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Friday, October 28, 2011

The Flashback Friday #2 For 10/28/11: The Roots - What They Do (1996)

Classic, timeless, and underrated video from the incomparable The Roots, the 1996's treasure that is "What The Do", parodying perfectly the O.D. music videos of that time that still persists to this day.

The Roots - What They Do by Ofca

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 10/28/11: Lil Romeo, Nick Cannon and 3LW- Parents Don't Just Understand (2001)

‎10 years ago when "Jimmy Neutron" was the damn cartoon (actually it was always Nickeledeon's semi-ripoff of Dexter's Laboratory). Nevertheless, it's fittingly wack lead single for its soundtrack is the first Flashback Friday this week.

It's three "long-n-gone from the music scene" artists Romeo, Mariah's husband, and what eventually was 2/3's of the Cheetah Girls with the re-do of "Just Don't Understand."

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sports Thread #1 For 10/27/11: 2011 BNP Paribas WTA Championships, Day 3 (Azarenka d. Li)

Photo from Getty Images

The minute Caroline Wozniacki got off to a third straight poor start, she was going to be in trouble, especially when she allowed her latest slip outside the gate to the indoor ace that is Petra Kvitova.

No one is playing better under a roof in 2011 than the Czech sensation, as Kvitova scored another class victory.

Photo from Getty Images
Stability is everything for a baseline tennis player. And it is a key aspect that Victoria Azarenka has at the moment while Na Li certainly is in a desperate search for.

That was evident from the first point today as the Belorussian confirmed herself as clearly the best player in the White Group, with a 6-2, 6-2 comfortable victory over her Chinese counterpart.

It wasn't a thrashing or a beatdown at all, as Li showed at times why she has a 4-1 record over Azarenka by having more power in her strokes and not getting overwhelmed by Azarenka's aggressive persistence. The only major problem Li can have against Azarenka is a lack of consistency from the ground, and that is currently what the French Open champion is dealing with.

Azarenka gives herself the best chance to win points better than anyone in the WTA at the moment. Despite still not possessing a serve that could win points consistently with an ace or a one-two combination, Azarenka can placed herself in auspicious position in points with decent placement on her first and second serve. "Decent" would be an utter insult to how terrific Azarenka's efficiency was on 1st serve throughout this match, missing just three serves in the first and finishing with 80% overall for the match.

But that also shows how Na Li lacked the ability today to place questions on Azarenka like she has done in most of their meetings, especially at both the Australian and French this year in straight sets victories. Her up and down forehand was mostly down in this match. And the capriciousness of that stroke at the moment brings everything else down in her game.

Li made 37 errors yesterday, but was fortunate that her mental advantage over Maria Sharapova made the Russian more unstable and reckless than her for the 7-6 (4), 6-4 tussle of a win. Today, she simply met a better, more discipline and more relaxed opponent who wouldn't shoot herself in the foot and always fixated on the right shot. That caused Li to make 39 more errors today despite playing seven less games.

Again, Victoria Azarenka isn't playing overwhelming, out of this mind tennis that Petra Kvitova is capable of playing against the best of the best. But she is playing the sound, shrewd tennis of reliable execution that the rest of her colleagues in Istanbul don't have as much as she has at present time.

And it's that tennis that Na Li hopes will automatically come out of nowhere in the match that will decide who goes with Azarenka in the group to the semifinals tomorrow against Sam Stosur. Then again, with her winless record against the Australian, the likely bet will be that her search for stability will have to continue into the offseason.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sports Thread #1 For 10/26/11: BNP Paribas WTA Championships, Day 2 (Li d. Sharapova, Azarenka d. Stosur)

Photo from AP

Match Review: Na Li defeats Sharapova for a 4th straight time in a 74 error horror.

It sure wasn't pretty for Na Li. But for Maria Sharapova, it was utterly hideous.

For the first time in two months, the Chinese #1 was on the winning end of a result, out steadying Sharapova 7-6 (4), 6-4 in a, quite honestly, poor display of tennis in the 3rd match of the White Group.

It was Na Li's 4th consecutive victory over Sharapova, all ending in straight set results. And if you witnessed this non-aesthetic contest, you will see why that is the case, even at a level where both players made 37 unforced errors (and most of them were cringe worthy for their fans and neutrals to witness.)

Sharapova had clear advantages to control the match against a still unconfident Li, with a 4-2 lead and a few chances for a commanding double break advantage. She blew that.

Sharapova then had a chance to serve out the set at 5-4. She blew that, getting routinely broken at `15.

Sharapova once again looked to have momentum on her side at 4-0 up in the eventual tiebreak. She then became a mental mess once again, letting an erratic Li out of the hole to lose the next seven straight points on all errors, the set, and any chance of reversing the rivalry's current mental dynamics.

And the Russian let that desultory form plague her to a 5-2 deficit in the 2nd, with double faults, poor footwork, and a lack of confidence taken away by Li once again being the stronger force between the ears.

Then fittingly, Li became the fragile force that she has been since Roland Garros, getting broken at 30 and letting Sharapova have an easy hold to feel the pressure for a second chance at serving it out. And the French Open champion was feeling that, seemingly succumbing to the choking syndrome facing 15-40 down at 5-4.

But the law of current mental edges in tennis came up once again. Li showed just why she now owns the rivalry on Sharapova by outdeling her once again when it mattered the most: By being steadier and bolder to turn around the game for a needed victory.

For Sharapova, it is the same tired tactical and mental nightmare that has plagued her over the last few years in big matches against prime opposition.

The unexpected lost to Stosur for the first time in 10 meetings yesterday was really curtains for her campaign in Istanbul. And anyone who has seriously been paying attention knows that it's more than the serve causing her problems.

It's right between the ears: A place where she makes an unconfident Na Li look strong once more.

Photo from AP

Match Review: Azarenka defats Stosur Easily 6-2, 6-2.

For all the relief getting the Maria Sharapova money off her back was yesterday, Sam Stosur sure is guaranteed to have the opposite feeling with the Victoria Azarenka monkey still on her after today.

For the 5th time, the Belorussian handily took apart the US Open in straight sets, winning 6-2, 6-2 in her opening match at the BNP Paribas WEC Championships. And Azarenka almost went the entire match without encountering a single break point.

That last tidbit shows how utterly outperformed Stosur was today in dealing with a simply better player than who she faced yesterday. Azarenka won't donate anywhere near the inane errors on double faults or over-aggressive serve returns that Sharapova gives top-level opponents. Steady play to go along with her constant intensity was present today from Azarenka, impressive considering her getting to Istandbul Monday after winning Luxemburg the day prior.

Stosur can take some solace that she has the struggling Na Li next, as the tables turn where she is now the nightmare opponent for her opposition.

But she must find the steady level that she was yesterday instead of the erratic Sam that popped up today over a nemesis she still owns.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sports Thread/The Live Thread #1 For 10/25/11: The BNP Paribas WTA Championships, Day 1

Updated after match #1: Petra Kvitova reversed her up and down performance with a solid display all the way through to defeat Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-4. Kvitova's level of play was way more higher and stable than the Russian, who still seemed to be in a rout after losing to Dominika Cibulkova on Friday.

But Kvitova showed her credentials of why she could easily be a dominant #1 in the future with a tremendous return day and great hitting from the back of court on both wings.

1st version:

First, the three scenarios for Caroline Wozniacki to finish #1 in the world again.

First match preview: Petra Kvitova vs Vera Zvonareva

The last time these two played, it was once again Zvonareva's movement and ability to turn around the point that was too much for an up and down Kvitova.

Although this is indoors, and Kvitova is brilliant indoors on any surface, I just feel Zvonareva has the matchup edge against her.

Kvitova's movement continues to improve, but in order for her to win this important opening match, it needs to be extraordinary today. I feel it won't be however, and Zvonareva will capture a big win in the Red Group opener.

Live Thread in a bit...

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 10/21/11: Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff- Girls Ain't Nothin But Trouble (1991)

Their first single ever, 24 long years ago.........Whoa, the year I was born, this was dropped.


About All That Fawning....

It was bizarre seeing how much praise the liberal blogosphere heaped on Steve Jobs amidst his sudden death last week. Seeing this from the Huffington Post shows further more how his personality was something I never warmed too.
"You're headed for a one-term presidency," he told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where "regulations and unnecessary costs" make it difficult for them.
What "business" was Jobs talking about?

This administration has time in and time again (even with its persistence to take original Republican ideas of tax credits/cuts to show rational people that, hey, they seem to put in original Republican holidays) show how business friendly it actually has been (small business and not coming close to fully holding Wall Street accountable despite "Ohhh, stern scary rhetoric!)

And I guess Jobs' desired more deregulation to get away with even more questionable labor conditions and practices of workers than what is going on in China.

But that already irritating aspect of Jobs' ego causing him to get something wrong again is only second fiddle to these tidbits:
Jobs suggested that Obama meet six or seven other CEOs who could express the needs of innovative businesses -- but when White House aides added more names to the list, Jobs insisted that it was growing too big and that "he had no intention of coming." In preparation for the dinner, Jobs exhibited his notorious attention to detail, telling venture capitalist John Doerr that the menu of shrimp, cod and lentil salad was "far too fancy" and objecting to a chocolate truffle dessert. But he was overruled by the White House, which cited the president's fondness for cream pie.
He sure was a very humble guy, that Stevey Jobs.

Steve Wozniak will always be the one I hold found for the original days of Apple, even if he never desired to be the marketing and showman force that Jobs was.

A lot of people really were ticked off with Jobs' arrogance and really disgraceful way he treated others (let's not even get into the China manufacturing).

It's a shame that he is gone, but it's also a shame that most still don't know how difficult he was of a person to deal with.

The Flashback Friday #1 For 10/21/11: Bad Boy- Been Around The World (1997)

Officially this is Combs' song (and his debut album). But realistically, this and many others were the entire label's songs of course. Your first Flashback this week is "Been Around The World" from 14 years ago.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Evening Acoustics: Kelly Rowland- Down For Whatever (2011)

Yeah, she's a dominatrix in my mind now. Another video that leaves me to opine that .

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Fun Thread/Music Thread For 10/19/11 (1st Version): Your Tweet of 2011

And here's exactly why if you still haven't seen:

BEAU-TI-FUL. May Maroon 5 forever go platinum for that one.

Music Wakeup Call For 10/19/11: Musiq Soulchild- Yes (2011)

Though it doesn't hit the emotional element that "Love" and "Who Knows" hit, it is still superb enough:

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Fun Thread For 10/14/11: Protesters 1, Bloomberg/Brookfield 0

The Friday Flashback #1 For 10/14/11: Bone Thugs n Harmony- Days Of Our Lives (1996)

15 years since the "Set it Off" movie, and the best track from that soundtrack is one of the many classics from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony not named "Tha Crossroads." Your first Flashback this week, it's the brilliant "Days of Our Livez."

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony by crapulacs

Monday, October 10, 2011

Music Wakeup Call For 10/10/11: T-Pain ft. Lily Allen and Wiz Khalifa- 5 O'Clock (2011)

A very solid return for the Teddy Penderass man, as well as the Music Wakeup Call too.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Midday Music Energy Boost For 10/5/11: Elle Varner (feat. J. Cole) – Only Wanna Give It To You

This song is making some moves at the moment, and it's your Midday Energy Boost for the day:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread for 10/4/11: Just Tevin....


Midday Music Energy Boost #1 For 10/4/11: Chingy-Paperman (2011)

The only significance in watching this sad effort is the fact that Chingy still exists!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Music Midday Energy Boost #1 For 10/3/11: Drake- Headlines (2011)

Meh.....(And your eyes my hurt after seeing it with all the graphic switches, which are way too many).

Drake ~ Headlines (Official Video) from OctobersVeryOwn on Vimeo.

(H/T to the homie D.Scott).

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sunday Soulful For 10/2/11: Xscape- Just Kickin' It (1993)

This group's impact on 90's R&B will never be forgotten. Your Sunday Soulful for the night, it's Xscape's 1993 hit "Just Kickin' It."

Xscape - Just Kickin' It by lachula

And let that ride you into the week ahead. Goodnight.

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