Thursday, July 24, 2008

Rescue Seattle

My main man Steve Kelley of The Seattle Times checks in with a fantastic article about how the Seahawks must save the Seattle sports scene.

This city is hurting right now. It feels as if it was sold out by the NBA. So this is what I want you to do. Safeties. Linebackers. I want you to hit every tight end, every running back this season as if they were wearing Clay Bennett masks. He's the guy who ripped the Sonics from Seattle.

"I want you cornerbacks to crack every wide receiver who dares come across the middle. I want you to treat them the way David Stern treated Seattle.

"It's up to us, gentlemen. We are the bearers of good news this season. We are the light at the end of Seattle's sports tunnel.

Monday, July 21, 2008

2008 ESPYs

Random thoughts on last night's broadcast of the 2008 ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles:

  • Ray Allen went from an overpaid and washed up bench warmer to the spokesman accepting the award for Best Team. His first comment: "Another win in LA..." Oh, Ray, you so funny!
  • Host Justin Timberlake was funny, and even gave us a hilarious dance and song number.
  • Greg Oden is also hilarious. I do not think there has every been such a lovable basketball player who yet to even play in an NBA game.
  • David Tyree, accepting the award for Best Play, thanked God and Jesus first. It is good to see men of God be blessed on such grand stages.
  • Where else can you see Samuel L. Jackson and Brett Favre talking to one another on stage? The ESPYs are good stuff!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

So you think you can Dance?

As you can see below, the last two weeks of FOX's prime time summer hit television series So you think you can Dance? have featured two Bollywood dances choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan. The first dance is of Katee and Joshua dancing to "Dhoom Taana" from Om Shanti Om. The reception and reactions were so great that they brought Bollywood back the next week, this time with the entire cast dancing to "JBJ" from Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.

As one of many Indians who stands guilty as charged of growing apart from our cultural roots, it is really great to see Indian dancing be showcased under the bright light that is American prime time television. Those of you who know me know that I have always believed in appreciating and promoting our Indian culture, especially Bollywood entertainment, which is so fascinating and fun that other nationalities love it too. How great is it to see a bunch of white, Asian, and black people dance to INDIAN music?

Bollywood Group Dance on FOX

Katee and Joshua

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Barack on the Bible

I very rarely have any strong feelings on politics. I do not see how so many can rally behind and support politicians who are all crooks anyway. But this ruffled my feathers a bit.

"Even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools?" Obama said. "Would we go with James Dobson's or Al Sharpton's?" referring to the civil rights leader.

Dobson took aim at examples Obama cited in asking which Biblical passages should guide public policy — chapters like Leviticus, which Obama said suggests slavery is OK and eating shellfish is an abomination, or Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, "a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application."

"Folks haven't been reading their Bibles," Obama said.

Dobson and Minnery accused Obama of wrongly equating Old Testament texts and dietary codes that no longer apply to Jesus' teachings in the New Testament.

Before he tells the rest of America to do so, perhaps Obama is the one who needs to read his Bible and go to church.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Five Stages

No. The Sonics must stay. 41 years of history. Kevin Durant. Such a bright future. Something will be worked out. The Mariners and Seahawks were practically out the door, but new ownership came in and worked out new stadium deals with the city. I am sure they will figure it out at the last minute somehow.

I hate you, Clay Bennett. You are a lying scumbag. Oklahoma!? What the hell? Is there even sports there? The only thing Oklahoma is famous for is Timothy McVeigh bombing shopping malls. Why us? Why our team? You not only bought our team, but cut us off from it. Then you traded away our best players. You hired a terrible coach who is remarkably out of touch with his players.
Oh, we did not forget you, Howard Schultz. Sonic fans are boycotting your overpriced coffee, and you happen to be feeling it even more during this pseudo recession. Do not even pretend like you were the innocent victim and tried to help, because we all know you made money off this whole ordeal. I have not bought a cup of Starbucks in the past two years, and I will never do so again.
The city of Seattle, not unlike most of the nation's politicians, are just completely useless.
And you, David Stern. How dare you. You two faced liar. You loved KeyArena when it was renovated just a few years ago, calling it a "world class facility." You wrote a letter to Sacramento saying it was okay that they were not willing to pay for a new arena and that you will work with others to find a way to privately pay for a new arena. Why the preferential treatment? I know business is anything but honest, but you are still a disgusting crook. Seriously, do you really believe that Oklahoma City is more capable of hosting a team than Seattle? I thought Stern was a brilliant and intelligent man. But in the past year, he has quickly gone from the best commissioner in the worst.

Let's take them to court. We have a lease that says they must stay. It is legally binding. They cannot just pack up and leave as they please. It does not work that way. Steve Ballmer, save us. We want to keep the name, colors, and history of the once great Sonics franchise. We want to see the beloved legendary jerseys of Payton and Kemp hanging in the rafters of a building in Seattle.

Did we really just sell our team for $75 million? Talk about betrayal. There is no guarantee for another team? Kevin Durant is gone? You want me to root for a team from Oklahoma? Excuse me, while I go cry myself to sleep.

Basketball is dead to me. My Team is gone.