JMC, you're right that Weird Al hasn't come to Riverbend. Not sure what I was thinking of unless he actually did come to Chatty at some point but at a different venue (i.e. Tivoli). He would be pretty entertaining to hear live. His biggest hit is probably "Amish Paradise." I really liked "It's All About the Pentiums" as well. Lots of good material from that guy.
Game 5 was a must-win for the Spurs (IMO) and they got it done. When Miami cut the lead to 1 in the 3rd, the Spurs kept the pedal to the metal to push the lead back up. And Danny Green continues to amaze with his shooting. How about that shot 5 feet behind the line last night? Hard to blame the Heat's D when the guy is shooting it from that far back. Now on to Game 6 that I think the Heat will win similar to how they won in Game 2.
JMC, nice picks on the Riverbend wish list, but I would say that Petty, Perry, and Bon Jovi are out of the price range. I think Weird Al has come before. Three Doors Down and Nickleback are good possibilities though.
[Why does football get a pass when baseball does not on length (and pace) of play?]
Stuck, I would say it's because you are getting a play executed every 40 seconds in football. In baseball, you're lucky if you get any real action within 40 seconds of the batter coming up. (I'm not counting a simple pitch as being a "play" in baseball.) You might see 2 pitches max in 40 seconds which usually isn't enough to produce a play. Come to think of it, why do they need 4 balls and 3 strikes? It would help speed up the action if there's a walk on the 2nd ball or a strikeout on the 2nd strike. If baseball enacted those changes, I might actually start watching it again.
[James was tentative and at times confused in Game 3, a destruction that left guys like Gary Neal and Danny Green answering questions breaking NBA records.]
LeBron needs to at least take the open jump shot when they give it to him...and they gave him lots of open space in Game 3 that he didn't take advantage of. Green and Neal had the games of their lives in Game 3, but the shooting clinic won't spill over into Game 4. I am pulling for the Spurs in this series, but I think the Heat will win tonight. LeBron is going to give his all in this game...he's come a long way from quitting on the Cavs in 2010.
JMC, I like the Stovall pickup for the Mocs. Agreed with MT that none of the Mocs WRs have been game changers so we need someone who can fill that role. According to the brief TFP report, Stovall will have 4 years of eligibility remaining.
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Time to fire Drew Johnson. Enough is enough.
[...signing a third-string quarterback should not be on "The Lead" part of the ESPN ticker.]
Leave it to ESPN to make something more than it really is. Yesterday at lunch, I looked up at the TV next to my table, and the the topic du jour on Sportscenter was "Breakdown of LeBron's block on Splitter." Really, guys? The block was incredible, no doubt, but the highlight deserved maybe two looks, and then it's time to move on.
[the team that wins Game 3 wins the series 92 percent of the time.]
Good stat, though LBJ and Co. were part of that other 8% two years ago winning Game 3 on the road at Dallas then dropping the next three to lose the title. I don't see the Heat losing three straight this time around though. I'm sticking with my pick of the Heat in 7.
[And hey, no one was paying us six figures to show up and act the fool back in the day.]
Performers are paid well at Riverbend to not act a fool because there is already plenty of "actin' a fool" in the crowd. There's baby boomers dressing like they're still in their 20s and jivin' like they still have some moves. And you'll hear plenty of R-rated language while walking in the street en route to get some kettle corn and ice cream in a helmet. Bonus points to the staggering dude who tripped and sloshed some Bud Light on me the other night. Just what I was hoping for.
For Tonys, how about Tony Banks--former average QB in the NFL? Or a 90s shoutout to the Tony Rich Project? And what's a Tony list without Tony Orlando?
[We're having a hard time seeing what the big deal is here. If we were not allowed back to a place we got over served and used some foul language, well, most of 20s and early 30s would have been some one-stop shopping.]
The issue is that Ceelo agreed in his contract to keep the language tame and he didn't. I'm all for Ceelo's right to artistic expression on his albums and at concerts in the appropriate venues, but the expectation at Riverbend is that you won't hear artists dropping f-bombs and other expletives left and right. Otherwise, me and the Mrs. (and the many others who left early) would have gone elsewhere for a night out. And if I'm Chip Baker, I don't call to just complain to Ceelo's management, I call to get my money back for a breach of contract.
[I do believe as crazy as this reads, if Atlanta had the exact same amount of talent as Miami has and were playing San Antonio in the championship "Hawk-mania" would have gripped the Scenic City by the talons.]
Good points in your post, JMC, but I wonder if "Hawk-mania" would ever draw strong interest in the Scenic City no matter who was on ATL's roster. Maybe Jay can weigh into this as well, but if everyone on the Heat right now were playing for the Hawks, would people in Chattanooga care any more about the NBA than they do now? I am thinking no, but I hope I'd be wrong.
[As for the NBA love, well, it's a combination of things. Part of it is a lack of other stuff going on at the moment. Part of it is the game is better right now than it has been in a long, Long, LONG time. Part of it is the enjoyment of watching LeBron James chase his spot in history.]
Agreed that the game is at its best right now. I don't get how some folks don't have the interest in watching. Maybe it's a demographic thing. Either way, I think NBA games have a better flow than the college games do. Plus the rules are better, the players are better, and the officials are by far better than their college counterparts. The college game actually benefits as it continues to change its rules to mimic those of the NBA. Next up for the college game to fix is reducing the shot clock and reducing TV timeouts (or rather timeouts in general).
In regard to LeBron, he's a great talent and I enjoy watching him play, but I find myself cheering against him. I didn't have a problem with him doing "The Decision" especially since he raised a bunch of money for the B&G Club doing it. But it feels like he's somehow "cheated" the game by teaming up with 2 other all-stars via free agency...even though he has actually done nothing wrong by doing such. I think MJ said it best when he said he'd never want to team up with Larry, Magic, etc. to get a ring. It was because he'd rather beat those guys en route to a ring.