In case you missed the early chats, the Warriors are slowly–slowly!–starting to garner some respect on the World Wide Leader …
Kim: (Dallas, TX): Will the Mavs playoff performance hurt Dirk’s chances of winning the MVP?
John Hollinger: To review, the MVP vote is for the regular season only. All the ballots had been cast before the Mavs-Warriors series started. Which is as it should be. Dirk was the most valuable player in the regular season; he just hasn’t bee in the past four games.
Charles Barkley: I was looking pretty foolish after last night’s game. Any chance the Mavs come back and put those uppity migdets in their place?
John Hollinger: Yes, they absolutely have a chance, because only one of the final three games are in Oakland, and also because Baron Davis is capable of getting injured at any time. But Nelly’s underdog schtick is growing tiresome.
Vin: (Dallas, TX): John, what’s going on with the Mavs? I don’t understand how a team can collapse they have, especially after how well they did in the regular season.
John Hollinger: The Mavs aren’t collapsing; Golden State is playing out of their minds. Look at the run they went on to end the season; this is NOT your typical 42-win team, and if they get past Dallas I would give them great odds if making the conference finals
Remember in Requiem for a Dream, when Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) keeps saying “I’m gonna be on television” throughout the film? Well, here at Say Hey, we showed that crazy old lady who can get on the talking picture box. We got a little shout-out on Blog Show, which is a part of Washington Post Live that airs at 6pm in the DC-Baltimore region. It’s a good segment all around, with lots of internet gems, but if you don’t have time to watch all 11 minutes, we get highlighted–and some props–around the 3:40 mark.
We couldn’t quite get into our red dress for the occasion, but it’s a very nice treat nonetheless.
Thanks to everyone at the Blog Show for the kind words and a bigger thanks to all you readers here at Say Hey. God knows why you stick around, but we are very, very appreciative of your loyalty and contributions. The site couldn’t be what it is without you.
So, thank you.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programs …
Blog Show No. 6: ‘That’s What She Said’ [Mr. Irrelevant]
Oh. my. goodness.
Warriors 103, Mavericks 99.
And how about Warriors fans gaining national recognition?
P.S. Our sources tell us The Beard’s gonna paint the town red tonight. Maybe Jessica Alba and Andris Biedrins will be accompanying him, along with some surprise guests. Stay tuned …
[Photo courtesy: AP/Jeff Chiu]
Now, it’s a particularly busy time around the Bay. The Warriors are on the brink of the biggest upset in NBA history (There, I said it). The Giants found
HGH the fountain of youth and are tearing up the National League. The NFL has been reading names out loud for the last 36 hours or so. Hence, “hockey” has been relegated to background noise … even more so than usual.
Since San Jose is (barely) a part of the Bay Area, we figured it’s only right to show the Sharks some love, you know, considering they’re in our subtitle and all.
So, it’s still hockey season. Even more importantly, it’s playoff time in the hockey. Most importantly, the Sharks are still in these alleged play-offs.
Last night, the Red Wings of Detroit defeated the Sharks 3-2 in Game Two of the Western Conference semifinals. Jonathan Cheechoo scored 36 seconds into the game and Joe Thornton added his own a couple minutes later, but the Red Wings scored the next three goals to tie up the series. It was the first time a team in the playoffs has blown a lead.
Our main man Ray Ratto summarized the game as “a moderately embarrassing loss” that was not really worth watching:
In other words, this is about less than even grinding out a win. This is about being persistent enough to hope that the other guy runs into the referee, or trips on a squid, or gets confused by concepts like uniform color. This series has shown no sign yet that incandescent talent will suddenly emerge, unless you want to credit the two goalies. And even then, Nabokov has outplayed Hasek and has no egregious clearing errors to his debit.
And there’s your incandescent hockey update. Game Three is Monday night. Maybe that one will be worth watching. Probably not … but you never know.
It’s almost as if everything is on the youtubes these days … We welcome our new Patrick Willis overlords. He seems strong.
Who needs Jesus when you have Patrick Willis?
The Niners’ first pick in yesterday’s draft already has the Bay Area media eating out of the palm of his linebacker hands. Consider Gwen Knapp:
The answers about Patrick Willis, the team’s top pick Saturday, might have been obvious to even the most casual of scouts. His life story reads like a movie of the week. Willis spent most of his childhood as a quasi-parent to his three younger siblings, taking up the slack for a mom who deserted the family very early and a father who ultimately had to surrender the kids to foster care.Willis made the honor roll as a freshman at Ole Miss. He played in pain and, as Bulldogs coach Ed Orgeron put it, “made all-American with a broken hand.”
Or perhaps Kevin Lynch:
Linebackers coach Mike Singletary was unhappy on a rainy day in Mobile, Ala. at the Senior Bowl when a South-squad linebacker failed to stop the North’s tight ends. Singletary, who coached the South with the rest of the 49ers’ coaching staff in January, called over Mississippi player Patrick Willis and asked him if he could play outside linebacker.Willis had just finished his stint as the starting middle linebacker, where he had practiced in the week leading up to the game. Without qualms, Willis jumped back in at a new position.
Snarkiness aside, Willis is widely considered a can’t-miss draftee. He won the Butkus Award as the nation’s best linebacker, and pretty much every article on him describes him as a solid citizen and a “do-everything” linebacker. Looks like another stellar move in an offseason full of upheaval.
The upcoming Niners season is beginning to look suspiciously positive.
A sure thing, and plenty of surprises [SFGate]
Willis hopes to pull inside job [SFGate]
One of the more poignant tales in the long history of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry is undoubtedly the 1965 Juan Marichal-Johnny Roseboro brawl. Now, just about every article about the fight–and Marichal’s subsequent nine game suspension–mentions the poetic justice involved: Marichal missed two starts and the Dodgers eventually won the pennant by two games.
However, after an astute commenter wondered if the Giants actually lost Marichal’s two missed starts, we decided to do some po-lice work to determine whether or not Marichal actually cost the Giants the pennant that year. The problem, of course, lies in trying to figure out exactly which games Marichal would have started. Therein lies the po-lice work.
[Sidenote: If you don't get the reference to "po-lice work," then you're missing out. The Wire is the best show on television.]
In anticipation of tomorrow’s draft, it’s only appropriate we pay respects to the San Francisco 49ers’ first pick in the 1990 draft, Dexter Carter. Unfortunately, he was a bit of a bust as a pro, which is shocking–shocking!–considering that A) he was a 5-9 running back, B) he weighed a buck fifty and C) his name is Dexter.
His career as a backup running back barely lasted seven years, and he retired (and by “retired,” we mean “was released”) in 1996 with 1,042 rushing yards. For some perspective, another running back by the name of Brian Mitchell was taken in the fifth round of that same draft; he ended his 14-year career with 23,316 total yards.
Carter’s legacy probably lies with his weird little helmet (with the two vertical bars that seemed to close to the middle) and his propensity for fumbling the football at the most inopportune times. In the early 90s, perhaps only Mike Cofer evoked more rage in the Bay Area.
Dexter Carter recently returned to his alma mater of Florida State as the running backs coach, which is ironic, because well, what’s he going to teach those kids?
We kid, we kid.
Dexter Carter [wikipedia]
While you may know him as the best player in the league with acne, Monta Ellis racked up another distinction yesterday: he was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player. The 40th overall pick in the 2005 draft, Monta started 53 games this year for Nellie’s Warriors after hardly playing at all last year. The second-year pro averaged 16.5 points, 4.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds.
With his free-wheeling style and aesthetically-challenged nature, Ellis is a perfect fit in the Warriors athletic, ugly backcourt.
The last Warrior to win the MIP Award was another lightning quick guard taken in the 2nd round, Mr. Gilbert Arenas. And that worked out well for the Warriors.
Nellie: Well fellas, that didn’t go so well.
Baron Davis: Sorry guys. I should have kept my cool.
Baron’s Beard: What the hell you talkin’ ’bout Baron? We didn’t do nuthin’ wrong! The refs screwed us!
Baron Davis: Quiet, Beard. You already got me in enough trouble tonight.
Baron’s Beard: I’m jus’ sayin’ that we didn’t deserve to get tossed.
Baron Davis: Shut up!
Baron’s Beard: DON’T TALK TO ME LIKE THAT! I’M A GROWN BEARD!
Baron Davis: Sorry.
Nellie: Regardless, we played crap out there tonight. We let them control the tempo. Now, as coach, it’s my duty to–
[Monta Ellis starts giggling in the corner]
Nellie: Something funny, Ellis?
Monta Ellis: You said “doody”!
This week, the internets were all about tonight’s Warriors-Mavs matchup, especially our boy Hollinger’s chat. All in all, it seems like the Warriors turned some heads, but tonight will (help) determine whether or not Game One was a fluke. Here’s what the so-called “experts” are saying:
Joseph, San Antonio: Could it be the Warriors have total psychological control over the Mavs?
John Hollinger: You start to wonder if they’re in Dallas’s heads a little bit. I thought Avery matching up with George was a premature capitulation.
David (Houston): Do you think Dallas will keep a big man on the court for more minutes to shutdown the driving abilities of Davis? It seemed his constant drives to the basket really opened up their 3 point opportunities in the second half due to Dallas’ smaller lineups.
John Hollinger: I expect Dallas to play big much more in Game 2, because what they tried in Game 1 didn’t work. Biggest impact won’t be on Davis’s drives, but at the other end, where a guy like Dampier can dominate the glass and get fouls on Harrington.