The Rules of Pacers Digest

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Rule #1

Pacers Digest is intended to be a place to discuss basketball without having to deal with the kinds of behaviors or attitudes that distract people from sticking with the discussion of the topics at hand. These unwanted distractions can come in many forms, and admittedly it can sometimes be tricky to pin down each and every kind that can rear its ugly head, but we feel that the following examples and explanations cover at least a good portion of that ground and should at least give people a pretty good idea of the kinds of things we actively discourage:

"Anyone who __________ is a liar / a fool / an idiot / a blind homer / has their head buried in the sand / a blind hater / doesn't know basketball / doesn't watch the games"

"People with intelligence will agree with me when I say that __________"

"Only stupid people think / believe / do ___________"

"I can't wait to hear something from PosterX when he/she sees that **insert a given incident or current event that will have probably upset or disappointed PosterX here**"

"He/she is just delusional"

"This thread is stupid / worthless / embarrassing"

"I'm going to take a moment to point and / laugh at PosterX / GroupOfPeopleY who thought / believed *insert though/belief here*"

"Remember when PosterX said OldCommentY that no longer looks good? "

In general, if a comment goes from purely on topic to something 'ad hominem' (personal jabs, personal shots, attacks, flames, however you want to call it, towards a person, or a group of people, or a given city/state/country of people), those are most likely going to be found intolerable.

We also dissuade passive aggressive behavior. This can be various things, but common examples include statements that are basically meant to imply someone is either stupid or otherwise incapable of holding a rational conversation. This can include (but is not limited to) laughing at someone's conclusions rather than offering an honest rebuttal, asking people what game they were watching, or another common problem is Poster X will say "that player isn't that bad" and then Poster Y will say something akin to "LOL you think that player is good". We're not going to tolerate those kinds of comments out of respect for the community at large and for the sake of trying to just have an honest conversation.

Now, does the above cover absolutely every single kind of distraction that is unwanted? Probably not, but you should by now have a good idea of the general types of things we will be discouraging. The above examples are meant to give you a good feel for / idea of what we're looking for. If something new or different than the above happens to come along and results in the same problem (that being, any other attitude or behavior that ultimately distracts from actually just discussing the topic at hand, or that is otherwise disrespectful to other posters), we can and we will take action to curb this as well, so please don't take this to mean that if you managed to technically avoid saying something exactly like one of the above examples that you are then somehow off the hook.

That all having been said, our goal is to do so in a generally kind and respectful way, and that doesn't mean the moment we see something we don't like that somebody is going to be suspended or banned, either. It just means that at the very least we will probably say something about it, quite possibly snipping out the distracting parts of the post in question while leaving alone the parts that are actually just discussing the topics, and in the event of a repeating or excessive problem, then we will start issuing infractions to try to further discourage further repeat problems, and if it just never seems to improve, then finally suspensions or bans will come into play. We would prefer it never went that far, and most of the time for most of our posters, it won't ever have to.

A slip up every once and a while is pretty normal, but, again, when it becomes repetitive or excessive, something will be done. Something occasional is probably going to be let go (within reason), but when it starts to become habitual or otherwise a pattern, odds are very good that we will step in.

There's always a small minority that like to push people's buttons and/or test their own boundaries with regards to the administrators, and in the case of someone acting like that, please be aware that this is not a court of law, but a private website run by people who are simply trying to do the right thing as they see it. If we feel that you are a special case that needs to be dealt with in an exceptional way because your behavior isn't explicitly mirroring one of our above examples of what we generally discourage, we can and we will take atypical action to prevent this from continuing if you are not cooperative with us.

Also please be aware that you will not be given a pass simply by claiming that you were 'only joking,' because quite honestly, when someone really is just joking, for one thing most people tend to pick up on the joke, including the person or group that is the target of the joke, and for another thing, in the event where an honest joke gets taken seriously and it upsets or angers someone, the person who is truly 'only joking' will quite commonly go out of his / her way to apologize and will try to mend fences. People who are dishonest about their statements being 'jokes' do not do so, and in turn that becomes a clear sign of what is really going on. It's nothing new.

In any case, quite frankly, the overall quality and health of the entire forum's community is more important than any one troublesome user will ever be, regardless of exactly how a problem is exhibiting itself, and if it comes down to us having to make a choice between you versus the greater health and happiness of the entire community, the community of this forum will win every time.

Lastly, there are also some posters, who are generally great contributors and do not otherwise cause any problems, who sometimes feel it's their place to provoke or to otherwise 'mess with' that small minority of people described in the last paragraph, and while we possibly might understand why you might feel you WANT to do something like that, the truth is we can't actually tolerate that kind of behavior from you any more than we can tolerate the behavior from them. So if we feel that you are trying to provoke those other posters into doing or saying something that will get themselves into trouble, then we will start to view you as a problem as well, because of the same reason as before: The overall health of the forum comes first, and trying to stir the pot with someone like that doesn't help, it just makes it worse. Some will simply disagree with this philosophy, but if so, then so be it because ultimately we have to do what we think is best so long as it's up to us.

If you see a problem that we haven't addressed, the best and most appropriate course for a forum member to take here is to look over to the left of the post in question. See underneath that poster's name, avatar, and other info, down where there's a little triangle with an exclamation point (!) in it? Click that. That allows you to report the post to the admins so we can definitely notice it and give it a look to see what we feel we should do about it. Beyond that, obviously it's human nature sometimes to want to speak up to the poster in question who has bothered you, but we would ask that you try to refrain from doing so because quite often what happens is two or more posters all start going back and forth about the original offending post, and suddenly the entire thread is off topic or otherwise derailed. So while the urge to police it yourself is understandable, it's best to just report it to us and let us handle it. Thank you!

All of the above is going to be subject to a case by case basis, but generally and broadly speaking, this should give everyone a pretty good idea of how things will typically / most often be handled.

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If this is done the wrong way, those comments will be deleted, and if it's a repeating problem then it may also receive an infraction as well.

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When you ignore a user, you will unfortunately still see some hints of their existence (nothing we can do about that), however, it does the following key things:

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B) The new addition to this feature: If someone QUOTES a user you are ignoring, you do not have to read who it was, or what that poster said, unless you go out of your way to click on a link to find out who it is and what they said.

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Regarding infractions, currently they carry a value of one point each, and that point will expire in 31 days. If at any point a poster is carrying three points at the same time, that poster will be suspended until the oldest of the three points expires.

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When you share or paste content or articles from another website, you must include the URL/link back to where you found it, who wrote it, and what website it's from. Said content will be removed if this doesn't happen.

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It?s Friday! And It?s Da Bulls!

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    It?s Friday! And It?s Da Bulls!
    Written by IndyHoya



    Salutations 55ers!* Hey, what difference a couple of days can make, eh?* First we’re suicidal and now we’re talking playoffs again!* Yup, our embattled warriors first derailed the 76ers (on the road, no less!) and in doing so broke a string of 9 straight road losses.* Then, not content with that, they then dispatched the Dirk Nowitzki-less Mavs in summary fashion.* In both games, we broke 100.* Suddenly, we’re moving the ball, piling up assists, and even more importantly finding the bottom of the hoop.* Paul George and Tyler Hansborough are getting into a flow and Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy’s shots are coming back.

    But tonight we’ll be tested. The big, bad Chicago Bulls come to town. Yup. Chicago.* For starters, something literary and elevated from poet Carl Sandburg.* I’ll gradually get more profane and scatological as the Newsletter wears on.


    Hog Butcher for the World,
    Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
    Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
    Stormy, husky, brawling,
    City of the Big Shoulders:

    They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I
    have seen your painted women under the gas lamps
    luring the farm boys.

    And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it
    is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to
    kill again.
    And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the
    faces of women and children I have seen the marks
    of wanton hunger.
    And having answered so I turn once more to those who
    sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer
    and say to them:
    Come and show me another city with lifted head singing
    so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
    Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on
    job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the
    little soft cities;

    Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning
    as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
    Building, breaking, rebuilding,
    Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with
    white teeth,
    Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young
    man laughs,
    Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has
    never lost a battle,
    Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse.
    and under his ribs the heart of the people,
    Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of
    Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog
    Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with
    Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.

    Yeah, big, tough, mean Chicago and all those big, tough, mean Chicagoans (and undoubtedly their equally big, tough, mean bandwagon local fans) will be at Conseco Friday night.* And their big, tough, mean basketball namesakes, the Bulls will be there too, all hell bent on giving us hicks from Naptown (zzzzzzz) our customary drubbing..* Sounds bad for us! *The ogres from the North are coming! *Head for the hills!.* Does the Pacers two-game euphoria now have to come to an end?

    Nope!* Not necessarily!* The big-shouldered, half-naked, sweaty, hog-slaughtering old Bulls do play plenty good in the friendly confines of the United Center.* However, their road act of late has left a lot to be desired. Wednesday, the lowly Charlotte Bobcats put them away.* In so succumbing, the Bulls suffered their third straight road loss to a team with a record under .500.

    At home, those wicked, crooked, brutal Bulls have allowed opponents to average only 82.4 points over a current 7-game winning streak.* But away from the railheads and stockyards, in each of their last 3 road games, our taurine friends have given up an average of 96 points. Wednesday, their vaunted defense managed to squeezed out only a season-low 7 turnovers from the lackluster Bobcats.

    The Bulls are kind of hurting in other ways too.* Their big man, Joakim Noah, can’t play Friday night..* He’s recuperating from thumb surgery.* And their golden boy, prime scorer and SAT-test imposter Derrick Rose (more on him below), has been struggling big time.* Over the last 7 games, he’s shot only 40%, gone 3 for 25 from 3-point range, and averaged 5 turnovers a night.

    Friday’s game will be the Pacers’ second encounter with the Bulls this year.* In our first matchup, they prevailed 92-73. At that time, the Bulls were healthy but we weren’t.* DG, you’ll recall, didn’t play in that game because he had a severely sprained ankle.* Without Danny around, Golden Boy Rose garnered 17 points. But it was really the Bulls’ power forward, Carlos Boozer that was our undoing.* Boozer had a fabulous night against us — 22 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. *No maybe we get the karma.

    So on Friday night, a lot of important questions get to be answered. Can DC and Brandon get their points and still keep a lid on Rose?* Can DG go for more than 20 and still clamp down on Luol Deng?* Can Tyler/JP/McBob/Jeff somehow platoon and keep Carlos Boozer under control?

    Another important story to watch is Big Roy, who has looked a lot better in the last couple of games.* In Noah’s absence, can he get something going in the pivot against oldster Kurt Thomas (at 37 the second greyest player in the NBA – Shaq’s the oldest at 40) and make taffy out of Thomas’ backup Turkish import, clumsy 7-footer, Omer A?ik?.

    Yeah, there could be a lot of human interest in this game, people.* Maybe, just maybe, the Pacers can make it 3 wins in a row and we could be witness to a breakout home court statement against our arrogant friends from Lakeville. Let’s be there in force, all yellowed up, screaming, and very, very nasty.* Chicago doesn’t have a monopoly on bad behavior. There are plenty of people in 55 that can play that game too.

    PTO Doings! The Pacers Tailgating Organization was environmentally challenged on the evening of the San Antonio game.* Downy flakes of snow were filtering down, a bone-chilling wind was blowing, and only a hardy core of regular participants watched ace log-splitter Indianapolis Markus put his shoulder to the task, manfully providing dicing up firewood to fuel the fire-pit that PTO Prez Aaron Coleman presciently brought with him (in a rare but welcome show of Presidential foresight and judgment).* Brats were dispensed with, mostly because it was too damned cold to even set a grill up to cook them.* Instead, the usual crew of oddballs basically showed up late and left early, opting to warm their tingling appendages in the toasty bosom of Conseco before they froze up altogether and completely fell off.

    But for all the cold, the Wednesday PTO meeting was still kinda interesting. Kielbeze was the first arrival for a change and he added some sartorial class to the event, showing up with a spiffy Pacer necktie – previously unseen.* His wife, Ashley, teeth chattering like telegraph keys, huddled in her home-made Pacer blankie.* And Indy Markus (possibly still drunk from the last PTO) came skipping in with pockets full of teensy bottles of airplane booze that he generously doled out to those over 21 that wanted fueling. *(I opted out, as teensy-weensy vodka bottles have never done much for my stomach when the latter is already full of frozen beer. Iron-man, Red Foster – possessed of digestion less sensitive than mine– was less particular.* Red is the 55er who has been focusing Area 55 ire of late on Conseco denizens traitorous enough to come to games wearing opposing teams’ jerseys.).

    By the way, those of you who have not seen what a visit to a PTO session can do to an otherwise normal human should probably view the following videotape of Indianapolis Markus.* Warning!* Not pretty!

    The default locale for the pre-Chicago PTO Friday will be, as usual, at the Anthem parking lot just south of the Delaware entrance to Conseco.* Stop by! It’s fun!* It’s frivolous!* It’s Fellini-esque!.* Dress warmly, expect anything, and don’t get too close to Markus.

    OK, Who Stole Pacero’s Drum? A little known fact, but true, is that immediately after El Pacero’s gold-flaked, snare drum disappeared from its Conseco storage area, our Pacers went into an abysmal slump – something that the heroics of Area 55 and all kinds of lineup tinkering by Coach Obie have only now partially overcome.* So what happened to this hallowed instrument?

    Well, the blame right now seems to rest squarely on the suits from PS&E.* See, El Pacero naively entrusted his tom-tom to PS&E for safe storage after a home game.* Now the sucker is gone!* The suits assured him that it was to be stored in a vault that was secured with a locking device whose combination was known only to Larry Bird. Yet somehow, some way, despite the promised 24-hour armed guard and the secret location of the vault, Pacero’s noble drum — the device used to cue virtually all of Area 55’s chants – has inexplicably vanished!* Larceny is suspected.* At any rate, Pacero’s repeated demands for its redelivery have been met with only mumbling and mealy-mouthed stonewalling by PS&E.* Consequently, a restive Pacero has opted to consult with yours truly.* Suffice it to that say attention-getting legal action is now being contemplated.* As soon as Pacero and I finish ironing out the terms of my contingency contract, PS&E could be looking at a multi-count mindboggling civil lawsuit sounding in negligence, breach of actual and implied contracts, promissory estoppel, monetary damages for breach of a gratuitous bailment, and intentional infliction of emotional harm.* Rest assured.* Actual damages will be demanded, as well as consequentials and punitives.

    To quote from some of the witness statements (Yes, PS&E, I’m gathering witness statements!)

    “Area 55 just hasn’t been the same since they lost Pacero’s drum!* We’re rudderless, our chants lack emphasis, it’s affected our creativity!” (Chris Goff-Statement, Page 1)

    “Let’s sue the snot out of ‘em!” (Tony Laurenzana-Statement, Page 5)

    And this, from Indianapolis Markus:

    “ I believe that we will win!* I believe that we will win!”

    Want to be part of the upcoming class-action?* If you feel you’ve been detrimentally impacted by the missing sonority in Area 55, please dial 1-800- LAWSUIT.* And do it today! Telephone operators are standing by!

    What’s a Dunk Contest without White Thunder? Hey, 55ers!* Did you see this?*

    Or this?*

    Or this?*

    So shouldn’t Josh McRoberts be in the NBA dunk contest?** Hell yes he should be in the NBA Dunk Contest!* And that’s what my friend, fellow 55er, Rob Greenway, thinks too.* He sent me this:


    “A Rose By Any Other Name Should Smell as Sweet!”As all careful readers of this Newsletter know, the NBA is a limitless font of weirdness, replete with miscellaneously intriguing factoids certain to pique the interest of even the most jaded of sports enthusiasts. I share a few of these today.* Our first topic is Derrick Rose, Chicago’s Mr. Everything.

    Mr. Everything’s self-christened nickname is “Poohdini”.* Odd huh?* What does it mean? How did this happen?

    Well, according to Derrick, it came from his Grandma.* On observing him when he was just a little cherub, and noticing fact that he liked sweets, had sort of yellowish skin, and a slightly chubby appearance, Grandma Rose didn’t think he was malnourished or jaundiced.* No!* She was instead reminded of “Winnie-the-Pooh!.” Sticking with that thought, she took to calling him “Pooh”

    All-Everything Derrick liked this nickname.* He liked it so much that he tattooed a variation of it on his left bicep.* His choice of embellishment actually depicts a wizard holding a staff in one hand and a basketball in the other. And over this winsome image he caused to be emblazoned, in ornate, cursive script, the word “Poohdini.”* Ah, the artistry!

    Just what a wizard holding a wand and a b-ball has to do with a cuddly Pooh-Bear*is beyond me.* And what’s this “Poohdini” stuff?

    Let’s take a close peek and try to figure it all out:

    Still baffled? In his expository video, a seemingly drugged Derrick (I think he popped a couple of Ambians before his photo session) methodically inventories all 9 of his tattoos. He explains his “Poohdini” one as well.* View his vid and be enlightened!

    Yup.* “Poohdini,” per Derrick’s explanation, is a creative cross of his own invention between “Pooh” (Grandma’s doting nickname for little Mr. Everything) and Harry Houdini (the famous, long-deceased escape artist and magician).

    There are other theories about “Poohdini”, however, and I now share mine with you:

    See, I have heard a tantalizingly similar expression — “Poodini” – before.* I heard it at a* PTO meeting, actually.* And the term emanated from the mouth of none other than Bedford 55er and PTO regular, Duke Dynamite.* The context for the expression involved the Duke rooting around in the pine trees at the back end of the Anthem parking lot.* When I inquired of him exactly what his expletive “Poodini”meant, he referred me to the Internet’s “Urban Dictionary,” which defined it thusly:

    “A ‘Poodini’ occurs when you are on the toilet, for what we shall refer to as a ‘number two’ and you turn and look down to inspect the specimen and find it has completely vanished into the nether reaches of the porcelain bowl – leaving no trace. Furthermore you check your wipe and you find that the paper remains clean.Almost convinced that nothing has actually happened and that* you simply imagined the poo…you exclaim ‘Poodini!’”

    Don’t believe me?* Hey, that’s the sanitized definition.

    I have a flash to Derrick: Next time, before tattooing, consult the “Urban Dictionary” and the nuances of your subject matter.* It’s not pretty.

    You can learn more than you probably want to know about “Poodinis” here, but if you’re squeamish I really don’t recommend it::

    Meet Benny the Bull – Criminal Mascot! For more than 40 years, Benny the Bull has been entertaining Chicago Bulls fans, first at*Chicago Stadium (1969–1994), and then at the*United Center (1994–present). Over the years he has become almost as popular as some of the franchise’s most notable figures, such as players*Michael Jordan and* Scottie Pippen, and head coach*Phil “Zen Master” Jackson. Indeed, Benny is one of the longest-tenured mascots in the NBA and in all of professional sports. He may also be the only one with a criminal record.

    Here’s a quick pic of Benny:*

    On July 2, 2006, Benny’s human portrayer, Barry Anderson, was arrested by an off-duty police officer while performing at the “Taste of Chicago” food festival. Dressed in his Benny the Bull costume, Anderson drove a miniature*motorcycle through the festival, although he did not have a permit to do so. When the officer, who was providing security at the event, identified himself as a policeman and called on Anderson to stop, Anderson fled. The officer pursued on foot, and when he caught up with Anderson, Anderson allegedly attempted to punch him in the face, breaking the officer’s watch and knocking off his glasses. Anderson subsequently claimed that the actions were performed in “character”, and that he did not intend to cause injury to the officer. He was nevertheless arrested and charged with battery and illegally driving within the parkway. After Anderson was arrested and charged, his costume was returned to the*United Center.*The charges were later dropped after Anderson agreed to pay the cost to fix the officer’s glasses. This wasn’t the first time Chicago’s mascot turned lawbreaker.

    In 2004, Chester Brewer who was playing the part of Benny’s predecessor, “Da Bull,” at the time, was arrested for selling marijuana from the trunk of his car near Cabrini-Green. Thankfully for the kiddies, Brewer was not dressed in his bull get-up at the time.

    Oh no!* It’s “Veal” Scalabrine! He is Brian Scalabrine. He is The Scalster, Ex-Scal-I-Bur, Scally, Big Scal, Legend, Veal, BS. The man himself is a god among basketball players and he must be worshipped. Even we, diehard Pacers fans, must give in to the greatness that is Scalabrine! We probably won’t see much of him.* He ordinarily only plays when the Bulls are up 19 or so.* I therefore sort of don’t want to see him Friday night. But yet part of me still does.

    Who is Brian Scalabrine?

    He’s a 6’9” redheaded, strange looking 9 year NBA vet.* And he plays for the Bulls.

    An unlikely New Jersey legend was born during the 2001-02 season, when Scalabrine was a rookie with the New Jersey Nets. Mike O’Koren, then a Nets assistant, was having dinner at an Italian restaurant and ordered veal scallopine. Starting the next day at practice, after O’Koren’s light-bulb moment, the first-year forward from the University of Southern California would thereafter be known as “Veal Scalabrine.”

    “The players started out calling me ‘Veal Chop,’ because when I first started I kind of played reckless — and fouled people with a chop,” Scalabrine said. “I’m not Veal Chop anymore. I’m just Veal.”

    He’s also even more popular with folks who can claim to be regular visitors to the United Center in Chicago. The Bulls picked him up after the Celtics opted not to resign him.* At the UC, it’s not uncommon to hear a SCAL-UH-BREE-KNEE chant if the Bulls are up big and the big redhead isn’t in the game.

    “It could have been a lot worse,” Scalabrine said. “They could have been booing me.”

    Why do I have all this love for Brian Scalabrine? View a compendium of this Bulls anti-hero in action and find out!

    Alas, fellow funsters. It is now late and I must be off to the land of Nod. But I’m doing a ritual gargle and saying a prayer for my Pacers before I doze off.

    I sooooooooooooooooo want to beat the Bulls!

    55ers!* Gear up and be strong Friday night!.* Remember too that Friday is a yellow-out.* So dude up. Paint up. Scream like banshees and raise hell!

    Let’s help our warriors give the big, bad Toros from Chicago something really profound to remember us by.

    Go Pacers!* Go Area 55!

    Joe Murphy – Indy Hoya


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    LMAO @ "Poohdini"

    that's great...

    what a maroon

    "They want to be famous. We want to be champions. They want to be rappers and backup dancers. We want to play football." - T.J. Ward, Denver Broncos


    • #3
      Re: It?s Friday! And It?s Da Bulls!

      What's a maroon?


      • #4
        Re: It?s Friday! And It?s Da Bulls!

        Originally posted by pwee31 View Post
        What's a maroon?

        "They want to be famous. We want to be champions. They want to be rappers and backup dancers. We want to play football." - T.J. Ward, Denver Broncos


        • #5
          Re: It?s Friday! And It?s Da Bulls!

          "A term of derision often uttered by Bugs Bunny when referring to an interaction with a dopey adversary. It is a mispronunciation of the word 'Moron.'"

          (I've long held a suspicion that "maroon" was chosen as a subtle link between "moron" and "marine," but I do not have any supporting evidence other than to point out that Bugs was made an honorary Master Sergeant by the Marine Corps.)

          Last edited by DrFife; 01-14-2011, 09:21 AM.

          "I think if he is and we pass on Leaf we'd be some dumb mother ****ers."

          - Larry Bird to Kevin Pritchard before their pick on Draft Day


          • #6
            Re: It?s Friday! And It?s Da Bulls!

            Hopefully, DRose chokes on a sausage tonight during the game or slips on some cheese sauce and has a bad game.


            • #7
              Re: It?s Friday! And It?s Da Bulls!

              Originally posted by MyFavMartin View Post

              Hopefully, DRose chokes on a sausage tonight during the game or slips on some cheese sauce and has a bad game.
              We could probably just give him some standardized test math questions on the court and confuse the hell out of him. Surely, that would take him off his game.

              Last edited by BPump33; 01-14-2011, 11:18 AM.
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              • #8
                Re: It?s Friday! And It?s Da Bulls!

                Originally posted by BPump33 View Post
                We could probably just give him some standardized test math questions on the court and confuse the hell out of him. Surely, that would take him off his game.



                • #9
                  Re: It?s Friday! And It?s Da Bulls!

                  Originally posted by BPump33 View Post
                  We could probably just give him some standardized test math questions on the court and confuse the hell out of him. Surely, that would take him off his game.

                  Among other things, Poohdini wasn't even smart about getting someone to take his SATs for him. One of the things that raised suspicions was that while attending high school in Chicago, Rose's SATs were inexplicably taken in Detroit. Also a high school class grade was mysteriously altered from a "D" to a "C". I'm sure there'll be some variation on an "S-A-Ts" chant out of Area 55 tonight.


                  • #10
                    Re: It?s Friday! And It?s Da Bulls!

                    Originally posted by IndyHoya View Post
                    Among other things, Poohdini wasn't even smart about getting someone to take his SATs for him. One of the things that raised suspicions was that while attending high school in Chicago, Rose's SATs were inexplicably taken in Detroit. Also a high school class grade was mysteriously altered from a "D" to a "C". I'm sure there'll be some variation on an "S-A-Ts" chant out of Area 55 tonight.
                    I suggested, "He's no Ein-stein." He might not get it, though.
                    Passion. Pride. Patience. Pacers


                    • #11
                      Re: It?s Friday! And It?s Da Bulls!

                      White Thunder???


                      • #12
                        Re: It?s Friday! And It?s Da Bulls!

                        Originally posted by 31andonly View Post
                        White Thunder???
                        Yeah! Why not? (Although I have to admit, it does make me sound like I'm some kind of skinheaded supremacist from "Lockup").

                        Let Josh Dunk!