Tiki Barber — What Are You Up To?

Tiki Barber retirement

By Jimmy Cunningham, howiGit New York Writer, Manhattan, NY

This week Tiki Barber filed papers to reinstate himself into the NFL and announced that he was going to attempt to make a comeback. My question is; what is Tiki up to? Tiki has not played football since 2006 and if he comes back he will be the oldest running back in the league. Tiki says he has seen his twin brother, Ronde, still having fun out there and when he recently began working out again he saw that he still had some strength. To me something smells funny. I’ve narrowed it down to three possibilities:

1. Tiki loves attention more than “The Situation”– Tiki likes to hear himself talk and likes to be in front of the camera. He likes being the center of attention and maybe he saw the spotlight fading and decided he had to do something to keep his name in the news. His contract was not renewed by NBC and he has been working for Yahoo video. I am sure there will be some sort of reality show following Tiki around as he attempts to get back into the NFL.

2. Tiki needs money– Yahoo is probably not paying Tiki as much as NBC was and Tiki is going through a divorce after leaving his pregnant wife (a la the always classy Tom Brady). Between losing a network TV contract and probably paying a good chunk to his scorned wife, maybe he simply needs a pay check.

3. Tiki knows something we don’t– It is possible that Tiki knows something about the on going labor negotiations that we do not. Maybe something will work out favorably for veteran players in the new deal. Maybe the decertification of the union can work favorably for Tiki. Maybe Tiki just wants to be involved because he pokes his shiny head in everything.

What I do know is that Tiki will not be back with the Giants, which I am happy for. I appreciate everything Tiki did for the Giants and he is an all-time Giant great. But he burned that bridge. Does Tiki have anything left in the tank? Who knows, but I am happy to let the Bucs, Steelers, Redskins, or Saints figure that one out.

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howiGit’s Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs

Katy Perry Firework

As a blogger, I feel like I can’t hide anymore — guilty pleasure songs are by nature songs that you don’t advertise your affection for. But it would be cruel of me to keep these gems to myself, and you likely can’t resist them either. So here it is, howiGit’s tell-all of my Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs. So what exactly is a guilty pleasure song? Ask yourself this one question — would your high school bully make fun of you for listening to it?

Don’t hate; celebrate! (I felt I needed a cheesy phrase to capture the essence of this post, I apologize) Here we go…

1. Meredith Brooks — I’m a Bitch

It feels so good to say it. Play it loud. This one only beat out #2 because I’ve been belting it out for longer.

2. Katy Perry — Firework

I’ve never wanted to be anything else. I love you Katy.

3. Alanis Morisette — Ironic

My favorite song in third grade (in contention with TLC’s Waterfalls), who can’t relate to 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife?

4. Katy Perry — Teenage Dream

Another great video. Katy is dreamy.

5. Savage Garden — Truly Madly Deeply

Pretend you didn’t read this one.

6. Coldplay — Fix You

Was I broken?

7. Miley Cyrus — Party in the USA

Gotta love the energy Miley is bringing.

8. Phil Collins — In the Air Tonight

He’s a weirdo, and I’m not sure this entirely fits “guilty pleasure,” but this song does something for me.

9. The Cranberries — Zombie

Watch the video.

10. Kelly Clarkson — Since You’ve Been Gone

Kelly had to sneak on here somehow.

That’s it — now that I’m sufficiently embarrassed I’m off to burst like a Firework and Party in the USA. I’m sure I forgot a ton of great songs, so feel free to send your favorites along.


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Murphy, Pavlovic, Arroyo — The Celtics that You Don’t Know

Carlos Arroyo Celtics

The Celtic's Carlos Arroyo

By Matt Moore, howiGit Contributing Writer, Boston, MA

Since the trade dead line in mid-February, the Celtics roster has been turned upside down.With 21 games left, it’s up to Doc Rivers to find a fit for all the new acquisitions, and for those players to learn the system and find a role. We’ve already had a pretty good look at what Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic can do. Krstic is fitting nicely as the starting center, and Green has found himself contributing late in games. But besides these two, the Celtics also have three other new players. Let’s take a look at each, and what they can potentially bring to the C’s for their playoff run:

Troy Murphy: Murphy is a veteran with size and good outside shooting. He looked pretty rusty in his first few outings, but it was expected after only playing in 18 games prior to arriving in Boston. Playing in Indiana last year, he posted an impressive 14 points and 10 rebounds per game, while having a decent percentage from behind the 3-point arc. Coming off the bench for the Celtics won’t give him an opportunity to match these averages, but it shows what Murphy is capable of producing. No one the Celtics brought in can match the defensive presence of the departed Perkins, but Murphy is another big body that can get rebounds, help control the paint, and also chip in offensively. You can see why the Heat wanted Murphy just as bad as the Celtics did, and thankfully Murphy chose Boston. It’s hard to say how much Murphy would play in a shortened rotation come playoff time, behind Green and Glen Davis. But if called on, Murphycan hit a big shot when needed.

Sasha Pavlovic: Pavlovic wasn’t a name that many people were talking about coming to Boston, but after being bought out the Celtics made a move on him. At 6’7”, he has good size and is a career 40% shooter from the field and 35% from behind the arc. He also comes with playoff experience, as a role player during Cleveland’s winning seasons. Doc Rivers has praised Pavlovic for his defensive abilities. One thing the Celtics lacked was a player off the bench who could shutdown, or at least contain, an opponent’s primary scorer. They had that with James Posey and then with Tony Allen; now they are hoping that Pavlovic can help along with Green. Pavlovic rounds out the roster and gives the Celtics another player that Rivers can put on the court with confidence when needed.

Carlos Arroyo: The most recent addition is Arroyo, who was let go by Miami after they signed Mike Bibby. There was some talk of Bibby coming to Boston, but in my mind that would not have been a great fit. Besides his past issues with Boston’s fans, Bibby isn’t the productive player he used to be. Arroyo is a welcome surprise to the Celtics, and a better pick up than Bibby. Primarily a back up his entire career, Arroyo puts up decent numbers for a reserve point guard. He can distribute the ball and shoots at a high percentage. Adding another experienced point guard was a key following Delonte West’s most recent injury. Avery Bradley can’t be expected to back up Rondo if West ever went down during a playoff series. The Celtics now have a little more insurance at the point guard spot.

Time will tell how these players work within the Celtics system and with the core players already in place. Expectations for these three aren’t as high as Green and Krstic, since the Celtics didn’t give anything up to acquire them. Nobody is claiming that these three are the final pieces that will guarantee the Celtics an 18th banner. But looking at the roster, you have to like it a little better than when it featured Semih Erden and Luke Harrangody. Any contribution they can make will be welcomed. How many healthy players we have and how deep of a rotation Doc wants will determine their playing time in the playoffs. But if it comes down to it, I have confidence that these three, especially Murphy, can make a difference in a few games.

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Calling All Guilty Pleasure Song Submissions

Boys to Men

The time is here for our next music list — I’m working on compiling my own personal list of my Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs of All-Time. I definitely have about half of the list lined up, but I need some help remembering other guilty pleasure songs — so please send yours along. And yes — that is Boyz to Men.

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Shaq Celebrates his 39th Birthday with Boston’s Best Blogger (howiGit)

Yea, you could say it — Shaq and I are pretty tight. Both howiGit’s blog and Shaq arrived in Boston around the same time, to epic fan fare, so it seems only natural.

The big man turned 39 years old today, and celebrated by sharing a few high-fives and multiple pieces of birthday cake with yours truly. See the guy who first high-fives Shaq in the video above — in the blue and white striped polo shirt — yes, that’s me. We’re just keeping it positive here people. This is example A of why Shaq is the man and Nomar Garciapara is an asshole.

As for Shaq, the knee looks great and he definitely looks slimmed down. His lady, Hoopz, looks pretty good herself although she’s about two feet shorter than the big fella. Watch out Pau Gasol — he’s coming for you.

Shaq and howiGit

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Daisuke Matsu-Sucka?

Daisuke Matsuzaka

By Thalia Bardell, howiGit Contributing Writer, Boston, MA

The Boston Herald’s Red Sox Blog published a story entitled  “How Daisuke Might Pitch When He’s Not The Story,” in mid-February  — when I read it I was skeptical. Daisuke was described as arriving at Spring Training “tanned and relaxed.” Tanned, alright, but relaxed? I haven’t seen Daisuke look relaxed since he showed up stateside in ’07 – every time he’s on the rubber he gets that weird eyebrow crinkle where he looks like he’s about to cry, and he’s  always sweating, no matter the season. I’m at the game in a layer of Under Armor and he’s out there sweating. The point the story made was now that Daisuke is not at the center of both Japanese and American media attention he will finally have the chance to be a normal pitcher.

Consider this — Daisuke’s spring training ERA is 10.80 — if this is “normal” then we’re in for along season. Granted he’s only had two outings and it is just spring training, but Clay Buchholz has only had two outings and his ERA is zero. I’m in Ft. Myer’s now and had the (not-so-great) pleasure of watching Daisuke pitch on Saturday afternoon against the Florida Marlins. The man got lit up. Fine, he was working on his off-speed pitches, Saltalamacchia says his curveball looks better than ever, and the Dice himself was unconcerned with the start, but I’m stillsitting out there watching him give up seven runs in an 11-2 loss. Honestly, I don’t care if Daisuke feels good, because I don’t feel good about the perceived “best team in baseball” getting embarrassed by the Florida Marlins.

The Herald can write what they want about Daisuke, if people want to project that this year he might get back to the brief dominance he achieved throughout his ’08 season with the Sox that’s fine with me, but in a pitcher I appreciate consistency. (To those who are thinking, brief! He went 18 and 3 that season! I say for the amount of money are paying this guy I should get a couple more of those kinds of seasons before he earns the adjective “dominant.”) This is why my favorite Sox are Lester and Buchholz, even Lackey, who although not dominant last year came out to the mound with consistent stuff for every start and, arguably, just didn’t get enough run support. If you like a pitcher that dazzles once every five starts then Daisuke is your man, but I prefer dependable performance to the occasional sparkle. So while the Herald waits around for “tanned,” “relaxed,” “new look Dice-K” to show up to Fenway park, I’ll be sitting on my hands waiting for his damned contract to run out. Is it 2013 yet?

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The Brilliance of Carl Everett

Carl Everett dinosaurs

With little else to share this weekend and following a week filled with more Charlie Sheen quotes than an entire episode of Two and Half Men, I thought I’d revisit one of my favorite sports quotes of all-time — courtesy of former Red Sox outfielder Carl Everett. I’m sure you’ve all hear it, but it’s worth revisiting from time to time for a chuckle.

Carl saysThe Bible never says anything about dinosaurs. You can’t say there were dinosaurs when you never saw them. Somebody actually saw Adam and Eve. No one ever saw a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

My immediate question has always been — how did they get on this topic?

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