On my mind...
NBA suspensions, favorite player, movies, much more
Posted: Friday May 18, 2007 1:20PM; Updated: Friday May 18, 2007 3:50PM
News of the Week
The NBA's decision to suspend Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw for Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal was wrong. I can appreciate that the NBA has gone to such great measures to secure the safety of its players and fans, but punishing two players who came off the bench to check on the welfare of their teammate doesn't make sense. Yes, rules are rules, no matter how ineffective and rigid they are, but some rules need to be changed -- or at least allow for some discretion.
What I'm Looking forward to
Florida Marlins at Tampa Bay Devil Rays this weekend. Not for the baseball, but for the postgame action. Friday night is "Legends of Wrestling Night" at Tropicana Field, where there will be three exhibition matches featuring some of the most popular wrestlers from back in the day, including King Haku, Tatanka, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, The Nasty Boys, Rick Steiner, The Cuban Assassin, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, "Mean" Gene Okerlund, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and B. Brian Blair. No word on whether Raymond will lay the smack down Billy the Marlin.
Favorite Athlete of the Week
Vernon Wells. It takes guts to pull off a stunt like the Toronto center fielder did during a recent series at Cleveland. A man started to heckle Wells relentlessly and then had the gall to ask Wells to give him a ball. As Wells took the field before one inning, he tossed the heckler a ball with a personalized message:
"Here's your ball, now please tell me what gas station you work at so I can come and yell at you when you're working. Please sit down, shut up and enjoy the game. From your favorite centerfielder, Vernon Wells."
That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you make friends with the enemy. It seems as if other ballplayers are following suit. Ken Griffey Jr. tossed his jock strap to a heckler during a game against the Dodgers last Saturday. First balls, now jock straps. What's next?
My movie picks
In my spare time I have seen pretty much every movie that has come out in the past few weeks that isn't a horror flick. Some were good, others not so much.
I got to see a sneak preview of the highly anticipated third installment of Spiderman. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. While I understand there is always the pressure of matching a film's predecessors, Spiderman 3 just made me feel like I was watching a video game being run on auto-play with way too many love scenes intertwined.
I also saw Lucky You, the new Drew Barrymore movie, only it's not a Drew Barrymore movie. I went into this movie under the false pretense; I was led to believe I was seeing a romantic comedy. The movie has a love story behind it, but it's much more about the father-son relationship between the characters played by Robert Duvall and Eric Bana. If you aren't a poker fan, you probably won't understand half of the film, like my girlfriend who joined me in this endeavor. Halfway through the film, she said, "I hate numbers."
Despite getting ripped by critics, I actually found Georgia Rule to be pretty decent, even funny at times despite the dark content. Lindsay Lohan's solid performance made me forgive her for destroying Herbie Fully Loaded. I really enjoyed watching her interact with Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman. However, Fonda stole the show. Her commentary on life, love and family was both true and refreshingly funny. One warning: this is no movie to take little kids to. The subject matter is a far cry from Lindsay's Freaky Friday days.
My dark horse film was the new Chris Pine movie, Blind Dating. It's about a blind man (Pine) whose brother (you will remember him as Finch from American Pie) sets him up on a bunch of ill-fated blind dates. The movie itself was mediocre, but Pine's performance was brilliant.
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