So, we got really drunk the night before last and hooked up with someone. Now we can’t remember who it was. We feel so cheap and dirty.
Attention reader, there is a pandemic sweeping through Arizona and it has nothing to do with pigs.
It’s the growing problem of old mines. According to local authorities, there are over 50,000 old mines in Arizona. I know what you are thinking, that’s a whole lot of grizzled prospectors that done dug a whole lotta holes. We’re screwed, right? Nope.
This recent Arizona Republic headline sums up the best prescription:
Words to live by for sure, I have no doubt. But, both tragic cases of old mine-related deaths cited by the Republic clearly involved people who had absolutely no idea they were anywhere near fucking, old abandoned mines. One unlucky soul was riding an ATV and another one simply TOOK A STEP BACK!
State senator Bob Burns says he is really concerned about this problem BUT — ding ding ding ding — there’s no money in the budget!
I guess the moral of this story is that if you don’t know where old mines are, and you fall in, you are pretty much screwed. Thanks for the breaking news guys.
You’d think we’d learn a lesson after being burnt by our Kiwi fan base, but…
Last week it was reported that Suns center Robin Lopez received a 2nd place vote for Rookie of the Year. Cute right? You’ve got to assume some media member got his Lopezes mixed up, as Robin’s twin brother Brook averaged 13 points and 8 boards for New Jersey this year.
Then just today it appears that Robin Lopez received one vote for the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team. Again, you’ve got to assume this was just a mistake, right?
For the record, the ROY award is voted on by the media while the All-Rookie teams are voted on by the coaches. That leaves us with one of two options:
New Orleans’ 20-point loss in Denver last night surely was no surprise to anyone, after the Hornets matched the all-time mark for NBA Playoff Futility on Monday. What is surprising is that, on the brink of elimination, the Hornets ignored a fundamental principle of professional sports: once identified as a Fan Favorite, a player will never again be a legitimate contributor.
Granted, there are exceptions to the rule. The Suns’ own Lou Amundson developed a high level of efficiency as his minutes increased over this past season. The Hornets’ Sean Marks, once a Suns Fan Favorite and competing with Stromile Swift for “best NBA rapper name,” himself played 26 useless minutes in the Hornets’ one win in the series. But 90% of most of the time, putting a Fan Favorite in the game for more than 10 minutes is the Kiss of Death unless the game is already a blowout. Now, I do not follow the Hornets and I do not know if their depth chart is Cassell’s-gene-pool shallow or if the fans even know Marks exists. I do know that Marks’ 4-5 with 2 TOs and 2 steals did not keep the Hornets in the game, which ended up being the last of their season.
Got your attention didn’t I? Now I’ll be honest with you…yes all 5 of you reading this post, the title is a shameless attempt at getting traffic to the site, but we need to do something. So with that…
As a Suns fan I’ve had the pleasure of watching a 36 year-old Grant Hill get up and down the floor the last 2 seasons. Hill has been decent for the Suns and will occasionally show flashes of what he once was. With every flash I think back to his Pistons days, which in turn leads me to remember some other 90’s players whose greatness can only be captured by YouTube and our memories. So just sit back and enjoy these 5 videos of some of my favorites (starting with Mr. Hill himself):
As discussed. The dunk at the :17 mark is a favorite, in case you aren’t paying attention he’s dunking over multiple Bullets, including 7’7 Gheorghe Muresan.
In case you haven’t noticed, things are going great over in Glendale with the Phoenix NHL [insert your name here] Coyotes. (Seriously, what do I have to do to get you into an NHL franchise today? This shit is priced to move.) Many of these trials and tribulations have already been summarized on this fine forum. The latest news, however, is perhaps the most ridiculous to come out of Glendale yet.
If you thought the team couldn’t play hockey worth shit, well, you are correct. But, would you have guessed that they can’t even figure out who owns the team? Over the past 24 hours a pissing contest has been waged in the press over who controls the Yotes.
The Mavericks brutally garroted the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the NBA playoffs 4 to 1, officially marking the end of the Spurs Dynasty. The Spurs had been a constant threat to win the NBA title, but that era is over. As a native son of San Antonio, I choose to remember the good times. The Dynasty netted 12 straight playoff appearances, 4 NBA championships, and back-to-back MVP awards for Tim Duncan.
But like all good things, the Dynasty has come to an end. It had it all: a ruthless despot, great men, excitement, a real rival in the Lakers, and a “rival” that was never more than a harmless nuisance (ha ha, suck it Suns fans). (more…)