Is there a War on Festivus? Whatever happened to just airing your greivance? Showing your strength with certain inalienable feats? Or just gathering around the undecorated aluminum pole because tinsel is distracting? I got alot of problems with you people and futher indict you non-traditional Festivus participant for over-commercializing a bipartisan holiday for those of us who were outcast by the traditional campaigns the month of December celebrates. You’re ruining it – LET’s RUMBLE – because Festivus is not over until you pin me!
One Year ago tomorrow this happenned – one of the worst losses I’ve witnessed and had. Sure there was the 12-team #NFL parlay I had that the only way I could lose it, was if Tim Couch and the Cleveland Browns threw a Hail Mary to beat the Saints – it happened. Yes, there was also a 12 team college football parlay, that I lost when CU took an intentional safety against Oklahoma – the pain has long since scarred, and this one is still fresh.
The 2014 Bahamas Bowl. Western Kentucky, minus 2, versus Central Michigan. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Hilltoppers (WKU) lead 49-14. 49-14!! Steve Levy, Lou Holtz and Mark May are talking about how they’re going to hop planes and get home in time for the end of Christmas eve. WKU is up by 35 and only has to win by 2. Christmas come early!
Then CMU scores. And scores again. And again. Four touchdowns! Suddenly it’s 49-42, but all WKU has to do is run out the clock – for some reason they don’t. CMU has the ball on their 25yd line – the only way you can lose is if it is a 75yd hail-mary-lateral-apalooza – see for yourself how it ended:
#NBA Stats of America
Bryant leads the Lakers
Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 31 points and added five assists as the Lakers won in Denver to snap their 17-game losing streak against Western Conference opponents (which dated back to last season). Bryant has been the Lakers’ leading scorer, either outright or tied, in 12 of his 24 games this season, including each of the team’s five victories.
Sixers hand a game to the Grizzlies
The Grizzlies defeated the Sixers, 104-90, thanks in part to 28 Philadelphia turnovers (16 on steals by Memphis) that led to 36 points. It was the seventh NBA game during the 2015 calendar year in which one team committed 28 or more turnovers, and the Sixers have accounted for four of those seven, including two this season. Philadelphia became the first team in NBA history to lose 29 of its first 30 games of a season, as its record fell to 1-29.
Mario Chalmers handed out seven assists and was credited with four steals in 23 minutes off the bench for the Grizzlies. The only other NBA player to reach those minimums of assists and steals in a game in which he played less than 25 minutes this season is San Antonio’s Patty Mills.
Biyombo cleans the glass
Bismack Biyombo grabbed 20 rebounds, including seven off the offensive glass, to help the Raptors top the Mavericks, 103-99. It was the fifth consecutive game in which Biyombo pulled down 13 or more rebounds. It is the second-longest streak of that kind in the NBA this season (Andre Drummond had a nine-game streak) and it ties the longest such streak for the Raptors. The only other Toronto player who grabbed at least 13 rebounds in each of five consecutive games is Chris Bosh in 2009-10.
Pistons come back with the long ball
The Pistons made 15 of their 29 three-point field-goal attempts in a one-point victory at Miami after they went 16-for-31 from beyond the arc when they won at home against the Heat on November 25. Those are the only two games this season in which Detroit made as many as 15 three-point field goals, as well as the only games in which Miami allowed so many buckets from downtown. It is the second time in NBA history that a team made at least 15 three-pointers while making more than half of their shots from beyond the arc in each of two or more consecutive games against a particular opponent within one season. Orlando did that in three straight meetings with the 76ers in 2009-10.
The Heat outscored the Pistons 34-18 in the first quarter, but Detroit quickly erased that deficit, and then some, with a 36-18 advantage in the second period to take a two-point lead into the locker room at the intermission. Over the last eight seasons, only one other team led an NBA game at halftime after trailing by 16 or more points at the end of the first quarter. The other team to do so during that time (since 2008-09) is Sacramento in an overtime loss at Washington on January 11, 2011 (trailed 38-19 at the end of the first period and led 56-54 at the half).