San Diego, NBA Finals, Magneto’s Outfits, and Books

There’s a new episode of Amos Song TV coming up but I’m having some…uh…production delays. But coming soon!

Right now I’m in San Diego vising my brother, I’ll be here for most of the week. I got here yesterday and man his apartment is a mess! Well maybe its pretty standard for 4 college guys coming out of post-finals. Plus I’m lightweight OCD. But we got dishes to the ceiling and empty food wrappers everywhere. One of these fools left out a bag of opened kimchi for god knows how long. And if you’ve smelt kimchi you can imagine what it smells like. HELLA FOUL. So I just got done deep cleaning the shit out this joint. Anyway, later this week, we might go snorkeling and eat Mexican food.

I also saw my good homie Martin out in LA. We visited Redondo Beach and had a nice conversation walking along the beach (pause). I wish I could have stayed longer hanging out on the pier eating funnel cake. Next time.

And congrats to the Dallas Mavericks. I know I incorrectly picked the Heat in 7 but I’m glad Dirk got his and I’m especially happy for J. Kidd, Bay Area native and fellow Cal Bear. I’m also relieved the Heat Inquisition has yet to begin. The Heat probably played better the first 4 games but Mavs were really able to clamp down on D when it mattered.  Also, the blame game has started with LBJ but DWade had some costly turnovers down the stretch and Bosh has yet to play a consistent playoff series. At the end of day, basketball is a TEAM sport that needs all 12 guys whether they play 48, 5, or 0 minutes, to step up and be focused. And what LeBron aka “The Hockey Player” (no 4th quarter) says here bothers me a little:

But its also an important reminder for us “normal” people to not take fandom too far, from athletes to singers to actors. Because at the end of the day, LeBron bleeds just like us.

Oh, I saw X-Men earlier this week. The movie is just okay but Magneto’s outfits are FRESH!!

The purple turtleneck with the brown leather EGHHHK!!!
FRESHHH!!!

I’d like to cop a brown leather myself like this TOJ 2011 A2 Bomber here:
But for $700+?! Maybe in the next life LOL

Oh and I’m salty that there’s no longer a Barnes & Noble, a Borders, or any other bookstore in the greater Fremont area due to the apparent illiteracy around here  or because of Amazon.com. Probably a little of both. So two weeks ago I went to the Fremont Main Library for the first time in about 5 years and I actually checked out some books. I read The Road by Cormac McCarthy, WAR by Sebastian Junger, and Cooking Dirty by Jason Sheehan. I recommend all of them. The Road is a story about a father and son trying to survive a in world where nukes have wiped out most of the population and really fucked up nature to the point where there’s no animals to eat and plants to grow. And the remaining humans are out to eat and rape you. Yeah pretty shitty life if you ask me. But the way my man Cormac paints a grey, drab world using minimalistic sentences is off the hook. Plus I’m a sucker for post-apocalypitc survival stories. And nah, I ain’t seen the movie yet. In WAR, Junger locks and loads with an Army infantry unit in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan where the Taliban acts a goddamn fool. Great insight into the psychology of what its like to be a soldier at war. Cooking Dirty is a biography by a cook retelling his crazy experiences working in a kitchen at your favorite mid-level restaurant.  With this one, I drew a lot of parallels in my own life having seen the inner workings of a fast food restaurant. Next up for me:  American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis

Sorry for the long random post and I hope everyone has a wonderful, blessed week!

I love you all,

Amos


The NBA Finals

Don’t call it a ’06 rematch.

‘Cause these sure ain’t your mama’s Mavericks. A shout-out to J. Kidd and Tyson Chandler for getting rid of the Mavs’ image as marshmallow-soft aristocrats. Also since 06, Dirk has added multiple dimensions to his game making his skillset as a 7 footer something we have never seen before. Jason Terry is the only other guy coming back from that 06 team and even he’s matured into a now much different role. The Heat also feature only two remaining players since 06, Wade and Haslem. The beloved Superman and Flash tandem (Shaq & Wade for those who don’t know) are gone and the Heat are now number 1 on the NBA’s Most Hated list.

But the 2011 Mavericks are back, still shooting the 3-ball but now showcasing great veteran point guard play, two things the Heat lack.  I expect the Mavs ability to spread the floor and Kidd’s crafty defensive playmaking to be the X-factors in the series. But the Heat have found success relying on their 3 superstars, as planned, on both sides of the ball. No one in the NBA is seeing their speed and athleticism. We’ll see if the 30 something Mavs can hold up.

But the 2011 Mavericks and Heat also have a lot in common with each other. Both teams are coming in hot, having lost only 3 games since the start of playoffs. The Mavs swept the #1 Lakers and the Heat just womp womped the #1 Bulls. Both teams have been hated on and doubted before and during the playoffs. Both teams have strong interior team defense and solid perimeter defense. I’ll even go to say Dirk and Bron are the two best scorers in the L right now. And I think that’s what makes it so hard to choose a favorite. And its also why I’m expecting a damn good series.

But I’m thinking it comes down to a couple of things:
(1) Bron Bron vs. Dirk: These guys cannot be stopped, hopefully contained. Whichever team is able to limit the other to jump shots is gonna come out on top.
(2) Quality vs. Quantity: The Mavs have a deep bench and solid role players. I say there’s about 8 guys on that team that can go off for 20. Can’t say that about the Heat. But as you know, the Heat have “Those Three”.
(3)Athleticism: Can the less athletic Mavs rebound and play transition D well enough against the Heat?

Will the wandering Mavs finally find the promised land? Or will the despised Decision Triumvirate begin their tyrannical reign? Either way, I’m real excited about the series. I hope you tune in. It starts Tuesday, May 31 6PM on ABC.

My prediction: The Empire strikes back in 7.