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Sunday, June 26th, 2011
10:15 am
2011 NBA Draft Review
Kahn gets an attaboy for this draft. Or a B+ depending on how you want to put it. He may be James Brown of GM's at this draft. So lets break it down.

2. Derrick Williams A+
The T-Wolves had three choices with this pick. 1. draft Williams who along with Randolph, Love, and Beasley creates an insane four man logjam at the 3-4; 2. Trade the pick probably not for equal value since A. trading back in an already weak draft that doesn't have shooting guards or centers is a bad idea, and B. everyone knows you are trying to avoid a logjam; 3. Draft Kanter who is a less skilled version of Al Jefferson and by teaming him with Love destroying your interior defense for years to come.

So yeah its the right pick. Kahn worked the phones like a madman to find a good trade, and probably had the best discussions with the Lakers (they offered Odom/70cents, and we wanted Bynum/90cents). The result is that in the next year the Wolves will trade one of the four in their logjam and I would put money on Beasley and/or Randolph.

20. Trade the pick, Flynn for future stuff, 2nd rounders, and Brad Miller B
Its real clear that Kahn decided that the T-Wolves did not need more young players tying up roster spots that vets could take. More of the reasoning on Flynn can be found in his podcast with the Sports Guy on Grantland.com. Kahn is right. Flynn isn't going to play and won't gain in value, so its worthless to keep him. The only move here is to draft a foreigner and stash them for a few years. Unfortunately all the decent foreign prospects were gone since this draft was so damn weak. Miller's a decent vet who will see little time on the Wolves since he is recovering from an injury (contract is insured meaning he doesn't cost money). The future 1st and 2nd rounders are awesome since they are delayed but should have equal or greater value than the 20 pick was originally. Also the subsequent trades made LOTS of cash, which can be used to keep ticket prices down, payoff Rambis, etc.

43. Malcolm Lee B
So its clear that Kahn was looking for a shooting guard, but not a shooting guard/small forward like Martell, Lazar, or Wes. In between 20 and 43 one was taken Marshon Brooks. Marshon is a good player, best called a poor-man's Kobe at the collegiate level (best at iso plays, doesn't pass, some attitude problems, decent defender). So what is Malcolm Lee. He is point guard/shooting guard which is something we don't have the team. He has an awesome wingspan and is a good defender. He is a type of player that the Wolves don't have on their roster. Moreover Kahn had 6 or so chances to draft him and at 43 finally couldn't resist.

57. Tanguy Ngombo F
This pick will probably be nullified as Tanguy may have lied about his age and is not eligible for the draft since he is supposedly 26. Moreover at 26 he would not be a rising young prospect, but a mediocre talent hitting his prime. In the end who cares its the 57th pick, and we were just going to stash him in Europe for a year or two.
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
11:25 pm
Draft 2011
So its that time again. First of all, for the third year in a row I will be joining the Sinister Dr. at the Target Center to observe the festivities. This means that the world will be saved my immediate rantings as the draft occurs.

That said I will return to my house, and once home the ranting will begin. I am hoping for a gigantic lovefest, but this draft is destined for clusterfck territory.

Timberwolves draft #2, and the best two players are a point guard (Irving), and a small/power forward (Williams). With Rubio, Love, Randolph, and Beasely those spots are at max capacity. The ideal scenario is to trade out of the spot, or draft Williams and trade Love/Randolph/Beasely elsewhere (preferably B-Easy). However what do you get is the next question, and what I have been hearing is a lot of suck.

Timberpuppies also draft around 20 which means the late first rounder can also be fun.

So here is what I want:
Derrick Williams at 2. Don't trade it, trade the other players. I describe him as a less crazy B-Easy. Isn't that an upgrade?
Trade B-Easy to somewhere to move up and get Bismack Biyombo. I want to watch him lay the Bismack on people.
At 20 I like Faried who is a rebounding machine. If he is our backup PF/center we will never lose the rebounding battle. That said he would probably do better to go to another team. I also like Selby from Kansas, and I have a soft spot for Tyler the kid who has been wandering the Earth like Caine on Kung Fu.

I also am OK with trading K-Love and his special sauce. You have to get something good, but his lack of versatility makes building a roster really, really difficult. He can't be your center (too short). He can't guard the athletic 4's (too slow). He is a 4 that rebounds and scores efficiently. On a good team he will average 17 and 12. Now I expect an all star in return, but I am OK with it.
Monday, June 20th, 2011
11:27 pm
Sunday, June 12th, 2011
11:00 pm
This day in Rocking Out 6-12-2011
Spent some time putting the ponies into their pen. We have enough ponies to turn into a disc.

The Norther disc is pretty sweet. I still haven't heard all of the new Arch Enemy or Alestorm discs.

However the Death Angel and Rapture Cabaret Discs rocked me hard.

This should be really awesome.
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
10:56 pm
Annoying voices
There have been two lead singers who have ruined or nearly ruined bands for me.

1. Billy Corgan - God I hate his voice, but his guitar work is just too damn good to ignore. After much fight I finally approved.
2. M Shadows - He is the only thing keeping me from loving Avenged Sevenfold universally. The band is just amazing. Great songwriting, perfect playing. Hard rock done right with a singer whose voice is so nasally annoying that he ruins it all. Unlike the Pumpkins his voice is so bad it cannot be recovered from.
Sunday, May 1st, 2011
9:19 pm
This Day in Rocking Out: May 1, 2011
Apparently Dr. X never told me that Michael Amott had a sleaze/psych rock group name spiritual beggars. He was hording it for himself. That was rude.
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
11:51 pm
I guess my motives are different
The following review is for a 3rd edition gaming book given 1 of 5 stars on Amazon by at least one reviewer.

"While the book has tons of background info and storyline material, it lacks much in the applicability department. There is little here to interest the average player, the new races and prestige classes are rehashes of older material, or are so specific, it is unlikely anyone would get much use from them. I expected new subraces, prestige classes and feats - and got a few hundred pages of story. For the price, it's just not worth what you get."

Essentially, this book is awesome. Stupid awesome. Its usability will last through many, many editions of D&D.
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
7:27 pm
Paging Dr. X

Amon Amarth cover System of a Down.

Amon Amarth turn System of a Down up to 11.

Amon Amarth show System of a Down what Metal is supposed to be like.
Saturday, March 19th, 2011
10:29 am


Release Dates
Europe - June 3rd 2011
USA & Canada - June 14th 2011

Alestorm - Back Through Time

Go to the link, and listen to the song. Prepare for the coming awesomeness.
Thursday, March 10th, 2011
8:28 pm
8:00 pm
Pure Chewing Satisfaction
Went out scouting for Freezers, and decided it was time to eat food.

When the wife nixed Football Pizza I decided to take her to Yafa's for kabobs.

She has now had Yafa's. There may be no going back.
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
6:45 pm
Goodbye Corey, Hello Anthony
So the T-Wolves finally broke Fayde's heart and traded Corey Brewer for Anthony Randolph. On an objective level its a good trade. This summer when we drafted Wes, and signed Martell we started this.

So what did we get for him. Well Randolph is physically a Garnett. He is 6'11" crazy athletic and long. He can jump like a freak, and handle the ball like a guard. He has range on his jumper. However, he has what some see as mental/confidence problems. He doesn't know how to play defense very well.

He is a project, but a promising project. Which is better than a player you have no use for next year.
Sunday, February 6th, 2011
10:08 pm
Packers win bitches
Yeah its like that.

Suck it Pittsburgh.
Saturday, February 5th, 2011
11:24 pm
This Day in Rocking Out: 2-5-2011
So since I got home from the potluck I have been listening to the awesome on headphones. Here is what is one random:

Agalloch - The Mantle
A wonderfully complex folk metal album. Full of long awesome songs. Just wonderful.

Agartha - V demos
Three demo tracks from a band that I had never heard of. They are awesome. Just stupid awesome. There is this one part about 3/4's of the way through Council of Gods that gives me chills.

Arch Enemy - Revolution Begins
Its an Arch Enemy single and its awesome. Makes me happy listening to it.

Rapture Cabaret - Gates of Domination
A fun metal band with some minor Pirate motifs. You all know I like pirate metal. Its like Berzerkerfox and Alestorm had a mutant baby made of awesome.
10:03 pm
Super Bowl Fun
The game starts at 5:30. Feel free to come over anytime after 4:30, when pregame yammering should start.

As previously noted. We have food, but only 8 bottles of beer, so to some extent its BYOB.
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
5:37 pm
Saturday, January 29th, 2011
12:03 am
Its wet... cold and wet...
The machine at work tried to eat my day. Luckily when I got home I was able to open up a package from Amazon. It contained The Maxx on DVD.


It contains an episode that I have never seen. It is awesome. Looks great. It has a commentary on every episode.

Monday, January 24th, 2011
7:53 pm
Metal Covers

A nice little article about metal covers. Some you may or may not have heard. The Norther cover "The Final Countdown" is quite fun.
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
8:11 pm
Oh my shit, new Amon Amarth album cover AWESOME

Apparently, the album will be out March 29.

I know at least one Sinister Dr. who will now be counting the days.
Sunday, January 9th, 2011
7:53 pm
Awesomeness Awards 2010
Finest Example of Awesomeness in Film 2010

In a year full of awesome movies, an amazing director decided to basically make a life action Satoshi Kon film. Acted, directed, and shot awesomely.

Finest example of Awesomeness in Music 2010
Berserkerfox - History.Altar.Ashes

Barely beating out the doubleshot of awesome that was the Ocean Collective's Helio/Anthropocentric. Berserkerfox recorded a masterwork of awesomeness. The cover art of a giant skeleton fox in Mad Max garb with two chainsaws for hands killing pigs in army uniforms puts it over the top.
(Ocean Collectives functioning seasonal star chart album art was not too shabby either).
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