I love Shaquille O'Neal -- behind all that mumbling and slow, aging play lurks a brilliant comic mind. I should've posted this when he was traded to the Suns, but somehow I suck at being timely. Anyway, here he his from back in his glory days with the Lakers, doing his famous "Sacramento Queens" comment one better by using his freakin' ringtone to dis Vlade Divac and the Sacramento Kings.
Everyone's done a few things in their past that they're embarrassed by, and for the Dodgers this is one of them. It's not enough to erase their long, proud tradition, but it sure makes you think twice. I've been a fan all my life (including 1986, the year in which this was made) and yet somehow I'd never heard of it until now. I'm sure the people involved would have wanted to keep it that way.
(Usually I wouldn't link to anything on YouTube that doesn't allow embedding, since that seems pretty fascist, but this seems to be the only way to share it, and I just can't resist.)
Holy shit, I need to see this movie. I don't know what it is (YouTube's pathetic lack of background strikes again), but anything that mixes Bollywood dance numbers, karate fighters, gymnasts and Studio 54 disco decadence has got my vote. Hi-keeba!
Now that spring training is here again, it's time for hope to spring eternal once again. Things look good for my beloved Dodgers and I'm excited for the new season. Someone else who's excited is troyfromwestvirginia, who loves a certain Dodger reliever just a little too much:
That prompted this response:
Which in turn prompted this:
Whew. After you digest all of that, check out Troy's elegy to the gone but not lamented Brett Tomko:
...and not just because it's Valentine's Day. More importantly than that -- pitchers and catchers report today! Spring training officially starts, which means that baseball is back baby!
So, to commemorate the day when everything still seems possible and we diehards look ahead to a rosy season (and not more Congressional hearings), I offer you this.
In 1999, Major League Baseball offered the (now mercifully forgotten)"Turn Ahead the Clock" promotion, in which several teams futuristic uniforms from the far distant year of 2029. Consider it a cautionary tale of how looking ahead can go horribly wrong.
The 2008 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is coming up, which always brings out the weird and wondrous. It's given us treats like Dschinghis Khan, Verka Serduchka and Lordi. One of this year's hopefuls is Sweden's Christer Sjögren and his made-for-Vegas extravaganza, "I Love Europe," which rightly deserves a place alongside those greats:
I don't know about you, but where I live it's Super Tuesday. That means if you haven't gotten out to vote yet, hop to it!
But isn't it odd how many candidates are promising "change" this year? (Gee, you'd think everyone hated the Bush administration or something...) Why, it's almost enough to make them sound like David Bowie:
Well... another week, another Bollywood Monday. This is the incredibly gorgeous Aishwarya Rai dancing/lip synching in the film "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" (1999). I believe the song is "Nimbuda," sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy.