Lakers 2012 – It’s gonna be Showtime II.

Kobe has some added talent this and its gonna be fun to watch.

I expect a happy Dwight Howard can block shots and bang boards.

Steve Nash will dish and pile up double digit assists nightly.

Pau Gasol and a lighter Ron Artest (Meta World Peace) will continue to play their roles.

 

Let’s not forget the fun that surrounds the home games.

Courtside we will see the regulars.

Hopefully

Hopefully

Hopefully…

We will see more of the Kardashians.  Cuz that’s what LA needs more of.

 

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When Bass Attack…

Went fishing yesterday with my friend Jacob.  We traveled down to my strip pits for some bass fishing.  The weather was warm, calm, and somewhat overcast.  We fished with top water poppers, some crankbaits, and plastic worms.  Had success on all of them.  I was having better success using darker worms in deeper banked water.  I used Culprit purple worms, Texas Rig method.  The top water worked in shallow areas.

Sidenote: I also have to shout out to the Shimano Caenen baitcast reel.  It has been one of the best reels I have owned.  Smooth retrieve and easy to use with respect to the drag (see below).  I also recommend flourocarbon fishing line.  I was using Berkley Vanish, but I am not too particular.  Flourocarbin does not give/stretch like monofiliment line.  It offers a better feel and hook setting ability on longer casts.
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All being tallied, we probably caught 50 fish between us.  We didn’t keep any.  If we did, we’d be cleaning fish for 2 hours.

The interesting behavior we saw were the multiple fish attacking the baits.  In this Photo, Jacob landed a double on the same lure.  He was using a crawfish crankbait.

Look Ma, I got 2

This multiple fish battle was happening quite a bit when retrieving a hooked fish.  We did not always landing double fish, but you saw the other fish following and attacking.  It was fun to watch.

The fish were so active that I kept missing fish on plastic worms and having to redo my texas rig with a new worm.  I was going back to the same hole trying to catch something and finally caught a bass.  As I was landing him/her,  the bass spit up one of the worms I lost in the previous casts.  Now that’s an aggressive fish.

I landed a 4.5 lb fish and this monster wasn’t the first fish I hooked on that same retrieve.  I actually had a smaller fish on then saw this larger attacking the smaller fish and lure.  I felt the smaller fish on my retrieve then suddenly the pull of my rod got super heavy.  A larger fish took the bait from the smaller fish (the smaller fish got off).

I knew I had something big, but not sure how big.  My rod was bending and I had to manipulate my drag on the reel to allow some line out.  The big Bass made a couple runs.  In my experience, summer bass will make 2 hard runs away (or jump) and you can then land them.   The fight didn’t last long, maybe 2 minutes and got the big ‘un in the boat.

4.5 lb Largemouth

NFL is fun…

Chiefs lost.  No undefeated teams after 5 weeks of games.  Hasn’t happened since 1970…  oooh 1970, that’s an interesting number.

There are a lot of unknowns and nobody is dominating.  Anything can happen.  This is fun to watch.

49’ers suck.  They are winless.  Mike Singletary needs to be removed as head coach.  He was an intense and great player, but that has not translated into being a good head coach.  I supposed he is still good at trying to intimidate QB’s, included his own.

Why Pro Football is Great…

The Ones Who Hit the Hardest

I can remember being 8, 9, 10 years old in the late 70’s watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys play against each other.

It was glorious.  We had 2 classes of teams.  The clean cut Cowboys lead by Staubach.  Landry in his hat calmly overseeing his team.  Toothless Lambert and the blue collar Steelers.  That was the time in my life that pro football entered my blood.

I wanted to play tackle football (we didn’t have flag football or tackle football starting in 2nd grade… which is a bit ridiculous.  I digress).  My mother would not let me play.  I finally started in 6th grade, but again… I digress.  My point… I became a Steeler fan and a Terry Bradshaw fan in 1978.

Recapture that passion of the great game in the new book from Chad Millman.  The Ones Who Hit the Hardest.

We know Terry Bradshaw as a fun loving Sunday analyst for Fox Sports.  But you need to read “It’s Only a Game“.  You will learn that Bradshaw called his own plays in those glory years and his relationship with the town of Pittsburgh.  A good read.  (I don’t read quickly, but I ripped through this one in 2 days during a Grand Cayman vacation.)

Another good book I read years ago… Conrad Dobler “They Call Me Dirty“.  Dobler talks about his playing days and the things that went on during the games.  Very entertaining.

Here is what Lebron should do…

“The Decision” was simply stupid.  It was over-hyped, narcissistic,  and self indulgent.  The spectacle was unnecessary and served no positive purpose for the NBA.  All Lebron needed to do was press release his final decision and follow that up with a few well placed interviews.  That’s all the situation needed.  Keep it simple.

Free Agents often take 2 roads.  Either they want to win by moving onto an established franchise or it is about the money and they move to the highest bidder.  Lebron’s decision was more about being on a winning team.  Joining Wade and Bosh is undoubtedly a good lineup.  However, after “The Decision” production, they better perform.  If the Miami Heat fall short of winning next years championship, they will be an utter failure (even if they were to be IN the Finals).

It can be argued that Cleveland (the Cavs and the city) will see a decrease in their revenues.  The Cavs are victims to free agency and that is the unfortunate byproduct of the process.  I don’t begrudge Lebron for leaving or for “colluding” with Wade and Bosh (I don’t believe they did anything wrong).  They have the right as employees of the NBA to discuss their intentions and desires by the water cooler.

The tragedy is with the city of Cleveland.  Their Son has chosen to leave the home and seek fortunes elsewhere.  The city will see lost revenues from fans who travel to see the team, purchase merchandise, etc.  It happens.  We see this sort of thing every few years and in every sport.  King James feels different.  He seemed to be more connected to Cleveland.  It is sad and I feel for those fans.

Here is my challenge for Lebron.  I want the city of Cleveland to calculate losses in revenue in real terms and have Lebron make up the difference.  This can make things right again.  If his leaving was more about winning, then pony up and make up the financial difference for your leaving.