Saturday, March 12, 2016

Stephen A. Smith lives in Gronk's stomach?

My initial reaction when I first saw this commercial was one of annoyance that Rob Gronkowksi did an ad with Stephen A. Smith.

But the more I think about it, it does at least seem like a fitting place for Smith to be.  I just wish instead of Gronk saying "Hey little voice in my stomach" the line was something like "Hey extremely loud and obnoxious overly opinionated voice in my stomach..."

Friday, March 11, 2016

Bet $100 on Celtics AND Bruins to win championships, win $77,800

The 39-26 Celtics are third in the Eastern Conference and have won 14 straight games at the TD Garden for the first time ever (it's their longest home winning streak since 1991 at the old Boston Garden).  They have the third-best record in the NBA since late January (17-5).  From a post I wrote for CelticsLife yesterday, two different stat sites project the C's have roughly a three-percent chance to win the title.  Their NBA championship odds are listed at 40/1 right now.

The 38-23-8 Bruins moved into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic division last night.  They're 6-1-2 over their last nine contests and haven't lost in regulation since February.  The B's Stanley Cup odds currently stand at 20/1.

Now is the perfect time to bet on a combination of both:

Regardless of how unlikely it is we'll having dueling parades in Boston this summer, it is shaping up to be an exciting spring.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Dos Equis' last "Most Interesting Man in the World" commercial airs tonight

Dos Equis is sending the most interesting man in the world on a one-way trip to Mars.  Here's his final commercial, which will air this evening:

"His only regret is not knowing what regret feels like."

Why would the beer company mess with one of the best ad campaigns I've ever seen?  Apparently the actor is 77 years old, so I guess they had to move on at some point.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

I discovered a pretty cool NBA stat the other day

Isaiah Thomas didn't commit a single turnover in the Celtics' 120-103 loss in Cleveland on Saturday.  It was the third straight game he'd played without a turnover.  When that came to my attention, I began to wonder how rare a streak that was for somebody who has such an enormous role in his team's offense.

There's no easy way to look that up, unless you have another stat to compare it to.  Thomas also scored at least 27 points in all three of his turnover-free games, so that gave me a good number to cross-reference with.

I did a search on for most consecutive games where a player scored 27 or more points with zero turnovers, and the results were quite surprising: The NBA didn't start recording turnovers as an official stat until the 1977-78 season and Basketball-Reference only keeps track of them as far back as 1983-84.  But in the past 32+ years, Michael Jordan is the only player to match Isaiah's feat, over a three-game span in February of 1991.

I posted about all of this on CelticsLife Monday.  I also sent the stat to a few other Celtics media people I thought might find in interesting.  Yesterday, the Celtics official website wrote about it:

The article links to my original tweet as the source. featured it again today as well:

Toucher and Rich of 98.5 The Sports Hub also brought it up on their show this morning while talking to CSNNE Celtics play-by-play man Mike Gorman (at the 25-minute mark):


Kyle Draper, Chris Mannix and Brian Scalabrine discussed it during the Celtics pregame show on CSNNE tonight.


Towards the end of the second quarter, CSNNE announced the "Chevy Malibu Unexpected Stat" of the night:

I guess I should expect to see my new Chevy Malibu parked outside in the morning?


Two days later:
Sorry Isaiah, my bad.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Definitive proof that all Fruit Loops taste the same

My wife bought this box of Star Wars cereal a while back when her nephew came to visit (not to say I wouldn't totally buy Star Wars cereal for myself though):

Here's what it looks like (minus the marshmallows, which I removed to verify the results of my experiment):

Those little colorless spaceships taste exactly like Fruit Loops.  All Fruit Loops.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Whether or not Warriors break Bulls' record will have nothing to do with Golden State's remaining schedule

Golden State hasn't lost to any of these teams.
The Golden State Warriors are 55-6 (.902), which has them on pace to finish 74-8.  That would be two games better than the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who's 72-10 (.878) record is the greatest in NBA history.  Golden State is currently one game ahead of where those Bulls were (54-7) through 61 contests.

A few weeks ago, I listened to a Bill Simmons podcast in which he closely examined the Warriors' remaining schedule and tried to pick out their toughest games in an effort to guess whether or not they might break Chicago's record.  I'm sure that's something a lot of people have been doing lately.

The thing is, it doesn't matter who the Warriors plays from here on out--good teams are not a problem for them.  Their sixth defeat of the season came Sunday, against the now 13-51 Lakers.  Golden State's other five losses are to Denver (25-38), Milwaukee (26-38), Detroit (32-31) Portland (33-31) and Dallas (also 33-31).

The Warriors are a combined 24-0 against the next 12 best teams in the league (pictured).  They may or may not surpass the Bulls' historic mark, but a tough schedule won't be an issue.

No one has ever been better at basketball than Steph Curry is right now
The Spurs might go undefeated at home and not win the NBA championship

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Inside Out" by Eve 6

I can't say I really remember much of anything about Eve 6, other than the fact that they weren't quite a one-hit wonder--they had another single, Here's to the Night, that made some noise in 2001.  Their breakthrough, however, was 1998's Inside Out.

Before I played the video on YouTube just now, it'd been years since I'd heard the song, but the words were somehow all still in my head as I listened to it.  It's weird how music works like that.

Also, I feel it should've been called "Rendezvous, Then I'm Through With You" instead.  That's the most memorable line from the chorus and a way cooler song title in my mind...

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