Asian students get mugged on campus

Click on the image in enlarge it. This was the background on the desktop for the computers at ENS. I don't know if this is on the computers around campus, but I guess Asians like to get mugged around here.

roflcopter posts of the week.

1) barry zito (temporarily?) moves to the bullpen. he's been a thorn in the rangers side for years, so this feels good. wayyyyy overrated. roflcopter.

2) jason taylor is none too pleased with the tuna. apparently when taylor visited dolphins hq, parcells made eye contact with taylor, and then made an effort to totally ignore him. i know bill is an old-school thinker and is pissed that taylor is on dancing with the stars instead of working out, and that's cool and all, but he did this exact same childish shit in dallas. pretty ridiculous if you ask me. i believe the year was 1990. as in, the last time bill parcells was human. roflcopter.

3) game 4 recap of celtics/hawks. funny because the series is tied. TIED. even the mavs series isnt tied (sadcopter). funny again because zaza pachulia stood up to kevin garnett and al horford talked shit to paul pussy pierce (in game 3) and got him fined. i like that fire (again, that youthful fire...something the mavs need from someone other than brandon bass). roflcopter.

4) mavs on brink of elimination article on espn. a few things i picked up from this article:

  • j.a. adande is an idiot because he believes we should first trade dirk and wait for kidd to leave, thus allowing the mavs to "position themselves to make a run at a superstar such as LeBron James or Dwyane Wade in the big free agency summer of 2010." first, lebron james would never come to dallas if he had a choice (and you think we could give him more money than other teams to bring him here...yeah ok). second, i don't want dwyane wade. even if i somehow magically forgot all of 2006 and the worst sports summer of my life, and even though he admittedly is a fantastic player with hall of fame qualities, he's too much of an injury liability for me to want. i'd rather sign a few good or great players (or even some other franchise player) with that money instead. funny because j.a.'s opinion on this is ridiculous. roflcopter, you idiot.
  • a lot of writers already believe our trade to be a failure. i whole-heartedly disagree, and would even say, give the suns a chance too. these trades werent small improvements like other teams' trades. to some degree or another, both teams had to change and improve their style. that's not easy to do in the last third of the season, where you're supposed to be tightening up your style and team, not changing it up (especially if you play on avery's team, where you don't make any changes and hope for the best). i give both teams one more season to figure things out. for both the suns and mavs, next season will really be now or never. steve nash has 1 more great season in him, then he'll move to good then better than average then average then to gary payton on the heat (though i guess that worked out pretty well for him) then to a nuisance, or whenever he decides to retire. next season kidd will be somewhere inbetween great and good, depending on who our coach is next year.
  • tim legler is a funny guy. his answers for numbers two and three are laughable. apparently they still respond to avery. roflcopter. good luck finding a good "young, quick point guard with size." roflcopter. he thinks we should have "less reliance on Dirk offensively and more on Josh Howard." when was the last time he watched a mavs game? we do rely on j-ho a lot. part of the reason we're sucking so bad in this series is cause we do rely on j-ho a lot, and he's shooting like 25% and playing like a pothead who smokes during the regular season. last i checked, in this series, dirk is shooting 50% from the field and averaging 28 points per game. roflcopter x 3.

5) via my brother's blog. apparently avery canceled practice for rest but the players had one without him anyway. this says two things to me. first, the team doesn't listen to avery. this may or may not be gossip, but my good friend henry says he met a dmn writer at winstar over the weekend. said writer says that avery had been fired before the playoffs, but had not announced it as to not cause a media storm. honestly, it wouldn't surprise me, the way things have been going this series (though it shouldn't be an excuse). if it's not true, it might happen anyway. i haven't chosen a side yet. i'm torn between firing his ass or giving him the offseason to tinker with his playbook/coaching style. stay tuned. second, it tells me that the mavs do in fact have heart. the value of rest should not be underestimated (but i guess it shouldn't be overestimated either). but spurning rest to hold what i'm sure was a mentally intense and open practice says that this team does care, despite what EVERYONE says.

sometimes this team kills me, but dammit, i love these mavs too much to give up on them.

it's funny how much i devote myself to this team. roflcopter.

Thoughts on the 2008 Draft

1. Cowboys - I give the Jerry Jones a solid B+. It was good, but it could have been great. We drafted what we needed, but we didn't make quite the splash we could have. As for Felix Jones vs. Rashard Mendenhall... this is stupid. Both are great backs, and the Cowboys picked who they thought was the best fit. Mendenhall doesn't have a record of being a featured back anyway. He only had one good season at Illinois. Jones fits right in the Cowboy's running attack, since he played in a two-back system at Arkansas. 

I really like the Martellus Bennett pick. I can definitely see him being split out in the slot as a wideout, instead of a TE. He has much more to offer than Fasano. Albert sent me an article about how the Cowboys were really hoping for Limas if he had fallen that far. That would have been crazy. I still hope we get a solid veteran WR, unless Terry Glenn recovers fully.

I like the Tashard Choice pick. He was the only good thing left at GaTech after Calvin Johnson left. He's a good solid running back. 

We loaded up on the CBs. What was the thinnest position last week, is now full of talent. Pacman Jones, Anthony Henry, Terence Newman, and Mike Jenkins. That's almost an amazing secondary, if it weren't for the problem Roy Williams presents. I'm hoping we move Henry to FS, and have Ken Hamlin at SS. We could then just cut or trade Roy Williams to Mexico, where they love him. 

2. Titans - Damn... I don't know what they're thinking. Their draft couldn't have been worse. I don't know what Mike Reinfeldt is doing in Nashville. They drafted another Chris Henry, and picked up a DE in the 2nd round. Vince has to be frustrated...

The Titans are retarded, says SportsNation

3. Overall, decent draft for the Longhorns. Surprised no one went in the first round. I think this might have been the first time since Mack Brown took over that this happened. I can't believe Limas fell so far. I can't believe Jordy Fucking Nelson went before him. Actually, he went before a lot of people. 

Tony Hills and Sweed will be together in Pittsburgh. I'm glad Sweed didn't end up on the Titans. He would have hated it, since they're a bunch of retards. He'll do well with Big Ben, and a bunch of talented receivers (Holmes, Ward) around him. 

JC and Jermichael went where everyone thought they would. If they had stayed one more season... 

Frank Okam to the Texans in the 5th.

I hope Derek Lokey makes a roster as a free agent. He's a good player.

It's a bleak outlook for the 'Horns next year. I don't see much talent coming out... Brian Orakpo is the only person I can think of. 

Matt Ryan is officially on bust watch

On ESPN, you can vote for who you think will be a bust...


This was posted on our former cowriter Jason's wall. Pretty much only Sam and I will find this hilarious. But man is it funny.

There was even another BGKao post about going to Parsons. Which I'm sure Jason would love.

Nike likes winners

If you ever wondered why Texas A&M switched all their equipment and uniforms to Adidas from Nike, here's why:

"Byrne (Aggie's AD) also addressed the Aggies' move last year from Nike to adidas as the department's apparel provider.

He said he met with a Nike representative and requested the same deal as A&M's chief rival, Texas.

Byrne said he was offended when the rep told him, "You're not as good as they are and you're probably never going to be." That statement made Byrne's decision to switch to Adidas even easier, he said, in addition to what was a more lucrative deal."

Awesome. After hearing Justin constantly talking about how Nike gets the best athletes, it's true. It's no different in this case. Check out this article in Wikipedia for a list of Nike sponserships. Jamarcus Russell shouldn't be sponsored by Nike.

NFL Draft 2008

Part of being a Cowboys fan is the fun that comes with Jerry Jones and the NFL draft. This year is no different as major changes will be coming soon.

1. Probably the least important, but Roy Williams (Safety) is changing his number from #31 to #38, his number from when he played for OU. This is suppose to help him play better. Maybe this will help him jump over the Buccaneer's offensive line and deck Chris Simms who will fumble the ball in the endzone (sounds familiar...) when we play the Bucs in week 8.

Roy Williams (38) used to be awesome

2. Forecast for next season: Rainy. Hopefully, this deal gets done by the end of this week. Let's hope Jerry's busting the Titans balls. I'm not completely sold, actually not at all, that Pacman Jones is contrite. I believe he'll still be hitting up those strip clubs, but I hope he leaves his guns at homes. Besides, VY says he's a "good dude." 

Pacman Jones makes it rain

3. I want to believe that we are trading for a big name receiver around the league on draft day. Among the options (Boldin, Ocho Cinco, the other Roy Williams), the only one that I would want is Roy Williams. He's a University of Texas alum, grew up a Cowboys fan, and he's good. Oh yeah, he's only 26! Roy for Roy + first round pick would not be a bad idea, but the Cowboys would take a huge cap hit since we signed the safety Roy to a record deal a couple years back. Stupid.

The good Roy Williams

4. I want to get that running back in the draft. Something to go with Marion Barber, who needs to stop asking for so much money. I like most of the options available. I think we'll most likely get Jonathan Stewart from Oregon or Felix Jones from Arkansas. They are both sweet as hell. If Jamaal Charles rids himself of fumblitis, then maybe.

All I'm saying is that if the Cowboys play their cards right, we could have a ridiculous offense. I'm talking about an amazing offensive line, Jason Witten, TO, Romo, Barber, new receiver and running back. But it wasn't really our offense that was our undoing. The pass defense still needs help. 

a quick bitching on the mavs.

it was a tale of two halves. a near brilliant effort on both sides of the ball during the first half. the second half? maybe one of the worst halves i've ever seen. what the hell happened? just about everything wrong with our team was exposed (like, pants down, bare ass, exposed). it was straight embarrassing, with yet again, a disgustingly pathetic 3rd quarter. dirk tried his best to carry the team, but when the defense realizes that the rest of your team is sucking BALLS, of course there are gonna be four hands all up in dirk's face on every shot attempt.

our offense plays like greg davis wrote up the playbook. avery seems to roll a 6-sided dice on the scorers table: 1) dirk iso, 2) jet curls, 3) j-ho iso where he pretends to maybe want to drive in (which he doesn't do anyway) but instead takes retarded shots a step inside the 3 point line, 4) a sadly mediocre version of the pick and roll that should be far more effective than it currently is (kidd aint nash, but would it hurt to look at some old dirty dirk and nash-ty game tape?), 5) avery lets kidd do his penetrate and dish thing (he never looks for his shot on the penetration. never! wtf?), 6) and then the "no court-sense/leadership" play where a random mav (usually an offensive scrub; see devean george, eddie jones, juwan howard (???why does he play???)) jacks up a brick that clanks off the rim.

i mean, fine, this is a gross generalization, but if i feel like i'm seeing the same bullshit over and over again, what do you think real opposing nba coaches are seeing? where are all the backdoor cuts? i don't remember the last time i saw a mav sneak around and score the easy basket, which leads me to my next question. why isn't anyone moving, ever? we need that unpredictable movement to balance out the defense's anticipation of dirk receiving the ball. simply put, that would make just about everything easier for dirk. j-ho and stack? go back to what helped get us to the finals. slash, dammit! why doesn't kidd use his size more often? he needs to be posting up on his iso's way more often than avery allows. make the other team adjust to what you're doing and then switch it up. can it possibly be that difficult with two potential hall of famers and a supposedly solid supporting cast?

all of these questions lead to an important question to consider in the coming offseasons (one i will surely be discussing soon): can most of the fingers be pointed at avery johnson? is he the right fit for this team? are they even responding to him anymore? does he even know what basketball is?

on an unrelated note, i wish chris paul would change his number to 30, and then have people call him c3p0.

oh yeah, and the stars beat the defending stanley cup champs and are moving into round 2. yay!

quick predictions (after one game of play):
-lakers over nugs in 5. defense wins championships. so does talent/a real playbook. pau was monstrous.
-mavs over hornets in 7. gonna have to grind this one out. apparently it's gonna take a lot more from the mavs than i thought. that chris paul character is pretty good, to say the least.
-spurs over suns in 7. this one was a toughy. was gonna go with the spurs in this series, even before the kind of heart they showed in their double OT thriller (can you say OMG tim duncan? that dude is amazing.) yeah they're old, but they're also fucking good. if they arent dominating you, somehow they stick around till the end of the game and pull it out. where can the mavs purchase this kind of attitude?
-jazz over rockets in 5. houston really needed that home win in game 1. the jazz have the momentum for game 2, and are practically undefeatable at home. too much strength and length on the utah side for the overmatched, undersized rockets. the idiots who say the rockets are better off without yao will be sorely disappointed.

oh yeah, almost forgot about the other conference. predictions for the conference no one cares about:
-boston over atlanta in 4. keep on fighting the good fight, hawks fans. you'll get there some day (and by "get there," i mean finish a season with a sub-par record in the east but still finish around 5th or 6th place, thus avoiding a top east team but then getting demolished in the second round).
-detroit over philly in 6. if i wanted to be bold, i'd say philly over detroit in 6. i know philly is a hot young team, but really, the pistons should be able to handle them. i thought detroit only stopped caring about basketball halfway through the second round. maybe they start earlier this year.
-magic over raptors in 5. the magic are just more well put together than the raptors. add in man-child supreme dwight howard, and you've got yourself an uphill battle. hedo for mvp!
-wizards over cavs in 7. this will be an all out battle, because lebron wants it to be. the wizards clearly have the better all around team (though the outcomes of playoffs past would say differently), but this choice would have been much easier/simpler if lebron didnt have the scary "fuck you, give me the rock, i'm gonna score no matter what" attitude, which was clearly on display saturday. other than that, i still feel safe choosing the wiz. but that lebron...

that's it for now. more thoughts on the state of the mavs later. enjoy these playoffs as much as possible. i enjoyed about 9 hours straight on saturday. it was awesome.

Matt Ryan

via, SI's Truth and Rumors.

One piece of evidence that no one really cares about hockey

I saw this today as I was browsing through I thought the Stars were up one game, not down. I wish Rob saw this.

Genetic Disaster.

Amare agrees.

It's bigger than the fucking trophy.
All his kids look fucking weird!

How this happened, I have no clue.  His wife is a complete dime piece (a 10 for all you non-rap listening people) and Jason Kidd isn't that ugly himself, so WTF?

For real, the one of the right looks like a mexican midget.  

hollinger's thoughts on the mavs.

"What I'm saying, in a roundabout way, is that this team is being vastly underestimated at the moment."

totally agree with the first statement, though we've been vastly underestimated for years...and somehow now even more than ever. but the role of the underdog can never be underestimated, and to be honest, it's nice to be the underdog/spoiler every once in a while. with the exception of our own fans, no one, and i mean NO one, believes the mavs can or will make any noise in the playoffs. in the words of gene hackman, that makes us "very dangerous people." i like that. they'll all see come playoff time.

"Look for them to end up tied with Denver at 51 wins and get the No. 8 seed -- where they can try to turn the tables on what happened a year ago."

loved this part of the article. the thought hadnt even crossed my mind...but wouldnt that be the ultimate turn of events? especially if we went far and beat some heavily favored rivals? i just wet my pants thinking about the possibilities.

imagine the scenario of us playing a first seeded new orleans hornets team. this matchup is ripe with possibilities. a team that is basically new to the playoffs as a heavily pressured 1 seed vs. the former 1 seed, filled with veterans who have been to the finals, that is not expected to do anything (one that may or may not be getting hot at the end of the season a la the golden state shitbags. we'll soon find out). i dont know if we still have this psychological edge anymore, but before this year, we fucking OWNED the hornets, like 15 or something games in a row we beat them. i think drawing the hornets would be the best case scenario as of right now, giving us a greater chance to get in that playoff groove and keep movin through the bracket.

7 games left. a long summer staring the mavs straight in the face. we're almost ready to stare right back.

the man is back.

...and maybe the mavs' mojo too.

i've watched a good amount of dallas basketball over the course of this season, and i can say almost for a fact that the ball i saw played tonight (especially during a long stretch in, yes, the usually miserable third quarter) was some of the best i've seen all season. yeah, we've played this well before, but none of it was with the grit, the hustle, the energy, and the fierce attitude that was on display tonight. THIS is the kind of play that got us to the finals in what seems like an eternity ago. THIS is what it takes to get through the West. THIS is what we all envisioned the mavs being, both before and after the kidd trade. THIS is how the mavs play at their full potential. THIS is dallas basketball.

i could get used to this.

will this trend continue? can we keep it up and maintain it through the playoffs (yes, we're going)? this game was important, but that was the bottom of the spectrum. next two games against the lakers and suns will be telling (not to mention, crucial).

however, one thing is for certain: the Uberman has heart. most fans around dfw know this for a fact; the rest of the nation has some kind of veil slipped over their eyes by espn...they need to catch up. he is the true leader of this team and it showed tonight.

welcome back dirk. let's take it to the house.