Stuart Scott Is A Legend… And Legends Never Die

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I can’t stop crying.

Stuart Scott is gone. And it sucks. He died of cancer at the age of 49. That is such a young age. Stuart had so much more to offer to the sports world; he was a tremendous sportscaster that had a unique voice. But who I feel sorry the most for are his two daughters, who had just lost a father.

Stuart had such a different flavor in the mid-90s. When he was doing SportsCenter highlights, my brother and I would laugh at his sportscasting style. He was able to work in rap references (Public Enemy, LL Cool J, and Tag Team were regulars in his repertoire) and his catchphrases (as cool as the other side of the pillow). Yes, we would laugh at it but I secretly liked that he stood out. As a guy who is BIG on being unique and originality, I liked the swagger and attitude that Stuart brought to the game. He dared to be different yet he kept it professional the entire time. I never heard anything bad about Stuart Scott.

I never met Stuart Scott. But it feels like I’ve known him forever because he treated his viewers like his peers. I don’t think he realized what an influence he has been on this generation. He opened up a lot of doors for a lot of us trying to break into the sports world. He was unapologetic for who he was and he never changed for anybody. And if there was the one thing I took away from Stuart Scott, it was to continue to be myself. I didn’t realize it then but he has had a tremendous impact on my life.

I really admired that Stuart Scott kept fighting. He never seemed to lose his cool even when cancer was taking its toll on him. He kept living life the way he wanted to even when that damn cancer was in the way. I hate that cancer took Stuart away from us. But legends never truly die… and Stuart Scott is a legend.

Rest in peace, Stuart Scott. You’ve influenced a lot of us in the sports world. But most of all, you influenced a lot of us in life.

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Toxic Twitter

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It’s been a while since I updated here.

It’s also been a while since I actually made an actual tweet. Twitter is quite the addiction. Talking to all these people about various topics can be such a timesucking activity. But I decided to take time off for a few reasons.

1) I was sick. A good excuse as any to get away.

2) More balance. I wanted to attend to other hobbies and just be a better balanced person. I can use ONE HOUR to play a video game instead of TALKING about it with other people. I can use ANOTHER HOUR to work out instead of TALKING about it. I don’t have to be on there all the time (although in media, you kinda have to be tuned in all the time).

3) The negativity.

Some people are just plain BAD. All they want to do is belittle others when they themselves have tons of things to work with. Now it seems all doom and gloom when talking to other people about certain sporting events and shows instead of just enjoying the moment. It gets really old and it makes my mood worse. I don’t want that bullshit. I just want to go ahead and enjoy certain things.

And as a person who strives to be different and rebellious, I don’t even like being snarky anymore. EVERYONE seems to have become snarky. So I’m a little more silent these days. I haven’t tweeted in 9 days. At some point, I have to tweet because I have a podcast to put out. It’ll probably be sometime tomorrow or Thursday.

But, anyway, a lot of Twitter seems to have a toxic environment. I need to unfollow tons of people just so I don’t have to experience this stupid negativity anymore.

I miss Twitter of 2008.

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Other Dreams I Might Want To Chase After

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This sounds really bad but I didn’t have very many dreams as a kid. Of course, being born to Filipino parents, I was always told to be either a doctor or a lawyer. I was never interested in either occupation.

But what I really wanted to do early on? I wanted to write about video games.

I’m not as caught up with today’s video game world; I always seem to be a generation behind when it comes to that. But I always did love playing them. My first video game system was the Atari. I know Super Mario Bros. 1 through 3 like the back of my hand. In fact, I have a pretty good video game collection and if I wasn’t writing about the NBAI probably would be writing about video games. I just didn’t think I would catch on with the NBA community.

Specifically, not only did I want to write about video games but, back then, I really wanted to write for then-supermag Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM). Even more specifically, I longed to be part of EGM’s Review Crew. I thought it was the coolest job in the world.

The Review Crew consisted of four people reviewing a game in one short paragraph. It was always my favorite part of EGM and looked forward to their ratings of the popular games (rated from 0-10 back then; the original format was always the best). The old crew was also very tough; they hardly gave a 10 on games. Later on, I was a little saddened when they started giving ratings in .5 increments and reduced the Review Crew to just three reviewers. They also started giving 10s a little more. So much for that tough love.

I had a taste of reviewing games (in longer form) with GameSpot (YES!!!). I’m not sure if they are still accepting reader reviews today but GameSpot, to my surprise, published my reviews after I turned in a few of them. Joe and Lauren Fielder, in particular (both might have worked for EGM in the past; I knew Joe Fielder did), took a liking to me. They even had me write a guest column about writing game reviews. I was very flattered and it gave me supreme confidence at 19.

I talked to Joe Fielder about EGM and he recommended that I E-Mail John Davison, who was their editor-in-chief at the time. Unfortunately, my sample reviews didn’t impress Davison (even I remember thinking that the reviews I turned in weren’t good enough) and he gently told me that they chose some other guys to be part of their Review Crew. I was crushed. Later on, I had found out that James Mielke (who was doing reader reviews for GameSpot as well) would get one of the spots for EGM. Mielke (nicknamed the Milkman) would go on to do 1UP.Com.

I temporarily gave up on the dream and decided to have fun with anime conventions instead. Of course, we all know what happened next. I ended up founding The No-Look Pass in 2008 and I’ve been a part of that writing community since. Now that I have built up a résumé on writing, I feel like I’m good enough to write about video games for a major website. I’d love to write about them sometime in the near future.

But would I give up writing about the NBA if I was offered a full-time job to write about video games? I’m not so sure. Maybe I can do both B-Ball and gaming.

Woof, baby.

dreamer,
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NaNoWriMo

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It’s been a while since I updated here. But let’s face it; if you know (and follow) me, you’ve pretty much seen me everywhere else. I really should try harder to make this my home site. It’s got my name on it, for crying out loud. Twice.

Anyway, some of you guys may know that I’m going to go through an arduous journey in November. I will be participating in National Novel Writing Month (or, in short, NaNoWriMo). I made the decision to do it this spring. And this was before I realized I had a lot of stories in the vault.

NaNoWriMo challenges the participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel in the month of November. The novel does not have to be finished; it’s really more of an encouragement to get people writing and to get people started on a novel.

As for the novel I’m writing? The original concept was from waaaaaaay back. It was going to be in the high school genre (what did YOU expect?) and it was actually going to be made for short comics. I was going to be the writer while my then-gf was going to do the artwork. It didn’t last very long and the concept was buried for about 11 years.

After I became aware that I had a lot of stories, I decided to change the characters’ ages from high school to their 20s. I’ll keep some high school scenes in there as flashbacks. It’s going to be a romantic-comedy (I’ll stick to what I think I know; there is no way I can write fantasy and whatnot).

And it’s going to be really challenging. November happens to be my birthday month. I had planned to go to Las Vegas for that birthday weekend but it looks like I might have to nix that (among other reasons). Plus it’s Thanksgiving. I really want to get this done. And, yes, it’s only the first draft but that’s the important thing. It’s to get me started. Writing 1,667 words per day that flow within a context of a story is not easy.

But that’s my next project. And, yes, I will still be writing NBA this season. What the hell is wrong with me?

Woof, baby.

stupid,
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Legend Of In-N-Out Girl

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This is an old story that I have told a few times over in other social media platforms. This happened in November 2010.

It started out as a regular trip to In-N-Out Burger (which is, by the way, delicious and one of the reasons why living in California is awesome… although I’m very very biased). My buddy and I needed dinner right before we were going to do a podcast for my beloved NBA siteThe No-Look Pass.

Now I didn’t exactly clean myself up for a quick food stop. I just threw on a t-shirt, jeans, and flip-flops. I didn’t exactly fix up my hair or anything like that. I looked like a bum.

Anyway, I was happy that we didn’t go through either drive-thru lane (I HATE drive-thrus but that’s another story). We decided to get our orders outside and wait.

While I was tweeting, a woman asked me a question…

WOMAN: “What number are you? I’m 77.”
ME: “I’m at number 65.”

I didn’t notice her at much first until I smelled her perfume. She smelled so good. I even tweeted… Oh, man. Girl that sat next to me smells real good. It’s Kobe time.

So I struck up a conversation with her and we started talking about… burgers. I nearly made a stupid joke when I asked her, “Did you ever have Five Guys?” I remember her with dirty blonde hair, a pretty face, and a slim figure. And all I could think about was, “Why did I not try to look decent today?!”

My friend and I got our orders so I had to go say bye to the pretty lady. She ended with an “Enjoy!” Then while in the car, I told my friend that I was stupid because I didn’t get her number. My friend told me, “Yes, Rey. You’ve gotten to the point where you’re trying to get girls at In-N-Out.”

While editing the podcast in the wee hours, I made a rant on Twitter that I figured only a few people would see.

Wow. After going through those tweets, I realized how terrible I really was.

Anyway, the story became popular overnight. I got tweets from a lot of my followers encouraging me to go get her. Even Daniel Artest (the brother of Ron Artest/Metta World Peace) was telling me to go after it. It was pretty hilarious.

Sadly, I never saw the girl again. It’s been nearly three years since that day and I still get messages/tweets about her. I feel like this is the fifth thing I’m most known for after Spice Girlsthe NBAboy bands, and Spice Girls.

Woof, baby.

4×4 love,
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What Is This Twitter Line Business?

Notice something on that Twitter web interface? That’s the new, um, feature Twitter has implemented. People will see that on their timelines instead of the fresh new tweets on top. So, yes, you can see someone’s original reply from, say, last week above the responding real-time tweet.

Um, why are they doing this now?

For the most part, Twitter has been fine. Sure, they’ve had a tough time getting rid of spambots before and, once in a while, Twitter gets stuck and doesn’t refresh tweets for about half an hour. But these lines? Seeing conversations we don’t necessarily want to see? We didn’t want them, Twitter.

First of all, if we wanted to snoop in and see what my Twitter buddies (or strangers) are talking about, I would click on “View Conversation.” So why not just keep that? I don’t want to see A and B’s argument about who is a better basketball player or rapper. If I were curious, I would click on “View Conversation.” That’s it. Easy enough. Don’t force this on us, Twitter.

At the very least, if you do want to shove these lines on us, just make it an option. And I’m going to bet 99 percent of us wouldn’t check that option box.

Oh, well. There’s always Tweetdeck…

Woof, baby.

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(Oh, yeah. You can follow me on Twitter. The name is @TheNoLookPass. I swear I’m hilarious.)

A Reminder Of Why I Don’t Watch The VMAs

Quite frankly, I’m tired of the whole Miley Cyrus thing. Right before the MTV Video Music Awards started, I had mentioned that I was irritated by Miley. It was a surprise to some considering I have defended her in the past.

But her performance just reeked of trying too hard. A poseur, if you will. And not a lot of things annoy me but good grief, I don’t ever want to see a face of her sticking her tongue out ever again (which won’t happen because there are still people that think this whole twerking nonsense is funny). The whole performance just screamed whore. Unfortunately, I can never unsee that performance. There is nothing sexy about it. I get that we’ve all done crazy things when we were 20 but this was just out of my realm. It was just disgusting.

I had to endure the whole VMAs just to see Justin Timberlake‘s performance, which was delightful. Of course, I looked forward to the little reunion by *NSYNC. Was it a bit underwhelming? Sure. But two minutes was enough. Did you see the other guys after the performance? They were winded.

I was reminded on why I hadn’t watched the VMAs in its entirety (no, I wasn’t watching when Kanye West did his stupid interruption) before last weekend. Plus this really isn’t my generation anymore; I’m 34 years old and I have no clue what is hip these days. There was a time when MTV stood for Music Television. Not anymore.

Of course, there was also a time when I thought most music was good. Now? Not so much. But what do I know? I’m an out-of-touch, bitter, 30-something guy. It’s all subjective, I guess. I’m sure 20 years from now, people that will be 30-something then will praise someone like Pitbull like I do C&C Music Factory now.

Woof, baby.

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Rey-Rey Is Doing Other Things

I’m mostly known for my NBA writings. I’m also known for my quirky (teeniebopper) pop culture references.

In my attempt to branch out from my NBA stuff, I have also been doing a pop culture podcast with Heather Douglass (@HeatherD13) called Popcast Shanks, brought to you by the good folks of ProjectShanks.Com.

Project Shanks was actually started by old sports blogger, Chris Stuckey (@TheChrisStuckey). I actually worked with him when I needed Dallas Mavericks stuff for the NBA Playoffs. Now he’s trying to make it big with this site, which includes both sports and pop culture. I agreed to help him and Heather out after apparently getting good reviews for our podcast.

I’m still trying to get used to this whole pop culture thing. Yes, I remember tons of things from the 90s but it’s tough trying to stay in touch with the current pop culture. I’m getting into it more and more and the funny thing is that I wasn’t a big TV-watcher when I was younger. I’ve been watching a lot more television shows as of late maybe it’s because I’m getting older and it’s easier to do that than trying to get together with friends (or meeting up with new people). I guess I look like a guy that stays in touch because I blurt out pop song lyrics here and there but don’t they notice that I mostly throw out stuff from the 90s?

Anyway, our latest episode of Popcast Shanks is here. We talk about the 10th Anniversary of The O.C. (yes, I did watch that) and I make fun of myself for watching Star Wars for the first time.

And they wanted me to do pop culture?!

Woof, baby.

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I Live-Tweeted Star Wars

So let’s talk about something out of the ordinary. For me.

We all know Star Wars. Actually, I don’t know Star Wars.

“But how so, Rey-Rey?! Everyone knows Star Wars!”

Before last Friday, I had never watched a Star Wars movie in its entirety except for Episode I. And even then, I don’t even remember anything about Episode I other than the beloved Jar Jar Binks.

Why had I never watched them? Part of it was me being a rebel. I don’t respond well to people that say that I must watch them because it’s the greatest thing ever since sliced bread or before Kate Upton. Also, the truth was that if I were born a girl, I was going to be named after Princess Leia. Imagine that. Leia Moralde.

Anyway, popping my Star Wars cherry (sorta) was becoming a thing. Since I tend to blow things out of proportion and making little events like this into some sort of grand production, I decided to live-tweet my first-ever viewing of Star Wars. I have live-tweeted movies in the past (SpiceWorld and Twilight come to mind) but the volumes of nerd happiness was off the scale with this. Here are the 50+ tweets during the movie. Enjoy.


*cue Star Wars theme* #StarWars

A long time ago… in a galaxy far, far away… wait. HOW DID THEY KNOW IT WAS EPISODE IV ALREADY? #StarWars

I forgot who sang the Star Wars theme like this… “STAR WARS! NOTHING BUT STAR WARS!” #StarWars

Explosions. Laser beams. Stormtroopers! That’s what they’re called, right? PEW PEW PEW. #StarWars

And we see Princess Leia for the first time. Darth Vader also breathes really hard. I’d hate to hear him snore. #StarWars

How do C3P0 and R2D2 understand each other? Oh, never mind. #StarWars

Oh, I know the secret now! Darth Vader is actually… the King of Zamunda! #StarWars #ComingToAmerica

Darth Vader has the Princess. And C3P0 and R2D2 are stuck in some desert. I feel like I should know the name of the desert. #StarWars

And some hooded dudes (yes, yes, Jawas) shoot R2D2. Where are they carrying him to? #StarWars

But it said so at the start! RT @Blacktigra @TheNoLookPass Wasn’t Episode IV until Episode I came out lol

And we see Luke Skywalker for the first time. He takes C3P0 and R2D2… gosh, these are so hard to type, sometimes. #StarWars

Yup. This has been a disaster so far. RT @ticktock6 @TheNoLookPass “the droids”

“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope!” Luke then says she’s beautiful. Am I supposed to vomit here? #StarWars

Luke is really determined to find out about this “Obi-Wan Kenobi gibberish.” And now he’s talking about “sand people.” Eh? #StarWars

Oh, hey. Some old guy tends to Luke after he was knocked out. Old man reveals himself to be Ben Kenobi. #StarWars

RT @Cosmis Luke’s uncle seems to be the surrogate for all the exasperated dads whose kids drug them to see Star Wars in 1977.

WE CAN’T START THIS NOW. RT @Sam_Vecenie @TheNoLookPass maybe in order to help him he’ll take him to his Den Kenobi.

It really bothers me when Luke says “sand people.” #StarWars

Ben Kenobi (Obi-Wan) hands Luke Skywalker WHOA! THE LIGHTSABER. #StarWars

Obi-Wan tells Luke about his father. Darth Vader killed him. HOW DARE DARTH VADER BE SO EVIL… and stuff. #StarWars

RT @basquiatball In one of the prequels Anikan kills a bunch of them, tells his GF and she’s like, “Whatever, they’re like animals”

Stupid uncle of Luke! Let him go! Let him go! #StarWars

“I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING.” THAT’S WHERE THE LINE CAME FROM. #StarWars

Luke’s uncle and aunt! Oh, no! #StarWars

Learn the ways of the Jedi, says that racist Luke Skywalker. #StarWars

Oh, hey! The Stormtroopers talk! #StarWars

People always talked about the cafe scene. Well, I’m there now. #StarWars

“We don’t serve your kind here!” SO MANY RACISTS. #StarWars

Yup. A disaster. RT@LOOOeee Cantina, young padawan RT @TheNoLookPass: People always talked about the cafe scene. Well, I’m there now.

RT @jacobjbg before you get to it @TheNoLookPass: han shot first. don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

I thought his name was Indiana Jones! #StarWars RT @ticktock6 First appearance of Han Solo. My first movie boyfriend when I was, like, 6.

RT @JamieOGrady_ @TheNoLookPass Pro Tip: Imagine the Cantina Song for your inner monologue at each and every party you attend.

Han Solo is a violent, violent man. #StarWars

Jabba The Hut is a large… creature. #StarWars

I don’t know if I should hate myself but I feel like I have to watch all six movies now. #StarWars

I kinda want a lightsaber now. I’m only like 30 years too late. #StarWars

Then I can be like the Star Wars kid! RT @bumblebeenie @TheNoLookPass they sell em at Target.

Also, I’ve neglected to mention Chewbacca. I should cosplay as Chewbacca. OH, MY GOSH. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME?! #StarWars

RT @ticktock6 @TheNoLookPass you’ve taken your first step into a larger nerd world.

Chewbacca sounds like my dog when she wants my food. #StarWars

I’m now getting confused by this Twitter talk. Pretty soon, Darth Vader will be revealed to be Greg Oden. #StarWars

Han Solo and Luke disguised as Stormtroopers. Oh, boy. I never saw that coming. #StarWars

“The force will be with you. Always.” #StarWars

RT @Pat_McDaniels @TheNoLookPass this is even better than your Dawson’s Creek rants

Luke and Han Solo are making a plan to rescue Princess Leia. Studs! #StarWars

Everyone disagrees with you. RT @laker72289 if you were gonna watch them all should have started with episodes 1-3 to understand it better

“A little short for a Stormtrooper, aren’t you?!” That’s what I thought, too, Princess Leia! #StarWars

Darth Vader finds out that Obi-Wan Kenobi is in the space station. “I must face him alone.” OOH, FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT. #StarWars

And some disgusting thing has Luke by the neck! Ew! #StarWars RT @ticktock6 Into the garbage chute, flyboy!

Meanwhile, the garbage chute’s walls are closing in. Luke is frantically trying to get in contact with CP3, er, C3P0. #StarWars

(Yes, I really typed CP3 first.) #StarWars

The walls stop. The good guys celebrate being alive. Now Han Solo and Leia are arguing (after a brief Obi-Wan scene). #StarWars

What? Han Solo is taking on like… 88 Stormtroopers. #StarWars

Luke and Leia swing across to the other side before getting caught by the Stormtroopers. Obi-Wan and Darth Vader face each other. #StarWars

Man, @Cosmis is right. This lightsaber fight is terrible. #StarWars

PEW PEW PEW. RT @ticktock6 @TheNoLookPass it’s basically just a conversation with lasers

Wait. Obi-Wan?! That’s it!? #StarWars

RT @brosales12 @TheNoLookPass If you watch IV-VI and then I-III, the last fight in III will blow your socks off. Patience, young Padawan.

RT @influxman Order suggestion: 4,5,1,2,3,6. I taught #StarWars to my 6th grade classes this year using that order. Huge success.

I am riveted with this fight in space. #StarWars

PEW PEW PEW. RT @basquiatball @TheNoLookPass crazy how the space ships make sound in the vacuum of space isn’t it?

The good guys are now at the rebel base. The speaker (leader) ends with, “May the force be with you.” Should I capitalize Force? #StarWars

Han Solo, who said earlier about not believing in forces (or something), says to Luke, “May the Force be with you.” HE BELIEVES. #StarWars

Han Solo has decided not to join in on the rebel fight. Because, ya know, he’s Han SOLO. *gets tomatoes thrown at him* #StarWars

RT @basquiatball I think that was Lucas’s bad joke, not yours. He also named the greedy bounty hunter “Greedo”

Once again riveted by this fight in space. Also, I have to use the restroom really soon but I’m a trooper. A Stormtrooper. #StarWars

I can’t say anything snarky about this space fight right now. #StarWars

Also, now I know the origin of Biggs and Wedge. I always see their names in the Final Fantasy games. #StarWars #FinalFantasy #Nerd

!!!!! RT @ticktock6 @TheNoLookPass pic.twitter.com/8S8TN7Gdma

I feel like I’m playing a video game at this moment. #StarWars

And Han Solo is here to save the day! #StarWars

The Death Star. Gone! #StarWars

Princess Leia gives Han Solo a medal. Han winks at Leia. YOU SLY FOX. #StarWars

Luke receives his medal. And Chewbacca makes more sounds. THE END. Now I have to go to the restroom. #StarWars

Guys… I really enjoyed Star Wars. I expected to be snarky about it but I totally enjoyed it. #StarWars


I hope you loved that one, nerds!

Woof, baby.

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Trying To Work It Here

I’m doing the best I can, guys.

But I did finish my terrible bio. I’m sure I’ll be tweaking it more in the next few days (weeks). What I’m trying to do is finish the résumé. I’ll have to get it done in the next week or so for work reasons (obviously) and whatnot. Yes, it’ll be about my NBA writings.

I’m still trying to get used to this. Pretty soon, the blog over here will be about my thoughts about anything. All the NBA stuff will obviously be over at The No-Look Pass and other various outlets. Like I said, I’ll try to turn this blog (site) into more of a multi-entertainment thing. I do have some versatility, you know. I think.

In any case, I’ll be doing more work here in the next few days. Including a new banner and maybe some other shiny graphics. Graphics just aren’t my thing, ya know. I’m just meant to write and BS.

Catch me on Twitter, guys. We can exchange awesome one-liners there. Ya know, after I wake up. I need beauty sleep badly.

Woof, baby.

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