7.28.2006

Your child is not safe



A new piece is now available over at McSweeney’s. In it, I get my Mitch Albom on with some counter-intuitive wisdom, received from a very special lady.

On to pressing matters, Charles Barkley’s gubernatorial aspirations have been well-documented. As typical in the world of FD, the issue is better suited for deliberation than actualization.

Lightning rod? Absolutely!

Statesman?

6 Comments:

At 7/28/2006 6:01 PM, Blogger SunsGossip said...

I think Barkley would make a fine governor. No condescension meant to Alabama, but if a huge/important state like California can deal with the Governator, I think little Bama can handle Sir Charles. At least his political catchphrases will actually be funny.

 
At 7/28/2006 6:04 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

loose quote here from charles on PTI yestrday: "i was put on earth to help poor people"

 
At 7/28/2006 6:19 PM, Blogger supe said...

Interesting "trading block" allusion in McSweeney's. It recalls Rasheed Wallace's "we all just n--gas" to the team owners comment back when he was a Blazer (no pun intended).

If I may throw some unrelated thoughts out here...

Pichi Campana Aguanta's reportage has been a highlight this summer.

I'm looking forward to an FD post regarding the Team USA. So many possibilities:

- The biggest, most ball-demanding Stars supposedly putting their egos aside to play whatever role is asked of them.

- The notion of playing a different style of ball, more flexible and versatile, a la Pheonix or Dallas style, with D'Antoni as an assistant. Opposing teams can take away the star isolation play so prevalent in the NBA with the free use of zone defences.

- Could this be a watershed moment of enlightenment for the Stars that will speed development of the new-NBA/International style of play?

 
At 7/31/2006 1:05 AM, Anonymous D. Doyle said...

I think Krzwewski/D'Antoni/McMillan along with Stephen A. and all these Copa Mundial-primed international writers chomping at the bit to criticize the cerebral incompetence of a Team USA squad should hopefully squeeze these americans into brazilian form.

as for the McSweeney's post about AI - I caught myself denigrating AI while homeboy played NBA Live '06 the other night. All he had to say back was, "yeah but he's amazing," and I felt like a team sterner for a second.

 
At 7/31/2006 1:08 AM, Anonymous D. Doyle said...

although it is true that he can't finish with his left hand.

 
At 8/01/2006 3:42 AM, Anonymous Mr. Six said...

"Due to the inherent racial and economic dialogue present in the very dynamic of the modern NBA, wouldn't it be wise if Team Stern used their incredible powers of persuasion to PC-up the term "trading block" a bit?"

No-Prize for Rocco on that one. I tried to come up with a complementary joke, but I guess I'm not in the mood. This League is great. This League substitutes a dress code and age limit for dialog on the issues raised by Sheed and J. O'Neal. I love this League.

Some get AI naturally. Others would have to work to get him. Too many of the latter are too lazy to even try. Or they stupidly give a shit about what an athlete does anywhere other than on a court ... the same people who, in a not so different universe, would have had no idea who Ken Lay was ... maybe they don't even know in this one.

And if we can agree for the sake of argument that no one is perfect, then the calculus of respectability depends entirely on which eye-motes one finds acceptable. I'll give up "ability to finish left" for unbreakable stubbornness.

 

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