Feb
19

Open Thread: An Embarrassment Of Riches

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You see what’s going on in that picture right there? There’s 29 other teams out there wishing they had the same problem. They should all be so lucky.

Here’s your open thread for the evening. The Nets are in action tonight, plus there’s always the Olympics. But it’s Friday night, go out and do something you’ll regret in the morning.

Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP

Categories : Open Thread
  • pete

    I’m starting the “We Refuse To Read Any MSM Article About Joba Chamberlain From Now On” club. Any takers?

    • bexarama

      They’re just too entertaining to give up.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Aaaahh! I have to wait to next week to find out if I got the gig….

    Though I like to think I acquitted myself well…

    • AndrewYF

      What’s this about?

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Good luck!

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      Me too. I have to wait until next Friday.. Ugh

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    Mike, do you have a picture of Phil throwing to Jesus in that AP wonderland you have access to?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      No. Believe me, I looked.

      • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

        Sad face.

        • ROBTEN

          Well, this appeared on my toast this morning. (SFW)

          /Mosanna, Mosanna, Mosanna in the highest.

  • Cecala

    Damon lost a lot of leverage in the withdrawal of the White Sox. Boras is not going to be happy until Damon basically sits out and waits for a left fielder gets hurt and a team needs him…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Matsui’s knees are already acting up. Maybe Damon can go to Anaheim.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        You just wrote Jon Heyman’s next story.

      • Zack

        “feels physically pretty good, although to be honest, my knees aren’t 100 percent.”

        His knees arent 100% after the offseason, they must have been like 50% during the season. Makes his last season even more impressive

        • Cecala

          As much as I loved Matsui I realized his knees were shot and the Yanks were smart to let him go. Who is the Angels backup now that Gary Matthews Jr is gone?

          • Zack

            Oh I agree.

            Rivera, Hunter, Abreu, Morales, Aybar, Izturis, Wood, and Napoli are their primary starters.

            Kendrick, Mathis, Willits are their primary bench.

            If Matsui went down I think Scioscia would but Napoli at DH and start Mathis. Or DH Kendrick, or DH Wood and move Kendrick to 2B and Izturis to 3B. (Not sure how Wood is defensively)

        • Accent Shallow

          Wow.

  • Kyle

    6 Man Rotation!!!!

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    I held the world series trophy today. It’s heavier than I expected.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      i invoke Frat Rule #8: pics or it didnt happen!

      • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs
        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          It told me “This content is currently unavailable.”

          • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

            http://www.facebook.com/photo......id=9004187

            Try now, flipped some privacy settings.

            • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

              Nope still not working.

              • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

                ok ok ok, I am now creating a flickr account simply to share these damn pictures. It was soooo f’n cool.

                My boss got me into the the Governor’s office so I actually got to HOLD the trophy. The public wasn’t allowed to.

                Bare with me. My apologies.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              We’d all settle for some nudez of the girl on your main pic, though.

              Just sayin’.

              • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs
                • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

                  which reminds me to restore the bookface privacy settings.

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                  Hah. Your face looks like the time I took my 13-year old nephew to the strip club. He was happy and appeared overwhelmed. I won’t speculate on the other emotions.

                  Congrats to you. That’s super cool. How heavy was it?

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                  With a name like T-Dubs, I figured you were a black dude.

                • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

                  Sometimes I think I’m a black dude too but then the girlfriend reminds me I’m not. It probably weighed betwixt 12-17lbs. The base is dense. And I was smiling the rest of the day. I printed out a giant picture of it and have it up on the wall in my office already.

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                  Auto-tune knows no racial boundaries.

                • Salty Buggah

                  I like your flickr account. “TDubsMOFO”

                • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

                  My favorite is the zoomed out one where I’m holding the trophy high and everyone else in the room looks terrified I’m going to drop it.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  Dubs, where in CT are/were you?

                • king of fruitless hypotheticals

                  you know how i know you’re not black?

                  two words:

                  be twixt.

                  congrats–that’s awesome!

                • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

                  I live in Manchester but I work at the State Capitol in Hartford. They brought the trophy there today. Apparently because we have no professional sports teams Boston and NY teams bring their trophies to us.

                • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

                  Here’s the Courant blog on it:
                  http://blogs.courant.com/capit.....comes.html

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  Awesome.

                • thurdonpaul

                  T-Dubs, that must have been awesome to hold. Congrats to You !!

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

                  you know how i know you’re not black?

                  two words: be twixt.

                  I’m offended by that comment. I’m a black man who uses words like betwixt all the time.

  • Salty Buggah

    I find it hilarious how all of these reporters are now suddenly saying that A-Rod’s apology was awesome and how Tiger’s is insincere despite ripping A-Rod at the time of his apology.

    • bexarama

      This was amazing.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Well that was a different era.

      • Zack

        Never gets old

        • pete

          of course it doesn’t. it keeps changing because the eras keep changing. the old “that was a different era” was from a different era, so the new one is totally different because it’s in a different era. no way to compare the two

    • Salty Buggah

      PeteAbe was one of the people who bashed A-Rod for his apology IIRC. Today, he had this to say:

      “Good day for A-Rod, at least. He was much better at apologizing than Tiger was. And he was man enough to take questions.”

      “Tiger needs to talk less about his “business partners” and more from the heart. It comes of as angry lecture. Not well done”

      Didn’t he (and many other reporters) say how A-Rod’s apology also didn’t seem like it was “from the heart?”

      • Zack

        Tiger should have just told them he wants to tell the truth, but he doesnt know how he got all these women. When he gets the infomation he’ll [never] get back to us.

        /ortiz’d

        • DCBX

          Totally agree. Tiger owes his, wife, kids, and sponsors apologies. It is not only not our business if he screwed around on his wife, it’s a giant lie that he regrets all that pussytubing – so why do we insist on forcing him into the position of telling a giant lie?

          Dammit, he isn’t a presidential candidate, he’s a golfer!

          /Bones McCoy’d

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      New rule for these apology events: if you have any sort of paper product near you with words on it you are automatically a phony.

    • Pasqua

      Proof-positive that everything is forgotten in (a surprisingly short amount of) time.

      As soon as Tiger wins another major or two, today’s press conference will be called his “turning point” and then, in short order, this whole circus will be remembered as a “misstep.”

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    What’s your guiltiest musical pleasure?

    My current fave is Owl City or…Miley.

    Go.

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      I am really down with that Party in the USA song. The production is fantastic. And that guitar tone!

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Definitely. It’s syrupy, hollow and phony. But you can’t argue how catch it is and how solid the production is.

        • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

          As a failed songwriter I have a fond appreciation for those kind of songs. It’s an art unto itself. I was really impressed with that “Waking Up in Vegas” song from a while back too.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Meh, I appreciate tween pop music far, far more than any straight man should, but the Waking Up in Vegas song just sounds flat. I feel like it builds and builds but never gets over the hump.

            I like the One Republic tune about moving places or something.

            • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

              Ah ya, their singles are good. I haven’t heard the record.

              The thing I like about the Katie Perry song is that if a 90s alt. rock band played it, it would sound tough and very rock. I always find that entertaining. The first line of “Soak up the Sun” by Sheryl Crow is something like:

              “My friend the communist
              holds meetings in his RV
              but I can’t afford the gas
              so I’m stuck here watching TV.”

              A really interesting verse but you barely notice it because of that SUPER poppy chorus.

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                The great thing about Sheryl Crow is that she comes up with four lines, a chorus…and just repeats everything ad nauseum. Like you said, sometimes the lines are fairly interesting.

                She’s like the reliever of music. Solid, good effort in limited doses. Doesn’t have the endurance or “stuff” to make it a whole game.

            • king of fruitless hypotheticals

              WAIT WHAT??!!

              WTF IS THIS:

              far more than any straight man should

              after all this crap now you’re going to claim to be straight too?!?!

              i keed, nothin’ but love (from a 10′ pole)

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                Haha. Sure, I have virtually no standard on whom I’ll sleep with, provided they’re a woman.

                I’ll throw you an ambiguous curve ball: I spent some time in Thailand. Boy, do I have some funny, disgusting sex stories from there. Key word is ambiguous.

                Regarding music: I really don’t care much about lyrics. I don’t look for intellectual depth in what I listen to musically. That’s why I read. I listen to whatever sounds best, regardless of source.

                I don’t care how it’s made, who it’s by, what is said.

                People like to get snobby about music. If no one had ever heard of Miley and she were some lowly indie musician, there wouldn’t be nearly the vitriol. There’s a tremendous element of groupthink when it come to what people should listen to.

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        I have to admit, when it comes on the radio, I stop changing stations….

    • Salty Buggah

      Definitely not Justin Bieber.

    • Cecala

      My Chemical Romance

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I saw them before they got big in the fall of ’03 as the second opening act (.Moneen. was the first one…so awesome) for Midtown and Reggie and the Full Effect.

        Wow that was a long time ago.

    • bexarama

      No matter how many times I’ve heard it (and I’ve heard it a lot), I do not get tired of “I Gotta Feeling.”

    • Hughesus Christo

      I may or may not have the Katy Perry album.

    • Salty Buggah

      Oh, I know: Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.

      I only know like 2 of her songs but I had this stuck in my head the other day when it came on in the gym.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        I still can’t decide if she’s going to be a flash-in-the-pan has-been OR an icon.

        She’s going to either be HUGE or fade (further) into insanity and become irrelevant.

        • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

          It’s hard to tell because she only has that one record right? Like 10 damn singles on it, but still. She might be Madonna. She might be Hootie & the Blowfish. I think Icon status comes with longevity.

          Her songs are really damn catchy though. Problem is they’re played out after 3 weeks maximum.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Second album, I believe.

            Certainly the longevity is the key. Her antics, wardrobe and general strangeness alone should keep her up there for a while. As crazy as this sounds, the key should be the music.

            I can’t believe I just said that when describing the shot of a pop musician in this age staying relevant.

            • Hughesus Christo

              One album, two “versions”

              She’s mainstreaming dance music. You can pump that out forever, and she can actually sing. The zaniness is just a bonus hook. I think she has a long run in her.

              • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

                She is a really talented musician. I believe she might be a trained pianist. Somewhere on youtube there’s a version of Poker Face with her singing and playing keys. It’s good.

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                  Yeah, she’s legit. She went to Tisch at NYU.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  I know several musicians who went to Tisch at NYU who are supremely untalented. That’s not good enough.

        • Pasqua

          Definitely an icon. I’m not a fan, but I respect her a lot. Her whole persona is, “I’m not going to LET you forget me,” so I think she’ll be around for a while.

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      Does MJ count?

      Or any and all of his siblings?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        MJ’s not a guilty pleasure unless you’re fondling other people’s children (allegedly) or dangling your own from a ledge thirty feet off the ground. His siblings definitely count.

        • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

          Yeah I was pretty sure. Just checking…

    • pete

      every now and again i’ll tolerate a coldplay or RHCP or U2 song

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. As for film, it’s definitely Ten Things I Hate About You.

      • pete

        i hate nothing more than that song. literally nothing.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          You must hate Christmas and America.

      • DP

        Haha totally agree on the film.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Love that movie.

        “I know you can be overwhelmed and you can be underwhelmed…but can you ever just be whelmed?”

        “I think in Europe you can.”

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      again with the overshare!!!

      but yeah, the stupid firefly song…

      • Hikker

        Yea I gues the stupid Firefly song gives me goosebumps.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Does Journey count as a guilty pleasure?

      ‘Cause I love Journey even more than J.D. does.

      • bexarama

        ugh, I suddenly feel an obligation to go listen to “Open Arms” (shakes fist)

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Journey doesn’t count! New subject: how pumped are you for a new season of Glee?

        • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

          More pumped than Joba’s fist after striking out the side. Did you hear that Idina Menzel is guest starring?

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Yeah, I heard. I’m really, really excited. She was great in Wicked and “Defying Gravity” was one of the better songs of Season 1. Hoping for another Kristen Chenowith performance and more songs from the secondary characters, particularly Tina and Puck.

    • Evilest Empire

      I listen to 80s pop on the way to work with my Dad everyday. We were rocking out to I Wear My Sunglasses At Night together on the ride home tonight.

      I definitely don’t count it as a guilty pleasure, but its still funny to share, we’re big fans of rap too like The Geto Boys and Biggie. We’ve got Sirius so all that shit is favorite’d

  • Brian

    This may have been mentioned before, but I can’t believe that the Yanks have all 40 on their 40-man at camp, none on the DL, after a championship run no less. Add to that no significant injuries (that I can think of) to other camp invites and we have some pure competition.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      Way to jinx it

    • Salty Buggah

      WELL, DON’T JINX IT!!!! :knocks on wood:

      Seriously though, while this is great and all, we’ll start seeing some injuries soon. Hopefully it doesn’t involve any of the 2.5+ WAR guys.

  • bexarama

    Phil on Mo:

    Also, he is like a video game where you can control putting the ball exactly where a hitter can’t hit it. It sounds strange, but we play with a video game.

    It’s here, BTW.

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      This is officially one of my favorite quotes ever.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        plus, Mo is the only one that knows the key combination to make the ball turn invisible and on fire at the same time.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    I bet the majority of Yankee fans are still clamoring for Matsui over Nick Johnson, even though there’s a solid chance Matsui has polio.

    But hey, that makes tons of sense.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Good thing we don’t have to deal with the majority here.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        I still can’t believe Bernie’s not playing CF next season. He’s a legend, the Yankees owe him!

        • Salty Buggah

          The Yankees didn’t treat Matsui AND Wang with respect even though they played so long here. Now we’s gonna loose all of dem Asian playas!

    • Marcus

      Internet high five to the first person to photoshop Matsui’s face on an old photo of FDR in a wicker wheelchair.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Someone explain to me the appeal of men’s figure skating. Effeminate men dancing to avant-garde Disney music wearing sequin-adorned spandex? I like weird novelty shit as much as anyone, but damn, that’s lame.

    And curling? That’s not a sport. If you can do it while pregnant, it’s not a sport. Bocce ball and shuffleboard on ice, right?

    • AndrewYF

      I agree, I like to watch sports played at a high level because it’s something I could never, ever do.

      Anyone with one arm could be on a curling team.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      My friend and I tried to decipher curling tonight and came up with the same conclusion: frozen combo of bocce and shuffleboard.

    • Hughesus Christo

      I had similar concerns, but then my jingoism kicked in. NBC framing the Russian as Ivan Drago certainly didn’t hurt.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Meh, my parents are from Hungary and dealt with a fairly hard life under the Russians, don’t like Russians by and large…but it’s the Winter Olympics.

        I mean, I know we’re supposed to be patriotic but ultimately, it’s a few privileged athletes from different countries competing in a sport. I don’t see any larger message in it.

        If a Russian wins? Cool, whatevs. If a Hungarian wins? Great. American? Huzzah. I just see it all as a very silly exercise in emotion.

        • dkidd

          my brother is living in budapest, i’ve visited a couple of times. gorgeous country, gorgeous women, dominant water polo team

        • Hughesus Christo

          I’m really into kicking Canada’s ass for some reason. Every medal counts.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Effeminate men dancing to avant-garde Disney music wearing sequin-adorned spandex?

      The audience for that = pretty much all women and enough men too.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        I guess my question is…why would anyone of any gender or sexual orientation find that appealing?

        I see it as childish.

        • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

          While I can see it not appealing to some–and I’m not crazy about it myself–why shouldn’t men be able to figure skate in crazy ass costumes just like the ladies?

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            See that’s the thing, they’re not crazy, inventive or attractive. They’re flamboyant but “safe” to some extent. It shows no creativity to doll up a few sequins on an open shirt and what appear to be dress slacks.

            Some of the female outfits show some ingenuity. Part of this is because — and I think it’s fairly sexist — the female anatomy lends itself better to design. For fuck’s sake, we’re still doing pants and shirts. That’s it. Women have so many more options.

            But beyond that, the men won’t take any real style risk and do something provocative and sultry because it would upset advertisers and some fans.

            Women as close to naked as possible when figure skating? Way more appropriate in the eyes of the general public (we’re desensitized to female “sexiness”). People accept women doing it, not men.

            It’s unfair, but men in figure skating could do much, much more than the weird Cap’n Crunch outfits and disco suits they work with now. I’d like to see something like a Green Man suit or a Theo-styled King Kong outfit or a Lady Gaga getup. If not, how about a serious, classy looking outfit?

            Wow, that was long-winded.

            • Hughesus Christo

              That really escalated

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                Hughesus, where did you get a hand grenade?

    • Rob NY

      George Carlin covers that… ” To my way of thinking there are really only three sports: baseball, basketball, and football. Everything else is either a game or an activity.”

      http://www.boredatuni.com/stuff.php?stuffId=11

      • thurdonpaul

        Swimming. Swimming isnt a sport. Swimming is a way to keep from drowning.

        I just about pissed in my pants. Mr. Carlin was incredible.

  • Rob NY

    For good measure … “Hockey comes to mind. People think hockey is a sport. It’s not. Hockey is three activities taking place at the same time: ice skating, fooling around with a puck, and beating the shit out of somebody.”

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      I lol’d. I’ll miss Carlin. Truly one of the greats.

      • Evilest Empire

        RAT SHIT BAT SHIT DIRTY OLD TWAT
        69 ASSHOLES TIED IN A KNOT
        HURRAY! LIZARD SHIT! FUCK!

  • Seth Kaufman

    idk if any1 wants another bit of info on joba/huges (lol) but LoHud Blogs has a 3:00 clip from both Hughes and Chamberlain discussing the competition. Pretty cool stuff

  • bexarama

    SNY has the 2009 Mets Season in Review. Why would ANY Met fan want to watch that?!

    • dkidd

      they should just cut together all of the SLJ scenes from “unbreakable”

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno
    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      The Tony B. topless scenes are better than scrambled porn. Reason enough to watch.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    College player to look out for:

    Soph. George Spring at UConn–last year he put up a .358/.454/.679 line and was voted (unanimously) as one of the Big East’s best pure hitters and best OF defenders.

    • http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music2/nyspringsteen.jpg E Street Shuffle

      i just got into UConn

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Awesome! I just graduated from there in May.

        • http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music2/nyspringsteen.jpg E Street Shuffle

          it’ll be between there are and Pitt

          Not sure yet

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Cool, what do you want to major in?

            • http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music2/nyspringsteen.jpg E Street Shuffle

              I got into Pitt’s business admin. program. I really wanted to do sports management or sports business but they don’t offer that

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                Awesome; I’m not sure how extensive–if at all extant–UConn’s program is.

    • Mr.Jigginz

      It’s Spring-er,isn’t it?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        D’Oh! Yeah, don’t know where the “er” went; my bad.

        • Mr.Jigginz

          It’s cool…I acutally listened to the games in the Big East tournament last season.They(Puppies) came so close.Hopefully they do well this year,too.

  • http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music2/nyspringsteen.jpg E Street Shuffle

    ok thats enough, how can Ice Dancing be an olympic “sport”

    • Hughesus Christo

      To be fair, this compulsory dance portion isn’t really representative of Ice Dancing.

      I don’t really give a damn about this one, but I get kind of pissed off with people saying this and that “isn’t a sport.”

  • Pasqua

    I know I’m late to the party on this, but what are people’s thoughts on “District 9″? I just watched it…totally enjoyable, but despite some pretty clear allegorical stuff early-on, I thought it was a pretty standard sci-fi/action movie. I don’t quite see the Academy Award quality in it.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I liked it a lot, but there were things I didn’t like. The bad guys were rather one note and they used that “looking at the shooter from the barrel of the gun” angle a few too many times. It was a solid movie, but I agree w/your last statement.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    I’ve made a lot of money over my career and I could retire right now and I could be fine financially. My kids can be fine when they get older. Money is not an issue for me.

    So if these guys were to bring in a LeBron, a D-Wade, along with a Chris Bosh or a Stoudemire, I’d be a damn fool to not want to stay here. So I’m just telling you right now that I will definitely embrace the opportunity to be here. Money is not an issue.

    Sincerely,
    Tracy McGrady
    Friday, February 19, 2010

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/.....id=4928424

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      My faith has been restored. Thank you for posting that.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        1-McGrady
        2-Chander
        3-LeBron
        4-Gallinari
        5-Bosh

        Bench: Douglas, 2010 second round pick, Walker, maybe some other vet on a minimum deal to play with the corps

        Next summer, Curry comes off the books, we add another quality free agent big man with his 12M cap hole, and we tack on whomever we take in the bottom third of the draft (whether it’s our own pick or Houston’s)… Yup, it’s doable.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          I wrote a fairly detailed piece on this but yeah, that’s basically what I wrote, though it was before McGrady’s statement. If he’s not completely posturing, great. But he might need to sign for the league minimum. He says it now, but if he puts up 18/6/4, he might balk at that idea in the summer. We’ll see. Also, not sure a guy coming off microfracture can move laterally well enough to play the point. His explosiveness is probably much more limited. Might be tough for him to guard really quick guards. But whatevs, a true point isn’t needed in Gone in 7 Seconds offense.

          If there’s a way to keep Curry ’til February and still get far enough under the cap to go after two max guys this summer, I’d prefer that. It all depends on the cap. I see absolutely no reason to bring David Lee back. To pay the $11 million for a guy that cannot for the life of him play defense seems like a poor idea. His best asset is scoring; we wouldn’t need much of that with LeBron, Bosh, Gallo, Chandler, McGrady, whoever. We’d need another Big that could play D and a solid off-ball PG.

          Back to finances, I don’t think we need to worry too much about Curry’s contract this summer, since it’s my guess the cap will be higher than the estimated $53 million. It’ll be $55 or $56 million. His expiring deal is just way more valuable at the deadline, so I’d prefer to see them ship it off then when they’ve actually seen the team play together and have a better sense of what the true needs are.

          In this league, stars dictate the standings. A team with two top-8 players, one good-not-great player and two mediocre players will always be a better team than five good players but no one in the top 15. The difference between the league’s top 10 and the next ten is HUGE, whereas the difference in guys 10-20 and guys 20-30 is relatively small in comparison.

          Lebron and Bosh going to the Knicks would be good for basketball. I’m not saying there are conspiracies out there or anything, but if Stern could, he’d prefer to bring the cap up knowing the league survives on big market, big history teams with big stars. New York would be the most impressive statement of that if they could grab Bosh and LeBron.

    • http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music2/nyspringsteen.jpg E Street Shuffle

      its happening
      where is summer

    • ROBTEN

      “There’s no way I can go play for the Yankees, but I know they are going to come after me hard. It’s definitely not the most important thing to go out there for the top dollar, which the Yankees are going to offer me. It’s not what I need.”

      Sincerely,
      Johnny Damon
      May 2005

      /I keed

    • Hughesus Christo

      You missed the part where he is done like Sasha Grey

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I have no idea who Sasha Grey is, so I’ll take your word for it.

        Point is, I don’t care if he’s done or not. He’s willing to play for peanuts because he wants to hop on the LeBron James Title Gravy Train. Remember when the Bulls kept adding all those washed up yet still fairly valuable big men who wanted a shot at a ring?

        That’s gonna be us.

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          Yum Sasha Grey. It’s NSFW if I Google her if you know what I mean.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Oo, The Patriot…I mean Braveheart…wait…yea, it’s The Patriot is on TNT!

    • http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music2/nyspringsteen.jpg E Street Shuffle

      aim small miss small

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Gotta love TNT: Braveheart is actually on when this ends.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Okay seriously, how non-sensical was 18th century European-style warfare? Fucking rows.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        You know, it’s funny. The European powers of the day would continuously battle natives fighting guerrilla war style, who despite far smaller numbers, inferior technology, little military training, regularly knocked around the “strategic” powers that be. Fun fact — Vlad the Impaler drove back the Ottomans using guerrilla war methods. Also, Central Asia (including some of the guys we’re fighting now) have been practicing it for thousands of years. Fighting in a row in an open field is just dull-witted. You remove many natural advantages you have in battle.

        And none of the 18th century guys while fighting each other thought, “You know, lining up in rows and shooting at them might be a fairly dumb idea.”