Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Woman hold her head and cry

Cause her son had been shot down in the street and died

This is not a rebirth, consider it more like a repeating radio frequency in the post apocalyptic world. Sure i 'retired' in the most Mo Williams-esque way possible after we all mutually abandoned this blog. I feel bad that i did that. This site deserves better. We were all ambitious and i dont see why we gave up.

The fact remains that we did. I want to stick the size 13 pair of Generic Surplus boots im rocking right now up my own ass and everyone else's on here. Take that comment for what it is. We had something special going here and we fucking blew it.

In basketball news, the Bobcats are working out Javaris Critteron, Antonie Walker, Darius Miles, and Larry Hughes. Players that are NBA cult classics so to speak are now fighting for a roster spot on my #1 favorite team. I would say some shit but that joke writes itself.

It appears my boy Durant is the new Golden Boy after Lebron has morphed into LeCrimminal in the eyes, hearts, and souls of mainstream America. I cant say i didnt see it coming, but since this place is shut down (for good most likely) i have nowhere to jump up and down and shout i told you so.

- Cat out.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Revolution Will be Televised


I don't need to name names here. No need to show no pic.
You know exactly who I'm talking about. He-who-shall-not-be-named.
If you were given a job offer to work with a higher quality staff, recieve a salary just as good and have co-workers who you knew would show up every day, for the entire season... you'd take that job. No doubt in my mind I would.

He owes people? Owes them what? He played 7 years for them. In some pro-sports, that's a career. Track & Field? You get 1 Olympics, maybe 2 if you're lucky (on average).
Nah, he shouldn't have announced his decision the way he did, that was wrong. But to burn dude's jersey? C'mon. Weak. "You're better than that!".

If your company owner came out of his box and said something like that.. do you really wanna play for that team, knowing that any time you left, you'd get vitriole sprayed at you?
(Now, who as a FA is going to want to play there, if all else is equal? Fool.)
So, who's the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him? In this case, it's the latter.
"Child please."
Speaking of Revolutions, the Bucks have quietly got a lot better this off-season, acquiring Gooden & re-signing Salmons. Bogut will be good to go come training camp.
Miami has improved as well, adding a certified post-threat in Boozer, and Utah has improved through addition by subtraction.
I'm excited for this next season, I really am.
Beware the Nazgul.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Oh you fancy huh

Summertime...and the livin's easy....

Summer kicks ass. Recovery was good, Thank Me Later was good. Pilot Talk comes out like next week, Yeezy dropping tracks (the actual version of "Power"), Cudi dropping tracks (Revofev), and Big Sean (meh), Ye and Cudi all have albums dropping on the same day in September? We'll see if the plan stays like that. Big Boi in two days? I'll read the reviews before I buy it, haha.

Free Agency, huh. To me, this stuff's annoying. I've always been a LeBron fan because I had to take a side in the Bron-Kobe argument, and I hate Kobe, so LeBreezy is the natural choice. But he's making it harder and harder for me to like him. Screw it then, Chris Paul is the best player in the league (not really). I'm giving up on the argument, though, because I don't like either one of them right about now....LeBron, stay in Cleveland. The fans love you, you finally have a competent coach, and you're from the area. You want to be one of the greatest to put on a jersey? How many of the GREATS changed uniforms? Wilt doesn't count. Do what's best for your career, you have enough cheese already to last eight lifetimes.

But I'll play along, I have my official predictions. Bosh and Wade in Miami. Amar'e in New York. Bron stays because I want him to. JJ looks like he's staying in the ATL. But all of this contract BS that comes during these summers sucks; I love hoops because of the game and I try to ignore the fact that they make millions and millions off of it. But I'm not complaining, I know that it's a big market job, and whoever's the best at what they do in the world makes that kind of dough. But it's annoying; just play for your team and make it about loyalty. I don't blame Bosh, though.

Also, I'm actually kind of mad that the Celtics signed Pierce for the next four years. FOUR. He'll be 36. They basically just did this because it's Pierce, and he wants to end his career here. It was smart of him to opt out, because we probably wouldn't have re-upped with him because his drop-off is imminent. He's one of the least athletic SF's in the league, and that won't help him out once he gets older. But he's aging gracefully. I'm still surprised that Danny signed him for so long, though...he's been talking about how he wants to get younger. I liked the Bradley draft pick, too.

Also....draft. Orlando! Stanley Robinson, Daniel Orton? High-risk picks, yes, but there's real athleticism between those guys. They could be huge players. LAC scored as well. REALLY scored. But the Clippers will forever and always suck, so I don't know if it really makes a difference. How did the rest of the league let Devin Ebanks fall to the Lakers? Criminal...also, SacTown big men can be a force for years to come. Cousins, Whiteside, Dalembert, Landry....and you guys know Jason Thompson is my dude. Omri Casspi? Tyreke Evans? Francisco Garcia? This team could screw around and make the playoffs next year.

Germany, Netherlands, Uruguay, Spain. I want a Spain-Netherlands final, but Germany is ON FIRE right now. ON FIRE. What's on fire in German? "In Brand". They DEMOLISHED Messi and Argentina. Destroyed. Nobody's beating Deutschland right now. But I'm rooting for Holland....even though Torres is my dude.

Happy Independence Day, everyone. Waving those flags.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Jersey...Favors

Dear Mikhail Prokhorov,
You want to come into New Jersey and create a championship contender? Then I recommend one man to help you do the job.

If you want to take Cousins, you can. It's a fine pick. But I recommend the Beast from the ATL. Crazy potential. But then again, it's your call. You and your guys. We'll know in a half an hour.


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Greatest R'N'B/Soul Album of All-Time?

What is it...?

Who is the greatest artist?

Aretha Franklin?
The Temptations?
Lauryn Hill?
Michael Jackson? (Even though he's the "King of Pop".)

Note: this is not hip-hop, therefore, Nas etc can't be included.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thank Me....Now.

Yes, the NBA Finals are going on right now, but I'm going to go ahead and post something that has absolutely nothing to do with the current basketball situation. These games are on way too damn late. Yeh, I got school for another week ( guys were done like three months ago. C'mon son, Ghostface style. Congrats on Ole Miss as well), and I don't like staying up until midnight watching these games to get like 6-7 hours of sleep a night. Doesn't work for me, because by the end of the game I don't even care as much anymore just because I'm so happy to get to bed. Once summer starts I'll get some sleep, but for now...gotta get to bed before 11.

But whatever, this is a must-win tonight. If we don't win tonight, I'm pretty much throwing in the towel. But Garnett v. Gasol is really the x-factor in the game today. But on to this next month which should be frickin' awesome because of...

The World Cup starts tomorrow. I can't tell you how pumped I am for this. Yeah, I know that nobody else on this blog gives a crap about soccer, but the rest of the world does, and I do, too. And the Yanks (that's team USA's nickname, for you American football fans) actually have a shot this year at doing more than a three-and-out. They can really make an impact on this Cup, but Landon Donovan really needs to be on his game. They should be able to get out of Group C, and it would be unreal if they beat England on Saturday. But...not if Wayne has anything to say about it. I hope we pull it out.

Spain or Argentina are my champs. Messi is incredible and Spain plays with too much flopping (like most of the EPL, Champions League, etc...European soccer.), and Torres' hair kinda pisses me off for some reason, so I'll go with Argentina once the US gets bounced (IF the US gets bounced. haha). Should be a fun tourney. Dempsey and Onyewu are my favorite players...Clint because of his creativity and entertaining risks, and Oguchi Onyewu because he's a center back...and I'm a center back. Michael Bradley is a hard-ass, which convinced everyone that even the coach's kid needs to earn a spot. I'm pumped for the US's showing in this cup. Should be sick.

Does anyone hate when you've been following a music dude and then he/she/they blow up and then you look like a bandwagon-hopper? It's happened way too much with me. I mean, I know a ton of other people know the artist, but then they get airplay and all of the middle-schoolers know who they are. Just happened with Cudi, B.o.B, Wale, and is about to happen with Mike Posner. And B.o.B's new stuff (album) isn't even close to his old stuff (B.o.B v.s. Bobby Ray, Who The F*ck is B.o.B?). Posner's more pop-ish than hip hop, but he's pretty much a combo and some of his ish can be pretty damn infectious. And now he's got something that's 19th on the Billboard Hot 100. Sorry about my rant. It's a pet peeve of mine.

Has anyone heard much of Outasight? Dude is nasty most of the time...I hate some of his ish, I have to admit, but I think he's nasty on the whole. He lists his musical influences as A Tribe Called Quest, Marvin Gaye, Talib Kweli, Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix. That's three of my top five artists on that list, and I listen to all of them constantly. Yes, Kweli is my favorite rapper of all time. As far as "conscious" rap goes, nobody can touch him lyrically. Mos+Kweli=beauty. In a musical way.

Drake's video for Find Your Love is frickin' amazing. Thing makes you think. I've watched it 4 or 5 times and gotten goosebumps every time. Thing is amazing. I liked Find Your Love. Not strictly a hip hop song, more 808s, but....I liked 808s. I have a wicked broad music taste, and I loved the song, for real. Power by Yeezy? I'm having trouble liking it....but he better do a good ass job on....Good Ass Job. Looking forward to it. Thank Me Later comes out in five days. No, I didn't listen to the leaks of the whole album, I feel like the dude has put out enough tapes for us to give the dough. I'm getting it on the day, have high expectations....I'll let you guys know what I think of it. I'm sure you all care deeply what I think of it.

I'm out like Ray Allen in Game 3 (what the hell??).

Friday, June 4, 2010

Rest In Peace

He will be missed. Wisest man on the planet.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Who wants it more?

Today, I saw people with sleeping bags outside of the TD Garden, lined up. The line stretched down the entire stadium, and across three streets. Every single person was wearing some sort of Celtics gear. Tickets went on sale today. The Finals will come down to one question: Who wants it more?

I'm going with the C's and the best fans in the league.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Celtics v.s. Lakers Finals Preview

The Eastern Conference Finals are over. I know, it's hard to say that after the Bruins' epic meltdown in the NHL playoffs that I heard so much about from the Beantown hockeyheads. But that was the fourth time in the history of sports that a team has come back from down three down in a seven game series, and really, Orlando's given up, even if they're masking it better than Cleveland did. So, the next games in this series are moot. And come on, the Suns aren't winning this series. If I'm wrong about this, and there is a Finals with either Phoenix or Orlando in it, then feel free to never take my NBA opinion seriously again. So, I'm going to go onto previewing the series, starting with matchups...

Point Guard: Rajon Rondo v.s. Derek Fisher
This is the most obvious pick in the whole series in terms of match-ups. Rondo needs to exploit Fisher. Rajon Rondo's success has been my ultimate I-told-you-so of my NBA following life so far, and he hasn't disappointed one bit in the playoffs. They're talking about him being the best all-around PG in the league now, and he's certainly the best in the East. Say nothing about Rose, it isn't even close. This dude wants to win, and he's been carrying them through every series. Boston needs Rondo to keep playing like he can for them to have a chance at this series, and going against Fisher is the ideal scenario. The only trouble it could cause Rondo is if he gets into foul trouble amidst Fisher's selling (coughFLOPPINGcough) calls, but I don't see it being a huge problem.
EDGE: Celtics

Shooting Guard: Ray Allen v.s. Kobe Bryant
Kobe is still the craftiest player in the game, and he will definitely get his. Because he can beat you with points or dimes, he's effective no matter how you play him. Allen is a hot-and-cold shooter, and the Celtics need him to shoot if they want to win. Every time Ray gets going, the Celtics win. Every time. With a defender like Kobe on him, that could be a tall order for a player who isn't quite the speed type. Allen should drive to the whole often to get Bynum/Gasol in foul trouble. Kobe will be a big part of this series with Ray, because the Celtics will often put Tony Allen in to guard him on the perimeter. This will allow the Lakers to double-team shooters like Pierce or Garnett without having to worry about Tony's gawd-awful shooting on the perimeter. But Kobe wants to be talked about with Jordan in the GOAT arguments, and he's going to be looking for blood. Everyone knows who gets this one.
EDGE: Lakers

Small Forward: Paul Pierce v.s. Ron Artest
Pierce started off the playoffs shooting very poorly, even with his game-winner against Miami. Once the Orlando series started, though, the Captain came back and has been shooting the lights out at a 58% clip, and Matt Barnes, a supreme defender, was, well, defenseless. Artest will body up on Pierce all day, and will try to bully him off the dribble. Artest is the third or fourth option on the Lake Show, and his offensive skill set isn't enough to make a huge impact on the Boston defense. It all comes down to how Artest plays Pierce. It's close, but, based on how PDubs has been playing as of late, I'm going to say...
EDGE: Celtics

Power Forward: Kevin Garnett v.s. Pau Gasol
There's no question who the best player of these two is. Gasol was the best power forward in the league this past year, and his offensive skill set will create problems for the Celtics. But, that isn't necessarily against Garnett. Glen Davis will get a lot of time against Pau while Garnett gets old-man-rest-time, and when that happens Gasol will pick him apart. The fact that Gasol shies from contact is a big deal for Boston; they need to get physical with Pau. If they fail to do that, then it'll hurt them. KG has been playing like, well, KG on offense and defense for the past couple of series', and it's been huge for the Celtics. This match-up is full of conditionals and questions, and it will be fun to watch. But, ultimately, it's obvious who has the advantage right off the bat.
EDGE: Lakers

Center: Andrew Bynum v.s. Kendrick Perkins
I don't know the status of Bynum's knee, and I don't think anyone does, and it could all be different by the time the Finals start, but as of now, nobody really knows. He's been playing about 20 minutes a night, and he's still been effective. Reports have said that he might be all right by the end of their series, and for preview purposes let's just say that's what's going to happen. Kendrick Perkins will have no offensive impact on this series whatsoever. Bynum might. He has a significant size advantage over Perk, and even though it will be a good physical battle, Perkins might foul himself all the way to the bench whole Bynum dunks all over him. Perkins' defensive presence will still be there, however. So, it's hard to know now, but as I see it, if everything's okay, Bynum has it. IF.
Edge: Lakers

Bench: Glen Davis, Tony Allen, Rasheed Wallace v.s. Lamar Odom, Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown
Lamar Odom is definitely the best player in either bench, by far. Odom is a huge blow to the Celtics, simply because he's an answer to any question. If you want scoring, he'll bring it. If you need dimes, he'll dish 'em. If you need rebounds, he'll grab 19 or so boards (see: Game 1). The dude is unstoppable, and he's huge. But, GBBD has been playing like a starter, Sheed has been playing the way that we intended him to play when they signed him before the season started, and TA has been bringing the defensive energy and offensive athleticism that propelled the Celtics past the Cavs. Farmar and Brown are solid, but they can't match up to the rest of the Celtics' red-hot bench. Even though Odom could start for almost all teams in the League.
Edge: Celtics

It's hard to make a prediction on this series. The size, athleticism, star power and experience that the Lakers have is undeniable, and everyone kew that they'd make it this far. The Celtics are a different story. Nobody thought they'd get past the first or second round, much less all the way to the Finals. But, the Celtics are definitely looking like the team that wants to win more than any other. They have shown a desire that has led them past the best teams in the league, and their savvy will be hard for the Lakers to get past.

In the end, the desire, deep roster, and a certain young point guard will prove to be too much for the huge and athletic Lakers. In seven tough, slow-paced (as both teams like) games, the Celtics will tough it out. I doubted them up until this point, and they are looking to secure their second championship in three years against the LAL. Should be a great series. Getcha popcorn ready...

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