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The Morning After: December 3, 2008

The Morning AfterPlaxico Burress is set to lose roughly $825000 by being suspended for the rest of the year. This figure could go up as he was slated to earn a another piece of his signing bonus in the amount of $1M on December 10. All of this because he felt the need to carry a gun to protect himself. 

My first thought was…”Why didn’t he just get a concealed weapon permit?” So I looked up what it would take to get the permit…only to find it is virtually impossible to do so in New York City…this of course is unless “you can show that your life is in danger and that having a gun will protect you, or will improve your chances of surviving.” Those are the words of Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a 2006 NY Post Article. This is the same Bloomberg who wants the book thrown at Burress.

So tell me…are Robert DiNero, Harvey Keitel, Howard Stern, Don Imus, and Donald Trump in some kind of danger…these are a few of those allowed to pack heat in NYC according to the NY Post article…So would a famous athlete qualify for a gun permit? Continue reading

Happy Hour: Overflow Game Chats

The bar appears crowded tonight and there is a lot of conversing…If I didnt know any better I would think it was Ladie’s Night here at Sparty & Friends….alas it looks like another helmet party. We will all be looking for the action in the stands like we see here after the jump (NSFW…if youre still there) as we have found that this sort of action is good for business… Continue reading

Los Angeles Lakers Season Preview 2008-2009

Here at Sparty and Friends, we have reached NBA preview time. There will be one team per work day leading up to the season opener (Celts vs. Cavs, October 28 8pm on TNT). The teams are ordered by record starting with last place and going up through the non-playoff teams, followed by the playoff teams in order of elimination (or lack there of in the Celtics’ case). You can find the full list of our previews here. We knocked off the Heat, got hate mail about the Thunder, had a guest writer for the ExpressGrizz, praised the T-Wolves marketing team, got lazy and had a Clip show, went to the circus that is the Knicks roster, took the Buck by the hornsantlers, met a cat named “Bob”, ran with the Bulls and a “(pat)phish”, we put it in the Net, kept Pace, put the King in check, Blazed the Trail, Warrior’d up, Nugg’d it, rapped withthe Raptors, cowboy’d up with the Mavs, might as well have been walkin’ on the Suns, couldn’t figure out a good pun for 76ers, were the Wiz and nobody beats us, we Rock’d it, delivered a “Trey” o’ Magic, searched for Atlantais, Jazzed it up a little, we got ourselves a Cavalier attitude, we even became a little Horny, got Pist-on by Sparty, we had a session with our Spurring partner, now we are going on the Lake Show…

The Lakers are heavy favorites to represent the West again in the NBA Finals, and rightly so. The Spurs are banged up and Tim Duncan isn’t getting any younger. The Suns are relying on a post prime Shaquille O’Neal. The duo of Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson have never posed much of a threat to the Lakers, Golden State lost their motor when they lost Baron Davis to the Clippers…We could go on down the list – but the reality is, the Lakers will have only one team to contend with when it is all over…and that team will be New Orleans. But right now – season unseen, my chips are on Kobe Bryant, Pau GAsol, and Andrew Bynum over CP3, Peja Stojakovic, an Tyson Chandler.

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