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Lakers blog profile: Jamie Sweet fondly recalls his first L.A. Times Lakers blog comment

Jamie SweetThis is the 21st post in a weekly series that helps you get to know members of the L.A. Times Lakers Blog community. Feel free to send submissions to mgmedin@gmail.com.

Screen name: Jamie Sweet (Demolitions/Linguist, Cunning)

Real name: Benjamin (Jamie, ask my folks) Sweet

Occupation: Media services technician/ technical director of the Garage Theatre/ other duties as assigned

Age: 36

Gender: Male

Hometown: Costa Mesa man born and bred but now residing in Long Beach.

Story behind your screen name: It was during the 2007 season when I first started blogging, I had been reading the threads and opinions but hadn't really gotten into the whole blogging thing. Here's what I consider to be my first post. I looked around for the post where I hoped Smush had a breakout game a year earlier but couldn't find it. I might have been a bit toasted. Anyhow, I had thought about various screen names (Laser, boogie-boogie wolverine, Do you like waffles?) but none of them seemed to fit who I saw myself as, virtually. So I figured I would just be me. Here I am, rock you like a hurricane. No link on that one.

How I became a Lakers fan: I was basically raised a Laker fan. My childhood chums like to joke that whenever they came over to stay the night there were three things on TV at the Sweet household: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Mystery Science Theater 3000" or the Lakers. They weren't around on the weekdays, so they didn't get to see me watch "The A-Team," "Knight Rider" or "Airwolf." But I digress, we were a Lakers/Angels household for my entire life. I have to admit, my sports teams were like a yin and yang of success until 2002. I have been a staunch Laker fan since my earliest memories, many of which are of the Forum, and will continue to be one until my final reckoning.

115-1571_IMGFavorite Lakers memory of all time and of the 2009-10 season: I have a few. When I was young, before it got too pricey for a family of five to go to a sporting event, the Sweets would go to the Forum and try to sit above where Chick called the game. My dad figured if Chick had a good view of the action, anywhere in that vicinity would be awesome. Once, my Mom walked me up to him and introduced us. Chick was very gracious and shook my hand (I was never into autographs so didn't bring anything to sign). My mom told Chick how we always listened to him on the radio and turned down the volume on the TV, which was absolutely true despite our shaky reception out in Costa Mesa, land of malls. He told us how much he appreciated us coming to visit but that he had a show to do, and so we left.

I can only hope we got some tasty, cheesy nachos afterward.

My first Boys Club b-ball team was having a Meet the Team and Get Your Jersey night at Chucky Cheese on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa. Kurt Rambis was handing out the jerseys and signing autographs of him shooting a layup that would make Luke Walton cringe. That was the only autograph I ever got, and I have it still to this day.

My favorite Laker memory of all time was the first time we beat the Celtics, followed by the 2009-10 season ... where we beat the Celtics. Kobe's 81, of course, as well as Magic's first comeback game against Golden State when he did this. My favorite non-Laker Beating the Celtics Memory is Kareem passing Wilt on the all-time scoring list.

Most heartbreaking Lakers experience: Magic Johnson telling the world he had HIV in the bravest, most honest way possible. Losing to the Celtics in any decade but most especially in 2008. As soon as KG screamed, "Anything is possible!" I changed channels and started watching the Angels. Kobe's rape allegation fiasco gets an honorable mention because we were already a fragmented team, and I knew that it would take some sort of miracle for us to band together as I knew the team would need to. Turns out the miracle wasn't enough, either.

Favorite Lakers player: Kareem Abdul Jabbar, whom I consider to be the best player in NBA history. The complete package as a center and someone that the defense had to focus on, freeing up the rest of the motion offense that Riles loved so he was the rock around which Magic Johnson flowed. They were two different elements working in tandem, sublimating ego in a way GMs wish they could duplicate today.

Greatest all-time Laker: Magic Johnson. He was as great a man as he was a player and continues to be so to this day. Always aware that it's the fans that make the league possible and that at the end of the day the majority of them struggle day to day, he's made it a priority to bring hope to dark places, speak the truth to ignorance and never, ever make any excuse for anything he ever did. But he always learned and grew from his mistakes. If I ever have a kid, he's getting a poster of Magic shooting that baby hook on his wall or in the garage. I could only hope for my progeny to be as great as Earvin Magic Johnson.

117-1702_IMGLast time you went to a game at Staples Center and at the Forum: I was at the Spurs game some year in February at Staples, and my last Forum game was in 1998 when I got in with an old USC alum buddy and we kicked it with the band during the game.

Opposing team, player you dislike the most: Boston Celtics. Paul Pierce/Larry Bird.

Interactions with Lakers players: Kurt Rambis as a lad, that's it.

Most cherished piece of Lakers memorabilia you have: I have a Laker T-shirt I like to wear.

Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: Oh man ... so many ... uhm ... I remember being in a bar when Kobe scored 81 and some guy sidled up next to me and said something along the lines of "Kobe's such a selfish ball-hog, he sucks, he's nothing without Shaq" (Kobe was sitting on a measely 40-something points at the time) and as the game progressed that guy basically shut up and eventually left when Kobe got up to the 70s and it was pretty obvious that Kobe didn't, doesn't and won't ever suck.

The 2000 Western Conference Finals. I was at a party where everyone but my buddy Dave was a Laker HATER. All game long as we dug ourselves a hole, they got more and more boisterous, to the point where they went down by major double digits and couldn't stop turning the ball over or missing rebounds. One of my friends started saying, "They're done, look at them, Kobe can't handle the pressure, Shaq's just stupid, who cares about Phil Jackson and his ... . The Lakers are done, they're done." Which went on for the entire break between the third and fourth quarter, to which I replied, "It's not over yet," seeing as how Brian Shaw had just hit those 3s to bring us back from the edge. When the fourth quarter started and Shaw hit another one, she stopped jabbering, and I just kept saying that it's not over. Said it after every Laker bucket. Said it until we won.

In 2002, I was in Cape Town, South Africa, working for an nonprofit called the Amy Biehl Foundation. In order to watch Laker games, I had to stay up until about 5 a.m. as they started at 2, generally. I remember having to silently shout and cheer as we repeated with a team that had struggled mightily during the regular season. I was in my boss' house on her couch because she could afford cable, and though the bars were open, most bars there lack the television sets prevalent in bars here. I did the same thing for the Angels that year and thought that maybe I had to be out of country for them to be able to win the pennant. So far, that has proved true.

-- Mark Medina
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Jamie Sweet -

Nice to meet you! Loved the profile. :-)

21 DOWN & COUNTING!!! THAT MAGNIFICENT BLOG GOD IS NOT SLOWING DOWN!!
THE STREAK CONTINUES!! THE FORCE IS IN BALANCE AND THE BLOG GOD MM RULES!!!

JAMIE SWEET!!!!! YES!!! How are you sir? Nice to meet you up close and personal. Glad somebody around here is giving Kareem his respect, good choice for Favorite Lakers. All-time Laker, you can’t go wrong with Magic as just about most will agree. You’re on a Roll Jamie! Most Heartbreaking experience. Again we agree, though it liked to kill me when I heard about Magic. You met Chick? Hell that puts you over the top sir. You are indeed a certified 100% LakerHolic. Your dry wit is much appreciated here in LakersBlog and Lakers Nation. You seem to have lived a great Lakerholic life and I would say Lakers Nation and Lakers Blog is a richer and better place for having you as a member. Well I guess the only other thing left for me to say is…OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! KUDOS!!! Carry On!

Jamie Sweet - always like reading your posts, now can put a face to the words.

You dad's insight about where to sit (near Chick) shows him to be a very wise man.

I'm with you on the no autographs bit.

Good to meet ya.

Should be "your" dad, not "you" dad.

It's still early and the sun isn't warm yet.

ANY ONE WNAT SOME OF THIS MONEY, IN IF YOU WANT SOME COME ON IN GET SOME

ANY ONE WNAT SOME OF THIS MONEY, IN IF YOU WANT SOME COME ON IN GET SOME

Posted by: LEWIS MONROE | October 24, 2010 at 09:08 AM

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Taking a line from the beloved MAMBA24 - What is this isht? Who let these weirdos in? Security!

Benjamin - great meeting you...

Enjoyed your profile, and now The Sweet house can enjoy another show...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up....

GOOD MORNING NATION...

3 DAYS TO FILL THE LAT LAKERS BLOG BUS...

DESTINATION: STAPLES CENTER FOR OPENING AND RING NIGHT!!!
Let's show unity and support for this most excellent season coming up!!!


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LEWSTRS - (Driver) Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation
NewMexicoLL - (Shotgun) From Land of The Original Lakers
justanothermambafan –(Security) Fabulous AND Funny dammit
Mamba24 - (Navigator) OUTFREAKIN STANDING!
LRob - DJ Extraordanire - Archives Master
Laker Lass - Keeper of the Flame
Mark Medina - Customs
ZairaAmaterasu - Goddess
Laker Tom - NorCal Chapter
utzworld - THE ONCE AND FUTURE BANNER HOLDER - Chaplain
Fan of The Mamba - Midwest Chapter
phred = The Love Chapter
Jamie Sweet - "Kobe didn't, doesn't and won't ever suck".
KobeMVP888 - Courtside Technician
RDLee - Ready to Roll
LakerPeace - Ready for the Quest for #17
Houston Laker - Needs a game day Link
Noah - Gods favorite
JustaLakerFan - Got some tunes to strike up the band
63 - Footer - Ready to put some foot into some heat behind
Magic Phil - He of the magic skill
#4 - He knows this is Phils 4th 3-peat
EastCoastJessie - Latina Princess
And the Jello Is Jigglin - He can turn Lebron to Jello
Tim-4-Show - Shannon Browns advisor
Lone Star Laker Fan - Olde Timey Historian"
LakerJ - Fire Fighter - Will Extinguish The Heat
Cofm99 – In House Guitarist
Segeboy/Taliq – Sheriff
OutLaw – Defense Specilaist
Baby Outlaw – Defense Specialist in Training
Fearless – Enforcer
Rick Friedman – Morale Officer
Faith – Defense Officer
Jon K – Undercover Agent
J24 – Fairness Officer
PsychedLakerGirl – Review Judge
Joe Corad – Night Games Supervisor
Adrian Palomar – Philippines Chapter
Caps-Googles – Tech Foul Official
CyberCosmix – Devising otherworldly Laker Defense
2Phatt – Can Squash anything with the name Heat
WesJoeNixcon – Shaolin Monk – Trainer of IP Man
lance from da' bronx - East Coast Chapter
MS – The Tune Master
Zach - From San Diego Chapter
Jefe101 – 17th Parade Director
Staples24 – Director of Trades
Caliphilosopher - British Correspondent
Nemaia Faletogo - Tropical Zen Master
LAKER TRUTH - Abe in Purple and Gold
Humanomaly - Trekkie and proud of it
htj - Memphis BBQ Specialist
puddle - 550 Celtics dollars richer
hobbitmage - my response: Lakers Rule
yellowfever - symptoms-turning purple and gold
mclyne - bus roof surfer(you know, like in the movie "Teen Wolf")
longtimelakerfan - Leave Luke Alone
iheartkb24 - Norcal Pinay Sweetheart
Edwin Gueco - The Voice of Reason
Hugo Boss - Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!
VMan - 'V' for Victory!
frmkt - GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!
lone star laker fan - alone in Texas, but flying the purple and gold
G in DC(aka GDUB) - Let's go Ls...all the way to 3-peat!!!!!
JohnnyV - justa smooch winner
Otis- Drunk and in jail...
Tom Daniels - Wise Man = Laker Wisdom
longtimelakerlover - Laker Girl for life
brian - Ebanks will be an All Star
Art - FL Lakers Fan - Florida Chapter
Rocky - San Diego Chapter
KBlitz - Walking Encylopedia
bronxlakerfan - Purple and Gold with Pinstripes...
ChicNstu - Blue Plate Special

ANY ONE WNAT SOME OF THIS MONEY, IN IF YOU WANT SOME COME ON IN GET SOME

Posted by: LEWIS MONROE | October 24, 2010 at 09:08 AM

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Taking a line from the beloved MAMBA24 - What is this isht? Who let these weirdos in? Security! Posted by: Caliphilosopher | October 24, 2010 at 09:20 AM
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LMAO!! THE HORROR!!

Jaime Sweet - Great Profile Man!!! Actually talking with Chicky Baby makes me not even worthy to respond to this great profile or yourself.

hahaha, Lewis Monroe has entered the blog? he has traveled from Silver Screen and Roll to finally enter our domain. oh the humanity!!!

Sweet!

So there's Jamie Sweet! Nice to meet you bro!
Great profile, great stories...

How sweet it is!

Nice profile Jamie. I'm always in agreement with all of your insight. Good stuff!

Hiya Jamie - nice to officially meet you. Great profile! It's always a pleasure to read your comments, and of course chatting with you the game chat. Looking forward to sharing the season with you!

(Oh yeah - and this should put to rest the misinformation about you being a RLG - LOL!!)

Very interesting profile Jamie Sweet! I remember reading about Amy Beil and the Anti Aparthied movement some years ago. That must have been quite an experience!! But at least you could sneak in the Laker Games....A True LAKERHOLIC!!

Hey lewstrs, if there r any leftover seats on the bus, i'd like one. Wish I could actually be at the game but will be watching from sactown.

Finally watched the last preseason game. Some weird no-center line-ups that i doubt we will see again. I really like the new additions and am excited for the new year. Ron Ron and Shannon r in mid season form already!

Banner # 17 coming right up!

I've been trying to get my toddler to say "go lakers!" But all she says is "ball!"

It's good to enjoy sunday in the Fam, and even more when another great profile displays!

MM knows how to pick'em up, and I'm really happy to get to know Jamie Sweet better (among brackets... I ALSO mistook you for a female... I was appreciating your prose and finding it very defined and not girlie at all, but here we have so special ladies, and so into bball, that it wasn't at all a hint you had to be a male for writing competently, and so I let myself believe you were one of the great Lakers girls. SORRY. But in my world believe that was a compliment...).

Yours a beautiful profile and written really, really well.

I was particularly loving your description of Magic and the way he's able to bring hope in people's day.

Then there was this:

"Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: Oh man ... so many ... uhm ... I remember being in a bar when Kobe scored 81 and some guy sidled up next to me and said something along the lines of "Kobe's such a selfish ball-hog, he sucks, he's nothing without Shaq" (Kobe was sitting on a measely 40-something points at the time) and as the game progressed that guy basically shut up and eventually left when Kobe got up to the 70s and it was pretty obvious that Kobe didn't, doesn't and won't ever suck."

... > and after it, you know, I cannot avoid to be a fan ;)

I really enjoy these profiles and can't wait for more.

Happy Sunday Laker Nation !

Proper post of the day, coming after.

Honors to fellow bloggers are of course deserving a post on their own ;)

Jamie Sweet,
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Fricken awesome profile. Loved it!
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!!

SWEETIMUSS!!! This one needs Caps and I couldn't put it any better than M24 - OUT FREAKIN' STANDING SIR!!

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Lewstrs - That bus looks like it's got all of the bloggerdom squeezed in, got room for another?

2007?!

Pfft.

LA Times does not know its own history. The story of the forgotten tribe. The story of the original LA Times Lakers commenters from deep in the wayback mists of 1997.

I speak of the Lakerboard. The first and best posters, commenters HERE on this site, who were banished for blasphemy. We endure.

Jaime -

Loved your profile man. You're a funny dude, and I enjoy your posts - always well formulated, well articulated, well informed. Your dad's logic about where to sit at the Forum was genius! Seems you got your dad's brains!

Too bad about the Angels fan part, but hey, no one's perfect. ;)

You're a vital part of this community and it's good to have you around.

Jaminus Sweet,

Better late than never, I 2nd the motion of what Dave M posted, you're outfreakin' outstanding blogger. Can't post much because we have been on the road for quite sometime.

\o/ @ Jamie Sweet! Another great profile.

Jamie - great profile. I always enjoy your posts. I agree that Kareem is GOAT.


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