Month: April 2016

Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last

 

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Finally that debacle of a series is over with it and I’m ecstatic that I will not have to see those same players together ever again in my life. By the end of the series I found myself empathizing with Harden because he was the only consistent scorer on the team even with his ole defense followed by a deadpan stare at a teammate who he think should’ve helped. It’s obvious Dwight and Harden have their issues but a lot of it can be placed on JB Bickerstaff barely playing or not playing Capela at all this series when the numbers have backed up his productivity.

For being such an analytic driven team you would think JB would be paying attention to the numbers especially a staggering one like that.  He would also play Harden for long stretches of time without a break, as evidenced by him playing 40 straight minutes in game 4. During the first quarter last night Harden went 6 for 6 and the rest of the season went 0 of 15 which is a perfect microcosm of their season. After the conclusion of last night’s game the Rockets were granted permission to interview Luke Walton for the HC job which would be a phenomenal improvement.

Moving onto next year with Dwight out of the picture along with most of the role players except for Harden, Capela, Beasley, Beverly, Harrell, McDaniels,  D-Mo (going to keep him on a cheaper deal too) and Dekker. Harden is a exceptional offensive talent but he has to become more interested on the defensive end with his effort and not fall asleep on D like he is known to do.

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Part of the non effort is due  to his teammates clanking their shots not like never before this season and even more so during the playoffs. Dwight and Harden never really fit they only played around 2 seasons worth games together in 3 years because of Dwight’s injury problems. It was no coincidence Harden had his MVP worthy season in 2014-15 when Dwight missed the second half of the year. He also led the league in points in back to back years which hasn’t been done since his old teammate Kevin Durant did it 3x in a row  from 09-12′.  By the way the person who scores the most total points is my scoring champ not the one who averages the most.

There will be a number of free agents to go after this offseason and they will need to get another creator to go alongside Harden , with a center and a 3 & D guy to replace Ariza. Ideally I would like them to go after Al Horford, Pau Gasol to shore up the frontline. I don’t want Whiteside even though he’s elite defensively because he just strikes me as a knucklehead and its very hard to win with those. For the 3 spot that Ariza used to occupy I would go after Durant first then then Nic Batum who is coming off of his best season ever with the Hornets. The Rockets would be fools to not go after him when Durant ultimately spurns them. The last guy is Kent Bazemore , another underrated guy like Batum who has quietly had his strongest season. Now for the piece that has been missing longest during Harden’s tenure a player that can create shots alongside him. Mike Conley is my first choice followed by Rondo and Jeremy Lin.

PS. Finals Prediction , Cavs in 6 over The Spurs

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Man Traveling in ‘Ocean Bubble’ From South Florida to Puerto Rico Rescued at Sea

(NBC Miami) A Florida man trying to reach Bermuda, Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico in a giant inflatable bubble was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard over the weekend.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said long-distance runner Reza Baluchi was picked up Sunday off Florida and his “hydropod” was being towed to shore. Baluchi agreed to be voluntarily rescued.

The Coast Guard tweeted Sunday that Baluchi’s voyage had ended “after he violated a USCG order not to embark on his seagoing journey.”

The contraption, years in the making, includes 36 buoyancy balls on each side, a life jacket with a water filter, a GPS tracking device and even shark repellent.

Baluchi set out from Pompano Beach on Saturday, despite receiving an April 15 letter from the Coast Guard warning him not to depart, according to Barney.

The Coast Guard said it had reviewed Baluchi’s plan and determined it to be unsafe. The first leg alone was about 1,033 miles.

Baluchi, however, was undeterred.

“Mind is power. It’s 85 percent your mind. Anything you can do,” he said before leaving Florida.

He tried to make a similar journey in 2014 and had to be rescued about 70 nautical miles east of St. Augustine.

Baluchi — an endurance athlete who has biked through six continents and run the perimeter of the United States — has said his eventual goal is to run through every country in the world and raise money for children in need.

 I saw the headline and was a little surprised that someone would try to travel 3,500 miles from south Florida to Georgia then on to Puerto Rico and Haiti before finally returning to to the starting point.
But then I saw he was from Florida and it all made sense, he’s just joining the long list of Florida men and women who commit the strangest crimes. But unlike most of his peers he was doing this for a good cause that raises money for children in need somehow. I don’t know how that is supposed to work but maybe its awareness, look at me thing like the Ice bucket challenge or what the Call your Shot will probably turn into. Its noble in some strange way nonetheless.
The big problem I with it is if some yahoo wants to get into a bubble and spin across the ocean on his volition and knows the risks the Coast Guard should let him instead of wasting resources and time not once but two times as his he previously tried to make this journey in 2014.  Now he’s facing jail time and a fine for his attempted efforts. Which is so dumb, it makes more sense to just leave him out there then. With no sails or steering I am pretty sure the wind would decide where this ball goes more than him just spinning.
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If he wants to go out into international waters in his air bubble and spin around like a hamster until a Kraken eats him or a storm sinks that bubble…LET HIM. We have an overpopulation problem in this world and fighting natural selection is not the way we will overcome it. What better way to gain attention for your cause than dying for it. But if he made it, what a story that would be right.  Hey Reza here’s a pro-tip for your next attempt, when you send in the plans to get reviewed by the coast guard just leave a couple weeks earlier than you put in your itinerary. Got to keep those guys on their toes.

Conor McGregor has ‘Retired’, so what are his best quotes ???

Conor Mcgregor has abruptly ‘retired’ before what would be the biggest event in the history of the sport also coming with the biggest payday at UFC 200. It’s sad day to see the best fighter on the mic with fight game to back it up in a long time. The reason for the retirement is because Dana white took him off the card because Conor did not want to promote the fight. “Conor did not want to come to Las Vegas and film the commercial or be a part of any of the marketing that we have,” White told ESPN. Conor is still reeling from the loss and wanted to focus all his time training which is respectable. But it is the fighter’s job to sell fights too and Conor knows that. He thinks he’s bigger than sport and he wouldn’t be wrong in a lot of aspects. Hopefully they can meet somewhere in the middle and do this thing come July. But  In either case lets look back to see part of what him the most electrifying fighter out there.

Speaking in Rio de Janeiro

I own this town, I own Rio de Janeiro, so for him to say that he is the king and I am the joker, if this was a different time, I would invade his favela on horseback, and would kill anyone who wasn’t fit to work, but we’re in a new time, so I’ll whoop his ass instead.”

When he heard he was fighting Mendes instead of Aldo

The ship was sailing smoothly. My coach came into my room at 1pm, I was sleeping, and he told me that Mendes was replacing Aldo. I opened one eye, said “it makes no difference” then went back to sleep.”

Precision Beats Power, after beating Aldo 

“Nobody can take that left hand shot. He’s powerful and he’s fast, but precision beats power and timing beats speed.

“I feel for Jose, he’s a phenomenal champion. He was a phenomenal champion. He deserved to go a little bit longer but at the end of the day, precision beats power and timing beats speed.”

Chad Mendes questions Conor’s wrestling skills 

Mendes: Conor is a big talker. Conor brought so much attention to this division, so much attention to the UFC. He talked his way all the way up to the top. When I look at Conor I see dollar signs in my bank account. You know, Conor I match up horrible for this guy. Conor, do you know what wrestling is?

McGregor: I can rest my balls on your forehead

Before he made his U.S. debut in Boston

“There’s two things I really like to do and that’s whoop ass and look good.  I’m doing one of them right now and on Saturday night, I’m doing the other.”

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When questioned on how he would adjust to the weight class change

“The only weight I give a fuck about is the weight of the checks and my checks are super-heavyweight.”

The Death Promise during the final presser between Aldo V. McGregor

“Look into my eyes. Little Brazilian. Você vai morrer (you are going to die).”

El Chapo in his prime

“I’m speaking Spanish, I’m dressed like El Chapo in his prime,” McGregor shouted. “I’m running this company like half a wise guy. I’m up here verbally destroying this man. I am a multi-cultured individual. I do whatever I want.”

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It will all be A-Ok

“I was happy to see him, I shook his hand, I embraced him, I gave him a little cuddle and told him that it would all be A-okay.

“It will be over before you know it, just please show up December 12th. I don’t want to scare him any more, he’s petrified, he went running before. So now I’m gonna take the opposite approach, cuddle him look after him, whisper sweet nothings…. tell him it’s gonna be alright and it will be over quick.

“Then hopefully get him in that octagon on December 12th and end his career.”

Red Panty Night

To Cerrone/Dos Anjos

“Because I change your bum life. I can make you rich. I can change your bum life. You fight me, it’s a celebration. When you sign to fight me, it’s a celebration, you ring back home, you ring, ‘Baby, we done it. We’re rich. Conor McGregor made us rich. Break out the red panties. We’re rich, baby.’

 

So with that I bid you adieu Conor you magnificent bastard. I wish you luck in your future endeavors but I really hope you do get back in the ring soon because the fight game isn’t the same without you and we need all the amazing sound bites and ko’s we can get. Plus you had one of the best walkouts ever with the Foggy Dew / Notorious BIG mashup .

 

PS.

Upon hearing the Conor new, we get this from his opponent Nate Diaz

now our collective response …

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New Week , Fresh Things

These past few days I have come across some new content that I found really dope so without further ado lets get to it.

First is Catastrophe a show on Amazon Prime about an American who travels to London for business then meets a local schoolteacher, they have a weekend fling resulting in a pregnancy and the show starts from there. The one aspect of the show that really makes it stand out from its peers is the title characters Sharon & Rob interact with one another. You may recognize Rob as Rob Delaney from twitter where he is a great follow.  Usually in sitcoms you see the characters reacting to situations to get laughs but with Catastrophe you seem them making each other laugh. Often using their humor with each other as a short hand for people who really convey they care about one another. They both know the other is funny so they try to best each other and its really charming to take in. The how the humor takes you in and relaxes you its easier for them to tackle deeper issues people have in relationships all while being sneakily emotional. Because of the humor they are able to delve into heavier subjects you would not find yourself normally laughing it. It really feels like a peak into two people’s lives without being over the top and that is a very welcome change of pace. The second season just came out, they are 30min each with only 6 episodes per season. So basically its shorter than a lot of movies these days. Who has time to sit down for a three hour movie anyways? No need film industry, no need. Yes I know its the season 2 trailer but it doesn’t give away much and it’s better cut than S1.

 

The second thing I want to get to is Action Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful. Let it run while you read the rest

It came out last year around this time but this bangs so hard with his distinct New York Flavor (Queens stand up!) and the production on it is flames with the likes of Mark Ronson, and 40 blessing some tracks. Just put the Ghostface comparisons out of your mind and listen to it. I first remember Action because of the  Rare Chandeliers album cover is what made me take notice

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I then started watching him on Vice Eats a couple of years ago and he’s very entertaining on camera and really offers some professional insight into the food. He’s able to speak about so eloquently and passionately because he is a trained chef. When Vice Eats became a hit he then moved onto Munchies another channel to continue it and now finally he’s back with Vice with “F*CK That’s Delicious” which is the same premise but just longer and I’m not complaining because its a very fun and informative watch with that flair only Action can provide.

Here’s some more artwork I like

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Shouout FRKO the man behind the art.

Charlize Theron says it hard being pretty

(GQ UK)

Charlize Theron on breaking out of being typecast early on

“Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story. How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f***ing, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.”

Charlize Theron on ageing

“We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine. And, for a long time, women accepted it. We were waiting for society to change, but now we’re taking leadership. It would be a lie to say there is less worry for women as they get older than there is for men… It feels there’s this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she’s over 40.”

Charlize Theron on South Africa

“I love my country. And it’s very hard for South Africans to believe that, because I left and speak in an American accent. I have a very, very strong connection to my country and to its people. It’s the mother that might have abandoned me, in a weird way, but not all the way. I’m not having a pity party, but I’m constantly trying to win its love back.”

People face a myriad of problems every single day but i guarantee you won’t hear ‘being too pretty ‘ get mentioned much and there’s a reason for that. The reason is being pretty is awesome thats why. That goes tenfold if you’re in the entertainment industry  especially in movies where your face and body are projected onto 50 ft screens. Being ugly doesn’t look any better on it not even a little bit.

Charlize didn’t come to America to act, she was a dancer and a model who got a contract to go NYC because you guessed it, she was really pretty! Shocking right. Then she ends up going to LA where is discovered by a talent rep at her bank after a screaming bout with a teller and almost 50 credits  later here we are. The ironic thing is that her most iconic  roles have been the ones where she is dirtied up and missing a limb like in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ or just straight up woof like in ‘Monster’

No one cares about a ugly person playing another ugly person but when you have a statuesque stunner like  Charlize and you make her look worse than usual it is much more interesting to see and I guarantee you that helped her clean up during award season.

Without being pretty Charlize would have never become a leading lady because without that she would have never got in the door and I’m ecstatic that she made it because she’s a talent along with being a knockout who can rock a bald head or long goldilocks. You don’t find that much because its hard to find that combination so maybe just ease up on being too pretty. Plenty of actresses would literally kill for your success, so heed Scuba Claude’s words and be happy like zee hippo.

**UPDATE**

Charlize just landed the main villain in the next Fast & Furious .  See its not all bad.

PS. Obligatory Charlize being Charlize

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