Monday, June 30, 2008

Monday, June 30 in the news.....

  • World champion Tyson Gay ran the fastest 100 meters of all-time to win the American Olympic trials on Sunday, a wind-assisted 9.68 seconds. When asked if he could go faster, the sprinter responded, "Yeah, yeah I can, cause I'm Gay".

  • An ex-Israeli spy has come out and said that Israel has a year to stop an Iran nuclear bomb. Israel condemned Adam Sandler for going out of the normal bounds of marketing to promote his latest film 'You Don't Mess With The Zohan'.

  • France mounted an investigation Monday into why live rounds in a gun, rather than blanks, were used at a weekend visitors day display at a French military base, injuring 17 people. One survivor said he was counting his lucky stars that he attended a French military show that went wrong, as the chances of surviving were very high.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wednesday, June 25 in the news.....

  • Saying the world can 'shout as loud as they like,' President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe refused to give into pressure from Africa and the West and vowed to go ahead with this week's runoff election, even though his opponent quit and sought shelter in the Dutch embassy. Mugabe said that the world can shout because he knows that nobody hears them, as he's murdered plenty of opponents and their screams were not heard.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tuesday, June 24 in the news....

  • An explosion apparently targeting Americans struck a local council building Tuesday in Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City district, killing at least two Iraqi civilians. In response to the suspicion it was aimed at Americans, a soldier for the US mentioned to a local reporter, "Hey I've already added ten new Iraqi friends to my Facebook, I thought we were doing kinda well".

  • Coalition warplanes swooped down on militants withdrawing from a firefight with police into the mountains of eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 15 of them. Eastern Afghanistan is usually referred to by its more common name, Western Pakistan.

  • In Iraq, men and women can openly study and party together for the first time in years at Basra University, free from the threat of Shiite gunmen enforcing extreme Islamic views. The parties never got off the ground though, as the disguises to get into a local American base to buy alcohol failed.

  • Thousands of people in the Netherlands say they expect the world to end in 2012, and many say they are taking precautions to prepare for the apocalypse. While theories on the supposed catastrophe varied, most tied the 2012 date to the end of the Mayan calendar. Meanwhile, others around the world are preparing to protest George Lucas and Steven Spielberg for not taking this route with the script of Indiana Jones 4 instead of the lame 'Tom Cruise with the only standing ovation' one.

  • Motorists had to swerve to avoid a man asleep at the controls of a motorised wheelchair on a north Queensland highway over the weekend. Police who breath-tested him allegedly found him to be six times the legal blood alcohol limit. The man argued that he didn't have a mate to help drive his wheelchair home.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sunday, June 15 in the news.....

  • The Italian government has defended its decision to use soldiers to patrol cities in an effort to curb crime, rejecting criticism that it will 'militarise' the streets. The government just wants a presence there, and attacked those who disagreed by pointing to their performance in the second world war, saying The Wiggles may be more dangerous.

  • A Japanese tourist kidnapped by suspected bandits while traveling in southeastern Iran last year has been released. The sightseer was released on condition that he see someone about his stupidity.

  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened Sunday to send Afghan troops across the border to fight militants in Pakistan. Pakistan shot back by saying that it would be foolish for Afghanistan to attack its former government's soldiers.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Sports Edition, Friday, June 13

NBA Finals

Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers - Celtics lead series 2-1

Game 4 in Los Angeles

Allow me to be serious for a second....

In the titanic struggles of the 1980s, Boston and Los Angeles had big moments in this game.

Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

In 1984 and 1985 it was Boston who were able to steal Game 4 from the Lakers in Los Angeles.

In '84 it was Larry Bird hitting a crucial shot in overtime with less than a minute to go. This Game 4 would be remembered for the physical play culminating in the clothesline of Kurt Rambis and for the errors Magic Johnson made at the end of the game, which led to the label of Tragic Johnson by Celtics fans.

In 1985 it was Dennis Johnson taking a long jumper that sealed it for the Celtics and leveled the series at 2-2, forcing the Lakers to have to go back to Boston and win one in the Garden, which they did.

In 1987, Game 4 was famous for Magic Johnson's baby hook shot over Kevin McHale in the Boston Garden. It was the defining shot of that season's MVP, and the one that would pave the way for the Championship back to LA and stop the Celtics repeating.

In 2008, Game 4 has all the makings of another historic battle against these same two bitter enemies.

Updates to follow.....

First Quarter action so far.....

Pierce continues to stink out the joint with his poor play, how weak is he.

And Lamar Odom has come to PLAY baby!

24-7 lead to the Lake Show. Hot shooting an understatement. Boston planning renovations for the Staples Center with all the bricks they're throwing up?

And a very special GFY for the rigged crowd.

Wait for it....


As Magic Johnson famously said, I wanna sit in the crowd in a frenzy.

Lakers lead 35-14

Second Quarter action.....

Trevor Ariza the California native showing some good hussle, as Pat Riley once quoted Bill Russell as saying, hussle is the extreme talent. Vujacic got that energy, but Farmar the only cold Laker at the moment, which is saying something. It's all Lakers right now. Odom is STILL hot, he's smokin'!

That's a zone, that's a zone.

45-21 to the Lake Show.

Second Quarter comes to a close.

As Jordan Farmar walks into the changerooms he turns to Luke Walton after draining the three right before the buzzer and exclaims, "I needed that one!" Then they laugh. And that's how it is and that's how it goes!
Lake Show in a flow.

58-40 at half-time

Third Quarter action....

Lakers up 20, 68-48.

Kobe is looking to go for his after two quarters with no field goals, after the first half he had 3 points, all from free throws, now he's ready to shoot, hitting one in Pierce's face from near three point range. Fisher is going fishing, time out after his jump shot from the three-point fake, and the Lakers still loving Odom's intensity, he's the driving force, not Kobe. Kobe is looking to change that now, because it's heading towards the end of the third quarter, it's Kobe Time.

Celtics down 11 after a Ray Allen fast break, Phil Jackson time out, I'll be looking for Kobe to do something after this.


End of the third quarter and Paul Pierce has dug himself out of the grave he put himself in when he got to LA and helped spark his team. A three point play to Pierce plus a block on Kobe were just two of the plays that led to a revival of the Celtics in the last half of the third quarter.

to the Lakers.

King Kobe will have to think long and hard about delivering on his clutch abilities, whatever that may require, as the fourth quarter begins....

Fourth Quarter action....

Kobe time.

And he's responding.

Garnett can hit his, Pierce can try, but Kobe just got the dunk to take the Lakers to an 81-77 lead. He's got more in his bag of tricks and he's got the coolest head on the floor in the fourth quarter. Hail the King.

Ah fuck it.

And let it be known, the Sports Guy is a tool, everyone who reads him is a tool, they hang off him but he's just a yankee tool whose family line the Southerners didn't wipe out.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Sports Edition, Monday, June 9

NBA Finals

Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers - Celtics lead series 1-0

Game 2
(Warning: Written by a Lakers fan post-game)

The leprechaun was smiling today, and no one could knock his teeth out, even Kobe Bryant only got a cheek shot in the fourth quarter.

And the luck of the Irish seems to translate to guys whose name in this game has never been heard until Boston needs to pull something out its arse when it counts.

Take Leon Powe.

Game 2, he hits 6 of 7 shots, 9 of 13 from the free-throw line, 21 points, hits big dunks, like he owns the court, but he couldn't pay for the court! He's LEON POWE! WHO THE FUCK IS LEON POWE? What they give him $200,000 a year, that's right, he's buying Kevin Garnett's watch if he's lucky but there he is making shots like he's taking Tim Duncan's salary home. That's whose name got pulled out the pot of gold today, Leon! And the Leprechaun was like, well fuck it Danny Ainge as GM spent all the gold putting this team together, you only get a Leon Powe today. Not to bag Paul Pierce's effort, or Rajon Rondo's, but the spark was Powe, from beginning to end, even if the end was all Lakers.

What really bothered me though, was the Lakers taking a vacation in the third quarter - and when they take a vacation it's Europe-style vacation, with guys like Pau and Vladimir and Sasha they ain't going to Disneyland in Florida, they're going on a boat down the Rhine River - and when they return there's like 9 minutes to go in the fourth quarter and everything is uphill. King Kobe scores 13 in the fourth but it wasn't enough, especially when he doesn't get the ball with 20 seconds left. Radmanovic is not gonna be called Rad for short when he passes to Vujacic for the BIGGEST shot of the game, that wasn't rad, it was sad.

Paul Pierce. He played like Paul Pierce should play like if he is a true Celtic Legend in the Boston Garden. He was vintage Celtic, I don't know but something about being the man to inherit Larry Bird's legacy seems to make his shots drop whenever the Celts need them at home, and make the big plays right at the end. Pierce's block on Vujacic's three sealed it. And long before that, his three pointers kept the Lakers out of reach. Everytime he lined up for a three I at least got out a 'Fuck you yeah I know but fuck you', before he made it. Paul Pierce is clutch, but Kobe Bryant owns the gears, and Celtics fans should remember that heading out to Los Angeles for the next three games - Kobe knows how to get it up to 100 mph in under 5 seconds.

'I'm Doc Rivers one day I'll be taken seriously'
Doc Rivers heads to the changerooms as 'coach' of the Celtics.

'They think I've got something valuable to say.' Doc Rivers constructs a play his team will do without his input anyhow.

'Look at me, LOOK AT ME. We're goin' back to Cali.' Kobe contemplates how many ways he will slaughter the Celtics once they're back in LA.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Tuesday, June 3 in the news.....

  • Investigators reviewed video and picked through debris Tuesday as Denmark's intelligence service said al-Qaida or a terror affiliate was likely behind a car bomb that exploded outside its embassy in Pakistan. A Pakistani official said looking for the bomber in Pakistan would be difficult, when questioned why, the official said he had bombed a few places himself the day before.

  • In Myanmar, reports suggest more than 1 million people still don't have adequate food, water or shelter. Also, a month after a devastating cyclone swept through Myanmar, reports suggest they have even less of it now.

  • Iran's supreme leader said Tuesday that 'no wise nation' would pursue nuclear weapons but his country will continue to develop its nuclear program for peaceful purposes. He also thought to say that 'no well-dressed nation', 'no smart nation' and 'no cool nation' would pursue nuclear weapons although Iran will continue to do so for peaceful purposes. He then realised what he said and slapped an aide.

  • Chinese police dragged away more than 100 parents Tuesday while they were protesting the deaths of their children in poorly constructed schools that collapsed in last month's earthquake. The parents were out of line, the government said, as they never tried to stop communism when it arose so they shouldn't complain now.

  • Syria will allow in U.N. inspectors to probe allegations that a remote building destroyed in an Israeli airstrike was a nuclear reactor built secretly with North Korean help, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday. Syria said it would let them in once they finished clearing the site of any nuclear reactor rubble left over.