Proof positive

I know that someone's going to jump all over me for this, but fuck it. I just looked back at some of my posts from the beginning of the playoffs. . .damn, my writing actually had some style back then, what seems like a century ago. All this Spurs and Pistons handicapping, Robert Horry and the structure of clutch situations, Tim Duncan's soundness, explain the mechanics of why the draft is so screwy, assess the CBA shit has either really sapped the life out of me or naturally lends itself to the kind of writing we pay for the privilege of reading on Insider. So I hereby resolve that, after we've put this playoffs to bed once and for all, I'm going to learn to smile again. Before draft night, I will again litter my garden with flowers and asps!!!!!!!!!

And if anyone thought that my Game 7 post earlier today read like some unholy union of Scoop and Carrie Bradshaw, well, I guess it's come to that.


At 6/23/2005 5:42 PM, Anonymous brickowski said...

yeah, the change had become apparent. i blame the spurs. having your least favorite team on center stage leaves you with two equally unappealing options: 1)ignore the finals, or 2)have fun spur-baiting (very different from the spur-bating i enjoy...no homo) which only leads to more spurs debating and unhappiness for shoals. either way, the spurs are the hole in your swing.

frankly, i feel pretty worn down from these playoffs as well. i don't remember it ever being this exhausting. win or lose, i'm happy this thing comes to an end tonight.

i was at the SBC center on Tuesday for the loss. i didn't have a ticket for game 7, but yesterday evening a pair of tickets were inexplicably offered to me at face value. so, for better or worse, i'm going tonight. i think that having to watch two consecutive home court losses in person would be more than i could take, though, so this might be the last you hear from brickowski.

At 6/24/2005 2:22 PM, Blogger Ken said...

Since you mentioned your writing style, could you take this space to explain why Max Kellerman is your ESPN hero?

At 6/24/2005 2:35 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

he's a big dork that tried to pretend he's not one, over-educated and uses it without being annoying, makes no bones about his generation, and isn't afraid to either make provocative points when he thinks he's right or back down from one if it starts to fall apart, driven both by a kid-like enthusiasm and snotty columbia skepticism. he's jewish.

i don't know if he's the person i'd most like to be, but i think i'm doomed to look up to him. makes more sense than simmons jocking.

At 6/24/2005 2:38 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

simmons wants to appear "with it" and wants to bring that to sports, while with kellerman all the music, movies etc. stuff seems less forced and professionalized. he's in the same lineage as the "stupid hip-hop quote over basketball blog entry" tradition.

At 6/24/2005 5:07 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

and one more kellerman thing. . when he says provocative shit, it's because he's thought it through and has good reasons (and a viable framework) for it. not just jock-like grandstanding of the "what!" variety

At 6/24/2005 6:35 PM, Blogger shoefly said...

I like Kellerman too, I like his love for boxing. Unfortunately, he has a tendency to jump entirely on a bandwagon and can be a real cheerleader. I remember after Roy JOnes Jr. beat John Ruiz, he was putting him up there with Ray Robinson. John Ruiz!!! What? I think he doesn't really know other sports as well and let's his mouth get in front of his brain. I also think he is a bit of a grandstander and superegotist. I do, however, feel sorry that his brother was murdered by a boxer named the harlem hammer, with an actual hammer. That is truly a terrible story.

At 6/25/2005 10:59 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

shoefly said: "I think he doesn't really know other sports as well and let's his mouth get in front of his brain. I also think he is a bit of a grandstander and superegotist."

all the more reason why he simply has to be my espn spirit animal.

and even so, he does it in a far more intelligent way that 90% of the sports pundits. he knows that, and that's often why he lets himself get carried away. not so much with the kind of ideas he had, but the degree to which he has them; generally, i'd rather just hear him say something the first time he says it.


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