Tristan Thompson, Yao Ming Retires, The “Big E” Invades Update, and Family Ties’ “Uncle Ned”

“Yao Ming picks today to retire.
Toronto’s Bullpen picks a bad time to implode.
And we speak to the 4th overall pick of this year’s NBA Draft.”

Welcome to another episode review of Tim and Sid: Uncut – where you can get all your news, sports, and edu-tainment in one blog. This will be the last official review for a couple of weeks as the boys are only doing Best Of shows for the next little while. Don’t worry though, on behalf of numerous Tim and Sidizens that asked, I will be provide 3 – 4 daily updates of my own in an attempt to keep you entertained. On today’s show, the usual suspects are here. Tim and Sid are present, Bronsteter and Coulson are working behind the glass, and John Noon, “still on vacation and haven’t seen a tweet lately – must be hammered out of his fuckin’ skull; can’t type” is absent. Topics for your edu-tainment from Friday’s show include: Travis Hafner, Yao Ming, Mike Commodore, Steve Stamkos, Kevin Pritchard, Derek Sanderson Jeter, The Decision: One Year Later, a Two-Week Hiatus, AK 47, and Tristan Thompson.

The highlight of today’s show though is the upcoming interview in the second half of Tim and Sid: Uncut with No. 4 selection in the NBA Draft, Canadian born, Tristan Thompson. Sid sounds pretty stoked to be talking with the kid and has already been thinking of some questions. One is particular is: “Honestly, you declare (for the draft), what’s the best case scenario?” They also briefly discuss Cory Joseph and the fact that he was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. “Do you think he survives Gregg Popovich?”, asks Sid. Tim believes that Joseph’s basketball IQ is what helped him get drafted and is what will help him get along and produce for Coach Pop. We’ll get to highlights from the Thompson interview later on in the review.


The Yao Ming Song

First off, I’d advise you to listen to this section of the show on podcast. During the above song, Bronsteter had Hainser periodically say “Is Retired!”. It’s a hilarious part of the show that is not to be missed. “Fuck, you’re a regular Phil Jackson back there aren’t ya.”, Seixeiro said to Bronsteter. But back to Yao, it appears that the 31 year old centre has decided to hang up his sneakers, “31 in September, but his feet are 62.”, said Sid. It sounds sad, but it’s true – injuries seemed to push Yao to retirement and many people who follow the NBA can’t be too shocked because the 7 FT 6″ big man has been battling problems with his left foot for several years now. Tim goes on to say that he believes Yao’s “crowning moment” was during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. If you remember correctly, that was the same year he had surgery on his foot, but vowed to still play for his country. He would not be stopped; from an international marketing standpoint, he had lots of pressure from China. Whether Yao will ever admit it or not, many of his decisions were led or determined by his home country and I truly believe at times he felt like he had the weight of China on his shoulders.

At this stage, the guys chat a little about Yao’s wife and how he met her and Tim reads out a section from Yao’s Wikipedia page, “Yao is married to Ye Li, a women’s basketball player for China. He met her when he was 17 years old. Ye was not fond of Yao at first, but finally accepted him after he gave her the team pins he had collected during the 2000 Summer Olympics. She is the only woman he’s ever dated.” The boys have a good chuckle about the pins story and Sid cries out, “Fuck you Miss Texas with your ring in the mail. You don’t know what love is all about.” Other areas discussed on Yao include: He led Forbes list for income and popularity for 6 straight years, China may demand Yao to breed to make more basketball players, he bought his old team – the Shanghai Sharks, the myth that his parents were asked to have intercourse – Yao being the product, and finally, the high fives between his parents, himself, and his agent has to be one of the funniest things ever witnessed on the NBA draft night. Please see blurry photo below and click here for the full video.

250 vs. 300 & 400
Micallef also brought up the fact that today’s show was #251 for the Tim and Sid: Uncut radio show/podcast. I’ve been harping on this fact all week but it seems no one at theScore besides Tim and Sid really cared. Bronsteter didn’t think that it really mattered because it seems that 300 and 400 are more important to him. I kind of disagree though because 250 is half of 500 and many show productions don’t even make it to 200. Either way, congrats Tim and Sid. Tim also brings up the fact that they’ll be on a two week break coming Monday; during that time, they’ll be airing 2 weeks worth of BEST OF shows. Don’t miss it!

1980’s T.V Show Themes
Before Rapid Fire, the boys take a little trip down memory lane. I tweeted to them that Alan Thicke only had 166 episodes with Growing Pains and they should be proud because they’ve destroyed him in totals. Sid starts singing the Growing Pains theme song and both guys believe that all those television themes from the 80’s were terribly cheesy. From here, they go into the Family Ties theme and Tim pretty much sings the entire track.

Other tidbits from the t.v. show remembrance include: You should hide buffets from Tina Yothers, Mallory from Family Ties could get it, Tom Hanks played Uncle Ned and was creepy as fuck, and “Tits MaGee” Brewster, from Punky Brewster is hot, “Do you know how much 13 year old semen was spilt over Punky Brewster?”, cried Sid. “Hold on, hold on! When she grew up!”, replied Tim.

Interesting Facts From THE BIG E, Eric Cohen
Rob Pizzo is currently in Montreal for his brother’s Bachelor Party. Dead or Alive? We don’t know. However, the guys brought in broadcaster for theScore, Eric Cohen. Cohen did a solid job with update but he had his own little twist; asking the guys questions, it kind of sounded like Rapid Fire.
1. Jason Goodwin has filed a claim against the PGA Tour for infringing upon his civil rights. He attended a PGA event wearing a full-sized tiger costume to support his favorite player, but after Tiger Woods’ playing partner Angel Cabrera complained to rules officials, Goodwin was promptly ejected. Now he’s taking the PGA to court and looking to get paid. I hope this is a big fail on his part – the courts would be foolish to let this douche get any money.
2. It looks like Roy Williams will get his ring back from Miss Texas, Brooke Daniels, after she turned down his engagement proposal and still kept the ring. It was found at her father’s house after insurance agents got involved.
3. For personal reasons, the BIG E is not happy that employees of theScore have to pay $200 a month to park at work. However, after finding out that the Four Seasons in Yorkville are offering parking spots at a pricetag of $100,000 per year, he’s kind of okay with it now. What the hell!

Tristan Thompson Joins Tim and Sid: Uncut

The ANTHEMKardinal Offishall

Today’s guest in during the second half of the show is Brampton, Ontario native Tristan Thompson. Thompson was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the No. 4 spot in this year’s NBA draft. Before the boys get into the meat of the interview, they ask Tristan about the update that Cohen presented earlier regarding parking that costs $100,000. Tristan starts laughing and says that it’s not in his budget; he hasn’t even found a place to live yet. As of right now, he’s going to wait until the lockout is over. God knows when that will happen. Tim starts the interview by bringing up the story about Tristan’s mother and her vision. Apparently, she had a vision that Tristan would one day play for Cleveland – she said she saw him in a Cavaliers jersey. “So when your mom said you’re going fourth, you said you’re crazy?”, asked Tim jokingly. Tristan said that he didn’t call her crazy but realized that if her vision was true, he better get to work, especially if he wants to battle for a starting spot on the roster. Sid chimes in then and asks Tristan, “When you declared (NBA Draft), what would have made you happy at that moment?” If anything, Tristan said he believed that he could go anywhere in the Top 8 or Top 10.  But when the deadline for taking your name out of the draft passed, he started getting word that he could be picked anywhere in the Top 5. It was then that he believed he could go high in the draft. Discussion then flows into the night of the draft and Tim asks Tristan what it was like going up to meet David Stern when his name was called. “First off, my mom is a keeper.” (she did predict right) and second, he was happy that all the work had paid off. After 20 years of putting in time and trying to achieve his goal, his dream finally came true. Tristan also discussed the upcoming lockout and called it a “double-edged sword”. While he’s excited and eager to officially start his NBA career, this lockout gives him the opportunity to go back to school and continue working on his degree. When he’s not in school, he’s practicing with fellow Canadian Cory Joseph, John Lucas, and several NBA players. And speaking of Joseph, Tristan chimes in that he’s very happy that his Texas teammate was selected in the first round. He believes that Cory and Gregg Popovich will get along because Cory is mentally strong and can succeed under the guidance of a Player’s Coach. Sid goes on to ask Tristan if he has any particular goals right now? According to Tristan, the goals for him right now are to keep getting better, help the team get W’s when the season starts, and prove people that didn’t agree with him going at No. 4 spot wrong. He also is working hard on his free-throw; Thompson doesn’t have the greatest percentage from the charity stripe but understands that in his position – banging the boards, etc – he’ll be at the line often and he understands the importance of him hitting those freebies.

Tim and Sid then get into the part of the interview that I was looking forward to listening too. Sid asks Tristan whether or not he still feels like he wants to play for and represent Canada, now that’s he’s been selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tristan says that he’s completely willing to represent our country and looking forward to wearing the Red and White for Coach Tree Rollins. Tristan goes on to say that’s he’s committed to the program and feels he could be the leader of Team Canada, sort of how Steve Nash was once the poster boy for the program. From the sounds of it, Tristan believes that Team Canada could have international success in the future. Great interview guys – glad to hear him talk about the NBA and his commitment to Canada Basketball.

Things We Learned This Week
1. I (Bronsteter) have no future when it comes to being an on-air personality.
2. Our listenters recognize Hainser in public.
3. 12 Grain Bagels and Double Chocolate Donuts are similar health-wise.
4. Poison, This Is How We Do It, and Return Of The Mack are big chunes.
5. Carleton could afford to be better communicators.
6. George Laraque is a terrible goalie.
7. Tim and Sid: Uncut is not the type of show that stereotypes people.

Rapid Fire
Unfortunately, Bronsteter didn’t have a whole lot of time for Rapid Fire, but he did manage to squeeze out a couple of great CUT or UNCUT questions before time ran out.
– First one was submitted by a Tim and Sidizen, @BOKNOWSPORTS. Wearing a tie on your head when drunk at a wedding. CUT or UNCUT? I think this is CUT unless you’re a douche or like being the centre of attention. I think it’s a fad that has passed.
– Live tweeting from a concert. CUT or UNCUT? I’m going to say UNCUT. Twitter is news nowadays and for example, I was at the Soundgarden concert last week and I sent my friend updates periodically from the show.
– Synthetic Bacon Bits. CUT or UNCUT? You want me to answer this? It’s completely CUT.
Renting Golf Clubs. CUT or UNCUT? UNCUT. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I was in Florida one time and randomly decided to go golfing. What else was I going to use?
– Wearing a long sleeve shirt with shorts. CUT or UNCUT? This is UNCUT. You might need a long sleeve during those colder, breezy days.
– Wearing knock-off Designer Shoes. CUT or UNCUT? I don’t think I really care so I’ll say UNCUT. If they want to wear them, go ahead. If a guy complains about that, he’s got an issue because he’s got a vagine.

Most random show in a while. There was a little bit of everything….Basketball, 80’s TV shows, Yao Ming, Chinese Birthing Laws, Uncle Ned, and the list goes on – lots of sports and edu-tainment. I was glad the boys discussed Yao Ming and his upcoming retirement. I liked watching the guy play and they gave him a proper, but funny, adios. Eric Cohen came through with a solid Update. He brought forth some interesting stories and I would have no problem with him stepping in from time to time when Pizzo is absent. Highlight of today’s show was the interview with Tristan Thompson. Great to hear the kid talk and I look forward to watching him play in the future. I was especially happy to hear about his commitment to the Canada Basketball program and if anything, I think he could be the one to lead Canada back to the Olympics. Solid show today boys  – seeing as it’s your last one for two weeks 10/10.


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