No More Streetball, It’s Playoff Time

Warriors NBA Playoffs

Everyone who knows me knows that not only do I love skating, but I also love playing a little hoops.  The NBA regular season is a little long.  Does it really take 82 games to decide who the best teams are that deserve to make the playoffs?  Probably not.

March Madness is sweet.  There is a lot of action in a short amount of time.  Does it determine who the best team is?  I don’t think so.  The one and done format makes it difficult.  Anyone can get lucky.  Anyone can put one win together and knock off a favorite.  A good team normally wins, but not one of the best.

That’s why I prefer the NBA playoffs.  The best teams normally come out on top.  You can look at Boyd’s complete Finals odds and see the top teams have a great chance of winning.

Are there upsets?  Of course there are.  Do 8 seeds knock off the 1 seeds in a 7 game series?  Rarely.  Very rarely.  They have to play exceptional and really earn it.  That is why one of the best ways to bet the playoffs is with the Zig Zag Theory.  If a good team goes down, you come back with their the next game.  These are the only games that I bet during April, May, and even June.

This season is going to be extra special.  The Golden State Warriors are coming off a record setting regular season where they put up 73 wins.  They are the defending champs.  They have looked unbeatable at times.  If they are healthy, and right now they are, there hasn’t been any team that can compete with them.

However, the San Antonio Spurs haven’t lost a home game all season long.  They won more games than any other team in franchise history.  They have exchanged blows with Golden State so far this season and I think Pop has saved up some strategy for the playoffs.

The only problem is that with the two seed they will have to go through the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Kevin Durant.  Russell Westbrook.  Those two guys giving you 40+ minutes come playoff time should scare any team half to death.

Look, the East isn’t going to put up much of a fight.  It’ll be the Cleveland Cavaliers again unless something crazy happens.  Can the Toronto Raptors put up a fight in the playoffs? Maybe.  But I doubt it.  The only thing Cleveland has to worry about is themselves.  Listening to the coach.  LeBron not throwing a fit.  Kevin Love not throwing a fit or getting hurt.  Kyrie not going mental after hearing about his girl stepping out on him.

I still think whoever wins the West wins the whole thing.

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Best Moves of the Year

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Here’s a pretty sweet coffin grind. He jumps up, lays down, prays, and exits gracefully.

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We need more security guards like these. Instead of kicking out skateboarders he takes their board and says I’ll show you a little something of my own. Seems like a pretty cool guy.

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Now this is some fancy footwork. I couldn’t do this even without spinning the board around like that and hopping back on it.

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Look. I don’t know where this was taken. I don’t want to know. All I know is the guy who is about to go down this ramp is insane. Certifiable. I don’t know what the slope is but it looks steep. I wouldn’t go down that if it was a water slide. How difficult would it have been for him to stay on his board? If he fell off that was going to be some serious pain. Instead, it looks like it’s just to get him going fast enough to take a really big ramp off the other side and make a huge jump. Someone needs to get me this video if they have seen it, because I almost don’t believe anyone actually did it. If they did, did they live to tell about it? I doubt it.

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Can you imagine being this kid? You are out back on your sweet little setup when dad says let me try your board. You look at him. You love him. You tell him you don’t want him to hurt himself. That it’s tougher than it looks. Then he pulls this shit. He spins off the side and just smoothly rides it down. I have to admit, when I first saw this one I figured he was going to absolutely biff it with his first move. But no, he nails it.

It makes sense that the originals would be getting this old now. I think Rodney Mullen is 49. Tony Hawk is 47. It makes perfect sense that this guy used to participate back in the day. I just wish I had the muscle memory he did.

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How about all that graffiti work here? Someone actually went 100 yards into the pipe rather than paint over someone else’s work. How polite was that? It seems to go on forever. This is one of the biggest pipe drops I’ve ever seen.

Skateboard Tricks

Check out these Dangerous Skateboard tricks. For the birthday boy they offered him a $25 gift card to Target if he could complete a few dangerous moves in ten minutes (not counting setup time). For the first move they got a ladder for him to go up on top of a room and then jump down from it. It was pretty cool, but didn’t seem all that difficult.

The second trip was a launch ramp to a back 50/50. He did this one a few times and nailed it twice.

Next he left down some stairs to a side ramp, it took him a few times but he ended up nailing it.

The last trick was going up the wedge ramp, sliding up the rail, and nailing the landing. This was pretty insane as it only took him twice to nail it for the first time.

For this video they have some pretty sweet tricks. Not really that dangerous but definitely up there in difficulty. These guys can really move around and control their boards. All of these ones are done in urban environments in places that nearly everyone has access to. But I would stress that you try them out at your own risk.

Everyone wants to compare him to Rodney Mullen, but there is only one Rodney Mullen. Everyone up and coming is their own individual skater. This guy is just a really good one.

So obviously we had to include a video of the best of Rodney Mullen right. Rodney is now 49 years old and he is a legend. He’s credited with inventing a lot of different tricks including the flat ground ollie, kick flip, heel flip, impossible, and the 360-flip.

He began skateboarding in 1977 when he was only ten years old. His dad was pretty strict and told him the first time he got injured he was done with the sport. This made him put on a ton of pads to make sure he was as safe as could be. He became obsessed, spent hours each day practicing, and the rest they say is history.

While Tony Hawk is the most popular skateboarder of all time, Rodney Mullen is my all-time favorite. He’s named in everyone’s top 10 list. He was even the double for Christian Slater in the 1989 classic Gleaming the Cube.

Mullen now lives in Ventury County, California and still prefers to skate at night, and by himself.