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It's the most wonderful time of the year

Laker_fan Every 365 days or so, right around this time in late October, roundball enthusiasts start feeling a beautiful butterfly dance in their guts.  Why?  Because that's when their favorite hoops squad start hitting the hardwood after a summer vakay.  And for Lakers fans, the kickoff comes 24 hours ahead of the masses, with a Lakers-Blazers season opener (7:30 pm PT, TNT), a contest that should provide both entertainment and perhaps a sneak preview of a renewed rivalry in the works. 

After years spent looking like a roster that would fit in at Oz, the Blazers are now family friendly and saturated with young talent.  In particular, many a retina will be fixed on the back of seven footer Greg Oden, whose pro debut has been anticipated with a zeal that made The Dark Knight look like an indie flick.  Some feel The Bearded One will provide a nice litmus test for how "back" Andrew Bynum is from injury and whether he can pick up where he left off before last season's injury, in a peas and carrots relationship with Kobe Bryant that could bring to light the greatest of expectations.  And really, why wouldn't fans shoot the moon with their hopes and dreams?  Between 24, 17, the presence of Pau Gasol and a roster deep enough that Phil Jackson feels no immediate pressure to lock down a starting lineup or rotation, the Lakers are hungry and consider the O'Brien trophy the only suitable sustenance out there.  With any luck, it'll be prepared as a dish served cold.

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I PREDICT THE LAKERS TO LOSE!!!!!


Let the games begin

GO LAKERS

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING LAKER NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IT'S LAKERS TIME BABY YA!!!!!!!

How was the summer boys and girls? Concerts? Beach parties? Vacation? ALL OF THE ABOVE!! Gettin by and gettin high.

Thanks to Rick friedman, PSLakerFan, Charles, and SimiLakerGirl for the preseason get together! We will have to do that again!

A rumble can be heard on the western horizon...unlike any heard before. A defiant roar that sends a shiver down the spines of the unassuming. Untamed the beast stands in the spotlight, dared to fight, and win, again. The challenge never existed...this task was set upon them months ago by their leader. The fight will be long, the challenges great, and the rewards, they shall be epic. Again will the common man revel in the glory that is triumph by battle! The unknowing hoards have forgotten about the beast languishing in the dark pit of injury. We cannot control him, they cannot contain him, they can only hope not to get posterized by him. The Most Valiant of Players shall once again prove his worth on the field of battle using not only the mighty sword, but the magic that all know he alone possesses. The king (strangely younger since the removal of a hairy growth on his face...) will not bend from his command of the 3 pronged attack and will once again smile in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. None shall be spared from the vengance of the unfulfilled prognostication of the knights of the round ball. Again and again the enemies will fall, not knowing exactly what killed them. Was it the beast of power? The sweet, smooth blade of the Spaniard? The 6' 10" unknowing assasin that feels the need to prove his worth? Was it the cagey veteran slowly circling them and then moving in for the kill? Was it the longbow snipers who sit in wait beyond the arc? Was it the angry bench mob that never let them rest? All of these thing could have done the job, but they forgot about one thing...the serpent...The Mamba. He makes the last strike for the kill...the dagger in the heart.

Inhale now as I blow smoke at the screen...


IT'S TIME TO WATCH THE LAKERS AND DRINK SOME BEER,
TOKE A BOWL AND SCREAM AND CHEER!!!!!!!! LAKERS 4 LIFE BABY!!!!!!
CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP

IT'S TIME TO WATCH THE LAKERS AND DRINK SOME BEER,
TOKE A BOWL AND SCREAM AND CHEER!!!!!!!! LAKERS 4 LIFE BABY!!!!!!
CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP...

LakerMan 420

Opening day of the best Laker season EVER.

2 future Hall of Famers
6 current and future all stars
7 players average double figures in PPG
Team will be mentioned in the 5 greatest teams ever discussion.

68+ wins

12 players who contribute on any given night.

Doesn't get any better than this folks. Sit back and enjoy the next 98 games.

Mamba24!!!

Hey bro, a special shout out too you! I wanted to thank you for keeping me interested in the blog. I was gonna say screw it but you kept me in the game.(I hate censorship.) Besides, the Lakers wouldn't be as fun without the blog! Especially because, come on...lets face it...we all know what going to happen...WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT FREAKIN YEAR!!! I wish to be picked up by any/all bandwagons and hopefully start a new one...wait what was I saying?...? Oh well I guess it will have to w...oh ya! The We All Know it's Going to Happen Bandwagon!!! Oh ya Baby!! Looking forward to the season gettin crazy and talking about it with you! The virtual bowl is packed for you my friend.

L8R Bro,

LakerMan 420

my friends are goin to the game.. so jealous :(

go lakers! YEAAAAAAAA

Good morning Charles
GOOD MORNING LAKER NATION WELCOME BACK!!!!
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A WISE MAN ONCE SAID: What does it matter if a man should win the
Western Conference and Lose the NBA finals? We’re the freakin
LA Lakers so don’t look for no WC Banner to be hoisted. Such things
are for FUNS, and QUEENS and other losers. David Stern
If you try to give us the WC championship banner we will shove it
down your throat. WE ARE THE FREAKING LA LAKERS WINNERS
OF 14 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BANNERS, don’t diss us with no
WC championship Rag.
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AND SO IT BEGINS….
Before the first shot is taken, the first rebound is grabbed, the first ball is dunked
The first timeout is called. The first opponents hand is shook ! Before there are
Arguments about playing time, and discussions about who should start.
STOP! ..Think back to a June evening. A June 17th evening. Do you
remember what you were doing on that day? Do you remember how you
were feeling that day.? WELL DO YA? WELL I DO!
It was a feeling close to death. NO I’M NOT EXAGERATING.! My eyes were moist
My heart was beating 300 miles an hour and I felt like someone had hit
me with a Mack Truck. OH, NOW you remember. It was the night
that The Lakers suffered their worst playoff loss in their history. 131 – 92 to the Celtics.
Now call the feeling forth again. Let it infuse your very being.
Let it build and build and build until it is about to explode. Hold it,
Longer, a lil longer. Wait for it. At the sound of the referees whistle
Let it explode forth. NOW! Go out on the court and totally and completely
DESTROY PORTLAND… and the next game do the same thing and so on and
So on thru out the season AND NEVER, EVER, EVER FORGET THAT
YOU ARE THE FREAKIN LA LAKERS AND THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF
THE MAMBA/BEAST DYNASTY AND THE LAKER HONOR MUST BE
AND WILL BE AVENGED. Let it be said. Let it be written. LET IT BE DONE!
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*** BENEDICTION TIME ******
Phil Jackson is my Shepard I shall not want
Yea tho I walk thru the NBQ arena’s with a target on my BACK
I shall fear no evil for the Mamba is with me
His 81 points 3 titles and MVP award comfort me
Surely NBA titles and Dynasties will follow me
all the days of my life and I will be a Laker Forever
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AND NOW YOUR 2008-09 STARTING LINEUPS!!!
AT POINT GUARD #2 DEREK FISHER!!!!
AT SMALL FORWARD # 10 VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC!!!
AT POWER FORWARD #16 PAU GASOL
AT CENTER # 17 ANDREW THE BEAST BYNUUUUUUUUUM
AT SHOOTING GUARD YOUR 2007-08 MVP KOBE BRYYYYYYYANT!!!
ALL RIGHT LAKER NATION ANSWER UP WHEN YOU HEAR YOUR NAME!
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ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
CALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!:
FAITH, Bob, KEIFO, VMan. Jay Jay, CHARLES, Edwin Gueco, Tsiry, FATTY, AngryLaker,
ThaShow, Tim-4Show, The-LakeShow, GenericOne, Pig Miller, Taliq, Jamie_SWEET, TP.
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Reality_Check, BronxLakerFan HoustonLaker, TexasLaker, BrazillianLaker,
*
ALL TOGETHER LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT A NEW DYNASTY IS HERE:
*
WE ARE THE FREAKIN LA LAKERS THE WINNERS OF 14 NBA TITLES.
THE TEAM WITH THE BEST WINNING PERCENTAGE IN NBA HISTORY.
THE ONLY TEAM WITH 2 HOF COACHES. THE TEAM WITH THE MOST
PLAYERS ON THE 50 GREATEST PLAYERS OF ALL TIME LIST(6). THE
HOME OF THE REIGNING AND FUTURE MVP – KOBE BRYANT. THE
HOME OF WILT, KAREEM, GEORGE MIKAN, SHAQ, MAGIC, ELGIN BAYLOR,
THE LOGO(JERRY WEST), PAT RILEY, JAMES WORTHY, BOB MCADOO,
"BIG SHOT ROB HORRY" GAIL GOODRICH THE LEGENDARY SPORTSCASTER
CHICK HEARN COACHED BY 9 TIME TITLE WINNER PHIL (9RINGS) JACKSON
& OWNED BY THE BEST D@MN OWNER IN SPORTS DR. JERRY BUSS
AND THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN EVER DEFEAT OR DIVIDE US IS US
LAKERS TODAY RLAKERS TOMORROW LAKERS FOREVER
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CHAPLAIN utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER we await the game Prayer.


SNIFF, SNIFF COUGH COUGH

IT'S TIME TO WATCH THE LAKERS AND DRINK SOME BEER,TOKE A BOWL
AND SCREAM AND CHEER!!!!!!!! LAKERS 4 LIFE BABY!!!!!!
CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP

IT'S TIME TO WATCH THE LAKERS AND DRINK SOME BEER,
TOKE A BOWL AND SCREAM AND CHEER!!!!!!!! LAKERS 4 LIFE BABY!!!!!!
CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP...

YEAH BABY! LAKERMAN420 IS HERE THE FAMILY IS BACK TOGETHER!
GAME TIME BABY!

LakerMan 420

i'm primed and psyched for tonight's game! go Lakers!

Mamba24 that post got me PUMPED.

I can not wait baby, the season is finally here. Portland has always been an annoying opponent, and we have struggled against them. Last year after beating us on their court, things were getting heated. Even Paul Allen got into it, LO with Jared Jack, the young team thought they were the S--- . Well its time for Kobe and company to slaughter them, and establish their dominance.

http://tinyurl.com/5n3ky9

I know now why Coby Karl was waived. Lakers total salary this season is $ 78.84M while luxury cap is pegged at $ 71.15M so Jerry Buss pays for $ 7.69 luxury taxes. Now Coby is the 15th non-playing asset, he would have added expenditure of $1.42M more, that's double of 0.711M salary of Coby. Most of the games, Coby will not be playing, he will be sitting on a chair that can be sold at $ 2,300 per game that's amounting to about $ 100,000 per season opportunity lost if Coby is sitting on that chair and in the playoffs that chair could go again as much as scalper's price of $ 100,000 for 16 games. In the case of Sun Lue, he earns only $0.442M as a rookie but there is a captive market of at least 100,000 million hoops fans watching Sun Lue sitting on the bench. Based on their comparative marketability, the cancer survivor is outflanked by mononucleosis survivor.

SEASON ON! GAME ON!

LET US PRAY...

Dear Lord, most high, mighty and awesome God in Heaven, we thank You for life, health and strength. We thank You for unity. We thank You for hope. We thank You for our Los Angeles Lakers and the greatest fan base in the world - the family known as LAKER NATION!

We thank You for holding us together during a summer of disappointment. We thank You for strengthening our bond amidst the constant torment from those who reached the mountaintop (LGC's) as well as those who evny and lust for our history & legacy (Butler). We enter this season with a spirit of optimism. We come into tonight's game with high expectations and great hope for our team. We look away from June's defeat in the NBA Finals knowing that what hasn't killed us will only serve to make us stronger. We know that all things work together for our good - even that fateful Game 6 nightmare.

May tonight be the first of the harvest that will come from that heartbreak. May our guys play with a level of focus and intensity that the other 31 teams will be dumbfounded to observe - let alone stand against. May Kobe/Andrew/Derek/Pau/Vlad Rad start the game with determination. May Jordan/LO/Trevor/Sasha/Luke/Josh Powell/Sun/Mbenga/Mihm finish the game with finesse, precision, and AN UNSTOPPABLE DEFENSIVE MINDSET. May 9 Rings and his staff lead the way and may the TEAM follow their direction. And, most of all, may the spirit of GOOD HEALTH SURROUND THIS TEAM ON EVERY SIDE. May we celebrate in April 2009 for the fact that we will enter the Playoffs with a 100% HEALTHY TEAM - INJURY FREE AND READY TO LEAD LAKER NATION IN A SEA OF PURPLE AND GOLD CONFETTI DOWN FIGUEROA STREET!

Ultimately, we know that every shot that is made, every free throw that is shot, every defensive stop and every coaching decision will be as You intended. We praise You in advance. We pray Your mercy against every opposing team we play. Comfort them with this message: It ain't nothing personal...the LAKERS have a destiny to fulfill.

Thank You for all of Your blessings and here's to another winning & successful CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON...AMEN!

I almost forgot, along with the Lakers season comes the endless pessimistic predictions from "never".

never, please spare everyone from the crystal ball stuff. We've discussed this before and although you feel that you're somehow helping the Lakers win with your predictions of losing... your not. No matter how superstitious you are, you will have exactly zero effect on the outcome of the game.

MAMBA24, please add me to the roll call. Thanks.

Somebody who's not going to get traded needs to become Bynum's close friend. It doesn't build a lot of loyalty to a franchise when every time you become friends with a teammate he gets traded.

I'm thinking Lamar Odom and Josh Powell are good candidates.

GO LAKERS!

Good morning family,

Waiting and ready. Go Lakers!

The best day of the year!! (besides my birthday)
i hope i'll wake up tomorrow and find that i was wrong about how good is our team... because it is soooo much better than i thought!!!
Unfortunately, i'm in another time zone, so i will try to watch the first minutes of the game and start my day tomorrow with a smile, because today we start a new dinasty!!
Go Lakers!!

P.D. Mamba24, i'm present!!

LakerMan 420. Mamba 24!

Chest Pound to you Guys!

BMAC is present and accounted for add me to the roll call.

Easily a 60+ win season. Let's stay away from the injury bug and it'll be a foregone conclusion. We started this decade with a dynasty it's time to cement the Lakers as the team of this century's 1st. decade!!!

Mamba24,

I must admit that your pre-game pep talk was worthy of Knute Rockne.

That loss echoed in the dark well of my stomch for the entire summer and the only thing that will completely dispel it will be vengence.

Let's crush the Trailblazers tonight.

GO LAKERS!

This is going to be a great season. I haven't looked forward to starting a season this much since GP and the Mailman were signed as free agents in 2003. That team had a Big Four. Let's see if our new Big Four is better.

Mamba24-

Excellent poem and roll call, we couldn't start the season off any better (except with a big W tonight).

Xodus-

Very nice Laker preview, I enjoyed it.

Lamar = 6th man of the year

GO LAKERS

Bynumbeliever,

You can believe in what you want and I'll do for mine.
Anyway, I really think that tonight's game is going to be closer than a lot of people feel.

NO MORE GREEN!!

dan

Saw this on TrueHoop, and I gotta say, this is an amazing book for a true fan of today's NBA:

http://tinyurl.com/569kj2

The people at "FreeDarko" have collaborated to make an in-depth, beautifully illustrated book about the most interesting players and insights found in the NBA.

I'm not associated in any way with, them, I'm just a fan trying to share with you guys this awesome book. Heck, they even put a lot of it online, so you can just read the excerpts if you want.


utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER,

Amen.

GO LAKERS!

AMEN! A masterpiece! utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER

Please add me to the roll call. Thanks. Posted by: BynumBeliever | October 28, 2008 at 10:25 AM

You have but to ask and it is done Welcome aboard

TEJ, YOU THINK YOU PUMPED I BEEN UP ALL NIGHT
FOR THIS.

Edwin Gueco,

I think your Coby Karl versus Sun Yue analysis was spot on.

I wonder if Dr. Jerry Buss called Coby Karl into his office, dressed up as Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" and said to him in a husky voice, "Coby, I hope you understand, it's nothing personal. It's just business."

GO LAKERS!

MAN i can't wait til tonights game, but im gonna have to!

STAPLES IS GONNA BE ROCKIN


GO LAKERS

Our bloggers totally kick the ass of Forum Blue and Gold's bloggers. And we're a lot more fanatical.

GO LAKERS!

Eric M,

"As soon as Justa pulled out the "Jackie Robinson card", you should of know that all rational discussion was over."

I think rational discussion has been over for a while. I didn't agree with LakerTom about the Bynum thing but at least he wasn't pulling inane comparisons out of nowhere.

The funny thing about it is that I'm black, myself. So I don't know if pulling the race card against me would work. haha

For the People who have access to KCAL and TNT:

Which station will you be watching it on and why?

Best!

Mamba24,

checkin in on my roll call, thank you sir.

it was a good summer, a long one...

just glad to be back with the purple & gold fam bam.

and really happy that the lake show are back in the nba's elite.

nothing better than winning it all when you are EXPECTED to win it all.

socks is back in the fold (by the way PAY THE MAN), with kobe and gasol - we can't possibly be beat.

the team is a year older and a year wiser.

that crushing finals loss to the celtics will be good for us in the long run, i'm positive our players never want to feel that again.

it starts tonight, let's go lake show!

The Outlaw is present and accounted for, Mamba24.

What a wonderful day. I'll put this day on my calendar as the beginning of the next Lakers dynasty. Which, I predict, will last well into the next decade. 4 rings in 5 years. Let's do it, Lakers Nation.

I am, and will remain, proud of this team and this faithful blog.

Go Lake Show!

POST OF THE WEEK:

the funny thing about it is that I'm black, myself. So I don't know if pulling the race
card against me would work. haha
Posted by: Xodus | October 28, 2008 at 10:57 AM

NOW STOP THIS SMACK AND UNITE LAKER NATION

It's early but the Lakers are getting killed in this poll. Let's rally:
www.sportsfanlive.com/web/poll?pollId=6764979

Primed and ready for the start of a great Laker season! Great Roll Call Mamba. Glad to be back in the company of the best fans in the world!!! Will be rooting for our Lakers from the SGV!

Oh, HELL yes!

Jesterguru is present, accounted for and officially pumped!

Can't think of a better way to get things started than a tilt with the Blazers. Portland is buzzing with anticipation about this season. Let's KILL the Portland BUZZ! (Even while enjoying a Portland buzz, in my case, but whatever.)

Also looking forward to schooling those of you in the fantasy league. Good luck to all of you there.

When we inevitably win it all this season, I want immediately to hear audio of Chick saying "Your World Champion Los Angeles Lakers!"


Charles- How you doin man?

I'm going to the game but I will mostly watch Stu and Joel over the ESPN/TNT announcers. It just has way more of a Laker feel to it, which I like. Every once and a while I like to watch the national telecast just to see what they say about the Lakers but its usually the same old song everyone else is singing.

The most annoying thing was last year when I was going to school in Boulder I had league pass and had to listen to the away announcers for all the away games. They usually suck and are the biggest homers in the world. The worst are the Portland announcers. They were just flat out rude and almost made me turn the game off. Seriously though, listening to other announcers makes you appreciate Joel and Stu, plus Joel is always good during the Big 12 games. I don't know why everyone hates him, no one will ever come close to Chick, plain and simple.

When are we gonna do a Laker Blog get together? Sorry I missed the last one, heard it was fun.

Lamar = 6th man of the year

GO LAKERS

Tonight is going to be nuts. My gf is going early to camp out so we can be first in line and get a sweet seat in the amex lounge. Jeffrey Osborne singing the National Anthem on opening night like he traditionally does. I can only imagine how I'm going to feel as the lights go out and the large sheets drop down from the scoreboard - as 3 stories tall images of this year's team play on the pre starting lineup hype video. It's going to be electric.

I pray that the team continues to stay healthy. I hope that they go out and play with the correct mindset. That Drew doesn't get so wrapped up in the pre-game hype that he forces bad shots against Oden, a player just as long as he is who loves playing defense. That the second unit doesn't sleep on Rudy Fernandez and Channing Frye. That Pau outsmarts Aldridge and gets the youngster in foul trouble. That Roy doesn't penetrate all night long and puts Portland in the bonus early. That Steve Blake isn't another one of those guys who gets ignored and always kills the Lakers with his long-range shooting. That the Lakers show these youngsters that the Blazers aren't in their league yet. Go Lakers!

mrbarneydangles,

Thanks a lot!

Tonite, the journey begins.
However, the pain of games 4 and 6 are still with me.
We have the talent.
Question: do we have the heart?
Kobe/Andrew/Derek=heart.
Pau/Vladimir=heart?
We are weak at the starting 3 and 4 spots.
The bench is great.
However, the bench is young.
Boston killed us at the 3 and 4 spots (The Truth & KG).
Key to the season: are we mentally tough?
We shall see.
Lakers must never forget games 4 and 6.
Let the games begin.

Charles,

TNT because I like Doug Collins.

AMEN!! AMEN!! AMEN!!

Utzworld: ....a prayer worthy of taking us into the purple and gold spirtual realm!!

GO LAKERS!!! '08-09

Good Morning JustAnotherMambaFan and the rest of the Mamba clan.
Let us go forth and cheer Kobe Bean Bryant The Black Mamba on to a 2nd MVP.

I LOVE YOU MAMBA CLAN
I LOVE YOU LAKER NATION
I LOVE BEING A LAKER FAN
GOD BLESS THE LAKERS

"The funny thing about it is that I'm black, myself. So I don't know if pulling the race card against me would work. haha"

Posted by: Xodus | October 28, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Hey Xodus,

Good too see you post. I feel you are definitely misinterpreted quite a bit. Most people do not finish reading someone's whole post and lock jaw on a point that is contrary to their opinion.

On my lengthy post about Waiving Coby Karl on
Posted by: Charles | October 27, 2008 at 04:09 PM

It was sheepishly commented. So I replied on
Posted by: Charles | October 27, 2008 at 06:04 PM

The reader didn't realize the content and follow the context. Also, he/she didn't realize that I was part Chinese and in reference riposting to the China Man comment. (Not to mention that blogger never read my comments about the Spanish Team Slanted Eye Gate) Oh Race and it's current development,

The Best Race topic I still say is this race to the Championship with our Multi-Ethnic group.

Just showing some love and recognition to your post's.

Regards,

JESTER GURU IN THE HOUSE!!!
How you be my brother?

Where is my shotgun sidekick KEIFO!

THA SHOW my brother good to have you back!
I sense magic in the air this year.

OUTLAW missed you my brother! This year the
Lake Show makes history.

LAKERBANDIT get your popcorn ready!

lakers_sth

You should link up with PSLakerFan. He is a good guy and nothing like meeting more of the famil.


We better sack-up tough tonight because the blazers are a good young team. And with Oden playing for the first time tonight they are going to be as geeked as us.

If we lay it all out there though, our 10 man rotation and experience will eventually overwhelm them.

choice between KCAL and TNT? Oh, come on! TNT hands down! unless... the other game goes long... but as soon as TNT is carrying it, I'm there!

World Series? What World Series? This is Laker Time, Baby!

Mamba24,

I'm sorry. I apologize. Today is a celebration!

Charles/pslakerfan - We'll do it another game. Tonight will be kind of hectic with the gf, her sister and the kid.

X,

"The funny thing about it is that I'm black, myself. So I don't know if pulling the race card against me would work. haha"

That is VERY funny.

With a handle like "Xodus", I always figured you for a nice little Jewish boy. ;-)

Banner Holder

That's a Big Lakers Amen!

I will sign on to those thoughts.
- Fatty

Props to Xodus!

Charles

>>>For the People who have access to KCAL and TNT:
>>>
>>>Which station will you be watching it on and why?

HD.

Thanks for the replies to the TNT-KCAL preference guys!

Next thread...

Hello LAKER friends!

Yeah, finally - game day is here!
Thanks Mamba for the roll cal - present and ready to scream and yell for the purple and gold!

GO LAKERS!!!

I'm sorry. I apologize. Today is a celebration!
Posted by: Xodus | October 28, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Being named XODUS means never having to say you are
sorry.! Nothing but class Bro.! You are nothing but class.


I hate Portland with a passion.

You can believe they will play this game like it were the 7th game of the championship like they always do...

First game of the year and at least one of the teams will show up with playoff-like intensity. Will our team rise to the challenge and put them down?

FYI... as I said the other day, I no longer have the time to make gameday prayers every day, but I will pop in to do my part when the need arises. But if any of y'all feel led to do your own prayers, go for it. My "pulpit' is not a one man dwelling place!

PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL IN THE HOUSE!
How have you been? Looks like Laker Nation is
returning in mass.

Psalm MAMBA24!

Good Afternoon Charles---Good Afternoon Everybody...

Well It's finally here---opening day--HUZAH ! indeed....

This is going to be one of the greatest seasons for the Purple and Gold in Laker history--no doubt.....

Expectations are high, in some ways too high, in some ways not high enough...

The New Dynasty begins tonight--barring any major injuries (knock on some serious wood please!) I predict 5 (count 'em) Championships in the next 8 years ...

AS ALWAYS, AS EVER, YET ANOTHER GREAT DAY (AND SEASON) TO BE A LAKER FAN !!!

GO LAKERS !!!

Never:

I have the same feeling. Lakers likely to lose by 7 points.

Santamonicafan

Go Lakers.

Sick on opening night. Crud.

Amen Utz . . . Amen.

I've been itching all summer for the season to start and.... wouldn't you know it, I have a presentation at 7pm on opening night. F*#%!!

If you're going to the game tonight, jeer and cheer extra hard for me because the Lake Show will be one disgruntled fan short.

F*#&! F*#&! F*#&!

Go Lakers!

Just so ya'll know, the game will not be on KCAL because its a home game. Its being broadcast exclusively on TNT

Whats up all!
Let the season begin!
Go Lakers!

MAMBA24 -

I'm here and present. Just wanted you to know I appreciate being on the Roll Call.

Good Afternoon Family!

I'll be glued in front of my computer tonight working on a paper. If, however, someone has a link, I would be much obliged.

Representing all the laker fans out here in Lubbock!

What a fricken' Lakers family reunion!!!!

Mamba24, here and accounted for sir!!! Thanks for that rousing pep rally.
I am now fully pumped and ready for systematic, flashy, nasty, grueling, exacting, joyous and smiting wrath and redemption.

Bannerholder, hail to your God and may he or she work their mighty vengeance upon all the petty blasphemers and pretenders to the throne.

LakerMan420, thanks fort he contact. I feel inhaled and ready to yell in sypathetic vibration with the whole, behind the screen scene.

Hello to all Lakers fans, fiends and friends. So glad to see each and every one of you lucky few, who shall speak of this day forever proud to your grandchildren and posterity. Let me ask you a question,

ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLE???????

THEN LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!! ON TO VICTORY!!!!

GOOooooOOOOO LAKERS!!!!

Hey all, I was feeling a little agitated about something (nothing basketball related, I know, crazy, huh?) and then I came on the blog and read all these great upbeat posts and I'm feeling so much better. Yes, today/tonight is finally here... don't know what else to say except that I am soooooooo ready!

Game day?

oh heck yea it is!!!!!

Lakers by a bakers dozen..

Cavs by a Bakers Dozen and the Celtics give us the first second look at a team that win a trophy then gets blown out after receiving their ring!

"Wade anyone"

Sim Sima who got the keys to my Bema!

GOOD DAY LAKERS FAN. TIME FOR A NEW SEASON.

I JUST HOPE KOBE HAS HIS HEAD SWITCH ON AGAIN THIS YEAR AND WILL BE A LEADER ONCE AGAIN AND ALLOW HIS TEAMMATES TO PROSPER.

HERE'S HOPING KOBE IS HEALTHY

SHARING IS CARING

Woooo Hooooo!
It's basketball time.
This will be a fun season. The pieces that have been coming together are ready to lock in and play some nice looking basketball!

Bring it on!

Let's go Lakers!


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