Thursday, December 19, 2013

Don't call it a comeback

Calling all Miami Heat fans, commentators, crap talkers, basketball lovers, whoever you may be!

I have a tad bit of a problem when I hear people say "Vintage/Retro" Dwyane Wade. Take for instance, last night. Wade scored 32 points and everyone and their mother is screaming "WOO HOO vintage/retro Wade played tonight", NO. I get that back in his younger years he was much faster, had different sets of numbers, and could weave through people better than he can now, etc. This is to be expected because it's called life and getting older. But if you haven't noticed that even on a bum knee last season, his field goal percentage was a whopping 52% in the regular season and 47% in the playoffs. The year before that? 50% and 46%. This vintage Wade you speak of had only 3% more in his 2006 winning season. For his entire 10 year career he has averaged 20+ points a game as it is, so why even say the word vintage to begin with? Oh, and this month, Wade just became the all-time leader in blocks for players 6-foot-4 or shorter, passing a player named Dennis Johnson, who had 674 swats in his 14-year career.

What I am trying to say is, every athlete will change as time passes, and it’s inevitable. So tell me why on earth does Wade need to score all these points to then be compared to the 'old' him at the end of Not-to-mention do blocks, steals and assists not count for anything in the basketball world today? I guess not because, whenever he scores more than 25+ points everyone is raving about how the old Wade is back, but when he doesn't all you hear is crickets. Can we just take a moment to look at his talent as a whole, as of right now? Why do we have to constantly throw that he is retro when he is just doing what he has been doing in his 10 season career consistently, just a tad bit slower. Yes, he has had some bad games, who hasn't? But him as a player hasn't gone anywhere, why the need to compare a 'right now Wade' to a 'retro Wade?’ Do your research before jumping the gun and screaming retro/vintage, like he hasn't been here for 10 years. 

That is all for now, my readers. My rant is over, and just like Wade says in his most recent advertisement: 

THREE. (...see what I did there) 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Our trip to Chicago in May

My boyfriend and I went to Chicago in May, minus the fact it was in the low 40's the whole time, we had a marvelous trip! The food was AMAZING and felt I needed to do a couple personal reviews on where we ate. You've gotta check out these places: 

Cozy Noodles and Rice:
OMG get the crab rangoons. This place is so cute & literally "cozy". Super cool decor as well!

Gino's North:
AMAZING Chicago deep dish pizza and was quite thrilled to find out their thin crust is just as amazing. A little old Italian lady is back there slinging all the pizza's, made-to-order by the way. DELISH!

As seen on the Food Network and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. This place is must go. Extremely authentic and tastes exactly how it's supposed to: Costa Rican. GREAT food and worth the wait!

This was a personal favorite. I am a huge brunch fan. First off, if there's a wait, they send you to the waiting area where they have board games you can play while you have yourself a drink. They have an actual Bloody Mary menu and all sorts of craft beers on tap. The food, unbelievable. Each meal comes with a small but loaded fresh fruit cup and the food comes out quick. Hashbrowns are perfectly cooked (I'm a foodie). Try the Crab-Cake Benedict. WHOA! Plus, we had an awesome server named Janada, so I think that made the experience even better! Ask for her.

We of course got our tourist on! We visited the Bean, The Willis Tower "Sky Deck" and something a lot of people don't know about, The Bahai House of Worship (one of seven in the WORLD!)
I highly suggest visiting all three! Also, don't forget to get yourself a Chicago style hot dog, preferably from Wrigleyville, such a cool area!

There were a few things we didn't get to do, but we shall return to the clean and beautiful city of Chicago again, preferably in the summer when its much warmer :)

The Bean- Millennium Park

The Sky Deck- Willis tower

The Bahai House of Worship

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Must haves for tailgating

Once basketball season ends, all us die-hard football fans must wait a gruesome 2 months for the season to arrive. One of the things I make sure to do with all that extra time is daydream about the perfect tailgate. Tailgating is basically an American tradition; whether it's college or national, people are out there and take this stuff seriously. I am one of the many who does too!

I have put together a handy list for your viewing pleasure. If you have at least 3 of these items, you will have a fabulous tailgate time because, well, everyone welcomes each other at tailgates. Whether it's College Gameday or NFL Sunday, you will always feel like you are surrounded by family, very lively and most likely drunk family that is. In any case, go grab some of these items for your perfect tailgate experience.

Beer: Lots of it. Some people like to pound hard liquor, I'm all for a couple rum & cokes before hand but drinking hard liquor throughout your whole tailgate in that south Florida sun is a no-no. You will last about 2 hours and most likely wont make it into the stadium.

BBQ Grill: I got a mini grill at Target and let me tell you, CHEAP ($14) and one of the best investments you can make for your tailgate.

Keg: This isn't a necessity. However, this bad boy always makes things 100x more fun, why? Keg Stands.

Tent: This is an absolute must for a tailgate. All goes back to the south Florida sun, you always need shade. 

Chairs: People need a place to sit & most of the time, the trunk is taken. 

Beer Pong Table/ Table: Absolute must! Beer Pong, Flip Cup, a place for people to eat off of and put their drinks on. 

Corn Hole: Who doesn't love corn hole?? Get a game going while getting buzzed!

Food/ A Meal: If you plan on BBQ'ing out there that's one thing, otherwise don't be an idiot. You're going to be drinking all day and in the hot sun to boot. Make sure you have a full belly of food, and by the way, chips and dip don't count as food. 

Water: Again, don't be an idiot. Make sure to HYDRATE, otherwise you will definitely not make it to the game. 

Attire: Tailgating is a must for wearing and impressing people with the teams best attire. Go all out, guys! 

Big Girl Panties: Last but not least. put on your big girl panties. This applies to men and women. We are all here to have fun, get pumped for our team and rage. You absolutely, positively, must be ready to rage! 

I can't wait. Football season, I will be seeing you very soon!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

NBA Fashion Faux Pas

We all know these athletes love to make a statement before & after the game as well as certain events when it comes to their choice of outfits. I get it, making a fashion statement is a big thing for these fellas, but fashion and flat out repelling are two completely different things.

I have put together a list of the NBA's worst outfits I've seen and please comment if you feel these are appealing to you in any way:

Oh Westbrook. I think all those little people don't even want to be seen on that shirt. It appears as if they are literally trying to run away. 

I love me some Wade but I can't quite figure out if I like or just flat out hate this jacket. 

Capri's are a no-no for you Wade.

Durant wearing what appears to be a vomit colored shirt covered up by a no shape army green jacket.

Paul George (recently actually) damn sure made my list. WTF is this? Just reminds me of the bad part of the 70's. 

Harden, last season. Reminds me of a filet of Salmon with a side of beard.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Besties: Wade & LeBron

*insert 'awwww' face here*

I can't begin to express how smitten I get when I see Dwyane Wade and LeBron James show the world how close they are on and off the court. Non-Miami Heat fans will take any opportunity to act or speak negatively about them, even when they are being genuine about each other in the media. After last night's Game 5 win against the Chicago Bulls, which advanced the Miami Heat to the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron had a lot of things to say in Dwyane Wade's defense at the post game press conference: "He's a Hall of Famer, he has two rings, he doesn't have to prove himself to anyone, no one," along with "I really don't care for the trash talk he receives." These two stick up for each other more so than any teammates in the NBA.

Which brings me to this: Rumors are swirling that LeBron will leave Miami once Wade does, but I have to respectfully disagree. Remember when Wade was alone on the Heat after the first championship? He was a tremendous player on a team that lacked the talent and strength to make it a second time. Wade became a free agent in 2010 and Pat Riley (the mastermind himself) knew he couldn't lose the star of the team. Instead, he brought his star some serious talent and helped start an incredible dynasty. The fact that Pat Riley made it possible for his star to be satisfied then and get him the proper tools says A LOT about how he runs things.

Wade has unselfishly handed the 'torch' to LeBron and that is also a huge part of why I don't think LeBron will be leaving Miami. All of us Heat fans know that the blood, sweat, and tears are that of Dwyane Wade's; the way he willingly stepped down to let LeBron shine shows the utmost respect he has for him and a willingness to make the team stronger. Once Wade eventually makes the decision to retire (may I add a sad day that will be), it will technically be LeBron's team and Pat Riley will make sure to keep him happy just like he did with Wade. Mark my words! Not to mention, Wade and LeBron are such close friends that I'm sure they will want to remain close on a personal level. I mean come on, Wade can be the new Alonzo Mourning sitting behind the bench at home games cheering them on (well, that's my vision at least)! They are brothers, and with Pat Riley behind the scenes I think LeBron is here to stay for a while.

Fun fact: When the Heat won the title in 2012, Dwyane Wade and some others from the team went on a yacht trip and Wade cut the trip short so he could support LeBron in the London Olympics. My sources say that Wade walked into the arena where Team USA was playing, LeBron saw Wade and gave the old 'head-nod' and smiled. LeBron then continued to beast on the court.

Point is, their friendship doesn't just make me all warm and fuzzy inside, but it truly shows they are so much more than just teammates. *sigh*