FreeDarko Pick Finale: SILENCE FALLS

I am not entirely sure why we started this featurette in the first place. Actually, I am—it was to help me ease into my new life with League Pass. Ostensibly, I suppose it was also meant to showcase games that only a FreeDarko reader could love, off-the-beaten-path showdowns or novel takes on the obvious. Yet one week and one scathing rebuke later, we find ourselves unwilling to go on with it. To be revisionist about it, the point has been made, my routine set into motion, and our perspective on how to pick what matters aired out. And most importantly, we are not cutting and running here; we had certain open-ended goals, accomplished them as much as one finitely could, and now feel viewers can make these decisions without us.

Or, with the honesty busting up parlors, the season's too long for us to keep sounding the same narrative notes every time LeBron, Gilbert, the Hawks, the Bobcats, or half the Suns play. And there's really only so much I can do to gussy up the fact that I'll be watching Rockets/Spurs tonight.

(Yes, I did needlessly gut my post from earlier today and have the Recluse interpolate his expert analysis. Some things just have to be done. I would still, though, sincerely suggest you read this post from Basketbawful.)


At 11/14/2006 8:19 PM, Anonymous J.E. Skeets said...

Damn you, Shoals. I loved the FDLPGotN.

I now feel . . .


At 11/14/2006 9:13 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

maybe we can resurrect it periodically, like NBARS or something. mostly this was so we could gracefully bow out of doing it everyday.

At 11/14/2006 9:46 PM, Anonymous MegaPickles said...

Clearly, FD's stated purpose is not to present running commentary on current events; but nevertheless, the daily "what we're watching" notification assists in building community via the common experience.

Not to turn this place into a bulletin board, but it'd be cool to have that opportunity to be a part of a collective. A short post would suffice, or even a sidebar FDtv Widget thingamajigga. Just to show what folks are watching in juxtaposition to the current mood of Darko.

And, it corrals the discussion like a Darko Dewey Decimal system.

WV: soybs- vegan sonuva bitches

At 11/14/2006 10:31 PM, Blogger Stumbleweed said...

Wow, the Nuggets laid the wood to the Heat tonight. Even with a ton of Wade-related fouls, they dominated the 4th quarter. Andre Miller made two threes and finished with 29/10/8? Parallel universe. Filthy dunks all around (watch for 'Melo on SportsCenter) -- I love living in Denver.

Seriously, is there a more fun team to watch? I don't have Leage Pass, so I really have no idea -- the Suns seem grim this year.

At 11/14/2006 11:12 PM, Blogger adam8000plus said...

The opposite of League Pass? Check the coverage the League gets in Australia:

Just watching the bi-(sometimes, maybe tri-) weekly game - Spurs/Rockets, of course - and saw an ad for tomorrow's "Memphis Grizzlies squaring off against Bibby and Garcia's Sacramento Kings".

WV: ufazg - Dr. Mabuse, yo...

At 11/15/2006 1:16 AM, Anonymous Torgo said...

Adam, I know your pain. I get two games a week in Japan on basic cable, shown either at 7 or midnight on Wednesday and Saturday, hours after the games are over, sometimes missing chunks of the 3rd quarter (I don't know why).

Last year, the "Sports" channel decided to put NBA on it's new pay channel. Looking at their sched, it seems like they'll have one game a week live, and a bunch of "classic" NBA. For 15 bucks extra a month.

I miss WGN.

WV: ukiruk, in Risk, the crucial territory needed to control Asia.

At 11/15/2006 1:21 AM, Blogger Brigadier Pudding said...

aside from melo and j.r., i can't for the life of me see the intrigue with the nuggets. i mean, najera? he's basically a mexican mark madsen. camby? meh. andre miller is exciting to watch? don't make me laugh. the loathsome kenyon martin? please.

At 11/15/2006 6:56 AM, Anonymous RichCheng said...

Adam, Torgo,

Count yourselves lucky. This is the current schedule for NBA on TV in the UK.

Yes, that's right. They haven't bothered updating it since last June.

Similar stories here, and here.

It is currently not possible to watch any NBA games in the UK, regardless of how much you are willing to pay.

At 11/15/2006 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


If you want to watch regardless of cost, there are two options for you.
Buy NBA League Pass. Setup PO Box in the US (DirectTV/DISH will not allow you to activate service w/o a US postal address), you will then be presented with a password that gives access to all NBA games on NBA.com. Dish will be your cheapest deal. Or offer to split the cost with someone in the US if they let you use their account number to log in on NBA.com (archived games for 48 hours).

This option my be a little more friendly and I have buddies in Germany and Iraq that use this option. I'm guessing you have contacts in the US. Purchase a Slingbox (the single greatest invention if you travel during the week), have them hook it up, instance access to all US TV (so TNT/ESPN/ABC games will come in too).
Hope this helps.

At 11/15/2006 1:05 PM, Blogger c-los said...

Best use of the WV MegaPickles...laughing uncontrollably in my cubicle at 8 in the AM makes the commute worth it

At 11/15/2006 1:43 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

so if i hooked up a slingbox, someone could watch a different channel than i was watching at home?

At 11/15/2006 1:58 PM, Anonymous MegaPickles said...


i think that is correct. but, if i remember correctly, you might run in to a couple of issues if you're using a mac (i think you mentioned something bout that earlier re: NBA.tv).

slingbox supports mac, but i haven't read enough reviews bout it to know if they've got all the wrinkles smoothed out.


WV: mwxjukza- marvin williams, ex-fan of bazooka joe fortunes, until he realized they're not so much fortunes as much as preachy aphorisms

At 11/15/2006 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slingbox Pro works as a stand alone tuner/dvr. If you have digital cable, I know that the Slingbox can record two programs at that same time that the "cablebox" Tivo can record one show while another is being watched. Such a savior when I'm stuck in DTW or DFW. Or for 1/2 bathroom breaks with the PDA. I am the slowest adapter to technology ever, Christ I bought my first cell phone 2 years ago.

At 11/15/2006 5:39 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

anon 4:27--there's no way you're the slowest adapter ever. for example, i don't even know what any of the following mean:

slingbox pro

with the PDA, Tivo, and all that other shit, i'd say you've been making up ground in the post-cell phone period of your life at an alarming rate.

At 11/16/2006 6:00 PM, Blogger T. said...


DTW - Detroit Wayne County Airport
DFW - Dallas Fort Worth

Maybe I fly too much.

Slingbox Pro is the high end slingbox player - it allows for you to watch more than just your cable - I think you can also watch DVDs and the HD television (among other things) from your home setup.

At 11/16/2006 6:09 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

so someone puts a dvd in, calls me, and i watch it on my computer?

At 11/16/2006 6:11 PM, Blogger T. said...


Connect and control up to four A/V sources. This means you can access your entire home theater, including digital cable, DVD players, TiVo, or any other new-fangled contraption you may have. HD READY The Slingbox PRO is HD Component video compatible (up to 1080i) when used with the optional Slingbox HD Connect Cable. The Slingbox and SlingStream technology adapts the compressed video stream to match the available network and Internet bandwidth. This provides the best possible video quality between the Slingbox and the SlingPlayer application, whether running on a computer or mobile phone

Sure looks like it.

At 11/17/2006 5:43 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

actually, i don't know what a regular slingbox is, and after reading up a little bit, i still don't really get it. i just know that jim rome was giving some out on his show the other day, and i thought it was some new video game system.

At 11/18/2006 2:17 AM, Blogger T. said...

ah - the regular slingbox is really cool technology if you're regularily not at home.

you can install it with your TV system, and then whereever you are in the world (Japan, Paris, where ever) you can watch YOUR television feed on a computer or windows cell phone.

So I could be in Beijing and watching the local Sacramento news or the Kings on a local broadcast on my computer.

At 11/20/2006 7:32 AM, Anonymous RichCheng said...

Anon 12:54:

Thanks for the tips. Remarkably, the league pass option might actually end up cheaper that the surcharge I'm currently paying on my satellite subscription for the sports channels (£10/month), which I really only want for the NBA, anyway. I will look into it.

What's the picture quality of league pass broadband like? Is it the same as the free daily updates on nba.com?


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