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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Summertime Smattering..


Boston Red Sox
Overall: 35-42 (7 games out of AL Playoffs)
Last Week: 3-5

Meh, there's nothing to see here. Which is to say, there's nothing really for which I wish to wax. At least when it comes to the Red Sox and their quest for mediocrity. Which is why I've decided to shelve whatever analysis I was going to attempt to provide in favor of some random video clips and hot takes. So, yeah. Enjoy...

"Damn, this is good! Who is this?!"



Always loved this video. Especially the "energetic" performance by the African American gentleman that decides "I'll take 2!". Besides, it's got a Summer feel to it. And it being Summer and all, I felt it would be appropriate. So, yeah. Cake. They're musically delicious...and that black guy is hilarious...

Speaking of hilarious. This guy used to be occasionally hilarious, until he killed himself with H. And here's a trailer for what should be his last new film to hit the big screen not to involve him as a hologram (unless you dig The Hunger Games, which I don't). Because we all know that's going to happen, eventually. The hologram stuff, that is. Thankfully, most of us should be dead by then. And preferably not because of H. Hopefully it will be some new super drug of the future that you just put in your coffee. OR maybe we'll just OD on caffeine. Meh, either way I'm pretty sure coffee is involved. Just the mental projection I'm feeling. OR maybe that feeling is just that I want some coffee? Yeah, I've derailed. Here's the trailer...



Looks dark and slow, like The Master, which I still haven't seen. But PSH often thrived in those roles (See: Capote). So there's that. And it hits theaters in about a month. Definitely not what I would have chosen as Hoffman's final work, but probably worth a watch nonetheless. Though for me that "watch" is most likely to come on HBO in about 18 months, not in the theater in about 18 days...


As for sports. Tiger is back (kinda), the World Cup bites (literally), and we're on the eve of the NBA Draft (also literally). Hot takes ahead...


Tiger: It's great that he's back, and I'll be eager to see if he ever comes close to regaining the form that made him far and away the best in the world. But between his escalating age, deteriorating health, and the fact (mentioned here many times) that he's left a dearth of talent in his wake. It should prove nearly impossible for him to do so (of note: as I'm writing this it's coming across Twitter that he dumped his first drive of today's Pro-Am portion of the event into the drink). However, watching him try, especially if he does come close to returning to his full glory, should make for some of the best televised golf since the heydays of Palmer and Nicklaus...

Now, do I think he'll get the 5 more Major Championship victories that he needs to pass the aforementioned Mr. Nicklaus? No, I don't. Not anymore. He's finally fallen behind Jack's pace (due to age), and like I said, he'll be dealing with the a peer group that I think even Jack would have to admit is more talented than his own. So, no. I don't think he's going to get there. But man, it should be a lot of fun to watch him try...


The World Cup: One of the highest paid players in the sport of soccer just bit someone on international TV (again). Oh, and someone from my hometown is being blamed for the US only being able to manage a tie against Portugal. So, yeah! Soccer! Am I right? Freakin' Eurotrash. Or in this case "Urotrash". Because Uruguay, right?! Yeah, whatever. Racist chants, flopping, and biting. If that's your thing, then continue to enjoy yourself the World Cup. And yes, soccer snobs. I realize I'm making generalizations. But dude bit a guy on TV...for at least the second time! Defend that, and the culture that caters to it, if you must. But don't expect to get any sympathy or understanding. At least not outside of the next few weeks. And that's only in the US can stay in it. Otherwise, they'll ALL be branded dirty, racist biters within a 15 minute news cycle. And what a glorious few minutes on Twitter that will be. Should make that Boston/Montreal interaction look and NAACP meeting...


NBA Draft: I'm great at remembering where guys went to school, but not often great at projecting them into the pros. For instance, in 2008 I predicted that Russell Westbrook (UCLA) and Kevin Love (UCLA) would be the 2nd and 3rd best players to come out of that draft class. A class that featured Derrick Rose (Memphis) and Michael Beasley (Kansas St.). Not bad, right? Yeah, not bad. Except for the fact that I thought the best player to come out of that draft class would be...drum roll please!...Jerryd Bayless (Arizona). Yeah...

So, who do I think will be the best players from the class of 2014? Well, I'm glad that, through me, you decided to ask. And here they are:

1) Andrew Wiggins
2) Shabazz Napier
3) Doug McDermott

Honorable mention: Cleanthony Early, TJ Warren, Jerami Grant

Probably not the list you thought you'd see, but I'm not usually in the business of judging guys I've barely seen play (Exum). I'm also not in the business of casting my lot with guys that can't shoot, or big guys with back problems (Embiid). And I won't bore you with analysis. Just suffice it to say that I think those 3 are going to have better careers than their peers. And that rhymes, friends. So you know it's going to be true...

Oh, and I'm not interesTed in talking about LeBron opting out of his deal with the Heat. The draft is as far as I go...unless I'm going out of my way to rip Reverend Dr. Glenn Luther Rivers Jr. Which I guess could happen soon, seeing as allegedly LeBron is really fond of the good doctor's coaching techniques. With the "technique" Doc uses to win when he has the best players probably right at the top of the list...


And that's all I've got. I'm sure I forgot something, amidst this nonsensical smattering (literally learning as I type that Daryl Strawberry is now a...pastor? Because of course he is.). But that's why Al Gore created Twitter. So, my friends. Until next time. Now get out there and enjoy the Summer...


#BAGSMUNMAN

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