Metta World… Piece of S%*T

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Ron Artest… Metta World Peace… Scumbag.  As of my writing of this article the NBA has not punished this piece of crap for his actions, but they have to come down heavy, right?  What a blatant elbow that was, for no reason.  Harden wasn’t approaching Mr. Piece… of S&*T.  He was simply coming down to take an in bounds pass after his opponent scored.  POS on the other hand, was flamboyantly beating his chest and yelling after scoring on a break away dunk… which brings me to another question.  If you are a 6’9″ african american athlete, shouldn’t you be able to dunk?  Why are you beating your chest?  Have you just accomplished something that you weren’t supposed to be able to do?  All the NBA needs is another chest beating, egotistical, self indulged athlete to bring down what used to be an enjoyable spectator sport.  Anyway, that’s a whole other blog all in itself… back to the POS.

Back in 2004 Ron Artest became infamous for going into the crowd during a game against the Detroit Pistons and fighting fans.  He was punished, but obviously the punishment didn’t teach him anything.  After yesterday’s incident, I would expect a similar punishment, if not a full time ban.  Crazy?  Too much?  I think not… in a day and age where the NBA needs to clean up their act and start promoting role models to children (that’s right Sir Charles, you are role models), the last thing they need are idiots like Metta Worl… screw it, i’m not calling him by that ridiculous name… The last thing the NBA needs are the Ron Artest’s of the league screwing it up for the rest of the guys that bust their ass on a nightly basis to make the league what it once was.  Will the NBA do the right thing?  Will they put a stiff punishment on Artest?  Probably… because he’s not a “star”.  But will it be worthy of the “crime” he committed?  Crime, yes… I said Crime.  Just because you are on a professional sports field/court doesn’t mean you can go around elbowing people for no reason.  That is assault… no matter how you want to spin it.  If Roger Goodell was the commissioner of the NBA what do you think he would do with Artest?  I think David Stern has done a respectable job as the commissioner of the NBA… but he lets way too much slide.  Hopefully he will do the right thing here and come down hard on Artest.  What’s the worst that could happen, maybe if Artest gets banned from the league we can finally get that new album he promised us ALLURE was going to drop soon…

Sunday Cinema: Rocky

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So, tonight I turned the TV on and as always at this time of year, there was absolutely nothing on.  College Basketball is over, College Football is just starting their spring practices, and the NFL is gearing up for the draft.  NBA basketball is…. well, who cares.  In flipping through the channels I came upon a “mini” Rocky Marathon.  Though, i can’t for the life of me figure out why they always stop after Rocky IV and never continue with Rocky V or Rocky Balboa (I’m pretty sure Stallone meant for those to be a comedy, right?).  I watched the end of Rocky III and then watched Rocky IV in its entirety, and it left me with this question…. Which Rocky movie is the best of the bunch?

Personally, I have seen Rocky III and Rocky IV more than the others, but that is only because they are broadcast more often.  Where most will agree that Rocky V was a poor excuse for a cinematic sequel, I have to admit the one liners in that film are pure genius all on their own.  When Rocky tells his son that Santa Claus is up on the roof with the reindeers and their “rantlers” i literally spit out my drink.. and i wasn’t even drinking anything.  But as far as pure interest and entertainment goes, I think you have to throw Rocky V and Rocky Balboa out.  So, which of the first 4 takes the crown?

Rocky I was the film that really created the term “a rocky moment”.  A true underdog story complete with action, love, drama and a true to life feel good story.  Rocky II followed up on this with the battle between Rocky and Apollo, and at the time of their release stayed true to form with a real “black vs white” feel.  The fight scenes were somewhat believable, and the story lines outside of the ring helped hold an emotional interest as well.  Though I can’t say that two fighters becoming best friends after beating the life out of each other is totally believable, but i guess we might one day see Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao hanging out playing blackjack in Vegas… Or Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield enjoying a nice buffet together…

Rocky IV took an international approach, and used the tension between the USA and USSR as a plausible theme.  Maybe I am biased because I am currently watching Rocky IV, but Dolph Lundgren’s Character of Ivan Drago did such a great job of playing the “monster heel” that it really made me want to beat the crap out of him.  I found myself at times feelling like I was watching a real fight with no predictable outcome.  The graphic fight between Drago and Apollo Creed really set the tone for the movie, and established a true “good guy vs bad guy” feel for the movie.  I will have to say that the soundtrack ( and most importantly, Survivor) had a irreplaceable part of the feeling of this movie.  At times I actually believed I could pick up a net full of boulders, or carry a giant tree trunk up a snow covered mountain.  Throw in the modern day David Vs Goliath fight at the end, and you couldn’t write it any better… Maybe Stallone should have taken that advice and thrown in the towel right there..

I know I omitted Rocky III, but any film that uses the lead character from Mr. Nanny deserves to be left out. Casting a bleach blonde Hulk Hogan as “Thunderlips” and inserting a guy who’s real life stage name has a single letter for a last name just doesn’t do it for me.  I pity the fool that did the casting for that film.

In the end, I’m interested to hear what others say, please weigh in with your own thoughts on the Rocky Films.  Maybe some differing views will help to sway me in another direction, because at the end of the day, “if I can change, and yous can change, we all can change”….

Who’s The Master?

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No, not Bruce Leroy… and over the past few years not Tiger Woods either.  Now a few years removed from his extra marital affairs and “revamping” his swing, is Tiger ready to once again conquer the pristine course that is Augusta National?  Or has the field and the “young guns” of professional golf caught up and surpassed Tiger Woods?  A month ago I may have said Tiger had a 50-1 shot of winning The Masters.  But after winning two weeks ago for the first time in years, I can’t say I’d bet against Tiger.  Now obviously, the Arnold Palmer Invitational is not The Master’s, nor does it bring the same pressure and stress.  But, is Tiger back on track?

Over the past few years Tiger would at times have glimpses of the old Tiger, but he never could quite put it all together.  If his driver was working, he couldn’t make a putt to save his life.  And if he was sinking putts, his drives looked similar to that of a weekend hack playing “military golf”.  But two weeks ago at the Arnold Palmer Invitational it looked like it was all coming together for Tiger.  He was putting drives in the fairways, hitting greens, and displayed that Tiger-esque putting touch that the world used to expect on a weekly basis.  However, is it just the physical talent that kept Tiger on top of the world for so long (no pun intended)?  Or was it the mental intimidation factor he used to have on the rest of the field?

Tiger used to have an aura about him that seemed to leave other world class golfers begging to be paired with someone else… anybody else… for the final round of a tournament.  Thousands of fans following and breathing down your neck, watching and analyzing every shot.  Even the most world class golfer could fold up under that pressure… and they did, time and again.  However, over the last couple of years that mental killer instinct seems to be “extinct” from Tiger.  But does that one victory bring it all back?  Is Rory Mcilroy shaking to the point he’s going to cut himself shaving the three hairs he can now grow on his chin?  Is Phil Mickelson’s psoriatic arthritis going to flare up because Tiger is prowling again?  I tend to think not… but then again, this is Augusta… and this is where Tiger thrives.  Regardless, no one is happier that Tiger has won again than the TV execs.  Numbers prove when Tiger is winning, people are watching.  With that being said… there should be a lot of eyes on Tiger this week.  And not just those eyes watching on a TV.