nolechica: (mardi gras)
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 06:04 pm
Now that I'm feeling human again, this past few days was kickass. I love Mardi Gras, parades, and New Orleans. Sara and I went to Daphne on Friday for Mystic Order of Persephone, which Em and friends missed due to being stuck in traffic behind a wreck. That parade had the steel drum band from a local high school and we caught two dozen moon pies along with beads. I like traditional banana ones, but the new peanut butter and mint crunch ones are divine, if not marshmallow. Saturday's parade was canceled, but while that ruined Emily's Fairhope plans, it made Sara and my New Orleans plans kick ass. We made king cake to go with the fajita dinner, was delish. Watched the Duke-UNC game while we baked, payback's a bitch and thank god for Kendall Marshall, 12-1 since switching point guards, and focusing for forty minutes pays off. Regular season ACC Champs in a season that began very chump worthy.

One king cake really isn't enough for nine people though, damn Daddy needing the second one for work. However, I did have him help Sara and I make it, he has better hands for kneading dough. And he finished the decorating. I've redone the filling with cream cheese rather than butter and now decided that white powdered sugar icing with colored sugar over top is better than colored powdered sugar icing alone. I need to stock up on babies though, the cake we ate was responsibility free. It amuses me how many people think king cake is complicated. No, really, it's not and it's yummy. It is messy though. I use cinnamon and sugar rather than fruit in my cream cheese. Eight ounces per cake is awesome! Recipe Here

On a less foodie note, Sunday was crazy. Woke up to plans for Loyal Order of the Firetruck, the local Joe Cain parade, aka no formal floats, but plenty of bands and funky cars. Shadow Barons was scheduled to roll at four, but Sara wanted to go ahead to New Orleans. The big parade for Saturday, Krewe of Endymion, was rescheduled for 8:30, so we made it in time to park near the bus station and walk to Canal St, after catching dinner and hearing that the parade was mostly disbanding down Loyola. I'd never been to a proper New Orleans parade, I see now that Metarie totally doesn't count. The Grand Masters were Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa, very cool and appropriate post-Katrina. Train wasn't on their float though and they'd performed at the extravaganza the night before, meh. I got hit with beads and had more cups and doubloons thrown to me than I can count, no purple though. Those we had to retrieve later. Twenty-seven floats with a fifteen minute break in the middle. That was interesting because most of the families left. We caught light up beads, king cake baby beads, cowboys hat beads, and more gauges of purple, gold and green than I care to think about. The beads in New Orleans are more expensive than Mobile, and hurt more if they hit you. I was surprised by the lack of edibles though. We got twenty cups with the theme of American Masters, with floats devoted to writers, directors, and singers (everything from Mark Twain to Michael Jackson). We had two bags full of stuff, but could've gotten more if we could've carried it. Walking over beads is tricky shit when they are everywhere and it's dark. I do want to go to Bacchus Bash and catch Bacchus some year though. New Orleans is a great city for live music. Debating going for part of Jazz Fest in May. We shall see.
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Monday, February 7th, 2011 08:38 pm
Just got back from yet another weekend out of town. Went to the Lakers-Hornets game in New Orleans, then to Harrah's and Bourbon St. It was surreal to finally see Kobe live, even if we were at the top of the arena. I forgot how much stuff they do at basketball games. We won t-shirts courtesy of our section being represented by the winning mascot in a scooter race. Also, very cool dance/magic act at half. The game was very high scoring 51-42 at half and 101-95 final, but the Hornets did pull even at the end of the 3rd quarter. Not many highlight shots, but lots of indefensible jumpers and post play. Both Kobe and Pay Gasol were over 30, not much help from the second unit, minus Lamar Odom. I'd love to see another game, that isn't best watched on the big screen. If I didn't have numbers memorized, telling players apart would be hard, the trash talking of Kobe from opposing fans not included. ;-)

I haven't gambled as much in ages as I have this month. After the game we went and parked at Harrah's, using Sara's players card to get free parking and drinks. 30 minutes of play is insanely cheap for 24 hours of parking. And there you can order drinks from the slot machines, dangerous, and not so in Biloxi. That was two weeks ago, for Bennett's birthday. Stayed at the Beau Rivage and gambled there and at the Hard Rock, plus dinner at the latter. Also, went outlet shopping. GAP outlets are love. Unfortunately, the concert we wanted to see was sold out. We did do brunch at the buffet on Sunday. I love mimosas and brunch. Crazy weekend, with five of us in one room, but didn't lose too much money.
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Saturday, December 5th, 2009 03:53 am
It's cold and rainy and I slept too late today to go to the library. And as [livejournal.com profile] mrsmaggiemae pointed out on Twitter, Strozier's not open all night yet. I have however started looking at the edited copy of my thesis Dr. Upchurch sent. *gasp* Actual help and an encouraging note as well. I did have to transcribe his notes though because his chicken scratch is the worst. And after that, still need to actually talk to him and get more info. He wants more sources and footnotes that I've never done. I want to get a new intro finished this week, so that family drama doesn't ensue. If I skip Birmingham and Atlanta, life will not go well. Plus, I want to see Bryan if I have to tolerate Atlanta relatives. Can't believe it's been almost a year since we saw each other. Totally should've gone to Atlanta for my birthday. Especially since trips to Mobile have become less desirable. Daddy had me in tears on Sunday, but had the good sense to chill on the drive back to Tallahassee. Of course my having the good sense to burn a copy of For Your Entertainment for him helped. How our favorite song is the same, I have no idea, but Mom would not approve. Oh and discussing Down The Rabbit Hole? Very funny. We both came to the what were they smoking conclusion. I told him I was only leaving the CD if he liked it. He left town with it still in his car. ;-) Nice little break from fandom Hell. Unfortunately, we found parking Hell in Tally, as my mom has my parking sticker on her car. Had to park at Kleman Plaza after checking all the on campus options. Fortunately, I live two blocks from there. This meant he set up my computer, we ate Chinese food, cleaned my apartment, and watched the Pats/Saints game. He enjoyed, I didn't, as he's a Saints fan now. Saints are still undefeated though. He's finally figured out what I learned long ago, rooting for a winning team is fun.

Speaking of which, now that I can watch ESPN guilt-free, tonight's Lakers game was amazing. Last second bank shots are awesome and Kobe hit one tonight to win. When one of the league's best says he just got lucky, you realize that it is definitely better to be lucky than good on occasion. That makes eight in a row and preserves the league's best record, which after last year's Cavs/Lakers fight for homecourt, every game matters, even before Christmas. Which reminds me, I need to see if the Lakers are on Christmas Day because I think they are. Normally it's Finals rematch time. And yes, I do watch basketball on Christmas Day, My family knows that's a battle they won't win. They discovered this back when it was MJ and the Bulls around whom the day revolved. And since I don't expect gift opening to take long this year, I will be watching.

As for the fun part of my trip last week, New Orleans without the parents is fun. I was exhausted all day courtesy of the bus ride from Hell, but it was worth it. Went to the WWII museum and saw the film in the brand new theater with vibrating chairs. It was good even if being in a dark room by then was a bad idea. Need to see it again so that I'm not half awake. Did the fastest tour through the actual museum ever. However, it was worth it to get lunch at Parasol's and text Emily while there. Roast beef po'boys are yummy. Dinner, not so yummy. There are reasons I don't like buffets and the bland Cajun food I had at Harrah's is why. I won't argue with free though. Next, was the shortest trip to Bourbon Street ever. The Tropical Isle is closed due to fire damage and good jazz was just not happening. I did go in the replacement bar to get my Hand Grenade though. Sara was amazed I finished mine first, as that usually never happens. After drinks, we headed back to the hotel and went the full impact of the drink hit, she fell asleep. I was merely less tense reading AMA news. The next morning, we went to Cafe du Monde and Jackson Square, which was kinda freaky with everything closed. After talking to a jazz musician on the Moon Walk, and getting a CD, we left to head back to Mobile for Thanksgiving, which was fabulous. It was a good trip, and I can't wait to go back. Might actually go before Mardi Gras, after Greer and Patrick move.
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Saturday, December 5th, 2009 03:53 am
It's cold and rainy and I slept too late today to go to the library. And as [personal profile] mrsmaggiemae pointed out on Twitter, Strozier's not open all night yet. I have however started looking at the edited copy of my thesis Dr. Upchurch sent. *gasp* Actual help and an encouraging note as well. I did have to transcribe his notes though because his chicken scratch is the worst. And after that, still need to actually talk to him and get more info. He wants more sources and footnotes that I've never done. I want to get a new intro finished this week, so that family drama doesn't ensue. If I skip Birmingham and Atlanta, life will not go well. Plus, I want to see Bryan if I have to tolerate Atlanta relatives. Can't believe it's been almost a year since we saw each other. Totally should've gone to Atlanta for my birthday. Especially since trips to Mobile have become less desirable. Daddy had me in tears on Sunday, but had the good sense to chill on the drive back to Tallahassee. Of course my having the good sense to burn a copy of For Your Entertainment for him helped. How our favorite song is the same, I have no idea, but Mom would not approve. Oh and discussing Down The Rabbit Hole? Very funny. We both came to the what were they smoking conclusion. I told him I was only leaving the CD if he liked it. He left town with it still in his car. ;-) Nice little break from fandom Hell. Unfortunately, we found parking Hell in Tally, as my mom has my parking sticker on her car. Had to park at Kleman Plaza after checking all the on campus options. Fortunately, I live two blocks from there. This meant he set up my computer, we ate Chinese food, cleaned my apartment, and watched the Pats/Saints game. He enjoyed, I didn't, as he's a Saints fan now. Saints are still undefeated though. He's finally figured out what I learned long ago, rooting for a winning team is fun.

Speaking of which, now that I can watch ESPN guilt-free, tonight's Lakers game was amazing. Last second bank shots are awesome and Kobe hit one tonight to win. When one of the league's best says he just got lucky, you realize that it is definitely better to be lucky than good on occasion. That makes eight in a row and preserves the league's best record, which after last year's Cavs/Lakers fight for homecourt, every game matters, even before Christmas. Which reminds me, I need to see if the Lakers are on Christmas Day because I think they are. Normally it's Finals rematch time. And yes, I do watch basketball on Christmas Day, My family knows that's a battle they won't win. They discovered this back when it was MJ and the Bulls around whom the day revolved. And since I don't expect gift opening to take long this year, I will be watching.

As for the fun part of my trip last week, New Orleans without the parents is fun. I was exhausted all day courtesy of the bus ride from Hell, but it was worth it. Went to the WWII museum and saw the film in the brand new theater with vibrating chairs. It was good even if being in a dark room by then was a bad idea. Need to see it again so that I'm not half awake. Did the fastest tour through the actual museum ever. However, it was worth it to get lunch at Parasol's and text Emily while there. Roast beef po'boys are yummy. Dinner, not so yummy. There are reasons I don't like buffets and the bland Cajun food I had at Harrah's is why. I won't argue with free though. Next, was the shortest trip to Bourbon Street ever. The Tropical Isle is closed due to fire damage and good jazz was just not happening. I did go in the replacement bar to get my Hand Grenade though. Sara was amazed I finished mine first, as that usually never happens. After drinks, we headed back to the hotel and went the full impact of the drink hit, she fell asleep. I was merely less tense reading AMA news. The next morning, we went to Cafe du Monde and Jackson Square, which was kinda freaky with everything closed. After talking to a jazz musician on the Moon Walk, and getting a CD, we left to head back to Mobile for Thanksgiving, which was fabulous. It was a good trip, and I can't wait to go back. Might actually go before Mardi Gras, after Greer and Patrick move.
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Friday, March 6th, 2009 03:56 am
I totally missed the UNC game on TV tonight, even after UNC was mentioned on American Idol tonight (RIP Eve). Should've looked at the schedule after sleeping through Saturday's game. However, Sunday's game won't be forgotten, that can be assured. I'm glad it's a 4pm tip though. Hoping the Duke game goes better than the Maryland game I tried to watch Mardi Gras weekend. That loss and a Lakers loss that week are why my sports update is delayed. Every time I sit down to write it, something bad happens. And this was after an NBA All-Star Game that was fabulous. Shaq and Kobe playing together for the first time since Shaq left LA netted them co-MVP honors and more interviews than either of them mentioned. That was followed up by a UConn loss to Pitt, but UNC couldn't get the #1 spot. I'm just hoping they can beat Duke and win the ACC. A #1 seed and chance to start in Greensboro sure would be nice.

As for non-basketball stuff, Alex Rodriguez gave two interviews about his steroid use, but I still am not sure we have the truth. Especially since he claims he didn't know what he was using. However, his numbers tend to bear out that his time line might be truthful (2001-03). I honestly don't care as I think by the time his career ends the Hall of Fame will have made a decision about how much they are going to hold steroids against players. Plus, A-Rod has admitted more than McGwire, Bonds, and Clemens and hasn't perjured himself in the process. That should count for something.

Hopefully the rest of this month will be worthy of many updates, but I'm beginning to wonder if my journal's a jinx, with lousy web traffic to boot.
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Friday, March 6th, 2009 03:56 am
I totally missed the UNC game on TV tonight, even after UNC was mentioned on American Idol tonight (RIP Eve). Should've looked at the schedule after sleeping through Saturday's game. However, Sunday's game won't be forgotten, that can be assured. I'm glad it's a 4pm tip though. Hoping the Duke game goes better than the Maryland game I tried to watch Mardi Gras weekend. That loss and a Lakers loss that week are why my sports update is delayed. Every time I sit down to write it, something bad happens. And this was after an NBA All-Star Game that was fabulous. Shaq and Kobe playing together for the first time since Shaq left LA netted them co-MVP honors and more interviews than either of them mentioned. That was followed up by a UConn loss to Pitt, but UNC couldn't get the #1 spot. I'm just hoping they can beat Duke and win the ACC. A #1 seed and chance to start in Greensboro sure would be nice.

As for non-basketball stuff, Alex Rodriguez gave two interviews about his steroid use, but I still am not sure we have the truth. Especially since he claims he didn't know what he was using. However, his numbers tend to bear out that his time line might be truthful (2001-03). I honestly don't care as I think by the time his career ends the Hall of Fame will have made a decision about how much they are going to hold steroids against players. Plus, A-Rod has admitted more than McGwire, Bonds, and Clemens and hasn't perjured himself in the process. That should count for something.

Hopefully the rest of this month will be worthy of many updates, but I'm beginning to wonder if my journal's a jinx, with lousy web traffic to boot.
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Thursday, February 12th, 2009 03:43 pm
Last night's UNC-Duke was fabulous...after the Heels rediscovered the key to defense. An eleven point lead early in the first half vanished mid-half due to a lack of defense and poor shooting. A 52-44 halftime deficit to a team that averages 83 points wasn't cool. However, after swapping leads in the low sixties, the Heels finally got the lead for good, and then put up 100 points on Duke for the first time in a while, 1995 I think. More importantly though, Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Green are the first players to beat Duke four times in Cameron since Tim Duncan and Rusty LaRue completed their years in 1997. However, despite this success, I'm still not sure of a number one seed, let alone a championship.

As for basketball of the professional kind, the Lakers finished a six game road trip with wins over the Celtics and the Cavaliers, the first of which was in overtime. The game was extremely close for one half before the Celtics opened up a lead that the Lakers didn't close until Kevin Garnett fouled out. Thus allowing the Lakers to win the game and a potential home court tie-break. However, the second win was equally stressful as being down ten at half is never good when the other perpetual MVP candidate, LeBron James, is the opposing team's best player. This wasn't the Kobe and LeBron show though, as neither scored twenty points. The Lakers proved that they can win as a team, which makes them very dangerous to the entire league. This game also secured a tie-break, which looms large after the home court wins last year.

On to legal matters, Michael Phelps hasn't been arrested yet for the infamous bong photo, but Richland County authorities haven't given up yet. They arrested eight others on possession charges, but apparently much of their questioning pertained to Phelps. Witch hunt much? However, that's nothing compared to the news generated when Alex Rodriguez confessed to steroid use, from 2001-2003 while he was with Texas. That's a day I never thought I'd see and am hoping that his confession and his continued career may some day get him into Cooperstown. I'm just sad that if he breaks the home run records, they won't be legit.
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Thursday, February 12th, 2009 03:43 pm
Last night's UNC-Duke was fabulous...after the Heels rediscovered the key to defense. An eleven point lead early in the first half vanished mid-half due to a lack of defense and poor shooting. A 52-44 halftime deficit to a team that averages 83 points wasn't cool. However, after swapping leads in the low sixties, the Heels finally got the lead for good, and then put up 100 points on Duke for the first time in a while, 1995 I think. More importantly though, Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Green are the first players to beat Duke four times in Cameron since Tim Duncan and Rusty LaRue completed their years in 1997. However, despite this success, I'm still not sure of a number one seed, let alone a championship.

As for basketball of the professional kind, the Lakers finished a six game road trip with wins over the Celtics and the Cavaliers, the first of which was in overtime. The game was extremely close for one half before the Celtics opened up a lead that the Lakers didn't close until Kevin Garnett fouled out. Thus allowing the Lakers to win the game and a potential home court tie-break. However, the second win was equally stressful as being down ten at half is never good when the other perpetual MVP candidate, LeBron James, is the opposing team's best player. This wasn't the Kobe and LeBron show though, as neither scored twenty points. The Lakers proved that they can win as a team, which makes them very dangerous to the entire league. This game also secured a tie-break, which looms large after the home court wins last year.

On to legal matters, Michael Phelps hasn't been arrested yet for the infamous bong photo, but Richland County authorities haven't given up yet. They arrested eight others on possession charges, but apparently much of their questioning pertained to Phelps. Witch hunt much? However, that's nothing compared to the news generated when Alex Rodriguez confessed to steroid use, from 2001-2003 while he was with Texas. That's a day I never thought I'd see and am hoping that his confession and his continued career may some day get him into Cooperstown. I'm just sad that if he breaks the home run records, they won't be legit.
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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 11:34 am
I've failed at getting a job and had my power shut off in the last week. Oh, and I'm semi-sweating because I accidentally wore long sleeves and it's 69ºF. The failing to get a job hurt because I was attempting to ref intramural basketball, and earning the respect of males is high on my list of life priorities. Anyway, next shot (no pun intended) is softball if my applications for clerical jobs don't pan out. As for the power, Mom and I got our wires crossed on which bills we'd discussed, so she's paying the phone bill I'd intended to pay while I paid to restore power.

As for why I'm awake and productive before noon, tomorrow is my only chance to see UNC live. The ticket office opened early and the line was longer than I expected (damn e-mails to give info to casual fans). As for the weather, if this continues, I'll be wearing gray in the student section tomorrow instead of Carolina Blue, as that is the color of my only t-shirt, problem... After procuring my ticket, I treated myself to a java chip frappacino and headed for the library. The American Indian chapters of my thesis are due, so I was looking at advertising and mascots. It somehow feels wrong, but I'll have to use the J.B. Duke trading cards in the Library of Congress to complete the advertising chapter. Also, I found a dissertation on a North Carolina high school to flesh out the mascot chapter. Not much in the way of secondary literature though and a trip to FAMU will be required to get a book, not sure when though.

Random thoughts, I made teriyaki sauce the other night, 'twas yummy, but I burnt the hell out of my tongue while tasting. While watching the Inauguration I heard a hymn I haven't sung since Children's Choir, Simple Gifts, only the melody of the first two verses though, I noticed. Also, I neglected to comment in my first entry on the kids, whose J. Crew coats I envy, especially Malia's royal blue one. They are the cutest First Kids in forty years. And shame on TY, the Beanie Babies company, for taking advantage of them. Also, props to the Bush twins for the letter they left, great advice. And the scavenger hunt in the White House, during the Inaugural Balls, that ended with the Jonas Bros. in the East Room? Totally awesome!
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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 11:34 am
I've failed at getting a job and had my power shut off in the last week. Oh, and I'm semi-sweating because I accidentally wore long sleeves and it's 69ºF. The failing to get a job hurt because I was attempting to ref intramural basketball, and earning the respect of males is high on my list of life priorities. Anyway, next shot (no pun intended) is softball if my applications for clerical jobs don't pan out. As for the power, Mom and I got our wires crossed on which bills we'd discussed, so she's paying the phone bill I'd intended to pay while I paid to restore power.

As for why I'm awake and productive before noon, tomorrow is my only chance to see UNC live. The ticket office opened early and the line was longer than I expected (damn e-mails to give info to casual fans). As for the weather, if this continues, I'll be wearing gray in the student section tomorrow instead of Carolina Blue, as that is the color of my only t-shirt, problem... After procuring my ticket, I treated myself to a java chip frappacino and headed for the library. The American Indian chapters of my thesis are due, so I was looking at advertising and mascots. It somehow feels wrong, but I'll have to use the J.B. Duke trading cards in the Library of Congress to complete the advertising chapter. Also, I found a dissertation on a North Carolina high school to flesh out the mascot chapter. Not much in the way of secondary literature though and a trip to FAMU will be required to get a book, not sure when though.

Random thoughts, I made teriyaki sauce the other night, 'twas yummy, but I burnt the hell out of my tongue while tasting. While watching the Inauguration I heard a hymn I haven't sung since Children's Choir, Simple Gifts, only the melody of the first two verses though, I noticed. Also, I neglected to comment in my first entry on the kids, whose J. Crew coats I envy, especially Malia's royal blue one. They are the cutest First Kids in forty years. And shame on TY, the Beanie Babies company, for taking advantage of them. Also, props to the Bush twins for the letter they left, great advice. And the scavenger hunt in the White House, during the Inaugural Balls, that ended with the Jonas Bros. in the East Room? Totally awesome!
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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 04:37 pm
I've been tossing several entries around in my head, but many are long topics, such as book reviews and the Brett Favre situation. However, since I'm feeling guilty about my lack of postings here goes. I've been staying up late and getting up early to watch USA Basketball exhibitions. And while this team is on a three-year program, and thus has been together a while, I still have reservations. The first three games (Canada, Turkey, and Lithuania) were the typical blowouts with lots of flashy plays. The last two games (Russia and Australia) have revealed shortcomings, such as a lack of half court play. The ability to break or shoot over the zone defense will be crucial, but the point guard rotation seems to be disrupting the offense, as Jason Kidd doesn't get much playing time and Chris Paul is getting beat on defense. Only Deron Williams seems dependable. Also, players are in roles they are unaccustomed to, such as Kobe Bryant being the main defender instead of the go to guy on offense. The perimeter shooting is working nicely with the international arc being closer to college range (I think college players should be shooting from the international difference), despite the tendency to shoot from NBA range anyway. However, the ability to play in the half court and play a slower tempo will be crucial to bringing home the gold. It's been eight years since that happened, and that seems like an eternity.

On a lighter note, the announcers today made a comment that I much enjoyed. They both have history degrees, and agreed that they did it in part to avoid the math requirements. :-) Also on an announcer note, Doug Collins will be calling games in Beijing, which should be interesting as his son is on the USA Basketball coaching staff as a result of being one of Coach K's assistants at Duke. As for my thoughts about Coach K winning a gold medal. :x However, it was revealed that even if the USA wins gold, he doesn't get an official medal. ;-)
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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 04:37 pm
I've been tossing several entries around in my head, but many are long topics, such as book reviews and the Brett Favre situation. However, since I'm feeling guilty about my lack of postings here goes. I've been staying up late and getting up early to watch USA Basketball exhibitions. And while this team is on a three-year program, and thus has been together a while, I still have reservations. The first three games (Canada, Turkey, and Lithuania) were the typical blowouts with lots of flashy plays. The last two games (Russia and Australia) have revealed shortcomings, such as a lack of half court play. The ability to break or shoot over the zone defense will be crucial, but the point guard rotation seems to be disrupting the offense, as Jason Kidd doesn't get much playing time and Chris Paul is getting beat on defense. Only Deron Williams seems dependable. Also, players are in roles they are unaccustomed to, such as Kobe Bryant being the main defender instead of the go to guy on offense. The perimeter shooting is working nicely with the international arc being closer to college range (I think college players should be shooting from the international difference), despite the tendency to shoot from NBA range anyway. However, the ability to play in the half court and play a slower tempo will be crucial to bringing home the gold. It's been eight years since that happened, and that seems like an eternity.

On a lighter note, the announcers today made a comment that I much enjoyed. They both have history degrees, and agreed that they did it in part to avoid the math requirements. :-) Also on an announcer note, Doug Collins will be calling games in Beijing, which should be interesting as his son is on the USA Basketball coaching staff as a result of being one of Coach K's assistants at Duke. As for my thoughts about Coach K winning a gold medal. :x However, it was revealed that even if the USA wins gold, he doesn't get an official medal. ;-)
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Friday, June 13th, 2008 03:45 pm
Not taking thesis hours this summer wasn't my wisest move. As now I have to join Friends of the FSU Libraries to get my checkout privileges back. Not fun to find out after you've already been through the stacks. Anyway, as I was writing the check out for the membership I had to check the date, not good. It's not that it's Friday the 13th that's bad, it's that it's June 13th, which is a date that's not been kind to me. Two consecutive summers at camp were ruined on that date way back when, and then there was that game last night, which definitely ended after midnight. How do these connect? Well the second summer at camp was screwed up by three seizures in one night all because I went to the infirmary after the first one. This was a bad move because it was the only place in camp with a TV and it was Game 6 of the 1997 Finals. While that night was worth watching, the date remains and I'm beginning to wonder if I need to hibernate on June 13th.
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Friday, June 13th, 2008 03:45 pm
Not taking thesis hours this summer wasn't my wisest move. As now I have to join Friends of the FSU Libraries to get my checkout privileges back. Not fun to find out after you've already been through the stacks. Anyway, as I was writing the check out for the membership I had to check the date, not good. It's not that it's Friday the 13th that's bad, it's that it's June 13th, which is a date that's not been kind to me. Two consecutive summers at camp were ruined on that date way back when, and then there was that game last night, which definitely ended after midnight. How do these connect? Well the second summer at camp was screwed up by three seizures in one night all because I went to the infirmary after the first one. This was a bad move because it was the only place in camp with a TV and it was Game 6 of the 1997 Finals. While that night was worth watching, the date remains and I'm beginning to wonder if I need to hibernate on June 13th.
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Thursday, June 12th, 2008 11:57 pm
OH MY FUCKING GOD! Up by 22 after one, up by 18 at half, fall apart in the third quarter and lose by 5? How did this happen? The Lakers went from beating the shit out of the Celtics, about to tie the series, to down 3-1, a deficit that's yet to be overcome. I feel bad for Kobe because he spent the first half orchestrating the offense only to have them not help him out when the Celtics lock down defense kicked in. I thought this Lakers team was ready, but maybe not. They couldn't stay focused and they don't really have a point guard. Fisher and Farmar only play sparingly with Kobe running the offense on most possessions. Kobe's lousy shooting night certainly didn't help, but the Lakers' interior defense was horrid the second half. Gasol hasn't figured out how to defend Garnett and that's causing Kobe to have to defend Pierce. Plus, the injury to Rondo has helped the Celtics as he was their weak link. *sigh* We saw history in the NCAA tourney this year, maybe we'll see history in the Finals, as I don't think I can stomach the Celtics winning. Hormones and unbelievable losses are not a good combination. *tear*
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Thursday, June 12th, 2008 11:57 pm
OH MY FUCKING GOD! Up by 22 after one, up by 18 at half, fall apart in the third quarter and lose by 5? How did this happen? The Lakers went from beating the shit out of the Celtics, about to tie the series, to down 3-1, a deficit that's yet to be overcome. I feel bad for Kobe because he spent the first half orchestrating the offense only to have them not help him out when the Celtics lock down defense kicked in. I thought this Lakers team was ready, but maybe not. They couldn't stay focused and they don't really have a point guard. Fisher and Farmar only play sparingly with Kobe running the offense on most possessions. Kobe's lousy shooting night certainly didn't help, but the Lakers' interior defense was horrid the second half. Gasol hasn't figured out how to defend Garnett and that's causing Kobe to have to defend Pierce. Plus, the injury to Rondo has helped the Celtics as he was their weak link. *sigh* We saw history in the NCAA tourney this year, maybe we'll see history in the Finals, as I don't think I can stomach the Celtics winning. Hormones and unbelievable losses are not a good combination. *tear*
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Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 05:50 am
The NBA Finals start on Thursday and it's been a while since I really cared who won. However, the press worshiping at the feet of the Celtics combined with the fact that Phil and Kobe reunited in LA make me want a title for the Lakers worse than I wanted a title for anyone since Jordan left Chicago. I wanted a Lakers-Pistons Finals, as payback for 2004, but the Celtics' mission derailed that and presented television executives with the Finals that they've been salivating about all season. ESPN/ESPN Classic have been replaying Celtics-Lakers Finals all week. And I've heard more about Bird/Magic than I've heard since they were on the Olympic team together. Anyway, I'm ready for the ball to be tipped and the talking to stop. Let's see who's better, The Big Three in Boston or Kobe and The Bench Mob.

Let's just say it's been a decade since I saw a player as hard to defend as Kobe, but Jordan comparisons are annoying Kobe, so I'll just say the facts speak for themselves. He might want to avoid the comparisons, but if he completes the summer the way he wants (MVP, Championship, Finals MVP, Gold Medal) he will have joined the Rarefied Air and can just deal with it. I wondered prior to the ESPN interview this weekend what's been going on in his head since he went from demanding a trade to an MVP and a Finals appearance. He never gives interviews and I'd misconstrued some things (such as the fact that he doesn't view this title as necessary to prove that he can win without Shaq and the whole Jordan comparison thing). Unfortunately for him, I'm not the only one. However, as I don't remember Jordan's prime in detail, I do respect Kobe as an individual player rather than simply as the heir to the throne. However, he is now sitting on the throne, at least from where this subject sits. Now that he has an MVP, Kobe has secured his place as the face of the league, if not in hearts outside LA. And after a Western Conference scout stated in Sports Illustrated that comparing Kobe to LeBron James is like "the difference between a Maserati and a Volvo," *snickers* I'd say Kobe's place as best in the league is clear. And I'd love to see the Lakers win the Finals and the USA win Gold (despite the head coach) to validate it further.
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Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 05:50 am
The NBA Finals start on Thursday and it's been a while since I really cared who won. However, the press worshiping at the feet of the Celtics combined with the fact that Phil and Kobe reunited in LA make me want a title for the Lakers worse than I wanted a title for anyone since Jordan left Chicago. I wanted a Lakers-Pistons Finals, as payback for 2004, but the Celtics' mission derailed that and presented television executives with the Finals that they've been salivating about all season. ESPN/ESPN Classic have been replaying Celtics-Lakers Finals all week. And I've heard more about Bird/Magic than I've heard since they were on the Olympic team together. Anyway, I'm ready for the ball to be tipped and the talking to stop. Let's see who's better, The Big Three in Boston or Kobe and The Bench Mob.

Let's just say it's been a decade since I saw a player as hard to defend as Kobe, but Jordan comparisons are annoying Kobe, so I'll just say the facts speak for themselves. He might want to avoid the comparisons, but if he completes the summer the way he wants (MVP, Championship, Finals MVP, Gold Medal) he will have joined the Rarefied Air and can just deal with it. I wondered prior to the ESPN interview this weekend what's been going on in his head since he went from demanding a trade to an MVP and a Finals appearance. He never gives interviews and I'd misconstrued some things (such as the fact that he doesn't view this title as necessary to prove that he can win without Shaq and the whole Jordan comparison thing). Unfortunately for him, I'm not the only one. However, as I don't remember Jordan's prime in detail, I do respect Kobe as an individual player rather than simply as the heir to the throne. However, he is now sitting on the throne, at least from where this subject sits. Now that he has an MVP, Kobe has secured his place as the face of the league, if not in hearts outside LA. And after a Western Conference scout stated in Sports Illustrated that comparing Kobe to LeBron James is like "the difference between a Maserati and a Volvo," *snickers* I'd say Kobe's place as best in the league is clear. And I'd love to see the Lakers win the Finals and the USA win Gold (despite the head coach) to validate it further.
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Saturday, May 24th, 2008 02:59 pm
It's time for an entertainment and sports update. I wasted four hours of my life on Tuesday voting for American Idol only to have David Cook win. David Archuleta had gotten most of the judges' praise the night before, including overly so from Simon, but lost because he's only the best voice, not the best performer. Anyway, I downloaded a bunch of Archuleta performances before they removed them from iTunes only to find that the videos suck. The audio is fine, but the video is screwy. Fortunately, some of what I downloaded wasn't video and I was able to find the tracks with the screwy video on LimeWire. And I finally watched the final TV Guide wrap on the season last night without any resentment. I still think Cook will regret his win though.

Anyway, after the Idol finale was the first Lakers/Spurs game. Lakers were down fourteen when I left the restaurant where I'd been watching, got down twenty, and still managed to win. Kobe is finally playing like a leader, not just someone who can score at will. Twenty-three points in the second half helped the Lakers pull even and finally win. However, I still hate close games. I much preferred the Lakers second victory, which was a thirty-point win and the second unit played most of the fourth quarter, good lesson for later.

The Celtics/Pistons is shaping up very differently than their Western counterparts. That series is tied going to Detroit and the Celtics haven't won a road game yet in the playoffs. Game 1 was a close win for the Celtics, but Game 2 left the Celtics on their heels after the Pistons shot lights out in the second half and well in the first half. Plus, the Piston big men have figured out how to limit Garnett. The only problem could be that Rasheed Wallace got his fifth technical of the playoffs and is two away from sitting out a game for Detroit. However, the Celtics now must win a road game to win the series, probably Game 3, or their out.

Aside from basketball, it's May, and that means Triple Crown season. I was shocked by the Derby. Not only did a horse with only three prior starts win, but the the horse that placed (2nd) was euthanized on the track after she fell while cooling down. That's painful to watch under normal circumstances, but the recent tragedy of Barbaro, and his being interred at Churchill Downs, makes it that much harder. However, Big Brown also won the Preakness and may be the best shot at a Triple Crown in several years. That would be a much needed pick-me-up after the tragedy of the Derby.
nolechica: (Default)
Saturday, May 24th, 2008 02:59 pm
It's time for an entertainment and sports update. I wasted four hours of my life on Tuesday voting for American Idol only to have David Cook win. David Archuleta had gotten most of the judges' praise the night before, including overly so from Simon, but lost because he's only the best voice, not the best performer. Anyway, I downloaded a bunch of Archuleta performances before they removed them from iTunes only to find that the videos suck. The audio is fine, but the video is screwy. Fortunately, some of what I downloaded wasn't video and I was able to find the tracks with the screwy video on LimeWire. And I finally watched the final TV Guide wrap on the season last night without any resentment. I still think Cook will regret his win though.

Anyway, after the Idol finale was the first Lakers/Spurs game. Lakers were down fourteen when I left the restaurant where I'd been watching, got down twenty, and still managed to win. Kobe is finally playing like a leader, not just someone who can score at will. Twenty-three points in the second half helped the Lakers pull even and finally win. However, I still hate close games. I much preferred the Lakers second victory, which was a thirty-point win and the second unit played most of the fourth quarter, good lesson for later.

The Celtics/Pistons is shaping up very differently than their Western counterparts. That series is tied going to Detroit and the Celtics haven't won a road game yet in the playoffs. Game 1 was a close win for the Celtics, but Game 2 left the Celtics on their heels after the Pistons shot lights out in the second half and well in the first half. Plus, the Piston big men have figured out how to limit Garnett. The only problem could be that Rasheed Wallace got his fifth technical of the playoffs and is two away from sitting out a game for Detroit. However, the Celtics now must win a road game to win the series, probably Game 3, or their out.

Aside from basketball, it's May, and that means Triple Crown season. I was shocked by the Derby. Not only did a horse with only three prior starts win, but the the horse that placed (2nd) was euthanized on the track after she fell while cooling down. That's painful to watch under normal circumstances, but the recent tragedy of Barbaro, and his being interred at Churchill Downs, makes it that much harder. However, Big Brown also won the Preakness and may be the best shot at a Triple Crown in several years. That would be a much needed pick-me-up after the tragedy of the Derby.