Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Kevin Duckworth -- Dead at 44


On April 4, 1964, a chubby little white kid was born in a Catholic hospital in Urbana, Illinois. Three days earlier a chubby little black kid was born in Harvey, Illinois.

So when the chubby little white kid hears that someone 3 days older than he just suddenly up and died, it is more than a little disconcerting.

I know nothing about Kevin Duckworth the person. But I do know this about Kevin Duckworth the player. He has given dozens of big player the opportunity to make an NBA roster. After all, a second round pick in 1986 named Kevin Duckworth went from almost being cut to being a two-time Western Conference all-star and starting on some great Western Conference teams.

RIP Big Fella

Quiz: Since Kevin Duckworth was a 2nd round pick of the Spurs in the 1986, I have located only 4 guys who have made the NBA all-star team as a center despite the fact that they were not drafted in the 1st round of the NBA draft.

Name the 4 guys: clue -- two guys made it once each, one guy made it twice (once in each conference) and one guy made it 4 times in the Eastern Conference.

Friday, August 22, 2008

LeBron -- Bad Game, Good Start of 4th Quarter

LeBron did not play well today, for him, but here is LeBron's work at the start of the fourth:

LeBron James made Three Point Jumper. Assisted by Jason Kidd.

LeBron James made Three Point Jumper.

LeBron James made Two Point Layup. Assisted by Kobe Bryant.

2 minutes, 26 seconds, 8 points, up 21, game over.

Manu Turns to Manu-re -- Americans Kick Argentine Ass, 101-81

Truth be told, the U.S. did not play well and they had trouble with Argentina's zone and allowed Argentina to go from down 30-11 to down 46-40.

But once Ginobili got hurt, the Gauchos really had no chance. When you get around 30 from Luis Scola and lose, you know something has gone wrong for you.

Ginobili's injury? Let's see if Wikipedia can pick it up for me.............................nope.

ESPN -- ankle injury

Next up -- Gold Medal Game with Spain -- they beat Lithuania by 5.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

McCain -- Not Sure How Many Houses He Has

In his defense:
1) He is like 1,000 years old. If you asked him how many countries bordered the continental U.S. he would struggle with that as well. The brain connectors are frying out at an alarming rate every day; and

2) When you own $13MM worth of homes, you might think that one of your homes should count as two or three or four and you might be correct.

And The Old Guy was probably a little afraid to answer the question since then he might be asked where the houses were physically located, bringing into play some fear that he might begin his answer with, "The Lousiana Territory, Oregon Territory, that area Mr. Gadsen just purchased for us for $53,000,000, the Indian land we hold for them north of Texas...."

Becky Hammon -- Just Couldn't Do It???

In just about every dramatic political thriller that you ever see, there will be that one character -- you know the one. Generally either a hulking huge guy (think The Great Khali in "Get Smart") or the thoughtful woman being done wrong by the male establishment (think Joan Allen in the "Bourne" movies) who knows all along that what he or she is doing isn't really right.
In the movies this person continues to act on the side of evil (sometimes under duress) until a key moment arrives where the person must either kill the hero or change sides. 99% of the time, they change sides. 50% of the time they are killed and 25% of the time they go to jail anyway. This character accepts their fate because, well, they did something awful and continued to do it even after they realized it was wrong.
Now let's examine the traitorous Becky Hammon. Can't make the U.S. Olympic team, so she goes and plays for RUSSIA!!!!!!! This isn't Hakeem Olajuwon playing for the U.S. instead of Nigeria. When Hakeem was growing up in Lagos, the U.S. didn't have any nuclear missiles targeted about 500 miles away from his home. When Becky was growing up in South Dakota, Russia had thousands of long-range nuclear missiles targeted at Grand Forks, North Dakota. And they were ready and willing to use them. So, going to play for a country which was one itchy trigger finger away from obliterating you, your friends and family? Not the best idea.
Add to that the fact that she grew up in RAPID CITY!! Mount frigging Rushmore. So, everything that the USSR hated about the United States is exemplified by a giant monument right by your house!!!
But ultimately Becky decided that this did not matter. She had been done wrong by USA Basketball and she DESERVED (dammit!) to play in the Olympics. So she negotiated in her contract with her Russian team that if she continued to play for them they would help get her citizenship and get her on the Russian Olympic team.
Does this act sound familiar? From Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars" to the tiger villain in "Kung Fu Panda," the movies are full of villains who felt they were not permitted their rightful place in the pecking order. Since they couldn't get what they wanted through regular channels, they would get it through joining with some evil force (The Emperor) or taking it themselves through violence (Kung Fu Panda guy). For goodness sake, this is one of the stories of "Lucifer"!
In any event. Becky Hammon threw away all ideas of patriotism and acted selfishly on her own behalf. She gave the finger to her homeland and went to play for Russia.
So, she is out on the court, playing to uphold the glory of a country that on the dawn of the Olympic Games decided to invade its neighbor (Georgia). A country who now obviously has a "head politician for life" who intends to re-live the days of the Cold War, fueling Russian expansion through charging enough for oil that SD ranchers will pay $4 a gallon for gasoline.
And today she played against Team USA in the final 4. She played like shit. The Russians lost by 15 in a game where if Hammon plays very well they win and if she plays average they have a chance to win.
There are a number of explanations:
1) she just isn't any good (i.e., as they say in rural NY and in rural SD -- she "sucks the big one") and that came out against the good American team
2) she had an off day
3) she realized what she was doing was horribly wrong and intentionally threw the game
4) she subconsciously was aware what she was doing was wrong and her mind and emotions would not allow her to play well
I leave it to you to decide, but I can tell you this -- when a WNBA all-star player shows up and shoots 17% from the floor, 0% from 3, 50% from the line, has an assist to turnover ratio of 1 to 2 and scores 3 points in 24 minutes of play.............ya gotta be asking yourself -- Is it possible that she looked in the mirror at that fancy Russian uniform and decided ------- she just couldn't do it?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Brooke Hogan Without Makeup

Vote on Brooke without makeup (left) versus with makeup (right):

1) Never thought she was much to look at anyway

2) Still looks good

3) Yeccchhhh

4) Huh? I was distracted.