America Will Forgive You… Only If You Are Elite

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

The United States of America, home of the brave and land of the free. The country that is willing to forgive you, pat you on the back and give you a second chance…only if it’s beneficial for us to give you a second chance.

On Wednesday afternoon a video hit YouTube that has been seen almost 600,000 times in less than 48 hours. This video is of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper. In the video Cooper makes a racial slur and a threat to every black person in the arena at a Kenny Chesney concert. I think you can figure out what the slur is. What Cooper said is vastly inappropriate, vulgar and any other adjective you can think of for disgusting.

You can tell in the video Cooper is drunk, and he tells us so in a later video when talking to the media. He also says tells us that neither him being drunk, nor the fact that this was videotaped after an argument with a black security officer make his remarks okay. Really, Riley, you think? We, meaning the media, and anyone on Twitter or Facebook, have mocked Cooper endlessly over the past two days, and deservedly so, but when does it all stop? Does it ever stop? Cooper will forever be linked with this image, this video, that ponytail, but will he ever be able to play in the NFL again? [Read more…]

Dwight’s Decision…Finally!

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

Pop some bottles and pour some champagne, The Dwightmare is finally over. Well, unless you are Houston, in which case it has only just begun. Friday evening, Dwight Howard made the decision to sign with Houston after the Rockets threw in a lifetime supply of gummy worms to sweeten the pot. This broke the hearts of Lakers fans, who finally know what if feels like to all the rest of us NBA fans.

The saga of who would sign Howard this offseason started well before the season ended, and it doesn’t really feel like it’s over now. Dwight can’t sign his contract until July 10, so who knows what will happen in the meantime. The Lakers could throw in a chocolate swimming pool with marshmallow floaties and Howard could change his mind. But for now, we will continue onward as if Howard will be a member of the Houston Rockets in 2013-14 (even though we all know he will be asking for a trade once the season starts and he realizes the Rockets reneged on their claim to let him ride in a space shuttle). [Read more…]

Everything You Know is Wrong: NFL vs NBA Marketability

By Alan Posey
PSDC Writer 

I’m a skeptic. When I first hear something, my reaction is often doubt. In my experience, people are often quick to exaggerate in hopes of garnering an enhanced reaction. As a self–proclaimed quasi-smart person, I like to think that I can recognize when a claim has some merit versus none. Today my skepticism helped me uncover one such merit that is commonly accepted as true. If you allow me to divulge my insight, perhaps you will realize your views are more susceptible to conformity than you thought.

Ever since the conception of talking head shows on ESPN and the huge boom of sports talk radio, I’ve been an avid consumer. I think I left my TV on ESPN2 during the Cold Pizza/First Take Era for about five full years. My addiction to sports talk radio is now in full bloom – I don’t even know why I have a CD player or a Spotify subscription. Since I surround myself with a constant barrage of sports filth, I’m pretty acclimated to the constant argumentative nature of sports media along with clichés and stereotypes that should leave listeners more than skeptical about the integrity of the source. I like to tackle debates as they happen on air by just shouting responses loudly in the car like, “You’re an idiot! Rudy sucks!” or “Jeff Fisher is dumb! Without facial hair he doesn’t get another head coaching job!” It’s not very effective, but it keeps me entertained in traffic. I’d much rather share my opinion on my own show, but alas, I went to school for something different. Nevertheless, there are still issues being commonly misspoken that I feel whole heartedly should be exposed for the fraudulent, albeit trivial statements that they are!

It is often spoken that NBA players are more marketable than NFL players. If you have never heard this statement, just keep your ears opened, also you should probably stop reading. But I can no longer idly sit by, it’s time someone exposed this falsehood, usually summed up by stating:

“NBA players are more marketable than their NFL counterparts because you can see their face; they don’t wear helmets and pads.”

I feel dumb for ever nodding in agreement to this statement. It’s true I couldn’t identify a lot of NFL players I cheer for if I saw them at Applebee’s. Except, I couldn’t tell you what the majority of NBA players look like either. If Andrea Bargnani walked into a bar, I would undoubtedly suggest he is an NBA player, but I couldn’t properly identify him unless he was wearing his jersey. Sure, Robin Lopez, Chris Anderson, Nate Robinson and a few others all have traits that easily stand out. So perhaps if you are willing to cover your body in tattoos, or have a Sideshow Bob haircut you have some potential to market yourself – but is that any different than Polamalu’s hair? Or Victor Cruz’s dance? [Read more…]

PSDC Random Stat of the Day

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Stat Man

According to Forbes Floyd Mayweather Jr. was its highest paid athlete in 2012 at $85 million gross earnings.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

Manny Pacquiao- $62 million
Tiger Woods- $59.4 million
LeBron James- $53 million
Roger Federer- $52.7 million
Kobe Bryant- $52.3 million
Phil Mickelson- $47.8 million
David Beckham- $46 million
Cristiano Ronaldo- $42.5 million
Peyton Manning- $42.4 million

This year is significant however, because it marks the first year since 2000 that Tiger Woods wasn’t at the top of the list.


2013 NBA Awards Wrap Up

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man

This year’s NBA award winners for Most Valuable Player (LeBron James), Rookie of the Year (Damian Lillard) and Sixth Man of the Year (J.R. Smith) didn’t really take too much thought. They were all three winners by a landslide. The remaining awards for the 2013 NBA season (Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year and Coach of the Year) are a little tougher to decide, so we have to break out a full scale ballot and reasoning with each award.

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Marc Gasol – Gasol has anchored the number two ranked defense for the Memphis Grizzlies. He is third in the NBA in defensive rating at 95.5 points-per-100-possessions, and is seventh in blocks and steals combined in the league. The most telling part of Gasol’s greatness is that according to when he is off the court the Grizzlies defensive rating jumps to 105.5 per-100 possessions. That means that with Gasol on the court Memphis has the second-best defense, but when he is off the court they rank 24th, the equivalent of Phoenix. [Read more…]

PSDC Random Stat of the Day

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Stat Man 

So Kobe Bryant is done for the season, and possibly his career.

Let’s see how Kobe has DONE this season.

Kobe is scheduled to make $27,849,149 in salary for 2012/2013 season.

He played 78 games which breaks down to $357,040 per game. In those 78 games he played 3,018 minutes which comes out to $9,227 per minute. During those 3,018 minutes he scored 2,133 points.  He made $13,056 per point.

The value of the current contract he’s under is $83,547,447 should he actually be able to play the third year of the contract.

To put it in perspective for you:

Per US Census figures for the 2008 census, Kobe made more per point than the Per Capita incomes of 22 cities.

His contract salary for this season alone is more than the GDP of at least two COUNTRIES per CIA stats.  The total contract value exceeds a couple more.

In fact in the amount of time it has taken you to read this article, Kobe would have made about $10 grand.

Have a nice day!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Works In Print and on Film

By Josh Mosley
PSDC Scribbler

In the summer of 2011, I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower in a four-hour Friday night sitting. Actually, I was lounged about in bed, but that tidbit was for descriptive purposes and not to make me sound less nerdy.

With the help of a snowfall that kept me from having to go in to work, I watched the movie three times between Tuesday and Wednesday. Sure, I watched “Argo”* for a second time and “Flight”** for the first time between viewings No. 1 and 2 of “Perks” but that’s beside the point.

*Liked it even more after a second viewing

**It’s nice to see something new from Denzel Washington. I’d love to see him be the terrifying and hilarious dad a la DeNiro in “Silver Linings Playbook” or the “Meet the Parents” franchise.

The book is good. It’s also a short one, written for a teenage audience. For now, concentrate less on the “short teen book” aspect and more on the “good book” aspect. The movie was as good.

Obviously, since I chose to watch it again over the rest of my DVD collection.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower hits a mark that a lot of well-loved books that are adapted into films strive to hit. [Read more…]

Podcast Shanks: NBA Talk Thick and Thin Style

On this episode of Podcast Shanks, Robbie and Daniel discuss all things NBA, like:

– Why Michael Jordan hates LeBron James
– Why Robbie will never wear Adidas ever again
– Why Miami will not lose in the Eastern Conference Playoffs un=less LeBron gets hurt
– Why Don Cheadle would win the NBA Dunk Competition.

Click here to download or listen below.

Unfortunately, this was recorded before last night’s games, so there will be no discussion of Steph Curry going B-A-N-A-N-A-S, or the Grizzlies making a 25-point comeback while holding the Mavs to five total points in the third quarters (sorry Stuckey).

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Boston Celtics Blowing It Up and Other NBA Trades

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

On Sunday afternoon, the Boston Celtics announced that their All-Star point guard, Rajon Rondo, would miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL. This is a huge blow to a team that had high hopes for the playoffs.

Now, it remains to be seen why the Celtics had high hopes. Boston is holding onto the eighth spot in the East, and will probably continue to be eighth unless Andrew Bynum comes back and lights a fire in Philadelphia, in which case Boston would miss the playoffs. With the Celtics being three games behind Milwaukee for the seventh spot, chances of them getting higher than eight are pretty slim. So, if you are resigned to the fact that you are going to be the eighth best team in the East, you have to realize your first-round opponent will be Miami. The Celtics played an inspired game without their best player and beat Miami on Sunday, but Miami is floating through the regular season and waiting for the playoffs start to turn up the heat. (See what I did there?) There is no way that Boston would beat Miami in the playoffs, with or without Rondo. [Read more…]

NBA Flop Rule is in Full Effect

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Basketball Jones

Blake Griffin has taken a pretty large step backwards this season, like one of those post-steroid dropoffs the MLB went through when they decided to test for illegal drugs.  Now, I am not saying that Griffin was taking any illegal substances, but he was benefiting from what is now illegal in the NBA…flopping. [Read more…]

D’Antoni is Da’ Man For The Lakers

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Basketball Jones 

In the early morning hours on Monday the Los Angeles Lakers named Mike D’Antoni their new head coach.  I’m guessing the Lakers were trying to lessen the blow to Laker fans that had hopes on Phil Jackson being the new coach….again.  In the previous two days, we heard constantly that the job was all but wrapped up for Phil Jackson, but Phil was asking too much.   [Read more…]

Lakers Fire Brown, Who’s Got Next?

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Basketball Jones 

Friday afternoon the Los Angeles Lakers relieved head coach Mike Brown of his duties with the team.  After the Lakers got off to a less than stellar 1-4 start, many expected Brown to be on the hot-seat, but being fired this early in the season has raised some red flags.  Mike Brown was in his second season with the Lakers and had compiled an overall record of 42-29. [Read more…]