Saturday, April 25, 2015

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley

Never Gonna Give You Up gets the slight nod over Together Forever and It Would Take a Strong, Strong Man as far as late 80s Rick Astley songs go.

I have to admit, somehow I had absolutely no idea what Rick Astley looked like until just now.  Watching his videos, I can't stop thinking "how does that voice possibly come out of that guy?"  Did he hire somebody to Milli Vanilli himself?

Also, did I just invent the use of "Milli Vanilli" as a verb?

Friday, April 24, 2015

LeBron James fails at his attempt to 'be like Mike'

When I saw LeBron attempt this ridiculous lefty layup (for no apparent reason) at the TD Garden last night, I knew right away that I had no choice but to create a Vine of it when I got home:

RELATED: Awesome Old (and New) Commercial of the Week: "Be Like Mike"

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Patriots visit the President, Celtics host the 'king'

I have a policy that I do not refer to LeBron as "King James" under any circumstances.  Unfortunately the above title was just too good not to use.  But, I think I made up for it by not capitalizing the "k" and putting the word in quotes.

President Obama congratulated the Patriots for their Super Bowl championship at the White House today.  That got me thinking--if the Pats can all gather in D.C. right now, why couldn't they also get together for a parade in Boston this time of year instead of in February with 63 feet of snow?

And tonight, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town for a playoff matchup at the TD Garden.  Never in a million years did I think that would be something I'd be going to this year (check out my Celtics season preview).  Here's what happened the last time LeBron played a postseason game as a Cavalier at the Garden:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My completely delusional theory about Rajon Rondo triumphantly returning to the Celtics

After a disappointing season, Rajon Rondo's time in Dallas appears to be over.  The following thoughts are not lucid.  They are the irrational ramblings of a fan who can't stand to see the demise of his favorite player:

Rajon Rondo can shoot.  I've seen it.  Most notably in the H.O.R.S.E. competition with Kevin Durant at the 2010 All-Star Game, in the playoffs vs. the Heat in 2012, and this year in his first game back at the TD Garden with the Mavs.  So why is he so bad at it (especially free throws, under 40 percent this season) so much of the time?

Maybe he just gets bored.

Maybe his knee actually has fully recovered from the ACL tear two years ago, but he's unhappy with his current situation.  Maybe he realizes Boston is the only place that does make him happy.  Maybe Danny Ainge knows that, and has always known that.  Maybe now that Rondo's free-agent value is shot, Boston can re-sign him on the cheap this summer.

Maybe that was the master plan all along--Rondo doesn't care about the money and wanted to stay with the Celtics, but was eager for them to get something in return for him, as well as have tons of available salary cap space to bring in another star or two.

Maybe Rondo and Brad Stevens will form some sort of brilliant Good Will Hunting meets A Beautiful Mind type of duo as the foundation of a new C's dynasty.

I'd rather believe all that than admit Rondo's career is in an out-of-control downward spiral...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mookie Betts is sneakily off to a very slow start

Mookie Betts was great on Opening Day in Philadelphia this year.  Betts was also amazing in the home opener against the Nationals.  Unfortunately, those are pretty much his only two good games of the season.  Luckily for him, that is when the spotlight shone brightest, so I'm guessing most Red Sox fans are still enamored with his performance so far in 2015.

But, to this point Betts is batting just .196 with a .250 on-base percentage.  Outside of those two contests, he has just six hits in 10 games.  I really wish he'd stop trying to hit so many fly balls like Willie Mays-Hayes.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Awesome Presidential Address of the Week: Barack Obama, 4/18/13, Boston Marathon

It's Marathon Monday in Boston.

Watch Obama's speech from two years without crying, I dare you.  It's a good cry though.

If somehow that doesn't get you, here's David Ortiz...

... and the National Anthem and tribute video from the Bruins' game on 4/17/13:

Sunday, April 19, 2015

I think the word 'artisan' now means the opposite of what it's supposed to mean

The word "artisan" is now so overused that when I hear it, I no longer think it refers to something fancy or finely crafted by hand, but instead something crappy that is trying to pass itself off as fancy or finely crafted by hand.  Case in point:

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