NBC…really? Think about it…

So the RIDICULOUS “flex schedule” has come to fruition for the ’09 season, and leave it to the brass at NBC to screw another Sabbath.  Seriously guys…stick to what you do best, 30 Rock, The Office, SNL (20 years ago)…and leave Brett Favre alone. 

Yes this comes from an extremely disheartened Dolphan, but realistically what more does Favre/Warner bring than Henne/Brady doesn’t at this point?  Vikings fans…you have it, it’s locked. 

Let me be frank here, I believe that as long as Brett Favre can put up, let him put up…no problems there…but who cares about a NON-DIVISIONAL game in Week 12? 

For the sake of argument let’s say the Patriots lose Monday night to the Saints…putting them at 7-4, and the Dolphins win prior to that, Sunday afternoon IN Buffalo, putting them at 6-5…anybody…hello…anybody smell it?  Come on think hard…?  Those 0-3 Dolphins who started out…would control their own destiny.  If the fish somehow were to win that Pats game on Sunday Night in Primetime…..oh….wait…..nevermind, sorry to excite the Dolphans, if the fish were to win at 1 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME SUNDAY DECEMBER 5TH, 2009, because Favre carving up the Cards is sexier, they could still make the playoffs.  Will it happen?  Probably not.  Could it happen?  Absolutely.

Guess what world…Tom Brady was a nobody at Mee-chigan and look at him now, think of what will become of a 4 year starter at Mee-chigan once he has ONE dominant receiver?  Chad chad chad Henne henne henne…..

 

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Returning from hiatus…

So it has been quite a while since my last post and I apologize.  Things have been a little crazy on the home front but are now settling down very nicely.  Dani and I made our move from Orlando to Coral Springs a few weeks ago and have an awesome new apartment!!

It was quite a hectic time in the weeks prior to the move because neither of us had lined up jobs, only an apartment, and as many resumes as we were sending out, the responses were scant at best.  But alas Dani landed a job a week or so before our move-out/move-in date and after a week and a half in the new place I landed a job as well!!

We are both enjoying our new work environments though we are still in the beginning and more or less just trying to get used to the new surroundings and co-workers.  I think we’re both going to be just fine.

As a side note to Magic fans unfortunately Hedo Turkoglu is no longer part of the team, nor is Rafer Alston, Courtney Lee, or Tony Battie.  Vince Carter is a new member, and hopefully he will provide dividends for those HUGE losses.

Hope everyone is doing great and I will be posting my first Dolphin pre-season “run-around” soon.

The Blakester

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Hedo Love The Magic…Or Hedon’t?

I may have spoken too soon in my last post Magic fans…it appears that the original starting 5, will only be 4 next season.

According to Hedo Turkoglu’s agent, Turk will be opting out of the final year of his Orlando Magic contract worth roughly $7.3 million to become a free agent.  I must say this saddens me quite a bit.  Turk has been a more exciting roller coaster than one you would find at a theme park.  He plays great on the road, but rarely hits a shot at home…until the 4th quarter, which makes him all the more exciting.

Unfortunately money apparently plays a bigger role than team chemistry, team potential, and well let’s just flat out say it, friendship.  Turkoglu makes substantially less than both Rashard Lewis and Dwight Howard, yet he is as big a part of “The Big Three” as any of them.  I guess to an extent, anybody would feel underpaid.  But in the world of professional sports, do any of these athletes ever stop and smell the wilting economic roses?  Yes, you are all the elite sports players.  Yes, you do provide entertainment that without, the rest of us penny-pinchers would probably go insane.  But just stop, for just a brief moment, and ask yourselves…do I really deserve more than $7.3 million A YEAR to put a ball in a hoop?  While other people who used to be big-time executives at major corporations are now managing failing small business, or worse, have had to resort to being waiters/waitresses (trust me I’ve actually seen it firsthand)? 

This fantasy world professional athletes live in is astoundingly disconcerting.  To think that someone swinging a bat feels more deserving of a big paycheck than the guys swinging the hammers to build all of your new stadiums is pathetic. 

Wake up and smell those wilted roses fellas.  Because before long, your sport might need a so called “bailout.”

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Lakers Steal the Magic Wand

It’s all over.  Lakers in 5.

In what could have been an epic NBA Finals series, the LA Lakers made quick work of the Orlando Magic.

The Magic lost Game 5 99-86 in the final NBA game to be played at Amway Arena.

The Magic came out strong taking a quick 15-6 lead in the 1st quarter; a quarter that also saw all 5 Magic starters score and assist at least once.  But it was not to be.  Kobe Bryant and his supporting cast proved to be too much, too hungry for the trophy.

After squandering away Game 2 in overtime to come back and win in commanding fashion in Game 3, the Magic gift-wrapped Game 4 to put themselves in a 3-1 hole.  No team has ever come back in the NBA Finals from that deficit, and that statistic will remain for now.

Perimeter shooting and rebounding were key to the Magic’s demise in Game 5 as they couldn’t seem to hit anything from the outside through the first 45 minutes, and certainly were dominated on the glass all night, especially by the Lakers offensive rebounding.

The Magic attempted to make a push late in the 4th quarter but it was too little too late.  They were unable to make stops and the Lakers continued to negate the Magic’s final surge to send the series back to LA.

I guess there’s always next year.  With the Magic returning with their original starting 5, and the possibility of keeping Rafer Alston, the Eastern Conference is shaping up to be even more dominate in the coming season.  The Magic will be back…the Celtics will be back (with Kevin Garnett)…and oh…did anyone hear…Shaq looks like he’s headed back east to suit up with Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Enjoy it Lakers…savor it.  Pop the champagne bottles all the way ’til October, because with the look of the East for next year, this may be Phil Jackson’s record-setting, but final, finals victory.

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“The Dark Knight”

So I know probably everyone has already seen the film, but my girlfriend Dani and I watched it again last night on HBO.  That was my 3rd viewing and her 2nd.  We saw it in theatres in IMAX and I must highly recommend that anytime you want to see a superhero movie, go the IMAX route, it’s really quite incredible.

For those of you who haven’t seen it I’m sure you’ve heard all about it, especially the incredible performance by the late Heath Ledger (R.I.P.) as The Joker.  You don’t have to take my word for it but I strongly suggest you go see this beautiful piece of acting.  Jack Nicholson was obviously fantastic when he portrayed The Joker, but his was more of a comical spin whereas the revamped Batman series is much more gritty and dark.

The film itself from a cinematography standpoint is truly mesmerizing.  The camera work is about as top-notch as I’ve seen in a long long time.  I will say oddly enough though one of my absolute favorite elements of the film is the score.  It is dark and gripping and really intesifies each and every moment of the film.

Go treat yourself to “The Dark Knight,” and basically anything else writer/director Christopher Nolan has a hand in.

Blakester’s rating: 10/10

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Brats ‘N’ Beer

Ok so this is a simple recipe that doesn’t require much on your part, but still very tasty.

Just throwing it up here because it is what myself and my girlfriend Dani are having tonight.

Ingredients:

Olive Oil

Package of beef bratwurst

2 Light Beers

1 Poblano Pepper (chopped in long strips)

1 Cubanelle Pepper (chopped in long strips)

1 medium yellow onion (chopped in long strips)

Garlic powder

Salt & Fresh Black Pepper

Poke holes in the brats with a fork, then place them in a pot or a bowl.  Pour in one of the beers and let soak for 30 minutes to an hour.  Grill on medium to high heat for 30-40 minutes, turning frequently until lightly charred all the way around (not burnt but you want a little crispiness to the skin of the brats).  Heat some olive in a skillet.  Throw in the peppers and onions, and season with the garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Pour in the other beer and let simmer until soft but still with a little crunch.  Load up your bun with a brat and some veggies, crack a beer, put on a ballgame and enjoy!!

I like to top it off with some spicy brown mustard.

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NBA Finals: As Lopsided As They Appear?

Magic vs. Lakers.

Hollywood vs. O-town.

Nicholson vs. Woods.

The series certainly started in lopsided fashion with the Lakers pummeling the Magic 100-75 in Game 1, and with the Lakers now holding a 3-1 advantage, it seems Orlando has lost their Magic.  But have they?

The Magic have been the most resilient team in the NBA playoffs.  They ousted the defending champion Boston Celtics.  They took down arguably the best player in the game in Lebron James.  But Kobe Bryant and his supporting cast are in the driver’s seat.

This series though could easily be 3-1 in the Magic’s favor if it weren’t for two overtime meltdowns.  In Game 2 the Lakers simply outplayed the Magic in the extra 5 minutes, but in Game 4 the Magic served it up to Kobe on a silver platter.  No doubt if the Magic lose this series people will always question Stan Van Gundy down the wire of Game 4.  With just over 10 seconds to play and the Magic clinging to an 87-84 lead, they chose not to foul in the backcourt.  Had they fouled, and it would have been Kobe Bryant, the Lakers would have had 2 free throws to shoot before the Magic got the ball back.  The Lakers then would no doubt have had to foul the Magic.  Van Gundy cited the Magic’s terrible free throw shooting as his reason for not fouling, and understandably so considering they had already missed 15 in the game.  But to me this showed a lack of confidence in his team when they needed it most.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Stan Van and think he’s done an amazing job in just 2 seasons in Orlando, but then there’s the Jameer Nelson/Rafer Alston saga.  Another question on many Magic fans’ minds is why Nelson stayed in the game in the 4th quarter, and Alston continued to ride the pine in overtime.  Rafer had played an all-star caliber Game 3, and was very solid in Game 4, yet Van Gundy kept him sitting.

The NBA Finals are not a time for experimentation.  Nonetheless the Magic have at the very least proven they deserve to be there.  They will have a tough road ahead and have to win 3 straight against a great team, including 2 in a row in L.A.  Game 5 is in Orlando Sunday night.

Blakester’s pick : Magic by 7.

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