Category: just thoughts

Not the Game Room

thus the sign was necessary. 



We got our election right; especially me!

My dad's birthday is coming up soon so I've been reflecting on the differences between this year and last and one of the big ones I've thought about is President Obama. I looked to see when I made my election prediction of an Obama rout and it was July 30. I feel great to have been so right. (I predicted 363 electoral votes and he won 365.) Maybe it's just that Iran's election has saddened me so much but I'm feeling particularly happy with our national political trajectory. 


Our Rabbit


There’s a rabbit that totally lives in our backyard now. It
amuses me that a rabbit has become so comfortable but I don’t think I want to
change that situation. In part, honestly, that’s because I know it would drive our
Homeowners’ Association crazy. It’s true. It’s true.




The athletic genius of Barry Bonds

The primary athletic genius of Barry Bonds is expressed this way. He is the only player in the history of sport to be among the absolute elite of his game in two entirely different ways.

As a young man, Bonds was a multiple time MVP due to a stunning combination of speed, quickness, assertiveness and dexterity. At this stage of his career Bonds’ primary statistical accomplishments came in the categories of SB, RBI, and runs. Bonds also received substantial recognition (8 Gold Gloves I think) as a stellar defensive player. Bonds versatility was highly prized in this era. In fact, because he only had one, his single weakness was so obvious as to be universally recognized as such. You know it’s his throwing arm, don’t you? You did, right? Well, even if you didn’t remember it initially, you remembered knowing it as soon as you read it.

As time passed and Bonds was transformed by age and BALCO (don’t stop reading!) he became an almost completely new player. In the process Bonds went from a lithe, flexible gazelle to a hulking, immobile elk. Unlike virtually every other athlete whose body mutated with the passage of time, Bonds didn’t get worse, he got better. He focused on a narrow set of skills and utilized them to create an unprecedented second act.

As a sporting elder, Bonds transcended history by becoming a second stage multiple time MVP due to a stunning combination of power, intimidation, patience and dexterity. At this stage of his career Bonds’ primary statistical accomplishments came in the categories of walks, average, home runs, runs and non-traditional statistical measures as OBP, VORP, OPS and the like.

It still strikes me as almost impossibly odd that no MLB team is willing to take a flyer on this wholly unique player. Considering the recent history in this sport of collusion, a phantom drug policy and accepted on field cheating (it’s not called borrowing signs, is it?), I’m still waiting for a good explanation as to why Bonds is at home. I imagine him scratching his massive head in wonder at it all. And I’m not sure I blame him.


*- corrected on 4.10.08

NBA All-Star game 4th quarter

Fourth quarter-

Supes gets stuffed. Very nice, Amare.

Who’ll vote for the MVP tonight? Which people decide that they already know with 8 minutes left who the MVP of the game should be?

24 second violation? Really. Wow. They must be too serious.

Amare, you are the man!

The West is having a great flurry. Tough tall defense and some seriously nice O. gotta love it.

DHo, Kidd, CB1, Rip and King James. Huh, I don’t think I really get that lineup. Oh yeah, Doc. Never mind.

Duncan making a great effort to lead the break. It did not go well.

LBJ almost killed himself by jumping into a jungle of ultra expensive sheets.

And a crazy And 1 for Amare.

A back and forth competitive game. The West leads and it seems natural to a certain extent. Would have thought I’d al= s

Ray Allen is legit as an All-Star. I think that’s the message, ? right.

35 seconds left and D Wade makes a crazy crazy shot. Now 3 points and fouling starts.

Ray Ray gets 28 points and half within the last couple minutes. Sounds like an MVP to me…

Overall, a fun, well played game but without the level of highlights, intensity, outstanding performance or meaning that some recent ASGs have featured. Still, a great way to spend a few hours.



NBA All-Star game 3rd quarter

Third quarter-

Should it be surprising that the one time Tim Duncan tries to show off for the fans, he blows it? Sad but not exactly a shock. The way the East is consistently dominating the West? Definitely a shock.

It’s clear that the East is working to make this game a success?

Doug Collins ask about mediocrity. One day last week, there are only five Western teams with sub .500 records while only five in the East had records above that mark.

David West just got the Charles Smith self-check! So sad. Especially in his first game.

In the fourth quarter I expect to see Duncan, Yao, Dirk, Paul, Iverson and Anthony against Pierce, Billups, Howard, James, Bosh and Allen or Wade.

‘It’s better to cheat then repeat.’ Thank you again Doug Collins. No wonder Clemens thinks he should be able to use HGH and Kelvin Sampson thinks he should be comfortable flauting the rules he’s already violated. Better to cheat than repeat. Depressing.

13 points in a row for the Celtics Little 2. Thank you for comfort Doc.

A 13 point East lead going into period 4. The plot thickens.


NBA All-Star game 2nd quarter

Second quarter-

Doc vs. Byron Scott- isn’t this like The Sports Guys worst coaching nightmare?

Nice start to the ASG, Brandon Roy.

Who’s JKidd trying to impress?

Roy’s impressing everyone.

Yeah, LBJ and JKidd really need to play together. Since Bibby’s off the table, why don’t the Cavs get rid of some of their duplicate players to get Kidd? Why don’t all the fans know who Roy is?
Dirk vs. JKidd ‘This could be practice.’ Nice.

B Roy is on fire.

And LBJ is so big and strong, the defense sometimes doesn’t matter?

The volleyball 3 player alley oop. Some pretty nice in game dunks. 3 straight for the East and the start of a standing O.

LBJ definitely wants a triple double tonight.

Does DWade just not dunk anymore? Is that about his injuries? Is he not interested in the fan element? Considering his ill conceived full court pass to Rip Hamilton, I’d guess no, but two open court layups? I’m just glad he didn’t get booed. (Actually, I don’t car but I wanna be nice about it.)

These commercials are awesome. Harry Connick Jr. the All-Stars are rebuilding.

Dirk makes tough shots.
Renegotiation for the Hornets. What about the Sonics?
Leftie 3? 2nd chance and it’s good. I wish Sheed tried so hard to work on his passing.

A fairly uninteresting denouement to the first half. Just kinda ugh.

But yes, they’re working hard to pimp Dwight Howard. I know you didn’t do anything at all but dunk in the first half but we want to talk to you. A lot.


NBA All-Star game 1st quarter

First quarter-

Wow that didn’t take long. 1 basket and 1 sick block and it’s back to the dunk contest for DHo. I think Stan VG is kinda happy…

Thank you USOC!!!

The connection between JKidd and LBJ makes for some pretty basketball doesn’t it?

What about these uniforms? I can’t even explain those.

‘That’s how struggled they are right now.’ Thank you Reggie Miller.

Is Kobe really done this soon? That seems silly. Why didn’t they just let someone else get a spot? Is he really that greedy? Ish.

How hard must it be for Dirk to speak about the JKidd trade when he may have to go back to having a Devin Harris relationship? Especially since English is not his first language.

‘so much things’ thank you Doug Collins.

CB1 (Mr. Big Shot) is making an early bid for MVP. Wow, what a start. Too really tough shots then a blown freebie. Okay! Instant assist machine. Damn.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has had the same expression for the last three days. Damn #2!

The West should really look out. Amare hit a very comfortable looking 3. If he expands his range enough for that to be a threat in the playoffs, with Shaq in the paint. I love it.

Nice individual action but still lots of nervous moments.

Pleasant enough 1st quarter.