Is ‘Walk It Out (Remix)’ A Top 5 Song Ever?

Important:  I have no less than 40 songs in my Top 5.  Recent additions are this and Romping Shop.

This is a legitimate question which I believe to already know the answer to (yes).  Until yesterday I hadn’t heard the song in years probably.  But sometimes when you put your iTunes on shuffle, you’re rewarded with one of life’s gifts.  I was doing a number of things at once when the song came on, and I couldn’t have dropped what I was doing faster.  The intro is one of the more noticeable ones out there, and I wasn’t about to let one second of this masterpiece go by without my undivided and suddenly heightened attention.

Come to me with an argument against sticking the Walk It Out Remix in the top 5, and I’d be happy to listen.  You may be correct.  Except for the fact that you’d be dead wrong.  Andre 3000’s verse is legendary.  Unk brings that heat.  And Jim Jones delivers as well as he always does.  It’s the perfect concoction of fire lyrics and amazing dance moves.  Name another song where they rhyme “baloney” with “homie”.  You cannot.  It’s a universally loved music piece and deserves its apropos recognition.  Unk brings me back 10 years and I’m eternally grateful each time.


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The Dunk Contest Stunk Once Again

Saturday night’s Dunk Contest was maybe the worst it’s ever been.  The Dunk Contest and All Star Weekend in general hasn’t lost its luster in recent years, but the Dunk Contest in particular left a ton to be desired.  What used to be must watch television is now tired and played out it seems.  Obviously there’s only so much a person can do to elevate a slam dunk into something special, but that doesn’t excuse the FACT that the entire event is basically a joke.  Last year’s was better than we’ve seen in a long time, and I’m sure most can agree with me when I say I was hoping we had turned the corner.

Again I want to remind myself and you (1-4 readers) that creativity on a Dunk has gotten more and more harder because we’ve seen just about everything.  But how many times are we gonna see someone jump over someone?  How many times are we gonna see a through the legs dunk?  Almost every dunk Saturday was the exact same.  I’m not expecting Vince Carter arm-in-the-rim quality dunks but an authentic attempt would be refreshing as opposed to a remote controlled drone dropping the ball to you.  It’s more like a pageant show than a dunk contest.

Which brings me to my next and final point.  Aaron Murray used a drone to “pass” him the ball in his first dunk.  I’m indifferent on props because albeit clever and limitless, they do little if any to affect the difficulty of any one dunk.  With that said, when he brought out the drone I initially liked it.  That was until it didn’t work on the first try.  Or the second try.  Or the third try.  That dunk has to be successful on the first attempt if you want to be taken seriously.  After he missed we had to wait for some random Joe Schmo to reload the drone so Murray could try again.  There was no anticipation for a fan because we knew exactly what was happening.  We saw maybe 2 legitimately good and creative dunks all night.  What a shame.

If your first dunk is unsuccessful, that should impact your score.  In my opinion, the second try should be able to accrue a maximum of 9 points.  The third try 8 pts max.  And so on.  SOMEONE DID NOT DUNK THE BASKETBALL AND GOT THREE 7’s AND TWO 8’s.  37/50 for failing to dunk the ball.  Here’s a novel idea, and a free one for the NBA to implement.  If the dunk doesn’t go in, you get 0 points and are disqualified.  Perfect 50’s used to be few and far between and now these guys are getting 37s for making the same amount of dunks as ME.  Maybe the judges need to be replaced.  Maybe someone needs to clarify the rules and scoring system.  Something needs to be done.


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Official BEC Review: Al’s Luncheonette

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Location:  Al’s Luncheonette, Manalapan, NJ (Yorktown Shopping Center)

 

Al’s is a somewhat new place in the area.  It actually replaced another breakfast spot (NY Deli) that was wildly unsuccessful (and underwhelming too).  I’m not sure if this place is gonna last because the menu is bizarre.  Half of the menu is a typical breakfast selection, and the other half is all Spanish dishes.  Seems weird, I don’t know.

Food was better than expected though.  Normally I like my BECs on a bagel but at a place like this I wasn’t sure what kind of bagel to expect.  So I played it safe with a roll which was fine.  The roll was actually pretty good, nice and soft but not too soft.  Eggs were fried which is always better than omelette style when we’re talking breakfast sandwich.  They were a little over for my liking but good nonetheless.  Bacon was tasty but a bit short in portion.  I found it strange to have the cheese on the bottom of the sandwich.  Not that it changes the taste, but it’s a weird way to assemble the sandwich and can sometimes soggy up the bottom half of your choice of bread.

When it’s all said and done, the sandwich was pretty good.  This place is closer to my house than any other BEC spot so I had to make the trip and give it a fair shot.  I’ll say this: it’s good enough if I can’t/don’t want to make the drive elsewhere.  If you’re a BEC connoisseur like myself, it’s worth trying because aren’t they all?  But it’s nothing memorable.

Official Score: 6.8 out of 10


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I Sat Down On The ‘Maybe Next Year’ Podcast

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LINK TO PODCAST

Typically I’m the content creator guy.  I’m the ideas guy who likes to put things into action assuming that I have creative control.  The tables turned this week, and I was invited to be a guest on a podcast.  The other side of the microphone was a refreshing change of pace, and it was super successful.  My good friend Alec Baicher invited me to be a guest on the Maybe Next Year podcast, brought to you by Hot Salad World.  Alec and I share the misery of rooting for the most pathetic teams in New York.  Whereas Alec is foolishly optimistic about the 2017 Mets, my expectations are much lower and tempered because I’ve seen this movie before.  Notice the tshirt of Mr. Met prepping a hanging of himself.  Baseball isn’t exactly in full swing yet, but we broke down the Mets on a macro level and gave some personal insight, expectations, and (naturally) frustrations.

Give it a listen and subscribe to the podcast.


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Official Food Review: JG Melon

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JG Melon is often referred to as the place with the best burger in New York City.  There are approximately 64,307 establishments in NYC to get a burger at, so that’s quite the achievement.  The thing that separates JG Melon from other burger joints is their history.  They’ve been open for decades, and their decor has gone virtually unchanged.  You walk in and you feel like the place has been there for 100 years.  They’ve gotten so popular that they expanded from their Upper East Side location and set up an additional shop in Greenwich Village.  It felt like the right thing to do to pay homage to their long history of success and make the trek up to 74th and 3rd.

The place is teeny tiny.  No joke there are 8 tables I think and a small bar to sit at.  The kitchen is no bigger than the bathroom in your home.  There’s one grill and two chefs pumping out simple, high quality food.  It’s the type of place where you walk in and you feel like you’re gonna know someone there despite it being no bigger than a shoe box.  It’s got that welcoming vibe that makes all guests feel at home.  My table was surrounded by 5 other tables, yet I didn’t mind.  This may sound weird but it was almost as if all guests were enjoying a meal together as a family.  Apologies for the poetry, but JG Melon truly emanates a sense of warmth and comfort.

Let’s get to the meat of everything (as always, pun intended)…

I ordered their classic Bacon Cheeseburger, cooked medium rare because that’s how I rock and roll.  The burger comes with red onion and pickles, and at my request I got lettuce and tomato with it (nice touch with the iceberg lettuce).  Normally I’m not a “pickle on the burger” kind of guy, but it felt right to eat what I was given all together.  I was unsure as to what order in which to assemble the toppings, but when I completed the task, it had such height that I had to hold it in place or else it would have fallen over.  That’s a good problem to have.  When it came to biting this well-assembled burger, I could not get a taste of everything in one single bite.  In fact, I had to bite the burger and bottom bun followed by a bite of toppings and top bun.  Is that understood?  The size of this burger forced my hand and my mouth to alternate between top and bottom half.

It was difficult to hold, and if you put the burger down, the masterpiece would fall apart.  As a veteran burger eater, I knew damn well that I’d have to hold onto it until completion.  That would require burger juices running down my hand, and I was prepared for that.  Each bite was better than the last, and within a few short minutes it was all gone.  The burger was not huge.  However, it was incredibly satisfying.  The smoky bacon was cooked perfectly and was served in broken pieces (which I actually enjoyed more than full pieces of bacon despite the messiness).  Every component worked well together, and each component complimented the next.  The Bacon Cheeseburger gave me happiness in many many ways.

Best burger in NYC?  That remains to be seen.  But JG Melon did not disappoint.  Do yourself a favor and make the trip to the UES and experience what New Yorkers have enjoyed for decades.  (Also hit up Corner Bistro on West 4th.)

9.0 out of 10


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The MLB Is Considering Starting Extra Innings With A Runner On Second

Yahoo Sports: Major League Baseball plans on testing a rule change in the lowest levels of the minor leagues this season that automatically would place a runner on second base at the start of extra innings, a distinct break from the game’s orthodoxy that nonetheless has wide-ranging support at the highest levels of the league, sources familiar with the plan told Yahoo Sports. …

“Let’s see what it looks like,” said Joe Torre, the longtime major league manager who’s now MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer and a strong proponent of the testing. “It’s not fun to watch when you go through your whole pitching staff and wind up bringing a utility infielder in to pitch. As much as it’s nice to talk about being at an 18-inning game, it takes time. …

While the specifics of the rule are not final, the current plan is to start with a runner on second base in the 10th and every inning thereafter. As baseball grapples with ways to increase action in a game with a record-low rate of balls in play, changing its extra-innings rules emerged as a solution with multiple potential benefits. …


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No chance this actually happens.  But for argument’s sake, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

What a stupid fucking idea!  Major League Baseball is clueless if they think this will actually be good for the sport.  Let me explain something to you, MLB.  You say that it’s not fun when a team runs out of pitchers and is forced to bring in their left fielder to pitch.  I say that’s wrong.  When a position player comes in to pitch, it’s always hilarious.  When the game is 18-2, it’s not that fun but neither is the game itself at that point.  But when managers and mixing and matching bench players and pitchers, desperate for a run, the game gets weird sometimes and that can result in a non-pitcher on the mound.  And the fans love it.

You want to make the games end faster?  How about you fix the video replay process?  How about you get rid of the manager’s challenge?  I don’t see the problem with a game going into extra innings and taking however long is needed to reach a victor and a loser.  Sticking a runner on second changes the entire game.  The game of baseball is greatly altered with this “rule” and not in a good way.  Innings 1-9 will be handled differently in preparation for possible extra innings.  Does Joe Torre not understand that?  Guy’s been around baseball for a long time.  Then again he botched the Chase Utley thing but I don’t want to get into that.

I know how to fix baseball.  Taking the World Series implications out of the fucking All Star Game.  I’ve complained about that ad nauseam for years and will continue my pursuit of changing what is literally the dumbest rule in sports.  This is a classic case of baseball trying to fix what’s not broken.  Yes, they’re going to test it out in the Minors and elsewhere, and it’s a long road before this change gets brought up to the big leagues (little baseball play on words for ya).  I have my doubts that it will come to fruition at the Major League level.  The players are outspokenly against it OBVIOUSLY.  This is as stupid as it gets and I trust the MLB will have a reality check and fast.

The Eric Hammer School Of Coaching: A Lesson For All Coaches

Quick note:  I hate the title of this blog.  I have a lot of different thoughts on this subject and that’s the summary I came up with off the cuff.

It’s old news now that Charles Oakley, Phil Jackson, and Jim Dolan have stolen headlines in the Knicks organization, but this blog spurns from a few weeks back when Derrick Rose went AWOL.  Straight up, he simply did not show up to the game, and not a soul knew why.  While that particular instance isn’t exactly the norm in pro sports, it seems as if athletes are regularly taking advantage of the fortune and opportunities they’ve been given, and sometimes too much.

I’d rather not dive into the current economics despite that being a major factor in how some players act.  What I’m more focused on is obvious lack of respect for too many players’ coaches and teammates.  And I’m also fed up with the lack of respect that coaches demand from their players.  It’s as much on them as anyone, if not more.  In my opinion which means absolutely nothing to anyone other than myself, without a mutual respect between players and coaches, the team has no chance of success.

When you think of great teams, you often attribute it to great coaching.  I’m talking coaches who have track records of winning and reputations for no nonsense.  Take Greg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs, for example.  The Spurs are contenders every single year regardless of who they’re rostering, and that’s because the players love Pop.  He brings the best out of them, implements great strategies on the court, and rarely are there ever any controversial player issues.  Bill Belichick has a zero tolerance policy up in New England.  If you’re a superstar and show up late, you’re penalized.  Belichick isn’t afraid to cut ANYBODY either regardless of pedigree, age, career.  Tony LaRussa, former Cardinals manager, is another great example.  St Louis was in title contention every season because LaRussa commands the utmost respect from his guys.

I’ve given a lot of background and feelings and not enough about what I would do as a coach.  My locker room and my team would be no nonsense.  That would be non negotiable.  Zero tolerance for bullshit.  Zero tolerance zero exception.  If you show up late, you do not play.  If you fuck up off the field, you’re benched indefinitely if not cut.  When it comes to social media, I would hire someone to monitor each and every player’s social activity.  The amount of stupidity that athletes show on social media is absolutely astounding.  I have no time for people who aren’t committed to winning, and in order to prove that commitment you must obey to my dictatorship.  I will lead us to the promise land as long as you abide by my rules.  99% of coaches perpetuate disconnected locker rooms and enable all of the bullshit that goes on under their watch.  I won’t have to ask for the respect of my players because my actions and results will command that respect.  The players who want to win will show up ready to go to WORK.  If the team plays like shit, repercussions will be issued.

If it’s basketball, my guys are all going to be LIGHTS OUT from the free throw line.  Every practice will conclude with every player making 100 free throws.  If I have to hold post-game practices at 1am to instill that success, so be it.  If it’s baseball, fundamentals will never be sacrificed.  We will perfect small ball, and mental mistakes will not be tolerated.  Base running competency will be an asset not a detriment like it is for so many players/teams.  Football players will recover every fucking fumble.  If the play is dead and there’s a ball on the ground, we will recover it just in case.  If a screen pass is dropped and the ball is on the ground, we will recover it just in case.  My players WILL NOT make mental mistakes and continue to see playing time.  I believe that commanding the respect and this caliber of play will result in top performance on the field and good behavior off the field.  My philosophy will result in winning.  The players who don’t want to play for that type of coach can go elsewhere and we will win in spite of them.  My way or the highway, and if you’re down with that, you’re down with championships motherfucker.


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