Some now living will never die.

It’s been a while since I could just post about whatever I felt like, so I thought I might take a few minutes to update you, faithful readers, about some of my ongoing obsessions.

Abe Vigoda

According to every source of information at my disposal, Abe Vigoda remains alive. Among those who have shuffled off this mortal coil since I last wrote about Abe (2/25/11):

Andy Rooney
Amy Winehouse
Whitney Houston
Adam Yauch
Donna Summer
Ernest Borgnine
Sherman Hemsley
Gore Vidal
Phyllis Diller
Jack Klugman
Charles Durning
Norman Schwartzkopf
James Gandolfini
Peter O’Toole
Slim Whitman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Elaine Stritch
Robin Williams

Just to name a few. Whereas Abe’s to-all-appearances-imminent death has been a running gag in popular culture for about 40 years now. Long may he reign.


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But there’s only one that I’m going to post in its entirety, because it is the only one that rises to the level of poetry toward which all spam should aspire:

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The Golden State Warriors

I feel like I neglected the Dubs a little bit by not writing about their last playoff series. On the other hand, it’s kind of a compliment that I no longer see their making the playoffs as shocking and revolutionary. Times have changed for Warriors fans. Our team is no longer a laughingstock, nor even a scrappy team of overachievers (see: 2007). They are a real contender with real expectations on their shoulders.

It hurt to see them go down to the LA Clippers in a hard-fought 7-game series, but not as much as it could have. The W’s went into the series handicapped by the loss of center Andrew Bogut, who would have been invaluable against the Clips’ huge and whiny front line. Then things got weird when Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught saying horribly racist things and plunged into a scandal that would eventually result in his being forced to sell the team. Initially it seemed like this would help the Warriors, making the Clippers less motivated to win games for a team owned by a man they hated. But in the end it was a wash or may even have helped the Clips pull together in the face of adversity.

In any case, it was not the Warriors’ year, but this one may be. They jettisoned inspirational but strategy-challenged coach Mark Jackson in favor of impeccably pedigreed but untested Steve Kerr, which I think will turn out to be an upgrade. And while the team didn’t change significantly, they are more experienced and added a real backup point guard. If they can stay healthy (oh please, basketball gods, let them stay healthy) the sky’s the limit.