Deputy Commissioner Beaker from the Muppets Explains the NBA Lockout.
Phil: This week on Wildcard Saturday we’ll be talking about the Quagmire (giggity) that is the NBA lockout, what type of beer and fried chicken we would eat in the clubhouse and a headline Yankees fans can be proud of.
Erik: We are in day 912, roughly, of the NBA lockout and it certainly doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon.
I think we’re learning something about the NBA right now. It’s showing what little value the regular season holds for the NBA. With the NFL there was the breaking point where they wanted to have the full regular season. In the NBA it seems like as long as they have games on Christmas, who cares about the two months leading up to it.
Phil: Well they might not even care about getting Christmas since that’s on a Sunday this year and the NBA can’t compete ratings wise with the NFL. Also right now I don’t see this ending for Christmas. Plus we are missing a lot of good games that just won’t be played. Celtics versus Heat, Carmelo returning to Denver, and of course the premiere of Providence Friar legend MarShon Brooks.
Erik: I’m pretty sure the Nets drafted him because they are moving to Brooklyn they just want every player with Brook in the name. I mean they traded up with the Celtics to get this guy.
Phil: I’m upset the Celtics lose one game against the Heat. The Celtics have to be stewing from losing to them in the playoffs last year and most of their games were epically good last season. Plus the NBA is losing out because anytime the Heat play it draws audiences, everyone likes to watch a train wreck.
Erik: You’re right. When LeBron said not one, not two etc. we assumed he meant more championships than Jordan but in reality he meant none. The mediation process has been pretty awful to follow. Although it’s funny that they brought in the same mediator as the NFL. I’ve heard they met for 16 hours the other day. Now is that straight? I have to imagine there are bathroom breaks and an hour for lunch and maybe two for dinner?
Phil: Those must be some awkward meals because it’s not as if you can argue for eight hours with someone and then just pretend like it’s all good when things stop. Speaking of awkward meals, I played baseball in high school and there was nothing I enjoyed more than the KFC and Pabst Blue Ribbon that we got in the dug out during games. That’s just part of baseball.
Erik: In the dugout? Bring that to me on the mound. Catchers visits should just include a bucket of extra crispy and some napkins.
Phil: Obviously the Red Sox are cleaning house and pointing fingers because of the collapse. Do you think this was really that big an issue in why they fell apart or is it just looking for a scapegoat?
Erik: I think it’s part of the reason. It wasn’t a united clubhouse. You had the KFC frequent eaters club and then guys like Pedroia playing their hearts out. Baseball is individualistic but you have to want to go out and play for your teammates.
Phil: Totally agree if all it took was talent then the Mets could’ve won more recently and teams like the Giants wouldn’t have won.
Erik: Good news though Jon Lester has vehemently denied that they played video games.
Phil: Oh thank god! That was the most unforgivable transgression. I mean professional athletes who are supposed to be in prime physical condition eating fried whatever and guzzling down Budweisers is fine. That can’t possibly hurt their performance but video games. How ludicrous that that would even be mentioned.
I think part of this being blown up so much is because Lackey was a part of this. He’s been awful for two years. Coming into this season I remember the
Even political assassinations can be linked to A-Rod and his post season struggles.
prognosticators were all saying he would turn it around because he lost weight and was trying to stay in good condition. How is that news or something worth congratulating him about? Isn’t he supposed to be doing that?
Erik: Well while the Red Sox are imploding, which I am all to happy to witness, the Yankees are taking care of business overseas and ridding the world of evil one dictator at a time. Have you seen the headline in Friday’s New York Post?
Phil: I did see that headline. A lot of journalistic, if you can call it that, questions come to mind here but it’s the Post so I don’t know if that really matters. I think my favorite part of the headline was the dig at A-Rod on the bottom.
Erik: It’s a good consolation prize. We didn’t win the World Series but at least we, and by we I mean the Yankee faithful everywhere, took down Gadhafi.
Phil: Is that how you spell it?
Erik: Uhh, yeah sure.
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