Save Everything, Everyone, Everywhere

In every community, there must be dissent, dialogue, and healing. Like a family where people actually like each other. I love all of you and have learned a lot in the past day, about both my own foibles and the way in which I still believe in the unlikely (and occasionally idiotic).

I've often wondered if the world needed or wanted regular FD links posts. They'd help our traffic, and occasionally there are things we have less than 600 words on. But I don't want to insult your internet savvy. Today, though, I'm kind of bored, so bear with my umpteenth crack at this:

-Screw you, agents of potential: HOOPSWORLD explains how the recession hurts J.R. Smith and Monta Ellis.

-Olympics loves Melo: I never get tired of this one. He's the golden child of USA Basketball, even if in the NBA, he has problems striking a balance between swagger and good, sound play. It's almost like he thrives on not being given a choice to make, like at Syracuse.

-Baron Davis gets his karma on: Fear the Beard hooks up a digital short with Baron buying people smoothies and mass transit tix. No, I'm not jealous or anything. The new frontier of what blogger-types (if such a thing exists; it probably just means "not newspaper guys") can do with access.

-The lo-fi makes it earnest:

Does having him stand on an outdoor court really establish the necessary basketball cred? I would pay good money to see him debate Stern, though. I also would like to state unequivocally that, as much evil as Stern commits, I will always admire him. He is like my own private Farrakhan.

-Tommy is the devil: This Ziller post itself has five tips in it, and one big blockquote, but it's the headline that's noteworthy. Yes, we should blame Tommy Heinsohn for conspiracy theories. I've long said that his brand of incessantly pro-home team blindness isn't just ignorant, it's irresponsible. Like, I know you want your team to get every call and make every shot. Sadly, it doesn't work like that. Granted, Tommy's the extreme of this, but when team's official voices are flush with outrage and justice defiled, it sets the whole competitive edifice on a sloshy foundation.

-Touching Father's Day item: A Weekend America producer puts a sentimental spin on shit like watching two games at once, one on the television and one on the laptop. And I thought my dad was nice for taking me to Wizards games.



At 6/14/2008 4:17 PM, Blogger Mother Father Chinese Dentist said...

that baron davis video is pretty incredible. i was kind of surprised given how few people stopped, not because i expect them to recognize baron but because there was a camera crew there. usually that will be enough for people to stop.

At 6/14/2008 6:02 PM, Blogger O said...

Why is Nader such a hater? maybe that should be his political slogan. try finding something that rhymes with gonzales.

I like watching professional sporting events and political debates as an oblivious sap. In all honesty, who considers the substance of an event more important than the result?

If Obama says he's gonna change the world im totally with it. I mean shit can't get any worse, right? so what if the "change" proposed is one sprouted from the same hypocrisy and political loyalty from which the Senator promises to veer away from?

George W. was literally suited up with a mic during many of his townhall debates with Senator Kerry during the 2004 Presidential Finals, and he still won the championship(on paper).

Sometimes you gotta put on a little show to give the patrons what it is they want. And as we've seen with the most recent Lakers vs. Celtics finals, the patrons like them some good ol' traditional blue versus red sporting matchup, filled with undertones of redemption and rivalry. And in regards to rivalry, three's a crowd.

Unless the entire basketball viewing world wants to watch the Timberwolves battle it out with the Bucks in the finals anytime soon, stop sweating the shady underworkings and just enjoy the finished product.

At 6/14/2008 6:27 PM, Blogger jawaan oldham said...

Apologies for the rant:

The Ziller piece is, at best, full of shit. Claiming that the primary reason anyone is raising questions about officiating is because of blind team loyalty is absurd. I don't give a flying fuck about the Sacramento Kings, but that doesn't stop me from recognizing that they got shafted in 02, legendarily so. While it's a bit of a leap to presuppose that referee incompetence is intentional, Donaghy still is the 800 lb gorilla in the room, and the chances that he was the only ref in the NBA to ever gamble on games are about similar to those of Tommy Heinsohn calling game 5 in a Kobe jersey.

Using the phrase "conspiracy theory" dismissively to deal with a point of view with which one doesn't agree is intellectually irresponsible. Just because the 9/11 Truthers are full of shit doesn't mean that questioning the caliber and honesty of NBA officiating is proof of irrational team partisanship.

Again, sorry if this was a little prickly. I've got nothing but love for FD, this issue just bugs me.

At 6/14/2008 9:45 PM, Blogger John said...

how can you not make a bigger deal out of the boom video?!?!? thats the most FD thing i've seen since agent zero beat stevenson one-handed!!

At 6/14/2008 11:43 PM, Blogger R. Lobstah said...

You take a look at Kurt's site and Lakers' fans are talking about trading LO, worrying about Gasol's worth, wondering where it all went wrong. They forget that last year we were about to lose Kobe, Bynum hadn't emerged, we hadn't seen what being a 3rd option normally does for LO and we didn't have Gasol. Three loses in the freakin Finals and people are panicking and planning various trade scenarios to save the team. The Finals aren't even over yet. We are playing a team from the city that experienced the Buckner error. The same city experienced a 3-0 deficit to the Yankees and wound up winning the series while carrying a 90 year old gorilla in its back. The Lakers showed what they are capable of in the 1st quarter of game 4. We may yet get a compelling game or three in this series and people are already crying for change. People are panicking rather then trying to enjoy the process, recognizing what good came of these playoffs, and hoping for some fun yet to come tomorrow.

One might consider the irresponsibility of stating we are in a recession when we are not. Granted Obama is running as an agent of change but is it responsible to overstate the need for change?

At 6/15/2008 2:31 AM, Blogger ItTakesAThiefToCatchAThief said...

The 9/11 Truthers are full of shit?

At 6/15/2008 2:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What came first, the Ziller piece or Dan Wetzel's?

Cosign with Jawaan, I'm not a Kings fan and I've always felt robbed as a basketball fan about that series. That Kings team was a hell of a lot of fun to watch, and if they could beat the Shaq'd Lakers (which, reffing not being sketchy, I think they would have), then they'd have been a fundamentally strong enough team to handle whatever was in the East that year.

At 6/15/2008 3:34 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

"This Ziller post itself has five tips in it, and one big blockquote"

At 6/15/2008 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and fwiw, i don't have a problem with link posts. I read TrueHoop every day for the links, if you guys had one, I'm sure I'd check it too.

wv: finst- 'howie' to his friends


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