January 2010 Link Round-up; Highlights and Lowlights

Well due to the success of my 2009 link round-up I decided to make it a monthly think. So again, this link dump will feature content created in January 2010 and some older content which I just happened to come across this month.

The case against 5 former Blackwater guards was dropped after it was horribly mishandled by the prosecuting team. And I do mean horribly. <The Wall Street Journal>

The Mets were weird when they were good. <The Big Lead>

Avatar almost had to raise their MPAA rating. What I am a talking about? Why a deleted Na’avi sex scene involving those tentacles of theirs. <Filmdrunk> (more…)

Chris Ballard Takes On Sports Fans

Today I checked my mail and saw a Sports Illustrated with Alabama’s Colin Peek on the cover (Dec 14, 2009). As I normally do, I turned to the Point After column on the back page. Chris Ballard wrote this weeks piece, entitled “So Much Raging Bull”. He started it off with a paragraph about Tiger Woods in which he called B.S. on all those he say they weren’t curious about the Woods saga which has him cheating on his wife with maybe three different women. Blah. At first I found that boring and a waste of space for Point After. But then he used it as a segue to call B.S. on a number of other segments of sports fans. This part I loved. First up? Red Sox Nation! (more…)

Well I Called That

Just a few days ago I mentioned that Allen Iverson was retiring for the first time. Well, I was right that it wouldn’t be his last. Granted, I can’t feel too impressed with myself because I’m sure everyone saw it coming. But yes, A.I. is back. And he’s back with the Philadelphia Sixers no less! Kudos to the LA Times story I saw that confirmed his comeback for including the “practice” video at the end of their article. I had never seen that before. It’s so entertaining that I have to include it. The only difference is this version counts how many times he uses the word “practice”. (more…)

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A.I. Retires For The First Time

10-time All-Star Allen Iverson is planning on retiring according to Stephen A. Smith. I don’t follow the NBA enough to say whether or not I saw this coming, but after reading this part of the article I will tell you that I think I see something else coming.
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Published in: on November 25, 2009 at 8:17 pm  Comments (1)  
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Good For Marcus

So Marcus Jordan wore Nikes instead of Adidas basketball shoes in the University of Central Florida’s game against St. Leo University on Thursday. Adidas responded by canceling their 3 million dollar endorsement deal with UCF. Personally I think it’s the right move by Marcus. His dad and Nike have always had a great relationship and their Air Jordan shoe has been extremely profitable for years now. The shoe itself is legend. How could anyone expect the son of Mr. Air Jordan himself to wear the rival basketball shoe? (more…)

Durant no place for that here. (Get it?)

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I’m the last person that would ever stand up and demand the silencing or censoring of criticism. When you pretend to be a journalist sometimes, you simply can’t think that way.

But if my buddies on facebook were using my wall to give me shit and tear me down, they wouldn’t be around for long. Facebook is supposed to be like the therapist’s couch—a safe place where you can communicate to an audience that really doesn’t give a damn.

Unless of course, your name is Kevin Durant.

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Published in: on November 4, 2009 at 8:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Now appearing at UWire

While this blog has taken a nap, Eric and I plan to wake it up any day now. In the meantime, I’ve found another outlet.

I’ve recently been tabbed by UWire to contribute to its new NCAA basketball roundtable discussion. I made my first post today. The entry presents Bob Knight’s casse to be named the next coach at the UGA. I believe it.

Published in: on February 7, 2009 at 5:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chalmers and Arthur missing out on needed education

How exactly is tossing Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur from the NBA’s rookie transition program supposed to help anything?

The former Jayhawks were discovered with marijuana and women in their hotel room and promptly kicked out of the program. Orientation week is all about how to handle the sudden fame and fortune these guys have found. They learn what’s expected from them off the court, and they learn how to succeed. Clearly, Chalmers and Arthur are just the kind of guys that need the indoctrination. But they’ve gotten kicked out just for proving that it’s necessary. What a typical, backward reaction. (more…)

Published in: on September 3, 2008 at 5:46 pm  Comments (2)  
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Augustin Taken in the Top 10

So D.J. Augustin went ninth in the draft to the Charlotte Bobcats, not bad for a sub-6-foot point guard. I’ll admit, I was skeptical when he announced he’d go pro. After covering the Longhorns during his sophomore season, I knew how good he was but I also saw him struggle against Memphis. It seemed like that would be the best example of what he’ll face in the NBA, and it didn’t go well.

Plus, I knew how family-oriented and focused on academics he is. During the conference portion of the situation, he said he’d be coming back next year, and I didn’t think he’d change his mind.

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Published in: on June 26, 2008 at 8:57 pm  Comments (1)  
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Riley redefines the NBA’s desired qualities

Apparently, Michael Beasley isn’t Pat Riley’s kind of player and probably won’t be taken with the second pick of the NBA Draft — not as long as it is Miami’s pick anyway.

“ESPN.com has been reporting since the draft lottery that Heat president Pat Riley has reservations about Beasley. While Beasley is a talent, Riley seems to be uncomfortable with his personality and seems dead set on finding a point guard to pair in the backcourt with Dwyane Wade.

To that end, Riley staged two separate secret workouts in Miami on Tuesday. The first, a source told ESPN.com, was for Arizona point guard Jerryd Bayless. The second was for USC guard O.J. Mayo, who confirmed to ESPN.com that he worked out for the team.”

Riley has doubts about the kid’s personality. So while Beasley’s stock with the Heat plummets, O.J. Mayo’s prospects improve. I haven’t heard that Riley is concerned about Mayo’s character.

Why has no one noted the irony here?

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Published in: on June 25, 2008 at 9:57 am  Comments (3)  
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