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April 16, 2006
By: Amy Sullivan

WEEKEND BASKETBLOGGING....If you haven't gotten enough of basketball via my intermittent blogging on the topic over the course of the season, boy, do I have good news for you: This week on Blogging Heads TV, Matt Yglesias and I discuss the Washington Wizards, the NBA playoffs, and Larry Brown (in addition to Iran, immigration, and other political matters...) The Wizards, by the way, halted their five-game losing streak today with the return of a not-quite-healthy-but-good-enough Caron Butler. The commanding win over Cleveland secured a playoff spot and further convinced me that the Wizards need the five seed so that they can face Cleveland in the first round. LeBron James is amazing, but the Wizards are 3-1 against the Cavs this year, and I like that match-up.

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We like your blogs on religion better. Especially the ones that tell us that Democrats have to become religious nuts in order to win elections.

Posted by: lib on April 17, 2006 at 12:06 AM | PERMALINK

We like your blogs on religion better.

That is the royal we I presume.

Posted by: snicker-snack on April 17, 2006 at 12:14 AM | PERMALINK

Apparently, the new meme is that Democrats have to become basketball nuts in order to win elections. Or is that NASCAR?

So confused...

Posted by: craigie on April 17, 2006 at 12:29 AM | PERMALINK

Yuck. The Eastern Conference may have THREE losing records make the playoffs? I'd be ashamed to show up. Anyway, regular season means diddly; the top 4 Eastern seeds will advance. The West may see some technical 'upsets' as far as the seeding goes; Denver just lives in a lame division and should get bounced first round.

Posted by: nightshift66 on April 17, 2006 at 12:31 AM | PERMALINK

Evangelical NASCAR nuts who love basketball, especially the Wizards, and want to nuke Iran.

Huge constituency to be cultivated by Democrats. Governor Dean! are you listening?

Posted by: lib on April 17, 2006 at 12:34 AM | PERMALINK

No hostility toward religious people here. Nope, none at all.

Posted by: gq on April 17, 2006 at 1:02 AM | PERMALINK

The 4-5 series is meaningless. The winner gets Detroit.

Posted by: bakho on April 17, 2006 at 1:04 AM | PERMALINK

That's right. Mentioning religion == hostility.

(rolls eyes)

I feel like a battered wife who, whenever she mentions that a man keeps hitting her, is accused of hostility to men.

Posted by: craigie on April 17, 2006 at 1:05 AM | PERMALINK

Fellas, you may think you're being clever with your kneejerk hostility toward everything Amy writes, but trust me, you just look like pricks. You need to get over it.

Posted by: Realish on April 17, 2006 at 1:10 AM | PERMALINK

Jesus Smeezus Amy, there's a whole world outside the beltway. The video was captivating though, it's like being at a water cooler at the library of congress. I wanted to here more about college ball sucking.

Posted by: toast on April 17, 2006 at 1:10 AM | PERMALINK

Fellas, you may think you're being clever with your kneejerk hostility toward everything Amy writes, but trust me, you just look like pricks.

Yeah, you other guys, cut that out. Me, I like it when Amy talks about basketball. And when Yglesias does it too. And hell, when Woody Allen talks about basketball, I think that's also interesting.

Posted by: craigie on April 17, 2006 at 1:17 AM | PERMALINK

Apologies Amy, all sports appreciation is local. Myself, I watch a couple of college teams and cheer for some bench warmers. In the NBA I root against the Lakers and their former players and former coach.

Posted by: toast on April 17, 2006 at 1:20 AM | PERMALINK

I will take basketball talk from Amy anytime - I thought for sure she'd have something to say about the special Easter "Meet the Press" hour.

Posted by: Don P. on April 17, 2006 at 1:37 AM | PERMALINK

I wouldn't get too excited about that matchup with Cleveland. I think it'll be a great series, but the Cavs have had the fourth seed locked up for a long time and have been playing like a team waiting on the playoffs, while the Wiz desperately needed this game. When both teams come with the same intensity, Caron or no Caron, I think the edge goes to the Cavs.

Posted by: matt w. on April 17, 2006 at 2:11 AM | PERMALINK

No way the Wiz get past Cleveland - not if LJ's at 80 percent or higher. Not with the way the Cav's have gelled in the latter part of the season. Not with the way the Wiz have been playing lately. Today's game doesn't even count. No Lebron. The Cav's are cemented into the 4 seed. With the help of some bad officiating, that series could go six games. Otherwise, 5.

Posted by: Scott Herbst on April 17, 2006 at 2:35 AM | PERMALINK

As long as the Lakers lose, I'm a happy guy.

Posted by: Robert Earle on April 17, 2006 at 3:56 AM | PERMALINK

I thought basketball season was over. Please let it be over.

Posted by: charlie don't surf on April 17, 2006 at 4:39 AM | PERMALINK

Basketball ! Bah !! Let's talk hockey.

Go Sabres !!!!!

Posted by: OhNoNotAgain on April 17, 2006 at 5:59 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry, Amy, but the basketball season is over: The University of Florida won.

Posted by: BroD on April 17, 2006 at 6:25 AM | PERMALINK

Dumb sport.

Posted by: Hedley Lamarr on April 17, 2006 at 8:15 AM | PERMALINK

OT

from Reuters this headline:

'Danube reaches peak in Balkans, dykes in danger'

Strangely discriminatory sort of flooding, indeed.

Posted by: CFShep on April 17, 2006 at 8:35 AM | PERMALINK

Thank-you Mattw.Amy when you start talking trash about a game you obviously know nothing about its hard to take anything else you say seriously.

Posted by: gandalf on April 17, 2006 at 8:59 AM | PERMALINK

We like your blogs on religion better. Especially the ones that tell us that Democrats have to become religious nuts in order to win elections.

Apparently, the new meme is that Democrats have to become basketball nuts in order to win elections. Or is that NASCAR?

I feel like a battered wife who, whenever she mentions that a man keeps hitting her, is accused of hostility to men.

We can't stand Amy's "Democrats need to be nicer to religious people" posts either. We're glad that people here take her to task on them.

But she didn't even mention religion in this one, so why gratuitously attack her for it here? Jerks much?

Posted by: April Showers and May Flowers on April 17, 2006 at 10:28 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry, Amy, but the basketball season is over: The University of Florida won.

Posted by: BroD on April 17, 2006 at 6:25 AM

Actually, the University of Maryland won the final college basketball game of the season, as the women's title was held the day after the men's. And I'm still a bit ticked off that Amy (who may have played basketball in her younger days and presumably likes the women's game, too -- does she follow the WNBA's Mystics?) hasn't acknowledged the Terps' championship.

Posted by: Vincent on April 17, 2006 at 11:15 AM | PERMALINK

What's with these humanities major types? They think that just by wrtiting about some sports as if it was the greatest human endevor, they will become the next Giamatti or at least George Will.

Posted by: nut on April 17, 2006 at 11:34 AM | PERMALINK

Is Amy a signatory to the Euston Manifesto? She should be, if she is not already.

Posted by: lib on April 17, 2006 at 11:51 AM | PERMALINK

It is never too late to jump on to the Phoenix Suns bandwagon. Suns beat Pistons in seven.

Go Suns!

Posted by: Hostile on April 17, 2006 at 12:43 PM | PERMALINK

likely the pistons will beat whoever in the east. i honestly don't know about the west. my gust tells me san antonio again, but Duncan is still playing pretty bad. plus, the mav's have come on pretty strong this year. phoenix can beat anyone at least once or twice. and what about memphis? its pretty up in the air this year in the west so far as i can tell. but detroit probably takes the title anyway.

Posted by: ooga on April 17, 2006 at 12:53 PM | PERMALINK

I think Amy does a better job than the idiots on ESPN, though how much of a compliment THAT is...

Posted by: MNPundit on April 17, 2006 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

Basketball?

I may be a Wizards fan, but do I have to pick one side or the other?

And why do the Wizards have to try so hard to win?

Can't they just play for fun, while we all cheer kinda weakly, in hopes the other team will like us better?

Amy?

Or is basketball not like politics?

Posted by: SombreroFallout on April 17, 2006 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

"As long as the Lakers lose, I'm a happy guy."--Robert Earle

Not to put too fine of a point on it, but you suck, Robert Earle.

Posted by: Gary on April 17, 2006 at 8:42 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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