Each Day is a Lifetime, 8.8.08
I kind of hate football right now:
--Our old friend Dan Hopper catches something in the Carmelo Anthony episode of cribs that may cause us to revise our definition of "Black Jesus," which already appears twice in the Free Darko Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac glossary. Carmelo's description of the painting seriously needs to be watched for full appreciation.
--When someone asks you what Free Darko means, just show them this.
--This piece from The Root on LeBron's political inclinations appears surprisingly too late given the scuttlebutt on whether or not Coach K and Don Vito Colangelo has ordered a gag rule on political talk at the olympics. Nonetheless, this piece is nice (and unique) in its optimism for athletes' political involvement.
--Just note how surreal it is that Silas and Smith are co-coaching a team. SITCOM (BS)
--This decidedly slays this, which decidedly slays this. As Shoals notes, "That dsr song mentions a throwback ostertag!!!!!"
--Good conversation on the Marvin Gaye "Star Spangled Banner" jumpoff, which has been the topic of much discussion lately for its appearance in Nike's newest Olympic advertisement. Personally, I think the Nike ad is kind of weak and really undermines the awesomeness of Marvin returning from drugged out seclusion to use the NBA as centerstage for a dramatic return. That moment has zero to do with the Olympics. Also, just for the record, we put Marvin's anthem on this site in the first installment ever of "Thursdays with Thurl."
--And now, a dissection of the news of the day. BLAMP!!!
Carter Blanchard: This is so fantastic. Conley/Mayo/Gay/Smith actually feels like something real. Sad that the Hawks are dead, but maybe their spirit will live on in a more viable form just a little to the west. Darko so would be on this team.
Brown Recluse, Esq: Darko reborn as Andris Biedrins? That blows my mind. Is this what Darko needed all along, to be on a team like the Hawks or the Warriors?
Ty Keenan: I would be nervous about this if it ever took the Hawks management fewer than seven days to do anything.
Carter Blanchard: Somehow I think this fits your redundancy theme. Rather than turning Smith into a high energy role player, or pairing Gay with someone more proven to pave his way, this is such a beautiful collection of questioned lost souls, whose solidarity will fuel them. Even Mayo as an overhyped rookie somehow fits the identity of "tantalizing but can't trust him."
Bethlehem Shoals: Also, obviously the new Darko shirt is the original with all the Grizzles jumping around him.
UPDATE: This photo is all about the blazer and the flag. In the words of Shoals, "THE HAIR IS OVER." (Chris Mottram)
Peep Flex's jersey in the opening seconds:
(Caps told my brother who told me, Shoals)