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Phil Jackson discusses "Journey to the Ring"

6a00d8341c506253ef01348865717a970c-320wiThree months ago, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson seriously considered retiring.

He still loved the game, but concerns over his health, fatigue and the constant travel surrounding an NBA season seemed to be wearing on him. Positive feedback regarding a series of medical tests and a week at his lakeside home in Montana, however, proved enough to make him feel rejuvenated and commit to another season. In fact, Jackson felt so energized that he was willing to collaborate on a photography book commemorating the Lakers' 2010 NBA championship with NBA Entertainment senior photographer Andrew Bernstein. Jackson's witty and insightful captions to photos Bernstein took from the beginning of training camp through the victory parade make "Journey to the Ring," scheduled for a Nov. 10 release, a quality read. I recently highlighted Bernstein's thoughts on the overall concept. Now it's time to feature the thoughts of Jackson, who recently joined Bernstein at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey to promote the book.

Phil Jackson regarding the book:

It was a process that I wasn't sure I was going to be able to do given the immense import the last few seasons had on me, and not knowing whether I would come back or not. Somewhere in July when I determined I was game for another year, it seemed fitting for this to be a project for me in the summer up in Montana. ... I was part of a project called "Take it All" back in '69 or '70 championship season in New York with the Knicks. Andy approached me on that basis saying he really enjoyed that book when he was a young photographer. George Kalinsky was the photographer. I had about four or five photographs in the book. I was an amateur photographer at the time. And I was on the sideline recovering from spinal fusion that season so it was something I had done before and I felt comfortable doing it. But I didn't know the immensity of this project. It was a lot of photographs and a lot of text and I think it turned out to be a really nice project for our fans and hopefully basketball fans around the country.

What were your favorite pictures in this book?

I think they were the pictures behind the scenes. Andy has a knack of capturing the importance and emotion of the situation. Some of them were prior to a game. I think one of them was prior to the national anthem in Boston at the [TD] Garden where the players [are standing]. Andy's on the floor and he's taking a picture of them. It shows you the size of these players in the immense arena. There's another one on Thanksgiving where I'm carving a turkey and my daughter is helping me in the kitchen. We enjoyed Thanksgiving. That's a personal one I enjoy. I think the celebration at the end carried a lot of weight with me too.

6a00d8341c506253ef0133f544c557970b-600wi-1On his Game 7 photo:

Game 7s are obviously something in which emotion is a very big factor with the players. So when I talked to the team before a game, it's about getting back down to basics. It's such a high to play in a game like that that sometimes you can have a sleepless night before the game in anticipation of the excitement and the adrenaline that flows through your body. You saw it in Kobe's performance that night. He wanted the ring so bad. I tried to bring them into a real calm situation where they remembered to breathe through the situation and continue to use their breath to get centered again so they could go back and repeat the performance.

He knows. Andy knows I give him a look and he disappears. There are times that are public and there are times that are private because there's a lot of ground to cover after a ball game. Sometimes disappointment, sometimes elation. There's some private moments there.

On the appeal of black and white photography:

I think color's spectacular in a way that sometimes you really lose what's the essence of the picture. I think black and white gives you those shades of gray all the way through black and back to white that gives depth to the photograph. There's some essence to black and white and I think some of it is our photographic memories. ... It seems to take on a surreal nature to it sometimes when it's in black and white.

On writing the captions:

Some I had to track. I had to track some of the memories and when it got back to dating some of the photography so I knew exactly when it was, I had no problem at all. The images spoke for themselves. Most of them, and I would say 95% of them, I knew the emotion of the moment. I knew what was going on and it helped me relive some of the season. I think that's foresight for some of the people who may want to buy this book. It lets fans relive some of these moments. To remember this from a year ago is kind of spectacular.

On the journey:

It's a process that I've always compared to a school year. You start out in September and you finish up in June, then you've been successful. It's an ongoing thing where literally these guys commit 200 something days. It could be 180. It could be 260, something like that or 240, whatever the days are that go into that entire season that they have to give their life to. I'm in charge of saying what time that day begins and what we're going to do and how many meetings we're going to have and what kind of practice we'll have and what the depth of it is. It's a process that for me I've had great fortune in looking at seasons as something of a long haul where it's going to be an eighth-month or seven-and-a-half month project. But in reality, you still have to give import to this opening game or this next game next week or this preseason game. Looking at the pictures brought back memories of the Christmas game against Cleveland and those fingers that went down on the court, those things that I thought were really memorable features of games like that. I think that's the fun of it.

On if he'll do another book:

I've given up photography basically. Now that it's become digital, I'm not much of a photographer. Maybe it's not being able to bleed pictures, it's not as much fun. Also there's the dark room at one time so there's the whole chemical thing going on. I think there's going to be another book, but I doubt there's going to be a photography book.

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

All photos by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images

 
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Yup, definitely gotta get that book.

How about them San Francisco Giants!

Sonnybelfast

@NMLL… Thanks for bringing up Buddy and Richie. Loved Peggy Sue AND Donna. I was actually thinking about both of them when I posted the line to a YouTube of Don McLean’s American Pie earlier. It’s amazing how certain songs get connected emotionally to your memory of certain events or times in your life and often become songs that always move you.
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Richie Valens Donna was a song that I would play over and over on my 45 rpm record player when I was a kid. Man, I loved that song. Here’s a good test for the musicologists on the blog. What was the flip side of the Donna 45? The other song that haunted me those days was Tommy Edwards It’s all in the Game. For some odd reason that song takes me back to lying in bed reading Robert Howard’s Conan the Barbarian novels when I was in junior high school. But Donna, that was my love song.
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Donna: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMcHbh6HBDk
It’s all in the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNz-Am3Qm5s
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TOM

Man, I'm always runnin' behind on these threads.


@Mamba24: Please add me to the Rick Friedman Bandwagon.

Rick, here's, hoping you have a full and swift recovery bro.
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@LRob: agreed on 'Un-Cut', check out the 'James Yarde Remix' of 'Fallin' if you can find it.

Thanks for Teena Marie and Van McCoy(a homeboy)!

Also, thanks for 'The Pretenders', they're one of my favorite groups. Here's one of my fav's by them.

The Pretenders - Message of Love - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCf5wLyfkvQ

Oh yeah, and that 'Chairman of the Board' clip for Sasha was funny.:-)
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@63 Footer: Thanks for the Gary Lewis and the Playboys clip, from 'Shindig' no less. I used to watch that show religiously.(LOL)
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@LEWSTRS: Enjoyed the 'Aerosmith' clips, they're one of my fav's also.
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@LT: Thanks for the Neil Young and Elton John clips, both are favorites of mine.
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@JLF: We actually became slaves on Dec.23,1913, I'm sure you know why. Also, here's a clip you may find interesting if you haven't seen it already.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J5XxFlWts0
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Now here's today's entry in my 'across the pond' series.

Steve Spacek - Eve (J Dilla Remix) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOYb3_lOm04

Katalyst feat. Steve Spacek - How Bout Us - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGllrYGcqDY&feature=fvw

Steve Spacek - Dollar - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBdmQEDuQ8U

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Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!
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I can't wait to get it. I'm almost more excited about seeing the photos. I'm marking my calendar for Nov. 10th.

Marcin Gortat - summed up the feeling of a lot of players regarding Miami. The Heat will get a taste of what the Lakers face every night...a jacked up opposition and their fans.
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"Honestly, I'm sick of listening every hour about Miami -- Miami that, how great they are, how big they are, what kind of record they gonna have," said backup center Marcin Gortat, who had eight points and seven rebounds. "I get every day interviews back in Poland, people calling me about Miami, Miami, what you think about Miami? What you think about Big Three? I'm going to say the same thing: they are a great team, they have three superstars, they got a couple good role players on the team.

"They looking good on the paper, but they got to start winning."

Yesterday I wrote that one of the things that made me say hmmm from Wednesday games was Rambis treatment of Kevin Love. K-Love only played 24 minutes which was ridiculous. Anyway here's some of the story that filtering out:
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The season is exactly one game old for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Kevin Love is already getting disrespected by his coach. Fitting that Love's new blog for GQ is called Love Will Tear Us Apart, because he's doing just that to the Twin Cities. Wolves coach Kurt Rambis sat Love for the final 8-1/2 minutes of Minnesota's tight opening night game against the Kings (who were without star guard Tyreke Evans). Why, pray tell?

http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/10/28/the-works-where-is-the-love/
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Yep Love will be looking to bolt after his rookie contract expires if Rambis keeps trippin.

For those who were clamoring for TMac in the off season he currently on a 15 minute limit per game. (wasn't there a T-Mac bandwagon?)....no offense Mamba...I'm not saying you started it:
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He played 13 minutes in the Pistons’ 101-98 loss to the Nets. He had three assists and missed three shots. Afterward, he said he felt “great.”

“They put minutes on me. I think it’s around 15,” McGrady said. “I’m only playing 15 minutes, so when I’m out there, I’m going as hard as I can go.

http://www.freep.com/article/20101027/SPORTS03/101027060/1051

@63 Footer - Knopfler (Dire Straits) to Walsh (James Gang)...two serious guitar playing brothers and two underappreciated groups.

@cofm99 - thanks for the heads up on Lukather. I'll have to check it out. Seems like he was on every album sleeve I read in the early-mid 80's. Meeting McDonald (could you understand him...haha, only kidding) and the Mr. Big guys had to be cool. BTW....did you submit a profile?

LRob - if we're goin' for two serious guitar playing brothers, here are two of my all-time favs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x52x5hjpD5k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkY6See4Wc4

We kinda figured about TMac... Love? Who knows what that's really all about. I will no longer comment about comments about the Heat. No comment.

LRob....I know your to young but how about Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue" and Richie Valen's "Donna"? I did love the Beach Boy's and The Chubby Checker's Twist Again. Like I told Mamba I loved Lionel Riche's Three "Times A Lady".

Posted by: NewMexicoLL | October 28, 2010 at 07:53 PM
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NewMexLL - Well I'm a little older musically...lol. I've always loved the 50's music thanks to my mom singing...Sam Cooke, Dinah Washington, Clyde McPhatter, Doris Day, Ruth Brown, Patti Page and so many others to me when I was a youngin.

Then about 5 years ago I listened almost exclusively to Doo Wop,early Rock n Roll, late 50's-early 60's for about 6 months. Learned more about the Orioles, Ravens, Clovers (my fav Doo-Wop), Platters, Five Keys, plus Rosemary Clooney, Chordettes, Como, etc.

I said all that to say yes I'm a big fan of Buddy Holly, he was one of the first white artist to rock the Appollo, so he gets major props for that. Also Donna was a classic. Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady was our class song my senior year in high school. It wasn't one of my favs by the Commodores, but it certainly was a great song and a big hit.

and then phil, completely frustrated, breaks out and says..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o5zfp34ZMM

Posted by: frmkt | October 28, 2010 at 08:12 PM
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frmkt - lol. Phil wins as usual.

Love me some Buddy Holly - amazing songwriter and sound. Innovative ideas about production. It's almost impossible for me to believe how much he accomplished so young. We were robbed of his talents.

I think if he had lived, aside from more wonderful songs, he would have become one of the top American producers during the 60's, changing the face of the musical landscape, finding a more "holistic" sound than, say, Phil Spector. I even think that he probably would have hooked up to produce Bob Dylan during his Nashville Skyline days... maybe Lubbock Skyline?

@63 Footer - Wow I'd heard their names but had never listened to them. Man they're good. Hard to believe they were plucking like that 70-80 years ago. You can definitely here the influence they had on Wes, Les, Chuck, T-Bone, etc.

I know you were a guitar oficionado man when you posted that Rory Gallagher clip a little while back.

LRob - glad you liked them. The tone on Charlie Christian just knocks me out. Some amazing stuff back then. Don't get me started on Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby, the true inventors of jazz/pop music for the whole 20th Century. Giants, man - total giants.

Meanwhile, back at the BB ranch. Along with the Series, I caught the Magic trounce of the Wizards. Glad the Magic are motivated. I bet they wish they could keep their hot hands for tomorrow. And the Suns/Jazz game was... interesting. Odd. Sloppy. Utah's been really struggling; first time I've seen a Sloan team not execute at all.

Bring on tomorrow's game!

And for those staying up for the evening, and those catching this first thing in the morning, here's a little Bombay Bicycle Club:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOBKSuC42PI

@GDUB - Another good one from across the Pond. Nice blend of R&B/Hip Hop. I see my homey J. Dilla (R.I.P) did a few of the tracks.

That's another good Pretenders song. Oh yeah, I thought about you (the DC connections) when I posted that Van McCoy.

@JLF: We actually became slaves on Dec.23,1913, I'm sure you know why. Also, here's a clip you may find interesting if you haven't seen it already.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J5XxFlWts0

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I know, you know, I know. Congress on recess and a few alies
of bankers passed the Federal Reserve Act into law. Yes that is when we became slaves.

Interesting video by Irwin Schiff I had not seen.

oops yes GDUB I know sorry for not stating @GDUB

I'm gonna have this book once it comes out. I wanna be the first one in Manila to have it .... :D

ARISE OH MIGHTY LAKERS NATION THE WORLD IS OURS!!!!!!!
GAME DAY BABYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!
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http://tinyurl.com/ylp3qqc _ I Love LA
http://tinyurl.com/2c3uutk - IT’S TIME FOR WAR

The first song of the set I dedicate to myself because I have been getting hit by it for the last 2 months:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SNjdYCRJvk – Murphys Law - Cheri

"The first song of the set I dedicate to myself"

what should u do Mamba24?

The first song of the set I dedicate to myself"
what should u do Mamba24? Posted by: the Activator | October 29, 2010 at 05:12 AM
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Well to tell the Truth I was thinking about consulting with Princess Jimmy!

The next song is for those just getting up to get their bodies moving:
http://tinyurl.com/25ksrfp - Paradise – Sade

The next song is a holiday song and while I know it is to early for Christmas songs, Mariah Carey sings her @zz off on it ... and thats good enough for me!!!!!
Sing it Mariah!!!!.:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQViqx6GMY - All I want for Christmas – Mariah Carey

Mamba in the Morning,

One hit wonder...but a good one hit at that. (I believe from Justa's neck of the woods) and the little chipmunks voices were classic.

Got it all together don't you baby
Murphy's Law sure out to get you.

Good Morning Laker Fam,

Let’s get victory #2 tonite. Beating the Suns never get tired of beating the Suns every since the 06 and 07 playoffs, even though Nash is the only one left from that bunch!

I need some funk to get me rolling today...Funky Friday. So here’s my selections. (What's up pfunk36)

If you hear any noise
It's just me and the boys
Hit me, You gotta hit the band

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR-m-QDDKPI

Got it all together don't you baby Murphy's Law sure out to get you. Posted by: LRob | October 29, 2010 at 05:47 AM
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LOL! Sing it DJ LRob!

If you hear any noise It's just me and the boys
Hit me, You gotta hit the band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR-m-QDDKPI Posted by: LRob | October 29, 2010 at 05:51 AM
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OH MY GOODNESS!!! THE MOTHERSHIP!!! NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!

@Mamba - Murphy's Law will not keep you down. You are Mamba. So here's my funky suggestion from Sly to pick you up.

Living life with all its ups and downs
Giving love and smiling at the frowns

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdZQug0gc-g

@Mamba - Sade can sing anything...anytime. Oh yeah...I saw you slipped in that Pac yesterday. I meant to comment. Well done. Carry on.

DJ LROB you're on a roll sir!! Damn! You don't miss much either do you. LOL! Carry on sir!

And next dedication is to…..Yes, Yes, Yes!! The Fabulous Justanothermambafan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amzp7W0RkPA Forget Me Not – Patrice Rushen

Say what? Early morning presents itself and Mr. Medina has not yet churned out several new posts? It only means a new thread will pop up as soon as I press the post button below. My groggy AM fanstasy imagines that readers will click on my name, tip-toe over to Searching for Slava and leave witty comments and incendiary debate. A more reseasonable hope is that somebody at work remembers to bring sugar for the coffee but that's not going to happen either. So off I go, braving the world outside. p.s., does anybody here read Basketbawful?

sorry to interrupt your program. :-)

jalen rose just declared that the Princess will have "close" to a triple double every game: He is one of the best passers in the game"

but Hanah Storm just said that he had 17 TO in ONLY 2 games. what a collection.
from the point-forward becoming point-guard (aroyo only one assists)

as Riley told MJ, the game is boston was surreal. i believe that the NBA/media became surreal.

jalen rose just declared that the Princess will have "close" to a triple double every game: He is one of the best passers in the game"Posted by: the Activator | October 29, 2010 at 06:46 AM
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He is one of the best passers in the game. Every time The Finals come around he passes on it.

great game day morning-

Mamba & LRob, i like funky fridays:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9kKeAJX5B4&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j87XAPwNAeQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usyE9rT4DTQ

enjoy the game & have a great weekend everyone-

passer BY???????

A more reseasonable hope is that somebody at work remembers to bring sugar for the coffee but that's not going to happen either. So off I go, braving the world outside. p.s., does anybody here read Basketbawful? Posted by: dave m | October 29, 2010 at 06:45 AM
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WTH? No sugar for the coffee?...AW HELL NAW!!! Now you people just know that is wrong!!! How in the hell do you people at Dave's job expect him to get the proper alertness to Blog on Gameday and neglect his job if you don't bring the damn sugar?

WHO WILL BE THE LAKER PROFILE THIS WEEKEND?
Will it be a one shot wonder using us to shamelessly advertise his business. Or will it be...Yes, Yes, Yes!!!! The Fabulous Justanothermambafan!!!!! OH SWEET JESUS! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD MAKE IT SO!!!!!!!!

Talk about one hit wonders. She only had one hit and then died.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLMaOEHr-cs SURE SHOT TRACY WEBER

jalen rose just declared that the Princess will have "close" to a triple double every game: He is one of the best passers in the game"

but Hanah Storm just said that he had 17 TO in ONLY 2 games. what a collection.
from the point-forward becoming point-guard (aroyo only one assists)

Posted by: the Activator | October 29, 2010 at 06:46 AM
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Maybe he'll get the pts/reb/turnovers triple double...lol.

Maybe he'll get the pts/reb/turnovers triple double...lol.
Posted by: LRob | October 29, 2010 at 07:30 AM
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LOL! And knowing ESPN they will somehow make those turnovers into a good thing!

Wait a minute, LROB wasn't Jalen one of your Michigan guys? The Fab Four, Jalen, Chris Webber and I'll be damned if I can remember the other 2. I guess the 4 weren't so Fab after all.

@ms - yes that's funky.

Zapp (Roger) - Another group from George's funk tree.
Junkyard - Wow...Go-Go Funk with the Fat Albert voices thrown in for good measure...lol.

Dennis Coffee - One of the Legendary Motown Funk Brothers. They definitely didn't get there due. People that love music should check out the Standing in the Shadows of Motown movie about all the musicians behind the motown sound. (Scorpio still sounds great today)

People that love music should check out the Standing in the Shadows of Motown movie about all the musicians behind the motown sound. (Scorpio still sounds great today) Posted by: LRob | October 29, 2010 at 07:45 AM
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Yeah I saw that LRob and they definitely did not get their due. Those guys were the backbone of everything Motown!

Good Morning Nation...

Run Forrest...Run...

That's right...With our new bench...We will be running and gunning...Showtime is coming back to Staples...

Which is the theme of my set today...Some 80's tunes back from the time machine...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyl5DlrsU90&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9mwELXPGbA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leohcvmf8kM

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Genration...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Laker Tom....Do you remember "Theme from Summer Place"? I liked that one too. And also I liked I Am the Great Pretender. Who sang Tutti Frutti? Also I think Paul Anka sang "Puppy Love". Laker Tom, I think this is really dating us!!!!!! But some of the best music was from that era. Who could forget "Little Richard"?

@Rob @ 63

Late to the party again !

Are we talking about guitar playin brothers?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Onqzua4bRHY&p=F41CE480E73532C4&playnext=1&index=63


...or guitar playin brothas?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yL-jU2nt_k


Why speak a single word about Lebron, except when you are playing against him?

Really. You complain about all the attention We-Three-Heat
(particularly the 'King') are getting,
but then you can't let a thread pass without bringing them (him) up,
usually multiple times.
What's up with that?

I think you'd be better served coming up with contingency plans.
Kobe, Pau, or Lamar could easily go down with injury. Especially this year.
It is not unlikely, given their ages and the wear and tear they've had to endure, and the load Pau in particular will have to carry this season.

I mean, psychologically. Some of you could be in for a hard fall.
Just so you know that I care.

Go Kings!
Go Niners!

And definitely, let's wrap it up against these Texas boys. Always fun to spank any team from Dallas, or Texas for that matter.
Go San Francisco Giants! Fear the Beard!

Manny better get serious about his training.

Sonnybelfast

Laker Tom....Do you remember "Theme from Summer Place"? I liked that one too. And also I liked I Am the Great Pretender. Who sang Tutti Frutti? Also I think Paul Anka sang "Puppy Love". Laker Tom, I think this is really dating us!!!!!! But some of the best music was from that era. Who could forget "Little Richard"? Posted by: NewMexicoLL | October 29, 2010 at 07:53 AM
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Good Morning NewMexicoLL . How are you on this wonderful Lakers Gameday morning?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mERbQIvgJXs Theme from a summer place - Percy Faith http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1oJuwkXr0E The Great Pretender – Platters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggJZBq8SjJE _Tuiti Fruiti - Lil Richard

mean, psychologically. Some of you could be in for a hard fall. Just so you know that I care. Posted by: Sonny Belfast | October 29, 2010 at 07:59 AM
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AW, that is so nice Sonny. See you can be nice when you want to be. LOL! So how are you my brother? Hope you and the family are doing well.


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