Thursday, March 31, 2011

UConn & Kemba Walker

Starting March 8, UConn played nine games in the Big East and N.C.A.A. tournaments. Kemba Walker logged 344 of 365 possible minutes in those games and averaged 26.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.2 steals. He made a buzzer-beater against Pittsburgh, grabbed 12 rebounds against Syracuse, had 12 assists against Bucknell and scored 36 points against San Diego State.

Ben Gordon, a former UConn guard now with the Detroit Pistons, is one of the few who compiled a similar stretch of sustained brilliance. He still remembers what it felt like. In 2004, he led the Huskies to Big East and N.C.A.A. tournament titles with an unshakeable focus. Even in class, or during down time, he was consumed with basketball, with the run. He thought of nothing else.

Yet Gordon’s 2004 team featured seven future N.B.A. players, including Emeka Okafor, who was named the tournament’s outstanding player. Because the current Huskies have seven freshmen, five of whom play regularly, Butler, Okafor and Gordon, in separate telephone interviews, described Walker’s run as beyond anything they accomplished. Okafor called it “more remarkable” for its five Big East victories in five days, the first time that has been accomplished. Gordon used “more impressive” and said the N.B.A. equivalent would be sweeping every series in the playoffs.

“What he’s doing is unprecedented,” said Dallas Mavericks forward Caron Butler, one in a long line of N.B.A. players from Connecticut. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The seeds for Walker’s run were sown last summer, when his teammate Alex Oriakhi repeatedly told Walker he was the best point guard in the country and the associate head coach George Blaney added another dimension to Walker’s game. Blaney said Walker, a Bronx native, arrived in college like most New York City guards: he ran as fast as he could, as far as he could, at a breakneck pace that disrupted fundamentals.

Last summer, Blaney overhauled the mechanics of Walker’s jump shot. Walker took 500 to 1,000 attempts each day. By summer’s end, Blaney said he could already see a difference.

“That,” Blaney added, “was the final piece.”

Having a reliable jumper made Walker more versatile, more dangerous. But while he has scored more points (931) this season than any player in UConn history, he was not named the Big East player of the year. In fact, his star rose most sharply once the run started, and even Gordon said: “I didn’t expect him to emerge as the star that he is now. I don’t think anybody saw that coming.”

As it happened, as the interview requests and marriage proposals increased with Walker’s legend, he became tired most of hearing his own voice and seeing his own face. No matter what channel he turned to, he saw himself. “That’s frustrating,” he said Tuesday.

Walker has always showcased a similar duality. He loved to perform; as a young break dancer, he took the stage at The Apollo Theater in Harlem. The dance competitions were like N.C.A.A. tournaments: win and advance, lose and go home. In them, Walker honed his ability to please crowds.

Outside Gampel Pavilion on Tuesday afternoon, Connecticut students honked horns and screamed out car windows at the mere sight of Walker, college basketball’s most electrifying player since early March. Walker ducked inside for a scheduled news media session, only to find about two dozen reporters waiting.

Walker simply shook his head. He had no answers for the past nine games, all elimination contests, all UConn victories. Taken together, those games comprise the single best stretch not only of Walker’s career, but also perhaps in the history of UConn men’s basketball. The next installment will take place Saturday in Houston, against Kentucky in the Final Four.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

G. Love - "Milk and Cereal" (1999)

Milk & Cereal from Matty Feids on Vimeo.

I'm so proud this came from VT. I think it's from 2003.

"Milk and Cereal"
G. Love
Rappin' Blues EP

Friday, March 25, 2011

Best Of: Animated Television

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987-1996)
An animated television series produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson. It premiered December 28, 1987, as a five-part mini-series animated by Toei. The series featured the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created in comic book form by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The property was changed considerably, from the darker-toned comic, to make it more suitable for the family. Playmates Toys was uneasy with the comic book characters' small cult following, so they requested that a television deal be acquired first, and after the initial five-episode series debuted, the California toy company released their first series of Ninja Turtles action figures in the summer of 1988. The two media would correspond in marketing style and popularity for many years to come.

Garfield And Friends (1988-1994)
An animated television series based on the comic strip Garfield by Jim Davis. The show was produced by Film Roman, in association with United Feature Syndicate and Paws, Inc., and ran on CBS Saturday mornings and on Nickelodeon (in reruns) from 1997 to 2000. The show's seven seasons make it one of the longest running Saturday morning cartoons in history, with most only lasting one or two seasons.

The Pirates Of Dark Water (1991-1992)
A fantasy animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera and Turner Entertainment in the early 1990s. The series followed a group of adventurers on a quest to collect the Thirteen Treasures of Rule, which possessed the combined power to stop an evil substance known as "Dark Water" from consuming the alien world of Mer.

Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995)
The series is noted for being the first to take place in the DC Animated Universe. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The visual style of the series is based on the artwork of producer Bruce Timm. The distinctive visual combination of film noir imagery and Art Deco designs with a very dark color scheme was called "Dark Deco" by the producers. Many of the series' backgrounds were painted on black paper. The original series was partially inspired by the Frank Miller comic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, the Tim Burton films Batman and Batman Returns and the acclaimed Superman cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios in the 1940s. Batman: The Animated Series has been highly praised for its sophistication, mature writing, artistic ambition, and faithfulness to its source material. It won an Emmy in 1993 for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less), two Daytime Emmys in 1996 for Music Direction & Composition and Sound Editing. The episode "Robin's Reckoning" won an Emmy for Most Outstanding Half Hour or Less Program.

X-Men: The Animated Series (1992-1997)
X-Men was one of the longest-lasting series on Fox Kids, second only to Batman: The Animated Series. The show is also one of the highest rated and most viewed Saturday morning programs in American history. During its peak years (1995 and 1996), the show was often shown weekday afternoons, in addition to Saturday mornings. X-Men also stands as the longest-running Marvel Comics-based show, running for five seasons and 76 episodes. The second longest, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, lasted for five seasons and 65 episodes. Although produced by different animation studios, both series were set in the same animated universe, and the X-Men even made guest appearances on Spider-Man's show. The popularity and success of X-Men (along with Batman) helped launch a number of popular comic-based animated series in the 1990s.

Sonic The Hedgehog (1993-1994)
The animated television series originally aired in September 1993. It follows the escapades of Sonic and Tails as they stop the evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik and his array of vicious robots from taking over the planet Mobius. While Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is known for its bright colors and whimsical humor, Sonic the Hedgehog featured darker stories which constituted a departure from the tone of the Sonic games of the time. It was a Saturday morning cartoon while Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog aired on weekdays in syndication.

Animaniacs (1993-1998)
The cartoon was the second animated series produced by the collaboration of Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. Animation during the animation renaissance of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The comedy of Animaniacs was a broad mix of old-fashioned wit, slapstick, pop culture references, and cartoon violence and wackiness. The show featured a number of comedic educational segments that covered subjects such as history, mathematics, geography, astronomy, science, and social studies, often in musical form. Animaniacs itself was a variety show, with short skits featuring a large cast of characters.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994-1998)
The producer/story editor was John Semper, Jr. and production company was Marvel Productions. The series tells the story of a 19-year-old Peter Parker in his first year at Empire State University, and his alter-ego Spider-Man. As the story begins, Peter has already gained his powers, is single and a part-time photographer for the Daily Bugle. The series is the second longest-running Marvel show created, after X-Men, as well as the longest-running series based on Spider-Man. Writer/Producer John Semper Jr. won an Annie Award in 1995 for Writing in the Field of Animation for the episode "Day of the Chameleon".

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mac Miller - "Donald Trump" (2011)

Mac Miller is a 19-year-old rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before his solo career, he was part of a rap group, Ill Spoken. Upon turning 18, he signed with Rostrum Records and released his mixtape debut K.I.D.S. in August 2010. The mixtape, which features his songs, “Knock Knock” and “Nikes On My Feet”, quickly grew in popularity with his fans on iTunes and on YouTube, where his videos have received over 30 million views.

Miller released Best Day Ever on March 11, 2011. Miller's first leak off of his mixtape was "Donald Trump", and the music video was released on March 3, 2011, gaining 1,000,000 views within a week.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Kanye West - "All Of The Lights" (2010)

"All of the Lights" is the fourth single from Kanye West's fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The single reached #28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

The music was written by Kanye, producer Jeff Bhasker, rapper Malik Yusef, and rapper Really Doe. It was produced by Kanye and Jeff Bhasker. For the song's recording, Kanye enlisted 11 guest vocalists, namely Alicia Keys, John Legend, The-Dream, Drake, Fergie, Kid Cudi, Elton John, Ryan Leslie, Charlie Wilson, Tony Williams, Elly Jackson, Alvin Fields, Ken Lewis, and Rihanna, who is solely credited as a featured artist on the single.

In an interview for MTV, Elly Jackson explained the layering of the vocals: "He got me to layer up all these vocals with other people, and he just basically wanted to use his favorite vocalists from around the world to create this really unique vocal texture on his record, but it's not the kind of thing where you can pick it out."

The music video for "All of the Lights" was filmed in January 2011 and directed by Hype Williams. It features strobe-lit images of Rihanna and West, Kid Cudi in a red leather suit, and visual references to Gaspar NoƩ's 2009 film Enter the Void.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Selection Committee Hates Virginia Tech

Seth Greenberg in 2008: "Anyone who watched that game who knows anything about basketball, if you don't think this team is one of the top 65 teams in the country, then you're certifiably insane." A heartbreaking 68-66 loss to North Carolina in the ACC tournament semifinals left the Hokies at 19-13 overall and fourth in the ACC with a 9-7 league mark.

Seth Greenberg in 2009: "Don't just stick a fork in us just yet. Just when you think that we're dead, we might just fool you." After an incredible win over #1 Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, the Hokies lost six of their last seven games of the regular season.  Another heartbreaking loss, this time 79-76, to #1 North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament left them with a 7-9 conference record.

Seth Greenberg in 2010: "I would hope the team that tied for third place in the ACC would be in a pretty good position. Do [the selection committee members] know we won eight games against teams in the top 100? They have to take us, don't they?" Virginia Tech won a school-record 25 games and became the first ACC team with 10 regular season conference wins to be left out of the field since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

Seth Greenberg in 2011: "For a team that's been so close so many times to finally have the basketball gods smile on them, it's pretty cool." Virginia Tech became the sixth team since the tournament field expanded to 64 to go at least 9-7 in conference and defeat a #1 seed, but not make the NCAA tournament. Every significant bracket projection had Virginia Tech among the final four teams in the NCAA tournament.

More information:
» Seth Greenberg's Reaction

Saturday, March 12, 2011

VT Basketball vs. ACC

ACC Tournament:

L, 63-77 vs Duke
Malcolm Delaney, who's second to Nolan Smith in the ACC scoring race, finished with 19 points on 4-of-14 shooting for the sixth-seeded Hokies (21-11). Erick Green added 17 points. They were just 2 of 12 from 3-point range and couldn't get closer than 10 in the final 14 minutes. Nolan Smith scored 27 points to send Duke to its 30th ACC title game appearance, tied with North Carolina for most all-time.

W, 52-51 vs Florida State
The Hokies rallied from 11 down to set up a replay-reviewed finish that fans of either team won't soon forget. Erick Green had made just 1 of 12 shots before he hit the go-ahead jumper with 4.7 seconds left. The third-seeded Seminoles (21-10) called timeout and inbounded to senior guard Derwin Kitchen, who drove into the right corner and launched a desperation shot at the buzzer that was waved off. Delaney scored 16 points and Manny Atkins had 14 for Virginia Tech, which shot just 32% -- including a miserable 18% in the first half -- before finding a way to pull this one out.

Florida State committed 20 turnovers that led to 19 points for the Hokies to help them overcome their shooting woes. The Hokies advanced to the semifinals of the ACC tournament for the first time since 2008. "We did everything we could do to win," Delaney said. "Whichever way it went, it was a tenth of a second."

W, 59-43 vs Georgia Tech
Malcolm Delaney had 15 points and Jeff Allen added 14 points and 11 rebounds. The sixth-seeded Hokies (20-10) got out to an early 19-point lead and made it stand, shooting nearly 47% from the floor. Georgia Tech sophomore guard Glen Rice Jr. scored 14 points to lead 11th-seeded Georgia Tech (13-18).

Regular Season:

L, 60-69 at Clemson
Malcolm Delaney, the ACC's second leading scorer, finished with 19 points, but on 5 of 14 shooting. Delaney fouled out in the game's final minute. Clemson senior Jerai Grant scored 17 points and they clinched a first-round bye in the ACC tournament.

L, 61-76 vs Boston College
The team was out of sync from the start and trailed by at least five for all but 5 minutes. Erick Green led with 21 points. Delaney, one of three seniors honored before possibly his final home game, added 17 and fellow senior Allen had 14. Boston College junior guard Reggie Jackson scored 20 points and Corey Raji added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles. Delaney moved past Dale Solomon into third on the Hokies' career list with 2,137 points.

W, 64-60 vs Duke
Tech ended a four-game losing streak in the series. They went on a late 15-4 run over a span of 4½ minutes to take the lead, thanks to Terrell Bell's five straight points. He ended with 12. Allen led the Hokies with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Green also scored 12 and Delaney had 11. The Blue Devils shot under 40% and were 4 for 20 from 3-point range.

W, 76-62 at Wake Forest
Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen and Jarell Eddie scored 17 points apiece. Delaney triggered the initial surge with 12 first-half points. Allen hit 7 of 10 from the field and had eight rebounds despite playing with a stomach virus. And Eddie, a 6-7 freshman, came off the bench to go 6 for 6 from the field with three 3-pointers, and a team-high nine rebounds. The Hokies, who shot 60% from the field and were 8 of 12 from 3-point range, also got 12 points from Erick Green. Travis McKie led Wake Forest, which has lost seven straight, with 22 points and nine rebounds.

L, 54-61 at Virginia
Malcolm Delaney had 22 points and Green added 12. UVA tied the all-time ACC series with Tech at seven games apiece after senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan scored 16 points and made key shots down the stretch.

W, 91-83 vs Maryland
Despite hitting just 3 of 14 shots from the floor, Delaney canned all 14 of his free-throw attempts and finished with 22 points. Green finished with 20 points for the Hokies, while Jeff Allen had 16 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double. The Hokies made 9 of 10 from the free-throw line in the final five minutes.

W, 102-77 vs Georgia Tech
They shot 55.2% from the floor and established a school record for points in an ACC game. Malcolm Delaney scored 22 of his season-high 33 points in the first half. Jeff Allen had his fifth straight double-double — the 12th of the season — with 25 points and 14 boards. All five starters for Virginia Tech scored in double figures, including 15 points from Erick Green and 13 points from Terrell Bell.

L, 56-58 at Boston College
Jeff Allen had his fourth straight double-double and 39th of his career with 25 points and 19 rebounds. Delaney had 19 points, eight coming in the final five minutes. Boston College junior Reggie Jackson scored all 10 of his points in the closing 11 minutes.

W, 77-69 at N.C. State
Malcolm Delaney scored 22 points and reached 2,000 career points. Jeff Allen had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Victor Davila added 13 boards to help take a 46-35 edge on the glass. Freshman C.J. Leslie scored 18 for N.C. State, which has lost six of seven games.

W, 72-68 vs Miami
Jeff Allen had 18 points and 11 rebounds, including three straight baskets in the second half. Green added 15 points and Delaney had 14 for the Hokies, who had to hold on at the finish to win for the 10th time in 12 games. Miami sophomore guard Durand Scott scored 21 points for the Hurricanes.

L, 57-72 at Georgia Tech
Jeff Allen had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Victor Davila had 13 points. Green had 9 points, going only 3 for 15, and Delaney had 8 points, going 3 for 11, with 8 turnovers. Iman Shumpert had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, and Georgia Tech sophomore Brian Oliver scored 28 points.

W, 74-57 at Maryland
Erick Green went 12 for 16, scored a career-high 24 points, team-high 4 steals. Malcolm Delaney scored 19 points, team-high 7 assists. Maryland sophomore Jordan Williams had 11 points, 11 rebounds to tie Len Elmore's school record of 12 straight double-doubles, but Maryland was handed their worst loss at home since 1999.

W, 94-65 vs Wake Forest
Sophomore Manny Atkins went 5 for 7 and scored a career-high 16 points. Victor Davila added 14 points, freshman Jarell Eddie had 12 points, and three more hit double figures. The victory was the seventh in eight games for Virginia Tech. Gary Clark scored 16 points to lead Wake Forest, which lost for the seventh time in its last eight games.

L, 61-64 at North Carolina
Malcolm Delaney finished with 28 points, 5 assists, 4 steals and hit seven 3-pointers. UNC rallied from a 16-point deficit in the first half. UNC freshman Harrison Barnes scored eight points in the final three minutes.

W, 71-59 vs Florida State
Jeff Allen had season-high 24 points, 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. His best game since a 25-point performance in the double-overtime loss to Maryland last February.

L, 54-57 vs Virginia
Malcolm Delaney had 26 points, hitting 10 of 15 shots and 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Jeff Allen added 12 points, 9 rebounds, but had a big intentional foul on Mike Scott down the stretch.

More information:
» 2010-2011 Schedule

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Darwin Deez - "Up In The Clouds" (2010)

Darwin Deez is an American indie pop band from New York City signed to music label Lucky Number. The group's frontman Darwin Smith attended Wesleyan University and was formerly a guitarist for the Creaky Boards.

The band began to receive public attention in the UK during late 2009, which followed the release of the band's debut single, "Constellations". In April 2010, the band released their second single, "Radar Detector", which managed to reach #62 in the UK Singles Chart, #5 on the UK Indie Chart.

The band's self-titled debut album, Darwin Deez, was released on 12 April 2010 in the UK and on 22 February 2011 in the U.S. The third single from the album, "Up In The Clouds" was released on 12 July 2010.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

UConn's Trick Shot Quarterback

University of Connecticut's second-string quarterback Johnny McEntee.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Strokes - "Under Cover of Darkness" (2011)

"Under Cover of Darkness" is The Strokes' lead single for their fourth studio album, Angles. It is the first single release from the band in five years, following the release of "You Only Live Once" in 2006. "Under Cover of Darkness" received positive reviews, managing to reach BBC Radio 1's A Playlist; before going on to debut at number 47 on the respective chart and number 12 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

The music video for the song was released on March 2, 2011. The video was directed and produced by Warren Fu at Loew's Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 17, 2011. The video begins with a clip of the music video for "You Only Live Once", and contains a reference to the video for "Last Nite". The reference occurs when Julian Casablancas throws his microphone stand, which he also did in the video for "Last Nite".

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Caps Sweep Islanders

March 1, 2011
Islanders at Capitals

Ovechkin added to his franchise record by scoring his ninth career overtime game-winner, which gave the Caps their first home ice win since Feb. 6 and ended a streak of eight straight losses in overtime or shootout.

February 26, 2011
Capitals at Islanders

Just over three minutes after Knuble's goal drew them even, the Capitals went ahead when Semin’s sharp wrist shot bounced off both posts behind New York netminder Al Montoya.