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-Colorado’s Jordon Dizon was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year this past week. On nearly every CU defensive play, Dizon has been in on the tackle, as he leads the nation in that category. Most impressive? When Dizon arrived from the outer reaches of Maui (and when we say outer, we mean it. He attended the westernmost HS in the country and hunted wild boar) four years back, he didn’t even have a position. He had never played LB when the coaches decided to try him there. In his first game he made a game saving tackle on former CU skirt wearing malcontent Marcus Houston, and from there his career took off. Huge credit has to go also to CU linebacker coach Brian Cabral for molding Dizon into the player he is. Dizon should be a stout special teams player at the next level ,or could even do the reverse-Urlacher and step in a safety role.
-The NBA has got to step in and do something about the soccer style flopping that has really permeated the game since the huge influx of European and South American players started this decade. Case in point was last night’s Nuggets’ game versus the Kobes and Carmelo Anthony’s foul on Sasha Vujacic. His act following the foul prompted many LA talent scouts in attendance to forward their cards and an invitation to do The Viper Room. Anthony was ejected in what would become a laugher of a Lakers’ win. The NHL did exactly what is needed in the NBA a few years back, as they started assessing penalties for flopping. If not, the Nuggets need to inquire about the services of Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry.
-They’ve been leaked all over the internet (click around and you’ll find them) and the early buzz on Wu-Tang’s 8 Diagrams and Ghostface’s Big Doe Rehab are undoubtedly favorable. We’re not talking 36 Chambers or Supreme Clientele, but solid efforts. Not surprisingly, a lot of Diagrams’ material focuses on the Wu’s prowess the game and their longevity. RZA produces almost exclusively, and his trademark gritty, grimy style shines through on tracks like “Take It Back.” Meth just kills it on this album, as he works it like a man who’s been robbed by all the journalists and net chatter about the greatest rapper who never include him. Ghost’s solo effort is a bit more melodic (yes, non-rap fans, Ghost is in Wu-Tang and they are both releasing albums the same day; don’t ask why, just accept it) and full of the standard ‘what the fuck did he just say’ lyrics. A highlight is “Barrel Brothers” with Beanie Siegel’s just scathing verse that will have you hitting repeat.
December is the time when beer companies start flooding the shelves with their various “Winter Beers” or “Christmas Ales” or “Santa’s Nut Sweat Lager” or whatever the fancy name is this season. Seems that brewers will try any concoction to add to these beers and get you and Uncle Phil to down one instead of the egg nog; nutmeg, ginger, cranberries; reindeer shit, sugar plums, fruitcakes- they’ve all been spotted in these beers. Being the CO homer that I am, I have to give the SG approval to Blue Moon’s Winter Ale and Coors’ Winterfest. Big freaking surprise there, Slushy Gutter Guy.