Oak, KG, Hemingway and Hobbs? We've got it all here today
Interesting comment from a reader yesterday about KG and whether or not he’s Oak.
Not in a billion years.
(And, please, I don’t know where the cockamamie idea that he’d be a Raptor came from but it has to go away in a hurry)
KG, to me, is a “hey, look at me, I’m going to yell and scream and be faux tough and try to intimidate you” faux tough guy; Oak would hit you out of nowhere and go about his business in a businesslike manner.
For a long time, I was okay with Garnett and his over-the-top enthusiasm because played hard every night and whatever worked to get him to that level was fine with me.
But now? Now I’m tired of it, he’s got a lot of schoolyard bully in him, he woofs and walks away and if you get in his face and give as good as you get, I won’t say he cowers but he goes away.
It happened, actually, with Jose Calderon. Think it was a game in Boston when KG took a cheap shot or said something or was acting up and Jose simply went back at him. Now? Now they’re fine, Garnett gives Jose his space and respect and lets him be.
Oak, on the other hand, was never as outwardly loud or emotional or acted up at all. He played hard and he played tough (bordering on illegal at times but never too too far over the line) but he didn’t care who saw him. He didn’t need to make sure everyone on the court or in the stands noticed him.
He was subtle in a brute kind of way; and I’m all about subtle.
So, no, I don’t think there’s a comparison in that respect. I’d much rather have Oak, he just strikes me as a more legitimate tough guy.
Now, for their leadership? I’d say that’s probably a tie; Garnett can get to teammates and show them what needs to be done, just as Oak did with a relatively young team here. But, again, I like the guy who does it in a somewhat quiet manner.
We do a lot of good stuff at our paper on a variety of things.
But if you haven’t been up on our Hemingway stuff, you’re really missing out.
As Irregulars know, he’d be on the Mount Rushmore of my favourites (we need a Canadian equivalent of Mount Rushmore so it would hit closer to home) and the fact he plied his trade on the same pages as I do is very, very cool.
And the series – which you can get to here and which you should probably bookmark – is outstanding.
While we’re on the favour-asking parade, let’s get the mail started; it’s Birth Weekend and a long weekend so there’s every chance I’ll be shutting things down for at least part of a day so we need to get started early.
Okay, George Brett’s pine tar bat thing remains the gold standard player ejections (I’ve got a handful of Billy Martin, Earl Weaver and maybe a Lou Piniella among managers) but Brett Lawrie’s little eruption last night is right up there.
Except for the fact he’s going to be suspended because the helmet he threw hit the ump (and that hurts the team so it takes away from the eruption), that might have been the most demonstrative TOD ejection I can recall.
But, and I firmly believe this and it’s an issue that’s been around baseball forever and it sucks, that home plate umpire made a bad call intentionally on the 3-2 pitch because he was ticked off at Lawrie for taking off to first on the awful 3-1 call.
Too many baseball umpires have this overblown sense of importance, have had for years, and the pettiness they often show, and the provoking they often do, is truly a scourge on the game.
Those were two awful calls but the second one was a bit premeditated and I hope the league takes that into account when they decide how long to sit Hobbs down for.
I’m pretty sure we’re going to be saying and writing this a few more times between now and the end of June but, man, are the Spurs ever good.
That was a total dismantling of an overwhelmed opponent last night when they drilled the Clippers and I would venture to say San Antonio might have a lot more rest between a sweep of this series and the start of the conference finals.
San Antonio, in case you missed it, has won 15 in a row, 28 of 30 and are 43-7 since the end of January. That’s unreal.
Have you been at all following this Roger Clemens trial? Tawdry, boring, who cares, right?
Best part of it?
The judge has dismissed two jurors who fell asleep listening to the testimony. That’s classic.
Kind of hoping I can last long enough to watch the entire Lakers-Thunder game tonight (yeah, I know; I’m old) because I’m wondering if the other night was an aberration.
Doubt it, though.
The Thunder simply ran away from the Lakers and maybe you can chalk that up a bit to L.A. being worn out from a long, hard first round series but I don’t think that’s too big a factor.
And think about it this way. The Thunder won going away and I don’t think anyone can say any one player had an otherworldly game. Sure, Durant, Westbrook and Harden played well but it’s not as if one of them went off for 40 points or something silly like that. They were just better all over the floor and I have a sneaking suspicion they will be again tonight.