College Retrospective

June 15, 2010

Lakers/Celtics, Game 5

Filed under: Uncategorized — johnyourk @ 5:29 am

I love basketball. I love playing basketball more than football or track. Each sport has its own focus and thing I like about it, but basketball is the best, for many reasons (I’ll write something on the beauty of basketball later). I played power-forward in basketball, and I loved the physics involved in it. If you don’t understand physics, play a big man’s position for a while and you’ll learn, and if you don’t you’ll get tossed around. Anyway, I’m not much of a watcher, or a fan, but I love playing. I do watch, I stay up to date, but I’m a very active person, and live my life actively. So I could never enjoy a game that much watching it.
I watched the game 5 of the Lakers/Celtics game, and it was terrible. I didn’t like it. Players couldn’t keep their cool, and were pushing and shoving way too much. I’m a very physical player, but there were so many intentional fouls (Even though they were called normal fouls, they were obvious), they were just throwing their arms and bodies everywhere. I’ve never seen such terrible defenses. People were getting thrown around like ragdolls and had tempers like that of 5 years olds. It was a terrible display of professional sports.
As far as the game being played, I watched in agony as the Lakers went down, even with Kobe scoring an amazing 19 points in the third quarter alone. And surprisingly, the deficit for the Lakers only grew from halftime to the end of the third. Kobe decided (which I agree with), to take over at the halftime, and they still lost with so many mistakes on defenses. The Celtics did a number on the Lakers. There was no supporting cast for Kobe. And they didn’t step up and take charge. And I’m a Laker fan so that makes me a little frustrated.

Stupid Commercials

Filed under: Uncategorized — johnyourk @ 5:28 am

I’m done with Television. I can’t stand a lot about it. But advertisers, I really don’t like. They have stopped advertising products. They advertise lifestyles and fantasies; most of which has nothing to do with the product. A commercial I see a lot is a totino’s pizza rolls commercial. Aimed at little kids, teenagers too I guess. But it starts out with kids having a water fight and saying their favorite things of summer. “Having fun”, wearing our “favorite colors”(This color one is a stupid line), and then “Jamming to our favorite bands”. Then is goes “And Totino’s!” They eat and run around, promoting physical activity while advertising a not so healthy product. Then it continues, with a skateboarder(I forget what exactly he likes, then a girl underwater “Friends”(saying what she likes), and then a kid says “But most of all, Totino’s!”. The commercial is basically saying some tiny pizza roll is better than everything, friends, family, fun, etc. And it’s promoting a lifestyle like “Hey, if you eat Totimo’s you’ll have friends and be cool too, and you’ll automatically have a life.” It’s stupid how advertisers get us. Commercials like this sadly work too. I saw a commercial based just of blurry lights on a dark background. Just lights, then at the end, showed a car. I would go into what the appeals to the commercial is and so forth, but that would be an essay. I was purely using that as an example. Goodbye for now.

The U.S. Open

Filed under: Uncategorized — johnyourk @ 5:27 am

I’m going to the U.S. Open tomorrow. Well, technically its not the actual thing. It’s only a practice round; for 45 dollars, too. I couldn’t get any tickets for the rounds. So I settled for less. But really, its like seeing the Lakers and Celtics warm up and pay only for that. I get to go to Pebble Beach see such a beautiful piece of nature flow with man’s engineering in such an amazing way. I get to see fancy people walk a fancy lawn hitting a rock with a stick across it. Golf’s a wonderful thing. But, the terrible thing is, no cellphones allowed! My blackberry, the thing that keeps me so organized and connected, its like an even more portable laptop to me. That’s always on hand wherever I go. I love it. And they’re not allowed.
But really, maybe this is what I need. I’ve been really busy lately and I need a vacation. I have been too connected. This little “vacation” of mine will help me unwind; stop worrying about my life for a day. I need this. I need to stop checking my phone constantly. Being away from my phone for a day will help me to relax for once. I need to see what around me instead of what’s going on wherever else. It’s a much needed vacation.

The Sad Truth of Sports, Part 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — johnyourk @ 5:27 am

Competitions are kinda depressing, I’ve realized. Because no matter what, one nation of fans is going to be let down. Fans, who have nothing to do with the team except that they support and buy team’s products; They have nothing to do with the team’s production, training, and have no say in what goes on with decisions. They are not stockholders, but they invest so much of themselves into a team, to see victory, to give them hope. But in the end, a whole nation of fans who’ve invested so much into the team, will be let down. And there’s no avoiding it. One team will win, and one team will lose, no matter what. I’m not the “Fan” type, really, I’m usually the person on the team. But I can deal with loss, because know I left everything on the field, court, or track. I know I trained as hard as I could and planned and mentally prepared, I devote myself to the sport and I still fail; that’s how life is. I love when I see myself do something that I didn’t know I had. It shows me more potential. I love it. I love playing the game, I get mad at losses, but I don’t hold on to it. I’ve noticed fans do, And more than that, they criticize so much, when they’re not in the game. People who simply watch, and take it for face value or what the see it as, when they’re not in the weightroom or the gym when it matters. That’s probably why I don’t watch games so much or invest myself in the careers of others.

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