NBA Finals Game 7 Open Thread

For a series that is going 7, this has been a nondescript and uninteresting series. Perhaps it has do with not having a rooting interest (dislike both teams.) But I've watched the games and they have simply been boring.

The other problem for me is I detest the announcers, particularly Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. My gawd are they awful.

I suppose the Lakers will probably win tonight. I can't say that I care much either way.

Open Thread.

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    US Military Consumes More Fuel Than Most Countries (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 07:53:26 PM EST
    TruthOut article, June 13/10, Greenwashing the Pentagon:
    As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, just one of many manifestations of perilous ecological degradation across the planet, the need to challenge war and militarism - especially in terms of the United States - becomes ever-more pressing. The U.S. military is the world's single biggest consumer of fossil fuels, and the single entity most responsible for destabilizing the Earth's climate...

    The Pentagon devours about 330,000 barrels of oil per day (a barrel has 42 gallons), more than the vast majority of the world's countries. If the U.S. military were a nation-state, it would be ranked number 37 in terms of oil consumption - ahead of the likes of the Philippines, Portugal, and Nigeria - according to the CIA Factbook.

    Here is a List of Countries by Oil Consumption.

    Another TruthOut story, from June 17/10, "Kick Ass or Buy Gas", reveals that BP is the Pentagon's biggest supplier of petroleum. All well worth the read.

    The last game was boring... (none / 0) (#1)
    by masslib on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 07:40:06 PM EST
    but I don't that can be said of the other 5. Of course, I am rooting for the Celtics.

    This has been a great series (none / 0) (#2)
    by MKS on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 07:49:11 PM EST
    See-sawing back and forth.  Either team could win....

    The local coverage in (none / 0) (#3)
    by MKS on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 07:51:56 PM EST
    LA--usually post game--features Michael Cooper and Lisa Leslie.....She's great and really puts Cooper in his place.

    not the same without Chick Hearn (5.00 / 0) (#21)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:44:01 PM EST
    I miss him whenever I watch the Lakers. Here are some Chickisms.

    My favorite was always 'This game is in the refrigerator....the eggs are cooling and the butter's getting hard.' when the Lakers got a big lead.


    The Celts will keep it close (none / 0) (#5)
    by magster on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 07:53:54 PM EST
    until the Kobies pull away in the 4th for a truly nauseating celebration.

    I think it's about time for Kobe to (none / 0) (#7)
    by observed on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 07:54:43 PM EST
    try his hand at minor league baseball.

    I can not stand Kobe... (none / 0) (#8)
    by masslib on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 07:57:15 PM EST
    It's all me, me, me with him.  I admit I may be biased.

    But he's amazing... (none / 0) (#24)
    by Raskolnikov on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:53:01 PM EST
    ...and sometimes an absolutely treat to watch, the cocky bastard.

    I'm with you (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:57:07 PM EST
    I don't mind cockiness wjen it is justified. But I certainly would not like him if I were not a Laker fan.

    Treat is in the eye of the beholder (none / 0) (#27)
    by masslib on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:55:03 PM EST
    I guess, LOL.

    $3.06 phish? (none / 0) (#6)
    by observed on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 07:54:09 PM EST
    I got a LONG email saying I was owed money from a class-action suit against Expedia---something about hotel taxes.
    It's the right email address for my Expedia account, but it wasn't from Expedia.
    There were lots of instructions for how to collect my $3.06.
    I'm just puzzled, because who would write a "phish" with 3 dollars as the prize?
    Is it possible the email was legitimate?

    There was a recent Expedia lawsuit (none / 0) (#22)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:47:19 PM EST
    settlement. I was waiting to hear if I would get anything. I can't remember what the issue was, but I would not be surprised if that was real.

    Looks legit (none / 0) (#34)
    by Yman on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:25:55 PM EST
    Well darn, I threw away my (none / 0) (#35)
    by observed on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:26:40 PM EST
    chance to get 3 dollars.

    Is it usual for the same person to sing (none / 0) (#9)
    by masslib on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 07:57:45 PM EST
    the anthem twice?

    You mean in the same game? (none / 0) (#23)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:49:07 PM EST
    Or twice in the series? in Orlandonot is normal because there is a little girl they consider a lucky charm. She sings at multiple home games per series. frankly it is getting old!

    In the same series. (none / 0) (#28)
    by masslib on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:56:06 PM EST
    Aguilera sang tonight and last night.

    Interesting (none / 0) (#30)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:00:21 PM EST
    I'm not up on the current Laker lore to know if she is special to them or not. maybe someone had to cancel at the last minute.

    The opening montage is pretty cool (none / 0) (#10)
    by magster on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:00:49 PM EST

    Oh My Fricken God (none / 0) (#11)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:09:40 PM EST
    I'm just sittin here minding my own damn business, trying to ignore Larry King on....and just don't.  Ben Stein's comment about the BP situation has something to do with what we are making BP do being Unconstitutional.  Ben Stein asks, "Are Brown Pelicans more important than the Constitution?"  He says he doesn't think so.

    Brown pelicans are definitely (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by caseyOR on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:17:23 PM EST
    more important than Ben Stein.

    Sometimes, like during the World Cup and baseball season, I wish I had cable. Mostly though, I am so glad that my channel surfing never lands me on Larry King or Chris Matthews or anyone on Fox.


    Stein's perpetually brown nose (none / 0) (#33)
    by jondee on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:10:26 PM EST
    is more important than Brown pelicans, we know that?

    If Hayward was quick on his feet (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by magster on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:18:47 PM EST
    he should have refused the apology said BP is committed to making it right.

    I hope you didn't infringe on his (none / 0) (#12)
    by observed on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:15:56 PM EST
    1st amendment rights of expression by changing the channel, MT.

    I can't (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:22:51 PM EST
    It's a trainwreck.  I'm transfixed.  He continues to argue that it is Unconstitutional for the President to strong arm vs. having Congress pass laws that would make BP pay up and be responsible.  But Ben thinks it is fine for the President to strong arm whatever brown people he or she may feel he or she needs to strong arm, we already know that about him.  Any ole Pretzelnit can threaten Iran till hello freezes over without Congressional approval.  What a hypocrite!  What an insane coo coo nutbag.

    Yes, when a Dem is strong and convinces (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:53:29 PM EST
    a company to do something, it is an unconstitutional shakedown. If a Republican did it they would be as breathless as teenage girls praising his cojones.

    Thems the roooolz.


    Now he just called Obama (none / 0) (#16)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:25:52 PM EST
    literally a Bill Clinton clone.

    I wish. (none / 0) (#17)
    by masslib on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:31:09 PM EST
    Turn... off... the... t... v... (none / 0) (#26)
    by desertswine on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:54:58 PM EST
    save... yourself.  

    Stein isn't worth your anger.


    Just what I was thinking too. Turn off the (none / 0) (#44)
    by oculus on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 12:25:26 AM EST
    TV--no Lakers/Celtics, no Larry King.  Pick up a good book.  I just started "Wolf Hall," a novel by Hilary Mantel.  Won the Booker Prize.  Excellent.

    I loved Wolf Hall too (none / 0) (#45)
    by ruffian on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 06:57:14 AM EST
    I listened to it in audiobook, and it was very well done by the narrator. It was so well written though, that i think I will get it from the library at some point and read it too.

    He's a male version of Marilyn (none / 0) (#19)
    by observed on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:37:38 PM EST
    vos Savant, IMO---someone who believes they are insanely smart, but who possesses relatively little education, and  who is prone to coming up with intricate theories that are totally from left field.

    That was a horrible call (none / 0) (#18)
    by masslib on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:33:48 PM EST
    the foul on garrnett.  Terrible call.

    Nah, it looked like a moving screen (none / 0) (#20)
    by Dadler on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:41:58 PM EST
    But relax, the zebras ain't calling nothin' tonight, for the most part. It's gonna be a bloodbath.  And right now, the Celts look like the team used to game seven pressure, we don't. Still early, but I don't like how tight we look.

    Ugliest Game7 first half I can imagine (none / 0) (#31)
    by Dadler on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:01:52 PM EST
    This is what you get when the refs let too much stuff on both ends go uncalled. The players then know they can hack it up, and you get a high school score. Makes no sense. As if in Game 7 of the World Series if you got hit by a pitch, they'd just say suck it up, you don't get the base.

    Agree (none / 0) (#32)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:05:50 PM EST
    Also agree these announcers add nothing.

    I think those refs took six points from (none / 0) (#36)
    by masslib on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:37:35 PM EST
    us so far, so I don't think that's exactly right.

    My friend, if you can't tell... (none / 0) (#38)
    by Dadler on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:56:40 PM EST
    ...that this is the ugliest game in game seven history, I can't help you.  They're letting all the non-shooting stuff go, a lot of the shooting fouls too. Both teams are losing points. But look at the score. It's disgraceful. Just a boxing match. No excuse for it but zebras "letting them play."

    And I agree BTD (none / 0) (#39)
    by Dadler on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:59:32 PM EST
    Van Gundy especially, just awful.

    Well that explains all the noises (none / 0) (#37)
    by nycstray on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:56:37 PM EST
    I've been hearing from around the hood as I work in my garden. A BBall game! :)

    Me, I just got my weekly produce drop off (grown on a local urban farm a few blocks from me), so I think it's time to retire to the kitchen :) GO!~ whoever, lol!~

    UGHHHHHHH (none / 0) (#41)
    by CST on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 11:37:30 PM EST
    FML.  Oh well, good series, disagree with BTD it's been... intense - but then I had a rooting interest.

    And to top it off I pulled both hamstrings and both quads trying to play soccer cold tonight because I got stuck in traffic and was late for the game.  So I can barely walk, AND the celtics lost.

    Team USA better win tommorow or I am done with sports.

    ... maybe not, but still, they better win.

    "Shakedown" is Back (none / 0) (#42)
    by squeaky on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 11:41:52 PM EST
    As Alex Pareene just reported in War Room, Barton got the shakedown language from the Republican Study Group, a House GOP conservative caucus that specializes in language demonizing Democrats.

    via digby

    Figures (none / 0) (#49)
    by ruffian on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 08:57:45 AM EST
    Cue the Jon Stewart montage of them all saying 'shakedown'. Republicans have no fear of being make to look ridiculous on The Daily Show.

    well, there ya go. (none / 0) (#43)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 11:56:58 PM EST
    Lakers couldn't sink a basket if it was full of rocks for the entire first half, then in the 2nd half the Celtics threw bricks like they were wearing  name badges and orange aprons.

    Pretty much all about defense. Done and done. Yay!

    I'm up early for the big FIFA game tomorrow. Rise to the occasion you mo fo's!

    Fans riot (none / 0) (#46)
    by kgoudy on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 07:20:39 AM EST
    And to celebrate, lakers fans beat each other and torch cars. LA declared a state of riot within minutes of the end of the game.


    But....it wasn't as bad as last year! (none / 0) (#47)
    by ruffian on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 08:41:09 AM EST
    Well, this is great to hear (none / 0) (#48)
    by ruffian on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 08:54:54 AM EST
    Top LAPD officials had vowed to do things differently this year and relied, in part, on a strategy of keeping large groups from roaming the area around Staples Center.

    As the Lakers battled the Celtics in the first half, crowds began to form at the Nokia Theatre plaza across from Staples Center.

    Witnesses said the LAPD was quick to respond when the throng began to grow.

    Our new Orlando stadium is built with the goal of drawing crowds to the area. That should go well.