Danks, Nuggets, Blazers and Flames, Oh My!

April 20th is always a wonderful day of the year, the sky is blue, the trees seem extra green and leafy and in the sports world there are games in nearly all the major sports. With the baseball season getting under way and playoff series in basketball and hockey the TV set can truly turn into quite the hotbox as you switch from channel to channel.

For example, for the Chicago White Sox, finally ending a personal 11 game loss streak, John Danks tossed out a three-hit, eight strikeout 7 inning gem. Danks threw quite the heady game, taking control of his slide piece and then overpowering the Iblisian Rays by blowing smoke past them.

In the basketball arena, the Los Angeles Lakers overpowered the eighth seeded Denver Nuggets to the tune of 128-114. This afternoon the Nugs looked sluggish, blurry eyed and and the Lakers seemed hungry for something to munch on. The Lakers bonged the Nuggets’ collective bells, hitting the glass pieces as hard as possible and out-rebounded them en route to their victory. One can only imagine Phil Jackson went home after the game and lit up a giant hand-rolled leaf and enjoyed the moment, as one does.

In the grand scheme of things, the Nuggets were fortunate to arrive at the game in one piece. The team bus, on its way to the Staples Center caught fire and “several Denver Nuggets players were stranded on the highway for about a half hour.” The smoky bus blazed beside the road until the second team bus was able to pick them up.

According to Eric Sebastian, a team spokesman, “There was a pop, black smoke, there was another pop, more black smoke.” All was not lost, the team managed to use the smoke to their advantage, inhaling its essence. The second bus rolled up a few minutes later with a big fatty on board, so it wasn’t too bad, “‘it was a good bonding experience,’ Sebastian said with a smile.”

That’s not all from the NBA, in other basketball news, the Portland Trailblazers top draft pick last season, Greg Oden, recently introduced Laura Bush at a Helping America’s Youth regional conference. I’m sure it was quite a wonderful experience for the tall young man, Laura Bush strikes me as the type of woman who always carries a secret stash on her, you just know that if you were alone, she’d whip it out and see if you were down. I’m not positive, but this has to be how Laura Bush likes to get down…right?

Finally, in hockey news, the Calgary Flames are down 3 games to 2 in their best-of-7 series against the San Jose Sharks. After 2 periods, the Flames are refusing to go down without a fight and are leading 1-0. You just know that Curtis Joseph told his team before the game that they could pack it up right then if they wanted to, but that that isn’t what winners do. The true power of veteran leadership!

The Flames are going to fight as hard as possible and after the game hope to pack it up in the best way possible, by forcing a deciding game seven.

(ed. to add) Thanks to Owen Nolan and Daymond Langcow goals, the Flames took the game, forcing the game 7. There were no cheap hits in this game, everyone manned up, took a deep breath and went for glory. Now the Flames will pack their bags and get ready to hold the big metal piece from which they can celebrate.

All in all, quite the day in sports, I hope everyone had a relaxing, enjoyable day/weekend, I guess it’s time for me to pack it up. Go Nuggets and Blazers! If I had to root for any team other than the green men who are kind buds on my Boston Celtics, those would be my preferred teams and I hope they both do well, especially today. And to all my other MVPs of the day, I hope that you are able to celebrate in whatever manner you like best. Live it up!

4 Responses to “Danks, Nuggets, Blazers and Flames, Oh My!”

  1. 1 Stevo
    April 21, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    The Nugs are a bunch of thugs … they need to clean house, and Coach Karl can follow them. Need to bring in some guys who are willing to sacrifice for the team and actually play a little defense. Until then, they will be an eight seed at best.

    http://whatsmybeef.wordpress.com/ (The Beefs)

  2. 2 shatraw
    April 22, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    believe me stevo, slanch couldn’t care less about the nugs. what he does care about are thinly veiled weed references.

    cares very deeply for them…

  3. 3 slanch
    April 22, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    I have no idea what you’re talking about. Either of you.

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