Mr. Webmaster, Pastor Trav, “The Major“, blog readers, wordpress staff, internet surfers, Life Pointe Attenders and Members, distinguished blogroll members, subscribers and guests, tonight the state of the blog is exceptionally strong!
Over the past several months since this blogs inception, the traffic steadily grew from just a handful of views a day, to record traffic in the last week of April through the early portion of May. Traffic was primarily based on hits from Pastor Trav’s site due to the baptism controversy, a post about the NBA playoffs that got the attention of a sports page, a top 5 list that made the menus page in Miami, a top 5 post that generated repeat views and comments about overused phrases, and due to a top 5 entry that got some fans of Melanie Sofka a little upset. As those hot topics died down, my traffic dropped off considerably. There have been criticism that posts about sports or amusement parks are not what people want to read, but this blogger will not compromise his core values! We will press on in the face of lighter than average traffic to bring you information that you need! I am here for you!
As the NBA playoffs reached the finals, traffic returned. There were numerous hits returned from search engines from people looking for statistics on teams coming from 3-1 deficits, and the history of the NBA finals. There were also numerous hits on a thread “The Irony of Green and Red” which pointed out that Phil Jackson made it to the finals for the first time with a team that he has developed while the Celtics won the championship with a team of stars developed everywhere but Boston.
The most traffic from internet search engines have come from these terms in this order: #1 Citizen Cane/Kane; #2 Beetlejuice Shrunken Head and all variations of that search (from Marcela’s LPC Talk Soup Post on 3/30/08 referencing Jesse’s intro video), #3 Polaner Allfruit; #4 the NBA (and variations); and #5 Deep Thoughts/Jack Handey.
The last two weeks, the search engines are driving the traffic on this page. I expect traffic to spike over the weekend as people all over the nation are interested in the results of the baptism at Biscayne. The NBA traffic should die down, and there may be another lull. But as this blog continues to bring quality information to the masses, it is the expectation of this writer that the traffic will reach the level of consistency and record numbers that it was experiencing in April and May.
We will continue to bring the Top 5 on Saturdays, the Talk Soup (with occasional guest writers) on Sundays, all kinds of thoughts on Thursday, and choice sarcastic humor on Wednesday. There may be a discontinuation of the Jack Handey Deep Thoughts to be replaced by my choice of quotes (may or may not be original). Stay tuned!
Thank you for reading and contributing to The Citizen Cane. Until the next entry, good night and God bless!
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This year’s NBA championship was wrapped in irony and the history of yesterday and today. Many people (including Jackson himself) consider coach Phil Jackson of the LA Lakers to be the greatest coach the NBA has seen. I don’t believe that to be the case. I reluctantly acknowledge now that Phil Jackson has to be mentioned in any list of the greatest NBA coaches. Nine NBA championships (tied with Red Auerbach for most titles), the highest winning percentage in playoffs history by far, the most playoff wins, the 9th highest regular season victory total, and on three different occasions he won 3 titles in a row. The strongest criticism against Jackson is one that I have agreed with. Red Auerback said of Jackson that “he picks his spots.” He has totally had his teams built and developed for him. He has never been responsible for building players or building a team. In Chicago, he had Jordan, Grant, and Pippen in place before he arrived. In LA he had Kobe and Shaq in place before he arrived. Another fair remark tempering his greatness is that every season he has won the championship, he has had the best player in the league on his team, and for the three titles in LA he had arguably the best two players on his team. No other coach can say that.
The Celtics won their 17th World Championship in a blow out last night. In doing so, the Celtics protected the legacy of Red Auerbach for at least one more season. Red is tied with Jackson for #1 all time with 9 championships. Red had serious talent with Russell, Cousy, Havlicek, and many other all time greats. But none of those players were the best player in the league by consensus. And each one of those 9 titles were built by Red, the players were developed by Red, and those teams were undoubtedly Red’s teams. Even the other 7 titles were with Red in the front office with players built by Red and the Celtics organization.
Now here is the irony. This Celtics team is built on talented stars who (other than Pierce) were developed elsewhere. And for the first time, Jackson’s run at the title this year was with a Lakers team that he developed and built himself. Other than Kobe, these guys in LA were brought up or pieced together by Jackson. Red Auerbach passed away in 2006, and I wonder what he would have said about this year’s championship series. I know he would have been happy through and through that his Celtics stopped Jackson from taking sole possession of the lead in titles. But don’t you think he may have to finally acknowledge that even in defeat, coach Jackson (whose arrogance could only be matched by Red’s) has to be named among the greats?
Tim Donaghy stated that the several NBA officials conspired to make sure that certain players were not ejected and a certain team won. The Lakers in the come from behind series win over Sacramento were the only team that fit the circumstances of which he spoke. The Lakers also got a lot of breaks against the Spurs in years past (this year as well).
The chickens came home to roost for the Lakers… in Boston! The Celtics almost blew a gigantic third quarter lead, but with the help of the non-striped zebras held on for a 108-102 win to go up 2-0 in the best of 7 finals. That makes them historically better than 90% likely to win the shole thing. Now, the Lakers will get their share of calls in LA over the next 3 games and perhaps it will be the Celtics players getting mauled under the basket with no call forthcoming. Or perhaps the Lakers will have a similar 38-10 freethrow advantage over their opposition (like the Celtics did last night).
That said, the Lakers played a style last night that got them in some trouble last year, and earlier this year. They did not play body defense. They defended with their hands. Th( will get more calls. They also settled for jumpers and didn’t really attack the rim until the 3rd quarter. That will leave you with fewer calls. That helps to understand, but does not fully explain the 38-10 gap in freethrows.
Like I have been saying this whole playoff season, the home teams have gotten nearly every break possible. It’s getting old. I want to see some legit b-ball, not this version that is filtered through the dirty lense of these crooked refs.
The Lakers are the first half of the finals. As they have done in years past, the Lakers got past their opponent with a little help from their friends (refs). I was wrong to think they couldn’t make it out of the west.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same for the Celts in the east. The NBA has to be seeing $$$ in their beedy little eyeballs!
-It’s been extremely hot lately.
-A new piece of equipment has been added to my required list of items I wear already weighing 30+ pounds.
-The few extra pounds wouldn’t be so bad if it were not a vest that retains heat and moisture. Some of the spots in the power block where I patrolat the plant easily reach into the mid 100’s to 110 degrees. I have been drinking water like a camel lately.
-Weeeeeeeeee! The Wii is so much fun.
-Marcela and I have systematically been going through and playing the games that came with our new game system. So far we have played lazer hockey, fishing, target shooting, a tank game, bowling, boxing, tennis, baseball, golf, and Mario Kart.
-I still have to open Spiderman, Banana Balls (or something like that), Game Party, and Sonic.
-I plan on having a Wii night with as many people as I can fit in the house. I guess I better ask Marcela about that first. 🙂
-Hillary continues to win big in the “battleground states”. Obama continues to win in the states that Democrats have either not at all been competitive or already have locked up. To me, that’s not a good sign for the Democrats.
-If the Democrats want to put up their best candidate, they should choose the person who is most popular in those necessary “battleground states” like FL, Ohio, West Va, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Colorado, etc.
-The Spurs had what it took to win on the road against the Hornets, but the Lakers took the win out of their sails coming from 20 back with only 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
-When you have a 20 point lead in a road game against a quality team like LA you shouldn’t squander that chance.
-Let’s see what Detroit has against Boston, now.
LA is taking on San Antonio in the conference finals for the 4th time. So far the Lakers have had the upper hand 3 times, most recently in 2004. The possibility of the classic LA vs Boston final matchup has to have the NBA salivating over the potential revenue and ratings. LA has the home advantage and is playing lights-out right now, so SA will have another huge task ahead of them if they are to advance. The Spurs won at New Orleans last night marking only the 5th time this post season that a road team has won and becoming the first team to advance as a lower seed without home advantage. Their playoff experience was huge!
Detroit will face Boston on the road in the East final. The game features a superstar stacked Boston Celtics team that was thrown together this year to make a run at the championship vs the veteran defense-oriented Detroit team that has gone to battle together numerous times in the playoffs. They always tend to play to the level of their competition so this should be a hard fought series. Detroit has won on the road and Boston has not. I believe Detroit can take Boston out, but it’s going to be nasty. I don’t think they have a legit chance at winning without Billups. I’m sure the rest was beneficial, so Detroit is probably thanking Cleveland for stretching the series to 7 against the Celtics.
I am going to equivocate here but my head tells me LA will take out SA in 7 and Boston will advance in 7 as well. These are two evenly matched series though. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see SA or Detroit steal one on the road and take their series. I’m pulling for SA in the long run.
Well, unfortunately Lebron James didn’t quite have enough juice to pull Cleveland through on his own. He put together an incredible offensive and defensive performance but came up short. Boston will now have to face a well rested Detroit team in the conference finals. Billups’ sore hamstring needed the break. Now Boston who has faced two 7 game series (Atlanta and Cleveland) still has not won a single road game. If they don’t at least advance to the finals, you have to wonder what happened. This was a 66 win team with three super stud ballers. Anything less than an NBA championship will be the city’s second heartbreak. This obviously won’t be as monumental as the Patriots Superbowl Choke, but this is still bad. This is one of the NBA’s best regular season records in its history.
On the Western front, Tim Duncan is trying to pull off a big win in New Orleans. LA has been waiting for the winner of this series since they finished off the Jazz in 6 games. Do Tim, Tony, and Manu have what it takes? Yes they do! Unfortunately, the homecooking has been in full effect this year. Ref’s are making it extremely hard to win on the road. The freethrow disparity is sick in almost all the series. All teams with home court advantage have advanced in every series. I have not ever seen that happen before. To sum it up, it will take a lot more than an average performance from SA’s big 3 to win tonight, but I’ll be pulling for them.
The Marlins have a lower team salary than some individual players’ salaries in the league, however, these young guys are doing the unthinkable. They’re in first place in the division, and have now won 6 in a row. On two occasions I have been burned as a fan of the Florida Marlins. The fire sale in 96 was within days of the first championship. That hurt really bad. Then after a few years, this team puts together another great run, wins another championship, and one after another pieces of that championship are traded away for young and cheap talent. Here we are again, in first place with some decent talent. They just signed Ramirez to 6 years 70 million. I am sure that he won’t be a Marlin much longer, but maybe we can find some way to squeeze out a championship.
As for the NBA, the Celtics have yet to win a single road game. Can they win a championship without winning on the road? I don’t think so.
I admit, I would love to see a return of the greatest NBA rivalry ever with the Celtics taking it to the Lakers, but the Lakers are now tied 2-2 with the Jazz out west, and the Celts can’t win on the road.
The Pistons have shown an ability to win without Billups and that really is a good sign if you are a Piston’s fan. If they get rolling, they can challenge in the east. With the help of some bad calls and a bit of choking from Orlando, they squeaked out a 90-89 win on the road to go up 3-1.
The Spurs are back on track with a solid win against the Hornets. The series stands 2-2, but the Spurs have to win one in New Orleans to take the series. It’s a tall order, but I have faith in Duncan, Manu, and TP.
- Round 1 is in the books. All the favorites have advanced. I don’t know when the last time that has happened, but I will have to research it.
- Round two is going to be excellent. All the match ups are exciting. I am particularly interested in the east with Detroit playing Orlando and Celtics against the Cavs.
- The Cavs and the Celtics each won their regular season home games. The season record is 2-2.
- The Lakers beat Utah Jazz and have yet to lose a game in the playoffs. Victor is ecstatic.
- The Celtics avoided the biggest choke in NBA history beating the Hawks in game 7 to advance to round two. Essentially, the Celtics have to win the championship this season or it would be monumentally disappointing to the city of Boston. First the Patriots put together the most dominating regular season in NFL history and lose the championship. Now you have the Celtics with the third best record in NBA history. They have to win the title or this will only be a smidge less disappointing than the choke job the Patriots came up with this year. Could Boston handle the embarrassment for a second time in the same year?
- KG looked like a TE laying a blindside block on a corner trying to defend the double reverse. I forget who he put the pick on, but he laid his shoulder into it and leveled the poor guy.
- The defending champion San Antonio Spurs are down 1-0 against the Hornets. ESPN speculates that if SA loses game 2, it’s over! I don’t if I would take it that far, but certainly SA does not want to lose game 2!