Scattered Thoughts

It’s been a while since we last did this, so I figured I might as well drop a few lines for the regulars. Often times, my mind goes into a few different directions as I think about a multitude of different things that might or might not matter. But ultimately, it's all about putting things out there that get your brain thinking. Crooked I says it best: "This is bar raising, I'm raising the bar so far that tryin to look at it is equivalent to star gazing". With that, I give you my Scattered Thoughts...

*Tony Romo has the Romo Academy for Interceptions; however last night he disappointed us all by not throwing any interceptions. Luckily for us, the top student from the Academy was on full display in the same game, playing against Romo. Jake Delhomme threw two interceptions in the game, with one of them getting returned for the game icing touchdown. The clock is ticking right now on the Delhomme era.

*Don’t look now, but I’m 30-18 in picking NFL games after three weeks. Will al the dudes that were making fun of me please stand up?

*As usual, yesterday morning I went directly to ESPN.com to see what was happening in the sporting world. As I was browsing the site, I saw this: Odom marries Kardashian. I automatically clicked on it thinking ithat Lamar Odom actually married the sex tape queen. False alarm though, he married Khloe Kardashian. I feel completely cheated.

*Speaking of the sex tape queen, I was wondering after reading about Kardashian what male sports celebrity could get me to watch his sex tape. Think about it, there are only a few dudes in sports that you know that regularly bag dimes (a dime is a 10 on the hot woman scale). So who’s sex tape would you watch if it leaked on the net?

-Tom Brady

-LeBron James

-I’d want to see Shaq getting it on with an average sized woman

-I’d love to see the awkwardness of Kobe Bryant with a random white girl

-Michael Jordan

Who’s tape would you want to see?

*A few years back, me and my boys came up with the term “body count” to describe the amount of people we had slept with. So the proper use of the term would look like this: “I have X amount of women in my body count.” Now that you get the idea; does your body count mean anything? Let’s be real, people like to pass judgment on you as a person based on your body count. For instance, if a guy my age mentioned he had been with two women in his whole life, some people would be quick to say that his game was lacking, that he had issues with interacting with people and that he probably needed to resolve some issues. Very few people would come to the conclusion that perhaps he has been in two long term relationships in his life and that he actually honors his commitment. It’s the very reason why women guard their body count better then Spider-Man guards his secret identity in all three Spider-Man movies. You see, we say it doesn’t matter and yet it does. Guys will meet the perfect girl and think that they can settle down with her because she has all the aspects required. Once word breaks out that your whole area code has hooked up with her, she no longer matters We treat her like a jump off. Perhaps as a society we need to become less shallow. Thoughts?

* If you live outside of the province of Quebec, and you're planning a trip to Montreal, I have some news for you. See, Montreal has a lot of strip clubs and a ton of women that are easier then Madden on the rookie level. But if you really want some action, you need to make a quick stop in Montreal then head out to Quebec City. Once you get to QBC, you hit up the clubs and the ladies will automatically realize that you're from out of town. Pay close attention: the battle is already won. At this point, it doesn't matter how tight your game is, you're in for a night. QBC women will recognize out of towners and will want to chill with you. It’s as if outsiders have a certain mystique associated to them that the 418 chicks want to find out about. Pay close attention: once she’s started talking to you, regardless of how tight your game is, the battle is already won. This information comes from reliable sources. True story.

*Philly, Sley and Money revisit Jay-Z vs Nas

Philly: The other day I was listening to satellite radio; I think it was Whoo Kid and he was having a debate about Ether vs Takeover...i want yall take on this... I think Ether is good but the rhymes are just fantasy possibilities of things he might mean and things he might do...Takeover was just a report of the facts between two artist/men/NY reppers

Money: I know some will be expecting me to jump to Nas' defense fast here, but it really is clear cut in my opinion. For one, I think Prodigy get the worst of the Takeover. Towards Nas, the ''you know who did you know what'' left you a little bit intrigued, but aside from that it didn't feel like a career-ender by no means . ETHER on the other hand: hook, beat, adlibs, set the mood for a Jay-Z lynching before we even got the venomous bars. Just a powerful diss track that left you imagining the pain felt by Jay on his first listen. When Icons go at it, you can't expect that amount of dirt on the next person and low-blows alone will dictate who the victor is. More than disrespecting one personally, it felt like Jay got straight disrespected MUSICALLY. Add to that the timing of it all, we hadn't heard Nas on point like that in a while before the track dropped (while Jay was on top of the world and nobody had really dared fuck with him yet), giving ETHER that much more impact.

Sley: Indeed Takeover was a diss of all disses. Dude went "In" on the QB resident. Personnally, like daughter, baby moms and all that. But as a fan and a student of the game, not only did he try to kill the character, but tried to kill the individual. Now, Nas on the other hand wanted to kill'em as well, but on a more lyrical tip. Indeed he did not bring his moms or his dad not being there, he slid some side barbs that stung hard all the way while vibing to the song. he brought down Shawn by saying he fathered his style...church..so he also went personal on him as well. So it's a toss up...but Nasir at the end murdered ol'boy...!!!
P.S: Might I also remind ya'll he made sure he got him as well in last real ni$$a alive joint..."I was Scarface, Jay was Manolo/it hurt me when I had to kill'em and his squad for dolo".

Philly: Nas went in on that track prior to the Takeover…let me bring you back to the moment. In 1996 Hov comes out with Dead P residents with a Nas sample all over the hook. Nas gets pissed, Jay asks him to get on the beat he refuses. Jay is on the map with Roc-a-Fella Records, tries to sign the Firm, he gets Hidayet Türkoğlued (the Firm signed with Aftermath without advising the Roc…) . 1997 rolls around , it’s a new year , Hov shouts out Nas on his track as one of the best… Nas responds by taking shots at him. It finally erupts when Jay goes at Prodigy and papa Nas comes in to defend. Nas comes out with Ether and then, adding bars to his original Prodigy diss , Jay drops the Takeover.

*NBA basketball and Hip Hop go hand in hand. Whenever you see a montage of basketball highlights, they are usually displayed with a great Hip Hop track to get you out of your seat. Now I had this idea that came to mind earlier today, what if we associated a record label with an NBA team; what would that look like? Let's give it a test drive.

-Shady Records (Interscope) is home to:

Eminem

50 Cent

G-Unit

The 2000 Los Angeles Lakers represent Shady Records best. Kobe Bryant plays the role of a conflicted individual mad at the world for not paying enough attention to him while Shaquille O’Neal’s imposing stature and his knack for throwing public jabs at people give him the role of 50 Cent. Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck are respectively portrayed by Rick Fox, Robert Horry and Ron Harper. Phil Jackson puts together the masterpiece known as Chronic 2001 (the 2000 Lakers championship run) as he portrays Dr. Dre. Shady Records takes on all comers as they get Lloyd Banks to drop a quick line on the G-Unit Soldier remix:

“Look cream puff, you can get killed here,

N*gga you ain’t invincible, even Superman in a wheel chair..”

-Bad Boy used to be the home of:

Biggie

Shyne

112

The Lox

Black Rob

G-Dep

Also known as the “Where are they now All-Stars”. Black Rob disappeared like Whoa, G-Dep was so busy making a Special Delivery that he never came back, 112 found their Peaches and Cream and now no one can find them. Shyne obviously went to the big house and B.I.G. is now in rap heaven while Diddy still says: “ah ah, can’t stop, won’t stop”.The team that best emcompasses the Bad Boy label is none other then the 2000 Sacramento Kings. Joe and Gavin Maloof (Kings owners) were always in front of the cameras when the Kings were playing and they made sure to be involved in the basketball process. Also, they once had arguably the best power forward in the NBA (Webber), the most deadliest shooter (Stojakovic), arguably the best clutch point guard in the NBA (Bibby), the best passing center in the league (Divac) and the best defensive shooting guard in the league not named Kobe (Christie). Where are they now? Biggie interjects:

Back in the days, our parents used to take care of us,

Look at em now, they even f*ckin scared of us

Callin the city for help because they cant maintain

Damn, sh*t done changed”

-Deathrow Records used to be home to:

Tupac Shakur

Snoop Dogg

Dr. Dre

Crooked I

What NBA team could possibly embody Deathrow? We would need a team that instilled fear, a team that didn’t play by the rules and a team that basically cared about others as much as George Bush does…. The 2005 Indiana Pacers. Ron Artest, Jermaine O’Neal and Stephen Jackson left their permanent mark on professional sports after assaulting some fans at the Palace of Auburn Hills in the fourth quarter of a basketball game. Ron Artest is the closest thing the NBA has to Suge Knight. I’ll just leave it at that before Ron Ron decides to come to Montreal to beat me up. But then again, I could always direct him to Quebec City.

Pac verse:

won't deny it, I'm a straight ridah

You don't wanna f*ck with me

Got the police bustin at me

But they can't do nuttin to a G”

Shyne’s Ipod Rotation

Trey Songz – Cheated

Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind

T.I. – It’s All Real

Joe Budden – No Competition

Ludacris – Ordinary Negroes

Marvin Gaye – Keep Gettin’ On

Butch Cassidy – Fast Car

Trey Songz – Comfortable

Ludacris – 2 Kings

Jay-Z – So Ambitious

Trey Songz – Famous

Jay-Z – Run This Town

Trey Songz – It Would Be

Alaine – Make Me Weak

Beenie Man – Toy Friend

Collie Buddz – Blind To You Haters

Week 3 NFL Recap


With all of the Sunday games coming to a conclusion, let's have a look at the recap of all of the games of this past weekend. The cream is currently trying to rise to the top and gain some separation from their divisional foes. Have a look at the recap of Week 3's games here.

NFL Week 3 Picks


Step right up, and read all about it! Your weekly
NFL Picks are here. Week 3 was s little tougher to pick then Week 1 and Week 2 but I'm pretty confident that I can still get it done. So give it a read and check out my picks.

How I Met Your Mother

I had mentioned early on to Money that the show “How I Met Your Mother” was worth of a good look. People tend to get thrown off by the name of the show, thinking that it’s some type of romantic show in which some dude is just trying to court a woman with his gentleman qualities and what have you. Well people, nothing could be further from the truth. The lead character is Ted Mosby (played by Josh Radnor) who is a relationship whore (you know, the dude that’s always looking for relationships and keeps jumping from one relationship to another) seeking the woman of his dreams. Part of the reason that Ted is this way is because his best friend Marshall (played by Jason Segel) is happily married to the woman of his dreams Lily (played by Alyson Flannigan). The guy that takes the show to a completely other level is Barney Stinson (played by Neil Patrick Harris). Barney is Ted’s self-proclaimed best friend and the ultimate man whore. Let’s check out his curriculum:

- hits on women he’s already slept with because he forgets he slept with them;

- when a crazy woman started to stalk him, he had 64 possible women in mind and therefore had to eliminate the women using an NCAA basketball tournament bracket to figure out which woman;

- always on the patrol whenever he is out of his home;

- Ted’s parents (divorced) came to visit at one point, and Ted’s father spent the night out with Barney, where both were each others wingmen;

-has slept with 200 women;

- in his apartment, Barney has one pillow, one bathrobe, one towel, no food and a retractable toilet seat that never stays down to make sure women feel unwelcomed in his apartment and thus always leave in the morning;

- once asked Marshall if he could sleep with Lily just to boost his record;

- Lily had left Marshall for a summer as the couple separated, and Barney tried to get Marshall out of his depression by having him hook up with a slew of hot girls, but the problem ended up being that whenever Barney approached women as a wingman to set up Marshall, he would end up being the lead guy and instead sleeping with the women himself; quite a wingman if you ask me.

That was the short version of Barney’s exploits; but needless to say, he is the complete opposite of Ted, and is always trying to get Ted to sleep around. I have gotten Money and several other people into the show; give it a look. It’s usually on every Monday night. As Barney would say, it’s LEGEN wait for it……DARY! While I have you here, let me do my moral duty and try to entice you a little more. First, go to Barneysvideoresume.com. While the video loads, Google the words Barney Stinson Blog.

NBA Live 10


With the NBA season about a month away, we all know it's time for NBA 2K and NBA Live to hit stores soon (October 6th). I just figured that maybe you might want to get a little info on NBA Live 10 (will try to do the same for NBA 2K10). So just follow the link below to get the info on the new EA Sports game. Click here http://hubpages.com/hub/NBA-Live-10?done

Sley drops some widsom

My friend Sley jots down a few thoughts

Since Shyne-O-Man is busy dissecting the daily operations of the No Fun League, I'm bringing the heat on some other sh....! First things first, I just saw the new FOREVER video by Drake feat Mr...Look at me world (K.West)/Not other places to put tattoos (Lil'Carter)/and Mr.rehab (Slim). Nice video. I like the song overall, even though I don't like Drake that much. Kid got rhymes still. But in the end Slim killed the B%*CH.

Numero 2... This past weekend I actually sat down and played on the PS3 for more than an hour...meaning I'm still not a gamer!!! Damn! I played the new Batman game (Arkham Asylum) and I like this joint big time. The detective roles along with the sneak attacks that only Mr. Bruce Wayne can do are cool. Plus you can also play as the Joker!

Also, I got the new NHL10/NFL10 as well...it is what it is...EA SPORTS...it's in the GAME!!!!

Point Three... The speed of life sometimes makes us encounter different kinds of individuals from all walks of life. When I was in Miami a few days ago, I saw the difference in people big time. Emphasis on BIG!

1-Strip clubs over there are part of the life, so it does not offend as much or stay underground like over here.
2-The girls are more up front and in your face when it comes to getting that cash...real hustlas..As opposed to here where they stay together and get the internal memo, black guys = gangbangers aka will try to pimp you or not pay for any dances.
3-In the 3-0-5 girls dance like whoa! with ASSets like Whoa! (Nuff Said)
4-The ambiance is more amp than a regular club
5-Only difference I'll give to the 5-1-4, we have private rooms to make it more personal. South Florida, dances are right in front butt naked and tip drilling is a must, plus the dances are 5-10$. 6-Did I forget to mention tip drilling. Make it rain. Tsunami budget out the window
Church

Ultimate Alliance 2

Last week, I copped the Marvel game for PS3; Ultimate Alliance 2. What I was expecting was a slightly better version of the first game (Marvel Ultimate Alliance). The first game had a fairly decent story in which you had to look for bad guys and kick their asses in order to save the universe. Pretty simplistic in its nature, and overall like every other hero game. However, this time around, the guys behind the game decided to get more creative. What they did was actually base the game off of a story arc that Marvel ran last year: the Super Human Registration Act. In this said story arc, all mutants and super powered individuals were forced to register with the government. In essence, any individual with a super power had to advise the government and sign a document stating that they would work for the state. The problem with such an act is that mutants with no interest in playing the good guy or bad guy role would be forced to enroll in this government regulated program. In addition, the heroes that chose the lifestyle of hero did so out of a sense of moral obligation and were able to do so while keeping their identities secret. With the Act passing, this would become their job and with their identities being known, their families would be exposed to danger from super powered criminals. For instance, in the last year’s story arc, Spider-Man’s aunt May was shot by one of Kingpin’s hired hitmen. As a result, half the heroes chose to register with the government while the other half refused to sign it and basically became criminals because of the new legislation. The resistance is headed by Captain America while the super hero hunting police is lead by Iron Man. Now that you understand that story arc, you understand he game.

After defeating Dr. Doom’s goons to start the game, new S.H.I.E.L.D. commander Maria Hill comes to Stark Tower to advise you that the Super Human Registration Act (S.R.A) takes effect at midnight. You are then given the choice to either register or refuse. However if you refuse to sign, you have to fight your way out Stark Tower. Being the bad ass that I am, and believing in human rights; I decided against signing the Act and had Human Torch, Iceman, Wolverine and Invisible Woman beat out the S.H.i.E.L.D. officers in order to get out of Stark Tower. I later joined the Resistance only to find out that the telepathic cyborg Cable was under attack. Upon learning of the ambush of his quarters, my squad is prompted to save him. That’s where the real fun begins. If you want to know what happens next, I suggest you get the game and give it a try. Although nothing wowed me, I was able to finish all of the missions and enjoyed the game all the way through. Definitely worth a look.

Jay-Z vs Eminem

Apparently some people missed this "rap battle", so I'm posting it again.

*Imagine if Jay-Z and Eminem decided to go at it just for the sake of HipHop…..

Jay-Z:

“Ya, your boy is in the building!

How they gonna compare your skills to mine,

I did more in the last decade then you’ll ever do in your lifetime,

Your flow is cool and your lyrics are aight,

But you got a little substance but the rest is all hype,

You say how you used to have a drug problem,

Man you shoulda told me, I woulda been your supplier Em,

Attackin me, you must be crazy,

Cuz no one can take down HOV,

Most #1 albums in recent history,

I am on the same level as #23,

Call me S Dot

Cuz I hits the spot,

Then change up the plot

Now goes ask Hailey if I’m hot”

Eminem:

“No valium needed now

Cuz that wack verse put me to sleep,

You better be careful Sean,

And recognize when you’re in too deep,

Maybe right now should be the time for you to run and hide,

Cuz only street cred you got came from your track Bonnie and Clyde,

Bet you still waiting for that Kingdom to Come,

Not gonna happen as long as I'm #1,

C'mon Jay, we all know how you been afraid,

Cuz your lyrics is second grade,

Especially when we went at it on Renegade,

Gotta learn to to check yourself and take a hint,

If I were trying to build a Dynasty,

I wouldn’t need three sets of Blueprints,

Only reason you second guess yourself,

Is because you have a Reasonable Doubt,

Bet you didn’t realize I’d use your album names to call you out;

Jigga Man, Jay-Z, S. Carter, HOV and Hova,

Coming up with names to distract people from the fact your career is over,

MJ went into the Hall as the best ever,

When you retire,

You’ll go in the Rap’s Hall as the “best never”;

Before I turn you into a Washington Wizard,

Help me understand something,

Are you woman, girl or a toy,

Cuz why the f*ck else is Beyonce wondering if she were a boy?

Eminem: Hailey baby, do you like Jay-Z?

Hailey: Who’s Jay-Z daddy? I like Sponge Bob Squarepants.


NFL Week 2 Picks

Carolina (0-1) @ Atlanta (1-0)

Jake Delhomme already screwed his team over at home against the Eagles last week. So what does he have in store this week? John Abraham should coming off the edge on third and long to bother him. He won’t be as bad last week, but he won’t be good either.

Pick: Falcons win 24-20.


Minnesota (1-0) @ Detroit (0-1)

It would seem that Brad Childress fully comprehends the limitations of Cialis Man and is more then happy to give the ball to “Mr. # 1 Fantasy Pick”. If they keep that same game plan going, they should get a W in the motor city.

Pick: Vikings win 27-20.


Cincinnati (0-1) @ Green Bay (1-0)

The Packers’ defense looked real good against the Bears last week. The Bengals offense was disgusting against the Broncos (real defensive juggernaut there) defense last week. So what happens when the Bengals match up against the Packers? A couple of defensive touchdowns is my guess. The Packers defense is like that of the Bears from a few years back; when they get their hands on the ball, they take it to the house.

Pick: Packers win 20-13


Houston (0-1) @ Tennessee (0-1)

Both teams lost their games last week; and by the time this game is done, one team will have lost two games in a row. Everybody hopped up the Texans bandwagon and anointed them as the sleeper of the year. So what happens next? They lose to a team with a rookie quarterback that looks like the pool boy from Desperate Housewives (and they lost at home by the way). Now for week 2, Houston has to travel to Tennessee for a tough divisional match up against the Titans. Would you pick the Texans in this game? I wouldn’t.

Pick: Titans win 16-7


Oakland (0-1) @ Kansas City (0-1)

Although the Raiders lost to San Diego last week, I was impressed by their defense. Their defensive line did a great job (mind you against several back up offensive linemen) and their corners challenged the Chargers receivers. How will this translate against the Chiefs? It probably won’t. Kansas City put up 24 points on Ray Lewis and Ed Reed’s defense. Question is, will Cassel be able to step in and perform? He better be able to play and play well at that. I know he got paid in the off-season and all but he better not forget that he’s been a back up his whole life. If not for Brady getting hurt last year, he would still be a back up. So he better get on the field and play. I think he puts up 250 yards against Oakland.

Pick: Chiefs win 24-21.


New England (1-0) @ NY Jets (1-0)

This should be the start of a war: the war of the magazine cover pretty boys. Brady vs Sanchez. Brady did a cameo this summer on Entourage, and I am willing to bet that Mark Sanchez will have made a cameo on a TV show within the next year and a half. Brady already is an iconic figure in America; he has his own groupie movement (men and women adore him), he is married to a model and has rugged good looks. Sanchez on the other hand has the good looks and will probably soon have a huge conglomerate of groupies following him around. It’s only a matter of time before the kid becomes a media star. What does he need to do that? He needs to win and he needs to beat Brady. Maybe the Jets will win this year, but it won’t be against Tom Brady’s Patriots.

Pick: Patriots win 26-23.


New Orleans (1-0) @ Philadelphia (1-0)

There should be a lot of points in the game, but ultimately one of the Eagles defensive players will end up making a play that changes the game. By the way, how much pressure is McNabb feeling right to play on Sunday? Vick will become eligible to play by Week 3; and although Vick is probably rusty, there has to be a ton of things going through McNabb’s mind right now. For instance, he could choose to play on Sunday, but if his ribs limit him, he might get benched. If he does, his status would be unclear going into Week 3 whereas Vick would be able to play. The last thing McNabb wants is for Vick to step into his spot and play well considering that the Eagles defense might well be a championship caliber defense.

Pick: Eagles win 31-28.


St. Louis (0-1) @ Washington (1-0)

“Give me two pairs,

I need two pairs,

So the Redskins can stomp us

With their Air Force One’s”

In case you’re unaware, that’s my remake of the hit song Air Force One’s by Murphy Lee who happens to be from the Lou (that’s how they call St. Louis in the hood, can you tell how much street cred have?).

Pick: Redskins win 24-17


Arizona (0-1) @ Jacksonville (0-1)

Arizona played at home against a team that was physical and tough minded and finished that game with a loss. What happens when they go on the road against the same type of team? Warner is going to play the part of Rocky and Jacksonville is going to play the part of Clubber Lang in their first fight. If the Cardinals are lucky, Apollo Creed might come help them try to regain the eye of the tiger.

Pick: Jaguars win a tight one 27-24.


Tampa Bay (0-1) @ Buffalo (0-1)

The game that no one cares about this week, well except Bucs and Bills fans. But long story short, I will not be tuning in to watch it but I will remain professional enough to pick the game. If the Bills can’t muster up some fight this week after the debacle against the Patriots, the coach should be fired. Well, the coach should be fired regardless but that’s another story. So go Bills go!

Pick: Bills win 19-16.


Seattle (1-0) @ San Francisco (1-0)

The two teams with the best records in the NFC West get to square off on Sunday with a chance to take sole possession of the top spot in the division and lock up a playoff spot. What’s that you say? Oh it’s only Week 2? So? Oh I get it, this game is important but not that important considering it’s only the second week of the season. Good thing you were paying attention. I think you deserve a prize. Because I’m such a cool guy, I’ll actually give you a prize: I’ll let you know who wins the game. San Francisco should open up rather well at home against Seattle. In fact, the 49ers’defense will force at least one turnover and help lead the Niners to a win.

Pick: 49ers win 23-20.


Pittsburgh (1-0) @ Chicago (0-1)

I am expecting to see quarterback limbs from both teams on the field. The Steelers defense though is going to tear apart Jay Cutler. I’ve seen Big Ben take the nasty hits, but I have yet to see Cutler get beat up and have a good game. Until I see it, I’ll take the team opposing him.

Pick: Steelers win 17-13.


Baltimore (1-0) @ San Diego (1-0)

Something troubled me in the Monday Night game: it’s the first game of the season and you limit star running back LaDainian Tomlinson to 14 carries? The way I see it, because Darren Sproles got the big contract in the off-season, now they have to play him to justify the money he is making. Norv Turner had enough trouble making coaching decisions when he didn’t have to pick between two running backs, but now he actually has to; let’s see how this unfolds during the season. But in the meantime, I think Turner trips over his own feet and mistakenly coaches well against the Ravens and wins.

Pick: Chargers win 20-17.


Cleveland (0-1) @ Denver (1-0)

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Pick: Browns win 20-17.


NY Giants (1-0) @ Dallas (1-0)

“Do you have trouble getting out of bed because of all the hard hits your body takes on a weekly basis? Hi, I’m Tony Romo. When I’m not busy being the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys during the football season, I have trouble doing normal activities that everyday people do because I constantly get hit by defensive ends, blitzing corners and linebackers. If you’re like me, you need to be able to get some rest and avoid getting hit. Whenever I feel as though my body can no longer take the pain, I just look at the schedule and tell myself that I have it easy because I only play the NY Giants twice a year. Unfortunately, this Sunday is one of those instances.”

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Pick: NY Giants win 23-20.


Indianapolis (1-0) @ Miami (0-1)

Indy on the road in Miami; the spot where the Colts won their last Super Bowl. I’m expecting Chad Pennington to get slapped around like a Dragon Ball Z character.

Pick: Colts win 27-20.

Scattered Thoughts

At times my mind goes in a multitude of different directions. I’m not always sure where it is that I’m going, but I always end up dropping some type of knowledge. With that, I give you my Scattered Thoughts.

*Benzino decided to resurface from the dead and released a diss track called “Good Fellaz” aimed at Eminem and Slaughterhouse. Zino goes on to say on the song that he made Eminem; and that if not for him (I’m guessing he’s referring to The Source articles written on Em and the rap war they entertained) the Slim Shady would not be where he is today. The way this looks like to me is that Benzino is desperate to get back in the game and therefore is trying to reignite his beef with Em. The funny thing about it though is that Zino lost that war like five years ago and finally got out of a coma to respond. He probably has a new album or magazine coming out soon that he is trying to hype. Be on the look out.

*It’s an unfortunate thing, but on numerous occasions we have heard of people dying of drug overdoses. However, is it possible to die from a rap overdose? Here’s what I used as my rap fix for the weekend: Eminem’s Relapse album, Slaughterhouse’s self titled album and of course Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3. I have never been more inspired to write then now, and can’t remember the last time that I was so happy listening to such a multitude of talented emcees. Right nowHip-Hop is like crack and I’m addicted. I am able to recognize my addiction but refuse to check in to rehab. Let’s hope that this drug doesn’t kill me.

*XXL magazine has a small section in which they place a milk carton on the page and put the face of a rapper on it. The idea is to say that this rapper has been missing from the rap game. So who do we have that’s missing?

-“And I was born ready on fish and spaghetti.” Where’s G-Dep? Maybe he’s busy doing a special delivery of Thai food.

-“ I had this bad bitch uptown she was whoa…” Where’s Black Rob? Perhaps he is busy watching Making the Band and saying things like: “A sugar cookie? Whoa.”

-“The commission..” Alcatraz is closed, the Florida State Penitentiary is too far, Bordeaux is in Montreal and last one my list is Rikers Island, but I’m not sure he’s there. So where the hell is Shyne? By the way, the last three rappers I just named used to be on Bad Boy records. Do the math.

-“I’m the illest n*gga alive, watch me prove it, I snatch your crown with your head still attatched to it…” Someone let me know when the next geek convention is, we might find Canibus there.

-“Give me two purs (pairs but pronounced with a St. Louis accent), I need two purs, , to get to stompin in y Air Force Ones…” Donde esta los St. Lunatics?

*Gucci. Now let’s take a quick commercial break.

*Are you having problems getting ladies to notice you because of your frail physique? Are you currently unemployed because you lack the energy to keep a job? Well I have the answer for you. Hi, my name is 50 and when I’m not busy starting beefs, taking steroids or being the head honcho of the gorilla unit, I drink vitamin water. It makes me stronger and gives me the energy to make fun of people and do my annoying laugh in songs. Vitamin water available in stores today.

*The 1970’s Boston Celtics, the 1980’s Los Angeles Lakers, the 1990’s Chicago Bulls and the 2000’s..? What team made this last decade theirs? Conventional wisdom would suggest that the San Antonio Spurs have been the cream of the crop for the past 10 years; but is that entirely accurate? Let’s have a look.

From the 1999-2000 season to the 2008-2008 season, the Spurs have amassed a gaudy record of 576 wins and 233 losses, good for a 70.2% winning percentage. Not impressed? Well take this into account: the Los Angeles Clippers highest winning percentage for a single season is 59.8%. Back then, they were called the Buffalo Braves; and they posted a 49-33 record during the 1974-1975 season. The best season in franchise history for the Clippers can’t even measure up to the past 10 years of consistency of the Spurs. San Antonio has been so good for so long that we have begun to take them for granted. The team truly represents the personality of their superstar: low maintenance players, quiet, humble, team oriented and willing to sacrifice for the good of the team. Don’t get it twisted though, the Spurs have not only been a great team, they have also had talented players in this decade as evidenced by the All-Star game appearances and All-NBA nominations by players such as Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, David Robinson and Tim Duncan. So it’s a done deal, the Spurs are the best team of the decade….Right?

Not so fast. One team has a say in the conversation. Curious about what team it is and how it fits into this? Well from the 1999-2000 season to the 2008-2009 season they have amassed a 530-290 overall record, which represents a 64.6 winning percentage. The winning percentage is inferior to that of the Spurs, so surely this other team must have something else to offer for me to put it in the same conversation as the Spurs right? This mystery team actually has less All-Star game appearances then the San Antonio Spurs. So what gives? This team loses in pretty much every head to head stat against the Spurs for the past 10 years combined except one: championships. The Evil Empire (like the Yankees, that’s how they are perceived) has won four championships since 1999 whereas the Spurs have won three. The Empire will have more sustained memories in the future then the Spurs. 30 years from now, people will remember how dominant the Empire was but will forget how great the Spurs were. In case you have not yet figured it out, the Empire in this case would be the Los Angeles Lakers. The next generation will hear more about how marvelous of a tag team that Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant were. Once done reminiscing about them, the conversation will turn to Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. Keep in mind though, I am not choosing the Lakers as the team of the decade merely because I have a better recollection of their championship runs; rather I am picking the Lakers because they have more titles, because they gave the world two classic Western Conference Finals (vs Portland in 2000 & vs Sacramento in 2002), the career path of Kobe Bryant , the beautiful display of team basketball (look at footage of the Lakers from earlier and then later in this decade, two different teams, but two teams that understood basketball) and of course the unforgettable playoff moments. There is obviously a season left to close out the decade; so perhaps that will change the debate somewhat or perhaps it might just cement it. Let’s look forward to a great 2009-2010 NBA season and hope we get our wish and get to see the Los Angeles Lakers face off against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals with a chance to completely close out the argument.

*Imagine if Jay-Z and Eminem decided to go at it just for the sake of HipHop…..

Jay-Z:

“Ya, your boy is in the building!

How they gonna compare your skills to mine,

I did more in the last decade then you’ll ever do in your lifetime,

Your flow is cool and your lyrics are aight,

But you got a little substance but the rest is all hype,

You say how you used to have a drug problem,

Man you shoulda told me, I woulda been your supplier Em,

Attackin me, you must be crazy,

Cuz no one can take down HOV,

Most #1 albums in recent history,

I am on the same level as #23,

Call me S Dot

Cuz I hits the spot,

Then change up the plot

Now goes ask Hailey if I’m hot”

Eminem:

“No valium needed now

Cuz that wack verse put me to sleep,

You better be careful Sean,

And recognize when you’re in too deep,

Maybe right now should be the time for you to run and hide,

Cuz only street cred you got came from your track Bonnie and Clyde,

Bet you still waiting for that Kingdom to Come,

Not gonna happen as long as I'm #1,

C'mon Jay, we all know how you been afraid,

Cuz your lyrics is second grade,

Especially when we went at it on Renegade,

Gotta learn to to check yourself and take a hint,

If I were trying to build a Dynasty,

I wouldn’t need three sets of Blueprints,

Only reason you second guess yourself,

Is because you have a Reasonable Doubt,

Bet you didn’t realize I’d use your album names to call you out;

Jigga Man, Jay-Z, S. Carter, HOV and Hova,

Coming up with names to distract people from the fact your career is over,

MJ went into the Hall as the best ever,

When you retire,

You’ll go in the Rap’s Hall as the “best never”;

Before I turn you into a Washington Wizard,

Help me understand something,

Are you woman, girl or a toy,

Cuz why the f*ck else is Beyonce wondering if she were a boy?

Eminem: Hailey baby, do you like Jay-Z?

Hailey: Who’s Jay-Z daddy? I like Sponge Bob Squarepants.

*Apparently I’m socially retarded. I am way late on this but I will still mention it. Who’s seen the video “Best I ever had” by Drake? The video sparked a whole bunch of interest because of all the boobies involved in the video; but that’s not what I wanted to talk about. In the video, Drake is coaching a female basketball team and his squad is getting killed in the championship game. With two minutes left in the game and his team down 48-4, Drake calls a timeout to tell his team that they are the best he’s ever had (as you’ve guessed, the video has nothing to do with the song). After the pep talk, the ladies go back on the court (remember, there was only two minutes left in the game) and got demolished some more. The final score is 98-14. What I want to know is what play Drake’s opponents ran; perhaps the NBA could use that coaches playbook.

*Fellas, let me say that it royally sucks when your woman cheats on you. The feelings of betrayal, heartache and disrespect at that point in time are like nothing you have ever experienced before in your life. But with that said, there is a social protocol to follow when it happens. Take a few tips from Trey Songz; the song is titled” Obsessed (Loser)”:

You lookin for the prince well you found him,

And I’m only being honest, f*ck being modest;

Ghetto girl change hair colors like Rodman,

All on my dick like a condom;

And she take that dick like a robber.

Call it burglary,

I cut her up like surgery,

And now her baby daddy wanna murder me,

Call my phone like, is you bangin my girl, my girl?(Oh)

I reply, player you better check her,

Don’t wanna disrespect ya,

I never even met ya,

She never even mentioned your name.

I don’t know why you mad me.

You should ask your girl.

Get a ounce of me.

Stop harassing me.

Why you so upset with me?

I don’t even know you.

Its cleared that she had sex wit me.

Stop callin my phone dude.

Real G’s do no questioning, talkin’ bout what you gonna do

Funny funny funny boy I can't stop laughing

Money money money can't stop getting cash

You a loser tho

You a loser tho

You a loser

Fellas if your girl

Let a man get at her

And you hit up the man

Then your ass playing backwards

Happens to the best

You are not alone

Her bootty and her breat

Is nothing you can own