Showing posts with label Chicago Bulls. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chicago Bulls. Show all posts

Friday, May 27, 2011

Chicago Bulls: The Season Ends With A Thud

The title sounds epic, but I truly don't have much fire power left to really give a full review of the Bulls' season.  I'm going to give a quick list of my biggest impressions of the baby Bulls' 2010-2011 run.

- Derrick Rose took his giant step forward into super-stardom.  The MVP of the league is only 22 years old.  He will only get better and better.

- I did NOT expect the Bulls to grab the #1 seed in the East.  Before the season, the 3 seed was the ceiling that I believed they could achieve.  They proved me wrong and exceeded expectations.  This is a huge positive step in the right direction.

- Taj Gibson will be a great player.  Not a #1 guy, but a great third piece on some team.  It would be too bad if the Bulls have to give him up...

- Speaking of which, now that the season is over for the Bulls, rumors of Dwight Howard being available need to be followed up on by the front office.  I know the Lakers could be the more likely destination, but word is that the Lake-Show won't give up young big man/stripper Andrew Bynum in exchange for Superman.  Good luck with all that, LA.  Come up with a competitive package Bulls, and get it done.

- Joakim Noah is a great defender, but his goofy offense allows defenses to sag in, crowd the lane and create problems for Derrick Rose.  Also, Noah did not pay attention to Kobe's commercial about not using homophobic slurs.  He could be trade bait as part of the package that gets D. Howard.

- Carlos Boozer is overpaid.  Sometimes I like his post moves, other times I'm annoying by his slow, overhead shooting form.  He should have spent a summer with my high school coach- his shot would've been much, much improved.

- Tom Thibodeau is a very good coach.  He definitely is the right guy in Chicago.  Unfortunately, he was actually out-coached by boy wonder, Eric Spoelstra in the Eastern Conference Finals.  I'm interested to watch the adjustments that Thibs will make next year.

- I'm now cheering for the Mavs.  I really, really hate the Heat.

In the end, I'm more interested in NBA basketball than I have been in years.  Once the Bulls won 6 championships in the 90s, I never thought I would be able to enjoy basketball again.  How could I ever feel attached to a team when I already experienced the greatness of Jordan and Pippen?  Well, this Bulls team got me.  I was emotionally invested and their loss to the Heat hurts.  In a way, it's a good thing.  Not good that they lost, but good that my love for the Bulls has returned to distract me from the Cubs terrible season thus far.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and I'll see you back here next week!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thank You Notes

Politely borrowing Jimmy Fallon's sketch once again.  It may be time to find another sketch to steal next week- anyone in touch with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog?  He doesn't seem to be busy.

Dear Chicago Bulls,

Thank you in advance for having a better shooting percentage in Game 3 than you did in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.  You can beat the Heat- it is possible- but you'll need a much better effort than last night.  No one wants to see LeBron win a title before Dan Gilbert, right?

Cue the Training Montage music,
Tony B.

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Dear San Jose Sharks,

Thank you for wasting my time last night.  After the Bulls lost, I watched a portion of your Game 2 vs. Vancouver.  You let the ginger twins run rough shot all over you.  The most life you showed was when Patrick Marleau decided it would be a good idea to start a fight and then get his face beat in.  I hope you still have some life in you when you get back to the Shark Tank. 

Sh-Sh-Sh-Shark Attack,
Tony B.

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Dear Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,

Thank you for this picture:

















Also, thank you for complaining about not having a statue yet.  The Lakers already informed you that a statue of you will be made at some point and that you are next in line.  Not Magic.  Not James Worthy.  Not Kobe.  Not Shaq.  Not Brian Shaw.  Not Wilt the Stilt.  Not Chick Hearn.  Not Jerry Buss.  You are next, mofo.  And now you're crying about the time line in which it will happen?  I'm no genius, but I'm guessing that statues mean less when the actual celebrities start asking for them in the public.  I mean, look at the cow that the "Golden Calf" was based on- it didn't work out that well in that instance, so it won't work well for you either.  (I heard that cow was a real egomaniac.)  If I were the Lakers, I would now base the statue on Kareem in the movie "Airplane!."  That would be hilarious!

Sincerely,
Tony B.

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Dear Arnold Schwarzenegger,

Thank you for cheating on your wife multiple times, having a love child from 10 years ago, and now leaving her after your term as governor is over.  Now every two-bit hack comedian will be doing "Ahrnold" impressions for the next year.  I hear a kitty cat dies every time someone makes a "Sperminator" joke, so make sure you have plenty of shoe boxes and back yard burial space- it's about to get messy.

"I'll be back," [awful]
Tony B.

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Dear Pirates of the Caribbean,

Thank you for making such an awful 3rd movie that there is no chance I'm even tempted to waste my hard-earned money on the 4th one.  I'm not sure exactly where this series went wrong, but I'm guessing that the answer is "after the first one."  I could keep writing and make this note very convoluted, but it would only be in the spirit of irony.  Instead, I will mercifully end it like you should have 2 movies ago.

Yo-ho,
Tony B.

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Dear Toad the West Sprocket,

Thank you for finding your way onto my Pandora station today.  We all could use a bit more Toad in our lives. 

Something's Always Wrong,
Tony B. 

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Enjoy your Thursday- Go Bulls!

Friday, April 8, 2011

BULLS

I don't have much today, so I'm going to let a couple pictures do the talking for me.  Suck it Celtics.
























DA BULLS!




















Look, winning championships never gets old.  I have, however, stated that the Bulls have already won enough championships to last me a lifetime.  The 90s were good to all Bulls fans (even the massive bandwagon who enjoyed MJ's dunks and shoes.)

But much like a great song you haven't heard in a while, when the perfect amount of time has passed since you've last heard it, it's even more enjoyable.  Well, for the Bulls, that time is now.  I'm actually pretty excited for the playoffs and hungry for a great playoff run.  That Derrick Rose is one awesome leader.  Da Bulls!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Michael Jordan vs. LeBron

I'm not sure if it's the first anonymous person to call me a dick, but I'd first like to let everyone know how happy I am about the commenter yesterday who said, "Wow you sound like a huge dick." I didn't realize my tame blog would ever turn me into the next Tucker Max, but apparently a story of me going to a public party that we actually bought tickets for, that I didn't even buy myself, and making fun of dumb panda hats makes me sound like a huge dick. I shudder to think what the anonymous commenter would do if they found their way to G$'s site, but I'm guessing it would be similar to Ace Ventura's shower after Ace finds out that Finkle is Einhorn:



Anyway, Michael Jordan came out with some interesting comments recently, and I think they're worth taking a look at. From ESPN.com:

"There's no way, with hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry [Bird], called up Magic [Johnson] and said, 'Hey, look, let's get together and play on one team,'" Jordan said after playing in a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada. The interview aired on the NBC telecast of the event. "But that's ... things are different. I can't say that's a bad thing. It's an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys."

Of course, everyone has an opinion about what Jordan said. Some say he's being a jerk because he didn't need to leave Chicago- Chicago brought pieces to him that won championships. Furthermore, I think D. Wade can be justifiably in the discussion when comparing the Heat 3:16 to Jordan, Magic and Bird, but in no way does Chris Bosh even come close. Jordan, Magic, and Bird were ALWAYS on winning teams. All of them had good rosters around them, but even with injuries, or other issues, none of those players allowed their teams to be mediocre. Chris Bosh's Toronto Raptors were nothing but mediocre during his tenure there- and they have had some decent rosters throughout the years. Bosh was never a player who could put a team on his back and will them to the playoffs- Bird, Magic and Jordan could.

Other people will say that Jordan is completely right. Jordan owned his legacy in Chicago because he stayed in Chicago as the "alpha dog" (I hate that term, but it works in this situation.) Jordan was so great, that he played with other great players yet no one ever questioned who the best player on the team (or in the league) was. Scottie Pippen is considered one of the "NBA's 50 Greatest Players" yet he was second fiddle to Jordan during their entire time as teammates in Chicago. No one questions that. You may try to make an argument that Jordan could not have won without Pippen, but you cannot argue that Jordan wasn't the leader of the team.

This may be another example of people over-analyzing an athlete's quotes. We're so concerned with having an opinion, that we sometimes forget that there is gray area in the middle. Jordan is competitive. He is still the same competitive guy that won 6 championships for the Bulls. The same guy that has lost thousands (millions?) of dollars gambling. He's the same guy that loves golf, thought he could make the Wizards great, and thought he could become a professional baseball player. Now that Jordan can't play basketball in the NBA anymore, he owns a team. He wants to compete any way he can and his comments are stemming from that. He wants to make sure everyone knows that LeBron took the easy way out. I'm not even sure he cares outwardly what everyone thinks, but inside, he believes that LeBron's move to the Heat instantly eliminated LeBron from contention of Jordan's title of "Greatest Player Ever." (There's this other guy named Kobe who has the best argument these days- though I'll take Jordan any day over Kobe.)

Jordan was good enough to stay right where he was on his own territory and let great players flock to him. Dennis Rodman, Ron Harper and Steve Kerr specifically came to play with Jordan during the latter three-peat. Players came to Jordan. Players knew that teaming with Jordan's Bulls was the easiest way to win rings.

With LeBron leaving Cleveland for Miami, he went from a place where he was the main guy to a team where Dwyane Wade has ALREADY won a championship. No matter how many championships this three-headed evil monster wins, Wade will always have one more than LeBron. For someone who wanted to be a global icon and better than Jordan, LeBron sure took an easy way out. He's now the Scottie Pippen to D. Wade's Jordan.

LBJ may end up being one of the "50 Greatest Players" when they revise the list, but he will never touch Jordan in legacy, competitiveness, or killer instinct. No amount of Heat championships or slightly vague or cocky comments by Michael Jordan can change that. Jordan is greater than LeBron, and LeBron cemented that fact by "taking his talents to Souf Beach." I believe that Jordan's comments this past weekend shows that Jordan knows his legacy is safe from LeBron's run with the Heat.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Thank You Cards























I must admit, the thought of Jimmy Fallon hosting a late night TV show seemed to be about as good of an idea as hanging for three hours in a room with children that are contagious with the swine flu. However, I will say that I've watched the show, and to be honest, it is a lot better than I expected. One skit they do is where Jimmy writes out thank you notes to random people, groups, celebrities, etc. Today, adding to my own series of thank you notes:

Dear Escape Club,

Thank you for gracing the world with you hit "Wild Wild West." After randomly hearing it on the radio I was reminded of three things. 1) It's a damn hard song to get out of your head. 2) Your entire band wore neckerchiefs in the video. 3) You also had freakish pairs of arms and legs (but nothing else) playing tambourines and snapping their figures. Here's a lyric that will make sense in another 75 years- "Heading for the 90s, living in the wild, wild west!"

Great stuff,
Tony B.

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Dear Chicago Cubs,

Thank you for coming back and beating the Brewers yesterday. I figured you might be the kind of team that just lays down when behind by 3 runs, but you proved that you have some fight in ya. Now slow down! You wouldn't want expectations to get too high!

Curbing enthusiasm,
Tony B.

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Dear Ben Roethlisberger,

Thank you for once again getting involved in a sex scandal. I used to fully enjoy people telling me I look like you (back in 2005-2006 when we both had longer hair and goatees), but now that most people assume you're a rapist (or at the very least a sexual deviant) that comparison is no longer fun. Keep in mind that you're only allowed to have as many sex scandals as Super Bowl rings so you're even at 2-2. You better win another championship before cornering another woman in a small bathroom. Here's to keeping your nose (amongst other body parts) clean.

Sincerely,
Tony B.

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Dear Milton Bradley,

I've written to you before, but this will be the last time (could be a lie.) Thank you so much for flipping off the fans in Texas. It easily validates the Cubs' trade of you to the Mariners for 800 lb. Carlos Silva. It probably also validates the fact that Jim Hendry should be fired as Cubs GM for even considering signing you.

Good riddance,
Tony B.

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Dear King,

Thank you for your crazy ass Burger King commercials. You once woke up next to a guy in bed and offered him breakfast. Now you're barging through an office wreaking havoc only to deliver a burger to a conservatively dressed office woman. I haven't eaten at a Burger King since 2004, but I still enjoy your extremely creepy commercials. Didn't you also have a cheap XBox game where you just crept around the neighborhood looking in windows? The next step for you is to buy a white van with no windows and register with the Meghan's Law folks.

Stay away from my hypothetical kids,
Tony B.

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Dear Chicago Bulls,

Hey buddies! Thanks for getting into the playoffs! Unfortunately, you're about to get dumped easily by the Cavs and end up with a worse draft pick than you could've had otherwise. I literally have no clue what your business plan is going forward (I can't tell if you were trying to dump payroll for the offseason or go for a playoff spot, and now you've seemed to split the difference and not go either way.) More to the point, thank you for the 6 championships during the 90s- it makes anything you do right now much less depressing.

Best regards,
Tony B.

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Phew. Got through those for the day. It's always polite to send out thank you notes when you can. Catch ya later.

Monday, May 4, 2009

A Case of the Mondays

Another weekend over- and as unfortunate as that was, I will say it was a good one.

- First off, I had a great show on Friday at the G St Pub. I really appreciate everyone who came out, and had a great time. I'm hoping to get back there some time in the near future.

- Game 7 of the Bulls/Celtics series did not go quite as planned, but I must say the series was one of the most entertaining I've seen in a long, long time. The other positive is that I now absolutely hate the Celtics. I had forgotten what it was like to hate another NBA team besides the Detroit Pistons. Hopefully the Bulls/Celtics rivalry develops over the next few years. Lastly, how awesome were all those hard fouls on Rashon Rondo? Hilarious!

- I went to see X-Men Origins: Wolverine on Saturday night. The movie was middle of the road entertainment. If you want to see a decent comic book movie, go on with your bad self and check it out. Do not expect something close to the Dark Knight, though. The funniest part was not even in the movie- my fiance and I got some soda and popcorn (I think it was $46.) When we sat down she spilled all of the popcorn on the floor. Luckily, we were not sitting next to anyone, and Regal Cinemas give free refills on popcorn, so no harm no foul. We got a refill and were ready to go. However, then disaster struck again- she spilled soda on her pants. Once again, we laughed it off even though her pants were wet. After a few minutes of believing our troubles were behind us, she somehow managed to shoot popcorn in her eye! Eventually we settled in and enjoyed the end of the movie. I only tell this story because it was pretty funny and I mention with nothing but love. I also blame Hugh Jackman for all of it.

- I was totally ready to dedicate this whole post to the Cubs. I was losing my mind on Friday and had a plan to rip Derrek Lee, Milton Bradley, Geovany Soto, and all the other players who haven't been pulling their weight. I was ready to rip management for trading Mark DeRosa (that was still stupid) and I believe I had a few more things to get off my chest. A Ryan Theriot grand slam, a great performance by Ted Lilly, and a grand slam by Derrek Lee- and all of sudden I don't have as many complaints. Let this be a warning though, Cubbies. If you faulter, I'll be there waiting with my keyboard...

- My fantasy baseball team is 4-0! Joe Mauer is back in business (a home run with his first swing!) and my team seems to be clicking. I love it!

So that's all for now- hope you find a way to get through your Monday.

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Bulls/Celtics Series- On To Game 7

I was originally going to talk about Brian Wilson quitting Twitter today, but instead I've decided to pay homage to what is for sure the best first round, seven game series ever, and arguably the best series in my lifetime (I'm sure there are some series that definitely compete.)

This series, with the exception of Game 3, has been absolutely unbelievable. So far here are things I have learned since the beginning of this series:

- Brad Miller is an absolute savage. I know he's a big, lumbering white guy, but he is awesome. He was known in his first stint with the Bulls for throwing a punch at Shaq. In his second stint, he has proven fairly clutch at the free throw line and able to take a punch.

- Speaking of that particular punch- I hate Rashon Rondo. I wasn't going to be that fan. You know, they guy who complains about the refs because a call doesn't go their team's way. Seriously though, this mofo punched Brad Miller in the face to make him miss a possible game tying shot. Then in Game 6, he threw Kirk Hinrich towards the scorer's table. Rondo is clearly a good player, but I absolutely hate him... so the rivalry begins.

- I hate Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. I hate them because they are good, but I still hate them. Like Clayton Bixby once said, "If you have hate in your heart- let it out!" While I'm not a black/white supremisist, I am someone who strongly dislikes teams that wear green- Green Bay Packers, Boston Celtics, Sacramento State, you get the idea (I'll hate CSUS less if my younger brother ends up pitching for them, but until then- hate, hate, hate...)

- Derek Rose is the man. Don't disagree because you can't.

- After the Triple Overtime thriller, I am so ready for Game 7. I have not enjoyed NBA basketball like this in a loooooooooong time- and I love it.

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Case of the Mondays

While I didn't have the most productive weekend- two days off are two days off and there were many sporting events to indulge in. Onward to the Monday edition of my blog:

- As I'm writing this, I'm watching the Sharks game. It's tied 1-1 and nearing the end of the second period. I'm still trying to get into hockey, and HD is really helping.

- The Cubs won with late home runs both Friday and Saturday. Alfonso Soriano is showing what a great player he is, though I'm still not quite sure why he is a lead off hitter. Aramis Ramirez hit a walk off home run on Saturday against the hated rival Cardinals, and had the game not gotten rained out Sunday evening, I'm fairly sure he would've gotten thrown at during his first at bat (for showing up the pitcher when he hit the game winner.) So far, the Cubs have not been clicking as a team, yet they are 7-4. I have a feeling they will only get better.

- For as much as I did not follow much of the NBA this year, I did watch a large majority of the Bulls/Celtics game on Saturday. That was an awesome game. Without Garnett, it looks like the Celtics and Bulls match up almost evenly. As a former basketball player, I typically get frustrated watching games that feature high amounts of mental errors (turnovers, defensive mistakes, lack of boxing out, etc.) This game, was a very well played game where I felt both teams were giving great effort and competing on level that should represent the NBA more often. Derek Rose tied Kareen Abdul-Jabbar for the rookie first game playoff scoring record with 36 points. He'll win the Rookie of the Year for sure. I'm so happy the Bulls drafted him, and I have a feeling he'll be a stud for years to come.

- The Giants and Diamondbacks scored a total of 6 runs total in their series this weekend. The great news is that the Giants' starting pitching was amazing. The terrible news, 4 runs of offense over a three game period will usually not result in a series win. Tim Lincecum looked amazing during his 13 strikeout performance on Saturday. While I'm happy to see fellow Northgate High School Alum Doug Davis pitch so well, the Giants really wasted a great performance by the reigning Cy Young winner. No timely hitting, bad baserunning, and a bullpen that cannot be as perfect as the offense needs them to be will be the Giants' downfall. I do think there is some hope, but the offense needs to get it together very soon. I suppose I don't want them to get too crazy because Brian Wilson saves will immensely help my Fantasy Team (2-0 after two weeks!)

- I also watched the A's game Sunday and they were absolutely shut down by Ricky Romero of the Blue Jays. I had forgotten Ricky Romero's name, but actually saw him pitch a game in college when he went to Cal State Fullerton (against the UC Davis Aggies.) He reminded me of Johan Santana and was part of CSUF's national championship team. Well, currently he's rocking a 1.71 ERA and I took a flier on him in my fantasy league. It could be a good move for anyone a little short on pitching.

- I also watched UFC 97 Saturday night. Chuck Liddell lost again. It may time for him to hang it up. At this point, he's worse than Michael Jordan was on the Wizards. Admittedly, I enjoy watching the fights, but I'm not totally qualified to give analysis- but I'm pretty certain I'm right about Chuck. Let me know if I'm not.

- I'm going to see Margot & the Nuclear So & So's in SF May 16, and Wilco in Tahoe on June 28. Both shows are going to be off the hook.

That pretty much covers the weekend (for me, at least) so hopefully you had a good one as well. Keep on, uh, keep on trucking...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

MLB TV and a NBA Trade

These are two highly unrelated topics, but here we go:

1) I just realized that I get MLB TV. Channel 412 on Comcast is on like Donkey Kong! I just figured that since my current cable package doesn't include the NFL Network, that MLB TV wouldn't be included either. I was so wonderfully wrong. I can't wait to watch hours of Harold Reynolds, Al Leiter, Barry Larkin, and anyone else they're planning to roll out. In fact, I might spring for MLB Extra Innings this year- though I'm scared about what that might do to my productivity levels. Oh well, who cares- I'm so ready for baseball season.

2) The Bulls traded Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons, Andres Nocioni, and some other dude for Brad Miller and John Salmons. I have no idea who wins this trade, but it is pretty cool that my favorite team traded players to my local team. That way I get continue to follow these under performing slubs. I will say that Nocioni will be missed, and I'm glad to pick up Brad Miller, but overall, this doesn't make either team that much better or that much worse. Chime in if you think differently.