…and we’re back.
This week’s entry show us a little of the local color hanging out at the courts. Can Chub and Lev hang? Hey, there’s no better way to get better than to play against people better than you, right?
As inspiration for my characters, I chose the NBA players that I did based solely on my ability to riff on their names. No likeness intended. (Don’t send me hate mail saying that dude looks nothing like Charles Oakley!) I’m not sure how realistic it is that Chub would know these old-school players at his new-school age, but in the age of ESPN classic, YouTube, and the endless availability of internet stats it’s not outside the realm of possibility. In tribute to scholarship of the (not-so-far back) history of the game, here are links to the four player’s Basketball-reference pages and a interesting fact culled from the numbers:
Cedric Ce’bald’us= Cedric Ceballos:
Led the league in fg% in the 95/96 season.
Detlef Shrimp= Detlef Schrempf:
Led the league in offensive rating (!) in the 94-95 season.
(It’s a made up advanced stat, but still!)
Robert Perished= Robert Parish:
All time leader in NBA games played.
Charles Oakleys= Charles Oakley:
In his only all-star appearance in the 93-94 season, managed 3 personal fouls in 11 minutes!
On a personal note, I’ve put these excuses out there before, but moving to a new job in a new city (and state), cross-country business trips, and working massive overtime (it’s my paying job!) I found myself on the injured reserve list for January with a case of blogger fasciitis. I apologize for any time lost to any and all readers who have been checking in for updates. I won’t waste your efforts- we can still make the playoffs! We’re back on track now and ready to update on the reg! (Once a week at least…)
I did find time however (priorities, I know!) to get to my first Pistons game. As the new local team for me, I’m planning on investing with my fandom. It’s great to live in a city now with a team only a short (~45 minutes?) drive away. The game I took in ended up being a barnburner against the Suns which saw the local team come screaming back from down 12 in the fourth to a dramatic victory in the final minute. It was a great first game to attend, and I was really impressed with the show put on at the Palace. I will definitely be going back for more when I get the chance.
On that note, unexpectedly last week I was invited to attend a blogger’s night by the fine people that do Pistons web stuff. Sadly the ‘Blizzard of 2011’ on the day of the game meant I reluctantly wasn’t able to take them up on their offer this time around. The usual ~45 minute drive to the arena in Auburn Hills would have probably taken 2+ treacherous hours at least. (Not to mention the shame of attending with me barely being able to call myself a blogger in January)
In thanks to the fine offer extended, expect a Piston’s themed comic coming soon. (Screw journalistic integrity- this is a webcomic!)
If you live in the area, you should really fight those Winter blues, get out and catch a game. They’ve got some great ticket deals going, the team is playing hard and competitive ball, and from what I could tell there really isn’t a bad seat in the house.