Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How Is Carmelo As An Older Teammate?

My favorite TV show returns tonight when the Knicks begin their season at home against the Bulls. And while many are wondering how the Knicks will fare in rookie coach Derek Fisher’s iteration of Phil Jackson’s Triangle*, my burning question is this: how does the main character interact with the younger supporting cast this season?

Monday, October 27, 2014

How Many Words Is This Picture Worth?

Let's find out. Bear with me as I try to come up with as many comments as I can based on this one photo. Add some of your own at the bottom!

"I go back to December 2012 all the time"

"And the story of us looks a lot like a tragedy now"

"I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22 mid-range jumpers tonight"

Sunday, October 26, 2014

How Inaccurate Was the Gameday Kid?

I love looking at the College Gameday signs every Saturday morning. They usually feature a great mix of college humor, snark, and shout-outs to friends or celebrities. This week, I was particularly interested in one sign. Here's a screenshot of Les Miles and the backdrop of signs behind him:


Saturday, October 25, 2014

How Do We Track the New York Athlete Championship Belt? (Part 2)

Click here for Part 1 of the New York Athlete Championship BeltSorry it took me a little while to finish Part 2. Still, I hope you enjoy!

1971: Tom Seaver
If you go back to Part 1, you'll see that Seaver won the Belt in '67 and Frazier took it home in '70. Well, in the early '70s, those two traded the Belt back and forth like the U.S. and Russia traded nuclear threats. Seaver gets the nod for a '71 season in which he put up an absurd 1.76 ERA.*

*He somehow finished second in the Cy Young Voting to Fergie Jenkins, who had an ERA that was a full run higher but logged four more wins than Seaver. Yay, wins!

How Cool Was Jeter?

A singular glimpse into a multi-faceted history. Don't we all miss pinstripes in October?!

(Writer's Note: As you could guess by the timestamp, this was a home-from-the-bar post, part of a long binge of old New York sports clips that saw me pass out a happy man. I thought about taking it down, but it's kind of funny, and, more importantly, I stand by it. Man I miss playoff baseball.)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How Cool Are These Nicknames?

FranT and I just drafted a list of our favorite sports nicknames. We got fifteen picks each, and what we're left with are the best 30 individual nicknames in sports, according to us.

1. FT "Yogi" Berra

I'll take a great player with an even better nickname with the top pick. Lawrence "Yogi" Berra is the selection because -- even though I've never seen a yogi -- Yogi looks more like a yogi than any other person I can imagine.

2. BK The Hick From French Lick (Larry Bird)

His friends speculated that if he couldn't play pro ball, he'd have been the head garbageman in French Lick, and 100% happy with that.

3. FT The Sultan of Swat (Babe Ruth)

How Practical Is "Skell-on-Skell Mayhem"?

Last month, I rejoiced after FOX's Gotham organically worked a "skell" reference into its dialogue. Well, a scene from this week's episode was even better. After a deadly drug hits the streets, crooked Gotham cop Harvey Bullock lays out his solution:

Did you hear that? "There'll be mayhem, that's for sure. But it's skell-on-skell mayhem. If we keep the decent citizens indoors for a couple of weeks, let the scumbags have at it...Voila, the end of crime."

Monday, October 20, 2014

How Does the NBA Look? - West Preview

As promised, the Western conference version of Triangle Offense's all-nonsense season previews

Friday, October 17, 2014

How Much of a Character Is Grandma?

In the past few months, my grandmother has become a pretty regular character on this blog. In May, I wrote about her hilarious gambling habits. Then, a few weeks ago, I expressed my appreciation for her in a post entitled "How Awesome Are These Old People?".

Needless to say, there's no way her 90-year-old eyes and fingers could operate a computer well enough to read either post. But when my sister told her about it today, here's what happened:

If you couldn't tell, Grandma is grinning maniacally as she fans out a wad of cash. Touché, old lady.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How Does the NBA Look? - East Preview

Triangle Offense is a site dedicated to the NBA, and it oftentimes throws out content that borders on the absurd.

It's NBA Season Preview tweets were just that. You'll find tens of thousands of words and stats and Goldsberry charts elsewhere for NBA Season Previews. Triangle Offense? One image per team.

Here they are all in one place. Well, one place broken up into two blogs, one per conference.

Monday, October 13, 2014

How About the Other Chris Columbus?

In honor of Columbus Day, let's examine the feats of the most important Chris Columbus -- that is, Chris Columbus, legendary filmmaker.

Here are my five favorite Columbus movies:

How Do We Track the New York Athlete Championship Belt? (Part 1)

In a recent edition of the New York Daily News, Mike Lupica penned a column about how Eli Manning is taking the mantel from Derek Jeter as New York's No. 1 athlete. In the rival New York Post, Mike Vaccaro wrote that Carmelo Anthony has the best shot to "become the next Jeter." That's two of the Big Apple's top sportswriters, rushing to find a replacement for the city's most important athlete of the past two decades.

While reading those articles, I had an idea: I should rip off a gimmick from myself that I had already ripped off from Grantland a few months ago. Grantland has given out championship belts in a bunch of different categories, including the Action Hero Championship Belt and the Pitching Championship Belt. In July, I hijacked that idea and retroactively determined the Dominant Team Championship Belt. This week, let's track the New York Athlete Championship Belt!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How Did I Not Know About the Original Angels in the Outfield?

TV is slow this time a year, especially if you're like me and you pretty much watch only sports. With the MLB Division Series all refusing to go the distance, I was at a loss for something to watch on Wednesday night. As I channel-surfed, though, I became intrigued by the title of a film on Turner Classic Movies, my dear old grandma's favorite station. The channel guide read "Angels in the Outfield (1951)".

I couldn't believe that one of my favorite movies from growing up could have been a remake of a decades-old film. After all, the California/Anaheim/Los Angeles/Orange County Angels have only existed as a franchise since 1966. How could a film called Angels in the Outfield predate the team by more than a decade?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

How Cool Are These Nicknames? Preview

I'm embarking on compiling and ranking the greatest nicknames in two categories: sports and music. What I'm learning is that there are so bleeping many good ones. So - what's everyone's favorite? The Boss? The Iron Horse? The Hick from French Lick? Hit me up and help me out, and stay tuned for rankings.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How Impatient Are Little Kids?

Last weekend, I visited my parents' house and my young cousin Neil challenged me to a game of NCAA Football* on Xbox. I accepted, fully expecting my classy Notre Dame team to get throttled by Neil's degenerates from West Virginia University.

*It doesn't matter what edition of NCAA Football, because I hadn't played a sports video game since FIFA 2009.

I elected to receive the ball first, and Neil attempted an onside kick to start the game. Of course. Because he's 11.