Sunday, May 30, 2010

Why the Orlando Magic lost

On paper, this team has what it takes to beat everyone. Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis. You have J.J. Reddick, Gortat, Pietrus off an incredibly deep bench. Most other teams are just 6 or 7 players deep. Boston is deeper than most and that probably negated the Magic's advantage there.

But the biggest failure was the Magic's desire and heart. Although there was plenty to be found in Howard and Nelson, the rest just didn't have it. In particular Lewis and Carter shot the ball terribly, didn't play hustle defense, and just weren't aggressive and show that desire to win at all cost. These two guys are singled out because they are slashers who can get to the foul line, they have talent and skills, and they have huge contracts.

I don't know if these guys can change their attitude, they haven't in the many years they've been in the league. Orlando needs to bring in someone with that desire to win. I wonder if we can make any moves this off-season with the huge free agents in the market. Perhaps a sign and trade to bring in Dwayne Wade?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Another Unmagical Night

Could it be that this year isn't Orlando's year? Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson had a superb game. Vince Carter missed a couple of crucial free throws, and hasn't been able to dominate the game like we need him to. But its Rashard Lewis' magic disappearance act that has put the Magic on the brink. Usually he's unguardable with Dwight inside and Shard outside, but Boston has been able to defend Superman one-on-one and that means the Magic shooters don't get the open looks they are used to.

Give Boston credit, they are playing championship ball and look ready to take on the Lakers. I wouldn't mind such a finals rematch, the Magic don't deserve to make the finals the way they have been playing and thats just too bad. We need the whole team to step up, but its on Howard to lead and really dominate more than his usual dominate self. He needs to play so well (40pt 30rb 10bs) that the Cs have no choice but to tripple team him, and then... the shooters will be free to work their Magic. Otherwise, see you in November.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Planning a trip to the Gold Coast - yes its really happening!

So who wants to go? 7 nights in a 5-star hotel $959 pp inc flights! Travel date around August, September, October. Who's keen?

For more details see Flight Centre

The deal is in Q1 Resort and Spa, one of the best hotels in Gold Coast, the tallest residential tower with great views of the beach. Located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise too! So real close to the shops and food places, and of course the beach.

LeBron disrespects ball boy at Bulls game

Deliberately making him pick up his clothes from the floor...

We Are LeBron Video

Give Cleveland credit for trying...

We Are LeBron Video

Monday, May 17, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

LeBron almost has a Quadruple Double, the Celtics Cavaliers series that wasn't, and Magic Predictions

LeBron's numbers; 27 points, 19 rebounds, 10 assists and 9 turnovers, in what could be his last ever game in Cleveland. What is sad about this whole thing isn't just that Mike Brown was a terrible coach - even though thats why they lost, but rather because James quit on this team, and is all but gone this free agency.

Boston won the series 4-2 but it wasn't really that close. After the first 4 games, the series tied 2-2, but the Celtics had played better 3 games to 1. The last 2 games when James had quit, the Cavs really had no chance. The Cavs coach couldn't get their rotations right, their defense was poor, and the bench really sucked.

But give the Celtics credit, they are experienced and they really fight to the last breadth. Plus Rondo is playing the ball of his life. Looking forward to the next series when the Magic face off against the Celtics. Last year, the Magic won in 7 games including a game 7 away win in the Garden. But Garnett was out that year and so was Nelson. The Magic played better in the series and probably could have won in 6. This year, we'll see if Howard can still dominate inside with Garnett added in the line up, and see if Rondo's emergence is affected by Nelson's return. The Magic bench will be a deciding factor as well, with so many players capable of putting up numbers and holding their own with the starters resting.

Magic in 6

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Orlando is back in the Eastern Conference Finals

Whats impressive about the Magic's 4 game sweep of the Hawks is not so much the sweep, but the fact that all 4 games were blow out wins by an average of 20 something points. The final game was much closer, with the Magic unable to blow them out completely, but "only" winning winning by 14 points decided with 2 minutes to play.

Bring on the winner of the Cavs Celtics series. I want Orlando to play the best, and then we can say we beat the best. I'm predicting the Celtics in 7, with the bottom line being the coaching. The Cavs have a lot of great talent as shown when they are playing great. But their wild inconsistency must be a result of bad coaching. Imagine how good LeBron would be if he played on a team with a good coach, heck even if the Cavs had a better coach, who could get more out of Mo Williams, Jamison, Shaq...

Go Magic!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Ironing Man: The Movie

Check out this professional looking video...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

3M Mother's Day @ Whitcoulls Queen St

See video here...

Friday, May 7, 2010

How important is Vinsanity to the Magic?

With the 2nd game of the Orlando Atlanta series done, we move to Atlanta for game 3 where the Magic will be truly tested for the first time this playoffs. VC has definitely shown his importance with clutch plays especially in the 4th, and opening up the court with his all round skill. He was definitely an improvement over Turkoglu considering his play this season.

Go Magic!

A video tribute to Vince Carter...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Case for Christ

Lee Strobel, an ex-atheist, tells his story about how his investigation of the evidence led him to become a Christian.

I read the book and this video is a very good summary especially for people who can't be bothered reading.

Recommended for Christians and non-Christians seeking an answer to the question: Is the Bible historically accurate? and was Jesus really the Son of God, or just a good and wise teacher?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Why did God give us the Law?

No, God did not give us the law to restrict us, and to keep us from doing bad things.

Most people would have heard or read the Ten Commandments, and know at least a little of what the Law is. Most religions try to preach that we keep this moral Law, and we can get to Heaven. But the Bible tells us no one can keep it, and every mouth will be silenced.

Romans 3:19-28

19Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

The Bible says that God gave the Law in order to show the whole world, that they have sinned and their actions are held accountable to God. God knew that no one would be able to keep the Law, and so He did not give the Law so that we might keep it, but rather so we will know what sin is.

We enter judgement not because of the Law, but because of who God is. He is a perfect and righteous God who cannot live with Sin, its just physically and logically impossible.

So let us focus not on keeping the Law, but on justification by faith through Jesus alone.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Visual Studio Box Selection for Multi-Line Editing

Apparently this has been in Visual Studio 2008, but in 2010, this is greatly enhanced. Check out the video, this is awesome.