OK, well not really...but they're all on the same page.
I figure with those two choices, there is something for most everybody. I would have put the will.i.am video up there too, but after his appearance on Bill Maher...yeaaaaah. Let's stick with Gossip Girl or CP.
Are you ready for Nov 4th?? Its countdown to Change. Are you registered to vote? Do you know where your polling place is? In many states, today is the deadline to get with the program...I'm voting by mail...via fax overseas!!!! Now, if i can vote from Moscow? You guys better each be casting yours.
For a state by state breakdown of voting deadlines check out: http://www.declareyourself.com/voting_faq/state_by_state_info_2.html
Or get answers to your questions or info on polling places at www.voteforchange.com. Google is also your friend -- type in "voter registrar + your zip code or county" and you should get results that lead you to forms and #'s to call.
Me? I'm voting by mail -- from MOSCOW. Now, if I can vote from Moscow...you can vote from where you are! Make it happen. Two weeks and ticking...
Well, since USAToday thinks I'm hot, I might as well ride the wave...The car ride home today (to DJ Shoshonna's - AKA Sue Bird's latest mix CD) produced a new battle: Who is the Ultimate Panty-Dropper Musical Artist?
Now see, Urban Dictionary defines panty dropper as:
"A guy who is so good looking, or has so much money, or some other such quality, that women will drop their panties at the sight of him."
"A song upon hearing makes it near impossible for a girl to Not drop her panties."
So, in combination we're judging the Ultimate Panty Dropper Musical Artist as one possessing superior ability to well...ilicit panty droppage. How else do you state that? Its one of those things you just know. Its like being in love...for a really abbreviated time and minus a lot of talking.
My top nominee? Pac. Is there anybody sexier? Was there anybody? Not in my lifetime.
+ Robin Thicke
+ Marvin Gaye
+ R Kelly (Had he not peed on an underage girl, he might have ranked higher in nominations)
+ Teddy Pendergrass
All I want to know is...Are you Still Down?
Today in the midst of Hurry-Up-And-Wait (Spartak Photo shoot), we began debating which rapper, between Snoop and Jay Z has the most classics. Now, I'm not talking about classics as in, "singles" -- or even #1 hits-sat at the top of the charts for 58 weeks. No. I'm talking about songs that when they come on EVERYBODY knows the lyrics. The songs that if they were a person, they'd be described as "iconic"...
So what do you think? Consider some of the facts:
Dirt off Your Shoulder
Can I Get A
Money Cash Hoes
Excuse Me Miss
Girls, Girls, Girls
Ain't No N***a
Jigga What Jigga Who
Drop It Like Its Hot
Ain't No Fun
Gin and Juice
I Just Wanna...
2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted
Nuthin' but a G Thang
Snoop Dogg (Whats my Name)
The Next Episode
Doggy Dogg World
Sue thinks Jay Z...but I think Snoop. Jay's list is...hot, but hardly known by everybody. Is this just me harboring a Westside bias???
I mean, Whats My Name, Nuthin but a G Thang, Ain't No Fun and Gin & Juice? C'Mon. Classics. Every single person at every frat party in America STILL knows the words to those songs.
Cast your votes.
I have no idea why it took me so long to load this -- but the video below is one of the greatest moments of my life. At the Olympics, I was introduced to Diego Maradona (THANK YOU ADAM AND JARED!!!) in the stands at men's game v. Argentina...check it out. I grew up watching this guy with my dad...it was hands down, the most nervous I have ever been to meet somebody.
If you don't know who this guy is...please find out:
or check out the documentary on him:
Shout out to K Law and D for recording the video!
Buddy Bloggers Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi were in San Antonio on Friday for the All-WNBA team announcement. Waiting patiently for their awards, they decided it would be a perfect time for a tag-team Buddy Blog effort:
Dee: So I guess we're supposed to give our thoughts on Game 1.
Sue: But you didn't watch it.
Dee: Aww, come on now. You weren't supposed to say that. I don't have cable at my house yet.
Sue: Kelly Schumacher was ballin'!
Dee: She hit a couple jumpers, right?
Sue: And a blocked shot! It was a lay-up? a lay-up! And she came from nowhere and swatted it away.
Dee: It's all about Schu. Every team she's on at least makes the Finals.
Sue: No, it was a good game. Detroit, when they're playing their best, they have so many people? so many big bodies. They're a very tall team. They're a tough team to go against. And San Antonio's really missing its other two point guards (Helen Darling and Edwige Lawson-Wade), because that makes Becky have to do a whole lot more. And Becky was more aggressive in Game 2, but she still had trouble hitting shots until the fourth quarter.
Dee: Yeah, Game 1? from what I've heard? Detroit just did what they do: they beat you up. When you play them, you have to either beat them up back or play better basketball than they do.
Sue: Or hit outside shots?
Dee: ?right, like I said, play better basketball than them. And San Antonio hasn't done either of those things. Detroit's big and intimidating. They're gonna hit you and try to bully you and they're really good at that. If you can't compete with that, you're gonna have a tough time winning games against them.
Sue: What about the rest of the Finals, though? I think San Antonio is in a little bit of trouble.
Dee: Well, I thought San Antonio was gonna win last night. I think Detroit just has too much for them. They can throw so many different looks at them, Becky in particular? They can outmuscle her with Katie, they can outquick her with Tweety and even bring a tough all-around marker like Hornbuckle.
Sue: She couldn't even get the ball off screens in Game 1.
Dee: Right, and when you're bringing the ball up the court, directing the half-court offense AND you're the main offensive threat, that's a whole lot of responsibility for Becky to have on her shoulders.
I think they need to get Ann Wauters more involved. If they could play with the Shock anywhere, I thought it would be in the post, but that hasn't been the case in these two games.
Sue: Yeah, Taj played well in Game 1. I don't think I'd say that Detroit's the superior team here? they're both good teams, obviously, to have made it this far.
Dee: San Antonio went 14-0 against the East this year! 14 and 0! 14? and 0!
Sue: That's cuz the East is weak! Same team in the Finals every year!
No, I'm totally kidding. I don't know what's gonna happen. And don't take this the wrong way, but I don't really care. I love women's basketball? obviously? but when we're not here (in the Finals), I'm just rooting for my friends. My answer is "Go, Kelly Schumacher!" That's the most profound thing I can say about it.
Dee: I want Detroit to win because we beat Detroit last year. No, I'm kidding. I don't really care either. I think the best team will win.
Honestly, I watched about a quarter of Game 1. And the reason is that when you're not there, it's hard to watch teams playing when you think you should be there. I just can't bear it. It hurts too much.
Sue: Yes. Too much hurt. It's not because we're not fans. It's just a professional thing.
Dee: So moving right along, we're getting set to head back to the homeland this coming week. Mother Russia. I'm leaving the 8th and Sue's leaving the 10th. And our first game over in Moscow is Oct. 16.We have about a week to get ready and then a week before we're playing.
Sue: And we have the same setup that we had last year. The house.
Dee: Kelly Miller is coming over to play with us. Lauren, three Russian national teamers, we have the young Serbian of the year?
Sue: Sylvia Fowles?
Dee: Oh yeah, did I forget Sylvia?
Sue: Yeah, we're gonna suck. Though the other big team there has Penny Taylor, Tweety, Cappie, Candace Parker, Kristi Harrower, Svetlana Abrosimova.
Dee: Yeah, I miss Svetty. How is she? ? Yeah, Svetty's the shizzle.
Sue: Svetty's a free agent.
Dee: I hope she comes to the West. I need her to take me to dinner. She has many shekels.
Sue: Shekels are Israeli.
Dee: Right, I forgot, Miss Israeli citizen. "Hava negila" to you.
Sue: And a "baruch atah" to you... Challah!
Dee: If they have hummus, I'm there.
Sue: Hummus and pita: fast track to fatness. Calories galore.
Dee: Oh, I want to bring up the L.A. Times article and my response to it.
Sue: Yeah, let's talk about that.
Dee: What she wrote was so wrong. Now I'll preface this by reminding you that I don't have cable, so I've been reading and writing a lot. So I read the article and I thought, "Someone needs to be proactive about this." So I set up a meeting with my creative team and they put it together.
Sue: Yeah, you consulted your creative team.
Dee: Yeah, we worked together to shut that woman DOWN! She may never write again!
Sue: It's that UConn education coming through.
Dee: Sociology major, represent! No, honestly, my creative team went to really good colleges.
You just get tired of reading articles like that. And especially for a woman to write that? Come on! She's a hater. She's a big hater.
She was so wrong about it all. She kept making all these comparisons to the NBA. Well, we're NOT the NBA. We never will be the NBA. Because we're not guys.
But we do have the best female basketball players in the world. We could have brought three USA teams to Beijing and we would have swept the medals. Our bench could easily have won gold! It's the truth!
So when are people going to start mentioning how well we do and all the good things we do for women's basketball? We've won four straight gold medals. That's pretty cool. But this woman's mad that we can't dunk? Shut up!
We don't get paid as much as the guys? Shouldn't that make you like us more? We're playing the game for the right reasons!
I feel some times that people don't actually know how much work we put into it. I think some people see it as just a summer league. You know? "Sign up to play this summer in the WNBA!"
But we are professionals! This is my job!
Sue: She should come try and play.
Dee: She SHOULD come play. We practice a lot against guys, and I think they always have a very different perspective on how we play after they play against us a little bit. We play a lot against D-II players, I-AA players, and they're always saying, "Wow, we never knew you guys were that good."
Sue: Remember those guys we played against with the USA team at Stanford before we went to China?
Dee: Yeah, we whooped 'em!
Sue: Well, except that huge guy in the middle. He was like 6-7 and hitting fadeaway three-pointers. We were thinking, like "Yeah? this is realistic competition?"
Dee: It is kind of funny that as we're writing this, ESPN is showing Jim Rome--
Dee: Yeah, he definitely is burning. So what about Warren Sapp on Dancing With the Stars? He's good, right? He can shake it. He's good, dude.
Sue: He's nimble for a big guy.
Dee: So who are you putting your money on?
Sue: Misty May-Treanor.
Dee: I heard she's terrible. She's a little stiff, isn't she?
Sue: Well, she has a lot of muscles. From the volleyball.
Dee: Yeah, being at the Olympics was fun. Oh, what about Lauren running up and trying to talk toYao during the Closing Ceremonies!
Sue: That was hilarious. If you haven't seen it already, please go YouTube it right now. "How am I gonna live without Yao?"
Dee: I think she's kind of infatuated with him. She talks about him a lot. They're good friends through basketball. In a non-romantic way.
Sue: Yeah, he's married. To a former Chinese national team player.
Dee: Yeah, but she's no Sui Feifei. Or Miao. Miao was BALLING at the Olympics.
Sue: Miao was balling.
Dee: So, speaking of foreign policy, I'm all about tax cuts this season. I don't know about you, but I'm voting Obama for yo mama, McCain insane. That's it, print it.
I actually watched the VP debate a few nights ago, but I was in a sushi restaurant and it was on mute. Did Palin hold her own?
Sue: I don't like talking about politics.
Dee: If I hear the word "bipartisan" one more time, I'm gonna kill myself.
Sue: The one that kills me is the whole "hockey mom" thing.
Dee: The thing I love is that when they say, "My friends, you can trust me?" If you believe them, there's something wrong with you. And it's always, "My friends?"
Sue: And what about Tina Fey as the Vice President?
Sue: She does a spot-on imitation of Sarah Palin. She's done it a couple of times on Saturday Night Live. Haven't you seen it?
Dee: I don't have any freaking TV! I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone.
Sue: I'll send it to you. It's really good. "I can see Russia from my backyard!"
Dee: I do love her accent. It's almost a Minnesota accent.
Sue: "Ohhh yahhhhh, we share a maritime border!" ? "Can I call ya Joe?"
Dee: Every time Palin was talking, Biden was laughing. That's a bad sign. But Palin's suit did look nice.
Sue: OK? since we've made fun of just about everyone in America now, we'll let you enjoy the rest of the Finals.
Dee: And maybe we'll check in from Russia this winter. Wouldn't that be fun?
Sue: Yeah, and we'll really be able to see Russia from our backyard!
Dee: Yeah, Birdie! Good one!
Watched the debates Thursday night. (Yeah, I do the politics thing!) Hardly as entertaining as I thought it would be. I would've much rather watch Tina Fey and Steve Martin do a parody.
One thing does burn me up, though. I think it is insulting to women everywhere that Sarah Palin was somehow considered successful for not falling on her face. As much as women don't like the glass ceiling, we should despise the closer tee. Low expectations are as dangerous as limited opportunity. If she's going to be in the race for vice president, we need to apply to her the same standard as we would a man. We should expect the same level of intelligence and the same command of the issues as we would from any other candidate. Why? Because we can meet it! When Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama went at it in the Democratic Primary, nobody was saying, "Wow, Hillary isn't making mistakes! She can win!" The stride she made was that she proved we can go toe-to-toe, we can be as capable and knowledgeable as any man. I respected Obama because he never tried to belittle her or act as if he expected anything else. A woman meeting the same academic or professional standard as men is normal! (And to all of you trying to apply this to my arguments for the WNBA -- this isn't about dunking, this is about mental aptitude and political expertise.) A woman not making herself look stupid is not an accomplishment! The fact that Sarah Palin didn't implode at the podium is not a victory. That's like somebody saying I had a good game because I didn't double-dribble. Or being surprised when a Black man "speaks so well." Or Sue Bird accusing me of not knowing the meaning of unevolved and antiquated. LOL
Sorry. That whole hooray-she-didn't-fall-on-her-face bit just pisses me off a little.
Anyway, there were some highlights, though:
*Sarah Palin was a gangsta. She came out practically from the get-go and punk'd the moderator and Biden. "I ain't answering yo questions, fool!" I can't believe they let that go. I would've kept asking her the same question. Why agree to a debate if you're not going to, uh, debate? She should've at least explained why she was different from Bush when Biden went on that tirade about McCain being the same as Bush.
*Biden choking up talking about his kids was deep. Something about seeing a grown man cry, or on the verge of tears, is touching. Well, not any grown man. It's always some dude crying on Project Runway and, somehow, it doesn't tug at the heart strings. While we're talking about tears, it is kind of shady that when Biden cries, it's accepted as genuine and moving (and no disrespect to him, what he went through has to be painful still). But when it was a woman, such as when Hillary Clinton caught a little fur ball in her throat during the primaries ? actually, it wasn't even choking up as much as it was a sudden switch to a somber tone ? it's a sign of weakness! What if Palin had choked up? The Sandman woulda came on stage with a cane and yanked her off and asked her if she was on her period! It just amazes me, the double standard.
*Those winks into the camera were a knee-slapper. What was that? I felt like I just got holla'd at in the mall, like she wrote her number on my hand outside of Cinnabon and the wink was the goodbye. C'mon, Mrs. P! This is the presidential arena here. The winking and the Joe Six-Pack lines make you sound like the prep jock running for Student Body President. This debate was the time to show them you are also intellectual and intelligent. We know the hockey mom, pit bull with lipstick, moose-hunting stuff. You missed a chance to show us more. In fact, you probably made yourself a little too down home.
Nuff politics for now. Check out the WNBA Finals. Game 3. Going down tomorrow night.
Tune into the NBATV WNBA Finals Game 2 postgame show...rumor has it, fresh off my East Coast wedding/Soho shopping/Bond St. sushi/Phillipe chicken satay throwdown, I may be joining Cheryl Miller for analysis (and the debut of my new haircut).
Where is Candice Wiggins anyways? I heard she was coming to the Yard...
(and PS, Sue? You are so antiquated and unevolved.)
I had my appetite ruined on Saturday.
It happened right after I read Melissa Rohlin's piece "Why this woman is a fan of basketball, but not the WNBA." It's hard to tell what's worse about the commentary: a) that the opinion offered was so antiquated and un-evolved; b) that a woman would go out of her way to hate on such accomplished professional women; or c) that the reality is, there are people who actually share such a sheltered view. (Link to article: http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/wnba/sparks/la-spw-rohlin20-2008sep20,0,7436798.story)
Nevertheless, I can cosign on three sentiments conveyed by Ms. Rohlin: that the NBA does feature the best athletes and the highest level of basketball in the world, that women's sports receive far less media coverage than men's and that discussion is always healthy. Of course, those facts are as much of a news flash as word that an African American is running for president.
What may not be common knowledge, however, is that the WNBA features the world's best women's basketball, which was proven by the fact that 26 medals were awarded to current and former WNBA players. And, contrary to Ms. Rohlin's opinion, many think the WNBA is entertaining. She would've known that had she looked beyond the 12 girls "trying out" for the team at her alma mater.
Ratings, attendance and website traffic aren't up because it's boring. No offense to the caring progressives at ESPN, but the network didn't commit to pay millions for the right to exclusively televise WNBA games because it wants to, as Ms. Rohlin said, "support the cause." The WNBA, in its 12th year, is the longest-running, most-successful professional women's league in America because it IS entertaining.
Taurasi and teammates after winning the gold medal in Beijing.
Perhaps those like Ms. Rohlin who find us so boring are simply too close-minded to give the WNBA a chance, shackled by stereotypes, homophobia or an obsession with being accepted by men. Perhaps they aren't real basketball fans.
That's what makes the premise of Ms. Rohlin's commentary so absurd. It's not even possible to be a basketball fan and not be at least somewhat entertained by the WNBA. Sure, you can be an NBA fan and not have interest in our league. But basketball fans, real basketball fans -- who see the game as more than dunks and athleticism and personalities -- can enjoy all levels of basketball without being herded toward it by big-budget commercials. Yes, even varsity games at Palisades High.
Real basketball fans, like the NBA stars who watched our every game in Beijing, appreciate the game and its beauty, the athletes and their dedication, the competition and its intensity.
Will many think the NBA is more entertaining? Of course. How that means the WNBA is NOT entertaining is beyond me. That's what is disappointing, that when it comes to the WNBA, some people, even women such as Ms. Rohlin, (who can probably see Russia from her porch) still can only regard our league as the NBA's kid sister. Where was the NBA in its 12th season? Furthermore, the idea that if it isn't the MOST watched or MOST marketed that it isn't worthy is unfairly applied to women's sports. Such a rationale belies not only an ingrained sexism, but ignorance over the fact that NBA versus the WNBA doesn't have to be an either/or conundrum: we have different seasons.
Ms. Rohlin, are you a fan of college basketball, which doesn't feature Kobe Bryant or any of the world's best players? Is Serena Williams not entertaining because her serve isn't as fast as Andy Roddick's? Are you bored by sprint star Allyson Felix because women's 200-meter times haven't cracked the 20-second barrier like the men? What does Dara Torres mean to you?
The WNBA is celebrating its 12th season because women's basketball is proven entertainment, the league where the world's best come to play, and it's growing. The WNBA set a record with 46 sellouts this season. National TV ratings increased 19% over last year. Jersey sales jumped 46%.
Contrary to popular belief, men are watching the WNBA. Games on ESPN2 saw viewership among men ages 18-34 increase 28% (71% among women 18-34!). Attend a game and you'll regularly see NBA players sitting courtside.
Oh, and that lone player from the 12 Palisades varsity hopefuls you found that actually watched the WNBA? She just happens to be the best player on the team, the 23rd ranked scorer in Los Angeles' City Section.
It seems as if Ms. Rohlin and the L.A. Times are just late catching on. Fortunately, you still have a chance at redemption. I challenge anyone who calls themselves fans of basketball, or even just a fan of sport, to watch the 2008 playoffs. If you agreed with Ms. Rohlin, but teared up during the Olympics, pick a team and follow them through (Ms. Rohlin, I'll even get you some tickets to see it live. I already have Coach Brown bringing the Palisades team to the game Thursday). Or watch the WNBA Finals from start to finish. Media and sponsors? Lead the way and provide enhanced activation and coverage.
I guarantee you will be entertained.
-- Diana Taurasi
Diana Taurasi is a three-time WNBA All-Star with the Phoenix Mercury.
Check out Los Angeles' CW uh, weatherman (and bonus info, DJ for KBIG 104.3 in Los Angeles on Disco Saturday Night!) Mark Kriski's meeting with the Los Angeles Sparks after he made some foul remarks about women's basketball and the WNBA. When Kriski asks Leslie when their next game is to give them a plug, Leslie replies, "If you were so great at your job, you would know," and then grabs the microphone to talk about the team. Unfortunately we don't get to see this clown get some shots up, but I'm sure that would add substantially to the comedic value.
What's also funny is his MySpace page. I had to check to see if he had daughters and its tough to tell...definitely a son, but only one kid of the multiple he claims in his bio gets love in the slideshow. His wife gets a few peeks though - as do his dogs. http://www.myspace.com/markkriski . For anybody who thinks this guy is hot, note his personal details on the page:
Mark Kriski's Details
Here for:Networking, Serious Relationships, Friends
Body type:6' 0" / Athletic
Married "Other" - seeking Serious Relationships on MySpace. Yesssssss...His wife Samantha, who resides as his top friend, her profile is set to private, so its tough to see if they're synced up in their search for Big Love...but her mood says "loved" so, apparently all is well in Weatherboy's world. That's cool.
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This guy is my hero. See the jpeg here from craigstlist...Does somebody know him? This post is awesome. Do you think he would ship them? I think I will ask him. If he responds, I will post it.
OK update - apparently this jpeg is difficult to read. if anybody has the time to transcribe it, please post it in the comments for me.
So, as a meager substitute for those of you without zoom-vision, i am sharing my newest discovery: I will be torn between sharing youtube gems and items from...THE BEST OF CRAIGSLIST. some of my most recent favorites:
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