July 11, 2010

World Cup 2010, Visually

All in all, I thought that the both sides played well in the final—I’m tempted to draw a comparison to the NBA finals, which was equally physical, not to mention prolonged for the teams’ defensive prowess and perhaps even grueling to the point of ennui, yet entertaining nonetheless. Contrary to the subtext of recent imagery, I was hoping that David Villa, the Creative Force in Spain’s Attack, would pull through with the epic overtime clincher, though Iniesta’s execution was also worthy of, say, Donovan.

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  • Boston.com’s Big Picture photoblog documented the excitement over four dramatic chapters. The well-curated selection of superlative photos is coherent (and readily minable) with a palpable narrative arc: in a word, beautiful.

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O'Keeffe-esque

O'Keeffe-esque

Plus:

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June 23, 2010

Tell ’Em

This one goes out to Landon Donovan & the Comeback Crew:

» Sleigh Bells – Tell ’Em (2:56) – 6.1MB m4a @ 256kbps

You know how we do.

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May 21, 2010

Nike – "Write the Future"

Amazing:

Full press release at Slam×Hype; metacommentary (re: Facebook) on the TimesMedia Decoder

Nike has also opened two pop-up spaces in NYC, which are just around the corner from each other in Nolita (click on images for more details):

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May 1, 2010

On to the Next One

via GQ

Lebron rocking Rick Owens & A.P.C. – Nathan Goldberg for GQ

I was wrong: the spotty Spurs held their own against the Mavs in what turned out to be a decent six-game series. Once again I have no idea what to expect from the Suns in that second-round matchup. As for the other semis, I suppose I like the Nuggets and Jazz equally, but I think the Lakers will take the latter down in six. Cavs in six; Hawks damn well better advance past the Bucks, but I doubt they’ll win more than two games against the well-rested Magic.

But yeah, sports:

via Arrested Motion

via Arrested Motion

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April 17, 2010

The Highlight Factor

Damn right hipsters have infiltrated NBA fandom.

The NBA playoffs start today and I’m excited to watch some “grown-man” basketball (along with “posterized,” this locution has been annoying prevalent this season). I suppose that anyone who has been following the NBA this season knows this already, but GQ has a nice rundown of (most of) the teams that made the playoffs.

Personally, I’m tend to be a fan of specific players over teams—I suppose I can only stake a legitimate claim to the Hawks as my local squad: their opening series against the Bucks is promising, and I’m actually looking forward to seeing Jennings school Bibby, my least favorite Hawk. The Magic look good once again and I expect to see them in the conference finals: they’ll miss Turkoglu but Vince has already proven himself and I can’t imagine he’ll be less than brilliant in the postseason. Even though KG was my hometown hero back in the day and I’m glad he got his ring, but I don’t think the Celtics have it in them and I’m a sucker for Wade’s underdog appeal.

Lebron is a foregone conclusion.

The bottom halves of both conferences are stacked with dark horses, though I can only realistically see one and two seeds in the conference finals. If last year is any indication, the West seems more prone to early-round upsets due to tighter competition. I think the Durant (and then Denver) will give the Lakers a run for the money, but I’d take Dallas over the spotty Spurs. Lastly, I have no idea what to expect from the Suns and Blazers matchup.

Presenting the 2010 Los Angeles Lakers

I’m actually ambivalent about the Lakers—they’re alternately the team that I love to hate and I hate to love—but I’m fascinated with the semi-mythological culture of Phil Jackson’s team and, of course, Kobe.

In the manner of Carles: which NBA team has the most hipster cred? Portland is easily the most hipster town, but I’ll venture the Nuggets because they’re all tatted up and Melo is from the ‘authentic’ hipster dive-city (if there is such a thing) of Baltimore (via Brooklyn, no less)… though you could probably make a similar argument for just about any team or superstar.

Of course, the real sign that I’m a hipster: I’d rather hit MoMA to see Fassbinder’s World On a Wire tonight (Art vs Basketball?)… and I’ll catch the games tomorrow if I’m not out biking.

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March 21, 2010

He Takes Account of Everything in the Universe

The weather was far too nice to sit in front of my laptop over the weekend.

Even non-soccer fans ought to be impressed by that goal.

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February 8, 2010

Nightmares Never Sleep

Better slip you an Ambien. –Jay-Z

Even as I watch Vinsanity tear the Hornets a new one, I’m not quite sure if I’m looking foward to NBA All-Star weekend as it approaches hot on the heels of the Super Bowl (and, perhaps, will step on the toes of Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day). It’s not so much that it’s an inopportune time, but the fact that the game and competitions feel like empty spectacle since there is really nothing at stake.

However, these new Nike spots (both by W+K’s Portland headquarters) definitely do the trick.

Bonus pic:http://www.hypebeast.com/image/2010/02/kobe-bryant-bruce-lee-nike-zoom-kobe-v-3.jpg

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December 7, 2009

Vandeweghe or the Highway

So as of this weekend, the New Jersey Nets are no longer winless: they lost just enough games (18) to set the NBA record for most losses to start a season and have since improved to 1-19 (going 1-1 against the Bobcats and Knicks over the weekend).

via The Situationist

via The Situationist

I bet they would have won yesterday’s game if Yi had come back as planned.

All of which is a long way of saying that I’ve finally caught up with the American drama series known as the National Basketball Association. CCTV5, the sports network here, airs several games a week and it’s nice to watch games in full, with the added appeal of trying to decipher Chinese basketball terminology and slang (The Sixers are called “76 People”! Hilarious!). Unfortunately, the live broadcasts typically take place between 8AM and noon, perhaps the one time of day when it’s tough to justify cracking a beer… even if it is the official beer of the NBA in China.

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Of course, I do not aspire to in-depth analysis or hard-hitting investigative reporting—my level of expertise is unapologetically vacuous and derivative. If you want something more substantial, I will refer you to Bill Simmons’ recently published magnum opus. I have yet to see it here in China, much less read it, but its one of several books I hope to acquire with my holiday windfall, as I’m sure I will receive a bookstore giftcards from unimaginative relatives. I’m excited for the footnotes, all 1,032 of them.

Also, is it just me, or does Kiki Vandeweghe sound like some bizarro version of George from Seinfeld; cf. Koko Vandelay. [EDIT: Holy shit there is a Coco Vandeweghe. Due diligence as always.]

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December 5, 2009

World Cup 2010 Draw

via ESPN

via ESPN

Just thought I’d share… though I realize that if you care, you’ve probably already heard from a more credible media outlet; if you don’t care, you’re probably wondering why I’m reading ESPN instead of working on real content.

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November 13, 2009

"Jah-moose" VI

Lebron’s name in Chinese is just “James” [詹姆斯; zhan1mu3si1, pronounced like the title of the post].

AP Photo with a touch of 'shopping

AP Photo with a touch of 'shopping

The Cavalier has made headlines by mandating (or at least advocating) the permanent retirement of the number 23, which he currently shares with the Greatest. The move has been regarded as a curiously deferential form of hubris—insofar as LBJ hopes to be the last player to sport the big 2-3—as the superstar will settle for number 6 (his Olympic designation) next season.

Via Cleveland.com of all places… though I did come across this story in a Chinese paper the next day, with a headline that roughly translates to “In the Vault” or “Seal It Up” (封存), which I take to be the Chinese translation of ‘retiring’ a number.

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