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Thursday, April 13, 2006 

Hot Routes

After a several week hiatus, the defense has come out of the Cover 2 and is bringing the blitz. So, it looks like we’ve got to throw some hot routes:

1) The NBA is fantastic! Seriously, in case you hadn’t noticed, and based on the usual comments about the NBA here on The WAD, you haven’t, the NBA is as good as it has been since the Bulls second rampage in the ’96, ’97, and ’98 seasons. With an amazing MVP race between D. Wade, Lebron, Dirk, Chauncey Billups, and defending MVP, Steve Nash coming right down to the wire, the star power in the league is through the roof. Seriously, this race is captivating. For my money, it should come down to Lebron or D. Wade. I won’t bore you with the details, but I would encourage you to go take a look at their stats, and I promise you that you will have to look twice. They are both putting up Jordanesque type numbers. The story, however, doesn’t end with the stars. All the old complaints about the style of play and lack of offense in the league are now moot. Six NBA teams average more than 100 points per game, and every team in the league, except the woeful Trail Blazers, averages more than 90 points a night, and no team in the league is shooting under 44%. If you are still shaking your head at the deplorable quality of basketball you witnessed in the NCAA tournament, and you are wondering where all the great young talent is playing these days, take in an NBA game or two. You should find what you are looking for.

2) So, I’m watching PTI yesterday, and Kornheiser informs me that the Texans are now entertaining the thought of taking N.C. State defensive end Mario Williams with the first pick in the draft. I almost hyperventilated I was laughing so hard. In the weeks leading up to the draft, NFL GM’s never cease to amuse me. If the Texans think for one minute that anybody believes they are going to take anybody other than Reggie Bush, they are out of their collective f***ing minds! After his college career, everybody considered Reggie a mortal lock for the first pick. Then, he went and put together one of the most impressive workouts any NFL scout has ever seen. Now, in an attempt to boost the stock of Williams and try to lure some other team in need of a DE into giving away the franchise to get their hands on Williams, the Texans are actually trying to pretend that their draft board goes more than one deep! PUHLEASE! Somebody needs to tell them that unless Isiah Thomas is now running the Jets, this little game is a waste of valuable time on PTI. That being said, if the Texans decide to let Isiah or Elgin Baylor run their draft, and they take someone other than Reggie, their season ticket holders should burn down the stadium first and ask questions later.

3) So, I was pretty bored last night, and Wednesday night t.v. sucks, so I decided to sign up for Party Poker and spend some time with complete strangers on the internet. What a bad idea! I’ve never been so bored gambling in my life. I didn’t even know it was possible. I jumped around from a $1/2 table to a $3/6, back to a $2/4 until I was so bored that I just decided to play a few hands of $5/10 to either make a lot of money quickly or lose it all quickly so I could be put out of my misery. Well, needless to say, I was out of my misery in a hurry. On the bright side, I’ve finally found a form of gambling that I don’t find addictive. So, I guess the night wasn’t a complete loss.

4) Check back this afternoon for the caption contest. I’ll give you a hint about today’s photo(which was provided by loyal reader, Shalls): He may be the Masters Champion, but The WAD Man of the Week isn’t going to be immune from the wrath of Fite. This could, however, be the week that Fite gets dethroned, because you should have no shortage of material with this picture! How’s that for a tease?

5) Finally, allow me to once again shamelessly plug The WAD, and encourage everyone to keep spreading the word to family, friends and co-workers. The more readers we have, the better the comments, and good comments invariably lead to more inspired column topics. In short, the more readers we have, the better place the The WAD will be. The better The WAD, the more reason you have to dick off at work. What more could you ask for?

What fun is a discussion about MVP without throwing in a legit longshot?

Elton Brand, anyone? I know he doesn't have a chance, but the guy has put together a tremendous season, and believe it or not, the Clips are going to be a 5 seed. I'm not sure anyone in LA is even aware of this.

that's a great point. Brand has been fantastic this year. I was watching the Clips a couple of weeks ago and was stunned to see how ripped he looks these days. He's not going to win the MVP, but he does deserve some mad props.

Unfortunately I'm leaving on a Louisiana road trip in two hours so I won't get a crack at the tantalizing caption contest.

On the upside, I think I found something online that's funnier than anything anybody could possibly post on the caption: Stat's fantasy team found a way to lose 2.5 points yesterday. By next week he'll probably have more pitchers on the DL than points.

My fantasy team is really starting to be the most interesting thing on the Wad. Fact is, I'm actually trying, and that makes it all the more pathetic. As of this morning, I register at 16 points, with the next highest place having 62. I'm venturing into regions Duke football hasn't even been.

I can't play low-limit poker anymore. Especially live at the casino. Unless its just for fun on a weekend night and I am drinking, or if the jackpot is huge. The rake is too big on the small games and having to tip the dealer is a pain in the ass. That said, online (which is far better if you actually want to win) low limit poker is a complete bore also. You should try single table no limit tournaments (5 or 6 handed). It's not the endless grind and monotony that low-limit is, not as dangerous as no-limit, and not as time-engaging as multi-table tournaments.

Here's a sweet article about poker by Dutch Boyd, poker pro:

http://www.dutchboyd.com/blog/2006/03/gigabet-is-my-hero.html

I meant to say the most interesting thing on wad baseball, not the wad. The wad itself is the most interesting media outlet on the net. The wad the man is one of the more interesting people you'll meet too. Back to wadball, Shalloway is in first already, so I guess the season's over already.

Baseball season is far from over, and Jobu is feeling good. I guess it won't matter once football starts, that's the season that matters.

"...venturing into regions Duke football hasn't even been."

I stopped liking Stats today.

i do not want to suck king james dick

I do not care what d parry says about me

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