8.16.2007

Live to Rise Again



I take back everything I've said and felt. Today is special. PAUL SIMON VERSUS CONNIE HAWKINS.

If you haven't, go read my latest extended post about J.R. Smith and the purpose. Also, Seattlest interviewed me, and I thank them for it.

21 Comments:

At 8/16/2007 2:52 PM, Anonymous Kaifa said...

Overall, insanely well-made. Not going over the top with the sports lingo, well-acted, really amazing.

And Simon's first few baskets could have all been made by Steve Nash.

wv: lotrs = Lord of the rim Simon

 
At 8/16/2007 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just spent 10 minutes looking for a Paul Simon lyric that I always liked that said something about walking around in New York and hearing "acapella hoops."

But it turns out the correct lyric is from "Late In the Evening" and it says "a capella groups, yeah."

I guess this is a capella hoops:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=7shlhMFbGy8

 
At 8/16/2007 8:21 PM, Blogger stopmikelupica said...

Earl Watson jumper is very grateful that Rondo is in the NBA, so it can stop competing annually with Brevin Knight for the title of "Worst shooting by a guard".

As for Luke Ridnour, well, sometimes years of fantasy basketball effects my opinion of players. I'm guessing that's the case here, because I wish Luke Ridnour nothing but years of pain and torment, wandering the streets wondering about what could have been.

F*ck the Sonics for not keeping Wilks. Not because he might be good, but just so I can tolerate one of their guards.

 
At 8/16/2007 9:53 PM, Blogger T. said...

That was a wonderful find, Shoals. Paul Simon with a mustache is amazing.

Connie Hawkins doesn't get up nearly as high as I would've thought from my dad's stories - who saw him play in Pittsburgh.

kaifa - It's weird that Saturday Night Live used to be the cutting edge of comedy. From 76 through about 95 I'd say.

 
At 8/16/2007 10:19 PM, Anonymous JCN said...

music and basketball have an interesting relationship...after seeing this clip it made me call my dad and have him tell me the name of a particular song I remembered.

Bruce Hornsby - Old Playground

didn't search too hard, but this is the best i could find:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=qg7JdIccKJE

 
At 8/16/2007 10:25 PM, Blogger T. said...

PolitcalDarko - Off topic, but sighted both today on TrueHoop and FanHaus were two basketball + politics post.

FanHaus (Ziller) says Obama led his Occidental team in scoring and "played like George Gervin" - I feel better and better about my choice of candidates.

On TrueHoop - Henry links Aubrey McClendon (Sonics minority owner) to Swift POWs for the Truth and a Pro-Life group. Egads, there's no way the Sonics are going to stay in Seattle with that ownership.

 
At 8/17/2007 1:23 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

wait, has anyone made the durant/hawkins comparison before? it would tie everything together and make today even better!

google says. . . one person. the eminent bomani jones, in this oden/durant thing i don't remember reading.

 
At 8/17/2007 11:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darkofan: To PoliticalDarko; You undoubtedly saw the NY Times front page piece of a month or more ago, discovering that one of the candidates plays an exotic sport (not windsurfing).

Apparently he can still shoot. A lefty, always a surprise to the average defender , even when you know it is coming.)

 
At 8/17/2007 12:25 PM, Anonymous JW said...



Link to OBAMA ballin

 
At 8/17/2007 12:25 PM, Anonymous JW said...

oops. here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYCEnVmNkpE

 
At 8/17/2007 2:20 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

that link to the obama video is pretty awesome. he's 23 in blue? i didn't realize he actually played in college, i thought he was strictly a high school baller.

also, PS does have some pretty nash-like moves in that SNL video. not bad.

 
At 8/17/2007 3:37 PM, Anonymous Kaifa said...

Is playing in nutcracker shorts and later running for president FreeDarko?

 
At 8/17/2007 5:50 PM, Blogger Ty Keenan said...

Kaifa: If so, wouldn't that make Bill Bradley more FD than Obama? I'm undecided on that.

 
At 8/17/2007 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else see the game last year when someone (Marv, I think) asked Bill Walton who Nash most reminded him of?

Yeah, he said Paul Simon. And proffered no explanation. Now I get it.

 
At 8/17/2007 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To "T", who commented on Connie's lack of hops : This video isn't exactly Connie in his prime. Connie Hawkins was born in 1942. That video was made in what, 1977?? You say you dad say him play in Pittsburg in 1968 at age 25? Then your father saw a better passing version of Dr. J, believe it.

And remember; that man grew up in Brooklyn playing in the schoolyards in Cons, and his pro career (in the ABL and ABA, much less the NBA of that time) had virtually nothing in the way of what is considered modern recuperative therapy and physical training. His knees/legs had long left him.

His first year in the NBA was at age 27. God and your father knows how he could fly before then!!

1969-70 24.6 ppg on 49% shooting 846 boards in 81 games for 10.4 rpg, and all the one-handed swoops, banks and finger-rolls that Doc and Gervin showed us later, I promise!!

 
At 8/17/2007 8:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SportsNation Bill Walton: (3:37 PM ET ) Steve Nash right now IS the league's MVP. They never lose when he plays ... theynever win when he doesn't play. There is no greater evidence for what makes the league's MVP. Steve Nash reminds me so much of what happned to me early this week in Memphis for MLK Jr. celebrations. As I was leaving Graceland on my pilgimmage to see Elvis the song Graceland by Paul Simon -- who is already in the Hall of Fame of everything, particularly life -- he is just like Steve Nash. Paul and Steve, small in stature, but huge in persona. They make all others play their game with vision, imagination, creativity, peak performance and the courage to stand up to the biggest bullies in the land. The comparisons between Paul Simon and Steve Nash are eerie. The statistical analysis of what Nash has done for the Suns makes him, hands down, the MVP. But this award is not voted on until the last day of the regular season and we are not even half way gone. With Steve this a.m. it appears as if he IS going to play tonight, but, wisely, the Suns will wait and make a gametime decision. This is a great franchise and they realize that this is not about a short-term fix of a five game losing streak. This is about the big picture and going for it all. They can change the future of basketball and I couldn't be happier for what is going on here in the Valley of the Sun ... where today there is no sun. But with the heavy rains behind us, look for the spring bloom to be extraordinary, much the way Steve Nash has sewn the seeds of an uplifting and positive liberation in the course of NBA history.

 
At 8/17/2007 11:51 PM, Blogger T. said...

Darkofan: Yeah, I was one of the people who linked it here. I was a Bradley supporter in 92, and I'm an Obama man now. Surely I can back a candidate if he knows how to shoot a jumper off a curl, right?

anon@8:17 - Yeah I guess I had a mind's image of Connie as a contemporary of Dr. J and David Thompson, when he was clearly older by a decade.

 
At 8/18/2007 4:49 PM, Anonymous opp said...

must've been filmed right after the trade to ATL since he is wearing LAK colors...

 
At 8/18/2007 8:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woot! $1000.10!

wv: bltyd - Bacon Lettuce Tomato, you dog!

 
At 8/19/2007 4:00 PM, Blogger 3LeggedCat said...

That was awesome, thanks for finding and sharing that.

 
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^^Thanks!!

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