Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jenny McCarthy, Engaged

I am sorry, but how could you be married to Jenny McCarthy?  You know her history and the amazing stories that she spins about her single days.

Do you think that any of this sort of thing is going to happen now in your presence now that you are married to the 40+ McCarthy?  Won't you just consistently be feeling like the guy who dates the captain of the cheerleaders after she finds Jesus and doesn't do "that kind of stuff" anymore?  So while everyone before you got this great benefit, you get none of this benefit. plus all of the negatives (that are so bad that everyone in the past eventually dumped her).  Awesome.

Good luck to Marky Mark's brother - you will need it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Durant Has One Poor Game - Drops Below 19 Win Shares and Below 30 PER and Below .300 WS/48

Durant has a poor game (for him) against the Pelicans and he drops his PER below 30.0 and his Win Shares for the year below 19.0 and his WS/48 below .300. 

The Thunder have one more left against the Pistons, and since Durant should be resting, I don't see him playing at all, especially when he has that 25-point streak rolling and they don't want to play him a quarter and end the streak.

If the Thunder rest Durant, he will fall just short of some pretty rarified air.  There have only been 5 seasons ever where a guy went 19+ WS, .300+WS/48 and PER over 30.

Wilt - 1963-64
Jordan - 1987-88
Jordan 1990-91
LeBron 2008-09
LeBron 2012-13

Durant would join the list of awesomely great seasons not included in the list, including Kareem's 3 best seasons (1970-73, all above 20 WS and .3 WS/48. but fell short of 30 PER) and Jordan's 1995-96 season where he fell just short of 30 PER.

So, Thunder - what say you?  Will you give Durant a chance or not?

Christina Hendricks Doesn't Want Kids

Which is fine.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

More Proof For My NBA Mount Rushmore of LeBron, Kareem, Wilt and Jordan.

Since 1950, there have been 110 seasons in which a player has put up over 15 Win Shares.

Of those 110 seasons, 75 of them are from the top 13 guys (68.2%)
66 of them are from the top 10 guys (60%)
49 are from the top 6 guys (44.5%).

So, of the truly great seasons in NBA history, these 13 guys have put up a huge majority, and the top 6 guys have put up almost half.

13 (tie) Barkley, Garnett, Durant - 3 each

10 (tie) Bird, Magic, Dirk - 4 each

7.  David Robinson - 5

6 (tie) Oscar and Kareem - 6 each

4.  LeBron 7 times.

3.  Karl Malone 9 times
2. Jordan 10 times
1. Wilt 11 times.

Move over to the Playoffs - there have been 109 playoff seasons where someone has put up 3 or more WS.

50 seasons ome from the top 10 guys (45%):
10. West Duncan Kobe Bird - 4X
6. Shaq LeBron Wilt Kareem - 5X
2. Magic 6X
1. Jordan 8X

Total NBA great on one of the two lists - 17 guys. 
If you want to find guys who had a top 10 career in the regular season and in the playoffs, you would throw out 11 guys not on both lists (Barkley, KG, Durant, Dirk, David, Oscar, Malone all don't have enough playoff cred; West, Kobe, Shaq, Duncan all don't have regular season cred'), so you end up with these 6 guys:

Bird, Magic, Kareem, Wilt, LeBron, Jordan. 

Add up the great regular seasons and the great playoff seasons and you get:

6th Place.  Bird (4+4 =) 8
5th.  Magic (4+6=) 10
4th.  Kareem (6+5=) 11
3rd.  LeBron (7+5=) 12
2nd.  Wilt (11+5=) 16
1st.  Jordan (10+8=) 18.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

My Goodbye to the Ultimate Warrior

This guy gives a similar tribute to mine:

Warrior (he officially changed his name to Warrior) was always regarding as a very odd guy.  Few friends, certainly not a favorite of promoters.  His schtick was that he was a huge steroid-pumping guy from Parts Unknown.  Fortunately for him and the WWF, it was a huge hit with the fans.

Unfortunately, he really couldn't run or move quickly for more than 25 seconds without being winded.  So his matches were all basically "squash" matches where he came out, dominated an opponent, allowed the opponent to counter for no more than 1-2 minutes, then slammed the opponent, jumped on top of him, and got the win.

He famously beat the HonkyTonk Man for the InterContinental title in around or under 2 minutes.  This was supposed to establish his dominance.  The true reason, of course, was that the Warrior really couldn't wrestle for 5 or 10 good minutes. 

His greatest match was his defeat of Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI at SkyDome.  The match is timed at 22:51, but I would estimate that 12+ minutes of that were either both men posturing or one guy using a head lock while the other rested.  Yet almost 23 minutes of ring time was amazing for the Ultimate Warrior since he generally struggled to catch his breath after running to the ring.

At his WWE Hall of Fame induction this past week he discussed the respect he and "Steve" had for the veteran wrestlers in the sport when they were coming up.  Steve = Steve Borden = Sting, the Ultimate Warrior's old tag team partner when they were in the UWF. 

Much like coaching in college is half recruiting and half actually coaching, pro wrestling is half personality and half actually ring work.  Ultimate Warrior was one of the worst ever at ring work (and, in fact, was twice named by Pro Wrestling Illustrated as the "Worst Wrestler of the Year").  As a personality, however, he had a tremendous appeal.  I don't quite know why, perhaps it was because he so much resembled a super hero come to life and wrestling fans are so stupid that they are unable to follow any serious story line, so they loved his empty-headed ramblings. 

He has two small children and a wife.  So I am sad to see him go, and I hope he had his affairs in order when, walking out of a hotel with his wife around 6 in the afternoon, his body that had survived so much abuse for 54 years just gave out and he died.  RIP.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Paulina Gretsky Gretzsky Gretszky Golf Digest Cover

I may not know how to spell her name, but I think I like golf a lot more now.  Go Dustin Johnson!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Kevin Durant Looking to Go At or Over 18.9 Win Shares Again

Durant had 18.9 WS last year (second to LeBron) and barring injury or some sort of resting at year end here, should go at or above 18.9 this year and lead the league in Win Shares. 

In the history of the game, only 4 guys have had consecutive seasons at or over 18.9 Win Shares:

1 -- Mikan 3
2 -- Kareem 3

3 -- Wilt 3 (two times)  - Wilt was traded during 1964-65 and that season he had a very poor year for him, rolling in only 15 Win Shares.  This cost him his potential streak of 7 straight, as he was 20+ from 1961-62 all of the way through 1967-68, except for this trade year.
4 -- Jordan - 4.  He also holds the mark for oldest to put up such a year (1995-96, 32 years old)

LeBron has 2, but not consecutive.

What appears to be the case is that, for the truly greatest players, their best years are ages 24-28.  Look at the list when you require 80 Win Shares and a .2 WS/48 during ages 24-28:

Total Win Shares - Wilt, Jordan, Kareem, Mikan, Oscar, LeBron.

WS/48 - Michael, LeBron, Kareem, Wilt, Mikan, Oscar.

The next guy on the list is David Robinson, and he has 9 WS less than LeBron. 

So, Durant at 19 a year would end up at 95, trailing only Wilt, Jordan and Kareem, and at his current WS/48 pace of .298, he would surpass Jordan for #1.  Needless to say, Durant is playing at a historically great level.

7 Wealthiest NFL "Players" of All-Time

One is far more well-known as a coach.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Jennette McCurdy Selfie

She is a kids' show actress, so it is supposedly shocking.  But she will be 22 in June, and she dates a 7' 300 pound NBA player.

Teenage boys are lining up for that babysitting service offered by "Sam and Cat"!

So.......this is pretty tame compared to what one might expect.....