhere near the level he was playing at the previous year before the injury. 
We all knew it would take some time for Bynum to get his swagger back, but man it seemed like it would never come. Each game I would watch in anticipation, like a little kid on Christmas Eve lying in bed knowing that there was a brand new Hall of Fame GI Joe waiting for him under the Christmas tree. (Now I know what you are thinking, the Hall of Fame GI Joe has the same specs in size as a Barbie, but it’s not a doll, it’s a GI-Joe the American Hero and he has guns.)
Anyhow back to Bynum, so the progress was not what the Laker fans were expecting this year.
This was true until last night. Jan 21 2009 Andrew Bynum had a career night. He pulled down 15 boards, 4 blocks, and 42 ohh so sweet points. Do those numbers look familiar? Can you say Shaq? After the game Bynum was interviewed a
nd he did a very Shaq Esq. thing. He gave Kobe Bryant a new nick name – Kobe Nash, *quick side note Kobe received his second triple double in three games finishing off with 18 points 12 rebounds and 10 assists. So has Andrew Bynum overcome the injury, is he ready to step up and play like this consistently? Some think no, it was a fluke; it happened against Los Angeles’s JV team the Clippers. I think he has arrived, a game that will change a career forever. Ladies and Gentle Men, I give you Andrew the Stilt Bynum…      


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