1/4/09 Nuggets vs Hornets
The whole theme for the basketball game tonight was “The 80’s”. So the first 5000 fans received what they call “80’s sunglasses”. You know, the ones you used to wear with your OP Shorts (Ocean Pacific) back in the day. If your too young google it.
Above is a shot of Hunter and I modeling them for you. Hunter is holding the T-Shirt I caught as they were tossing them out.
It’s a T-Shirt to plug Chauncey Billups for the All-Star Team.
See, I have finally found another use for my baseball snagging skills. I can adapt them for use in other sports. I love getting free crap at a game. I religiously save everything that I get from any sporting event.
There was a pretty good size line to get inside, I’m not sure if it was the 80’s sunglasses or Vanilla Ice that was bringing in lines of this size in the snow…Probably the cheap sunglasses.
Ok, to give you some reference/history.
Below is Robbie Van Winkle’s original video of “Ice, Ice, Baby”.
Don’t cheat now, you have to watch this one first. Come on,…just play along.
It’s a blast from the past 🙂
Now that you’ve seen the real one, you’ve got to see Jim Carey’s rendition of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”. Be careful you might need a diaper for this one.
Finally, here’s a much older and mature Vanilla Ice rockin the halftime show at the Nuggets/Hornets game last night.
He started out with his version of “Play that funky music white boy” which was a flop for him back in the day, then he somewhat smoothly transitioned into his claim to fame “Ice, Ice, Baby.
I could tear this guy apart. So many things about him are just wrong. But, it’s a new year and I going to look at it like the dude is just trying to support his wife and two kids.
I’m sure to hear him tell it he’s just touring now as some sort of “healing process” that wanna be famous rappers go through,..whatever. I understand, everybody gotta make a living.
Here’s some video I shot of the Nuggets practicing before the game.
This game had a few ups and downs. The Nuggets led by as much as 26 points but they got lazy and let the Hornets make up all of that distance by the 4th period.
At one point in the 4th, the Hornets surpassed the Nuggets and were ahead by 3 points.
Had the Nuggets lost this game, they would have set a record for being the most points up on a team and then losing the game. Not a record I wanted to witness.
The previous record was 23 points. Thankfully that didnt happen.
Below is my picture show from the basketball game,…Enjoy
First is Hunter’s autographed picture of the Denver Nuggets Cheerleaders. I do believe he enjoyed meeting all of them.
A shot of FSN Analyst and play-by-play guy Scott Hastings (aka Sup), and Chris Marlowe.
Hastings is an 11 year NBA veteran and was a member of the 1989 League Champion Detroit Pistons. Hastings finished his career as a Denver Nugget (1991-93). This guy is great, he signed an old skool picture that I found of him for me backstage last season after a game.
I printed two of the pictures just in case he wanted one. When I offered, he said “sure, thanks”. Here’s the picture he autographed for me last year.
Here’s a shot of Sup nailing a three-pointer. The dude still got some game.
I’m going to email him this picture and see if he remembers me from last season. I’ll enclose a link to this entry and maybe he and Big Alfred Williams (former Denver Bronco, Superbowl years and his co-host on their talk radio program “Scott and Al, its off the hook”) would be willing to check out the Rockpile Rant.
Even better, it would be cool if they could possibly give us some radio love as we head out in the Mobile Blogging Unit for Rockies spring training?
I’ll let you know if they respond back to me.
Cool Note: Scott Hastings is believed to be the only person in existance to possess two Super Bowl rings and an NBA Championship ring.
Thanks Mr. Hastings..Hope you liked the picture. Tell Al I said hey.
Here is Chauncey Billups. He has my vote for the All-Star team.
K-Mart, Melo and Chucky Atkins Nene and Melo
Kleiza holding his balls
Some dunking skills
Kleiza and Chauncey with Miss America in the Background..No really it is.
She sang our National Anthem. She did pretty good, she only F’ed up in one spot.
Here she is with her own Police Officer and George Karl
A shot of coach Karl as she’s walking away.
The game was about to start so we headed back to our “real seats” and this was our view.
The score at the beginning of the 4th.
As I mentioned earlier the Nuggets had a huge lead for most of the night, but Hornet’s Chris Paul scored 30 points and had 11 assist. David West also helped out with his 21 points. Both these dudes came up huge for the Hornets and by the last few minutes of the 4th things were getting way too interesting for a game we had in the bag.
In the end Carmello Anthony nailed the deciding shot. He did the same thing on Friday night with a three-pointer against Oklahoma City. The Nuggets zap the Hornets and win this one 105-100 bringing an end to the Hornets four-game winning streak.
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To quote the late great Mitch Hedberg,
“Alcoholism is a disease but it’s the only the disease you can get yelled at for having. Damnit Otto you’re an alcoholic. Damnit Otto you have lupus. One of these doesn’t sound right”.
Here’s a video clip of the late Mitch Hedberg’s stand up Comedy. He reminds me of my late High School friend Brian (RIP buddy) ….D
Getting back there isn’t an exact science for me yet, and tonight’s experiment was a flop.
It was painful to watch the Nuggets defense (or lack of it) last season, that’s how it felt this evening watching the Golden State Warriors.
I figured the Nuggets had this game going into it, especially at home.
It was my first time.
They bust out a ladder and some poor b’sturd has to climb up and try to fix it while the whole arena is watching, and waiting.
Did I mention the that everyone is watching?
All those eyes.
People like to stare in these situations. It’s like a car accident.
Do you think this dude has special non-slip shoes on for just such an occasion?
In times like this, cut the guy a break and bring out the cheerleaders.
Only they could take the crowd’s focus off of this dude.
With the game paused, the players and crowd start to get restless.
For a moment, the entire world is on hold.
Talk about pressure.
The suicide rate for these guys is scary, the NBA really should do something to help these people.
At least he can’t see the stares. He can only feel them.
This man is one of the NBA’s unsung heros.
Linas Kleiza was played just over 27 minutes and scored 6 points. He went 0-4 from the three-point range. However, he did make this shot.
Did I mention that the Denver Nugget Cheerleaders are insane? Just check out this picture of bodies flying everywhere . Again, you can click to expand.
Just before the half, K-Mart took an ugly spill as he was going in for a layup. C.J Watson bumped him and he fell to the floor hard, landing on his right side, I cringed.
Kenyon looked like he was done for, and I was thinking “Oh man, not again”.
Then all of a sudden he jumped up like nothing happened, and was back in the game. Let me tell you, the dude hit the floor hard. Props to you K-Mart, better ice that thing.
Nene had 11 points and was 5-6 from field-goal range.
A bad picture of Invesco Field at Mile High
I’m Don the Rockpile Ranter, and I’m just happy you stopped by…The Blogtalkradio is something I’m experimenting with for possible use at Spring Training…D
Hope you all had a great T-Day. Mine was superb.
Thank you all for the kind comments. The bloggers who habitate this sphere really are the salt of the earth. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to shoot a comment back to everyone, I did try.
Hornets vs Nuggets
15,563 people decided to be:
“L-TryptoFans” and showed up to “The Can”, despite the urge to take a nice long nap on the couch.
Chucky Atkins about to get hit in the head with a basketball during practice.
If you look hard you might see Nene in the background.
Below you see the official game of “Here we go round the Mulberry bush” played before the start of every Nuggets game. You can’t argue tradition.
JR Smith was a freggin madman last night. I had the feeling he was out there trying to prove something to George Karl.
Remember, according to Allen Iverson,
Especially when it comes to JR Smith, they have some history.
Nice job JR, this dude can ball.
Do us a favor though, set your alarm clock 30 minutes earlier, and that should take care of it.
Want to know why they call Chris Andersen “The Birdman”? Picture the basketball net as his nest.
K-Mart came out before the game started and wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
K-Mart only scored 6 points with 6 rebounds.
I think he is the new leader of the Nuggets.
Former Denver Mayor, Wellington Webb showed up to give the Nuggets some love.
First time I’ve ever seen this guy in person, he’s a big dude.
Chauncey Billups seemed a tad off this game (Too much turkey)?
He missed a crucial 3 pointer in the last quarter. He finished the game with 12 points, 5 assists and was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line. Just a little under his average.
The Nuggets are 9-3 since his arrival in Denver. It’s working, give it a little more time.
Chauncey, I bet it was nice to be back home in Colorado for Thanksgiving for a change, huh?
Carmello Anthony finished with 24 points, best game this dude has had in a while.
I used to be a huge Melo fan, but now,…not so much. I have my reasons.
I respect the man’s skills, but I do believe he has lost touch with his base.
I had several (11), opportunities to go backstage after the Nuggets games last season.
Not once in those eleven games did I see Melo walk backstage after a home game to sign autographs and embrace the fans who so patiently wait for him after each game.
It was freggin cold outside last night, those are some hardcore fans.
While I was walking past them, I saw the small family starting to get excited. They started shouting “Melo, Melo”, so I looked back and saw Melo’s car (by the way, sweet ride Melo).
He stopped at the stop sign, then peeled out. Leaving the three of them standing there sad, cold, and autograph-less. Other than me and the family, there was not another person in sight.
There was no danger. He could have taken the 30 seconds and made a families Thanksgiving day extremely memorable. Instead, he ignored them and sped away. I no longer want his autograph.
That’s all it takes, ten minutes after the game, before you split.
Stop by, make an appearance, then jet out the back door.
Everybody’s happy, and you did the right thing.
How hard is that?
How could you drive by that family and ignore them like that?
Have you no heart or feelings? Who inspired you as a kid?
Did your childhood idols ingore you, or sneak out the back to avoid you? How did that make you feel?
You need to take a step back and regroup. Realize exactly where you are, and HOW YOU GOT HERE.
Besides, you owe us for that dumbazz DUI thing you got yourself into the end of last season, remember?
I’ll give you one more chance man (because I’m cool like that), you need to show some DENVER FAN LOVE.
Give a little something besides money. You can’t deny what I said Melo, because I witnessed it first hand.
Chris Paul got his groove late in the game and led the Hornets scoring 22 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds.
James Posey sealed the Nuggets fate hitting the go-ahead 3-point-shot with only 19.1 seconds left to clinch the win over the Nuggets 105-101.
Yea Posey, your my freggin hero, your plane’s ready, you ain’t gone yet? 🙂
Next game for me?
Sunday vs the Rockets.
11/8/08 This Blog entry can also be viewed at: RPR Bleacher Report , check it out.
He single-handedly renewed my interest in Nuggets basketball. I respect Allen Iverson for a lot of reasons, the main two being his heart and his height.
Iverson is the same size as me. There have been a lot of great players under six foot tall, but every time I see Iverson on the court I’m reminded that anyone can get off to a bad start in their life
and turn it around. I’m also reminded that a players height is not near as much a factor as heart is.
At the time Iverson arrived in Denver he was “The Answer” to Denvers questions.
The Nuggets needed him, Denver needed him and believe it or not, Mello needed him.
At the time, I didn’t know it would be his last foul shot. I guess I just got lucky.
Chauncey is a Colorado native. He attended George Washington High School in Denver Colorado, and played College ball at the University of Colorado.
That same year Billups won the 2004 NBA Finals MVP award averaging 21 points and 5.2 assists per game.
Ok the history lesson is done. Originally I was a little unsettled with this trade. But, the more I think about it, the more I like the change up. My main complaint after watching the first game live was that nothing seemed different.
That’s not the case anymore. I kept thinking to myself, if Chauncey can pull his 12 points a game (or more), and JR Smith, Nene, Anthony Carter can step it up a few notches . This really could work.
Friday night was the test.
Dallas Mavericks vs the Denver Nuggets Pepsi Arena, Denver
Aluminum cans don’t really burn, and that’s a good thing because the crowd inside “The Can” last night were lit up. They were excited about seeing former Nugget,Chauncey Billups return to Denver and showed it by giving him a rousing ovation.
Good move Chauncey. Can’t go wrong with Elway in Denver.
There was also a video tribute to him with fans and Alumni welcoming him back at the end of the first quarter. That was a nice touch.
The Nuggets got off to a slow start, Billups missed his first three-point attempt, but made his first two pointer. Carmello Anthony seemed frazzled missing one jump shot after another.
(I’ve been there, I’ve got the T-Shirt. I didn’t do the minnow shot, that’s nasty)—–>
By halftime, the the Nuggets were down by one with a score of 49-48.
Chauncey was 1 of 7 with five points. The Nuggets had given up 14 offensive rebounds.
Nene provided 13 points and I can’t tell you how cool it was to see this big guy finally penetrating, doing his thing, and putting up some numbers.
Linus Kleiza “”the L train” (that’s a dumb nickname, he could do a lot better), was impressive with his 10 points off the bench. I sure wish the “train” was a little more predictable. Too bad nothing rhymes with Kleiza.
It seemed the Nuggets had no focus, there were a LOT of missed opportunities.
I was thinking to myself, it’s ok, the Nuggets are just learning how to adjust to their new teammate, and he to them. I was anxious and needed to see that pure point guard magic from Billlups that the Nuggets so desperately need.
Nuggets started to groove in the second half, Anthony came alive scoring 20 points, and hitting four free throws in the final seconds.
Here’s a Comment from Chauncey Billups after the game about Carmello, “Mello, of course, is pretty much unstoppable, We’ve got a lot of weapons. I think if we can lock in and get everyone on the same page we can be dangerous.’
I call it gelling. But he’s right.
Billups finished the game with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Carmello scores 28, Nene finishes with an impressive 19 points and JR Smith hits 15. Impressive numbers for all of them.
Final Score Nuggets 108, Mavericks 105.
Props to Jason Kidd (seen here chillin in the bath).
You got to love this dude’s play. He finished the game with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. He even made it interesting near the end.
Had he made his last free throw it would have tied the game and possibly went into overtime.
Sorry, better luck next time Kidd. Make sure you wash behind your ears !
The Pepsi Arena was sold out last night and I know what I saw. I was witnessing the beginnings of a new Denver Nuggets.
A team very much in its infancy, yet so packed full of talent, the big bang inevitable.
George Karl, you’ve got the pieces, now lets get this weapon assembled and aimed in the right direction as quickly as possible. You could use the career boost (it’s not like your second in command is a slouch) and Carmello could use the job security. Nobody remembers a loser.
Thank you Chauncey, all it took was some grits and determination from a good old fashioned point guard. Something Denver’s needed for a while now.
I realize this is a baseball blog format. But I’m bored and I need to blog about something, and this place is my home.
I had big plans to blog full time about the Nuggets this season.
It looks like that’s not going to happen. I can’t really disclose why at this time, but lets just say that it’s not a bad thing.
When I can officially say more I will. So I will do random Nugget blog entries here.
I had a chance to be at the home opener of the Denver Nuggets last night. It was against the LA Lakers and this was their forth game of the season. At this point in the season the Nuggets are 1-2.
Here is Carmello Anthony (who cut off his corn rows recently) , K-Mart, Linus Kleiza warming up. Each seat in the arena had a T-shirt on it. The shirts were gifts as this game was the Nuggets home opener. They were nice shirts too.
Next is a shot of the Cheerleaders during the first time out. Rockies should consider this addition. It would give us something to do instead of watch the pitcher scratches himself five times.
An Allen Iverson free throw attempt, he misses.
Later as AI redeems himself.
The Lakers having a little discussion.
All eyes on the basketball
Seconds after the final buzzer went off.
JR Smith seen here looking up at the final score. He played his butt off and scored 18 points, but it wasn’t enough.
Damn, that’s just what I wanted to see on my first Nuggets game of the year.
Another edition of Kobe schools Mello.
Mello can ball when he “wants” to, but Kobe makes Mello look like a chump on a regular basis.
Mello produced a disappointing 13 points. Allen Iverson was held to 13 points. Both of these dudes average 25 points a game normally.
K-Mart had 18 points and can be menacing when healthy. I like K-Mart but I need more from him. He needs to be a leader not a follower.
This is your time Kenyon, show us why we kept you around all these years. Give Denver something back.
Nene is big enough to crush dudes, but it seems like he prefers to ask them politely to move out of his way.
As I was leaving after the game I had the worst feeling of deja vu.
The Nuggets have a acquired a few new faces this season, but I didn’t see anything new on the court. It felt like a continuation of last season.
The next home games are Friday and Sunday. I’ll be there Sunday with the kids.