Tag: NBA

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days: Fantastic batch of color photos from the early 1900s taken by French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn. (Citynoise) An fancy interactive map of heavy metal, with sub-genres I've never even heard of. (Map of Metal) Sports columnist Michael Rosenberg puts the epic fail of the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers into perspective with a look at the worst single-season drop-offs ever. And look, my Oakland Raiders made the list! (CNNSI) Cool bootleg of the week; a reunion show featuring jazz greats Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart (Slim & Slam to fans) at the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival. (T.U.B.E.) An excellent column by Jennifer Floyd Engel on the recent dustup between Peter King and Jason W
8 things I miss in sports

8 things I miss in sports

Sports
CNNSI ran an interesting piece this week called "25 Things We Miss in Football", and while it hit on a few things I would definitely have in my own list (Al Davis as a genius, well-dressed coaches, and the Orange Bowl played in the Orange Bowl) there are naturally some missing items.  So to rectify that I'm going to list the things I miss not just in football, but in sports in general.  Let's take a look! 1. Helmet/Bullpen Carts:  I miss helmet and bullpen carts for a few reasons.  One is the pure fun and novelty of the concept.  I mean, the notion that a professional athlete needs motorized assistance to travel a few hundred feet is laughable on its face.  Still, despite all the cynicism of our modern age I have to think there's room in peoples' hearts for sweet rides like this or this
Oklahoma City Joins the WNBA

Oklahoma City Joins the WNBA

Sports
Congratulations Oklahoma City!  Your new NBA franchise, the Thunder (née Seattle SuperSonics), is now the proud owner of one of the crappiest and most unimaginative logos in professional sports. Oh.  My.  God.  If that logo doesn't scream "banged out by a student at a local community college's graphic design program" I don't know what does.  Reading the press release announcing the franchise's new name and logo/colors is laughable.  Here's my favorite part: With a nickname denoting energy and power, a classic-look logo, and the colors of an Oklahoma sunset, Oklahoma City's NBA team unveiled its identity today. A classic-look logo?  If by 'classic' you mean 'some time in the last five years' then sure, it is I guess.  And if the team name is Thunder, why would you want the colors o
Showdown: Isiah Thomas vs. George Costanza

Showdown: Isiah Thomas vs. George Costanza

Funny Stuff
I'm not a huge basketball fan, but being in the New York radio & TV market and being a sports fan has made it nigh impossible to not know something of the disaster that was Isiah Thomas's reign as head coach and president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks. In four full seasons as the team president and two as head coach, Isiah's Knicks set new standards in futility, twice tying the team record for losses in a season (59 of 82 games). Playing in a city with a proud sports heritage, the Knicks became the real-life equivalent of the Washington Generals. But losing was only part of the humiliation - tawdry scandal and general piss-poor decision-making reared their ugly heads at every turn with Thomas. In trying to think of a sports executive who displayed equal pa...