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Shopping at KMart: Good business for LA?

Reunited and it feels so good.Attention K-Mart shoppers, we have a Blue Light Special...

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a 1 year, $2.5M contract with Kenyon Martin. KMart is a defensive minded player who will provide rebounding and shot blocking when Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan leave the court. At times Martin will contribute on the offensive end, becoming a citizen of Lob City, but those plays won't be common. 

I think it will end up being a good move for the Clippers, as they will need depth and toughness come playoff time. Crazy to say it, but the Clips are loading up for the stretch run.

Martin joins the Clip Joint, coming over from the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers-Hidden Dragons of China. Yes, I added the Hidden Dragons part. He is reunited with former Denver Nuggets team mate Chauncey Billups

*Nugs, Clip Joints and Hidden Dragons sold seperately.

#Flying Tigers are just pain bad ass.



Cactus League Spring Training Preview: Seattle Mariners

Yes, believe it or not, it is that time of the year again. As we hurry up and wait for the Super Bowl to start, we can either turn our sports attention to the NBA, NHL or MLB. Since I don't follow hockey too closely and the Suns are one more old player away from the All-Time Retirement team, we'll choose Major League Baseball and my all time favorite activity, Spring Training.

Pitchers and catchers report for all Major League ball clubs the 18th-22nd of February. With essentially one month left to go, I'll preview the entire American League West and National League West just in time for the teams to head to camp. Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next four weeks will be dedicated to Spring Training Baseball. Tuesdays will be the AL West, Thursdays will be the NL West.

Let's get started.

Seattle Mariners

At least they have a beautiful stadium.The team that finished with the 3rd worst record in baseball hopes it can do better than it's 95 loss season a year ago. Sadly, I am not convinced that it can. The Mariners just completed a trade for the top catching prospect in all of baseball, but to get Jesus Montero from the Yankees, they had to give up their lone bright spot from a season ago in Michael Pineda. 

Yes, the M's have some serious pitching depth and prospects in Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Jose Campos and Danny Hultzen, but you just gave up on someone who could be the ace of your staff should something happen to King Felix Hernandez. I know, that's a lot of coulds and shoulds. That's what happens when you trade a possible ace for a potential stud catcher.

The line up is three words. Tear. Uh. Bull. Or Tear A Bull. Or Terrible. All different paths to the same result. Probably a lot like my predictions for this team. I could predict the offense struggles (which it will). I could predict the pitching won't hold up (which it won't). Or I could just say the M's will lose at least 90 games like last year. Justin Smoak, Ichiro Suzuki, Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley are about the only things capable of scoring or driving in a run. Not good.

At least Ken Griffey, Jr is back. Although as a special consultant, it sounds unlikely he'll be making any diving catches in center field or driving one deep onto the train tracks at Safeco.

Fearless prediction: 62-100, last in the AL West.

Up next on Thursday in our Cactus League Spring Training Preview, Josh Byrnes and the San Diego Padres.


Breaking down possible Superbowl XLVI match-ups

Throw it to Vernon Davis! Photo courtesy

The best part about Superbowl XLVI in Indy is every possible match-up will feature incredible story lines, not to mention hard-hitting football. (Enough with the defenseless player calls, please). So let's get to it. Breaking down the games, with a little West Coast flavor, in order of each match-up I'd prefer to watch.

Never in my life did I think I'd put a picture of Alex Smith on my site.San Francisco 49ers v New England Patriots. Alex Smith, Jim Harbaugh, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis and that nasty 49er defense versus Tom Brady, the Hooded One and two of the meanest tight ends on the planet. In fact, this game would feature 3 of the best tight ends in the NFL (sans Jimmy Graham). One of them has no problem lining up at full back and running it down your throat. Although I don't recommend Aaron Hernandez doing that against the 49ers if he wants to keep the football. Doubtful Brady would throw 6 TDs in this one, still you never know with #12 and Gisele in the house.

West Coasters would feature: Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Chad Ochocinco, Patrick Chung and Logan Mankins. 

San Francisco 49ers v Baltimore Ravens. Instead of Super Bowl XLVI, we could just call this Harbaugh Bowl II: This Time It Counts. I must admit it would be pretty fun to watch two brothers, both head coaches of their respective teams, battle each other for the Lombardi. Thanksgiving would never be the same.

West Coast, the Best Coast: The San Francisco 49ers (bay area, what what), Chris Carr, Ed Dickson, Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, Jimmy Smith.

NY Giants v New England Patriots. Eli Manning, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning would all be in Indy. Peyton Manning would be there to watch his little brother battle his biggest rival, Brady. Archie Manning would be there... oh who cares about Achie. This would be a rematch of one of the best Super Bowls of all time, XLII. The two teams are nearly identical from where they were 4 years ago. Brady, Manning, Coughlin, Belichick, Welker, Jacobs, etc. Yes, that's the one where the undefeated Patriots (18-0) lost to the Wild-Card Giants.

Left Coast: Brady, Gronkowski, Ocho, Prince Amukamara, David Carr (what a joke), Ramses Barden.

NY Giants v Baltimore Ravens. Rematch of Superbowl XXXV, where the Ravens clawed the eyes out of the Giants. Despite it being last on my list of best match-ups, this game would be entertaining. Two incredible defenses with tons of playmakers all over the field. Expect defensive touchdowns and sacks.

WestSide Connection: Prince, Carr, the other Carr, T-Sizzle, Jimmy Smith, Ngata and Ed Dickson.

As a side note, has anyone else noticed how Terrell Suggs, aka T-Sizzle, refuses to ever admit in the player announcements he went to Arizona State? He'll just say something like, "Swagger" or "School of Hard Knocks." If Al Michaels (ASU alumni) is doing the game, he'll correct him. It's pretty funny.


Dec 19: Clip Joint v Lakeshow, Los Angeles, CA

I understand. It's a pre season game. Before I get too crazy. Still, looks like suddenly the new show in town is the Los Angeles Clippers. Chris Paul. Chauncy Billups. Blake Griffin. Caron Butler. I could go on. That roster is stacked. Although someone might want to let the Clip Joint know they have about 50% of their payroll tied up at PG. $41.3M to be exact.

Then let's take a look at the Los Angeles Lakers. Still pretty stacked, but definitely on the wrong side of 30 over there, boys. I know Phil is gone, Lamar Odom too, but damn, you guys are still old. And yet, you have Kobe Bryant. Andrew Bynum. Pau Gasol. And Meta World Peace. Yes, you can imagine my surprise when looking at the Lakers roster. For those of you who don't know, now you know. Ron Artest is now Meta World Peace. Dude has straight lost his mind.

In other news, WestSide Culture thanks Malcolm Thomas from San Diego State for apparently playing for free this year.

(Oh and by the way the Lakers should have Chris Paul. Instead his soaking up the LA rays with Los Clippers. Still not sure how that trade got vetoed. NBA has issues).

Needless to say, the two teams who share the Staples Center in LA, are creating a little sibling rivalry. Hold on to your $4,000 Laker seats and $40 Clipper seats (soon to increase by 80000%). Things are about to get real interesting in Los Angeles. From a PR standpoint, the Lakers need to do something to answer this. Dwight Howard is now off the table. One name I'll throw out there.... I don't want to say it.... and it is strictly a rumor.... Steve Nash? It would kill me as a Suns fan. And really what could they offer Phx? Meta World Peace?

Come to think of it, that's a pretty solid bargaining trip for the Lakers. "And we'll throw in Meta World Peace." I mean who can veto world peace of any kind, meta or otherwise?


Thursday Night Football: Chargers v Raiders

Talk it out, guys. (Photo from Footballers, set your lineups!

The first Thursday Night game is upon us, thus kicking off Thursday-Monday football for the rest of the year! "Thus" is fun to say.

Thursday Night, The Carson Palmer led Oakland Raiders (still sounds weird to say) head to San Diego to take on Phillip Rivers and the Chargers. Rivers has been struggling and cost his team 3 loses in a row. It's a battle for first place in the AFC West. Prime-time. 619. Chargers by 3, 27-24.

In technically the battle for worst in the AFC West, the Denver Broncos v Kansas City Chiefs game could easily turn into a battle for first. Take a look at the standings for the AFC West. Crazy. Looks like my fantasy football division. 

In fact, just for fun, let's take a look at that division, too.

Anyone care to guess which team I am?

I'll take the man, the myth and the legend, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos over the Chiefs. 27-17

And an NFC West team plays an interesting game in Philly with both teams struggling. The question in this one is whether Kevin Kolb, former Eagles, current Arizona Cardinals quarterback will play? He'd be retuning to his former team who thought he wasn't good enough. Motivation? I think so. Upset Special, shocker alert. Cardinals 30, Eagles 21. Patrick Peterson scores all three Cardinals Touchdowns. (OK, maybe he'll get one).