New Yorkers – my old classmate and friend Dave Kerpen is running for City Council (District 23 in Queens) next year. He is really as tireless as they say. It’s pretty disturbing, really. How is this in any way sports related? He got married on the Brooklyn Cyclones’ field. And he’s too tough for me on Facebook word games. So while you’re at it, become his supporter on Facebook.
This will be under a cut because it loops, but so far it’s the only video or photo I have of the throwdown in Beijing, proof positive that despite Howard’s denials, he sure does get dunked on (the image/ video is from True Hoop and RotoEvil, click on “Read the Rest of This Entry“):
You know, we never hear about Romney delegates pissing and moaning about their candidate the way we do about Clinton’s delegates, clinging to the one who lost. Can’t we put this garbage in the wastebin already? Meanwhile, there are new additions to Dancing with the Stars and American Idol. And Pakistan’s ruling coalition is in turmoil.
Now, on to sports:
+ Notes on the closing of the Beijing Olympics range from "it was China’s coming out party", "it was a winning, on-topic display of athletic achievement","Gosh! Great show!", "China showed deep insecurities", to "it was a showcase for hypocrisy". And Jacques Rogge was wrong for calling out Usain Bolt.
+ Folks are trying to explain the Jamaican success in sprint competitions. From Global Voices:
…the phenomenal performance of the Jamaican athletes is also due to the cultural self-confidence they feel…this is not a confidence manufactured by the abjectly self-conscious, respectability-seeking, hymn-singing English-speaking middle classes but one bred out of the flamboyant, boisterous, in-your-face Patwa-speaking population.
Hey, I resent that. Those self-conscious folks are my people! I’m going to go in the corner and contemplate my breeding. meanwhile, a Yahoo sports article has a couple of theories. The team doctor:
“They say that our aggression, our toughness, came out of our slave situation,” said Elliott, who is black. The team doctor said he subscribes to the view “considering that Jamaica had more slavery rebellion than any country in the world.”
“It’s not a question of genetic pool, but we have that,” he added. “It’s a cultural thing, too, that we want to achieve.”
Asafa Powell credits morning training, Usain Bolt’s father credits the yam in Trelawny (which is supposed to have medicinal properties), and the US Face of Doping Victor Conte calls the Jamaicans drug cheats.
+ Wait, ping-pong aka table tennis aka the most intense silly sport I watched the finals of this weekend was invented by the British?
+ Jason Kidd is giving his gold medal to the Elaine Wynn, wife of casino owner Steve Wynn. A woman he’s known for a year. Huh.
On a Marquette team thin on post players… rising sophomore Trevor Mbakwe decides to leave the Golden Eagle team to attend junior college. He looked like he could be a beast but he injured his left knee early in the season. He came back and played in some games (including one against St. John’s); while his field goal percentage was weak, he got to the free throw line at an intriguing rate.
Don’t know what he would have been – extrapolating the work of players who log less than ten minutes per game, and only play in a limited number of games (like Rob Thomas, for example) is tough. But the late-August transfer, like Qa’rraan Calhoun’s sudden urge for junior college last year, is hard to adjust to for a team. Interestingly, though, and unlike Calhoun’s actions with St. John’s, Mbakwe took part in Marquette’s offseason workouts.
Continuing from Anthony DiLoreto’s arrest in the previous post. Photo from South Philly Review:
I’d forgotten to post about incoming Kansas freshman Markieff Morris and his BB gun incident:
An incoming Kansas University basketball player is accused of shooting an Airsoft rifle BB gun out of his university dorm room, possibly hitting a woman in the courtyard below, the KU Public Safety office said.
Markieff Morris, 18, was issued a notice to appear in court after the incident, which the KU Public Safety office said occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday at Jayhawker Towers. According to a report from the KU Public Safety Office, Morris was suspected of using alcohol.
Kansas Coach Bill Self responded:
"We take this matter very seriously. Poor judgment was used by ever bringing an Airsoft gun, (one) that can be purchased at Wal-Mart, on campus that can shoot plastic BBs," he said.
"I would say concerning any alcoholic consumption, we do not condone that either. I am still gathering information to see if that actually occurred."
I understand that Kansas is boring, especially in comparison to Philadelphia, where he and his brother Marcus are from, but don’t drink and shoot BBs. One or the other, and watch your aim, kid. This is the kind of dumb thing that college freshmen… okay, college kids… okay, lots of people accidentally do.
But when you’re a high-profile athlete on a high-profile team, try not to beat the piss out of people, and try not to shoot BB guns. The urge overtakes all of us, I am sure.
Are these rifles popular? Not my area of expertise, here.
picture from MN Sports Preview
Goodman’s Blog posts an incredible bit of crime news:
Incoming Cal Poly 7-footer Anthony DiLoreto was arrested and charged with robbing a bank.
DiLoreto, 18, who averaged 8.2 points per game as the starting center at Hopkins High in Minnesota last season, and a 16-year-old robbed a Wisconsin bank on Saturday morning and DiLoreto is accused of being the getaway driver.
The 16-year-old admitted, in a police report, it was his idea. The plan was to duct-tape the employees in the vault. He brought in a sawed-off shotgun that reportedly didn’t have any bullets, left the bank with about $1,000 – but DiLoreto had already left the scene.
More from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
DiLoreto was to have driven the getaway car for a 16-year-old boy, who according to police was carrying a shotgun believed to belong to DiLoreto when he robbed the bank, authorities said.
According to a complaint filed Monday in Burnett County, DiLoreto and the 16-year-old, with whom he played basketball, planned the robbery Friday night. The plan was for the 16-year-old to rob the bank while DiLoreto waited outside to drive the getaway vehicle.
DiLoreto apparently heard sirens and drove away before his 16-year-old cohort came out of the bank. Police and rescue workers were responding to an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle across the street from the bank at the time of the robbery at 9:55 a.m., said Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland.
You know… even if they did get away, if anyone saw them, I don’t think they’d have a problem identifying a lanky tall white guy with his seat real far back in broad daylight. And bank robberies? Come on, people always want to get their money back. It’s not going to end well if you try. Then again, bank robberies still happen. And they did the robbery 110 miles northeast of the Twin Cities (Minnetonka, where they went to high school, is a suburb). And really, just because the kid plays basketball doesn’t mean that he’s any less stupid or any more honorable than anyone else.
DiLoreto better bulk up for prison. It’s probably tougher than the Big West conference.
If I name these recap posts “This Week in the Bias,” maybe they will be mistaken for This Week in Baseball (TWIB). I don’t know why my parents decided to move the land of hurricanes; now I have to track Tropical Storm Fay.
I’d post a picture of a hurricane, but I came across a Friday Night Lights picture on the Big Lead’s daily recap, and while I know I will hear it from some corners, it’s too good a picture of Minka Kelly/ Adrianne Palicki/ Aimee Teegarden NOT to post (it’s originally taken from GQ magazine).
So, to recap:
+ The man who will always be measured up to Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, had a nice debut and looks like John Krasinski from the Office.
+ An update on Bootsy Thornton, a St. John’s star from 8 years ago playing on top European basketball clubs.
+ Another update, this time on Daryll “Showtime” Hill. On the court at St. John’s it was hard to decide if he was “dynamic and surrounded with no talent” or “a streetball gunner”; injuries derailed his career when there was relatively competitive talent on the floor.
+ Jason Kidd breaks it off with another ladyfriend.
+ A sports hits post include a ridiculous comment thread on Oregon State coach Craig Robinson hijacked by anti-Obama foolishness, what T. Boone Pickens is really after with his wind power project, South Florida losing another recruit, cast notes on Friday Night Lights, and more.