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"I am the straw that stirs the drink." -- Reggie Jackson

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Eduardo (Eddie) Maisonet, III

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Birthday: July 28
Phone number: 213.537.3873
Website: www.thesportsfanjournal.com
E-mail: ed@edthesportsfan.com


Know more about my past


  • 2014-future

    Fox Sports Digital @ Yardbarker Editorial Producer

    Editorial and digital strategist for FOX Sports interactive media team, focusing on Yardbarker's social media engagement, publisher relations and new media verticals.

  • 2010-2015

    SB Nation @ Senior Writer

    Contributed to the news desk and editorial direction for NBA and college football.

  • 2013-2014

    Google @ Operations Coordinator

    Led onboarding of small and medium-sized businesses onto Google My Business platform.

  • 2009-2011

    Nielsen @ Retail Consultant

    Served as a retail consultant and consumer market researcher with a focus on Kroger and Safeway.


  • 2016

    University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA

    Sport Management Masters Program

  • 2005

    Langston University Langston, OK

    Bachelors in Organization Management

  • 2010

    Media Bridges Cincinnati, OH

    Radio and Broadcasting Certification

Skills & Things about me

I Love Social
Social Reach
I Love Strategy
Clients & Counting
I Love Writing
9 Years
Writing Exp.


My latest projects

The state of NBA fans vs. Chris Bosh

The state of NBA fans vs. Chris Bosh

Today marks the beginning of the 2011 NBA Finals, and for some of us, it can’t come any sooner. If we have to see one more segment about Jim Tressel, or about John Denks being mad at Jose Bautista, or whatever other crap is going on right now, it’s safe to conclude our collective heads will explode.

A five-day wait seemed like an eternity, and for one player in particular, this five-day wait continues the journey of the respect he has yet to fully receive, but at this point, has shown he deserves.

LeBron James is the biggest name on the team. Dwayne Wade more than certainly lives up to the billing as The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. It’s Chris Bosh that is the overlooked one, the most taken for granted, and the one who continually has to prove to the prove that he belongs.

20 years of The Kidd, the best point guard of our generation

20 years of The Kidd, the best point guard of our generation

As a kid, I can vividly remember hearing about The Kidd.

I remember hearing about this really high yella kid out of the Bay Area who folks were calling the next Magic Johnson in Jason Kidd. In today's era, where high school stars are hyped to no end, there wasn't a basketball player outside of Shaq more hyped than Jason Kidd in the early 90's. Dude was a legitimate phenom back in the day. From when Kidd touched down at Cal Berkeley and shocked the world by beating the defending national champion Duke Blue Devils, to now in his twilight with his second rotation in Dallas and being a true leader as the Mavs make another run at that elusive world championship.

This is the career of Jason Frederick Kidd, the best point guard of our generation.

Bets on next NFL winner

Bets on next NFL winner

There is still some time to go before the start of the new NFL season, but the betting on it started more or less as soon as the last Super Bowl finished. At the moment the New England Patriots are rated the hot favourites to win both the AFC and the Super Bowl in the pre-season betting – with odds of just 3/1 for the former at many of the sports betting sites, and 7/1 for the latter. The shortness of these odds reflects the quality that the Patriots have throughout their team but, although they are highly rated, they certainly aren’t the only team in serious contention.

Indeed one of the other sides expected to push all the way in the coming NFL season is the Denver Broncos – who always seem to be rated amongst the favourites pre-season, but often fail to deliver on that when the action gets underway. While this should be borne in mind by anyone seduced by odds of 7/1 on them, the fact is they are another side loaded with real talent throughout – including a fit, motivated Peyton Manning – which could be a decisive factor when it comes to their challenge this season.

The current Super Bowl holders, the Baltimore Ravens, are rated surprisingly low down the rankings to retain it – with odds of 16/1 at most bookmakers. This puts them well behind the team they defeated in that match – the San Francisco 49ers – which seems curious given how superior the Ravens looked for much of that game. The biggest problem area for the 49ers in the final was in the red-zone offence area, and this is where they will have to find the necessary players to improve them in the draft if they are to live up to these odds and go one better in the upcoming NFL season.

With there being no guarantees on who will win the Super Bowl this season it may be better to hang on and look at preseason form before betting on the winners. The internet offers comprehensive statistics of each preseason game as well as up to date odds via online bookmakers. As well as offering the chance for betting on the NFL during the off season, the online gambling industry also offer something else for fans of the NFL to do whilst waiting for the new season to get underway. By developing sports themed slot games online casinos offer fans of the NFL can enjoy some sporting fun whilst making the tough call as to who will be Super Bowl champions this year.

NFL themed slots such as $5 Million Touchdown at MobileCasinoCanada.ca. are amongst the most popular with NFL fans. There is plenty of excitement on offer with the combination of its stadium background music, cheering sound effects and its graphic display making for an intense atmosphere. It’s a great way to get fans ready for the arrival of new season.


What's the difference between Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook?

What's the difference between Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook?

Might as well talk about this while the bodies are still warm, right?

As we all sat back and watched the NBA playoffs unfold before our very eyes, we saw Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook play integral parts in their teams journey to success this season. Both were all-stars, both were members of Team USA, and both have a history with one another that goes back to their collegiate days. However, the narrative that's been written in these playoffs would suggest that one is not like the other.

As the big homie Lee Corso would say, "Not so fast my friend."

The UC Show: May 25 - Rey Rey and The Macho Man

The UC Show: May 25 - Rey Rey and The Macho Man

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, we chop it up with Rey-Rey of The No Look Pass to initially talk about the conference finals but ended up talking about the hiring of Mike Brown to the Los Angeles Lakers. Hilarity ensues. Plus, we end the show with remembering the greatness of "The Macho Man" Randy Savage and Ken works himself up into a lather in the process. Download and enjoy!

It aint over

It aint over

As good as it feels to see the Mavs back in The Finals, it aint over, and to paraphrase the actions of Dirk Nowitzki during the post-game festivities, this post is intentionally as brief as possible.

The journey continues. It's all about getting that gold trophy.

One game at a time.

Be easy.
-K. Masenda
P.S. As a reminder, checkout the livest sports talk show around, "The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show" as we are live Wednesday's at 9pm Eastern at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edthesportsfan! Download our podcasts if you missed the live show as well!

Confronting homophobia in professional sports

Confronting homophobia in professional sports

During last Sunday’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls, the TNT cameras, for the second time this season, caught one of the many faces of the NBA spewing a homophobic slur from the tip of his lips. A couple weeks ago, RiPPa made a guest appearance here on ETSF expressing his displeasure for Kobe Bryant. On Sunday, it was Joakim Noah hashing out that nasty f-bomb to a Miami fan. While I am a bit disappointed with both gentlemen, I’m not here to spread the “these men are evil” gospel that you might find on other parts of these internets.

What I am concerned with, however, is how little professional sports have done to this point to take a stance on masculinity’s mostly Anti-Gay agenda. For decades now, this has been a country whose identity has been defined by the power of the marginalized people to fight for equality. Minorities and women have blazed the equal rights trails, and the gay and lesbian community, who have fought equally as hard, have been treated as America’s red-headed step children.

Sadly, we haven’t seen much from any of the major American sports speaking out against anti-gay campaigns, but it’s a beautiful thing to see that the NBA is finally taking a stance.

The Oklahoma City Thunder need some Lawry's seasoned salt

The Oklahoma City Thunder need some Lawry's seasoned salt

Last night after the Dallas Mavericks came back in miraculous fashion versus my beleaguered Oklahoma City Thunder in game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, I changed the channel with the hopes of escaping the reality that I witnessed just minutes ago. HBO boxing was on, and the replay of the WBO light heavyweight championship between Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal came on the set. Being a boxing connoisseur and having no desire to sleep, I watched the entire fight in what would be a microcosm of what I just witnessed earlier that evening.

Bernard Hopkins, at age 46, became the oldest sports champion of our generation by putting the beats to the younger, stronger, faster, Jean Pascal in a way only an old man could. He used every ounce of his skill, he was as crafty in the ring as an old player talking to a woman, and he cheated like his life depended on it. Thumbed him in the eye, elbowed him in the mouth, did push-ups in front of him between rounds, holding behind the refs back, everything he could to get an edge over a fighter 18 years his junior. Jean Pascal never had a chance.

In reality, the Oklahoma City Thunder never had a chance either.

Remembering "The Macho Man" Randy Savage

Remembering "The Macho Man" Randy Savage

This past Friday, the last remaining part of my childhood came to an end. When B-Lew called to tell me that Randy Savage died, it was beyond anything I was prepared for. The man is the first reminder I have of watching wrestling as a youth. He is the wrestler I revere the most, and he is the one placed on a pedestal as the epitome of wrestling and entertainment.

In my house, wrestling was the first sport that was on my television well before football or basketball. Being five years old, and having my dad come in my room to sneak me out to watch Saturday Night’s Main Event were some of the best times a kid could have. Once the Macho Man came out and did his thing, the night was complete. I could fall asleep and wait until the next televised program came on, whether it was Superstars, Prime Time Wrestling, or whatever.

Randy Savage was one of a handful of wrestlers who could have the crowd in the palm of his hand without the aid of a mic, which was a rarity, because the man sure could talk. He could just come out to the graduation song, and the people would rise from their seats to pay homage. Whether he was a face or a heel, the crowd would go crazy for Savage, and for anyone who’s watched wrestling over the years, they know that’s not a quality that many possess. The man was truly one-of-a-kind.

Fear the beard + mohawk: a perspective on James Harden

Fear the beard + mohawk: a perspective on James Harden

When people think of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the first two names that usually come to mind are Kevin Durant and Kyle Lee Wa-- err, I mean Russell Westbrook. It’s totally understandable, as they are the faces of the team.

However, there’s another man on that team who is easily my favorite player and has been ever since he put on a Thunder uniform. The man looks about as athletic as a jar of applesauce, but when he gets on the court, he is a serious problem. That man is none other than James Harden.

Today's Obituaries - Brendan Todd Haywood (1979-2011)

Today's Obituaries - Brendan Todd Haywood (1979-2011)

Brendan Todd Haywood, 31, passed away on Thursday, May 19th, 2011. He was born on November 27th, 1979 in New York City. He's most known for his collegiate years at North Carolina, and being built as a prototype center in the NBA and yet playing like a charmin-esque softy with no spine whatsoever.

Witnesses say that Kevin Wayne Durant, 22, was accused of assault with a deadly weapon. Durant, a cold-blood assassin who reads children's books to the kids, walks old ladies across the street, and performs surgeries with Timothy Tebow in the off-season was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. As the referees called a technical foul against the phenom, the crew basically admitted that he murdalized the 7-foot softie, what had actually happened was suicide by the big man for the Dallas Mavericks.

In Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals, Durant got the ball on the top of the wing and with the 87-year old Predrag Stojakovic guarding him, his only goal was to get to the rim. Little did he know that Haywood would be waiting under the rim with a kitana (samurai blade) pointed at his gut in his hands.

The mindset of someone who still wears cornrows in the NBA

The mindset of someone who still wears cornrows in the NBA

I just want you to think about your circle of friends real quick, when was the last time someone you knew actually wore some cornrows? I would venture that its been quite a long time.

So whenever I see someone wearing them strong in 2011 it always makes me take a step back. Why? Because I know that there's something in that man's head that lets me know that he is not to be trifled with. The mental makeup of someone wearing the jumper cable braids is probably someone who does not give a got damn about you, your friends, your family, or themselves for that matter. They have no regard for human life...

...and that's the type of player you want on your team.

The UC Show: May 18 - The Return of B-Lew

The UC Show: May 18 - The Return of B-Lew

The three-man weave is back tonight as the best 8th-grade basketball coach in America Mr. Brandon Lewis rejoins the show. Plus SLAM Magazine's Bryan Crawford and The Smoking Section's Justin Tinsley battle one another to chop it up about Bulls vs. Heat. Hell, Ken and I might do the same for Mavs vs. Thunder. Feel free to listen or download, enjoy!



If the narrative that is Dirk Nowitzki’s career ended just one month ago, he would have gone down as one of the greatest international basketball players to ever lace up a pair of sneakers, but one of the most tragic figures of the last 20 years.

His story would have been delivered as one that spoke a great deal about his unique offensive offerings, but also about how his same quirkiness was never seen as a style that would ultimately be a the hero the Dallas franchise always hoped he’d be. Through the lens of the sports fan, he would have never been forgotten, but he wouldn’t have been remembered for being as great as he is.

The fan/athlete dichotomy has always been a problem because our expectations from behind that conjectural fourth wall almost always exceed what a single man is able to deliver. We always wanted more from Dirk -- but he has already given his heart and soul to the Mavericks. What more could he possibly have to offer?

The victory cigar all-stars

The victory cigar all-stars

My Uncle Bill tells a funny story about the Boston Celtics M.L. Carr back in the 80's...

"Man, we used to go to the bar and watch basketball from time to time, just to get out the house and what not. Whenever the Celtics would decide to whoop up on the team they were playing against, my buddy Sam would yell out 'ITS ML TIME!'. Miller Lites for M.L. Carr. If there were two minutes left in the game when ML entered, then we'd have to get two beers and talk to two women. Sometimes the Celtics would whoop up on 'em so bad, that we'd have to double-back and talk to the each other's women in the bar. Woooo....those were some fun days." - Uncle Bill

Michael Leon Carr wasn't the first, but he was the first embodiment of "The Victory Cigar" player of my generation. When he stepped on the court, you just KNEW the game was over. When the "BEAT 'EM DOWN" happens, the "Teddy Ballgames" happens, and the dagger is struck...you know the Victory Cigar All-Stars are coming.

A blast from playoffs past: Allen Iverson gives Toronto 52 points

A blast from playoffs past: Allen Iverson gives Toronto 52 points

The playoffs have given us plenty to be happy about. Chicago is experiencing a renaissance, with hopes of bringing a championship back to the Windy City. The Oklahoma City boys are playing well and are giving the city a team to be proud of. The Miami Heat are looking to make their mark, while the Dallas Mavericks continue to astound the masses, while waiting to finally play some ball again.

For these reasons, it would be easy to be thrilled with what’s going on currently and not be tempted to take a trip down memory lane. However, something very special occurred on this date ten years ago that bears revisiting.

A couple of years ago, Ed enacted a cease-and-desist order on me writing about Allen Iverson on ETSF. It is the first and only time the order has been used, and for the most part, I adhere to it. However, the order will be broken today, so here goes…

Today's Obituaries - Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. (1982-2011)

Today's Obituaries - Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. (1982-2011)

For many departed souls, this is the day they'd always been waiting for...

Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. was born on January 17, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chi-town native was put to rest on Sunday, May 15th, 2011 after what apparently was a setup by the locals. Dwyane Wade was considered to be a proud son of the Windy City, grew up on the South Side, hooped at Richards High, and went on to become a star hooper 90 minutes north at Marquette University. Through it all, the man became an all-star, an Olympian, and a NBA champion. However, for whatever reason, the residents of Chicago felt betrayed. Maybe it was because Wade decided not to leave Miami for Chicago in free agency, or maybe its because Wade might've had something to do with his now teammate LeBron Raymone James joining him in Miami, or that he'd be wearing Jordan's in the house that The Jordan built to take on the team that Jordan took to glory...

...whatever it was, Wade's days on this Earth were numbered.

The Jordan Rules are still in effect in 2011 (Derrick Rose are you ready?)

The Jordan Rules are still in effect in 2011 (Derrick Rose are you ready?)

In the late 1980’s we witnessed the rise of two powers in the East that were headed into a collision course. A collective unit in the Detroit Pistons versus an individual phenom in Michael Jordan would wage battle in three consecutive years from 1988-1991. What transpired was the Pistons refusal to let one man, The Jordan, beat them.

The Jordan Rules were a defensive strategy employed by the Detroit Pistons against Michael Jordan in order to limit his effectiveness on offense. Devised by head coach Chuck Daly in 1988, the Pistons' strategy was to play him tough, to physically challenge him and to vary its defenses so as to try to throw him off balance. Sometimes the Pistons would overplay Jordan to keep the ball from him. Sometimes they would play him straight up, more often they would run a double-team at him as soon as he touched the ball to try to force him to give it up. And whenever he went to the basket, they made sure his path was contested.

The "Rules" will be used in 2011, and this time the target will be Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls...again.

All hail the King

All hail the King

Last night, a changing of the guard took place in the Eastern Conference. The Boston Celtics, a team who set the standard of team basketball for the last four years, relinquished control of their position at the hands of the Miami Heat. For some, it was great to see. For others, it was expected, and for one man, he showed the world that when it comes to closing time, he can get it done.

LeBron James had a three-minute stretch at the end of the game last night that thrilled just about everybody watching, simply due to the fact that the look he had in his eye was unlike anything ever seen from the man as a member of the Heat.

The UC Show: May 11 - The bluebloods of the NBA have gone fishin'

The UC Show: May 11 - The bluebloods of the NBA have gone fishin'

Tonight on The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, the big little homie Jonathan Tillman stepped in off the bench as the 6th man as Ed was conducting business in Chicago. As always, chicanery and tomfoolery ensued. Listen up and enjoy.

Pick-up basketball isn't the same when you get old

Pick-up basketball isn't the same when you get old

I consider 24 Hour Fitness to be a home away from home. Five days out of the week are spent in the gym, doing a variety of exercises in a quest to stay in shape and keep my body right. It’s been like this for years now, and knowing how important fitness is in my life, it never fails how the excitement creeps in when it’s time to go to the gym and workout.

Since 24 Hour Fitness has the option of working out at any club in the area, it also provides a backdrop to the game I’ve loved to play since I was a little kid. There used to be a time when walking past a basketball court wasn’t an option. Even if there was no initial intention of playing, all it took was to walk near a court, see a ball and some people playing, and my other plans were derailed for the time being. I would join in the game, and the rest was history. It couldn’t be any other way.

When old-school cats would play with me and my boys when we were younger, they would always say “Enjoy it now, youngblood, because when you get old, it aint the same anymore.” Of course, we would laugh, because these cats were in their mid-to-late 20s saying this stuff to us teenagers, so of course, we weren’t trying to hear it. Even in my early-20s when old-school cats would say it, I wasn’t trying to hear it.

Besides, why should I? The old-school players still got up and down the court, they would still chop people up, and if they felt the need to make it a point, they would dominate the games and whoever was guarding them. It never occurred how they took longer to get on the court, because they had to stretch for 15 minutes, or how they would be slower to get off, in the physical sense. It seemed like those days weren’t coming anytime soon. What it is to be young and foolish.

The funniest game in NBA playoff history

The funniest game in NBA playoff history

I know this isn’t a conventional title, but last night wasn’t a conventional game. Last night was, without a doubt, the funniest game I have ever seen in my life.

This man pictured above, who plays with Kevin Durant, and who is a point guard, not only took 33 shots, but it seemed like they were coming from everywhere. Seriously, and what made it even funnier was watching it with everyone on Twitter. It was like we all knew what was coming, but even we couldn't predict how funny the night would become.

Do you ever see a player who is so clueless that you can’t even get mad at them anymore? I mean, Russell Westbrook was determined to show the world that he watches Above the Rim before every single game and was convinced to show the world that he is indeed Kyle Lee Watson.

Why do you hate the Los Angeles Lakers? (and their fans)

Why do you hate the Los Angeles Lakers? (and their fans)

Here are the 5 reasons why I really hate the 21st century Los Angeles Lakers...

1) The fraudulent leadership abilities of Kobe Bean Bryant
2) The GM mastery of Mitch Kupchak
3) The way the Lakers lay down when they know they're getting mollywhopped
4) The signing of Ron Artest
5) The fair weather arrogance of the fringe/casual/neanderthal Lakers basketball fans

Seriously, I could end this entire article with those five reasons. Its a known fact as to why I hate the Lakers. If you asked Kenny, I would bet that he dislikes the Lakers for similar reasons. However, watching the Lakers get their teeth kicked in, get their lunch money taken from them, have to pay taxes to the IRS, and getting a swirly in the toilet on national television was almost unnerving in a sense. Its something we've seen before in Kobe's legacy as a Laker, but it still doesn't seem right.

Maybe that's where the Laker hate begins...

What does Josh Smith have to do to get some damn respect?

What does Josh Smith have to do to get some damn respect?

Note: In the past, this has been done for two people on the site, and those people are Philip Rivers and Serena Williams. Today, I come to the defense of J-Smoooooooooove.

Joe Johnson is the Atlanta Hawks' highest-paid player.

Al Horford is a two-time All Star.

Jamal Crawford is “The People’s Player,” in regards to the folks I know who love his handle, as well as his penchant for making long-range threes with damn near no time left on the clock...

...and Josh Smith is their most important player, at least, that is the opinion of the author here.

Wait; so the guy who is their highest-paid player, another who is a two-time All Star, and a third who is “The People’s Player” is not the most important player for the Hawks? That belongs to Josh Smith? Yes; absolutely.

Joakim Noah is the most wanted player in the NBA

Joakim Noah is the most wanted player in the NBA

There isn't another player in the NBA like Joakim Simon Noah, period.

I can't think of one championship team that didn't have a player that was extremely polarizing like Noah is. That one guy on the team that you either love to love or love to hate. The man can generate a reaction from almost anyone just by touching the ball, scowling, arguing with the ref, or letting out a primal war cry after a savage dunk on offense or a diabolical block on defense. The man has a tendency to do things to make himself hated.

Noah loves it, relishes it, and basks in it. Which is why I love the man when he steps on the basketball court.

The UC Show: May 4 - Morgan Campbell talks Pacquiao vs. Mosley plus more

The UC Show: May 4 - Morgan Campbell talks Pacquiao vs. Mosley plus more

Tonight on The UC Show, we chop it up with the Toronto Star's lead sports writer Morgan Campbell as we take a break from the playoffs to talk about Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley. Is this worth the PPV? Is boxing capable of rising from the ashes? Then we bring it back to the NBA and talk about conference semifinals, is Memphis for real? Why are folks dogging Westbrook so much? Is Boston finished? Plus two familiar friends join us to engage in chicanerous tomfoolery like only we can. All this and more in the podcast, just click on the link and listen up!

The travesty of the swing-through foul

The travesty of the swing-through foul

With about six and a half minutes left to play in the third quarter in last night’s Thunder/Grizzlies game, Kevin Durant was being guarded awfully tight by Memphis’ Tony Allen. Instead of running the offense and working for a quality shot, Durant proceeded to swing the ball through Allen’s body.

Knowing a whistle would be blown, Durant went through a shamefully natural progression of losing the ball below Allen’s shoulders and writhing his arms in ways akin to those “wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men.”

Allen had done no wrong, in fact, he was in a prime defensive position: body low, up close, hands active. For his efforts, he was rewarded with a personal foul, and Durant stepped to the line and added two more points to the Thunder lead.

This call didn’t change the outcome of the game, it wasn’t something that we haven’t seen before, and it wasn’t really controversial -- but it piqued the hell out of me. I’ve always been a proponent for tough, hard-nosed defense. I tend to salute those who are known for their penchant for the less sexy end of the floor. Anyone can shoot the ball, but it requires a different kind of mentality and dedication to your craft to go out with the willingness to lock down the guy wearing the opposite jersey.

The Zach Randolph gospel

The Zach Randolph gospel

The Zach Randolph Gospel should have been written on here years ago.

The story of a man, who has an endless amount of post moves, uses his athleticism about as efficiently as anyone in the league, and a man who is a tremendous rebounder should have been told on ETSF many moons ago.

A man who is a disciple of Tom Izzo at Michigan State, someone who came up through the Trailblazers, went through the Knicks and Clippers, but has made Memphis his home should have been told on here long, long, long ago.

People say he’s not a tremendous athlete, but one thing about basketball is the players who are wise enough to use the athleticism they do have as little as possible and instead rely on being shifty, crafty, and smart are the ones who can play forever.

Could you imagine actually being a hometown hero?

Could you imagine actually being a hometown hero?

"They love me cause my Swag is so Jockish,
Freshman year I saw a ring like I'm boxin'.
You voted most likely to never-ever top this,
I'm Michael Jordan; Dennis Rodman's...in my hometown."
- "Hometown Hero" - Big K.R.I.T.

This all started from a conversation I had with the big homie Bryan Crawford in Chicago while at the Chicago United Hoops Classic, hosted by Converse. Per the usual, when you get up with folks you haven't talked to in a minute, you shoot the shit and catch up on things. Of course, being the Chi-town homer Bryan is, the conversation quickly veered towards the hometown hero, Derrick Rose.

Ed: So, how does Chicago really feel about Derrick Rose? How do you all judge him?
BC: How can you judge him? What can you say about the man? He's done nothing wrong, he's at the top of his game, and we love him.

Usually, I have a witty response, but I didn't. I didn't really have anything to say in return, why? Because Rose is Crawford's guy, because there isn't that much you can say about Rose negatively, and because I don't know anyone who is as judgmental about Derrick Rose more than Crawford. He's the hometown hero, he's been hearing about "Pooh" since '03, and he's gonna probably fight me if I talk crazy about the man.

Truthfully though...I kinda respect it.


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