2004-05 NBA Appreciation list (first of three parts)

1 Indiana Pacers

As they say in local parlance, “Kelangan pa bang i-memorize ‘yan?”

Ron, Artest not Mercer, O’Neal, Jermaine not Shaquille, Miller, Reggie not Mike, 2002-03 NBA Coach of the Year Carlisle, Rick not Belinda, and a player named Eddie Gill, how could I go wrong?

Where have you seen a brat like Artest whine like a kid and still deliver 20+ points every night? Well, there was Dennis Rodman, but he had a Michael Jordan and a Scottie Pippen to back him up.

Although I don’t generally agree with higher management’s decisions (throwing away Antonio Davis at his peak, trading away All-Star Brad Miller for so-so poster boy Scott Pollard, and sending Al Harrington to Atlanta for Stephen Jackson), I believe I have found the future of the Pacers after Miller Time.

Props: Miller, O’Neal, Artest, Austin Croshere, Jonathan Bender, 2003 Slam Dunk King Fred Jones, Pollard, Carlisle, Gill… because of his name.
Rants: Jackson… he would remain here until I find the good in him.

2 Phoenix Suns

Steve Nash returns to where he started his NBA career. They said that his performance has been declining and has saturated. I still say, “So what?”

In an offense-oriented team like Dallas, a point guard like Nash prospered because he could dish those assists and could still get his points. In the first ten games of Phoenix, look what he have done so far. A double-double average. Mythical Five, I say.

Other than that, they have the first Japanese in the NBA.

Props: Nash, Yuta Tabuse, Joe Johnson, The Matrix, Q-Rich, Amare Stoudemire, Jake Voskuhl

3 Houston Rockets

One word: Yao Ming. Just because Jeff Van Gundy concentrates on defense doesn’t mean that the Rockets are a bore to watch. As you’ve noticed, Asians in the NBA get precedence in my list. Duh!

Props: Yao, Juwan Howard, Jim Jackson, Tyronn Lue, Bostjan Nachbar, T-Mac
Rants: T-Mac… I still hate this guy. Patrick Ewing… Van Gundy, I believe, made a bad call with this one. He brought in Ewing to train Yao to become a ‘power’ center. I say, no, let the kid play his strengths.

4 Sacramento Kings

Down two slots from last year, releasing Vlade Divac for a clunk like Greg Ostertag left a bad taste in the mouth. Other than that, they let a gem in Gerald Wallace rot on the bench. Rick Adelman could have found a way for him and Peja Stojakovic to co-exist since they play in the same position.

I wasn’t surprised that gossip came out that Stojakovic was dissatisfied with where the Kings are going. Just because they are non-Americans, it doesn’t mean that foreigners like Yao and Peja may not have an attitude.

What’s up with the poor start? They were expected to dominate the Pacific Division after Shaq went down south to Disneyland.

Props: Stojakovic, Mike Bibby, Doug Christie, Brad Miller, Bobby Jackson, C-Webb, Adelman
Rants: C-Webb… he’s just so injury-prone and inconsistent. I think this guy is the jinx. Jun Limpot, eh? Greg Ostertag

5 Miami Heat

Speaking of Disneyland, the Heat shot up to number five after O’Neal jumped ship like a Cuban refugee to Miami. It’s not that I had a change of heart and started loving that big guy. My respect for him just increased a notch after leaving the hot air in LA.

Plus the fact that he is playing alongside fellow Laker-hater Eddie Jones (don’t they just love Kobe?) and young sensation Dwayne Wade. Unfortunately, they had to let go of good guys Lamar Odom and Brian Grant in exchange for the Big Aristotle (who is actually as dumb as a pillar in the Parthenon).

Props: Jones, Wade, O’Neal, Udonis Haslem, Wesley Person, Keyon Dooling, Wang Zhizhi
Rants: O’Neal, Christian Laettner… what is this underachiever doing in the Heat’s injury list? Stan Van Gundy… elder brother and I’ll-hold-on-to-your-legs Jeff has more appeal to me.

6 Boston Celtics

I do admit I’m a closet Celtics fan, what with a family that grew up on green. 16 NBA crowns and counting. Who would argue with that?

And yes, I do believe that Celtic legends are better than their Laker counterparts. Bird, Russell, Cousy, Auerbach, Parish, McHale, Lewis. Or you could call them with their first names: Larry, Bill, Bob, Red.

Time-warping to the present, there’s Paul Pierce. There’s a reason why he is wearing jersey #34. And I thought they were going places after disposing Antoine Walker to the dumps. But they have to pick up Hall of Fame trash Gary Payton along the way.

Props: Pierce, Jiri Welsch, Mark Blount, Marcus Banks, Raef LaFrentz, Walter McCarty, Doc Rivers… I do hope that they already solved their head coach woes.
Rants: Payton, Ricky Davis

7 San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs should have been higher in my list if only they stopped Derick Fisher from making that .4 second miracle.

Manu Ginobili is a close third behind Reggie and Peja as the best shooters in the league after Bird. Tim Duncan, although I don’t agree with his MVPs, still deserves to be called one of the best players right now. By the way, he is not American.

Slam dunk king Brent Barry (a diamond in the free agent market), defensive specialist Bruce Bowen, and Tony Parker can’t lose make up the rest of my props list.

Props: Ginobili, Parker, Bowen, Gregg Popovich, Barry, Duncan, Malik Rose, Rasho Nesterovic, Robert Horry, PJ Carlesimo… what is an assistant coach doing here? Go figure.
Rants: Horry… loved him as a Rocket and love him as a Spur, but not as a former Laker. Plus the fact that he made a buzzer-beater against the Pacers in the 2000 NBA Finals.

8 Minnesota Timberwolves

KG is the man! If we compare the Wolves with the Sta. Lucia Realtors of the PBA, Garnett is like Limpot, the first ever marquee player of his squad, and unfortunately, just as luckless.

What could go wrong with that lineup? Except probably for crybaby and coach-beater Latrell Sprewell, who's asking for a contract extension otherwise he wouldn't suit up this season. Trading him for someone who's a lesser headcase and they can move on pretty well.

Besides, they have a cool manager/owner in McHale (beating out Magic Johnson in forming an expansion team) and a cooler governor in Jessie “The Body” Ventura.

Props: Garnett, Wally Szczerbiak, Kandi Man, Flip Saunders, Fred Hoiberg
Rants: Sprewell

9 Detroit Pistons

I just couldn’t associate myself with the Pistons. Even if they won the championship against the Lakers. Even if their team right now resembled the Bad Boys of Isaiah Thomas and company that won their first NBA title a millennium ago.

Must be because Tayshaun Prince blocked Reggie Miller’s open layup in last year’s Conference Finals. Or that Larry Brown didn’t do the same thing when he was with the Pacers, win a championship.

Nevertheless, I still bow down to them for making Chip Hamilton convert clutch shots and Chauncey Billups pass the ball. And for giving has-beens Elden Campbell, Derrick Coleman, and Antonio McDyess another lease of NBA life. And for giving Sheed something he didn’t get back in Oregon, an NBA ring.

Props: Big Ben, Sheed, Prince, Hamilton, Brown
Rants: Prince… for blocking Miller. I’m a sore loser, so what? Brown… Yes, I am a sore loser.

10 Memphis Grizzlies

A team whose coach gets acclaim from me more than their players. They looked so different from the loser Vancouver crew they had eons ago.

Consider this. How can Hubie Brown make a Spanish, a Greek, a Jason Williams who plays a game all his own, and a bunch of underrated role-players speak one language on the court? Beats me.

Props: Brown... the better Brown. Pau Gasol, Stromile Swift, Shane Battier
Rants: Williams… White Chocolate no more.


Our school is now a bi-versity.

Its official name is De La Salle University System, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas.

Beat that. Not even Ateneo could do that.


TAR6 first leg

Hayden and Aaron finished first in the first leg of the sixth season of The Amazing Race overtaking wrestling couple Lori and Bolo at the Detour en route to the pit stop after the latter got lost. Meanwhile, high school buddies Avi and Joe took a lot of time looking for the buoy at the Detour, thus getting eliminated in Iceland.


The Amazing Race 6 appreciation list

1. Lori/Bolo

Their job says it all: professional wrestlers. Nuff said.

2. Avi/Joe

This partnership reminds me of me and Glen. We also fantasize of joining The Amazing Race. Hopefully, Avi and Joe's performance does not reflect how other school buddies would do in the future.


Adam's hair did it for me. Otherwise, no other group stands out this season.


The token girl group. Based on the first episode, they did better than the other all-female pair. Besides, these sisters rock! Students and part-time models and hails from Mormon country Utah. The "
Neleh" of The Amazing Race I see in them.

5. Hayden/Aaron

This season's first leg winner. Nothing special with them except probably they are actors and models.


More eyecandy pair. Sorry, but wrestling couples takes precedent than overused dating pairs. Maybe in the next season I'll go back to dating couples.


I've had enough! But then again, what kinds of pairs would they include if not for girl-boy groups? The
"Will and Grace" season had more dynamic couples than this year. Although Freddy might get some gay groupies, I can't say the same with Kendra though.


This pair reminds me of another
all-girl group that could not drive even if their lives depended on it. They are not even close to the 'bitch' level of Karla and Kami.


Oooh... a father-daughter partnership. You know what happened to
Jim and Marsha last season. Mommy-Emily pair still rules.

Don/Mary Jean

Why they still put in senile couples is still an amazement for me. For symphaty votes, perhaps? It's obvious they would have a hard time coping with from the get go.


Ah... the whiny couple of the season. I do hope that they get eliminated next episode. Then again, that would put the color out for the rest the race.
Zach and Flo, anyone?


JP's dictionary of words

Responsibility - to do something that you don't want to and doing it good.


Band names

Got it over the net while Y-groups browsing

Before Starting A (Rock) Band. . . You should know that the following names are taken:

Albino Toilet Boys
Alcoholics Unanimous
Apocalypse Hoboken
Armageddon Dildos

Biff Hitler and the Violent Mood Swings
The Band Formerly Known As Sausage
Band Over
Band That Shot Liberty Valence
Barbara's Bush
Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits
The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir
The Boxing Ghandis
Brady Bunch Lawnmower Massacre
Breakfast in Beirut
Bulimia Banquet
Buster Hymen & the Penetrators

Cap'n Crunch and the Cereal Killers
Carnage Asada
Cindy Brady's Lisp
Cortizone 5
Cottage Cheese from the Lips of Death

The Dancing French Liberals of 1848
The Dead Sea Squirrels
The Dead Kennedys
The Dick Clarks
The Dick Nixons
Dicky Retardo Drunks With Guns

e. coli
Edith Head
Electric Prostates
Elvis Hitler
Ethyl Merman

Fearless Iranians From Hell
Fields of Shit
'57 Lesbian
The 4-Skins
Four Nurses of the Apocalypse
The French are from Hell
Fromage d'Amour

Gefilte Joe and the Fish

Headless Marines
Hell Camino
Herpes Cineplex
Hindu Garage Sale
Hitler's Bikini
HIV and the Positives
Honest Bob and the Factory to Dealer Incentives
Hornets Attack Victor Mature

Impaled Nazarenes
Inhale Mary

Janitors Against Apartheid
Jehovah's Waitresses
Jehovah's Wetness
Jehovah's Witness Protection Program
Jesus Christ Super Fly
Jesus Chrysler Supercar
Jesus Manson and the Starvation Army
Jonestown Punch

Kathleen Turner Overdrive
Kerrigan's Knees

Lack of Afro
Lawn Piranhas
The Leave It To Beaver Conehead Immolation
Lee Harvey Keitel
Lesbian Ninjas
Louder Than God

Mao Tse Helen
Mary Kay and the Cosmetics
Max Roach and the Holders
Minnie Pearl's Jam
Mr. Happy and the Genocides
Mussolini Headkick
My Dog Has Hitler's Brain

Nate Nocturnal and the Nightly Emissions
Nervous Christians and the Lions
Norman Bates and the Shower Heads
Not Drowning, Waving

Pabst Smear
Pearl Harbor and the Explosions
Penis DeMilo
Pepto Dismal
Phlegm Fatale
Poultry in Motion
Pretentious Flamedogs
The Pro-Midget Mafia
Psychic Buddhist Gorillas
Psycho Sluts from Hell
Pungent Frustration
Purple Headed Love Warriors

Quasimodo and the Eunuchs

Raging Pimps of Doom
Rectal Nightmare
Reluctant Stereotypes
Reserectum Results of Inbreeding
Retarted Elf
Roid Rogers and the Whirling Butt Cherries

Sandy Duncan's Eye
Screaming Headless Torsos
Screaming Iguanas of Love
Screaming Moist Accountants
Septic Death
Seven Year Bitch
The Shamu Afterbirth Orchestra
Shirley Temple of Doom
Shirley Temple Pilots
Simulated Orgasms [Simulerte Orgasmer]
Skeptic Tank Smegma & the Nuns
The Sound of Munich
Spastic Colon
The Sphinctones
Stiff Richards
Stukas Over Bedrock
Swingin' Johnsons

Ted Bundy's Volkswagen
The Telephony Bandits of Doom
Temporary Darkening of the Stool
The Texas Nazis
Thank God We're Immortal
They Tried To Frame OJ
To Live and Shave in LA
Toxic Shock and the Tampons
Tracy & the Hindenburg Ground Crew
Tragic Mulatto
Transsexual Hitler
Trotsky Icepick

Uncle Dickie's Shameless Quickies
Unstoppable Kamikaze Iditos

Vaginal Davis
The Velcro Pygmies
Vic Morrow's Head

The Well Hungarians
Willie Nelson Mandela

Yoko Homo

Zip Code Rapists
Zombies Under Stress
Zulu Leprechauns


Minnie's Pearl Jam sounds so familiar. If I'm correct that's Mookie Blaylock's name before they truncated it to Pearl Jam.

Could anyone verify? Thanks.


Names I wouldn't want to pass to my next generation

Jose Enrico
Julie Anne
Cutie Pie
George Michael
Michael Jackson
Jennifer Lee
Macy Gray
Van Damme

I do still have a lot of choices left, right?


Some things I bumped into...

...while bloghopping by my lonesone self alone in campus...




And this I got from The LaSallian Yahoo! Groups...

zabernism (ZAB-uhr-niz-uhm) noun
The misuse of military power; aggression; bullying.

[After Zabern, German name for Saverne, a village in Alsace, France.In 1912, in this village, a German military officer killed a lamecobbler who smiled at him.]

"Both countries have been slaves to Kruppism and Zabernism--because theywere sovereign and free! So it will always be. So long as patriotic cantcan keep the common man jealous of international controls over hisbelligerent possibilities, so long will he be the helpless slave of theforeign threat, and 'Peace' remain a mere name for the resting phasebetween wars."
H.G. Wells; In The Fourth Year: Anticipations of a World Peace; 1918.

And what is Kruppism? It's an eponym, coined after Alfred Krupp (1812-1887),German industrialist and armament manufacturer. It implies indiscriminatetrade in arms and war profiteering.

This week's theme: toponyms (words derived from the names of places).



You do learn something everyday, don't you?

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