Archive for May, 2006

Go Get Some.

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

So, it’s been out for a little bit, but today, we officially launched beta.sports.  What is beta.sports you ask? Find out at the official Y! Sports blog.  Ahhhhh . . . nothing like that user generated content goodness. Go get some.

random thought while lifting today

Friday, May 26th, 2006

get in touch with your inner lou ferrigno.

Lou Ferrigno

Hair cut is coming, dammit.

Hello, My Name is

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

YMU. I just lost my connection to my license server and can no longer verify that you can listen, in entirety,  to all that great music you queued up. Instead, let me provide you with 30 second clips of all your music. Thank you for playing, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this RIAA experience.

You know what, YMU? This is me reaching into my bag, pulling out my cds and ripping all of them to mp3.  peace out.

Around the Horn

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

A little news round up as I return to life internets:

Best Sleep . . . Ever.

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

After a thursday to friday marathon hack session that left me with less that four hours of sleep, a rushed return to SF to pick up a cargo van, a drive to sacramento, a night’s worth of packing stuff into said cargo van (including a matrress that required much persuation and coaxing to get into van), another four hour nap, a drive back to SF in the early morning, an unloading of van (including mattress that didn’t want to get out of van), a rushed return to get van back to rental agency by 1pm, an unpacking of stuff, washing of many dishes, cleaning of many furniture items, an assembly of two chairs and a table, and a building of futon, I put my body to rest for the best sleep i’ve had in almost a year. Fourteen hours straight during which i apparently slept through five renditions of erotic city (phone calls) and promptly awoke at 8am to be dissappointed by the cable guy who was unable to install cable into the house due to a rotted out phone poll from which the cable drop needed to be replaced.

whew. paragraph break. deep breath.

apparently, this technology stuff is difficult to come by at the house.  so far, it’s been two failed deliveries of TV and one failed cable installation.

As a follow up to move, a little body check: back – OK. shoulder – OK. neck: a little cranky. right knee: a little fucked.

But, does all that stuff in the middle really matter? Not really. I still had the best damn sleep in ages.

Said one Yahoo

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

“You look like you’re from the Dukes of Hazzard!”

Dukes of Hazzard

mothers say the strangest things

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Said Mother to me:

Jason, with your hair, you look like an artist!

Home, at last

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Last night, I ate dinner in my kitchen made from my food in my refrigerator off of my dishes using my utensils. Washed my dishes in my sink. Did my laundry with my degertent and my washing machine. Worked on my patch panel in my garage while sipping my scotch. Then, took a shower in my bathroom and went to bed in my room using. . . someone else’s sleeping bag.

I woke up this morning, smelling like “new home,” to the sound of my stereo, playing my music at the volume of my choosing. Stepped into my bathroom with floors heated to a nice 85 degrees and got ready for work.

Home. At last. For now.

On hair . . .

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

So, the move-in date is fast approaching and the number of people imploring me to keep the ‘fro has increased dramatically. oddly, some of these cries have included overtures of taking me to some beauty salon or something . . .
In response, allow me to list the cons of keeping the hair:

  1. tired of being attacked by birds thinking my hair is their nest or another bird. (appropriately, there’s a YPN ad about bird repellers showing up every now and then on the right.  go Y!)
  2. tired of trying to put on a set of earbuds and ending up stuffing my ears full of hair
  3. tired of feeling like someone is constanty tapping me on the back of my neck
  4. tired of hearing, “did you get a perm?”
  5. tired of hearing, “are the seventies back?”

That being said, i am oddly curious as to how far i can take this long hair thing. I think i will soon pass the lion’s mane phase and head dangerously close to fabio territory.

Adelman: Alright, I’ll weigh in . . .

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

So, the Kings and Adelman have agreed not to continue their relationship. This is pretty much rocking Kings Nation right now. Some say good, some say bad.

The Adelman haters wil argue that he just doesn’t have what it takes and the empty trophy case is proof. I say that the combination of players and coaches just hasn’t been there. Yeah, there were the explosive Webber-Divac days that climaxed in a 61 win season and may never be equaled in terms of entertaining basketball, but those guys were all fun and no edge. Those guys didn’t have the intangibles necessary to win a championship. the intangibles. You can’t coach the intangibles.

Adelman lovers will put forth his record the past eight years. You can’t really argue with that.

So, what do you do when your season ends in may? You fire someone or trade players.

Does the move make sense? I’d say no. not at this point. I don’t think there’s another coach out there that can navigate the ego infested water that is the professional athletics like Rick Adelman. I think that was the key to the entire second half of the season. With the team playing the way they were at the end, it could have been magical. Additionally, from the Kings’ standpoint, you don’t get rid of a coach like adelman until you’ve already found your replacement. For proof, see the firing of Mariucci by the 49ers. such is the way of northern california profesional sports, i guess.

That being said, Adelman does have flaws. I absolutely hate the way he manages games, often letting teams go on 17 to 1 runs before calling a timeout. Perhaps it’s a philosophy thing. I’ve never played basketball, but i believe in winning games now and not at the end and if taking timeouts now leads to winning games now, then why save them for later? Of course there’s the phil jackon, “play through it and learn” school of thought as well, but there’s a time and place for that. Like the first 3/4 of the season. If your players haven’t learned by 3/4 of the season, chances are you need to adapt.

Also, although you can’t coach intangibles, you can inspire through your own, and often, i’ve felt his intensity on the sidelines was missing. He was always conservative in pushing peoples buttons, and i think could have pushed a few more times than he did.

Overall, though, i have a great appreciation for what Adelman has done. So, thanks, coach for all the years of great basketball. Good luck to you, and i hope you find that championship one day. I think golden state will be looking for a new coach if you’re interested in staying in the area.

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Looking to the future, i think what’s more devastating than the loss of rick adelman, is the loss of elston turner and pete carril. it’s going to be tough to watch games without those two on the sidelines.

So, candidates for the new job? I have a couple. At the top of my list are Byron Scott or one of the Van Gundys.

I like the Van Gundys. They come from the Pat Riley school of basketball and that’s some impressive heritage there. Plus, I’ve seen first hand what they’ve done with the Knicks and the Heat. I mean, the knicks just imploded after jeff left. yeah, jeff isn’t doing so well with the rockets, but think he’s got one and a half good players and then a supporting cast that was rife with injury and shallow in talent. Instead, one should look at what he’s done with Yao this year. wowzers. And the Heat had a great run last year with Steve at the helm. It was almost dark horse style. I mean even with shaq, no one really gave them a shot at the beginning of the season.

As for Byron, he’s a hard nosed coach. I like his intensity. I like his seize the moment attitude. Yeah, there have been complaints from players, but softie wife beaters like jason kid an injury prone prima donnas like baron davis shouldn’t count. I actually think his intensity would be a good compliment to Ron-Ron and might even get bibby and miller to play some d.