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Boston Celtics Fall Short in the West Coast

The team that’s been atop all others throughout the previous two months of this season is slowly fizzing away. The Boston Celtics ended their road trip with a loss at the Rose Garden and I couldn’t be any happier. Yup – I’m a Trail Blazers fan and love how Portland was able to win without Roy. It shows talent in the other starters and reserves. Greg Oden was even able to add 13 points and 11 rebounds despite his ankle injury in a recent practice. Perhaps he’ll slowly shake off the media tension that’s been burdening his shoulders.

Celtics vs. Blazers
Celtics vs. Blazers

Paul Pierce stepped up as usual with 28 points for the Celtics, but it wasn’t enough for Rip City’s finest. It hasn’t been enough for the last three of their four games. Coming into Los Angeles on Christmas, the Lakers gave the defending champs something to think about – How the f*ck will they beat them again if they were to match up in the finals? The Lakers seem much stronger this year and the Celtics are dwindling. They need another boost of energy like last year in the playoffs, but what will happen if their second boost runs out?

After losing to the Lakers they fell short to the Golden State Warriors on the following night. Even though they picked up a Win in Sacramento thereafter, the Portland game brought them back down. Overall, the west coast road blocked their franchise-record, 19 game winning streak.

Cleveland and Orlando are close behind, so if Boston wants to “make it reign” again, they need to work on their play making ability down the stretch. The way I see it is if teams like the Blazers can cover without their star player, then the Celtics are no match for Kobe, Lebron or Dwight (who’re much more polished) and their crews.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 31, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tips to get Your Girl to Watch Sports in 2009

As the year ends, sports viewership continues to rise. With classic moments such as:

-Basketball Rivals Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers Go Head-to-Head
-New York Giants Stomp Unbeaten New England Patriots in the Superbowl
-Nadal Defeats Federer in Five Sets
-Michael Phelps Drowns Swimmers with 8 Medals

Green Bay Packers Sports Fan

Green Bay Packers Sports Fan

Who wouldn’t have wanted to watch male-testosterone, competition based events with sweat, anger and adrenaline? Your significant other you say…? Well, if you missed out on 2008’s greatest moments, you may want to make sure the love of your life is ready for 2009. You sacrificed enough if you missed ANY of the above mentions. Do not let yourself get trapped into the ballet, babysitting or watching chick flicks like Mean Girls.

Follow the steps below and you just might catch some action on the tube…Or live if you’re lucky. Hell, you may even get to go to a Superbowl party early next year if you take this matter seriously.

Barter with Her:
You’re always forced into doing things with her, why can’t she reciprocate? Tighten your belt and voice your thoughts. Spend an evening with her going shopping so she can spend a day with you watching a game. If that doesn’t work, beg to do housework.

Keep Her Comfortable:
If bartering was tough, chances are she’s going to need a lot of time to warm up to the concept of competition. This isn’t drama to see which girl can outdo the other in b*tch@$ness, this is the result of gladiators hard at work. For her first few viewings, make sure you’re in a quiet setting so her ears aren’t pounding from raging drunken men at bars. Allow her to chill and learn the game – Yes, this means you have to explain it to her. Not ideal, but at least she’s open to it now.

Remind Her It’s Quality Time:
Whether you’re watching the game or getting pedicures, in the end it’s quality time that matters. Assure her that you’re not just into the game (even if you are) and that you would like the best of both worlds…As would she.

Watch Eye Candy Sports:
Let’s face it, women love fantasizing about men just as much as we love wet dreams of XXX models – The only difference is their fantasies are more likely to happen. Ask your significant other who she’s fond of and watch that athlete’s games. David Beckham? Tom Brady? Kobe Bryant? Let her watch him as you watch the rest of them. She may be watching for a completely different reason, but hey, at least she’s shut up and allowing you to do your thing.

Develop Emotional Ties:
Did she go to a college with a good athletics program? Is she passionate about her hometown or residential city? Let her get attached to the teams so she wants to watch them play.

Play with Her:
Toss the ball around and teach her the skills needed to play the game. She just may understand what its all about and join in the fun. She might even become your cheerleader for when you play pick up games.

Buy Her Gear:
Be sure to buy her team attire. It’s a whole different ball game for a fan when they’re representing a team. Buy her a cute jersey, sweatshirt or better yet a thong with her favorite team’s logo. Who knows what the excitement could lead to…

Good luck and Happy New Year in advance!


Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 30, 2008 Posted by | College Basketball, College Football, Features & Opinions, General, NBA, NFL, Olympic Sports, Soccer | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All Hail King James

King James

King James

With about one minute remaining, Yao Ming attempts a layup to help the Rockets but instead is trampled by the quick jump and defensive block of Lebron James. The ticker eventually counts down and the Cavs claim victory…This was the outcome of yesterday’s heated matchup between the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

After watching the game, reviewing the highlights and reading the articles, there’s no doubt in my mind that Lebron James has superseded most NBA legends. Sure Michael Jordan tops the list, but he’s the Zeus of basketball. Michael’s on the same pedestal as Leonardo da Vinci for painting, Will Smith for bankable box office hits, Tupac Shakur for rap and perhaps Mother Teresa for volunteerism. Putting him aside, how often do you hear about Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, or Magic Johnson? In fact, fans from the Kobe and Lebron era probably don’t even know Magic’s real name is Earvin.

Just watch Lebron play one game. You’ll notice his dedication and passion for the sport we love to watch. But even more so than dedication and passion is the skill set he runs with while on court. In yesterday’s game for example, King James led all scorers with 27 points, provided 9 rebounds, 3 steals and one over-the-top block on the Great Wall of China – Yao Ming.

One game you say…? Then explain his ability to lead a team past all but the Celtics and Lakers this year. Or the fact that if it wasn’t for him, the Cavs wouldn’t be only team to remain undefeated at home. Let’s take it one step further and question whether or not the Cavs would’ve made it to the Finals in 2007 if he wasn’t on the roster. Lebron has provided a lot to the franchise and even more to the NBA.

It giddies me like a lil’ girl about to play spin the bottle when I see him powder himself up before entering the court. I become more anxious than Genuwine and can’t wait to see fireworks!

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 24, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Starbury Victimized by Cockitis

It’s interesting how some athletes think they run the NBA because of their limelight and “star” or “fan” power. They become victims of Cockitis and eventually have to drop the –itis because of the public’s new persona of them. What is Cockitis you ask? Cockitis is a mental and emotional disease that causes you to believe your talent and power is far superior than it really is.

Starbury

Starbury

A great example of someone victimized by this is Stephon Marbury, or Starbury. Stephon was recently quoted in an interview saying “I’m still earning my check by doing nothing”. Putting the quote back into context, Stephon was speaking about his current situation with the New York Knicks.

Stephon and the Knicks have been in disagreement about his role as a team player. I’m not sure what the exact dispute is, but Stephon isn’t satisfied with his $21 million contract. That’s right – $21 million, and he’s not satisfied. He refused to play in two games this season and has since been docked from attending and playing at future games and practices until the dispute has been figured out – Though somehow he is still getting paid.

Knicks’ president Donnie Walsh tried speaking with Stephen about his contract, but he left in less than a half-hour because he wasn’t pleased with what he heard. These are just a few indications that Stephon has Cockitis.

The situation took a turn when Stephon attended the Knicks vs. Lakers game in Los Angeles, without permission. Apparently he didn’t violate Walsh’s request because he was a “paid fan”. What I don’t understand is Walsh didn’t want him there, D’Antoni didn’t want him there, the players didn’t want him there…Then why the f*ck was he there? Especially when he walked out on the Knicks because he didn’t like what he heard – That is typical Cockitis behavior.

To counter critics, Stephon stated he’d been training in Los Angeles and speaking with other teams. Hmmm – It better be a coincidence that he’s speaking with “other” teams while working out in LA, because I don’t think the Lakers need him on their roster. The Clippers on the other hand…

All I know is Cockitis is getting to his head more than that ugly Starbury imprint. Who’s he think he is, Mike Tyson with a wack @$$ face tat…? This just makes me not want to purchase anymore CHEAP Starbury gear at Steve & Barry’s. Well, that and the fact that Steve & Barry’s is going out of business.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Phoenix Suns Hollar at Mike D’Antoni

Mike DAntoni

Mike D'Antoni

New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni recently visited the Phoenix Suns in an emotionally charged game for both him and the city of Phoenix. D’Antoni was the head coach for the Suns for four seasons before abruptly leaving them after a philosophical dispute with General Manager Steve Kerr – Does anyone know what this was about?

Though D’Antoni left on an awkward note, his love for the fans and vice-versa remained in the arena. It was the first time Phoenix fans were able to cheer for and say goodbye to Mike D’Antoni properly. The Suns clinched the victory in the end and gave D’Antoni something to think about. Or did they? With all the changes being made on Phoenix, I’m not sure if D’Antoni cares to think about them much.

  • Terry Porter has taken over as head coach
  • Jason Richardson has replaced both Raja Bell and Boris Diaw
  • Steve Nash is still pissed about the trade and feels traded
  • Shaquille O’Neal is the BIG engine that couldn’t

With all this and more going on – The Suns can’t compete on the level the Celtics, Lakers and Cavs can. I love watching the Suns…Or did for the last few seasons. But their game has slowed down and so has their ability to make it through the playoffs. They do great during regular seasons, but then choke when it counts.

On a purely business standpoint, D’Antoni shouldn’t go back to the Suns. There would have to be serious changes made before he considered it.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 17, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Celtics Continue to (Make it) ‘Reign’

As the Boston Celtics continue to rape other teams in Power Rankings, I question how long it will be until another team comes up. The Celtics currently hold a 14-game winning streak, totaling their wins and losses to 22-2 this season. The 1991-1992 Chicago Bulls were the last team to follow through with these stats, ending their season 67-15 and clinching the national title against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers are the only two teams that may be able to muzzle the Celtics – Though both seem to be in a competition with each other for no. 2 rather than no.1. I hope other teams can restructure their approach because I’m getting tired of seeing the same few franchises dominate. As exciting as it may be to see the Celtics and Lakers battle it out again at the end of this season, I don’t think many people will care as much as they did last year.

It’s time for the Magic, Hornets and Rockets to step it up! I would like to praise the Blazers and Suns, but Portland seems to be preoccupied with Oden’s lack of self confidence and the Suns have consumed themselves in too many roster changes for anyone to know how to play with each other.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

Paul Pierce vs. Kobe Bryant

Paul Pierce vs. Kobe Bryant

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Knicks Lead the NBA

It’s no surprise that the New York Knickerbockers, also known to the un-savvy as the Knicks, have been crowned the most valuable team in the NBA for the fourth straight year. The Knicks are worth $613 million, close to $35 million above its second place followers, The Los Angeles Lakers. Both teams are a given to me solely because of their history and demographic market size.

However two teams that showed the most value change are the Portland Trail Blazers, worth $307 million and the defending champs, the Boston Celtics, worth $447 million. You would think that with Paul Allen as your owner, you’d have a higher net worth. I guess Oden is making a bigger impact than Allen ever will. And what about the Celtics? With so many rings that you need four hands to put them all on, the Celtics have fallen to the likes of the Cavs, who rank fifth and are worth $477 million.

Any guesses who third and fourth are?

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

New York Knics

New York Knics

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment