Burying A Lakers’ Fan on Bleacherreport.Com

This asshole says this on a post about the Celtics win ( and Pierce’s charades.):

“You guys are an absolute joke. I will tell you another joke. Paul Pierce needs an academy award for his performance last night of a guy who was not really hurt. You mean to tell me that a person can sprain their knee, not be able to walk on it, be carried off the court, and then miraculously run up and down the court as if nothing happen. It was all a show and he loved every minute of it because he knew that all you ridiculous boston fans would be calling him a hero. On speaking of boring, most of the celtics are boring. Rajon Rhondo is the absolute worst basketball player I have ever seen and sam cassell is a close second. Half of the celtics team is has beens or never was. I think the refs had a good share in the tilt of last night’s game and will effect the next game as well, but lakers are taking this in six and you will see a dramatic change in Kobe Bryant. Celtics are throwing anything different to the table as far as defense goes and I would worry more about how the Celtics are going to score then how the Lakers are going to score on the Celtics defense.”

This guy is a loser on so many hierarchal levels that his friends are losers just by association. He is sore about a game, I thought, was amazing due to the fact that these teams are insanely even. I thought that even though we came out with a good win, that the refs were foolish for both sides all day, that Kobe didn’t have a scary breakout game ( although that fade-away from the right at 18-ft against the double-team was too sick for anyone’s good ), that Perkins was injured and didn’t come in, that the matchup can still favor either team to win it all, even though the Celtics are up one game. This bum gets my blood boiling and I would only hope the Lakers would lose just to sadden and depress douchebags like this guy. My rebuttal:

 

( About the refs )Oh you mean the tilt when PJ Brown was called for two blocking fouls when he was outside of the key-zone with his feet in position in the 4th quarter? You mean when Ray Allen got bumped by Vu a bunch of times going down the stretch?

A joke is the Lakers missing 4 open shots with 5 minutes left.

Also, Pierce said he could walk on ( his feet),  and his trainer, not Pierce, told him to stay put. Not to mention ( but I guess you have Dick Cheney memory ) that Michelle Tafoya said A MINUTE after he went in that he wanted to stand on his own two feet, his trainer said no, and then he INSISTED on standing.

Not to mention that he is going to be injured because a sprain can be played on but it does hurt. Not to mention our 2nd best defensive player Perkins is injured and DIDN”T RETURN TO THE GAME.

Not to mention Rondo outplayed Fisher, got the right passes down, and only turned it over twice. Not to mention he has a new deal with Reebok ( which isn’t Nike, but I doubt they give deals to the worst basketball players ). Not to mention that the game was so boring, that you continued to watch it, and I doubt u were yawning while the game was back and forth.

Not to mention, that defense is an element of winning, and entertainment is good for the Globetrotters and AND 1 basketball. Not to mention that ISN’T professional basketball. Not to mention ALL the teams that won played defense the last 20 years ( Lakers W SHAQ, Miami WITH SHAQ, Detroit AGAINST LAKERS W/ SHAQ, Spurs, DA BULLS, The Rockets etc.) and that by saying the Celtics defense is boring is discounting the last 9-12 championship teams.

Not to mention that no Boston fan has called him a hero, and Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson of ABC, and Tim Legler and Jalen Rose of ESPN all said that the play was hyped, and was only a cool moment to watch on TV. Not to mention Jalen Rose mentioned Pierce is going to get clowned by his teammates for getting a wheelchair.

Not to mention on our radio stations that no one cared about the play, and a lot of people are laughing about how ludicrous the play was, and are more concerned that Perkins is healthy when we play again Sunday.

The joke is on you. Become a smarter sports fan, or don’t post your anger. The series is amazing, and the Lakers and Celts are so even that I don’t have a clue who will win. I hope the Celtics will, but I am enjoying that this championship series is ocurring. Stop bitching, sit down, and actually WATCH it.

Ps; Speak to Steve Nash if you want to know where fast all-offense basketball takes you. I think he’s playing golf in Reno.

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If You Post Stupid Comments, I Will Burn Them At The Stake!

 

I was looking over a couple of comments that came up from my Manny-Youkilis fight post, and there is one comment that makes no sense. Read it:

“TALKING TRASH ABOUT..N THIS SITE DIDNT EVEN KNOW WHAT CAUSED IT..YOUKILIS SHOULD KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT..HE’S JUST A ROLE-PLAYER..YOU LOVE HIM WHEN HE HITS HR..THEN YOU HATE HIM WHEN YOU ASSUME SOMETHING..”

None of this makes any sense. None of it. I read it back and forth, and not only does it not make sense, but it is getting mad at my post and my opinions. 1st off, if he/she reads the post, my only vocalization was my surprise that these players would be involved in fighting. 2nd, don’t post up as a Red Sox fan if you have no clue what is going on. No one has ever been mad at Youkilis in his entire career, so I don’t know where this hate remark comes from. And 3rd, if you are stupid, don’t comment on my site.

I won’t disapprove them; if anything, I use these examples only to demonstrate that there are a lot of stupid people who don’t know how to analyze sports. I am not saying this from an elitist perspective; if anything, I hold true to form the idea that most people are inherently smart, but some forget to use it.

I know I am just ranting, but when this guy clicked “post a comment”, did he feel good about himself? Did he write this thinking that he was creating a strong rebuttal against my blog post? Did he put any thought into what he wrote? Is this guy mad! Is this guy re-TAADED?

I’m angry because I rarely get any comments on my site, and I don’t even get the ones where people just plain hate my guts. I get comments like this where it is incoherent babble that has nothing to do with anything I’ve said. And he calls himself a Red Sox fan. I see these comments on all types of sites, and it scares me because people have time to write coherently when they are typing. This wasn’t like a racial slur, or a passing spam bot. This was some raving lunatic who didn’t make sense. He didn’t add to the conversation. And I am angry that I am even typing this to make light of this person’s stupidity.

Hey buddy! If you see this next time you come to my site, remember to tell your mom she made a mistake when she let a stupid loser like you into the world. If you want to do a world a favor, don’t comment on any site. Ever. You are a moron, and have only dedicated yourself to adding your existence to the already high membership of anonymous knuckleheads that exists on the web, and the around this beautiful world.

I apologize for the rant. But don’t be stupid if you come to my site. If you are stupid, then leave. This site isn’t for the ordinary fan. WEEI and FOXSports love stupid fans; go to them if you want to make nonsense and have someone listen.

The NBA Gundy Trap. How It Has Affected The Celtics, Road Games, and The Entire Playoffs

I’ve watch pretty much half the games being televised for the NBA playoffs ( the 1st round was quick wasn’t it!), and going through the Celtics games, I’ve noticed that almost on half the runs down the court the opposing defenders will double-team the guard or player with the ball coming off the screen and or pick & roll.

They will run insanely at the guard/ball holder and push him really far away from the hoop. He will be forced to pass it and the defense hopes enough chaos would bring a deflection or turnover. BUT THINK ABOUT IT: Have you seen this play used as much before as you have currently seen in these playoffs?

I have watched thousands upon thousands of games, and I am bewildered how much this play is being used, and how EFFECTIVE this play is becoming. I probably saw this defensive play maybe 50-60 times this season out of 40+ games ( 1:1 ratio, 1:.88 if you’re a complete asshole). Now, I can’t take a bite out of my 5 dollar footlong without seeing this chaos trap occur on Rondo or Pierce or Allen every time down the court. This trap has become so specific and so utilized, that i decided to give it a name: The Gundy Trap. Jeff Van Gundy is a great guy; he didn’t invent this, but he loves defense and maybe he can call it by his name during his colorful commentary so what the hay!

This Gundy Trap is one of the main weapons teams are using to disrupt the Celtics half-court control. It has made Ray Allen a non-factor ( he can’t pop it behind the screener anymore cause they got two fuckers storming after him). It has made Rondo an ILL factor ( because he gets out of this, gets fouled, or makes the right decision; Dangerous if he passes it out of a double-team and into a 4 on 3 situation.)

The constant double-team trap against the Celtics has overall dampened their ability to make their perimeter offense work around their good shooters ( Pierce & Allen ) for mostly the entire playoffs. You have noticed how many more passes Pierce has made beyond the 3 point line ( That pass in Game 1 across the court was amazing!)? You have noticed how many more times Rondo is slashing to the basket or plain wide-open for a jump shot? You have noticed that most of Allen’s points are on layups and shots slashing toward the basket? Jesus Shuttlesworth? Going to the hoop? More than popping the jumper? Yes, my friend, this is all happening.

And it is very important. This team, and especially Rondo, have been able to develop different players in the mix and have been able to create different shots. They have also been able to utilize Rondo’s court intelligence more to mitigate the stifling perimeter half-court trap.

The Celtics are winning. They are beating the trap. So what is your point?

Hey voice in my head, don’t be such an asshole! The trap, mind you, has held Ray Allen to a pretty useless slasher role ( since that role has already been filled by Rondo & Pierce, these guys are better passers than Allen, and you don’t need three fucking people charging to the hoop). It has forced Garnett to push himself closer to the perimeter to receive the pass and shorten the passing lanes to prevent a deflection or stolen pass, and has forced him to take shots a little further than he would like. The guy can hit it from 18-22ft, but he has been consistently on the longer end of that range since the playoffs begun.

Kevin Garnett Shooting

He needs to take this shot more often than not if they keep employing the Gundy trap

My point is that the “trap” has totally changed around the workings of the offense. They still have an amazing passing game, and are forced to utilize it more with the trap in play. But now they have less time to use the post-up as a 2nd option for a failed screen, they have more chances to screw up a play because they have to put the ball through the passing lanes more often, and during their lapses ( which have come on the heels of rowdy fans in Cleveland & Atlanta ), these impediments are much more apparent.

Much more apparent not because this type of defense kills them on certain occasions. If anything, if you make the right pass, the trap fails. But how many teams play flawlessly on the road? How many times will you make the bad pass? And most of all, for a team that has played pretty much all year being able to utilize the big three in a decent offensive flow, how can you expect them to suddenly adjust to this new defensive scheme so quickly? Not only has this half-court trapped force the Celtics hand to pass better, but it has forced them to re-vamp their ENTIRE OFFENSIVE SCHEME for the playoffs. Guys have stepped up ( Posey, Perkins, House recently, Rondo shooting more ) and others have changed their game ( Ray Allen passing more, Garnett taking more 20-foot shots, Cassell not playing) in order to mollify the stress placed by the Gundy trap’s ability to stir chaos.

And I would say that this scheme has only been consistent with creating havoc for the Celtics. But the Celtics have used it as well. They have used it against Lebron James, they have pushed out Delonte West with two defenders, and they were GOOD at stifling their offense on most occasions. When they were burned, it usually was a pass to West or Gibson away from the double-team, or a play that ended with Ilgauskas shooting the ( hey, look at this!) 18-22 foot jumper. The shot is a symptom of the effect the defense produces, and teams not privy to setting up an offense as such will suffer.

Did this force the Cavs to play an offense that was inconsistent to their offensive design during the regular season? I am not sure since I don’t watch the Cavs, but you can tell that this scheme is being used frequently against the screens and pick & rolls regardless of the teams. And since this exerts even more pressure on an offense not use to the double-team off the screen, it probably makes sense how teams like the Celtics are having even more trouble adjusting on the road.

What about Chris Paul? Yea, he got Gundy trap too, and got through it on most occasions. His game is insanely versatile; I can’t content that the scheme hurt him ( look at his stats!). Manu Ginobili in game 7 couple of days back got the trap on the top of the key before there was a screen attempt. He was mauled on the floor ( he deserved it for his silly flopping ) The Lakers put some heat on Deron WIlliams with the double-team trap, and it showed when he had trouble getting in sync with Kirilenko & Korver ( who still had great games by the way).

This prevalance of the half-court trap against the screen/pick & roll is way more so currently than in the regular season, and is contributing to a change in the dynamics of offenses for the teams in these series. It has permeated throughout each round, and has resulted in some form of positive/negative chaos that is meant to occur with the scheme. Notice how many more offensive fouls/ charges / loose balls / deflections / collisions / blocking fouls that have resulted in the trap congestion towards the mid-court and not towards the key.

Is the Gundy trap becoming more of a norm to offset the advantage of the pick & roll? Is this going to make defenses stronger through the ability to cause mayhem, or weaker due to fatigue of transition defense and crafty point guards like Paul & Rondo? If every team ends up utilizing the Gundy trap to the frequency and degree a team would use the doubling-down defense ( where you double-team the guy with the ball in the post), who would be the benificiary of calling this play? Has this added more pressure for some teams on the road?

Others clearly think the arenas are getting noisier, and that the spectacles are causing impediments to the game ( See example 1, example 2, & numero tres!). Wouldn’t be also prudent to suggest that this affects road play because: A) It is hard to overcome pressure of winning away at home, and simultaneously be bedazzled with screaming fans during an opponent’s run, AND be confused and forced to play a different game because of a newer defensive play-call against your offense? And B) The aggressiveness of the play leads to a lot of contact against the offense, and more often than not ( let’s be real guys ), that the home team will have an advantage of getting the officials’ calls ( or no calls ) in these situations. Whether it be fouls or deflections, you will most likely hear a referee’s whistle followed by cheers from the howling faithful, and less likely from the road team’s bench.

Most people will think that this defensive scheme is trivial in comparison to the multitude of schemes and options players have when they are on the floor. I beg to differ on that point; certain schemes in sports have become relative to crafting a winning contest. Some teams have the players, talent, and/or endurance to execute the plays better than others, but sometimes the plays become so necessary and so ingrained into a sports system that it can mean inefficiency, failure, and even alienation ( Not sure if Jerry Glanville’s getting an NFL job anytime soon with the Run & Shoot) to NOT use certain sport designs.

The set-up closer design 3-4 defense with Linebacker lining up

Developed sports schemes: 3-4 defense, and the set-up man/closer design

The set-up man/closer scheme: Beginning as a tactic to give starters rest, and to create a reliable back-up system to finish out a game without losing. Few teams used the tactic during its infancy, and now to not use it will elicit a bloody murder response from the media, fans, and basbeall players alike ( closer by committee, anyone?). The 3-4 defense in football, although used by probably less than 30% of football teams, had its glory days being utilized in the 80’s, and has waned ever since. Teams that tend to use it ( Patriots, Eagles, Steelers, Chargers ) tend to do well and perform well in the postseason ( or at least make the postseason).

The Gundy trap has been around, but in this playoffs, it is used almost as much against screens & picks as the man-to-man option. And if this ratio fits, and teams become more bewlidered by it, we are going to have to start seeing adjustments against this play. If there is no adjustment, we could have a scary evolution of every coach in the NBA calling this play many times next year, and there could be a chance that this play could force teams to run even more conservative offenses.

Is this a bad thing? I doubt that it will keep up, but they said the same thing abotu Hockey’s Neutral Zone trap, and last time I checked, they needed a strike to change around the rules. The Neutral Zone trap was so good that every team used it ( especially the Devils & Red Wings…hmmm…).Let’s hope the Gundy trap isn’t as useful.

2003 Champs New Jersey Devils

Quote Of The Day! TomRossetti Gotta Something To Setti About Casselli!

Going through this week Hollinger Ranking’s ( Celtics are #2, hells yes!), We have this great insight from this great sports guru beautifully screenamed TomRossetti ( I will separate the names and place it as Tom Rossetti here just in case he looks up his name on Google and found someone has written about him!). Here it is:

“Cassell is just a glorified Eddie House…”

Are you fucking kidding me? Has this guy been watching the playoffs the last 10 years. Rockets? Bucks? Clippers? Has he seen what Cassell has done most of his career? Granted, this guy is very old. His knees are not going to help his defense much, and he is efficient for probably no more than 20 minutes a game. But an OVERRATED EDDIE HOUSE?! WTF is this guy talking about?

Sam Cassell has quarterbacked so many decent offenses and players in his time. Big centers, horrible centers, crazy Clipper shooting guards, Mario Elie! How the fuck is someone going to boast that a point guard with his experience, his resiliency on both ends of the court, and his majestic clutch-ness in the playoffs, is not only correlative to, but fucking an overrated version of a haphazard hybrid guard in Eddie House?

So is this equation in this guy’s mind something like:

Sam Cassell = Eddie House

Or:

Sam Cassell > Eddie House, but not really?

Or my favorite interpretation of this nonsense:

Sam Cassell < Eddie House, even though he has a decent chance to go to the Hall of Fame ( yes, when you win a championship with Mario Elie, you get a good shot).

Speaking of House, this guy is a horrible point guard, and his abilities are more standard of a shooting guard if anything. Have you seen how long it takes to set up an offense when he is in the game? I can make a sandwich and microwave some Jasmine Tea before House sets up a play down the court! He is NOT A TRUE POINT GUARD! Period.

Speaking of which, the Celtics aren’t trying to replace Rondo. Like with most decent point guards, when they are decent at both ends of the court, you need to have some backup guard to give them at least 10-15 on the bench per game. Rondo is great, but he has to constantly play at such a high level for so many minutes that it will hurt his game in the playoffs. It showed heavily in the Denver game when he fouled out trying to guard Iverson.

We need Cassell because we need that second unit guard who can come in and give Rondo a breather, charge up the 2nd unit, and keep the offense from slopping because Eddie House can’t fucking run it! Our offense with him has been good because he has good shooters to spread the floor when he is on the court ( Posey & Ray-ray, with T. Allen slashing if the zone creeps up toward the top of the key). And Eddie house shouldn’t be dishing the ball, the ball needs to be dished to him and that sweet-ass jumper he has! A decent amount of lapses can be attributed to the fact that when Rondo isn’t there, we have no one to run the offense. It hasn’t hurt us too badly yet, but he is going into the playoffs with Billups & Hamilton waiting for him.

If anything, against those two in the Eastern Conference finals ( if we make it), I will take my chances with Cassell.

Jeremy Green is an Ass. I Needed to Get That Off My Chest!

Ok, my rant has to do with ESPN’s Inside Football Guru Jeremy Green. As any normal sports fan does on a daily basis and browse ESPN for eight hours and facebook for three, you may have stumbled upon his free article ( yes, you have to pay to read his shit), that had stated:

I said it before, I’ll say it again — Jags will beat Pats

I wrote these words big because that is how I remembered them. And it wasn’t even his prediction, but how awful the article was in his reasoning. Respect? Patriots defense is overrated? Hell, I can rant and pull off a better article while holding a sleeping infant. The article would have mispellings since I couldn’t put the baby down. My mind would be too busy hoping he wouldn’t wake up. I would be under intense baby-sleeping pressure and would still write a half-ass article 10 times better than this fuck.

I said it before, I’ll say it again — Jags will beat Pats

Read that. I know this is weeks ahead, but read it. He was so sure that the Jaguars with a newbie QB (Belichick’s favorite NFL playoff entree), with a defense that is decent but has not had the pleasure of facing 4 top-notch receiver that hold their own place in different parts of the field, against a team whose defense doesn’t allow plays in the red zone. period (sorry 4-yard run game!).

My analysis above was a poor excuse for good sports writing, and it is better than whatever garbage Jeremy Green puts out. He has another one about he wrote how the Jaguars “Having the right pieces” to win against the Pats. This is your title, my friend:

I said it before, I’ll say it again — Jags will beat Pats

That watered down bullshit article you placed after the loss only exemplifies you pass off the Jags as playing a bad game that they could’ve won. You overlook the fact that the Jaguars were so physical that they held Brady pretty much to passing up front ( only 2 plays went over 30 yards; one to Stallworth and other to Maroney,  most coming after the catch.) . Their defense actually played a good game and held Brady from completing the dangerous long passes that have killed dozens of teams this year. And our defense held your great run game to 3.6 yards per carry and 80 yards total. I call that an abysmal game for a team that has three good runners in the backfield and NEEDS to push its running game forward to bruise their opponents and get Garrard some passing lane room.

ESPN needs to hire me, because I know what I am talking about when it comes to sports. Your cornerback article was good, don’t get me wrong, but ESPN needs to change its Inside content; I’m not paying for articles that explain nothing remotely close to prediction and game analysis. If this guy is an Inside writer, than who the fuck is paying to read that bullshit?

Are you bored? Learn a Language!

I went to school to study languages, and I became semi-fluent in 2 at a point ( Spanish & Portuguese). It reached a point where I would forget words in English ( ” Would you pass me the… that thing? Yes, the fork. Sorry, my brain hid the word from me…”) and would sound like a total bumbling idiot.

Now, no longer in school and working the greatest mind-numbing job of all-time ( Spreadsheets? Noooooo…. Washing Dishes! I love my major…), I found most of my skills are degrading. They are so bad, that I have forgotten most words in all my learned languages, and when I use my skills to pick up ze women, I kinda look like this:

Yep, wide-eye with nothing in between

In between saying “Compendo Lo Francais agora!” & ” I am soo awesome”, A lot of people who were my friends before those statements begin to exodus out of my idiot circle. And I am left alone with my self-esteem dropping in correlation to the US dollar, and my eroding intelligence.

But I got back on track and hit the books again, and discovered that anyone ( I am dumb, so listen up you above-average blokes!) can learn a language in their spare time. It is fun, and you have reason to watch the hotties on Telemundo (speaking of Latina Beauties).

Just a passing thought. Learn a language. Google up some sites that will help. Here are some sites I use to get my thinker going. Adios, mes amies! <—- Yea that’s right!

Italiano

http://www.youtube.com/user/LearningLikeCrazy

http://www.gwc.org.uk/ModernLang/hotpot/Italian2/GrammarIndex.html

http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfareindex05.htm

http://www.italiantutorial.com/verblist_ov.htm

See what you can learn in Italian from here; there is a ton of learning features on Google.