Honestly, which looks better? Red? Or yellow? This has been on the forefront of my mind a few weeks now. About 3 weeks ago, I decided that I'd be buying a shiny, new PSP soon. It seems like the "in" thing right now in the Philippines, with everyone (and I do mean everyone) having one. Hell, even my friends who absolutely had no interest in video games bought their own! Crazy.
So when I had the opportunity to go to Greenhills on my leave, I started scouring the mall for the best PSP packages out there. They were all pretty much the same, all ranging from 10,500-11,000 pesos, so I went home that day pretty much set on how much I'd need to withdraw and what color I'd be buying (I chose the blue one).
Then, while texting Kricket, she mentioned that there was a new PSP available: The Simpsons Model. Look at the yellow one above. That's the one. Pretty, huh?
This only made things much worse, because now I had to decide between the yellow one and the older colors. Problem is, it costs about 4,000 pesos more than the now-bland blue PSP. Now, 4,000 pesos might be nothing to someone like, say Henry Sy, but to me it's already a big decision. It becomes that much more problematic when there's only 11,000 left on my account.
Damn, there's even going to be a special God Of War PSP coming out soon. With Kratos' face lasered on the back. DAMN.
The one thing that's sure though, is that I will get one before it's all said and done. I mean, when you're pretty much singing Patapon in your head all day long, you just have to buy a PSP.
UPDATE: I just want to greet Kricket a happy birthday!
I actually posted something a few hours ago, but that was merely an introduction of sorts. Just a way of me to say that I AM BACK. Like Kanye West, I am better, faster, stronger, harder.
I was flipping through my older posts and saw my NBA Previews stuff. They were pretty cool, so I thought maybe revisiting my predictions wouldn't be so bad. I'll start off with the East, since the playoff spots are pretty much set in stone. The West is much trickier, so "ll save that edition when the playoff picture is settled.
1. Detroit Pistons - "They supposedly have some young players waiting in the wings, but I doubt they'll make that big of an impact"
Then: # 4 in the East
Now: # 2 in the East
I was wrong here, but not too wrong. First, I thought that the Bulls would take the Central Division crown, expecting a breakout year from Luol Deng. But the opposite happened, and the Pistons are just that damn consistent to slip below the 3rd spot. I also didn't expect their Zoo Crew to contribute heavily this year, but the electric play of rookie Rodney Stuckey and muscle forward Jason Maxiell were actually what they needed. This team is just too consistent, and I will never doubt them again.
2. Miami Heat - "I know they won a championship then, but I just knew that acquiring Antoine Walker and Jason Williams would blow up in their faces somewhere down the road. And this season might be that"
Then: # 7 in the East
Now: Last (!!!) in the League
Oooohhh, I love this. I (somewhat) correctly predicted that this would be a bad year for Miami, but never in my wildest dreams did I think that they would finish with the worst record in the L. I don't think anybody did, really. A team with Dwyane Wade and Shaq could result to this? Impossible! But it did, and the devil has come back to Riley to collect. I know they tell us injuries killed them, but I still believe it was the deal with the devil that did them in.
3. Boston Celtics - "I don't think they can finish atop the East because they will obviously have to go through growing pains, but by the end of the season, we shall recognize them as the best in the East"
Then: # 2 in the East
Now: # 1 in the League
You have to admit, it was pretty close. Some people were wary of saying they would be that good this soon, but I always believed they would be. I have to be honest, though... Even my prediction was a bit conservative. I expected great things, but a 60-win season in their first year together?!?! KG, now I know the Wolves' numerous exits weren't your fault.
4. Toronto Raptors - "But I am concerned about his (Chris Bosh) health"
Then: # 5 in the East
Now: # 7 in the East
If I remember correctly, Toronto's slide began when Chris Bosh went out. And despite heroic performances from Rasho Nesterovic, they currently are in 7th place in the East, battling with Washington and Philadelphia for a higher spot. I still believe this team is talented enough to grab the 5 spot, so I guess that makes my prediction pretty accurate.
5. Charlotte Bobcats - "Is Jason Richardson really the go-to guy they were looking for? In my opinion, no"
Then: Out of the Playoffs
Now: Out of the Playoffs
For stretches during the season, we've seen Jason Richardson perform otherworldly. However, he hasn't been able to do it consistently, and he certainly hasn't elevated his team into postseason contention. And considering how wide open the East is, to not even be in the Playoff race is downright embarrassing. I have to be admit, though, it's unfair to put the blame on JRich alone. The firing of Bernie Bickerstaff might be the biggest reason for this lost season.
6. Washington Wizards - "First off, I just want to wish Etan Thomas a speedy recovery"
Then: # 3 in the East
Now: # 5 in the East
Really. I wrote my preview before Gilbert missed almost the entire season, so I guess that renders my prediction as pointless. In fact, it may have made my preview look even worse. For them to lose their best player and still be, record-wise, better than Toronto? Crazy. I guess it's time to move Caron Butler to elite status. And no, I'm not forgetting Antawn Jamison at all. I will be honest, though. I really thought Andray Blatche would contribute more than he did this year. Too bad.
7. Chicago Bulls - "Welcome to Kobe Bryant's next home!!!!"
Then: # 1 in the East
Now: Surprisingly eliminated from the Playoffs
OUCH. With a single team preview, all my credibility was lost. But really. Too horrible predictions in one team preview? Damn, man. How can I recover from that. First, I boldly predict Chicago as Kobe's next home. Then, just to sweeten things a bit, I state to the world that I believe that Chicago would be # 1 in the East. Once again, OUCH! I'm not really sure if my prediction was made with Kobe Bryant wearing red and black in mind, but still it was terrible. As punishment, feel free to laugh in my face the next time you see me on the street.
8. Orlando Magic - "Jameer Nelson is a good point guard, but a part of me thinks this is as good as he can get"
Then: # 8 in the East
Now: # 3 in the East
Hell, we could even say Jameer got worse! Really, he has just been terrible this year, so I guess I was correct in thinking that he has maxed out. The other thing was Rashard Lewis. It was evident from the start that he would never live up to his contract, but to be outplayed by Hedo Turkoglu is surely depressing. At least, Dwight Howard is playing above his contract. This time, I feel happy to be proven wrong. 8th was just too damn low. Sorry, Superman.
9. Cleveland Cavaliers - "It's still all about LeBron"
Then: # 6 in the East
Now: # 4 in the East
Truer words have never been said. The Cavs are really still all about the King, but at least now, things seem to be improving. I still can't get over the fact that they stole Delonte West from Seattle, and nabbing Ben Wallace and Wally World are solid additions. I also said before that the Devin Brown signing was good, and so far, I'm right. It's far too early to tell if the trades they made will be enough, but they sure made them better.
10. Indiana Pacers - "Seriously, though, I don't really know what direction they're going"
Then: Out of the Playoffs
Now: Praying (hard) for the 8th spot
I still don't know what direction they are heading. I thought they would trade JO this season (pre or mid, I didn't care), but they didn't, and they are basically the same team they were last year. Danny Granger has been good, but we still don't know what he's made of. It's been a terrible year in Indiana, with attendance issues, injuries, and other stuff distracting the team. It's time to decide, Mr. Bird.
11. Atlanta Hawks - "This would be a very good team if only they had a Point Guard"
Then: Out of the Playoffs
Now: # 8 in the East
Well, it's a mixed bag. The Hawks played pretty well early in the season, staying above .500. However, they somehow lost a step, and even Mike Bibby's arrival didn't initially produce great results. Lately, though, they have been playing much better and just might be considered a lock for the # 8 spot. It's a start, but they still haven't signed Josh Smith long-term, so they could be back to futility in the near future.
Then: Out of the Playoffs
It's been a while since I posted something here on blogspot. When I first started working for Dole (way back in June last year), I told myself I'd blog regularly. I saw it as a way to release some stress and talk about the experiences I would be facing.
I actually posted something over on Friendster, which talked about being asked to dance for the company party... On my first day!
Anyways, that would be one of the last posts that I would make.
Then, before the NBA season started, I wrote a few posts regarding the upcoming season. It was pretty good, honestly. Those were some passionate pieces I wrote, and I was confident that I would be able to post regularly during the course of the season. However, on January 1, Basketball TV was replaced by Balls (best channel name ever), and that pretty much ended my NBA-watching ways. Days turned into months, and here we are... It's nearly the end of the regular season and I wasn't able to post anything at all.
So, before this bloggin' feeling completely escapes me, I would like to re-announce my intent to blog regularly. I plan on making my blog better than ever, and with the help of Kreng, I'm pulling out all the stops to make this possible. I have high hopes for this one, my friends. I have lots of topics I want to discuss. Let's hope this time, it lives up to the hype.