Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Maria Kirilenko Drops Ovechkin Faster Than a Ceremonial First Puck

I really don't care or want to analyze this problem relationship, except to say - she is really good looking.

Australian Female Politician - Man Should be Rich and "Well Hung"


Is this something to apologize for?  I mean, come on.  If I were looking for a mate, could I not say she had to be wealthy and have a smoking hot body?  OK. I guess not on the radio.  But still - who exactly are these people who are offended?  Ugly guys?  Poor men?  Asian or Irish guys? (Oops, now I will need to apologize....).

Anyway - puts me in mind of Sue Bird's radio boast that if she didn't have a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio that the radio guys could spank her in studio.  She was being fun and indicating her sexual openness.  Then a huge outcry arose about encouraging violence to women.  She withdrew the bet.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hot Chick You Never Heard of --- Emily Skye


Suggested by Facebook as a new Friend.  Thanks, Mr. Zuckerberg.

Giancarlo Stanton -- 466 Feet Over the Sculpture, Off the Back Wall

The most disappointing thing of the Home Run Derby was the fact that the wind at Target Field was from the Northwest, which means the ball was not carrying to left as much as it usually does (it wasn't blowing in, just across). While this did result in the EXTREMELY rare event of two right handed hitters clearing the right center field wall, it also probably was the only thing that kept Stanton's blast to left inside Target Field. I think that on a typical summer day with a 15 mph wind from the south, that ball maybe carries out of the park. Then we are talking some truly great all-time measurement rather than the true distance of around 422 (I am skeptical of this measurement - I thought ESPN was off most of the night on true distance measurements -- and the estimated distance (if nothing had stopped it) of 510 feet.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lance Stephenson - The Price of Being An Asshole


If you review the stats and overall play of Lance Stephenson, Chandler Parsons and Gordon Hayward, you will find that all three have similar offensive stats.  Of the three, Stephenson is certainly the best defender and probably the best ball handler.

Hayward - 4/$60M
Parsons - 3/$45M

Stephenson -- 3/$27M.

So Stephenson (almost 5 Defensive Win Shares last year, one of the top 6 players in the league in that category) is worth $6M less per year than these two more well behaved white guys who combined last year had 4 Defensive Win Shares......

The high price of being an asshole.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wiggins for Love is a No Brainer for Cleveland Over the Next Three Years

LeBron signed a two-year deal with a one-year opt out, but let's ignore that and recognize that the great LeBron James maybe has 3 years left as a legit top 3 player in the league.  He has logged almost 40,000 total regular season and playoff minutes.  He is a huge man.  His game involves a lot of fast breaking and handling the ball out on the court.  He won't be LeBron forever.

Kevin Love had 14.3 Win Shares last year.  Andrew Wiggins is 19 years old.  So, if someone would say, "Wiggins will put up at least 30 Win Shares in his first three years" what would the chances be of them being correct?

Well, looking at guys in their first through third year in the league under the age of 22, what guys have put up 30 or more Win Shares?  http://bkref.com/tiny/c6hRQ

Shaq averaged about 14 Win Shares, Chris Paul a little under 13 and LeBron a little under 12.  That is it.

Will Andrew Wiggins be as effective over the next three years as a young Shaq?  No.  Can we agree that he is not the player that Chris Paul or LeBron James were at a young age?  I think we can.

So let's even say that Wiggins is just a little worse than a young LeBron James and averages 10 WS a year for three years - so he is basically the 4th best player ever at such an age - he STILL would not provide the Cavs the production over the next 3 years that they are likely to get from Kevin Love (who has had Win Share seasons of 10-11-14 already as an NBA player, 14 coming last year).

So what exactly is the hold up here?  I think, sadly, that the answer is that the Wolves' basketball operation is held in such low esteem in the league that no one wants to trade with the Wolves unless it is a complete destruction where Minnesota gets an F trade grade and you get an A+ trade grade.  How else could you explain the Cavs offering two bust draft picks (Waiters and Bennett) and a low #1 for a guy who is clearly a top 10 NBA player?

Dan Gilbert should simply bite the bullet and toss in Wiggins and get Love.  The next three years is all you will get of the real LeBron.  As Van Halen would say, "Better use it up before it gets old."


40 Year Old Mom Becomes Saints Cheerleader

Certain things are the great equalizers.....stop the video clip at 1:12 to see.    https://gma.yahoo.com/40-old-mom-becomes-orleans-saints-cheerleader-141936240.html

Friday, July 11, 2014

James Back to Cleveland

As someone from a cold, desolate and cloudy area, I, nevertheless, recognize the power of being "home".  And I think I appreciate more than anything that James believes with all of his money and power that he can do something for the area where he grew up and make kids glad that they are growing up there.

That said, it will be a Herculean effort both to turn the Cavs into winners (their best guy is always hurt and plays no D) and to make strides at improving Cleveland and Akron, etc.

But it is worth a shot, and if I felt I could go home and have the same opportunities I have out in Minnesota, I would work very hard to make my way back home as well. 

LeBron Back to Cleveland


"I believe I can do more in northeast Ohio than I can in Miami."  Well amen to that.

Winners in all of this -- LeBron, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Chris Bosh (will get full max with Houston)

Losers -- Heat, Pat Riley, Dwyane Wade, Danny Granger (will play for next to nothing with a shitty team)

Biggest Loser - Wade.  I mean, lord almighty.  Talk about being left holding the bag.  Maybe he gets a $10M deal with the Knicks or Bulls?  But he opted out of $42M in guaranteed money.  Unless the Heat shows a tremendous level of pity for the guy and horribly overpays him for his value, he won't make $42M the rest of his career.