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Archive for January, 2008

Did You Hear Something?

By on January 31, 2008

San Jose Mercury News: Even Warriors’ Davis fails to draw fans in New Orleans

Blaaaahhhh, blah, blah… I’m sorry, was that guy talking?

My mistake. It must have been the wind rustling through the Uptown trees…

14,410

By on January 31, 2008

At the game last night. Too bad they had to watch our streak end. That number is sort of surprising to me because I thought we had about as many as we had Monday night. Everything was pretty much packed except the upper corners. But for a Mardi Gras game I guess it was all right. I just keep waiting for that first elusive sellout that will really cement the Hornets’ growing awesomeness. This wasn’t it, but there’s still time.

Be on time, New Orleans!Oh, and people need to stop being all New Orleanian and get there on time. The arena didn’t fill up till halftime. I mean, if people want to waste their money, then I guess that’s their prerogative, but for once it would be nice to be able to show the team our (loud!) appreciation right from the intro. It’s a fun intro, people! There’s Kanye, and low fives, and everyone holds hands and has love! Come on.

About 2/3 of the way through the game I started cringing every time the crowd booed Baron Davis, because I got the distinct feeling it was just making things worse. He would just nail a 3 pointer every time we did it. At that point, when the game was still really close, I thought it might have been better to rock the place with a positive cheer. (MVP! MVP!)

All Star reserves are announced today. Hopefully the Hornets will get a second player besides CP3.

TC is Bloggerific

By on January 31, 2008

New post on Tyson’s blog yesterday. He talks about their streak, the All Star Game, the bench, and the Super Bowl. (What? There’s a Super Bowl this year? I thought there was just Mardi Gras…) I wonder if he writes his own, like some of the players do, or if he dictates them to someone. I know Gilbert Arenas calls in and just rants and goes off on different topics, and a guy tapes it and then types them out. His (infamous) Agent Zero blog is pretty funny, albeit mildly stream of consciousness and, oh, insane.

Mardi Gras Beads, Y’all!

By on January 30, 2008

Here are the beads they’re giving out tonight. First 8,000 fans through the door!Throw me something, Hornets!

Chris Rose Hypes the Hornets!

By on January 30, 2008

Let the man do what he doesToday, in the T-P. This is huge buzz (ha ha). Chris Rose is a guy who seems to have his finger on the pulse of the New Orleans metro area. Especially since his Katrina columns, people go out of their way to read him. And, more importantly, they listen to what he’s saying. And today he says to get on board with the Hornets. What a perfect way to go into tonight’s game.

This site, of course, is not satisfied with mere hype. This site loves the vibe that’s been happening this week. But we’ve got to move on up. Higher and higher. Bigger and bigger.

This site will not rest until it sees us on the front page of the Times Picayune and the sports section, the morning after a standing room only sellout game that we won, after driving to work on a highway dotted with Hornets flags, listening to the morning DJs talk about the Hornets on the radio.

But you have to admit things are picking up.

You’re like, “It’s not special. It’s from the AP. It appeared in newspapers and on sites all over the country this morning.” In other words, it’s totally generic.

I submit that it is special. And I’ll tell you why. It’s the beginning part right here.

Chris Paul had 23 points, 17 assists, and nine rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets ran away with their ninth-straight win, 117-93 over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

A jubilant crowd broke into repeated chants of “M-V-P” in recognition of a masterful performance by the Hornets’ guard, who is New Orleans’ best shot at making the All-Star game here next month as a reserve.

This is the first article that’s mentioned our crowd in a positive way. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we have a genuine article about the Hornets (our Hornets! these Hornets!) that does not once mention poor attendance, the possibility of moving, and whether they’ll go to Seattle or OKC.

Not once.

And to top it off, it ran everywhere around the country. Since this is one of this site’s major demands, it was worth mentioning!

… to the stands, toward the end of the 2nd quarter, and thought, “WHOA. Where did all these people come from?” And then there was this possession that just went on and on and on, and people were hustling, and the ball kept coming back to us, and back to us, and suddenly everyone was on their feet screaming, and we hadn’t even scored yet, it was crazy. And then we did. And the place was loud.

This is what it’s about.

Official attendance 15, 601 on a Monday night. It was a great, great crowd. And of course the Hornets rolled, extending their streak to 9 games. You think Denver saw it coming?

No way. They didn’t see this coming.

Power Ranking HypeMeter

By on January 28, 2008

Who’s giving us love this week? The Monday rankings are pouring in.

Hoopsworld #1

ESPN #1 (Hollinger & Stein)

NBA.com #1

CNN/SI #1

Looks like a sweep of every major power ranking, and rightly so.

State of the Hornets

By on January 28, 2008

While watching replay of the State of the Union address and eating dessert…

Me: F*@k Bush. Is he talking about the Hornets? No.

Mike: (spits powdered sugar all over the glass coffee table)

We might be not quite sober. After one of the most fun Hornets crowds ever. And the 9th win in a row. I made a sign! Our section represented. (When I say I made a sign, I am talking like 2×12 feet. It was visible from the other side of the arena.) I’ll make sure to take pictures Wednesday.

Pretty banners, pretty shots by D WestBut it cannot be stopped.

The defending national champion Spurs thought they could stop it. But they couldn’t stop it. It is unstoppable.

The Hornets put the beatdown on San Antonio last night in a statement-making 102-78 bitchslapping. Y’all got the message? I think it came through loud and clear. I think we stomped a hole through the floor and the people who live in the apartment below us also got the message loud and clear, whether they wanted it or not.

It was obvious the Spurs didn’t have a clue how to handle D West. Early on they appeared to have gotten the CP-TC alley oop under control, but… apparently no one told them it can’t be stopped. Nor can Peja.

National Media HypeMeter: The Hornets got the leadoff on Sportscenter, plus what I deem to be an acceptable amount of hype. The NBATV losers actually hated on us, and for that they will pay.