Wuuuut UP! Today at Athlete Talk we are mixing it up for a little bit and combing out usual LINKS of the week post with our Friday TWEETS post. So, today you get 2 articles for the price of 1 click of your mouse. A pretty good deal if you ask me. Today in our LINKS post we talk about 2010 NBA free agents and their potential destinations, a trading error causes the stock markets to tank, and Adam “Make it Rain” Pacman Jones finding a new home in the NFL.
We’ll start off the LINKS with a little humor. If you have never been to his site, DontEvenReply.com is a site where the owner responds to classified ads on Craigslist and other places with fictional AND HILARIOUS requests. My favorites are Kittens for my Tiger, Attention Grabbing Ad, and Disguised Weapons. If you haven’t read some of his stuff, you are definitely missing out.
Our next link continues the ‘off-topic’ trend, but I thought it was interesting none-the-less. Today, the Dow-Jones Industrial Average plunged during the middle of the day, losing nearly 1000 pts near the low. According to CNBC.com, the problem could have resulted from one trader typing B for billion instead of M for million resulting in a much larger than intended sell order. Also, this drop would have triggered other stop-loss orders further amplying the lossess. Poor trader, how quickly do you think he was fired for that mistake?? Fast, or Rush Limbaugh after insulting Donovan McNabb fast??
Our next LINK comes from the world of sports, actually. I know it’s surprising that a sports site would talk about sports but we are going to try it out once and see what happens. Adam “3am is the best time to fire shotguns” Jones is headed to Cincinnati, Ohio to play for the Chad OchoCinco and the Bengals. I assume Jones was originally hired to be Ocho’s dance partner, but word out of Cincy is he might also “moonlight” as a defense back as well. That would be the best thing Jones could do under the moonlight, as his previous adventures have been the problem. So, I lost track…is this his last chance or his last-last chance?
Our next section of the LINKS focuses on the 3 NBA SUPERSTAR free agents who’s teams are done playing. Now, all thats left for them is anticipation. The great Free agent class of 2010 is almost upon us and these athletes are reaching a fork in the road of their NBA careers. Clearly, Dwayne Wade did not want to be bounced in the first round of the playoffs. Also, I highly doubt he wants to spend another year playing besides the rag-tag crew currently assembled in Miami. Also, Chris Bosh and Toronto have to have a serious conversation about the direction of that franchise. Even with the big off season acquisition of Hedo last year, Toronto played its way OUT of the playoffs after Bosh got hurt and nearly everyone is expecting him to leave after this season for more competitve pastures. Even Andy Roddick wants Bosh to leave.
Finally, another Superstar who could be on the move this summer is Dirk Nowitzki. Not a lot of people are talking about him, and his options this summer. But the Big German has the ability to opt out and move somewhere else in his quest to finally win a championship that thus far has eluded him. Four teams in the history of the NBA have won 50+ games 10 straight seasons. The Boston Celtics during the Russell years, the San Antonio Spurs from ’99 to 2009, the Lakers in the 80s. These teams won a combined 16 CHAMPIONSHPS during those years where they won 50 or more games, so their continued dominance did often end in the ultimate prize. The last team of those four teams is the Dallas Mavericks, who have won 50 + games each of the last 10 years. They have no championships to their credit, and have often been bounced from the playoffs in the first or second round. So, what is their strategy this offseason? Do they re-sign Dirk and give it another shot with a similarly constructed team or do they blow shit up and move on?
Our next LINK is about Nate Robinson, and his $1M shortfall this season because he failed to play in two games for the Celtics at the end of the season. If Robinson played in 58 games and the team makes the playoffs, he gets a $1M dollar bonus. Let’s just say the Celtics made sure he didn’t reach that plateau.
The great Dwayne Wade Makes Links of the Week twice with his ongoing fight with his ex-wife, Siohvaughn. While Ms. Wade has no shortage of cleavage (or vowels), she does appear to have a shortage of common sense with her recent lawsuit against DWade and Gabrielle Union. It seems she is jealous because her/DWade’s sons only got “medium sized” gifts for Christmas, while Ms. Union got the “biggest gift of all.” I assume the biggest gift of all is a reference to Dwayne Wade’s penis.
So, that concludes our LINKS…but don’t go anywhere folks we still have our tweets section coming up!
J_Flynn Mike Bibby & Mini Me #sameperson
Hard to argue with that! What happened to Mike Bibby by the way…I mean, I know he is roughly 54 years old but he and Jason Terry played together on the same team at Arizona. The JET still contributes to the Mavs in a significant way where it seems like Bibby starts but everyone is waiting for Crawford to come off the bench and light it up. It’s sad he’s no more than a placeholder right now. Starting PG in title but not much else.
sportsguy33 Sad news from the Atlanta sidelines: team doctors just euthanized Mike Bibby.
sportsguy33 New column: on Steve Kerr, the Suns and the creepy shadow of baggage. http://tinyurl.com/22lgs83
sportsguy33 Just did a local TV interview, joked about Orlando cougars + how it’s no wonder Tiger got into trouble. Went over like a fart in church.
The Sports Guy Phillip, er I mean BILL Simmons was inexplicable at the Magic game tonight. Apparently there are some good looking middle aged ladies in Florida. Who knew?
Fake_J_Russell I am currently at careerbuilder.com and Monster.com looks like I can get a job at McDonald’s really easy. #raiders #nfl
Poor JaMarcus Russell…the good news for him is some team will likely take a flyer on him. Vikings? Speaking of, how Brett Favre-ish would it be for Favre NOT to come back this year. Everyone is expecting him to. How does he keep things interesting? Stay retired. It’s the only solution.
NoGuts_NoGlory #sblog Greg Paulus Is Still Trying To Play Football http://bit.ly/bMM8VM
Since I am a big Duke fan, I am hoping he makes the Saints team. It would be awesome if he was able to play for 4 yrs in another sport, switch to football and then go pro. Gatorade H.S. player of the year with a scholarship to Notre Dame. He WAS a good High School QB.
jrich23 RT @dma314: Dunk contest vs Nate Robinson in China 2006 http://bit.ly/chcNO3
This was the first time in my life I wished I was in China.
That concludes our FIRST combined LINKS + TWEETS article! You’re welcome. Check out some of our older stuff here:
Athlete Talk Tweets of the Weekend! May 1st – 3rd
It’s the Internet SUCKA! April 21st Links of the Week!
Tweet-tastic Tuesday (4/20)
April 17-18th Tweets of the Weekend!
Tweets of the Day! Friday 4/16