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Putnam
10-17-2008, 06:30 PM
There really is no comparison:
Hibbert is better than <st1>Harrison</st1>.
And if you agree there’s no harm in me askin’
Don’t you think that he’ll also be better than Haskin?
Greg Dreiling? Tank Thompson? Or Stanko Barac?
I like Hibbert better—so cut me some slack!
And, though his prowess is still theoretical,
He’s making me feel just a little poetical.
<o></o>
Is he a star in the making—the next Patrick Ewing?
Is he ready for SportsCenter highlight reel viewing?
Is he Hakeem Olujuwan? Mike Olowokandi?
Is he an NBA stud? Or a dandy?
We really don’t know yet! It’s still the preseason,
And yet I believe there is plenty of reason
To suppose that Roy Hibbert is here to stay
A legitimate force in the NBA.
<o></o>
Let’s start with his wingspan—it’s seven foot four!
(Quoting Shakespeare)’Tis not so wide as church door,<o></o>
But ‘tis enough.’ — Don’t tell me it ain’t
To keep all the other teams out of the paint.
Let’s look at his instincts — his b-ball IQ:
Does he know how to stand? Where to run? What to do?
Can he pass like Chief Parrish? Can he hustle like Bird?
Yeah! He learned all that stuff from John Thompson the third.
He spent four years at <st1:city w:st="on"><st1>Georgetown</st1></st1:city> — his training’s complete.
So when somebody pump-fakes, he won’t leave his feet.
Blocking shots? Yeah, he’s got it — he’s mastered that trick.
That’s the reason his teammates have named him “Broomstick.”
He can go to the rack with his left or his right;
He can drain 10-foot hook shots night after night.
He can pass from up high (the <st1>Princeton</st1> technique)
To a slasher who comes from the side that is weak.
He knows — when in traffic — how to clear out some space:
Just smash a big elbow in M. Ely’s face.
And then, when Melvin starts giving you ****,
You look at him, shrug, turn your back and go sit.

R<st1:city w:st="on"><st1>oy</st1>'s</st1:city> character, too, is an asset — that’s plain.
He’s a kid with a body and also a brain.
He learned good behavior from Jesuit priests
So he’s never been charged with disturbing the peace.
He doesn’t go out in the dangerous hours
To see topless women, to drink, or carouse.
On the night of the draft, when he knew he’d been picked,
He imposed on himself a regime that was strict:
To lose weight, get stronger, and better his speed—
Three things that he knew he was going to need.
He does what he ought to without being told.
He’s a credit to all who wear blue and the gold.
<o></o>
There are some folks, I know, who still doubt what I’ve said—
People like croz24 and JayRedd—
Who criticize Hibbert: “He isn’t that good.”
“He’s a 17<sup>th</sup> pick, ‘f I could trade him, I would.”
I respect their opinion, I don’t want to annoy;
I agree our top bigs should be Rasho and <st1:city w:st="on"><st1>Troy</st1></st1:city>,
But (in case you can’t tell) I’m glad we got <st1><st1:city w:st="on">Roy</st1:city></st1>.


------

I made 55 line, at which no one should sneeze.
Additions and comments in couplets, please.

<o> </o>

Kemo
10-17-2008, 06:42 PM
LMAO ... 1 word ... "AWESOME" ...man ...

MyFavMartin
10-17-2008, 06:53 PM
post of the year candidate

owl
10-17-2008, 07:11 PM
Joy has returned to Pacerland
Heck they might have a band
Now Roy has added to the hope
Talent above and below he's no dope
Where were you on the night of the draft
When Larry started practicing his craft
Something special is on it's way
So get your seats and don't delay

kester99
10-17-2008, 07:24 PM
I can tell, my old Putnam, you're not being facetious;
nor would I call your arguments specious.
And incorporating the bard? That must have been hard.
None would dare call you a freaking retard.

I really enjoyed this commendable ode,
and agree about Roy. Gee whiz. He's a load.

Anthem
10-17-2008, 08:39 PM
Putnam is the man.
Who knew that he could do that?
We are not worthy.

kester99
10-17-2008, 08:58 PM
Nice one, Anthem. Putnam loves haiku.

The Hustler
10-17-2008, 09:14 PM
I am very impressed with this rhyme,
But i feel it's almost a crime,
To give so many props,
for Pre season drops,
Lets wait until it's real time.

So very impressive is Roys play,
That it has really made my day,
But with caution and care,
Even though it seems rare,
We must never get carried away!

On a side point i think i might add,
That i do not think it's all is bad,
We've taken steps that we need,
Towards reviving this team,
From the period that we have just had!

croz24
10-17-2008, 09:40 PM
WTF putnam??? i've done nothing but praise hibbert on this site and praise that draft pick.

kester99
10-17-2008, 11:27 PM
WTF putnam??? i've done nothing but praise
hibbert on this site and in numerous ways.

Fixed.

Now it rhymes.

Kemo
10-17-2008, 11:36 PM
Fixed.
Now it rhymes.

WTF putnam??? i've done nothing but praise
hibbert on this site and in numerous ways.


I LOL'd out loud for some reason when reading that.. :dance:

Thx.

imawhat
10-17-2008, 11:41 PM
Hibby is great, he's really a charm.
His favorite food is the chicken parm.



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duke dynamite
10-18-2008, 12:33 AM
"Oh gawd, here dukie goes again!"

Anyone who has compared Hibbert to Harrison (and no, not Marvin) needs to have their head examined.

croz24
10-18-2008, 01:13 AM
I LOL'd out loud for some reason when reading that.. :dance:

Thx.

likewise...that was clever

JayRedd
10-18-2008, 01:33 AM
A poetic economist, you sir, are mighty impressive
Able to craft a bailout or pen a sonnet this obsessive
The kid is a squeaky clean big 'un with a great Big East pedigree
But your Hoya ties give you rose-colored glasses that see very selectively

Love him for his size and his polish, both make for great viewing
But for the love of all that is holy, can we stop comparing him with Ewing?
And while I agree with Boggan, as every American always should,
Ultimately, he's a fantastic kid, but he isn't that good

Los Angeles
10-18-2008, 01:48 AM
My very first love, in Hibbert I see.
All potential and joy and desire within me
But my first love had a lesson for me
in the form of ... a burning sensation when I pee

Raskolnikov
10-18-2008, 08:02 AM
I put Putty's words to music, thought it was worthwhile.
Sloppy and unfinished, but you know that's my style.

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PTU9M5E0

Shade
10-18-2008, 10:13 AM
You're a poet and you didn't even know it!

N8R
10-18-2008, 10:25 AM
Putty you are the man. Keep on couting and do doodle ot do.....

sweabs
10-18-2008, 01:02 PM
God, this makes me proud to be a counter.

Take a good look at Putty. Here is a man that knows his numbers inside out - and really, what else could someone ask for in life? But Putty is unlike any other man. Instead, he tackles the art of poetry and aces it on his first try.

Putty took the road less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.

McKeyFan
10-19-2008, 01:00 AM
Once again I'm amazed by the brillance at PD.
Putnam's another guy who's more smarter than me.

He's also got one up on those extra clever members
like Bball, and Twes, the Redd Galens and Uncle Pecksters

For while this elite group excels in a certain infamous skill
They've been beaten this time by Putnam's time-consuming quill.

The skill? No, it's not Shakespearian rhyme.
It's their knack for Digesting on company time.

Trader Joe
10-19-2008, 02:22 AM
Putnam is a poet
Let's hope Hibbert doesn't blow it
He had a bad game tonight
But that's expected, alright
I like me some Hibby
I really do
And like Double D may his elbows fly true

duke dynamite
10-19-2008, 02:41 AM
In spirit of the thread, I finally came up with the Pacers Rap that I was given the green light to do from Mike Dunleavy last season. I know, I procrastinate...


This is a little more than just about Roy....



Back in the day, all we had to say is, "Why are the Pacers playing this way?"

Trouble on the court, trouble on the street, this team could never could keep out of the late-night police beat.

Things got down, things got tough, but the Bird came along and did some cleanin' and stuff.

Larry Legend seemed like he couldn't ever do anything right, but things turned around in just one draft night.

Trades, draft picks, almost the lottery and, things are now looking up in Pacer land.

We got T.J., Rush, Roy, and Jack. All in part to bring that Pacer Pride back.

Granger puttin' other teams in danger of going ten points down? Mike throwin' down shots way from downtown.

The front office wants us to ignite the passion, restore the pride, sooner or lata the P's gonna be hittin' their stride.

Look out for the Pacers, nice, new shiny and neat, just wait we gonna get you in that seat.

So long, goodnight for now, I gotta go wash my rally towel.

HeliumFear
10-19-2008, 02:50 AM
I like Roy
I'm filled with joy
Rock on

travmil
10-19-2008, 08:43 AM
Indy has a center named Roy
Pacer fans hope he'll bring joy
Putnam gives him poetic props
But he could be a big flop
Then all he will do is annoy

...come on...who doen't love a good limerick?

I nominate Putty's poem for POTY.

Putnam
10-19-2008, 01:05 PM
The skill? No, it's not Shakespearian rhyme.
It's their knack for Digesting on company time.

I hope no one supposed I did this during work,
I have responsibilities I'd never want to shirk.
It's just that Friday, right at noon, a message went around:
"We have to do some maintenance and shut the server down."
And so I went to get some lunch at Acapulco Joe's
Indy's greatest Tex-Mex place, as everybody knows
I ordered "Tres Amigos" (my usual entree)
I dipped a chip in salsa, and then, without delay
The praises of Roy Hibbert started flowing from my pen
I finished most of it 'fore going back to work again.

Anyway.

I notice Tim Duncan didn't play for the Spurs
Do any of you basketball connoisseurs
Know a reason why that star player played possum?
Is he injured, or is Rasho really that awesome?

The Hustler
10-19-2008, 05:45 PM
With regards to the absence of duncan,
I have heard it's not cause he's broken.
He has been aloud to take a short rest,
So when it matters he will be at his best!

kester99
10-19-2008, 05:59 PM
Pop's being gentle
on the Big Fundamental?




Great. Now I can't stop.

BPump33
10-21-2008, 09:58 AM
Reading this thread makes me wish I could rhyme,
Unfortunately all I have is company time.
I will say before I go,
At least this year we canít blame JO.

Hicks
10-21-2008, 11:09 AM
New season arrives
Many still want to complain
Lighten up for once

Doug
10-21-2008, 12:38 PM
My time MUST be scarce,
I have not replied to this.
This one does not count.

Doug
10-21-2008, 12:41 PM
Hibbert shows promise.
But we could be premature.
"Starting by Christmas!"

Doug
10-21-2008, 12:43 PM
Hardwood resonates.
Slashers tremble, hesitate.
Hibbert defends paint.

Doug
10-22-2008, 01:37 PM
Late to the party,
Like always, the same result.
I have killed the thread.

count55
10-22-2008, 03:56 PM
Though more comfortable with prose,
even this poor author knows,
The OP, a poet, like you
asked for couplet, not haiku

I offer these words in the spirit of participation,
in hopes of joining in the poetical oration.
Though bereft of beauty, and the verses muddy
with the amateurish style of William the Bloody

Appears this thread may not be dead
as thoughts jumble and bumble in my head
Can't find their way to the light
without an awful, painful fight

Can we believe what we can see,
our future starter, can we decree?
Or will his success be proven fleeting,
a cruel prelude to a regular season beating?

A towering youth, a strapping lad,
Is there really good after so much bad?
I fear Roy cannot possibly keep
someone else's promise, their fanciful leap

Pacer success we long to savor,
but could we do ourselves a favor?
Look at our players and see what's real,
do not contaminate with misplaced zeal.

Twas not in a day that Rome was built,
and Roy will not be Wilt the Stilt.
Years, it was, for our decline,
and Years, it'll be, 'fore all is fine.

But here's the thought that warms my heart,
it's every journey needs a start.
After seasons of despair and impotent rage,
I pray we've finally turned the page

So Roy and Brandon and Jarrett and Ford
with Danny and Mike have come aboard
and though a title will come none to soon,
I see the Sun finally peeking around the Moon

Playoffs or no, Pacer Pride can be reborn
the loss of which has left us torn
We'll know it's alive when we can shout,
"Now, that's what Pacer Basketball is all about!"

Burma Shave

McKeyFan
10-22-2008, 07:20 PM
Please bear with me, dear Count, you must be circumspect
For while I enjoyed your addition, you must also expect
to be illumined on one point that is obvious to me
We didn't decline slow, it was quite suddenly.

A ring was in reach for us fans, all elated.
Bird and the Nut were on Sports Illustrated
We fell from first place and from 61 zingers
To gunshots and Bentleys, to rap sheets and Fingers.

So, yes, please give us humor who desire to dream
That our newest young center will be better than Hakeem
And, unlike Rome, we won't for decades have to wait
"Ya'll goin to see it this year!" Roy will dominate.

McKeyFan
10-22-2008, 07:31 PM
I hope no one supposed I did this during work,
I have responsibilities I'd never want to shirk.
It's just that Friday, right at noon, a message went around:
"We have to do some maintenance and shut the server down."
And so I went to get some lunch at Acapulco Joe's
Indy's greatest Tex-Mex place, as everybody knows
I ordered "Tres Amigos" (my usual entree)
I dipped a chip in salsa, and then, without delay
The praises of Roy Hibbert started flowing from my pen
I finished most of it 'fore going back to work again.

A lovely story about your afternoon romp.
Would you like me to sell you some land at the swamp?

count55
10-22-2008, 08:40 PM
Though sudden it seemed
truth told, it grew while we dreamed
of trophies named for O'Brien,
those seeds sewn that led to our cryin'

Our statue's feet were made of clay,
and our 61-win team proved to be fey
Through mistep and misdeed, the die was cast
While we reveled blithely in joy that could not last.

As is often the case
though it rarely stares us in the face,
The shocking end that leaves us quaking
was really years in the making.

count55
10-22-2008, 08:45 PM
Lest someone think I am a villain
Let's be clear 'bout what I'd find thrillin'
It would fill me with boundless joy
if beyond our wildest dreams became Roy

count55
10-22-2008, 08:51 PM
At the risk of getting into mush
my hopes are high for Brandon Rush
though some have marginalized, saying "guy of glue"
God knows this team could use those, too.

kester99
10-23-2008, 05:23 PM
Maybe they just think it's no big deal,
or maybe they'll wait to see how he feels.
But the lack of news of Roy's ankle
is beginning to rankle.
This mystery has no appeal.

Doug
10-23-2008, 08:12 PM
True enough, I have coasted,
Posting haiku, while others posted,
Matching couplets some bizarre.

But alas, time demands,
Have put a limit on my hands,
What I have done so far.

Even now my thoughts digress,
To football, tonight's big mess,
A game we could have won.

Couldn't score, or defend,
But this is not the end.
It is double elimination.



// poor I know, and not Pacers related. Sorry.

count55
10-30-2008, 05:04 PM
In Detroit last night, the season did open
"Please don't get killed," we all were hopin'
A quick start delights, but down 10 at the half
Was this a slaughter, were we the calf?

But quit the battle, this team would not,
And in the 2nd half, they stood and they fought
The Pacers fans smiled & giggled with glee
as the 10-point lead was cut to three.

But the giggling proved fleeting
the third quarter closing with a beating.
The Pacers, within a 5-minute span,
fell down 16, oh man, oh man

Though the Pistons would hold on to win the day,
Our boys in blue would not go away.
And, while never closer than four did they get,
I'm still left thinking "there's hope yet."

With steely spine, our new guy Rush
stiffened our D, so recently mush
And in a disappointingly limited time,
Our new boy, Roy, spin move, sublime.

Though flawed and expensive, #3, T-Murda
Put up 13 & 15, proving more than a turda
Thunder & Lightning, our points christened by Conrad
brought improvement, (netting the good with the bad)

And with a new team, many player a stranger
Shone our young knight, sir Danny Granger.
A cold snap broken, our boy could shoot!
33 is his number, and his tally, to boot.

So bring on the Champions, adorned in Green
and our lads will meet them, with hard labor's sheen
With brutal, tough schedule, the effort can't be token,
It's OK to be bloodied, boys, but do not be broken.

Burma Shave

McKeyFan
10-31-2008, 03:27 PM
Well, done, Count. Especially the time
when you found a word with Murda to rhyme.

It's good that you mentioned the spin move sublime
But you failed to note: henceforth Roy got no time.

For, after all has been rhymed and been said,
That's really the entire point of this thread.

count55
10-31-2008, 03:48 PM
It's good that you mentioned the spin move sublime
But you failed to note: henceforth Roy got no time.

For, after all has been rhymed and been said,
That's really the entire point of this thread.

I went back and looked, but on further review,
Your charge of my failure isn't quite true.
Since anxious I am, our new Center to be annointing
I expressed how I found his limited time disappointing

And about this thread, its point, and its thrust
No longer is praising Roy an absolute must
Lest the Roy well run dry and our rhyming be idled
The OP the thread prudently re-titled.

So while Roy-less posts will surely be rare,
We can feel free to post one and have not a care
Putty opened the topic and let loose our head
to roam "The Official Pacers poetical appreciation thread"

(And to poetry purists, I'm worse than a wife beater
as I'm unable to attain any consistent meter.
"Patience," I ask..."Forebearance!" I plead
"Do not for this tiny sin make me bleed.")

count55
11-01-2008, 03:24 PM
On a spooky night, on All Hallow's Eve
Did the Pacers have a trick or a treat up their sleeve?
The discussion, the doubt, was causing much tension.
But the answer was Treat! Danny Granger's extension.

Signed, sealed and delivered on a warm October night,
We were saved from the open market, the horrible fright
'cause Danny's a Pacer through two oh and fourteen,
we all will remember this fine Halloween.

Putnam
11-01-2008, 10:00 PM
The Powers That Be had taken great care
To make the home opener a gala affair.
They gave away tickets, to fill every seat
And published a pledge that the team would compete.
The pre-game show was one of the best
John Popper showed up with his pocket-y vest.
They rallied the crowd to make 'em cheer louder
They gave away food -- (but they didn't serve chowder.)

But then came the tip-off, the Celts on the floor
Brought all kinds of talent you just can't ignore.
But the Pacers sure didn't-- their D was tremendous
Which is why the Celts FGA rate was horrendous.
Slick said, "Keep the D on 'em," and keep it they did
When Pierce tried to drive, Jack was there to forbid.
(We all could have watch this game and stayed calmer
If it hadn't been reffed by Violet Palmer.)
With five minutes left, we were rolling in clover
Cause we handled the ball without turning it over.
We were great from the line, but lousy from three
We controlled the boards to a modest degree.
Marquis Daniels got a double-dub
Big Roy Hibbert played 12 as a sub.
But the tale of the game -- I tell you the truth
Danny dived for a loose ball and knocked out a tooth.
And this is the reason we honor his name:
He spat the tooth out and he stayed in the game!
He soldiered right on, though he's just a civilian
With that kind of heart, he's worth sixty million!

JayRedd
11-01-2008, 10:04 PM
Danny is toothless
The Cs played as if they were Truthless
Jimmy left the starters in til the end
Cause Paulie Walnuts is ruthless

kester99
11-01-2008, 11:17 PM
That was well done, Putty.
and I liked J's line nutty.
This won't be the end.
The Count will weigh in
with rhymin' and stat lines aplenty.

McKeyFan
11-02-2008, 12:05 AM
(We all could have watch this game and stayed calmer
If it hadn't been reffed by Violet Palmer.)

It was all good, Putty. You've gotta have pride,
But your best line was actually that little aside.

Trader Joe
11-02-2008, 12:36 AM
The Pacers to win tonight not many would pick
But the Celtics butts they did kick
They sent them home crying
There could be no denying
The Celts fans were mostly of the bandwagon type
Who only got in after the KG hype

PacerGuy
11-02-2008, 01:22 AM
There one was a PG from Nantuckit,
To our cap all's he did was just ********,
He was told to stay away,
We didn't want him to play,
I thought Vecesy said he would soon be a Nugget?

Hicks
11-02-2008, 01:31 AM
I return home thrilled.
Negativity abounds.
Try to enjoy it.

count55
11-02-2008, 12:47 PM
Though the season be young, and prudence required
It'd take a heart made of granite to not be inspired
So let us settle in as I wax all poetical
about the C's game and success, theoretical

It was opening night and among the treats
Was a pleasing lack of fans dressed as empty seats
In a sold out house, (though too many wore green)
Herb Simon and a pledge set a promising scene

A daunting task faced the Blue and Gold,
"You can't beat the Champs," repeatedly told
I didn't think we'd win, to tell you the truth
Unless my judgment were impaired, by Gin and Vermouth

Compete and play hard, just make us be proud
Came the unspoken plea from the partisan crowd
The ball was thrown up, and the game did begin
as the Celtics awaited yet another win

But the Pacers were not complicit, and with a strong start
Reminded that horse goes first, never the cart.
In the first quarter, the franchise's new face
Posted 11, showed contract blah, not a trace

And into the defense drove tiny TJ Ford
as if the gaping maw left him little more than bored
And through the first half, he befuddled poor Rondo
With four fouls through 24, he was basically gone. "Doh!"

Take 13 and 17, combined they make thirty
But for us we get rooks who'll get their hands dirty
With deed and hard work, they've made the rotation,
They're like manna from heaven to a hungry Pacer nation


Though his touch was amiss, his shooting was errant
That Brandon can "D" became quite apparent
Aggresive and quick, though noticeably nervous
Aging and experience will improve his service

7 feet 2 inches, and beginning to show the look
The league may well fear Roy's future Sky Hook
The towering stiff, the oaf, many thought
His play is proving he's most certainly not

In our minds, we can venture about 15 years back,
And see some of Woody within Jarrett Jack
Though his contract is something we wish it was not
Murph honored his pledge to give all that he's got

A strong third, Rasho flashed, but something did wrankle
Why, oh, why did he have to roll his ankle?
His veteran presence will surely be missed
if he spends too much time on the injury list

I'm not a huge fan, but I'll tell you it's easy
To heap praise on the game that was played by Quisy
Active he was, involved all night long
All play like his fills my heart with a song

Danny's eyes said it all, despite his toothless grin
The C's understood, "You can't have this win."
So as Marquis' three caused the wild crowd to howl
The Celtics relented, they threw in the towel.

So what does this mean, what does it portend?
Should we be excited? Heavens forfend!
The goal is not reached, the journey not over
It is only one game, so please stay (somewhat) sober

But hopeful I am, a wet blanket I'll not be
As I leave you all with my final plea
Go to your friends, find all that will listen
Tell them you've seen what we've sorely been missin'

McKeyFan
11-02-2008, 06:30 PM
I'm feelin the love. This has been fun
And the sun will shine hotter when it's all said and Dun.

:sunshine:

Putnam
11-06-2008, 09:30 AM
The only way to stop Amare
Is to blast him with a gamma ray.

McKeyFan
11-06-2008, 10:57 PM
What good is being great when you act like a Weiner,
Flopping like a fish from a feather touch by Diener?

count55
11-07-2008, 08:59 AM
On Wednesday Night, Phoenix rolled into town,
with the Pacers awaiting, could they take the Suns down?
Saturday's wild success, would we be repeatin'?
With High Octane O, the building was heatin'

In the first half, with trey, mid-range, and drive,
the Pacers were hittin' over three out of five
But the game was in question, the lead insecure
Up 7 at the break, too close, that's for sure

Our fears proved well founded, short-lived was our fun
for few can match Phoenix's run and their gun
In the final two quarters, neither could we reach twenty
While the Suns continued their pace and scorin' aplenty

49 as one man played like a house a-fire
We just had no answer for Amare Stoudemire
A great game it was, but this nit I must pick
Floored by Travis Diener? Man, what a dick.

But take heart Pacer fans, the big picture is good
Competitive we are, advancing as we should
The schedule is rough, and losses may mount
So it is progress and growth on which we must count

Brandon continued to show the player he could be
Oh, lordy, oh lordy, he finally hit a three!
And though by Amare, Roy was often sent spinnin'
that happens to many, and Hibby's just beginnin'

Active again was a healthy number six
(but I could do with fewer three point bricks)
With speed blinding, piercing the lane like a sword
The Pacers have never had anyone quite like young Ford

One complaint I have, more passin' we need seein'
Percent, assist to buckets, too low it is bein'
This game saw the return of our three point chuckin'
and that's sure a trend we need to be buckin'

Finally, game 5 brings a Have Not, after four Haves
Jersey comes to town Saturday, but first, it's the Cavs
So in this young season, our boys are being tested
And lessons they must learn, either besting or bested

Before we depart, two things stick in my craw
Why is it so hard to call a foul on Diaw?
And just how does a guy get sent sprawling by Diener?
McKey Fan is right, Amare's a wiener.

D23
11-07-2008, 04:06 PM
When the ball hits your eye
As he dunks from the sky
It's Amare....

Putnam
11-08-2008, 01:55 PM
<o></o>
For 24 minutes we pushed with the ball,
We threw up lots of shots and we got ‘em to fall.

There was stand-out performance from players with mops:
Marquis and Andy were battling tops.
Varejao hustled and Varejao scored,
In the 4<sup>th</sup> Varejao got a critical board,
He didn’t look pretty, his hair was a mess,
But the way that he played couldn’t help but impress.
(But look at the box score! Quis-y also played great
He got 17 and 11 to Andy’s 18 and 8.)

At a critical moment when we needed to score
TJ tried for a layup coming through the back door
But as TJ came tearing along the left side
LeBron leaped and (Like <st1:city w:st="on"><st1>Wayne</st1></st1:city>’s World): “No Stairway! Denied!”<o></o>

Losing this one was tough ‘cause when all’s said and done,
This was a game that could have been won
A few less turnovers, a defensive stop
And it would have been us who came out on top.

count55
11-08-2008, 05:19 PM
On a dark Friday night, near cold, windy Lake Erie
Could the Pacers beat the Cavs? That was our query.
One week past Halloween, the task was daunting,
Winning the game, with King LeBron 'round haunting

Quick from the gate, and fast off the line
The Pacers finished the first leading by nine.
But respond the Cavs did, a run, thirteen - oh
Would lady success be fickle, a damn flirting ho' ?

Our boys did not fold, they fought to stay in it
Trading baskets for the quarter, until the final minute
With a five-point lead did they enter the half
Finishing with a trey, a dunk, and a laugh

Throughout the third stanza, the battle would rage
A playoff-level war both sides meant to wage
And after 12 more minutes, the Pacers were not free
The Cavs had whittled the deficit to three

It was soon to be seen, in our final sortie
No way to survive giving up 40
And against a PF, we failed to do the job
Despite the fact he looks like Sideshow Bob

It's one thing to be beaten by King LeBron James
another thing entirely to give role players big games
Watching fouls, and free throws, and many unforced errors
left this poor Pacer fan a case of night terrors.

Mistake-prone we were, sloppy, that's true
But not until late was it sure we were through
A steal! A Fast Break! Score, and they're edgy
But in swooped LeBron, like Prince blocking Reggie

But it's still November, yes, it's still so early
And though I don't like losses, I won't become surly
For with each successive game, we see signs of hope
The wins will come soon, no reason to mope.

Though for most of the game, he was in foul trouble
Roy fell but one board short of his first double double.
And while his six turnovers are too many to see
Danny put up the points, scoring thirty three

We need more assists, my last poem had me askin'
with 28 on 43, feed others was clearly the taskin'
And one more game, the third straight one now
Marquis and his play elicits a "Wow!"

So we enter tonight, one W against three L's
but with no pressing need to sound the alarm bells
We played four tough teams, but the schedule gets lighter
and a few wins this week, would make our moods brighter

Though, unlike some, my patience ain't thinning
I'd like to see us get in the habit of winning
So with two games against Nets, one Thunder, one Philly
Three wins, I'd like, I don't think that's silly

count55
11-09-2008, 11:20 AM
This Saturday Night, the Nets came to town
So I grabbed my son, and headed on down
To Conseco we went, our moods were most buoyant
My son said "We'll win!" Would he prove clairvoyant?

For the first time this season, the opponent was not fierce
Not a playoff team, no aura to pierce
New Jersey was resolute, they looked to embarass
Shorthanded though they were, absent was Harris

So in the first half, they threw up a zone
And our players played like to each other unknown
Settled we did, way out launching threes
this was no way to bring Jersey to their knees.

Treys, we took twenty, a score to try to score
But down two at the half, we needed so much more
So into the lockerroom, our brave lads wandered
Knowing a loss would be opportunity squandered

The Nets two-point lead, crafted by T-Mac's third cousin
Was erased in an instant as the P's scored the first dozen
Points in the third to grab hold of the game,
after exiting the locker, eyes full of flame

Thirty three times, Nets shooters tested their fate
But happy they were, only on eight
With numbers like these, and a strong Pacer run
The game would continue, but New Jersey was done.

It's sometimes been said, redundant on our roster
Is the presence of both Murphy and Foster
But it's hard not to smile, tempting to bubble
When each of these guys, Points & Rebounds, figures, double

TJ was sharp, he of narrowing spine
looked quite fearless, posting 13, 9, & nine
A scoring machine is our Danny Granger
as to sub-20 games, he's becoming a stranger

So we happily put just one more into our win column,
Wins are so "Precioussssss", we should seek them like Gollum
With Monday night comes the sound of rolling Thunder
Another beatable team, to lose, what a blunder!

In my last poem, I asked for wins, three out of four
After Saturday night, you just need two more.
Protect your home court as you would your mother
Then go on the road and pick up another

Return Friday night, after visiting Jersey, seedy
What the hell, boys? Why not get greedy?
The result, to be sure, would be us all grinning
To end up the week with a record that's winning!

Putnam
11-09-2008, 10:52 PM
This thread is amazing, this thread is the best.
Though I’m sure there are some who say, “Give it a rest!<o></o>
You proved you can rhyme. We know that you can!<o></o>
But I’ve got a short attention span!<o></o>
The first time we said, “Clever!” The second time, “Not!”<o></o>
But this is the 5<sup>th</sup> game you persist with such rot.<o></o>
You’re going to cause some of us readers paralysis<o></o>
If you don’t put a stop to this rhyming analysis!”<o></o>
<o></o>
But I for one, think this thread ought to stay.
I think its succeeding in a big way!
Some of these post have been very impressive
They’re not merely long – they’re very expressive!
I like McKey Fan’s occasional quips
He only need two lines to get to grips
With the point of his comment: he’s straight and direct.
None else is his equal in that respect.
<o></o>
Kester’s another contributing voice.
For Kester, the lim’rick’s the format of choice.
With time on his hands and a bottle of brew
He can rhyme from here to <st1:city w:st="on"><st1>Timbuktu</st1></st1:city>
(He’s great with assonance and alliteration, too
And he won’t back down when the topic turns blue!)
<o></o>
We’ve heard from some others who’ve added a verse
Indy is one who can ably converse
There’s Hicks and JayRedd, and also there’s Doug
Though his haikus I’d like to sweep under the rug.
I'm glad to acknowledge that D23
Can rhyme with "Amare" better than me.
And others, I say, with much apprehension
Who I fear I’ll forget and fail to mention.
<o></o>
The biggest surprise of the poetry thread,
A guy who can versify standing on head
And still offer insight just like a coach
Assessing the fine points without flaw or reproach
Of course I am speaking of (Long may he thrive!)
The poster we all know as Count55.
The Count is prolific, he is not quick to cease
He knows rhymes for <st1><st1:city w:st="on">Roy</st1:city></st1>, he knows rhymes for Marquis
He’s got lots of stanzas preserved in his store
So after each game he writes 20 or more!
<o></o>
But the thing that I’m proudest of up to this time
We aren’t posting empty or vacuous rhyme
We really are focusing on the right theme
We’re really discussing a basketball team
Yes, what make the thread so very delightful
Is that all of the posts are truly insightful
So to each rhyming poster I urge a repeat
Can we keep up the thread ‘til the season’s complete?
Can we add a few lines with each win or defeat?
Though none of us fits the artistic elite
We are all just simple men on the street
But now’s no time to drag our feet
Each loss will be bitter, each victory sweet
And the Pacers will always be there to compete
So let’s take up the challenge – accomplish this feat.
From now until wheat? seat? beat? neat?
I’m done.

kester99
11-11-2008, 12:28 AM
Thunder and <s>Frightening</s><s>Anuses Tightening </s>Oh the heck with a title

Will the Pacers survive these travails?
Yes, we can...with enough fingernails.
There's always some worrywarts wringing their hands
when the Pacers' performance tests fair-weather fans,
but we will swear we were sure they'd prevail.<s><o></o></s>

count55
11-12-2008, 02:03 PM
I'm sorry this was slow, this poem very late
To let Monday's game pass without ode, I would hate
So I'll start right now to try to spin a rhyme
And search for inspiration, at least one more time

Into Conseco came the newly-christened Thunder
Marriage with Seattle, so recently torn asunder
Odd it must be, after Puget Sound and the rain
To find themselves denizens of the City on the Plain

Early in the game, it seemed not to matter
With free throws and buckets, OKC's lead grew fatter
Up 10 after one, 15 in the second quarter
The Thunder was threatening to run for the border

A rally was needed, and with a three by Diener
The Pacers, once passive, slowly got meaner
A spark it was, and it started a run
The next few minutes, Pacers 13, Thunder none

So into the half, the lead cut to three
This performance was really worrying me
The opening of the third wasn't really that great
Two buckets pushed the Thunder lead up to eight

In trouble at home, T-Murda down with the flu
Obie decided to see what McBob could do
With effort and intensity, to the floor he came
And played a huge role in changing the game

Down three when he came in, no way was this rehearsed
Up three when he went out, the deficit reversed
And for his evening's work, the quality of his play
Danny Granger, to congratulate, went out of his way

Joyful though we were, the game was far from through
The Thunder had a man that could make a difference, too.
So after falling back by 7, OKC began to stagger
Until Durrant started delivering dagger after dagger

Deep into the fourth, both teams did battle
Who'd grab the reins? Who'd jump in the saddle?
With 97 ticks left, the result was in doubt
The Pacers lead but 3 after Watson from 19 out

With a minute fourteen, and the shot clock drainin'
From an unlikely source, a three point bomb rainin'
Not known for his J, known more for his slashin'
TJ's Home run shot had all our smiles flashin'

He scored four more points, just for good measure
If Ford keeps this up, we'll have mem'ries to treasure
After years of point guard hell, this is point guard heaven
Our new starting "1", posted 24, 10, & 7

No thrift with my praise, I'll spread it around the roster
Noting some big plays from hustle guy, Foster
Though little used so far, on minutes he's been fastin'
We needed the contribution given us by Baston

Committed to the D, and always on the attack
I don't know where we'd be without Jarrett Jack
Foul trouble early, 1st half limited to four
Granger came back to score 16 more

So six games into the season, look at how we've fared
This win on Monday night has left our record squared
So now we go to Jersey, to meet a recent foe
What will be the outcome? Not long 'fore we'll know

Superstitious I am, so I fear as I write this
that I will be dooming us to spite's icy kiss
But win we can tonight, our first on the road
Our chances remain strong with Devin Harris slowed

But win now or not, let's pause just a second
and Friends and Families alike, to eagerly beckon
This Pacer team is new, please come see them play
Their effort is cleansing. It's a brand new day.

count55
11-13-2008, 12:45 PM
Before I begin, one thing I must address
Abuses and ommissions I'm required to redress
I did forget my manners, to the reddening of my face
To post the last without comment on Putty's style and his grace.

To this board, we bring colors, each one different hues
We're lucky to have Putnam, our resident muse
So heed him I'll try, I'll honor his wish
And after each game, some rhymes I will dish

On the road in New Jersey, a portent of danger
The team took the floor, without Danny Granger!
A once very winnable game, the outcome now in doubt
What with three of five on the bench, sadly sitting out

But fortunately for us, this ain't yer older brother's Pacers
Quality guys all, no knuckleheads or spacers
So Brandon in his first start, opened with a trey
Then TJ's bucket put us up, we'd lead the rest of the way

Down 4 at the quarter, by 7 after two
There was actually very little, the Nets could really do
The Nets continued trying, and made the occasional run
But in the end they failed to stop the Pacers' fun

It's a credit to their teamwork, and to the coach's rigors
That the Pacers were able to put 6 guys in double figures
Without Danny as focus, offensive burden shared
It really was impressive, how well our young team fared

If you want to know how special, the effort, how unreal
Everyone that played, collected at least one steal
All the players contributed to the final score
As the Pacers pushed their win tally to four

Marquis played a solid game, 16 & 6 was his line
And though VC had 28, he guarded him just fine.
Though I prefer to keep this light, I must note 'fore it's over
That shooting threes by #6 should count as a turnover

From the bench to save the day came Stephen and McBobby
Though little used, they understand that this is not a hobby.
In the start, Rush put his heart into 23 on the clock
And delivered true, three pointers 2, a coupla steals and a block

For our boy Roy, it was dueces wild in 22 minutes
2 boards, 2 dimes, 2 blocks to boot, but not a foul in it
A boon to us, young Jarrett Jack, a plus on both ends
With fearless abandon, he both attacks and defends

Our frontline was thin, Troy Murphy was out
But Foster and Rasho proved more than stout
On the offensive end, they combined for 26
Both proving valuable, with their passing and their pics

The bandwagon starts to rolling, you better get on board
It's getting much more crowded with each game by TJ Ford
Flirting with triple doubles, you gotta love this guy
Clark Kellogg has said, "We ougta call him 'Just Shy'."

So tomorrow night, when Philly comes to town
Keep the effort up, don't suffer a letdown
Get back Danny Granger, and pick up one more win
Then head up to Chicago, and let the games begin.

The Hustler
11-13-2008, 08:33 PM
As i sit here tonight, my head all in a spin,
I start to think about, the Pacers 4th win.
I can't help but smile, looking at the boxscore,
Cause i've notice 6 Pacers scored 10 points of more!
Such teamwork and balance, should make us hard to defend,
A far cry from some teams who drive me round the bend.
Isolations for a superstar to take on a team,
That isn't basketball, it's simply obseen!

Putnam
11-13-2008, 10:35 PM
I've nothing much to add to the count's complete recap,
He summed the game up thoroughly - he didn't leave a gap
I'd only like to mention, one aspect unaddressed
The play I liked especially, of all the others, best
When Yi tried to score, but Foster was not compliant
He leaped and stuffed the ball back on that Chinese giant.

Putnam
11-15-2008, 03:08 PM
<o></o><o></o><o></o><o></o>
I heard a bit of wisdom, many years ago,
From a long-time B-ball coach who ought to know,
About the ups and downs of every sport
How even good teams sometimes come up short.
George Karlís team that night: humiliated;
How poorly they had played cannot be stated.
They missed their shots, they didnít pass
They barely ever cleared the glass
Defended the arc like a matador
Every aspects of their game was poor.
And, of course, this showed up in the final score
The Buck had lost by 20, maybe more!
(I think it was the Bucks, though Iím not sure)
My memory of that detail is obscure.)
Anyway, the wheels of Karlís team fell off
Pundits and fans alike began to scoff.
But Karl, afterwards, was philosophic
He said, ďThis isnít something catastrophic.Ē
Every team, just like our team tonight
Has nights when it does nothing right
When everything they try will turn out wrong:
The thing we ought to do is place a gong
Where either coach, at need, can ring it loud
And thereby give fair warning to the crowd,
By ringing the gong the coach would thus declare
That he was giving up in plain despair.
ďIíve seen enough Ė I need not think twice,
This game will not be worth the ticket price.
Letís hand out refunds now and close the door
This game, if it goes on will be a bore.Ē
You see, he said, each team, each season, has
Some games when itís not as good as
It ought to be for reasons unexplained
Regardless of how well they have been trained
Itís not the coachís fault, nor any playerís
Itís just a wretched state of their affairs
<o></o>
When gong games happen, just put them behind
Forget about it, put it out of mind
You won before, and soon youíll win again
One loss donít change that, however profane.
<o></o>
The Pacers lost to Philly Friday night
And, true, the box score really is a fright
But still there is no reason we should panic
OíBrienís not the captain of Titanic.
<o></o>

McKeyFan
11-15-2008, 08:14 PM
What's similar between O'Brien and the Titanic's boss
Is the thing that ultimately led to our loss
For while most other coaches will take a breath during a rout
O'Brien says, "Not even God can make me call a time-out!"

kester99
11-15-2008, 08:48 PM
Pregame

No icebergs in sight
(though my lights may be dim),
and our cruise just begun
with Ol' Cap'n Jim.
On metaphorical oceans
don't go out on a limb.
My only prediction?
We'll sink or we'll swim.


Postgame

No sharks in sight
but plenty of bull.
Has one of those suckers
damaged our hull?
Are we drifting along?
Is the mainsail still full?
Are our hands still steady,
or all hope anulled?

This voyage will take months,
floods wash up and down.
Hold steady, mateys,
and we'll make port, not drown.

McKeyFan
11-16-2008, 01:23 AM
Danny is great,
An excellent First Mate,
But what we really need now is a Captain to create.

Knucklehead Warrior
11-16-2008, 02:33 AM
Danny is J O
The sky is falling
Pacers lose another one


Oops sorry, this is the appreciation thread.

Forum down on team
After tonight's loss
Pacers beat Atlanta Hawks

count55
11-17-2008, 04:10 PM
Promises, I made. To keep, I have failed
With the long silence, it seemed I had bailed
But to write happy rhymes, I was not in the mood
It was better for all, I just take time to brood

I'll likely keep this short, not much good that can come
from rambling too long, and saying something dumb
What can be said about two disappointing losses?
One game we blew, the other we lacked the hosses

Friday started strong, bolting out, up 26
The rest of the game, spent laying bricks
After early accomplishment, we played against the Sixers
Awkward and uncomfortable, like those old freshman mixers

Each teams suffers losses, some of them bad
That's good perspective, but it's hard not to be sad
On the way to 5-3, it's clear that we blundered
and ended the night, merely at five hunnerd

So on a cold Friday night, our hopes, they went south
The game left us all with a bitter taste in our mouth
Was it good news that we could not linger?
The Bulls the next night, Derrick Rose, their new ringer.

But the game brought no relief, it was no salve
Only for brief moments, the lead did we have
Effort was not enough to keep our dim hopes alive
And we fell to Chicago, earning loss number five

So we ended the week, the bad Philly loss weighing heavy
And no end in sight to the absence of Dunleavy
Thought it's easy to carp, natural to wear a frown
We can't let these early losses drag us down

So on Tuesday night, the 18th of November
It's the progress, not the missteps, we should remember
So keep up the effort, keep going full bore
And let's give the Hawks loss number four

McKeyFan
11-17-2008, 04:18 PM
So on Tuesday night, the 16th of November
It's the progress, not the missteps, we should remember
So keep up the effort, keep going full bore
And let's give the Hawks loss number four

An excellent Ode once again from our Count
Grinding through the heavy blues from two previous routes

You've charged us to place all our hopes on the next
But sadly your admonition can only perplex

"A win will come soon, we'll see it one day"
But the date that you gave was this past Sunday.

count55
11-17-2008, 04:29 PM
An excellent Ode once again from our Count
Grinding through the heavy blues from two previous routes

You've charged us to place all our hopes on the next
But sadly your admonition can only perplex

"A win will come soon, we'll see it one day"
But the date that you gave was this past Sunday.

In search of a rhyme, I looked at my watch
Don't quite know how, but the math I did botch
Too focused I was on my verse's redaction
that I confused addition with subtraction

McKeyFan
11-17-2008, 06:23 PM
One more thing for the ironically named Count,
A small matter to bring to your account,
I know (at least for me) to correct a mistake is a habit,
But tis often best to keep it--like the Velveteen Rabbit.

count55
11-19-2008, 03:50 PM
Two losses in a row, fan confidence wavering
A chance at redemption, the Pacers were savoring
From the Dirty South came the resurgent Hawks
The team that had won their first six off the blocks

But the Hawks had slowed down, and when they entered the door
They had just lost three straight, could Indy make it four?
Atlanta opened the night, something they needed to prove
Could they be successful without their man, J Smoove?

From the opening tap, the Pacers took command
Giving up the effort that we all demand
And though the Hawks early exposed their Johnson (Joe)
In the end they proved an overmatched foe

From the open to the close, the Pacers never trailed
And Atlanta's fourth quarter rally ultimately failed
Weakened by Josh Smith, his absence quite a loss
Al Horford's early exit was the weight that broke their floss

The Pacers were resilient, they got back to basics
Shooting 55%, it seems they all got Lasics
They held onto the ball, and took control of the boards
And just as Obie promised, they reaped their sweet rewards

With six in double figures, the Pacers showed some balance
And several on the team demonstrated their talents
T-Murda stepped up again, and notched a double-double
When he grabs 19 boards, the other team's in trouble

One of our new guys, in fact, our starting center
Clearly wants to prove he's a keeper, not a renter
Rasho sure was scoring, he tallied twenty one
7 boards, 5 dimes, 2 Steals, 3 Blocks he added to the fun

Then there is our scorer, our gift, the boy called Danny
He provided us the punch, that knocked the Hawks on their fanny
After two off games, himself looking to redeem
34 against Atlanta restored some of his gleam

So we're 10 games into the season, all square is where we stand
There's still a road-a-hoe to clean up the Pacers' brand
But now you get the feeling this team will continue to dig
And strive to make this season the start of something big

McKeyFan
11-19-2008, 04:58 PM
An excellent recap of our win, and in rhyme
But it's funny what happens when the Ps are sublime

The posters prolific at PD go a hidin'
And even UB can't get a compliment for O'Brien.