The Ocho: The Issue with Grant Hill

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Welcome to your source for sports, entertainment and (lame) humor. Each week, we give you the best in each of eight categories. Co-Rookies of the Year call it “The Ocho.” 

The Love of My Week

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I’ll share with you all my secrets.

I just re-watched “The Avengers” and was reminded how sexy Scarlett Johansson was as Black Widow. She’s a babe all the time, but that interrogation scene that sets up her character is just too hot. Iron Man 2 was great, but she really took it to the next level. It’s hard to picture her in anything else, but she looks great no matter how you dress her.

The Alpha Dog of the Week


Ed Brubaker Captain America First Avenger

Brubaker helped define Captain America … and then killed him.
(Click image for great LA Times interview)

Ed Brubaker had the guts to bring Bucky Barnes back to life and actually make fanboys happy. He then was able to do what the Red Skull could not and kill Captain America. His eight years on the Captain America series gave depth to the character that had never been seen before and wrote the screenplay for “Captain America: First Avenger.”

Tomorrow the first issue Captain America without Brubaker’s name on it comes out, and Brubaker has moved on to focusing on his own projects. He has two creator-owned books “Criminal” and “Fatale” and has sold two TV pilots.

[Editor’s Humblebrag: I sent a tweet asking where I should start after the Cap series, and Brubaker sent me an immediate response. He also mentioned several are available in hardback.]

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The Number of the Week


Grant Hill Pistons jersey throwback

Remember when this was a color in the NBA?

33 as in Grant Hill’s jersey number.

He started with it as a rookie with the Detroit Pistons. He was able to keep the number in Orlando even though future Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O’Neal couldn’t have it before him (Terry Catledge had the number), and he kept would-be-Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing from having it the next season.

When he moved to Phoenix, the number had already been retired for Alvan Adams, but the All Star and Rookie of the year let it be un-retired for Hill.

Then he moved to the Clippers where the number was taken by Trey Thompkins. But Thompkins happily loaned Hill the number he had since he was a kid.

As an added bonus the number is currently being used in Detroit by Jonas Jerebko.


The Logical Explanation

Coach Kobe Bryant Phil Jackson

The Lakers don’t need redundancy

According to ESPN’s sources, Phil Jackson was expected to be the new Lakers coach for the third time in his career. However, at the 11th hour (fitting, given the celebration of Armistice Day), the Lakers decided to sign Mike D’Antoni to the position instead. The logical explanation is not that the former Coach of the Year (when he had Steve Nash) and USA Basketball assistant coach (where he had Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant) was the best coach for the job; the logical explanation is that he was the best guy to wear a suit and take media questions while Coach Kobe installs the Kobe System.

Coach Kobe Bryant

You’re welcome

Also, the hiring of D’Antoni keeps in step with the Movember movement.

And as the voting continues to decide which topic stays: Delonte West is upset he did not receive even an interview for the Lakers position.

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Video of the Week

A few days ago we brought you The Issue with the Election, and this video is apparently the fallout of that. Many people were saying that the election coverage was hosted by Diane Sawyer drunk. I don’t know what was going on with Diane Sawyer medically, but she clearly was not in control of her faculties that night for whatever reason (perhaps it was just because she had to watch all the childish bickering that is the election process). Anyway, it’s worth a view.



The Undercard of the Week

I was trying to find Shawn Michaels vs Stone Cold Steve Austin at King of the Ring 1997. I was watching that on Netflix as part of the King of the Ring boxed set, but I can’t find it on YouTube. (If you have other places you go to for wrestling videos, please post in the comments.) Instead I’m going with something that I found in that search. It’s Undertaker vs The Goon.


Song of the Week

I don’t think I will ever get over my love of the Spice Girls. They were the first girl group I fell in love with and are probably my biggest celebrity crushes this side of Kelly Kapowski. Victoria was amazing but intimidating, and it was always a battle between cute Emma and red hot Geri.

Let us know who your favorite Spice Girl is in the comments?

“Wannabe” by the Spice Girls

Wild Card of the Week

The Dallas Mavericks are missing Dirk Nowitzki, lost Jason Kidd and Jason Terry this season and sent Delonte West on a job hunt. So how in the world are they 4-1 and tied for the best record in the West?

That was written Friday afternoon. They lost that night to the Knicks, Saturday night to the Bobcats and Monday night to the Timberwolves.

I have no words for that.

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  1. ncblisa

    November 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Melanie B 😉

  2. Uncle Brutus

    November 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Sawyer’s excuse: lack of sleep.
    Gotham Central is quite good. Police procedural with batman in the background.

  3. Derek Hernandez

    November 13, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Ginger Spice all the way…

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