5.19.2006

He Is Here

Just yesterday, I alluded to my love/hate relationship with Sam Cassell, but after last night's post-game interview, he is solidified as one of my favorite players of all time. Before Mark Jones or whoever could get a word in to ask cliched questions about the play of Quinton Ross, the importance of a Game 7, "What did you do differently tonight," Sam yelled, "FIRST OF ALL, YOU GOTTA LOVE IT, BABY. YOU GOTTA LOVE IT." Like, everybody shut the fuck up for a second. Let's focus here. The Clippers, are going to play an important Game 7, and I'm taking time out to pause on that for just one second, in between countless shots of a bloated Billy Crystal and boring-ass soundbites from Raja Bell and Elton Brand about how they're finally getting time to shine on the big stage.


Sam Cassell is the most honest figure in the entire league. When the question about "What does Game 7 mean" came up, Sam again said, "YOU GOTTA LOVE IT BABY" and proceeded to tell dude that they were gonna have fun with it. Yes, that appeals to my most Benji sensibilities. Sam Cassell loves this game.

13 Comments:

At 5/19/2006 3:03 PM, Blogger GentleWhoadie9000 said...

He also looks kind of like an alien fetus.

 
At 5/19/2006 3:21 PM, Blogger Berlin Jim said...

I'm no Cassell fan, but I gotta agree that I'd much rather hear his exuberance than the mealy-mouthed, cliche-ridden drivel that we usually get in post-game interviews.

 
At 5/19/2006 3:33 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

i am picturing jay marriotti as i type this: i can't really blame athletes for resorting to cliches in post-game/mid-game interviews. they're incredibly raw and amped-up, and all of a sudden supposed to come up with something to say that can't possibly get them in trouble when, if you listen to what they're saying on the court, this couldn't be further from their state of mind. they shouldn't even bother interviewing athletes in the locker room unless all bets are assumed to be off.

question: does the potential offensiveness of kw jr.'s soldier-gate, or KG's arsenal scandal, make them any less of a true insight into how they're feeling/thinking?

 
At 5/19/2006 3:58 PM, Blogger skinny said...

"question: does the potential offensiveness of kw jr.'s soldier-gate, or KG's arsenal scandal, make them any less of a true insight into how they're feeling/thinking?"

why would it?

 
At 5/19/2006 4:00 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

because presumably we want to know what's going on in their heads before, during, and after the game. why else would they get interviewed then? and yet they are expected to tailor these interviews to external standards that have nothing to do with the context of competition or the sport's culture.

 
At 5/19/2006 4:10 PM, Blogger skinny said...

no I'm not questioning the frivolity of post-game interviews. I'm wondering why you think KG or KWjr (or any other athlete that's ever made a controversial statement mid/post-game) could be more candid without being more honest. it's easier to assume they're saying too much instead of lying.

nahmean?

 
At 5/19/2006 4:17 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

are candid and honest different?

"saying too much" in this case is being honest. why would we want athletes to hold back in interviews done (sorry) in the heat of battle?

 
At 5/19/2006 5:51 PM, Blogger GentleWhoadie9000 said...

fightin' in the sandbox. ooh snap!

 
At 5/19/2006 6:07 PM, Blogger T. said...

I thought Sam's best comment was - Mark Jones started off his questioning with "I know you don't want to act like you accomplished anything. . . " and Sam interrupted him and said "Yes we did. We surivived to fight another game. We got to game 7." I thought that was great.

 
At 5/19/2006 6:34 PM, Blogger The Electric Zarko said...

I could have sworn that Sam also said "Preach it!" (apparently directed at himself) and "Ya dig?", which was spectacular.

word verification: mznzngp

 
At 5/19/2006 8:48 PM, Blogger mutoni said...

Lebron just BOOFED On. The. Whole. Pistons. Squad. If the Cavs pull this out, that will surely be the signature moment. Don't hurt 'em, homey!

 
At 5/19/2006 8:53 PM, Blogger mutoni said...

why the fuck am i still doubting The Chosen One? Why do i assume (still) that Detroit will force game 7 and take care of business? What the fuck is wrong w/ me?

 
At 5/19/2006 9:58 PM, Blogger The Electric Zarko said...

So, did the game swing as soon as you did?

And Varejao was actually crucial to the end of the game. It is not a coincidence that he fouled out and the Pistons suddenly started hitting the offensive glass.

 

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