Race & Politics

Why I Love NBA Basketball

Kyrie Irving, Avery Bradley

As I type this, the remnants of a fried egg and bacon sandwich sits on a plate to my left. What was once a towering piece of sandwich art has been reduced to a dozen or so desolate crumbs and two lone strands of grated Parmesan cheese. If you squint, it looks like a map of Rhode Island.

I live within a two mile radius of a supermarket and (at least) 20 different restaurants, and my refrigerator is (surprisingly) stocked. My food options are limitless. (Well, relatively limitless. I’d have to leave the radius for shark steak and, strangely, Frosted Flakes.) I chose to create and devour this sandwich because I had a very specific craving for the very specific combination of ingredients.

I did not eat my fried egg and bacon sandwich and wish it were a Big Mac. Or a pizza. Or leftover roast beef. Or even a fried egg and sausage sandwich. I also did not attempt to make my fried egg and bacon sandwich taste more like a Big Mac, a pizza, leftover roast beef, or a fried egg and sausage sandwich. If I wanted any of those things, I would have eaten them.

But I didn’t. So I didn’t. And now I’m full. And happy.

The 2013-2014 NBA season starts today. I am very happy about this. Basketball isn’t just my favorite sport. It is my favorite non-essential thing on Earth, and I enjoy watching NBA basketball more than I enjoy consuming any other type of media.

I am not unique in my interest in NBA basketball. I am, though, (somewhat) unique in my love for and acceptance of its current form. NBA basketball is my fried egg and bacon sandwich. I do not want it to be a Big Mac.

I realize this food analogy is ridiculous. But to understand the NBA’s strange place in our cultural zeitgeist, ridiculousness seems appropriate. Necessary, even. To wit, by every conceivable metric (TV ratings, star quality, estimated sale price of teams, quality of play, transcendent beards, etc), the National Basketball Association is thriving. Yet, a very large percentage of people interested in the league’s success and/or demise remain convinced there are cavernous, fundamental wrongs at the base of it’s foundation. Basically, the league is fucked up and needs to be fixed.

This in itself isn’t ridiculous, or even unwelcome. If everyone felt the exact same way about the exact same things, we’d all work at Trader Joe’s. What is ridiculous is that its perceived wrongs are only wrongs because it’s being compared to three completely separate and completely ridiculous entities.

1. An idealized version of an NBA past that never actually existed.

2. A decidedly worse version of NBA basketball. (NCAA basketball)

3. Walmart. (And, by “Walmart” I mean “America,” and by “America” I mean “The NFL”)

Basically, for those who believe the NBA has big problems, the NBA’s biggest problems are 1. it’s not something it never has been, 2. it’s not a worse version of itself, and 3. it’s not something it never will be.

And this is why I love it.

Thorough explanations of why the idealized past never actually existed and why college basketball is inferior would venture into basketball wonk territory, and I’ll spare you from that. Today.

Instead, lets focus on Walmart.

The NFL has parity. Well, at least the perception of parity. I’m not even sure if Kansas City fielded a team last season. I think they used their football stadium for monster truck rallies and Civil War reenactments every Sunday. They now have the best record in the NFL. They will not win the Super Bowl. But, their fans legitimately believe they have a chance. This is great. For the NFL.

The NBA does not have the same type of parity. The season hasn’t begun yet, but those who follow the sport already know there are exactly five teams with a realistic shot of winning the NBA championship this year. Naturally, any conversation that brings up the NBA’s place in the sports universe will cite the NFL’s any-given-Sunday-ness as the reason for its popularity, implying that the NBA would be wise to try to emulate them. And, this is wrong.

The unique nature of basketball means that a dominant player will have more opportunity to provide an impact on the outcome of the game. (As good as Peyton Manning is, he doesn’t play defense, so he’s only able to have an effect on half of the game. Lebron, on the other hand, can conceivably play every minute.) This makes it inherently less random, and the length of the NBA’s schedule and the playoffs series format make it even less random. These dynamics combine to make the NBA the sports world’s truest meritocracy—which I love—and asking it to be more random and more like the NFL is asking a fried egg and bacon sandwich to be a Big Mac.

There’s also the argument that there are too many games. And this also is an argument that compares the NBA season to the NFL season. And this is also a ridiculous argument.

While the common point of the argument—less games means that each game matters more—seems to make sense, it also states that people who love football love it because there’s less of it. Which implies that people who love football don’t actually love football. If you love something specifically because there isn’t much of it, you don’t really love it that much. You love waiting for it, looking forward to it, and craving it, but you don’t love it itself. And, because I love watching NBA basketball so much, it doesn’t matter much to me that the season is long and every game doesn’t have the mythical import that a 16 game season might have.

I realize the title is (somewhat) misleading. It outright says that the post will explain my love for NBA basketball, but the bulk of the post is devoted to one of the reasons why people who don’t love it don’t love it. This would seem to be a very insecure expression of love.

But all explanations of love eventually sound insecure. Not because the person in love is trying to convince themselves, but because any attempt to articulate and deconstruct love is going to fall short.

Basically, I love NBA basketball because it’s NBA basketball and not anything else. Which doesn’t say anything. But actually says everything.

—Damon Young (aka “The Champ”)

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Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a contributing editor for EBONY.com. He resides in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes.

  • iamnotakata

    “A decidedly worse version of NBA basketball. (NCAA basketball)”
    It’s funny you say thins because I think the exact opposite. I find NBA boring and overly predictable with too many egos on the floor at time (see the Heat) and I love NCAAB because of its unpredictability, and what looks like a sincere love or want to win!

    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

      THANK YOU!!!!!

      • Oshun

        howdy Afro!! soooooooo are you Mrs. TX?!?!?!?!?!?

        • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

          Come again???

          • Oshun

            I guess, the answer is no…Breezy Baby, I need you to help with the investigations later in the day, please and thank you.

            • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

              What on Earth are you referring to though? I’m so confused….

              • Yoles

                AP… are you dating Tx 10 inch? he said he was dating someone that posted regularly…

                african mami was trying to ask but she doesn’t know this delicate topic needs direct questioning!!

                • Oshun

                  LMAO! It was a process of elimination….I wasn’t even going to explain myself. After I saw the word confused, I’m like, next on the list.

                  • Yoles

                    well a true investigator knows that deflection is a well used tactic… feigning ignorance is not an answer…

                    she still hasn’t answered fyi

                    • Sahel

                      The first rule about under cover shagging you don’t talk about undercover shagging

                    • Oshun

                      LOL, at the upvoter.

                    • Sahel

                      Discretion is key.

                    • Oshun

                      so which hotel you staying at?

                    • Sahel

                      Been all around the world its the same ol ish,all the real nggas either dead or in jail,of you want to find me homie am in the ATL

                    • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

                      ure in my town!?!?!?!?!

                    • Yoles

                      don’t even get your hopes up bunni… sahel is like a 2 min dude with good stroke game… a let down and gone too soon every.damn.time

                    • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni
                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      HAHAHAHAHAH OMG!!!! SHIDDDDDD!!!!!!

                    • Shamira

                      EYE. AM. CRYING.

                    • Oshun

                      You servin a whole lot of S.H.A.D.E. But do your thang mami!!

                    • Rachmo

                      **GASPS and cries real tears**

                    • Sahel

                      Dang,come on Yoles. You cant go at me like that.

                    • Yoles

                      sahel.. the teasing is cute for a bit but after a while…

                    • Val

                      Oh snap!

                    • Yoles

                      Tx said it was his woman not some slag

                    • Sahel

                      Never implied that she was

                    • Yoles

                      under cover shagging… doesn’t imply a relationship imo

                    • BreezyX2

                      Yeah, Aggie and Sahel have both perfected the art of deflection.

                    • Sahel

                      I do no such thing

                    • Agatha Guilluame

                      Eff you Breezy and @yoles:disqus for co-signing. *kisses teeth, turns back* I’m too grown to be peer pressured.

                • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite
                  • LMNOP

                    Wait, you’re pleading the fifth? So, basically, yes it’s you?

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.

                      Who is Mrs. Tx? Will Tx10inch ever reveal his woman’s true identity? Will AfroPetite ever reveal if she is, in fact, Mrs. Tx? Is AfroPetite lying? Why is AfroPetite so pretty? Find out next time on, As VSB Turns.

                    • Todd

                      Guess what?! IT’S GOTTA BE YOU! And you got you an older man too. Seasoned Richard isn’t overrated after all. LOL

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      If you say so. I wonder what Mrs. Tx is thinking right now. She’s like the Clark Kent of VSB, hiding in plain sight. Mrs. Tx is my new muse, or am I my own inspiration?

                    • LMNOP

                      She’s like the Chupacabra of VSB, does she really even exist???
                      Or the chupa anaconda…

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      Idk, but it’s entertaining to be at the center of your conspiracy theories on who’s getting all of Tx’s 10 inches ;-)

                    • Tx10inch

                      Yes she does. What’s so funny is….she in here lyin and denyin wit tha rest of yall. #hilarious

                    • Yoles

                      see now that aint nice & thats what would make ppl give her the side eye… she aint got ta lie to kick it

                    • Tx10inch

                      She just havin fun wit it…that’s all. Don’t think she’ll eva tell tho. Just giggles…

                    • Oshun

                      TX, does this woman exist or are you having fun at our expense?!

                    • Tx10inch

                      Very real.

                    • Oshun

                      sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, just tell us who she is. Urrrgh! Why even tell us she is one of us and not reveal her?!?!?! Like what kind of sick game are you playing.lmao! so pissed at you.

                    • Tx10inch

                      It was a slip up. Wasn’t supposed to say anything but *shrugs* She likes the anonymity and wants to keep it that way. Didn’t know it would cause a sh*t storm…honestly. lol

                    • Oshun

                      *rolls eyes till they can roll no more*!!

                    • Oshun

                      OMG! So the madam is actually one of us tryna find out who she is, BREEZY BABY, it is you!!!!! ISN’T it?!?!?!?!? oMG!

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      Well this isn’t helping my case at all….

                    • Tx10inch

                      U know it could be yo sexxy a**

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      See, you trying to get me jumped by Lady Tx! I don’t want no parts of that Lady Tx, please spare me gurl!

                    • Tx10inch

                      Literally LMAO

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      If I guess correctly can you comment on another post from like weeks ago and just answer yes???

                    • Tx10inch

                      Nah…that just takes tha light off you. Besides, I like having you in the rotation of maybe’s.

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      That’s childish. You’re childish. Booooooooooooo

                    • Tx10inch

                      Really? c’mon now…. Ya’ll gettin a lil tight in tha chest now behind all this. I’m just keepin it lite round here…She neva wanted me to say anything in tha first place. My slip up. No games, she just prefers to stay anon. When she’s ready, she will…not me.

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      Lol I honestly knew nothing about this whole confession until today. And I’m still slightly lost.

                    • Tx10inch

                      Go back to the Thurs post PJ wrote about humble bragging. Start with the oldest. It’s a 1000 comments but my post should be pretty close to the top. That’s where it started.

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      Lol this is all your fault! Putting Lady Tx on blast like this!

                    • Tx10inch

                      I know, I know…casualty of friendly fire.

                    • Yoles

                      i’m saying why she trying to deny you chexy texy?!?!?! that’s what is confusing the hayle out of the rest of us… but aight she wants to remain private… fine…

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      I suspect every woman on VSB of being Lady T

                    • Tx10inch

                      She’s just very private. And if things don’t work out it could get very awkward up in here… feel me? lol

                    • Yoles

                      you done messed up D… now i feel like i can’t even be as nasty with you as i wanna be cuz you vsbooed up irl… but then it felt not real cause everyone knows you not supposed to lie on your c!it.. that shyt is bad juju..

                      and of course we all wanna hear the love story but we can’t even get that…

                      i guess I’m just sad and poring out a lil liquor for the brief moment in time when your lips grazed the side of mine… *tears*

                    • Tx10inch

                      It’s all good Yolie. She’s kool wit it. Pull no punches. That’s another reason, she’d rather remain private and just “one of tha girls” cause she cool wit everyone and don’t want changing up tha vibe in here. I just slipped up when I mentioned it. Just keep errthang moving. If she wanna come out, she will…..

                    • Yoles

                      noted

                    • Yoles

                      but Tx every chick was in the rotation of maybes… every.damn.body.

                    • Tx10inch

                      Not true….If yall keep this up, I’ll might put out a list soon. lol

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      do it! do it!

                    • Tx10inch

                      *strokes chin*

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      Todd your flights of fancy are amusing to me.

                    • BreezyX2
                    • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

                      dieeeeessssssssssssssss

                    • WIP

                      please take this away.
                      B.O.L.

                    • Shamira

                      girl we just wanna know if Tx10inch stands up to his name. Share that photo in your inbox!

                    • Todd

                      ROTFLMAO! Hey, all I can say is that I’m a lot closer Miss Too School For School AKA Miss I Got Schooled At Fantasy Football By Me :)

                    • Shamira

                      do not think that I cannot put your mammoth behind in a headlock. I’m scrappy.

                    • Todd

                      TRY IT WOMAN! :)

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      Why would he lie?

                    • Yoles

                      why would mrs tx deny???

                      all questions that deserve thorough answers imo…

                    • LMNOP

                      Exactly!

                      Also, Tx10inch, thanks so much for inspiring this tangent. I can’t even tell you how profoundly apathetic about sports I am, Basketball, dodge ball, football, nfl, nba, nbc, qrstuv, I just don’t give a fvck.

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      I think Mrs. Tx just likes her anonymity and getting piped down and loved up by someone who enjoys every fiber of her being unconditionally and without question.

                    • LMNOP

                      That’s an awfully specific and knowledgeable-sounding “hypothesis,” AP.

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      But when have y’all ever known Tx10inch to talk to me? I still don’t know how y’all linked me to him in the first place.

                    • LMNOP

                      But who DOES he talk to? I mean I guess someone could read through all of the comments ever and maybe find a clue, but that would take like 800 years. This is like who stole the cookie from the cookie jar. Who me? Couldn’t be! Then WHO?

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      Seriously though, I’m not using the dangerous powers of my Yoni on Tx10inch. I’m about to go ghost as I finish filling out these secondary apps for medical school. I don’t have time to be anyone’s girlfriend, e-boo, etc. Only man is the money.

                    • LMNOP

                      And the search continues…

                    • Sahel

                      Good attitude. Goodluck on the Medicine studies A.P. Keep it on the grind but don’t lose that sugar figure

                    • Oshun

                      giiiiirl, I will find out and will let ya’ll know!!

                    • Rachmo

                      To me you seem like the most logical choice

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      (0_o)

                      I get no play in real life though :-( Men tell me that I’m mean and I’m perpetually single because I”m “mean”.

                    • Rachmo

                      Hahaha you sound like my younger sister. People always say she’s “mean” but when she decides she likes you she’s an absolute sweetie. She just can’t handle dumb people/disrespect.

                    • LMNOP

                      Sounds like a good way to live. I default to kind of polite and niceish, and regularly live to regret it.

                    • Rachmo

                      I agree. She envies my ability to trick people into thinking I’m super nice since I can smooth things over. I envy her bluntness with people bc I think she is correct 99.9% of the time

                    • LMNOP

                      Yes sometimes someone will be talking to me and I’ll just be thinking “MY GOD! Why are you still talking to me?!? In these incredibly long 4 minutes I have discovered that I really don’t like you, and being this close to your face is making me realize how ugly you are, and that your breath stinks, WHY are you still here?!?! oh right, maybe because I keep kind of nodding my head and making vague agreeable noises like hmm. Damn politeness!”

                    • Agatha Guilluame

                      BOL!!!

                    • Rachmo

                      HAHAHA I do this too. Offering them a seat next to me and $hit

                    • Oshun

                      good GAWD!

                    • LMNOP

                      I was thinking.. who WOULD want to keep this secret? Maybe Ms. Tx10 inch is married… to someone else! And about to have a baby! (cough WIP cough). Or maybe this is a “closet” relationship with someone who is usually out of the closet (cough Val cough) or maybe…

                      (Shonda Rhimes, hire me please!!!)

                    • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

                      GASP!!

                  • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

                    GASP GASP GASPPPPPP

            • BreezyX2

              Haaaaaa, I think we have a winner.

          • Val

            That’s what she said? (since Sahel and PA are AWOL)

            • Sahel

              BOOOM,i knew i was RUBBING off on you

              • Val

                Sahel, you really have to stop being so cheap with the upvotes.

    • Jay

      I can’t wait for NCAA Basketball this year… Andrew Wiggins, Kentucky is supposed to have one of the most lethal teams EVER, new hand-checking and armbar rules… expect CRAZY offensive explosions, and they FINALLY changed the charge rule. A defender can no longer get into position after a player attacking the basket is airborne.

      • Todd

        Andrew Wiggins will be fun to watch no matter what level he’s on. His body control is scary, and he’s the best Canadian player in Steve Nash.

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

      this used to be the case but this breed of ncaa ball is fuggin terrible….sloppy offense, only defense players know is flopping, 1 and done talents not even trying to hone their craft……its probably why i have no team allegiance i cant put my feelings behind some amateurs, wake me up in march

      • iamnotakata

        Yea I can agree with that, it does seem like a lot of the college athletes are Kevin Duranting College ball, one good year and then hit the League, but I am here for March Madness 100%!

    • Todd

      NCAA Basketball is different from the NBA but not better (or worse). Heck, it’s why I like basketball. Even when you drop down in levels, it’s at least watchable. Wish I could say the same for football. At least with baseball, you know that people are rising through the levels, so you’ll cut them a break.

      • Guest

        NCAA basketball is definitely worse. Fun, but worse. I grew up in NC where college basketball is king and queen, but now that I live in Chicago and have embraced the NBA I cannot watch college basketball any more.

    • The Champ

      so basically you like the appearance of effort and production more than effort and production itself?

      • iamnotakata

        Lol I wouldn’t say that exactly but many times when I watch NBA outside of the Spurs I am here for them regardless! The look on some of the players faces is saying when is halftime already, so it bores me..NCAA is exciting because the top seeds never win, and you never really know who will be in the final four and so on.

    • Joanna

      I used to think the same thing a few years ago, but Tristan is right. I’m OVER these one and done kids. But March Madness gives me life. Not as much life as the Finals though.

  • http://vagabondaesthetics.tumblr.com/ Ricky

    I’ll watch the Knicks when they get their own Lebron James or Kevin Durant. Until then it’s absolutely meaningless because they’re not going to do anything of importance.

    • Jay

      So DISRESPECTFUL!! **incredulous Stephen A. Smith voice** Melo is one of the top 10 players in the league. Top 3 scorers… The Knicks are nice. Just have to get Amare healthy… and involved. The had 50-plus wins, won their division, and were one series away from the Eastern Conference Finals. They’re easily one of my favorite teams to watch. Nothing of importance? You sir, are a spoiled Knicks fan.

      • Oshun

        For some reason I’ve refused to believe that Melo knows how to play b-ball. All I know of him is his name not his skillset. What does he specialize in? Being a brand name?!

        • Val

          He used to be good. Back when he played for Syracuse.

          • Oshun

            Then what happened? Lala?

          • Shamira

            I dont understand how you can say used to be when he took the scoring title last year.

            • Val

              I really don’t think, in my admittedly limited knowledge of the NBA, a scoring title means you’re particularly good. It could just mean that you’re a ball hog on a team with guys who won’t put you in check.

              • Shamira

                Even if the latter, that would still mean your good. And sometimes you need to be a ball hog. AI was one and no one complained. Kobe too. But I think when coupled with Melo’s efficiency rating last year (which was bananas), no one can dispute he’s good. He’s even in better shape. Top Ten? ehhh…

                • Val

                  Okay, I’ll give you good but not great. But, everyone complains about Kobe’s ballhogging. It’s legendary. Lol. That’s one of the reasons I hate him.

        • Jay

          lol @ this convo. Do you guys even watch NBA?

          • Oshun

            but of course. to the point of knowing who needs a lineup, a prenup, postnup, and just daily hugs….

      • http://vagabondaesthetics.tumblr.com/ Ricky

        The NBA is about championships. If you aren’t winning championships it’s irrelevant. Melo is a poor man’s kobe bryant anyway.

        • Yoles

          #shade

        • Sahel

          Yeah,Melo will end up like Chuck

          • T.Q. Fuego

            As an overall player I think Chuck was better….as a scorer Melo’s definitely better tho

        • Jay

          I agree with the poor man’s Kobe label. NBA Basketball is about more than championships… It was that kinda talk that fueled the Lebron haters for so long. The Knicks have an ill squad. It’s a process. Also on the Knicks to-do list is get J.R. Smith in line so he won’t “be f*cking up cus his a$$ be hungover from clubbing every night during the playoffs.” as Rihanna so eloquently put it.

          • Todd

            It’s funny…because it’s true. Then again, JR Smith was like that young. If he didn’t mess around in the McDonald’s All-American HS Dunk contest, he would have easily beat Candace Parker.

        • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

          facts only.

        • Shamira

          Kobe is a poor mans Kobe.

          YEAH I SAID IT.

        • Shamira

          This just doesnt even make sense. By that logic Luke Walton is more relevant than Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone ( who was the original b*tch before Kobe and Garnett) , *sucks teeth* Reggie Miller….

          This is new n*gga logic. I still luh you doe Malik. *hugs*

          • The Champ

            “This just doesnt even make sense.”

            I agree.

      • Val

        See there, that tells you how much I know about the current NBA, I thought Amare retired a few years ago.

        http://25.media.tumblr.com/88f24bd61b92c2453ee841149fbf7916/tumblr_mrq8ohAsIs1sa8164o1_500.gif

      • T.Q. Fuego

        But Jay, let’s be real. How realistic is it to “get Amare healthy”? When’s the last time that ninja been even 85%? The last time he was fully healthy I was in high school. My younger cousins don’t even get what the big deal about him is it’s been so long since he’s been dominant.

      • The Champ

        “Melo is one of the top 10 players in the league. ”

        Don’t know if i’d consider him to be one of the top 10 players. he’s always had one of the best looking games, but i’m not sure how effective it is.

    • Shamira

      Why must you make me continue to fight you? There are a bajillion reasons why this is oh so wrong.

      Lets not act like we’re not gonna make it to the second round again this year, because we are. I could even see an ECF berth, and if that happens, we’re taking Miami to 7.

  • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

    Seattle is the most overrated and lucky NFL team ever. That is all.

    • Val

      Welp, the Giants have won 2 in a row. And, since the NFC East sucks, we’re back in it to win it!

      http://24.media.tumblr.com/c59626d8096733ef4ee83f040e1c2161/tumblr_mq3tozD6F21qkprg2o1_400.gif

      • miss t-lee

        This gif #doe >>>>

        • LMNOP

          Miss t-lee, aka Ms. t-x???

          • miss t-lee

            No.

            • LMNOP

              Okay then. Just 234 people left to ask.

              • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                OMG whoever Tx boo is, she ain’t telling none of us lol it’s probably you!!!

                • LMNOP

                  Nope. And I don’t think I have the energy to try and figure it out. People do love a mystery though.

                  • Val

                    There’s at least one VSS you don’t have to ask. Lol

                    • LMNOP

                      I have seen a lot of TV, and it’s always the person no one suspects. Which in this situation, would be you Val. No one is exempt from questioning!

                • LMNOP

                  Holy @#$%^%! TES. I bet its Tes. I remember her saying something cryptic about her bf from vsb and not spelling out who it was. AND both their vsb names start with T.

                  • LMNOP

                    I underestimated my nosiness. I probably could do this all day.

                  • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                    Nah, she’s dating some old VSB commenter named Spider Man or something of that nature. They’ve been dating for a long time now.

                    • LMNOP

                      That’s some impressive detail retention. And that’s why you’re going to med school and I’m not lol.

                    • Shamira

                      nah they broke up. sad stuffs.

                    • BreezyX2

                      Well that leaves RWC.

      • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

        Girl byeeeeeee

      • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

        maybe when yall start scoring touchdowns……steph curry a88 ninjas

        • Val

          What did Steph ever do to you?

      • Shamira

        its both amazing and sad that we are technically still in contention. The NFC East is such trash this year. I’m 80 percent sure whoever comes out will have a losing record.

        • Val

          I know. But, I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth, whatever that means. I just hope the NFC East keeps being suckalicious.

    • http://vagabondaesthetics.tumblr.com/ Ricky

      look at you with your new avi

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

      first, that avi tho….second, im starting to hate the seahawks outside of russell, the media just crowned them unbeatable at home like replacement refs didnt happen

      • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

        First, I know *flips hair*
        Second, Russell isn’t that great to me either but the team as a whole is becoming the new “Cowboys”. For whatever reason the Football gods have smiled on them and are intervening on their behalf to ensure they stay on top. When we (Panthers) played them, we held them to 2 field goals and a single TD. How is the team so stellar if their offense is so damb sub par?!?!?!?!?! UGHHHHHH!

        • T.Q. Fuego

          Panthers’ defense is quite underrated (they’re near top 5 status). Seahawks defense isn’t overrated though. Dem boys nice. Even though Richard Sherman gets on my last nerve

          • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

            They’re actually Top 3 right now.

            • T.Q. Fuego

              Nice. I haven’t been watchin sportscenter. I just go with the eye test, but I’m not surprised they’re top 3 (I know KC has to be up there too). All yall need now is for Cam to be more consistent (Yall also need to get him another receiver in the offseason too)

              • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                These past two games he’s been very accurate with no interceptions so I’m a happy girl! Well, they’ve been playing around with Tedd Ginn Jr. as a possible receiver but we’ll see. We shall see.

    • BreezyX2

      LISTEN, this new picture is EVERYTHING!!!! Get it gurl!

      • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

        Thanks Breezy! This was my, I’m here to take your man and everything you love, outfit while I was in DC this past weekend.

        • BreezyX2

          LMBO and I am sure you got him too. You went to DC when everybody was in New York? What is up with that? I can tell you based on pictures alone you missed out on seeing Sharima man handle PJ. Its looks like it was a beautiful thing.

          • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

            Two words, Howard Homecoming.

          • Shamira

            I DID NOT MANHANDLE. I just embraced! I’m a friendly person :-)

    • Shamira

      over Kansas City?

      • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

        Yes.

  • miss t-lee

    Yeah, I hear ya talking Champie, however I’ll still take the NFL over the NBA any day of the week . Thrice on Sundays.
    We’ve discussed this before, but I gotta ask, do you think the Steelers current record has anything to do with your feelings this go round?

    • Jay

      do you think the Steelers current record has anything to do with your feelings this go round?

      http://i.imgur.com/8oq52Pr.gif

      • Sahel

        I was with a Falcon fan and his despair beats that of any Steelers fan i have met.

        • Val

          Nope, not possible. The Steelers got their azzes beat by Oakland. Oakland! Only a loss to Jacksonville could be worse for them.

          • Sahel

            Or the Giants lol

            • Val

              Please, with two victories in a row under our belt we’re in the hunt now. Playoffs here we come!

              • Sahel

                If the Jesus piece dnt give you peace,get one of Russel’s nieces

                • Val

                  Put the port down, Sahel.

              • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                Stahp…..

                • Val
                  • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                    Y’all are 2-6 and unless y’all win, literally, every single game from here til December y’all ain’t seeing no parts of the post season.

                    • Val

                      …says salty Carolina fan…

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      Oh ok, I’ll see where he Giants stand with that playoff status in 3 weeks.

                    • Val

                      You do that. And I’m going to be looking for the Panthers to put up their Gone Fishin’ sign in about 3 weeks.

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite
                    • Val
                    • Shamira

                      you clearly dont understand how bad the NFC East is this year, lol.

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      Shamira! The Giants are not making it to the playoffs, get over it lol

                    • Shamira

                      To be fair, I never thought that we would make it this year even before we imploded. But the best team in the NFC East right now has a .500 record. We are technically two games behind. It is implausible, not impossible. Especially since we still have 3 divisional games before the end of the season.

                    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                      Even if by some stroke of good luck the Giants stumbled into the playoffs, they’d get demolished in their first game.

                    • Shamira

                      This is what they said in 2007 AND 2011. Lets not worry about the postseason before we have to, if we even have to.

              • h.h.h.

                “Please, with two victories in a row under our belt we’re in the hunt now. Playoffs here we come!”

                http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/excuse_me_bird.gif

                • T.Q. Fuego

                  One of the best gifs I’ve seen all year lol

                • Val

                  Just because you said it with a cool gif doesn’t make it so.

        • Jay

          Did you just mention the Falcons?? Oh, my heart… I’m coming Elizabeth…

          http://stream1.gifsoup.com/webroot/animatedgifs3/3846754_o.gif

          • Sahel

            Lol,the Eagles feel the same way

            • Jay

              My Falcons… one game away from the Super Bowl last year, now look at us. So much for that so called parity.

              • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

                Falcons choke in Playoffs….EVERY…SINGLE…YEAR

              • Yoles

                womp

              • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

                5 playoff teams never return the next year each season yet every team swear they gonna get right back where they left off last year….hi taterskin fans.

              • Todd

                All I hate to say i J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS!

        • Yoles

          fck the dirty a$s crummy stank falcons with a used condom… mother fvcking tired as team…
          #hate

          • Sahel

            Whoa,whoa. No profanity

          • Jay

            Gasp!

            • Yoles

              it’s real over here!

          • kidvideo

            more dirty talk, please…

          • SuperStrings

            Sooooo what I think you’re attempting to say is that you’re not exactly the biggest fan of the Falcons. The message came across a little fuzzy. lol

            • Yoles

              you so get me SS
              (((((Hugs)))))

        • Rachmo

          I’m a Steelers fan and I think since I grew up with this despair that’s why I’m able to keep my head up on Sunday. **tears up**

    • http://uphereoncloud9.com/ Wu Young

      #theautumnwindisaraider

    • The Champ

      LOL, still enjoy watching football, but it just doesn’t capture me the way basketball does

      • miss t-lee

        Gotcha.

  • Oshun

    Since Celtics dismantled…..NBA is non-existent as far as I’m concerned, and so should you too.

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

      this. rigging for wiggins tho

      • Todd

        Uh, the Celtics aren’t going to pull that off. I think may mess around and get a play off spot. Those Lakers though…

        • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

          thats my fear they look like a 40 win team on paper….but we missed on duncan n durant…3rd times the charm i can hope

          • Todd

            The only way the Celtics pull that off is that the entire starting lineup needs to have season ending injuries by Christmas. Heck, it is how the Spurs got Duncan, right?

          • The Champ

            I’m thinking more like 35. Maybe 28. Rondo aint coming back any time soon, and the Celtics already had trouble scoring with Rondo, Pierce, and KG.

    • WIP

      what is happening in this avi?…

      • Oshun

        girl a lot of seggazy is happening. where do I start. He looks like someone here doe!

    • Shamira

      Celtics AND the Lakers are gonna be trash this year and I CANNOT WAIT TO STUNT ON DEEZ

      http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view5/2614478/cosby-dance-o.gif

      • Oshun

        BURN!

  • Yoles

    i wanna hang with you champ-a-licious but my heart of hearts believes and my gut is always right… NFL > NBA… but ima let you rock on your opening day of the much too long, boring, predictable and tedious season… i’m not even sure if b ball calls it opening day… anyways… Enjoy it C-Young

    • miss t-lee

      For real. 82 games? Holla at me when the playoffs start…lol

      • http://uphereoncloud9.com/ Wu Young

        I may catch a Heat, Spurs, or Thunder game but I’m not watching daily.

        • Keisha

          GO SPURS!!! :-)

        • miss t-lee

          I’m a huge Spurs fan, and even I don’t catch every single game…lol

          • http://uphereoncloud9.com/ Wu Young

            That’s how I feel about the A’s. I’ve got 162 games to f##k with them. Every night isn’t gonna happen.

            • miss t-lee

              Understandable…lol

      • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

        i loved the lockout season 66 games, rapid fire free agency, it was perfect

        • miss t-lee

          Ha!

      • SuperStrings

        yeah I’m a playoff bball fan too.

        • miss t-lee

          IMO, best time to watch.

        • Val

          I generally wait until it’s 3-2 in the finals.

    • Sahel

      The Saints are flying though.

      • Yoles

        6-1 WHO DAT

        • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

          *side eye* y’all are 2 losses away from losing that top spot bruh…….

          • Yoles

            you worry bout yours… i’ll worry bout mine…

        • Todd

          All I will say is the last time a Jet has humbled New Orleans the way they will be next week, it was George W. Bush flying over the city after Katrina. And you live within walking distance of the old Jets practice facility. Don’t tell me your hatred for the Jets is because of some unrequited love. :)

        • http://daratmathis.wordpress.com/ dtafakari

          I’m a Bucs fan living in ATL…I am saltier than all the B@lls.

    • Todd

      You do realize that most of the Tri-State disagrees with you, right?

      • Yoles

        i’m used to being the only one that’s right… it’s my albatross… like cassandra

  • Val

    Well 99% of NBA games are on cable. I do not have cable. Nighty-nine percent of NFL games are on free TV. I have free TV. NFL wins.

    • miss t-lee

      Yup.

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

      well when u take monday and thursday night its more 70 percent but i see ur point lol

      • Val

        *there’s always one in the crowd. throws popcorn at Tristan*

        • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

          Lol

    • Todd

      It’s because the NBA is worth it. :)

    • SuperStrings

      And 99% of NBA games are unwatchable for the 2.5 quarters of play. lol

  • Yoles

    on another note… my nosiness and love of tomfoolery has convinced me to join twitter so everyone just pass up the twitter names/handles/@ things and be prepared to see me reading all your stuff… pls and thx

    • Val

      Just say no to twitter, Yolie.

      • Yoles

        but i see so much funny stuff!

        i’ve fallen

        • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

          It used to be wayyyyy funnier, but follow the right ppl and it can still be fun

          • Yoles

            how can i find you B-girl

            • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

              just search my @name

          • Shamira

            Bunni…dat avid doe….#heyboo

            • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

              hay gurllllllllll

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

      u dont them problems yolake

      • Yoles

        i aint got no worries Trizzy… at least i don’t think i do…

    • Todd

      @luminatiNYC for the clean stuff, @HugeQueensman for the dirty stuff. :)

      • Sahel

        HugeQueensman,dude. Am not on twitter but if it’s anything like your tumblr then i won’t advise anyone clicking on it unless they are in the forest and alone

      • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

        todd got links not built for galaxy phones on subways for real

        • Todd

          Hey, I own a Galaxy AND check out my Tumblr on the subway. AND WHAT!

      • Yoles

        i can’t find the clean u…

        • Todd

          Pardon the misspelling. it is @iluminatinyc. Sorry,

    • Joel

      follow me @TheRealestLeo

    • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

      @Bunnibella #HayBoo

      …but did you just call it @ things? lol

      • Yoles

        i have no idea what i am doing… but i can float so i won’t drown
        #bigboobs

        • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

          You’ll get the hang of it :-)
          and uhhhh, whats YOUR handle??

          • Yoles

            dam.n a down vote because i’m built to float… wow!!!!

            my handle???ummm
            @OnlyYolie
            yea thats how its written

            • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

              Folks outchea sippin on Haterade this mornting!!

            • Sahel

              You float ey,good

    • http://vagabondaesthetics.tumblr.com/ Ricky

      @MalikPanama

    • BreezyX2

      I recently opened an Instagram account…I don’t know what the heck am doing. Is anyone on Instagram?

      • http://missrosen.wordpress.com/ esa

        i just joined yesterday ~ i heart eye candy ~

        @missroseneditions

        • BreezyX2

          Eps, Rachmo and Esa…incoming!!!!!

      • Epsilonicus

        MIne is @epsilonicus

      • Rachmo

        @msrachelmurray

        • BreezyX2

          Oh so you all Private User on Instagram. You best accept my greatness :)

          • Rachmo

            Will do :-)

            • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

              just follow me cuz i cant find you lol @bunnibella

              • BreezyX2

                You’re on the Insta too Bunni?!?!?

                • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

                  yep, @Bunni_Bella (some white chick stole Bunnibella from me!!)

                  • BreezyX2

                    Damb her!!!! I just requested you.

        • Sahel

          Murray,hahaha

        • Shamira

          oh i should add mine huh? @inomallday for the twitters and the IG

          • BreezyX2

            Incoming…………

      • ED

        @uncle_ernst

        • BreezyX2

          Gotchu :)

      • Yoles

        I ALSO DON’T KNOW WHAT I AM DOING… WHAT’S YOUR NAME?

        • BreezyX2

          Just sent you a request!!! We shall be lost together.

          • Yoles

            what’s your name though… i’m lost already…

    • Epsilonicus

      Mine is @epsilonicux

  • I Am Your People

    Why I love NBA Basketball: Thursday is Halloween when the NBA is on TNT.

    CRAIG SAGER’S SUIT IS GOING TO BE EVERYTHANG!!!!

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

      craig swagger is so here for halloween

    • Todd

      Hey, I just remember Craig Sager during the Olympics, when he was forced to wear the plain royal blue polo the rest of the commentators were wearing. How he didn’t break into outright tears is amazing.

    • Shamira

      Craig Sagers Suit definitely outdoes Pam Oliver’s wig.

    • miss t-lee

      Have ya’ll seen the Craig Sager suit tumblr? It is EVERYTHING!!!

  • http://tripsixes.com/ Trip

    Champ, I ain’t mad at the ballers I see how they do, but some prefer to use their feet to break an ankle or two.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PkWlNZb6Lk

    • Todd

      Soccer is college football with cooler accents. I still prefer my roundball, thanks.

      • WIP

        LOL