Editors Note: These are basically just a bunch of thoughts I had that likely didn’t warrant their own column. Maybe I’ll make it a regular thing, maybe I won’t. Don’t tell me what to do.
- ESPN just showed a commercial that simulatenously advertised the NBA Conference semi-finals and the movie Taken. Thus they are basically comparing Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Paul Pierce to Liam Neeson’s character from the movie. Now Louie Renown and myself took in this fine motion picture during the NBA All-Star game in February and let me tell you, if the Conference semi’s play out anything like Taken, you can expect to see the following players wind up dead by whose hands I can only assume will be LeBron, Kobe, and Pierce:
– D.J Mbenga, the entire Atlanta Hawks roster, Adonal Foyle, Josh Powell, Billy Walker (sorry Billy, still angry about that dump you laid against Texas last year), Brent Barry, Tyronn Lue, James White, Kyle Lowry, Brian Cook, and Gabe Pruitt.
– And just in case the Pittsburgh police want to read something into this thought, I assure you I’m merely suggesting in a joking manner that if the NBA Playoffs end anything like Taken did, that a lot of people will die…and only because the body count in Taken was about 80 in an hour and a half. Hope that’s enough of a disclaimer.
- I’m not entirely certain, but I don’t know that there has ever been a more biased national broadcaster to a team than Magic Johnson is to the Lakers. Hearing him talk about the entire franchise is even worse and more embarrasing than Bill Walton trying to talk about his son Luke.
- As you may remember, I put together a little piece on Richard Dumas a few weeks back. Well I attended Sunday’s D-Backs and to my complete shock, I saw a gentleman wearing a Dumas Suns jersey from way back. Unfortunately I was too shocked to either attempt to buy it off of him, take a picture, or just kiss him on the mouth but I will say….that is the first Dumas jersey I EVER remember seeing. If by some miracle that guy reads this blog, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Another thought from the D-Backs game today – I saw a small child wearing one of those t-shirts that has a player name on it, which are pretty basic. Walk around enough and you’ll see Webb, Haren, Upton, Byrnes, Snyder, Tracy ect… So what player was this kid sporting? None other than D-Backs mascot “Baxter.” I blame the parents as they should NEVER have purchased this. Why would you want your child’s favorite D-Back to be the mascot whose existence itself (he’s a Bobcat…after Bank One Ballpark) is now as irrelevant as the NHL?
- Baxter related thought #2 : During the game I recalled the fate of the previous Baxter – fired for a DUI. And it wasn’t just a normal DUI, Baxter was cited for driving 95 mph while being both drunk and high. My favorite part? The fact that the mascot uniform was in the back of his car. Personally I think it would have been way more entertaining if he had to keep his job and wear the mascot uniform for a few days in Tent City, dancing around and doing his mascot routine the entire time. I’m 94% sure hilarity would ensure.
- The fact that A.J. Hinch is 34 years old and has never managed at any level can’t possibly be a bad thing for the young, inexperienced D-Backs right? Ugh.
- The Suns officially came to terms with Alvin Gentry to make him the head coach. You might want to check back with me after the dust has settled and all personnel decisions have been made, but provided the Suns are healthy in 2009-2010 and don’t make wholesale changes to the roster – They will be a top 5 seed in the Western Conference. I firmly believe this and will not back off this point unless said wholesale changes are made. I’ll outline my reasons in a later post, but lets say they focus around the fact that Amare Stoudemire will be healthy, and he’s a proven 1st Team All-NBA performer in the SSOL offense.