Extreme Cheapskates: Kawhi Leonard edition

Actually, I love reading about how the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard is kind of a cheapskate, driving around in a nearly 20-year old car, and makes a big deal about free wings.

  • Leonard still drives a 1997 Chevy Tahoe that’s nicknamed “Gas Guzzler.” He does it because “it runs and it’s paid off.”
  • Leonard freaked out after he lost a book of coupons from his sponsor Wingstop last summer and asked for them to give him new ones so that he could get free wings—even though his new $94 million contract had just kicked in.

So basically, one of the better players in the NBA right now, a year removed from a championship, and on a team very much in contention for another one, and is currently on a fairly freshly-signed 5-year, $94 million dollar contract, still understands the value of a dollar, and the importance of not being frivolous with money.

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Playing in New York makes a Dark Knight not

You know what I think is stupid?  How sports media insists that the nickname for the Mets’ Matt Harvey is “The Dark Knight.”

I get it, he plays in New York, which is alternatively known by nerds as the de facto Gotham City, and doing heroic things like playing a kids game very well warrants being called “a hero;” therefore being “a hero” in “Gotham City” is basically Batman AKA The Dark Knight.  We get it, media.  So very clever.

However, let’s be real here.  Matt Harvey plays for the Mets, who play in Queens, which is outside the borough of Manhattan, which is probably more of what Gotham City kind of is supposed to represent.  No matter what happens, the Mets are always going to be the little brother of the Yankees, the second-in-line team playing in a second-in-line neighborhood to New York City; so it’s almost more appropriate to say that Matt Harvey is more like Robin, the second-in-command to Batman.

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Probably a very smart decision

Thank the fucking lord: Georgia governor, Nathan Deal has declared that he will veto House Bill 757, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, AKA Operation to Okay Discrimination.

When this passed the Senate and made it’s way to the Governor’s desk, I thought to myself, “there’s absolutely no way that Deal is stupid enough to alienate billions of potential dollars for the state, just so a few fucking hicks can be legally allowed to discriminate against, mostly homosexuals.”  It was the no-brainer of no-brainers, pitting the Stig in a Corvette against Fred Flintstone’s car with no wheels and Fred Flintstone himself missing his legs.

You know what the scary thing was though?  In the spirit of jinxing it, Murphy’s Law, and all other superstitions, I never said anything aloud along the sort.  That’s the scary thing; that Georgia could be that much of a fucked up backwater state that its governor just might agree with the bigots and just let HB 757 to have passed.  And then the entire state collapses on itself, and when Florida is declared unfit to remain a part of the United States, might just have Georgia dragged along with it when it’s sawed off the country and shoved into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Probably not a very smart decision

Impetus: three popular League of Legends commentators declare refusal to work the Mid-Season Invitational event, citing poor freelance rates.

These guys realize they get paid to talk about video games, right?

Honestly though, I see both sides of the argument here.  Ultimately, I understand the concept of a labor dispute, and it’s good on the part of Monte, DoA and PapaSmithy, that they’ve done their homework, and learned what other casters are making, and it’s only fair that the penultimate game representatives of the eSports scene, should probably be paying competitive rates.

But at the same time, these are guys that make a living talking about video games.  These are not underpaid doctors, teachers, construction workers, civil servants or any other occupation that actually makes a difference in the world we all live in.  These are guys that watch teenagers play video games at a highly-competitive level, and talk about it.

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If you’re a wrestling fan, I dare you to try and read the rest of this post without having watched that YouTube montage first.

Long story short: former professional wrestler, Terry “Rhyno” Gerin declares that he will be running for state representative of his hometown of Dearborn, Michigan.

All obvious professional wrestlers being meathead idiot jokes aside, I have to objectively say that Rhyno is no layup to be a complete flop in this endeavor.  In fact, I would venture to say that Dearborn, a community just outside of the maligned City of Detroit, probably couldn’t do any worse with anyone else as representative, and that what they might just need is a guy that seems to legitimately care about his hometown.

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Time to update the menu!

I was a little hesitant to add it to the list, because technically the incident occurred in Florida, and on I-95, and not anywhere remotely close to Metro Atlanta interstates, but given the fact that the story was reported by 11 Alive, an Atlanta news outlet, I figured why the fuck not, because it’s kind of the been one of the things I’ve been waiting for to happen.

So – let us update the ever-expanding menu of the Highway Truck Crash Buffet:

Main Courses*:

*Glazed in honey

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Thoughts on Brussels

If you’re one of my six readers, and you somehow use my brog as a means to find out worldly news, you’re probably not doing something right, but for what it’s worth, I’m writing today about the story that came out of Brussels, Belgium, where basically two bombing incidents occurred, one at at the airport, and one at the Maalbeek subway station, killing an at the time, reported 31 people, and injuring many more.

Naturally, one of the easiest ways to put one’s self into understanding a story, is having a little bit of experience, or familiarity with the geography of the situation.  When mythical girlfriend and I went out to Europe back in October last year, we made two different trips to Brussels, once for the semifinals of WORLDS, and then there was an afternoon in Brussels, the day before our return flight to the United States.  I’ll be the first to admit that the thought of visiting Brussels didn’t excite me as much as places like Paris, Amsterdam and visiting Germany did, but I found Brussels to be a great city to visit, with a wealth of culture, fun tourism, lots of great food when you could find it, and home to Delirium beer, some of the finest in the world.

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