Thursday, May 22, 2008

Things to remeber as you go through life





Might get you through the last little bit of this thursday.

I don't get spurs fans

Watching the NBA playoffs since the Mav's got knocked out has been one of the more enjoyable things over the past few weeks. It's been a nice change of pace to just be a basketball fan as apposed to a fan of a certain team. The past few years I have been living and dying with the Mav's in their playoff runs. The weeks were long as you had to go to a watching party or a bar 2 or three times a week for the mav's game. If they were winning, you felt good and drank too much because of it, If they lost, you felt like shit and drowned your sowers in the bottom of a bottle. Either way, work the next day, or as my body has gotten older, it take me 2 days to recover from a nice night of drinking, sucked.

Now, I have been able to pick a choose what games I watch, and I feel no need to booze it up to calm my nerves. With that in mind I have a buddy who is a big San Antonio Spurs fan, so if I feel like going out and watching a basketball game, he is always down for it if the Spurs are playing.

When the Mav's got dismantled by NOK, he told me that he could grandfather me in to being a Spurs fan for the rest of the playoffs, he wouldn't care, and just for three months, or so have a team to root for. I shot him down right away, not because I hate the spurs, but because I have no interest getting rapped up in one team other than the few I root for. Too much energy.

Then I started watching more and more Spurs games and sans one or two good games vs the Hornets, I can't even see how ANYBODY can be a fan of that stupid team. I know rings make many a thing tolerable, but this team is just a pain to watch.

Let me explain.

Style of play
-This is something that just keeps getting worse as the years go by. Quite possible the best big man in the last 20 years was "fun" to watch when in his prime, that is if you like 15 foot bank shots and watching a fantastic drop step, but he is past his prime. He is still a fantastic player, but he can't dominate games like he used to. Tony Parker can be explosive and exciting, but of the past 4 or 5 games he hasn't really taken that step to just abuse people like he did a few years ago. Manu, while a fantastic player, just always seems out of control, and then you have the bench of former all stars. Mike Finley, Damon Stoudimire, Brent Barry, Kurt Thomas, Joch Vaughn(ok they aren't all all stars, but you get the point). None of these players gets you all antys in your panty when they are standing at the scorers table.

And then there is that whole "We play great defense and are efficient offense" argument. Last night they scored something like 55 points in the first half, and then 32 in the second. I hate games in the 80's.

Complaining
-A few years ago the worst part about being a mav's fan was the fact that you knew your team complained WAY to much about fouls. The only thing more aggravating about your team complaining for fouls, is the other team doing it. When every time someone gets a play in the paint, the result is someone looking around with the WTF face and arms up. Its so effing annoying

Media Love
- Now this one is earned, I know, but when ANYBODY talks about a series that the spurs are in you get the phrase "Well, I'm not going to bet against the Spurs till someone beats them." Such great analysis. Don't worry about the fact that the Spurs don't match up at all with Lakers. Or the fact that they couldn't stop Chirs Paul to save their lives. It just because they have done it before. If you want to pick the Spurs, that's fine, but just tell me why, and not "because they are the defending champs," or "they are playoff tested." If the 92 Bulls came back together and wanted to play the Lakers, would you still pick the Bulls? A 47 year old MJ vs Kobe, but the Bulls are playoff tested.

Bruce Bowen
-I know we have made this point before, but as a fan how can you like this guy? He's dirty, he has no offensive game, and his defense is starting to slip. Tell the truth, every time he spots up in the corner for three, you are screaming in your head, DON'T PASS TO BRUCE, DON'T PASS TO BRUCE!!

So there is another Anti-Spurs rant. Sorry San An fans, but its just not a team I can get behind, and this time its not because they are the mav's rival, they just aren't fun to watch.

Here, I'll start the comments for you.

-Kiss the Rings Bitch.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Brown quits life

That's it. I'm done. Big or Bear is going to have to cut my body down from the rope hanging from the fan in my living room.

Folks, this was on MSNBC (granted the Entertainment/Gossip area), and yes, they refer to it as a "scandal".

"De facto Starbucks spokes-twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen might have a scandal on their hands. A former barista from the Olsen’s oft-frequented Starbucks in New York’s West Village allegedly used to swap out skim milk for the full-fat variety when the girls came by for their caffeine fix...

...one fellow latte-lover close to the Olsens (who requested anonymity) said that she sympathizes with the twins — to an extent. “It’s also my worst nightmare — that and getting a huge diet fountain soda that is mistakenly regular Coke — but I can def(initely) taste the difference"

Yup, I'm done. Goodbye world.

I've been here before...

First, the Wii allows me to play all the old Nintendo games from my past.

Then, Nolan Ryan comes back to the Rangers albeit as President, but he is back none the less.

Then, I discover hair in new places. It's not really the discovery of new hair or new places, it's a shift to gray hair.

Then, I see Sting doing an interview about how he used to wrestle with a fella named Jim Helliwig as "the Blade Runners".

Then I see this:



RVD is training the Ultimate Warrior for his return to pro wrestling

I'm going to and check if my car has a flux capacitor and no one told me because I tend to drive at least 88 mph a majority of the time.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Quick note

I'm swamped with work, but this was sent to me by a friend:



Kimbo Slice, you are slowly entering the realm of TB&TB Hall of Fame with your random shenanigans and tomfoolery.

Think Kenny Chesney offered to be a bottom?

(Just saw this on The Big Lead, so I assume that's where the video was from sent to me)

He done done it again..

In case you missed it, in what has to be the coolest name of a race ever, our HOFer Big Brown won the Preakness this weekend. That's one step away from a tripple crown.



I'm sure we will have more on this in a little bit.

While you were sleeping

Over the weekend, I received a text from a friend/reader(come on lets be honest, 90% of the people who read this are friends, and if you read this and don't know us, your a default friend) shot me a text saying simply "Time to give our Rangers some love."

Now not too long ago I wrote a post where, after the mavs kicked my grief box in the nuts, i hinted that the only thing we have left to look forward to is the Rangers, and how said that is. It truly left me an ice box where my heart used to be.

But, like during most springs at the Big childhood house, we thawed that ice box, and found not only last years fudge pops that have turned into fudgesicles, but a baseball team that's worth watching.

Take a look at the standings of the American League West.

WEST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA STRK L10
LA Angels 26 20 .565 - 14-11 12-9 211 205 Won 1 4-6
Oakland 24 21 .533 1.5 12-9 12-12 198 167 Lost 1 3-7
Texas 22 23 .489 3.5 12-11 10-12 226 244 Lost 1 7-3
Seattle 18 27 .400 7.5 11-13 7-14 182 207 Won 2 4-6

Our little Arlington Darlings are 22-23, one game back of .500(which they were .500 till yesterday's loss), 7-3 in their last 10, and have now won their last 7(!?!) series'.

Its crazy to thing that you win 7 series's and still be under .500, but if you weren't paying attention to the beginning of the season, and lets be honest nobody was, you missed a span where the Rangers where averaging over 5 errors a game. But as of right now, they are playing really really well, and are fun to watch.

What's the reason for it? We are rocking behind some great play from our Hot Head, our Druggie, and our Drunk (alcoholics go to meeting).

The Hot Head is veteran free agent, and board game genius, Milton Bradley. He is hitting .321 with an OBP of .432.

The Druggie is Josh Hamiliton, and he might be having an MVP type season so far. He's hitting .318, 10 Homers and 49 RBI's.

Our Drunk, Vicente Padilla, has been lights out this year from the mound. He is 6-2 with a 3.16 ERA with 41 K's to only 22 walks. You add some nice help from our closer C.J. Wilson, who is 8 for 9 in save opportunities, and our pitching staff isn't doing that bad.

Now granted its just a really good stretch of Baseball from these guys, and they have all the tools to fall back to earth at any point and play like they did the first few weeks of the year, but as of right now, don't panic, but we have a nice little baseball team.