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Monday, December 29, 2008

Eboy's End Of The Year Awards

Posted by Eboy



Written by Eboy

So another year comes to close.....news happened.....things changed.....and the world is a different place then it was just a month or so ago. So now it's time for your boy to put his favorite things on full display for you.....my people....to be educated from and brightening your minds with my good words.

Sports Team Of The Year:Miami Dolphins

"They did it.....they really did it.....damn."
I must have said that about 20 times last night after watching that wonderful dismantling of the Dolphins most hated rival. What can I say? A true team....in every sense of the word.....never took the negativity from the media, fans and the like and let it bother them....never let their sudden success get to their heads. They just played ball. Hard nosed football. Winning football. The Architect, Bill Parcells, created the mold, Coach Tony Sparano molded it, and that outcast(sorry Mr. Mangini, I am for real)quarterback, Chad Pennington, led them every week, good or bad, with a chip on his shoulder and fire in his leadership.

Back in August, I wrote these words here on our wonderful blog:

"Leave it to an old school genius to get things back on track and the futures of the franchise seem WAY more solid then it did just a season ago. With Bill Parcells running things, the Dolphins fortunes are capable of being cemented with a championship pedigree and the promise of strict discipline (something they have needed)to begin solidifying their position of relevant NFL franchise again. No, they won't be hoisting a Super Bowl trophy this season, but it's exciting to think that the ability to have a team capable of it isn't too far away. Ridding long time mainstays Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor show the commitment to change and give the other players on the roster the fuel to move at a heightened rate because no one is safe if they are underachieving. Gotta love old school initiative."

I knew the improvement was going to be there, but not like this? Not winning the division? Not hosting a playoff game? (I'll have the first ever SKO NFL gamenotes Monday morning). They made Brett Favre look like the used up talent he is, they shut out the other waste of an NFL franchise, the Patriots, from being in the playoff picture, and most of all, they validated themselves. It's been a great ride with these Dolphins....lets see just how deep they can go in the playoff ocean now.

News Story Of The Year:The Disappearance of Caylee Anthony

I'm not going to be like every other blogger with a keyboard and a DSL line and pick Obama winning the election as the story of the year. First, there are too many others to compete with, there have been many others written by people with much more insight into his campaign than I had, and three, I'm just bored by it. I'll give the dude some pound starting in January if he starts changing things. Until then, I'll wait on the parades and the inauguration lottery.

No, I'm actually taking a truly heartbreaking story as my pick of the year. This might be in my mind because it's a local story to Floridians. Yes, it's only about the plight of one single little girl, but it was heartbreaking to me, and made me realize just how lucky I am to have my son in my life. Yeah, I'm talking about the disappearance of Orlando, FL toddler Caylee Anthony, who's mother, Casey, has been the focus of every law enforcement divisions case file since the case came to light. She disappeared back in June of this year while with her mother (supposedly), wasn't reported missing until a month later (because the mother was scared to tell anyone) and then for the next 6 months, a huge hunt for the missing girl went on, to no avail, until just two weeks ago, a meter reader out in an overgrown field, found the remains of the little girl in a plastic bag. Through DNA testing it was verified that it was Caylee, and now her c*nt of a mother sits in a cell waiting on her trial for murder.

There's so many questions left unanswered, and will take months to sort through, but the life of the little girl was taken for no reason and it burns me to think there are so many other young children that go through abuse of some form in their day to day lives.....and just happen to live through their torture....instead of being so young and so defenseless that they can't fight for their chance to live.


Blogger/Commenter/Madman of the Year: BETCATS

To bring the content back to the funny, this dude is a source of constant amusement and occasionally, brilliant content. Sure he never met a Spellcheck he liked, and sure, he cheers for one of the NBA's worst teams, but that doesn't stop him from being a verbal machete and an idiotic introduction into the mind of 16 year old kids everywhere. I wrote a tribute to him on his birthday and his use of images to describe his words is his best talent. All I can say is....Ride on Black Stallion, Ride On.

Movie Of The Year: IRON MAN

Don't play, you know that's my shit. Nothing further. Put it like this....in the real world, who ya got your money on in a battle, Iron Man or Batman? Thought so.

Movie Of The Year: Runner Up: The Wrestler

I don't know if the uneducated can wrap their minds around this, but Mickey Rourke put on a tour de force performance in this movie, like very few have done before. Incredible. I remember the first time I saw the dude in a movie was in the early 80's in a movie called "Pope Of Greenwich Village" (rent it if you like good cop/mob films). Dude was good then, got crazy in the 90's and is poised for a Robert Downey-like career rebirth with this stunning performance. Catch it in a theater, see it on DVD or Blu-Ray when it's released, but just make sure you see it. Trust.

Album of the Year:Chinese Democracy-Guns N Roses

I refuse to put lousy hip hop in this title spot.....so, I'll go with something else....Chinese Democracy. This is an album that will take the average fan several listens to pick out something that is truly "theirs" but if you were a fan of the band in their heyday, then you will find a song or four that will be in your mental playlists for a long while. For me the song "Better" does it for me. It's not old school Guns for your uncle's that used to have a mullet and a beer gut and would tug themselves to Kelly Bundy, this is a modern sound....but still with that trademark Axel swagger in his lyrics and vocals. Is it the best Guns N Roses album ever.....well no, but it has been 20 years since we've heard something from them, so this previously aborted baby has been given life and is still making good noise in the sea of shit music that is all around us.

And because we revolve around basketball:

Basketball Story Of The Year:The 2008 Draft Class

Incredible talent, franchise players, draft night steals, and an all-around feel of a "special" group of players making up this years class. Years from now we'll be looking back on this group, counting the All-Star appearances, titles, and great battles. For now, watching the young guys find their way is almost as great as the '03 class....almost.....but Mr. Rose, Mr. Beasley, Mr. Oden and Mr. Mayo have a lot of work to do to be on par with Mr. James, Mr. Anthony, Mr. Bosh and Mr. Wade. I'm just glad we're lucky enough to see it.

So, to my blogmates, I wish you all the best, to our extended cyber fams, stay happy and healthy, and to everyone else, 2009 will be better.........it better be.

36 comments:

Justin Walsh said...

I love that you took time to talk about non basketball topics, except that Chinese Democracy was not true Guns N Roses. It was Axel Rose and random drummers guitarists basists, etc. No slash, no real GNR. Good album, but I feel cheated because it's not true GNR. It should be called Rose: Chinese Democracy. That should have been it.

Eboy said...

Yeah, that's true, Justin....although if Slash would make his way back somehow.....the essence of the old Guns would be back in form with Axel and him together.

AR said...

The album was good,but that's it.The mere fact that is was called a Guns N Roses album instead of an Axl Rose album show how much of an egomaniacal douche he really is.It would be nice to Slash and him re-unite because Slash is making some very average and boring music with Velvet Revolver.

Eboy said...

They're not even a band anymore are they, AR?

AR said...

They're on indefinite hiatus apparently.A GnR reunion could happen.It could get very Zeppelin very fast if it does though.

Eboy said...

Gotta love old rockers.

AR said...

On that note:Are you auditioning to be Zeppelin's new vocalist?

Eboy said...

I need hair extensions and some leather pants so I'm thinking about it, Alan.

B. Long said...

Velvet Revolver was pretty damn good in concert a few years back. And I seriously doubt Eboy needs to go out and buy leather pants. Grease Lightning probably has about three pairs.

Eboy said...

Naw, B, I was a jeans and t-shirt dude back when I was playing bars in West Palm in the Early 90's....I was like Eboy Vedder.

Moose said...

Can't believe that BETCATS beat me out for best commenter/blogger. Come on, Eboy! Redemption coming in '09.

Eboy said...

Well, if I would have had a "Most Prolific Blogger" or "Coolest Hair On A Blogger" or "Youngest Dude To Make Believe What He's Writing" or "Blogger With The Most Resemblance To a Jonas Brother" categories, you had that shit on lock, Moose, but BET has that certain.......mentalcaseness, that get's me every time.....you should know.....he's Team Hibachi now!!!

Moose said...

Aight, E. I'm coming next year, though. And what's the "youngest dude to make believe what he's writing" mean?

Eboy said...

Because I don't make it a habit to read the writings of a 13 year old, and your shit is always good, kid. It's a compliment.

Moose said...

Thanks a lot, Eboy. And because of the first part of your comment, don't spread the word. Thanks a lot for the comment, Mr. Eboy.

Eboy said...

Mr. Eboy? Man, I really am old.

Moose said...

Nah, I'm just young. I'm brainwashed to call adults by their last name. Thought you'd appreciate not having your real last name on here, so I put Mr. Eboy.

AR said...

I'm having great fun imagining Eboy's early 90's band.

Hursty said...

Chinese Democracy is 'meh' for me.
anyways, true story I went to a GnR concert last year with about 10 of my school mates and it was scheduled to start at 10pm on a wednesday night (school night too), Axel Rose rocked up at 2am. He was booed SO loud, I'd never heard anything like it. I booed accordingly. The concert finished at 4am... lucky that the concert stadium is about 500m from my school (which is in the city). We slept in front of the school that night... fuck he's a douchebag.

Eboy said...

Izzo, to stir your creative juices (and any other kind of fluids)we played all blues rock from the 70's. Mostly Bad Company, old Whitesnake, Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy. It was a good time to be 20 and in a band in South Florida. The money was good, the woman were loose and the gigs were plentiful. Then I got all goofy and went corporate, cut my hair and wasted my life away at my career. How fun. Although having short hair again was a plus for being on the court. I was the precursor to Dirk's shaggy mane on a basketball court, about 13 years prior.

B. Long said...

Weren't you just giving me shit for my hair, E? I saw Velvet live in Dallas a few years back and they were pretty solid live. I had no idea you were in a early 90's cover band! Too many jokes to start. Anyways check W.B.B.L!

Ryne Nelson said...

Great list, eboy, and even better Clipart graphic at the top. Now I know I need to find a theater that's showing the wrestler. Then again, maybe not because you liked Iron Man over Dark Knight!

Eboy said...

I didn't dislike the Dark Knight Ryne, I just have loved Iron Man since I'm a wee lad!!!

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BETCATS said...

Thats how you accept a award!! I printed the part you wrote about me out, its going strait to the mantle..oh wait we dont got a fire place. I will just tape it to a random wall where i think a fire place would have looked nice at.

BETTUTALU said...

I find it cute somebody deleted 3 of my comments. Lost wonders like the Holy Grail or the Arch of the Covenant? I think so. Maybe Indiana Jones will find them in 45 years.

Eboy said...

Wasn't me.

TADOne said...

Twasn't me either.

joeloholic said...

Word, Eboy, on Iron Man being better than the Dark Knight. Between Maggie G inexplicably being worse than Katie Holmes and Batman's scary whisper, the only really good thing about the show was Heath Ledger's masterclass of a swan song.

Iron Man, on the other hand, was a rocket propelled roller coaster ride from start to finish.

I actually watched Batman with my mom, who fell asleep an hour into the movie and only woke up when I elbowed her to tell her that one of the Chinese gangsters was a onetime Hong Kong movie star turned movie extra due to a nasty porno scandal with photographic proof that he had slept with practically half the Hong Kong movie industry's starlets.

Anyhow! Enjoyable writeup and everything! I really wanna catch the Wrestler myself, have heard so many good reviews from intelligent people that I think I just can't miss it.

TADOne said...

I don't know about anyone else, but I really wanna know more about this Hong Kong movie star now.

joeloholic said...

@TADOne:

Sorry for this being tremendously late. But if you're still somehow interested, google "Edison Chen" and "Gillian Chung", take off the safesearch thing and well, enjoy.

If you delve even deeper you'll find stuff on the ridiculously hot (but now sadly/hilariously very skanky) Cecilia Chung and the even hotter/sluttier Maggie Q (who had a bit role as the Asian hottie in MI3).

Uhh, again, enjoy?

joeloholic said...

Safe for work but smoking hot:

http://ps3.kombo.com/images/content/news/blurb_Maggie-Q-picture-19_20080815.jpg

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