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A Muted Sound Of Thunder

On an idle Thursday night, I happened to tune in to the second half of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets game on TNT. To the surprise of seemingly everyone–except yours truly–the Thunder are not playing like the new superteam that they were supposed to be.

The conventional wisdom going into the season would have had the newly reformulated Thunder easily handling the Nuggets. Instead, Denver pulled away from OKC and sent the struggling Thunder to a fourth straight loss. The presumed “big three” of Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Paul George are now looking that much further up at the Nuggets from last place in the Northwest Division.

It wasn’t supposed to be like that, for sure. The apologists are saying that the new-look Thunder just haven’t gelled yet; that once they get to know each other, they will surely right the ship and take their place as at least the third, and maybe even the second, best team in the West.

This result is a surprise, if you look at the thing as adding two All-Stars to a third. However, if you view the new additions, Anthony and George, in terms of accomplishment, the wisdom of the move suddenly becomes much less clear. Continue reading A Muted Sound Of Thunder

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What’s In A Lame Name?

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The ALDS presented by…huh? What the hell is a “Doosan”?

Whatever Doosan is, I’m not sure they’re getting much out of their title sponsorship. Even their ads don’t seem to convey anything meaningful about who they are and what they do. All they seem to be accomplishing is making MLB and FOX (via FS1) look ridiculous.

What can we look forward to in the later rounds? “The World Series presented by Hinky-Dinky”?

Not all sponsorship dollars are created equal. Major League Baseball could have had someone else–virtually anyone else–sponsor the playoff series, and while they might have grubbed up a few less dollars by doing so, they would have saved themselves far more than the difference in maintaining some dignity and prestige.

The Dodgers Go ‘Click’

Remember back when the Los Angeles Dodgers were the greatest team in the history of teams?

Remember when the Dodgers had fallen, and they couldn’t get up?

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The Los Angeles Dodgers: switch-flippers?

If you don’t, in either case, that’s OK, because apparently it doesn’t matter. Because once you get to the playoffs, it’s just about what you’re doing at that moment. And at this moment, the Dodgers are wringing the champagne out of their jerseys after sweeping away the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS.

Beyond the immediate importance of this–LA is headed to the NLCS and another showdown with the Cubs (seriously, the Nationals are still the Nationals), there’s also an interesting implication in the once-dominant, once-stumbling Dodgers turning it on again just in time for the playoffs:

Maybe all those announcers and experts who say you can’t do that are wrong. Continue reading The Dodgers Go ‘Click’

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Snakeskin Snark

As much as I would like to see the Dodgers lose, just for the sake of the Dodgers losing…No, sorry–any team with uniforms as ugly as those Diamondbacks unis deserves to lose. Yuck!

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The D-backs unis: poisonous to the eyes

Seriously, that picture doesn’t even do justice to how butt-ugly those jerseys are. Just awful.

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Swag Goeth Before The Fall?

I am (pretty much) back from my summer vacation, the one that had me driving across the country to visit relatives in Philadelphia, and included visits to major league ballparks along the way.

It was difficult to keep track of a lot of what was going on, though I did make sure to watch every one of the NBA Finals games and see the Warriors get their sweet sweet revenge on Cleveland. All that came across quite clearly to me, and it was–from a Dubs fan’s perspective–quite delightful.

What’s not been so clear has been the most recent of the newly re-crowned champs’ off-season moves. In fact, the latest news has left me a bit groggy, surprised, and not quite certain that I heard that right. As in:

“Wait…Nick Young? As in, Swaggy Goddamn P?” Continue reading Swag Goeth Before The Fall?