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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sports Thread #3 for 5/31/09: It Just Had To Happen One Day- The Aftermath Of Nadal's Stunning Exit At The French

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The press was still in disbelief, representing an entire sporting community in what they couldn't believe they've witness.

They must be a legit reason why the unthinkable became more than just thinkable. It happened! So the press had to ask the questions to try and make sense of it all.

"Where you tired? Did you play too much in the run up to the tournament? Did the crowd affect you in all way? Was the pressure of winning again too much?

But try as they might, Rafael Nadal just cut all of that unnecessary speculation out.

"When you lose, always everybody starts to analyze if I play too much. If I'mtired. The true, I won four years in arow playing the same. That's the true. This year I play the same and I lost. What happen? I lost. That's it."

The quotes of a true champion, even when he's dethroned.

The waves of the tennis ocean are still on high tide after Robin Soderling delivered one of the biggest upsets in tennis history by stopping Nadal's bid for a record fifth straight at Roland Garros. The Swedish number one was relentless in his assailment against the world number one, as the 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4, 7-6(2) result may fans in the stands say "Did we just see what we just saw" in French, and tennis fanatic across the world reload their web pages to make sure their computer screen didn't feature a glitch.

However, if there was one guy that could do this feat against Nadal, Soderling would be a rational choice at the end of the day, even though you would be far from rational to even select Soderling to upset the Spaniard. From their contentious match at Wimbledon two years, Soderling had the temperament to not be intimidated of Nadal, despite getting thrashed by the same player just last month 6-1, 6-0 in Rome. And based off his dispatching of the industrious David Ferrer, his confidence was clearly there from the incipient stages of the match.

Soderling's thumping serve and massive forehand were in full precision today, running Nadal ragged and doing the unthinkable: completely making the four time champion actually look pedestrian on the surface that has made him already a legend at age 23. The number 24th ranked player in the world had 61 winners to 59 unforced errors, the type of numbers you could only dream of having at the French Open against any opponent, let alone the one he was facing across the net today. But besides his dominance around the service line of the court today (also dropping down 9 aces and not a single double fault), what was just as impressive for Soderling was his net play on clay against Nadal.

27 for 35? Ridiculous!

Cognizant for his peculiar, unlikeable ways as much as his explosive talent, Soderling displayed a sense of normal, captivating emotion after the match. The man was certainly overwhelmed with the biggest win of his career (the audio isn't good in this video unless you understand French, tough you can hear the English in the back.)

But with no offense to the brilliance of Soderling, the story is clearly on Nadal. As he stated earlier, Nadal didn't make any excuses for having a busy clay court schedule, because he has that time of itinerary going into eventually winning the tournament.

Did it catch up to him this time? Apparently so. Still, he showed that it was no excuse, and it was NO EXCUSE.

He just had his first off day after going 31-0 on this surface without ever losing two sets in a match on this court before. It's just the fact that it actually happened now, when all of us (and probably including Soderling with how he reacted in that video above) never thought in our right minds that it would go down now.

But that's just sports, and life in general. Nothing is guaranteed, and nothing is given. Thankfully, the gracious and benevolent Nadal understands just that.

"All of us athletes, we know that when we walk on the court we can either win or lose. I know it for a fact anything can happen, and I have to accept them bothin the same way."

"Gunned Down While Passing Out Service Bulletins In The Church Lobby"

Church of Tillers
Photo from reformation-lutheran.org
Unbelievably poignant and lachrymose post from a person apart of the church where George Tiller was assassinated at. His username is ecologist, and his description of the events are chilling:
Like the late Dr. George Tiller, I am a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). This morning I attended my service in Baton Rouge, LA, where I worshiped, heard a beautiful homily, and witnessed the confirmation of several middle school kids. During this time, the ELCA congregation at Reformation Lutheran Church witnessed a horrific event as one of their members, Dr. George Tiller, was gunned down while passing out service bulletins in the church lobby where he was serving as an usher.

Obama and Holder Not Taking Any Chances As Tiller Death Aftermath Continues

Photo from AP
Desperate times call for desperate measures
"The murder of Doctor George Tiller is an abhorrent act of violence, and his family is in our thoughts and prayers at this tragic moment. Federal law enforcement is coordinating with local law enforcement officials in Kansas on the investigation of this crime, and I have directed the United States Marshals Service to offer protection to other appropriate people and facilities around the nation. The Department of Justice will work to bring the perpetrator of this crime to justice. As a precautionary measure, we will also take appropriate steps to help prevent any related acts of violence from occurring."

Sports Thread #2 for 5/31/09: 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals- Penguins vs Red Wings, Game 2 Thread

Photo from the great Harry How at Getty Images
Can the penguins make this series? or will they fall behind 2-0 like they did last year, and really placed themselves up again it.

We'll see.

The One Sentence Thread for 5/31/09: Totally Unwanted

If Christianity in America (and in general) needed another negative event to make it look bad, then this day sadly delivered it.

Gwen Iffl Makes A Hell Of A Point

The perfect defense against the critics of Sonia Sotomayor

Ifill "never hear[s] people say that for a white male that it's identity politics if he is shaped by his white maleness"

Update: Maybe she should tell this to the clueless Bob Schieffer of CBS

The Reaction To George Tiller's Assassination

Photo from the Kansas City Star
Because "gun downed" or even "slain" just aren't strong enough words to truly represent this right now. The reaction to George Tiller getting assassinated.

From President Obama:
I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.
From pro-life/anti-choice Operation Rescue's Randall Terry:
George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller's killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder. Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches.
From pro-choice Planned Parenthood, President Cecile Richards:
The entire Planned Parenthood family is deeply saddened by the murder of Dr. George Tiller. While he was not a Planned Parenthood provider, he was an integral part of our community and his loss is felt by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and those close to him who are suffering a personal tragedy.

Dr. Tiller was the epitome of high quality medical care underscored by deep compassion for his patients. He provided critical reproductive health care services, including abortion services to women facing some of the most difficult medical circumstances. He was continually harassed by abortion opponents for much of his career - his clinic was burned down, he was shot by a health center protestor, and he was recently targeted for investigation only to be acquitted by a jury just a few months ago. None of this stopped George Tiller from his commitment to providing women and their families with compassionate care that others were unwilling to offer.

His death is an enormous loss for the patients who relied on him, his dedicated staff, the medical community and for women and their families across America.
More analysis on Tiller's death later.

By the way: The suspect has been arrested

The Read for 5/31/09: Thanks To The Power of Facebook, A Mom Reunites With Her Son After 27 Years

27 years ago..... (Photo from Daily Mail)

Online social media has its share of bad characteristics. Stalking, grotesque photos that ruin people's reputations, annoying groups, etc.

But with all the bad, there is a hell of a lot good with it.

This following story exhibits the absolute best of social online media. If you don't have a Kleenex right by your side right now, you may want to change that.

Because this really hits the soul:
A British woman whose son was abducted almost 30 years ago was reunited with him - thanks to Facebook.
Avril Grube hadn't seen her son, Gavin, since his father took him to the Blackpool Zoo in 1982, according to the Times of London.
The rest of the story will leave you at least saying "Wow." It's not too long, so you'll finish reading it in a blink.

Fascinating. Saddening. Inspiriting. Heart-wrenching. What more can I say?

.........And now (Photo from Daily Mail)

Sports Thread #1 for 5/31/09: Nadal and Ivanovic in trouble At The french

Rafael Nadl is down two sets to one to his nemesis Robin Soderling, while Ivanovic is two games away from going to Victoria Azarenka.


Sunday Sunrise- The 5th Sunday in May (And a Special Update)

Your weekly spiritual uplifting thread every Sunday here at The Whole Delivery.

Donnie McClurkin's "Great Is Your Mercy."

Yolanda Adams' "This Too Shall Pass"

May this thread fulfill the spiritual awakening you need. Stay blessed, and overcome adversity.

I'm off to church, see you later in the day!

UPDATE: By the way, this post is the site's 800 post! Congrats TWD.

5/31/09: TWD's Agenda For The Day: A Litigation Nightmare

From Rennan Linsley of Associated Press
Like a storm that has ravished a house or a bunch of children who have spilled food all over themselves, the Cheney Administration has left an unmitigated mess for the rest of the country. Especially the Obama Administration.

And it has lead to the current justice department having to make a controversial decisions that may not run completely with the rule of law. One of those decisions is this story in which the the Chinese Ulighurs are being held still at Guantanamo Bay and denied their entrance in the United States.

It is indeed a dicey issue, with China potentially angry if the U.S. lets these Ulighurs, who they consider terrorists, free in America. But these men have been deemed not a threat to America, yet this country detained them. So technically, we should take them. These Ulighurs have been offered up to go to other countries that want them, but there have been no takers. (The closest to accepting them was Germany, but as this poster explains at the Washington Monthly, it turned out not to be.)

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread for 5/30-31/09:The Worst Rap You Will Ever Here

A college basketball, as of this post, is in the 23rd inning. Yes, you read right, the 23rd inning. And with that, I know my non-Whole Delivery people are tired of the sports now.

So, we'll leave you with this awful rap from these young Republicans, via the Kos:

And Tevin Campbell as always. "Tomorrow, may it bring a better me, and a better you."

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sports Thread #4 for 5/30/09: NBA Finals Prediction (Already!)

Photo from AP Photo/John Raoux

Magic in five games. Yes, you read correctly, Magic in five games.

And this is even just as intriguing of a question: Who does Shaq cheer for more: Kobe or Stan van Gundy?

And LeBron?

He left the area without even answering questions.
LeBron's photo from NBA.com and Getty Images

Sports Thread #3 for 5/30/09: Cavs vs Magic, Game 6 Thread (MAGIC WIN 103-90, ADVANCE TO THE FINALS!)

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Once again, Mr.Durley-Petty aka "I even got Oliver Miller on lockdown at the spot" man with the preview:

Cleveland was able to narrowly survive elimination thanks to an imperial, preposterously disgusting fourth quarter performance by LeBron James. However, have they really turned the corner to win in Orlando and force a decisive Game 7 at the Quicken Loans Center or was it just a desperate fleeting mirage? Does Orlando have the killer instinct to bury the Cavs or will they gag under the pressure? Here are the keys it tonight's game.

Cleveland Cavaliers

MoWill you must be ill

Mo Williams finally awoke form his hibernation and delivered the type of performance that typified his all-star season, dropping 24 points connecting on 6-9 treyballs. The Cavs, and especially Born will need a similar production from MoWill in Game 6 in Orlando with more consistency throughout the game. MoWill may have erupted for 24 points, but he 14 came in the first quarter. Cleveland needs consistent scoring for the duration, not just intervals. MoWill is shooting a dismal 32 percent in the Magic Kingdom, and 19 percent off 3-16 on triples. Did MoWill remedy his shooting woes and is the torrid cotton caressing portable? For Cleveland's sake it better be.

Knights protect your king

In Game 6 The King got great support from his knights. MoWill had 24 points, Zydrunas Illgauskas 16, Delonte West 13 and Daniel Gibson rediscovered his smooth shooting stroke from the last two years busting 3 trifectas. Together they combined for 64 points and gave the Cavs the offensive stability they lacked the previous four games. The first four contest Bron's 42 points per game accounted for 41.7 percent of Cleveland's point total. However, in Game 5 The Chosen One 37 points only comprised 33 percent of the Cavs points. Cleveland will need a replication of scoring balance again tonight. It's also crucial Cleveland get off to a good start because they've habitually let 20 point leads dissolve quicker than glass of alka-seltzer and been thoroughly outballed in the second half of every game.

Choke Superman on the kryptonite

Dwight Howard has been a dominant force in the paint, effortlessly manhandling every Cavs big man who's unsuccessfully tried to guard him. He's went, up down, around, and incessantly banged on t heir heads like a hammer on a nail. When D12 gets the rock Cleveland bigs need to either hammer him hard and force him to hit free throws, or let him make the layup, but they can ill-afford to let Howard powerman his way and 1's and get Cavs inside players in foul trouble. Cleveland perimeter players also need to collapse hard on Howard when they double but recover quickly to Orlando shooters because the Cavs have nauseating apathetically given up a bevy of open triple looks. Granted Orlando only went 8-25 from the great beyond in Game 5, they fricasseed them with 17 treys in Game 4.

Mike Brown made a brilliant adjustment moving Bron up to the elbow/top of the key giving Bron space to isolate Mickael Pietrus. That gives Bron the option of driving, shooting the jab step face-up jumper, or if the defense converges on him kicking it out to open shooters, and it's imperative they knock down the shots. Bron is the most unstoppable force driving to the rack in the game and he's done a great job of drawing fouls on Howard. Bron has to continue to exploit Howard's penchant for fouls because he's fouled out in Game 6 and had four fouls in Cleveland's Game 2 victory. Removing the NBA Defensive Player of the Year off the court clears the lane for far easier drives. In Game 5, Bron had 37 points, 12 dimes and 14 boards. Bron is only the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 25 points in 15 consecutive games along with Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West The Cavs will need him to be the same facilitating mutilator again tonight.

Orlando Magic

Dho be smart bro

The Cleveland Cavaliers have absolutely no answer for Howard in the post. Howard has routinely eaten the Cavs interior players like a gorilla devours bananas. He's pummeled them on the boards, beaten them to loose balls, and utilized his quickness and strength to get buckets with his half hook or spin moves for ferocious bangs. There's just one problem- D12 has been in foul trouble in every game this series. Howard has been his own worst enemy and no one can stop him but him.

The big fella has certainly been some questionable poptart touch fouls, but Howard has to be conscious refs are officiating him differently. With Howard getting minimal leeway he has to modify his game and make sure he rotates to meet Cavs driving to the lane quicker, beating them to the spot because he has a tendency to be just a step late. That one step is the key to smacking a shot, drawing a charge, or being whistled for a block. Howard has to be in position to be in position to avoid petty fouls so he can stay on the floor. Superman is the epicenter of the Magic attack, and if he's dominating he creates open shots for Orlando shooters Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis, Rafer Alston, Mickael Pietrus and Courtney Lee to unleash their triple tsunami or Cleveland.

Don't be witnesses

In game 5 Cleveland head coach Mike Brown made a strategic move to place Bron at the top of the key in a 1-4 high set to provide Bron with better spacing and mitigate Orlando's convergence so he had more room to operate. The plan change worked to perfection, as Bron scored or assisted on the Cavs final 32 points. Stan Van Gundy and his crew were shook and disoriented by element of surprise, but they've now had a day to devise a counterattack to avoid getting bum rushed by the same move.

If Bron's positioned at the top of the key Pietrus or Turkaglu needs to overplay Bron to a side, preferably the left because he typically shoots his pull-up going left and drives to the rack right rarely ever stopping and popping. They should steer Bron towards a defender who should pinch hard and cut off his drive before he gets the chance to build up a head of steam because if he accelerates it's a taquito wrap. If Bron holds the pill for an extended period of time surveying the D like he often does the Magic can send a defender to double hard, or as soon as he dribbles forcing him to pass and putting the onus on Bron's teammates to consistently drain shots which they've been unable to do. That will should also help Howard avoid picking up cheap fouls making up for his teammates errors meeting Bron at the tin.

Hedo enjoy Orlando hospitality

Hedo Turkaglu is one of the rare players who actually plays better on the road than at home. In the East Finals Turk has averaged 22 points on the road and only 13 at home. Turk has to carry the same road mentality to Orlando and enjoy the friendly confines of his own crib. Turk had a great scoring game in Game 5, busting 26 points and snatching 6 rebounds, but more importantly he only had 2 assists. Orlando is at their best when Turk is using his versatility and dope handles to freak defenders off the bounce allocating the rock to teammates for open treys or D12 for monster dunks. Turk is the Magic leading dime-dropper at 5 a night and is the barometer for the team. If he plays well Orlando usually wins.

Rashard Lewis only had 15 points and missed a lot of open triples in Game 5 but he has a distinct advantage over Anderson Varejao off the dribble and the perimeter. Look for Shard to bounce back busting jumpers and posting up smaller defenders such as West and MoWill. Shard has also been instrumental tossing heart ripping daggers down the stretch off screens and kickouts from Turk.


Cleveland may have won Game 5 but you can't feel too confident that they had to rely on herculean, disgusting, virtuoso legendary performance from Bron to do so. The Cavs are in a perilous position and that slim win wasn't reassuring has to leave you feeling leery. Bron will do everything within his power to send it back to his castle, but unless someone else has a huge game Superman and the Magic will send the king's empire crashing down tonight. It should be another raw scintillating battle but Orlando 108-104

Game Updates

Update 1: Explosive first quarter to this game. Dwight is ballin, LeBron is ballin, everyone is ballin. But the Magic are doing it a little better right now. 30-25 Orlando after one.

Ultimate Update: IT'S OVER. The Orlando Magic are the 2008-2009 Eastern Conference Champions, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-90. Dwight Howard, if he wasn't already, is a DEFINITIVE SUPERSTAR.

Sports Thread #2 for 5/30/09: 2009 Stanley Cup Finals- Penguins vs Red Wings, Game 1 Thread

Illustration from ESPN.com

It's the rematch everyone in the league wanted, as the Detroit Red Wings try to go for the franchise's 12th title against a Penguin team hungry to lift the Stanley Cup for the first time in 16 years

ESPN's asked their analysts eight key questions in the series, including this first one:
1. Which captain makes the bigger contribution in this series? Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom or Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby?
Burnside: Got to go with Crosby, who leads the NHL in points (tied with teammate Evgeni Malkin) and goals, especially given that Lidstrom is just now returning to the lineup for Game 1 after missing the past two games of the Western Conference finals with a lower-body injury.

Hradek: Being the offensive threat, Crosby's contributions likely will be more tangible. And, as usual, his every move will be under the microscope. He has taken his total game to another level during the first three rounds of the playoffs, but the challenge will be greater against the tenacious Wings. Lidstrom, meanwhile, will continue to do all the little things that have made him one of the great defensemen to ever lace up the skates. These two guys are always monster contributors. If the Penguins are going to win, Crosby's contributions will have to be bigger because I see the Wings as the deeper team.

LeBrun: Last season, it was Lidstrom, this time around, it will be Crosby. There has been no greater playoff performer than Sid The Kid this spring. He has brought his game to a whole new level and he's going to crank it up a notch against Detroit. If you thought his series against Washington was impressive, wait until you see what he's got in store for the finals.

Three of ESPN's experts pick the Wings to defend their title, while the other three picked Crosby, Malkin, and company to lift Lord Stanley's Cup. Look to see which three right here.

And Sports Illustrated's Allan Muir believes the Wings will the Cup yet again:
My heart is saying Penguins, but the defending champs have done nothing over the last two months to suggest the title is up for grabs. Red Wings take it in six to become the first repeat winners in 11 years.
Hockey just hopes that the ratings will come. But it probably won't come from me though.

By the way, I think the penguins will break through, win the title, and hopefully give hockey the jolt it needs. But I doubt it though.

Well, Look Whose Coming To The City Tonight

Photo from the Associated Press

A night out down in Midtown.

Music Thread for 5/30/09: The New Videos

The new video for Kanye's single featuring Rihanna, "Paranoid." This video can't hurt your eyes with all the flashes. And I swear, when you watch Rihanna's transformation in this video, you would think you were watching a Sailor Moon transformation.

As highlighted a few days ago, here's new Mos Def! YEAH!

She is really obsessed with the black and white video (and other things in her videos), but here is "Ego" from Beyonce

And for the non Hip Hop/R&B, Urban Pop fans, here's Regina Spektor with "Laughing With." Because we try to provide the whole delivery at TWD.

Comedy Yet Again From Kos' HateMail

Remember last week?

Well, whether you did or not, here's this week's edition. It is pure comedy again.

Sports Thread #1 for 5/30/09: Third Round Stunner

Photo from Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images
French Open Report:

Novak Djokovic was headed to a possible collision course with Roger Federer in the semifinals. And with the form he showed all throughout the spring, a possible match with Rafael Nadal in the final.

Instead, the world number four collided into Philipp Kohlschreiber today, and crashed out of Roland Garros in stunning fashion.

A 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 laydown by the Serbian at the hands of the solid but far from spectacular German, unless you are talking about today. From the get go, Kohlschreiber was locked in for the upset, serving proficiently and using his terrific one handed backhand to full success. But Djokovic looked sluggish and had the wear and tear of a long clay court season spell his demise. 38 unforced errors from the 2008 Australian Open champion, and he summed up how dejected he was with the shocking result.

"What is disappointing was that I couldn't find the rhythm throughout the whole match. This is what I was always managing to do. You know, that's why I'm in the top of the men's game for a while now.Physically I felt good, but it's just a bad day at the office. What can you do? This is sport. "

Federer's road to the finals is still very difficult. After beating the dangerous Paul Henri-Matthieu in four sets, the 13 time Grand Slam winner faces old nemesis Tommy Hass in the next round, with Gael Monfils looming in the quarterfinals (provided he gets past an impressive looking Andy Roddick in his Round of 16 encounter).

But the Swiss will shed no tears for Djokovic going out. And the road does become a little easier without that supposed "collision course."

Now if that Nadal character could somehow lose before.

On the women's side, Serena Williams was able to come back from a set down and not egress the singles tournament like her sister did yesterday. She defeated Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (say that name five times fast) of Spain 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 despite having an illness and overcoming a controversial moment.

In the first set, Sanchez was giving a point despite the ball hitting off her arm instead of her racket. The chair umpire didn't notice it, and Sanchez didn't admit to it sadly. Nevertheless, Serena advances to the second week and now will play the improving Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak in the 4th round.

Elena Dementieva couldn't pull out her three set match though, as the number four seed fell to veteran Australian Samantha Stosur 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. Also falling by the waste side was Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, losing to a fellow talented youngster Sorana Cristea of Romania. Ironically, both Wozniacki and Cristea are doubles partners, so that match had to be weird indeed for the both of them.

And in other news:
Photo from the PA
Chelsea closed out the soccer season in England and sent off Guus Hiddink in fine fashion, wining the FA Cup 2-1 over Everton.

That's the sports thread for now. Peace.

A "Reel Feel" Column: Their Just Deserts

Hispanic Republican strategists Alex Castellanos, Leslie Sanchez, and Danny Diaz are nowhere to found this week after the historic nomination of Sonia Sotomayor
A "Reel Feel" from what I thought yesterday. And it has been crossposted at the Kos, recommended at TPMCafe, and also written at Docudharma.
They spent their years content to keep key constituents dumb.

It is their nightmare right now because of that.

They spent their years lying their gums off just so they could easily become part of the corrupt elite.

It is their nightmare right now because of that.
It continues:
Last night, I thought about this:
Hispanic GOP members are having one hell filled week with how some in their party haven't said nice things about their race.
And look what Mr. Sargent reports today in his Weekend Open Thread:
Sam Stein reports that Hispanic GOP strategists are stunned and outraged by the conservative attacks on Sotomayor
And a key point to note:
But you can just tell that some of them aren't with the S.O.P because of their trepidation for "big government" or "liberalism" leading us to being Commies or something along those lines. Instead, they are there as true Benedict Arnolds to their community, to their backgrounds, to their own skin color. And it is truly unfortunate.
Hope you enjoy.

5/30/09- TWD's Agenda For This "Satur"Day: Stanley Cup Finals

From the NHL.com
Though more people will still probably end up watching Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, love must be given to hockey's biggest stage. It's a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup finals, as the Pittsburgh Penguins look to get revenge on the Detroit Red Wings. Can Sid the Kid break through and beat the powerful Wings? We'll see.

Here's Obama's weekly address, and Susan G says it correctly: Obama is coming out swinging for Sotomayor:

And the Saturday agenda can't be complete without.......Luda!

Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!) - Ludacris

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 5/29-30/09: U.N. Says U.S. May Have Committed War Crimes

Two nights ago over at the Kos, I said that the United Nations claimed into a war crimes probe into Sri Lanka, but not into the United States under the Cheney Administration. Well, it turns out, they just had a report indicating that war crimes may have happened, and that U.S. human rights record was deplorable.


Huge thanks to the always assiduous and tireless Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse for linking this devastating report.

Until the morning, and remember, "Tomorrow Can Bring A Better Me and You." Sha-la!

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Friday Night Thread for 5/29/09

Montell Jordan, what night is it man?

Staying in tonight, as Game 6 of the Lakers-Nuggets series keeps going on and migraines persist in my head.

Sports Thread #1 for 5/29/09: Nuggets vs Lakers, Game 6 (Lakers On Their Way To The Finals)

Photo from NBA.com

The Preview from Mr. Durley-Petty himself:

LA Lakers

Keep scoring stable connected like cable

It may seem like an inconceivable oxymoron but the Lakers are actually better when Kobe Bryant isn't a dominant offensive scorer. For the series Kobe is averaging 33.8 points a night, but LA was successful in Game 5 because he got additional help from the complementary players. Five Lakers scored in double figures Wednesday. Kobe may have been limited scoring only 22 points on 13 attempts, but he delegated the pill beautifully, accepting double teams and hitting open teammates for open shots finishing with 8 dimes. Offensive versatility makes LA far more dangerous.

LO, LO dey know dey know

Lamar Odom finally woke up from his extended slumber as Lamar Oh No was buried and The Goods reemerged. Odom was monumental, scoring 19 points, snatching 14 rebounds and 3 assists. Odom's brilliance wasn't limited to the offensive end, but was also evident on defense as he punched 4 shots. Odom's game has to be permeable and ball with the same ferocity, intensity and conviction for LA to close it out tonight.

Stay out our yard

In each loss LA has taken they've been pulverized in the paint, giving up nearly twice as many points. However, in Game 5 the Lakers did a great job, particularly in the second half of limiting Denver' drives and relegating them to deep jumpers. That stoute defense enabled LA to go on a game-changing 21-3 run when they were trailing 73-66 and yank a lead they would never relinquish. The Lakers will need to apply the same defensive principles tonight and Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Odom will have to protect the paint.

Get ready to eat

This is the time the Lakers have been waiting for all season. They're on the precipice of getting back to the Finals and realizing the chance of championship redemption from last year's disappointing loss. All year analysts have questioned they're mental and physical toughness. This is the time to silence those critics with a win at the raucous Mile High that will reverberate throughout the league. There's no time for any pop tart soft play or lack of concentration. Kobe and Phil Jackson have to reiterate the importance of getting it done now to the team and LA has to collectively head the admonishment.

Denver Nuggets

No fouls Nene

Nene is the Nuggets only true center. He's is Denver's interior anchor and paint foundation. However, Nene also has a affinity for attracting fouls. In Denver's three losses Nene has been saddled with fouls, collecting nearly at least 5 fouls and he fouled out in Game 5. The Brazilian cancer survivor is the Nuggets best post defender and rebounder, pulling 8 a game in the series and 10 points. It's pivotal Nene stays on the floor to combat the length and size of LA's bigs.

Kid get ya mind right!

Denver has outplayed the Lakers in 4 of the 5 games. If you cut off the score and just watched the game you'd easily concede Denver was the better team and soundly outplayed LA. However, because of Denver's propensity for mental meltdowns they've negated their own play advantage. The Nuggets can't allow their emotional combustibility and immaturity to let them get distracted into barking questionable calls, getting techs and popping off trash with the Lakers during confrontations. Denver also needs to limit LA's background players and not allow 5 players to score in double figures. Derek Fisher and Shannon Brown in particular cannot get off. George Karl has to show some leadership and get Denver to maintain their composure to avoid making rockheaded, idiotic mistakes or LA will bury their magical season.

Chauncey be compass not accomplice

Chauncey Billups is one of the most scholarly, cerebral chill customers you'll ever see lace up a pair of ball kicks. However, the rock uncharacteristically lost his composure and made some atrocious decisions during the Lakers game clinching 21-3 charge. Mr Big Shot fired ill-advised shots, throw passes with no one in the proximity and was an accomplice to the reckless insanity that popped off costing Denver a big win. Billups has to be the stabilizer he's been all year and when things get intense and adversity comes not allow his crew to unravel. Billups has to be take a page from Janet Jackson and exercise “Control” and get the Nuggets to slow their roll.

Lay em don't jay em

When Denver lost their cool down the stretch they abandoned the philosophy that reaped such bountiful benefits. Denver, and in particular J.R. Smith (1-10 three's) chucked injudicious regurgitious triples and long jumpers. The Nuggets went 7-24 from treyland and only had 17 assists. Denver needs to rely on the ball movement that got them a 120-101 wrecking of LA in Game 4 and aggressively bash and slash to the rack. Carmelo Anthony in particular needs to remain assertive and not get goaded into settling for deep jumpers. Melo needs to use his face-up 15 footer and go to the cup with intentions of banging on someone getting and 1's not simply looking to draw fouls. This will in turn create opportunities for open, uncontested treyballs which net rippers Linas Kleiza, Billups and Smith are adept at, as well as lay-ups for Birdman Anderson, K-Mart and Nene


While they have unparalleled comprehensive skills, the Lakers still don't have the mental stamina to concentrate for extended periods of time. Denver will come out intense, energized and krunk feeding off the electricity of the crowd. The Nuggets swarming play will be too much for LA to overcome and a do or die Game 7 will take place Sunday night at Staples Center. Denver 110-101.

The Updates
Update 1:los Angeles looks focus while Carmelo is quiet again. 39-33 Lakers right now with 2:58 in the 2nd quarter.
Update 2:What a close to the first half. Kobe explodes at the end, and Trevor Ariza is like.......a really damn good shooter now. 53-40 at halftime. Carmelo better wake up.
Update 3: Dahntay Jones shows how he didn't put his Duke education to the best use. A silly technical foul that he picks up, and because of that, Kobe knocks the free throw after showing an air ball 54-43 in the early parts of the third.

Update 4: It's getting ugly in Denver right now. 77-59, Lakers are playing like the championship team that they can be. It is quiet now.
Update 5:Dominant third quarter, as the Lakers extend the lead to 16, 83-67 going into the final quarter. Can Denver somehow force a Game 7? And where the hell is Carmelo at?

4th quarter
Update 6: They are just unstoppable at the moment: Gasol, Odom, Walton, Ariza, everyone helping as the Lakers are up 90-69. Only a miracle and a half will prevent the Nuggets from letting the Lakers from clinching the West here tonight.

Update 7:"No mercy." That's the theme Kobe has preached, and it has been fulfilled 105-85 Lakers with 4:35 left.

Mike Breen has just said they are a perfect 19 for 19 at the line, the Lakers.

Update 8:Lakers up by 25, get the West trophy out.
Final score:Lakers 119, Nuggets 92

And Phil Jackson improves his record in series where he has won Game 1 to a staggering 43-0.

43-0. AMAZING!

Sometimes You Have To Handle Your Own Business: Robert Gibbs Blew It Today

Not coming in defense of Sonia Sotomayor's supposed controversial comments, White House Press secretary Robert Gibbs says that she used a "poor choice of words" back in 2001. Watch it right below:

Ok, now here's what President Obama told NBC's Brian Williams tonight on his reaction to Sotomayor's comments:

Major difference between the two, and not because one is on C-Span and the other on NBC. Gibbs barely defended Sotomayor while Obama defended her comments much more.

For Gibbs to use the word "poor" was an absolute terrible decision on his part. I'll let BarbinMD fully express this:
That's just great. Buy into a rightwing, false talking point and apologize for it. Right down to agreeing with a Fox News reporter that she said she would "come to a better conclusion."

Read the damn speech, Robert and get your facts straight.

And as for what you think she'd say? Let her say it and don't put words in her mouth. Better yet, don't put Rush Limbaugh's word in your mouth.
It really shouldn't have come to this. But it did.

Music Thread #2 for 5/29/09: The Friday Flashback, Video #2- (Mary J Blige feat Ja Rule "Rainy Dayz")

Because of a rainy week here in New York, it made me think of the perfect song for the second flashback video. And that song is "Rainy Dayz" from Ja Rule and Mary J.Blige, from 2002. Enjoy this classic, and don't regret it like Robert Gibbs maybe doing now:

Rainy Dayz - Mary J. Blige

Sports Thread #1 for 5/29/09: Oy! Venus Williams Crashes Out Early In Paris.............AGAIN

Photo from Times Online
First, French Open news, especially the headline one:

Well, after giving her credit yesterday in gutting out a tough win against the dangerous Czech Lucie Safarova, it was the annual French Open horror show from Venus Williams today.

The 2002 finalist crashed out in very disappointing fashion today to former world number 13 Agnes Szavay, getting bagled in the first set in a 6-4, 6-0 defeat today. From the commencement of the match, the elder of the two Williams sisters have nothing today. No energy, no precision, and no tactics.

Funny enough, after losing to Szavay, Venus next opponent was still at Roland Garros? Huh? And that next opponent while you maybe scratching your head was..........Agnes Szavay. What you say, "What the hell" am I writing?"

Well, Venus had to play doubles with her sister later in the day, and their opponents were Szavay and her first time partner Gisela Dulko of Argentina. And once again, Szavay got the jump on Venus, winning the first set 6-2. But thankfully for the 5-time Wimbledon champion, her sister was right beside her, as they came back to beat Dulko/Szavay 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

A weird day indeed. But it's also one day that made Maria Sharapova content after gutting out another long three set match, this time against little known qualifier Yaroslav Shvedova 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Despite a languid first set and 11 double faults, the Shriester is into the second week. And with the draw opening up for her, she is very dangerous.

And speaking of Sharapova, read this one on one of tennis up and coming talents in her lost today to Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai:
Aravane Rezai complains about Michelle Larcher de Brito's grunting during their third-round match, won 7-6(3), 6-2 by Rezai.

"I said [to the umpire], 'She's shouting too loud, there's a limit. You can't really shout that way," said Rezai.

Rezai, who felt that the umpire did not respond strongly enough, also complained to the referee.

Responded de Brito, "I said to the umpire, you know, he doesn't tell Maria [Sharapova] to keep quiet. You know, when she was winning she never complained. Only when I started to get my game going, I started winning games, then all of a sudden my noise is a nuisance."

"She said, 'Sharapova has never been told that she was shouting too loud.' And I said, 'No, I have told her in a previous match,'" said Rezai, adding that she found de Brito's noises more distracting that Sharapova's. "It's different. She really shouts loud... That was just a tactic. She was trying to impress me with her shouts, and I managed to win the match all the same."

Like Sharapova, the level of de Brito's grunting has attracted attention ever since she began playing on tour. But de Brito said Rezai is the only player to make an official complaint during a match. "She's actually the first one. I guess that was a bit of her tactic to throw me off a little bit," said the 16-year-old.

Rezai said some players expressed support in the locker room
Rafael Nadal looked so good today in dismantling former world number one Lleyton Hewitt, that it wouldn't shock anyone if he does not drop a set there at Roland Garros for the second consecutive year.

Now, the non French Open news:
The NHL isn't featured much around The Whole Delivery's sports threads, and commissioner Gary Bettman has been heavily criticized for hockey possibly losing its big four sports league status in this country (certainly not Canada though). But his decision to start the Stanley Cup Finals much earlier than it was originally scheduled to begin was needed.

Still, the NHL is so powerless right now, that they had to abdicate to NBC's request, so the network could protect Jay Leno's show against the upcoming NBA Finals.

Sports Illustrated's Michael Farber gives the reason why:
While the NHL deserves moderate applause for taking smelling salts and reversing its original lunatic announcement that the final would start June 5 if either conference final went beyond four games -- hockey would have been harder to find than D.B. Cooper if it had disappeared for more than a week at this time of year -- the decision to hustle through the first two games to suit NBC's tastes is misguided.

The network pays the NHL in rights fees exactly the number of combined playoff wins by Montreal and St. Louis this spring -- yes, zero -- but it has a disproportionately loud voice in scheduling the league's showcase event. For the niche NHL, NBC represents exposure. (The network is televising Games 1 and 2, then 5 through 7 while Games 3 and 4 are on Versus, the league's subterranean cable partner.) The suspicion is that if NBC, which has not re-upped beyond this year, wanted the NHL to paint the crease area lavender instead of blue, Commissioner Gary Bettman would send out a minion with a watercolor set.
I didn't know who D.B. Cooper was by the way until I googled him, and after I did, I would say that Farber was an idiot for using that analogy.

While Tom Brady is happy, Peyton Manning is cranky.

I did not know Bob Costas was back to announcing baseball. Outside of Mitch Williams blockheadedness, the MLB Network is off to a fine start. Costas and Mark Vasgersian, yes!

But Vasgerian has had his share of terrible slip ups on the network so far, including this one:


Two years after taking them to the World Series, Clint Hurdle will be fired as the Colorado Rockies manager.

And even when Kyle Busch is right, you just wish he still would shut up and just not be heard from.

I'm Really Not Being Mean Here (No Really, I'm Not). But...

Can someone tell David Shuster his show is over:

Or have him update his tweeter page besides tweeting. I'm just saying.

Michigan Senator Levin Basically Calls A Boldface Liar: The Reaction All Around "TRONN"

(For those who don't know what TRONN stands for, it means The Rational Online Network of Networks).

First, the story that broke the afternoon it occurred, as Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the Chairman of the powerful Armed Services Committee in Congress, basically called Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz's claims in the media recently far "from the truth."

This all basically started from beachmom's post over at the Kos
As you recall, Levin released a report on the treatment of detainees which was signed off on by the Republicans on the Armed Services Committee as well, which was quite damning of the Bush Administration and the regime Dick Cheney created. In short, Levin has done the research and knows what he is talking about.
When former Vice President Cheney said last week that what happened at Abu Ghraib was the work of "a few sadistic prison guards" acting on their own, he bore false witness. And when he said last week there was no link between the techniques used at Abu Ghraib and those approved for use in the CIA’s secret prisons, he again strayed from the truth. The seeds of Abu Ghraib’s rotten fruit were sown by civilians at the highest levels of our government.
"He again strayed from the truth."

Levin's unwavering statements have picked up traction throughout the TRONN world:
TPM's Eric Kleefield titled it correctly:
Levin Calls Cheney A Liar On Torture
Greg Sargent puts this in the important context that it is
If this is true, it’s big. A Senator who has seen the documents Cheney claims will prove that torture saved lives says that those docs contain absolutely nothing about whether the torture techniques were actually responsible for yielding any valuable intelligence.

Networks such as MSNBC have given literally hours of airtime to Cheney and his daughter Liz to claim endlessly that these docs will prove Cheney’s torture assertions. These claims have gone almost entirely unchallenged, due to the classified nature of the documents. You’d think that a contrary claim from a well-respected Senator who has also seen the docs would merit a few passing mentions, too.
But Kos front pager Barbin MD is not holding her breath
Three words: Not gonna happen.
I begrudgingly have to agree with her on that one (not that I don't like to agree with a great perspective like Barbin does, of course).

But hey, MSNBC and CNN are picking up the story,. Because why would they pass up the chance for "ratings drama" instead of just doing the serious news of this, yeahhhhhhhhhhhh.

The Cinema For 5/29/09: Pixar's "UP"

The return of The Cinema, the movie thread here at The Whole Delivery, features Pixar's latest movie "UP." Will it be another great movie from the animation company? We'll see.
Trailer 1

Trailer 2

OMG New York, WE'RE UNDER ATTACK FROM............

.........."TEH Gays, run for your lives!" AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

The perfect response to the "National Organization for Marriage" nutcases: Mr. Colbert
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
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Music Thread #1 for 5/29/09: Flashback Fridays Video #1 (Vaness Carlton: A Thousand Miles)

Here is this early 2000's classic from Vanessa Carlton, the first of today's two flashback videos. You really hope she could produce this type of deepness now, because "A Thousand Miles" is truly unforgettable.

A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton

Question to MSNBC's Alex Witt, You're Kidding, Right?

One of MSNBC's many questionable anchors, Alex Witt is prone to ask things that make you say, "How do she get the job she has?" (Though I would also ask the same of her producers, because this one will straight baffle you.)

You'll ask that question or the title's question when you read what she asked this morning to some lady from the Daily Beast.

"Is Sonia Sotomayor getting Sarah Palin'ed?"

Amazing, isn't it?

5/29/09- TWD's Agenda For This Friday, Part 2: The Fight For Health Care Reform Continues To Grow

The incomparable Ted Kennedy is on the health care reform hustle, and Obama yesterday again “[W]e’ve got to get it done this year,”

It really does.

Check out "Health Care Friday", a weekly report on the status of health care news from the brilliant DemFromCt at the Daily Kos.

5/29/09-TWD's Agenda For This Friday, Part 1: Yayy, the Video

Thanks to AJB, here's the video that Mike Polk made about the NBA on TNT guys, with the same beat as his Cleveland tourism videos. Another classic, and you'll laugh whether you are a sports fan or not.

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread for 5/28-29/09: Mike Polk Is A Cleveland Legend

LeBron, take a back seat. You have nothing on Mike Polk and his genius:

That TNT version didn't come up yet as of post time, sadly. I'll end it on that note. Have a great night and/or morning everyone.

Update: HAHAHAHA, thanks to greendem at the Kos, I didn't know or even see that Polk did a second one. And it is even better!

Who is this guy? Well, let him explain a little bit (it has a lot of weird, VERY weird moments, but hey, this guy is funny):

The One Sentence Thread For 5/28/09: Second Thoughts

Hispanic GOP members are having one hell filled week with how some in their party haven't said nice things about their race.

Music Thread #2 for 5/28/09: To Promote His Long Overdue Album "Detox", Dr.Dre Uses Dr.Pepper For Promotion?

I can understand this a little bit because of the Doctor-Doctor thing, but sodas just aren't hot anymore.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sports Thread #2 for 5/28/09: Magic vs Cavs, Game 5 Thread (Can Cleveland Stave Off Elimination Or Will Magic Topple LeBron's Kingdom? )

From NBA.com

The Sheed man
Orlando has shocked the masses and withstood everything the Cavaliers have thrown at them. They've surmounted 20 point leads, second half deficits, sluggish starts and a ridiculously gross personal onslaught from LeBron James. What more can Cleveland do to win a game and get back in the series? Here are the keys to tonight's contest.

Cleveland Cavs

Can a brotha get some help?

LeBron James like Kanye West's anthem for the NBA playoffs has been simply “amazing.” Bron has been the embodiment of a one man band, registering one of the most resplendent series in playoff history. For the East Finals James is averaging 42.3 points, 7.3 boards, 7.3 dimes, 1.5 thefts and 1.25 blocks. What more can the man physically do? The problem is Bron is actually doing to much on the offensive end. In this series Bron is accounting for 41.7 percent of Cleveland's scoring. That's a 13 percent increase from the regular season when Bron's 28.4 points a night made up 28 percent of the Cavs scoring.

The answer is simple. Mo Williams, Zydranus Illgauskas and Delonte West you got to do something!The King's court needs to find some way to alleviate Bron's exhausting cumbersome load and get some buckets. MoWill is averaging 17.3 points a game but it's the most misleading, inconsequential 17 a night you've ever seen. The all-star guard is getting 17.7 shots a game but connecting on dreadful 32 percent from the floor and only 22 percent on three's. MoWill has been more frigid than a mastodon's tusks during the ice age. Illgauskas is snatching a great 10.8 boards a game, but only netting 10.8 points on 42 percent shooting. West is distributing well at 4 assists a night, but averaging 13 points on 43.5 percent from the field and 29.4 percent on triples.
Bottom line, it's essential these three get their game up to give the Cavs any chance of prolonging the series. They can't afford to stand around allowing the offense to stagnate mesmerized by Bron's individual magnificence expecting him to construct a herculean effort to pull them through. The Cavs won 66 games with an offense predicate on balance. The Magic have had four players score 20 points in the series, while no one has equaled a dub for the Cavs outside of Bron. Mowill has to play like an all-star, Big Z has to get some buckets in the post and not settle strictly for jumpers and West has to get to the rack, hit the mid-range j and bust open treyz.

Get, get, get, get up! I said bench, get, get, get up!

The Cavs bench has been completely non-existent the entire series. While Cleveland doesn't have any flame throwing bucket-fillers off the pine they should still collectively be able to muster more production than they have. To say they've been anemic would be a gross understatement.

The Cavs reserves had their most fruitful night in Game 4 with 14 points, but their collective effort was still outdone by Orlando's Mickael Pietrus 17 points. The Cavs can't rival Orlando's bench point totals but they can equal their overall impact. Daniel Gibson needs to rediscover his stroke and confidence from the past two postseasons with his long range daggers. Ben Wallace needs to play the tough, hellacious defense that earned him Defensive Player of the Year an NBA record tying four times. Joe Smith needs to get more burn because he can play better defense on the perimeter oriented Rashard Lewis and Wally Szczerbiak has to get more screens to bust jumpers.

Coach of the year prove you're worthy

Mike Brown earned Coach of the Year honors this year, and deservedly so given the alterations he made throughout the season and the Cavs posting one of the best records in league history. However, the man with the Yale professor demeanor has been given a strategic hardwood lesson this series by Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy and been thoroughly outcoached. Brown is a perceptive man, but his dogmatic insistence on predominantly using a big lineup has been mystifying and detrimental. The Cavs can ill-afford to have Illgauskas and Anderson Varejao on the floor for extended periods of time against the nimble, multi-faceted duo of Hedo Turkoglu and Lewis. Orlando relies on a more diverse, finesse drive and dish European style attack and having Big Z who's nice but moves as fast as an arthritic snail in molasses and Varejao defending them on the perimeter is murder she wrote.

Dwight Howard's a lost cause because Cleveland has no one who can contain him. Brown needs to insert either Sasha Pavlovic, Szczerbiak or Smith in the lineup to better combat Turk and Shard's ability off the bounce and shooting. This will enable Cleveland to better contest and not get bombarded with an avalanche of 17 triples (many of which no Cavs were in the vicinity) like they did in Game 4. Minimizing and not surrendering unchallenged threeballs will be critical. Sliding Bron over to the four should also create more transition opportunities for the Cavs, who desperately need to get easy buckets.

Orlando Magic

The beast gotta eat

Like legendary Queensbridge, NY emcee Nas said on his 1994 classic Illmatic, when the Magic feed the ravenous, athletic freak Dwight Howard “it ain't hard to tell, he'll excel and prevail.” Howard's postseason averages of 20.4 points, 15.8 boards and 2.38 blocks place him in illustrious company. D12, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and Tim Duncan are the only players in the last 18 years to post nightly averages of 20 points and 15 boards throughout the postseason. That's true, unmitigated interior dominance. The four games Howard has hit at least 20 points have all resulted in Magic wins. In the Magic one loss D12 only got 8 shots and 10 points. 20 points is the barometer of success for Howard and Orlando. Howard's interior manhandling also generates open triples for Orlando cord rippers Rafer Alston, who's 26 points in Game 4 were crucial and Courtney Lee, while opening driving lanes for Turk and Shard when Cleveland collapses on D12. Feed Superman the rock and watch him devour Cleveland bigs like Mike and Ikes.

Mickael's amore

Mickael Pietrus has been absolutely astronomical in the series. Every time Cleveland has appeared on the verge of a run the netflaming Frenchman has dropped a bomb at opportune times to extinguish the Cavs burgeoning flame. For the series the former lottery pick is averaging 14 points on 49 percent shooting from the floor and 42 percent from the treyland. Pietrus has also played suffocating defense on Bron, sniffing his sniffing and hounding his every move like a narcotics canine on a stack of angel dust kilos. Pietrus stout defense, in addition to the Magic collective D has left Bron tremendously gassed and unable to single-handedly take over games down the stretch. Orlando will need to Pietrus to be an irritant again tonight and jumper to be chedda to close the Cavs out tonight.

Slap em, clap em and wrap em today with no delay

In the past people questioned Orlando's mental toughness. They knew the Magic had the physical tools to be successful but they wondered if the Magic possessed the physical and mental hardiness to be considered legit title contenders. Well, Orlando had adamantly destroyed any assertions of brittleness proving that they possess the gulliness, maturity and mental and intestinal fortitude to be an elite crew. Orlando learned so much and improved exponentially in the Boston series, and particularly in Game 6 overcoming a 10 point deficit at home in a must win game and Game 7 bludgeoning the Celtics in their own crib. The totality of the Magic has been too much for Cleveland with their plethora of mismatches. Stan Van Gundy, dubbed the “master of panic” by Shaq has evolved into a composed, scholarly coach who's made great decisions and devised remarkable plays at crunchtime. There is no time for blitheness . Orlando needs to capitalize on this opportunity now to bury the Cavs, peel their cap and get some rest before the Finals.


The Cavs will get out to a big lead early krunk off raw emotion and desperation, but the Magic will be unfazed, respond and slice the margin. Ultimately The King will play with tremendous fury and resolve and not allow the Cavs kingdom to come crashing down in his own castle because he and his court have to much dignity and heart. Cleveland will live to rep their set at least one more game, enabling hapless Cavs fans to cling to hopes of a historic comeback and the pressure will be on the Magic to end the series in Orlando. Cavs 100-90

Update 1:Once again at the Q, the Cavs are off to a massive start, and the Magic off to a terrible start 34-13 right now with 1:11 left in the first.

Update #2: Because of migraines, there has only been one update, until now. The Cavs have blown their massive lead..........AGAIN. It's 88-87, mid 4th quarter.

Update 3: Michael Petraus may need extra security to leave Cleveland, because he has been an assassin this series. Another 3 gives the Magic the lead 90-89, with 6:02 left.

Update 4: LeBron three point play! Cavs 92, Magic 90.

Update 5: LeBron, whether tired or just a little gassed, is taking over at the right time. 99-93 Cleveland with under four left.

Update 6: "Dwight Howard is the closest witness" LeBron DOING IT MAJOR RIGHT NOW.Howard fouls out as LeBron hits the three point play. 102-93 with 2:20 left

Update 7: Maybe Jay-z needs to come to all the games, because if LeBron takes over like this and stifles the Magic, then the Cavs can win this series. 107-96, looks like Game 6 will happen as 1:02 remains.

Update 8: Game 6, Saturday night. 112-102
37, 14, 12: That's all you can say.

Thanks for reading the ILL preview from the one and only Riebeil "Sheed man" Durley-Petty and the updates. Come back tomorrow for Game 6, Lakers vs Nuggets.


Open Thread on 5/28/09: Return of The "Now That's F' ed Up" Stories- Riches To Rags

Photo from Russia Today
This story will truly make you say "Now That's F--- Up." It is really some sad stuff:
Enchanted by a Russian beauty, an Indian actor decided to trade in his Bollywood career for marrying his sweetheart and leave for her hometown, only for him to end up near-destitute.
Read the rest if you want to get more on the backstory, but that first paragraph already merits this story for the "Now That's F'ed Up" award for the week.

TPM's 100 Seconds For 5/28/09

Scarborough's Occasional Moment Of Clarity: GOP Ship "Is Circling Back Around To Hit The Iceberg Again."

Sometimes, just sometimes Joey boy can be bright and look at stuff both honesty, and more importantly, rationally.

Sports Thread #1 for 5/28/09: Another Blow To College Basketball

(Photo from Google)Is Derek Rose the player who cooked his SAT exam?
You seriously get tired of this happening again and again and again. A school violating (or accused of) NCAA rules and on the brink of being hammered in massive proportions.

That is the case with Memphis today, and it may involve Derek Rose fudging that famous three letter exam.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal first reported the story on Wednesday after obtaining a letter detailing the allegations through the Freedom of Information Act.

The allegations include "knowing fraudulence or misconduct" on an SAT exam by a player on the 2007-08 team.

The wording of the letter to Memphis indicates that the player in question competed only during the 2007-08 season and the 2008 NCAA tournament. The player's name was redacted in the letter due to privacy laws.
The power of a FOIA request strikes again.

Everything could be gone from that Final Two runner up season, and questions (if they aren't already)on John Calipari and what he's doing at Kentucky will rain down, though Calipari "has received a letter from the NCAA stating that he is not at risk of being charged with any NCAA violations in this case," the University of Kentucky said.

If you still haven't seen Chicago Cubs star pitcher Carlos Zambrano's tirade, here you go. It is an all time classic:

Zambrano has been suspended for six games by MLB, though for a starting pitcher, it really only means one game (unless they need his bat, thanks to him being one of the better hitting pitchers in baseball).

A shame to see Matt Cain and Akinori Iwamura out for long periods of time. Cain was just coming around to be a dominant pitcher for the Giants like Tim Lincecum before that injury, and Iwamura is gone for the entire season. Tough.

Mike Tyson and your family, TWD is praying for you. And I'll hopefully talk about this in full details later.

Venus Williams showed a lot of grit to win today, the kind of grit that "Shriester" Sharapova showed that Nadia Petrova still doesn't have yesterday (and that Maria herself, whether you like her or not, has).

Okay, she has that unless she is playing Venus or Serena that is.

ESPN sure has increased their softball and spelling bee coverage, haven't they?

If they react like this:

Imagine what their reaction will be if they come back from 3-1 down.

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