Ordinarily, I would have a few sports takes, but this is January 26th – We’ve talked about Championship Sunday, the Super Bowl is two weeks away, pitchers and catchers report in a month, same with Daytona, so that means there’s little in the way of sports, so I’m gonna try to have a few different takes, but first two takes on the NBA:
David Blatt Firing. Yes, this is now a few days old, but I wanted to share with you all some thoughts from Sacramento Head Coach George Karl:
“It’s embarrassing and a tragedy. It seems like coaches now have more ability to get fired if they win but don’t exceed expectations, and losing coaches don’t get fired. But I am mystified of it. It’s a sad, sad day for coaching.”
And this from Jeff Van Gundy, probably the best comment of all: “Coachability is on the player, NOT the coach. Either you are coachable or you’re not. If you want to win, you’re coachable.”
Amazing. In Miami, LeBron didn’t get away with this non-sense because Pat Riley told him what was up. The NBA needs much more Pat Rileys in the NBA.
Blake Griffin. Dude was out 14 games with a quad injury, and just as he’s getting ready to come back, he broke his hand because of an “undisclosed team-related incident” and apparently now, the speculation is he’s gonna lose another 15 games AT LEAST.
And now comes some more – apparently Griffin and an equipment staffer got into an argument inside a restaurant in Toronto. ALLEGEDLY Griffin hit him once in the restaurant then followed the guy out and hit him again. During the incident somehow Griffin fractured his hand. Both of them were sent back to LA.
First off, Blake Griffin is a punk – I don’t see him trying to start shit with fellas on the court – I do see him doing a lot of whining on the court. Secondly, isn’t Blake Griffin the guy who did this:
Griffin needs to grow up because he’s developing quite the off-court rep – anybody remember the rumors of him roughing up Bieber – though that one I’d probably give him a pass on, but it is out there?
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, the Los Angeles Clippers as currently constructed will NEVER win an NBA Championship – the personnel just don’t have the mentality.
Uncle B.O.B.’s World Tour Stop #8 – Anaheim. This was a short three days as I was down in Anaheim to get some training for a veterans cause I work on. So many funny stories, but serious business as well getting certified to help veterans who may need it with the VA. Thank you to the Disabled American Veterans for getting me the instruction and giving me the tools to be able to help if called upon.
If I had one regret it was that it wasn’t during MLB season as I was mere blocks away from Angel Stadium – I’d have hit a game for sure!
Speaking of which, Tour Stop #9 is South Florida/Reno/Monterey in March/April, Tour Stop #10 will be Anaheim in July, and there may be a surprise for #11 which may very well be in another gabbers backyard…
The Oscar “Controversy”. Of all people, Ice Cube had what was said at the end of this video, the sanest take of them all. I personally think it’s a brilliant take. I actually wish he would have went further and said that awards ceremonies are bullshit. His comments are here.
That was great, but ole Aunt Viv blasted the boycott folks with solid, solid takes. Aunt Viv absolutely nailed it. We spend too much time on non-sense and not enough time on finding actual solutions. We spend too much time worrying about awards, and not enough time on more critical issues.
So what have we learned? Well, Hollyweird awards shows are bullshit. Think about it – if you’ve ever sat down and watched one or heard conversations about them, how many have ever been “oh that award was fair?” Not one freaking time.
Why people get so hung up on awards is just amazing to me. If the people who spent all their time gobbling up awards shows and reality shows would take just 10% of their time and work on a cause such as homelessness, or volunteering at schools, don’t you think things would be just a little bit better?
Happy Australia Day. While the day has passed in Australia, the 26th of January is Australia Day, and I never pass up a chance to wish the folks down under a G’day, and I’m quite sure they took hell of advantage of it, knowing those crazies (and I say that with respect and affection).
I have been so fortunate that in my life I’ve gotten to five cities there (Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Townsville, and Brisbane) and experienced the culture and people there. They are so incredible, as is the food and just the whole vibe.
Speaking of big days…Five years ago today, I was let go from my job in retail. On that day five years ago, even though I somewhat expected it, it was hard. But little did I know that it would be the best day of my life as well. It was actually liberating and my company took very good care of me in so many ways.
What they didn’t take care of, the VA and State did and I was so very lucky. My life was changed for the better in so many ways. I’m happier and just enjoy things so much more.
I had the ability to go back to school 90% of which was paid for getting a bachelors and Masters, I had income for a very long time beyond my termination date, had the ability to travel to so many places I’ve never ever been, and most importantly had the ability to watch my kids grow into adults and share in their many victories whether it be employment, educational, or athletic.
I’m fortunate and I know it.