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Reflecting Upon the Lakers’ Championship Parade

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Some thoughts of mine after watching today’s victory parade for the Lakers:

– It’s funny how when the Lakers began to board their respective buses, the reporters played it out as if it was akin to a red carpet entrance (“What is that dress that Vanessa [Bryant] is wearing?”).

– The championship hats are pretty lackluster this year. However, where can I get one of those four ring shirts that Kobe and Fish were sporting?

– Josh Powell was hiding back! His afro could take on Ben Wallace’s fro any day.

– I was glad to see that Magic and Kareem came along on the bus ride to the Colliseum. Laker fans, both yound and old, still embrace the Laker legends more than appropriately.

– Twitter is officialy taking over the world of journalism. During the broadcast, the reporters had to be informed (via Twitter) about Phil Jackson’s whereabouts.

– While the new parade route is not the most scenic, the decision to hold the rally at the Colliseum was spot on. No way could the Orlando Magic fill up a giant football stadium on a Wednesday!

– The beginning of the rally was too stretched out. The Laker Girls can perform a routine for one song, not three!

– Having the players enter on a purple carpet through the famous peristyle arches with the roar of 95,000 fans in the background was fucking epic!

– The speeches were nice. Jordan Farmar (the hometown boy) connected to the fans, Pau snuck in a few lines of Spanish for the Latino fans, Fish had a giant smile on his face (“What’s up, LA?”), and Kobe was Kobe. Would have liked to see Lamar Odom and/or Trevor Ariza say a word or two. 

– It was Kobe’s time to shine, but I still must say Shaq is still the man when it comes to entertaining the crowd off the court.

Final Thought: At a time of recession and economic turmoil, there is not much to cheer about. Hence, it was very meaningful to see how such a diverse city, like Los Angeles, could come together for one day and find something to cheer for. It was quite inspiring to see exuberant fans running along Figueroa with the team buses and the monstrous Colliseum completely filled with purple and gold. Knowing that there is something that can bring hope and joy to such a large city, is one of the many reasons why I love sports. It’s time like these that make me proud to be an Angeleno and a Laker fan.

Here’s to a great summer and hopefully a repeat performance!

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This blog is primarily dedicated to the arts, so I think it necessary to mention the fine artwork that occured tonight in Boston. I believe it’s called ” The Lakers beat the Celtics!” Not only did tonight’s win provide the Lakers with revenge over the rival Celtics, but also propelled the men in purple and gold up to first place in the NBA.

In Phil Jackson we trust!

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A Trailer Fit For Super Sunday

As you all know, yesterday was “Super Sunday.” Many are claiming that it was host to one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time. While I can’t say I agree with this claim; considering I was heavily rooting for the Cardinals; I do agree that the game featured one of the most bad-ass commercials I have seen in years. No, I’m not talking about the Dorritos comercial, I’m referring to the 30 second trailer for GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

In my early years, I must admit (proudly) that I was not much into the GI Joe franchise, but rather a part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crowd. Yet after seeing this action-packed teaser for the upcoming blockbuster, I think it might be time to give Joe another shot. While most movie-snobs probably see this movie as another multi-million piece of junk from Hollywood, I can’t jump that boat. I mean seriously, this movie has cars, ninjas, and Dennis Quaid. Get me the popcorn!

Check out the teaser for yourself…

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SLAMBALL

* with guest co-blogger “GrillzCheese”

Things have been heating up at Universal Studios Hollywood, though this time it is not another backlot fire. Rather, right outside of the world famous Universal globe occured the best thing to happen to sports since Space Jam: SlamBall. In an age where sports have been tarnished by steroids, gambling, and Boston sports, SlamBall has arrived as a fresh example of what a professional sport can truely become.    

Created by Mason Gordon, SlamBall is a four player team sport that many have identified as a live-action video game. Played on a court surrounded by a plexi-glass wall and with four trampolines at each end of the court, this sports combines the acrobatics of gymnastics, the physical play of hockey, and the general format of basketball; most notably being the slam dunk. From 2002-2003, two seasons of professional SlamBall were aired on Spike TV entertaining viewers throughout the world. Between Stan “Shakes” Fletcher’s potent offensive attacks, Mason Gordon’s front flip dunks, and Adam Hooker’s ferocious blocks at the stopper position, SlamBall was able to create an eye-boggling experience that other new sports, such as Arena Football and the good old XFL, were not able to achieve. Unfortunately, the official SlamBall league never played a third season, until now.

This past month, with a court situated in front of the entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood, newcomers and veterans reconviened and took part in another explosive season of SlamBall. With veteran players such as Stan Fletcher, Sean “Inches” Jackson, and Adam Hooker and coaches, such as the famous Coach Carter (the real Carter, not Samuel L. Jackson), brought back into the mix, the sport has returned to form and glory. After attending a few regular season games, the championship match, and the highly enjoyable slam dunk contest, we can attest that SlamBall is here to stay. As GrillzCheese exclaims, “This is a real extreme sport. Instead of just changing the field like other sports remakes, SlamBall has its own rules and feel to it, unlike Arena Football.” Without giving too much away, we guarantee that this season has heated rivalries, amusing brawls between the players, tons of mid-air collisions, and, of course, breath-taking slam dunks.

Expect the return of SlamBall to arrive on television some time in August. With the NBA season at an end, prepare to witness true champions!  

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