It is time to stop giving LaVar Ball a cookie for being a good parent or a risk-taking entrepreneur every time he says something outrageous. The charade is over! It’s not even about basketball anymore; it’s about grabbing the headlines at other people’s expense and trying to cash in on his children’s success. Newsflash LaVar: Your son is not Jesus in high-tops! Lonzo Ball has the potential to be a great player in the NBA, but I’m willing to bet he won’t transcend the game of basketball at least not on the court. Ludicrous shoe prices, internet memes and possibly reality TV is more likely to be the Ball family’s claim to fame. I’m not anti-capitalism so I have no problem with the Big Baller Brand trying to make some coin, but LaVar is selling hype and ridiculousness and this slow-footed white boy ain’t buying it!
Golic Jr. is a Tomato
Mike and Mike, a show that is a shell of its former shelf, caught my attention last week when Mike Golic Sr. and his son Mike Golic Jr. got into a debate over the original Rocky. The younger Golic argued that the Oscar winning film was an “overrated movie” much to his father’s dismay. Now little Mikey is entitled to his opinion on the film, but he is wrong on a couple of points:
Golic Jr. stated that unlike the sequels the original tries to be something that it is not. In other words he suggests that it is an action film disguised as a drama with a bad love story. He actually gave praise to the sequels because they never tried to deviate from the fact that they were strictly action films.
Rocky was written by Sylvester Stallone while he was an unknown and was filmed on somewhat of a low budget. Stallone had trouble convincing the studios to let him play the part of Rocky and he wasn’t exactly a sculpture back then. Now like Golic Jr., I was born after some sequels had been made, but if you go back and watch the original trailers you get a better idea of what the film is really about because you get to see how it was perceived back then without the preconceived notion of the Rocky franchise. The tagline was “his whole life was a million to one shot”. The original had a unique and raw quality to it that its successors didn’t have because it never intended to be a story that spanned over 40 years told in a series of action flicks. The love between Rocky and Adrian is about two people who don’t really fit in, but find comfort in one another. Not everyone likes that part of the movie, but it at least it appears to be somewhat organic rather than a cheese fest. Rocky never tried to trick anybody and evolved film by film into what Golic Jr. suggests the original was.
Golic Jr. says he hated Paulie, “he’s a loser”.
Well duh! Paulie is a loser that’s the whole point of his character. They never tried to disguise that either. He had to pay for a date to bring to Rocky’s fight for Pete’s sake! The purpose of Paulie is to show the dark side of someone who grew up in Rocky’s world. Rocky is usually upbeat and kind while Paulie is often negative, drunk and blaming others for his own failures. He can be mean, yet he provides comic relief. Burt Young’s role was vital to the film.
And your father played in Philadephia. Good luck walking the streets of in the City of Brotherly Love. A lot of Paulies walking around out there.