BEFORE WE GET STARTED TODAY …
A shoutout to one of the all-timers on the blog: Heelatious (Bobby Davis). He and Mrs. Heelatious are celebrating 16 years of marriage today! Congrats, my friend.
I had the honor of meeting Mrs. Heelatious for the first time last Saturday at the welcome home celebration for the All-America City committee. She is an incredible woman! As I’ve said about my good friends Keith Spence and Randy Capps — Heelatious really out-punted his coverage when he got her!
Through the good times and the bad here on the blog, Heelatious and his crazy-ass brother Heelsfan have arguably been two of the biggest supporters of this mess (along with Flagan, BHatcher, Mark Moody, Petey Pablo, Killdozer, The Kid and PantherFan) since its inception nearly five years ago. When we were drawing 100 page views a day, you were the guys supporting it; now that we’re in the 4,000 PVs a day range, I’m not going to forget the old-timers.
Again, congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Heelatious today. May you guys have an awesome anniversary weekend. And give Mrs. Heelatious a medal for putting up with him this long!!!
MICHAEL JACKSON DEAD AT 50
In case you hadn’t heard, Michael Jackson died yesterday afternoon. An autopsy is being performed this afternoon, although it’ll be several weeks before the full results will be released.
My take: A sad ending to a very, very troubled life.
Say what you want — and believe me, between Facebook, the Internet and my friends, I’ve heard every side — but that son of a gun was a musical talent. MJ helped create the musical soundtrack of my youth, between “Off The Wall”, “Thriller” and “Bad”.
(In fact, I’m out of the office today and in Raleigh, but I downloaded “Thriller” for iPhone before I left and jammed to it the whole way up here. IT WAS AWESOME)
Yes, he became weirder and weirder the older he got. But it’s this simple — he was never convicted of any crime. Yes, money probably played a part in that, but it is what it is.
Regardless — I’m sitting here right now listening to “Rock With You”. RIP, MJ.
Oh, and who is the only person really loving this story right now? Mark Sanford.
NBA DRAFT HOLDS A FEW SURPRISES
Sure, Blake Griffin went No. 1, but there were a couple of surprises in the first round of the NBA Draft last night. UNC’s Tyler Hansbrough went No. 13 to Indiana, one pick after Duke’s Gerald Henderson was snatched up by Charlotte.
My take: A week ago, if you’d said Hansbrough would go before teammate Ty Lawson, I would’ve bet you $1,000 it wouldn’t happen. Glad I didn’t make that bet.
I still stand by, though, that Lawson will emerge as an elite NBA point guard; he was a steal at No. 18 and, I think he is stepping into an excellent situation in Denver (where he was traded by Minnesota). Playing behind Chauncey Billups for a year or two is going to make Lawson even better.
As for our NBA Draft contest, there were only five entrants, but congrats to Heelatious, who correctly picked six of the top 10 (it’s a good day for you, dude!). I only got four of the top 10 right. Heelatious, contact me and let me know which K-Tribe game you want to attend with three people.
The iPod shuffle
Lights, Camera, Action — Mr. Cheeks
Desire — U2
Hanging By A Moment — Lifehouse
West End Girls — Pet Shop Boys
Til I Hear It From You — Gin Blossoms