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Tuesday, June 12th, 2007 at 5:16 pm  |  35 responses

Links: NBA Finals Diary, Day 6

Rise up, Cleveland…

by Lang Whitaker

CLEVELAND — Wow. Has it really only been six days since the NBA Finals tipped off? I could probably get a better idea of things by looking in my suitcase. it’s packed half with clean clothes that I loaded up on last night at home in NYC and half with dirty clothes, in case this thing goes through the weekend and I need to get some laundry done.

I spent last night in New York, as it was Wifey’s birthday and I took her and my mother-in-law out to dinner. Got about five hours sleep, and then Sam and I flew out of New York this morning on the same flight as Stu Jackson. We were daring each other to go up and thank Stu for ruining the Playoffs just to see what reaction we’d get. He did fly first class. I was happy just to be in the exit row.

It’s gorgeous today in Cleveland — the sun is out, it’s about 80 degrees. The best thing is that it’s not 100 degrees with 100 percent humidity like in San Antonio. And as into the Finals as the folks in San Antonio were, it’s next level here. Sam and I counted 10 people wearing WITNESS shirts just walking from our hotel over to grab lunch. There are also a lot of people selling bootleg shirts with varied Boobie jokes, which are actually pretty funny. I’ll be buying one of those. And I saw a kid wearing a Varejao wig. Will not be buying one of those.

Down around The Q, people are already gathering and just kind of hanging out and taking photos. The ratings may be terrible for these Finals, but in a way it’s probably a good thing; next year the ratings will look tremendous in comparison, no matter who’s playing. But here, people are pumped that their Cavs are herein the Finals. They believe, honestly and truly, and it doesn’t seem to matter that whether the games are in Cleveland or in San Antonio, the Spurs still own a vastly superior team.

Anyway, tipoff is in about 4 hours, so I’m going to get my game face on (or take a nap).

Also, according to The Onion, Tim Duncan is rooting for the Cavs this year.

And that KFC thing with mashed potatoes, fried chicken, gravy, corn and cheese is the Northern equivalent of the Frito Pie.

Finally, the funniest video I’ve seen in a while is this.

See you in a while from The Q.

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  • http://espn.com Reggie Evans

    Fwirst

  • Le Rob

    Snabbast?

  • deestarbuckz the Notorious H.A.T.E.

    GO CAVS!!! We actually show up and make it a series tonight!

  • http://espn.com Reggie Evans

    S-C-O-M-B-R-I-D-A-E

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    The local news here is really into The Finals. They had a whole segment on a column written by Sam Smith and how Cleveland is getting no respect from the media.
    Then the weatherman started dancing in front of the Q.

  • J-Bird

    damn, that kids kind of an a**hole

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    BTW, I took that photo on the front with my D-Wade Sidekick. Not bad.

  • MC Welk

    You’re married to a Gemini? Good luck (half the time).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben Collins

    Lang, I nede two kno teh lagwij uv orgin if u wantt me 2 spell dis right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511514956 Tunez

    Lang… buy me a couple variations of those boobie shirts and tell me how to get them off you.. thanks.

  • marcee

    HaHa.. Cavz gon’ lose!

  • http://espn.com Reggie Evans

    That video should be used as an example of why you should not homeschool your children.

  • Joe

    CLEAVELAND! Don’t stop believin’…….

  • Joe

    Fade to black…..

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    I just posted this in the comments on yesterday’s blog, too, but here’s a good interview with Sopranos creator David Chase on the final episode…
    http://blog.nj.com/alltv/2007/06/david_chase_speaks.html

  • http://espn.com Reggie Evans

    No links about the J.R. Smith crash? Pretty sad that his friend died.

  • LordGefroh

    that kid is SOCIALLY INEPT.

  • Chukaz

    It’s sad that J.R’s friend died. It wasn’t his fault that J.R’s an a**hole!!!!
    @Lang – I had already reported on Timmy rooting for the Cavs to win it all. It was a good while ago. I’m sorry my friend but you are loosing a step. Don’t worry people, I’ll be glad to take his job.

  • Chukaz

    I hope J.R goes to jail! Isn’t the death of his friend considered homoside? If J.R would have gone to another team this would have never happened. Do you think Pops would let him do something stupid like that, or Pat Riley. I mean, Pat Riley suspended a couple of players for being out of shape, he would have J.R in jail right now if he was his player.

  • me

    I was homeschooled until this year and my spelling is still horrible.

  • Douce

    whoa i feel sorry for the lady interviewing him

  • http://www.myspace.com/aydreeyun Esco

    I felt like slapping the kid. And also @ Joe: I HOPE you’re being ironic about spelling Cleveland incorrectly. And @ Chukaz: no need to comment on the spelling. We’re used to it now. What’s a “homoside”? Is that your preferred side? OK, time for me to go to bed…

  • Chukaz

    @Esco – learn from your mom and suck my c*ck, b*tch.

  • Chukaz

    @Esco – in case you didn’t get the comment posted above, I meant that your mom susck my C*CK, B*TCH!!!!!!

  • Joel O’s

    Good grief. That kid. Well, since he’s home-schooled and the only influences you’d imagine he’d have are his parents, then there’s only one source of his assholism. Shocking.

  • Joel O’s

    I know this is wrong and cruel, but he looks like he’ll grow up to be… Boo Radley or something, ha.

  • Candice

    I don’t know why JR didn’t stop at the stoplight but is it his fault that his friend wasn’t wearing a seatbelt? To say that you want him to go to jail is preety harsh when this wil always be in his head. How does Pops and Riley contol their players driving record in another city?

  • Joel O’s

    The JR situation is just unfortunate. Dude’s on the cusp of becoming such a good player, too. It is his fault for causing his friend’s death, but isn’t that heavy enough a cross to bear? Then again if friggin Paris is in there for something that pales in comparison to JR’s accident, I have a feeling he’s going in jail no matter what. Sheesh.

  • SA

    With respect to the Frito Pie vs the KFC Bowl, they both seem like something you would make when you are alone, poor and possibly high. At least the KFC thing has meat in it I suppose.
    They remind me of that episode of Friends where the white girl made a Shepard’s Pie crossed with a trifle, and the white guy describes it as follows: “whats not to like? meat…good, custard…good, peas…good”
    Are the Finals still going on???

  • Cheryl

    okay lang, time to get rid of the child. I’m hoping you know who I’m referencing.–ASPOV

  • Joe

    Esco,
    You are French, Oui? Explains it all……

  • Boing Dynasty

    For anyone wondering about JR Smith going to jail, please google search Dany Heatley.

  • k.o.

    is that Duncan story for real??

  • Boing Dynasty

    Sure, why not?

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