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So it’s been kind of a bummer of a summer for Michael Beasley. First he gets caught doing 84 in a 65 with weed under the seat. (But that weed totally didn’t even belong to him, I swear. It was, like, his buddy’s?) And now this. In a DC pro-am game, B-Eazy gets absolutely humiliated on a devastating crossover by former New Mexico State guard Jahmar Young. The crowd heaps scorn upon him and the announcer repeats his mantra: “Beasley goes down! Beasley goes down!” His good name–as a guy who, uh, doesn’t fall down when playing basketball?–is forever tarnished. Check the tape:

Uh wait, that’s not even that bad. What’s everybody yelling about? Now this is a crossover:

Notes on a lockout

Benjamin Polk —  July 31, 2011 — 6 Comments

For the past few weeks now, I’ve been struggling to know what exactly to say about this NBA lockout. Besides the Wolves’ quixotic coaching search, its clearly the league’s most pressing current issue, replacing the things that most of us like to talk about with things that require an economics or business degree to understand. Needless to say, neither of those were really my thing back in school. Instead, I took a lot of philosophy classes and enthusiastically tried to pretend I knew what Heidegger and Foucault were talking about. And although I think this probably made me a better more thoughtful person, it didn’t exactly prepare me to intelligently discuss amortization as it relates to the NBA’s obscure finances. I don’t really even know what that means.

Still, it strikes me that, for a few reasons, this labor conflict is kind of important and bears a little discussion, even from a non-expert like me. So get ready for some thoughts!

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Oh, this lockout is making me tired. From PR Newswire:

Fed up with news of labor disputes among professional sports leagues, Jose Cuervo, the world’s largest producer of Tequila and title sponsor of the recently announced Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series, today declared to always keep beach volleyball in play. ┬áThe show of commitment to both professional beach volleyball players and sports fans alike earned the support of professional basketball player Kevin Love, who simultaneously announced he will compete in the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series.

It also appears that Love has himself landed an endorsement deal with Sr. Cuervo (evidence of which you can plainly see in the video at right.) I guess I didn’t realize that athletes endorsed alcohol anymore, although the image of Love as the bro-hawked, margarita mixing, beach guy is not far fetched at all.