Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Cyril Neville: "This Is My Country"

From Dallas Morning News columnist Thor Christensen on the new New Orleans Social Club release:

“…some of the album’s most powerful moments are etched with post-Katrina pain: Willie Tee’s ‘First Taste of Hurt,’ John Boutte’s version of Annie Lennox’s hit ‘Why’ and Cyril Neville singing Curtis Mayfield’s 1968 civil rights anthem ‘This is My Country.’

‘That song taught me that we, the people, have a right to change the [expletive] that’s going on,’ says Cyril, 57. He’s sipping Tazo Calm tea, but it doesn’t seem to work. ‘We have a right to be pissed off–and to say whatever I feel, even if other people get pissed off at me for saying it.’

He speaks from experience. First, he came under attack for wearing a T-shirt that said ‘Ethnic Cleansing in New Orleans’ during a hurricane benefit show in New York. Later, he became a target for The New Orleans Times Picayune’s Chris Rose, who devoted two columns to ‘The Bitter Neville Brother From Austin Who Besmirches Our Name.’

‘Cyril, baby, the storm is where it’s always been: In your head,’ Mr. Rose wrote. ‘Leave us behind, if you want. But don’t trash us. Not now. Not ever.’

Mr. Neville admits the columns stung: ‘When I start thinking about Chris Rose, I have to put on Jay Z’s ’99 Problems’ and sing along.’”

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006


Argh. Pretty crappy Monday for this sports fan. Oh well. UCLA has 2 more years to go, (as does Cal–technically if nothing else), and, if everyone stays, a Florida-UCLA rivalry could be something amazing.

Meanwhile, despite Marcos Breton’s pessimism–BTW he did a great book on the A’s and Miguel Tejada several years ago–we got 161 games to go, and 2 more in this series.

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Barry Area Forecast: Poor Visibility, Severe Overheating

What you think you see may not be what it really is

This billboard had folks hysterical over the weekend. Turns out it isn’t what we all thought it was. It’s just an ad campaign with uncanny timing.

Do I think Bonds did it? The evidence seems to pull hard in that direction. Do I think steroid usage should go unpunished? No. I’m not from the “Legalize It” camp. Do I think this is all about race? Yes I do.

Here’s Dave Zirin injecting some very welcome nuance and clarity into the Barry Bonds debate:

“Is [the Selig investigation] racially motivated? The question is too simplistic. The fact is that Bud Selig is deflecting criticism off the owners by putting the heat on the most prominent player in the game who happens to be Black. Whether this is conjured up in some back room or not is beside the point. MLB owners seem willing to sacrifice Bonds if it keeps Congress and the public off their backs.”

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Throwin Up The W, March Madness/Opening Day 2006 Edition

Big Baby: “Damn, Farmar! Who’s your barber?”
Garrett Temple: “For real, dog, he give you a glow stick with that?”

If, as the LA Times says (and I concur) the Bruins Still Get No Respect, it probably has to do with Jordan Farmar’s early 90′s “raving, I’m raving” haircut.

I love you Florida, but yall are going down. I don’t love the Yankees, and Toure is gonna owe me lunch. Westsiiiiiide!

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