All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You’d better run, better run, faster than my bullet
— Foster The People, Pumped Up Kicks
And I’m back to tear it up
Haters, start your engines
I hear ‘em gearin’ up
People talk so much shit about me at barbershops
They forget to get their haircut
— Kanye West, Everything I Am
All this talk about how he isn’t the same Michael Phelps we saw in Beijing. They’re right, this isn’t the same swimmer. But you’d be crazy to expect a 2008 repeat of eight gold medals or a 2004 haul of six gold and two bronze.
Michael Phelps is four years older and by all accounts less medal hungry. Yet Phelps just anchored a gold-medal relay to capture his Olympic-record 19th medal. The reports of Phelps’ death are greatly exaggerated.
Class back in session so I up’t it a grade
Two years the Dwayne Wayne became the Dwyane Wade
Please don’t start me
I’m like Gnarls Barkley meets Charles Barkley
I’m pop the barkers, I’m hood like parkers
While you all was in limbo I raised the bar up
— Kanye West, The Glory (2007)
Called up the homies and I’m askin’ y’all
Which park, are y’all playin’ basketball?
Get me on the court and I’m trouble
Last week messed around and got a triple double.
Freakin’ brothers every way like M.J.
I can’t believe, today was a good day.
— Ice Cube, It Was A Good Day (Remix)
Let’s have a toast for the douchebags
Let’s have a toast for the assholes
Let’s have a toast for the scumbags
Every one of them that I know
Let’s have a toast to the jerkoffs
That’ll never take work off
Baby, I got a plan
Run away fast as you can
— Kanye West, Runaway (2010)
Joe Flacco has been murdered locally and criticized nationally. The scrutiny is by no means baseless but the intensity is surprising. On Sunday night Flacco made another crucial mistake and lost a fumble in Heinz Field. Instead of being mentally taken out of the game he led the Ravens on a game winning 92-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes of play — a drive that would have made Johnny U proud. The questions are far from answered and we all know the NFL is week to week. If Flacco doesn’t follow this up with a strong performance in Seattle than the same demons come rushing back. But for now I’d like to have a toast for the Flacco haters.
“You might have to walk the fine line,
you might take the hard line
But everybody’s working overtime
Living in America”
— James Brown, Living in America (1986)
“So, shhhhhhhh we keep it raw on the set.”
— Adam Horovitz
Juan Agudelo and Oguchi Onyewu of the United States celebrate Agudelo’s game-tying goal during the second half of a friendly match against Argentina at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The teams played to a 1-1 tie.
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