Best Movies of the Decade

December 31, 2009

The Champ’s Best Movies of the Decade:

#5:

V for Vendetta (2005)

#4:

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

#3:

Big Fish (2003)

#2:

The Dark Knight (2008)

#1:

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Best Press Conferences of the Decade

December 31, 2009

The Jester’s Best Press Conferences of the Decade:

The Freelancer’s Best Press Conferences of the Decade:

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Best Dunks of the Decade

December 31, 2009

As mentioned in Podcast #15, here are the best dunks of the decade, organized by person.

The Champ’s Best Dunks of the Decade:

#5:

#4:

#3:

#2:

#1:

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Game Theory and the NBA

December 30, 2009

In short, Game Theory is a mathematical interpretation of a certain contextual situation. In Game Theory, the term “game” denotes a particular situation where there is a conflict with “n” being the number of individuals or groups that participate within the “game.” Also, Game Theory accounts for certain rules and restrictions within the game, as well as “moves” made by choice or chance. Finally there must be a “payoff” or outcome to the game, either a resultant of the conflict or a mutual verdict between parties. While originally adapted for economic models, the concept of Game Theory has been extended to social science, military strategy, and even professional basketball.

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Paints in the Point Podcast: Episode 14

December 30, 2009

In the fourteenth Paints in the Point Podcast, The Champ, Cooler Than The Scott, The Custodian, The Franchise, The Freelancer, and The Ivy Leaguer discuss the Kings’ Dollar Beer Night, college sports’ lack of integrity, and BET Blackbusters. Champ’s Story Time discusses the advantages and disadvantages of seeing “Avatar” in 3-D, while The Jester guest stars.

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Big Game James

December 30, 2009

Perhaps it is appropriate to characterize James Worthy as one of the luckiest players ever to play in the Association. Drafted first overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1982, the 21 year old Worthy immediately became a member of one of the top two teams in the NBA. Imagine if Worthy had been selected second by the San Diego Clippers, we probably wouldn’t be calling him “Big Game James.” Imagine coming into the league right out of college and trying to establish yourself as a talented player while playing under the likes of Bob McAdoo, Norn Nixon, Magic Johnson, Jamaal Wilkes, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It is possible that Worthy might not even be in the Hall of Fame today if it weren’t for the fact that he was drafted by the Lakers.

During his three seasons at North Carolina, Worthy played with one of the greatest collections of talent ever assembled by a collegiate program. During the 1982 season, Worthy stared for the Tar-Heels alongside Sam Perkins. Joining them was a curiously talented freshmen guard named Michael Jordan. This trio carried the Heels to the 1982 Final Four, and eventually to the NCAA Championship game. Worthy and the Heels squared off against Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas, with the Tar Heels prevailing on a late jumper from none other than Michael Jordan.

That year, Worthy was rewarded for his exploits in Tar-Heel blue; he shared National Player of the Year honors with Virginia’s Ralph Sampson after averaging 15.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. Worthy was also a consensus first team All-American. As always, Worthy was at his best in crunch time; he scored 28 points on 13 of 17 from the field and provided a key steal that helped seal a Carolina victory in the 1982 NCAA Championship game. The legend of “Big Game James” was born.

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Live Blogging the Christmas Quintuple-Header

December 25, 2009

Editor’s Note: This was a live blog. As the afternoon progressed, this post was periodically updated with reactions from the quintuple-header (not a “pentuple-header” as incorrectly reported in Podcast #14)

12:00 PM: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” kicks off the action, accompanied by ridiculous clips of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade shaking (obviously empty) wrapped presents, replete with equally ridiculous Santa hats. I have a feeling that I will get sick of this song by the end of the first quarter. Hopefully I’ll be able to dig up a YouTube link in case you haven’t seen it yet.

12:02 PM: Fun stat: Dwyane Wade has played in five Christmas Day (and/or Taiwanese Constitution Day) games over the past seven seasons.

12:06 PM: Dwyane Wade warms up by doing pull ups on the rim of the basket. No big deal.

12:08 PM: Tip-off. The Knicks win the tip, sporting green jerseys that look awful.

12:15 PM: Now, those are three words you don’t hear that often in the same sentence: “Knicks,” “winning,” and “streak.” Apparently, they have a five-game home winning streak, dating back to November 29.

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