Sunday, May 1, 2016

The nerve of some people

We've all seen the Lebron James Kia commercials. He claims to drive such an automobile, but others have scoffed. No way would the King of hoops be tooling around town in a Kia, they bluster.

Maybe both sides are right. Chances are good Lebron Raymone James owns a whole fleet of cars and a Kia might just be one of them. For him to advertise a product he does not use/own would be disingenuous at best, and flirt on the wrong side of certain statutes at worst. Besides, it's no doubt a free car, courtesy of the company. Lots of people could appreciate perks like that.

But to dispel any doubters, Lebron has doubled down on the commercials. Yon hoopster doth solemnly swear he indeed drives a Kia. Well then, let's see.

This is a man who is a multi-millonaire many times over. An American citizen born and raised in Ohio. How did he make all his money? Having Americans flock to see him play basketball, or buy his sports paraphernalia. Without the rabid support of so many American basketball fans he might have wound up being just a really tall guy at a fast food window somewhere. After all, he never spent a day in college trying to further his education.

And how does he pay them back for the incredibly good fortune they have bestowed upon him? By advertising a car made in Korea. It's like spitting in the face of American auto workers. He could advertise a Chevy, Ford, Pontiac, Buick, or Cadillac, among other American brands. But no. Lebron wants to repeat over and over again his allegiance to a foreign car company.

The utter nerve of this guy.

After the Okla City Thunder was absolutely destroyed in Game 1 of their series with the San Antonio Spurs, they offered up the usual suspects for the post-game press conference. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. RW and KG remain cocky. Or perhaps oblivious to the obvious. They and their team had just suffered a 32 point defeat, one of the worst in the history of the NBA playoffs. A serious beatdown by any standards.

But Westbrook and Durant refused to acknowledge, much less give credit to the excellence of the Spurs. Rather, they claimed they only needed to make "minor adjustments" and everything would be just fine. Hey, the Spurs probably could have beat them by 50 if they hadn't emptied the very end of their bench for almost the entire fourth quarter. Minor adjustments? Wouldn't that be a bit like having an extra can of insect repellent when one is up to their ass in alligators in the Everglades?

They got taken to the proverbial woodshed, good and proper, but are either too stupid or arrogant to admit it. Confidence is good. Blindly brushing off the obvious in the name of "saving face" doesn't always work out so well. Especially when you just got trashed.

The nerve of those guys.

LA Clippers head coach Glen "Doc" Rivers got all emotional after him team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers. True, the Clips had lost the services of their two best players due to injury. Even Doc's own kid, Austin, took a shot to the face which required a few stitches and left him with a whopper shiner. Nothing like beating up the whole family when nepotism is involved.

But here's the thing. The Trail Blazers get the dubious honor of playing a second round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. Even without Steph Curry, the Warriors will likely easily prevail.

It could have been Doc's team instead. And even WITH the services of his two best players, the Clips weren't going to get past GS either. They're... just... not... good... enough. Who's kidding who?

Save us the tears Doc. You're making an obscene amount of money and your team didn't have a prayer of making it to the Finals anyway. They were, at best, a second tier team all along, and everybody knew it. Your boy will be just fine with that little eye problem. It will heal.

So quit with the theatrics. Like we ever cared anyway.

The nerve of this guy.

Let me see if I have this right. A certain Presidential candidate, who has been mathematically eliminated from receiving his party's nomination, has picked his future Vice President.

There's nerve, and then there's nerve.

Only in America.......

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