One of the truly unfortunate things about an All-Star Game in Orlando was how decentralized the festivities were. Every Point A to Point B was bound to be a 20-minute trip and a $30 to $40 cab ride, depending on how much road rage your cab driver had. So on Sunday evening, a few hours before the All-Star Game, when Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway offered to talk with me and drive me back to the hotel, there was just no way I could say no.
So, Penny Being here for two days now, I feel like you are sort of the grand marshall of NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando. You're back, Shaq's around, Dennis Scott is here. How does it make you feel to be here, getting so much love?
It took me back to the old times, especially when the three of us did the interview for TNT in the barbershop. It was a throwback to the days when we were playing together and the glory days of the Magic.
Welcome back to your monthly dose of Schadenfreude. Here at the Depressed Fan Base Committee, our job is to kick a city while it is down. And man, there are some down cities in this country. This month, 10 voters identified 35 cities as worthy of recognition. Along with the Top 10 list below, nominees included Detroit; Atlanta; Stillwater, Okla.; every city in Texas; the entire state of North Carolina; and the Three M's: Montreal, Manchester, and Milwaukee. (They still call those “The Three M's,” right?)
Disclaimer the First: We're not doing Happy Valley or Syracuse, so don't even ask. I had a whole slew of jokes lined up, but the Department of Justice flagged every single one. Come on, DoJ, don't you guys have something better to be flagging? I've got a neighbor who listens to Bruno Mars nonstop, and he doesn't even get audited by the IRS.