Wednesday, January 21, 2009

L.A. Lakers. Fast break makers. Kings of the court shake and bake all takers.

Ok, so I went to the Lakers/Magic game last Friday, here are the highlights:

The section we sat in was full of crazy people. There was Loud Talking Russian Guy™ sitting behind us, who was sitting next to Annoying Couple That Have Been Married Way Too Long™, who were sitting directly behind us. Then, sitting next to my girlfriend, you had a group of Asian Personal Space Invaders™. But, the guys that really took the cake were the Douche Bag Brothers™, who were sitting next to me.

First off, they started right out of the gate by showing up late and then when they sat down, one of them said, "I think we've got a better team than these guys". As in the Lakers are better than the Magic. I HATE when people use "we" when referring to their team. If you're sitting in the 300 level, you're obviously not on the team, so stop using "we". You're a fan, you're NOT on the team. You buy a ticket and food, maybe buy some over-priced merchandise, but you're not sitting on the end of the bench waiting for Phil to put you in. Stop it.

About five minutes later, when Lamar Odom checked in, the douche with the lakers button-up shirt said, "Lamar's got my game, he's so smooth". Dude, if you're playing on the mean playgrounds of Pasadena, you're not going to be a streetball legend anytime soon, so how about you compare how you play to a guy that's been in the NBA almost 10 years, instead of the other way around.

Then, five minutes after that, they had a "trade Odom" convo. Please die.

In the second quarter, one of them (the more drunk one) asked the question, "Why is it so hard to win on the road?" and they actually had like a five minute conversation about it, where the drunk guy said they play 42 games at home. Awesome. At that point I started tuning them out.

My Camacho's Nachos and giant Dos Equis beer cost me just about $20. It was good, just not $20 good.

The game was actually pretty good. Pretty tight most of the way, the Lakers were up big, the Magic came back and went up by about 10, and then the Lakers came roaring back and they were trading baskets until the Lakers ran out of gas right at the end. Here are some notes about the actual game:

A. Dwight Howard is awesome. He had 25 points, 20 boards and 3 blocked shots. And he was way too much fun to watch. If they're playing your city anytime soon, go see them. He looks like he's having a lot of fun and it seems like he loves his teammates too. He did this thing with Hedo Turkoglu in between foul shots when Kobe was at the line where they were talking to the ball to try and jinx it, and it was pretty funny. Then, later in the game he tapped a ball out to the point guard to keep the possession alive, and he raised his arm and started jumping up and down on the block. I guess that's their sign for "Yo man, throw me a lob pass" because .3 seconds later, he had a MONSTER dunk over Bynum. He's just amazing to watch.

B. The Lakers defense is as bad or worse than everyone says. Even as a non-Laker fan, it was pretty frustrating to watch:

1. They can't box out. Look, I know Dwight Howard is a beast, and it's pretty tough to keep him off the boards, but Tony Battie had four offensive rebounds and two of them where easy put-back dunks. Tony Battie was wrecking them. TONY BATTIE. The guy is a barely a step above playing in the d-league.

2. Ok, so, they have a hard time securing a defensive rebound, so it's a good thing they can protect the paint from dribble-penetration and an easy score, right? Well, not so fast. Jameer Nelson had at least five or six E-A-S-Y buckets. It was Ole-defense at it's finest.

3. They finally got Odom in there and he locked down the interior, but then they had to scramble to cover everyone and Orlando made the extra pass to the open man for the three. The threes just killed them late. The Magic were 12-28 from beyond the arc. Obviously, the Lakers have problems with teams with a good inside-out game. They are 0-2 against the Magic this year. They just can't defend the paint and the three-point line on the same possession, they're always rotating and getting killed either down low or from beyond the arc.

4. I've read this next part on a couple of other websites, but I just had to see it live to confirm it; Kobe is terrible on defense. I don't know what happened, but he's really hurting his team this year with the kind of defense he's playing. He overplays his man and he's always going for the steal instead of trying to check who he's guarding. Another defender has to pick up his man, and you can see where this is going, but then all you have to do is swing it around and find the open man for an easy score. Someone on the Lakers staff needs to have a sit-down with him.

C. BUT, Kobe is pretty amazing to watch. He had a trip-dub with 28 points, 13 boards and 11 assists. He went cold for a couple of minutes in the third, but then he heated up and was on-fire late in the game. He was off on his threes and that hurt them in the last minute of the game. The place was packed, I didn't see too many empty seats, and most of them were there to see Kobe.

All-in-all it was a pretty good game, but I wish I had payed face value for those tickets instead of about three times the value on Stub-hub. So, it's illegal to scalp tickets, but you can scalp tickets online? I don't get it.

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Beth said...

Traffic coming into work today was lighter than normal for me. Thanks Obama!

(I miss the Thanks Obama! days so am trying to bring them back...)

El Padrino said...

T your NOT a laker fan?

El Padrino said...

Took me an extra half hour, trains were being sniffed by terrorist dogs ate every major stop, then Port Authority police checked my bag this morning (random).
Thanks Obama!

El Padrino said...

T's basketball IQ is robust.

El Padrino said...

i need to make my way to the garden, I turnt down the MLK game monday. (they were not free)

El Padrino said...

i think the banks might get nationalized

that is not good

El Padrino said...

Obama asked the crowd, "How good-looking is my wife?"


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Tyler said...

Nope, not a Lakers fan. I actually don't think I have "a team" in any sport.

El Padrino said...

really

wow, we should vote on that
or have a contest

El Padrino said...

winner of the FBball picks T's team of interest

Tyler said...

I'm down with that. But whoever wins will probably pick the Bobcats just to be a dick.

Tyler said...

I guess the only team I openly support is the Dodgers.

El Padrino said...

"I'm down with that. But whoever wins will probably pick the Bobcats just to be a dick."

no, it'd have to be a legit reason
backed by at least 5 points

blue said...

I could come up with 5 reasons to root for any team that is not in Oklahoma City

blue said...

since i was off inaugurating a president, who won the TCS?

blue said...

the 5th point for every team would be

"the possibility that they could get starbury in a trade"

El Padrino said...

keef, i finished 3rd

tem said...

zeke could have won the TCS, but he just didn't want it.

tem said...

wall

El Padrino said...

sunday night baseball just got shittier


ESPN will announce Wednesday that Steve Phillips will join Jon Miller and Joe Morgan in the "Sunday Night Baseball" booth for 2009

tem said...

baseball announcers are all shitty. they can't get shittier.

baseball has waaay too many breaks in the action so the announcers are constantly talking about dumb shit.

tem said...

baseball has the biggest dropoff when it comes to the entertainment of going to a game compared to watching one on TV.

tem said...

baseball on TV basically is just horrid.

El Padrino said...

a mini temrant

suite

blue said...

they're gonna need a bigger booth

blue said...

steve phillips in the booth is like having Matt Millen as an analyst for the superbowl

JFreak said...

"sunday night baseball just got shittier"

No, it can only get better if Morgan has less opportunity to talk.

Meiz said...

I think stubhub has a licensing agreement with the league, so the NBA gets a cut of the sales.

El Padrino said...

"No, it can only get better if Morgan has less opportunity to talk."

That's why he's Derek Jeter, he doesnt have the speed he used to have but can still be a threat on the basepaths.

blue said...

no, he's derek jeter because that's what his parents named him

Keith S said...

3 people in the booth for beisbol is retarded

El Padrino said...

Si'

Keith S said...

Ah, so you do speak spanish

El Padrino said...

Just yes.

El Padrino said...

and tetas (tits)

El Padrino said...

sheets is worth the risk

do it omar

do it

Meiz said...

Sheets is signing with the Brewers

tem said...

El Pad ha estado mintiendo a nosotros sobre su inhabilidad de hablar español.

Keith S said...

Jeezaloo

El Padrino said...

"El Pad ha estado mintiendo a nosotros sobre su inhabilidad de hablar español."

i like that spanish translation site too

blue said...

the rockies are getting sheets

Keith S said...

"El Pad ha estado mintiendo a nosotros sobre su inhabilidad de hablar español."

si

tem said...

Sheets wants to be a Pirate.

Keith S said...

maybe a butt pirate

tem said...

Rick Reilly should be fired for his dumb ass report on beer pong. I know we mentioned it, but good God, everytime I look at the main WWL page I am reminded how big of a douche that fucker is.

blue said...

Rick REilly is from Boulder, CO where CU was ranked as the number 1 party school a few years ago...for shame rick reilly, for shame

El Padrino said...

waldrobe malfunction

Keith S said...

nice boob

tem said...

i like the description in that link "skater_reveals_boob"

Meiz said...

A place to find most of EP's links.

Meiz said...

Who remembered GOLF PICKS?

tem said...

what's golf picks?

Meiz said...

You're golf picks

Keith S said...

"Who remembered GOLF PICKS"

me

Angry Leprechaun said...

testing

Angry Leprechaun said...

I won a dinner, lunch, and $20 yesterday on a bet at the Obama inauguration party.

-I'm coming back from the killer $100 bet I lost over the weekend.

blue said...

i didn't win anything at the inauguration

Meiz said...

whitehouse.gov is revamped for Obama

tem said...

i won nothing, but i got a check in the mail.

Steve said...

Suck It, Haterz!

tem said...

doesn't that mean that the person on trial will just have to sit in prison for another 120 days before he finds out if he is guilty or not guilty?

some speedy trial that is.

spaceman spiff said...

"My Camacho's Nachos and giant Dos Equis beer cost me just about $20. It was good, just not $20 good."

fact. i still get it everytime though

El Padrino said...

"Later, a judge is to consider suspending the case of five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people."

Real nice link steve. Your true colors shining through.

El Padrino said...

hector camacho makes nachos?

tem said...

evidently.

El Padrino said...

cool

boxers have suite deals after they retire or fake retire

i hope de la hoya comes out with a broom or something

El Padrino said...

Oscar De La Hoya's Jabbing Juicer!

El Padrino said...

Roberto Duran's Steady Hand Screwdriver!

Meiz said...

I imagine that Camacho's Nachos are 10x better than nachos at a Bucks game.

El Padrino said...

Riddick Bowe's One Lucky Punch BBQ Sauce!

blue said...

EP should be in marketing

Keith S said...

George Foreman's grills

Beth said...

"Who remembered GOLF PICKS"

The better question is who remembered golf picks and all 4 of their starters for round 1 are actually playing in the tournament. And that would be only me and Keith.

Meiz said...

I don't think Riddick would sign off on the "One Lucky Punch" branding. Just a hunch.

blue said...

i keep forgetting to join that golf thing, i think

El Padrino said...

Why not deke? Bill Buckner still sings autographs with Mookie

Meiz said...

Fuck Anthony Kim

blue said...

he's a good singer too, he should be on american idol

Meiz said...

"George Foreman's grills"


This could work

Beth said...

"Fuck Anthony Kim"

Yeah, nothing you could've done there meiz.

Keith S said...

"Fuck Anthony Kim"

You should probably look at the field before you make your picks

Keith S said...

I made my picks last night. Was gonna pick Kim but made 1 last look at who was in the field and saw he wasn't listed

Keith S said...

Fernando Vargas' Juicer

Beth said...

See, he was listed before I made my picks yesterday afternoon. He apparently withdrew sometime after that so I can see how Meiz got stuck with him.

Now tem on the other hand, it looks like he just screwed up...

Meiz said...

"You should probably look at the field before you make your picks"


He was listed as active yesterday afternoon.

Meiz said...

AK pulled that shit a few times last year, too.

I'm beginning to think he's a bit of a prima donna

Steve said...

"some speedy trial that is."

not showing them a WHOLE lot of love. but currently they get "tried" in a private court. so basacily, they get their trial, and if there is not enough evidence to convict they get sent back to gitmo.

the suspension is being set up to allow time to set up public trials.

Meiz said...

I had a strong feeling that politics would break up the golf talk.

Tyler said...

"fact. i still get it everytime though"

Yes, $20 still doesn't stop me from getting it every time I go to Staples.

I should have taken a picture of the nachos for Rev/Meiz.

Meiz said...

Yes

Steve said...

"I had a strong feeling that politics would break up the golf talk."

na, just throwing some knowledge around.

getting back to tps. carry on with golf picks.

Meiz said...

I can't stand toe-walkers. Fuckin' weirdos.

Jugdish said...

Newman!

Tyler said...

So, Bedard is injured for half the season and then he sucks for the other half of the season and Seattle gives him a 3/4 million dollar raise just to avoid arbitration. One year, $7.75 million. Unreal.

tem said...

"Now tem on the other hand, it looks like he just screwed up...
"

i set my picks on monday. on monday all the people i picked were listed as playing.

looked today and some douchebag wasn't playig.

it is a C guy though, so i'll be fine.

tem said...

"Bedard"

well he can't do worse.

El Padrino said...

Oh Bedard

Tyler said...

I like how Boston signs the Dodgers closers after the Dodgers don't want them anymore and they're also coming off of an injury. Saito signed a one year deal with the Sawx. Good luck with that one, he's going to be 39 next month.

Tyler said...

As crazy as that Bedard contract is, it's interesting to see what some of these young players make.

Papelbon - $800k
Russell Martin - $500k
Zimmerman - $465k

That is not a whole lot of money for an entire baseball season. Especially for everyday players like Martin and Zim.

Tyler said...

Meiz, how are you feeling about Hoffman as your closer?

Tyler said...

So are people going to overvalue Heath Bell as a closer and be totally disappointed when he sucks?

Meiz said...

"Meiz, how are you feeling about Hoffman as your closer?"


Much better than any other option they have.

Tyler said...

I'm talking to myself again, aren't I?

El Padrino said...

papelbon will make 6.25MM this year, won arbitration

Tyler said...

"Much better than any other option they have."

Hmmm, yeah, I just looked at that bullpen and it's not really blowing me away all that much. Who's their setup guy?

Tyler said...

Re: papelbon

Yeah, saw that, I was more shocked by the fact that he was making $800k last year. Thought he'd be making more dough than that.

Tyler said...

He didn't win arbitration, the Sawx offered that to him.

Tyler said...

The avoided arbitration with that deal. I guess the Sawx were scurred it would be higher.

El Padrino said...

oh right, yeah Ryan Howard had that one monster year (2 years ago) and was making like 700K

same with David Wright, what was Longoria making last year?

spaceman spiff said...

"The avoided arbitration with that deal. I guess the Sawx were scurred it would be higher."

sawx never go into arb with theo there, never

blue said...

i think i could handle making "only" 800k/year to work 1/2 a year.

and they get money to spend when they travel as well...it's not like they need obamer to send them some money

spaceman spiff said...

i think hamels could have gotten more money

Tyler said...

Yeah, I think that Howard deal from a couple of years ago has everyone scared. That's why you're seeing so many deals right now to avoid arbitration. Howard might screw things up again cuz he's asking for $18 and they're going to arbitration. If I was Rev, I'd be worried.

spaceman spiff said...

almost 7mil/yr is shit for the ace of the staff

El Padrino said...

yeah, they are 4MM off

Meiz said...

"Hmmm, yeah, I just looked at that bullpen and it's not really blowing me away all that much. Who's their setup guy?"


Riske? Stetter?

No clue right now.

Tyler said...

"i think i could handle making "only" 800k/year to work 1/2 a year."

Yeah, being a closer and making that wouldn't be a really big deal. But Martin getting $500k to get beat up everyday; the dude is WAY underpaid.

Meiz said...

Prince Fielder only made in the 600-700k range the last 2 years

Tyler said...

Just hope it's not Jorge Julio, Meiz.

Tyler said...

"Prince Fielder only made in the 600-700k range the last 2 years"

Is that why he became a vegetarian? Because 100 pounds of tofu for the week is less expensive than 100 pounds of beef?

blue said...

for instance, most NFL players get paid a salary in the 500k range, but get huge signing bonuses.

Meiz said...

"Just hope it's not Jorge Julio, Meiz."


Oh yeah. That's who it'll be. Suite.

Meiz said...

Oof. Prince only made 415 in the 50hr season

spaceman spiff said...

"But Martin getting $500k to get beat up everyday; the dude is WAY underpaid."

these guy's getting paid < 1 mil havent got extension yet right? no big deal

Keith S said...

"i set my picks on monday. on monday all the people i picked were listed as playing."

Dummy.

Keith S said...

"Is that why he became a vegetarian?"

No. It's because he's a fat pig

spaceman spiff said...

"No. It's because he's a fat pig"

he;s gotten fatter so he should just eat meat, doesnt make a dif

Keith S said...

Breers don't need to worry about the bullpen too much. They won't be getting the ball with the lead that often with that starting rotation

Keith S said...

"he;s gotten fatter so he should just eat meat, doesnt make a dif"

Yeah, he doesn't really have genetics on his side

spaceman spiff said...

maybe thats why he hates his father

El Padrino said...

"Breers don't need to worry about the bullpen too much. They won't be getting the ball with the lead that often with that starting rotation"

pow!

Keith S said...

mize
Reds finish higher than the Breers. Bet?

El Padrino said...

suite, basement dweller bet

Meiz said...

"mize
Reds finish higher than the Breers. Bet?"



Maybe

El Padrino said...

ryan bruan can win games by himself

Keith S said...

"suite, basement dweller bet"

Mets won't win the East

blue said...

tony gwynn jr will be the difference maker

Meiz said...

"tony gwynn jr will be the difference maker"


Once he is traded, yes.

El Padrino said...

"Mets won't win the East"

i'll make this bet every year

blue said...

i like to make bets that take 10 months to be decided

Keith S said...

"i'll make this bet every year"

Suite

blue said...

dodgers are screwed, Jeff Kent is retiring

blue said...

when you're the worst team in the history of the NFL, what do you do to turn it around?

hire the d-coordinator from one of the other worse teams to run your defense

Keith S said...

wall

El Padrino said...

Gunfer

El Padrino said...

still cant believe the twins built an outdoor park

Meiz said...

They ♥ Double headers in Minneapolis.













twss

Jugdish said...

Nice work Blue

Keith S said...

Blue said he was upset because his daughter weighs around 165 pounds, and Blue wanted her to weigh between 140 and 145 pounds, explaining that was her fighting weight in mixed martial arts.


That's goddman awsome*

Jugdish said...

could be your new blogger pic too blue

blue said...

that guy is all kinds of neat

Keith S said...

good lord

El Padrino said...

"The two men responsible for burning pro-Cardinals slogans into the lawn of Donovan McNabb’s offseason home in Arizona last weekend were arrested Saturday evening after one of the vandals left behind a box that had his name and address on it. "

whoa, that was smrt

tem said...

you left out the part where the girl is 15.

blue said...

i ♥ MMA

blue said...

"whoa, that was smrt"

it's like the guy who wrote his bank robbery note on the back of one of his deposit reciepts.

blue said...

"you left out the part where the girl is 15."

who are you to judge.

you probably would hate this girl's taco dip too

blue said...

now i'm going for a walk because it's 71° outside

Keith S said...

Look, it's EP and he's fast

Keith S said...

Saw some show last night that was previewing the BJ Penn/St. Pierre fight. That's going to be a suite fight.

tem said...

tem says st. pierre is gonna win.


so bet Penn i guess.

Keith S said...

I'll bet on the underdog

spaceman spiff said...

"Saw some show last night that was previewing the BJ Penn/St. Pierre fight. That's going to be a suite fight."

hilarity when dana called bj and then his brother about him going to kona.
why is bj such a lazy ass, taking vacation while preparing for a fight

Keith S said...

BJ doesn't really look like a fighter. He's pretty pudgy (mizey). Maybe it's the vacations during training that does that.

tem said...

penn never tries real hard, at least it seems that way.

tem said...

"I'll bet on the underdog"

i suspect Penn will be the underdog.

Keith S said...

Then I will bet on Penn.

Keith S said...

I need to get some more cents, first

Keith S said...

I have a big NBA 5-teamer tonight, though.

tem said...

yeah you lack sense.

tem said...

you like big teamers.

Keith S said...

I don't like your face

Meiz said...

wall

Keith S said...

your mom

spaceman spiff said...

"BJ doesn't really look like a fighter. He's pretty pudgy (mizey). Maybe it's the vacations during training that does that."

it is the vacations, if you can find a clip of younger penn, like his first fight with pulver, he's cut and even his head is slimmer

spaceman spiff said...

chris myers filling in for someone on the radio WFT

El Padrino said...

slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

El Padrino said...

mcgwire took roids

get the fuck out of here

Keith S said...

Knicks/Suns tonight?

El Padrino said...

man o man, eva mendes makes my balls swell

El Padrino said...

yea, knicks suns
i've read my 8th Nash to Knicks in 2010 article today

Keith S said...

Pacquiao/Fatton dunzo

Keith S said...

"i've read my 8th Nash to Knicks in 2010 article today"

He won't be able to walk in 2010

spaceman spiff said...

fattons a bitch

*andy bat sig

El Padrino said...

"He won't be able to walk in 2010"

37 is the new 56?

El Padrino said...

he'll be good for 25-30 minutes

Keith S said...

"37 is the new 56?"

He can hardly walk now.

Keith S said...

But I guess NYC has the better back surgeons

Beth said...

"man o man, eva mendes makes my balls swell"

I think there's medication for that EP.

spaceman spiff said...

in 2 years will nash be that much better than duhon, duhon has put up decent numbers

*zeke bat sig

El Padrino said...

"I think there's medication for that EP."

none needed, tug three times and it heals

Keith S said...

El Ephantitus

Keith S said...

Three times, huh? cmep must be proud

El Padrino said...

why havent they fired Herm yet

Meiz said...

"none needed, tug three times and it heals"



This seems counterproductive

JFreak said...

Beer Launcher

blue said...

"why havent they fired Herm yet"

he plays to win the game

JFreak said...

We can build on this.

Keith S said...

no we can't

El Padrino said...

go ahead prince, buy more , more

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