Saturday, September 24, 2016

Ode to Kevin Garnett compilation blog

I didn't start seriously writing about the NBA until 2012, so everything I have on Kevin Garnett is from well past his prime--that doesn't mean there weren't still plenty of great moments though.  In mostly chronological order, here's my own personal KG highlight reel:

Kevin Garnett's last Gino Time?

2015-16 A Season Of Milestones For Kevin Garnett

Remember when Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury wanted an all-nude ESPN The Magazine?

Kevin Garnett is NOT interested in his coach's stories about the Raptors

Year 7 of a 3-year plan (which never happened because) It's a sad day for the Boston Celtics

The 18 greatest Celtics of all time (I admittedly missed on Pierce, we'll see about KG)

For Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and the Garden crowd, it was a game unlike any other

Will KG and Pierce ever show there age?

Usain Bolt is a huge fan of Kevin Garnett and the Celtics

Kevin Garnett is rebounding at a historic rate, and he's getting better as the series goes on

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce used to "break vases" together twenty-some years ago

Here's why Kevin Garnett is done with All-Star Games

Is this as good as it gets? (Garnett finds his youth against his former ballclub)

Kevin Garnett plays point guard?

KG focused on his Secret Santa (and not getting a Christmas gift for Ray Allen)

Last Night I went to the weirdest NBA game I've ever seen (KG demolish Dwight Howard and Boston held the Magic to a record-low scoring output)

Celtics suffocate Magic on Monday, then rip their hearts out on Thursday

Friday, September 23, 2016

How I Met Your Mother's subtle 50-1 countdown to Marshall's Dad's death

I first noticed this phenomenon the other night while watching a rerun of the How I Met Your Mother episode in which Marshall's father dies (Season 6, No. 13).

I'd seen it at least twice before and failed to pick up on what was going on, and even this time I didn't realize it was happening until the countdown hit No. 9.

Here's a video of the whole thing, from 50 to 1:

If that was too fast, here's a slower version:

Mallrats, flavored scotch, and How I Met Your Mother
Barney screws up spectacular video game reference on "How I Met Your Mother"
Barney Stinson's theory about 'The Karate Kid' appears to be gaining momentum

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Non-hockey fan's guide to the seemingly bizarre World Cup of Hockey

What, you don't recognize the "North America" logo?

Hockey isn't a sport that interests me very much.  But ESPN does its best to promote what it's televising, so the 2016 World Cup of Hockey is on my radar.  Admittedly, I was very confused to see that Canada, the USA and North America all have teams competing.  How does that work?  The answer took me about two minutes to find online, which is roughly a minute and fifty-five seconds longer than it should have.  So for others like me, here's a non-hockey fans' 37-second explanation of the World Cup of Hockey:

Basically, the NHL and the league's players' association decided to put on the event to promote their sport before the season starts.  In order get the greatest amount of talent in an eight-team field, they decided to create six squads representing the USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic.  The next two best options?  Put together a roster full of players from anywhere else in Europe (Team Europe), then split off all the Americans and Canadians who are 23 and under to form "Team North America."  Team USA and Team Canada only have members who are over 23 years old.

The Americans lost their first two matchups in a three-game round-robin to Europe and Canada, promptly eliminating themselves from playoff contention.  Canada, Europe and Sweden are all in the semifinals, along with either Russia or the North-American kids, depending on the results of Russia vs. Finland (happening as I write this).

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Do you know about Turkish ice cream vendors as magicians/comedic theatrical performers?

I came across this tweet the other day:

It prompted me to do a little YouTube research, and apparently these ice-cream-serving entertainers are commonplace in Turkey:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Porcellometer rises, Cy Young Award is his to lose

Rick Porcello went the distance last night for his 21st victory of the season, and he only needed 89 pitches (65 for strikes) to do it--the fewest thrown by any MLB pitcher this year in a nine-inning complete game.  Porcello didn't walk a batter and he had just one three-ball count.  It was his 11th consecutive start in which he lasted at least seven innings and surrendered three or fewer earned runs.  Only two Red Sox players have ever done that before:

Not bad company for Porcello, who leads the American League in wins (21), WHIP (0.98) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.0).  He's tied for second behind teammate David Price in innings pitched (210.2) and has surrendered a total of just 29 walks through his 31 starts (73 AL pitchers have walked more batters than he has).  Porcello is also third in ERA (3.08) and ninth in strikeouts (174).

With only two starts remaining, the Cy Young is his to lose, even if Zach Britton never blows a save this year (currently 45-for-45).  Up from 71 percent last week, the Porcellometer now stands at 84 percent.

Plus, you can't help but love the reaction yesterday when Manny Machado accused Porcello of throwing at him with a 2-0 lead, a perfect game going and Mark Trumbo, who's 43 homers lead the majors, on deck (parental advisory, explicit language):

Monday, September 19, 2016

Silver linings to the Jimmy Garoppolo injury

Having your quarterback get hurt is one of the worst things that can happen to an NFL team, but in the case of Jimmy Garoppolo, the timing of his injury isn't really all that bad for the Patriots.

First, there's the obvious: Arguably the greatest QB of all time will be back in two weeks.  Before the season began, most Pats fans would've been perfectly content if the Tom Brady suspension ended with New England going 2-2.  Now, that's already the worst-case scenario.

Second, a potentially very uncomfortable situation is avoided.  Garoppolo was playing outstanding football.  What if he continued to be that good for two-and-a-half more games?  Upon Brady's return, anything Tom did that was less than perfect would've sparked "Should Jimmy be starting?" rumblings.  The longer that can be avoided, the better.

And third, Thursday night matchups are the bane of the NFL's existence.  More often than not they're turnover-filled slop-fests, with neither team being properly prepared.  If there's a time when you have to start your third-string quarterback (who can scramble, by the way), it might as well be a contest that's probably going to be ugly anyway.  I like Jacoby Brissett's chances to pull out a victory this Thursday a lot more than I would if the game wasn't until Sunday.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Sweat (a La La La La Long)" by Inner Circle

Before I even figured that I had an affinity for reggae music, I was a big fan of 1993's Bad Boys album by Inner Circle.  The song Bad Boys, made super famous by the TV show Cops, was actually one of my least favorite tracks on the disc.  I bought the CD for Sweat (a La La La La Long), but soon grew to enjoy many of it's other offerings as well.

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