Saturday, April 16, 2016

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Pony" by Ginuwine

I was at a wedding last night where halfway through the party a New Orleans style brass band came marching in.  They played a lot of great stuff with an impressively diverse set list, including Michael Jackson's Billy Jeane and, from 1996, Pony by Ginuwine.  It was pretty cool.

Friday, April 15, 2016

How did this insane golf shot not become a bigger deal?

I came across this video from the Masters in a tweet last Saturday, and I assumed I would soon see it all over SportsCenter, Facebook, Good Morning America and The Real Housewives of whatever--that's how big a deal I thought it was.

But, that didn't happen and I couldn't figure out why.  I'm not much of a golf guy, maybe bouncing the ball off the water four times and into the hole happens all the time?

As it turns out, that was Vijay Singh three years ago.  But, the reason that video was circulating was because somebody did it again this year:

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Best stats from crazy NBA final night: Kobe, Curry, Klay, Isaiah and more

I'll start with Kobe Bryant, who scored 60 points in his final game.  On the other end of the spectrum, the Miami Heat put up five points in the third period against the Celtics, their worst quarter in franchise history.  The combination of the two led to this:

Kobe carried the Lakers to a spectacular come-from-behind 101-96 win over the Jazz.  As a team, L.A. had 85 field goal attempts--50 of them (59%) belonged to Kobe (even the Celtics fan in me has to admit it was great to watch though).  Here's the complete list on record of NBA players who've taken 50 shots in one game:

1. Kobe Bryant

Back to Celtics-Heat, Boston held Miami to nine points during a 16-minute stretch from late in the first half through the beginning of the fourth quarter (I wrote much more on this at

In 1/3 of the game, the Heat had nine points--a pace for 27 over a full contest.

Isaiah Thomas' 21 points and six assists gave him 1,823 and 509 for the season:

Thomas actually eclipsed the 1,800/500 mark Monday, becoming the third Celtics player ever to accomplish the feat (along with Larry Bird and John Havlicek).

Out in Oakland last night, the Warriors continued to drain three's at an insane pace.  Not only did Steph Curry connect on his 400th triple of the season (his total of 402 shattered his old record by 41%--that'd be like if the year after Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs Barry Bonds hit 98), his teammate Klay Thompson also finished with the third-most threes in league history.

Most 3-pointers in one season, all time:
Stephen Curry - 402, this year
Stephen Curry - 286, last year
Klay Thompson - 276, also this year

Oh yeah, and the Warriors won an NBA-record 73 games.  There aren't any great stats in here, but this Taiwanese animation video is hysterical:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Well done by Apple TV commercial to have Michael Jordan play the role of Kobe Bryant

No need to explain the irony here: The actor's name is Michael Jordan, although he goes by Michael B. Jordan for obvious reasons.

This comment on YouTube is perfect:

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ridiculous conspiracy theory for Celtics' brutal home loss to Hornets Monday

In all seriousness, I don't for one second believe Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens, or any of the Celtics players had any interest in losing to Charlotte on Monday.  However, there's no reasonable explanation for what was probably their worst quarter of the season...

...and I did have this conversation on Twitter yesterday:

Monday, April 11, 2016

Spectacular Big Papi reaction to surprise of his daughter singing national anthem at Fenway Opening Day

Among the Red Sox's usual overabundance of Fenway Park Opening Day nostalgia, this David Ortiz moment in particular was pretty great (PG-13):

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Notable records from Golden State Warriors win No. 72

After the Celtics ruined the Warriors quest for a perfect home season a little more than a week ago, Golden State returned the favor to San Antonio on Sunday and ended the Spurs chance to get to 41-0 in their own building (as well as the possibility of San Antonio going unbeaten at home in both the regular season and playoffs and not winning the NBA title).

Oddly enough, in halting the Spurs' bid to eclipse the 1985-86 Celtics' 40-1 mark at home, Golden State actually set a new record by finishing 34-7 on the road, one game better than the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (33-8) did.  It was coincidentally also win No. 72 for the Warriors, who will try to knock that same Bulls squad out of the history books by getting a 73rd victory on Wednesday (although Chicago might've won more if the previous record hadn't been only 69).

With a win in its 81st game, Golden State also guaranteed that it will go the entire regular season without ever losing back-to-back contests, an NBA first.  Not only that, but according to ESPN Stats & Info the Warriors will become the first team never to lose twice to one opponent.

In addition, Klay Thompson hit his 272nd three-pointer of the season on Sunday, tying for the third-most in league history.  Teammate Steph Curry is the only player ever to make more.

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