Besides better grip, what else can different types of gels or liquids do to enhance pitching the ball? I don't really know anything about pitching, so can someone help me out?
posted by bkdet at 11:09 AM on October 23
Now if only the Lions can get in the win column more often!
posted by bkdet at 09:23 AM on October 16
Advice for the players: Don't even look at the ref or even show disgust, not even with your own mistakes or you might get a tech! The refs are becoming all but exempt from their bad officiating at times!
posted by bkdet at 01:52 PM on October 11
A lot people just don't like change; that goes for NBA players, NFL, MLB and regular joes. If you complain enough about something or get enough people to complain about something that affects your job, then you too can get some things changed!
posted by bkdet at 03:50 PM on October 09
Cleveland will not win the division! They may win a few more games than they did this past season with Hughes being healthy, but not the division. I think that Detroit will win it again because they will get a better mix from Nazr M. than they did from Ben. Don't misunderstand me, Nazr is no Ben, but he shoots it better from the charity stripe and can score better.
posted by bkdet at 11:52 PM on July 08
Puffy (then) and the Bad Boy Family said it best..."All about the Benjamins baby!" Ben will be missed in Detroit, but I believe the Pistons needed a shot in the arm after the ECF! Hopefully this will be it and they will put it together next season and make another run for the LOT! (Praying: Can they please get KG or Bonzi somehow, someway...Joe D. make some magic again!)
posted by bkdet at 08:55 AM on July 05
I must say that although I am not a hockey fan, I grew up in Detroit and I've never really heard or saw any bad press about Stevie Y! I take my hat off to a professional athlete who has been a professional human being for his entire career. Professional Sports need more guys like Mr. Yzerman! (sobbing internally)
posted by bkdet at 03:27 PM on July 03
Is he really worh that? There are other big men who are healthy, or have not suffered from a season-ending injury on the market that would have cost less! He must have some talent that the NBA hasn't seen yet!
posted by bkdet at 10:17 AM on July 03
No no no no no! The worst pick was Darko over Carmelo, Bosh, Wade and anyone else in the top 10! When given a pick, especially that high, you take the best player available! The Knicks failed to do that by taking Rolando Balkman (Orlando Blakman in disguise and rejuvinated) over Williams! WTF?!
posted by bkdet at 01:35 PM on June 29
I've been saying KG all along, but the pistons would have to give up sheed and ben! But that would work because KG can replace both of them with his scoring and rebounding, he's a walking 20+12 guy every night! I agree that the "team" game has had its run and now it's time to recruit a slashing scorer with the ability to help defend.
posted by bkdet at 01:21 PM on June 08
I think it's time for Joe D. to recruit a scorer or a super star with talents like K.G. A player like K.G. can replace both Wallaces and will only lack in 3-point shooting. Is K.G. available? He can hook up with the Pistons and get that ring! He could add that scoring they need on the block and that 15-17 jumper with defense!
posted by bkdet at 11:27 AM on May 30
I am sure several of you have seen the animated movie The Incredibles. Well in it, the parents tell Dash (lightning fast speed) that he cannot compete! He tells his mom that she always tells him to be his best but that she does not really mean it cause he would pummel the competition!
posted by bkdet at 02:14 PM on May 26
Debo270: That's an exact antithesis to competition as this rule or regulation suggests! I don't think that on any level of competition that no one wants to be given "sympathy" plays or points or wins for that matter! We compete to win and the better we are than our competitors, the more they will work hard to make competitions thrive! How long did it take you to come up with that...brilliant!
posted by bkdet at 02:10 PM on May 26
grabofsky74 and Bill, you guys rock! Beer is King and Bobby Brown is the King of R&B, as his graceful queen stated a while ago! It takes great will and determination to accomplish something like that! Man, it's hard for me to run a mile, I could not imagine running more than 10 in a day, maybe even a week!
posted by bkdet at 12:08 PM on May 26
Warstda: I agree! I have seen too many grown-a$$ men who act like children because they were sheltered while gorwing up! In real-world sports, there are no such handicaps! The reason for playing sports is competition and that means there are people competing to win! Do we all go out to work and tell ourselves, "I am going to work to half of my ability today because I am making my co-workers look bad with my hard work, effort and abilities! Yes!!! I am glad that I can give a subpar effort!" No! Our bosses, coaches, wives or whomever wants the best out of us! So tell those kids to play hard and give it their best shot! If they win by 50 or more, then the message was well received! It happens in high school basketball all the time!
posted by bkdet at 10:50 AM on May 26
Detroit in 5.
posted by bkdet at 11:29 AM on May 23
Doesn't Antoine Walker look like a smaller version of Shaq without the ability to pick up his feet, rebound, dunk or post up? But, Atoine will be shut down cause of his lack of speed, which eliminates a 3rd scorer. Jason Williams plays erratically; posey and payton are streak shooters at best. As always, Detroit will have their hands full with Fall Guy Wade and the trusty old Shaq Diesel!
And yes GoBirds, the first pic is especially gay!
posted by bkdet at 10:47 AM on May 23
I am glad to see Hack-N-Chop Bowen, Flopmeister Ginobli, Crybaby Duncan, Phantom Foul Barry and Super-Efficient-Layup Parker ousted from the playoffs! The Mavs vs. Pistons in the finals! The RSS was tied 1-1! Should be a great one!
posted by bkdet at 10:46 AM on May 23
I agree Ying Yang! It has become sickening listening to the commentators worship his every move, from walking to the bench to biting his nails! I honestly felt a little sick! I guess he's called the king cause everyone stays on their knees ready to take a mouth full when he's playing! LeBron's out, now let's get ready for similar media fellatio to be performed on D. Wade!
posted by bkdet at 01:05 PM on May 22
Another thing...the discussion of players like LeBron (superstars) makes it blatantly obvious that it is about the name on the back, not about the one on the front!
posted by bkdet at 11:59 AM on May 22
The competition level is a bit defferent for LeBron than MJ. Slightly changed rules, aging superstars and a lack of great teams to face are all things that could be considered when there is a comparison discussion. But they just missed playing in the NBA together by about 2-3 years and MJ was definitely on the decline! Compare LeBron to D. Wade, Kobe, KG, Duncan, T-Mac, players that are playing now in his era. LeBron is an excellent talent, but he has not become "great" nor is he a King; you have to conquer the land (win championships) before you can be rightfully called "The King". He will have his battles against Detroit, Miami, New Jersey, San Anton., Dallas, etc., but he has to beat them and win consitently!
posted by bkdet at 11:58 AM on May 22
Pistons (good team), Red Wings (good team), The Shock (good team), Tigers (becoming a good team)...now only if the Lions (bad team) can follow suit!
posted by bkdet at 03:35 PM on May 17
It's about time! But wait, watch Joey throw for 3,008 yds and 40 touch downs this season! Bastard!
posted by bkdet at 05:35 PM on May 12
The Clips should give him a job or at least a new bike! He has invested in them for this long without giving up, the least they could do is let him assist the Equip. Mgr. He said he'd do it for free! How many people out there would work for free in his situation?
posted by bkdet at 04:46 PM on May 12
Isiah Thomas will at least comment on trying to get LeBron! Watch! He will be looking to trade his entire roster of talent (Frye, Crawford, Robinson, some other fourth guy with marginal talent and a huge contract) only to make the Knicks into the Cavs of Lebron's first 3 years!
posted by bkdet at 04:21 PM on May 11
Robb Dubbs, thx for bringing that up 'cause I know I forgot about J. Kidd taking the Nets to the Finals in back-to-back fashion! At least J. Kidd had some D with those shaky knees!
posted by bkdet at 04:17 PM on May 11
Suns will win the Western Conference Championship! But that's about it!
posted by bkdet at 01:59 PM on May 11
The first game was exciting (Cavs/Pistons), but that's because I'm a Pistons fan! I read an article by Scoop Jackson saying that LeBron is going through the same trials as Jordan did when he faced the Pistons back in the late 80s and early 90s. Scoop said that LeBron will become better because of the beating he and the Cavs are taking now. But even if he does, what about his team? Also, will LeBron remain with the Cavs next summer (likely, but what would his price tag be)?
posted by bkdet at 12:42 PM on May 11
Kobe may be in the top 2 in the NBA, but he's certainly not the best on the planet, unless that planet is Lakerworld. His contrived new personality is sickening, so he should just stick with being Kobe instead of "Media-Friendly Bryant"! He wants to be better than Jordan, but he has to "become Jordan" then surpass him. that will not happen due to 2 things; his dubious personality and the team that he plays with.
posted by bkdet at 01:31 PM on May 09
Sorry mustang71, but I am a Pistons fan, so we are enemies! lol...But no one can deny that the current Lord of The Rings is Robert Horry!
posted by bkdet at 09:48 AM on May 08
You know who the real king is, right now in the NBA? Robert Horry! LOL...He has the most jewels in his crown and looks to add another one in June! It will take LeBron another 3 to 4 seasons, plus a downfall in Detroit, and Washington, better players just to make it to the Eastern Conf. finals. To make it to the Finals, well that will probably take about 7 to 8 years total when he's about 28 or 29!
posted by bkdet at 08:37 AM on May 08
That's why I am glad to be a die-hard fan of the Pistons! We've had our dog days (pre and somewhat post Bad Boys and Grant Hill) but they are finally a good team again! They won't shoot like that every game, but that does not mean they won't play great either! GO PISTONS! To be a true King you have to at least have some jewels in your crown! The so-called King has nothing but a playoff series win, barely!
posted by bkdet at 07:29 PM on May 07
Mike Bibby has cost his team 2 games with bad passes! I just watched him throw the ball away down the stretch in game 5!
posted by bkdet at 10:58 PM on May 02
The LEASTERN conference is right! I am from Detroit, but the bottom half of the eastern conference playoff positions were terrible! But they may have a very small advantage in the playoffs because they have not played as hard as the top seeds...in some cases, so they will have fresher legs. But talent coupled with experience should prevail.
posted by bkdet at 02:10 PM on May 02
If they play the Lakers, we may see the Clips in the Finals! Wow, from 0 to 60 in thirty years!
posted by bkdet at 09:02 AM on May 02
In the next game, Nash needs to get real Nashty and go for 39pts., 22asts., and 9 boards! Oh, and he also needs to get Nashty on the rim over/on Kobe for some payback! (yeah...wishful thinking, but that would be too funny and great simultaneously!)
posted by bkdet at 01:33 PM on May 01
Kobe, right now is the MVP of the playoffs! He has bought into Zenmeister's plan and by doing so it makes his team better! It should be a great "hallway" series next round for the Lakers. I just don't see Phoenix winning 3 straight!
posted by bkdet at 01:31 PM on May 01
Okay, I'm not that skilled in the language or trade of football, but I know this; If the best player is available to you, no matter what, you pick that player, then worry about how to fit him in or if that cannot be done, trade/negotiate for a different player(s)! This reminds me of two NBA drafts, the 1984 and 2003 selections. We all know about the 1984 draft (SB over MJ) and 2003 (Darko over Melo)! WTF?!?
posted by bkdet at 01:21 PM on May 01
Was that a joke...converse being bought for $305 BILLION? Or was that supposed to be $0.305 Billion?
posted by bkdet at 10:20 AM on May 01
Yeah...I'm sick of people wanting to get paid for a job they've done or are doing, which was established in a written contract! These kind of people suck! If I sign an employment agreement with a company, then I expect to work for free, just for fun, even if I am supposed to be getting paid for it according to my employment agreement!
posted by bkdet at 10:09 AM on April 28
Kobe is the only guy on the list of MVP candidates that plays a lick of one-on-one defense) Weedy, does that list include Chauncey Billups? He plays very solid one-on-one defense.
posted by bkdet at 08:36 AM on April 27
Oh...what I meant by the NCAA comment is that which ever program brings in the most money should receive the most financial support!
posted by bkdet at 08:29 PM on April 25
Whoever is the bigger draw should get the bigger pay check! Just like it should be in the NCAA!
posted by bkdet at 08:28 PM on April 25
Although I am a Piston faithful, I have to say that they play dangerously some times against the weaker teams such as a Milwaukee Bucks. Against the better teams, they play hard and dominant through out the game, but as in the first half of that first game againt the "Sucks" they were giving up all types of shots to the basket. Now I know that they were a bit off, but even in the middle of the season, they would play around in the first half and take care of business in the second. I think they need to develop that killer instinct, which comes along with developing the bench. They need to close teams out early and then destroy them the rest of the way in the 2nd half! Playing around in the first could cost them the game in the 4th!
posted by bkdet at 10:23 AM on April 25
Avery is going to be the coach of the year. What about Flip Saunders? He took a very good team and made it into the best team, but I guess the contention here will be that that's not hard to do when you have a situation like the Pistons.
posted by bkdet at 08:38 AM on April 25
First, I don't know anyone who has gotten out of the ghetto through their own sheer fortitude, without a whole lot of lucky breaks (blessings) and folks helping them out Meet more people! I got out of the ghetto without any "lucky" breaks! And the only help I got was advice! It's called preparation and hard work! Several of my friends and people I know have done the same. Old school bullshit? Where is the death and destruction coming from, who is killing and who is destroying? This is why we as a people get nowhere! There are always excuses and blame! Several people in this world work hard and get nowhere, black, white, whatever! But there are also several people who DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING and still complain or use weak excuses as to why they can't or won't! Is it easier for us to be educated versus then? Several don't choose to go to school for whatever reason...they CHOOSE to! Many before us did not have a choice! Let's just all blame someone else for all the problems we face because we have absolutely nothing to do with where we are! So tell me where does it start; with the individual or group; leader or follower?
posted by bkdet at 04:36 PM on April 21
Yes it is that simple...you either do it or you don't! Who do you think tells these kids that it's okay to sell drugs and idolize material things? I'm so tired of people talking about it's hard...HELL YEAH IT'S HARD or life would be called EASY! It starts with the individual! What are the bigger more complicated issues when it comes to someone deciding what path to take in his or her life? "Should I stay in the hood and sell poison to this neighborhood cause I got to eat?" What kind of issues are we facing today that are that much worse than those issues faced by black people in the past? Man, we've got it easy compared to those who had to be sprayed, burned, persecuted, lynched, etc., just so that we can enjoy the right to be. People have fought and died for rights we take for granted every single day and how do we show our appreciation? Yeah, I guess it's not that simple for someone to put something else before themselves like an idea! What if MLK said "you know what, this is too hard! There are too many complicated issues to deal with, so I'm just going to stay at home and do whatever! Oh, damn can't do that cause somebofy has fired bombed that!"
posted by bkdet at 02:33 PM on April 21
The reason they are getting worse is because no one in those 'hoods wants to step up and raise above all that "thug/baller/fake soldier" bullsh*t! There are other options out of the hood, sh*t I made it out of one of Detroit's worst hoods without selling poison, rapping or playing ball! Two words; accountability and responsibility!
posted by bkdet at 09:24 PM on April 20
Bishop what fraternity is that, you wouldn't happen to know the "time" would you?
posted by bkdet at 09:07 PM on April 20
Now who said baseball (and other major sports) is not about the money! At the end of the day, it's all about the bottom line, steroid accusations and all!
posted by bkdet at 09:05 PM on April 20
The only real memory I have of Ostertag is in the '97 playoffs when he grabbed MJ on the way to the hoop as the ball found it's way into the goal! He put both arms around MJ and the shot was still made! Great D!
posted by bkdet at 05:21 PM on April 19
I pay for Direct TV and my subscription fee ultimately goes toward the operation costs of the company. Does everyone show up to work everyday, hell no! Do they always have great customer service, HELL 2 THE NO! I should be able to expect the best service as they advertised and everyone that my money help pays should be there everytime I call or have a problem, but it does not work that way!
posted by bkdet at 04:34 PM on April 19
This may be irrelevant, but I was watching ESPN and I heard someone repeat Karl Malon's sentiment about the name on the jerseys and how it's not about the name on the back, it's the one on the front that counts! As some of you know, this is total BS! It is about the name on the back more than it is about the name on the front. Of course if Iverson and Webber are not at the game you paid to see, you are going to be upset, but that does not mean they had to be there!We've all had reasons on why we did not want to go to class, work, or wherever on certain days and nights.
posted by bkdet at 04:29 PM on April 19
Isn't always about the money? Who in this country works for free? It's never about the customer, not before the employee who could care less about the customer! That's true across the board in every profession!
posted by bkdet at 11:22 AM on April 19
New Jersey has become that "team" in the East as of late along with the Magic (but too late and too bad, maybe next season!) I think if they make it past the Heat, they will surely take Detroit to 6 or 7 games.
posted by bkdet at 08:37 AM on April 18
im050483: Are you serious about the Cavs being too much for Detroit? Maybe you missed that game the other night when they played each other! The cavs will not be in the second round anyway because of the Wizards! Now there's where Detroit will be challenged! They don't have an answer for Arenas!
posted by bkdet at 03:21 PM on April 17
You cannot really compare the old teams to the more recent ones such as the Celtics who won 8 in a row to the Bulls that won 6 titles. I believe if we could see that match up, the most recent team would have an edge. The players of today's NBA are much stronger and athletic than those guys in the old days. I am not saying that today's players are more talented, but they are stronger and faster than those players of old. Of course athleticsm does not win games alone, but those guys (Celts) did not have to compete against a team filled with good athletes. The game was slower because the players were. Like I said, I am not saying that the player were more talented!
posted by bkdet at 12:16 PM on April 17
chemwizBsquared: I agree! The Pistons is the only team that can stop the Pistons! They better use Rasheed in the post cause he's unstoppable down there! Also, tell Lyndsay Hunter not to hold the damn ball for too long when he's running the point while Chauncey's out! Dammit!
posted by bkdet at 08:58 AM on April 17
Detroit has to watch itself in the playoffs! The Bulls are hungry and have no pressure to win, so they will come out with a lot of energy! Detroit tends to take it a bit easy in the first half and then turns it on in the second. That drives me crazy, but it has become effective. After watching the Bulls beat the Heat handily, it got me thinking, the Pistons better not sleep on that team whatsoever! I know the playoffs are different from the regular season, but they better play hard each and every night! Chauncey for MVP, Ben Wallace for DPY and Flip Saunders for COY!
posted by bkdet at 08:56 AM on April 17
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