Some singing, some dancing and a lost career
I had to do some searching on our website to find this fine piece of scribbling, so I presume you did, too.
But it’s worth reading because this is a pretty good team, a bunch of women that I’ve been writing about for years and I know you can’t be a fan when you do this gig but I hope they do well. That’s kind of cheering for your story and that’s allowed.
Besides, they did this little video thingy and I’d suggest all you Vancouver-area Irregulars go out next week and see them, you should come away impressed.
With their basketball, that is; I’m unsure of their futures as musical performers.
Oh, and while you’re there, they’ve got their regular blog thing going on and it’s a pretty good read.
Hey, how about them TFCs!
In one game!
And a win!
Red letter day, indeed, as our Man Dangerous Dan chronicles here.
(I mocked when things were going well; may as well heap praise when it’s necessary)
Now, we all know that the website Grantland does some outstanding work on a regular basis and I could probably put a link to some story every day.
It’s on Greg Oden, perhaps you remember him, and is one of few times the star-crossed former No. 1 pick has been interviewed since his latest problems with his chronically bad knees.
I don’t know Oden very well, hardly at all actually, but I do remember him as a thoughtful young man who simply put his head down and tried to work through the various physical problems that have now robbed him of any significant basketball career.
The first year he didn’t play, he travelled with the Blazers to get a taste of the NBA life and in almost every city, he’d dutifully stand there and answer questions about his injury, his rehab, his future.
Guess he didn’t particularly like it – as the story seems to hint he’s a far more private person than we ever really knew – but he did it.
I have no idea what the future will hold for him; I doubt seriously that we’ll ever see him on a basketball court again.
Guess he’ll just go on being Greg.
Not very much over there, kids. Help a fella out, will you?
Again, we have to thank the Memphis Grizzlies and L.A. Clippers for putting some juice into the first round of the NBA playoffs and if there’s a supreme being out there, he/she/it will make sure that series goes seven.
It is turning into one excellent series, isn’t it? Comebacks, stirring play, some shoddy play that leads to exciting finishes and it’s one of those early-round playoff series where you really can’t tell which is the better team.
You can’t say that about too many of the others – I guess Boston-Atlanta but that’s extraordinarily boring and the Lakers-Nuggets has had its moments – but a couple of weeks in and it’s been an entirely ho-hum post-season so far.
Not sure if it’s Chris Paul, or The Regend or the collapses we seen from both teams in so many games – the Grizzlies gave one away and almost blew another, the Clippers almost coughed up a certain win at home – but it’s been rather compelling.
And proves, once again, that it doesn’t matter if the play is scintillating or pedestrian, if it’s competitive and compelling, it’s fun.
It even makes up for the fact it’s been late nights and I’m not quite the late night guy; it’s taking all of my power to keep the eyelids open to see the end of the games but we’re getting it done.
The rest of the first round?
Boring, for the most part, torn asunder by the various injuries that have crippled teams. I think everyone was looking forward to a Chicago-Miami Eastern Final; I think there might have been some juice to a Boston-Miami series but with Pierce hobbled, I’m not entirely sure that has much excitement to it.
We can only hope that the second round – and don’t for a minute think Lakers-Thunder won’t be hugely entertaining and chock full of stories – bails out what’s been a very, very average opening to the playoffs.
Now, they can be resurrected this weekend, of course, because there’s nothing like a Game 7 and I can see some on the horizon.
How’d you like to have a deciding game in Lakers-Nuggets, Grizzlies-Clips and Celtics-Hawks? I can see them all going the distance and the one performance I want to see more than anything would be Kobe at home in a deciding game. I still think there are some trust issues with him and Bynum and, to a lesser degree, Pau Gasol and that’s just the kind of game he’d try to take over.
And whether he goes 24-for-26 from the field or 8-for-27, it’d be something to see.
We can only wish.
Fred Astaire was born this day, I saw somewhere, and, sure, Ginger did everything he did moving backward and in heels but still …
The dude was a hoofer of the first order, no? Best ever?
Okay, seems I have some carnage to clean up around here, time to get into the day before Super Wife returns and all heck breaks loose.
Think if I leave some scraps of vegetables on the counter she’ll think we ate salads all week? Nah, me neither.