March 20, 2008

While you were watching the NCAA Tournament: Ufez and Yukon will be "Live blogging" a regular season NBA basketball game. [more inside]

posted by YukonGold to navel gazing at 07:40 AM - 132 comments

Celtics @ Mavericks 8:00 EDT TNT Check back tonight to see what happens when Spofi stops being polite and starts getting real.

posted by YukonGold at 07:41 AM on March 20

Like popcorn, it's on.

posted by yerfatma at 07:43 AM on March 20

Like popcorn, it's bound to get stuck in your teeth.

posted by YukonGold at 08:23 AM on March 20

That ain't popcorn, Holmes.

posted by yerfatma at 09:01 AM on March 20

And those aren't my teeth!

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:16 AM on March 20

Some morning reading, for anyone interested. Tim McMahon of the Dallas Morning News recalls the Nowitzki v. Pierce draft debate from a decade ago. Marc Spears of the Boston Globe breaks down the Texas three-step, pointing out that no team has beaten San Antone, Houston, and Dallas on the road consecutively since Sacramento in 2001. And a game preview from NBA.com's Brett Huston.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:25 AM on March 20

"It was a great move if Nowitzki proves better than Pierce and Ceballos, and Nash better than Jason Williams, the highly regarded Florida point guard whom Sacramento took after the Mavericks' original first-round pick." How'd that work out, Kevin? Clearly, he belongs on Around the Horn.

posted by yerfatma at 11:03 AM on March 20

Tim McMahon of the Dallas Morning News recalls the Nowitzki v. Pierce draft debate from a decade ago. That was a great article. Tractor Traylor, nice move Bucks. I had no idea who Dirk was but I knew that Traylor was not who I wanted the Bucks to take. I think I was hoping for Pierce or -cough- Michael Dickerson.

posted by tron7 at 11:40 AM on March 20

Up until this year, there was no question of who the better pick of Pierce vs Nowitzki was. With the arrival of KG and Ray Allen, who by their presence draw some of the defenders away from Pierce, and with the blossoming of Rondo and Perkins into real threats, Pierce has changed his game. No longer is he the "designated scorer". He is now able to draw the defenses to him, leaving the rest of the cast to get open for easy scores. Dirk is a great one, but this year's Pierce shows his greatness as well. I'd love to be with you guys tonight, but my wife is dragging me off to a concert. In the interests of domestic bliss, I don't want even to think about begging off.

posted by Howard_T at 12:39 PM on March 20

What concert?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 02:01 PM on March 20

Cardboard cutouts of Van Halen (and they'll still be frickin' loaded).

posted by NoMich at 03:29 PM on March 20

What concert? Agree. We need that info before we can accept any excuses.

posted by yerfatma at 04:02 PM on March 20

Awww this is a great idea. My internets is busted at home though. I'll have to check in for the round-up.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 04:39 PM on March 20

Bracket advice that comes a touch too late.

posted by YukonGold at 05:44 PM on March 20

So. Nearly tipoff. Thoughts? Projections? I'll be watching the local broadcast and bouncing between the living room (where the TeeVee lives) and the office (where smack talk ensues here). Looking forward to it.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:01 PM on March 20

Hey Charles, $50 says you can't say barometer in the first sentence tonight "Now that's a BArometer." Shit.

posted by YukonGold at 07:04 PM on March 20

Prediction: yerfatma will drink at least 5 beers. Prediction: I will express my unholy man-love of Ray Allen at least 3 times while pointing out that we were "classmates" more than twice.

posted by YukonGold at 07:05 PM on March 20

(where smack talk ensues here). Proper warning: Due to the Graphic Nature of this thread. Viewer discretion is advised.

posted by BoKnows at 07:11 PM on March 20

I have a hard time believing that the official partner of the NBA (Haier) pronounced it "higher" before they put two and two together once their lowball partnership offer worked.

posted by YukonGold at 07:13 PM on March 20

Prediction: yerfatma will drink at least 5 beers. You lucky fuck: we had 0 beer in the house all week and were supposed to go to the gym tonight but Herself got out of work way late so I had her stop and buy sundries. Current total: dos, no equis. Or equines. Or that horsey movie the Harry Potter kid was in.

posted by yerfatma at 07:16 PM on March 20

Whoa, those are some grey seats.

posted by yerfatma at 07:17 PM on March 20

Prediction: yerfatma will drink 10 beers, forget he's liveblogging the game and start a running diary of Working Girl. Prediction: Dirk will feel KG in his compression shorts as the C's run away with the Texas 2-step.

posted by lilnemo at 07:17 PM on March 20

...and Kendrick Perkins starts the game by saying to Jason Kidd, "Don't you wish your passing was hot like me???"

posted by YukonGold at 07:17 PM on March 20

barometer I'd love to make a pun about that being a Bareameter, but Tyronn Lue seems to have shed his nasty cornrows and found his three-point game. Due to the Graphic Nature of this thread. Viewer discretion is advised. I'll be better than I was on my Twitter feed when I attended the Mavs/Lakers game on Tuesday. In all fairness, I was royally pissed at the 7 feet of rain that fell that day and the Mavs lackadaisy in the first three quarters.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:18 PM on March 20

Or that horsey movie the Harry Potter kid was in. I thought that was a burlesque show.

posted by YukonGold at 07:18 PM on March 20

Hi Ray, I missed you. XOXOXOXO

posted by YukonGold at 07:20 PM on March 20

I'm scared.

posted by lilnemo at 07:20 PM on March 20

Fist in the air! Stack for 5!

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:22 PM on March 20

U following Gamecast as well Fez?

posted by lilnemo at 07:23 PM on March 20

Is this Reggie Miller's regular gig? btw ufez, if you have local tv. I'm jealous.

posted by YukonGold at 07:23 PM on March 20

Nah, I'm on the local TV broadcast, by my boys Mark Followill and Brad (one of three Mavs ever to have his number retired) Davis.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:24 PM on March 20

Damnit. See, on Gamecast it looked like stack had a 5 pt. play. Laggy gamecasters. Making me look bad.

posted by lilnemo at 07:25 PM on March 20

First timeout assessment: Jerry Stackhouse is clearly on steroids So that's where Erick Dampier is Kendrick Perkins is the second coming of John Havileck

posted by YukonGold at 07:29 PM on March 20

btw ufez, if you have local tv. I'm jealous. We get local here for every game except for ABC's sunday lots....which will be here in three days when the Mavs play the Spurs. I'm hoping Zombie Jesus come in and rips Ginobli a new one.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:29 PM on March 20

I don't know what the Celtics are doing then. 2 in a row with no local TV. But the broadcast team is there - I assume they are pimping it in GGW luxury suite or something.

posted by YukonGold at 07:34 PM on March 20

I love Leon Powe and I root for him and I'm glad he's stuck in the NBA, but how is he Doc's first option of the bench now? Why no Big Baby?

posted by yerfatma at 07:40 PM on March 20

Lower number

posted by YukonGold at 07:46 PM on March 20

Is there a point in time that the Celts will quit the gold numbers? They're fine for a St. Paddy's day shindig, but they now look like a two-dollar chip at a depressing blackjack table at some Trump-owned brothel in Atlantic City. Okay, yeah, the shit talk is officially starting.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:48 PM on March 20

Block, dunk, and 1. In your face yerfatma!

posted by YukonGold at 07:49 PM on March 20

posted by yerfatma at 07:50 PM on March 20

Ok. Dallas can't have a player named Allen on the floor. That's bullshit. I hear Allen for three, yes. I want to know it's my guy.

posted by YukonGold at 07:50 PM on March 20

Meat and no veg.

posted by YukonGold at 07:51 PM on March 20

Keanu Reevs + Cedric the Entertainer + Common + that guy from House = Solid Gold.

posted by YukonGold at 07:53 PM on March 20

but they now look like a two-dollar chip at a depressing blackjack table at some Trump-owned brothel in Atlantic City. Would have also accepted, "The 5 and 15 around one dollah on the Price is Right wheel."

posted by yerfatma at 07:54 PM on March 20

that guy from House I'll assume that's not Eddie House, who sucks.

posted by yerfatma at 07:55 PM on March 20

"Texas triangle" mentions = 5

posted by YukonGold at 07:57 PM on March 20

Texas Toast mentions = 0

posted by yerfatma at 07:59 PM on March 20

And Avery wins the battle between the disgruntled former point guards that are smushing their relative faces like a Mayan ruin and gets the T. Sweet.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:00 PM on March 20

"Leon Powe does a good job of moving his feet and taking it in the chest."

posted by YukonGold at 08:01 PM on March 20

Texas Toast mentions = 0 Fucking Sonic tortures me with its out-of-market advertising. Where's the marketing department at Waffle House?

posted by YukonGold at 08:02 PM on March 20

"Texas Toast" has a special place in my heart for the following exchange that occurred when Mayor Curley & I met some of my wife's friends beaus. Their immediate, first out of the mouth, question was not, as you might expect, "Need a beer," but rather, "What do you do?" Me: "I'm a valet parker at the drive-in." Curley: "I make the Texas Toast at Sizzler."

posted by yerfatma at 08:04 PM on March 20

"Leon Powe does a good job of moving his feet and taking it in the chest." Reggie Miller: ex-NBAer, analyst, Fleshbot blogger.

posted by yerfatma at 08:05 PM on March 20

Erick Dampier 2008, FG% 64.9 I see why.

posted by YukonGold at 08:05 PM on March 20

BTW, I think it's fascinating TNT does that backboard flyout graphic, because it's absolutely useless if you're not watching in HD. Celtics: Leading the League in Defensive Ts Since They Were Invented.

posted by yerfatma at 08:06 PM on March 20

Restaurants I need proof actually exist. 1. Sonic 2. Red Lobster 3. Sizzler

posted by YukonGold at 08:06 PM on March 20

it's absolutely useless if you're not watching in HD Thanks for rubbing it in.

posted by YukonGold at 08:08 PM on March 20

How is it travelling when Jason Kidd hit him in the gut? Sorry son, proof that Red Lobster exists comes in the form of ptomaine poisoning.

posted by yerfatma at 08:08 PM on March 20

Restaurants I need proof actually exist. 1. The French Laundry 2. That place from the beginning of Indy & the Temple of Doom 3. Burger Chef

posted by yerfatma at 08:11 PM on March 20

Since he has zero minutes let's not rub it in Scalabrine's face

posted by YukonGold at 08:12 PM on March 20

Dirk is kinda rough when he celebrates.

posted by YukonGold at 08:13 PM on March 20

Germans.

posted by yerfatma at 08:15 PM on March 20

Re: the end of the half on both sides: "Ooh, and that's a bad miss."

posted by yerfatma at 08:18 PM on March 20

Where's the marketing department at Waffle House? I drove from Saint Louis to Florida last year. Waffle House had a restaurant at every damn exit. Along with a signs towering 100ft in the air.

posted by BoKnows at 08:23 PM on March 20

So, uh, you loverboys gonna take this to IM or just fart around with Guitar Hero all night? Me? I'm, uh, watching the game.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:24 PM on March 20

I can't raise him on the back-channels, and I'm not sure what kind of video game manuals you're reading in the shitter nowadays, but we are more of a Rock Band crowd 'round here. In fact, if you're not doing anything Saturday . . . I will agree this "live blog" is over-rated so far.

posted by yerfatma at 08:26 PM on March 20

Sorry, I was looking for the Blues - Senators live game chat.

posted by BoKnows at 08:26 PM on March 20

That makes one of you.

posted by yerfatma at 08:27 PM on March 20

I expected that.

posted by BoKnows at 08:28 PM on March 20

Eh, from what I hear, fatty, you busted your drums doing some Animal impression and cried in a corner for days, taking phonecam pics of yourself for MySpace. I'd add you, but, uh.......you know.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:29 PM on March 20

I expected that. Not exactly the Spanish Inquisition, huh? you busted your drums doing some Animal impression and cried in a corner for days Would that it were true. The tears, sure, but the breaking was simply my well-muscled calves applying pressure. I fully expect it to happen with the new pedal as well.

posted by yerfatma at 08:31 PM on March 20

Who's joining me at the Spofi Premiere Night of Street Kings? Ramparts District, REPRESENT!

posted by yerfatma at 08:33 PM on March 20

That makes one of you.

posted by BoKnows at 08:39 PM on March 20

Shooting is on point to start the third. Allen misses an uncontested three, Rondo misses, Kidd follows an awful shot with one not even TJ could get behind.

posted by YukonGold at 08:42 PM on March 20

That makes one of you. The Cheese stands alone. Unless it's Method Man in The Wire. In which case, he lays, lookin' like some Swiss motherfucker.

posted by yerfatma at 08:44 PM on March 20

Keep taking those Jason. Ufez has to be steaming. If you're gonna throw up those prayers at least get both feet behind the line.

posted by YukonGold at 08:45 PM on March 20

Did Dallas trade for Kidd's passing only, or will NJ be shipping his shot at some point later this season?

posted by yerfatma at 08:45 PM on March 20

SHUT THAT CHICK UP

posted by yerfatma at 08:46 PM on March 20

@YukonGold - same page, babe.

posted by yerfatma at 08:46 PM on March 20

I could never be an NBA assistant coach. Couldn't handle the pressure of a national audience inadvertently seeing a scratch develop into a pick into a knuckle deep dig. I'm looking at you Paul Westphal

posted by YukonGold at 08:47 PM on March 20

...and I purposely put "Live blogging" in quotation marks. I didn't want to get anyone's hopes up. IN hindsight "game-thread" would have been more appropriate.

posted by YukonGold at 08:49 PM on March 20

Keep taking those Jason. Ufez has to be steaming. Admittedly, I keep screaming "What the Fuck?" every time he throws one of those up. But it's counter-balanced by the fact that he's making Erick Dampier look semi-respectable.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:51 PM on March 20

SHUT THAT CHICK UP Seriously, drunk or under the age of ten?

posted by YukonGold at 08:51 PM on March 20

In hindsight, "Big Goddamn Disappointment" would have worked as well. Keep it up and I'll beat the shit out of Charlie Rose.

posted by yerfatma at 08:51 PM on March 20

Rondo has an endless supply of floaters that don't go in. It's like Al Jefferson: Point Guard. Also, personally, I've never suggested to Reggie Miller he and Ray Allen are that similar.

posted by yerfatma at 08:53 PM on March 20

Rondo vs. Kidd (Cagematch) Two men enter, one man will eventually make a shot

posted by YukonGold at 08:53 PM on March 20

Tina Turner makes a better couple with Kidd. Same age. Also: 10 year-old. PPS, Tyron Lue, great WNBA player or greatest WNBA player?

posted by yerfatma at 08:55 PM on March 20

making Erick Dampier look semi-respectable I'm not exactly following the Mavs on the dish, but I gotta think tonight's appearance is like one of those pieces of toast with the virgin mary burned in

posted by YukonGold at 08:56 PM on March 20

Is anyone else weirded out by the striations in Perk's armpit muscle? He looks like had a baby. In his chest.

posted by yerfatma at 08:57 PM on March 20

I cannot see the Mavs winning this. Too close. Ah, fuck.

posted by yerfatma at 08:58 PM on March 20

I did not endorse any of those Rainbox 6 things.

posted by yerfatma at 09:00 PM on March 20

The title really rolls off the tongue.

posted by YukonGold at 09:00 PM on March 20

So do you.

posted by yerfatma at 09:01 PM on March 20

BTW, the chick in the Mac Air ad-- I grabbed that album. It's a little . . . guttural for me.

posted by yerfatma at 09:06 PM on March 20

Thank god the NBA continues to do nothing to convince me that "traveling" is anything more than a concept.

posted by YukonGold at 09:12 PM on March 20

It's all physics homey. Just time and/or space.

posted by yerfatma at 09:12 PM on March 20

@yerfatma - who's worse? this girl, any drunk that sits under the mic at Fenway or that dude in TB

posted by YukonGold at 09:13 PM on March 20

I don't know, simply because I can't believe you're serious about the TB Sheets dude. He is HoF. No one can compare.

posted by yerfatma at 09:15 PM on March 20

Also, non-Red Sox fans know who you mean. As far as I can tell, he does that to all visiting teams.

posted by yerfatma at 09:15 PM on March 20

Yeah, Holy Fuck, that random epileptic or coked out girl is beating the SO and I down at the moment. Oh, wait. Am I still invited here? that dude in TB Has to be. His doucheosity is epically fatal.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:17 PM on March 20

I'd say she wins, but I know that dude in TB is other-worldly. Plus the dude in TB has his wife, who sits, not watching the game, with a 3-ring binder on her lap.

posted by yerfatma at 09:19 PM on March 20

So Paul Pierce has become as untouchable as Dwyane Wade? WTm-effing-F?

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:24 PM on March 20

His doucheosity is epically fatal. ...and we have the validation that this idea wasn't horribly flawed. Statement of the night.

posted by YukonGold at 09:24 PM on March 20

Paul Pierce has become as untouchable as Dwyane Wade? WTm-effing-F? Please. Don't wanna hear it. He was, his first couple of years. Then he got quoted in the paper saying he could draw a foul whenever he wanted. Since then, not so much.

posted by yerfatma at 09:26 PM on March 20

Stackhouse's 17 feel like 34

posted by YukonGold at 09:29 PM on March 20

Cops felt otherwise.

posted by yerfatma at 09:31 PM on March 20

posted by yerfatma at 09:35 PM on March 20

So, I guess this is going down to the wire.

posted by YukonGold at 09:35 PM on March 20

Sorry, my earlier reference re: Pierce was about that horseshit Tech that Damp somehow got. I get a little stabby when it comes to my mave. I'm still a bit curious as to fatty's obsession with the Harry Potter dude, but I'll let it slide for now. Game on, chowdaheads. Game on.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:37 PM on March 20

That's what Radcliffe said.

posted by yerfatma at 09:38 PM on March 20

I get a little stabby when it comes to my mave. Which is why Paul wears that flack jacket.

posted by yerfatma at 09:38 PM on March 20

Goddamn. Give me Big Baby. Also: Ufez, regardless of how much the Cs win by, your crowd is way hotter than ours.

posted by yerfatma at 09:40 PM on March 20

I think the chick from Rescue Recess is our problem in the crowd.

posted by yerfatma at 09:45 PM on March 20

Ray Allen. Shooter.

posted by YukonGold at 09:46 PM on March 20

Fuck. Yes. Also: Dallas-area Celtics fans = drop-dead gorgeous.

posted by yerfatma at 09:47 PM on March 20

TRIANGLEZ!

posted by yerfatma at 09:52 PM on March 20

Good game. Entertaining. Thank you all for coming.

posted by YukonGold at 09:53 PM on March 20

Worst host ever. Where's the snacks?

posted by yerfatma at 09:54 PM on March 20

Worst host ever. Where's the snacks? Hang on. I gotta let my dog out once more to take care of her business. They're on their way. yeah yeah. fuck, but yeah Just for you all, the local tv channel had to run that damn NBA promo about all the Boston fans finding out that KG was going there. Salt in the wound. Good game though. Good game.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:59 PM on March 20

Look, we can't be comforting every 6th seed we won't even see in the playoffs. No offense.

posted by yerfatma at 10:01 PM on March 20

Hey I'd be cocky too if my team only had to play the equivalent of the MAC in the playoffs until they faced a semi-decent opponent.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:04 PM on March 20

Riiiight, that's how we got to be 16-0 and against the West at one point and 3-0 in the Triangle. Tom Brady has sex with your girlfriend and mom, if they are different. HA! Good one!

posted by yerfatma at 10:08 PM on March 20

Wow. A dude gets off work. Picks up his woman and his dog. Goes out for some greek food and comes back to screaming 10 year olds, Henry Porter bare ass, and a Chinatown reset. Wow. I really miss game threads/live-blogs.

posted by lilnemo at 10:48 PM on March 20

It helped to have a great game. I don't know when the Celtics got that good, but I'm sure something will trip them up come the playoffs. If Sam Cassell's shot doesn't show up in the mail, there's a real hole at bakup PG and I'm not sure if any of them can guard Billups. But the bench has been strength, contrary to all pre-season supposition.

posted by yerfatma at 07:40 AM on March 21

If Sam Cassell's shot doesn't show up in the mail, there's a real hole at bakup PG The starter wasn't exactly doing the raindance with his jumper last night either. Should have taken Marcus Williams.

posted by YukonGold at 09:57 AM on March 21

What concert? It was Ann Murray. For all those in upper NH (otherwise known as Canada), it should be an excusable offense. At least my wife enjoyed it, and I can still enter the house when she's home.

posted by Howard_T at 05:20 PM on March 21

Wait, what?! The Canadian Songbird! How did you not invite me? Memories of the blue Buick on the way to the beach, my mom's 8 tracks blaring.

posted by yerfatma at 06:31 PM on March 21

Spread your tiny wings and fly away!

posted by tommytrump at 07:32 PM on March 21

Seriously? Ann Murray's still alive? Huh.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:01 AM on March 22

Seriously? Ann Murray's still alive? Huh. She is indeed. Actually, Anne's 4 years younger than I. As she remarked during the concert, when speaking of the rigors of the tour, "We'll see if the old broad has anything left." Those of us who are of that age enjoyed her music. She can still belt out a tune (and her 29-year-old daughter does pretty well as both a singer and songwriter too), and displays a lot of energy. Lowell, MA, was the last stop on the tour, so if you want to see her this summer, you'd best get yourself up to what the Nez Perce called "The Land of the Grandmother".

posted by Howard_T at 12:31 PM on March 22

Confession: I sometimes sing "Can I Have This Dance?" to annoy my wife.

posted by yerfatma at 03:18 PM on March 22

annoy = seduce

posted by YukonGold at 06:13 AM on March 23

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