Mets Do Something Great, Honor MCA

Mets Do Something Great, Honor MCA

I'm guessing that, like me, a lot of people reading this site grew up on the Beastie Boys. That "grew up on" phrase is tossed around a lot, but for the B-Boys, it really does fit. Listening to Licensed To Ill cassette we stole from my buddy's sister on a Walkman. Screaming along to the Fight For Your Right video. Jumping around in slow motion to the So Whatcha Want video. Finding out about Paul's Boutique well after the fact, but then getting crazy into it. Blown away by Q-Tip's verse and memorizing Get It Together, listening to all of Ill Communication so many times the title became reality for anyone within earshot. Trying to learn how to play the instrumental songs. Listening to a Buddhist musician plead for peace and respect while every teenaged hormone said "Destroy something." Getting tossed like a rag doll at the secret show at the Electric Factory June 10, 1998, maybe the best show I've ever seen, and I've seen my share. Blaring Hello Nasty our freshman year at Temple. Seeing the Beastie Boys look nothing like boys and acting decidedly less beastie. Being supportive of some of their causes, dismissive of or alienated by others.  
Learning MCA had cancer, and it was bad. 
Enjoying their most recent album, but worrying that it really would be their last, as MCA was unable to do pub for it, much less tour. 
And finally, while on business in New York, a city I can't walk through without hearing strings of lyrics about the place the Beastie Boys loved, finding out Adam Yauch had died. 
Seeing the recognition he received from prominent people in so many in the music industry, the main story on the New York Times, and my social media feeds, it was clear that Yauch and his crew were almost universally respected, and loved my many. 
We don't say a whole lot of nice things about the New York Mets around here. It's hard to find a team capable of giving more material to criticize, laugh at, and generally enjoy. But last night they did something any Beastie Boys fan would have to love. 
Each Met changed his walk-up music to a Beastie Boys song. Here's what they requested, via Anthony DiComo's Mets Cetera (Note: not a Peter Cetera-era Chicago/Mets fan mashup blog): 
Ruben Tejada: “Intergalactic”Daniel Murphy: “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”David Wright: “Brass Monkey”Lucas Duda: “The New Style”Scott Hairston: “Root Down”Ike Davis: “Fight For Your Right (To Party)”Andres Torres: “So What’cha Want”Josh Thole: “Make Some Noise”Dillon Gee: “Body Movin’”PH Vinny Rottino: “Paul Revere”
Obvious follow-up question—You only get one Beasties song to walk up to the plate with for the night… What do you go with?
Video of a few walkups here:Your browser does not support iframes.

Could write/talk for hours about the Beastie Boys, but we'll leave it at that for now. Here's what one of the walls inside my freshman dorm room (555 Hardwick Hall, Temple U) looked like circa Hello Nasty's release… 
Yep total fanboyism. 
While larger-than-life since their debut, they were always transparent and real. Despite their adopted names, they were just as prominently Adam Yauch, Adam Horowitz, and Michael Diamond. And yet, also until the present day, indiscernable from the personas they adopted over their careers. 
Feel free to chime in with any Beastie Boys or MCA-related thoughts, when you got into them, favorite song or album… 

Best of NBA: Nets end 11-game skid by routing Pelicans

Best of NBA: Nets end 11-game skid by routing Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS -- Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece and the Brooklyn Nets ended an 11-game losing streak, routing the New Orleans Pelicans 143-114 on Friday night.

Caris Levert added 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting for the Nets, who had seven players in double figures while beating their season high for points by 16. Their 29-point victory was 11 more than their previous largest. They also set season highs for points in the second quarter (37) and points in any quarter with 43 in the third.

Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 22 points and nine rebounds despite leaving in the third quarter with a leg injury. The defeat was a huge comedown for him and the Pelicans a day after he was named a starter for the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans (see full story).

Warriors top Rockets to win 6th straight
HOUSTON -- Kevin Durant scored 32 points and the Golden State Warriors used a big third quarter to build a huge lead and coast to their sixth straight victory, 125-108 over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

In a matchup of two of the best teams in the Western Conference and All-Star starting guards Stephen Curry and James Harden, the Rockets fell short. Houston, which entered the game leading the NBA with 667 3-pointers, was just 7 of 35 behind the arc. Harden went 0 for 5 and Eric Gordon, who entered the game leading the NBA with 160 3s, missed all seven attempts.

Clint Capela had 22 points and Harden added 17 points with 11 assists for the Rockets, who are third in the West behind Golden State and San Antonio (see full story).

Kemba Walker scores 32 to lead Hornets past Raptors
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker scored 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 113-78 on Friday night.

Walker, who came in averaging 23 points and looking to earn his first All-Star selection, scored 16 points in the pivotal third quarter, including a four-point play as the Hornets outscored the Raptors 33-15 to build a 25-point lead.

Walker didn't play at all in the fourth quarter after the Hornets stretched their lead to 30. He finished with eight assists.

Frank Kaminsky had a solid night off the bench for the second straight game, scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Kyle Lowry had 24 points and DeMar DeRozan added 23 points for the Raptors, who have lost two straight (see full story). 

Magic pull away for convincing win over Milwaukee
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Elfrid Payton scored 20 points, Jeff Green added 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and the Orlando Magic snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 112-96 on Friday night.

The Magic, returning home from a 1-5 road trip, played with a small lineup for much of the night and it provided the offense they needed with two of their top scorers out. Orlando had six players in double figures, including starters Aaron Gordon (17), Serge Ibaka (13) and Nikola Vucevic (13).

Orlando shot 46 percent from the field while limiting the Bucks to 41 percent.Jabari Parker led Milwaukee with 25 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo contributed 17 points and 14 rebounds as the Bucks dropped their fourth straight game (see full story). 

Social media reacts to Mo Williams' career as a Sixer

Social media reacts to Mo Williams' career as a Sixer

It has been a crazy week for former Sixer Mo Williams.
Williams retired after last season, but was kept on the Cleveland Cavilers' roster in case his salary would be needed as part of a trade, and he has now been moving all across the NBA.
Williams, and the $2.2 million in payroll, was involved in the trade with the Atlanta Hawks for Kyle Korver, then traded to Denver before being waived. The Sixers then joined in and picked up Williams and waived him after less than an hour as they re-signed Chasson Randle to a second 10-day contract (see story)
Throughout all of this, social media chimed in on the career Williams had as a Sixer.

In 2015, before ultimately choosing the Indianapolis Colts, Frank Gore appeared headed to Philadelphia, so, fans settled the debate over who had a better career in Philly with this poll.