The Moonball Blog

Friday, April 25, 2008

No Wonder the Knicks aren't in the playoffs

This makes way too much sense...another great Onion article. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 20, 2008


I give a shoutout to the Wild, and they lose the next three games and lose the series.

I give a shoutout to the Sixers, and they lose seven of their next ten games to finish under .500 and fall to the 7th spot.

I give a shoutout to the Rockets, and their winning streak ends three days later and they drop three out of five. (Though I still think Adelman deserves serious consideration.)

And I can't even mention the Shithouse shoutout in the final days of MoonBall.

So, with all that in mind, I have to give a shoutout to the Spurs. That was a pretty impressive win yesterday. Popovich shouldn't be forgotten in COY discussions. Tim Duncan is very good. I bet they win the conference.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Congrats Knick50

1st off, I protest Knick50’s Moonball title on general principal. Shit House has won at every level but college and the pro's. Furthermore you miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Lastly, practice, you're talkin bout practice? Jenny had a better season by every standard but overall Moonball points; Knick50, no disrespect.

NBA awards

Doc Rivers is the coach of the year. The Celts were BY FAR the best team in the league and one of the main question marks going into the season was Doc’s coaching. AND he gets my vote now and forever because he admitted to being depressed and distracted the day after G.W. was elected over Kerry. In fact he called it a “dark day in the history of our country”.

6th man- Manu 4sure.

Most improved- I like this award to go to a player who is not yet established. (side note: If you look back I had Turk as rookie of the year in a preseason Outside Shot a million years ago.) Hedo has been a legit NBA player for years. Just because he had a career year he should get an award? I think guys such as Andrew Bynum, Kendrick Perkins or Travis Outlaw should be considered. For me, Rajon Rondo made a huge leap from last year and is my obvious choice.

R.O.Y.- This award goes to Greg Oden. Has a player who did not suit up ever had such an impact on a franchise? Honorable mention goes to Al Horford.

Defensive Player- I gotta go with KG. Wow. I always loved him but watching him so often with the C’s has been a treat. He makes everybody better including Tom Thibodeau who deserves a lot of credit but because of KG he will get a head coach job soon.

MVP- Kobe (ouch) he is better then LBJ, KG and CP3. Beyond that he led his team to the best record in the West and the West is the best conference in any sport I’ve ever seen. He is at the top of his game and for the 1st time in his career, he understands the role of his teammates. I can only hope the Playoffs proves me wrong.

The Playoffs will be a blast but my predictions begin and end with the Celts beating the Lakers in six games. The finals will climax with Glen Davis chasing a loose ball and crushing both Phil Jackson and Kurt Rambis, ending their respective coaching careers.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Playoff Predictions

Round 1:
1) BOS vs. 8) ATL -- Celts sweep in 4. Easy.
2) DET vs. 7) PHI -- Pistons in 5. Nice year for Philly, but DET is way too much.
3) ORL vs. 6) TOR -- ORL in 7. Bosh takes Raps to the brink, but not quite to the second round
4) CLE vs. 5) WAS -- Wiz in 7. Can't go against the former home town. If DeShawn has to close-line Lebron in Raja Bell fashion to get it done so be it.

Round 2:
Celtics over the Wizards in 6.
Detroit over ORL in 5.

East Finals:
Celts over Pistons in the toughest, best played 7 we've seen in a long time in the East.

Round 1:
1) LA vs. 8) DEN - Lakers in 6.
2) NO vs. DAL -- Experience matters not. Hornets in 7.
3) SA vs. 6) PHX -- the re-match everyone wants to see and the reason for the Shaq trade. Suns in 7. Redemption.
4) UTAH vs. 5) HOU -- Jazz in 5.

Round 2:
UTAH vs. LA -- Jazz in 6.
NO vs. PHX -- Suns in 7. Gosh, I hope this series happens. Nash and Paul on the same court for 7 games would be awesome.

West Finals:
Jazz vs. Suns -- Suns in 7.

NBA Finals
Celts vs. Suns -- Suns somehow do it in 7. Amare reprises his awesome playoffs from the pre-injury days and is MVP.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Mea Culpa and awards

Not that they've been waiting for it, but I feel like I owe an apology first to the Suns and Shaq and second to the Mavs. Shaq hasn't been great for the Suns but he's been a lot better than I thought he would be and they did turn it around after that early swoon. Proof will be in the playoff pudding--can the Suns knock off the Spurs?

When Dirk went down I was certain that the Mavs would go with him. I now see I underestimated the Diggler's toughness and the Mavs resolve, blinded as I was with desire to see the Warriors return to the post-season. The Mavs finished strong, I think they'll pull it out in their first round tussle with the Hornets.

I think we should all put in our year end award selections. Here are mine:

Sixth man--Manu. So easy, billy boy.

Most Improved--Gotta go with some Turkish delight--Hedo was the real deal all year.

Coach--wow, this is very hard. Mo Cheeks? Byron Scott? Rick Adelman? Phil? Eddie Jordan? I'm tempted to go with the Zen master, just because I think he did do a great job this year, but I think Mr. National Anthem was one step better. Mo's work with the Sixers, who seemed like they were going to be one of the very worst teams in the league, was tremendous. He's the pick.

Rookie--Gotta be Durant, right? The big finish clinches it. Let's hope he stays in Seattle, where the good people of the Northwest can enjoy his emergence.

Defense--Easy. KG all the way. The Beantown D was superlative all year and its energy and plays all came by the one who made Sneeper a Celtics fan.

MVP--I feel like Kobe will win with sentiment from the lifetime achievement award crowd. But I'm still a card-carrying Kobe hater. KG had great impact, LeBron might be the best player. What a year. Still, I think the point man from NO distinguished himself, bringing the heretofore woeful NO franchise into serious contention in the toughest west ever. CP3 for MVP.

Enjoy the playoffs friends.

Shithouse Crash and Burn

Another exciting finish to the Moonball season! Little Ricky is speechless. K30's team put together a bunch of big games at the bitter end to finish on top.

Last year I was able to watch the internet as 2-4 place was decided in the wee-wee hours. But last night I was at Target Center, relegated to trying to decipher from the NBA scores in the corners of the arena which team was rising...and then trying to peer over Michael Doleac's shoulder in a crowded NBA City to see the Portland vs. Phoenix finale. It didn't look good for Shithouse Gang, and woke up this morning to see that it was true.

Great seasons y'all. Here's a video in honor of a great run by the second place team.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Wild, Wild April

Quite a lot of excitement in the sports world right now...

With two games left in the NBA season, a mere two games separate first place from sixth place in the Western Conference standings.

With two days left in the MoonBall season, Knick30 maintains a very tenuous hold on first, while Shithouse sits one Stuckey surprise (or another KG end-of-the-season tanking) from toppling the Evil Empire.

And at the other end of the spectrum, will CelticGreen pull it together enough to overtake Lumpy "Phoning It in Since November" Joe in the final days?

But, the most exciting thing going on in the world of sports right now? The first-round playoff battle between the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche. Three games, three sudden-death overtimes. I never thought I'd find myself staying up past midnight to watch a hockey game on TV, but I guess this really is Hockey Town, USA.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Zeke gets some love

Not Buckneresque, but it's nice to see Zeke remembered as the great champion that he is.