1.30.2007

Thoughts and Prequel Facts

Not every day brings a shovel of mush from deep within FreeDarko's mental hive. Sometimes, we are as mortal as anyone else; usually, we just don't post on those days, like the way I will gleefully abstain from any discussion that involves a player I haven't heard of. Today, though, work is slow, and our cup of other people's glop runneth over, so here's a very brief "around the interwebs" post.



The grounds for legal action might be the primary FD concern here, but I'd also like to know what the fuck is going on is this all-too-brief video that uses Big Baby's artcraft. Pardon me for not keeping track of EuroLeague gossip, or not knowing Spanish; if anyone can shed some light on this, and explain whether the 3,000 plus viewings it's received is a lot or a little, I'd be thankful.

Next, the incredibly socio-politically fraught goblin that we call Shane Battier Bobblehead Day. Now in my experience, bobbleheads tend to make their victims look like something other than African-American men. Whether its some sort of culturally insensitive glitch in production or a marketing conspiracy, this fact cannot be disputed. Given this indelible truth, you can imagine my surprise when I saw what the Houston organization had cooked up for everyone's favorite upright Duke alum:



I'm not trying to come off as callous or the arbiter of racialized appearance, but those are not Battier's features. In fact, they've seemingly made him look blacker than he is, as opposed to the usual ethnically ambiguous blur most players' features become. It's kind of played to call Battier or his game "white," and I hesitate to say this was a PR mistake. . .but fuck it, there are probably some fans of the sport who don't like to be reminded that hustle darling Battier is in fact of African-American descent. The real thing doesn't force them to acknowledge it nearly as much as this faulty representation of him does. It's as if some excruciatingly smart and witty artist/sports fan decided to start a subversive line of bobbleheads that. . .actually, I'm going to get my corporate connect on the line.

Finally, DLIC has demanded I link to this, and I personally require that you go here so you can see my friend's videos from an ATL marching band competition. And the Recluse wants me to tell you that those Swag shirts are in and have already hit the mailwaves.

21 Comments:

At 1/30/2007 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it has to do with Ramon calderon and vlade taking over real madrid. why you ask? No idea; just using my two years of college spanish to deduce

 
At 1/30/2007 4:35 PM, Blogger Pooh said...

They made Battier look like....Barry Obama! We play hoop!

 
At 1/30/2007 5:09 PM, Anonymous ronald james davis said...

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoID=1437879424

dont sleep on it

 
At 1/30/2007 5:37 PM, Blogger Jaime Novoa said...

What happened with Divac?

Well, Real Madrid (the whole club) held elections last summer to choose their new president.

Let me make clear that teams here in Europe can work in many different ways: as a company with their owner (like in the NBA), or like a "government" with their elections every four years and so.

What happened is that one of the candidates, Rammon Calderon, promised to bring Divac as the basketball section GM to make it look more international and, in the process, get some more votes for bringing a famous face along with him.

He ended up winning the elections, but Divac didn't show up for a long time, so people started questioning whether what he promised was true or false. And that's why some guys from a local radio created that song making fun of both the new president and Divac.

Right now, he's like a special consultant for the team. Not the GM, though.

 
At 1/30/2007 5:40 PM, Anonymous ronald james davis said...

also, the new wizznutz shirt. quite outstanding. especially the red felt interpretation.

 
At 1/30/2007 6:16 PM, Blogger Rob I said...

I keep clicking the "Buy Tickets Now" button but nothing is happening. I want my Ahmad Rashad bobblehead!

 
At 1/30/2007 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Tracy Morgan Bobble Head is HOT!

 
At 1/30/2007 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every breath Vlade takes?

 
At 1/30/2007 7:41 PM, Blogger J.E. said...

That bobblehead looks nothing like a Shar-Pei!

 
At 1/30/2007 9:53 PM, Anonymous paper tiger said...

my (off the cuff) nomination for the subversive, point-making bobblehead line: gilbert in a fidel costume.

 
At 1/30/2007 9:55 PM, Blogger The Assimilated Negro said...

this sort of looks like the Mutombo joint, which is in a picture on my blog. i'd link, but that's cumbersome, and it's on the front page.

it looks like all the rockets might come from similar stock. maybe there's 2 or 3 molds, and then 2 or 3 colors to pain them with.

kind of like the old school games when you could make a player and there was like 15 types of white players and two black guys.

or vice versa... the race part isn't my point, the template variation is.

 
At 1/31/2007 12:44 AM, Anonymous Bill said...

The Moochie Norris bobblehead from 2002 is perhaps the most valuable piece of NBA memorabilia ever produced and remains on my desk to this day, next to a photo of me and my friend Jimmy.

 
At 1/31/2007 9:23 AM, Blogger Trey said...

When did Michael Strahan start playing for the Rockets?

 
At 1/31/2007 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a thought, but instead of the jump to racial thoughts on the bobbleheads, maybe the problem here is that the artists used to design these things just suck. They are no good and the real shame is that our society doesnt understand or promote good art.
Brian

 
At 1/31/2007 4:48 PM, Blogger Wild Yams said...

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At 1/31/2007 4:56 PM, Blogger T. said...

As both someone who used to be a Rockets employee AND as someone whose best friend owns a bobblehead company, I think I found my calling in a post.

Personal, not corporate opinion - the Rockets bobblehead manufacturer sucks. It's certainly not an imperative to make Shane look anything other than his picture (they usually send a bunch of photos of the player to be made to the contact who sends it to the manufacturer/factory in China who then sends sketches and a sample back. That sample is approved by player + team (AND LEAGUE) and production is sent forth. My guess is that deadlines were looming and there was no time to go through the approval process again so that he was vaguely shane-like was good enough. Heck, the TMac one they put out last year looks exactly like Ray Lewis.

On the other hand, my buddy's company does good accurate work. They have the Dodgers' contract, among other things.

 
At 1/31/2007 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:44 Bill = Simmons?

 
At 1/31/2007 6:49 PM, Blogger stopmikelupica said...

This is the key right here: That sample is approved by player

I was going to say something about this yesterday, but didn't know enough about the bobblehead industry, but now with T's knowledge... it is possible Battier may perceive himself as "blacker" than you think he is... it may well be that these bobbleheads are an actual representation of the athlete's mental self-image....

If you want to play pyschologist, you can go from there... it might be that Battier's game/image is so "white" in fact because he views himself as compensating for his perceived blackness... some quick research indicates that he grew up in Birmingham, MI, a affluent (median income = $100,000), mostly white (96%) small suburb of Detroit (as racially divided as any city in the US)... one can imagine that having any black features, however minor, in a place like that may have been a factor in Shane's self-image development....

 
At 1/31/2007 6:58 PM, Blogger stopmikelupica said...

BTW, whichever one of ya is currently working in China (T.?) - can you verify that there is a great sneaker commercial of Battier (remember, he's big in China - all the Rockets are) that features mad Chinese talking while Battier goes through defensive positions and finishes with these spoken words by Battier in English:
"I CAN PLAY!"...

Double bonus props if you can find the YouTube of this commercial. I hear it's pretty f*cking hysterical....

 
At 1/31/2007 9:43 PM, Anonymous paper tiger said...

"it is possible Battier may perceive himself as "blacker" than you think he is... it may well be that these bobbleheads are an actual representation of the athlete's mental self-image..."

pardon, but i find this positively baffling. i'm quite certain battier, or anyone in that situation, would understand that the memorabilia in their hands is several shades from true, regardless of the median income of their hometown.

 
At 2/01/2007 1:00 AM, Blogger T. said...

sml - more likely that Battier was tired and distracted after practice and the marketing folks had 20 different things for him to sign and look at and he just signed without really thinking about it.*

*All conjecture, i don't know what actually happened, but that's how it usually goes. Shane might be different just because of who he is - so I'm going to maintain that deadlines for shipping are at fault. For things to be delivered to the Toyota Center for a January game, the design pretty much has to be approved 3 months in advance - which puts you in training camp or the beginning of the season.

I haven't seen the Battier commercial yet, but I'm still back and forth between countries until the end of this month when I'm there on the permanent.

 

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