Tondar's Daily Rant

Prepare yourself for the writings of Tondar the Destroyer, Baron of Atlanta, Rightful Heir to the Throne of Spain, from whom all babies come. As his will be blogged, so let it be done.

Saturday, February 11, 2006


Who is this handsome devil? Kim Il Sung? Yeah, I'll sing that ;) Posted by Picasa

Thursday, February 09, 2006


If you get called for a red card does that mean you get your kidneys harvested? Posted by Picasa
BASKETBALL NOTES

From today's AP...

1) IF THE SHOE FITS

Kobe Bryant's first televised ad for Nike will debut during NBA programming Thursday night, more than 2 1/2 years after he signed an endorsement deal with the company in the summer of 2003. Soon after he struck the deal with Nike, Bryant's public image took a hit because of sexual assault charges.

2) SPEAKING

"As a coach, you have a responsibility to have your team play better. Obviously, watching this tonight, we're not playing better. I want to play guys who show desire to win and desire to compete. That's what (assistant coach) Herb (Williams) talked about after the game. As coaches, you can't be out there begging guys to compete and to have a will to win." - Knicks coach Larry Brown after New York lost its seventh straight and 13th in 14 games, 96-83 at New Jersey on Wednesday.


1) Do you think anyone has to kiss Kobe's shoes in the comercial?

2) How's that "dream job" working out for ya, Next Town Brown? I wonder if Larry's aware that Houston, Sacramento, and Golden State all have coaches on the hot seat? But the Sports Guy puts it best...

The Bobcats have 13 wins and the Knicks have 14 wins. According to hoopshype.com, Charlotte's 2005-06 payroll is $33.4 million, while New York's payroll is $125.9 million. Not including team options on younger players, Charlotte has $21.8 million in guaranteed salaries committed for 2007; $14.2 million committed in 2008; and $0.0 million in 2009. New York's guaranteed money looks like this: $110.3 million (2007); $49 million (2008); and $45 million (2009). Also, the Bobcats kept all their first-round picks through the decade, while New York gives Chicago its 2006 lottery pick and switches first-rounders with the Bulls in 2007 (with the Knicks getting the lower pick).

To recap: For that one extra win, the Knicks spent four times as much money, killed their cap flexibility through 2009 and gave away any chance of having a top-five pick in the next two years. On the bright side, Eddy Curry has gained enough weight this season that he might start wearing jackets to cover his rear end during games, kinda like how Oprah dresses when she's in the middle of one of her eating binges. So that will be fun.

(God bless the Isiah Era. We'll be talking about this for decades. I really believe that.)

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

PIC OF THE DAY


"Oh baby, why you gotta be so stupid? You know Frankie don't like it when he has to do those things. Now stop crying and give Daddy some sugar." Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

PIC OF THE DAY


As the battle rages on, I am so confused. Do I support Tres, Mao, or simply play them off eachother like one of Stalin's choice Sluts? Posted by Picasa
GOOD NEIGHBOR, BAD READING II

Pigpen responds to the anti-catholicism of the Baptists...

I find the Baptist peice really irresponsible and counter productive to Christ's message. Who is he to question the practices of other believers. Ok fine that happens in Corinthians, but somehow I'd have to lay cards on this being nothing like the New Testament letters. It also seems as if this Baptist minister and former Catholic has some sort of axe to grind. I find his remarks and close mindedness just as sinful as he feels catholics are in pracitce. Judge not lest ye be judged huh? Sin is sin is sin and who is he to call some one out for not being as righteous or pious as he feels he is. It is not for him to decide that he/Baptists/Evangelicals/Protestants are the right/only theologic path. He in essence is saying that everyone needs to be protestant to be a proper beleiver - just because it is where he finds solace, spirituality and direction as opposed to catholocism doesn't mean the rest of us do. I spent 22 years in the Baptist church and it was counter productive to my spiritual growth. I have grown more in the 3 years with the Reformed church than I did in all the years with the Baptist. Does that mean I feel the same way as the author except with the Reformed church...of course not. If there was only one denomination then we'd all belong to that one - the point is that we follow Jesus and base our faith on the New Testament. Now I don't know all of the ins and outs of the Catholic religion, but the core is the following of Christ and according to the Bible which makes no mention of denominations that is the crux of Cristianity therefore the peripheral differences just really aren't as important.


Well put! Though the differences can be important. It is counter-productive to dwell on them and breed dissent. We are all brothers and sisters and Christ and in the end He will have final say on who was the most pious, righteous and humble. I can never take these anti-Catholic arguments seriously because they come from such ignorance and have to twist the faith and rename everything before they can make their arguments against it. I'll be the first to admit I don't know everything about faith and what is required to for my Soul to make that Journey into GOD. However, I know that I am being drawn further into my Dark Night and I welcome it.
WE'RE NOT GONNA TALK ABOUT TONIGHT'S GAME

I'm not going to talk about this. However, I did see something interesting in the Freep...

We cannot exert so much energy," Saunders said Monday after the Pistons' first practice at home in more than a week. "People said at one point, 'Chasing 70 games' -- or you chase something, then all of a sudden at the end you've got nothing left. We're a team where if we have energy, we can beat anybody. If we don't have energy, we can be beat by anybody. We can't put ourselves in a situation where we're playing some of these guys 38-39 minutes."

Enter Hunter, who hasn't played this season after surgery on his left ankle during training camp. Saunders has been cautious with Hunter's return, hoping to save his top perimeter defender until after the All-Star break.


Glad to hear the Pistons are finally going to curb the starter minutes. If you compare this team to the 1996 Bulls you will notice that Jordan and Pippen were the only two members who played Piston-like minutes. It's great they are winning at this pace. However, it will do them little good if they get tuckered out down the stretch. Flip put it best saying they can be beat by anybody. If the goal is to win another championship then it is best to keep the eye on that prize instead of ending up like the 1973 Celtics...

"1972/73: With Dave Cowens winning the NBA MVP with 23.8 ppg the Celtics set a new franchise record for wins on the way to a league best 68-14 record. In the playoffs the Celtics would knock of the Atlanta Hawks in 6 games to set up an Eastern Finals rematch with the New York Knicks. However, once again the Knicks would give the Celtics all they could handle jumping out to a 3-1 series lead. However, the Celtics would solve finally solve the Knicks forcing a 7th game at the Boston Garden. However, not even the parquet floor could save the Celtics as they are blown out by the Knicks 94-78."

Monday, February 06, 2006

IT'S ON!

Looks like we are going to have another Tondar git-together the last weekend this month. Email me with some ideas for logistics. But to get the ball rolling here are some topics for planning...

1. Lodging - There's no way I can put up that many. We need a hotel room.

2. Booze - To go off the chain we have to tear back that envelope and find out where that ole Demon lives.

3. Adventure - Do we script like we did during the Battle of Hastings or the Third Crusade? If we don't, it's still probably best that everybody learn the map of Bush's, er Nero's Rome.

4. Hotlanta Special - Is there anything special the kids want to hit up? Sporting event? The world class ASO? Is there anything nummy I can cook for the kids?

Let me know. Let's get it started in he-ugh.
WELL THAT PUTS OBAMA IN HIS PLACE

Check out this rather harsh letter from John McCain to Barack Obama. Sounds like McCain got double-crossed Bush style. Only this time he's fighting back...

"I concluded your professed concern for the institution and the public interest was genuine and admirable. Thank you for disabusing me of such notions with your letter to me dated February 2, 2006, which explained your decision to withdraw from our bipartisan discussions. I’m embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble. Again, sorry for the confusion, but please be assured I won’t make the same mistake again."


Ouch!
PIC OF THE DAY


Behold the one that creates the music of the spheres. I bring you Tres Crow our god-emperor. Have a VERY nice day! Posted by Picasa
AREN'T THERE ANY REAL TEAMS IN DETROIT?

Now that the Superbowl is done, let us get back to the task at hand and give Detroit basketball some credit. Is anybody else worried that we've lost 2 out of the last 3? What about all the minutes that the starting 5 play? Sure, I'm more proned towards anxiety over such things, but that's just the nature of a true cager.
PIGPEN SAW THIS ONE COMING

Why even bother watching Pittsburgh winning 21-10? Pig and the Woj called it right. As Pigpen said...

"Absolutely agree - "I'm bored"...."shut up and sit down"


Was it me or was there a bit of Castor Troy in that coment?

Sunday, February 05, 2006

PIC OF THE DAY


Is it time for Tres' New Revolution? Posted by Picasa
CLASSIC 1999 FWD

From Frank...

You know you are from LA when:

You're driving on the 101 and see a clear cut definition of where the smog begins and ends

You're sitting in traffic for at least an hour at any given part of the day

You go to the beach and see that real lifeguards actually do look like the lifeguards from Baywatch

You see purple and gold and the word "Threepeat" on every corner

You begin to "lie" to your friends about where you are (i.e. "Yeah I'm like 20 minutes away") - when you know that it'll take you at least an hour to get there).

You eat a different ethnic food for every meal

You look around at the nice cars around you during traffic, thinking it'll be your favorite Laker or WB star.

You make a conscious choice to watch Jay Leno over David Letterman

You mourned for Tupac and not for Biggie

You know it's best not to be on the 405 at 4:05 pm.

Getting anywhere from point A to point B, no matter what the distance, takes about "twenty minutes".

You've inadvertently learned Spanish.

In the "winter", you can go to the beach and ski at Big Bear on the same day.

You've bumped into a celebrity at El Pollo Loco.

You know what "sigalert", "PCH", and "the five" mean.

Your pizza delivery guy is also on contract with Warner Bros.

If your destination is more than 5 minutes away on foot, you're definitely driving.

Your TV show is interrupted by a police chase.

When tourists ask where they can get souvenirs, you direct them to Venice Beach.

You know someone named Freedom, Rainbow, Persephone or Destiny.

You've trespassed through private property to get to the "Hollywood" sign.

You know Hollywood has a "lake".

You don't stop at a STOP sign, you do a California Roll.

You've lost your car in the Century City Shopping Center parking lot.

You've ever bought oranges, flowers, cherries or peanuts on a freeway off-ramp.

You drive next to a Rolls Royce and don't notice.

You've never listened to NPR.

Calling your neighbors requires knowing their area code.

You have a favorite Thai restaurant.

You think Johnnny Rocket's is an accurate depiction of a diner.

You think Manhattan is a beach.

You eat pineapple on pizza.

You've been to Disneyland more times than Downtown.

When giving directions , you follow up with the phrase: "With/Without traffic."

You classify new people you meet by their Area Code. An "818" would never date a "562" and anyone from "323" or "213" is ghetto/second class. Best area code: "310."

Driving along, you see a high-speed police chase approaching in your rear view mirror. You don't panic or even flinch. Instead, you call your friends on your car phone and tell them you're on TV.

You know that if you drive two miles in any direction you will find a McDonald's or a Starbucks.

Everyone you know has 3 phone numbers. Home, Office, mobile, pager, two-way, voicemail.....

You are awakened in the middle of the night by a moderate earthquake. Your reply: "That ain't even a 5-pointer" and go back to sleep.

You think you are better than the people who live "Over the Hill". It don't matter which side of the hill you are currently residing, you are just better than them, for whatever reason.

You live 10 miles from work. It takes you 60 minutes to get home.

Walking out of Jamba Juice, you see that a movie is being shot on-location across the street.

You are not happy, or even slightly exited that there may be a movie star there. You just say, " They f*ckin better not be blocking my parking space."

You have to yell at your bank teller through a 2 inch thick wall of plexi-glass.

That last one goes for your local convienience store man, too.

You personally know at least 5 people with agents.

You personally know at least 3 people who have been in a movie or TV show.

You know what In N Out is and feel bad for all the other states because they don't have any.

You know that not everyone in Beverly Hills is a millionaire.

You've gotten parking tickets from parking in the red zone in front of your house.

You say you live in LA when really you live in a subsection of a subsection of a subsection of southern LA.

Any major movie star is picking out the best portobello mushrooms next to you at the grocers and you don't notice.

The guy at 8:30 in the morning at Starbucks wearing the baseball cap and sunglasses who looks like George Clooney IS George Clooney.

You really can never be too rich or too thin.

The gym is packed at 3pm...on a workday.

The workday starts at 10am...or whenever you get out of your therapy session.

You have never met a waiter that wasn't really an "Actor."

It's sprinkling and there's a report on every news station about "STORM WATCH '99"

You call 911 and they put you on hold.

You have to leave the big company meeting early because Billy Blanks himself is teaching the 4:30 tae-bo class.

The three hour traffic jam you just sat through wasn't caused by a horrific 9 car pile-up, but by everyone slowing to rubberneck at a lost shoe lying on the shoulder.

A nurse can look at you in all seriousness and ask, "you don't drink or smoke, right?"

All the "cool gyms" allow pedestrians on the street a full-view of those working out. Literally, you can't drive by Wilshire without staring into L.A. Fitness. Perhaps a new form of window shopping?

The hot seasonal party favor is a candied apple from Neiman's. The apples are called "Skinny Dippers."

The waitress asks if you'd like "carbs" in your meal.

Bars card. For real
WHERE'S JOHN MASON?

Why is Al Michaels announcing the captains for Super Bowl XL. Since they are in Dee-Troit, doesn't it make sense to use that guy from the Pistons?
NOW THAT'S UNINTENTIONAL COMEDY!

I was just watching the SuperBowl XL preshow and witnessed a classic moment in whoops-a-daisy TV. Now it's not as classic as Justin undressing Janet, but it was pretty good. Joss Stone and Stevie Wonder were singing the Motown Classic "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." Stevie sang the first verse chained to his keyboard. But Miss Stone was wandering around during her second verse. And during the refrain she made her way over to Stevie. At which point she first snuck up behind him before coming around to his right and singing face-to-face as if the poor man could see. However, Miss Stone should have known better because one look at Stevie's wardrobe reveals that the man is obviously blind.