5.15.2006

The crayon goes everywhere



True Hoop's momentous one-year anniversary (congrats from all of us here on the boat!!!!!) got me thinking about the evolution of a blog over time. In general, at first, before ending up as a consideration of how the comments on FreeDarko have changed.

Once, there were none. Then, slowly but surely, a few fine souls began showing up to speak on the topic at hand. Eventually, there were more people doing this, and soon a new post became an occasion for an open-ended discussion of whatever. By the time these playoffs rolled around, the conversation would often rage regardless of what we FreeDarko commanders did or didn't do/say/press.

I can't help but notice that no one has a thing to say about a weekend's worth of supposedly important action. Meaning that:

1) We have been displaced by some entity as of yet unknown to me, which would totally fucking suck.

2) I am utterly, celestially right in insisting that there's nothing to see in this round.

3) Everyone's got alter ego's that they employ when it comes time to talk about sports for real, like at least one of our esteemed contributors.

I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT MYSELF. I AM DISCUSSING THE COMMUNITY WE HAVE BUILT TOGETHER AND THE CONDITIONS THAT MUST PREVAIL FOR US TO EVER BE FREE AGAIN.

24 Comments:

At 5/15/2006 5:24 PM, Anonymous miamian said...

the lid you've placed over dwyane wade discussion has turned me off just a bit. i know you dont appreciate the way he hands his business w/ such joylessness from november to april, but as we're seeing now, that's because he realizes that the playoffs are what this shit is about. you see a far more cocky, braggadicious, emotional dwyane in these settings -- he's doing some shit to jason kidd that is almost sacreligious -- hall of famers aren't supposed to be made to look as silly as what dwyane is doing to him. as such, bring dwyane back into the fold and i'm all in.

otherwise, though, this is the calm b/f the storm, last weekend was very much a time for finding out what was what. it was a good time, not for discussion and taunting (which makes sheed's ridiculous guarantee all the more inappropriate, as we have no idea whether he had predicted the demise of a worthy opponent or simply stated the obvious), but for quiet observation and contemplation.

for example, we discovered that the nets clearly arent for real right now (espn cover notwithstanding) - that's not some "vince doesn't do enough" bullshit, that's just a fact, until they get a bench, they aren't hanging around until june.

if im a dallas or sa fan, i'm just staying calm right now -- i have no idea what to expect over the next seven days.

and so on. last weekend was all about observation for many of us, i'd imagine. i didnt even check your site although that is a daily ritual. dont despair though, now that some cards are on the table, id imagine business will resume.

 
At 5/15/2006 5:52 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

m--on wade: when looking back at some old posts this past weekend, i realized that i was as into his 2005 run as anyone. i think my feelings on him have a lot to do with that b-list bus stop of a team he's one, and how retarded it is that toine, williams, and payton all from time to time feel the need to prop up their encorpsed egos. but wade is easily the most exhilirating star left, and once he's in a series that he can raise up and dramatically win (as opposed to that inflated joke of a roster underachieving), i'l be into it.

what amazed me about him last postseason was that he almost single-handedly challenged detroit. maybe i have some aesthetic qualms about him, but when a guard who plays like he does can stare down the throat of one of these TEAM teams. . . that's as close to FD's last stand as we're going to get.

 
At 5/15/2006 5:59 PM, Anonymous miamian said...

fair enough -- i can see his limitations in terms of what you guys are trying to do here, but in terms of sheer creativeness, athleticism, energy, etc., it cannot be denied that he is fighting the good fight.

the rest of the roster is some oppressive shit. even still, its not as oppressive as eric snow, flip murray, and drew gooden. lebron might as well be playing in sand right now. as a dwyane fan ive always had trouble coming to grips w/ lebron, but what he did the other night was truly heroic.

detroit clearly is the bad guy right now. you have the two most engaging stars in the league in lebron and dwyane, and detroit's whole shit is keeping them down. all we need is some news story about how tony delk pipebombed chris paul's house to complete the picture.

 
At 5/15/2006 6:02 PM, Blogger bobduck said...

To me, Dwyane isn't the big star with watchability issues. No-one his size, to my knowledge, has ever brought it to the rim like he does on a play-by play basis.

The real issue is Lebron. Maybe he's just too damn good, but his game looks joyless. There's just no drama involved in any given Lebron posession. If he really wants to get to the bucket, he will. Period.

 
At 5/15/2006 6:05 PM, Anonymous Nitro said...

Do you generally choose the players you like based on semi-objective, identifiable, aesthetic principles? I find myself inexplicably drawn to certain players; and others, who for all objective purposes are clearly awesome, I just don't want to root for.

 
At 5/15/2006 6:06 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

for exactly the reasons you state, wade can and should be a font of emotion and determination. yet instead that uncomfortable (for the viewer) patness about being able to does what he does.

lebron is not basketball jesus; he's the basketball lord. does the proposition "and on the seventh day, the lord had a really, really great time and effused over all that he had made" sound right to you?

 
At 5/15/2006 6:28 PM, Blogger bobduck said...

I agree with your point about the lack of emotion Wade displays. Anyone who does what he does should at least Varejao once in a while. As a side note, those "Fall down 7 times" commercials are remarkably accurate.

If we accept Lebron as basketball lord, then a kind of christian theology neatly works itself out.
Observe:
God- Lebron
Jesus- Wade (I don't think JC ever got too amped over the loaves and fishes, and neither would Dwyane.)
Holy Ghost- Darko
John the Apostle- Bosh
Mohammed- Melo (Just because he seems to belong to a different set of beliefs entirely. That J is not of this group.)

 
At 5/15/2006 6:43 PM, Anonymous Memory Jones said...

I vote for #2.

Like everyone else, I'm waiting for the conference finals. In the series that aren't foregone conclusions, there just isn't anything compelling to say about them: "Did you see how many free throws Dirk took?" "Is getting hit in the face by a 350-pound man's elbow an offensive foul?" "Sam Cassell is ugly!"

I'm watching the games, but I feel like there's no emotional through-line that necessitates commentary. (If the Cavs win tonight and even the series, then that changes.)

Barring Lebron ascending, the East series look like brutal foregone conclusions, with one being a blue-collar, cud-chewing group and the other a Frankenstein's monster of frustrated also-rans.

The West, meanwhile, for all its supposed drama, is just a gentlemanly pair of "may the best man win" matchups. If the Spurs beat the Mavs, it's business as usual; if the Mavs beat the Spurs, it's because Avery Johnson has turned them into the new Spurs.

The Sun-Clips may be the least compelling series featuring an MVP ever.

 
At 5/15/2006 7:11 PM, Anonymous bpedro said...

I understand what they're going for with the "fall down seven times, stand up eight" ad, and maybe this has already been pointed out, but when does the eighth standing up happen? If you fall seven times, you can only stand up seven times.

 
At 5/15/2006 7:15 PM, Blogger mutoni said...

Tim FUCKING Thomas!

 
At 5/15/2006 7:26 PM, Anonymous nitro said...

The resurgence of Tim Thomas is ridiculous, but would you rather have been beaten by a crazy wrist-flick from the chest 3 from Shawn Marion?

 
At 5/15/2006 7:32 PM, Blogger mutoni said...

Abso-fucking-lutely!!!!

Are you kidding me?

 
At 5/15/2006 7:36 PM, Anonymous Memory Jones said...

I think "resurgence" is inaccurate in reference to Tim Thomas. He's been a tease since his early career and somehow he chose the '06 playoffs to piss off the Bucks, et al., by showing what he could have been if he'd put forth the requisite effort. A disgrace.

 
At 5/15/2006 7:45 PM, Anonymous nitro said...

True, Thomas never had anything to "surge" back to.

I guess I can't believe that Marion shot is ever going in.

 
At 5/15/2006 8:00 PM, Anonymous nitro said...

But I can see how it's worse to lose to the symbol of wasted talent.

At least Derrick Coleman didn't come back and hit a 3 to beat you.

 
At 5/15/2006 8:08 PM, Anonymous Memory Jones said...

You know, Vin Baker is sitting on the Clipper's bench. It would be some hardcore poetic career-disappointment justice if he stepped up and hit a game winner to send Thomas and the Suns home for the year.

 
At 5/15/2006 8:34 PM, Anonymous Mr. Six said...

Memory Jones gets the No-Prize for most compelling playoff story that won't happen even though you wish it would.

I'm realizing that my perception of the playoffs is getting skewed by Tivo. I watch the games when I want, sometimes out of order.

That said, I am finding that TEAMs are a problem for my interest in the playoffs. I used to really like watching Dallas games, when Nash was still at the point; now I don't care. I haven't cared about the Spurs since 96-97. I should like the Pistons, but their game--though effective--is so ugly that only The Bron can make them watchable.* The Nets simply can't hang, and the Heat were more compelling before the trade for Shaq.** I think I enjoy Wade more than Mr. Shoals, though I'm slightly suspicious of him because the "secretly boring" tag has a whiff of truth upon it. I'm enjoying Suns/Clips, but it lacks something.

Perhaps the problem is not in the stars but in myself. Patience. No celestial re-shuffling will occur to give the preeminent the right teams to bring them to the top of the mountain immediately. The New NBA must wait for its time, and so must I.



*Still, 38-36 at the half? CONFIDENTIAL TO DAVID STERN: WE ALL APPRECIATE DEFENSE, BUT YOU GOT RID OF THE 90s KNICKS AND HEAT FOR A REASON. PLEASE TAKE CARE OF THE PISTONS.
**Still, they're all that stand between the Pistons and another unwatchable finals. I pray for no injuries and the Heat peaking right this minute.

 
At 5/15/2006 9:16 PM, Blogger mutoni said...

if lebron can complete this little magical ride in game 4, these playoffs will once again have LIFE!!!!!

 
At 5/15/2006 9:30 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

why does reggie miller keep referring to lebron by twenty-one jumpstreet? let's keep it kenny smith's job to bestow such monikers.

 
At 5/15/2006 9:33 PM, Blogger mutoni said...

I'm telling you; Lebron and his pals have me high like giraffe ass!! (thanks, chauncey bloggups) right about fucking now.

 
At 5/15/2006 9:50 PM, Anonymous Memory Jones said...

Guaransheed.

 
At 5/15/2006 10:24 PM, Anonymous miamian said...

man do i hate some detroit basketball.

that shit was awesome

 
At 5/16/2006 12:35 AM, Blogger Snicker-snack said...

The eighth standing-up of the Wade ad refers to dunking, and the commercial ends with a dunk. That is, standing up when already upright equals a jump, which equals a dunk.

 
At 5/16/2006 2:11 PM, Anonymous David Soll said...

speaking of non-sequitur comments, here's another moment of convergence between professional sports and Michel Foucault:

http://education.guardian.co.uk/egweekly/story/0,,1765168,00.html

 

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