Friday, April 26, 2013
It's that time of year again. You know that wonderful time where the flowers bloom, the snow melts and the movies stop sucking. From about the end of Oscar season to the start of the summer, we have to sit through some pretty horrible films, (Scary Movie 5 ring a bell?) but that's over now as Pain and Gain semi-officially kicks off the summer blockbuster season. (Although Iron Man 3 is really going to get things rolling next week.) I thought I'd do a podcast breaking down all the big movies coming up this summer. I've enlisted the help of my good buddy Dylan Kress. Dylan's a fellow film maker and film lover that I know here in LA. I thought I should turn on a mic and let you listen in on our epic debates. So thanks for listening, leave a comment below, or not because you guys never do, but I still love you and last but not least, ENJOY THE VIEW!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
With the NBA Playoffs on the horizon, I thought that I should break down the first round match-ups. That being said, I thought who better to help me out than my good friend, Evan Barnes. Evan's a sports writer here in California and you can find his work by listening to the podcast where he'll give you all the info to his websites. I apologize in advance for the shake quality. The connection was a little "iffy" but it's not too bad. Thanks for understand and enjoy the view!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
It's a long one, but a very good one, as my brother Zeph breakdown the 1st Round of the 2013 NFL Draft. We'll tell you what each team such do with their picks and where things when wrong for them a season ago. Hearing me butcher the names of the draftees is worth a listen alone. Thanks for listening and enjoy the view!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
|How did this team not win 60 plus games?!|
So I've finally done it. It took awhile but I actually did it. I've been wanting to do a podcast forever, but for whatever reason, I've just been too "busy" to do it. When Kobe Bryant went down for the season that was the final straw. I have way too many thoughts on the Lakers, Kobe and this season as a whole, to just blog about it. (It would have been a 10,000 word rant. Trust me, this is for the best people.) I'll still be writing because that's what I do. I'm a writer, so I'll always write but the podcast will allow/give all you none "readers" a chance to hear my opinions on sports or whatever else I want to talk about. The podcast will mainly feature my brother, Zeph Jones, but I'm going to try to bring on guests to discuss other things as well. Just remember that this is the pilot episode, so we're still working out the wrinkles and all that jazz. Still feel free to give us feedback and your thoughts. Anyway, hit play and enjoy the NEW view!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I’ve been lucky enough to witness some really great sporting events during my lifetime. Epic comebacks in the NFL and NBA, overtime winning goals in the NHL playoffs, walkoff homeruns, world record Olympic performances, brutal boxing upsets and so many more. Some of the first ones that I always think about include Jordan’s game six jumper in Utah during the 1998 NBA Finals. Adam Vinatieri’s game winning field goal in Super Bowl XXXVI. The Boston Red Sox comeback versus the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS. Derek Fisher’s game winner against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2004 NBA playoffs. These are all big moments, but there’s always one year that comes to mind first when I think about sports.
Let us journey back to 2008, when I was in the U.S.Army and at CSC (Convoy Support Center) Scania in southern Iraq. I’ll never forget that year in sports because I wasn’t in America to experience it. The Lakers were back in the NBA Finals for first time since Shaq had left. (I won’t talk about how they lost to the Celtics.) Memphis lost to Kansas in overtime during the NCAA Men’s Basketball national championship game. The New York Giants ended New England’s bid at perfection in the Super Bowl. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal battled at Wimbledon in what many experts call the greatest tennis match of all-time. I saw all of these amazing things on a tiny TV, in a dusty little office located in one of the most dangerous places on the planet.
All of those don’t even compare to the best sporting event I saw that year and probably ever. There was one event that had my fellow soldiers and I at the edge of our seats and cheering our heads off. One athlete from that amazing year had us in complete awe and that athlete was Eldrick “Tiger” Woods.
It was the 2008 U.S. Open played at Torrey Pines. On one leg, Woods gutted his way to an amazing
|Woods celebrates after his tying putt on |
the 18th hole during the 2008 U.S. Open.
It’s hard to believe, but that was the last time Tiger Woods won a major. It’s almost been five years since that amazing victory and it’s seems even longer than that. I’m not going to talk about the dumpster fire Woods turned his life into shortly after that because it’s pointless. We all know what happened. When an insanely wealthy, hyper competitive Black athlete under the age of seventy cheats on his wife I don't find it shocking in the least bit. (I don’t think he had a sex addiction either. It was just a PR move to find a reasonable "excuse" for his infidelity other than him being a lying no-good dog like every other man that has cheated on his wife and gotten caught. I've always said a man is only as faithful as his bank account "allows" him to be. Tiger Woods’ bank account could allow him to have sex with straight men. If I had been a professional athlete, it’d go one of two ways. One, the Derek Jeter way. No kids, no wife, just single pimping for 20 plus years. Or the Travis Henry way. All I'll say is click this link and you’re welcome.) During that time, the “dark years”, golf just wasn’t as interesting. Yeah, we’ve had some great tournaments, great wins, great stories and Rory McIlroy made a little run, but there’s been nothing close to Tiger.
|Woods getting the Green Jacket for first time in 1997.|
I’m just going to come out and say it. Golf is just better when the Black guy’s good. I’m sorry but it’s true. We all like seeing greatness and Tiger Woods is as great as any athlete in the history of sports. I’m not saying he’s all the way back, but he just “looks” different and it “feels” like he’s back. So far in 2013, Tiger has three wins, he’s the number one ranked golfer in the world for the first time since October of 2010, he’s putting better than he has in years and he’s going into the Masters with a ton of momentum. In fact, most experts have him taking the green jacket. Not only do I hope Tiger wins the Masters, I hope he wins it 1997 style. Dominant, clear and unchallenged. I hope Tiger sends a loud message to the world, showing all of the doubters that he’s back and Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors isn’t as safe as they all thought it was.
I don’t love golf. I don’t love NASCAR. I don’t love women’s basketball. I don’t love track and field. But you know what I do love? I L.O.V.E, love watching greatness! We, normal humans that is, love to see when someone can shine on a “god-like” level in a sporting event. We love to see when athletes/teams achieve feats above and beyond anyone before them. That’s why I loved watching NASCAR when Jimmie Johnson was winning five championships in a row. It's why I marveled at the UConn’s Women’s Basketball team that won 90 games in a row. Why I loved watching Usain Bolt at the 2012 Olympic Games and why he was the only non-American athlete I rooted for. (I'm sorry, but I may as well have been Bob Marley that night because I was rooting that hard to see him win. Hell, if North Korea produced a super-human, once in a lifetime athlete, they could bomb us and I’d STILL root for that athlete like I was Kim Jong Un.) It's why I as a diehard Lakers fan wanted to see the Miami Heat win 34 games in a row. I love seeing things that I’ll never forget. Things that I’ll be proud to tell my son I got to see. Things that he’ll be jealous I saw. Things that will cause my friends and I to light up with excitement and youth, like we’re being transported back in time because of that particular memory.
Time for your take. What do you think of the blog? Was I right? Was I wrong? What's your favorite sports memory? Do you think Tiger Woods is back? Leave me a comment below and don't forget to share the blog, subscribe to the blog and follow me on twitter @ParisLay. Thanks for stopping by and as always... Enjoy the View!