Ever heard the expression “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”? This dude in the Stanford band is living that to a T. His passion and love for that cowbell is the sole reason Stanford is cruising into the Sweet 16 as a 10 seed (maybe Wiggin’s 4 points or Embiid’s back injury played a role as well, but very minor ones). That level of energy is contagious. I think I’m starting to catch the fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell.
Went down to the wire, but Kentucky pulled off a huge upset over previously undefeated Wichita St. An upset that no one saw coming. Except me. Over three weeks ago. I said they would be the first 1 seed to go down in the tourney and they were. Teams that aren’t in power conferences always rise up at the end of the season because they’re beating cupcakes while the Floridas and Louisvilles are going through grueling stretches of conference play. And every year they get overrated when it comes time to seed for the tournaments. It’s the Gonzaga effect. Wichita St. hadn’t faced a team with as much NBA-ready talent all year and it showed. Guys like Julius Randle and the Harrison twins went right at Wichita St. at the end and the Shockers couldn’t stop them. They hung in the game by making threes, but when those weren’t falling at the end Wichita St. just couldn’t match up with the athletes on Kentucky. The only reason Kentucky was seeded so low was because they started the season slowly, but that was to be expected of a team that makes a living off of one-and-done freshmen. But once Kentucky started playing as a team and not just individuals looking out for themselves, they were rolling. If you toss out the first month or so of the season and re-seed the teams, Kentucky would be a 3 or 4 seed easily. Really came on strong at the end of the year. Florida, the best team in the country and #1 overall seed, barely scraped by them in the SEC Title game. No one saw Mercer or Dayton making any noise, but if you had Wichita St any further than the Sweet 16, you were just being foolish with your brackets. Stop watching ESPN and think for yourself. Or just listen to me because I’m usually right.
Only one shoe worth mentioning on New Shoe Friday this week and it’s one of my favorite models. Remember MJ’s free throw line dunk in 1988? If you have any type of interest in sports, chances are you have. For the uneducated:
But what shoes were on the legends feet during that monstrous slam? The Jordan 3 models are one of a kind with the usual elephant print and classic patterns that make up such a great shoe, although, there is an exception to these next pairs coming out. Introducing the Jordan 5Lab3s. These will be releasing 3/31/14 and retail price is set at $225. The design is clean with 3M covering the whole shoe. Personally, I love 3M because it makes the shoe clearly stand out in the light and especially in pictures. Black and grey outline the shoe and they will feature icy soles. No elephant print in these, but hey we’ll live with that. Any shoe apart of the 5Lab series is rare and hard to get a hold of for the normal buyer. Ask any sneaker head and they’ll tell you the same thing. If you can get your hands on these, pick them up!
UPDATE: And now Duke has cost the rest of the country a billion dollars. Goddamn Buffett you sly genius. You win this round. Hopefully you make a ton more money selling all our personal info so you can offer this again next year. Gold-plated jet-skis coming in hot for 2015.
Article – In possibly the most absurd story of the week, Toronto Raptors fans have started a Twitter campaign and even a petition to end the pizza promotion at their home games. As of right now, if the Toronto Raptors win a home game AND score over 100 points, every fan gets a free slice of pizza. So every game that they don’t score 100 is met with boos, even if the team wins the game.
First of all, what the fuck Canada? Your whole shtick is that you’re a polite version of America so I have no idea where this shitty fan behavior is coming from. Being terrible fans and complaining about free things is as American as apple pie so don’t you dare try and steal this from us. I understand pizza is the greatest and most versatile food in history, but booing your division-leading basketball team just because you didn’t get a slice of it is about as shitty as it gets. Rioting over drive-thru level food is something that is exclusively American and something we take great pride in.
Secondly, your team is actually good Toronto. Enjoy it while you can. The only reason your team isn’t scoring over 100 every night is because they are 5th in the NBA in defense, holding opponents to 97 points a game. They don’t need to score 100 so they don’t. How about you just be thankful Canada is relevant in something other than hockey and shut the hell up. You’re bitching and moaning because your team is winning but you don’t get a free shitty snack after the game. It’s pretty stupid and you should feel stupid for doing it.
And finally, the most unintentional source of comedy in recent years hasgotta any website that allows the public to create a petition. These websites connected people with opinions to the people who have the power to make changes, and nothinghasgonerightsince. I feel like the general stupidity of the public was vastly underestimated (the fact that searching for “dumbest” or “stupidest petitions” turns up the same results on Google as “smartest” or “best petitions” is very disturbing). George Carlin was truly ahead of his time because he knew how stupid people were getting almost 24 years ago. If you haven’t seen this yet you’re welcome in advance:
“Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize, half of them are stupider than that.” -George Carlin
As the Cavs continue to be terrible post-LeBron, fans finally have something to look forward to at game time. I don’t see how anyone in the building could stay seated during that intro. Electric to say the least. The only problem with it is the fact that the Cavaliers are literally one of the worst franchises in history and it showed in the highlights. Almost entirely dunks from regular season games. Which is no surprise since the Cavs have zero titles, no memorable moments or seasons (unless you count constantly losing to Jordan and the Bulls), and the best player in franchise history took his talents to South Beach a few years ago. Trying to make a highlight reel out of the Cleveland Cavaliers history has gotta be one of the most challenging things to do, right behind living in Cleveland without being a depressed alcoholic. So whoever put together the highlight reel together did both and deserves a lot of props.
Kinda related, but why has it taken so long for the NBA to project graphics on to the court? Tupac’s resurrection was in 2012 so the technology has been there just never used. Get with the times NBA. No excuse.