i can remember when i was a young cat..the nba all star game was always something i waited for because of a few reasons..1 the dunk contest, 2 michael jordan always broke out the black version of the latest air jordans, and 3 the all star game on sunday…well now things are broken..there are no mj or mars blackmon commercials, the new style dunk contest and its participants are horrible and still having fans vote just makes no sense!!

we all know the old dunk format that goes back as far as dr.j and kenny  “sky” walker was the best…and what the hell is the reason you cannot get one of your better all stars to compete?? an lbj vs kobe final would be amazing for the league and the fans my man.

all star voting…tracy mcgrady who I think has played no more than a 1/2 an hour all season was almost a starter for the west…does that make any sense?? ai is a starter for the east and he has only played 20 games this season after “retiring” craziness.my man chauncy billups didn’t make the team and one of the best and most consistant rookies(ty lyson) didnt make the rookie game….to me an all star game is more about skill and who is doing well during the first part of the season..not a popularity contest..if they want that let them run for student council…

let’s get thing straight before you use a lot more fans. sweetin’ the slam dunk pot and less fan input on who should start and play in the all star game


**maybe this will help your memory of how it used to be:


pittsburgh’s got sole

January 20, 2010

lets get packing people..check this site out that i read about today. http://www.pittsburghsgotsole.com.  they are in the process of trying to collect a million shoes to send to haiti. i just packed up some jordans,vans,dvs skate shoes, and even some ice creams. now you know i love my kicks…so if i can part with some and now you guys can to. check out the website and go to your closet and see what you have. i am making a run to do a drop off in mcmurray on saturday.  if anyone is interested in sending anything in i would be glad to do the drop off…so give me a shout.

http://www.pittsburghsgotsole.com(they are on fb also)

i am a huge supporter of the fight to beat cancer…i have had family and friends who have battled this awful disease. some have won and unfortunately some have not. as a small memory to everyone i have worn a livestrong bracelet for over 3+years without taking it off(well a few broke and i got new ones). I am happy to show my support in many ways and i think it is amazing the livestrong and Nike have teamed up to raise over 80,000,000!!!

so to show my support i had to pick a pair of these up last night:

nike trainer 1 livestrong

as i sit here on the t i think…after 1 year am i happy…NOPE..not at all! now i am not inside the rooms and we really don’t know what goes on. i am sure its hard to deal with some of these other republicans that are still pouting that they lost and want to block every single thing that comes up..but all of the things that were fed to all of these people who volunteered and took weeks and months away from their families have not been done. maybe their is some master plan and i know its going to take more than a year to right 8 years of wrong but give me a sign here my man. give me something to show me that all you said during your campaign wasn’t just some jive to get the super liberals fired up and behind you. i have faith but believe me i am starting to question if it is already too late??

with that being said even if i would have known a little over a year ago what i know today i still would not have voted for mccain and pailin. hell no.no chance..that wasn’t the answer..maybe my choice wasn’t either but those 2 would of made it 4 more years of GW tactics.

so with that being said i beg of you mr. obama. show us some of that fire and promise that you showed us over a year ago. if not it will be hard for me(and I am sure others) to volunteer a week away from my kids again next time and try to sway all of these narrow minded gun toting fools to your side.


He remembers waking up in the middle of the night, sweating profusely, shaking, and feeling as if he was going to die. “I was scared; I didn’t know what was happening to me,” Michael Jordan would say.

At first, he thought it was a nightmare. Then he realized it was real, that he was seriously ill. “I felt partially paralyzed,” he would later say.

When he lifted himself up from his bed in his Utah hotel room, his head began spinning. He’d never been so nauseated before. He feared that somehow, some way, someone had slipped some kind of drug in something he ate.

It was the middle of the night in Salt Lake City, an off day between Games 4 and 5. The series was tied, 2-2, following Utah’s second consecutive win, but how in the world could Jordan play in this condition in Game 5?

Jordan called the Bulls’ medical personnel, which came rushing to his room. They determined that he was suffering from food poisoning or an intestinal stomach virus. “There’s no way you’ll be able to play Game 5,” Jordan was told.

Jordan remains in bed for the next 24 hours, missing the Bulls’ morning practices the day before and the day of Game 5. He had lost several pounds. He was dehydrated. Then, at 3 p.m., just three hours before tip-off, Jordan rose from his hotel bed and dragged himself to the Delta Center.

It’s 4:30 p.m. when Scottie Pippen sees Jordan emerge from a side door of the Delta Center. “The way he looked, there’s no way I thought he could even put on his uniform,” Pippen would say. “I’d never seen him like that. He looked bad — I mean really bad.”

Jordan sequesters himself in a dark room adjacent to the Bulls’ locker room. He slowly lies his weak body down. He closes his eyes. He visualizes himself running, shooting, passing, rebounding, dunking. Soon, he emerges from the room, staggering slowly. He puts on his uniform and walks out to the court, weak and pale. “I can play,” he tells coach Phil Jackson. “I’ll let you know how I’m feeling as the game goes on.”

As the game begins, Jordan drags himself up and down the court, running at only 65 percent of his normal speed. He is so dehydrated and fatigued that he is sure he is going to pass out any second. Halfway through the quarter, during a pause in the game, Jordan bends over to rest, pulls on his shorts, closes his eyes and nearly falls over. He has no energy whatsoever.

Later in the first quarter, during a timeout, Jordan slumps into a seat on the Bulls’ bench, his arms dangling, his shoulders sagging. “He could hardly sit up,” Chicago center Luc Longley would say.

MJ could barely make it off the court after his 38-point performance.

He is essentially useless in the first quarter, but in the second quarter, after Utah takes a 16-point lead, something happens to Jordan physically, emotionally and mentally. He begins running harder, running faster and making shots. Somehow, miraculously, he begins looking like the typically dominant Michael Jordan. He scores 17 points in the quarter. “It was all about desire,” he would tell the media. “Somehow I found the energy to stay strong.”

At halftime, Jordan is fed fluids and given cold towels. In the third quarter, fatigue and nausea return, dragging him down again, rendering him virtually useless. But early in the fourth quarter, when the Jazz go up, 77-69, Jordan somehow turns it on again, leading a 10-0 run that puts Chicago back on top with five minutes left.

He starts the Bulls’ burst with a 12-footer, then Toni Kukoc and Jordan both drill 3-pointers to tie the score at 77. MJ caps the run by putting the Bulls on top, 79-77, with an 18-footer over Bryon Russell. Jordan had 33 points at that stage, a staggering total for someone so ill and weak.

“In the third quarter, I felt like I couldn’t catch my wind and get my energy level up,” Jordan would say later. “I don’t know how I got through the fourth quarter. I was just trying to gut myself through it.”

With 3:07 left, John Stockton nails a three for an 84-81 Utah lead. Jordan quickly hits a runner in the lane to make it 84-83. Moments later, Jordan is fouled by Stockton. He makes the first free throw to tie the score at 85 with 46.5 seconds left, but misses the second. Kukoc, however, tips the miss, and Jordan, his instincts still amazingly sharp and his reactions still quick despite his flu-like symptoms, grabs the loose ball and sets up the offense again.

Clearly exhausted, clearly weak, Jordan looks for Pippen posting up Jeff Hornacek. MJ also looks for three-point specialist Steve Kerr, wide open in the corner. Jordan, his arms hanging like a piece of rope, makes a weak fake to Kerr, but then quickly fires a pass to Pippen. Russell quickly moves to double Pippen, 5 for 17 in the game, leaving Jordan open on the perimeter. Pippen quickly fires the ball back to Jordan. The clock shows 0:26. With Stockton’s hand right in his face, Jordan launches a shot from beyond the three-point line. The ball hits nothing but string. Bulls, 88-85. His 15th point of the quarter and his 38th of the night. “We never want to double off Michael Jordan in that situation,” Utah coach Jerry Sloan would say later.

Utah pushes the ball upcourt, and Stockton breaks down the defense and feeds Greg Ostertag for a dunk, making it 88-87 with 15.2 seconds left. The Bulls quickly inbound the ball and work the ball upcourt to Kukoc, who feeds Longley for a dunk and a 90-87 lead with 6.2 seconds remaining. One possession remains. Utah works the ball around and as the clock hits 0:01, Hornacek heaves a 3-pointer & and misses.

Jordan, who plays 23 of 24 minutes in the first half and 21 of 24 minutes in the second, doubles over, collapsing from emotion and exhaustion.

“That was probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever done,” he would say after the game. “I almost played myself into passing out just to win a basketball game. If we had lost, I would have been devastated.” Jackson was almost at a loss for words, but finally told the media, “Because of the circumstances, with this being a critical game in the Finals, I’d have to say this is the greatest game I’ve seen Michael play. Just standing up was nauseating for him and caused him dizzy spells. This was a heroic effort, one to add to the collection of efforts that make up his legend.”

After MJ’s epic performance, Pippen would say, “He’s the greatest, and everyone saw why tonight.”

sneakerheads for haiti

January 16, 2010

so as most of you know i am into my sneakers….thats my pleasaaah! i have all of these blogs and twitter buddies that always talk shoes and give you release dates and things like that. well us sneakerheads have a soft side too.  nicekicks.com is putting together sneakerheads for haiti where you can send new or gently worn shoes to the address provided below and they will send them over to haiti. check it out..google it…do what you can. thx!

Text “SHOES” to 20222 to donate $5 to Soles4Souls.

2) Send any new or gently worn shoes to:

Sneakerheads for Haiti
Soles4Souls, Inc.
315 Airport Road
Roanoke, AL 36274

i am back again….

January 16, 2010

and i promise to keep this going in 2010..things have calmed down a little for me and i downloaded the wordpress blackberry app.  so when i am riding miserable on the t i will be able to blog.

i hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and i wish everyone a great 2010.