Posts tagged ‘mma’

March 5, 2016

UFC 196 McGregor v. Diaz / Holm v. Tate Breakdown Video and Highlight Video

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The Bros discuss the epic-ness that was Michael “The Count” Bisping against Anderson “The Spider” Silva at UFC London, and a certain MMA legend and podcast favorite stops by to chat about burgers and cutting weight. #SpiderSpout.

They also break down the upcoming UFC 196 title bout between Champ Holly Holm and perennial contender Miesha Tate. These are some tough women and it should be fun match. Can the Rocky-esque Tate pull off the victory. Can anybody out-nice Holly? These are the important questions the Bros have been masticating in the mouths of their minds.

The Bros also continue their discussion of the main event pitting the Notorious Conor McGregor against Nathan Diaz. The Bros map out a game-plan (#pocketsofchaos) for the Stockton native against the Irishman. Is it possible for Mystic Mac to be wrong? At least one Bro thinks so… tune in for his shocking prediction. Also, what is over/under on bird flipping in this fight? Follow @facethefacts for the official #birdtracker! And you won’t want to miss the debut name of the Irish response to the “Stockton Slap” #DublinDrub #KillarneyKoldKock #UFC196

There is current KING in the mma world, and he rules his kingdom with an iron left fist. He has dusted the likes of Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo… yet other fighters keep wanting a piece of the KING! So being the magnanimous ruler that he is, he has journeyed past his own weight class to take on and slay all newcomers. He was suppose to meet Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 196, but unfortunately that fight will have to wait. In RDA’s absence, another warrior emerges to challenge the The Notorious One. Can Diaz succeed where others have failed? Enjoy this hype/highlight video I made in anticipation of this fight.

Conor McGregor has something to tell every fighter that wishes to challenge him in the UFC… just hold on, I’m coming.

Who do you think will emerge victorious this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

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February 26, 2016

UFC London and UFC 196

We were so excited for our 30th episode of the Bro-est Bros You Knows, that we invited on fitness expert Cthu… Katie, to hook you bros up with some workout tips based on real science. Passion Nate is an old school bro and is highly skeptical of Katie’s more progressive advice. Tune in for the fiery debate between fitness-bro Passion Nate and fitness-nerd Katie as they argue about the virtues of Zumba. This is a must listen for all mma “players.”

Join the bros as they get right to the nitty gritty and answer some of life’s toughest questions. Does a certain MMA fighter dance? What is an endorphin? How does one gauge their macros? Also, what ARE macros? Join the BROvolution- we won’t settle for anecdotes, we want the real hardcore science backed up by Bodybuilding.com #ShutUpNerd

“Anderson Silva” stops by the studio to talk about his upcoming match with Michael Bisping at UFC London and drops a little slam bro-etry. Reporter “Doug McDermott” drops a hot exclusive news story that is sure to cause ripples in the mma world. The Bros discuss the fallout of Rafael Dos Anjos pulling out of UFC 196, and break down the new main event pairing, the “Notorious” Conan McGregor vs. Stockon’s own Nate Diaz.

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January 15, 2016

Bro-est Bros You Knows – Ep. 26 – Snake King v. Cosmos Destroyer

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The Bros recapitulate the last few major UFC title fights including Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo, Raphael Dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone, and Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit (a “fight of the year” candidate). The Bros also preview some of the awesomeness that is in store with the UFC for 2016. MMA legend Anderson Silva stops by the studio to discuss some of the latest documentaries he has been watching.

The Bros break down the epic match-up between TJ Dillashaw and Dominic Cruz in what should be the biggest match in bantamweight history. In a battle for neo footwork supremacy,  Dillashaw/Cruz on paper promises to deliver plenty of action.

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December 12, 2015

Face The Facts – Ep 32: Con Air McGregor!

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Just awarded UFC interim champion Con Air McGregor seeks to return home to Ireland with the unified belt, but to get there he must fight his way through violent serial champion, Jose “The Virus” Aldo.

Con Air: Christ in a cartoon.

Garland White: That is Aldo. That skinny little man butchered a bunch of people up and down the feather-weight division.

Aldo looked over at Con Air. He grabbed his box and looked at the UFC Championship Belt.

Aldo: I knew you was a punk.

Con Air: Put the belt back in the box.

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We did a UFC fight simulation in anticipation of UFC 194:

 

 

Here was the statistical breakdown:

 

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Fact: Video games don’t know ish about MMA.

Should there even be a rematch? Sound off in the comments.

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December 9, 2015

Bro-est Bros You Knows – Ep. 24 – Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor BRODOWN!

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THIS IS IT! The Bros breakdown the biggest fight of the year, #UFC194, and Anderson Silva drops by to weigh in. They go into what makes McGregor such a special fighter and how his gift for gab may potentially be a curse when he goes toe to toe with the Champ.

 

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They analyze different fight strategies for the combatants and map out potential paths to victories.The Bros also look at some interesting quotes that give insight to both fighter’s mindset leading into this most EPIC showdown. Who do you have? Sound off in the comments below.

 

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October 14, 2015

Bro-est Bros You Knows – Ep. 16 – Walker: Texas Ranger

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Series tied 2-2
Game 5, 4:07 PM on FS1
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
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Cole: Hey Chuck, if you are in, like, the spiritual realm due to intense meditation…

Silence*

Cole: Well if you can communicate with me telepathically… well I could sure use a pep talk.

Chuck: You don’t need a pep talk from me. This is why the Rangers recruited you. This is your moment. If you have issues with that I suggest you should reach out to Eminem.

Cole: No, I am fine with the moment. Look, I just thought you could give me some words of wisdom, one Ranger to another.

Chuck: Look once you become a Texas Ranger, not only do you get access to my personal Total Gym, you become a black belt in badassitude. You want the W, get up and be a badass.

Cole: So just be badass?

Chuck: Yup, and it is easy. You just wake up, eat Wheaties and crap blue jays. You are a Ranger, son. Now, go give those Canadians hell!

Cole: The team is actually a cornucopia of nationalities..

Chuck: Team is based in Canada, still sucks.

Cole couldn’t agree more. Inspired by apparition Norris, Cole set off to channel his inner Chuck! It was time to round house kick these Blue Jays in the face! WITH COWBOY BOOTS!!!

Cole: Game on.

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The Bro-est Bros cover week 5 fantasy football, and hook you up with some advise that can help you come out victoriously in week 6. BBYK also talks about some Bro drama so crazy you won’t believe what Emotion Al has to say about it. The Bros also talk about the MLB Playoffs.

Check out BBYK’s fantasy football week 5 episode.

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January 16, 2015

Your Friday Jam: THE KING

This week’s Friday Jam is a combination music post and UFC post.  My favorite MMA fighter, The Notorious Conor McGregor, is fighting this Sunday night in Boston (and on Fox Sports 1), and a win for him solidifies a title shot.  The last time the Irishman fought in Boston he was on the under-card, yet the UFC still dimmed the arena lights and blared his song for his walk-out.  What was his song?  Well, it started with one of the most epic of Irish ballads, the Foggy Dew with Senad O’Connor and The Chieftains:

And then turned into the most fitting song for the location, Shipping Up to Boston by The Dropkick Murphy’s:

So enjoy the fight this Sunday – you will see one of the most talented strikers currently walking the face of the earth, the King, the Notorious, Conor McGregor.

December 30, 2014

UFC 182 Preview: Co-Main Event

It’s finally here.  The New Year’s weekend UFC event is historically one of the biggest of the year, and 2015 is no different with UFC 182 featuring an epic grudge match pitting Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones against undefeated Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier in the cards headliner.

However, before we get to the main event, we cannot overlook the co-main event.  While it is not quite the headline grabber that the Bones vs. DC fight is, the top-10 lightweight scrap between acclaimed action fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and unbeaten uber-prospect Myles “Fury” Jury is must-watch television.  Cerrone is riding a five fight winning streak over top UFC lightweights, with all but the last one ending in finishes.  Jury, on the other hand, is riding a fifteen fight winning streak (his entire professional career) with the last six coming in the UFC.

Donald Cerrone has been around the block several times without ever fighting for the belt, always faltering when the belt seems to be within his grasp.  However, the Cowboy that has climbed into the octagon the last five times has seemed more focused than any Cowboy before.  He has always been incredibly talented in every aspect of the fight, but he now seems to be focusing on each individual fight rather than just treating them as another adrenaline fueled excursion.  If he can string together another two victories, he should get a title shot.

Myles Jury, a youngster at 26 years old, owns twelve finishes in his fifteen fight career and is likewise known as an entertaining action fighter.  While the majority of Jury’s fights have been against competition that you would be hard pressed to identify, in 2014 he dismantled both Diego Sanchez and Takanori Gomi in back-to-back fights.  Both Sanchez and Gomi are brawling, “bite down on your mouthpeice” fighters, and Jury simply picked them both apart while remaining offensive for essentially the entirety of the fights.  He is without a doubt one of the most exciting up-and-comers in the lightweight division.

As far as this fight is concerned, fireworks should be expected.  Both fighters are very active and look for the finish, while at the same time remaining very technical.  Both fighters have similar styles, using their length and movement to dictate the pace of the fight and taking down their opponent if necessary, as both men as comfortable on their feet as they are on their floor.  However, Cerrone has been fighting (and winning) against top-level competition for a long, long time, and this fight will prove to be too much too soon for Jury, no matter how talented he is.  If this fight were happening a year or two from now, Jury might well be the favorite, but because it is happening in January 2015, look for Cerrone to dictate the fight and keep Jury in front have him as he peppers with shots him for for a very entertaining, back-and-forth decision.  However, no matter which fighter has his hand raised at the end of the night, the fans will definitely be winners with this brilliant piece of matchmaking.

I will back in a couple of days with a preview of the main event between the champ Jon Jones and his challenger Daniel Cormier.  In the meantime, if you are so inclined, enjoy this amazing video by the UFC chronicling the rivalry between the two fighters.

March 6, 2013

Face the Facts – Episode 5: The Amazing Spandaman and Adventures with Waffles.

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Welcome to another edition of FTF, my scrumtrulescent  blog on the wonderful and irrelevant. I’m going on a trip so there won’t be another FTF for a few weeks. I’ll be sure to fill you in on the the goodies from our adventures overseas as soon as I get back State-side. In the rare case that I don’t make it back, I wanted to include my will in this FTF. So here goes:

To my brother Lam, I give you all of my videogame equipment and the board game Cranium (to get smarter). To my brother Binh, I give you my headphones and protein shaker (to get stronger). To my flat-mate Klar, I give you my Bowflex (to get swole-er). To Cthulhu, you can have any extra toilet cleaning supplies I have in my bathroom (because go screw yourself evil Cthulhu). To my wonderful wife, I give you everything else. Oh yeah, and to my buddy Lt. Dan, I give you my brain pod and the remaining balance of my graduate school debt.

Fact – There really is no such thing as a “Belgium Waffle.” It was simple a marketing tactic to sell the “Brussels Waffle”to Americans who were bad at geography. What many mistakenly call a Belgium Waffle is simply a Brussels waffle made with American waffle ingredients 

So Zanahoria told me the other day that we had some ground beef and potatoes that we needed to use up before our trip. We decided to make waffles out of them. This is what happened:

1. We busted out the Mouli, a vintage French grater we have courtesy of Mummo.

 

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2. Then we went SHREDDER on those potatoes and seasoned it with a touch of salt and pepper.

 

 

3. After that, Zanahoria seasoned the meat with an assortment of delicious spices.

 

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4. We mashed it all together an balled them up.

 

 

5. Next we heated the waffle maker and put the ingredients in.

 

 

6. Viola! I present to you your meat and potatoes… in waffle form.

 

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So they were fairly easy to make and were quite tasty.We are  now thinking of hosting a “you bring it and we will waffle it” party. Think of the possibilities! Brownie waffles, Cookie Waffles, Cheese Waffles… we could even combine Chicken and Waffles and make Chicken Waffles! Mind Blown!

Fact – The resignation letter that Jarvis, Tony Stark’s butler, wrote in Iron Man No. 127 was actually artist Dave Cockrum’s real life resignation letter to Marvel. The only editing done  to the letter was changing “Marvel” to “Avengers.”

So Klar, Zanahoria, and I went out to sushi this past weekend. While we were waiting for our food I busted out some doodles. Zanahoria and Klar were both floored by the magnificence of my art work. Klar said he had never witnessed such grace in the form of a sketch. Zanahoria asked me if my hands had been blessed by the heavens. They wanted to know what inspired me to create such a wonderful work of art.

I told them what they were seeing was a character I had created during my childhood. His name was Spandaman, the awesomely radioactive sponge. They asked “did he have a sidekick?” Well, it was probably whoever my best friend was as a kid… so no. Not even an imaginary one? Well my imagination kind of sucked (superhero sponge?!) so that’s a negatron. Nonetheless, they just couldn’t get over how cool Spandaman looked. Klar said that I should turn it into a web comic serial on FTF. Zanahoria said that if Klar said it was a good idea than at least one person thought it was a good idea. She probably had more to say but sushi had just arrived.

So exciting news time! From now on FTF will be bringing you the web comic series “The Awesome Adventures of Spandaman!” FTF is proud to present to you…

The Awesome Adventures of Spandaman – No. 1 – The Obligatory Origin Story

*best to play this while viewing the comic 

Millions of years ago, an astroid containing radioactive fragments crashed into Earth. The astroid plunged deep into the Pacific Ocean, exploding on the ocean floor and causing massive tsunamis and earthquakes all around the planet. All of the surrounding wildlife perished from the initial blast except for single sea sponge. The radioactive elements had animated the sea sponge, giving it both incredible intelligence and lithe limbs!

 

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The sponge walked over to a wrangled mess of kelp and seaweed and fashioned a cloak. He then made a utility belt out of bits of coral and shell. Parts of the astroid had forged together upon impact and created the coolest pair of sunglasses, which the sponge appropriated to mask the fact that he did not, in fact, have eyes. From then on the world would know that unassuming sponge as SPANDAMAN!

Tune in to future installments of FTF for the next Awesome Adventures of Spandaman… now with actual adventures!

Fact – George St. Piere’s chest tattoo is Kanji for “jujutsu.”

So unfortunately I’ll still be out of the country when the welterweight extravaganza (aka UFC 158) occurs. The co-main event of this card is about as good as it gets with GSP going against rival Nick Diaz and my boy Jonhy Hendricks going against Carlos Condit. I won’t go into to much detail as I am sure Klar will have a write-up of some sort as the match rolls around, but I will leave you with this promo:

GSP said in an interview that the tattoo on his chest means that there are two sides of him, and that he can be very rude and very nice. He finished by saying “I like to be rude when I fight.” The term jujutsu translated means “the gentle art.” Does this imply that the non-tatted side of his chest is the rude ying to his tatted side’s yang? Something tells me he won’t be “inspired” by his tattoo on March 16.

Fact – People that read VividKaret.com are above average.

Tune in to the next Face The Facts where FTF will finally look at the future of gaming. Be sure to check all the new fresh blogs up on VividKaret.com. Follow VivdKaret on twitter @VividKaret #quadrangleofpower and follow Face The Facts @facethefacts22 #thingsthatareawesome.

 

March 1, 2013

Face the Facts – Episode 4: Make Him Feel The Pain!

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Welcome to another addition of FTF, my bro-dacious blog on the wonderful and irrelevant. So it has been awhile, and I am sure many of you are wondering how things are going in La Casa de Vivid. Things are going splendidly. I have been married over a year now to the beautiful Zanahoria, and while I don’t show it enough, I love her very much and am so happy. I am constantly amazed by her and I am thoroughly humbled at the thought of how much patience she must possess to deal with me.

Living in DC has been a blast. I find myself thinking of this city as home now. When we leave this will have been a very special and memorable stop in our lives. My flatmate and Chtulhu have done an excellent job completing the quadrangle of power (TMed by Zanahoria). They hold a very unique place in the hearts of my wife and I. As I have started to adopt this city as my new home, I too have started to view my flat-mate and his rice-rocket-racing-demon-troll of a wife, as family.  They are about as kind and respectful as flatmates get and they get down 90’s style just about as well as anybody short of…

Fact- The brain, which serves as the interpreter of pain for the body’s pain sensitive nerve tissues, itself cannot experience the pain as it is the only part of the body without these nerves. 

The “feel the pain” is an homage to my awesome (and sometimes oddly sadistic) dad. A few years ago when I was in law school in Florida, my family came down to visit during the holidays. Naturally (as people tend to do in Florida) we went to the beach where my brothers and Zanahoria decided to bury me in the sand. Before long I was basically entombed in the sand with only my head free. It was all fun and games until my dad walked over, balled a large clump of wet sand, picked it up, and proceeded to drop it with gravitational might… on my privates. As he did this, he yelled out “make him feel the pain!” He couldn’t stop chuckling after that, he was practically  giddy with evil. So my dad can bring the pain.

As they say, like father-in-law like daughter-in-law. So everyone knows my wife is a super ninja warrior princess. She has  a battle cry like Xena and her approach to fighting is Lawless. A while back, inspired by my viewing of the movie Warrior (I have a review of the movie further down in the blog), I decided I needed to teach my wife a little mma in case some one was stupid enough to mug her. We do live in the city, and in the city one faces inner city pressure. So I gave her some boxing gloves and I put on mitts to teach her some basic punches. She started punching me and not the mitts.

After recovering from the kidney shots, I told her she should take it easy and just try and hit the mits. She scoffed at me and replied that if she was going to learn to fight she might as well learn to hit some one instead of giving them really accurate “fist bumps.” So I decided to switch gears and offered to teach her some jiujitsu. She was having none of it, she wanted to drop some Z-Bombs. I told her that she needed a foundation before she threw haymakers. She said fine, “teach me the basics and I’ll fill in the bleeders.” Yeah… she said that. So if someone ever decides to attack my wife, you are going to end up like this guy:

 

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Fact – Tom Hardy actually weighed less in The Dark Knight Rises as Bane than he was as Tommy in Warrior (movie review #spoilers)

First of all, I nominate this movie for guy’s night. Yeah, I like it that much. The movie is about two brothers, one is a marine and the other brother is a science teacher, dealing with their emotions through mma. They train to compete in a grand prix style tournament that features the best mma fighters in the world. So naturally these two guys get in, because there are only like a handful of fighters in the entire freaking world. I mean, this is a world that references the UFC and Strikeforce! Was George St. Piere and Chael Sonnen just on vacation? Was Jon Jones ducking another fight? Where was Anthony Johnson? Surely he has a lot of free time after being dismissed from the UFC. Wait… he was in the movie.

Anyways, as one would expect from an M Night Shyamalan movie, there is a twist (spoiler alert) and the brothers meet up in the finals. Except that that really isn’t a twist and I’m pretty sure the trailers all show the brothers touching gloves while the commentator says “you won’t believe this… but the men fighting in the finals are brothers!” Twist! The announcer isn’t talking about siblings; he was just stunned that two black guys made it to the finals when only one black guy had entered the tournament (Anthony Johnson). Oh, and the movie was awesome and not in 3d, so yeah it was obviously not a Shyamalan movie.

 

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Review: This was a solid film that for better or worse, drew comparisons to Rocky. One of the greatest disservices to future movie watchers is how much of a caricature Rocky has become in today’s culture. The six sequels, the cartoonish portrayal of the rival boxers, the six pack Sly hopped up on HGH, and the inclusion of 80’s music later on in the series has led to a self over-saturation, causing many to stick Rocky in the notorious “fun” guy movie genre.  Guys, it wasn’t a great film because of the egg drinking and the over the top training montages, that was only 99%.

At the core of the OG Rocky was the very essence of the American dream. Here was a guy, down on his luck, and all he had was the love of a woman, his faith in God, and his ability to work harder than the next guy. His success encapsulated everything a hard working American believed in, that in this country, anyone has the potential to be great; you just need faith and a can-do spirit. That classic and iconic movie, the movie that won best picture, is the caliber of film I believe more closely resembles Warrior.

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The two protagonist in Warrior are estranged brothers. Tommy is an intense ex-marine bad-ass and Brendan is a good-natured but down-on-his-luck science teacher. Brendan also happens to have had a brief career in the UFC. Both are equally appealing to the audience due to the solid performances put in by the actors. Each has his own reason’s for fighting, and the movie does a good job of balancing the characters and making it hard to root for one over the other.

The film’s first two acts do a good enough job of filling in the characters back stories while moving the story forward, though there may be some cliché moments involved in these acts including it’s very own training montage. The last act, which centers around the big Sparta tournament, may be some of the most adrenaline pumping fun I have had at the movies. It was a rolling crescendo of violence; a brutally realistic representation of mixed martial arts fighting.

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This wasn’t just a movie that reminded us of how hard it is sometimes to make it day in and day out with so much uncertainty in the world,  this was a movie that took you through the hardship and let you celebrate in the triumph. I’m not saying this was a movie that got me out of my seats cheering, but that is because I have the common decency not to stand up and block the view of the person behind me.  The movie served as a communal cathartic release for an audience that most likely empathized with the hardship of a tough economy and the underdog mentality that comes with it. Many relate to the pain that grudges can cause, not just to the person but their family. To that end, there is a mix of appreciation and recoil at how powerfully this movie captures the struggles of the human experience.

I went to an undergraduate university that had a great books program. I had a professor, Dr. Dougherty, that would say that many other schools questioned why we read the same old classics over and over. He posited that we do it because there is something there that makes it a classic, a message or a lesson that is timeless and is as important and relevant today as it was back then. So there may be a few complaints about this movie rehashing some of the same “redemption” movie tropes and sport clichés . You may feel that way while you watch it; but when it is over, you may be thinking you have just watched a classic.

5 out of 5 Vivid Karets:

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Fact – Tom Hardy’s fight scenes were generally short because of his limited knowledge of mma.

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Fact – They were originally planning to CGI Bane’s physique, but decided it would be more realistic if he looked strong but not bodybuilder strong. Criminal masterminds plotting terrorist attacks have limited time to lift and plan their diet.

Fact – Dennis Rodman didn’t play a second of high school basketball, and was only 5’11” when he graduated.  He grew eight more inches by the time he was twenty, at which point he quit his job as a janitor at the DFW airport to play basketball at Cooke County Junior College.

So the NBA trade deadline past with very little movement. Players that were rumored to be on the move (Josh Smith/Al Jefferson/Marcin Gortat) stayed put. The teams that were suppose to be active (Jazz/Hawks/Nets) didn’t do anything. The Bucks acquired another short shooter in JJ Reddick, and the Suns united twin brothers Markeiff Morris and Marcus Morris. BTW, Zanahoria pointed out that if Markeiff ever stinks in a game you can always say “Markieff, more like Marqueef!” (she’s so funny).

The biggest move at the dead line involved my Houston Rockets trading Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, and Tony Douglass for Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt. Here is what the sport’s media had to say about the trade:

What do you think of Houston fleecing Sacramento for Thomas Robinson? Why do teams continue to trade with Dork Elvis? Everyone, STOP TRADING WITH DORK ELVIS!!!!! -Bill Simmons *Dork Elvis refers to Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s

That was a shocker. The highest-value player here is obviously Robinson. – Zack Lowe

Rockets definitely win this trade, Robinson helps their rebounding and defense now. – David Aldridge

So yeah it was nice trade for the Rockets. It gives the team more financial flexibility moving forward. Patrick Patterson was on a rookie contract with his option coming up (he has earned a bigger payday) and Thomas Robinson still has up to 5 years on a rookie salary. The rookie salary is the most valuable commodity on an NBA team. This is because it is fixed salary based on the CBA, not a percentage of the cap based on the free market.

Because basketball is a young man’s game, many skilled rookies can come in and contribute like a veteran by their 2nd and 3rd year. That sort of production could warrant a salary three times as much once the rookie contract ends. Now the Rockets can sign a max player, have money for extra depth, and they have another draft pick. Watch the Rockets make a hard run for Dwight Howard during the summer. While they didn’t improve their chances at a playoff push this season, they have a very bright future.

Speaking of the Rockets, my buddy Klar hooked me up with tickets to go see the Rockets play the Wizards last weekend. This was double the awesome because I get to watch the Rockets and I get a chance at personal redemption. What do I mean by redemption? Well a year ago, we went to a Knicks/Wizards game pre-Linsanity. I may have been the only person in the building that knew who Jeremy Lin was. When he left the court to walk back to the locker room I stood at the railing to say hello and get a high five. IGNORED!!! Like flat out “I won’t even acknowledge your existence” ignored. I went to a GSP dark place in my head after that. Fast forward a year later and I finally get a chance to totally redeem myself. I will not be ignored:

Oh wellos…there is always next year. So he was probably just afraid of making his bestie Channy P jealous, right? Channy P gives a very interesting handshake BTW.

Fact – Research shows guys with best friends live longer

To all the bros out there and their bromantic endeavors, I present to you the second best bromance (behind UD besties 2008) Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parson:

Fact – Reading VividKaret.com blogs makes you a cooler person

Tune in to the next Face The Facts where FTF will look at the future of gaming. Be sure to check all the new fresh blogs up on VividKaret.com. Follow VivdKaret on twitter @VividKaret #quadrangleofpower and follow Face The Facts @facethefacts22 #thingsthatareawesome. Quick shout out to the guys that are having a bachelor party at Casa de Vivid. Tonight will be fun but it is nothing compared to finding the one you love and spending the rest of your life with them. Truly, congratulations!

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