- Big game for LeBron James and his legacy tonight. Being a life-long Pacers fan I've never really been a LeBron James fan but have always respected and appreciated how great of a basketball player he is. And win or lose tonight, me appreciating and respecting his greatness is not going to change but I do think he place in history among the all-time greats takes a hit with a loss tonight. In my opinion, regardless of the outcome of this series LeBron ends his career amongst the Top 5 players to ever play; but a loss tonight takes him out of consideration, at least for the time being, of the #1 slot in my book. (Full disclosure: I don't actually have a book on this stuff.)
And I know he is already out of that spot for many people. Some are never going to put him above Jordan no matter what he does. And some will favor Wilt over anyone in today's era. But over the past 5-8 years I've thought LeBron could get to Jordan's level and possibly surpass him. Watching LBJ play against some of those Pacers teams really brought out how great he was and what he can do on a basketball floor. He is phenomenal. And he does is on both ends of the court. Him and the Miami Heat are basically the reason so many teams, Golden State included, play small-ball now and made the Center position almost extinct. So I thought especially with him playing in the East he's going to get to a lot of NBA Finals (he has) and then win more of those than he lost he could put up a resume and career that rivals Jordan's. But he hasn't. And if he loses tonight in five games and drops his Finals record to 2-5 I'll be ready to say he's not reaching Jordan's level. Many are probably at that point already, I'll get there is he loses tonight.
One of my New Year's Resolutions was to go to 10 movies this year in a movie theater. I got to #2 this year* on Saturday afternoon with Popstar, the Adam Sandberg and Lonely Island movie. I love me a good matinee movie. The prices are cheaper and way less people to deal with. In fact, I happened to be the only one in the theater for this showing of Popstar. Which for a comedy movie can be good and bad. Good, that you can laugh at stupid stuff as loud as you want, and there are a lot of stupid, funny parts in this movie. Bad, that you don't get to hear/see other people's reactions to jokes in the movie.
I thought the movie was great, especially if you are a Lonely Island fan and enjoy their SNL shorts and bits. If you like those, you'll like this movie. I do enjoy their stuff and I enjoyed this movie. I'd give it a 91/100 on The Bollmeyer Movie Rankings Scale. A lot of funny lines, a lot of cameos by comedians and musicians, and a funny concept. I thought the first 45 minutes were great, the middle drug on a little bit, then the ending was solid. The movie is ridiculous, in a good way. I think the key to enjoying this movie is your expectations going in. You gotta know going in that you are getting a ridiculous movie, it's an adult-comedy mock-umentary. Go into the movie knowing that and wanting to laugh and you'll have a great time.
*For the record, the first movie of the year I saw in theaters was Money Monster and it got a 86/100 on The Bollmeyer Movie Ranking Scale.
The wife and I are strongly considering cutting the cord and dropping our cable provider. We are looking into some options but are frustrated with how much we have to pay to have cable in our house. Our concerns with losing cable though, like many households I'm sure, is how do we watch live sports or live programming. Think those things would be tough to miss on a consistent basis, especially with me being a big WWE fan. I really don't want to miss RAW live every week and now with the brand-split coming up SmackDown is going to be can't-miss TV as well.
So I think we are leaning now towards dropping cable and trying out Playstation Vue. I'm just learning about this so I'm not 100% sure everything it offers but it looks like for $30 a month you get most of your live programming through Vue. We signed up for the free week trial of PS Vue on Sunday and it looks like you get live ESPN and live programming else where. If that works, between PS Vue, Amazon Prime, and Netflix I think we will still get most of the same TV viewing experience for $50-75 less a month than we are paying now. Hopefully it works out. We'll keep everyone updated.