Archive for February, 2012

I tuned in to the Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics broadcast on Sunday and noticed something very peculiar during the pre-game warmups:

Carlos Boozer Sharpie Hair

What the hell is that on Carlos Boozer’s head?  It looks like it was drawn in with a Sharpie.  I can’t believe it didn’t start running down his face as soon as he broke a sweat.

You see, I’ve been a Duke basketball fan since owning a Starter jacket back in the early 90’s, so I’ve followed Carlos Boozer’s entire career.  In his early Duke days he had a relatively square hairline, but by the time he was an upper-classmen his hairline was receding in what is commonly known as male-patterned baldness.  He, like many men in his situation, began shaving his head.  For reference, this is Boozer last year and again Sunday night:

CarlosBoozerHairSharpie

Going bald is a sensitive condition that many men deal with at a certain point in their lives, some earlier than others.  While most people go with the shaven head solution, others opt for treatments like Rogaine, hair pieces or even surgery.  Soccer star Wayne Rooney famously got a hair transplant to fix his receding hairline last year.  But covering up your bald spots with a Sharpie, or whatever this actually is…  c’mon Carlos!  Just keep shaving your head man, you look ridiculous.

 

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Millions of young people aspire to become professional athletes, yet very few ever realize that dream.  Only 3% of high school football players make the transition to NCAA football while a meager 0.08%  make it to the pros.  We asked AFL CB Joe Lopez of the Cleveland Gladiators a few questions about his ongoing experience with professional football.

Hook:  Tell us a little bit about your background, where are you from?

Joe: Well I’m from Port Jefferson Station NY.  Its a nice size town on Long Island.  Lived here all my life.  Parents moved here from the city to make a better life for my sister and I and it has worked out very well for everyone. Read the rest of this entry »

While looking around on Twitter Wednesday, one of my Mets Twitter compadres, (@metsfanmurph) had posted his 5 worst sports losses as a fan.  I knew I had read a column somewhere like this before, and then I saw he made a Bill Simmons reference.  Light bulb goes on.

In my adult life, lets say since 1999, I have experienced exactly one championship and countless heart breaking, knife in the stomach, kick in the balls losses.  Thank you 2003 Syracuse Orangemen for helping a brother out.  That’s 1 for my last 68. Read the rest of this entry »

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Asians Can Drive #Linsanity

February 9, 2012 by

In the midst of a lock-out shortened NBA season, the Knicks find themselves at a distant 3rd place in the Atlantic Division at a disappointing 10-15.  Carmelo Anthony, now injured, has been lazy at times.  Amare Stoudemire and his paper mache knees has seen his scoring drop from 25.3 ppg last year to 18.2 ppg so far this season.  What can you do with those STAT and Melo jerseys collecting dust in your closet?  Turn them into a Jeremy Lin jersey.

Knicks Savior?

If you don’t watch much NBA you may be asking yourself, who the f*@k is Jeremy Lin?  Let me educate you on the Knicks leading scorer for the past 2 games.  After amnestying Chauncey Billups the Knicks acquired near-paraplegic Baron Davis, Mike Bibby’s corpse and rookie Iman Shumpert to run the point.  The Houston Rockets, realizing Jeremy Lin wasn’t tall enough to fill the Asian roster void left by the retired Yao Ming, waived him in order to sign Samuel Dalembert.  With two wasted roster spots the Knicks needed another point guard and claimed the rights to Lin.

The Knicks are on a 2 game winning streak thanks to the undrafted Harvard graduate, #17 Jeremy Lin.  After spending most of last year with the Golden State Warriors and a little stint in the D-League, Lin popped off for career highs of 25 points and 7 assists off the bench against the Nets Saturday night.  D’Antoni rewarded the guard with a start and Linsanity followed up with 28 and 8 against the Jazz on Monday as “MVP” chants filled Madison Square Garden.

MVP might be a stretch, but with two big games in a row the words “fluke” and “flash in the pan” are starting to dissipate.  Lin has never seen major minutes like this in his brief career and he has seemingly flourished in D’Antoni’s system.  Finally, Knicks fans have something to cheer about this season.

You can’t spell ballin’ without ‘Lin’.

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With only a few days left until Superbowl 46, TSB’s football guys Scott (@ttlsportsblog), Chris (@HookTSB) and Connor (@CJScutts) share their thoughts for the big game.  If you are looking for analysis or predictions of the commercials and/or the halftime show, you’re not going to find it here…. Read the rest of this entry »

Should the Patriots even bother showing up on Sunday?   That’s the question that I have been asking myself for about a week now.

Living in the New York City area allows me to listen to the best sports talk radio anywhere.  90% of the people who call up WFAN (Sorry 1050 ESPN Radio.  If your signal can’t reach 30 miles outside Manhattan and has hosts like Michael Kay and Stephen A. Smith, I’m not listening to you.  Those two make Mike Francesa sound like the nicest guy on the radio.) are knowledgeable fans who make good points.  Sure, you’ll get a few per hour that live in a bubble, but that’s to be expected.

So when the line came out Monday of the Patriots -3 against the Giants in the Super Bowl, I thought it was a little low, but -3 was fine with me.  Then came the newspaper articles and phone calls.

“Deah ain’t no way dat duh GMEN ain’t blowin’ da Pats out!  Brady sux, he ain’t dat good.  Eli beat em duh last two times day played!” Read the rest of this entry »