December 11, 2017
Lavar has officially lost his mind. Any minute now he should announce his candidacy to run for President. This guy brings more drama than all the Kardashians combined. He’s not only pulled his youngest son, LaMelo, out of high school, but now pulled LiAngelo out of UCLA. I’ve been pretty supportive of the way Lavar has done things up until now, but at this point he’s just trying to fulfill his own dreams at the expense of his kids’ future. That dream is for both of those kids to eventually play for the Lakers. LaMelo and LiAngelo might not even be good enough to go play overseas and get meaningful experience to develop their games. However, UCLA Coach Steve Alford seems to be happy he doesn’t have to deal with Lavar anymore. Maybe he can deal with his teams mediocre play on the court and start getting some wins. Saturday against Michigan wasn’t exactly a promising start.
The Angels shocked the baseball world with their signing of Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani. How did they pull this off? They must have throw in a couple of season passes to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm because this is the last place I would have expected him to end up. It’s the pitching of Ohtani that the Angels will really need, since their staff is made of porcelain. Meanwhile, the Dodgers not only missed out on Ohtani, but they passed up an opportunity to trade for Giancarlo Stanton, who’s first choice was to play with the Boys in Blue, yet he ended up with the Yankees. I’m not gonna pretend like a core of Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, and Stanton for the next 10 years wouldn’t be nice. However, what was the last MLB team that won the offseason, and then won the World Series the following year? I think the Dodgers will be just fine without Ohtani and Stanton.
It was definitely nice to see the Lakers get a win against Dwight Howard and the Hornets on Saturday. I guess Dwight has learned nothing since his bad experiences with the Lakers, Rockets, and Hawks. There he was on Saturday, playing another game with the intensity of pick-up ball at 24-Hour Fitness. As for Luke Walton, it appears as though he is not only trying to follow in the footsteps of Phil Jackson, but also Doc Rivers because he spends most of the game crying and whining to the officials. I’m surprised the media hasn’t gotten any comments from Kyle Kuzma’s dad. Oh that’s right, Kuzma’s father isn’t hogging his son’s spotlight and trying to capitalize on his son’s fame.
This coming Friday is December 15th, which means a number of NBA players that were signed and acquired over the summer are eligible to be traded. The Clippers should be on the phone at 12:01 am, and start calling 29 other NBA teams to unload DeAndre Jordan, Lou Williams, and some sucker that is willing to take Doc Rivers off their hands from some draft picks. If the Boston Celtics taught the league anything, it’s that the faster you tear it down, the faster you can rebuild it. However, as long as Rivers is still employed with the team, he will have no interest in doing this.
Yesterday might have been the first time ever that all of Southern California was cheering against Kobe Bryant. That’s because Kobe was cheering for the Eagles against the Rams, but it was the Rams who came up short. They can thank Trumaine Johnson, who’s dumb unsportsmanlike conduct penalty cost the Rams the game. I haven’t seen anything that dumb since the league decided to move two football teams to LA. The Rams are still contenders in the NFC and a good bet to win the division, and in the big picture, the Eagles are big losers because Carson Wentz may be done for the season. Problem is they badly needed that win, and should have taken advantage of Wentz’ absence. The Rams need home field, but it’s going to be hell to get it with some tough matchups left, including at Seattle. It’s much worse for Philly fans though. Carson Wentz out. Joel Embiid out. Philly sports fans are black out……
The Chargers are no fun for any NFL team to play right now. They are also no fun to write about anymore because I can’t make fun of them. They are suddenly legit, and could probably beat any team in the league at this very moment. Philip Rivers was slinging the ball around yesterday like he was playing Arena League Football. They even let Kellen Clemens play, who is a human victory cigar. The Chiefs are looking vulnerable, and the Chargers’ schedule is as soft as tissue paper, so they’re a good bet to win the AFC West. Things are so good right now for the Bolts that even C-listers like Mario Lopez are showing up and partying on the sidelines.
Elsewhere around week 14, Derek Car was a dumpster fire yesterday in the Raiders’ loss against the Chiefs. When the Browns were up by two touchdown against the Packers, I thought the world was going to end. DeShone Kizer made sure they were going to lose. Being a Bills fan must be fun. If I wanted to go watch a game with little to no scoring I would have bought a ticket to go see Lonzo Ball play basketball. Here’s a look at the stands in Buffalo yesterday…..
Finally, an absolutely shocking episode of The Walking Dead went down last night on AMC. Spoiler alert for those of you who have yet to see it, so definitely read no further if you plan to watch it later. Yes, we were due for a major character to die, and it finally is happening, or at least appears that way. We learned that Carl has a walker bite and is going to die. For those of you that don’t know, Carl is actually still alive in the comic, so this is a shocking deviation. Now it all makes sense why he was serious about sacrificing himself for the rest of Alexandria and why he wrote that letter to his dad earlier in the episode. Carl also died a virgin. I’m blaming Enid for this. As bummed as I am about this, it was necessary for the show to pull a shocking move that deviated from the comic to get your attention. Especially with all those whiners and complainers who said the show was predictable. Hopefully he actually goes out with a better ending in the next episode, because for being on the show after 8 seasons, he needs to go out with a bigger bang. A few side questions though. Where the hell is Heath and where did the garbage people disappear to? We all wish it were Eugene that died. Ugh….see you in two months TWD.