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May 28, 2014

Lance the Buffoon (with blow-in-ear vid); plus Heat's G5 loss on George's 37, LeBron's fouls; also Heat Postseason MVP race (updated) & more

1aa1amayanagelou1) It is THURSDAY, MAY 29. R.I.P., Maya Angelou (pictured), America's Poet Laureate, gone at 86. I recall reading 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' in a college literary class, and later being grateful for the assignment. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Five signs the Pacers are imploding, Heat-Pacers Game 4, Pat Riley enters your bedroom, fast food Top10 & more. 3) Join us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Vine and Instagram.

LANCE STEPHENSON MAY BE THE STRANGEST MAN IN AMERICA: Ray Allen's word for Stephenson's antics is "buuffonery." He nails it like a 3-pointer.

 

G5: INDIANA 93, HEAT 90: CHAMPS STILL UP 3-2 HEADING BACK TO MIAMI: Final: What a bizarre, bizarre game. Miami had a last-second go-ahead shot despite a nightmare game by LeBron James, whose five fouls led to limited minutes and a career-playoff-low 7 points. At least two or three of those five fouls were marginal calls, but, let's not go all Indy and blame the officiating. It wasn't just the foul trouble. James was 2-for-10 shooting. Does a Heat fan take heart that it came down to the last seconds despite a rare non-LeBron night? Now it comes down to a Game 6 back in Miami Friday night, with the pressure shifting to the Heat. Nobody was great for Miami last night. Put it this way: Rashard Lewis (18 points; 6-9 on 3's) may have been the Heat's best player. Chris Bosh had 20 with 10 rebounds. Dwyane Wade had 18, and Ray Allen 15. I said earlier this was a bizarre game. Miami makes 15 3's and loses? Strange, strange. I do not blame LeBron for passing up a last-second drive to the basket for a potential game-tying shot, instead passing to Bosh for a winning 3 he missed. "He went for the kill," said coach Erik Spoelstra of James' pass. (For those who have asked: I was not in Indianapolis for Game 5 due to the sudden, unexpected death of a longtime friend whose funeral was Wednesday in Fort Myers). ..... Halftime: Miami up 42-33, remarkably, despite LeBron James mostly sitting with more fouls (3) than points (2). Heat plus-13 points with James out. How depressing that must be for fading Indiana! Ray Allen with 10 off the bench, Chris Bosh's 9 and Dwyane Wade's 8 carrying Miami, along with a pair of 3's by Rashard Lewis. ..... Original post: You could call both teams wounded for tonight's Eastern finals Game 5 in Indianapolis. But Miami's wounds are superficial, with top reserves Ray Allen and Chris (Birdman) Andersen both questionable with minor injuries. Indiana's wounds appear mortal, playoff- 1aa1aheat-pacersg5 1aa1amia-indlebronlife threatening. They are down 3-1 as they face elimination, and only 3.6 percent of teams in this situation in NBA history (8 of 222) have prevailed in the series. I'm no mathematician, but that gives Miami a 96.4% likelihood of reaching the NBA Finals again. The big question is 1aa1aheatindywhether that advance takes place tonight or in Game 6 back in Miami. Do the Heat have the imperative to close it out on the road? Do the Pacers have any fight left? New Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, on the radio with us Tuesday on the Dan Le Batard Show, said he thought the Pacers showed "mental weakness" and were "running from accountability." He meant Paul "We Outplayed Them" George blaming the officiating. He meant Roy "Big Zero" Hibbert blaming the game plan. He might also have mentioned Lance Stephenson's foolhardy LeBron-baiting, or coach Frank Vogel embarrassing himself by yelling at Shane Battier to distract his 3-point shot. Indiana is in excuses-mode, indicative of a team unable, at the moment, to come to grips with simply not being good enough, and on the verge of being eliminated from the postseason by nemesis Miami for a third straight season. Let' see if that's a reality that is forced to sink in tonight.

Heat Postseason MVP Standings (updated): We name 'Heat 3 Stars' after every playoff game and award points on 3-2-1 basis. Tonight: 1. Rashard Lewis, 2. Chris Bosh, 3. Dwyane Wade. Updated standings through 14 playoff games, including tonight's Heat-Pacers Game 5: LeBron James 31 points, Dwyane Wade 23, Chris Bosh 13, Ray Allen 8, Rashard Lewis 3, Chris Andersen 2, Norris Cole 2, James Jones 2.

THE LIST: TOP MUSIC EARNERS, 1990-PRESENT: This is in my wheelhouse because I love music and appreciate longevity. These are Billboard's top 10 musical acts from 1990 to 2014 based on concert tour revenue:

Rank    Artist                        Revenue     Shows

1         Rolling Stones            1.566B       538

2         U2                              1.515         526

3         Bruce Springsteen      1.196        727

4         Madonna                    1.140        382

5         Bon Jovi                     1.030        578

6         Elton John                     787M      956

7         Dave Matthews Band     777        992

8         Kenny Chesney             753        755

9         Celine Dion                   738        1143

10        The Eagles                   702        484

Note: I think I have all of the above, on iTunes, CD or album (yes, album) other than Celine.  

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Hopefully Miami can win it tonight, but I would certainly not start planning for the finals just yet. Pacers could make it rough on them up there.

The Rolling Stones were if nothing else, visionaries of their music and name. For The Stones to foresee that they would some day be rolled in their wheelchairs to perform is nothing short of prescient.

Charlie Watts is what, like 72 years old?

Saw Jagger and co. in late 90's still in top form then but now I wouldn't likely go see them. I would probably still go and see Jerry Garcia even today at his advanced age if he were still living.

Grateful Dead were on that list from about 1970-95.

...and one can describe Keith Richards' age like the weather- 70, but feels like 84.

Jagger will be 71 and Watts 73 this summer.

84 is being kind.

the Heat could be without Birdman and R Allen tonight, no bueno but I think they still have enough fire-power to win it..

GO HEAT !!!!!

the Stones are an awesome and legendary band, they had a lot of great tunes but nothing close to the Beatles, everyone knows that.

reading Armando's blog I'm very encourage by what I'm seeing so far from B Lazor, it looks like it will be a wide open, fast paced offense, let's hope our clueless HC coach doesn't get in the way and allows him to do his thing.

Yes the offense sounds like it could actually be fun to watch. It's been so long since this team has had a good offense I forgot what one looked like. Wallace is buying in so far and that's key they need to keep him happy he's a diva. Lots of unpredictability, motion, different formations up tempo hopefully Tannehill lives up to his end of it. That's really what it will come down to.

FZ I had no internet or tv for awhile I came back and saw Boston lost 10 in a row not good. They said it was the worst losing streak by a defending WS champion since the 98' Marlins but at least they had the excuse of low payroll that year. Sox only excuse is underperforming players.

BB..check this out..

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/fl-dolphins-notes-0528-20140527,0,2763894.story

so Misi IS playing MLB after all..told-ya

Weird because the Herald reported that he refused to move there when they asked him. May have been a false report.

He does seem better suited to play there than Wheeler or Ellerbee. Hopefully he has a good year. One of the few Parcells picks that is sticking around.

you DIDN'T prove your point, dummy.
you left off matthews, (who caught more balls than gibdon did in the same timeframe), if he doesn't start for us in the slot, he will for another team, and you forgot shelby.

you'll never learn, tom.

as for the stones, their glory years ended when ford was president.
that being said, there's no reason for them to not play.
as keith said a couple of years ago, they are in uncharted waters.
classical, blues and jazz musicians generally play into old age; because rock and roll is relatively newer than those genres, the stones are actually trail blazing the concept of musicians playing rock into old age.
as musicians, we love what we do, unlike most people.
there's no need for us to retire or quit.

story about Dion Jordan and clueless Joe keeping him at DE as opposed to his more natural LB position..

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000353453/article/dion-jordan-still-toiling-at-de-for-miami-dolphins

so if the guy doesn't pan out, they'll blame the kid and Ireland instead of blaming the real culprit..yup, our inept HC.

sorry, I also forgot to mention our inept defensive coordinator...Coyle sucks as much if not more than Joey.


one MORE thing, tom.
it might come as a shock to you, but NFL rosters have 53 players.
quality back ups and depth at positions of need are very important.
and when you take over a team with no cap room or plenty of picks, lot's of maneuvers are necessary.

according to THIS metric, the dolphins rank 8th in draft success in the 5 years up until last year, (when the study ended).

http://q.usatoday.com/2014/05/07/nfl-draft-best-teams-seattle-seahawks-san-francisco-49ers-tennessee-titans-new-england-patriots/

of COURSE, FZB.
ireland is the reason none of those picks played.
ireland called a 65-35% pass run ratio.

we will have the last laugh, amigo..
go heat!

which reminds me..
baby?
any more boston.com links for us?
i'd love some stories about the pacers beating miami, or maybe some about wade and how he's too old and finished.. :)

of course i proved my point using your own benchmarks. you're just too stupid to admit it david. which is why so many hear laugh at you.

have great day.

Yeah,where are all those dummies who were counting Wade out and hyping up the Pacers? They got real quiet...funny how that works.

NEWS FLASH

A roster of backups won't win anything.

**********

I apologize to the overwhelming majority of you but I am now trying to reach the bottom 1%.

STFU!

Ireland was fired because he was so terrible in the draft, david and FZB you sound absolutely pathetic trying to STILL argue he was a good GM.

What does Stahp stands for anyways?

I think the Pacers are going to give Miami a game tonight, I'm sure they don't want to lose and be eliminated in front of their fans, if Birdman and Allen are out it will make it that more difficult.

...stop doing something horribly wrong.

Seahawks Waive Tackle Garrett Scott With Non-Football Illness Designation.

Hmm, scouting and research concerning this 6th round, 2014 draft pick, failed to reveal an existing heart condition.

Jeff, was this on you?

Just wondering...

I lost my gig with the Seahawks. That asswipe Philbin and back-stabbing bitch Aponte are to blame.

http://fansided.com/2014/05/28/seattle-seahawks-wont-keep-jeff-ireland/#!RFn7c

The Dolphins offered Seattle money to keep you employed Jeff.

Unlike Mr Ross we're not idiot in Seattle. We used Jeff's expertise in picking losers to help us know who not to draft.

Hahahahaha...

Just finished watching the Heat lose, and I don't remember the last time I felt so good after a loss. Indiana at home, Paul George as good as he can be, LeBron with the worst game of his playoff career. Put that all together, and STILL the Heat are shooting for the win at the end?

Pacers can be thrilled they are alive, but all they really proved tonight is how far below the Heat they are. Game Six should be a walk.

Six games was my take. Just mail it in. My favorite moment had to be Stephenson blowing wind to the side of LeBron's ear. You could see LeBron's head working..."what an a** h***!"

George did play a great game. 38. Like Westbrook's 40 the night before -- difference makers.

Is there anyone in the nation who would take Indiana straight up over Miami on Friday? If there's even one Larry Bird true believer out there, please contact me for a friendly wager.

Wade 6 turnovers hurt tonight, but credit George for finally showing up. Game 6 will not be a duck walk.

which is why so many hear laugh at you.

Read more here: http://blogs.herald.com/random_evidence/2014/05/xxx-five-indications-the-pacers-are-imploding-no-i-mean-beyond-their-3-1-series-deficit-to-miami-that-makes-their-odds-of.html#storylink=cpy

actually, after laughing at your spelling, we laugh at your inane posts.

see how he said "we laugh at you", FZB?
all those fake dummy posts are tom, pretending to represent an army of imbeciles who think drafts are failures the day after, and never running the ball is good offense.. lol
miami is in the top 25% by the metric i posted, you idiot.
like i said, continued improvement from ireland picks and free agents next year, we'll still be laughing at you..

as for the heat, indiana has 2 more days of talking and blowing hot air; this series ends on friday night

spelling? is that your comeback? seriously? spelling? OMG you're a clown david. a sad pathetic clown. you amuse us. in fact i hear OC laughing his a$$ off at your right now....

Hahahahaha...

Posted by: OC Dolphin | May 28, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Ireland drafted 24 players in 3 years. 4 are currently listed on the depth chart as starters. let's compare that to the mighty Bills. The Bills drafted 26 players from 2011-2013 and have 8 starters from those draft classes (Manuel, Woods, Alonso, Gilmore, Glenn, Dareus, A Williams, and Searcy). Recall Oakland had 5 and Cleveland 4. You remember Oakland and Cleveland the two teams you said had terrible drafts and I should compare Ireland's draft performance to those teams. You do recall that don't you?

Now I can't wait for another of your absurd comebacks that so amuse us. HEAR I'll throw in a misspelling or too two give you some ammunition.

The mighty Tampa Bay Bucs have 8 starters out of 21 drafted from their last 3 draft classes. How about the lowly Jags. Maybe the worst franchise in all of professional sports. The Jags have 5 current starters out of 19 drafted over the past 3 years (and that does not include Justin Blackmon).

Give it up SFB. Ireland had the worst drafting performance of any GM in the league the past 3 years. Coaching was not the primary problem for the Fish. It was NO FFING talent and that is all on Ireland.

Weird game last night...

No worries about the Heat. They almost won in spite of Lebron scoring only 7. Like I said this is such an easy series to pick even david get's this one right.

I don't think any Heat fans are worried...just annoyed that we have to hear more Pacer story lines.It ends Friday night for sure.The game last night was ridiculous on many levels.

Yeah it will be fun to see the Heat fans leaving early again and then when it gets close try to get back into the building lol!

NOT SURPRISED:

that the pacers would win a game at home and not bow out 4-1. it doesn't seem real to me that a team with lebron james would lose three elimination tussles in a row; however, the NBA and ABC sure would love a sunday game 7 and would do whatever to get the series back to indiana. the fix may be in, boys!!

WC LUTKING:

last WC finalists play in the opener of the group stage. mehopes that the orange (who'll be wearing blue) won't resort to the MMA tactics they tried last time- holland should have had 2-3 men red-carded in the first 15 or so minutes of the match. funny, but i see the USA knocking off portugal in the group stages, and havin a more difficult task against ghana or the krauts. i would never count out any side which fields the tough texan, clint dempsey. the guy puts the ball into the netting but the US defense needs some real help. as much as i love messi, it is pretty obvious that c ronaldo is the game's top player, and he piled up a lot of hardware for real this year.

Dempsey is banged up right now they need to get him feeling healthy going into WC. It's going to take a huge effort for the US to get through that most difficult grouping. shadow isn't it 2-3-2 still or is that just in the NBA Finals?

I had a feeling that they would lose at Indy but come on, this is one of the rare occasions where OC's paranoid ref blame game and NBA front office conspiracy theories actually apply. "ESPN is screaming about losing a ton with this not ready for Broadway Indiana Pacers squad. We're just going to have to give them a few more TV games, JB." "Yea, Smithers, I think you're right. Get me that freak Silver right away and tell him I want to see him in my office in five minutes."

"I pity the fool!"

Poor Pacers it would have been a lot less painful had Bosh's three gone in to break their backs last night. Now they have to travel all the way from Bumfuck to the 305 and take a massive ass whipping in front of the home crowd going nuts as LeBron torches them for at least 40 tomorrow night.

Stones & Eagles are the only off the list I would pay $ to see.

David- disagree with your preference of Matthews over Gibson. Matthews dropped passes when it counted most where Gibson was Fins go to guy until the knee injury. IMO Landry will jump over both Bins & Matthews on the depth chart come August.

Wouldn't see Springteen if tickets & free beer were offered.

I think Paul McCartney should team up with Yoko Ono

for the record..I'm blaming OC for last night's Heat loss.

and by the way Tom, in reference to Tampa Bay's starters/ draft picks the last three years, Hickey was working as the college/scouting director but he was not in charge of the draft nor he made any final decisions..

while I'm encourage so far by what he has done the jury is still out on him and will be for the next 4 yrs..

so Lance Stevenson was blowing air into LeBron's ear?

that look's kind of faggery to me..right ?

did I see that my boy Ireland was let go by Seattle?..I'm sure clue-less Joe and the back stabbing bitch had something to do with it.

Wouldn't see Springteen if tickets & free beer were offered
Posted by: Jimbo
I would wear earplugs for the free beer. Plus all the 40-50 year old fat jersey girls will be throwing their panties, wait strike that thought

LeBron should have dropped his shorts and let that moron blow into his sweaty a$$h0l3.

FZB the point was Tampa Bay has done a much better job drafting than Miami. 4 starters from the last 3 drafts. PATHETIC.

Jimbo though I'm not a big fan of the Boss's politics his shows rock. 1986 Springsteen concert in the OB was the best concert I ever attended and I've seen more than a few acts in their prime.

I see the free beer tilted your opinion Tom. The Boss voice rivals Tiny Tim, Yoko Ono on par as hard to listen to.

Greg,

Here's my homage to Ms. Angelou, as inspired by her Caged Bird poem.

Chubby Columnist

The chubby columnist blogs
with modern quill
of random things
then tweets for thrill
left views he posts
but in good will
for the chubby columnist
blogs of clutter.

I just rather call Cote and liberal asswipe..its easier.

Haha...

Estas de pinga, OC.

El Woodcock. What can one expect? Limited to such rhymes as:


Tú que eres poeta y en el aire las compones ponte un bombillo en el c*** y iluminame los co****s.

This blog has the collective political sophistication of a rotten grapefruit.

Yup, once you have mastered the classics, as in your "Poeta" example, there is absolutely no necessity to dabble in "Less than ready for prime time drivel."

Hang in there, OC, maybe you can amuse yourself with a small stick and a little pile of Bat guano.......

For some odd readon bat guano reminds me of Obi...

Tom,

have seen many. many shows and acts, and i would think that the best single night performance was santana at the fillmore west "closing" in 1971 (as i remember it. they had just issued abraxas and added neal schon to the band and had 4-5 percussionists playing all sorts of drums-man, it was a lot of music, highlighted by their incredible rendition of joe zawinul's "in a silent way"- fantastic beyond belief! we went for the entire weekend and there were great groups and great music abounding, and as stated santana that night was the best single performance the ole shadow has heard- which includes mant dead, band, allman bros (post duane),little feat, dave edmunds, eagles (when they were linda ronstadt's back-up band-$1.50 at the ash grove on melrose near crescent heights in a benefit for "the living theater"-a group of comedians who were tossed into the pokey in brazil and needed to be ransomed),quicksilver, and the stones at the long beach arena with stevie wonder as the opener in either 72 or 73-whenever exile on main street was out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XWOSDbyz2Y

enjoy every moment!!

I don't know but I can think of at least 5 or 10 people off the top of my head who I hate more than D. Sterling. In fact, in all honesty I don't hate that guy at all and frankly speaking I hope he goes down kicking and scratching.

Remember, Donald, "When you're being rode out of town by a mob get in front and pretend that you're leading the parade."

Question, if Sterling just worked parking cars at the Staples Center instead of owning the Clip Joint and being worth 2 bil. do you think 92% of ass wipes polled would hate his guts. I don't think so.

I would love to conduct an experiment, say in outer Mongolia, and show a group of Mongols (You like that one, OC? Wake up, OC!) two pictures, one of Sterling and the other one of that alien looking freak Commish Silver, and ask the heathens which of the two gentlemen they find less repulsive. My money is on the rich geezer, that Silver guy looks worse than one of the gargoyles on top of the Notre Dame cathedral.


http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/11001769/donald-sterling-disliked-92-percent-america-according-poll

Finally! With all the bad news we're constantly inundated with at last a feel good story emerges we can all get behind. Also as I was wondering on last thread where the f*** is our 6'3" 450lb fullback with 4.28 forty speed and endurance that makes Walter Payton(Rest in Bliss) look like a Nancy...

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-stole-350k-worth-human-skin-philadelphia-hospital-cops-n117916?

Hola Dukito..how's your ankle amigo?

The Clips just sold for 2 billion...that is a whole lot of dinero..

Human skin theft?... This world is getting weirder and weirder by the day..

FZ, I'm limpin' along just fine now. Thanks for asking...

OOoooooooonnnnnnnnnnly in America.

Financier and current potted plant and sports team magnate, D. Sterling stands to sell the Clip Joint to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a cool 2 billion.

For a man who grew up dirt poor in Boyle Heights and the son of immigrants, who paid 12.5 mil for the team 30 years ago, this is what you call hitting the jackpot.

Yea, poor Donald he's hated by 92% of those who were polled by some one or another. Yes he must be crushed, at least he has comfort in the knowledge that on those cold frigid nights in Beverly Hills, Malibu, or Rancho Mirage he can stay warm by wrapping himself up in genuine $100,000 bills from the U.S. Treasury while a ten block line of hos wait to apply the Heimlich maneuver to the Donald's member as a Mariachi band plays and a stiff as a board, plasticized semblance of what was once Rita Moreno belts out "Everything's good in America!"

An unsolicited blowing in the ear by a straight man (? Lance) to another should permit the blowee to knock his lights out with zero penalty. Where have u gone Joe DiMaggio....

Well maybe Crazy Lance is a closet fag...not that there is anything wrong with it.

So far in the early going the Thunder are looking very sharp ..great ball movement and shooting but the Spurs are hanging in there.


Man, some of these players really are immature. If they couldn't play basketball they would have a hard time selling burgers at McDonald's. Couldn't remember to ask the customer if they would like that "super sized".

Pressure is on Miami big time. If for some strange reason it goes back to Indy, I fear the worst.

Lance the Buffoon....reminds me of one of our friends.

Cote, sorry for the loss of your friend.

Heat 101 Pacers 87................
You heard it here first.............
Go Heat
Go Fins
Go Canes.................

Anyone else get the impression Edward Snowden didn't think through the act of TREASON and it'd likely consequences...

Speaking of poet Maya Angelou I give you the poet Farrakhan...

Yes, Yes the poet laureate Farrakhan for f***sake...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52o1d7XPni0

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