Sunday, July 6, 2003

Tale O' the Tape


The Bad Boys (1989-90 Detroit Pistons) vs. Bad Boy Entertainment (P. Diddy's record label)

By Ryan Ernst
The Cincinnati Enquirer

It's the bad boys of the NBA vs. the Bad Boys of the rap game. Motown or Harlem World? Who's taking the title? Let's go to the tape.

HEAD COACH

Chuck Daly

Edge

TBB

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs

STAR

Isiah

Edge

TBB

Biggie

RIVAL

Magic, Lakers

Edge

BBE

Death Row Records, 2Pac

NICKNAMES

Zeke, Microwave, Buddha, Worm, Spider

Edge

BBE

Black Rob, G. Dep, Loon, Poppa Sim, Morock

M.O.

Playing hard-nosed defense, getting strong guard play

Edge

TBB

Sampling popular songs, counting "Benjamins"

CAN BE SEEN

On ESPN Classic

Edge

TBB

On MTV's "Making the Band 2"

SLOW WHITE GUY

Bill Laimbeer gave Chuck Daly a versatile, dependable presence in the post.

Edge

BBE

Kain, aka "Hard White," gives P. Diddy his own Eminem.

CLOTHING

Short shorts, form-fitting jerseys

Edge

BBE

Throwbacks, Sean John designs

LYRICS

"Heaven must be like this." - Isiah Thomas

Edge

TBB

"Fifty-inch screen, money-green leather sofa. Got two rides, a limousine with a chauffeur. Phone bill about two G's flat. No need to worry, my accountant handles that." - Biggie

CELEBRITY COUPLINGS

Dennis Rodman and Madonna

Edge

BBE

P. Diddy and J.Lo

GUN PLAY

Rodman, sitting in his truck with a gun on his lap

Edge

Push

P. Diddy, at the club, with a gun in the air - allegedly

BLACK SHEEP

Unassuming Joe Dumars retired to the Pistons front office.

Edge

Push

Bragadocious rapper Ma$e left the label to become a preacher.

Winner: It's a push (5-5) for now. But if Vinnie Johnson and Mark Aguirre ever decide to re-make a Police song, I think we know who the clear-cut winners are.




REDS
Mets 6, Reds 2
Daugherty: At least he's always well-rested
Reds notebook: Hamstring sends Pena to DL
Spotlight: Todd Van Poppel
Reds chatter
Reds Q&A
Down on the farm

MORE BASEBALL
NL: Dodgers' Perez flirts with no-no
AL: Bosox bats pick up where they left off
All-Star voting: World Series advantage at stake
July question: A contender or pretender?
Players: Put Rose in Hall of Fame
MLB power rankings

BASKETBALL
UC, XU court future players
Hunter faces size questions yet again

TENNIS
Wimbledon final a Serena-peat
Philippoussis, Federer finally front and Centre
Could Navratilova take on Serena?
Puentes won't defend men's singles title

GOLF
Sorenstam trailing only unheralded duo
Woods is wowing 'em at the Western
Defender Clarke heads small field

MOTOR SPORTS
Parity no problem for Winston Cup
Rookie Biffle wins Pepsi 400
CART: Rookie Bourdais wins from the pole
Kansas Indy 300 pole keeps Dixon at front of IRL

TOUR DE FRANCE
Bumpy start for Lance

ENQUIRER PAGE TWO
Bad Boys Hall of Fame
Tale O' the Tape
Page Two power rankings

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