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Still Crazy After All These Years?

Still Crazy After All These Years?

Today marks the official signing of Stephon Marbury by the Boston Celtics. While this acquisition has been the source of some controversy, it could be another step toward an 18th Celtics title. Some say that Marbury is a distraction and a cancer, but if there’s one team that would help him turn his act around, it’s this one. The question now, is how the Celtics will fit Marbury in to an already established team. While I could talk about locker room issues and chemistry here, I won’t. I have faith in the team culture and think that distractions tend to take a back seat when players finally get to play for a championship. Instead, I want to focus on how Stephon fits in where it matters most: The basketball court. Continue Reading

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Your newest Facebook friend.

Your newest Facebook friend.

“Uncle Mikey has sent you a message”

You all have gotten the emails. If you’re like me then they have been coming at an alarming rate. The friend request comes next. Parents, Aunts, Uncles, friends of the family, former teachers, friends’ parents, and just about anyone else you associate with from the previous generation are joining Facebook about as fast as college students did in the span of 2004-2005.

The big problem here isn’t the fact that these people are joining; it is their right to be able to see this public information that individuals are putting online. The problem is that some of our elders don’t seem to realize that it is public information. Haven’t you noticed that the people of the baby boomer generation on Facebook share WAY too much information on their status updates? Here are a few examples of what you may see from older folks on facebook:

 

Franklin McGreevy just got his knee drained…goin for a brisk stroll!!!!11

Regina Harrelson is feels a hot flash coming on. Sitting by the fan reading some Danielle Steele.

Gerald Hunt  misses his children. Hopefully the separation will be over soon.

Yvonne Perry is getting dressed before her dialysis appointment.

Terry Carlson is.

Peter Nantz  is has a funk coming from his shoes. Out to go get some Dr. Scholls

Gerald Hunt cruisin for chicks! Maybe the separation was a good thing?

– Harriet Albertson had an inappropriate dream about Senator Joe Biden.

Gerald Hunt  gave a nice young woman a ride home from the bar last night. I still got it!

Gerald Hunt just received a subpoena for sexual assault.

 

Does this look like a face you can trust?

Does this look like a face you can trust?

If you’ve been following the news lately, you might have heard about the recent controversy involving a change in Facebook’s terms of service.  Apparently everything you post to the site somehow becomes their property and they can use it any way they please.  Of course this has created a shitstorm among people who may already be a little too self conscious about their privacy.  Personally, I don’t care too much and feel that people are probably just overreacting.  I haven’t really followed the details of this story and I actually don’t even intend to write about this specific incident.  In fact, Facebook has already addressed it on their site.  Rather, the backlash against Facebook has caused me to wonder whether in fact we’re getting tired of the service.  When I look at my own Facebook use, I find that the site that I once couldn’t do without is actually becoming an annoyance. Continue Reading

Mason could be making big shots in the Playoffs

Mason could be making big shots in the Playoffs

With All-Star weekend finished, we can now look ahead to the second half of the NBA Season.  As the trade deadline nears, many teams will be looking to make moves that will put them in better positions for the playoffs.  While the first half of the year showed us that the Celtics, Lakers, and Cavs are for real, we also learned that the Spurs may still have some fight left in them.  These last few months bring up even more questions.  Can the Celtics repeat with their current team, or will they have to add someone?  Who will be this season’s MVP?  Which underachieving first half teams will sneak up and join the elite group?  And, which majors players will be switching teams? Continue Reading

M.I.A. is about to pop

M.I.A. is about to pop

Wanted to get this up over the weekend, but I was getting smacked around by Chris Brown.

Twitter is obviously blowin up, and thus we were presented with some great live updates from the Grammy’s. Both Diplo and Questlove were twitting (is that the word?) it up all night, and provided some great comedy.

Weezy, T.I., Jigga, Kanyeezy, and a pregnant M.I.A. rip it up with Swagger like Us. Also, Radiohead and the USC marching band play 15 Step, as Coldplay wish they could be this badass.

Non Grammy related but also worth checking out: Beirut performing live on David Letterman!

Pretty good blog posting about the history of Zone Defense in the NBA. Brings up some good questions about the legacy of great players like Jordan, who never had to deal with such schemes.

Time Magazine pokes fun at Facebook with this great article, 25 Things I didn’t Want to Know About You.

Just saw this one over at Deadspin: Chris Jericho warming up for his match with Mickey Rourke by punching women in the face!

Last but not least, I’m sure everyone has seen this but I had to post it anyways: What happens when a little kid gets really doped up on painkillers?

L...O...They Know

L...O...They Know

On Thursday night, I had a few drinks and made some pretty dumb comments before the Celtics/Lakers Game.  Referencing his performance at MSG, I mentioned how glad I was Kobe was back to his old form.  If he was planning to score 60 a game, there was no way in hell he would be beating the Celtics come playoff time.  I then made some remarks about how Lamar Odom, despite his talents, was useless, and that the Lakers may as well trade him.  After yesterday’s game in Cleveland, it’s safe to say I’m eating my words. Continue Reading

 

his courtside view

What Becks will miss most in Los Angeles: his courtside view

 

For all of you with normal levels of testosterone, you may not realize that David Beckham has been playing soccer in the U.S. for the past few years on the Los Angeles Galaxy. Another thing you may not know is that he was loaned to Italian team AC Milan, which is in Serie A (the major leagues of soccer in Italy). Continue Reading

U Mad Doggy?

U Mad Doggy?

Once the leader of the Diplomats, Cam’ron has pulled somewhat of a disappearing act over the last couple years.  After a feud with 50 Cent failed to get him more exposure, Cam found his partners, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana, gaining more success and acclaim.  Interviews with both members made it clear that there was a rift within Dipset, and comments from Santana suggested that Cam had prevented much of his material from being released.  While Cam seems to have been left behind by the very men that he helped bring up, he’s not quitting any time soon. Continue Reading

You can cut the douchiness with a knife

You can cut the douchiness with a knife

One of MTV’s latest ventures in their effort to completely eliminate music videos from programming is a pseudo-reality show entitled “Bromance.” For those of you who don’t watch this show, listen up because this is great banter if you’re looking to talk to some Ugg-clad women. “Bromance” is Brody Jenner’s (son of former Olympian Bruce Jenner) quest to find a new best friend. Brody needs a new best friend because he was betrayed by fellow douche Spencer Pratt of “The Hills” fame. Contestants compete in various embarrassing challenges to try to win Brody’s friendship. Continue Reading

Hello DownThePikers, I’m Jimmy and I am the most recent addition to this exciting new blog. Danny and I had been talking about starting a blog for a long time and I’m stoked that it is actually happening.

One of my alter egos: Beer Crotch

So now I’ll tell you a little bit about myself: I’m a recent UMass graduate, and I use the “recent graduate” excuse to behave like an insecure frat guy from Thursday night until Sunday afternoon. I’m currently attempting to start my career in the sales and marketing field with my first job, which consists of ground-level advertising and promotions for a prominent domestic beer conglomerate. Like all of the other contributors to this blog, I am a descendant of Central Massachusetts.