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Archive for October, 2010

Utah/Phoenix Had Two Nice Dunks

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Deron Williams

While the Utah Jazz are most certainly struggling to play Jerry Sloan basketball their first two games of the season, their game against the Phoenix Suns yielded a couple of nice dunks last night. One by Deron Williams and the other by Hakim Warrick, who, some say, may have had the best dunk of the (very) early season.

See for yourself:

Now for Williams’:

Evidently, Williams was pretty pissed last night, and considering how his team played, it’s understandable. It’s a good thing the ball wasn’t Gordon Hayward, however.

More World Series Weirdness

World Series Rape Sign

Saw this over at Barstool Sports (Boston) and considering the already-surreal World Series thus far, with outside shenanigans and the unexpected poor play of the Texas Rangers (peak too soon?), it fits right in. This, of course, is a derivative of the wonderful little Internet meme, courtesy of Antoine Dodson, which was started by this gem of a newscast:

I only hope that, even with the state’s conservative reputation, Texas keeps up with the surreality when Games 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary) come to town. Who knows, maybe we can get some strippers running around on Greene’s Hill.

With weed, of course.

The World Series of Weed?

Let Tim Smoke

California, for all intents and purposes, is the marijuana capitol of the United States. With Prop 19 and the relaxed attitude towards medicinal pot, among other qualifications, the title’s clearly earned. There’s also a pretty heavy weed/drug connection to the World Series as well, and not just because the San Francisco Giants, featuring everybody’s favorite pot-smoking athlete, Tim Lincecum, are involved, either.

There are connections to be made on both sides, whether it’s Ron Washington’s travails or Josh Hamilton’s journey, but thanks to the first two games being played in San Francisco — a city with a very relaxed approach to marijuana — you get the feeling the game is being played under a cloud of pot smoke.

Whether it’s Josh Hamilton getting a contact high from fans in Pac Bell Park’s center field section, a local dispensary rewarding their “patients” for Giants’ home runs, or the discoveries of Dallas/Fort Worth reporter, California’s pot revolution has a strong presence at the 2010 World Series. Granted, this will change when Games 3, 4, and 5 move to Arlington, but there’s always a chance it could be revisited in Games 6 or 7 (if necessary).

As indicated, an on-location reporter from DFW was on-hand, and he also discovered things are a little different in California, especially when marijuana is involved:

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So yeah, grab your munchies because the World Series is (or was, anyway) in California and the Prop19 supporters clearly love their Giants. Of course, with the Giants winning Games 1 and 2, they have plenty of reason to cheer.

Oh, and party, evidently.

Duke Reigns At the Top

Duke Blue Devils

The AP released their preseason Top 25 poll today, and as expected, the team from Durham, North Carolina is at the top of their list. This should come as no surprise, considering the squad Coach K has on his hands. Besides names like Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith, there’s an infusion of young talent with names like Kyrie Irving and Seth Curry. Not only is Duke the reigning National Champs, they’re also the favorite to win it again in 2011 (6-1 odds).

The Blue Devils also received 55 first place votes (out of 65). Michigan State received eight and Kansas State closed it out with two. This also comprises your top three, and for K-State, it’s their highest preseason ranking ever. Some, however, disagree with that version of Wildcats being ranked so high. Good thing college basketball decides these things on the court.

Anyway, your 2010/11 Preseason Top 25:

1. Duke (55)
2. Michigan State (8)
3. Kansas State (2)
4. Ohio State
5. Pittsburgh
6. Villanova
7. Kansas
8. North Carolina
9. Florida
10. Syracuse
11. Kentucky
12. Gonzaga
13. Illinois
14. Purdue
15. Missouri
16. Baylor
17. Butler
18. Washington
19. Memphis
20. Georgetown
21. Virginia Tech
22. Temple
23. Tennessee
24. BYU
25. San Diego

The conference breakdown is as follows:

ACC – three teams (Duke, Carolina, Virginia Tech)
Big 10 – four teams (Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois, Purdue)
Big 12 – four teams (Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri, Baylor)
Big East – four teams (Pittsburgh, Villanova, Syracuse, Georgetown)
SEC – three teams (Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee)
Pac-10 – one team (Washington)

Which leaves six “non-BCS” schools in the top 25, including Gonzaga, Butler, Memphis, Temple, BYU and San Diego State.

World Series Goings-On

Drink Free

There’s a serious undercurrent of drug and alcohol-related comments, stories, etc surrounding the 2010 World Series, something the lead image indicates very, very well. Whether it’s Josh Hamilton or San Francisco medicinal marijuana shops offering free weed when the Giants his a home run, or jokes about crack in relation to Ron Washington, it’s clearly a series Hunter S. Thompson would love.

And then, you add Cliff Lee (and to a lesser extent, Lincecum) getting shelled in what everyone thought would be a pitching duel, and it’s also clear this particular Series isn’t sticking to the traditional routes of past championships.

Oh, and there’s this gem, courtesy of Boston’s Bar Stool Sports:

Ron Washington Costume

Yes, that is indeed a Ron Washington costume on the youngster, and it is incredible. Hell, it might just challenge Baby Mangino for best Halloween costume ever.

So yeah, come for the championship baseball and stay for the drug-related shenanigans and bad-ass Ron Washington costumes.

Blake Griffin Makes A Splash

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin was worth the wait. That’s what anyone who watched his official NBA debut last night should come away thinking. While the LA Clippers ultimately lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, knowing their potential super-stud power forward looks like the real deal should help salve some of those opening night wounds. And hell, this is the Clippers we’re talking about. As for Griffin, he wasted no time making his presence known by throwing down a nasty alley-opp for the first basket of NBA career.

Griffin finished the game with 20 points and 14 rebounds in 39 minutes of play. I’m guessing his knee is fully healed. Oh, and four assists were a pleasant surprise, as well. Now he just needs some consistent help from his teammates.

For instance, Chris Kaman would do well to avoid anymore 4-18 shooting nights. In fact, Eric Gordon and Rasual Butler were the only other two Clippers crack the double-digit mark in scoring. Further, besides Gordon and Griffin, the rest of the Clippers starters only shot 8-35 collectively. That clearly needs to be improved.

Since I can’t regale you with tales of Griffin’s first NBA win, I’ll just show you the other dunk he had. It, too, did not disappoint.

Welcome to the NBA (again), rook.

The World Series In 10 Words Or Less

World Series

The Fall Classic is set to get underway again tonight as the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants battle to own Major League Baseball’s World Champions title. While some might be trying to clown the World Series for not featuring the big market teams, do you think the Giants and Rangers fans give a damn about all that? They just want to watch their respective team win the thing. Embrace the new blood. Embrace Tim Lincecum. Embrace Cliff Lee. Embrace Josh Hamilton. Embrace Cody Ross. Embrace the fact that this series will more than likely be a night-in, night-out pitching duel, starting with Lee and Lincecum.

Now, while IF isn’t necessarily known as a baseball blog, that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyed around here; but because my views aren’t comprehensive, I turned to some sports blog friends so they could offer their thoughts about the upcoming Giants/Texans series, all in 10 words or less. Enjoy:

Hugging Harold Reynolds, king of the Blogs With Balls expo, offers this succinct thought that goes a long way to describe some of the apathy from the “big baseball markets” below:

Who’s playing again? Doesn’t matter, I have Cablevision.

Sad, but true. Follow Harold here.

Next up, the gents at Detroit4Lyfe, with another fitting quote:

Beard, machine, thongs & cocaine? Sounds like an awesome party.

Yes. Yes it does. Follow D4L here.

Keeping with the drug references is Eric Gargiulo of the Camel Clutch Blog, who offers this gem:

I am looking forward to seeing Tim Lincecum use the trophy as a huge bong in the offseason.

It’s funny `cause it’s true. Follow Eric here.

Now for the lady of the group, Sooze of Babes Love Baseball. Sooze is a hugely massive fan of Joe Mauer, but her love for Joe might be on hold for now:

Joe who? Gerald Buster Dempsey Posey III is my new boyfriend.

Buster Posey

Do these Fall Classic romances last, though? Follow Sooze here.

Next we have Nicholas of PSAMP, who is no doubt lamenting the plight of his Pittsburgh Pirates as we speak.

Freddy Sanchez: World Series champs MVP. Go former Pirates!

See what I mean? Follow Nick here.

The prolific Ethan Jaynes didn’t disappoint, either.

Rangers are in the World Series? You have got to be on crack! … wait

I really hope Josh Hamilton and Ron Washington have tough outer-shells. Follow Ethan here.

Now it’s time for David Chalk of 7th Inning Stache and Bugs and Cranks to offer his take. Weep for Hinske:

Eric `Shitske` Hinske must feel so empty now. Go Giants.

In Hinske’s defense, not much else he could do, really. Follow David here.

Finally, we have Anthony Panici of the world-renowned Paneech blog. I’m a fan, so if it’s not world-renowned, it damn well should be. I think you’ll notice a theme here:

I would like to see the Texas Rehabbers, I mean Rangers win only because I like Nolan Ryan.

So what we have here is a case of rehabbers versus pot smokers. Who’s your money on? As for me, my 10 words go something like this:

Thank goodness it’s basketball season. Try scheduling earlier, Bud.

Like I said, IF isn’t known as being the biggest baseball blog, and with good reason. Actually, I’m probably rooting for the Giants because I was born near San Francisco, and I do like Lincecum, regardless of how much he smokes (or doesn’t). That being said, I’m expecting the Rangers to win and your MVP will be Cliff Lee.

I just hope he doesn’t wind up in New York after the Texans’ season is over, because that would only further my lack of baseball knowledge.

How To Dominate A Game Without Being A Shooter

Rajon Rondo

Courtesy of Rajon Rondo.

How does a guy who only scored four points (on 2-9 shooting, no less), dominate an NBA basketball game, when scoring points is always at a premium? By facilitating the rest of your team and enhancing their scoring chances. Oh, and making Shaquille O’Neal look like a reasonable facsimile of his former, dunk-on-everybody self? That helps too. Rondo’s game is sublime, but incredibly deadly. If you’re expecting him to drop 35 in eye-popping, Kevin Durant fashion, you’ll probably be disappointed.

But if you want to watch a player make everybody on his team better, Rajon Rondo is clearly the man for you. When you can put what essentially amounts to 34 points on the board without taking one shot, you’re a dominant player.

Instead of harping on a Miami team comprised of new pieces that haven’t played together because of preseason injuries, I’d rather enjoy the play of a point guard who doesn’t have to score to beat opponents.