Monday, November 30, 2009

Some reviews

Unless food is involved, I'm a fairly cheap person. I don't go to movies unless my girlfriend or I really want to see. I don't buy videogames anymore, I just mooch off friends, er, friend for that fix. Music is pretty crummy today as well, so I haven't been buying a lot of music.

Well, I actually bought a CD on iTunes , saw a couple movies and played a new videogame in the past month, so here are some reviews.

2012: I have a man-crush on John Cusack, and you probably do too but are afraid to admit it. That was pretty much my reasoning for seeing this one, especially because I find disaster films to be boring and predictable.

To say I was pleasantly surprised with 2012 is an understatement.

The action is pretty much nonstop for almost three hours. The special effects are fun and there is a good amount of humor to balance with the thought of the world pretty much falling apart. There won't be any Oscar buzz, but I found it a lot more fun to watch this than award winning movies like "No Country For Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood". Let's be honest, both those movies were bores and "There Will Be Blood" would have been unbearable if not for Daniel Day Lewis.


A Christmas Carol: Nothing special here. The animation was cool, but it's the same story that we've seen in about 20 movies over the years and didn't do anything to stand out. Animated movies need to take a lesson from "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within". Awesome animation can only take you so far.


Weezer - Raditude: For those of you (Greg) who wonder where the name came from, Rivers Cuomo asked Rainn Wilson (Dwight from the Office) to come up with a title for CD, and that's what he came up with.

As for the music, it's very poppy and fun. Rivers and the rest of the band are happily married and living the good life, so there is no angst and or emotionally stirring songs that filled Pinkerton. Instead we get catchy pop tunes that are fun to listen and sing along to.

I enjoy it, especially some of the bonus tracks, but a lot of old school Weezer fans hate the album. Everyone wants to hear Blue or Pinkerton again, but those days are long gone. The band is making music they want to and not just trying to please old fans, which is admirable. I recently had a friend who said they were one step away from being a boy band, but he's an idiot.


Left 4 Dead 2: I love killing zombies with guns, chainsaws and frying pans, and L4D2 delivers. The much anticipated sequel is awesome. The new special infected are challenging and fun to chop with a katana. The new guns and use of melee weapons keep it killing zombies fresh and it's just a lot of fun.

Imagine running along a building ledge when a freaky character jumps on your back and tries to pull you off the ledge, all the while, a fat blob of a zombie is puking on you to get more zombies to attack you. It's spectacular. Unless you fall or are beaten to death.

Mike has not yet invited me over to play online, but we'll get there eventually. I'm sure it's awesome and frustrating all at the same time.


Bruce Springsteen - Where the Bands Are

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Week 12 picks

Wooo! Double-digit wins baby! After a rough patch of 7-6 records, I went 13-3 last week and feel wonderful. Except the Steelers lost to a crummy Kansas City team and have to start Dennis Dixon this week. Whatever, let's do this!

I'm sticking with me guns and reminding all of my loyal readers that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns will all lose and are not worth my time.

Miami Dolphins 23, Buffalo Bills 10: The Bills lost to the Browns this year. I am never picking them to win another game. I don't care who they are playing.

Carolina Panthers 20, New York Jets 17: The question here is which quarterback will play worse? In one corner we have Jake Delhomme, who has years of experience killing his team with interceptions in key moments. In the other, we have rookie Mark Sanchez, who has been pretty terrible since his 3-0 start. I'm going with the rookie to throw three to four picks and lose this one.

Philadelphia Eagles 23, Washington Redskins 10: The Redskins' offense is terrible and the Eagles are balanced on most days. I'm never picking the Redskins this season unless they play The Browns, Bucs or Bills.

Indianapolis Colts 27, Houston Texans 17: The Texans are destined to finish 8-8.

San Diego Chargers 28, Kansas City Chiefs 20: I'm still very upset about the Steelers losing to the Chiefs last year. I still don't understand how it happened. They won't get lucky two weeks in a row.

San Francisco 49ers 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 17: The Jags are a sneaky 6-4 this year. They have looked terrible at times and very good at others. Which Jags team will we get this week? I have no idea, but the 49ers are due to win one.

Arizona Cardinals 35, Tennessee Titans 17: Vince Young is going to need to pass for the Titans to win this game, something he hasn't had to do yet in his four starts. I'm thinking it doesn't work out and the Cardinals roll. Of course, this pick reverses if Kurt Warner doesn't play.

Minnesota Vikings 30, Chicago Bears 14: Brett Favre vs. cry baby wannabe Brett Favre. I'm going with the real thing.

Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Baltimore Ravens 20: The Dennis Dixon era begins! The man was great in Oregon before he tore his ACL, but hasn't played a regular season snap. I'm terrified of a five-turnover game; however, I expect the defense to come out on fire after playing their worst game of the season last week.

New England Patriots 34, New Orleans Saints 20: The Patriots are playing a lot better than the Saints recently. I just see Tom Brady going nuts and throwing a lot of touchdowns to Randy Moss and Drew Brees won't keep up.

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Travelin' Band

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Turkey Day picks

Why the heck are the Detroit Lions still playing on Thanksgiving? Some traditions need to be stopped for humanity's sake. Think about it. Rome had its traditions of putting men in the Coliseum and having them fight to the death. This has stopped because it's not humane. The same should happen with the Lions and the Thanksgiving game.

Green Bay Packers 26, Detroit Lions 0: When I was looking at my fantasy team on Yahoo last night, it said the Lions already lost this game 26-0. Who am I to question Yahoo?

Dallas Cowboys 27, Oakland Raiders 7: The Cowboys' offense has been pitiful the past two weeks and the Raiders are coming off a large upset win. But the Raiders are terrible and can't do it two weeks in a row.

New York Giants 30, Denver Broncos 10: If only the Broncos started the season on a four-game losing streak, then I wouldn't look so stupid for saying they would be the worst team in the league and Josh McDaniels would be fired before the end of the season. Stupid Bronocos.

Boston - More Than A Feeling

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Week 11 picks

Another week goes by, and once again I barely finish above .500. Last week's picks went 8-7, mostly because my girlfriend had me take the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts. I would have gone the other way, but she talked me into those selections and it worked out.

Biggest miss: Carolina Panthers 28, Atlanta Falcons 19. I hate to make excuses, but Michael Turner was running all over the Panthers before his spraining his ankle. He had nine carries for 111 yards. Maybe the Panthers are not as terrible as I thought, but I'm still never putting a cent on Jake Delhomme.

On with the picks!

I forgot about the Thursday night game. I probably would have picked Carolina because of the Ronnie Brown injury. Shame on me for doubting Ricky Williams.

Dallas Cowboys 21, Washington Redskins 10: The Redskins only beat the Denver Broncos last week because Kyle Orton went down with an ankle injury and Chris Simms took over. Tony Romo is going to stay healthy this week and the Redskins will fall.

Detroit Lions 24, Cleveland Browns 15: How is it that every week we have one of these games that no one in their right minds would want to watch for football value. Sure, there could be entertainment value, but you're not going to watch it because you think it will be a well-played football game. You just want to see if Mangini gets stabbed by one of his players. I hope I didn't give them any ideas.

Green Bay Packers 27, San Francisco 49ers 20: I honestly have no idea what the Packers are going to do week in and week out. The 49ers made a joke out of Jay Cutler last week, but I don't think they do it to Aaron Rodgers this week. He's not a whiny, little girl.

Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10: After an embarrassing offensive performance against the Cincinnati Bengals last week, the Steelers are going to come out and light up a lousy Chiefs team. Quick, name five starters on the Chiefs offense this week. You couldn't do it, could you?

Minnesota Vikings 24, Seattle Seahawks 13: To be honest, I haven't seen a Seahawks game this season. I have seen the Vikings though, and I don't see them having any problem with the Seahawks.

New York Giants 27, Atlanta Falcons 17: These teams are in a funk right now. The Giants have lost four consecutive games, while the Falcons' are probably going to be without Michael Turner and Matt Ryan has been struggling. The Giants will right the ship this week. After all, they can't lose five in a row, can they?

New Orleans Saints 27, Tampa Bay Bucs 14: The Saints have not been playing very well lately. The perfect example is last week's game, which the St. Louis Rams were close to winning. Fortunately for the Saints, the Bucs are a pretty lousy team and won't be able to take advantage of the Saints' slump.

Jacksonville Jaguars 31, Buffalo Bills 9: I haven't picked a Jacksonville game right this year.

Indianapolis Colts 27, Baltimore Ravens 10: The Ravens struggled to put 16 points up on the Browns. They are quarterbacked by Brady Quinn. The Colts have Peyton Manning. Do you see where I'm going with this?

Arizona Cardinals 45, St. Louis Rams 13: I feel so bad for Steven Jackson. The man is having an incredible season but is stuck on an awful team. Despite going up against a sturdy Cardinals run defense, I think he goes for more than 100 yards. Too bad for him the Cardinals might not punt the ball this game.

San Diego Chargers 24, Denver Broncos 10: It was fun while it lasted for the Broncos. Expect the Chargers to take over the division after this game and not look back. On a side note; I can't stand Phillip Rivers. He seems to talk so much crap, yet he has never been to the Super Bowl, let alone won a championship. He is a very good quarterback, but until he wins, he needs to stop being such a tool.

Cincinnati Bengals 27, Oakland Raiders 6: Bruce Gradkowski will get the start for the Raiders. That's not a good thing. You think the Raiders are wishing they still had Jeff Garcia around? I seem to be asking a lot of questions this entry. My bad.

New England Patriots 42, New York Jets 10: For those of you who think the 4th-and-2 end of the world play last week is going to have a negative effect on the Patriots, you are wrong. Bill Belichick wants revenge for Week 2 and to say eff you to all of those who started questioning him after last week.

Quick rant. Belichick is a great coach and will go into the Hall of Fame. There is no questioning that. But I hear people, I'm talking to you Greg, who say he has revolutionized coaching. How so? Look in a dictionary and revolutionize is to overthrow the established government (the NFL) or to change fundamentally or completely. How has Belichick done this? Bill Walsh revolutionized coaching with the West Coast Offense. Ever since he used it, countless other coaches have adopted the strategy. Belichick makes good coaching decisions, takes risks when necessary, drafts well and gets the most out of his players. He does these things better than any other coach in football today. But none of those things are groundbreaking. Don't tell me having a linebacker line up at tight end and catching 1-yard touchdown passes is revolutionary.

Philadelphia Eagles 24, Chicago Bears 10: Jay Cutler is going to be rushed all day and probably cry several times throughout the game.

Houston Texans 28, Tennessee Titans 17: When did the Texans become so good at stopping the run. I am too lazy to look up the stat right now, but I don't think they've allowed a 100-yard rusher in the past six games. They also have one of the most explosive passing attacks in the league, which is the Titans weakness.

Grand Funk Railroad - Some Kind of Wonderful

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Two overblown stories

After listening to national and local radio stations for the past three days, there are few stories I think the media needs to drop.

First, and this is just the local Pittsburgh media, is the Jeff Reed not making a tackle on special teams again. Reed is a kicker, he is not supposed to make tackles. Why are fans and radio hosts focusing on the one guy on the field that does not practice tackling players in the open field?

Reed's effort on Sunday to take down the Cincinnati Bengals' return man looked pretty weak. He just cut in front of the guy to force the returner back to the middle of the field. That is a kicker's job. Force the return man away from the sidelines and try to slow him down. Now, Reed didn't do a very good job of slowing the runner down, but neither did the other 10 Steelers on the field.

To focus on Reed is ridiculous and Steeler fans need to stop calling radio stations and ask what hosts think of his tackling skills.

The second story is the whole Bill Belichick going for it on 4-and-2 from his own 28-yard line with a about 2 minutes left in the Sunday night game against the Indianapolis Colts. If you missed it, the Patriots didn't get the first down and the Colts capitalized with the game winning touchdown with less than 20 seconds left.

Since that play, every coach in the league, and in college or in a studio, have been asked if they agree with the decision. Would this story last more than a day if it was Ken Whisenhunt or Lovie Smith?

How many of us have been in this same situation in Madden and done the same thing? Belichick trusted his offense of Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Randy Moss to get the first down. It's just Brady made a bad read and hit the wrong guy. Look at the replay and you'll see Welker was wide open over the middle and well past the first down.

The most bothersome thing about all the coverage is that the attention the call is getting is overshadowing a great game. A 35-34, down to the wire New England-Indianapolis game is taking a backseat to one play. It's a shame.

On a side note, I love that the Patriots lost. Mostly because it upsets B ill Simmons, who still had to drop in that the refs were giving the Colts all the calls.

Tenacious D - Wonderboy

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Week 10 picks

Just call me 7-6, because once again that was my record in picks last week. I'm not bragging about games I get right until I get 10 wins. You are not going to hear me bragging again this season.

Biggest miss: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Green Bay Packers, making all three of my winless team predictions for this season wrong. I'm embarassed. I really thought the Bucs, St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns had a chance to be a part of history. Oh well, there is always next year, and I'm not sure any of these teams have much promise next year. But they did prove me wrong this year, so I will flatter them by actually including some sort of analysis in the picks.

New Orleans Saints 38, St. Louis Rams 3: The Rams suck and the Saints are undefeated. I never said I would give in-depth analysis.

Miami Dolphins 23, Tampa Bay Bucs 13: The Dolphins run the ball very well. They kind of have to because they have no real weapons in the pass game. The Bucs give up the most rushing yards in the league. These trends will continue this week. On a side note, I owe Ronnie Brown and apology. I thought he would be OK this year, and he has been explosive. My bad, Ronnie.

Minnesota Vikings 31, Detroit Lions 10: Lions' QB Matt Stafford threw five picks against a soft Seattle defense. Seriously, there is potential for eight Stafford turnovers this game.

New York Jets 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 20: I hate the Jags this year. First, they let go of my boy, Freddy Taylor. Second, they are unpredictable. When I pick them, they lose. When I pick against them they win. I have no idea what to expect from them. Alan Faneca is a beast though, so I'm going with the Jets.

Tennessee Titans 17, Buffalo Bills 5: The Titans have won two in a row and the Bills' offense is ridiculously bad. One of the Titans' two touchdowns will be defensive.

Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Cincinnatti Bengals 21: Last time these teams played, Troy Polamalu didn't. He's back and playing great, so I think the Steelers hold on to the lead this time around. The Steelers will also hold Cedric Benson in check. I'm saying less than 70 yards and no scores for the Comeback Player of Year candidate.

Denver Broncos 24, Washington Redskins 7: The Redskins offense is in shambles, their coach is a puppet and the Broncos are looking to stop a two-game skid. Also, the Broncos have won a game this season, so there goes any chance for the Skins to come away with a win.

Atlanta Falcons 24, Carolina Panthers 10: I am never picking Jake Delhomme to win a game the rest of the season.

Oakland Raiders 17, Kansas City Chiefs 14: It's games like these I have been messing up. I have picked the Chiefs the past couple weeks and look what they did for me. Nothing.

Arizona Cardinals 34, Seattle Seahawks 17: Kurt Warner was just getting that bad game out of the way early. I think he is back and ready to light up the Seahawks' secondary. The Cardinals also have a tough defense that will be putting a lot of pressure on Matt Hasselbeck and his sore shoulder.

Green Bay Packers 28, Dallas Cowboys 17: The Packers are going to do one of two things this week after last week's stink bomb. Get fired up and whoop some ass. Or they are going to crawl deeper into their holes and give up on the season. I'm going with option A, even though they have a paper mache offensive line.

Philadelphia Eagles 27, San Diego Chargers 24: I'm still not sold on the Chargers. They can't run the ball effectively and their defense is not very strong. I like Donovan McNabb to bounce back from a medicore performance and let it rain on the Chargers' secondary. I smell at least one big touchdown play to DeSean Jackson.

Indianapolis Colts 34, New England Patriots 30: I would reverse this if it was at New England, but it's at Indy. Really, I just flipped a coin.

Baltimore Ravens 50, Cleveland Browns 6: Welcome back, Brady Quinn. He will pass for 105 yards, be sacked a lot and wish Derek Anderson was still the starter.

Queen - We Will Rock You

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Agassi's book

Andre Agassi was an amazing tennis player. And apparently he wasn't trying a lot of the time.

Agassi is releasing a tell-all book where he admits to tanking tennis matches, hating other tour players and being hooked on crystal meth for a little while. It has the makings to be a great read.

You have one of the best tennis players ever to play the game, and apparently he hated the sports for the majoirty of his career and lost matches on purpose. He took drugs because he was so pissed off about playing tennis and marrying Brooke Shields. Seriously, the stuff that is in this book could make an excellent movie with Seth Rogen playing Agassi. There is no question I'll read it, but I have to ask one question of Mr. Agassi. Why now?

He has told journalists that he is releasing the book because he was sick of holding it in for so long. I love Agassi, but I'm not buying that story.

If he just wanted to get it off his chest, why not hold a press conference? Why not schedule an interview on a major network and do it there? And the answer is a book could make a whole lot of money.

I have no problem with Agassi releasing a book to make some extra cash. I just don't like when athletes or movie stars release these types of books and say it's because they wanted to raise awareness or come clean. It doesn't mean what's in the book isn't true or entertaining, but don't try and tell us you wanted to take the moral high ground.

It's like Jose Canseco's "Juiced". He said he wanted to get all the information to the public so baseball would change. No, he released it because he wanted the money that would come with a controversial book. We've learned since that a lot of what Canseco said had merit, or was true, but don't believe for a second he did it because he wanted to help anyone.

Now Agassi is a better person than Canseco. Just look at the school Agassi runs to help educate kids who would probably not graduate high school if Agassi's school did not exist. But don't tell me he is doing it because he wanted to admit his wrongs and set things right.

Now I am going to digress a little bit and ask another question. Why does the media glorify athletes who get hooked on drugs at one point, but get clean and find success again?

Don't get me wrong. It's great that the Josh Hamiltons, Brett Favres and Andre Agassis rallied from drug abuse and returned to the spotlight as stand up athletes. But why don't we focus more on the guys who stayed clean for their whole careers? Aren't these the better role models we should be telling children and upcoming athletes about?

This might be a stretch, but what if a young athlete hears about Agassi's or Hamilton's comeback and thinks, "Well, if he could beat drugs, I could give them a try and quit them later?"

Great. Now I sound like a middle school guidance counselor.

There is an NFL game tonight! So I will give my pick and get the rest up by Sunday.

Chicago Bears 27, San Francisco 49ers 17: I would have liked the 49ers if Vernon Davis didn't start talking. Seriously, Vernon? You are finally having a good season and think you have room to talk? You've also lost four games in a row. I think Cutler takes advantage of a weak 49ers secondary (Nate Clement is out) and Alex Smith can;t rally the 49ers for a late score.

Steve Winwood - Valerie

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Week 9 picks

I should really stop these. It's getting embarrassing. It was another 7-6 week for me, and none of those seven correct picks were anything to brag about. What is worse, I lost another of my no-win teams. It's all up to you, Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

Biggest misses: It's impossible to pick between the six. Seriously, they were all really, really wrong.

Redemption time.

Disclaimer: The Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams are on bye, but the Bucs are back and they are going to get steamrolled by the Green Bay Packers. The Bucs, Browns and Rams will finish a combined 2-46.

Atlanta Falcons 24, Washington Redskins 17: The Falcons secondary is playing pretty poor and Jason Campbell threw the ball more than 40 times a few weeks ago. I'm not saying that's a good thing, but it and the Redskins' solid defense should keep the game close for awhile.

Chicago Bears 28, Arizona Cardinals 20: It was nice of Kurt Warner to pull his best Jake Delhomme impression last week. While I don't think he turns the ball over SIX times against the Bears, I think three is very possible. Matt Forte will keep struggling, but Jay Cutler will be enough for the Bears to get the win.

Cincinnati Bengals 17, Baltimore Ravens 10: A lot of the Pittsburgh media has been saying they don't think the Bengals are for real, and they believe in the Ravens. I'm not so sure. The Ravens secondary, with Ed Reed being the exception, is pretty bad this year. And unlike the Denver Broncos, the Bengals can stretch the field and have a quarterback with a decent arm. I'm not dissing Kyle Orton, but it's a fact he has one of the weakest arms in the league. I smell a long touchdown for Chad Ochocinco or Chris Henry.

Indianapolis Colts 31, Houston Texans 17: Matt Schaub won't have tight end Owen Daniels and will struggle. It might be the most underestimated injury of the year. Daniels was having a Pro Bowl season with 40 catches for 519 yards and five touchdowns, and he was Schaub's second option. If he was playing, I would have picked the Texans, especially with Colts' Bob Sanders being out.

New England Patriots 38, Miami Dolphins 13: Not a fan of the Dolphins secondary, and the Patriots shut down the Wildcat the second time around last season. Expect the Patriots to go up early and the Dolphins to flounder when trying to play catch up.

Kansas City Chiefs 17, Jacksonville Jaguars 14: How are we supposed to know what happens in this game considering it will be blacked out?

Seattle Seahawks 31, Detroit Lions 9: The Redskins should really be embarrassed they lost to the Lions.

New Orleans Saints 27, Carolina Panthers 10: Drew Brees will not turn the ball over six times and the Saints will crush the Panthers. Jake Delhomme will probably throw for less than 150 yards and at least two picks.

New York Giants 30, San Diego Chargers 28: The Giants can't lose four in a row, can they? As bad as the Giants secondary is, and as good as Phillip Rivers can be, I'm thinking the Giants' run game takes over. OK, OK. I know I've said that for three weeks now and it keeps blowing up in my face. But I really believe it this time!

San Francisco 49ers 27, Tennessee Titans 10: Talk about a battle of disappointments. Alex Smith vs. Vince Young, both of them in their second stints as starters after being replaced by wily veterans. The 49ers almost beat the Colts last week, but stalled in the second half. I think they play three good quarters this week and pull off the win.

Philadelphia Eagles 24, Dallas Cowboys 14: That Oakland game was the wake-up call the Eagles needed. Just like the tie to the Bengals was what they needed last year. They're getting to the NFC title game again.

Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Denver Broncos 13: Look what happens when you get pressure on Kyle Orton. He struggles to break 100 yards. Despite several injuries on the defensive side, expect the Steelers to blitz the crap out of Orton and force some turnovers.

Good Lovin' - The Rascals

Friday, November 6, 2009

Yankees' win

I am not a Yankees fan. Far from it. I dislike them very much. I also think basbeall should have a salary cap. With that being said, people complaining about the Yankees buying a championship need to be quiet.

The Yankees have a payroll of more than $200 million, it's true. But the rules allow it. Boston, that other New York team, and a few others could spend that kind of money. They just don't.

I hear a lot of people say that the Yankees represent what is wrong in baseball, but that's just not true. How is doing whatever it takes, in a legal manner (steroid use aside), representing what is wrong with a sport? They spend more than $200 million to put the best team they can pn the field. They could pocket $50 millon of that and still have the highest payroll, but they choose to spend more in hopes of winning championships.

Also, the players, on all the teams in the league, are to blame for the disparity in payrolls and the fact there is no salary cap. If the players from other teams were sick of the Yankees winning because of their payroll, they would come together in the union and lobby to impose a salary cap. But they are happy with the way things are in baseball. They like it that mediocre players can be paid $5 million a year. If there was a salary cap, teams would never pay the likes of Kip Wells a seven-figure salary. So until your team's players start asking for a salary cap, I don't want to hear you complain about the Yankees outspending your team by $120 million.

And this is coming from a Pirates fan.

And hey, the Yankees had the highest payroll in the league for as long as I can remember, but they hadn't won a title in eight years. That just shows that spending doesn't guarantee titles if you don't spend it on the right guys.

It can be argued that, although spending big doesn't guarantee rings, it does guarantee constant contention. And I can't argue against that. But, think of how much pleasure so many of have taken when seeing the Yankees and their big payroll fail to win a title. They are the antagonist all sports fans need.

I'm not happy the Yankees won. I'll be a happy man if I never see them win again. But until the players step up and admit the league needs a salary cap, I can't blame the Yankees for doing whatever they need to do to win.

Faster - Third Eye Blind

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Some random thoughts

If you haven't picked up on it yet, I like making lists. I just have a bunch of random thoughts going through my head right now, but not enough to make write up individual blogs. So you get a list.

  • Eric Mangini, Dick Jauron, Jim Zorn, Norv Turner, Jack Del Rio and Tom Cable will all be fired during, or after this NFL season. Jeff Fisher, John Fox and Wade Phillips could be gone too.
  • I have to admit, I took this stat from Bill Simmons, but Jeff Fisher has just six winning seasons in his 16 years as the Tennessee Titans'/Houston Oilers' head coach. Why is he still considered one of the best in the business? Don't give me the old, "he does well for the talent he has." He has a say in the guys he gets, so isn't it partially his fault if his players aren't that talented?
  • There are not a lot of good coaches in the NFL. Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin and Tom Coughlin are the only active coaches with Super Bowl wins.
  • Steelers safety Ryan Clark should NOT play this weekend in Denver. Last time he played there, his sickle cell trait caused his body to attack his spleen and gall bladder, which resulted in them both being removed and him missing the rest of the 2007 season. Doctors have cleared him, saying he is safe now that his spleen is gone, but why risk it? What if his body attacks an organ you can't live without? Sit and live to play another day, Ryan.
  • The Cleveland Browns just fired their GM and want to bring in "veteran consultants" to help the team produce. The Browns might be the worst run organization in the league. A league that includes the Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions. Think about that for a minute.
  • The DDT is the greatest professional wrestling move ever. It's simplicity and the ease that anyone could use it are one of a kind. Honestly, every time I go out I am tempted to DDT every other person I walk by.
  • The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers had certain needs they had to fill this offseason to compete for a Stanley Cup. The Caps needed defense and the Flyers needed a real goalie. Well, the Caps went and signed more offense, while the Flyers signed Ray Emery. Neither is making the Stanley Cup Finals this season.
  • Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer suspended his linebacker Brandon Spikes for a half next week against Vanderbilt. Spikes raked at Georgia Bulldogs' Washaun Ealey's eyes during a play. If you look at the video, it wasn't like he just tried to poke Ealey's eyes, but really went after them. Meyer should have suspended him for at least a game. Oregon's LeGarrette Blount was suspended for the season by his school when he punched a Boise State player. Is that really that much worse than trying to rip someone's eyes out? One more reason I strongly dislike Urban Meyer.
  • Just got the new Weezer album, Raditude. It's pretty poppy like all of their recent efforts, but I'm bobbing my head and enjoying it. Listen, most of the band is happily married and have kids now, including lead singer/songwriter Rivers Cuomo. He is not miserable and filled with angst like he was early in Weezer's career. There will not be another Blue Album or Pinkerton. To expect it every time and then hate the band for not reproducing those two classic albums is unfair. I'm not saying you have to like it, that's your choice, but give them a break and stop comparing everything they do to those two albums.
  • Speaking of the new album, the song "Can't Stop Partying" was way better without Lil' Wayne's part. Please YouTube it and watch the version with Rivers and Jermaine Dupri. It's awesome.
  • One more note on the new album. Listen to "Put Me Back Together." It has an older feel to it and is not as poppy. Really, I'm listening to the album as I write this, so there might be a lot of updates about the album.
  • Ryan Howard might of had one too many big philly cheesesteaks. All it takes is one hit to break out of this slump, but come on, multiple K's in every game is pretty embarrassing.
  • I miss Greg, Mike and TheBoss commenting on a regular basis.
  • Chase Utley is a freak. I mean that in the best possible way.
  • Third Eye Blind suffered from a similar problem Weezer did. Their debut album was just too good and left everyone expecting greatness from there on out. Their next two albums were really good, just not quite as good as their first one. I still need to get the new album.
  • Steve Phillips is a dirty and despicable fellow. Don't believe me? Read this
  • David Letterman is no better.
  • I'd put something here about the NBA, but I don't really have any interest in that league until the playoffs. Even then, I don't really care until the second round.
  • Just listened to "Love is the Answer" on Weezer's new album. It might be the worst Weezer song ever.
  • I'm 24 and I still love video games. Go on, make fun of me. It won't change the fact I'm prettier than you.
  • Left 4 Dead is awesome and I'm pumped for the sequel. Anyone want to buy me an XBox 360? Please?
  • There are not enough headbutts in society today. Try and tell me you're never tempted to crunch someone who is pissing you off?
The Gauntlet - Dropkick Murphys

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Replay and baseball

Major League Baseball needs to have replay for questionable calls. It is obvious after watching all the missed calls that could have easily and quickly be overturned by watching the replay.

With that said, the media needs to stop making missed calls and the demand for replay the lead for every postseason game.

I am currently watching Sportscenter, and while there were a lot of good stories to emphasize, they said the replay of A-Rod's home run was what everyone was talking about. It was a big hit, and the decision was questionable. If you haven't seen it, A-Rod his a camera in right field that was protruding onto the field of play. The umps said they agreed before the game that if the ball were to hit the camera, it would be ruled a home run. They just forgot to mention that to the teams playing.

But why not focus on Andy Pettitte getting his 17th postseason win? Sure he already broke the record when he got No. 16, but it's still impressive. Why not push that Nick Swisher broke out of a horrible postseason slump with a home run and double? Or that Hideki Matsui crushed a pinch-hit homer despite having no knees to speak of?

All of these plays/storylines were mentioned, but not were not the focus of coverage. The games have been pretty good this year. No series has gone the distance, but there were still some great games that did not need to be overshadowed by the replay debate.

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