Lakers Celebration: Madsen’s Mad Dog Moment Remains On Top

Mark Madsen
It’s not often we can point at somebody’s faults and not feel guilty about doing so.
Such is the case when talking about former Laker Mark Madsen’s victory parade moment when he not only gave validation to the claim that “white men can’t dance,” but gave a shout out to the Hispanic community in screaching style.

Yesterday, as the Lakers and Los Angeles celebrated the franchise’s 15th NBA Championship, EVERYONE was waiting for that “Mark Madsen moment.” As near as I can tell, it never came. The moment is preserved in historic nerd perspective and the loveable Madsen lives to write about it…as he did in today’s guest column in the LA Times.

Just as awkward as his parade moment…but good and funny!

Madsen writes…

I started getting nervous because that wasn’t what I’d planned for. But Shaq’s so funny. He was always coming up with stuff, sayings, like, “L.A. is the new capital of California, not Sacramento.” It was awesome.

As for my speech, I just wanted it to go quickly. Then all of a sudden, I hear Shaq off to the side saying: “Who let the dogs out?” Shaq is smart and funny and if he said it, I knew it would go over well.

And there was support from the Latino community and we wanted to acknowledge that. I saw our broadcasters and thought, “Hey, I know how to say a few things in Spanish. So why not?”

Mark Madsen’s Speech At 2001 Lakers Championship Parade

Be sure to catch the rest of the Times’ Mark Madsen’s Lakers parade memories are just a dance away.

Thank you, Mad Dog, for the memory. You have our hearts!

L.A.: Top 9 things not to do after a Lakers championship win

Yes, this is a Top 10 list, but to find the number one thing not to do after a Lakers championship win you’ll have to visit today’s Offbeat column at LA Church and State Examiner. Thanks for the additional click! Don’t worry, there are no strings attached…it’s just a way of support!

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Top 10 Things Not To Do After a Lakers Championship Win

10. Set your hair on fire.

9. Rip off your Kobe jersey and go naked at your mother-in-law’s hosted Lakers party.

8. Call your friend in Orlando and say you are taking them off your “favorite five.”

7. Mistake a pack of eco-terrorists as Lakers fans and join them in a night of burning cars.

6. Bring marsh mellows to roast at your favorite street intersection bonfire.

5. Think rocking cars and flipping them over is the coolest thing since cow tipping.

4. Set your sister’s hair on fire.

3. Ask a cop in full riot gear to join you in a midnight game of HORSE.

2. Think the Second Amendment means it’s okay to shoot bullets into the air.

And the number one thing not to do after a Lakers Championship Win is…

Click here!

Whether it be tonight or another night that the Lakers win the trophy…be safe L.A.!

LA Mayor: ‘This is a dark day in California’

Night and Day
Reaction to today’s California Supreme Court decision to uphold Proposition 8 was on both sides of the spectrum.

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The Yes on 8 campaign released a statement that began: California voters won a major victory today as the California Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold Proposition 8 and leave the definition of traditional marriage in California’s constitution as decided by voters in the November, 2008 election.

However, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had a different take on today’s decision.

“This is a dark day, a dark day in California,” Villaraigosa said. “We are going to keep on working. We’re going to have a conversation in this state about restoring gay marriage.”

FULL STORY: LA CHURCH & STATE EXCLUSIVE

Trump Sidesteps Backlash of Biblical Proportions

After careful review, the pictures taken were “fine,” and that while some were indeed risque, many were in fact “quite lovely.” — Donald Trump, on keeping Carrie Prejean as the reigning Miss California.

Trump lets Miss California keep state crown

…Trump praised Prejean for her “honest answer” when she was asked a “very tough question,” noting that it was the same answer that President Obama has given…

FULL COVERAGE AT LA CHURCH & STATE EXAMINER

Will Pageant Mogul Say, ‘Miss California, You’re Fired’?

donald trumpDonald Trump to give verdict on Carrie Prejean at news conference Tuesday. Will she stay or will she go?

LA CHURCH & STATE EXAMINER EXCLUSIVE

Well, if the outcome of California’s Prop 8 vote could be used as an indicator, Miss California Carrie Prejean, a supporter of traditional marriage, would stay as the state’s reigning queen… but not by a wide margin.

However, the final decision will be up to Mr. Donald “You’re Fired!” Trump. There are “things to look at,” but, “hopefully it will be a positive decision,” he said to Fox News.

READERS POLL: WILL DONALD TRUMP FIRE MISS CALIFORNIA?

Beauty pageant or not, the fact that Miss California may actually lose her state title illustrates the possible serious repercussions of having an anti-gay marriage stance. People have already lost jobs for supporting a Yes vote on Prop 8. Intolerant gay activists have targeted individuals and businesses in extremely harmful ways.

Yes, the Miss California USA title is a paid position in terms of endorsements, compensation, benefits, allowances, etc. Whether you consider beauty pageants as legitimate enterprises or not, losing one’s job is serious.