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It's FANTASTIC! - 05/04/14

I'll admit, I'm not an NBA fan.  Haven't really been since Magic, Michael, Larry and the Bad Boys were doing their thing.  Back then, the league's slogan was "NBA Action: It's Fantastic!".  And it was. 

Since then, the NBA has struggled to capture many of the casual fan's attention.  At least mine.  I've just never really gotten into Shaq, or Kobe, or even LeBron.  But this year's playoffs have been sensational.  Nearly impossible NOT to watch. 

There's Damon Lillard draining a 30-footer to catapult Portland past Houston.  Paul Pierce blocking Kyle Lowery's potential game and series winning shot, giving New Jersey the win against Toronto.  I stayed up til after 1am last night for Game-7 of the Clippers-Warriors series.  I haven't watched an entire NBA game in probably a decade, let alone stayed up past midnight to do it.  I had no idea who at least half the players were on each team's roster.  Did you know that J.J. Redick is a Clipper?  Or Jermaine O'Neal is a Warrior?  I sure didn't!

Speaking of Game-7's, there have already been five of them.  And we're only in the first round!  That ties the most in NBA playoff history.  Amazing.

In addition to what's happening on the floor, there's also been the whole Donald Sterling drama.  For better or for worse, that's put the league in the spotlight as well.  And made the Los Angeles Clippers, Sterling's team, one you either love or hate.  Either way, it's a great storyline.

Who knows what will happen from here on out.  There's still another month of post-season hoops to go (WAY TOO long, in my opinion).  And yes, there's a good chance that LeBron and the Heat will hoist the trophy again when it's all said and done. Which would be completely anti-climatic to me.  But to this point, the NBA Playoffs have been FANTASTIC.

  

 

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PINK CHICKENS

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- If someone said they saw pink elephants, you'd ask what drinks had gotten into them. When people in Portland, Oregon spotted pink chickens -- it turned out it was because of the drinks the birds had gotten on them. Animal control officials picked up the pink pullets after they were spotted running loose in the city's waterfront park. Turns out the owner used food coloring, beet juice and Kool-Aid to dye the birds. He says he released them for a while to "make people smile." He may not be smiling at the result. He got a bill for the time the chickens were in county care -- and a scolding about the dangers of releasing birds in public areas.

PIANO MOUNTAIN

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) -- You've heard of Mount Rushmore and Mount Everest -- but Mount Piano? Hikers who made the trek up to Topanga Lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains of California recently have come upon an odd sight: a battered upright piano, sitting on a graffiti-covered concrete slab. Turns out the piano was used for a music video. The video producer says he and four others used a dolly and rope to haul the 350-pound instrument a mile up the trail last week. After the shoot, it was too dark to get it down. The video maker says while it seems people are happy to see it there, he will haul it back down if necessary.

SNACK RUN

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- We've all had those times: you have a craving for something to eat or drink in the wee hours, and hop out of bed to get it. In this case, the person with the craving in the wee hours was a wee lass: just 4 years old. And to get to the store, she hopped on a Philadelphia bus. Police say the girl slipped on a purple raincoat, slipped out of her house at 3 a.m. in a downpour -- and boarded the bus. Driver Harlan Jenifer says the girl swung her legs in her seat as she chanted, "All I want is a slushie." The driver called police, who took the girl to a hospital where she was reunited with her mom. Authorities say the girl's family was unaware she had gone on her slushie run.

ANGRY BIRDS?

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) -- It's a game of angry birds no one in Melbourne, Florida wants to play. Officials say ducks, geese, seagulls and other feathered friends are acting more like feathered fiends -- chasing people and tying up traffic in Wells Park. Animal officials say it appears the birds are losing their fear of people. And in some cases, that means people are gaining a fear of birds. City Manager Mick McNees tells the Florida Today newspaper three white geese chased him as he jogged in the park. He says he had trouble scaring the birds off -- but fears that an older person or child may not be able to. Officials have put up signs barring people from feeding wildlife to try to restore the balance of nature in the park.

 
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