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Drop In The Bucket…

Did we forget about Klay?  As Draymond rises and Steph improves beyond icons, we seem to have forgotten about Klay.  Thompson dropped 45 on the Mavericks last night, getting payback for one of their losses, by 20pts – Is Carlyle now on Hot-Seat?  ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss expands on Kerr’s thoughts on Klay: “…he’s fine taking a back seat to Steph. It works well. They obviously play well together, but I think there always has to be a little bit of a pecking order in the NBA. Klay’s personality suits that second option perfectly.”  Thompson is a quiet all-star that fits perfectly with Golden State.

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Spurred On…

What did we think they were gonna do?  Quit?  Lose by 30 and announce the season was over?  So while Golden State came back down to earth and beat the Mavs by twenty, The Spurs treated Houston like a birthday party and blew them out by 31.  So you can say the Spurs bounced back and showed Houston how far away from contending they still are, plus 5 more things.  You think that at some point, while Aldridge is getting better and showing chemistry, he’ll have to be less passive.  If Aldridge can be more like young Dirk and drive to the basket, the way the Spurs play would make more noise in the playoffs.

3.

Started From the Bottom, Now We Here…

The 65th NBA All-Star Game will be the first All-Star Game held outside of the U.S. The game will be seen by fans in more than 200 countries and territories and will be heard in more than 40 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game in the U.S. for the 14th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 31st year of NBA All-Star coverage.

…And all of that is nice.  The Game is even on Valentine’s Day, awwww.  So who will be coaching the Eastern Conference All-Stars?  The answer is a guy who just started, Tyronn Lue – because he deserves the honor.  So tune in to TNT at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 14 from Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and watch history in the making – just make sure you take the over.

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Under-rated…

The winter that was — and, in some cases, still is — defined by the nine-figure notables (David Price, Zack Greinke, Jason Heyward, Chris Davis, Justin Upton and Jordan Zimmermann), some blockbuster swaps (Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel, Todd Frazier, Shelby Miller and Andrelton Simmons, to name a few), some international intrigue (Kenta Maeda and Byung Ho Park), the rewarded hand-wringing of the Mets faithful (welcome back, Yo), the limits-testing patience required of the likes of Dexter Fowler, Ian Desmond, Howie Kendrick, etc., and, as usual, the art of surprise.

Lost in all that discussion, though, are the people on the periphery. So let’s round up some of them here with the best acquisitions nobody’s talking about (until now)……

+ Keep Reading: The 10 best MLB pickups nobody is talking about.

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Might As Well Jump…

From Deadspin: The second period of the Predators’ 2-1 win over the Flames featured a strange moment, as Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman absolutely leveled linesman Don Henderson on his way back to the bench. The hit sure looks intentional, but Wideman had just been checked hard into the boards, and looked pretty woozy sitting on the bench.

Wideman wasn’t penalized, and both he and Henderson stayed in the game. Afterwards he told reporters that he apologized to Henderson on the ice, and that the hit was entirely accidental.

Thankfully Wideman recieved treatment for a concussion before returning to the ice, as per NHL protocol. Of course that protocol is to pop 2 Percocets and wash them down with a can of LaBatts, but still.

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If a Tree Falls…

Further proof that the NFL tries too hard to make you care about a game that the players don’t care about, unless your these guys in the picture…I give you the 2016 NFL ProBowl Draft – Are You Not Entertained?!!  Is there some possibility of interest?  Sure, I’m curious about Julio Jones and Russell Wilson on the same team.  But more to the point, are you gonna play it on DraftKings, or bet the Under?  Before you do read more about the drafting of Team Rice and Team Irvin here, from ABC News:

+ Keep Reading: Russell Wilson, Eli Manning top picks in 2016 Pro Bowl draft

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A Man Named $uh…

We’ve talked a lot about this guy and how he was not worth the scratch Miami paid him.  Word is, Suh’s monster deal is already causing cap issues for the Dolphins.  

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Aloha…

Hawaii’s attorney general has issued an opinion that says daily fantasy is illegal gambling under state law, becoming the umpteenth state attorney general to do so. [Honolulu Star-Advertiser]


73 seconds.

30 years ago today, that was all we saw of the Space Shuttle Challenger.  I remember exactly where I was and still I am reminded by the thoughts that went thru my head of disbelief.  Being at school, being told over the speaker system what happened, hoping the falling cabin contained life…still is hard to believe that 7 people lost their lives because of an O-ring.  18 years and 6 days later there was the second shuttle disaster, when Endeavour disintegrated in re-entry over Texas and Louisiana.  Now, no more shuttles…Prometheus stole fire to provide us a spark, to generate creativity and explore – what shall we do if we never venture out into the unknown?  Bless those that took the chance to peel back the curtain of the great beyond.

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Clear as Mud

The Past is a statement, the Future a question.  Hopes rise and dreams flicker and die.  Love plans for tomorrow and the widowed think of yesterday.  Life is beautiful and living is hardship.  The sound of music flows down a dark street.  Like a tornado ripping thru your home and granting passage to a whole new world of colorful possibilities, only to realize it was all a delusion from the concussion you suffered because you rode your bike without a helmet – Ive seen it a hundred times.  Then the New Year began for the NFL.

Within 30min yesterday, the day moved from rumor and innuendo to surrealistic glee.  It was like watching a live chicken being dropped in a snake pit.  So with emancipated joy NFL GM’s traded away talent, signed perishable goods and threw fanbases off their bandwagons.  The Chipster trading Nick Foles for Sam Bradford and further having fans asking “whats up with that?”  The thing for me about Chip is this, he’s gonna succeed or drown doing it his way and you have to admire that.  Chip is channeling his inner Sinatra and good for him, but it’s hard to have faith in his conviction that X’s and O’s are better than Jimmy’s and Joe’s – scheme is cool Chipster, but players win titles.


Frank Gore, (#EagleForLife) gets cold-feet marrying Philly and agrees to sign with Indy so he can play once again with Andre JohnsonIndy also signed Trent Cole – Chipster?  Detroit replaces $uh (who still has not signed) with Ngata, in a trade with Baltimore.  Jake Locker retires?! 4 years into the league and what, the pressure of being a backup is too much?  Expect Jake to follow another Tennessee QB – Vince Young – and attempt a comeback down the road.

But the piece-de-resistance – is Mr. Stay-Puft himself.  You know the guy, his name is Jimmy, but plays like Jane on God’s Army – He acts like a WR, dreams of being a WR, but plays TE better than he played basketball – he tries to remind us of his hoop-dreams everytime he dunked a goal-post.  He has talent, but watching the league catch up to his limitations the last two years you realize the Saints never wanted to pay him that kind of lettuce for a guy who plays basketball better than he blocks.  That’s the statement that was made by the Saints yesterday – that and $$$ – but mostly having a guy on your roster that burned bridges with his contract talks, angering the Pope in the process, and wilting like a hothouse flower in big moments – jimmy’s down.  Jimmy wanted it to be basketball all time and anytime he was touched, wanted a foul called.  The Ginger Drake is just like Brie – appears tough on the outside, but with minimal effort, exposes a soft inside, best experienced with several crack-ahs.  So, goodbye Jimmy Graham – thanks for the memories – in your place we will have an actual WR run your routes, that is difficult to rub out, takes a hit and knows how to block – his name is Marques Colston……his name is Marques Colston……his name is Marques Colston……


 

Going undefeated in any conference is adamantium – going all the way is mythical.  Only a handful teams have done the wire-to-wire:

  1. 1956 San Francisco Dons, 29-0
  2. 1957 North Carolina Tar Heels, 32-0
  3. UCLA Bruins, 30-0
    1. 1964
    2. 1967
    3. 1972
    4. 1973
  4. 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, 32-0

and since 1976 a few teams have been undefeated, never to become mythical:

  1. 1979 Indiana St Sycamores 29-0
    1. lost to Michigan St in championship game
    2. Bird v Magic I
  2. 1991 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels 30-0
    1. lost to Duke in the Final Four
  3. 2004 St. Joseph’s Hawks 27-0
    1. lost in quarter-finals of A-10 conf.tournament
  4. 2014 Wichita St Shockers 34-0
    1. lost to Kentucky in round of 32

The point of this is to show Karmic Responsibility.  It’s a real disease that infects morons and idiots, with the greatest impact felt upon the teams they claim to root for.  We have seen an exponential increase of afflictions in recent years – i.e., dope#1 gets a tattoo on his foot with the Nationals winning the World Series this year – in March! – The Nationals are out.  We’ve seen lots of other dopes get tattoos (or other nonsense) for their team, so they can claim forever to the sycophantic brigade of idiots that HE knew it, CALLED it and got the tattoo to prove it – BEFORE it happened.  Al Bundy just got a tattoo to show the guys in No Ma’aM the game he had, when he scored 4 touchdowns

So where am I going with this? Kentucky.  The Blue-blooded program still haunted by Christian Laetner – the program whose fans believe it’s their divine right to be kings of the hardwood, regardless of how seldom they win it all – have misused their Karmic Responsibility.  Kentucky Uber Alles they claim and yet the team prints shirts 31-0, more to go – then fans launch a shirt into the atmosphere to mock the gods.  A mouth-breather gets a new license plate that says 40-0.  Even Calipari got involved by saying they might put the Lakers in their tournament bracket.

Oh how we forget Prometheus and the eternal torture – You do not lampoon winning titles – the gods will smite thee as they have always done – or have you forgotten 1992.  Your failure, Kentucky fan, gave rise to Duke!  That is your eternal-anchor, worn forever around your blue-blooded neck and still you shun your Karmic Responsibility to remain humble until after victory is quenched.

Mouth-breathers and knuckle-dusters are exposed on the digital-ether for eternity, like a flag-burner – we know who you are and what you’ve done.  Violators of sports-patriotism rise up from the muck and gain upright mobility, only to be slaughtered like the swine they are – it’s the Law of Mogis .  For Kentucky, they have the talent to win – they have the height – the length – the defensive wizardry – however they are susceptible to any team that has athletic big men and a team that rebounds for fast-break points.  Kentucky has improved shooting the ball, but the Karmic Wheel O’Justice spins for thee and the Gods demand their sacrifice – it will happen and in the worst way Kentucky fan.


 

Conference tournaments are in full swing and soon Selection Sunday secedes to Madness!  Again you will have a chance to earn more than you know what to do with – unless you have Mike Tyson tastes – by picking the perfect bracket – in the Billion-Dollar-Bracket Challenge.  Odds of getting a perfect bracket are 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 – that’s quintillion.

We will not claim we can help you with that – if we could, we would not assist you – but, we have been testing and tweaking our formulas in the conference tournaments, and so far we are in the 78% range of picking the winner SU – 63% against the spread.  So if you saw what we did for the college football bowl games and our overall gambling skills – for entertainment purposes only – you know this is where you need to be, to help fill out your brackets and show that jerk at the office he’s a poseur and couldn’t pick his nose with a 24k nose picker…Just don’t geaux and get a tattoo that reads “office pool winner 2015” or make t-shirts, because clearly you are who we talk about – YOU ARE THAT GUY.

In closing, do you ever remember when a few weeks of NBA basketball was this much fun to watch?  Maybe it’s more fun seeing your bankroll grow like ours has that really improves the flavah.  We work hard so you don’t have to — Play and win, it’s that simple.

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3 strikes…

Strike 1

It’s been quite a week for Tom.  He is the alleged mastermind behind pig-bladder exhaustion, lover of avocado ice cream, and was deposited into a high-school locker.  Now he admits he has a cold and it takes you all the way back to the Michael Jordan flu game – Jordan pushed off – so that he has a possible explanation of failure or an exultation of brilliance.  As if he doesn’t already have everything else, he has to tell us all, that he takes NyQuil just like us slobs to get up and go to work the next day.

Tom might be the greatest nerd and QB of all time who is also lead around by his wife – who isnt if you’re smart – so it’s kewl to hear he was stuffed in a locker – I wasn’t, nor was I ever the Stuffer – but his man-card must have expired because the only way he eats avocado ice cream is if his portuguese wife made him eat it, AND it was during one of those awkward late-night-bed-wrestling-matches, that we would all consider trading places with him for a day – that is the only scenario I can come up with, for him to actually say it is his favorite treat.  Of course we all have our vices/fetishes.


Strike 2

Hey! James Shields is still out there!  The 33yr old pitcher, who is 2 years older than Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, must have overplayed/overpriced his hand.  He is expecting a similar deal to both Lester and Scherzer and you have to wonder how does he come up with that number?  He might need a new agent or spend more time coming to grips that he IS NOT “Big Game”.

He has long not been a Lion as a pitcher, in fact he has thrown for more innings than any pitcher since 2007.  His fWAR stats say he is more like Dan Haren since that time and in only the last 4 years is more like Anibal Sanchez.  So he better get realistic real quick with his perceived value and stop holding out for a 6yr 9-figure deal – He’s more worth like 3years $45m – maybe.

Of course somebody will take a flyer on him.  it’s not like this is the first time a known pitcher was left dangling out there this long like jerky – Garza, Ubaldo, Lohse, we’re looking at you.  But the point is he doesnt have the juice at 33 nor the stats to justify anything larger.  Not even the Yankees are touching him as of now and that should tell you all you need to know James – know the ledge.


Strike 3

What are you doing Trent?

It’s fun to pick on Trent Richardson.  He was benched for the playoffs, can never see the hole, went to Alabama and overall is a train-wreck of a first round pick.  Because of him, or more to the point, he is the poster-boy of not drafting a RB in the 1st round.  You could say that for the next 5 years, only Leonard Fournette (if healthy) could be the only 1st round RB taken.

The offensive gameplan nowadays favors the pass and teams no longer can count on a high draft pick to be wasted on a position that, value-wise, produces in the later rounds.  It is not an indictment on the position, to me it is still critical, to able to run the ball. But Trent is slowly destroying the position, one bad read at a time.  It’s also why no one from Alabama is any good in the pros.  It’s because their SYSTEM is so structured that they never learn how to play – they’re robots, albeit good at robotics, but in the next level they have to be unlearned and reprogrammed.  So to all the RB’s coming out that are healthy – if you go after the 1st round, send a thank-you-letter to ya’boy Trent.  He and peanut-head Jamarcus, #CantPlayAtNextLevel.


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73 seconds.

29 years ago today, that was all we saw of the Space Shuttle Challenger.  I remember exactly where I was and still I am reminded by the thoughts that went thru my head of disbelief.  Being at school, being told over the speaker system what happened, hoping the falling cabin contained life…still is hard to believe that 7 people lost their lives because of an O-ring.  18 years and 6 days later there was the second shuttle disaster, when Endeavour disintegrated in re-entry over Texas and Louisiana.  Now, no more shuttles…Prometheus stole fire to provide us a spark, to generate creativity and explore – what shall we do if we never venture out into the unknown?  Bless those that took the chance to peel back the curtain of the great beyond.

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