Mark the Day

Why don't I care about Philly? Because that, dear friends, is what I want my dark horse to look like. I wanted a sign, and I got one. This is the happiest I've been about basketball in a long, long time.

I still stand by all the informed fatalism I've been spreading outside of the confines of FD. To me, the underdog isn't just about beating the favorite. It's about showing strength, and a strong sense of purpose, in doing so. So it doesn't seem like a product of contingencies, like the Sixers' first win did, or can't be blamed on the bigger gun backfiring on itself. You need to be your own fucking charter school that runs on pure magnesium dollars. Then there's something being validated, other than the other team's ability to lose, or your plucky resourcefulness. I want an army that no one takes seriously but on this occasion.

Fly by the sun and burn up. That was Horford, screaming in the fallen Pierce's face; if the Celtics weren't already planning to clamp down and play serious, that ensured redoubled efforts on their part. But if only for one night, damn it, the Atlanta Hawks are somebody.

Also, I am 200% behind Doris Burke. She has my vote, and actually got me wondering if Josh Smith isn't best explained as a retarded LeBron. And now, everyone who gets by without League Pass and thinks they know their sport, can say they've been living in darkness.

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At 4/27/2008 12:20 AM, Blogger Zei_Zao_LS said...

I've always actually kind of thought of Andre Iguodala as a retarded LeBron, or perhaps just a less talented version. All the same skills, just not to the same extent.

At 4/27/2008 1:26 AM, Blogger Alap said...

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At 4/27/2008 2:03 AM, Blogger The Other Van Gundy said...

Josh Smith plays with moon gravity - amazing how he catches, takes two long lazy strides, then gets eye level with the rim.

And I give Al Horford credit for his attitude and balls, but the dude needs to work on his post-play demonstrations. Remember his lame little shimmy back at Florida? This barking at Pierce is just inadvisable.

Dude's on the ground first off, and I have to imagine Pierce was thinking, "I've been stabbed by better men than you." And what happens when Garnett sees the footage?

Do we just not talk about Tmac anymore? Is this like bringing up Ma's miscarriage during Thanksgiving?

If not, let me just say: goddamnit. The Rockets have a knack for clawing their way back into games, only to fall short at the last instant - remember this? http://youtube.com/watch?v=ohHoK4-LeuY

Anyway, Tmac should go ahead and shoot a few more than his JERSEY NUMBER in the fourth if he wants to win another game.

Memo Okur needs to stop toying with my heart, and who knew Deron Williams could finish like that?

Last thought on quadruple header (hydra sunday?) is this: Kobe Bryant is pretty good at playing basketball.

At 4/27/2008 2:04 AM, Blogger Alap said...

why does evil always win? (okur being evil, for this series, at least)

okay so it looks lame that i deleted the comment i made like over a half an hour ago. but it said utah was evil, and i don't really think that. just okur. just okur.

i mean that loss made me sad, like packers lose sad.

At 4/27/2008 3:06 AM, Blogger George said...

it should be noted that josh smith is a beast in nba 2k8 as well. just TRY to contain him. dude dunks if hes anywhere near the free throw line. the more people on him, the better


At 4/27/2008 2:03 PM, Blogger michael said...

Atlanta has such a strange relationship with the Hawks. Last night I was in the home of a lifelong Hawks fan when a lightning storm knocked the cable out. We raced to a suburban Atlanta bar to catch what was left of the 4th. The game was nowhere to be found on the radio. The bar was packed, yet no one in the joint was even mildly interested in watching the Hawks win their first playoff game in god-knows-how-long. Instead, nearly everyone in the bar was focused on bar trivia. On a Saturday night!

At the other end of the spectrum is the list of ATL celebrities on hand in the Highlight Factory: Michael Young, Jermaine Dupri, T.I., Young Jeezy, Akon, Polow Da Don< and Jazzy Pha. Also spotted in the crowd were former Hawks Al Harrington, Royal Ivey, Anthony Johnson and Glenn Robinson.

Unrelated but also worth noting is that roughly 95% of the Atlanta sports talk radio callers were outraged by the Ryan selection. This has something to do with Joey Dorsey being an SEC product (and a badass!), but I think there are a lot of people here willing to wait for Vick.

At 4/27/2008 4:46 PM, Blogger Martin said...

looks like Rashard Lewis has stolen TMac's second round pass. If only TMac had stuck around a little longer waited for D-Ho to find his superman cape.

As evil as Okur and the Jazz are they don't have anything on the Spurs who are the originators of basketball evil and are that cold lonely place where freedarkoism goes to die or is expelled (as in the case of Captain Jax).

WV: wjfdd- when freedarkoism died

At 4/27/2008 8:11 PM, Blogger FW said...

hahaha KEVIN WHO???? did you see the dunk horford had on him? hhe just completely annihilated the allegedly most intense player in the game

the whole celtics seemed like a bunch of pensioners against the freakin a athletes of hawks.. really i was not expecting such complete physical dominance!!

GARNETT could not catch his breathe at the end of game hahahha he was like bending and stuff haha damn

now i am sure celtics dont have the stamina to win the ring, i can guarantee you that

At 4/27/2008 8:27 PM, Blogger T. said...

"He’s worth $500 million, and he’s writing songs about me,” Stevenson said before tipoff. “What does that say about DeShawn Stevenson? Ballin’!”

At 4/27/2008 11:21 PM, Blogger Ghost Deini said...

Suspending my 'liberated fandom' for a moment to come to the defense of my celtics. the fact that garnett could not "catch his breathe (sic)" at the end of the game does not worry me because his ability to affect a game transcends how out of breath he may seem to be at the end of a meaningless blow out.

putting my liberated fandom hat back on i'm appalled that i called it a 'meaningless blow out'. is it me or do these playoffs possess an infinitely looped backing track of Buffalo Springfield's "Something Happening Here"? Pretty much every game i watch i start to realize shits going down, changing of the guard, the limited window of the celtic's re-emergence, kobe trying to ensure he's remembered as more than that guy who couldn't win a 'ship without shaq, tmac's greek tragedy unfolding etc etc. maybe i'm just reading too much freedarko. anyways shits getting good.

At 4/28/2008 12:42 AM, Blogger Rob Mahoney said...

An NBA photo? That's so not FD...

At 4/28/2008 12:46 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

First off, it's not from that game, so that has to count for something.

And, um, it's Josh Smith screaming while sticking up his middle finger and by his crotch. It fit the moment.

Also I had to go somewhere.

At 4/28/2008 11:05 AM, Blogger oliver said...

Oh, Shoals, us Sixers fans forgive you in our hearts. I didn't see the game, but I just read that Atantla dropped streamers from the rafters after they won. That's... cute.

Also, I think I'm falling, hard, for Thad Young, who badly needs a nickname. I was reading an interview with him the other day where he explained how he was "too impatient" to wait until his third year to become good. "And so I just decided to become good right away." I likes it. I hearby propose that he be nicknamed The Restless, or Captain ADD. Both of which are truly sh*tty nicknames.

At 4/28/2008 12:56 PM, Blogger MB said...

Is it worth talking about the use of Radiohead in those Split-face playoff commercials? Though they may not be indie themselves, they've certainly launched wave after wave of indie imitators, and given this site's interest in the crossroads of indie rock and basketball, I wonder if it merits discussion here. Because of the tight control they maintained on the production and distribution of their latest album, and the fact that I don't think I've ever heard a Radiohead song in a commercial before, the whole thing felt a little cosmic.

But that's also probably due to the fact that I'm a little gay for Marcus Camby.

At 5/01/2008 2:33 PM, Blogger FSJr. said...

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At 5/01/2008 2:37 PM, Blogger FSJr. said...

J-Smoove is like pippen on acid. Watching him attack the rim on offense or the ball on defense is like watching Shark Week on Animal Planet while listening to AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted.


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