Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Day the NBA Playoffs Ended 2015

A happy group that the playoffs are done
Nearly two months ago when the NBA Playoffs began, I posted a list of things that were going on or anticipated to happen. Several years ago, a group of us decided to keep a list like this every year because the NBA Playoffs are too damn long (just like the rent is too damn high). It's easy to forget how long it lasts because we get caught up in day-to-day stuff. But now that the Golden State Warriors are NBA Champions, it's time make you feel nostalgic for April (yes, really) with this year's follow-up list.

Playoffs begin April 18th
108th day of the year (257 left)

Playoffs end June 16th
167th day of the year (198 left)

It took 59 days for the playoffs to occur in their entirety.
Days until Apple Watch release (April 24th):
It's been 54 days since the Apple Watch was released. I have seen exactly one "in the wild" since then. Remember when you couldn't go anywhere without hearing about its impending release? Since then.... not much.

Days until NFL Draft (April 30th):
48 days since Famous Jameis Winston got drafted first by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and future MVP and Super Bowl winning Marcus Mariota was picked second by the Tennessee Titans. Maybe we should be doing a new list, the length of Jameis' career. I kid, I kid. He'll wander around the league for years. That is, if the NFL still exists in 10 years.

Days until Kentucky Derby and Pacquiao/Mayweather (May 2nd):
46 days since American Pharoah began his history-making run and Mayweather won a strategically sound but ultimately unexciting bout. I didn't bother noting the day of the Belmont Stakes because when was the last time any horse won the Triple Crown? Oh yeah, it happened this year. I really hope that BOA, the co-creator of this list, got a couple of bucks for his efforts.

Days until David Letterman’s last show (May 20):
The last true late night talk show host has been retired for 28 days, exactly four weeks ago. Yet oftentimes I still think during a weekday, "I wonder who's on Dave tonight?" I've only been thinking it for oh, 30 years. It's a habit.

If you haven't seen the very end, take the time:

Days until summer begins:
7 days. It's a week until summer starts. Let that one sink in.

Days until 4th of July:
19 days until America's biggest holiday. Kind of cool that the playoffs began 76 days away, if you know anything about the American Revolution and stuff.

Days until Christmas:
192 shopping days left. Have you started? If you have, you're crazier than I thought you were.

Best team in MLB:
AL: Detroit Tigers, 9-2 
NL: New York Mets, 9-3

As of June 16:
NL: St. Louis Cardinals, 43-21
AL: Houston Astros, 38-28
Interesting coincidence that those two teams have the best records, isn't it?

FYI, the Tigers are now in 3rd place in the AL Central at 34-31 and the Mets are still leading the NL East at 36-30

Worst team in MLB:
Milwaukee Brewers, 2-9 

As of June 16:
Philadelphia Phillies, 22-44 (14 games behind the Mets)
The Brewers are still in last place in the NL Central at 24-42 (and were the first team to first their manager, Ron Roenicke, on May 3rd- 45 days ago).  

Top song on Billboard:  
Huh, the first thing that's not changed since April 18th on this list. However, it's not consecutive. This is the 9th week for this track at the top spot as Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" featuring Kendrick Lamar, the number two track, was number one for a bit in between during the time frame we're discussing.

Note: I have heard neither of these songs and have no idea what I'm talking about here. I might as well be trying to explain Harry Potter plots.

Top song on ITunes:  

Again: I have no idea what this is. I just know that somebody will see the "Uptown Funk" notation and say "Oh man, that song is so old." When it topped the charts less than 60 days ago.

Top grossing movie on April 18:
Fast and Furious 7

Jurassic World
And it's not even close.

Game of Thrones Season 5 episodes shown:
GoT showed episode 10 and ended Sunday, June 14th. So, apparently, did Jon Snow

Mad Men Final season episodes left:
My favorite drama series of the last decade ended on May 17th, 31 days before the NBA Playoffs did. Because I'm a slowpoke, I still haven't watched the final episodes. Actually, I have five to go, so that works out pretty well for me. 

Top “talker” stories:
Apple Watch pre-release

Jeb Bush, presidential candidate
Donald Trump, presidential candidate
Golden State Warriors, NBA champions
(In related news, Rolling Stone still publishes a print edition)
St. Louis Cardinals hack Houston Astros using techniques that Ferris Bueller would find primitive. Note to people: change your password- at minimum- when you change jobs.

Average U.S. gas price:
$2.446/gallon via


U.S. Temperature extremes (Farenheit):
94 at Death Valley, CA

10 at Buena Vista, CO

June 16th:
117 at Death Valley
35 at Stanley, ID, Orr, MN and Embarrass, MN
There's a town named Embarrass? How do I not remember seeing this on any of those lists?

High temperature in Tracy, CA


Finally, if you had put money on Andre Iguodala to win NBA Finals MVP on April 18th... you'd be rich.

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