Christmas in August

1.) Ohhhhhh Happppy Day!  I have waited so long, repeat, SO LONG for the Sixers to trade Iguodala that it is almost unbelievable that it finally happened. And the fact that they got Andrew Bynum back in return is fantastic.

I am ecstatic about this move, in every sense.  Look, if Bynum doesn’t re-sign, then we got Iggy’s terrible contract off of the books and it frees tons of cap space for 2013. If he does re-sign, then we have a fantastic center. Win-win.

Now, as for Iggy, he seems like a nice guy and all, but he was never a super star. He can’t shoot for S and his defense is, in my humble opinion, terribly overrated. He could defend mid-level players, players like himself, very well, but he would always get abused by superstars.

Let’s put it this way: Iggy’s biggest contribution last year was hitting last second free throws to move on in the playoffs by beating a Bulls team that was without their best player. Let me repeat that so it sinks in for a minute: with Iguodala, the Sixers were barely better than the Bulls without Derrick Rose. If that doesn’t show you how incredibly average the man was/is, than I don’t know what will.

Iggy is a great 3rd best player on a team, a good 2nd best player on a team, and a terrible 1st best player on a team. This trade is awesome.

2.) The women’s soccer team won the gold yesterday, but I gotta say, I can’t really get behind them. They just seem too arrogant, and yes, the call on canada was complete BS (face stomp not withstanding). In the Canada game though, that definitely was a hand ball, pretty much a text books case of “Holy crap, I don’t wanna get hit in the face, let me flail up my arms to protect myself!”

I did like the women putting on shirts that said, “Greatness has been found” because it reminded me of that Will Ferrell SNL skit when he had the light blue mesh “I’m number one” hat. Good stuff.

3.) I went to the Blue Rocks game last night and after surrendering 5 runs in the first, the guy behind us was absolutely LIVID! He kept screaming “Come on, BLUE!” to the umpire and yelling at the Blue Rocks players (calling for the pitcher to be taken out after 3 runs.)

This was puzzling because it’s the freaking Blue Rocks and nobody really cares whether they win or lose. Other than that guy, there were two other highlights of the night:

Highlight #1 came when a right handed Blue Rocks player got waaaay out in front of a pitch and chucked his bat into the opposing team’s dugout on accident. That’s what you get when you see the Blue Rocks.

Highlight #2 came when they announced the opposing team to Razor Ramon’s old theme music.  What a great touch.  I kept waiting for them to announce: “Say hello to the bad guys!” But they didn’t. Then, the cherry on top really, they announced the Blue Rocks to Hulk Hogan’s “Real American” theme.  Genius.

4.) (MILD SPOILERS) I read the second book of the Hunger Games and I have to say, it was really “meh.”  At this point, I think Gale has said a total of 5 words and Peeta just keeps getting his ass handed to him. Also, the author really took the easy way out in book one when she had Katniss only kill “bad” players and not the nice ones (I’m looking at you, Rue), but then in the second book, SHE DOES IT AGAIN!  Katniss never takes out any of the guys who the author describes as ‘good’ she only targets the ‘bad’ players which is really stupid.

The only, repeat ONLY, good character in the Hunger Games is Haymitch. I’m hoping the third book is one page long, with a bomb being dropped on Panem…but I know it’s not, and I’ll have to read it, and get pissed off all over again. DAMN YOU SUZANNE COLLINS AND YOUR ADDICTIVE PROSE!

5.) I started reading “Moby Dick” as well, but I know I won’t finish it. I’ve tried 4 times previously and failed every one. Perhaps the problem is that on page 25, Melville sticks a 5 page sermon right in the middle of the book. Talk about putting your readers to sleep!

So this time, I just skipped over the sermon and went straight to Ishmael and Queequeg spooning each other, which are some of the funniest passages ever written.

6.) Hey Eagles fans, had enough of Nnamdi yet?  My theory is that when he got paid a bunch of money, he just lost his mind He has never looked so average on the field.

That haircut, however, is pretty sweet. Looks like somebody’s about to throw a HOUSE PARTY!

I don’t blame all of it on Nnamdi though. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that he has an OFFENSIVE LINE COACH as his defensive coordinator.

That’s it for me folks!  Until next time.


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