808s and Ankle Breaks: Episode 42

Jonathan Kermah and Trevor Wilson briefly discuss the tragic death of Nipsey Hussle (12:10), introduce their new segment: “Pause, Party, Play” (17:47) and run through the week in NBA news (42:32).

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Check out our artist of the week, Lazy Summer

Produced By: Jonathan Kermah

Edited By: Trevor Wilson

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Brad Stevens 2020?

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No, this is not Brad Stevens, but rather, Pete Buttigeg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana (Credit: Daily KOS)

As a Celtics fan, I think Brad Stevens is a great leader (even if this season has been a bit less than ideal at times).  Ever since the Celtics rebuild began to take positive strides – coinciding around the last presidential election cycle – fans began to joke about Brad running for president (as well as other coaches such as Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr).  Obviously, Brad isn’t looking to run for office anytime soon.

However, as candidates are throwing their hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential election, he has an uncanny look-alike looking to become the next leader of the United States. Continue reading “Brad Stevens 2020?”

Who To Watch (March 29 – April 4)

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MARCH 26: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks is defended by James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the second half of a game at Fiserv Forum on March 26, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
James Harden (left) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (right), the top MVP candidates in the NBA, faced off on Tuesday; Milwaukee beat Houston 108-94 (Credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Welcome back to Who to Watch!

We have officially entered baseball season (last week did not count), and we’ve got some early season results. The Dodgers broke the record for the most Opening Day home runs (8), Jacob deGrom had a great first start, which continued an MLB-record streak of starts (30) in which he has allowed 3 or fewer runs, oh, and Bryce Harper has ALREADY been boo’d in Philly. In the basketball world, we saw Devin Booker score 50+ points in back-to-back games, Lance Stephenson with a great crossover (yeah yeah, he stepped on Jeff Green’s shoe), and Jeremy Lamb hit the craziest buzzer-beater of all-time.  In playoff news, 5 playoff spots have been clinched in the East (MIL, TOR, PHI, IND, BOS), and 6 have been clinched in the West (GS, DEN, POR, HOU, UTA, LAC); with the Sacramento Kings 6.5 GB from the 8th seed, the two remaining teams in the West who are in the playoff picture (UTA, OKC, SA) are all but guaranteed to make the postseason. In the East, Brooklyn, Detroit, Miami, Orlando, and Charlotte are battling for seeds 6-8 (2.5 games separate these teams).

Alright, enough playoff talk, lets talk about the games that ARE happening!

Continue reading “Who To Watch (March 29 – April 4)”

808s and Ankle Breaks: Episode 41

Jonathan Kermah and Trevor Wilson discuss the latest albums from NAV and Rich the Kid (18:45), Lonzo Ball’s departure with Big Baller Brand and end of the season stat lines (33:30).

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Check out our artist of the week, Chris Focus.

Produced by: Jonathan Kermah

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808s and Ankle Breaks: Episode 40

Jonathan Kermah and Trevor Wilson reveal the 808s and Ankle Breaks March Madness Bracket. Vote on Twitter to decide which of the thirty-two hoops lyrics is the best of the best. Is it the success of the player in the lyric that decides greatness? The cleverness of the bar? The memorability?  You decide.

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March Madness seedings

Division 1

  1. Biggie – “Gimme the Loot”: I’m slamming n***** like Shaquille, shit is real
  2. Phife Dawg – “Steve Birko (Stir it up)”: “The height of Muggsy Bogues, complexion of a hockey puck
  3. Drake – “Back to Back”: “Back to back like I’m Jordan 96-97
  4. Travis Scott – “Way Back”: “James Harden with the range on me, n**** way back
  5. Future – “Might as Well”: “I took off just like a rocket, Olajuwon Hakeem
  6. Drake – “Sicko Mode”: “See the shots that I took, wet like I’m Book
  7. Gucci Mane – “Kept Back”: “Ben Simmons Shake em with the left hand
  8. Lil Pump – “D.Rose”: D.Rose, D.Rose, D.Rose, D.Rose, D.Rose, D.Rose, D.Rose

Division 2

  1. Earl Sweatshirt – “Chum”: “Feeling as hard as Vince Carter’s knee cartilage is
  2. Drake – “Thank Me Now”: “You make friends with Mike but got to AI him for your survival
  3. Meek Mill – “Burn”: “Slam dunk in that p****, Blake griffin yo h** n****
  4. J.I.D. – “NEVER”: N***a this a 3-point and one, and 100, Wilt Chamberlain with the hand dunk.
  5. Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 2: “One hood with 20 44s like a cloned Kobe Bryant
  6. Nicki Minaj – “Only”: Tell them b****** blow me, Lance Stephenson
  7. Royce Da 5’9 – “Streets of the Night”: “Well endowed in God’s image, never smile, Kawhi Leonard
  8. Beastie Boys – “Get It Together”: See I’ve got heart like John Starks”

Division 3

  1. Kendrick Lamar – “The heart Part IV”: “You Jumped Sides On Me, now you bout to meet Westbrook
  2. Royce Da 5’9 – “W.O.W”: “Y’all expecting me to hesitate to shoot this b****, well y’all are definitely in the playoffs with JR Smith
  3. J. Cole – “Fire Squad”: “Meets KD, ain’t no nigga that can shoot like me!
  4. Fabolous – “Levelin’ Up”: Call them plays so the team win, Coach k to my Blue Devils
  5. Action Bronson – “NaNa”: “Introducin’, it’s Bronsonlino, with my hair slicked back I look like Rick Pitino
  6. Lil Wayne – “Big Bad Wolf”: I got a Greek freak, she call me Antetokounmpo
  7. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – “Work (remix)”: “Paul George with your b****, to the beat I pace her
  8. 2 Chainz – “IKuyo”: “Draymond with the lockdown

Division 4

  1. Jay-Z – “Empire State of Mind”: “If Jeezy’s payin’ LeBron, I’m paying Dwayne Wade
  2. Kanye West – “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”: You can live through anything, if Magic Made it
  3. Frank Ocean – “Nikes”: “Say she need a ring like Carmelo
  4. Drake – “0-100”: I been Steph Curry with the shot
  5. Jadakiss – “Put Your Hands Up” – And ya’ll scared I can tell / that Ima get Bucks like Milwaukee cause like Sam I ca’sell”
  6. Lil Wayne – “What’s Wrong with them”: “that’s that 9 n****…Rondo
  7. Offset – “Taste”: “3400 Nawfside, Charles Barkley
  8. Baka – “Live up to my name”: “Posted like Ibaka,”

Produced by: Jonathan Kermah

Edited by: Trevor Wilson

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Who To Watch (March 22 – March 28)

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Mike Trout agreed to a 12-year, $430 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Angels this past week. Add in his last deal, and that’s 18 years, $574 million (Credit: Elaine Thompson/AP)

We interrupt your March Madness viewing experience to give you our weekly update of Who to Watch

Welcome Back!  Another great week in sports, no?  Yesterday we saw Ichiro play his final game of baseball, as he retired following a two game series in his native Japan; cheers to a wonderful career.  Mike Trout signed a contract extension that was worth exactly $100 million more than the one Bryce Harper signed just weeks ago, and his deal will run one less season than Harper’s (for you math wizards, Trout will make over $35.8 million per season between 2021 and 2032).  In basketball, we saw another matchup between the Sixers and Celtics, with Philly beating Boston for the first time since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.  Isaiah Thomas played his first game in the TD Garden since he was traded by the Celtics in August 2017. Standings in the NBA remain very fluid, as battles for seeding are still occurring with less than 3 weeks remaining in the season. James Harden had another 50-point game (57 to be exact), and Giannis had one as well on Sunday.  In football, we saw longtime Packer Clay Matthews sign with the Los Angeles Rams, and Blake Bortles joined the Super Bowl runner-ups as well.  Ryan Fitzpatrick signed with the Miami Dolphins, continuing his journeyman career, and TE Jared Cook joined the New Orleans Saints.

And finally: if your brackets are not perfect, that’s okay!  You won’t see a college player below, but we as a staff recommend Mr. Zion Williamson (tonight at 7:10 PM) and Mr. Ja Morant (Saturday) for your college basketball viewing pleasure this weekend.

Continue reading “Who To Watch (March 22 – March 28)”

Kyrie Irving’s First 500 Games

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In his first 500 career regular season games, Kyrie Irving has become one of the best scorers in the league. (Credit: NBA)

In a night that will be remembered for the return of Isaiah Thomas to the TD Garden, and a loss for the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving reached a career benchmark.  Tuesday’s game against the Nuggets marked Kyrie’s 500th regular season game as an NBA player.

Kyrie has been in the NBA since the 2011-2012 season, and has 6 All-Star appearances, an All-NBA selection (third team), an NBA Rookie of the Year trophy, and an NBA championship to his name.  At 26 years old (his 27th birthday is Saturday), he’s had a great career thus far.

Anyway, I’m going to break down Kyrie Irving’s first 500 regular season games in a peculiar way (because that’s how my mind works): by the coaches he has played for.  Kyrie has played for 5 coaches during his career, and it may surprise you just how close the amount of regular season games he has played for each is.

You’ll see that shortly, as well as his stats during his time with these coaches, and the record of his teams over the years, all presented in chronological order.

Before I begin, here’s a fun fact: Kyrie Irving has played more NBA games (500) than Yao Ming (486), Arvydas Sabonis (470), Bill Walton (468), and George Mikan (439). Continue reading “Kyrie Irving’s First 500 Games”