10.16.2006

Venerate Henry Abbott



All in all, there's only a few things on the internet as useful as True Hoop. I can't think of any other site that can be at once so informative and so editorial without getting the two confused.

This post may be unnecessary, since I'm sure most of you read Henry on the daily. Still, though, I would like to call your unwavering attention to two recent items of his. First, from today's Bullets: this Beacon-Journal article, which more or less vindicates a lot of my thoughts on NBA players and fine weaponry. In the comments section of said post, Henry applauded the general direction but discouraged me against making Stephen Jackson the poster child for anything sympathetic. And while recent events have proven him right about the pitfalls surrounding one-time Spur and hidden Finals hero Jackson, I'd say this linked piece vindicates my bigger point.

I don't have too much to add to Henry's thoughts on Scoop's interview and the subsequent comments. Dude's references are corny if you get them, and are borne out of a dissonant need to seem both current and knee-deep in tradition—one that seems to this white boy like a looming mid-life crisis. I did, however, feel it was my BASKETBALL IS NOT JAZZ duty to heap special attention upon one single phrase, one that has possibly done irrevocable damage to my already-shaky opinion of Scoop: "something deep from an Oscar Peterson song." Let me roll that one more 'gain:

SOMETHING DEEP FROM AN OSCAR PETERSON SONG.



And no, I don't need anyone to remind me that Blowout Comb is classic. Or to try and convince me that Oscar Peterson is the Chuck D of showy, post-Tatum piano fluff.

BONUS: One more vital bit of knowledge for today, this via the indispensable Inside Hoops: the Chicago Tribune reports that "the Knicks say they'll at times use guards Stephon Marbury, Steve Francis, Nate Robinson and Jamal Crawford together."

22 Comments:

At 10/16/2006 3:39 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

i know i rarely explain images, but this is a special case since i think it's got major crossover potential:

marbury/francis/crawford/robinson=
The Four Horseman of the Basketball Apocalypse.

That makes Isiah the Anti-Christ (not so original), or, if you read your X-Factor back when, Apocalypse himself.

 
At 10/16/2006 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taking down Scoop Jackson via sloppy Oscar Peterson references accompanied by pictures of Ornette and Digable Planets! Ah, I am in blogger heaven.

 
At 10/16/2006 5:24 PM, Anonymous Henry Abbott said...

Shoals, the second TrueHoop has schwag, you're getting a truckload.

 
At 10/16/2006 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

another beauty from insidehoops. the raptors are practicing with a 7 second shot clock. if this is what the new look raptors have in mind, why did they get rid of mike james?

 
At 10/16/2006 5:49 PM, Anonymous Kaifa said...

The Four Horseman of the Basketball Apocalypse definitely makes sense. Still, using Marbury/Fancis/Crawford/Robinson together "at times" could mean close to the end of the season when a) the number of ping-pong balls is on the line and b)it needs to be decided who of these four stays and who goes. So why not let the guys fight it out on the court and protect Eddy Curry from the high heart rate that receiving a pass in the post and trying to score brings with it.

 
At 10/16/2006 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't resist: Blowout Comb is the bomb!!

We jettin crosstown...

Oh, and it's too good:

wv - nymkint : New York Makin it!

 
At 10/16/2006 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I wrong to wait with bated breath for some insight to the dual stompings (UMiami and FIU, NY and Atlanta) that went down in football-land this weekend, and the subsequent hysteria?

 
At 10/16/2006 8:50 PM, Anonymous Jack said...

Haha Kaifa, I was sooo about to make the same two points; playing the Four Horsemen together will assure them a good chance in the Greg Oden race. Pretty smart, because then they can get rid of Curry. Maybe they will/should anyway.

 
At 10/16/2006 10:26 PM, Blogger Gregg said...

The Knicks can't get Oden- their #1 pick goes to the Bulls this year. And Shoals, I usually don't even try to figure out what the pictures mean, but the meaning of the Four Horsemen was loud and clear.

 
At 10/17/2006 4:16 AM, Blogger T. said...

An X-Factor Reference!

(Really awesome - I, er, happen to own X-Factor 1 through 100-something somewhere in my parents garage - polybagged and backed, of course).

I think it's funny that one of the commentators in the Scoop piece mentioned that FreeDarko is a place that really really doesn't like Simba.

 
At 10/17/2006 1:43 PM, Blogger c-los said...

a scoop jackson article is a waste of 10 minutes...i stopped reading him around the time when Bassy dropped that documentary and scoop was clinging on his nuts...back to real life where he was the 3rd string PG on a horrible Blazers team getting beat out by Steve Blake and Jarret Jack....the yr before Blake was the 4th PG on the Wiz

 
At 10/17/2006 2:05 PM, Blogger Captain Caveman said...

Oh great. The first freedarko image that I DON'T need explained to me, and Shoals explains it.

 
At 10/17/2006 2:10 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

maybe we should do a "stump freedarko with its own images" contest, where readers submit images that they 1) want an explanation for 2) doubt whether we had any sense behind them in the first place. we'll then post either an explanation, an attempt to recall, or an admission that it was bullshit. anyone who catches us in the last one gets a prize.

 
At 10/17/2006 3:16 PM, Blogger stopmikelupica said...

Hate to jump on the bandwagon, but yeah - the first time I actually understand an image, and you explain it! I feel so ripped off....

 
At 10/17/2006 3:20 PM, Blogger stopmikelupica said...

Better question: Who is Famine, who is War, who is Pestilence, and who is Death?

 
At 10/17/2006 3:23 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

for what it's worth, mine break down like this:

1) 50% exact parallel
2) 30% next step in the logic or argument, as told through not-so-exact parallel
3) 20% something that vaguely refutes what i've just said, through vague parallel

 
At 10/17/2006 5:59 PM, Blogger Mr. Six said...

Although I like the idea of the game, I prefer to think that you're all on some dada shit, and that efforts at rational explanation of the pictures would be futile and perverse and would undermine the subconscious associations made twixt text and image.

Plus, no one should try to explain Bear and Monkey.

Bear and Monkey need no explanation.

Bear and Monkey are Exhibit 1 for my above take on this endeavor.

An expalanation of Bear and Monkey would just make me angry and sad.

 
At 10/18/2006 1:57 PM, Anonymous seezmeezy said...

scoop jackson's writing is flat out boring. he is not funny, he is not smarter than your average sports fan, and he provides absolutely no cultural overview of the sports he covers.

he's a complete misfire in terms of content, so i don't even bother trying to analyze his style.

remember when people couldn't take serch seriously cause he seemed to be trying so damn hard? reminds me of scoop.

 
At 10/18/2006 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

scoop rhymes with poop
like something deep from a p. diddy song
--- the Allrights

 
At 10/18/2006 11:34 PM, Blogger T. said...

tangentally related - did anyone watch the Hip-Hop Honors show on VH1 (!?) last night?

The B-Boys, Rakim, everyone doing the Afrika Bambataa tribute, Ice Cube, Eazy-E? It was great. Really great. I was standing and dancing in my living room along with Zulu Nation.

 
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