a few things i've wanted to blog about:

1) first and foremost, props to the colorado rockies for winning 18 of their last 19, but even more so to the players, who they themselves decided (with no prodding from upper management, i might add) to give a full share of their playoff earnings (which could end up being quite a bit the way they are playing, probably ending up in the $100K-$300k range depending on how they finish) to the family of the deceased rockies minor league baseball coach, who was killed earlier this year by a line drive foul ball that tragically hit him in the head. relative to what some of the players make, it may not seem like that much, but i really do commend them for such a gesture. sometimes people forget it's just a game (myself included...i take losses pretty hard), but when something sad like this happens and people band together to do some good, it really shows the true heart of sports and what it's really all about. pro's have given/can give back so much more to the community than people realize, and this is one shinning example of compassion that should be followed by all.

2) antoine walker is still fat...about the only thing consistent in his career, other than being a complete douche bag (though i kinda felt sorry that he got tied up and robbed in his own house. but only kind of). methinks he buried his feelings over the robbery by eating an exorbitant amount of polish sausage.

quote from espn:
"And in this case, Riley would define "optimum" as 235 pounds with 7 percent body fat. Riley estimated that Walker weighed 262 pounds with 15 percent body fat at the start of camp."

amazing. remember folks, don't try this at home...apparently he's a professional athlete.

3) "Like Moss, Owens has made a decided effort to integrate with the team. He is a regular fixture, along with running back Marion Barber and linebacker Bradie James, in the lunch-time dominoes games in the Valley Ranch locker room."

how awesome would it be to get in on that? i bet it gets pretty crazy in there.

4) stephen jackson's new tattoo:

let me answer your question: yes, that is a tattoo of praying hands holding a gun. jesus would have loved that.

apparently the meaning behind this subtle tattoo is his praying that he never has to deal with guns again. man, that's so deep i might have to re-evaluate my own life. seriously. no, seriously.

though to his credit, tim duncan, a pretty credible source i'd have to say, calls him the "ultimate teammate," and he's received similar compliments from the likes of don nelson, rick carlisle, and others. just watching him play, it's easy to see why his teammates love him, as he is fiercely loyal to those with him and plays a very tough, passionate game (sometimes more so than necessary).

not like this hasn't been said before, but the mavs need/ed a person of his type on the team, not so much for his skills, which are good in itself, but for his mental toughness and a gang mentality he brings to the table (combo of stack and eddie jones bringing that fire this year?). we were jockin bitches in our run to the finals in 2006 with that kind of gang attitude, but for some reason or another, it felt like that was entirely missing from the outset of the playoffs last year.

great quote from jackson, to end this section:
"I knew Baron [Davis] was a G, when I came to the team and he smoked me out the first night I was in town."

classic. if that's what encourages team-building, then j-ho needs to open up his stash and start spreading the wealth.

5) i love player cards on websites not only because they have comprehensive stats, but they also have some un/intentionally funny profile pictures.

exhibit A: Michael Strahan

i just don't know how to describe it. one of the most feared defensive ends of all time has one of the most harmless photographs i've ever seen. 68% chance he's gay. though to go along with my theme of feeling bad for players, it sucks his wife took $15 million from him in their divorce settlement (over half his assets). prenup, man, prenup.

exhibit B: zach randolph

though it took some searching, i found my favorite, zach randolph's pic from last year (which has since been changed from what i labeled "bashful zach" to "looks like i just got beat up zach").

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i'll post some more whenever they come up. i thought about being really dedicated to this blog and going through every nba team roster to look for funny pictures, but after going through the mavs and halfway through the rockets, my better judgment slapped me in the face and i decided to stop.

6) one last thing:


i'm so excited about this weekend's game. no prediction from me on it; i'm just ready to enjoy a helluva good game. we lose, then fine, at least we get a good look at the team we're playing in the super bowl.


Sam said...

nice post dawg. i like.

Albert said...

That is true scattershooting right there. I love this player card pic for obvious reasons.


Albert said...

The amount of money exchanging hands in that domino game is probably hilarious. In the words of "the other 81"... "straight cash homey".

Jason said...

ditto with sam.