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 24, 2007

2007 MIDSEASON REVIEW

From Seth...

"Funny how we said this year would be a throwaway year for the Pistons after Ben left. But with the Eastern Conference as weak as it is right now, this is the year to strike. You KNOW they'll find a 2nd star to support LeBron and make Cleveland good. You KNOW the Bulls are only going to get better - only Big Ben is aging -- and the Raptors too. How long can Indiana stay down -- that organization knows how to build teams. The Celtics are going to lose their way to a lottery pick, but they're better than that. Washington can play ball.

There's a lot going on in the East that will make it tough to compete within a few years. And the prevailing notion I was going with was that the Heat would be the team to beat until these other guys matured. With Wade on the sidelines, though, the iron is hot. And with C-Webb in the mix, the Pistons are too, and just at the right time. Tell me: am I nuts or is this the best opportunity for a Pistons championship or what?"


I didn't expect the Pistons to fall off that much. In fact, I thought Ben Wallace was often the weakest link on that Pistons team. It took them a while this season to find themselves, but hopefully with Chris Weber playing like he did 5 years ago in limited minutes, he can continue to keep them formidable. Especially the way they can still play relatively great defense but now have 5 players that can stick it to you on the offensive end. That is the key to their success in the New Colangelo NBA.

In a way, I figured the wheels would fall off Miami. I didnt think it would be this soon. But their players were older except for Dwyane Wade. With this season being ruined by the injury train, interim coach Ronnie Rothstein (remember when he ran the Pistons into the ground?), has been forced to rely heavily upon crotchety old Alonzo Morning, and rising contributor, Jason Kapono. For most NBA players, with the exception of Reggie Miller, they tend to fall apart quickly once their time has come.

I think that Cleveland has built in the wrong direction as they use Larry Hughes and Drew Gooden as their key supporters. I will not be surprised to see some deal forced with either Chicago or New York to get LeBron to a market that is as big as his ego. In the meantime look for them waltz into the playoffs where LeBron learns the magical lesson of not being able to flip the switch and win 16 games.

As for the Raptors, they seem to be winning the Mexican standoff that is the Atlantic Division. Part of that is New Jersey getting popped by the injury train. However, I am weary of their plan to rebuild the traditionally soft international franchise around traditionally soft international players. In many ways, I think their record is a function of them getting to beat up on Boston, New York and Philadelphia. I'm not going to expect too much in the coming years since I see this year's team more along the lines of the 2005 Supersonics or the 2006 Clippers. They are nothing more than a delightful feel-good surprise throwing a wrench into the predictions of 2007.

Washington is good, but they aren't going to win anything until they start playing some defense. Ben Wallace would have been a better fit on this team.

The Celtics rebuilt their team through trades and middle of the pack draft picks. But frankly, other than Paul Pierce, I'm not really liking any of their pieces a whole lot.

If I had to pick some teams of the future, it would be Atlanta, Charlotte, and Orlando. The Southeast rivals of Miami seem to have their rebuilding plans in order. They have quality pieces and plenty of cap room left. Watch out if one of them can bring in a disgruntled allstar like Pau Gasol, Vince Carter, Paul Pierce, Zach Randolph or even Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. All three have their supporting casts in place, all they need is that boot to the neck all-star with a killer instinct. These will probably be the teams that dethrone the teamworking Pistons when the wheels finally fall off Chauncey and Rip.

As for this season, stay tuned to TDR, as I will try to offer more detailed analysis of some of the more intriguing teams of the 2007 season.
PIC OF THE DAY


It's that time of the year. Get wise and get to church.
FRIDAY NIGHT LYRICS

U2 - Until The End of the World

Haven't seen you in quite a while
I was down the hold, just passing time.
Last time we met it was a low-lit room
We were as close together as a bride and groom.
We ate the food, we drank the wine
Everybody having a good time except you.
You were talking about the end of the world.

I took the money, I spiked your drink
You miss too much these days if you stop to think.
You led me on with those innocent eyes
And you know I love the element of surprise.
In the garden I was playing the tart
I kissed your lips and broke your heart.
You, you were acting like it was the end of the world.


In my dream, I was drowning my sorrows
But my sorrows they'd learned to swim
Surrounding me, going down on me
Spilling over the brim
Waves of regret and waves of joy.
I reached out for the one I tried to destroy.
You, you said you'd wait till the end of the world.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

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Tondar's lookin' to buy a bigboy house.
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My hair is finally returning to that length where the natural curl can be observed.
THE LEGACY OF THE ORIGINAL 6

One of the reason I have stopped watching the NHL is that the league has no respect for its great franchises. Every year Detroit plays some of the best regular season hockey, only to be upset in the playoffs because they allow inferior teams to get away with clutching and grabing with impunity. Because the league and officials have no respect for the rules and the tradition of the Original Six, they have lost a traditionalist fan like Tondar.

Anyways, Scott Burnside of ESPN tackles this theory in a fluff piece on how the Origial Six fit into today's NHL. It's pretty interesting, but more than anything it makes me long for those great Rangers, Wings, and Blues teams of the 1990s.
IT'S OK GUY, I WAS IN VIETNAM

From the Findlaw wire via Seth...

"He said he tried to stay away from chat rooms at work, but that day, 'I felt I needed the interactive engagement of chat talk to divert my attention from my thoughts of Vietnam and death.'

'I was tempting myself to perhaps become involved in some titillating conversation,' he said in court papers.

Pacenza said he was called away before he got involved in any online conversation. But he apparently did not log off, and when another worker went to Pacenza's station, he saw some chat entries, including a vulgar reference to a sexual act."

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

TRADES THAT SHOULD GO DOWN

Thursday is the trade deadline in the NBA. And since I tend to follow my "stories" rather closely, here ar a few trades that would be mutually beneficial and should be going down...

Grant Hill for Vince Carter - This is a win-win as it makes Orlando a contender in the weak East while allowing New Jersey to clear Grant Hill's expiring contract.

Jason Kidd for Larry Hughes - LeBron has hit a bit of a slump in Cleveland since he has nobody to set him up. In the meantime, it is time for New Jersey to rebuild since Vince Carter is going to opt out of his contract and Jason Kidd is playing on borrowed time. This would make Cleveland a contender in the East while New Jersey could focus on their position in the Greg Oden sweepstakes.
PIC OF THE DAY


I never thought I would visit the coathanger museum in my lifetime. It's a shame we didn't dress up.
THEY MUST HAVE BEEN DRINKING PEPSI

From the Tennessean...

"A homeless man charged with trying to rob two elderly women found himself on the losing end of a skirmish with three men in their 70s, Metro police said Tuesday.

Eddie Charles Vanderpool, 41, attempted to rob Jean Wright, 70, and Thelma Wilson, 75, outside Cracker Barrel at 6941 Charlotte Pike Friday evening as they walked to a car in the parking lot, police said.

Wilson’s husband, Donald Wilson, 74, tried to stop Vanderpool, who knocked him to the ground. Herbert Crowson, 77, and Dennis Orman, 72, saw the incident and quickly slammed Vanderpool into a vehicle while Wilson got up and helped hold him until police arrived.

Vanderpool has been charged with 89 criminal offenses over the past 23 years, according to Metro police."


I wonder if someday when James, Seth, and myself are older if we will attack the homeless and then blame the assault on them for "trying to rob our women." Right up there with screaming "Where's my cane," I cannot think of too many better ways to take advantage of being old.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

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Somebody looks angry. PEEK-A-BOO!!
KENTUCKY BOOTLEG

If you follow The Daily Rant, you may remember Tondar's plan to make a booze run up to Kentucky to take care of my Christmas shopping. I figured this would be great because I can buy in bulk for the holidays while avoiding the high cost of Tennessee sales and booze taxes. So one afternoon, I pack up the Oldsmodar and drove the 30 minutes north over the border. It was the perfect plan and I had even taken orders from some of the kids here in NashVegas.

However, once there, I must have spent about 50 minutes searching around the border county. First I went east, then west, and then finally, north. In the end, I came up with nothing. Why? Because Stupid Tondar made his booze-run to a DRY COUNTY!! Sure, I got gas for $2 a gallon, but how much did I waste just getting there and driving all over the holy land looking for spirits?

Let this be a lesson for the kids on Tondar's First Rule of Travel:

Plan ahead but keep it flexible.


Tondar didn't plan ahead and got burned by that Southern Baptist tradition. On the other hand, I have heard that Bowling Green isn't that much further and does in fact have the booze I want, at the price I love.

Monday, February 19, 2007

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It's been a strange time for Tondar lately. I'm not sure why, but I have been dreaming about the girls of years past, whether it was 1997, 2001, or 2006, they have found their way back into my mind one way or another. OK, I also dreamed about a helicopter crashing and blowing up in my Grandma's yard. That was new and different!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

OSAMA BIN-BERT

I don't know if you recall the "Bert Is Evil" movement on the internet. However, it turns out the barbarians used that site to make their propaganda for the western media. I'm not sure which is funnier, the barbarians not realizing that they have employed puppets in their protest, or the western media for not pointing out the retarded and manufactured nature of these "protests that rock the Arab world."
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I can't believe it's V-Day already!