GMIM: Celtics, early mornings, and criminals

Welcome to another installment of Good mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

Celtics stun Cavs, time to fire up the hot takes!

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If you didn’t watch the Celtics take down the Cavaliers last night, you missed some great playoff basketball. Boston, down by 21 in the third, managed to scrap together a comeback and ultimately win thanks to an Avery Bradley 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining. Final score: 111-108, Boston wins.

But today isn’t about a great win. Nope, it’s all about Hot Take City. Let’s take a drive over to Mayor Skip Bayless’s town and see what’s in store:

  • After losing by a million points in Games 1 and 2, the Celtics upset the Cavs in Cleveland WITHOUT Isiah Thomas. Are the Celtics a better team without Thomas? The facts are there: against the Cavs in the playoffs, the Celtics are 0-2 with Thomas. But without Thomas, Boston has a perfect 1.000 win percentage. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time Danny Ainge starts shopping Thomas for another three first-round picks.
  • LeBron James was held to just 11 points, going 3-13 and 0-4 from 3-point range. Often times, the Cavaliers’ success is credited to LeBron’s role as Cleveland’s captain, coach, and general manager. But why are we only criticizing James’s performance as a player? Where is the scrutiny for Coach James? His defensive plan for the final play was piss poor and cost the Cavs the game. Or what about GM James? Why should we overlook the fact LeBron assembled a team that couldn’t even sweep the Isiah-less Celtics? Seems like Brian Windhorst needs to hold his favorite player/coach/GM/friend more accountable.
  • Brad Stevens has received a lot of credit for bringing the Celtics from the basement of the NBA to only three wins away from The Finals. But if he was truly a great coach, wouldn’t he leave Boston to prove his worth in the WNBA? A Stevens-led WNBA team like the San Antonio Stars, who finished 7-27 last season, could benefit from the genius of Brad’s giant brain. People forget that Brad Stevens coached Butler to back-to-back NCAA Championship game appearances during an era of college basketball in which fans would say, “where the hell is Butler?” That experience could bring the Stars from the very bottom to the glory of a championship. The ultimate achievement to prove that Stevens is a really, really good coach is an eventual merger with the NBA. It’s been far too long that WNBA players have been forced to play in their own league, and the man to bring the change we need in this country’s great American past time is Bradley Kent Stevens. Only then will Stevens be considered an elite NBA coach.
  • Going back to IT4, the question being tossed around Boston is “does Isiah Thomas deserve a max deal?” The answer, without a doubt, should unanimously be “sure.” It seems like max money deals are being signed more frequently than executive orders these days. The Memphis Grizzlies signed non-All-Star Mike Conley to a deal that’ll pay him $30 million a year, aka Kobe Bryant money. If Thomas’ teammate Al Horford, aka Xerxes, can earn big money for not sucking too much in Atlanta, then I’m sure Isiah Thomas will receive a max deal for managing to play professional basketball despite being short.
  • With the Celtics pulling off the greatest upset in the history of life to win their first game of the Eastern Conference Finals, you have to wonder if this single, yet historic victory will be enough to sign a marquee free agent this off-season, like Kevin Durant. He was sort of close to signing last time, but you have to assume Golden State’s impending choke job against either the Spurs or Cavs will draw him to the Number 1 seeded Celtics to ride someone else’s coattails yet again.
  • Speaking of those Warriors, they are one win away from becoming the first team to sweep their way through the first three rounds of the playoffs. Isn’t it interesting that last season the Warriors started hot with Luke Walton coaching Golden State to a 24-0 record, and then this postseason it’s Mike Brown leading the team to an undefeated postseason record? Makes you wonder if Steve Kerr is an overrated coach.

The Warriors look to make their third straight Finals tonight at 9 p.m. est, while the Celtics and Cavaliers face each other tomorrow night. Stay tuned, folks.

I started my Monday at 5 a.m.

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Before we can dive into my morning, let’s go back to the weekend to understand how today came to fruition.

Friday night I attended Metallica at Gillette Stadium, no big deal. Great show, awesome time, but I got home late and had work the next morning. Saturday was a drag and got to bed late that night as well. Yesterday I was back in the office just struggling to stay awake, even through the drive home. The first thing I did when I got home was take a two-hour nap, and folks, if you want to screw up your sleep schedule, all you have to do is take a nap until 7 p.m.

Because my beauty sleep was corrupted, I woke up this morning at around 4:30 and decided to go for a run at 5. It’s been quite some time since I’ve gone for a run (if you’ve seen me, it’s not hard to tell).

But here I am, sitting at work with some energy which will soon end when I have a couple of hours left in my shift. Another nap will come upon arriving home, and then another short night’s rest to follow. A vicious cycle indeed.

I’m actually hoping this becomes a regular routine for me. Between the commute to work, work itself, the ride home, and taking care of things in or around the house, I’ve fallen in line with the millions of Americans who “haven’t had time for working out.” But the reality is I haven’t put in the effort. I prefer not to shower twice and all I want to do when I get home is relax.

So we’ll see if this whole “waking up before the sun rises” thing works out for me. The goal is to no longer lose my breath when going up a flight of stairs. Baby steps…

Tennessee man gets $14M bond after daring judge to raise his bond

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[Source: WNCN.com] CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man was given a $14 million bond by a Cheatham County judge on Thursday after he allegedly continued to try the judge’s patience.

Sources said the judge gave the 33-year-old a $50,000 bond, but Charlie Nichols stood up and told the judge to go “f*** himself” before flipping him and everyone in the courtroom the bird. Judge Maxie reportedly told him to sit down or he’d raise his bond, to which Nichols allegedly said he didn’t care, daring the judge to give him a $1 million bond — so he did. Sources say Nichols then challenged the bench again, daring the judge to raise his bond to $10 million, so he did. This little game went on until the man’s bond was raised and set at $14 million.

I love this. Just defiant as hell. “Oh you’re gonna set bail? That’s it for bail? Is that all you got?” Trash talking his way into the brig. Hell, if bond is set for $50,000, you might as well up the ante if you can’t pay for it anyway. This story immediately made me think of Spongebob’s cook-off against King Neptune.

I’ve never been arrested, nor do I ever plan on it, but I personally don’t think I could pull this off. It takes a special kind of person to act like this. You got to love it, but I do wonder what he was arrested for…

Charles Nichols was standing before Judge Phillip Maxie on sex charges involving a minor when it all went down. Nichols is also accused in the death of his girlfriend, Alicia Hanvy, who died in March after being run over by a car in her own driveway.

Oh… Well, never mind. Forget the blog and my reaction. Screw this maniac.

Monday morning metaphor

Twitter does this every Monday, with the metaphors and silly videos or gifs for how Mondays go for us common folk.

I’ll admit, this video isn’t the best Monday metaphor; I just wanted to share an injury video that’ll probably make you cringe. But in a way, it’s sort of like when you get back to work after vacation. You come in with high expectations, refreshed, and ready to succeed, but then things build up, workload is overwhelming, and you finally trip yourself up in a bad way.

Ottawa came into this series as an underdog, but after eliminating both Boston and New York, plus tying this series at 2-2, last night seemed like a great opportunity to steal a game in Pittsburgh. It didn’t end up that way. Karlsson destroyed his ankle when the Senators were down 5-0. They went on to lose 7-0.

It’s safe to say we’ll be seeing the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final once again, and probably winning yet again. Dammit.

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