Better Late Than Never, I Caught The Game Of Thrones Fever

It took 6 seasons, but we here.

Over the years I’ve heard all about Game of Thrones from my friends, and how much I was missing out on it in my life. This was the year I finally had had enough and decided to dive in. One of the reasons that pushed me to the edge was my friends (fuck you guys) getting together Sunday after Sunday and I was not catching the invite to chill.

So last month I jumped in and immediately got hooked within the first season. I set a goal to be ready to watch the finale live. Let me get this out there, I am not a show guy and won’t pretend to be like most people. I talk about something in depth after I’ve put in the necessary hours. The only shows I claim are Keeping Up With The Kardashians (fan since 08′), Entourage, Empire and Power. I know, what diversity. It doesn’t mean much, but Thrones is by far the best show I’ve ever watched, and it feels good to add it to my weak repertoire.

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It was very tough, but I somehow managed to avoid everyone landmine spoilers for the most part. Tweeting spoilers is not a good look y’all so stop live tweeting your shows, nobody cares. Finishing off with the Battle of The Bastards was epic and is definitely my favorite episode to date. That battle had my adrenaline flowing like I was watching game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Only to be followed by the best finale of a show I’ve ever seen. Game of Thrones absolutely delivered on an epic finale that had a little bit of everything to quench your thirst. With no cliff hanger, “The Winds of  Winter” satisfied its viewers with what they wanted to see. These back to back episodes to end the season are in a different stratosphere of entertainment.

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The scene is set for season 7 as we are left with the visual of Daenerys sailing west with Tyrion at her side, a fleet of ships, her allies and her dragons. It took her six seasons, but she is finally on her way to ruling the seven kingdoms. With the NBA being over along with no Game Of Thrones I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself this summer. Season 7 can’t get here soon enough.

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Overall, deciding to join the Game of Thrones gang was a major power move and the best decision I made in 2016. Anyone that is thinking about diving in, as Nike says, “Just Do It”.

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We made it fam!

LordTreeSap

 

The Project X Soundtrack is One of The Best Soundtracks of All Time

I typically spend my Wednesday nights watching MTV The Challenge at 10 PM. It’s arguably the best show on MTV. The Challenge will always have a special place in my heart. Before 10, I usually spend aimless hours channeling surfing, hoping to find something that catches my interest before I die of boredom.

So I was pumped to find out that MTV was giving us an appetizer of Project X before The Challenge. Awesome, awesome move on MTV’s part because I love everything about Project X. This movie should not have worked. “A bunch of nerds decide to throw a party and tape the whole experience.” If I were to see that preview now, I probably wouldn’t be sold and I for sure would not spend money on a ticket.

That being said, Project X rules. It simply rules. Killer characters. Beautiful women. The nostalgia factor of partying in high school. So many one liners. My personal favorite is “The only thing you’re working on is diabetes.” Such a low blow by Costa to JB, but hilarious.

But the real star of the movie is the music. Fire flames to the tenth power. Jam after Jam. The perfect mix of rap and electronic music (Click here to listen to all of the songs from the movie.). Pusha T, Tyler the Creator, Nas, Kid Cudi, Steve Aoki, Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Unbelievable. Here’s my Top 5.

5. Tipsy (Club Mix) – J-Kwon

Listening to Tipsy in 5th grade? Yeah, I was a badass.

4. Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi (Steve Aoki Remix)

Some might argue this is the best song from the movie. I can respect that. Still brings people to the dance floor.

3. White Trash Party – Eminem 

An under-the-radar song from Eminem and it definitely gets forgotten during Project X.

2. Trouble On My Mind – Pusha T feat. Tyler, the Creator

What a banger. You better believe I bump this song while driving my baby blue Volkswagen convertible buggy.

1. Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The GOAT. So catchy. So fire. So good.

TO THE BREAK OF DAWN YO!

Thank You Buddy Ryan

The Defensive guru died peacefully at his Kentucky Ranch Tuesday (June 28).

The sports world mourns after losing two legends today. In addition to basketball legend Pat Summit, former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan passed away this morning at his Kentucky ranch. The cause has yet to be released, he was 85.

James “Buddy” Ryan was the ultimate defensive guru, coaching in the NFL for 26 seasons with his signature in your face, bully type style. Buddy was an innovator as he created modern day blitz schemes we still see today. Like his sons Rex and Rob, Buddy wasn’t scared to speak his mind and was full of colorful quotes. You could see where his sons get their brash bravado from.

The Korean war veteran’s first NFL gig was as the linebackers coach for the New York Jets in 1968 when Joe Namath shocked the world as we defeated the Colts 16-7 for our only Super Bowl win. A game that Jets fans will always remember.

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After moving on to the Minnesota Viking, coaching the “Purple People Eaters,” he gained his notoriety concocting the 46 Defense for the Chicago Bears. The 46 defense was founded on sending more blitzing players than an offense could block. And in 1984, the Bears tallied 72 sacks, a record that is standing to this day. The ’85 Bears capped their Super Bowl title with seven sacks. He was carried off the field by his defense side by side with head coach Mike Ditka.

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Panthers head coach and former Bear on the ’85 defense, Ron Rivera had kind words for Buddy.

He later went on to be the head coach of the Eagles and Cardinals. Buddy had a record of 55-55-1 in the regular season and 0-3 in the playoffs, all with the Eagles.

I’ve always heard about the influences Buddy has had on today’s defenses. It was great to see him around the team when his son Rex was the coach of the Jets from 2009-2014. I got to see the qualities of Buddy through Rex as a coach. A players favorite that would have guys run through a wall for him. A defensive mastermind with an aggressive blitzing mindset that was relentless. Someone that isn’t scared to speak his mind, and is going to come out and hit you in the mouth. He is going to be missed.

You would see the Rex led Jets hop into the signature 46 defense occasionally throughout the season, for example against the Texans below.

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As Rex Ryan enters his second season as head coach for the Bills, he hired his twin brother Rob as assistant to help run the defense. They both go into it with their backs against the wall, looking to honor their late father.

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Buddy Ryan’s impact will never be forgotten, his spirit lives on through his coaching sons. Thank you for allowing my defense to thrive in Madden with the 46 playbook.

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RIP Buddy.

It Is Only June 28th But We Officially Have a Frontrunner For Gif of the Year

How are your Throners today?

Just two days removed from the Season 6 Finale of Game of Thrones and I’m still in awe of what I witnessed this past Sunday night. Right after I watched it, I said it was arguably the greatest episode of GOT ever. I think it’ time to change my statement.

It WAS the greatest episode of GOT ever.

From the first minute to the end credits, I was on the edge of my seat. Scene after scene, my excitement continued to build. I never wanted it to end. It was so damn good. It’s up there with Ozymandias from Breaking Bad as the greatest hour of television I have ever witnessed.

That being said, it’s time to talk about the Gif of the Year from none other than Tommen Baratheon out of all people. The “My Mom just ruined everything I ever loved in my life and now it’s time to bellyflop out the window.”

Amazing. Genius. Flawless execution. This will be the Gif that keeps on giving. So many situations you can apply it to.

*Realizing your team missed the playoffs*

*That moment when you realize you’ve been friendzoned*

*Going back to work after a long weekend*

*Fuck my life*

I can’t stop laughing thinking of the possibilities. This has a chance to be the Michael Jordan crying face in terms of the go to Gif. Thank you Tommen.

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Monday Memories – Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

After having a huge Throner after some Sunday night GOT, I needed something to keep the momentum going. Enter Dodgeball. Hell yes. What a classic. So many memorable moments. So may quote. You’re their Fonzi, Pete. Ayyyyy

First things first, Ben Stiller is the star of the show. I’m a big Stiller guy. Zoolander, Heavyweights, Meet The Parents, Tropic Thunder. The list goes on and on. The guy is fucking funny in his movies and White Goodman only enhanced his legacy. W-h-i-t……e. White Goodman is the spiritual sequel to Tony Perkins, my all-time favorite Ben Stiller role. People will always choose the final scene as their favorite, but I’m a fan of White’s interactions with Patricia. I break a mental sweat too. Grab a chair!

Line of the movie: My Cousin Ray Ray. BOOP. Dead

Honorable Mention: Patches talking about drinking his urine. No joke, I actually believe that this guy drank his own urine. That would be the least surprising thing I hear all day.

The most important takeaway from Dodgeball is the electric announcing team of Pepper and Cotton. This is how announcing should be. Pun after pun. One guy doing the play-by-play and the color guy providing the puns and one liners. Screw in game analysis. Make me laugh. If I was Fifa, I would do this strategy in a heartbeat. Imagine if a Bill Burr or Seth Rogen type were in the soccer booth? “And the guy is kicking the ball….and yeah he did it again and passed it to the other guy and Cotton needs new shorts!” Give me guys who know how to make audiences laugh. Entertain me.

 

I Love Everything About Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks

First things first, I told you so.

So unless you were living under a rock, the big news in the NBA was Derrick Rose to the Knicks. The Bulls traded Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday, and a 2017 second-round pick to the Knicks in exchange for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, and Jerian Grant.

Initial reaction: NO MORE CALDERON. Thank the lord he is gone. However, you better believe Calderon will drop 30 against the Knicks this year. Mark it down. Robin Lopez had a decent year, but he is easily replaceable. The toughest one to say goodbye to is Jerian Grant because of his potential and bright upside. Knicks fans who were pissed at this trade because they had to give up Grant should answer this question: Was Grant the future PG of this team? I can answer that with a resounding NO.

I absolutely love this move. It’s Derrick Rose we are talking about! Yes, all of you statisticians will say how he’s missed more games than played in over the past few years. Rose had one of the most inefficient years as PG in the NBA last year. He’s a walking injury. He’s bad news yada yada yada.

This is Derrick Rose we are talking about. A former MVP who is only 27 years old. He averaged close to 18 points last year as opposed to Knicks point guards, who put up a putrid 7.6 points per game. Makes me sick thinking about it. Yes, I understand he’s logged a lot of miles on the knees, but why not take a chance on him? The Knicks have NOTHING to lose in this trade. If he sucks, oh well. He’s in the last year of his deal and will make $21.3 million this year. If he sucks, then we won’t sign him. Big deal. We’ve sucked before, we can suck again!

Phil rolled the dice. I still believe he has a plan. He was right with Porzingis. He’s taking a chance on Rose. We’re going to give a max deal to a center and although I hate him, I hope Phil says fuck it and signs Dwight Howard (No idea why I said this). The Knicks needed a shakeup and that’s what is happening.

I still say it with pride. IN PHIL WE TRUST.

NBA Draft Preview

Draft Week is upon us.

First off, welcome to our new home here at Daily Mix Report. We hope you enjoy the new layout and content of the site. Blogspot just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. Secondly, shout out to NBA Champion, I repeat NBA Champion, J.R. Smith.

The NBA Draft is upon us, and will get going at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this Thursday (June 23rd) at 8 P.M. on ESPN.

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Top 8 Mock Draft

1. Philadelphia 76ers

Ben Simmons – LSU

It’s being reported that the 76ers have notified Ben and his reps that he will indeed be the number 1 pick come Thursday night. I believe it’s the right pick as he showed enough at LSU to make him worthy of the selection, but his game and attitude will need to improve to reach his superstar potential.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

Brandon Ingram – Duke

The North Carolina native progressed nicely over the year at Duke, showing toughness rebounding the ball, as well as a nice shooting touch (41% from downtown). He has all the makings of an all-star player and should fit in nicely with the young core in the city of angels.

3. Boston Celtics

Jamal Murray – Kentucky

This is where the draft really starts. Nobody has a clue what the Celtics are going to do. Ideally, they’d be trading the pick to acquire a proven veteran star. I don’t think they will be able to get it done so they settle for the flamethrower out of Kentucky.

4. Phoenix Suns

Jaylen Brown – California

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Loved what I saw from the Freshman out of Cal. His big frame makes him a prototypical small forward in the NBA. He can attack the rim at will and his scoring abilities will be tough to deny. If he can get any sort of jumper, he will be a two-way stud at the next level.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

Kris Dunn – Providence

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Dunn bursted on to the scene last year and was named back to back Big East player of the year in 2015 and 2016. The former Friar has the size and play making ability you look for in your floor general. I thought he would come out after a superb red-shirt Sophomore season, but went back for his Junior year. The 6’4″ guard is a lock to go in the top 7.

6. New Orleans Pelicans

Buddy Hield – Oklahoma

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The national player of the year had quite the season, I don’t know if anyone helped themselves more than Buddy did as far as the NBA is concerned. The Bahama native can shoot from anywhere on the floor, which will help him carve out a nice role for himself in the NBA.

7. Denver Nuggets

Dragan Bender – Croatia

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Admittedly, I don’t know much about the 7 foot Croatian. So I am not going to act like I watched him play basketball. What I do know is that he looks like former Spider-man, Andrew Garfield. Let’s hope he’s better at basketball than Garfield is acting. Someone will take Bender early, maybe even higher than here.

8. Sacramento Kings

Marquese Chriss – Washington

The Freshman has shot up draft boards since the combine. Personally, I was not a huge fan of his game as an avid late night Pac-12 watcher. Shout out to Bill Walton. He was the 3rd scoring option on an average team, and I don’t know what position he would be a great fit for at the next level. He has a high ceiling, but comes with some vaunted bust potential. Gamble of the draft right here.

Draft Sleepers

Dejounte Murray – Point Guard, Washington

Malachi Richardson – Shooting Guard, Syracuse

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Tyler Ulis – Point Guard, Kentucky

Possible Busts

Skal Labissiere – Forward, Kentucky

 

Will The Knicks Make a Pick?

Yes, I think Phil will work some magic and either buy a pick, or make a trade into the back half of the first round or early on in the second. Here are some targets to watch for. We need guards Phil! My eyes can’t bare to see a Calderon-Vujacic backcourt ever again.

Isaiah Whitehead – Point Guard, Seton Hall

Demetrius Jackson – Point Guard, Notre Dame

Caris LeVert – Shooting Guard, Michigan

Malcolm Brogdon – Shooting Guard, Virginia

Thanks For Reading,

LordTreeSap