Gregg Popovich Is America’s Wise, Old Grandpa

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San Antonio’s Coach Pop, the world’s first-most renowned expert on sarcasm and live television Dad-scolding, sounded off on the Colin Kaepernick National Anthem protest that has swept the nation faster than Donald Trump’s poop-words concerning our fine country.

Popovich, an Air Force veteran, heavily warned a reporter that “general questions” only reap “general answers”, and that demagoguery (Trump and Government in General?) is the enemy of civilization’s progress (flying cars and hoverboards), AND that there isn’t an issue in America that isn’t informed by race. (The San Antonio Express-News has transcribed the entire interview, and 100% go read it.)

What are your thoughts on what’s going on in the country?

“I think it’s really dangerous to answer such important questions that have confounded so many people for hundreds of years, to ask me to give you my solutions, as if I had any, in 30 seconds. So if you want to be specific about a question, I’ll be more than happy to answer it because I think race is the elephant in the room in our country. The social situation that we’ve all experienced is absolutely disgusting in a lot of ways. What’s really interesting is the people that jump right away to say, one is attacking the police, or the people that jump on the other side. It’s a question where understanding and empathy has to trump, no pun intended, has to trump any quick reactions of an ideological or demagogical nature. It’s a topic that can’t just be swung at, people have to be very accurate and direct in what they say and do.”

Can we all say in unison: POP FOR PRESIDENT!  POP FOR PRESIDENT!!

Popovich is the 3rd professional head coach (old white guy) to sound off recently when asked about the protesting of the National Anthem.

Chip Kelly: “We all have inalienable rights as a citizen of this country and they’re being violated”.

Steve Kerr: “No matter what side of the spectrum you’re on, I would hope that every American is disgusted with what is going on around the country”.

It’s empowering to see that even people who have not (more than likely) themselves been victims of social imbalances or had the pendulum of racism tip away from their favor at any point in their life, can still recognize the problems so eloquently and provide insight as well as empathy about it.  The only answer that I can see immediately is the most obvious first step, more and more discussion about racial injustices are overdue and beyond necessary.  We must push the agenda to discuss the topics publicly instead of pushing them under the rug, we must also accept the conflict of discussion with an open mind instead of hiding behind ignorance.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

 

 

NFL Week 1 Overreaction – Quick Week 2 Preview

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Football is finally back!  Coach Belichick is so excited he nearly knocked over his wife with a Brady/Gisele baby-making level pregame kiss.

The overreaction Tuesday morning was staggering, after week 1 of the NFL season every analyst and fan is more ready to boom or bust than a porn star who’s nominated for best actress in a multi-character scene award at the Stiffy’s.

Week 1 Most Impressive Win

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No Tom Brady?  No problem.  Traveling 2,600 miles to play an NFC Superbowl contender with an aggressive, scary defense?  No problem.  Jimmy Garoppolo starting for the first time in his career?  No problem.  No Gronk?  No problem.

Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 264 yards and a touchdown, leading the New England Patriots to a 23-21 victory over the favored Arizona Cardinals.

Arizona’s Chandler Catanzaro missed a 47-yard field goal with 41 seconds to play that would’ve given the Cards the game (ouch).  The “laces-out-Dan” came after Garoppolo directed the Patriots from their own 19 to the Arizona 15 to set up Stephen Gostkowski‘s 23-yard field goal for what proved to be the winner with 3:44 to play.

Why does it feel like the Pats are gonna go 3-1 or 4-0 without Brady and then cruise through the regular season?  It just feels like the hurricane is coming when they get healthy.

Week 1 Most Disappointing Loss

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My word the Rams looked terrible.  I’m forever convinced that whatever team is the focus of HBO’s Hard Knocks, is destined to have a terrible season similar to the “Madden Curse”.  The Rams offense looked like an unfolded lawn chair on Sunday.  Top 3 fantasy running back and Carl’s Junior burger rep, Todd Gurley, ran for 47 yds on 17 carries, while the “I guess he’s our starter” QB, Case Keenum tossed for 130 yds on 17-30 passing.  The Rams consumed a total of 10 first downs the entire game, and 185 total yards which ranks them 31st in the league (how is that NOT last place?  Oh yeah, Buffalo).  The 49ers are on the brink of full dumpster-fire status and yet the Rams are currently worse, I know it’s a long season but the inaugural return football to LA looks like any Nic Cage movie NOT titled “Raising Arizona” or “The Rock” or “Face Off”……..just BAD from the very first second.

  Week 1 Most Annoying Topic

Josh Norman NOT shadowing Antonio Brown, thus AB proceeding to torch the Redskins in video game-ish form going for 126 yards receiving and 2 TDs.  Seriously, Antonio Brown is more unguardable than Steph Curry would be if the defender was wearing ice skates.

Having said that, it’s mind-boggling that the Redskins DIDN’T put Norman on Brown the entire game.  There’s no answer that makes sense for that strategy.  “Don’t let the other guys beat us” strategies very rarely work, especially in the NFL when it comes to an offense that clicks harder than Adam Sandler with a remote control and a badly conceptualized comedy.

But at this point, I’ve heard enough.  Move on from Josh Norman and the Redskins, they don’t matter in the NFC anyway, it’s Carolina and Arizona’s conference to lose this season.

Week 2 (and future) Questions

  1. Is Denver real?  Can they keep the running game going and hide the fact that they really don’t have a QB?  Or will Simeon turn into a player?
  2. Will Carolina lose another game this season?
  3. What the hell is going on with Seattle?
  4. Oakland is scary folks, seriously.  Check them out.
  5. Pittsburgh’s offense may end up being the best in the NFL this season, can they do enough on defense and stay healthy enough to make another Superbowl run?  (I really like watching Big Ben play QB, don’t you?)

You Know It’s A Slow Time In Sports When…..

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Yesterday a guy dove head first into the Yankees dugout, knocked himself unconscious and then was arrested.

This description of events, from the New York Daily News, is funny:

“It kind of freaked me out, actually,” Girardi said. “I think he tried to jump in, but he was probably not in a state to be walking.”

Girardi said the fan landed on the steps, hitting his side after falling from the top of the dugout. He tried to get up and fell again, this time hitting the back of his head. Stadium security moved quickly to apprehend the fan and escorted him out of the dugout and off the field.

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I couldn’t find any video of the events, so here’s a squirrel doing squirrel things:

And in Little League World Series news, this happened:

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Also, this happened:

Prince Fielder Might Be Done

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Prince Fielder underwent neck surgery on July 29 for the second time since 2014.  According to Ken Rosenthal, the 32-year-old slugger isn’t technically retiring.  Instead, Rosenthal reported, “He is medically disabled and doctors will not clear him to play.”

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That’s an important distinction in the semantic/contractual world.  It means Fielder will receive the $96 million remaining on his contract, which runs through 2020.  The Detroit Tigers are on the hook for $6 million per year.  The Rangers, meanwhile, have an insurance policy that will pay 50 percent of their $18 million annual commitment, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

The real number that is staggering in the story of Prince Fielder is 319.  That’s the total number of homeruns in his 12 year career.  It’s also the EXACT same number his father, Cecil, hit in 13 MLB campaigns.  Read that again….both Cecil and Prince Fielder hit 319 homeruns a piece.  What!?!?!

To say that’s a numerical anomaly would be an incredible understatement of Seinfeldian dry sarcasm.  How does that happen?!?!?  The number 319 is the baseball cosmic equivalent of deja’ vu or kismet when it comes to the Fielder family.  If this is indeed Prince’s last hooray, what a weird stat-nerd way to go out.  Baseball is all about numbers and statistical analysis, and this one can’t be explained by any earthly science, it;s truly baseball gods at work.

The Bennett Brothers Destroy The Rest Of The NFL

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Brothers, professionals, teammates and hosts of the NFL’s version of the Haters’ Ball, Michael and Martellus Bennett have been profiled by ESPN’s Mina Kimes……and it’s hilarious.

The brothers Bennett let loose on several former teammates and whoever the hell else they felt like talking about in the league they call home:

How do the brothers feel about Jay Cutler?

“Worst quarterback in the NFL,” [Michael] says.

“I’d be open and he’d throw into double coverage,” says Martellus, who spent the past three seasons as Cutler’s teammate in Chicago.

How about Roger Goodell?

Michael: “A—hole. Nah, I’m just joking — you can’t say that. Overpaid.”

Sam Bradford?

(Both smirk like a cheshire cat.)

Michael: “The greatest quarterback in the NFL.”

Martellus: “Vicious. Competitive.”

Michael: “A real Joe Montana.”

Do Eli Manning next!

Martellus: “Eli? He’s cool. He’s like a normal white guy you see at the park trying to teach his kids how to play soccer and you know he can’t really play soccer himself.”

But what about J.J. Watt?:

Michael: “Dominant player.”

Martellus: “Corny. Half of the NFL is corny, though.”

Michael: “People love J.J. Watt, but they don’t really like J.J. Watt, know what I’m saying?”

The rest of the interview is well worth reading, make sure you check the rest out as the brothers discuss race, money and behind-the-scenes in the NFL.

 

Somebody Needs To Help Gilbert Arenas Find A Better Hobby

Remember Gilbert Arenas?  Agent Zero?

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Between 2004 and 2007, Agent Zero was a an All-NBA selection and an All-Star all three seasons.  He averaged 27.7 ppg, 5.4 apg and 1.8 spg during that three year span, he also signed a contract for $111 million which now has been deemed as one of the worst all-time deals EVER in the NBA.  He was waived by Orlando in 2012, but somehow was still making $20 million a year through 2014…….READ THAT AGAIN.  Can anyone say, Bobby Bonilla?????

To say Gilbert was a polarizing character on and off the floor would be an understatement of AL Pacino-overacting proportions.

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So what’s Arenas up to now you may ask?


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Gilbert Arenas Goes To Nick Young’s House And Acts Like An Asshole

Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas, who at this point will do anything for attention, showed up at Lakers guard Nick Young’s house last night and documented his visit on Snapchat.

“Why you cheating on Iggy all the time?” Arenas asked Young. (Young and Iggy Azalea recently split after she discovered that he was cheating on her.) “Where the bitches at?”

Another snippet showed the former Washington Wizards teammates sitting on a couch. “I heard you got a problem with your baby moms, man,” Arenas said. “You know I’m the new O.J. I’ll take care of her for the low, low price.”

Arenas was also mean to Young’s son. He tossed the kid’s toys around and laughed when the kid started crying.

It must really suck to be friends with Gilbert Arenas.

The NBA Woke Up Today With A SERIOUS Hangover

While most of us were swilling BUD HEAVY and eating grilled animal flesh of some sort over the holiday weekend, the NBA was all a flutter with player movement and drama that only a single and ready -to-mingle Kardashian could keep up with.

NBA teams shotgun-chugged multi-year contracts like a freshman pledge class at “Delta Tau Chi” during a toga party.  “Was it over when Durant announced he’s destroying OKC’s chances of ever winning a championship?  HELL NO…..and it ain’t over now.”     

Durant made the announcement official early Monday morning, the Golden State Warriors had just walked away with the prettiest girl at the NBA Free Agency’s version of The Enchantment Under The Sea Dance.   Kevin Durant did what most thought had very little chance of happening, leave OKC for greener pastures out west and thus crushing the Thunder’s hopes of EVER winning an NBA championship. With Durant gone, you can set your watch to the fact that Russell Westbrook is sure to follow somewhere new.

The possible landing spots for Westbrook are as endless as The Game Of Thrones non-talking scenes between C-level characters  (seriously, the show will go for 20+ years and we’ll never really know what’s going on).  Westbrook is a free agent after next season, ergo: (fancy words)….if OKC wants anything for him, they need to trade him as soon as possible, the barometer points towards Russell leaving at the end of next season anyway, thus leaving OKC high and dry like a pot-head drinking good chardonnay.

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I HATE RIMS!

Possible landing spots for Westbrook:

  • Los Angeles Lakers:PG: Russell Westbrook SG: Jordan Clarkson SF: Luol Deng PF: Julius Randle C: Timofey Mozgov  —  I mean, Westbrook’s an LA guy but this team would AT BEST creep around the 5-6th playoff spot in the west right?  Brandon Ingram and D’Angelo (his nickname should be “Can You Hear Me Now?”) Russell off the bench?  Westbrook could average a triple-double, but the west is still as tough a conference as we’ve ever seen.  And if we’re talking about a trade, I seriously doubt OKC would pull the trigger just to basically make a conference competitor instantly BETTER?
  • Miami Heat:  Dwayne Wade wants out (**update: and now he’s gone), but I have a feeling Pat Riley will make the money right to keep him in South Beach.  Westbrook combined with D-Wade, Chris Bosh (healthy?), Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic would yield some wins in the eastern conference, could they be better than Cleveland?  One thing for sure, they’d be fun as hell to watch play, even D-Wade may have yet another rebirth.
  • Houston Rockets:  Two seasons ago the Rockets were in the Western Conference Finals!  Two seasons ago!!!  Now they’re a shell of a roster, PG: Patrick Beverly SG: James Harden SF: Trevor Ariza PF: Montrez Harrell C: Clint Capela………WOW.  With Dwight Howard gone, the locker room cancer has been diminished, but who the hell are the Rockets anymore?  Harden and Westbrook reunited!?!?  And it feeeeels so goooood.

Over the last week, NBA teams have spent more money on undeserving 3rd and 4th tier place-holders than CBS does in their “Comedy Line-up”. 

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These most obvious boner moves of the off-season will make you quit your job, stand out in front of the closest NBA front office and demand a try-out immediately.

  • Ryan Anderson 4 years $80 million with the Houston Rockets.  $20 million a year for a bench/role player/occasional starter who averages 13.6 ppg and 5.4 rpg for his career.
  • Harrison Barnes 4 years $94 million with the Dallas Mavericks.  We all knew Barnes would get a decent deal and have to leave Golden State, but did you see him in the playoffs this season? Is that worth $23.5 million a year for a 4th option scorer that disappears in the playoffs?
  • Nicolas Batum (I’m gonna soil myself) 5 years $120 million to STAY in Charlotte with the Hornets!  $24 million per year for 5 years on a guy who will NEVER be an all-star?  Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 5.50.30 PM
  • Bradley Beal 5 years $130 million to stay in Washington with the Wizards.  I mean, sure……Beal is a decent scorer and a good shooter.  He’s a legit starting 2-guard in the NBA.  Probably not an all-star any time soon, and probably won’t play more than 3/4 of the season?  He’s missed 81 regular season games in his career due to injuries, that’s almost 25% for you math-a-letes out there.
  • Mike Conley 5 years $153 million to stay in Memphis with the Grizzlies.  Mike Conley may be the most underrated PG in the league, but NOT ANYMORE.  I’d say he’s about $153 million – rated now!  WOW.
  • Mathew Dellavedova 4 years $38 million with the Milwaukee Bucks.  “Milwaukee: The Better Cleveland?”
  • Evan Fournier 5 years $85 million to stay in Orlando.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  At this point you may be asking yourself, “who the hell is Evan Fournier?”.  My answer to you would be, “EXACTLY.” 
    THIS fuckin guy? $85 million?

    THIS fuckin guy? $85 million?

     

  • Timofey Mozgof 4 years $64 million with the Los Angeles Lakers.  I’m getting close to stopping, I just can’t go on anymore.  My eyes are starting to cross and I’m about to lose control of the voices in my head.
  • Chandler Parsons 4 years $98 million with the Memphis Grizzlies.  OK, I can’t do it anymore.  I’m done, seriously, I’m done.    Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 6.07.29 PM
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I’ll give him $98 million to NEVER do this again.

I hope the NBA is feeling better today, pop some Advil, drink some Pedilyte and scarf down a breakfast burrito cause there’s NBA summer league to watch.  I’ll be hungover for the next 4 months trying to forget about these ridiculous contracts and overpaid role players.  But I regret nothing………..oh, and congrats to the city of Cleveland.  You guys aren’t worse than Milwaukee anymore.