Remember When I Said The Warriors Should Go After Kevin Durant? It Looks Like They Listened

I hate to say I told you so

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Hey Warriors, You’re Welcome.

Ok, I can’t take all of the credit for the story. The Warriors had to beat the Thunder in the playoffs and then had to blow a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals in order for this move to happen so I’ll share the credit with the players.

I said this on February 2nd and I will say it again. The Warriors should go after Kevin Durant.

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I’m probably in the minority when I say this but I do not blame stars for wanting to play with other stars. Why should Kevin Durant stay in Oklahoma City when he feels that he has a better chance to win in Golden State? Kevin Durant gave everything he had to OKC, and now he’s hated? Why play with Russell Westbrook when you can play with Steph, Klay, and Draymond? Isn’t this a no brainer?

All I keep hearing is how Durant is soft and Durant is weak and blah blah blah. If KD went to your team, you would be CHEERING this move. Hypocritical fans at it again. I do not blame Kevin Durant whatsoever for leaving. There are only two reasons as to why you leave a team. You either get paid more or you increase your chances of winning. It’s no secret that Durant wants to win a title in order to add his name to the list of the greatest players of all time. If the Warriors give him that chance, then going to the Warriors was the right decision. As much as the front office gets praised in Oklahoma City, they should’ve seen this coming. OKC had a big 3 with Westbrook, Durant, and Harden but they traded The Beard away. They fired Durant’s friend / coach, Scott Brooks. Kevin Durant is Top 5 in the NBA, and yet it started to feel like Russell Westbrook’s team towards the end. Durant did not like his cards anymore so he decided to get new ones.

I don’t understand the criticism towards Durant, but I do understand the criticism of the NBA and specifically, the owners. The owners knew the salary cap was going to go up. They knew the formation of a super team was possible. It finally happened, and now the fans are pissed.

Don’t be mad at Durant. Be mad at the system.

 

 

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!

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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!

Adidas Expanding On Partnership With Kanye West

“These past two years Adidas and Yeezy have given a glimpse into our future,” West said.

Today, Adidas announced that Kanye West will be getting his own design team, along with Yeezy retail stores. The shops will be called “Adidas + KANYE WEST“.

“These past two years Adidas and Yeezy have given a glimpse into our future,” West said, via press release. “This partnership illustrates that anyone with a dream can dream without limitations.”

 

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Adidas first launch of a Kanye West product came in February of 2015 with the Yeezy 750 Boost. The relationship has been a very successful one over the first two years as every release of the 350 (low top) Boost and 750 Boost sneaker has sold out through the Adidas app within minutes. They have released an array of colorways that fans have struggled to get their hands on. The Chicago native has promised that the sneakers will be more accessible and affordable in the past. Let’s hope this is the first step in the right direction toward that goal. No person should have to pay $1,500 for a pair of sneakers since they are sold out.

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Mr. West continues to make history in the fashion world, after selling out MSG for his Yeezy Season 3 premiere. The new Adidas deal marks the biggest between an apparel brand and a non-athlete. Kanye’s influence is only growing and rivaled by nobody in the industry. Anything Kanye touches seems to turn to gold. This new deal will allow him to seize the control that he needs to make his vision come to fruition.

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Congrats to Kanye and hook me up with some Yeezys!

 

 

Big Sean’s ‘Finally Famous’ Turns 5 Today

The Detroit native celebrates the anniversary of his debut LP ‘Finally Famous’

Did 5 years fly by or what? When I heard that this album turned 5 today (June 28). I was in shock because it brought me back to the days when I would bump it while cruising the streets of Yorktown as a high school graduate back in 2011. That’s some scary shit man.

Sean’s first LP, Finally Famous, put the Detroit native on the map in the hip-hop scene. He has grown over the years, dropping two very successful albums along the way, vaulting him into one of the stars of the game under the G.O.O.D Music label.

When I go back into this album I hear some timeless hits with some great production work, most of which is done by the legendary No I.D. There is also a great use of features throughout the project by some big time names in the industry such as: Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Chris Brown and more.

The three singles released leading up to the album charted successfully.

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“My Last” featuring Chris Brown debuted at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the rap charts giving Sean his first number 1 hit. “Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay” featuring Kanye West peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Dance (A$$)” was remixed in October of 2011 with a feature from Nicki Minaj.

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Finally Famous came in at #3 on the Billboard 200 and moved 87,000 copies in the United States in the first week.

The Def Jam rapper followed up with LPs Hall of Fame in 2013 and Dark Sky Paradise in 2015. He also stated a new album is on the way later this year.

Happy Anniversary Boiiiiii

 

 

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.