Sunday, November 30, 2008

I got a plug! Kind of.....

I got mentioned in Cakewrecks.  Not quite linked, but it's all good.  Plus the cake I submitted was awesome.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Steroids Hall of Fame: Sylvester Stallone

Rocky, Rambo, Cobra, and that dude who's mom might shoot you.  Yes Sly Stallone is a steroid user.

To read the full article please go visit the Steroid Hall of Fame's new home over at Third String Quarter Back.

Monday, November 24, 2008

BCS Defender: Conference Tie-breakers

The cluster-F that is the Big 12 south is strickly a problem for the Big 12.  Yes it has BCS implications BUT the same problems would exist in a playoff world.  I won't go into this further because I need to head off to work soon.  What I will do is defend my point by linking you to BCS conference tie-breakers to show that BCS ranking is not nearly as important a tiebreaker, if at all, in the other BCS conferences.

Big 12

SEC   (scroll down)

Pac 10

Big 10

Big East  (PDF file, chrome users Beware!)


So only the Big East uses the BCS rankings as such a high tiebreaker as the Big 12.  The other 4 conferences use it as the last resort or next to last resort before flipping a coin or drawing lots.  But people still blame this 3 way 1 loss tie on the BCS.  Set up a playoff scenario that does not completely screw 1 if not 2 of these teams.  Then tell me who your precious playoff would handle Missouri winning the Big 12 Championship.

I say it to be snarky, I say it to raise a point:
The Big 12 should have a playoff.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Steroids Hall of Fame: Jim Haslett

Yes let's take a nice little turn into obscurity a bit with our return to the Steroids Hall of Fame.  Jim Haslett, the man who implicated the 1970's Steelers in steroid use, was in fact a user himself.

To read the full article please go visit the Steroid Hall of Fame's new home over at Third String Quarter Back.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

There are 15 ways to watch the new Harry Potter trailer online. FIFTEEN!!

Seriously !  I did not even have 15 channels when I was kid, but I can watch the trailer for a movie I have no intention of seeing any one of 15 ways.

All for an over hyped piece of crap movie that is going to fail miserable at telling the story that is in the book.  Technology + Marketing = Holy Crap!

YouTube doesn't count.

BCS Defender: The Detours to Dreamville

Only a handful of detours remain to the collective wet dream BCS Final of the Big-12 Champ vs the SEC Champ.  It only boils down to two or three ways out.

1) Florida Loses to Citadel or FSU then wins SEC Championship game.

2) Missouri wins the Big-12 Championship Game.

Odds one of these happening?  Pretty darn good.  Only once since 1992 has the Big-12 met the SEC for the National Championship.  Conference Championship games are the reason why.  So if your perfect match-up does not happen do not blame the BCS, blame the conference championship games.

If I had to put money on one it is Missouri winning the Big-12, after-all this is defense free conference, and Chase has been there before.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Things that Piss Me Off: NFL Edition

Thursday Night Football.

Can we make the NFL-N go away?  I'm sure if I had it I'd think differently, but as of right now it seems to be causing more problems than it is worth.  Their exclusive set of games just serve to annoy the hell out me and the vast majority of football loving Americans who do not have this station.  Now this is not a rant about the NFL-N, that is a whole separate beast, but rather a rant about it's Thursday Night games.

Let me first point out that the Thanksgiving Day games are special and accpetable, even the additional one that NFL-N has added that evening.  The games on Saturday once College football is over are cool, the NFL-N broadcasting them not so much.  Saturday is like Monday, a one day shorter week is not too bad.

My gripe is the watering down of the schedule at the end of the season.  Let's face it, out of 13-16 games each week you cannot guarantee that even half will be a compelling match-up on paper or end up competitive.  Those are the two main factors in turning on a game, or at least the factors that will determine if the audience will exceed your ratings average. Second you are causing a legitimate disadvantage to the teams playing.  Having a very short week (teams lose 3 days when playing on thursday) once a season for six teams total is not going to impact the playoff race, but doing it 4-7 times a season will.  Especially when combined with my first point.  The NFL is not dumb, they want people to watch these games so they are going to do their best, within the current TV contract, to get a match-up people will watch.  That means taking teams they think will be in the playoff hunt.  So they actually want to screw with teams trying to make the playoffs!  It's not like Turkey Day at all, where the match-ups are on a rotation to try and give every team a chance to play on that day.

Then this season they have started it two full weeks earlier.  Hooray let's go and make even more games harder to watch.  Let's mess with more teams trying to make the playoffs.  The NFL became a juggernaut because it such a higher percentage of their games were on Network TV as compared to any other team sport.  Now I understand we are in the 21st century and Network TV does not have the power and impact it once did, but it still out draws Cable TV by a considerable margin.  Nevermind a specialty station that not everyone has and not everyone who has Cable or Satelite can even get if they wanted to.  Why is the NHL in such bad shape?  No can find their games on TV beyond their regional cable sports channel.  VS is out there, but even I get it's station number mixed up with Animal Planet.  And I actually watch Animal Planet!  By taking games off the network feed the NFL is hurting it's brand.  People will get to the point that they won't feel the need to see as much football as possible, and that is a dangerous road for the NFL.

So to summarize, Thursday night football sucks because:
There aren't enough good or promising games to begin with.
It's hurts teams trying to make the playoffs.
It hurts the league by allowing people an excuse to not watch a game.  An excuse which never existed before in my lifetime.  (32 years)

We don't need 6 weeks of this crap, we don't even need one.  There isn't even any money in such a narrow focus network, the money is online (See MLB.TV and the money machine that thing is, which they are going to ruin because they too are launching a network).  TV is a medium that is dying, don't start a Network, lock up your online rights and start a subscription based Website.  That is where the money is.  Networks cost too much to start up for what money they can generate.

Monday, November 10, 2008

I Love you Google!

They added a translation feature to Google Reader, so now that German nerdcore blog I read, can actually be read!!  And not just scanned for English words!  Thank you Google!!!

Oh and did you see what I did there?  I was able to link a translated version of that blog!  AWESOME!  I love it.  Thank you Google!!

EUBUA 11-10

Eternally Useless But Utterly Awesome links for the week of the 10th.

or you can get the R2D2 aquarium.

Toddler vs Cat  guess who won?

I subscribed!  Seriously, to the Orbital Debris Quarterly.

Glad I did not see this a year ago.

Oh Bother!

Awesome name!  He's a winner.  No I was not going to post that Captain Fantastic idiot.

The Disney-ite in all of us will want one.

A look at a scary place, the mind of a college student.

I void warranties  t-shirt.

Super cool working heart.

The cold truth about Rock, Papers, Scissors.

Inanimate faces.

And I apologize but when people go too far and break the law they should be punished.  Even if it is a tax code.  Separate but Equal is unconstitutional.

See you next week.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Obama election roundup

Here are a crap ton of links about election!

Yes We Did!  Celebratory swag.
And an Election Night photoset.  
visualization of Wikipedia edits.
Editorial cartoons.
Dewey Wins! for the 21st century.
Welcome Mr. President

Kudos on the above, whose blog I scan for English text.

If you have read my blog previously then you know The Onion has an amazing Sports Section!

Michael Irvin DOES NOT do a line to celebrate, he actually speaks very eloquently upon the subject.  I apologize about making another coke joke.  I have a problem.


Family Values.

Obama looks like such a frigging geek.

Another really nice cartoon about the win.

It's a trap!

What I want for Xmas, so I can wear them on inauguration day.  Yes they are really called that!

A cool picture from inside an Obama campaign office, as taken by the sister of a friend of mine.

50 Things you did not know about Barrack Obama.

One last, I mean it this time, Sarah Palin joke .

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Inappropriate Songs to Celebrate Obama's Win or McCain's Loss

I have stated that this blog is a place for me to vent my insanity and so far I have kept it free from that, well that time ends right now!

Today I bring you, before a single state closes it's polls, The Inappropriate List of Songs to use to Celebrate Obama's Victory or McCain's Defeat.  Because John Sydney McCain III is going down hard, Dukakis hard, Dole Hard, your mom hard.  (sorry HTBD)  I am not loaidng this post up with Youtube videos becuase I hate when people do that, but all songs that can will have a link there, so enjoy.

I Got Your Money - ODB vid

Guilty of Being White - Minor Threat vid

White Lines - Grandmaster Flash (Sorry Barack, but I had to make a coke joke) vid

Never Gonna Get It - En Vogue vid

Momma Said Knock You Out - LLCoolJ vid

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2 vid

Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles (yes, obama is going to win Georgia, you heard it here first, not here as in me, but here as in where the link takes you.) vid

This Old Man - Yes that song!  This old man went rolling home.  Which home is the question.

Ya'll Gonna Make Me Lose My Mind - DMX vid

Ebony and Ivory -  Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder Just because I want that song stuck in your head all day. vid

Always Into Somethin' - NWA vid

Loser - Beck vid (last minute edit!)

A few last points:
First - I know I left out a few songs, so iif you have any suggestions I'll make a second post with a much better list composed of your suggestions
Second - I had to pick and NWA song and I apologize if i could have done better, see first point.
Third - You can probably tell exactly how old I am based upon this selection of songs. ;)
Fourth - This list is intended for those with a sense of humor.  If you don't have one, don't blame me.
Fifth - GO VOTE!  Even if it's for Ron Paul or Mickey Mouse.

Inauguration update:

Good Riddance - Green Day.  I stink for missing this one!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Things that piss me off: Football edition

4th and short.  This situation comes up 3-4 times a game and at least one of those times the coach will cost his team due to his own indecisiveness.  The things that bugs the living hell out of me is when the coach uses a timeout.  Either run a play or kick the ball, it's not hard.  Calling a timeout only wastes the timeout and if you run a play you have given the advantage to the Defense.   What coaches should do is have a quick call already set-up with the QB.   That way when a 4th and short occurs the QB has a play to run and can go no huddle, catch the D off guard and steal a first down.  But yet game after game week after otherwise intelligent men act like frigging insecure babies and make a preventable mental error.


This rant inspired by Bill Belichick, who wasted his team's final timeout in an  act of wishy-washy idiocy.  You made a call, let the players run the play.  But no, your balls shrink at the last second and you waste your last timeout with just under 12 minutes left in the game.  That timeout cost you 30 seconds at the end of the game and that was the difference between 3 long passes and actually running a drive to get into field goal position.  Had you missed on the 4th and short you would have had the Colts pinned, one punt (Or even a FG) and you're in good shape with plenty of time left on the clock and a timeout.  

 There were other things that cost the Patriots that game, but this one is one we'll see in almost every game played next week, and the week after that.  It's a simple fix but no coach wants to take the time to do it.

EUBUA 11-3

Halloween is over but this costumed ruled!

Futurama sells out.  Bender on not stealing.  Wow this will work, because everyone feels pity for the TV and Movie industry.

Congratulations Miami , we are all so proud of your accomplishment.

These are too awesome to eat.

Eternally useful, that is what Duct Tape is.

When will people learn, do not mess with Late night talk show hosts!  They will F you up!

Google is at it again.  Now if only they will give to Reader all those cool labeling tools that Gmail has.  I want to label each post not just star and share them.

I doubt McCain will look or feel this good on Wednesday morning.

If only I went to dentists with names like these.

The factory of the Future. Plus your This Day in Geek History.


What it is like to be part of a winning team.

Yesterday in Geek History.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Misdirection Play 11-2

We start again this week with the Hock's take on Happy Gilmore  John Daly.  As I said last week about Seattle, fortune's change in the world of sports.  John went from the top to Mc Hammer-ville and the Phillies went from Loserville to winners.  It's a wacky world.  Yes I used the word wacky, you try picking a better word.

A Tri-fecta from the Onion this week!  Big Ben , Isiah Thomas , and a moonlighting Olympic Rifleman.

The Athlist brings us a new take on the idea that Refs need glasses.

My attempt to ignore the World Series mostly worked.  As a result I failed to send you here in a timely manner.  It is still funny though.

Once again congratulations Philly , you'll still always be loserville to me.

Your weekly cheating recap!

Winning new concept in the world of Blogging, the Virtual Book Tour.  Look every blogger wants to have a book published, but none of them are motivated enough to step away from the computer and travel, so why not just guest blog.  BRILLIANT!

The lovely Kelly Ripa will never have a career in sports broadcasting.  She had to have been set up on this, but who cares.  Hot blond chicks swearing will always rule.  Sorry she's teflon, long standing crush.

Speaking of swearing blonds, the Wife (aka The Editor) and I saw Zack and Miri last night.  It was good, if you like Kevin Smith movies.  It was Kevin Smith but more "refined", in terms of film making and story telling, NOT subject matter.  We saw some great old faces, listened to a killer soundtrack, and a fun time was had.  The name is 100% misleading because the lead actress never shows us her breasts.  Yeah it's an Undercover Romantic Comedy.  There are Tits, but not the ones you want to see.  There's saggy balls too, but seriously.  I call false advertising!

That's it, see you next week.  Really, one week I promise.