Originally posted on Obsessed With Sports  |  Last updated 2/10/12

As the end of the week approaches, a pair of OWS contributors banter about some of the important (and not so important) news items of the week.

…Kendrick Perkins vs. LeBron James.   Perk’s got a point. It would really have surprised me to see Jordan tweeting. Especially in 1994, 2 years before I owned a computer. I bet he’d be tweeting a lot about NAFTA and Alice in Chains. Which brings me to LeBron’s twitter account. As a respected journalist, which I am not, I looked into some of his recent tweets to get a feel for what he’s tweeting about. I don’t follow him (or many athletes, for that matter), and I’m glad I don’t because his account is painfully boring. I’m not interested in reading him say “yes sir!! Nice!!” to Justin Bieber or shill for one of his million endorsers. You can tell how PR’ed out his account is, too, because you don’t see any of those weird tweets you see from people like once every 10-15 tweets. It’s usually late at night and it comes when the person’s sleep deprived and in a weird mood. Tweeting, “You know what, I can kinda see why people are into Maroon 5″ seemed like a good idea until you’re re-reading it the next morning on the way to work.    
I’ve been thinking about this all week. That’s a pretty hot take you got there. Although you gawked at it a bit, I did kinda of buy into what Kendrick was saying. It’s like what you started to get in to — James has his hands in a million different things. Sure athletes have always done endorsements, etc. However, nowadays that often seems like a full-time job in itself. It must be hard to say no to the money, attention, or whatever. That said, what sounds better $500M… or $450M and a championship ring?

…Mamadou Ndiaye, the 7’5″ high school basketball player.   You know who I can’t stop thinking about? The now second-best player on that team who was the star until Ndiaye transferred there. How pissed does he have to be? This chubby, 5’11″ white kid was probably pulling down so much 9th grade tail till this huge kid showed up and started dunking over everyone. Suddenly, the girls aren’t so impressed by reverse layups and behind-the-back passes, are they? You know in the locker room Chase Heatherton, or whatever his name is, is trying experimental heightening techniques while Ndiaye is just laying around listening to Amadou & Mariam on the iPod the school principal bought him.     After having this kid brought to my attention, I’ve read a lot of interesting thing about him. But I see him listed as the class of 2012, yet not a lot of interest from D1 schools. You can’t tell me he won’t get a lot of D1 attention, can you? Maybe this kids a Shawn Bradley, but he’s not George Muresan.

…the 49ers pulling out of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.   Mistake. San Fran and Baltimore are arguably the only franchises where a Manning move makes any sense. It must be so nerve racking being a 49ers or Ravens fan. The entire game you’re just praying Smith or Flacco can string together a couple plays and not screw things up too bad. I imagine it’s kind of like getting into a car at the end of the night only to realize you’re friend is just a little too drunk to be driving you home. You’re just white-knuckling the dashboard the whole time hoping he doesn’t decide to start trying to work the radio while he’s driving.     With that analogy; Flacco’s “tuning the radio” moments are those ill-advised deep bombs. I cringe. And, Alex Smith. He is baffling. I don’t know where he and Harbaugh pulled this season out of. Harbaugh is clearly the greatest QB coach ever, which will only be reaffirmed when Andrew Luck is a colossal failure.
  …Will Leitch on Gus Johnson.   I had to bring this up because I know you’re a big Johnson fan and, based on the few times I’ve heard him, I am not. It’s probably due to the fact that I’m not a big NCAA guy and he’s therefore not a huge part of my memory of past tournaments. I’m just not into his style. Gus Johnson is kind of like one of those porn actresses who screams and moans a little too much, y’know? Like, I’m already into the action, you don’t need to talk me into it anymore. A little bit is okay just to enhance the moment, but you’re starting to get distracting and now I’m just thinking about if Gus Johnson had an abusive step-dad growing up.     It’s weird — I love Johnson as a hoops announcer but wouldn’t want him doing my teams football games. That’s why CBS was sticking him on the AFC West games, I assume.
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