Posted tagged ‘Lakers’

Big Boy Pants

March 27, 2013

BBpantsIf you follow NBA basketball … and in particular, the Los Angeles Lakers … you know that this has not been a good season for Lakers fans.  A team that seemed packed with enough stars to contend for the Championship has struggled to stay above five-hundred, enduring coaching changes, injuries, lack of chemistry between players, and players that don’t seem to fit in with the new system.  Pau Gasol, the all-star forward who has won three championships with the Lakers, in particular, has had a hard time fitting in with the new coach’s system, so his scoring is down considerably.  Pau is known as a sensitive player and at one point, Kobe Bryant (not known as a sensitive player) suggested that Pau needed to put on his Big Boy Pants, a comment that went viral on the web.  You’d think that Pau Gasol, who is 7 feet tall and weighs 250 pounds, could only wear Big Boy Pants but, of course, what Bryant meant was that Gasol needed to stop whining and man up.  A few nights later, when Kobe missed the final shot against the Houston Rockets, the Houston announcer gushed that, The Lakers pooped their Big Boy Pants, which also went viral.  Isn’t sports journalism grand?  Four months later, Bryant, never one to succumb to an injury, when asked if he would play after a severe ankle sprain, said, It’s Big Boy Pants time for me.  He missed only three games.  Last night, I watched The Other Guys, which includes Will Ferrell’s famous Big Boy Pants scene.   And on, I noticed that Brit Hume said that President Obama lacks the Big Boy Pants to take responsibility for what happens under his watch.  Isn’t political journalism grand? (more…)

Monday Smiles – 1/28/2013

January 28, 2013

contrarianMost of my adult years, I have been a Green Bay Packers fan, even though I was born and raised in Connecticut, lived on my own in Boston, and first lived in Rhode Island after getting married.  There is no reasoning behind my choice of pro football teams … it is a result of the contrarianism of my youth.  Everyone in Connecticut seemed to be a New York Giants fan so Older Eyes (Younger then) decided to root for the Giant’s rivals at the time, the Packers.   If you come around Bud’s Blog frequently, you probably know that I am a (big) Lakers fan, which would seem to make sense, since I live in Socal and until this year, there was only one functional pro basketball team in L.A.   Wrong.  I became a Lakers fan in college when everyone in my fraternity rooted for the Celtics.  My roommate, Jon (also a contrarian) and I therefore chose to cheer for their arch-rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers.  So, I’ve been a Lakers fan for almost fifty years. (more…)

Something Amiss

November 15, 2012

There is something amiss in the Universe.   Perhaps the little known 13th sign of the Zodiac, the Joker, is in the night sky.  And maybe the moon is in the 13th house and Saturn is aligned with Uranus.  You may not be able to tell from wherever you are but it sure seems that way here in Los Angeles.  My USC Trojans, who were ranked Number One in the preseason polls, have lost three (three!!) games.  OK, that’s happened once or twice before.   But we (that’s the traditional sports-fan-who’s-never-played-football we) are ranked lower in the polls than our crosstown rivals, the UCLA Teddy Bears … er, Bruins.   USC is only a 3 1/2 point favorite in Saturday’s Cross Town Rivalry Game, a game that USC won 50-0 last year.  And this game means something: the winner will go to the Pac-12 Conference Championship. (more…)