Archive for June, 2009

And the coaching carousel continues…

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Michael Curry was fired today, leading to mass speculation that Bill Laimbeer will be holding the clipboard next season. The consensus is that MC was fired because, like Flip Saunders before him, he was unable to earn the respect of his players. But can Bill?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Laimbeer and would love to see him coach the Pistons some day. The truth is his players are too young to remember the Bad Boys and sexist though it may be, will not respect his success in the WNBA. They do know him from his media days where he traveled with the team and was one of the guys. Tough to take orders from one of the guys, which certainly helped doom Curry.

In my unprofessional, completely amateur blogger opinion, the Pistons need an old guy. A Don Nelson/Jerry Sloan/Larry Brown type figure. Someone who will strike the fear of God in to them and not accept their “we can coach ourselves” attitude. If he’s not currently in jail for anything, I would give Bobby Knight a call. For that matter, hire Bill Parcells. I don’t care what sport you are in, you’re not going to slack playing for the Big Tuna.

Memories of Michael

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Yes this is a bandwagon/everyone is doing it post, but I don’t care. Michael Jackson played a big role in my childhood. Ok, that didn’t sound right. If you grew up in the ’80s you know what I mean.

Here are my top King of Pop memories:

* Checking out the Thriller album from the public library. I played it in to the ground the one precious week I had it.

* Forcing myself to watch the scary parts of the Thriller video. His eyes are going to change…wait for it, wait for it…AHHH!

* Almost peeing my self lauging as some weird guy named Al mimicked the Beat It video shot for shot.

* Worrying if his hair would ever be all right after the Pepsi fire. Thank God for plastic surgery!

* Listening to every song on Bad over and over in my friend Mark’s basement. The album was on a crazy new format called a “compact disc”. I couldn’t believe you could fit a whole song on something that small.

* Successfully beatmixing Billy Jean with Vanilla Ice for the first time. Word to your mother.

* Accidentally playing the Jackson 5 when I meant to play something else. It packed the dance floor.

* Colossally failing to incorporate the Thriller dance in to my show. Props to Jennifer Garner because it’s harder than it looks.

* Listening to my friend Dave hit the “Whooo!” in Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough every time we go to the bar. Garage doors open when he does this.

Thank you for everything Michael.

The Cat Days of Summer

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

This has been a pleasantly cool summer. Some have complained it has been too cool, but I have not. There is this thing called sleep. I like to do it every night and even occasional afternoons when my busy schedule allows. Sleep is hard to come by when your room is a sauna. So bring on another Canadian cold front! Sadly this week the weather whiners got their wish:

Summer can bite me

Technically I have central air, but it hasn’t worked since the day I moved in. A room AC is also out because my windows slide open vertically. I suppose I could turn one sideways, but that’s a $200 experiment I’m not ready for. Instead I went to Ye Old Wallmart to find an alternative. The solution was the Pelonis Evaporative Cooling Fan.

The cats were very helpful with the assembly:

Cool Jack

For only $80 this fan delivers the refreshing breeze of a dying air conditioner. On the plus side it is really loud. Now instead of pretending not to hear people in the other room, I can sincerely say, “Sorry, didn’t hear you over the hurricane rush of lukewarm air.”

Is it December yet?