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Pac-10 Things I Hate About You

October 31, 2009 4 comments

10 Things I Hate About You

It’s Halloween, the day we like to do things we’d scarcely be able to stand, on any of the other 364 days of the year. Namely, dressing up like women (Unless you are a woman, in which case, I’m surprised you are reading my column. Please, let me point you towards a writer whose opinions and interests would better line up with your own), bobbing for submerged fruit, taking little kids to every house in your neighborhood, staying home all night – hoping children ring your doorbell so you have give away your food and many other things.

So in the spirit of all things hate, I’ve decided to give a reason why I hate each Pac-10 school. Keep in mind, as a USC fan, I kinda have a vested interest in the conference. Read more…

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The Face of 70

October 30, 2009 2 comments

Mark McGwire

You thought it was the Popeye forearms, the Hollywood Hogan biceps, or perhaps even the thighs the size of a naval base, but it wasn’t ever about the girth. It was the face. The glaring eyes, coming into focus on an intimate detail. It was that smile, the one as wide as the St. Louis Arch, the very one which saved baseball, if only for a moment.

You thought you didn’t care. You thought you were numb to the bat wielding, red-headed Apatosaurus. You thought the word “apathetic” best described your feelings towards the hero-turned-monster. I thought all those things as well. Read more…

The Mistake by the Lake

October 29, 2009 4 comments

Brady Quinn

In the past four years, I have bemoaned the fact that I was forced to watch the Seattle Seahawks on a weekly basis. Perhaps because there are starving children in Africa who don’t get to watch any NFL games, God has decided to punish me by moving me 75 miles southwest of Cleveland, a.k.a. “The Mistake By The Lake” – where I am subjected to Cleveland Browns games every week. Read more…

2009-10 NBA Previewapolooza: Western Conference

October 28, 2009 2 comments

Jazz Spurs Basketball

The West has for almost ten seasons now, been the marquee conference of the NBA. Since 1999, a team from the West has won eight of the past 11 NBA Championships, including two separate mini-dynasties in San Antonio and Los Angeles. Despite last year’s NBA Champion coming from the West in 2009, many are picking a team from the East to make it to the very top. To simply assume this however, ignores the gauntlet that is the Western Conference of the NBA. Ahead, we have the preview for all 15 teams and finally a prediction of how the upcoming NBA post-season will pan out. Read more…

2009-10 NBA Previewapolooza: Eastern Conference

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment

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In the 1980’s, the NBA was ruled by a small group of dominant teams that clashed epically against each other while feasting on the weaker teams in between. As defenses grew more advanced and used the rules of the era to stifle scoring, the parody increased dramatically, culminating in an eighth seed New York, reaching the NBA Finals against San Antonio in the strike-shortened 1998-1999 season.

But since then, the rules have steadily changed in the new century to bolster scoring and give the stars a chance to shine, the game has shifted back to only a few powerhouses vs. a league full of pretenders. Read more…

Blake Will Break Your Soul

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Blake Griffin

It was a dark, cold, thunderous autumn evening for yours truly. As lightning illuminated the Southern California sky, shooting rays into my rented time-share den, the silhouette of a slender 6-foot-2 male figure, banging his head through a hole in the living room’s plaster wall, became instantaneously clear for a moment, like a fire fly lighting up a glass  jar on a warm Georgia night, before disappearing into a sea of black just as quickly. The rhythmic thumping however, continued. Read more…

Thinking Blue (Stinks)

October 24, 2009 7 comments

Phillies Phanatic

This MLB postseason has been quantifiably less uninteresting to me, more so than just about any other that I can recal, for about a half dozen reasons. Read more…