Pittsburgh


Unknown-1St. John’s hopeful Orlando Sanchez (above, l.)

So just when we had pronounced the program healthy, Jamal Branch, an important transfer contributor from Texas, who makes shots and rarely turns it over, goes down with a knee injury.  We aren’t saying that is the reason for dropping 4 out of 5, with the 1 win a lackluster job against USF, but St. John’s had played its best ball this year in games where Branch heavily contributed.

We aren’t gonna say that Lavin’s absence from the team had anything to do with it either, though it is true that Coach Lavin missed important road games at Syracuse and Louisville, which the team lost.  Truth be told, we pencilled those games in as losses long ago, and also, we thought Rico Hines did a good job filling in.  Those teams are just too good for us right now.   They know exactly how they want to play, they turn run outs and turnovers into dunks and layups with alacrity, and their home court edges are just too tough.  Both teams, no insult meant, just outclass St. John’s when it comes to coaching, leadership, recruiting, and shooting the basketball at this stage of our development under Lavin’s tenure.

In doing the calculus for the program to reach the dance, we thought yesterday’s game vs. Pitt at MSG was a must win, really, even if they had pulled off a miracle split with Louisville and Syracuse on the road.  St. John’s has to establish and protect home court as a program, especially when so many Big East kids come through as visitors, looking to put up big games at the Mecca.  Yesterday, St. John’s failed miserably, while only managing 20 points total in the 2nd half, and while converting on zero of 8 from downtown in that half of basketball.  Once again, we see the distinct advantage here in recruiting local kids, something that does not appear to be the top priority for this program, with all of its top scorers brought in from out of state.
It was St. John’s 3rd brutal loss at home at MSG, counting losses to Georgetown–which wasn’t close–and Rutgers, which was a horror show.  At this point, it’s hard not to look back at early non conference losses in which the Johnnies led, and at poor performances at MSG in conference, and not say, “what if we had won 3 or 4 more games?”

Villanova at Villanova was another terrible loss, though on the road, especially when one considers that the Wildcats now sit above us within the conference.  Pitt coach Jamie Dixon, an excellent coach, said after the game that to win a conference game by 16 on the road was a telling indicator as to the impressive nature of the win.  But then, what of the loss for St. John’s?  We thought that if St. John’s could score 65 yesterday, they’d win.  And we’re still waiting.  While St. John’s played better than expected against Louisville and Syracuse, it is deadly obvious that the Johnnies can not score.  Recently D’Angelo Harrison displayed a swollen finger, as an explanation for recent poor offensive performances, and it is true that St. John’s has no real shot in games like yesterday’s in which he does not break double digits.  But we can not blame Harrison, who always gives a giant effort.  The fact is this: the Red Storm does not make 3’s, they do not score in the paint, and they get woefully little done in transition despite usually playing excellent defense.  And there’s also the ugly business of their free throw shooting.

It must sound like we’re trashing them, which we don’t mean to do.  Are we disappointed with the loss?  Of course.  But moreso, these are the warts that plague the program, honestly put.  Now that the season has been essentially reduced to a formality, we may as well provide an early postmortem.  We can like Lavin while disagreeing with his recruiting philosophy and we can respect the mitigating factors that surround his time away from the squad while stating that he does miss more games, for whatever reasons, than any other coach in the country.

Also, we’re not about to go crazy either way for the plight of JC transfer Orlando Sanchez, despite the fact that he is a beast like four who would be guaranteed for a few monster blocks and dunks each game, among other things, who has already reached manhood at the age of 24.  For a kid over 21, the NCAA is clear on the rule that having played for his country’s national team in 2010, regardless of the amount of minutes or games played, his eligibility is exhausted.  That he has a good chance of winning his appeal, or any of the other pro St. John’s articles in this regard, are irrelevant.  In light of this fact, he obviously never should have been recruited.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/23/sports/ncaabasketball/orlando-sanchez-of-st-johns-seeks-review-of-ineligibility.html?_r=0

Should he be granted that year of eligibility, St. John’s, with a full compliment of returning players, and we would count heavily Jakarr Sampson, as well as Felix Balamou, Max Hooper, and Christian Jones (highly touted recruits who are yet to break into the rotation) St. John’s would appear extremely formidable on paper for next season.  If Sanchez is ineligible, we expect the program to successfully re-distribute that scholarship to a guy who can contribute in a real way who plays the four like Sanchez does.  Lavin has shown an uncanny ability to pull recruiting classes together last minute, and learning Sanchez’s fate this week would give him plenty of time.  But Lavin has also showed us last year how a class can fall apart late as well, which should not be the concern for next year, especially if there are no defections, since St. John’s is only looking at 2 new recruits, if Sanchez is in fact ineligible, which we’d hate to speculate on, as we hate to absolve St. John’s right now for recruiting another ineligible player.

But we can’t say we were happy to read earlier that the one 4 year scholarship we do have available is likely to go to another out of state product.  St. John’s will be better suited to Lavin’s full court style next year, when they won’t have to rely as much on smaller players who don’t get to the rim or make jump shots, or when they aren’t stuck over playing guys like Bourgault, who we feel is a very borderline player at a big time D1 school.

If St. John’s does not have to re-recruit the Sanchez spot and if Sampson stays put, we think the program takes a big step forward next year, especially as Obepka, a possibly dominant big, further develops.  We can’t get too crazy about if situations though, as anything is likely with Sampson, and if we had gotten sky high on Sanchez it would have been unwise, since the year has gone by and he hasn’t and may never suit up at all.  We are also unable to go crazy about the possible signing of Rysheed Jordan, who was called the best prospect in Phily today in the Daily News by “Hoops” Weiss.  We remember going crazy for Nurideen Lindsay last year and how that played out–a disappointment that Lavin turned into Jamal Branch.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/ncaa-basketball/forecast-storm-year-article-1.1272494

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/st-john-recruit-sanchez-retains-lawyer-argue-ineligibility-article-1.1271472

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/lavin-mastering-issues-court-article-1.1271959

Still, we are confident that the program will field an able bodied team despite possible defections, and while we are  upset over the dismal showing yesterday, we still have a very positive outlook concerning 2013-2014.  But we must refuse to get caught up in headlines as to what may or may not be.  Whatever fortunes are to come with this program reside squarely with Steve Lavin, and Lavin has proved adaptable, so if there are defections or ineligibilities to come, we’re confident that Lavin will turn them into contributors, much like the way he turned Lindsey into Branch.

Let’s Go Redmen!

Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

ESPN reported earlier today that Ben Roethlisberger came out against the NFL’s announcement this week that hits to the head would be punished to the letter of the rules, and will include big fines as well as suspensions.  Supposedly Big Bad Ben and backup Byron Leftwich had a meeting of the minds and came up with the theory that they’d rather have the concussion than a more serious injury somewhere else.

But we know the real reason, right?  Because Roethlisberger doesn’t use his brain anyway.  He thinks with his dick.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/roethlisberger-accuser-it-was-kinda-like-they-had-it-planned/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/roethlisberger-down-to-fuck/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/roethlisberger-played-unwanted-penis-game-with-other-georgia-woman/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/roethlisberger-could-have-been-prosecuted-for-supplying-alcohol-to-a-minor/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/roethlisberger-reputation-takes-more-hits/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/08/01/big-ben-pittsburghs-media-darlinghero-of-sexual-misconduct/

Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

Tablet Photo Tablet NameTablet Name is the street name that was submitted with the tablet (or the common street-name for an imprint if no name is submitted with a tablet). The individual tablet page may also give alternative names based on similar tablets that have been submitted in the past or information collected by the source organization. Active ContentsActive Contentsis a list of substances detected by the lab. Date PublishedDate Published is in most cases within two weeks of the date that the tablet was received by the lab (MAPS and other non-Ecstasydata results not included). Date TestedDate Tested the approximate date when the sample was tested by the lab. Location Tablet SizeTablets are weighed and measured with tablet diameter and height being displayed in millimeters (mm) and weight displayed in milligrams (mg). This is the full weight of the tablet, including all binders and fillers and is not the mass of the detected substances. Data SourceMost of the data on EcstasyData.org is for tablets submitted by the public with lab testing organized by the EcstasyData project. Various organizations have also contributed data to EcstasyData.org. Links are provided to contributing organizations’ websites as well as to information describing the organization and their involvement with the EcstasyData.org project.
Substance Ratio /
AmountsRatio/Amounts are, in most cases, the relative amount of the detected substances. When a single substance is detected, the ratio will always be “1”. When a mass is given, that is the actual amount of drug in the full submitted sample.
1929 G Lady
  • MDMA
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 Deer Park, NY 382 mg, 9.2 x 4.9 EcstasyData.org
1930 white puma
  • MDMA
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 Carthage, NY 176 mg, 7.2 x 4.0 EcstasyData.org
1931 White Diamond
  • TFMPP
  • BZP
  • 3
  • 2
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 Carthage, NY 282 mg, 8.6 x 4.2 EcstasyData.org
1932 Pink Monkey
  • TFMPP
  • Pseudo/Ephedrine
  • Caffeine
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 Carthage, NY 329 mg, 8.1 x 6.0 EcstasyData.org
1933 G Lady
  • MDMA
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 New York, NY 393 mg, 9.2 x 4.8 EcstasyData.org
1934 Red Diamond
  • MDMA
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 Los Angeles, CA 317 mg, 9.3 x 5.1 EcstasyData.org
1935 Methylone
  • Methylone
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 Alief, TX EcstasyData.org
1936 Green AK-47
  • Caffeine
  • Unidentified
  • 2
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 High Point, NC 291 mg, 8.0 x 5.7 EcstasyData.org
1938 Superman
  • TFMPP
  • BZP
  • MDMA
  • 4
  • 2
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 St. Paul, MN 298 mg, 7.1 x 4.9 EcstasyData.org
1939 triangle
  • None Detected
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 New York, NY 264 mg, 8.1 x 5.3 EcstasyData.org
1940 Homer Simpson
  • TFMPP
  • BZP
  • 20
  • 1
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 Miami, FL 268 mg, – x – EcstasyData.org
1941 Puma
  • MDMA
  • Caffeine
  • 20
  • 1
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 Los Angeles, CA 355 mg, 9.3 x 5.0 EcstasyData.org
1942 abby road
  • MDMA
  • Procaine
  • 2
  • 1
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 San Francisco, CA EcstasyData.org
1943 Starlight
  • MDMA
  • 1
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 San Francisco, CA EcstasyData.org
1944 fleur de lis
  • TFMPP
  • BZP
  • 5
  • 1
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 San Francisco, CA 291 mg, 8.1 x 4.9 EcstasyData.org
1945 wholly molly
  • MDMA
  • Methylsulfonylmethane
  • 25
  • 1
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 Cabin John, MD EcstasyData.org
1946 triple crown
  • MDMA
  • 1
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 Orlando, FL 296 mg, 8.1 x 5.3 EcstasyData.org
1927 blue dolphin
  • MDMA
  • 1
Jun 17, 2010 Jun 17, 2010 Boston, MA 319 mg, 8.1 x 5.8 EcstasyData.org
1928 smiley
  • mCPP
  • 1
Jun 17, 2010 Jun 17, 2010 Copenhagen, Denmark 221 mg, 8.1 x 3.2 EcstasyData.org
1923 PL
  • None Detected
Jun 16, 2010 Jun 16, 2010 Cohasset, MA 221 mg, 8.1 x 4.3 EcstasyData.org
1924 blue bomb
  • MDMA
  • Caffeine
  • 5
  • 1
Jun 16, 2010 Jun 16, 2010 Los Angeles, CA 292 mg, 8.1 x 6.3 EcstasyData.org
1925 internet explorer
  • MDMA
  • Caffeine
  • 5
  • 1
Jun 17, 2010 Jun 16, 2010 Los Angeles, CA 299 mg, 8.2 x 6.0 EcstasyData.org

https://dancesafe.org/content/story/july-ecstasydata-review-crackbillionair

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/crackbillionair-teams-with-dancesafe-for-the-good-of-the-scene/

www.dancesafe.org has published our latest piece on www.ecstasydata.org’s lab results, as promised.  Check it.

Be Smart,

Crackbillionair (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

“Seest a man diligent in his calling, he shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before mean men.”

–Solomon

This page is not yet five months old, and already, we may boast of a few things.  More people have come here to read about Ecstasy than used the NYC homework helpline in 2009-2010.  We are proud to have all of you.  Especially those pill reporters who took the time to test or sample their pills, or both, and submit their findings to www.pillreports.com, and then took more time to come here and make comments about their experiences, or to exchange a kind word.

There was steamroller, who famously plugged a Blue Pokeball and then hopped in his car for a drive from Los Angeles to San Diego.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/cali-man-goes-anal-route-with-blue-angry-bomb-pokeball/

chemlover out in Texas who we must thank for reporting and testing from an important area to know about–a border area where we know a lot of pills are coming from.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/texas-chemlover-contacts-crack/

And how could we forget Florida’s most diligent and meticulous tester, the great kaspk, who not only has time for Pill Reports and for us, but who also videotapes his test results and youtubes them?

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/kaspk-youtubes-mecke-test-on-fake-paul-frank-cutouts/

That’s just to name a few.  We have to thank all of you, because whatever it is that we’ve put together on this little page is being noticed.  A few weeks ago, I was contacted by www.dancesafe.org’s president, who likes what we do over here, and he asked me to join forces with Dancesafe and do some writing and some analysis of Ecstasy, to track some trends in Ecstasy, to track certain pills, and obviously, to reduce harm in our community.  To put the relationship between Dancesafe and Crack in some perspective, I would refer you all to the incomparable Special Ed’s lyric, about the finder and the founder (“You was the finder/I was the founder/I was around a/long time ago”).

It is an enormous honor for me to be recognized by Dancesafe, undoubtedly the most important institution in our scene there has ever been.  I was practically a kid, going to www.dancesafe.org multiple times a day, debating about my MDA pills (Sunflowers, Ones) fervently, or checking out other pills, or just scrolling through pics of pills and trying to familiarize myself with their chemical composition.  I even made a close friend through Dancesafe–perhaps the friend I respect most–on Dancesafe.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/34-methylenedioxyamphetamine-d-e-a-code-7400/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/an-odd-report-on-amphetamine-white-spiders-that-were-tested-in-quebec/

How’d that happen?  We were arguing about pills, of course.  If I never had any association with Dancesafe after that, I’d say I had won big, because friends for life don’t grow on trees.  But Dancesafe’s kid, their little boy, who would still be at Sound Factory at this time 10 years ago, or at mixed night at Limelight, is all growed up.  And for some reason, the institution has taken notice, of little old Crack and his Pokeball and Quebec amp updates, and our breakdown of www.ecstasydata.org’s lab results.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/mays-test-results-from-dancesafe-and-our-analysis/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/blue-star-pokeballs-adulterated-with-caffeine/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/purple-dragonfly-pokeballs-adulterated-with-caffeine/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/blue-angry-bomb-pokeballs-and-purple-internet-explorer-pokeballs-adulterated-with-caffeine/

It’s not like we don’t have our own credentials either, forgive the lack of humble speak.  I have sat in Dr. Shulgin’s living room on Mount Diablo, and watched black hawks soar through the Shulgin’s skylight, while Sasha showed us his picture albums–looking at photos from house parties of Timothy Leary and Oscar Wilde’s sons, among others–while the Dr. asked me questions I am still contemplating 6 years later.  When I started this page, it was partly with a wildly selfish intent–to promote my writing, and the film company of my partners and me, a little outfit we call Formula 411.  Dr. Shulgin is one of our projects, Terry Singeltary Sr., the world’s foremost researcher on CJD and pryon disease, is another.

Of course, I am a bit of a historian on the New York underground–proudly so–and my fiction is defined by realism and my crystal clear memories of New York’s scene, from the 1990’s on, and it is funny and disturbing as hell.  I am very honored to bring my New York City roots to Dancesafe, and promise to represent my underground hardcore, while learning and analyzing your underground–particular talents of mine.

Hey, I can barely set an alarm clock, and straight up, I am a scientific layman, but I will analyze your pills and data every which way, so that you know exactly what you are dealing with.  My pleasure.  It’s my calling–I’ve always said it was, and now at my advanced age, when I should be thinking about golf or some shit, I am still dissecting pill reports.  Don’t get the idea that this particular layman is going to be bad for your knowledge of the scene, and that my reports won’t be chock full of information.  And Dancesafe’s, and my own scientific experts vett these reports so that any layman issues come to you with a distinguished expert’s polish.

Please follow the work that Dancesafe and I do in collaboration, as well as the work that each site does independently.  Note the links in our right panel, and take advantage of them.  The essence of Formula 411, my essence, is that of the greatest heroes of our past–the ones who put it on the line for the common good, who weren’t afraid to have a voice, despite however “illicit” the cause might seem to some–like Franklin, Voltaire, and Shulgin.

While I possess neither the wit or intellect of any of those men, I do possess a similar spirit when it comes to fighting for and preserving our rights.  Dancesafe is a vital resource to the community, and the loss of any such resource would we be a clear danger to the scene.  With your help, Dancesafe isn’t going anywhere, and now Crack has been given an invite to the party.  To their credit, they have rolled out the red carpet for me so far as well, helping me along greatly and welcoming me to an enormous degree.

Look for our maiden voyage together very soon, as I have analyzed the latest www.ecstasydata.org’s lab results for Dancesafe, and it will go up early in the week.  First there, and then here.  But this collaboration is a monumentous one in that we are both totally comitted to stamping out bad pills, and speaking for myself, to put pressure on makers to come up with a better and more diverse product for us.

With the help of some friends, we’re going to shine the spotlight at the issues plaguing the scene.

Word, Solomon.

Be Smart,

Crackbillionair (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

“Role model” Ben Roethlisberger fondling a bottle of liquor at a house party (above).

Isn’t everything wonderful in the world for Big Ben Roethlisberger?  On Friday, the star quarterback and erstwhile pervert/rapist told the media about all of his apprehensions surrounding his return to the field.

Roethlisberger told the Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette Friday that he was “scared” about the fan reaction he might receive at Saturday’s afternoon practice, the first open to Steelers Nation. Perhaps during his ride to camp up Route 30 he had seen the sign outside of a Latrobe business that was directed at him and Steelers president Art Rooney II, who made the decision not to trade or release Roethlisberger after his deplorable escapades in March in Milledgeville, Ga.
Roethlisberger memorably had sex with a 20 year old coed in March who did not consent to sex, while his off duty police officer bodyguards kept the girl’s friends separated from the girl while Roethlisberger forced himself on the girl in a townie bar bathroom.  In the aftermath, we learned that Roethlisberger, on several occasions, took his penis out in public and showed it to college girls, which we presumed at the time, was his go to pickup move.  We also learned about a story in which a Pittsburgh man put a gun to Roethlisberger’s head outside a Pittsburgh bar because the quarterback had tried to put a move on the man’s girlfriend, and that since then, Roethlisberger always goes out with bodyguards.  You can read about those incidents at the links below:

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/roethlisberger-played-unwanted-penis-game-with-other-georgia-woman/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/roethlisberger-could-have-been-prosecuted-for-supplying-alcohol-to-a-minor/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/roethlisberger-reputation-takes-more-hits/

But the idiots who rolled out to Steelers’ practice yesterday gave Roethlisberger a hero’s welcome, despite knowing what he is.  Are they some good Christians over there, or what?

Did I mention the fans — young fans, older fans, female fans, male fans — surged to get close to Roethlisberger?

The snow fence in front of the bleachers at Chuck Noll Field where he started to sign was pushed down and nearly destroyed.

“I think it went well,” Roethlisberger said. “The fans were warm and loving. That’s how I knew they would be — or hoped they would be.”

There even was a topper to Big Ben’s day.

“I think I completed every pass.”

Don’t underestimate the significance there.

Winning back the fans at training camp was easy for Roethlisberger. Every summer, they prove how loyal they are to the Steelers and their players — all of their players — by fighting the traffic to get to Latrobe and watch practice, not so much because they love football, but because they want to be close to their team’s heroes.

Wow.  Pittsburgh gets more impressive by the second, no?  As legend has it, the crowd went wild when Big Ben autographed one of his dirty cleets and gave it to a little boy who was getting pushed around on the autograph line (below).  What a great guy!

Roethlisberger should be awaiting a felony sexual assault trial, but instead his biggest care in the world is whether the Steeler fans boo him at practice.  Isn’t the world a great place?  It is when you are an NFL player. Especially in Pittsburgh.  Too bad you have to live there.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)